B.A.A. Athletes Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathons

14 JAN 2012
B.A.A. Athletes Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathons
On Saturday, January 14, 2012, six B.A.A. athletes took part in two of the fastest races in Olympic Marathon Trials history. The top three finishers in each race will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England this summer. In the women's race, Shalane Flanagan set an Olympic Trials record of 2:25:38 in only her second marathon,and led a Trials record five women to finishing times under 2:30. The men's race saw Meb Keflezighi selected to his third Olympic team when he won the Trials in a personal best time of 2:09:08 and led four men under 2:10 for the first time in Trials history.

Much like the 2008 course in Boston, the Houston course began with a 2.2-mile loop through the heart of downtown, after which the athletes ran three 8-mile loops on a spectator-friendly, flat course. The layout was expected to yield fast times and did not disappoint. The Houston course was designed to mimick the course for the Olympic Games, which is a similar three-loop layout.

In total, 158 men and 223 women achieved qualifying times allowing them to compete in the Trials. Of those, the B.A.A. had six athletes qualify: Lucas Meyer, Jeannette Faber, Kasie Enman, Heather Cappello, Diana Bowser, and Brett Ely all represented the club in these historic Olympic Trials Marathons.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathon Results:

Men:
1. Meb Keflezighi 2:09:08
2. Ryan Hall 2:09:30
3. Abdi Abdirahman 2:09:47
4. Dathan Ritzenhein 2:09:55
54. Lucas Meyer 2:20:21

Women:
1. Shalane Flanagan 2:25:38
2. Desiree Davila 2:25:55
3. Kara Goucher 2:26:06
4. Amy Hastings 2:27:17
5. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom 2:29:45
21. Jeannette Faber 2:36:50
53. Kasie Enman 2:41:25
54. Heather Cappello 2:42:07
DNF- Brett Ely, Diana Bowser

For results and information about the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Men's & Women's Marathon, visit the USATF website.

B.A.A. Moment 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).