PRs: 10 km: 28:36 (2002); Half-Marathon – 1:02:39 (2006); Marathon – 2:10:47 (2006)
Born: April 11, 1978 in Altoona, Pa.
Current Residence: Rochester Hills, Mich.
High School: North Bedford County (Loysburg, Penn.)
College: Messiah College / Saint Francis College
Coach: Kevin and Keith Hanson
Club: Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials – Men’s marathon; 2007 U.S. 25 km champ; 2006 USA Half-Marathon champ; 2005 USA 25 km champion; 2-time LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle champ
At the 2004 Olympic Trials – Men’s Marathon, Sell boldly took the lead but later faded and failed to make the U.S. Olympic team. The story in 2007 was entirely different as Sell found himself in fourth place before passing Dan Browne 1:51:45 into the race en route to a third place finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials – Men’s Marathon in New York’s Central Park. Sell’s effort earned him a roster spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Beijing, China, where he finished 22nd. Sell dominated the field at the 2006 USA Half-Marathon Championships with his win in the new personal best time of 1 hour 2 minutes 39 seconds, which bettered his previous personal best set in 2005 by 20 seconds. Sell also had impressive performances in marathon competition, finishing fourth at Boston and sixth in Chicago, where he posted a new personal best of 2:10:47. Sell led Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Marathon Cup in Helsinki with his ninth place finish. Sell reappeared at the 2004 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, finishing with a personal best of 2:13:18. One of three Hansons-Brooks Distance Project athletes on the 2005 IAAF World Championships marathon team, Sell has progressed over the last three years to be one of the U.S.’s top road racers. In May, 2005 he won his first USA title at the USA 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich., (1:15:27), the seventh fastest 25 km time ever for an American. He also has numerous top-ten finishes in USA Championships and international races, including a second-place finish at the 2005 USA 10 Mile Championships (47:37) and a ninth-place finish (first U.S.) at the 2005 Lilac Bloomsday Run.
Olympic Marathon (2:16:07)…4th at USA 15 km Champs (44:47)…best of
2007: 3rd at Olympic Trials – Men’s Marathon (2:11:40)…USA 25 km champion (1:14:48)…ranked #3 marathoner in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 2:11:40 & 1:14:48.
2006 USA Half-Marathon Champ (1:02:39PR)…6th at Chicago Marathon (2:10:47PR)…4th at Boston Marathon (2:10:55)…bests of 1:02:39 & 2:10:47.
2005: USA 25 km Champion (1:15:27) 9th at World Outdoor Champs (2:13:27)2nd at USA 10 Mile Championships (47:37 PR) 1st at LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle 8K (23:17)1st at 3M Austin Half Marathon (1:02:59 PR)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2:13:27.
2004: 12th at USA Olympic Trials Marathon (2:17:20)1st at Shamrock Shuffle (23:31)4th at Crim 10 Miler (48:38)10th at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:13:21).
2003: 25th at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships (1:03:53), 1st American2nd at USA 20 km Championships (59:18), 5th Fastest American 20k time ever8th at USA 8 km Championships (22:58PR).
2002: 3rd at USATF Fall Cross Country Championships...member of Team USA at Chiba International Ekiden Relay 8th at USA 10 km Championships (28:34)8th at USA 8 km Championships (23:03)4th at USA 7 Mile Championships (33:49).