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Olympic marathon trials hit Houston streets

Jan. 16, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.


The Olympic Marathon Trials took place Saturday under perfect running conditions.

Shalane Flanagan set an Olympic trials record with a winning time of 2:25.38 in only her second marathon.

Meb Keflezighi earned his third Olympic berth with a personal best of 2:09.08.

Flanagan was one of five women that finished under the 2:30 marathon mark, while Keflezighi led four men under 2:10, also a first in trials history.

Area runners compete at Houston

Sunday was the 40th anniversary of the Houston Marathon, with approximately 17,000 runners competing in either the marathon or the half marathon.

There were 4,196 men and 5,220 women who competed in the half marathon.

Feyisa Lilesa was the overall male winner with a time of 59:22. Belaynesh Olijira was the overall female winner with a time of 1:08.26.

The average time for males was 2:09 and 2:26 for the females.

There were 4,824 men and 2,782 females who competed in the marathon, with Alemitu Abera taking the women's title with a 2:23.14, and Januku Jufar claiming the men's win with a 2:06.51.

The average finishing time for all men was 4:12 and it was 4:30 for all women.

Area marathon results

Following are the times of local area runners at the Houston Marathon.

Michael Felchak 3:36:03; Denise Tomanek 3:41:14; Leslie Hinton, 3:45:39; Leana Elliott, 3:45:50; Ana Carroll, 3:45:55; Andrew Condie, 4:00:43; Edward Pine, 4:06:55; John Hyak, 4:19:08; Ofelia Elizondo, 4:19:31; Anna Hessong, 4:28:26; Kerri Lischka, 4:32; Jessica Helms, 4:41:31; Crystal Cantu, 4:50:05; Melissa Carrera, 4:59:00; Brenda Gohmert, 5:31:35.

Area half marathon results

Following are the times of the runners in the half marathon.

Missy Janzow, 1:41:01; Dorothy Rusch, 1:50:46; Doreen Simmang, 1:57:51; Michael Vandeveer, 1:58:41; Ramona Alvarado, 2:01:58; Kemper Williams, 2:03:52; John Gohmert, 2:04:07; Mary Owen, 2:07:41; Jacqueline Garcia, 2:08:55; Russell Goebel, 2:10:01; Eilenn VanBaak, 2:10:15; Cornelia Harvey, 2:11:35; Cheryl McCullough, 2:15:19; John McCullough, 2:15:21; Brandon Stafford, 2:17:59; Elizabeth Green, 2:21:07; Mario Garcia, 2:21:33; Manuel Alvarado, 2:22:30; Leigh Burton, 2:22:37; Ricky Servantes, 2:24:03; Dianna Wray, 2:25:08; Luciano Garcia, 2:27:03; Catherine Nelson, 2:38:17; Nancy Melton, 2:39:21; Mary Pat Williamson, 2:44:04; Christina Loredo, 2:57:58; Mickie Aguiliar, 3:01:38; Kim Brookhouser, 3:17:13; Dorothy Rusch, 1:50:46; Luciano Garcia, 2:27:03, Mickie Aguiliar, 3:01:38.

EP 5K

Following are the times of local runners participating in the EP 5K run in Houston.

John Klemczyk, 20:21; Paul Polasek, 20:49; Nacho Trevino, 22:05; Renee Noonan, 22:13 ; Amber Smolik, 23:1; Michelle Polasek, 37:50; Ashley Arrendondo, 42:14.

Missy Janzow owns Fit4U, a personalized training and nutrition service. You can reach her by email at janzowml@yahoo.com or online at www.fit4uvictoria.com.

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