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FEMALE QUALIFIES FOR US OLYMPIC TIME TRIALS IN HER FIRST MARATHON, A HIGHLIGHT OF THE 27TH ANNUAL LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL CITY BANK MARATHON

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FEMALE QUALIFIES FOR US OLYMPIC TIME TRIALS IN HER FIRST MARATHON, A HIGHLIGHT OF THE 27TH ANNUAL LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL CITY BANK MARATHON

Running in her first marathon, Abigail Swift, 23, of Huntington Beach, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, finishing the 27th annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon in 2:43:20 on a sunny day in Long Beach. The Olympic trials qualifying time is 2:45:00.

Swift, who was sixth overall and had only previously entered a half marathon, was not even trying to set a qualifying time. However, once the feat was accomplished, she said. “I’m excited, of course, but I really don’t know how to feel. It’s kind of crazy.” She has just moved to Southern California from Delaware.

She finished ahead of Lindsay Nelson, 26, of Roseville, CA, who posted a time of 2:57:52, and Whitney Tawney, 26, of Upland, who had a time of 2:59:19.

On the men’s side, 2010 third-place finisher Edwin Romero, 24, who came in from Bogota, Colombia, just to run this event, won with a time of 2:19:08. It would have been faster, he said, but his shoelaces came untied at the 22-mile mark. “I prepared five months for this race,” he said. “I’m very happy.”

Finishing second was Jose Morales, 24, of Turlock, CA, with a time of 2:24:46. LIke Swift, it was his first marathon. As he sat sipping a Michelob Ultra in the VIP tent afterward, he said, “I tried to catch Edwin but the hills at Long Beach State kind of got to me. Still, it’s a beautiful day, a beautiful course, and I can’t complain.”

Matt Bejar, 24, of San Jose, was third in the men’s division with a time of 2:38:12.

The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon boasted a field of 25,000 competitors, running a scenic course through Long Beach that included the Queen Mary, Shoreline Village, Belmont Shore, Long Beach State and Shoreline Drive.

The US Olympic Marathon Team Trials are scheduled for Jan. 14 in Houston.

2011 LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL CITY BANK MARATHON TOP 10 RESULTS

Men
1.) Edwin Romero, 24 Bogota, Colombia, 2:19:08
2.) Mose Morales, 28, Turlock CA, 2:24:46
3.) Matt Bejar, 24 San Jose, CA,2:38:12
4.) Scott Wandzilak, 28, Santa Monica, 2:41:21
5.) Fabrice Hardel, 37, San Diego, 2:41:34
6.) Chernet Daba, 46, El Monte, CA,2:44:03
7.) Cristian Villavicencio, 38, Los Angeles, 2:44:27
8.) Dan Kuch, 37, Lake Havasu City, AZ, 2:44:41
9.) Jesus Lopez, 45, Huntington Beach, 2:46:03
10). Patrick Sweeney, 32, Manhattan Beach, 2:46:22

Women
1.) Abigail Swift, 23, Huntington Beach, 2:43:20
2.) Lindsay Nelson, 26, Roseville, CA, 2:57:52
3.) Whitney Tawney, 26, Upland, 2:59:19
4.) Shannon Orr, 34, San Diego, 3:03:41
5.) Jayme Daniel, 26, Redlands, 3:09:59
6.) Ieng Ung-Klukken, 40, Huntington Beach, 3:10:13
7.) Susan Kramer, 46, Cave Creez, AZ, 3:11:35
8.) Jennifer Munyan, 39, Apple Valley, 3:12:40
9.) Ashley Walker, 30, Los Angeles, 3:12:43
10.) Jillian Pillsbury, 44, Encinitas, 3:14:23

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