TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A local runner just took sixth at the L.A. Marathon, the first female American to cross the finish line.
Lindsey Anderson is the College of Southern Idaho cross country and long distance track coach.
She ran the race in a time of 2:34:44, achieving a personal record by two minutes. Anderson placed 27th overall , but sixth for the women.
More than 24,000 runners took off from Dodger Stadium down to Santa Monica.
The former Olympian and All-American at Weber State went into the event optimistic about her chances.
Now keep in mind, this is just her second marathon ever. She competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the steeplechase.
Anderson said, "I can't say that I was totally confident that I would run a faster time than I did last fall in Chicago. I went into it a little conservative at the beginning of thee hills to make sure I was good later on." "The lead pack end up going out early on, so I started to pick off people about halfway through," she explained.
Anderson plans to do another marathon in the fall before the Olympic Trials in February.
Video Courtesy of: KCBS
Photos Courtesy of: Lindsey Anderson and Wendy City Productions