|Posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM|
Superior Performance Elite Team member Jennifer Houckfinished 17th out of more than 9,000 female competitors in Mondays114th running of the Boston Marathon. Houck is relatively new to the marathon scene,this being her second serious marathon. Her time of 2:39:02 was the third fastest American in the field. After the race Houck said, “I felt veryprepared for Boston. I was ready to raceafter months of hard training; my legs were ready to go! I felt strong throughout the race, even onHeartbreak Hill, which I wasn’t expecting as those hills came late in the race.” Her time put her well within the ‘B’ standardfor the 2012 Olympic Trails her initial goal going into the race and only twoseconds outside the ‘A’ standard. “Itwas amazing to be part of the Boston Marathon, the fans are amazing,” Houcksaid. “Once you hit the half marathonmark you aren’t alone a single step as fans are packed along the course. I got goose bumps when Ryan Hall and Mebpassed me and the crowds were chanting USA, USA. Of course running two seconds faster would havebeen nice,” she said with a laugh, “but I am happy with my time on a toughcourse. It was a huge personal recordfrom last fall at Twin Cities.” Jennifer is the 8th American woman this year to un under 2:40 in the marathon. The 2012Olympic Trials for the marathon are January 14th, 2012 in Houston, Texas.