Waywell second in class, Cassidy eighth in Boston Marathon

BOSTON – Elizabeth Waywell of Guelph finished as runner-up in the women’s 60-64 class in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Waywell finished the race in 3:13:05.

Joan Samuelson of the U.S. won the class title in a time of 3:05:18.

Samuelson finished 253rd among all the women in the race while Waywell was 583rd.

Guelph’s Josh Cassidy, a former winner of the men’s wheelchair division, placed eighth Monday. He completed the distance in 1:29:59 while Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. won in 1:21:36.

Romanchuk finished almost three minutes ahead of runner-up Masazumi Soejima of Japan who recorded a time of 1:24:30. Soejima is a two-time winner of the race as he was victorious in 2007 and 2011.

Cassidy won the class in 2012 in a time of 1:18:25. At the time, that was a record for the event and it still stands as the second-fastest winning time. Marcel Hug of Switzerland lowered the mark to 1:18:04 in 2017 with his third of four consecutive victories, a streak that came to an end Monday as he was third in 1:26:42.

Krista DuChene of Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club finished 46th in the women’s runner class Monday and fifth in the elite women’s class. She recorded a time of 2:44:12 and was 590th overall.

Five other Guelphites finished the race — Stefan Gudmundson in 3:18:52, Michelle Brady in 3:19:57, Stephen Kilburn in 3:27:21, Kristen Ernst in 3:33:19 and Cathy Sheahan in 3:46:25.


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