Auburn racewalker Abby Dunn, finished a close second to earn a silver medal and a spot on the U.S. junior team in the 10,000-meter racewalk with a time of 56:58.16 at the national competition on Sunday.

Dunn was in the lead pack most of the race, and she broke away in the second half of the race to take the lead for most of the rest of the race.

Nicolette Sorensen from California passed her late in the race.

Two other Maine racewalkers Waterville’s Courtney Williams and Lewiston’s Nicole Court-Menendez, walked personal best times to finish and 10th and 11th place respectively.

In the adult competition, collegian Lauren Forgues of Boothbay captured the bronze medal at 20-kilometers on the road near Drake Stadium in Iowa.

Forgues’ time of 1:44:37.68 puts her in contention for earning an Olympic ‘B’ standard by 2012.

Her brother, Matthew Forgues, a graduating senior headed to Ashford University, Iowa, on a racewalking scholarship, captured third place Saturday in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 47:45.51.

In the junior men’s race Maranacook junior Evan Vincent, walked a personal best 50:24.59 to capture sixth place. He will share a position with Forgues on the USA Junior Track and Field Racewalk Team, which will be competing in Toronto in late July.

Each of the two Maine male competitors earned a spot on the USA Junior Team and all-America status, and two of the four Maine female competitors also earned either a spot on the team or an alternate spot, and both earned all-America status. The four all-America awards bring the total earned this year by Maine high school racewalkers to 18.


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