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  • USA 30km RW Results

    Media contact: Al Heppner
    Phone: 619-410-1181
    North American Racewalking Institute
    January 11, 2004
    For immediate release


    Eastler, Rohl win 30 km titles; Dow gets "A" Standard

    Chula Vista, CA--The stock market was closed today, but Dow was way up.
    Joanne Dow's Olympic "A" Standard for 20 km (1 hour, 32, minutes, 54 seconds)
    overshadowed National 30 km Racewalk Championships by Kevin Eastler (2 hours, 14

    minutes, 44 seconds) and Michelle Rohl (2:38:01).

    "I did a New Year's Day 10 km race in 45:55 (well under Olympic Qualifying
    pace)," Dow said. "I felt strong, but I didn't know if I had another 10 km in me

    (to get the 'A' Standard)."

    She did today. Eastler was out front from the start, but Dow benefited from
    working with the men's 30 km trail pack which included Tim Seaman, Al Heppner,
    Curt Clausen, and Andreas Gustafson. Race participants could opt for the 10 km
    or 20 km distance, but everyone started at the same time.

    At 10 km Eastler was 44:31, with the pursuit group at 46:04

    "I wanted to hold (American Record) pace and I was surprised that no one went
    with me," Eastler said.

    Gustafson was disqualified at 12 km, while Heppner began to inch away from
    Seaman and Clausen to move solidly into second. Dow was able to hang onto
    Clausen, who led her to the 20 km promised land.

    "I needed to be at 1:10:00 for 15 km and we went through under 1:09:00, so I
    knew I had over a minute in the bank, but I wasn't confident I had it until I
    saw the clock on the last straight-away. Curt really helped pull me through,"
    Dow said.

    Eastler was well under Clausen's American Record pace at 20 km with a 1:29:13
    split, and Heppner second at 1:31:23. Seaman was less than 30 seconds behind,
    with Clausen another minute back.

    In the final 10 km, Eastler continued to walk well and was still on record
    pace, but stopped to vomit with the finish line in sight and missed the record
    by 21 seconds. Heppner held on for a six-second personal best at 2:16:52, his
    first P.R. at any distance since 2001. Seaman tied up badly in the final third
    of the race and dropped all the way back to seventh, allowing Clausen to move
    up to third by the finish (2:19:07). The Army's John Nunn patiently walked
    himself right into the middle of the race and had Clausen in his sights before
    settling for fourth in 2:19:39. Sean Albert was fifth in 2:23:50, followed by
    Philip Dunn (2:25:50) Also of note was eighth-place finisher Mark Green, who set

    a new American Record in the 45-49 age group (2:32:24). Nick Bdera, 2:45:01,
    also set an age group record (50-54), as did Mark's father Max in the 70-74.
    Good weather contributed to five personal best performances.

    Three-time Olympian Michelle Rohl added another National Title to her
    impressive resume, despite falling over three minutes short of her own American
    30 km
    Record. Although her time was very solid, she wasn't pushed by the women's
    field. All of her competitors either didn't start, didn't finish, or got
    disqualified. With Dow's performance, an "A" standard (sub 1:33:30) from Rohl,
    which
    she has already done several times, would all but guarantee her a record
    fourth Olympic Team Berth.

    Meanwhile, Eastler has moved to the forefront of the men's racewalking scene.
    At 26 years of age, he is already number two on the US All-time list at 20
    km. His next challenge, which could be his greatest yet, is to break Tim
    Seaman's 6-year string as the reigning US Indoor Champion.

    Looming on the men's racewalk calendar is the US 50 km Olympic Trials, which
    will be contested on the same course as today's race in Chula Vista, CA. The
    race kicks off at 7:30 AM on February 15. More information on the race is
    available at www.eliteracing.com

    National 30 km Results
    J Street Marina in Chula Vista, CA

    1 Kevin Eastler2:14:44 US Air Force*
    2 Al Heppner2:16:52 US Army*
    3 Curt Clausen2:19:07 NYAC
    4 John Nunn2:19:39 US Army*
    5 Sean Albert2:23:50 NB-North Jersey
    6 Philip Dunn2:25:50 New Balance
    7 Tim Seaman2:31:11 NYAC
    8 Mark Green2:32:24 Las Vegas Walkers
    9 Dave Doherty2:34:40 San Diego TC
    10 Michelle Rohl2:38:01 Moving Comfort**
    11 Gary Morgan2:39:29 NYAC
    12 Dave McGovern2:42:15 New Balance
    13 Nick Bdera2:45:01 Eastside
    14 Ed Parrot2:45:27 PRO
    15 Rod Craig2:48:52 Pegasus*
    16 Colin Peters2:57:29 Hawaii TC
    17 Max Green3:15:22 Pegasus*
    18 John Backlund3:20:40 Rwers NW
    19 Robert Weeks3:29:39 WTW-San Diego
    20 Paul Johnson3:29:39 Florida AC

    Andreas Gustafson DQ Sweden
    Stephen McGullough DQ unattached
    Jack Cassidy DQ unattached
    Darlene Backlund DQ Rwers NW
    Bobbi Jo Chapman DNF World Class
    Lee Chase DNF CT Rwers
    Jolene Moore DNS Parkside AC


    *personal best time
    **National 30 km Women's Champion
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