Davis runners presence felt at Boston Marathon

By From page B1 | April 22, 2014

BOSTON — Not long after Meb Keflezighi — the first American to win the Boston Marathon in almost 20 years — crossed the finish line Monday, 26 runners from Davis and Golden Valley Harriers followed suit.

Keflezighi ran the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in the Back Bay district in 2:08.37.

After three people died and 260 were wounded in a terrorist bombing attack at the marathon in 2013, authorities said this Patriots’ Day event was conducted without incident.

With clear skies and a record crowd watching, Monday marked the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

To be sure, it was world-class time for Keflezighi — but not that far back in the field of 32,408 was 32-year-old Davisite Stephen Andrews. His 2:31.25 was good enough to finish 396th overall.

Then came Matt Young (2:38.11) in 705th, Jason Cavatorta (2:38.44, 792) and Kristen Soloway, 40, (2:44.49).

Soloway’s effort was good for 73rd among the women (1,338 overall) and eighth in her 40-44 age group, which saw 2,633 entries from around the globe.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the women’s title she said she could not enjoy a year ago. Jeptoo established a course record of 2:18.57. She is a three-time Boston Marathon champion, having also won in 2006.

Passing by crowds estimated by Boston police at more than 1 million, the Davis contingent saw Mark Murray, 51, earn a 44th-place age group (50-54) finish. His time was 2:45.09.

Thirty-year-old Di Wu crossed in 3:03.59 as John Burmester (3:05.10) and Gustavo Hernandez (3:05.58) finished within hailing distance of each other. Richard Boettner went 3:07.52. The local quartet finished in the top 20 percent of the field. Hernandez and  Burmester are 52, Boettner is 47.

Stella Ruiz, 61, ran the course in 4:23.58, finishing 183rd in her crowded age group. Clariza Aguillon-Doms, the 45-year-old Golden Valley Harriers manager, shined with a 3:20.19 and 173rd age-group finish.

And so it went as GVH and Davis folks did the home front proud.

According to Boston Marathon timing, here’s a look at the rest of the GVH and Davis runners who finished the course:

Mark Helmus (59, 3:14.41, 8,144); Tiffany Meyer (44, 3:15.06, 1,895 women); Brian Charn (45, 3:17.38, 9,434); Rachel Bailey (21, 3:25.52, 3,305 women); Taide Guerra Martinez (23, 3:31.11, 13,502); Greg Lynch (46, 3:33.16, 13.980); Heather Komure-Chan (43, 3:38.08, 5,464 women); Wendy Allen (50, 3:46.41, 6,787 women); Allison Shaffer (53, 3:50.33, 7,396 women); Bruce Wright (61, 3:50.44, 19,130); Angela Kasten (28, 3:54.37, 7,773 women); Erin Perry (50, 4:11.51, 9,737 women); Laurin Beckhusen (66, 4:20.40, 24,205); Stella Ruiz (61, 4:23.58, 10,648 women); James Flanigan (64, 5:21.37, 29,798); and Bruce Fisher (67, 5:29.29, 30,683).

— The Associated Press contributed to this article

Bruce Gallaudet

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