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Jeffrey Eggleston
Jeffrey Eggleston wins the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 15, 2011, in Pittsburgh. Eggleston was brought in by race organizers to be the pace-setter, but broke away from the pack at the 24-mile mark to earn the victory. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jeffrey Eggleston was just supposed to set the pace during Sunday's Pittsburgh Marathon.

Instead, he decided to win it all.

In his third professional marathon, the 26-year-old Flagstaff resident finished in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds, which qualifies him for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. Second-place finisher David Rutoh of Kenya came in 29 seconds behind Eggleston.

Eggleston, who is originally from Rochester, N.Y., was paid $1,000 to set the pace through the first 18 miles of the race, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. At that point, he felt good enough to try for the win and surged ahead of the lead pack with 2.2 miles to go. The win netted him a total of $9,000.

"You have to be competitive and fearless," Eggleston told the Post-Gazette. "I can't be afraid to go after these top guys. After 18 miles I said, 'OK, I'm going to throw in surges every five minutes and see who has legs' ... I respect these guys. They work so hard. But I work hard, too. I want to see Americans on the winner's stage at these races. I want to be that guy. As Americans, I believe we have all of the resources to do it."

Eggleston wasn't the only Flagstaff runner in Pittsburgh. Teklu Tefera Deneko came in fifth with a time of 2:18:33 while 23-year-old Natasha Labeaud, who runs for the McMillan Elite group, finished fifth in the women's race and 34th overall in 2:42:53.

 

YOUTH FOOTBALL

The Coconino football team will host its annual youth non-contact football camp next month. Kids aged 7 through 9 will participate on June 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while youth aged 10 through 12 will attend camp the following day at the same time at Cromer Stadium.

The cost is $50 for the one session and includes a T-shirt, water bottle, snack and lunch. For more information and a registration form, contact coach Tadd Ragan at 773-8248 or tragan@fusd1.org.

COLLEGIATE WRESTLING

Coconino alumna and current Lindenwood University wrestler Shauna Isbell won the tournament portion of USA Wrestling Junior National Championships on Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla.

Isbell defeated six wrestlers to advance to the championship match against defending champion Helen Maroulis, whom Isbell lost to last year in the finals.

Isbell lost her first two matches against Maroulis to finish as the runner-up for the Junior World team.

She'll compete in the Pan American Games in Brazil next month.

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