Dunn leads Maine walkers at national events

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Abby Dunn of Edward Little led a strong Maine contingent through a pair of national racewalking events this weekend, earning a pair of All-America awards in the process.

Dunn placed fourth in the Nike Indoor Championships in Boston on Saturday, and followed that up with a win in the one-mile event at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships on Sunday.

“She came out of nowhere to win,” coach Tom Menendez said Sunday night. “She kind of looked up at me after four laps and asked what to do. We decided she could go for it. She picked up the pace from there.”

Matt Forgues of Boothbay led the way on the boys’ side with a fourth-place finish on Saturday and a third on Sunday, adding his sixth and seventh All-America honors.

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Evan Vincent of Manchester (Maranacook) took fifth Saturday and fourth Sunday, while Charlie Swerdlow of Falmouth placed sixth in both races.

Other area racers competing in the events included Nicole Court-Menendez (14th and eighth), Emily Reed (18th both days) and Abby Lochala (16th on Sunday).

Nine athletes from five Maine schools earned All-America status over the weekend. Since 1990, Maine high school racewalkers have earned 167 All-America awards, spanning 58 athletes from 29 different high schools .

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