Boston’s Hayley Sutter Granted USATF Olympic Trials Appeal Following Cal Int’l Marathon

(Photo: Hayley Sutter climbing the Bellevue St. Hill en route to winning the women’s race at NER Pub Series XX’s third stop—the Corrib Pub 5K. Photo by MickFoto/NERunner)

The Jan/Feb issue of NER is in stores now and should be in subscriber’s hands this week (and as we switch mailing facilities for our next issue the store/subscriber time divide will narrow).


So, in the J/F issue we concentrate on the high number of Olympic Trials qualifiers from our region (NE/NY) and elsewhere who qualified at Cal Int’l on Dec. 2.


While there were congrats spread about, one competitor who was reported being left in limbo following the race was Boston’s Hayley Sutter, 29. Short story: USATF accepts gun times for trials qualification. Hayley ran into mucho trouble in the tail end of the race and crawled across the finish line in…


…an Olympic Trials ‘B’ qualifying time of 2:45-flat. But this was chip time. Her gun time was 2:45:07.


So NER loyalist Sutter was left in the lurch pending an appeal and NER went to press. We’re now happy to report that Hayley is among the names added to USATF’s official trials qualifying list.


“Boston’s” Sutter actually hails from Lincoln Nebraska. She ran for Nebraska Wesleyan before moving to Boston to pursue a Masters degree in global development policy (since attained) while working at Marathon Sports in Boston (where she could read of her exploits in the 2017 NER Pub Series).


Hayley placed 8th in that year’s inaugural Pub outing at the An Ras Mor 5K, which she was leading before falling back to run with her boyfriend. She then won Doyle’s and the Corrib Pub 5K and Memphis Soul BBQ 3.3-miler in Somerville.


Malt & Hops glory would be put on hold, however, as a conflict left Hayley absent from the Series finale. She had also taken up marathoning since arriving in Boston, and entering Cal her previous best had been a 2:52 in Houston (2017).


Feeling great through 20 miles, Sutter was on a 2:43 average (needing 2:45). She believes she may have been low on electolytes as she usually drinks Gatorade and was bypassing the official marathon energy drink (Nuun).


From 20-23 she slowed to a 6:20 pace while still feeling this rough patch wouldn’t keep her from the finish line. That changed at 25 miles when she wasn’t sure she’d make it to the finish.


The fall and crawl denouement to this story didn’t dampen Sutter’s enthusiasm to pursue the trials standard beyond Cal Int’l, but now that won’t be necessary. See you in Atlanta!

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