Former Arizona State Sun Devil Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985 Monday, crossing the finish line on a cold, rainy Boston day in 2:39.54.
Linden has been close to victory before. In 2011, after going back-and-forth with eventual champion Caroline Kalel in the final stretch, Linden — then Desiree Davila — finished just two seconds behind Kalel to nab the runner-up position.
She finished in 2:22.38 in that race, over 17 minutes faster then her winning time on Monday which just shows how tough the conditions were.
Linden, who attended ASU from 2001-2004, was an All-American in both track and cross country and went on to become a two-time Olympian — competing in 2012 and 2016 marathon.