Maria Michta-Coffey sets 10K American Record

Record Holder Maria Michta-Coffey
and her sister Katie post race.

Earth City, Mo - Maria Michta-Coffey walked 10K in 44:09 Sunday, April 3, clobbering the previous record of 44:17 set by Michelle Rohl in 1995.

The record was set half way through the 20K race at the US Team Trials ahead of the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (formerly known as the World Cup). Maria won the race in 1:34:46 and punched her ticket to Rome, where she will compete on May 7.

Maria's younger sister, Katie, no longer a junior, walked her first 20K at the trials, finishing in 1:48:11. Though that time won't get her to Rome, it was only 11 seconds off the standard for the Olympic Trials.

Molly Josephs & Katharine Newhoff at the U.S. Team Trials.

Molly Josephs was also in Sunday's race. Her finish at 1:45:05 placed her 6th, and only the top five open walkers will go to Rome. Molly met the standard for the Olympic Trials previously, so she will be competing in Salem, Ore., on June 30. 

Katharine Newhoff, still a junior, finished the 10K in Earth City in 53:09. That placed her 4th, and only the top three juniors will compete in Rome.