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Several local runners finish Boston Marathon

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Jan Gautier (Courtesy: Baylor) Jan Gautier (Courtesy: Baylor)

BOSTON (AP/WRCB) - At least seven runners from Chattanooga finished the Boston Marathon on Monday. The fastest runner with a Chattanooga registration was Jan Gautier, who completed the race in 3 hours and 37 minutes. Gautier is an assistant middle school track coach at Baylor School. She finished 80th in her Division. Bud Wisseman, a Chattanoogan in his 70s, finished 31st in his division by running the race in 5 hours, 51 minutes, 44 seconds.

A complete list of runners who registered with Chattanooga listed as home.  

  • Jan Gautier - 3:37:00 (Age 50-54 Division)
  • Scott Hamby - 3:57:11 (Age 45-49 Division)
  • Connie Petty - 4:30:22 (Age 50-54 Division)
  • Kathi Wagner - 4:37:45 (Age 60-64 Division)
  • Chet Graham - 5:34:41 (Age 45-49 Division)
  • Anthony Grossi - 5:42:58 (Age 55-59 Division)
  • Bud Wisseman - 5:51:44 (Age 75-79 Division)

Ethiopian Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the 120th edition of the men's race, and Atsede Baysa overcame a 37-second deficit on the women's side for Ethiopia's first-ever sweep of the world's most prestigious marathon.

Hayle finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds to beat defending champion Lelisa Desisa by 47 seconds. Yemane Tsegay was an additional 30 seconds back to round out an all-Ethiopian top three.

"In sports, sometimes that happens. But not always," said Desisa, who also won the 2013 race. "It is the performance on the day."

Most of the top Americans, including 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi, skipped the race after running in the U.S. Olympic trials in February. Other countries pick their Olympic teams by committee, and the performances in Boston could help Monday's top finishers earn a ticket to Rio de Janeiro.

"This is a major marathon," Baysa said through an interpreter. "We don't know what they are thinking, but we are confident they will select me."

Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top U.S. man, finishing 10th. Neely Spence Gracey, of Superior, Colorado, was the first American woman to finish, coming in ninth.

Gracey was born into marathoning: Her father was the No. 2 American in Boston in 1989; the next year she was born on race day while he was running. She and Sarah Crouch, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, were among the leaders through the first seven miles before falling behind.

"The energy was spectacular," said Gracey, who ran against Crouch in college. "We were commenting back and forth saying: 'Wow! We are leading the Boston Marathon. We need to take this in and relish the moment.'"

On a clear day with a slight headwind, cool temperatures at the start warmed to 62 degrees by the time the winners reached the Back Bay. It warmed further as the day went on - an added challenge for the 27,491 runners who left Hopkinton in four waves on Monday morning.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second straight wheelchair race in a three-man sprint to the finish. Ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk was second by 1 second and he held off third-place finisher Kurt Fearnley in a photo finish, winning by the width of a tire.

Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Maryland, won the women's wheelchair race for the fourth year in a row.

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