Seattle University assistant cross country and track and field coach Uli Steidl finished first in the master’s division at the 2014 Boston Marathon Monday, his second master’s victory in three years at the world-famous running event.
Steidl crossed the finish line in Copley Square with a time of 2:19:48, over three minutes faster than the mark he posted in 2012 when he won the master’s division at Boston for the first time. Steidl completed a marathon in less than two hours and 20 minutes for the first time since 2009. He finished 55 seconds ahead of Viacheslav Shabunin of Russia to earn the victory in the division featuring runners 40 years of age and older.
According to a post Steidl made to his Facebook page shortly after the race, he ran with Michael Wardian through the first 25 kilometers behind Franklin Tenorio and Lee Troop before passing both of them. Wardian pushed the pace until the Newton hills, when Steidl took advantage of a fading Wardian and took the lead for good.
Overall, Steidl finished 23rd among all runners, 22nd among all male competitors, and 11th among American men. For the first time in over 30 years, an American male won the Boston Marathon, as Meb Keflezighi of California crossed the finish line first in the men’s race in 2:08:37.
Steidl plans to fly back to Seattle Monday night and rejoin the Seattle University track and field coaching staff later this week as it prepares the team for the final three regular season meets of the season, beginning Saturday, April 26, with the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational hosted by Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.