Melville Makes World Cup Team; 4th Fastest American Woman Ever!
(Huntington Beach, California 3/9/14) - Rush-Henrietta graduate and elite race walker Miranda Melville from Rush, NY was top female finisher with a 45:27 at Sunday's USATF 2014 Southern Cal 10km Race Walk Championship. "I believe this makes her the first American woman to walk under a 45:30 in a 10k RW since approximately 2000", said two-time Olympian and Coach Tim Seaman. He added, "this was a personal best time and best placement for Miranda at the 10K distance".
The athletes raced for a spot on the USA women's national team and a trip to battle against the world's top athletes in this year's IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China, May 3-4.
This is her 4th World Cup Team, and 3rd time Melville has secured a spot on the senior American National Team.
"I am so excited that Miranda has qualified to compete in the World Cup, and that she had almost a 2 minute PR," said Coach Tim Seaman. "She has moved up to now be the 4th fastest American woman ever, I couldn't be happier with her progress".
The China-bound team will be spearheaded by 2012 Olympian and American record holder Maria Michta (Nesconset, N.Y.) and rounded out by Susan Randall (Beavercreek, Ohio/Miami Valley TC), Katie Burnett (Rochester, N.Y.), and Erin Taylor-Talcott (Owego, NY/Shore AC).
Miranda said, "I am excited to best my personal record in the 20K by almost 2 minutes. It only leaves me hungrier for future races and even faster times. I am elated to be going to the World Cup and to experience another elite race as a member of Team USA."