Area walkers qualify for national championship

Posted On 04 Jul 2013
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From left, John Osika Jr., Cameron Good and Eric Osika celebrate their personal championship performances at the recent N.C. Junior Olympic Championships. Photo courtesy of John Osika, Sr.

WAKE FOREST — All three members of the Raleigh Walkers competing at the USA Track and Field’s (USATF) N.C. Junior Olympic Championships qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.

John Osika Jr., from Youngsville, won his 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 16:42.05. Eric Osika, also of Youngsville, won his event, 18:42.45. And, Cameron Good of Wake Forest won with a time of 22:11:16. For each athlete, this was also his or her best time.

All three competitors broke meet records as well. John Osika’s performance is a state high school record.
The national test will be held July 22-23 on the campus of N.C. A&T in Greensboro, the same location as the N.C. meet, giving them a distinct home field advantage as they will be comfortable racing and training in the heat and humidity.

The Raleigh Walkers creates opportunities for athletes of all ages and abilities who have an interest in walking for fitness and competition in North Carolina.

The have the goals of building a high quality training group of race walkers across the state of North Carolina; to train athletes of all ages to achieve top level performances at all levels of competition; to develop young walkers into the next great performers in the country; to become the dominant race walking club in the country and to build a family atmosphere and create memorable experiences.

For more information about the Raleigh Walkers, contact Michael J. Roth, head coach, at raleighwalkers.com.