A Nesconset native is keeping herself a step ahead of other American race walkers, one step at a time.
Maria Michta, 27, won 34th place at the women's 20-kilometer walk race final at the world track and field championships in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, Newsday reports. She was the top finisher among American competitors.
Michta finished the tiring 12.4-mile race in 1 hour, 33 minutes and 51 seconds - just second off her time Olympic time. At the 2012 London Games, she finished in 1:32:27 to finish in 29th place - the best time an American woman race walker has ever finished in the 20K race.
"Certainly I'd have liked to place higher, but this was still the second-fastest 20k of my life, so I've got to be happy about that," Michta told Newsday.