Tucson woman takes second at Boston Marathon, sets sports world on firePosted: Updated:
A Tucson woman came out of nowhere Monday, April 16, to finish second in the Boston Marathon and set the racing world on fire.
Sarah Sellers was more than four minutes behind winner Desiree Linden, who became the first American woman to win the race since 1985, but that didn't stop everyone from talking about her performance.
According to several sources, it was Sellers' second marathon ever.
Not bad for an unsponsored runner who is a nurse at Banner-University Medical Center.
Actually, that's not bad for anyone, including the world's top athletes.
Sellers, from Ogden, Utah, competed in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs for Weber State from 2009-12.
"I think I'm going to wake up and this will be a dream," Sellers told Weber State Athletics. "It was a like a hurricane out there."
Is Sarah Sellers a country music star? And the 2nd place winner of the Boston marathon? I’m doing some minor stalking.— jocelyn (@jcbonn) April 16, 2018
I literally cannot come up with a proper analogy for what Sarah Sellers did, coming in second at the Boston Marathon.— Kit Fox (@kitfoxwrites) April 16, 2018
She's a sub-elite runner with a full-time job that pretty much no one in the media had ever heard of. One of the coolest running stories I have ever seen.
Before today, I had never heard of Sarah Sellers. She has now finished second in Boston in a PB (!!!) of 2:44:05 in what was her second marathon to date.— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) April 16, 2018
The craziest story out of today's Boston Marathon isn't the porta potty stop, the drought-ending Desi Linden win, or the brutal weather. It's Sarah Sellers, an unknown, unsponsored nurse from Arizona, finishing runner-up in her second marathon ever https://t.co/p5eHG3DGCa— Sara Germano (@germanotes) April 16, 2018
Sarah Sellers (USA), who finished 2nd overall @bostonmarathon (2:44:04), appears to run her 2nd marathon ever; running a PB by :24 seconds set at Hunstville, UT Marathon. She also ran a negative split. What an amazing run and nice $75,000 payday! #BostonMarathon @letsrundotcom— Mike Anderson (@RunMikeAnderson) April 16, 2018
Sellers' performance wasn't the only reason for celebration for Tucson, according to the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.
Lauren Reasoner placed 22nd in the women's race while Stephen Sambu finished 14th and Abdi Abdirahman took 15th in the men's race.
Linden, who went to Arizona State University, is a two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up.
She pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill to win in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That was more than four minutes faster than Sellers - one of seven Americans in the top 10 - but the slowest time for a women's winner in Boston since 1978.
"It's supposed to be hard," Linden said. "It's good to get it done."
Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui as they passed through Kenmore Square with a mile to go to win the men's race in 2:15:58 and earn Japan's first Boston Marathon title since 1987. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other U.S. men.
"For me, it's the best conditions possible," Kawauchi said with a wide smile through an interpreter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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