Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sequim native Stephanie Dinius wins Jacksonville Half-Marathon...

This blog normally doesn’t pay too much attention to road race results, but Sunday’s Jacksonville Half Marathon was significant, as Sequim HS and Stanford University graduate Stephanie (Marcy) Dinius (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the race, running 1:13:41 to garner a 5-second victory over Esther Atkins.

Dinius, who currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, led the first fourteen women across the line under the 1:15:00 half-marathon time needed to qualify for next month’s US Olympic Team Trials-Marathon in Los Angeles.

Dinius already had the standard, as she ran 1:13:28 at last year’s Houston Half-Marathon.

Puyallup’s Ruth Perkins, who has battled injuries over the last few months, finished 27th in 1:18:34.  Perkins is already qualified for next month’s Trials with a 2:40:04 at the 2014 Twin Cities Marathon.


OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS QUALIFIERS LISTED

Upon the conclusion of Sunday’s Jacksonville Half-Marathon, paulmerca.blogspot.com has compiled a list of athletes with Washington ties who are qualified to participate in next month’s US Olympic Team Trials-Marathon in Los Angeles.

The qualifying period for the marathon trials started August 1, 2013, and ends on January 17th.  Details on how athletes qualify for the Marathon Trials are available here.

This list also includes a column indicating the athletes’ ties to the state of Washington, whether they reside, or attended high school/college in the state.

The complete list of Trials qualifiers are available on the usatf.org site.  Please contact me directly regarding any omissions, corrections, etc.


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