Glusac Takes Second Among Americans in Marathon Debut in New York.

Nov. 5, 2001

MOBILE, Ala. - In her debut at the 26.26-mile distance, Milena Glusac, finished second among Americans and 13th overall at the New York City Marathon (2:34.48), designated as the U.S. Marathon Championships. Her finish Saturday added to an already accolade-filled season that included U.S. road titles at the 20K, half-marathon and 25K distances.

'I made some strong moves from 15 to 20 miles, and I felt great at 20 miles,' said Glusac, 25, from Fallbrook, Calif. 'But at 22 miles, I started seeing stars.'

Glusac was a six-time All-American in cross country and track for the Ducks from 1993-98, and NCAA indoor runner-up in the 3,000 meters in 1996. She currently resides in her hometown of Fallbrook, Calif.

Deena Drossin won the U.S. title in the fastest debut marathon in NYC ever by an American woman (seventh overall, 2:26.58), eclipsing the 2:32:11 run by Lesley Lehane at Twin Cities in 1988. She ran the fastest ever by an American at New York (besting 2:27:54 by Kim Jones in 1989), and the fastest marathon by an American woman anywhere since Jones' 2:26:40 at Boston in 1991.

In other road racing action this past weekend, another former Duck, 2000 Olympian Nick Rogers kicked to an eight second-win in the final 400 meters Saturday to win the USA men's 10K road championships at the Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run in Mobile, Alabama. Rogers set a course record with his winning time of 28:18.

Rogers lowered Todd Williams' 1994 record time of 28:25 by seven seconds. 2000 Olympian and former Arizona NCAA champ Abdi Abdirahman, the 2001 U.S. 10K champion on the track, finished second in 28:26. Dan Browne, the 2001 20K and half-marathon champion, was third (28:31).

In the women's race, Elva Dryer was followed by Olympians Anne Marie Lauck (second 32:56) and Jen Rhines (third, 33:15). Collette Liss (33:24) and Cheri Kenah (33:32) rounded out the top five.

Rogers' next race will be the Manchester Road Race, held in Manchester, Conn., on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. He finished fifth at the same race in 1999 as the top American finisher, and was edged at the finish line that race by another former Duck and British Olympian Karl Keska.

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