Former LIU Post Valedictorian Qualifies for 2016 Olympic Games
When the 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, a former LIU Post Valedictorian will be among those wearing red, white, and blue in the Parade of Nations.
Maria Michta P’08 secured her place in Rio on Thursday, June 30, when she won the U.S. 20-kilometer race walking trial in Salem, Oregon. Michta crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 11 seconds, completing the 12.4-mile course well within the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:36:00. This will be Michta’s second time representing the U.S. in the Olympics, as she finished 29th in London in 2012.
The valedictorian of the LIU Post Class of 2008 has represented the U.S. on four continents and in 11 countries over the course of her career, all while earning her Ph.D. in biomedical science with a research emphasis in virology.
Michta-Coffey was one of two LIU Post valedictorians competing in Salem. She was joined by Loretta Schuellein P’99, who finished in 10th with a time of 1:50.45.30. Scheullein teaches 11th grade English at Manhasset High School.
The Olympic final in the women’s 20k race walk is scheduled for the morning of Friday, August 19, with the finish line in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, in Rio’s West Zone.
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