Each time Scott Fauble takes on a marathon, he finds a way to reach new milestones.
Running just the third marathon of his professional career, Fauble finished seventh overall at Boston on Monday with a PR time of 2:09:09. The NAZ Elite runner was the first American male to cross the finish line as he shaved three minutes off his former best at the distance. The sub-2:10 result became a team-best mark.
NAZ Elite head coach Ben Rosario said it was a "special run" for many reasons, noting that it's rare for a couple of Americans to clock sub-2:10s at Boston. Jared Ward finished eighth overall and was the second American male to finish, posting a 2:09:25.
"He's just reached a new level," Rosario said of Fauble, who hit an Olympic standard with his time.
At 21 miles into the 143rd running of the Boston Marathon, Fauble was leading the pack. Then the East Africans picked up the pace. Lawrence Cherono won Boston in 02:07:57, as the weather didn't turn out to be as inclement as expected. Cherono was one of five Kenyans in the top-six finishers on the men's side.
Fauble's intense workouts for Boston paid off as he showed how fit he was.
"We knew that (he was fit) because training had gone very, very well," Rosario said. "The workouts he did leading up to Boston were honestly, if you can believe, a lot better than what he did for New York. These were really, really good. Especially a couple of the last ones. He was trending in the right direction heading into the course."