De Reuck, a four-time Olympian, said the pace picked up around mile 24. “I was trying to run my pace, but Paulson was much stronger over the last six miles,” she said.
Kristen Nicolini, 32, of Team USA Minnesota (Minneapolis), placed third among the women with a time of 2:35:06. Nicole Blaesser, 24, of Seattle, placed fourth with a time of 2:35:09; Sally Meyerhoff, 25, of Eugene, Wash., placed fifth with a time of 2:35:49.
“This may be the year of the women – boasting exceptional finishing times for both the USA Women’s Marathon Championship and the USA Women’s Masters Championship,” said Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. “Masters runner Colleen De Reuck’s finishing time is particularly noteworthy, as well as the 29 women producing qualifying times for the 2012 Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials.”
The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon was the only opportunity to qualify for the 2012 USA Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials. At the race, 29 women posted qualifying times; ten women are “A Standard” qualifiers, posting times of 2:39:00 or better, and 19 are “B Standard” qualifiers, posting times of 2:46:00 or better.
The USA Women’s Marathon Championship and USA Women’s Masters Championship were a USA Track & Field national championship event that started with the open Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon field at 8:00 a.m., Sunday, October 4. The 28th annual race began near the HHH Metrodome and in front of the state capitol.