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. This link will highlight upcoming events for Youth, Open, and Masters athletes.

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Pacific Association Race Walks in 2021

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

We will have 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

If you would like to help in our efforts to mentor new Race Walk Judges, please email us ([email protected]; [email protected]) the following information:
• Date and time at which you will begin a race
• Location (address and, if possible, a Google Map image of your starting location)
• Your name and email address.
We will then email that information to all the Pacific Association Race Walk Judges, encouraging them contact you if they can come to your starting location [and if they follow state and local health-department COVID-19 guidelines and USATF COVID-19 guidelines, USATF Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information Page | USA Track & Field, for social distancing, wearing masks, etc.]. Several people have taken the recent Introduction to Race Walk Judging clinics and are now non-scoring Apprentice Judges, who need to be mentored by experienced Judges before advancing to become scoring Association Judges.

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

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

 

Have a great 2021!

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Races of the 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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The final races of the 2019 Race Walking Grand Prix season were:

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

TF PA & PA-Connected Olympians Results

Posted by on Aug 10, 2021 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Officials, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field | 0 comments

USATF Pacific Members and PA-Connected Tokyo Olympians Results

Names in Bold, Olympic Results in Bold Italic

USATF Pacific Members

  • 20 km Race Walk Women Robyn Stevens (1. OT 1:35:13) Vacaville, CA; 1st Olympic Team: 33rd in 1:37.42
  • 20 km Race Walk Men Nick Christie (1. OT 1:30:48) Vacaville, CA; 3rd Olympic Team: 50th in 1:34.42
  • Men’s Hammer: Alex Young (3. OT 78.32m/256-11); 11th in Qualifying Round with 75.09m, did not advance

PA-Connected Athletes

  • Women’s Discus Throw: (Stanford ’17) Valarie Allman (1. OT 69.9m/229-5 for the #3 all-time performance by an American) Gold 68.98m/226-4
  • Women’s 5,000 Meters(Stanford ’18) Elise Cranny (1. OT 15:27.81) 13th in 14:55.98
  • Men’s 5,000 Meters: (Stanford ’19) Grant Fisher (2. OT 13:02.53) 9th in 13:08.40
  • Men’s 10,000 Meters: (Stanford ’19) Grant Fisher (2. OT 27:54.29) 5th in 27:46.39
  • Women’s High Jump: (UC Berkeley 09 )  Inika McPherson (2. OT 1.93m/6-4 did not achieve the Olympic standard of 1.95m/6-5 and her #27 World Athletics ranking was lower than #21 Tynita Butts) Did not compete
  • Men’s Marathon: (Stanford ’11) 2. Jacob Riley (OT 2. 2:10:02) 29th 2:16:26
  • Women’s Hammer: (UC Berkeley ’22; for Canadian Olympic Team) Camryn Rogers (75.52m/247-9) 5th 74.35m/243-11
  • Women’s Marathon (Stanford ’02; for Canadian Olympic Team): Malindi Elmore (2:24:50) 9th 2:30:59
  • Women’s Javelin: (Stanford ’19; for Australian Olympic Team): Mackenzie Little (60.90m/199-9.6) 8th 59.96/196-8.63
  • Men’s 400m(Stanford ’16; for Australian Olympic Team) Steven Solomon (46.82) Qualifying Round #4 2nd in 44.94; Semi Final Round #2 2nd in  45.15 but did not advance.
  • Women’s Pole Vault: (Stanford ’12; for Greek Olympic Team) Katerina Stefanidi (4.8m/15-9) 4th 4.90m/16-10
ELITE PA & PA-Connected 2021 Olympians!

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USATF Pacific Members and PA-Connected Olympians

Compiled by Fred Baer and Cynci Calvin, and updated 7/15/2021.

 

Deirdre Fitzpatrick Interview with Robyn and Nick

 

 

KCRA’s Deirdre Fitzpatrick Interview with Robyn and Nick

 

 

  • 20 km Race Walk Women 1. Robyn Stevens (1:35:13) Vacaville, CA; 1st Olympic Team
  • 20 km Race Walk Men 1. Nick Christie (1:30:48) Vacaville, CA; 3rd Olympic Team
  • Men’s Hammer: 3. Alex Young (Bay Area resident coached by Stanford Throws Coach Amin Nikfar… see “Who Knew” section below); 78.32m/256-11
  • Women’s Discus Throw: (Stanford ’17) 1. Valarie Allman 229-5. This is the #3 all-time performance by an American. Allman holds the American record at 230-2, and she had the No. 2 all-time performance, 229-8, in the opening day qualifying round at the Trials.
  • Women’s 5,000 Meters: (Stanford ’18) 1. Elise Cranny 15:27.81.
  • Men’s 5,000 Meters & 10,000 Meters: (Stanford ’19) 2. for each event Grant Fisher ; 13:02.53 for 5K; 27:54.29 for 10K.
  • Men’s 5,000 Meters: 4. alternate (Alameda, California – Oakland Magazine Feature) Cooper Teare 13:28.08 and ran the fastest final 400m
  • Women’s High Jump: (UC Berkeley 09 ) 2. Inika McPherson 6-4. (McPherson did not clear the Olympic standard of 6-5 but expects to be added when World Athletics releases its final Olympic rankings.)
  • Men’s Decathlon: (Stanford ’18) 4. alternate  Harrison Williams 8,306 points.
  • Men’s Marathon: (Stanford ’11) 2. Jacob Riley 2:10:02
  • Women’s Hammer: (UC Berkeley ’22; for Canadian Olympic Team) Camryn Rogers (75.52 meters, 247-9)
  • Women’s Marathon (Stanford ’02; for Canadian Olympic Team): Malindi Elmore (2:24:50)
  • Women’s Javelin: (Stanford ’19; for Australian Olympic Team): Mackenzie Little (60.90 meters, 199′-9.6″)
  • Men’s 400m: (Stanford ’16; for Australian Olympic Team) Steven Solomon (46.82)
  • Women’s Pole Vault: (Stanford ’12; for Greek Olympic Team) Katerina Stefanidi (4.8 meters, 15′-9″)

More! San Mateo resident and UC Berkeley Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Robyne Johnson is the Team USA Assistant Coach for the women’s jumps and multi-events, the same position she held for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cal Bears Announcement

CLICK HERE for a complete list of the coaching staff for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Who Knew?

Here’s a shout out to two athletes (Alex Young – Hammer and Tiana Bartoletta – sprints, long jump) who are listed as USATF Pacific members in the Trials’ news reports, but they are relatively recent arrivals to this association. Learn more below…

Alex Young – Hammer

Alex Young at 2021 Olympic Trials

Photo by August Frank, Oregon News Lab

While reading the Day three report (see below) of the 2021 Olympic Trials, Alex Young’s name popped up in the Hammer Throw recap, with his USATF association listed as USATF Pacific. Alex, as the report shows below is now an Olympian, after placing third in a stellar field. Here is additional information about Alex and his USATF Pacific affiliation.

Alex’s coach, Amin Nikfar, who is a dual US/Iranian citizen, was born in San Jose before moving to Santa Clara, where he was a two-time state shot put qualifier at Wilcox High School. His coach at Wilcox was two-time Discus Olympian Mike Buncic. Two-time Olympian and IAAF competito, Nikfar is a Cal Berkeley grad, where he competed in and coached throws, then coached at N. Arizona University (2006-2009), then back to CA to coach at St. Francis HS in Mountain View (2014). After one season at University of New Orleans, he moved on to three stellar seasons coaching at Southeastern Louisiana University (2016-2018). Nikfar returned to California to coach one season at Stanford (2019), and in 2020 moved back to North Carolina for a coaching position at the University of North Carolina.

Alex Young hails from LaVergne, TN and competed collegiately for Southeastern Louisiana University. Here Nikfar coached him to the U.S. hammer and weight throw titles and an NCAA weight throw championship in 2017. Young was an IAAF World Championships qualifier and NCAA hammer runner-up. Young has followed Nikfar for his post-collegiate throwing career, moving with him to Stanford and North Carolina. It was during his stay at Stanford that Young established his USATF Pacific affiliation.

Alex Young Runnerspace.com Interview post-Trials Hammer Competition

USATF Oympic Trials Day Three Hammer Event Report

“Kicking off day 3, the greatest competition in U.S. hammer throwing history saw Rudy Winkler (Ithaca, New York / USATF New York) finally take the American record away from Lance Deal after 25 years, as the defending Trials champion landed the 16-pound orb out at 82.71m/271-4 on his second attempt to add seven inches to Deal’s record. Winkler opened the competition by breaking the Trials record set in 1992 by Jud Logan with an 80.75m/264-11 and then followed up with his monster throw. In round four he hit 82.10m/269-4 and he ended up with five of his six throws beyond 80m/262-5. His record throw moved him to No. 20 on the all-time world performer list.

Winkler wasn’t the only one hitting peak form at just the right time, either, as Daniel Haugh (Marietta, Georgia / USATF Georgia) and Alex Young (LaVergne, Tennessee / USATF Pacific) both notched lifetime bests in the final round to claim their first Olympic berths. Haugh improved to 79.39m/260-5, and Young’s final toss landed at 78.32m/256-11. The trio will give Team USATF its greatest ever squad in the men’s hammer, led by gold medal contender Winkler. Hal Connolly in 1956 was the last American to win Olympic gold in the event, and Deal, who was the 1996 silver medalist in Atlanta, is the last U.S. medalist.”

Tianna Bartoletta, 100m, Long Jump

Tiana Bartoletta

Cal Berkeley photo

From her youth until the present Tiana has excelled in the long jump and 100m sprint. The Elyira, Ohio native attended University of Tennessee. Her post collegiate career is highlighted by 3 Olympic Gold Medals – one for the 2012 4×4 100m relay which also produced a World Record time, and two in 2016, one for the long jump and one for a repeat win in the 4×4 100m relay. In late 2019, Tianna began coaching jumps and sprints at UC Berkeley, hence her USATF Pacific affiliation.

Tiana qualified for the 100m semis at this year’s Olympic Trials, but her quest to compete on the 100m Team USA ended in the next round. In the Long Jump, Tiana made it to the finals but finished 10th, so she will not be defending her 2016 Long Jump title at her 3rd Olympics.

 

RW Clinics for Race Walk Judges and Race Walk Officials

Posted by on Dec 29, 2020 in Coach, Officials, pausatf, Race Walking | 0 comments

The USATF Pacific Association is holding Zoom clinics to train new Race Walk Judges and Race Walk Officials.  We encourage attendance by current USATF officials who would like to add race walk judging to their ID cards, and by athletes, coaches, parents, and friends.  Race walking is an Olympic sport and part of the track and field events at USATF Youth meets, including the Junior Olympics and the qualifying meets held in the Pacific Association.  We also have a Race Walking Grand Prix in the Pacific Association, with distances ranging from 1500 meters to 20 kilometers.

There are two opportunities to take the “Introduction to Race Walk Judging” clinic:

  • Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021, from 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

To register for either of these free clinics, please go to

2021 Clinic Sign-Ups (google.com)   .

The syllabus for the clinic is available as a Word file at  https://wp.me/a5y0XD-f4I  or as a PDF at  https://wp.me/a5y0XD-f4K  .

The syllabus also contains the questions for the Rules Review that will be covered in the clinic.  We’ll be using the USATF 2020 Competition Rules, available at

https://www.usatf.org/governance/rule-books  .

For adults (ages 18 and older), in addition to taking training clinics, USATF has three basic requirements for officials, which can be found at

https://www.usatf.org/programs/officials/certification

or

https://www.usatf.org/programs/officials   .  These include (1) being a current member of USATF, (2) having a background check, and (3) taking SafeSport training.

For youth ages 14-17, USATF has initiated a Junior Officials Program.  Information about this new program can be found at

https://www.flipsnack.com/USATF/2020-junior-officials-program/full-view.html  .  You are welcome to register for the upcoming clinic.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like a copy of the syllabus.

Thanks for your interest.

Jon

Chair, USATF Pacific Association Race Walk Committee