Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan took the first spot on the US Olympic
women's track & field team in winning the US Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston. Living in Portland Oregon, the now
three time Olympian finished in a career best and Trials record 2:25:38. The second and third spots went to runners who recently
had the same placings at the Boston Marathon; silver medalist Desiree Davila (2nd, 2011 Boston) and bronze medal winner Kara
Goucher (3rd, 2009 Boston). The top 5 women were under 2:30:00.
First New Englander across the
line was Heidi Westover (Walpole NH) in 15th at 2:35:45, with Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston) 17th in a debut 2:35:57
and Jeannette Faber (B.A.A.) 21st in a personal best 2:36:50. Others association runners in the results were Sheri Piers (Dirigo,
24th, 2:37:09), Meagan Nedlo (Marblehead MA, 49th, 2:41:06 PB), Kasie Enman (B.A.A., 53rd, 2:45:25), Heather Cappello (B.A.A.,
54th, 2:43:07), Kristin Barry (Dirigo, 83rd, 2:45:43), Erica KJesseman (Scarborough ME, 88th, 2:46;11), Jodie Conway (Framingham
MA, 104th, 2:48:02), and Jess Minty (New Balance Boston, 148th, 3:02:14); Brett Ely and Diana Bowser did not finish among
the 183 runner field.
The men's marathon team will be composed of three veterans of the Olympic
Games - Meb Keflighizi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahmen, as for the first time at the Trials, the top 4 men finished under
2:10:00. Braintree MA native Sean Quigley, who qualified at a shorter distance race, clocked 2:14:12 for
16th in his debut at the full 26.2 miles, and and Zach Hine (S.Hadley MA) had a personal best 2:16:40 for 31st. Alex Crabill
(Boston, 52nd, 2:20:17) and Lucas Meyer (BAA, 54th, 2:20:21) were the other New Englanders among the 83 finishers (111 starters).
Full results at usatf.org.
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