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Former Weber State runner Sarah Callister Sellers takes second in the Boston Marathon, highest finish for a Utah native

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I think I’m going to wake up and this will be a dream. It was a like a hurricane out there. – Sarah Callister Sellers

Google. Wikipedia. The sports world.

They know Sarah Callister Sellers' name now.

Within the first hour of the former Weber State and Ogden High runner finishing second at the Boston Marathon on Monday, the second result if you Googled her name linked to her wedding registry from 2015.

That isn't the case anymore. A Google search now is full of stories highlighting her Boston feat. Sellers' Wikipedia page, too, is up to date on her newest accomplishment.

Sellers made a resounding statement with her second-place finish in a time of 2:44:04 under extremely windy and rainy conditions, behind only winner Desiree Linden's time of 2:39:54 in the women's division.

"It will change her running career dramatically," according to her coach, Paul Pilkington. He is also the longtime track and field coach at Weber State.

Sellers made history by recording the highest finish by a Utah native at the Boston Marathon, and in doing so won $75,000, according to her coach.

Adding to the mystique? It was only the second time Sellers has ever run in a marathon. She won the Huntsville Marathon last September up Ogden Canyon to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

"I think I'm going to wake up and this will be a dream," Sellers said in a Weber State release. "It was a like a hurricane out there."

At first, Sellers had a hard time believing she finished second.

“I didn’t even know it was a possibility,” she told the Boston Globe. “I was trying to ask officials what place I was in. I had no idea when I crossed the finish line.”

It's the first time since 1979 that Americans have finished first and second in the race, per Weber State, and the first win for an American woman since 1985.

The final miles came with drama for Sellers and her loyal followers. Pilkington kept up on the race via TV and tracking the live results online.

"With just around four miles to go, she was sitting in 12th. And then she moved from 12th to second in the last four miles," Pilkington said.

Near the end, he said he kept hitting refresh on the results to get the latest information.

"I just couldn’t believe she passed that many people but she did. It was exciting for her, for us, for our program, too. It’s been a fun day," the coach stated.

Sellers' path back to competitive racing took a detour for a while. After graduating from Ogden High in 2009, she was on the Wildcats' track team from 2009-12. She missed her final year of college competition, though, after breaking her foot during a race.

"It took her a couple of years to get back healthy," Pilkington said.

Since then, she's gone to grad school, found work as a nurse anesthetist in Tucson, Arizona, and married her husband Blake.

Running called her back, though. Part of her comeback meant training with Pilkington beginning in September 2017. Her routine includes morning runs, some at 4 a.m., as well as runs at 8 o'clock at night.

Sellers' finish in Boston qualifies her for the U.S. Olympic trials in two years. According to her coach, Sellers' Boston finish can open other doors for her in competitive racing.

"She'll forever be known as (finishing) second at Boston," Pilkington said. "Other races are going to want her in their events."

Sellers told the Globe she still plans on working.

“I love working as a nurse anesthetist," she told the Globe. "It does make training a little bit challenging, but long term, I love both, and I wouldn’t want to give up working right now.”