Several locals run Boston
BOSTON - Monday’s 121st running of the Boston Marathon featured at least four runners with local ties and Bedford, Ky., distance runner Ronald Lee Perkinson II just missed a top-1,000 finish in the prestigious road race. Perkinson, 41, ran the 26.2-mile course in 2:48.05, a time that was good for 1,077th overall. Hanover College cross country coach Brady Wells, 55, of Scottsburg, also ran the event and finished 4,081 overall with a time of 3:20.32. Former Hanover College distance runner Angie Sells, 28, of Bloomington, was 13,116th in 3:51.18 and Hanover’s Robert Graham, 61, placed 25,090th with a time of 5:02.34. Geoffrey Kirui pulled away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go to give Kenya its first men’s victory in five years. Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race to complete the Kenyan sweep. Kirui finished in 2:09.37 to claim a silver trophy, a gilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece, and the $150,000 first prize. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Japan’s Suguru Osako 30 seconds behind him. Kiplagat finished in 2:21:52 to win her Boston debut, adding the victory to two world championships and wins in London, New York and Los Angeles. She pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds. American Jordan Hasay, making her first run at the 26.2-mile distance, was third and Desi Linden was fourth - the first time since 1991 that two U.S. women have finished in the top four.