Racewalk Record Holder Lauren Harris Qualifies For Team USA At Pan American Trials

Farmingville Sachem East (NY) senior Lauren Harris, a national champion and indoor and outdoor record holder in the 1-mile racewalk, qualified for the Pan American Games later this year in Lima, Peru, by finishing second in the girls 10K junior division at the Pan American Race Walk Cup Trials in Philadelphia on April 2. 

Harris is no stranger to the longer distances, with experience in the 5K Distance at the Penn Relays and last summer in Canada.  Harris took second to Beavercreek (Oh.) freshman Taylor Ewert, who many got to know at New Balance Nationals Indoors.

Ewert shattered the freshman national record in the event by walking 7:06.32. Harris has done enough to keep her national records out of reach for some time, but the pair will be making the trip together.

To little surprise, Harris' coach, Maria Michta-Coffey, and Rochester-based walker, Miranda Melville, both made the team in the senior division. 

For Harris, this would be the second time representing Team USA. 

Last Summer, she did so in the USA vs. Canada Race Walk Dual Meet, where she took third overall.  New Balance Indoor Nationals Boys Champion Cameron Haught qualified in the Junior Men's Division.

Women 10 KM Race Walk Junior
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals  Points
Results - Women
  1   107 Ewert, Taylor       15 Southwest Ohio           49:54  
  2   109 Harris, Lauren      17 Walk USA                 49:55  
  3   116 Torres, Kayla       18 Walk USA                 52:51  
  4   115 Sirois, Sydney      18 Unattached               53:26  
  5   102 Allen, Maegan       18 New Eng. Walkers         53:55  
  6   101 Allen, Kayla        17 Unattached               54:16  
  7   105 Cisneros, Nayeli    18 Elgin Sharks             54:43  
  8   113 Mandel, Tara        17 Foundation TC            55:58  
  9   106 Cuomo, Amelia       18 Unattached               56:21   Penalty
 10   110 Heiser-Whatley, Je  17 Warriors TC              57:23  
 11   111 Heiser-Whatley, Vi  17 Warriors TC              59:43  
 12   114 Shapiro, Kayla      18 Walk USA                 59:58  
 13   108 Garcia, Maria       18 Park Racewalkers       1:00:48  
 14   103 Baldassarre, Genna  17 Unattached             1:02:33  
 15   112 Levine, Jessica     18 Unattached             1:04:21  
 --   104 Cagnina, Ariana     18 Unattached                 DNF