BOSTON — Robert Gomez of Saco was the fastest-finishing Maine runner at the Boston Marathon for the second time in three years on Monday.
Gomez, 29, completed the 117th annual run from Hopkinton to Boston in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 53 seconds, good for 32nd place overall among the nearly 27,000 runners registered to compete in the event.
Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa won the race in 2:10:22, outsprinting fellow Ethiopian Gebregziabher Gebremariam and Kenya’s Micah Kogoto to the finish line.
Gomez reached the halfway point of the 26.2-mile race in 1:08:17, then ran the second half in 1:14:36 to easily outdistance Freeport’s Joshua Zoila as the fastest Mainer in the race.
Gomez bested his 2011 time of 2:24:18 when he was also the fastest Mainer in the marathon.
Zoila, 26, was second among this year’s 202-runner Pine Tree State contingent and 74th overall in 2:29:34, followed by Portland’s Claton Conrad (2:38:13), Kirby Davis of Camden (2:39:21) and Sheri Piers of Falmouth (2:39:25).
The 41-year-old Piers, who was the top American women’s finisher in the 2012 race, placed fourth among American women this year, trailing only Shalane Flanagan (fourth overall among women finishers in 2:27:08), Kara Goucher (2:28:11) and Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce (2:35:31).
Piers was 20th among all women’s finishers in the race, with Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo winning the Boston Marathon women’s championship in 2:26:35. Jeptoo finished more than 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia.
Next after Piers among Mainers in the race were Al Bugbee of Portland (2:40:04), Robert Ashby of Brunswick (2:43:19), Erica Jesseman of Scarborough (26th overall among women’s finishers in 2:44:35), Joe Capehart of Bangor (2:46:25), Mary Pardi of Falmouth (2:48:42), Seth Hasty of Randolph (2:48:43), Matt Homich of Ellsworth (2:49:37), Timothy Carven of Kittery Point (2:50:02), Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport (2:50:29), Tim Tunney of Ellsworth (2:51:27) and Eric Mauricette of Old Town (2:52:13).
Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist, was running on the 30th anniversary of her 1983 Boston Marathon victory. Now 55, Benoit Samuelson finished less than 30 minutes behind her 1983 time of 2:22:43, which at the time was the women’s world record for the distance.
Benoit Samuelson also won the 1979 Boston Marathon.
Louie Luchini of Ellsworth won the 84th Portland Boys & Girls Club Patriots’ Day 5-mile road race for the second time in three years Sunday.
The 31-year-old Luchini, who serves in the Maine Legislature, finished the race in 24:38, well ahead of second-place Chris Harmon of Scarborough (25:41). Another state representative, Adam Goode of Bangor, was third in 26:22.
Meredith Anderson, 33, of Portland won the women’s division for the second straight year, finishing ninth overall in 31:14. Laura Johnson, also of Portland, was second in 31:43, edging 14-year-old Anne McKee of Hallowell by one second.
Three-hundred-seventy-two runners crossed the finish line.