We have someone to cheer for on Sunday in the U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials in Boston (the day before the traditional Boston Marathon). Her name is Claudia Becque, 31, of Chicago. She is cutting it close though, having just qualified on March 2 with a breakthrough 2:44:52 at the Napa Valley Marathon in California (women need to have run 2:47 or better). That leaves a seven-week recovery -- just enough! Becque, who runs for the Fleet Feet Running Club, is a former all-stater in track and cross-country at Palatine and went on to run at Marquette. She warmed up last fall with a 1:00:59 at the Park Forest Scenic 10-miler and a 2:58:28 at the Berlin Marathon. Go, Claudia, go!
Our other qualifier, former Michigan State runner Jamie Krzyminski, 26, of Chicago (2:43:34) is injured and will be unable to run. We wish her well.