Osborn native Ben Shorey seventh in Olympic Trials 20k racewalk

Posted June 30, 2012, at 4:59 p.m.
Ben Shorey
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Ben Shorey

EUGENE, Ore. — Ben Shorey, a 29-year-old Osborn native and 2001 graduate of Ellsworth High School, finished seventh Saturday morning in the men’s 20-kilometer racewalk at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field.

Trevor Barron, 19, of Bethel Park, Pa., won the 12.4-mile race in an American record of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 0.1 seconds. The 6-foot-3, 160-pound Barron, a freshman at Colorado College, will be the only American in the event at the 2012 Summer Games in London in August.

Barron’s coach, two-time Olympian Tim Seaman, finished second in 1:27:29, and while the 40-year-old veteran from San Diego did not qualify for the London Games, he established four national masters’ (40 and older) records during the race.

Shorey, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside who now lives in Kenosha, Wis., finished in 1:34:45, according to USATF official Tom Eastler of Farmington, who was in attendance for the race.

That time was just off Shorey’s trials qualifying time of 1:34:08 set earlier in May.

Shorey had finished third in the U.S. Olympic Trials 50-kilometer racewalk — his specialty — earlier this year. This also marked his third trials effort at 20K, finishing fifth in 2004 and seventh in 2008.

Eastler said conditions for the race, which started at 7:30 a.m. local time, were near perfect for the racewalkers, with overcast skies and moderate temperatures.

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