Former South star wins Portland Marathon

Colleen Little (formerly Salisbury) dedicates victory to UP soccer coach Clive Charles
Colleen Little, 29, of Lake Oswego, Ore., wins the women division of the annual Portland Marathon, which wound its way through the Rose City, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Little, who played college soccer at the University of Portland when the team won two national championships, said she dedicated the race to her UP soccer coach, Clive Charles, who died of cancer in 2003. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)AP

PORTLAND — Former South Medford soccer standout Colleen Little won the Portland Marathon on Sunday.

Little, formerly Salisbury, dedicated the victory to her college coach Clive Charles, who died of cancer in 2003.

Now 29 and living in Lake Oswego, Little crossed the finish line in a time of two hours, 51 minutes, 35 seconds.

After a stellar prep career in Medford, Little went on to play for Charles at the University of Portland. In 2002, the Pilots won their first national championship. She also played for the 2005 national title squad.

Little, who began running after graduating from Portland in 2006, topped her previous best in a marathon by about three minutes.

Last month, she finished second among women in the Rogue Run Half Marathon.

Jameson Mora of Arroyo Grande, Calif., claimed the Portland men's title in 2:21.09.

More than 13,000 runners and walkers participated in the Portland Marathon events, including about 9,500 in the marathon.

Little was the Southern Oregon Conference soccer player of the year in 2001.


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