Tucson’s Sarah Sellers places 19th in Boston Marathon

Tucson’s Sarah Sellers places 19th in Boston Marathon
Sarah Callister Sellers.

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Tucson's Sarah Sellers placed 19th in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

Sellers, an anesthetist nurse at Banner-UMC, finished the race in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sellers set the sports world on fire last year when she came out of nowhere to place second in the world’s most famous race.

Also from Tucson, Abdi Abdirahman finished 26th in the men's race.

Lawrence Cherono outkicked Lelisa Desisa and passed him just steps away from the tape, winning the 123rd Boston Marathon in 2:07:57 to claim his first major victory.

Desisa, the Ethiopian who won the 2013 race that was marred by the finish line bombing and claimed a second victory in ’15, eased up after realizing he was beaten and finished 2 seconds back. Kenneth Kipkemoi was third, another 8 seconds behind, one of seven Kenyans in the top 10.

Worknesh Degefa broke away from defending champion, Des Linden, and the rest of the women’s pack in the Framingham flats and ran alone for the last 20 miles to her first major marathon victory.

The 28-year-old Ethiopian finished in 2:23:31 to become the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race and the third in seven years. Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat was second, American Jordan Hasay was third and Linden was fifth.

One year after an icy rain and a near-gale headwind resulted in the slowest winning times in four decades, race organizers again prepared for the foul New England weather. But overnight thunderstorms moved on before the runners left Hopkinton; the sun even made an appearance about halfway through.

Linden took advantage of last year's storm to splash her way to the first win for an American woman since 1985.

But with conditions back to normal, so were the results: East Africans from Kenya and Ethiopia dominating the podiums.

A field of 30,000 runners followed the elites, ditching their trash bags and ponchos on the Hopkinton Green before embarking on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. It’s the first time the race has been run on April 15 since the 2013 attacks; officials planned a ceremony at 2:49 p.m. to honor those killed or maimed by the two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line.

Daniel Romanchuk, 20, became the youngest-ever men's wheelchair champion in Boston. He finished in 1:21:36 for the fastest time ever for an American.

Manuela Schar won the women’s race for the second time, adding it to her titles in in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. If she wins in London in two weeks, she will have swept the World Marathon Major series.

Here is a complete list of runners to finish the Boston Marathon this year:

Men

  • 7, Abdi Abdirahman, Tucson, 42, 2:18:56
  • 431, Max Miller, Tucson, 29, 2:41:57
  • 666, Peter Davidson, Tucson, 33, 2:46:06
  • 2,823, Raul Del Bosque, Tucson, 33, 3:02:48
  • 3,168, Kent Warlick, Tucson, 28, 3:05:08
  • 5,616, Tanvir Kalam, Sierra Vista, 29, 3:20:39
  • 6,433, Rob Warnick, Vail, 36, 3:26:12
  • 6,706, Sion Lupowitz, Tucson, 39, 3:27:58
  • 6,864, Brian Leroy, Tucson, 42, 3:28:58
  • 8,523, Jason Gastrock, Tucson, 45, 3:42:30
  • 9,291, Brian Deatherage, Tucson, 45, 3:49:00
  • 10,916, Fred Enke, Casa Grande, 60, 4:08:22
  • 10,977, Richard Kutzner, Casa Grande, 75, 4:09:25
  • 11,948, Brian Paradis, Oro Valley, 34, 4:24:15
  • 13,091, Michael Lokale, Oro Valley, 40, 4:46:52
  • 14,178, Steve King, Oro Valley, 47, 5:27:23
  • 14,525, Bob Arendt, Tucson, 60, 5:53:03

Women

  • 19, Sarah Sellers, Tucson, 27, 2:36:42
  • 612, Sharon Silvas, Marana, 51, 3:13:34
  • 971, Julia Vigil, Tucson, 27, 3:18:57
  • 1,584, Sara Clements, Tucson, 31, 3:25:23
  • 2,014, Nicole Clark, Tucson, 46, 3:28:29
  • 3,055, Tia Accetta, Tucson, 43, 3:36:18
  • 3,171, Kate Chisholm, Tucson, 29, 3:37:01
  • 3,187, Abigail Nastase, Tucson, 31, 3:37:06
  • 3,669, Melanie Hingle, Tucson, 42, 3:40:32
  • 5,673, Laura Swenson, Tucson, 46, 3:53:45
  • 5,792, Sokha Chhun-Dugger, Oro Valley, 50, 3:54:41
  • 6,178, Nicole Aitken, Tucson, 45, 3:57:32
  • 6,399, Lauren Cmiel, Tucson, 31, 3:59:28
  • 8,290, Martha Rhine, Marana, 59, 4:18:19
  • 8,349, Caitlin Wyatt, Tucson, 35, 4:19:01
  • 8,519, Sandy White, Tucson, 56, 4:21:11
  • 9,183, Erin Paradis, Oro Valley, 34, 4:30:37
  • 9,459, Elizabeth Kline, Tucson, 45, 4:35:34
  • 10,101, Lisa Conyer, Sahuarita, 35, 4:47:43
  • 10,150, Laurel Brantley, Tucson, 30, 4:48:56
  • 10,648, Martha Castillon, Tucson, 49, 5:01:46

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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