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St. Agatha native hopes half-marathon victory another step toward Olympics

Tracy Guerrette spent her 38th birthday Sunday on a training run, but it was one with considerable cache beyond just sticking to a fitness routine.

The former University of Maine basketball player, who is now one of the state’s top distance runners, won the women’s division of the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Half-Marathon in Portland. Guerrette placed 15th overall among 1,788 finishers with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, 7 seconds.

Guerrette, a St. Agatha native, is preparing for a December marathon in California with designs on qualifying for the marathon at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

“I had a pretty hard week with hard workouts back to back Wednesday and Thursday that left me pretty tired, but I’m never pleased, I would have liked to run faster,” Guerrette said. “I wish I could have run in the 1:18s, but it was a PR [personal record], so it was a good, hard effort, a good training run and that’s what I wanted to get out of it.”

Leah Frost of Portland was second in the women’s field and 19th overall in 1:20:12, while Erica Jesseman of Scarborough was the third-fastest woman and 24th overall in 1:22:26.

Stephen Njoroge of Toluca, Mexico, was the Maine Half-Marathon men’s champion in 1:06:33.

To read the rest of “St. Agatha native hopes half-marathon victory another step toward Olympics,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Ernie Clark, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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