Pacific Assocation of USA Track and Field

Race Walking

USATF Pacific Race Walking

Start of the PA-USATF 1-mile RW Championships, 2015-01-14, UC Berkeley
Start of the PA-USATF 1-mile RW Championships, 2015-01-14, UC Berkeley

The Pacific Association has an active Race Walk Committee representing Race Walk Clubs, and an annual series of events that make up the Pacific Association’s Race Walk Grand Prix. PLEASE CLICK ON the “Schedule/Results/GP Standings” link to the right or below or HERE for the latest information on the schedule of events (including REGISTRATION FORMS), results of recent races, and standings in the Grand Prix series.

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There will be an Introduction to Race Walk Judging clinic from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. You will then become a non-scoring Apprentice Judge. After being mentored by experienced Judges, you can advance to become a scoring Association Judge.
If you are interested, please email the USATF Pacific Officials Training Chair at [email protected] .

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Pacific Association Race Walks in 2022

The races of the 2022 USATF Pacific Association Race Walk Grand Prix Championship season are being planned and are subject to change. As many events as possible will be in-person, physically-present races subject to COVID-19 safety requirements.

 
• 1,500-meters, Saturday, Jan 29, at Cal Berkeley as part of All-Comers Meet
• One Mile (1,609 meters), Saturday, Feb 19, at Cal Berkeley as part of All-Comers Meet
• 3,000-meters, tbd
• 5,000-meters, tbd
• One-Hour, tbd
• 10 kilometers, Sep tbd, concurrent with 20 km RW and possible 3k Power Walk
• 20 kilometers, Sep tbd, concurrent with 10 km RW and possible 3k Power Walk

For more information on the above events click on the “Schedule/Results/GP Standings” link to the right or CLICK HERE

In addition to the above Grand Prix events, Robyn Stevens has supplied us with this Tentative Schedule of Race Walks:

For 2022,
• USATF Masters Indoor Championship, March 18-20, 2022, The Armory, New York City
• World Masters Indoor Championship, 2022, Tampere, Finland
• USATF Masters Outdoor Championship, July 14-17, 2022, Lexington, KY

For 2023,
• USATF Masters Indoor Championship, April 14-16, 2023, Spokane, WA
• World Masters Outdoor Championship, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

For 2024,
• World Masters Outdoor Championship, August (?) 2024, Gothenburg, Sweden

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2021 Pacific Association Race Walk Grand Prix Season

The 2021 USATF Pacific Association Race Walk Grand Prix Championship events were all virtual. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no sanctioned in-person events for the Grand Prix.

We had seven virtual races, following the rules established in 2020 for the #AloneTogether COVID-19 VIRTUAL events (see below):

• 1,500-meters, anytime from Saturday, February 6, to Sunday, February 28
• 1-mile (1,609 meters), anytime from Saturday, March 6, to Sunday, March 28
• 3,000-meters, anytime from Saturday, April 3, to Sunday, April 25
• 5,000-meters, anytime from Saturday, May 1, to Sunday, May 23
• One-Hour, anytime from Saturday, June 1, to Sunday, July 18 (longer due to the Olympic Trials & JOs)
• 10 kilometers, anytime from Wednesday, September 1, to Thursday, September 30
• 20 kilometers, anytime from Wednesday, September 1, to Thursday, September 30

Rules, Entry Forms, and Race Reports for the VIRTUAL events are at the “Schedule/Results/GP Standings” link to the right or below CLICK HERE for all information related to the rules and entry for 2021 Race Walk Grand Prix events.

Robyn Stevens has supplied us with this Tentative Schedule of Race Walks for Open Athletes:
• Jan 31 – POSTPONED to Feb 28 W 35 km/ M 50 km
• Feb 13 – CANCELLED Millrose Games 1-Mile
• Feb 21 – CANCELLED Indoor Championships 3km in ABQ, NM
• Feb 28 – W 35 km/ M 50 km National Championship in Santee, CA with a 30 km, 20 km, and 10 km available
• Mar 27 – Pan American Cup Trials 20 km in Whiting, NJ
• Apr 23 – Drake Relays 5 km/10 km
• Apr 25 – Penn Relays 5 km/10 km (may be cancelled)
• May 8 – Pan American Cup 20 km and 35 km (NOTE: NO 50km for Men or Women) in Ecuador
• POSSIBLE DATE May 23 – 35 km Nationals for Men with 50 km, 35 km Open and 20 km opportunity
• Jun 26/27 – Olympic Trials 20 km in Springfield, OR
• Aug 6/7 – Tokyo Olympic 20 km Race Walk

Additional races of interest to our Youth and Masters Race Walkers include:
• USATF U20 Championship, Friday-Sunday, 2021 dated TBD, if held, location TBD
• World Masters Outdoor Championship, 2021 CANCELLED
• USATF National Masters Championship, date TBD, likely in August 2021, Sacramento, California
• USATF Junior Olympic Championship, July 26 to August 1, 2021 (with race walks likely on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 & 27), Jacksonville, Florida

 
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2020 Race Walking Grand Prix Season

Saturday, 22 February 2020 – One-Mile Grand Prix

The results of the separate women’s and men’s Pacific Association Grand Prix One-Mile Race Walks which were part of the UC-Berkeley/Cal All Comers’ Track and Field Meet on Saturday, 22 February 2020, are posted.
Click Here for the One Mile Race Walk Results

Due to the global Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, we can’t conduct official races because we can’t be physically present with certified judges, officials, courses, or timing.

Therefore, we are modifying our traditional USA Track & Field Pacific Association Race Walk Grand Prix Series into something new… Welcome to the #AloneTogether version of the COVID-19 VIRTUAL Race Walk Grand Prix Series!

COVID-19 VIRTUAL 3,000-Meter Race Walk

The results of the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 3,000-Meter Race Walk conducted from May 16 to 23, 2020, are posted.
Click Here for the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 3,000-Meter Race Walk Results

COVID-19 VIRTUAL 5,000-Meter Race Walk

The results of the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 5,000-Meter Race Walk conducted from May 31 to June 7, 2020, are posted.
Click Here for the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 5,000-Meter Race Walk Results

COVID-19 VIRTUAL One Hour Race Walk

The results of the COVID-19 VIRTUAL One Hour Race Walk conducted from July 4 to 12, 2020, are posted.
Click Here for the COVID-19 VIRTUAL One Hour Race Walk Results

COVID-19 VIRTUAL 10-Kilometer and 20-Kilometer Race Walks

The results of the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 10-Kilometer and 20-Kilometer Race Walks conducted from September 19 to October 18, 2020, are posted.
Click Here for the COVID-19 VIRTUAL 10-Kilometer and 20-Kilometer Race Walk Results

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2019 Race Walking Grand Prix Season

Sunday, 29 September 2019 – Western Region and Pacific Association Grand Prix 10-kilometer, & 20-kilometer Race Walks (with 3-kilometer Power Walk)

Click Here for the 10k & 20k RACE WALK Results

Check the Youth page on the Pacific Association website for details about upcoming Youth track and field meets that feature race walks. These include:

Saturday, 22 June 2019 – 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter Youth Race Walks,

Turlock High School, Turlock, California. The race walks (1,500 meters for age groups 9-10 & 11-12; 3,000 meters for age groups 13-14, 15-16, & 17-18) will likely be some of the first events of the day. The races are part of the Shor/Sheppard Classic Youth meet, which is a two-day meet, concluding Sunday, June 23. See this website for the meet flyer and other information about the meet.

Saturday, 6 July 2019 – 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter Youth Race Walks,

Modesto Junior College, Modesto, California. The race walks (1,500 meters for age groups 9-10 & 11-12; 3,000 meters for age groups 13-14, 15-16, & 17-18) will likely be some of the first events of the day. The races are part of the Pacific Association/Region 16 Junior Olympic Championship Meet, which is a three-day meet, starting Friday afternoon, July 5, and concluding Sunday, July 7. This is the qualifying meet for the National Junior Olympic Championships later in July. The top five athletes in each age and gender group advance to the National Championship. See this website for the meet flyer and other information about the meet.

Monday, 22 July, and Tuesday, 23 July 2019 – 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter Youth Race Walks as part of the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships,

Sacramento State University. The following race walks are scheduled (subject to change):
12:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, 3,000-meter 13-14 Girls, followed by 13-14 Boys
2:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1,500-meter 9-10 Girls, followed by 9-10 Boys
4:00 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1,500-meter 11-14 Girls, followed by 11-12 Boys
9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 3,000-meter 15-16 Girls, followed by 17-18 Women
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 3,000-meter 15-16 Boys, followed by 17-18 Men.
See this website for a complete schedule and other information about this weeklong track and field meet, which runs from Monday, July 22, through Sunday, July 28..

See this file for the POWER WALKING RULES.

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Here is Bill Robinson’s video of the one-hour postal race in 2016 (a three-minute clip from both the ground and a drone).

Below you will find a listing of the PA Race Walk-specific news, and to the right is a list of upcoming events and below that are helpful links.


 

PA Race Walking Latest News

PA Tuesday, 18 January Board meeting via zoom

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Join us via Zoom for our USATF Pacific Board of Athletics meeting on Tuesday, 18 January from 7:00-9:30pm and get caught up on all that is happening within our association!

Click on this link to review November’s meeting minutes and draft agenda.  Additions to the agenda need to be emailed to secretary Angie Longworth at [email protected] by Sunday, 16 January at 6:00pm. Also, contact Angie for the Zoom sign-in information.

COACHES Coaching Level 1 School info via Zoom 14-17 January

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USATF continues the delivery of online Level 1 Schools via Zoom in real-time broken up across a four-day schedule.

We will host our Level 1 via Zoom with our traditional Pacific staff 14-17 January, over Martin Luther King Weekend.

Click here for school information and registration:
https://www.usatf.org/programs/coaches/calendar-of-schools/usatf-level-1-school-%E2%80%93-zoom-2022-2-pst

Become a Level 1 coach and increase your coaching effectiveness from the comfort of your own home!

PA Dave Shrock receives USATF’s Highest Accolade!

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The Robert Giegangack Award

The Robert Giegengack Award was established in 1982 in recognition of the late Yale track & field coach’s half-century of “superior and outstanding contributions as an official, a coach, and an administrator in the sport and to the organization.” It is awarded annually to a person “who excels in contributing to the excellence and high standards of the sport of Athletics.” The Award is USA Track & Field’s only accolade not limited to one of the sport’s three disciplines (track & field, long distance running, and race walking), or to any one of the three principal areas of consideration (official, coach, or administrator).

From Dave:

It’s especially humbling to see the list of women and men who have preceded me whom we’ve all looked up to and have been lucky enough to have been mentored by.  Previous recipients from Pacific have been George Kleeman, Dr. Harmon Brown, Horace Crow, and Stan Wright.

This award is for all of you as well, as we have all worked together through the years to create an association that is considered of the highest standard in USATF.

Mike Conley with us at our AEC viewing party on the pool deck.

Mike Conley and Dave Shrock at the 2021 USATF Awards

TF Women’s Decathlon Champs final results with AR!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Aug. 23, 2021    Contact: Fred Baer  [email protected]com  m/t: 650.483.3733

“Greatest Woman Athlete” Smashes American Record; Runner-up Has H.S. Best:

JORDAN GRAY PUTS WOMEN’S DECATHLON RECORD OVER 8,000 POINTS

Jordan Gray obliterated her American Record in the women’s decathlon Sunday, running up history’s second highest total of 8,246 points in the Women’s Decathlon Association “National” Championships at College of San Mateo.
The Ball Ground, Ga. resident becomes only the third person to score over 8,000 points in the 10-event competition, which, effectively, determines the “world’s greatest” female athlete.
The world record is 8,358 points by Austra Skujyte of Lithuania in 2005. The only other athlete to ever top the 8K mark was Marie Collonville of France, who set the former world record of 8,150 points in 2004.
Gray added a phenomenal 325 points to the American and Western Hemisphere Records of 7,921 she set in the first Women’s Decathlon Championships in 2019, also at CSM. It is the third American track and field record set on CSM’s international Mondo track facility — as the college begins its 100th season of athletic competition. Kim Kreiner, previously, set an AR in the women’s javelin throw at CSM.

WIND AVERAGE = LEGAL SCORE UNDER CURRENT RULES: Gray’s average wind-reading for the three events affected by wind was 1.4 meters per second, well under the allowable average of 2.0 (according to newer rules). Her competition opening 100 meter time was 11.86 seconds, aided by a 4.6 meters per second wind – the fastest ever under any conditions in a decathlon. Gray’s second day 100 meter hurdles race (timed in 14.43) was intentionally run into a 2.5 mps headwind, still scoring 919 points, to lower the overall meet wind average. (Her personal best is 13.80.) Gray had a 20 foot, 1 inch long jump the first day with legal 2.0 wind assistance – as she tallied the highest ever first day tally by an American, 4,356 points.

Gray, a 2019 Kennesaw State University grad, continued to roll on day two with a discus throw of 130-8 for 652 points. She won the pole vault at 12-10 for 935 points and the javelin throw at 135-0 (689 points), equaling the second best mark by an American in a women’s decathlon. That had been achieved in 1997 by Stacy Dragila (the ex-pole vault world record holder who was a former community college heptathlon star). Gray finished with a 1,500 meter time of 5 minutes, 20.27 seconds, for 697 points to easily surpass the record. .

“The world record wasn’t something I was targeting,” said Gray. “I just wanted to come in and do my best without worrying about it – and get the American record.”
Gray, who was born in Lawenceville, Ga., plans to continue lobbying officials in USA Track & Field and World Athletics to allow women to contest the decathlon, along with the men, in major competitions.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top post-collegiate competitors by the Women’s Decathlon Association and by 3-time local Olympian Pat Daniels Connollly, an Olympic multievent pioneer in the pentathlon (in 1964). She is a former Capuchino High (San Bruno) and CSM student who now resides in Half Moon Bay.

HIGHEST EVER HS TOTAL: Corinn Brewer, an incoming senior at Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic, achieved the best ever high school decathlon score, 5,698 points, finishing second in the overall competition. She does not, however, officially break the high school and under age 20 record of 5,676 points — due to her excess wind average (over 2.0) for the competition. Brewer, also a cross country runner at her high school, won the concluding 1,500 meters in a swift 4:59.57 (829 points) – only the sixth ever (second American) to better 5 minutes in a women’s decathlon. That prevented race runner-up Gray from having the leading mark in all ten events.

INTERNATIONAL FIELD: Uxia Pereira of Spain finished fourth in the meet with 5,539 points.

–Only men currently contest the decathlon at the Olympic Games, although the women’s event is an official World Athletics and USATF competition. This competition provided an opportunity to determine the “greatest woman athlete” just two weeks after the Olympics.

National and local level officials from the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field officiated the competition, using laser measurements and national timing services of Sean Laughlin of RecordTiming.

For complete results, see: https://www.rtspt.com/events/usatf/wdec21/

Women’s Dec website: www.womensdecathlonassociation.com

 

WOMEN’S DECATHLON ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Presented by Parity, Aug. 21-22, at College of San Mateo. Final scores:

1.Jordon Gray, Ball Ground, Ga.,  8,246 points (betters own American record of 7.928, set at CSM, 2029).

  1. Corinn Brewer, Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic H.S., 5,698w (highest ever high school score)
  2. Hanna McPhee, San Francisco, 5,613.
  3. Uxia Pereira, Spain, 5,539
  4. Anna Lee McGregor, San Francisco, 4,598.
  5. Natalia Quesada Marshall, San Francisco,

 

All-Time World Women’s Decathlon Performances Over 8,000 Points:

8,358  WR         Austra Skujyte, Lithuania, 2005.

8,246  AR          Jordan Gray, USA, 2021.

8,150  WR         Marie Collonville, France, 2004.

Note: Gray also has the No. 4 all-time performance of 7,921 points, set in her 2019 American Record competition at CSM.

WR = World Record when achieved

AR = American and Area (Continental) Records

 

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