USA Track & Field has announced that Teresa Vaill is the Female winner of the 2007 Captain Ron Zinn Award that honors the outstanding U.S. male and female race walkers of the year. Formal presentation of the awards will take place December 1 in ceremonies held in conjunction with USATF's Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The annual awards commemorate the achievements of Captain Ronald Zinn, who lost his life in combat during the Vietnam War. Zinn was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. His sixth-place finish in the 20 km race walk is one of America's all-time top international race walking performances.
This year marks the sixth time that 45 year-old Teresa Vaill has been recognized as America's top female race walker. The winner of the 2007 USA Track & Field Championship in the 20 km walk in 1:37:28, Vail made 2007 a stellar year by dominating the Pan Am Cup Trials in 1:35:44 and seizing victory at the USA 10 kilometer National Championships with a time of 47:49. A resident of Gainesville, Fla., Vaill was previously
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