Lillard talked with KOIN 6 News before Tuesday's playoff game against the New Orleans Pelicans about Sellers' second-place finish at the Boston Marathon. It was so cold and wet she couldn't even squeeze her water bottle.
Other local runners also excelled in Boston: The Sacramento Running Association masters men won the team competition, led by Charlie Brenneman, who was the fourth fastest master runner of the day, according to an association tweet. She crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds.
Taylor Cummings, 26, of Sheridan, Wyo., was the top female finisher with a time of 3:21:45.
On April 16, as runners from across the globe were braving freezing rain to run the Boston Marathon, and former Olympian Desi Linden was on her way to becoming the first American woman in 33 years to win the storied race, there was another determined American woman among the crowd.
"Obviously the conditions were the wild card that everyone got dealt, but I think it played to my advantage", Sellers said.
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It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. With a previous personal-best time of 2:53:30, Chichester was listed as an "amateur" and wasn't even seeded in the professional field's start corral.
Her coach, Weber State's Paul Pilkington, told her go to out conservatively, and for the majority of the race, Sellers hung back. "She's a little bit taller, so you'd think the wind would be detrimental, but she's really strong".
Thomas Pore, 37, of Saco was the leading finisher among ME men with a time of 2:42:33, which was 196th overall.
"Busted!" her husband Blake said in the background. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other US men. Except now, fewer people will have to wonder who she is.
In the 2011 Boston Marathon, Linden came in second, just two seconds behind victor Caroline Kilel.