How’s this for a local news shocker?
Sarah Sellers, who lives in Tucson and works as a nurse, finished second in the prestigious Boston Marathon on Monday morning.
It was only her second marathon after a nice career at Weber State in Utah.
She finished in 2:44:04 to finish behind Desiree Linden, the first woman from the United States to win the event in 33 years. It was the first time two Americans have finished first and second in Boston since 1979.
It qualified her for the US Olympic trials.
“I think I’m going to wake up and this will be a dream,” Sellers said of her race via her school’s sports information website. “It was a like a hurricane out there.”
She works as a nurse anesthetist. She is still coached by current Weber State women’s track and field head coach Paul Pilkington.
“This is a game changer for Sarah, in just her second marathon,” Pilkington said on Weber State’s website. “This was one of the best fields they have ever had and was really tough conditions. I knew she was in good shape because her workouts were going so well. She has persevered through injuries, graduate school and has a full-time job, and still able to train in world class conditions.”