Mangawang Captures Portland Marathon Women's Title
Story posted October 03, 2000
Mangawang finished the 26.2-mile course in a time of 2:57.48 for top honors out of the women and fifth overall in a field of over 500 competitors.
"I went in hoping to break three hours and, more specifically, shooting for a sub-2:50 time," said Mangawang. "I felt good through mile 18 or so, but then I began to struggle a bit. I got off my pace for two miles or so, then got back into the groove only to find myself at the bottom of an ugly hill at mile 23. Needless to say, this did not do wonders for my pace. After that, I knew I missed my shot at a sub-2:50 race, but I was still aiming to break the three-hour barrier."
Mangawang's performance is stunning considering that she was diagnosed with bronchitis earlier in the week. Although she flirted with the idea of picking a later marathon to compete at, she felt that she was emotionally ready to run the race on Sunday.
"I knew that I was gambling by running on Sunday with my health at less than 100 percent, but other than not breaking the 2:50 time, there was not that much to lose in my mind," said Mangawang. "Sunday's run reaffirmed that I can handle the marathon distance and handle it well. It made me realize my potential. After less than a year of solid training I am just a stone's throw from running a time quick enough to be eligible for the Olympic qualifiers."
As the Assistant Dean of Students, Mangawang serves as the Dean to the Upperclassmen while also serving as the advisor to the Judicial Board. A 1995 graduate of Dartmouth College, Mangawang majored in classics with a minor in history, earning cum laude honors. She was a letterwinner for both the women's soccer and lacrosse teams for the Big Green. Mangawang earned her Master's in education from the University of Vermont in 1998.
"The emotional high after the race wasn't about winning, although it was a bonus," concluded Mangawang. "It was about sensing and acknowledging the potential within me and the running world that awaits me."
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