Folsom runner places third in Boston Marathon, tops among Americans

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Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Kawauchi became the first Japanese men's victor at Boston since Toshihiko Seko captured his second title in 1987 and the eighth Japanese man to win the race. She beat it, even after two relapses and a stem cell transplant.

Her time of 2 hours 44 minutes 4 seconds put her second among the seven American women who placed in the top 10.

She was also the first finisher among the women from ME and turned in her best time in her three Boston Marathons.

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Lillard talked with KOIN 6 News before Tuesday's playoff game against the New Orleans Pelicans about Sellers' second-place finish at the Boston Marathon.

"I was a little bit in disbelief when I saw her cross the line, I went, 'wait, did they miss somebody? is she really second?'" Pilkington laughed.

When Sarah recovered, she ran her first marathon in Huntsville, Utah (and won).

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The marathon's field of 30,000 runners faced chilly 40 degree weather with heavy rains and winds, but that didn't stop Sellers who was forced to switch up her gameplan.

Over the last few months, Sellers mainly trained by herself, running six days a week and up to 100 miles. There, she won the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters three times - each - at the Big Sky outdoor championships.

Now, not only has she overcome incredible odds to complete one of the most challenging races in America, Shertenlieb has raised more than $36,000 to help fight cancer.

"I honestly had no expectations in terms of finishing time in those conditions", said Utah runner Sarah Sellers. "Looking at my time going into the race, I shouldn't be on the same page as any the women the top 20 women ..." So considering how bad they were, I was actually very pleasantly surprised at how well I did. She ran it in a personal best 2:22:38.

Sellers graduated from Ogden High School in 2009, before attending Weber State.

The other top five ME women were Heather Eaton, 25, of Gray (3:20:30, 864th) and Renee Durgin, 44, from Scarborough (3:22:18, 1,005th) followed by Johanna Stickney from Gardiner (3:26:46, 1,456th) and Karen Fogg from York (3:27:45, 1,572nd).

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