Photo: Taylor Ewert's racewalk career continued to thrive at The Penn Relays this weekend
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And make no mistake, the Beavercreek (OH) High School junior's effort in the Olympic Development women's 5K racewalk at The Penn Relays on Saturday was no surprise.
The larger goal, however, is nearly a year away. And for Ewert, who also owns American Junior Records in the 3K and 10K racewalk, her work is only beginning, as it will take a herculean effort to even approach the new Olympic 'A' standard of 1:31.00 in the women's 20K racewalk.
Before the weekend, Ewert's best at 10K -- which she posted back in July at the IAAF U20 Championships, finishing 10th overall -- was essentially half of that standard. And to qualify for the racewalk at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she'll need to pursue hitting that standard first.
That's why this recent effort is so important. The time is 10 seconds faster than her previous win at The Penn Relays in 2018. If you factor her stellar cross country season to go along with ever-improving speed and consistent form, Ewert should make a run at the racewalk in 2020.
This weekend was another indication of just how talented the junior athlete is on a world scale.
Penn Relays Women's 5K Racewalk Results
|2||Lauren Harris||Marist College||23:23.89|
|3||Anali Cisneros||Judson University||24:52.75|
|4||Jennifer Lopez||Elgin Sharks TC||25:20.10|
|5||Kayla Shapiro||Walk USA||25:22.87|
|6||Maria Alarcon||Judson University||27:17.79|
|7||Nayeli Cisneros||Judson University||28:34.84|
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