USATF News & Notes: 1/31/2005

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    Miles wins special pole vault competition

    2004 Olympian Derek Miles won a special invitational pole vault competition held in conjunction with the John Dalton Open Saturday at the University of South Dakota’s DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.

    The competition included three of the world’s top-10 ranked vaulters. Miles, a 1996 graduate of USD, cleared 5.80 meters/19 feet, 0.5 inch to claim the title. Anerican indoor and outdoor record-holder Jeff Hartwig cleared 5.70m/18-8.25 to finish second. 2004 Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson, who is ranked #2 in the world, failed to clear a height. The other vaulter in the competition, Jeremy Scott of Norfolk, Neb., cleared 5.36m/17-7. More than 1,100 people witnessed the special pole vault competition.

    At the John Dalton Open, the Coyotes men’s and women’s squad won 12 individual or relay titles. For complete results, visit

    Moore breaks mile race walk championship record

    Jolene Moore won a hard fought battle over Deb Huberty Saturday at the USA 1 Mile Race Walk Championship at the Bucknell Bison Open in Lewisburg, Pa. Moore was able to pull away from her teammate and training partner Huberty late in the race to set a new USA Championship record of 6 minutes, 51.19 seconds, breaking the mark of Teresa Vaill (6:53.58) set in 1986. Huberty was the runner-up in 6:56.28, with third place going to 2003 USATF Youth 5,000m Young Women’s champion Maria Michta of CW Post in 7:14.28.

    Two-time Olympian Tim Seaman was able to distance himself early from 2004 USA Junior men’s 10,000m champion Zachary Pollinger to win the men’s USA 3,000m Race Walk Championship. Seaman won the 21st national title of his career when he crossed the line in 11:57.89, with Pollinger finishing as the runner-up in 12:29.63. Joe Trapani of Mansfield University was third in 13:38.26. Those three will face each other again February 4 at the USA 1 Mile Championship at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    After two eventsin the 2005 USA Race Walking Grand Prix, Dorit Attias leads the women’s standings with 13 points, while Curt Clausen and Tim Seaman are tied atop the men’s standings with 10 points each. Information on the 2005 USA Race Walking Grand Prix is available at

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