April 20, 2011
By BRENDAN THOMAS
Loyola University Maryland Assistant Athletic Trainer Maleah Cole participated in the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon, finishing with an official time of 3 hours, 50 minutes in just her second marathon.
"My goal for the [Boston] marathon was to get under 3:20:00," Cole said. "At halfway, I was on pace to run a 3:18:00, but some events happened, along with hitting the wall, that I just wasn't able to keep up the pace.
"I don't feel bad or upset about not meeting my goal time. Running in the Boston Marathon is an accomplishment in itself, and I know that I'll have other chances to reach my goal time."
Previously, Cole had participated in the 2010 Banktrust First Light marathon in Mobile, Ala., where she qualified for Boston with a 7th-place finish in the female division with a time of 3:37:32.
The largest race that Cole had competed in before Boston had only about 1,000 participants, but there were over 26,000 registered participants on Monday.
"I was nervous that I would get bumped into and ran over by everyone during the race," Cole admitted. "It was pretty crowded throughout the whole race, but nobody ran over me.
"I think the coolest thing is that I participated in such a historical marathon. The atmosphere along the whole course was electric. I have never seen so many people come out to cheer for a race. I gave out hundreds of high-fives."
Cole graduated from Catawba College in 2010 where she was a decorated member of the women's cross country team. Her freshman season, she was named to the South Atlantic Conference All-Rookie team and All-SAC Second-Team. She was the Indians' MVP her sophomore year and was named to the All-SAC First Team. She repeated the honors again her senior season.