Amy Hastings held first place until mile 21.

The Eastern Sierra hit big news in Los Angeles over the week-end. Mammoth Track Club’s Amy Hastings captured second place . In her first attempt at the marathon distance, Hastings clocked a time of 2:27:03 on Sunday morning.

Hastings led the elite women’s division for much of the race until winner, Buzunesh Deba passed her on mile 21. Hastings, a member of the Mammoth Lakes training group, has now qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, according to reports.

Hastings graduated from Arizona State in 2007. Race observers said that Mammoth Track Club Coach Terrence Mahon built Hastings up from a 5k/10k track runner to a road racer with the strength to compete well at the marathon distance.

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