What was more shocking, though, was the runner-up in the women’s field Monday.
“I think I’m going to wake up and this will be a dream,” Sellers said. “It was a like a hurricane out there.”
Linden, 34, is a two-time Olympian and an established marathon runner; she had finished second at Boston before, back in 2011. Sellers, however, was unknown to the general public until Monday. Her second-place finish — the first 1-2 finish for American women at the Boston Marathon since 1979 — was a shocker.
So who the heck is Sarah Sellers?
Sellers attended Weber State, where she was a standout track and field and cross-country runner from 2009 to 2012. There, she won the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters three times — each — at the Big Sky outdoor championships. She also won the 5,000 meters twice and 3,000 meters once at the indoor championships.
She also did well in class, graduating with a nursing degree and a 4.0 GPA.
Sellers’ finish at the Boston Marathon is tops by a Utah native.
“This is a game changer for Sarah, in just her second marathon,” Pilkington said, according to the Weber State website. “This was one of the best fields they have ever had and was really tough conditions. I knew she was in good shape because her workouts were going so well. She has persevered through injuries, graduate school and has a full-time job, and still able to train in world class conditions.”