Four years older and now a mother, Dot McMahan repeated her top-10 performance in the US Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, in a race won by Shalane Flanagan in a record time.
McMahan, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee alum, ran nearly three minutes faster in Houston than she did in Boston four years ago, but her 2:32:16 was about six minutes off the pace to secure a spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2008, McMahan had a break-out performance, knocked eight minutes off her previous best marathon and finished eighth.
On Saturday, she ran close to her fastest marathon time and finished ninth.
A record five women broke the 2:30 mark, despite the wind and tough course.
Desiree Davila, 28, McMahan’s teammate on the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, finished second in 2:25:55 and Kara Goucher, 33, secured the final spot on the Olympic marathon team with a 2:26:06.
Behind McMahan, Greendale native Ariana Hilborn finished 29th, in 2:37:37, one second faster than her PR in the 2011 Grandma's Marathon. Hilborn lives and trains in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Eau Claire native Rachel Booth finished 31st in a time of 2:37:59, and Sarah Bashinski-Flament, from Wausau, was 133rd in 2:53:26.
Serena Ramsey Burla ran with the lead pack early, but dropped out.
In the men’s race, Meb Keflezighi, 37, pulled away from Ryan Hall to earn the victory and his third Olympic berth. Keflezighi finished in a personal best 2:09:08, and Hall crossed the line 22 seconds behind him.
Abdi Abdirahman, 33, secured the third spot on the Olympic marathon team and also broke 2:10. This will be Abdirahman's fourth run in the Olympics.
Tyler Sigl, the former UW-Platteville runner from Seymour, ran a solid 2:19:17 to finish 46th.