U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon (7th)
Boston, MA
Sunday, April 20, 2008

Distance: 42.195 km flat certified course; five loops 
    (1 x. 2.2 mi. + 4 x 6 mi.) with minimal start/finish separation and 
	no elevation change
Qualifiers: 181 (up from 151 in 2004; 2:47 minimum time)
Entrants: 153 (the number of qualifiers who chose to enter the race)
Starters: 146 (up from 123 in 2004)
Finishers: 124 (up from 107 in 2004)
Olympic Trials Record: 2:28:25, Colleen De Reuck, 2004
Prize Money: See complete details below; the top-3 women will also receive 
   an additional $10,000 each if they actually participate in the Olympic Marathon

BOSTON -- Keeping her cool after Magdalena Lewy-Boulet had built up a one minute and 56 second lead through the 14th mile, Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor zipped through the second half to win the USA Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon in 2:29:35. For Kastor it was her third Olympic team berth and her second as a marthoner.
       "It was a tough race," Kastor told NBC Sports' Ed Eyestone after the race. "I was panicking out there."
       Kastor's panic was caused by Lewy-Boulet's brave front run which began right from the Boyleston Street starting line in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Although Lewy-Boulet was not running particularly fast, around a 2:30 marathon finish time, the pack did not chase her. By the 14th mile, her lead had fattened to nearly two minutes.
       "I was a little but surprised and confused when nobody went with me," said Lewy-Boulet. She said she planned to run an even pace because she didn't have the fitness to "drop a 1:12 second half like Deena."
       Lewy-Boulet was consistently running miles in the low 5:40's, and sometimes faster. But a 5:57 for the 21st mile signaled that she was tiring. Kastor, surged away from the chase pack and was quickly closing in on Lewy-Boulet, gaining as much as 15 seconds per mile.
       "Doubts go through your mind out there," said Kastor who knew she needed to get her legs going, soon, in order to insure victory.
       Nearly two hours and 16 minutes into the race, Kastor caught Lewy-Boulet in the 24th mile. Running 5:35 miles to the finish line, Kastor won easily, waving a small American flag and blowing kisses to the crowds along the finish straight.
       "The crowds at Boston never disappoint," she said.
       Lewy-Boulet easily held on for second place, to set a personal best 2:30:19 and make her first Olympic team. The Polish-born athlete, who became a U.S. citizen on 9/11/2001, the day of the terrorist attacks in New York City, was bursting with emotion.
       "It's a dream come true," she said, her voice cracking.
       Shaking off the jinx of finishing fourth in 2004, Blake Russell finished a solid third in 2:32:40, making her first Olympic team.
       "Redemption, finally!" she exclaimed.
       The U.S. will send an all-California women's marathon team to Beijing as Kastor (Mammoth Lakes), Lewy-Boulet (Oakland) and Russell (Pacific Grove) all live in the Golden State.

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       Joan Samuelson, who won the very first USA Olympic Trials Marathon in 1984, competed in what she said was her last here at age 50. Given the most robust cheers of any athlete, Samuelson crossed the finish line wearing a Boston Red Sox hat in a pending American W50 record of 2:49:08. Deena Kastor, Magdalena Lewy Boulet and Blake Russell waited for Samuelson at the finish line.
       While Samuelson gained yet another record, she also lost one. Six-time Trials Qualifier, Linda Somers Smith, broke Samuelson's USA W45 record, clocking an impressive 2:38:49 at age 46.
       An impressive 41 women, about one third of finishers, set personal best times. Indeed, eight of the top-10 and 15 of the top-20 women set career best times. The most noteworthy improvement was by Boulder's Tera Moody who went from a previous best of 2:46:40 to 2:33:54, finishing fifth. She was seeded 152nd amongst the 181 qualifiers.

  1 Deena Kastor, 35, Mammoth Lakes, CA,        2:29:35   $50,000*
  2 Magdalena Lewy Boulet, 34, Oakland, CA      2:30:19 PB 40,000*
  3 Blake Russell, 32, Pacific Grove, CA        2:32:40    30,000*
  4 Zoila Gomez, 28, Alamosa, CO                2:33:53 PB 20,000
  5 Tera Moody, 27, Boulder, CO                 2:33:54 PB 15,000
  6 Turena Johnson Lane, 32, Baton Rouge, LA    2:34:17 PB 12,000
  7 Ann Alyanak, 29, Bellbrook, OH              2:34:46 PB 10,000
  8 Dot McMahan, 31, Rochester Hills, MI        2:35:02 PB  9,000
  9 Robyn Friedman, 35, Lambs Grove, IA         2:35:02 PB  8,000
 10 Erin Moeller, 30, Cedar Rapids, IA          2:36:51 PB  7,000
 11 Kasie Enman, 28, Huntington, VT             2:37:14 PB  6,000
 12 Megan Hepp, 26, Charlotte, NC               2:37:29 PB  5,000
 13 Desiree Davila, 24, Rochester Hills, MI     2:37:50 PB  4,000
 14 Melissa White, 26, Rochester Hills, MI      2:37:53 PB  2,500
 15 Veena Reddy, 29, Philadelphia, PA           2:38:08 PB  1,500
 16 Sheri Piers, 36, Falmouth, ME               2:38:46 PB
 17 Linda Somers Smith, 46, Arroyo Grande, CA   2:38:49 AR W45
 18 Samia Akbar, 26, Herndon, VA                2:39:19
 19 Mary Akor, 31, Hawthorne, CA                2:39:34
 20 Sally Meyerhoff, 24, Tempe, AZ              2:39:39 PB
 21 Caroline Cretti, 23, Blowing Rock, NC       2:40:12 PB
 22 Sopagna Eap, 27, Eugene, OR                 2:40:19 PB
 23 Caitlin Tormey, 24, Staten Island, NY       2:40:29 PB
 24 Casey Smith, 28, Richmond, VA               2:40:53 PB
 25 Rachel Kinsman, 34, Archbold, OH            2:41:07
 26 Heidi Westerling, 27, Acworth, NH           2:41:09 PB
 27 Melisa Christian, 31, Dallas, TX            2:41:18 PB
 28 Heidi Wolfsberger, 28, Moosic, PA           2:41:21 PB
 29 Abby Dean, 36, Philadelphia, PA             2:41:25 PB
 30 Dana Coons, 29, Charlottesville , VA        2:41:31
 31 Emily Mortensen, 25, Alamosa, CO            2:41:44
 32 Cheryl Anderson, 26, Richmond, VA           2:41:45 PB
 33 Cheryl Smith, 27, Honolulu, HI              2:41:45
 34 Brett Ely, 28, Cambridge, MA                2:41:54 PB
 35 Caroline Bjune, 34, Andorver, MA            2:42:02 PB
 36 Kathleen Castles, 36, New Providence, NJ    2:42:34 PB
 37 Shannon McHale, 37, West Simsbury, CT       2:42:40
 38 Yolanda Flamino, 31, Rochester Hills, MI    2:42:53 PB
 39 Chris Kimbrough, 38, Austin, TX             2:42:54 PB
 40 Susan Loken, 44, Phoenix, AZ                2:42:55
 41 Kelly Stewart, 27, Rochester Hills, MI      2:42:58 PB
 42 Carre Joyce, 26, Salt Lake City, UT         2:43:01 PB
 43 Brooke Wells, 23, San Francisco, CA         2:43:07
 44 Nicole Kulikov-Hagobian, 32, Hadley, MA     2:43:19
 45 Alvina Begay, 27, Flagstaff, AZ             2:43:30
 46 Johanna Olson, 29, Corvallis, OR            2:43:39
 47 L. Stich Zimmerman, 37, Rochester Hills, MI 2:43:56
 48 Cynthia Fowler, 27, Farmington, UT          2:43:59
 49 Laurie Knowles, 30, Atlanta , GA            2:44:03 PB
 50 Melissa Gacek, 31, White Bear Lake, MN      2:44:10 PB
 51 Gwen Greiner, 38, Seattle, WA               2:44:25 PB
 52 Jennifer Modliszewski, 28, Durham, NC       2:44:38 PB
 53 Brianna Torres, 27, Flagstaff, AZ           2:44:44 PB
 54 Megan Daly, 29, Menlo Park, CA              2:44:51 PB
 55 Nicole Cueno, 28, Minneapolis, MN           2:44:54
 56 Kathleen Jobes, 38, Bethlehem, PA           2:44:57
 57 Janelle Kraus, 30, Port Jefferson, NY       2:45:02
 58 Jenny DeWeese, 30, Asheville, NC            2:45:03
 59 Stephanie Herbst-Lucke, 42, Atlanta, GA     2:45:14
 60 Michele Suszek, 25, Westminster, CO         2:45:16 PB
 61 Phebe Ko, 25, North Salt Lake, UT           2:45:20 PB
 62 Kara Roy, 27, ort Collins, CO               2:45:25 PB
 63 Nikole Johns, 33, Fort Collins, CO          2:45:27
 64 Emily Brzozowski, 29, Colorado Springs, CO  2:45:30
 65 Heather May, 38, Auburn, AL                 2:45:41 PB
 66 Caroline Annis, 27, San Francisco, CA       2:45:41
 67 Emily Levan, 35, Wiscasset, ME              2:45:45
 68 Paige Miller, 24, State College, PA         2:46:13
 69 Sara Donahue, 27, Brookline, MA             2:46:17
 70 Heather Killeen-Frisone, 35, Placentia, CA  2:46:20
 71 Caryn Heffernan, 34, Bothell, WA            2:46:25
 72 Wendi Ray, 35, Sister Bay, WI               2:46:41
 73 Kristin Barry, 34, Scarborough, ME          2:46:58
 74 Maureen Ackerly, 40, Richmond, VA           2:47:04
 75 Camille Herron, 26, Lafayette, IN           2:47:14
 76 Jeanne Hennessy, 26, Eagle, CO              2:47:50
 77 Katie Blackett, 31, Boulder, CO             2:47:51
 78 Lisbet Sunshine, 44, San Francisco, CA      2:47:57
 79 Desiree Ficker, 31, Austin, TX              2:48:11
 80 Meredith Lambert, 24, Philadelphia, PA      2:48:21
 81 Renee High, 26, Virginia Beach, VA          2:48:26
 82 Carol Cabanillas, 27, North Salt Lake, UT   2:48:28
 83 Doreen McCoubrie, 46, Malvern, PA           2:48:29
 84 Betsy Keever, 33, San Francisco, CA         2:48:41
 85 Michelle Lilienthal, 26, Minneapolis, MN    2:48:46
 86 Erin Ward, 33, St. Paul, MN                 2:48:51
 87 Cassandra Henkiel, 37, Austin, TX           2:48:54
 88 Shaluinn Fullove, 30, Palo Alto, CA         2:49:00
 89 Midori Sperandeo, 41, Laguna Niguel, CA     2:49:05
 90 Joan Samuelson, 50, Freeport, ME            2:49:08 AR W50
 91 Patty Rogers, 33, Lakewood, CO              2:49:18
 92 Penny McDermott, 33, Corvallis, OR          2:49:32
 93 Briana Whaley, 29, Culpeper, VA             2:49:32
 94 Jenna Boren, 31, St. Paul, MN               2:49:34
 95 Heather Hunt, 33, Englewood, CO             2:49:38
 96 Kristen Henehan, 28, Silver Spring, MD      2:49:42
 97 Paula Morrison, 34, Tucson, AZ              2:49:43
 98 Claudia Becque, 31, Chicago, IL             2:49:44
 99 Lisa Thomas, 32, Alexandria, VA             2:50:15
100 Melissa Rittenhouse, 31, Wadsworth, OH      2:50:17
101 Mary Cote, 43, Basalt, CO                   2:51:04
102 Heidi Schuette, 34, Prescott, AZ            2:52:20
103 Megan Lund, 24, Basalt, CO                  2:52:32
104 Mary Coordt, 38, Elk Grove, CA              2:52:56
105 Marlene Farrell, 32, Leavenworth, WA        2:52:58
106 Sarah Hinkley, 25, Hillsdale, MI            2:53:15
107 Rebecca Michael, 24, Fairborn, OH           2:53:38
108 Suzy Schumacher, 38, Phoenix, AZ            2:55:00
109 Wendy Terris, 38, Milwaukie, OR             2:55:28
110 Holly Fleming, 37, Meridian, IN             2:55:59
111 Kristine Spence, 28, Ogden, UT              2:56:47
112 Brenda Gray, 46, Rock Springs, WY           2:57:13
113 Michelle Lafleur, 36, Thunderbolt, GA       2:57:35
114 Megan Holden, 38, Rocky Point, NY           2:57:44
115 Susan Graham-Gray, 39, Greencastle, PA      2:58:08
116 Marie Sample, 31, Marshall, MN              2:59:01
117 Meghan Arbogast, 47, Corvallis, OR          2:59:51
118 Colleen Casey, 34, Hartford, CT             3:01:36
119 Lisa Paxton, 25, Salt Lake City, UT         3:02:17
120 Gretchen Grindle, 29, New York, NY          3:04:05
121 Dawn Stone-Epperson, 30, Prescott, AZ       3:05:33
122 Jennifer Pfeifer, 36, Folsom, CA            3:06:57
123 Kim Pawelek, 34, Jacksonville, FL           3:07:27
124 Jackie Dikos, 28, Indianapolis, IN          3:07:40
DNF Elva Dryer, Gunnison, CO
DNF Deeja Youngquist, Albuquerque, NM
DNF Kate O'Neill, Palo Alto, CA
DNF Kristin Price, Raleigh, NC
DNF Chris Lundy, Sausalito, CA
DNF Kristen Fryburg, Boulder, CO
DNF Carly Graytock, Cambridge, MA
DNF Michelle Gallagher, Flagstaff, AZ
DNF Giovanna Mandy, Truckee, CA
DNF Jenna Darcy, Medford Lakes, NJ
DNF Jessica Gall, Bloomington, IN
DNF Molly Taber, Haverhill, MA
DNF Christy Nielsen, Omaha, NE
DNF Susannah Kvasnicka, Great Falls, VA
DNF Jennifer DeRego, San Luis Obispo, CA
DNF Vanessa Hunter, Seattle, WA
DNF Lauren Matthews, Seattle, WA
DNF Alysun Deckert, Seattle, WA
DNF Allison Kerr, Vacaville, CA
DNF Susan Empey, Mercer Island, WA
DNF Melanie Peters, St. Petersburg, FL
DNF Jackie Rzepecki, Shelby Township, MI
DNS Marla Runyan, Eugene, OR
DNS Colleen De Reuck, Boulder, CO
DNS Mary Kate Bailey, Arlington, VA
DNS Paige Higgins, Littleton, CO
DNS Nicole Aish, Gunnison, CO
DNS Zika Rea, Blowing Rock, NC
DNS Heather Hanscom, Eugene, OR
DNS Maggie Chan-Roper, Shaw AFB, SC
DNS Kelly Flathers, Huntington Beach, CA
DNS Jamie Krzyminski, Chicago, IL
DNS Megan Lewis, Eugene, OR
DNS Judy Johnson, Rochester, NY
DNS Anne Kugler, New York, NY
DNS Stephanie Dueringer, Indianapolis, IN
DNS Jill Boaz, Los Osos, CA
*Will also receive $10,000 for participating in the Olympic Games marathon