Bulletin Board: Whitbeck top local Marathoner
Greenfield’s Ben Whitbeck was the top local finisher in Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 50 minutes, 42 seconds to place 1,012th overall.
It marked the second straight year that Whitbeck was the area’s top finisher. He finished the 26.2-mile trek in 2:51:28 last year. The 37-year-old Whitbeck was the 959th male in the 18-39 division.
“It was a great day,” Whitbeck said hours after finishing. “It was a good wind and it wasn’t blowing at us. The conditions were great.”
This is Whitbeck’s fourth marathon and second Boston. He said he started running about six years ago after seeing his brother Jamie run and wanted to see what the big deal was. The hard work paid off as he was able to run in Monday’s marathon, which was packed with runners and well-wishers one year after the terrorist bombing.
“It was crazy how many people were out there cheering the runners on,” he said. “It was great. It really helps pull you along.”
Greenfield native Erin McDonald was the top female finisher from the area, finishing in the top 300 among all women runners. The Reading resident finished in 3:07:41, which placed the 35-year-old 3,688th overall, but made her the 278th female to finish the course, the 233rd in the female 18-39 division.
Patrick Pezzati from Montague was the third fastest local finisher with his time of 3:21:25, placing him 6,803rd overall and exactly 500th in the male 50-54 division. He was the third and final local to finish inside the top 10,000.
Six locals finished the race within 10 minutes of each other beginning at the 3:40:55 mark, when Buckland’s Sri Bodkhe crossed the line, placing him 12,692nd overall and 1,651 in the male 45-49 division. Wendell’s Jen Richard finished in 3:42:40 to put her 13,196 th overall and 2,762nd in the female 18-39 division. Scott Sawicki from Shutesbury crossed the line on Boylston Street in 3:46:33 to finish 14,330th overall and 1,352nd in the male 50-54 division, while James Callaway from Shelburne Falls was seven seconds behind Sawicki in 3:46:40, marking him 14,357th overall and 1,357th in males 50-54.
Dan Gullage from Orange came in nearly two minutes after Callaway, at 3:48:31 to place him 14,886th overall and 214th among ages 60-64 runners, and Warwick’s Steven Satrowsky finished in 3:49:01, which placed him 15,018th overall and 1,872nd among males 45-49.
Greenfield’s Jack McKenzie and daughter Megan McKenzie finished within a minute of each other. Megan came in at 4:21:44 to finish 22,128th overall and 4,604th in the female 18-39 division, while her father was just behind in 4:22:02, which placed him 22,152nd overall and 657th among males 60-64. Whately’s Brian Green crossed the line in 4:45:12 to finish 25,481st overall and 2,243rd in the male 40-44 division. Shutesbury’s Louis Raboin came in 5:07:04 to finish 27,789th overall and 421st in male 65-69, Montague’s Ann Van Dyke finished in 5:11:40 to place 28,194th overall and 636th in female 55-59, and Robert Averill from Shelburne Falls completed the marathon in 5:55:12 to finish 30,753rd overall and 1,051st in male 60-64.
All results are based on times and towns provided by www.baa.org.
Mark K. Memorial
Fred Llewelyn, Bob Walker, Fred Secore and Lori Davis shot a 65 and won by a match of cards to take first in the opening week of the Mark K. Memorial Mixed Golf League at Oak Ridge Golf Course in Gill on Monday.
Butch Trinque, Frank Bertrand, Gary Mattson and Jane Edwards finished second with a 65.
Frontier 10s tie
Brady Burch scored once over the weekend to lead Frontier to a 1-1 draw against Agawam in a Pioneer Valley Junior Soccer League boys’ Under-10 Division game in Agawam.
Dylan Martin made 20 saves in the Frontier goal, and Cameron Wrisley and Dylan Robinson each played well defensively.