Eastler sets new American record in race walk event


INDIANAPOLIS – Farmington native Kevin Eastler has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting a new American record in the 30-kilometer race walk at the 2006 USA 30 km Race Walk Championships in Chula Vista, Calif., last weekend.

A 2004 Olympian, Eastler crossed the finish line in the new American record time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 53 seconds. Eastler bettered the previous record of 2:14:23 set in 2002 by Curt Clausen.

Another notable performance over the weekend was Brian Sell’s second U.S. title of his career at the USA Men’s Half Marathon Championship in Houston, Texas. Sell ran a personal best 1:02:39 for second overall, just missing the championship record of 1:02:32.

set by Paul Cummings in 1987.