New York’s Erin Taylor Wins US 50K Racewalk

Quirke, Taylor win USA 50 km Race Walk titles

– Stephen Quirke won the men’s title and Erin Taylor captured the
women’s crown Sunday at the 2010 USA 50 km Race Walk Championships in
Surprise, Arizona.

In winning his first-ever 50 km national
title, Quirke, a resident of Racine, Wis., trailed Jonathan Matthews of
Helena, Mont., for most of the race until he made a final pass with
less than 2 kilometers remaining. Although Matthews continued to make
it interesting the rest of the way, Quirke held on for the victory by a
narrow 13-second margin.

Quirke was first to the finish in 4
hours 23 minutes 2 seconds, with Matthews finishing as the runner-up in
4:23:15. Allen James of Sanborn, N.Y., finished third in 4:24:0 and Ray
Sharp of Atlantic Mine, Mich., was fourth in 4:31:41.


suspense in the women’s race disappeared quickly as Erin Taylor grabbed
the early lead and was never challenged in winning the race easily in
4:57:11. A resident of Johnson City, N.Y., Taylor finished well ahead
of distant runner-up Kathryn Grimes of Sherwood, Ore., who crossed the
line in 5:37:10. Nana Bellerud of Gresham, Ore., placed third in
6:03:27, with 2009 champion Karen Karavanic of Portland, Ore., fourth
in 6:15:16.
Barron resets his own American Junior 20 km record
winner of the men’s 20 km Open and USATF 20 km Western Regional Race
Walk Championship Sunday in Surprise was 17-year old Trevor Barron of
Bethal Park, Pa., who completed the course in 1:31:51. Barron’s
performance shattered his own American Junior record of 1:37:49 set at
last year’s USA 50 km Championships in Santee, Calif.

Also in 20 km competition, Vicki Pritchard of Cave Creek, Ariz., was victorious in the women’s race in 2:09:17.

For more information on the 2010 USA 50 km Race Walk Championships, including the complete results, visit:

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