P.E.I. runner posts best time for Canadian females at Boston Marathon
Cornwall's Jen Nicholson sets personal-best time; Summerside's Scott Clark top Islander overall
Jen Nicholson of Cornwall was the top Canadian female at the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday.
Nicholson complete the marathon in a personal-best time of two hours 47 minutes.
Nicholson, who won back-to-back Island Marathons in 2008 and 2009, ended up 420th overall, 35th among females and fourth in the Masters Division.
Scott Clark of Summerside finished in a time of 24:45:27 for the top time by a P.E.i. runner.
Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the Boston Marathon in 2:03:02, while Caroline Kilel, also of Kenya, was the top female in 2:22:36.
Moses Mosop (2:03:06), another Kenyan, finished four seconds behind Mutai, while American Desiree Davila (2:22:38) was just two seconds behind Kilel.
Other P.E.I. times were:
Rob MacKenzie, Cornwall, 3:01:57 (1,740th);
Chris Matters, Charlottetown, 3:02:51 (1,827th);
Micheal Peterson, Charlottetown, 3:12:53 (3,480th);
Alexandra Keedwell, Charlottetown, 3:22:46 (5,604th);
Paul Dalton, St. Edward, 3:28:29 (7,151st);
Micheal Gaudet, Charlottetown, 3:32:16 (8,257th);
Jocelyn Peterson, Charlottetown, 3:32:42 (8,368th);
Ken Taylor, Kensington, 3:36:37 (9,513th);
Michael Irvine, Summerside, 3:36:38 (9,515th);
Shawn Shea, Stratford, 3:37:06 (9,660th);
Francis Fagan, Charlotteown, 3:40:27 (10,634th);
Janice Ployer, Summerside, 3:40:46 (10,731st);
Diane Boswall, Charlottetown, 3:47:50 (12,721st);
Patricia Ellis, Charlottetown, 3:48:24 (12,869th);
Beverly Walsh, Charlottetown, 3:49:26 (13,176th);
John Van Ekris, Charlottetown, 3:59:18 (15,956th);
Elaine Burkholder, Charlottetown, 4:01:43 (16,515th);
Kimberly Bailey, Cornwall, 4:04:30 (17,003rd);
Maureen Leard, Cornwall, 4:05:50 (17,218th);
Ellen Sherren, Charlottetown, 4:10:02 (17,883nd);
Dorothy Gregory, Charlottetown, 4:15:36 (18,765th);
Dianne Pye, Charlottetown, 4:15:49 (18,794);
Sandra McConkey, Stratford, 4:18:25 (19,150th);
Loratte Van Ekris, Charlottetown, 4:22:46 (19,694th);
Jo-Anne Shea, Stratford, 4:25:32 (20,007th);
Robert Burt, Summerside, 4:42:17 (21,476th).
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Clark is top Islander, Nicholson top Canadian female in Boston Marathon
By Darlene Shea and
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOSTON - Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai has won the Boston Marathon in an unofficial two hours three minutes two seconds - the fastest marathon ever run.
The previous best of 2:03:59 was by Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin 2008. Because of the differences in courses and wind conditions, there isn't an official world record in marathons.
Mutai's mark is almost three minutes better than the course record set just last year by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot.
Caroline Kilel won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep, out-sprinting American Desiree Davila to win by two seconds, in 2:22:36. Davila led as late as the final stretch on Boylston Street and ran the fastest time ever for a U.S. woman, five seconds faster than Joan Benoit finished to win in 1983.
Scott Clark of Summerside was the fastest Islander among the 34 from P.E.I. who took part in the marathon. Clark, 47, had a time of 2:36:42 which placed him 358th overall and 13th in his division.
Jen Nicholson of Cornwall was thetop Canadian woman in 35th place among the women,finishing not far behind Clark in 421st place overall. The 42-year-old's time was2:47.00which put her fourth in her division.
No American - man or woman - has won Boston since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985. Ryan Hall ran the fastest marathon ever for an American, finishing fourth in 2:04:58, and Kara Goucher ran a personal best 2:24:52 to add a fifth-place finish to her third in 2009.
Kilel and Mutai each earn US$150,00 for the win, and Mutai gets $50,000 for the world best and another $25,000 for the course record.
A year after Cheruiyot lowered the course record by more than a minute, the runners lined up in Hopkinton with temperatures hovering around 8 C and a wind at their back - perfect marathoning weather.
Kim Smith, a New Zealander who lives in Providence, took off at a record pace and led the women's race for more than 30 kilometres.
The men were steadier, and they were the ones to take down the old mark.
Four men, including Hall and third-place finisher Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam, broke the 2:05 milestone that just 12 months ago had seemed insurmountable on the hilly Boston course.
Mutai and Moses Mosop ran side-by-side for the final miles before Mutai pulled ahead for good on Boylston Street and won by four seconds. The 19th Kenyan winner in the past 21 years, Mutai raised his arms in the air and grinned; Cheruiyot, who injured his side in a car accident in Kenya, dropped out in the first half of the race.
Smith took off at the start, and the pack let her go, falling almost a minute behind. But 30 kilometres in, as she ran down Commonwealth Avenue in Newton toward Heartbreak Hill, she began to stutter-step.
Soon, she had stopped completely to rub her right calf. It was only for a few seconds, but when she resumed she had clearly slowed and the pack was upon her less than a mile later. Among them was Davila.
The American ran with Kenyans Kilel and Sharon Cherop through Chestnut Hill and briefly broke out of her rhythm to wave as the crowd began chanting, "U-S-A!" The three swapped leads down Beacon Street in Brookline, and Davila led even on the final stretch before Kilel outkicked her.
Masazumi Soejima and Wakako Tsuchida gave Japan a sweep of the men's and women's wheelchair divisions. It was the fifth straight win for Tsuchida and the second overall for Soejima.