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Mike Scannel, running in his first major marathon, took the lead

January 10, 1987

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Mike Scannel, running in his first major marathon, took the lead at the 23- mile mark and held off veteran Bill Rodgers in the final 3.2 miles to win Saturday’s inaugural Phoenix City Marathon.

Scannel, a 24-year-old native of nearby Tempe, finished in a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 39 seconds for the 26.2-mile race.

Rodgers, of Boston, came in second in the field of 1,500 runners in 2:17:25, while Kenya’s Sam Rotich was third in 2:31:21.

The 39-year-old Rodgers, who lives and trains part time in Phoenix, was running in his 47th major marathon. The four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon was a heavy favorite in the race through the streets of downtown Phoenix.

Rodgers and Rotich led most of the way until Scannel took over the lead on 7th Avenue and was never headed from there.

In the women’s division, 44-year-old Harolene Walters, of El Toro, Calif., won in a time of 2:47.33. She beat fellow masters runner Marie Boyd, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., who was at 2:51:28.

With their clockings of under 2:20 minutes, both Scannel and Rodgers have qualified for the 1988 Olympic trials to be held in April 1988 in New Jersey. Walters also qualified since the women’s standard was under 2:50.

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