started Race Walking in High School to help her team get points at track meets.
A technically demanding event, race walking is continuing to grow in
popularity across all age groups for its fitness and competitive aspects. The
Rush NY native was a champion in the junior ranks and has consistently qualified
for the USA Senior Nationals in Track & Field, both Indoors, at the 3000m
distance, and Outdoors, at the Olympic 20k distance
The Race Walk has been an Olympic event since 1906!
in the Olympics is
contested at 20km and 50km.
Olympics would be awesome, that's one of my goals!." Miranda
likes the challenge of trying to go faster and farther.
Miranda racewalked a 10K in under 53 minutes. That's faster than 445
people ran the same distance at the Medved Lilac 10K in Rochester, NY in 2007.
--And don't forget, she was walking.
"Race Walking is an intense
event of technical ability -- you just have to practice, stay focused and stay
2008 Jr. Nat'l Champion
"You just have to persevere and stay committed and know that if you put in
the time and effort, that's where you could end up."
Walking taught me patience, dedication, & prioritization. I believe through
hard work and dedication to the training you become a better athlete."
is anything but a stroll in the park, and it certainly isn't like the speed walking
you see ladies do at the mall. It's a real sport and it takes practice and intense
Melville is a champion race walker from New York
20K Race Walk Olympic Trials, Eugene, OR.
USA 2012 TEAMmates
Olympian Maria Michta & Olympic Alternate Miranda Melville
What an Amazing Race for Miranda!
RW Chairperson Vince Peters presents Miranda the Silver medal at 2012, 20K Olympic
Michta out walked team mate
Melville in the last 100m to finish in 1:34:53, to Melville's 1:34:56
one could ever be more proud of a 2nd place finish. A gutsy race with almost the perfect
storybook ending, Melville crossed the line in a huge PR of 1:34:56.92."
News Service Jul, 2012 ,Henrietta, N.Y. - - Miranda
Melville mounted a furious challenge at the USATF 2012 20K Race Walk Olympic Trials
in Eugene, Ore. to finish with a 3+ minute personal best 1:34:56 for silver, but
missed a trip to the London Games by three seconds. The early
morning crowd at Hayward Field were on their feet cheering as seemingly out of
nowhere, Melville moved from fifth nearly three quarters of a lap back, to fourth,
to third then to second as she challenged national champion and team mate Maria
Michta of Long Island. "I knew I had to race smart and keep
pushing," Melville said, in a news release. "I wasn't going to give
up on this easily. I was on the hunt and I was not going to slow down."
All of the top three finishers met the Olympic
"B" standard, but none of them surpassed the "A" standard
of 1 hour 33 minutes 30 seconds. As a result, only first place Michta qualified
for the Olympic Team.
a race Miranda can walk over 227 steps/ minute using a near flawless technique!
All American excelled on the USA Junior National team and won the Junior National
championship before moving up to the senior ranks. She has compeated on the international
stage in Russia, Mexico and Canada for Team USA, and the USA World Cup Teams.
She is an Empire State Games Champion, Olympic Trials Qualifier, and scholar athlete...
participates in Students in Service (SIS), a part-time AmeriCorps
program that offers scholarships to college students who participate in community
Classic@RIT 3000m 13:44:07set meet record. 2011 - Outdoor Nationals, 20K,
- Pan Am Cup Trials, 20K, PR 2011 - South Florida Racewalkers, 15k 2011
- PR, Texas Largest 5K Racewalk 2010 - NYS Empire State Games Champion.
2010 - Team USA, NACAC Athletic Assoc's U23 Championships 2010 - Team USA.
IAAF World Race Walk Cup, Mexico 2010 - Raleigh Relays, reset the 5000m meet
record. 2009-2010 - GLVC Academic All-Conference (X-CC). 2009 - Raleigh
Relays set a meet record @ 3000m. 2009 - Raleigh Relays set a meet record
@ 5000m. 2008 - USATF Junior National Champion. ...more