Fast time adds up to strong finish for math teacher

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2019 9:27:57 PM

For the second year in a row, Taylor Washburn made an impressive statement to pace the local contingent at the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.

The Northfield Mount Hermon School math teacher and crew coach was the top Franklin County finisher in Monday’s field. The 33-year-old wound up 440th overall, posting a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds to put him 350th in his age division.

A year ago, Washburn, a Princeton alum, traversed the course in 2:38:27. Monday was his fourth time running Boston (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019).

Turners Falls’ Daegan Miller made it two Franklin County residents to break the 3-hour mark. The 39-year-old was the 2,274th runner across the line in the 26.2-mile course, finishing with a time of 2:58:32. That was good enough for 1,623rd in his division.

South Deerfield’s Amy Rusiecki was once again the top local female finisher in Monday’s race. The ultrarunning veteran who is the assistant superintendent for the Town of Amherst’s Department of Public Works crossed with a time of 3:22:23. That put the 39-year-old 7,108th overall (1,023rd in her division), and it was the second year in a row that she was Franklin County’s first female across.

Leyden’s Doug Pratt had himself quite the race on Monday. The 60-year-old was an impressive 13th in his division, scoring an overall finish of 4,384th with a time of 3:10:08.

Boston Marathon veteran Andrew Reagan of Shutesbury ran to a 6,938th-place finish with a time of 3:21:37 (3,166th in his division).

A pair of 60-somethings also looked strong during the jaunt from Hopkinton to Boston. South Deerfield’s David Theoharides (3:39:30, 11,750th) and Orange’s Daniel Gullage (4:07:49, 18,169th) represented Franklin County well. Theoharides was 20th in his division and Gullage was 144th in his.

Greenfield native and Pioneer Valley Regional School alum Shea Healy completed her inaugural Boston Marathon on Monday. The 23-year-old Healy, who lives in Brookline, finished the race in 4:17:29 to place 19,740th (4,170th in her division).

Experienced local runner Sri Bodkhe of Buckland wound up 20,328th in Boston (4:21:35), with the 52-year-old winding up 1,513rd in the division.

Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek was next from the local contingent, with the 44-year-old South Deerfield resident nabbing 21,711th place in 4:32:42 (1,739th in his division).

The Conway tandem of Kendra Ouimette (4:37:19, 22,237th) and Alexis Duseau (4:40:48, 22,619th) finished close together, with the 26-year-old Ouimette taking 4,604th in her division and the 25-year-old Duseau close behind in 4,676th.

Westhampton’s Sue Scott, a physical education teacher in the Pioneer Valley Regional School and Frontier Regional School districts who ran for the Boston Children’s Hospital, crossed the line in Monday’s race with a time of 4:40:51. That put the 46-year-old 22,629th overall (1,543rd in her division).

A trio of Montague residents traversed the course Monday. Kristi Williams, 30, crossed in 23,009th place (4:45:17), followed by 53-year-old Cara Rigali (23,025th, 4:45:27) and 49-year-old Amy Bowse (24,238th, 5:01:22).

In the third-closest finish in Boston Marathon history, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was victorious in Monday’s race. Cherono’s time of 2:07:57 was just ahead of runner-up Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (2:07:59).

Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia won the women’s title, moving through the course in 2:23:31.

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