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Sell Wins 3rd USA 25K Title
May 11, 2008 - Erik Brown
On Thursday I wrote that I couldn't find anything in the pre-race coverage that indicated what Brian Sell's expectations were for Saturday's USA Track & Field 25K Championships at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
On Saturday morning I found a post on RunnersWorld.com that quoted Sell as follows: "I'm taking it very seriously." So I wasn't too surprised to learn later that day that Brian had won his 3rd USA 25K title in the last four years. Sell finished first in a time of 1:15:07 - approximately 4:50 per mile pace over the 15.5 mile course. The second place finisher was Wellay Weldeglyorges from Ethiopia in a time of 1:16:06. Please don't ask for the pronunciation of that last name.
I have to believe this was a terrific confidence booster for Brian as he heads into the final 12 weeks of preparation for his Olympic marathon at the Beijing Games.