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Sell runs a P.R. at U.S. Half-Marathon Championships

January 19, 2009 - Erik Brown
I’m pleased to report that Brian Sell ran a personal best 1:02:36 (4:47 per mile pace) at the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships (hosted by the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon) on Sunday. Though he finished in fifth place, I would guess that Brian is happy with the P.R. It will be interesting to see if he enters this year’s Boston Marathon.
The men’s winner was 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi in a time of 1:01:25. Meb was followed closely by Sell’s Olympic teammate, Dathan Ritzenhein, 2nd in 1:01:35, then Brett Gotcher and Andrew Carlson 3rd and 4th, in 1:02:09 and 1:02:21 respectively. Gotcher and Carlson both run for the McMillan’s Elite Team from Flagstaff, Arizona. Four of the top five ran personal best times. Ritzenhein’s time was his second-fastest of the three half-marathons he’s run.
Also noteworthy: Luke Watson of State College, PA finished 12th in a time of 1:03:51. In doing so, Watson qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (a time of 1:05:00 or less earns a spot at the Trials).
Here is a link to video coverage of the men's race. It took a while to download to my pc, but was worth the wait.
The top three finishers in the women’s race each have interesting sidebar stories. Colleen De Reuck who will turn 45 in April finished 3rd in 1:12:16. Kelly Jaske, a 32 year-old lawyer from Portland, Oregon, finished 2nd in 1:12:06. Jaske did no competitive running in either high school or college. The women’s winner was Magdelena Lewey Boulet in a time of 1:11:47. Boulet was forced to drop out of the Beijing Olympic Marathon because she banged her knee while getting off of a bus just a few days before the race.
Brian Sell’s Hanson-Brooks teammate Desire Davilla finished 4th in 1:12:24.
Click here for the Running Times article on this race.
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