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Apr 17, 2012
Flint's Dave Wolbert leads Flint-area dozen at hot Boston Marathon Comments Views- 958

Provided by Flint Journal - Mark Spezia

FLINT, MI -- Flint's Dave Wolbert led 12 Flint-area runners who braved record-breaking temperatures to finish Monday's 116th Boston Marathon.

View full sizeAP Photo/Michael DwyerRunners pass a watering station during the Boston Marathon in Wellesley, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2012. It was the second-slowest Boston race since 1985, as temperatures rising into the 80s slowed the leaders and may have convinced as many as 4,300 entrants to sit this one out.

Wolbert, the longtime Powers cross country coach and veteran marathoner, finished 1,297th in a field of 22,500 as the mercury soared to a record 87 degrees.

Wolbert crossed the line in three hours, 14 minutes and 25 seconds, placing 47th in the men's 50-54 age group and 24th among Michigan finishers. Wolbert was also third among Michigan men aged 50-54.

Grand Blanc's Nicole Falvo was sixth among Michigan women and 2,887th overall in 3:28:42. She was 363rd among women and 300th in the 35-39 age group. It was Falvo's best time in five starts at Boston.

Fenton's Lisa Veneziano finished 4,370th in 3:38:51 in her first Boston appearance since 2009. She was 789th among women and 48th in the 45-49 age group.

Fenton's Matt Wallace, the youngest area finisher at age 20, was 6,663rd in 3:51:05. He was 257th in the 20-24 age division. Wallace ran his first marathon while still a senior at Powers, placing 85th in the Las Vegas Marathon in 2:58:28.

Fenton's Larry Gutierrez was 7,573rd and 596th in the men's 50-54 age group in 3:55:22.

Mike Pennala of Fenton (4:03:04) placed 9,234th and 786th in the men's 50-54 age group while Grand Blanc's Bill Khan (4:42:46) was 15,841st and 1,876th in the men's 45-49 age division.

Owosso's Kristin Crandell (4:44:49) was 16,112th overall and 6,260th among women. She was also 3,933rd in the 30-34 age division. Fenton's Brian Francis (5:25:01) was 19,307th and 1,717th in the men's 50-54 age group.

Fenton's Jay Owens (6:09:45) was 20,895th and 1,821st among men 50-54.

Flushing's Jan Wallen powered her 71-year-old body through the stifling heat, finishing 21,052nd in 6:17:34. She was 12th in the women's 70-74 age group.

Flushing's Mark Bauman completed his 43rd straight Boston Marathon in 6:27:18, placing 21,204th and 665th in the men's 60-64 age group.


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