In her marathon debut, Megan Lacy hit the B standard for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.
Lacy, a 2012 graduate of Cherokee High School, ran 2:39.08 and finished 12th among 2,951 women in her marathon debut at Grandma’s Marathon Saturday in Duluth, Minn.
Her time met the B standard of 2:45 for the U.S. Olympic Trials, scheduled for Feb. 29 in Atlanta. The A standard is 2:37.
Lacy averaged 6:05.7 per mile over 26.2 miles. She ran the first 13.1 miles in 1:18.40 and the second 13.1 miles in 1:20:28.
Lacy, now based in Boise, Idaho, has a half-marathon PR of 1:16.46 in Tempe in Arizona, which is an average of 5:50.2 per mile. So she ran only 15 seconds per mile slower in her first full marathon than in her half-marathon PR!
Lacy’s close friend, Amanda Marino, a former Jackson High star, was fifth in 2:35.04, meeting the Trials A standard. Her previous PR was a 2:38.04 at the Chicago Marathon last October.
Lacy ran within two minute of the Burlington County marathon alumni record of 2:37.20, set on Feb. 4, 1995, by Northern Burlington graduate Laura Mason at the Las Vegas Marathon.
At Cherokee, Lacy ran 4:55.66 for 1,600 meters and 10:22.02 for 3,200 meters and won state titles in both events as a senior. Her 3,200 time remains No. 3 in South Jersey history (behind Michelle Rowen’s 10:12.8 in 1983 and Chelsea Ley’s 10:19.31 in 2009) and No. 13 in state history.
Lacy ran for Stanford through the spring of 2016 and then finished her NCAA eligibility competing for Boise State in the spring of 2017.