Although she had hopes of walking with the leaders, an injury from the World Cup in Russia impeded her performance.
Michta and Gray had enough of walking as a threesome and broke the veteran Vaill at about 20 minutes into the race.
Coach Seaman had his hands full with 5 athletes in the race. He handled like a pro even though we know he was more nervous today than for his own race yesterday.
Sue Michta, Maria's Mom, was a nervous nellie hanging on every one of her daughter's very fast steps.
Michta and Gray looked very smooth as the new vanguard of American Women's race walking.
Vaill would not give up easily and chased after them.
Not everyone's day was about making the team, it was also about personal challenges.
The women's 20K story continues...