GVSU - Laker Alum Wins 2012 Twin Cities Marathon
Provided by GVSU
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Former Grand Valley State student-athlete Jeannette Seckinger (now Faber) had a milestone victory recently, winning the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul with a personal-best time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 37 seconds, more than four minutes faster than her time at this past January's Olympic trials.
Faber took home the $15,000 grand prize en route to beating the field by nearly two minutes.
Faber, who trains in Portland, Ore., took the lead at the 23-mile mark and finished the 26.2 mile race in impressive fashion. It was the fifth marathon victory in Faber's career and her first since 2010. Her previous best time was 2:36:50 when she finished 21st at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Houston, Texas in January.
Faber was a 2001 Great Lakes All-Region and All-American runner in cross country for the Lakers and competed in the USA Junior Track and Field Championships in June of 2011, where she finished 22nd in the 10,000 meter run. She had qualified for the Olympic trials via a qualifying mark in the Chicago Marathon last October, where she was the top American female to finish.