Nina Rillstone of Auckland finished a creditable seventh in the New York marathon on Sunday in a time of 2h 31m 19s.
Rillstone was 11th at half way in 1h 15m 11s.
Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia won in 2h 25m 5s.
Rillstone debuted over the marathon distance in April recording 2h 29m 46s in Nagano, Japan.
Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil broke away at the 30km mark and held off late challenges from Stephen Kiogora and Paul Tergat of Kenya to win the event
in 2h 9m 58s.
Gary Moller comments:As a matter of interest, Nina worked for me about 8-10 years ago when she graduated from university. Her talent as a runner was obvious back then. I don't think she ever fully clicked to my connection with Lorraine Moller, the runner. More recently, Nina has been receiving guidance and inspiration from Lorraine, including staying at her home in Boulder Colorado. Go here for details.
Nina helps reinforce my view that talented runners should take their time to mature and strengthen before tackling events like marathon racing. To do these gruelling events too early risks shortening their running career. They should concentrate on short races that hone speed and stamina while sparing the muscles, tendons and joints from lasting damage until ready to handle the punishment of the marathon run at pace.