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Doing her home state proud, a St. Lawrence alumna was the first Green Mountain State woman to finish the 16th KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, held in Burlington May 30.

Sandra Houke Dickin '88, of Colchester, took the honor. According to the Burlington Free Press, Dickin ran a personal best at the event by about 20 minutes (3:04:06) and finished eighth overall among the race's 939 women runners. Of the 1,072 individual marathon runners, Dickin placed 72nd. In the 2003 event, Dickin was 31st among Vermont women with a time of 3:25:12.

She told the paper, "I was shocked. This year I had more confidence with my running. I went out too hard last year and died." Dickin also reported to the paper that she returned to running just five years ago.

At St. Lawrence, Dickin earned her degree in sociology and participated in the study abroad program in Spain.

Posted: June 3, 2004