Matt Homich is top county runner at Boston Marathon



BOSTON — Eight Hancock County runners crossed the finish line before tragedy struck at Monday’s 117th annual Boston Marathon.

The competition was cut short when three people were killed and more than 100 others injured, some of them critically, in the explosion of two bombs that had been placed near the finish line of the world-famous race (see story on Page 1).

Leading the county contingent of runners was Matt Homich, 25, of Ellsworth, who finished with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes and 37 seconds, good for 794th place among the more than 17,000 runners who finished the marathon.

Following Homich:

934. Timothy Tunney, 38, of Ellsworth in 2:51.27.

3,594. Kara Gaston, 29, of Mariaville in 3:09:15.

4,502. Gary L. Allen, 56, of Cranberry Isles in 3:13.56.

7,130. Isaac Marnik, 30, of Franklin in 3:25.05.

9,157. James H. Newett, 55, of Ellsworth in 3:32:38.

10,754. Stephen Whalen, 51, of Bernard in 3:38.18.

11,729. Joy Orlemann, 39, of Mount Desert in 3:41.36.

Top honors in the 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Boston went to Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, the overall winner with a time of 2:10:22, and women’s winner Rita Jeptoo of Ethiopia, who finished in 2:26:25.

American runners Jason Hartmann and Shalane Flanagan placed fourth in the men’s and women’s competitions.

Maine’s top runner was Robert Gomez, 29, of Saco, who placed 32nd overall in 2:22:53.

Sheri Piers, 41, of Falmouth, who was the top American women’s finisher last year, led Maine women with a time of 2:39:25.

A day earlier, in Portland, former All-American runner Louie Luchini, 31, of Ellsworth bested a field of 372 runners in the 84th annual Portland Boys and Girls Club Patriot’s Day 5-Miler.

Though Luchini, who currently represents Ellsworth, Otis and Trenton in the Maine Legislature, had not competed for several months, he turned in a strong performance.

Luchini finished in 24 minutes and 38 seconds, besting runner-up Chris Harmon, 25, of Scarborough by more than a minute.

Placing third was another Maine legislator, Adam Goode, 29, of Bangor, who finished with a time of 26:22.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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