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BOSTON — Salt Lake City's Carre Joyce ran an impressive time of 2 hours, 43 minutes and 1 second at the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials on Sunday, but that time was not quite good enough to earn a trip to China for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Joyce led a pack of several Utahns in the race by placing 42nd overall.

California's Deena Kastor won the race, crossing the finish line at 2:29:35.

Farmington's Cynthia Fowler was 48th at 2:43:59 and North Salt Lake's Phobe Ko was 61st at 2:45:20.

"I was hoping for a PR of under 2 hours 40 minutes, but unfortunately that didn't happen. My quads started to feel fatigued around mile 8 or so," Fowler said. "It was a fun race, and I hope to be able to keep running and be back for the next one."

Ko, who recently moved to Baltimore, where she will attend medical school, will have her plate full for a few years, but hopes to return to the Olympic trials again in the future.

"It's great to see all these women here," Ko said. "I saw a few of the girls I ran against in high school with, which was cool — I want to keep doing this forever, it's so much fun."

Also competing from Utah was Carol Cabanillas. She finished with a time of 2:48:28 to place 82nd. Kristine Spence, from Ogden, was 111th at 2:56:47, and Lisa Paxton, South Jordan, was 119th at 3:02:17.