Nick Szczech Handily Claims Lakefront Marathon Title
Oct. 3, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Former Marquette University distance runner Nick Szczech added to his post-collegiate success Sunday afternoon by running away with the men's title at the Lakefront Marathon.
Szczech crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 17 seconds in the first marathon of his career and finished over five minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.
"I am really glad that Nick is having this success," Marquette head cross country coach Mike Nelson said. "He is an extremely hard worker and he has been putting in 90-plus miles a week and I know that he has done at least three 22-milers. It doesn't surprise me that he is succeeding because he is a very talented guy. He is going to have a very successful post-collegiate running career."
Szczech also took home a gold medal in Briggs and Al's Run for Children's Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a time of 24:50 in the five-kilometer race.
"This was his first marathon, so to run 2:22 in his first marathon is huge," Nelson said. "The old Olympic Trials-qualifying standard was 2:22-flat and he just missed that mark. He ran by himself almost every single step of this marathon so it is a pretty good achievement."
The Cudahy, Wis., native concluded his Marquette career in 2011 second in program history in the outdoor 10,000-meter run and earned Capital One Academic All-District V First Team honors.
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