In her first attempt at the marathon distance, Brooks pro Amy Hastings made it quite a debut, clocking a time of 2:27:03 on Sunday morning in the Los Angeles Marathon. Hastings led the elite women’s division for much of the race until she was passed on mile 21 by the eventual winner Buzunesh Deba.
Hastings, a member of the Mammoth Lakes, Calif. training group, has now qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Her time places her third behind Desiree Davila and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet on the qualifying marks list for the race, making her a legitimate contender to make the team for London.
Hastings has experienced a relatively up-and-down professional career since graduating from Arizona State in 2007. But through a steady progression, Mammoth Track Club coach Terrence Mahon has built her up from a 5k/10k track runner to a road racer with the strength to compete well at the marathon distance.
Universal Sports has put together a highlight video of Hastings’s race along with a post-race interview. Find that here.
Ethiopian Markos Geneti also had an impressive debut to win the men’s race in the City of Angels. Formerly best-known for indoor two mile wins over Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, Geneti’s time of 2:06:35 is the sixth fastest debut marathon of all-time.
Find full results from the Honda L.A. Marathon here.