Piers, Gomez lead Maine’s Boston Marathon pack

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted April 18, 2011, at 9:13 p.m.

It was an ideal day for running in Boston Monday, and Sheri Piers and Robert Gomez took full advantage of it.

Gomez, a native of Waldoboro now living in Saco, posted the fastest time among Maine runners in the Boston Marathon, covering the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Copley Square in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 18 seconds.

That effort placed Gomez, who started with the elite runners, 39th overall and 36th among men.

He pieced together a fairly consistent run, averaging a 5:30 mile while going through every 5-kilometer checkpoint in the 17-minute range.

Piers finished a couple minutes off her Boston personal record of 2:37:04, which she set in 2009, but still enjoyed a strong race in placing 23rd among female competitors in 2:39:23.

The Falmouth runner averaged just over 6 minutes per mile, and like Gomez, ran consistent, even splits and kept her 5K splits in the 18-minute range throughout the race.

Despite falling off that pace slightly between the 25K and 35K points, Piers managed to go from the 35K mark to the finish line (a little more than 42K) in roughly 28 minutes.

Bangor was well-represented at the front of the Pine Tree State pack as well, with Adam Goode and Boston rookie Joe Capehart having some outstanding runs.

Goode finished the race in 2:39:5, averaging 6:06 mile.

Capehart, the cross country and track and field coach at John Bapst Memorial High School, completed his first Boston Marathon in 2:49:39.

Joan Benoit Samuelson, competing in her first Boston Marathon since 1993, had an outstanding effort of her own.

The 53-year-old Cape Elizabeth native, who now lives in Freeport, finished the race in 2:51:29.

She missed attaining the “B” standard of 2:46.00 to qualify for next year’s Olympic Trials in Minnesota.

Samuelson owns two Boston Marathon titles, in 1979 and 1983. Her 1983 time of 2:22:43 is the fourth fastest women’s time in the history of the race, and was once an American record for the marathon.

One-hundred ninety-nine Maine runners finished the race.

Other notable finishers include Mount Desert Island Marathon race director Gary Allen of Cranberry Isles, who completed the race in 2:55:46; veteran marathoner Roger Marquis of Old Town, who posted a 2:59:04; Amanda LaBelle of Rockland, a former champ of the Bangor Labor Day 5-mile race, in 3:02:59; veteran runner Austin Townsend of Perry in 3:11:39; Elizabeth Brunton of Birch Harbor, another local running standout, completed the course in 3:14:39.

Peter Lodge of Bangor also had a solid run, finishing the race in 3:16:28, and former Old Town High School runner Eliza Tibbits posted a 3:29:46. Hampden Academy cross country coach Dick Balentine covered the race in 3:45:52.

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