OGDEN, Utah (News4Utah) – A Utah native made a big splash at the 2018 Boston Marathon Monday.
Former Weber State University track and field standout Sarah Sellers finished second behind Desiree Linden. It was the first time two Americans have finished first and second in Boston since 1979, according to news release from Weber State.
The race was only the second marathon of Sellers’ career. She also qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials.
Sellers finished the prestigious 26.2 mile race with a time of 2 hours 44 minutes and 4 seconds in conditions that were anything, but ideal.
Sellers and her opponents fought through rain, strong winds and the coldest Boston Marathon Day temperatures in 30 years. Her finish is the best ever by a native of Utah at the Boston Marathon.
WSU Track Alum, Sarah Sellers Callister, finished 2nd at the Boston Marathon this morning!!! Way to go, Sarah!#WeAreWeber pic.twitter.com/8MPaZwEztp— Weber State Track (@WeberStateTrack) April 16, 2018
Sellers graduated from Ogden High School in 2009, before attending Weber State. She was a nine-time Big Sky champion during her career at Weber State from 2009-12. She won the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meter title three times each at the Big Sky outdoor championships and won the 5,000 meters twice and the 3,000 meters once at the indoor championships. She also currently holds six places in WSU career top 10 list and earned Big Sky All-Conference honors 15 times in track and field and cross country.
Sellers now lives in Tucson, Ariz. with her husband Blake. She works as a nurse anesthetist. She is still coached by current Weber State women’s track and field head coach Paul Pilkington.