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Wilkinson Places 22nd at Boston Marathon

April 18, 2011
|  Boston, Mass.
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Kalib Wilkinson, pictured here at the 2007 Virginia Tech Invitational, placed 22nd in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Former Liberty cross country/track & field runner Kalib Wilkinson was one of many Americans to perform well during this morning's 115th running of the Boston Marathon. He clocked a personal-best time of 2:19:53, placing 22nd overall and sixth among American entrants.

Wilkinson, a member of Liberty's cross country and track & field squads between 2007 and 2009, averaged 5:20 per mile on the historic course. That effort enabled him to slice nearly two minutes off of his previous best clocking (2:21:37), achieved at the 2009 Chicago Marathon. It also kept the 26-year-old Wilkinson in front of most of Monday's nearly 27,000 participants.

Wilkinson has experienced success in Boston before. Less than two months after he ran his final race in a Liberty uniform, he placed 28th in the 2009 Boston Marathon in 2:24:46. He was the 13th-fastest American that day and the fourth finisher under 25 years of age.

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai edged countryman Moses Mosop by four seconds to win the 2011 Boston Marathon title in 2:03:02, the fastest marathon time ever recorded. Meanwhile, the USA's Ryan Hall notched the fastest marathon clocking ever by an American (2:04:58), placing fourth overall.