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Eastler, Dow Win at U.S. Race Walk Trials
April 10, 2006
Courtesy of USATF

Kevin Eastler and Joanne Dow each had record setting performances Sunday in winning the men's and women's races respectively at the 2006 USA Team Trials-IAAF World Race Walk Cup in Hauppauge, N.Y.

A heavy favorite after setting the U.S. 30 km record earlier this year, Eastler won the men's 20 km race in a new course record time of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 15 seconds. 2004 Olympian and 2005 U.S. 20 km runner- up John Nunn provided a strong challenge to Eastler and finished as the runner-up in 1:25:30. Other members of the Team USA men's squad for the 2006 IAAF World Cup May 13-14 in Coruna, Spain, include third place finisher and two-time Olympian Tim Seaman (1:27:56), Matt Boyles (4th-1:31:01) and Ben Shorey (5th-1:32:17).

2002 USA 20 km champion Joanne Dow also set a new course record in winning the women's 20 km race in 1:34:47. U.S. record holder Teresa Vaill was the runner-up in 1:35:41. The rest of the Team USA women's roster for Spain will include Jolene Moore (3rd-1:37:07), Amber Antonia (4th-1:38:05) and Deb Huberty (5th in 1:41.34).

In the Junior 10 km races, Katy Hayes posted a qualifying time for the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China, as the first American woman across the finish line in 50:32. In her debut at the 10 km distance, Heather Bulletti finished fourth overall and was the second American across the line in 51:54. Le'ErinVoss punched her ticket for Spain with her third place finish in 53.02.

Mike Kazmierczak was the top placing American and finished second overall in the men's race in 48:52. The Vergara twins, Ricardo (2nd- 49:39) and Roberto (3rd-49:48) also will compete next month at the World Cup.

For more information on the 2006 USA Team Trials - IAAF World Cup of Race Walking, visit: www.walk-usa.com.


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