Five Maine women finish in top 61 at Boston Marathon

BOSTON, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - It's highly likely that no Mainer will ever have the notoriety at the Boston Marathon of Joan Benoit Samuelson, either as a two-champ in the women's overall (1979, 1983) or all the accompanying notables that continue to come with each time she runs the historic event.

The 56-year old was the 58th overall female finisher in this year's race, while finishing first in her age division with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes and 10 seconds. Her son Anders finished two minutes ahead of her with a time of 2:50:01.

Scarborough's Erica Jesseman, who was also the top Maine finisher at the 2013 Beach to Beacon, was 29th overall with her 2 hour 42 minute 10 second performance. Shari Piers of Falmouth was eight seconds behind her, which has good for 31st in the Open division and fourth in the Master's division. NEWS CENTER's own Jackie Ward finished just under 5 hours and 10 minutes.

On the men's side, Yarmouth's Byrne Decker was the first Maine resident to cross the finish in 2 hours 33 minutes 36 seconds. Caribou native and UMaine alum Spencer McElwain was second with a time of 2:37:55. Freeport's Josh Zoll finished third (2:40:04).

Here are the top 10 Maine finishers for both the men and women in the Open Division:


1. Byrne Decker (Yarmouth) - 2:33:36 (124th Overall)

2. Spencer McElwain (Bangor) - 2:37:55 (234th Overall)

3. Josh Zoll (Freeport) - 2:40:04 (316th Overall)

4. Robert Gomez (Portland) - 2:40:36 (334th Overall)

5. Adam Goode (Bangor) - 2:41:03 (352nd Overall)

6. Al Bugbee (Falmouth) - 2:43:14 (450th Overall)

7. Jesse Hugo (Falmouth) - 2:45:34 (588th Overall)

8. David Currer (Sidney) - 2:46:10 - (623rd Overall)

9. Seth Hasty (West Gardiner) - 2:46:12 (625th Overall)

10. Matt Homich (Ellsworth) - 2:48:01 (747th Overall)


1. Erica Jesseman (Scarborough) - 2:42:32 (29th Overall)

2. Sheri Piers (Falmouth) - 2:42:40 (31st Overall)

3. Kristin Barry (Scarborough) - 2:51:23 (56th Overall)

4. Joan Benoit Samuelson (Freeport) - 2:52:10 (58th Overall)

5. Christine Irish (North Yarmouth) - 2:52:21 (61st Overall)

6. Maryanna Ray (St. Albans) - 3:11:09 (394th Overall)

7. Karen Fogg (York) - 3:19:50 (917th Overall)

8. Lauren Phillips (Cape Elizabeth) - 3:20:11 (975th Overall)

9. Danielle Skillin (Cumberland) - 3:20:52 (1009th Overall)

10. Jennifer Piesik (Cumberland) - 3:22:06 (1117th Overall)


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