Boothbay’s Lauren Forgues sixth in Olympic Trials 20K racewalk

Posted July 01, 2012, at 7:09 p.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Lauren Forgues of Boothbay finished sixth Sunday morning in the women’s 20-kilometer race walk at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials held at Hayward Field.

The 24-year-old Forgues, now living and training in Imperial Beach, Calif., and competing for the New York Athletic Club, was timed in 1 hour, 39 minutes, 48.06 seconds for the 12.4-mile distance.

Forgues’ teammates at the Champions International racewalk training center near San Diego, Maria Michta and Miranda Melville, finished first and second in the race, but with no American racewalker achieving the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 1:33:30, only Michta will compete in the Summer Olympics in London next month.

The 26-year-old Michta of Nesconset, N.Y., the pre-race favorite and two-time U.S. champion in the women’s 20K racewalk, finished in 1:34:53.33, followed by Melville in 1:34:56.92. Next in the field were Erin Gray (1:35:40.08), Jill Cobb (1:37:00.07) and 2008 Olympian Joanne Dow (1:38:20.20).

Fifteen runners participated in the race.

Forgues’ time Sunday was more than two minutes off her personal best for the distance, 1:37:41 set in 2011 and also off her previous best this year, a 1:38:04 clocking in a meet at Naumberg, Germany, on April 22.

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