Spencer McElwain of Arundel and Kristin Barry of Scarborough braved periodic rain, a steady headwind and the 26.2-mile challenge from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston to emerge as the top Maine finishers Monday in the 119th Boston Marathon.

Running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport also had a big day, winning the women’s 55 to 59 age division.

The 57-year-old Samuelson, the women’s open champion at Boston in 1979 and 1983 as well as the inaugural Olympic women’s marathon gold medalist in 1984, won her age group by more than 10 minutes with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes, 3 seconds.

She was timed at 19:19 for the first 5 kilometers, 38:51 at 10 kilometers and 1:24:03 at 13.1 miles before running the final half of the race in exactly 1:30:00.

Samuelson’s 6:39-per-mile pace placed her 67th among all women in the race and well ahead of Evelyn Caron of Andover, Massachusetts, second in the 55 to 59 division in 3:14:40.

Samuelson’s 2015 time was 31:20 slower than the 2:22:43 she clocked in winning the 1983 Boston Marathon — a time that was a world record at that time. This year’s time also was 18:48 behind her winning time 36 years ago in 1979.

The 25-year-old McEwain, a former standout runner at Caribou High School and the University of Maine, finished the race in 2:34:03 to place 133rd overall in the field of an estimated 30,000 runners.

He covered the first 5 kilometers in 17:47 and the first 10 kilometers in 35:23. McElwain reached the midpoint of the race in 1:15:33, then covered the final 13.1 miles in 1:18:30.

“I wanted to break 2:30 but I actually had a couple bathroom breaks that took some time off, but other than that I felt good and the crowd really helped the last couple of miles,” he said.

McElwain’s time was faster than his debut effort at Boston last spring, when he battled a hamstring injury amid warm temperatures and was clocked in 2:37:58, second among Maine runners.

“I went out more conservative this year,” said McElwain, who reaggravated his hamstring injury and dropped out of his most recent previous marathon attempt last fall. “I tried to not wear down my quads on the early downhills and just be more consistent.

“I felt good. My main goal was to finish without an injury, and the hamstring didn’t act up at all so that was a big confidence booster and a good stepping stone from here on out for bigger and better things for the marathon.”

Adam Goode, the 31-year-old state legislator from Bangor, placed second among Mainers and 148th overall in 2:35:42. He actually ran a faster second half of the race, completing the final 13.1 miles in 1:17:38 after reaching the midpoint in 1:18:04.

“It was really windy and unclear if it was going to rain hard later or not,” said Goode. “So I was just trying to find people who were running an even effort to run with. I didn’t feel like I was necessarily in PR shape so I didn’t have a lot to rest for and hopefully I could pass a lot of people in the second half of the race.”

Others among the top 10 finishing Maine men in the Boston field were Robert Gomez of Portland (167th overall, 2:36:32), Erik McCarthy of Old Town (282nd, 2:40:19), Robert Ashby of Brunswick (386th, 2:42:43), Matt Homich of Ellsworth (398th, 2:43:00), Kenneth Akiha of Orono (705th, 2:47:47), Timothy Tunney of Ellsworth (880th, 2:49:32), Skylar Harris of Orono (1,048th, 2:51:07) and Gerald Huber of Boothbay (1,269th, 2:53:05).

Barry, a U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier in 2008 and 2012, finished 33rd among all women at Boston and fourth in the 40-44 age division with a time of 2:49:32.

Barry, 41, began the race with a 19:37 first 5 kilometers, then was timed at 38:57 through 10 kilometers and 1:23:03 at the halfway point before running the second half of the race in 1:26:29.

Barry’s time was nearly three minutes ahead of the second-fastest Maine women’s finisher, Christine Irish of North Yarmouth. Irish, 40, was clocked in 2:52:28 to finish 54th in the women’s field and sixth in the 40-44 age bracket.

Samuelson was third among the 10 fastest Maine women’s finishers, followed by Jennifer VanDongen of Bar Harbor (263rd among women in 3:05:51), Katherine Connolly of Portland (339th in 3:08:12), Maryanna Ray of Ripley (343rd in 3:08:17), Jodi Theriault of Portland (367th in 3:08:52), Rebecca Wimert of Falmouth (579th in 3:13:25), Casey Dunn of Limerick (743rd in 3:15:54) and Kristin Dacko of Bethel (1,043rd in 3:19:49).

Mainer sets U.S. 5K mark

North Yarmouth native Ben True ran his way into the record books during one of the annual preliminary races to the Boston Marathon, Saturday’s B.A.A. 5K.

True, 29, finished with a time 13:24 to snap the previous 5-kilometer mark of 13:24 set by Marc Davis in 1996 in Carlsbad, California. Davis, the communications director for the BAA, was on hand for True’s record-breaking run.

A field of 10,000 left the starting line, paced by a lead pack featuring True, Kenyans Steven Sambu, Philip Langat and Daniel Salei, and Girma Mecheso of Ethiopia.

Langat clocked a 4:19 first mile, and the leaders crossed the 2-mile mark at 8:44 and 3 miles at 12:56 before True — now a three-time race winner who also placed second in 2014 in a dead-heat sprint to the line with Dejen Gebremeskel — outkicked Sambu to the tape in Boston Common to win by a single second.

“People were calling my name all around the course,” True, a Greely High School and Dartmouth College graduate now living in Hanover, New Hampshire, said.

“I felt bad for Sambu. They were just cheering for me and not for him. I knew, based on last year, that I might be able to run fast on this course. Now, having this kind of benchmark confirms that I’m on course for the rest of the year.”

True won $12,500 for his B.A.A. 5K victory, including a $5,000 bonus for setting the race record.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...