April 17, 2012

Maine runner first American woman in Boston Marathon

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

BOSTON — Sheri Piers of Falmouth celebrated her first Boston Marathon as a masters runner with a joyous jaunt down Boylston Street Monday afternoon.

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Sheri Piers, 40, Maine, crosses finish line at 2012 Boston Marathon in 10th place

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Sheri Piers, 40, Maine, crosses finish line at 2012 Boston Marathon in 10th place

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Piers, who turns 41 next month, was the first American across the line, the second female masters runner and the 10th woman overall. She won $9,200 in prize money.

"This is my kind of weather," Piers said of the unusual heat that climbed into the upper 80s on the 26.2-mile course between Hopkinton and Copley Square. "My plan today was to not even worry about my watch, because I tend to get fixated on the watch, and I didn't today. I was just trying to run for place and catch as many people as I could."

Piers finished in 2 hours, 41 minutes, 55 seconds – a little over a minute behind masters champion Svetlana Pretot of France and 10 minutes behind women's winner Sharon Cherop of Kenya.

Wesley Korir, also of Kenya, won the men's race in 2:12:40. Nick Wheeler of Rockland was the fastest Mainer Monday. He finished 32nd among men in 2:33:30.

"I took a ton of water," and ran under every garden hose he saw, Wheeler said. "I made sure I kept myself cool, because I knew that would be the key."

Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport accompanied her daughter, Abby, through a time of 3:28:13.

"That was probably the first time my mom walked during a marathon," said Abby, who briefly strolled through two late water stops. "I was getting dizzy. It was brutal out there."

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