2004 Penn Relays - Women's 5km Photo Story

Ancient Race Directors saying, “Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.” Then first woman’s event of the premier day of the 110th Penn Relays was the women’s 5K race walk. Following in last years footsteps, the field was packed. After a few late scratches, 31 women headed to the start line.

Right from the gun, junior race walker Rachel Lavalee took the pack out. While her pace of 56 seconds for the first 200 might have been a bit ambitious, her early lead was more attributable to the conservative start of the senior athletes. World Cup Team member Susan Armenta started in second with Amber Antonia at her heels. The two trailed Lavalee by a meer second.

Rachel Lavalee (Left), Armenta and Antonia (Right)

By the second lap, Armenta and Antonia pulled away from the pack, and it was a PACK, by picking the pace up to about 1:50 a lap. Armenta’s World Cup teammate and disciple established herself in third, while Carolyn Kealty walked strong as the top Masters athlete.

Kealty holding her own with the open and junior athletes

Not far behind Lavalle, who continued to walk well, was Kate Dickinson. Dickinson was walking strong, but was disqualified after a few laps. An event directors nightmare were the large packs of junior walkers. Thanks to Fast Ed Gawinski, all the lap counts were right!

Just one of the many large packs of junior walkers

A 5K may be a sprint to some of these competitors, but they were working it hard today!

Working for a livin

The packs, long and large, pretty much stayed as they were for a few K. Our leaders settled into a 1:54 lap pace through about 3K, until Antonia ripped it open. Antonia dropped it to about 1:50 per lap while Armenta slowed to close to 2:00.

Anotnia Finishing Strong

The complete results follow:

Event 176, Saturday, 8:00 am
WOD 5k Racewalk
1 23:14.66 Amber Antonia New York AC
2 23:49.47 Susan Armenta Team New Balance
3 24:36.70 Margaret Ditchburn unattached
4 25:58.16 Akessandra Vavas Northwestern
5 26:25.40 Laura Feller Port Washington
6 27:12.21 Elizabeth Paxton unattached
7 27:46.58 Billie Robinson Rio Grande
8 29:39.08 Kristen Barnett Rio Grande

Event 177, Saturday, 8:00 am
Masters Women's 5k Racewalk
1 25:12.01 Carolyn Kealty Florida AC

Event 178, Saturday, 8:00 am
Junior Women 5k Racewalk
1 25:15.43 Rachel Lavallee Peterborough Legion T&F
2 25:25.05 Laura Richenderfer Penfield
3 26:12.95 Tina Peters Miami Valley TC
4 26:49.17 Carly Lochala Maine Race Walkers
5 26:55.30 Rosalind Adams Harris
6 27:17.93 Allison Snochowski Walk USA
7 27:24.56 Rachael Gill East Meadow High School
8 27:38.92 Lauren Forgues Maine Race Walkers
9 27:49.81 Kristen Casey Arlington
10 27:50.26 Ann Whalen Arlington
11 27:56.12 Shani Brown New Rochelle
12 28:04.33 Alice Garland Carmel
13 28:38.26 Keisha Pearson Walk USA
14 29:06.37 Helen Pottle Maine Race Walkers
15 29:36.62 Chelsea Clark RWI
16 29:55.52 Deborah William New Rochelle
17 30:00.91 Raven Pilgrim Park Racewalkers
18 30:33.65 Jessie Smith Maine Race Walkers
19 31:04.19 Jana Marshall Rio Grande

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