Stats & more

Personal Bests:

  • Olympic Race Walking1mile RW 6:19.00i
  • 3,000m RW 12:33.75i
  • 2mile RW 13:37.02i (American Record) 
  • 5,0000m RW 21:50.15
  • 5k RW 21:51.0 (American Record)    
  • 10,000m RW 46:06.89
  • 10k RW 44:09 (American Record)
  • 15 RW 1:07:51 (American Record)
  • 20k RW 1:30:49 (American Record)
  • 20,000m RW 1:34:53.33
  • 25k RW 2:03:35 (American Record)
  • 30k RW 2:29:18 (American Record)

i= indoor performance

From 2009 – present Maria’s race walk career has exploded she is a 2x Olympian, has 37 National Titles and now holds 7 Open American Records

Maria has been a member of 20 National Track and Field Teams representing the USA.

Recent Career Highlights:

  • Olympic Games 2016, 22nd place– highest placing American
  • 5th place finish at Pan Am Cup/4th place finish at NACAC Cup in Arica, Chile;
    • helped USA Women take 3rd place as a Team.
  • USATF National Female Race Walker of the Year 2010-2016
  • IAAF Race Walk World Cup 20k, 30th in World 2014 *** Broke American Record 20k and 15k
  • IAAF World Outdoor Championships 20k RW 25th in the World 2017 –fastest time ever by an American, 20th in 2015, 33rd in 2013, and 28th in 2011
  • USATF Grand Prix National Champion 2012-2016
  • USATF National 1 hour Championship 1st Place 2014-2015
  • USATF Outdoor National 20k RW Championship 1st Place 2010-2014, 2016, 2017; 2nd place 2015
  • USATF Outdoor National 5k RW Championship 1st Place 2013-2017, 2015*** Broke Own American Record
  • USATF Outdoor National 10k RW Championship- 1st Place 2013, 2016, 2017
  • USA Pan Am Cup Trials 20k RW- 1st Place 2009-2017 (contested every other year)
  • USATF Indoor National 3,000m/2mi RW Championship 1st Place 2010-2017***Set 2mile RW American Record
  • USATF Indoor National 1 mile RW Championship 1st Place; 2011, 2013-2017
  • USATF National 30k RW Championship 1st Place ’09, ’12, ’14, ‘16* broke 25k AR
  • Olympic Games 2012, 28th Place, Fastest 20k American at the Olympic Games
  • Olympic Trials 2012 & 2016, 1st Place, National Champion, Olympic Team Qualifier
  • IAAF World Cup Trials 20km Championship 1st Place 2010-2016 (contested every other year)
  • Pan Am Games 20k RW 9th 2011, 7th 2015
  • IAAF World Outdoor Championships 20k RW 28th in the World 2011
  • USATF National 15k RW Championship 1st Place 2009
  • USATF National 40k RW Championship 1st Place 2007

Special Notes:

  1. She has six American Road Records: the 5k, 10k, 15k, 25k, 30k and the Olympic Distance 20k.

Maria’s 20 kilometer (12.42 miles) American record, which is the Olympic distant, is 1 hour 30 minutes and 49 seconds. That is a mile pace of 7 minutes and 19 seconds.

  1. Maria is actively involved with her former high school’s cross country and track and field programs at Sachem. Additionally Maria coaches and mentors many race walkers across long island.
  1.  The following are awards that Maria has won from the USA Track and Field Association:

USATF Open Race walker of the Year 2010-2016
USATF Athlete of the week: April 8th 2016, May 7th, 2014, and April 1st, 2014

  1. Ranked #1 by Track and Field News for six straight years 2010-2016


Social Media:

  1. Follow Maria on Twitter: @MariaMichta
  2. Visit Maria’s website at
  3. Instagram: @MichtaCoffey
  4. New 12 Long Island Facebook Post from shoot of evening sports segment


Print Media (several highlights):

  1. Newsday 2014:
  1. Newsday 2013:
  2. Wall Street Journal 2012:
  1. New York Times 2012:
  1. Chicago Tribune 2012:–20120812_1_maria-michta-dream-race-sets

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