Boston Marathon 2012 Results: Top American Performers

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

Photo Credit: coloradodaily.com
Photo Credit: coloradodaily.com

The heat was on at the 2012 Boston Marathon on Monday, but the elite runners persevered.

Despite the high temperatures, the Americans put on a good showing this year, as five of the top 15 men finishers and four of the top 15 women finishers were from the USA. 

A year ago, only three Americans (one male, two females) finished close to that high, so it's great to see the runners from USA improving as a whole. 

The best time from any American came from Jason Hartmann, who finished in fourth place with a time of 2:14:31, nearly two minutes shy of the men's winner, Wesley Korir from Kenya. 

Hartmann was born in Boulder, Colorado and is 31 years old. He was a six-time All American at the University of Oregon and is a two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials competitor.

The top female American at the 2012 Boston Marathon came from Sheri Piers, who finished in 10th place with a time of 2:41:55, nearly 10 minutes behind the women's winner, Sharon Cherop from Kenya. 

Piers is 40 years old and hails from Falmouth, Maine. Her 10th-place finish should be a great motivator for many. No matter your age, you too can compete at a high level if you continuously work to get better. 

While the American runners did better than last year, they still have a ways to go to get back to the top.

The Boston Marathon hasn't produced a men's winner from USA since Greg Meyer in 1983, and that last women’s champion from USA was Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985.

 

 

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