Calvin Alumn Paul Petersen Is Third American Finisher at Boston Marathon - Qualifies for Trials
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
BOSTON - Paul Petersen, a 2001 Calvin College graduate, had the finest marathon performance of his running career Monday morning at the Boston Marathon. A native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Petersen took 17th at the 2011 Boston Marathon with a career-best time of 2:17.35. Not only was Petersen the 17th individual finisher at the Boston Marathon, but he was also the third American finisher.
His time was also a qualifying time for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Houston, Texas. A graduate of Southmont High School, Petersen also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in New York City where he clocked a time of 2:22.34.
At Calvin, Petersen was a key member of the school’s first national championship men’s cross country team in 2000, as he was one of five Calvin All-Americans at the NCAA III Championships, placing 22nd individually. He was also a national qualifier for the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both 2000 and 2001 in the 10,000 meter run as well as the 5,000 meters in 2001.
A geology major, Petersen was a two-time Academic All-American at Calvin, earning first team Academic All-America accolades in cross country in 2000 and third team Academic All-America honors in track and field in 2001.
Petersen owns a master’s degree from Utah State University in geology and geomorpholy. He currently resides in Smithfield, Utah, with his wife Stacy and son Seth. He owns his own company Marathon GIS. His company provides detailed topographic and layer-based maps for backcountry excursions and road races.