Kazmierczak Qualifies For World Race Walk Cup

April 11, 2006

KINGSTON, R.I - Rhode Island freshman Michael Kazmierczak earned a spot on the USA National Team that will compete in this spring's World Race Walk Cup competition after winning his division in the Team USA qualifying race in Hauppauge, N.Y. on Sunday, April 9. The top-three junior (not turning 20 during the year) finishers will represent the USA on May 13-14 in La Coruna, Spain.

Kazmierczak was the top USA competitor in the junior men's 10 kilometer race. He finished in a personal-best time of 48:52, 48 seconds ahead of the next American finisher. The native of Plainview, N.Y. represented the USA in a competition with Canada in 2005, but this will be his first global competition.

The World Race Walk Cup, first held in 1967 and now contested every two years, is an international competition with team scores determined by athletes' placing in the results.

For more information on these individuals, on the World Race Walk Cup meet, or on USA Track & Field programs, contact Steve Vaitones at USATF-NE, (617) 566-7600 / office@usatfne.org.