Tomsich, Dalton lead Alaska group at Olympic Marathon Trials
Tony Tomsich and Anna Dalton had Alaska’s top performances at Saturday’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.
Tomsich, from Fairbanks and now living in Vancouver, Canada, placed 102nd out of 175 male finishers in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds. He completed the second half just a minutes slower than the first half on an undulating course made even tougher by windy conditions.
Dalton, an Anchorage native, placed 212th among 390 female finishers in 2:49:24, averaging a pace of 6:28 per mile.
“Amazing experience running against all of the best in the country today,” Dalton said on Facebook. “I was very happy to finish well ahead of my seed and in the top half of the race.”
Megan Youngren of Soldotna successfully became the first openly transgender runner at the Trials, finishing 230th among women in 2:50:27.
Dozens of America’s top marathoners started but failed to finish the race.
Among them were Anchorage’s Aaron Fletcher, whose disappointing day came to an end after 16 miles. Fletcher completed two early miles in faster than 5 minutes each before his race began to unravel around Mile 10.
Keri McEntee of Fairbanks also dropped out after 10 miles.
The top three male and female finishers qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Galen Rupp won for the men in 2:09:20 and Aliphine Tuliumuk claimed the women’s race in 2:27:23.