Wilkens paces SE runners at Boston Marathon

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Christian P. Wilkens of Douglas posted the fastest time by a Southeast Alaska resident during the 107th Boston Marathon on Monday.

Wilkens, 27, covered the 26.2-mile course in an official time of 3 hours, 0 minutes, 56 seconds to finish in 632nd place overall, 603rd among all male runners and 435th among men in the open division (age 18-39).

Wilkens had a chip time of 2:58:32, which is a better reflection of his actual time on the course.

Chip times are computed using an electronic sensor worn by each runner to track the time a runner actually passes the starting line, intermediate checkpoints along the course and when the finish line is crossed.

With 20,233 runners entered in the race, some runners needed nearly 20 minutes to reach the starting line.

Wilkens was the fourth Alaskan to finish the race. Kevin Brinegar of Fairbanks, 33, was the top Alaska runner, posting an official time of 2:39:26 and a chip time of 2:39:22 for 61st place overall, 51st among males and 41st in the open men's division.

Abby Blair of Juneau, 23, who is attending graduate school in veterinary science at Mississippi State University, was the top female finisher from Alaska and the 11th Alaskan overall. Blair had official and chip times of 3:26:43 to finish 3,135th overall, 279th among women and 221st in the women's open division.

There were 39 finishers from Alaska out of 46 entered, with a dozen of the runners coming from Southeast Alaska. All of the Southeast runners finished in the top half of the field.

The other two Alaska runners to beat Wilkens were Wayde Leder of Fairbanks, 45, who had identical official and chip times of 2:54:47, and Sam Hill of Kotzebue, 25, who had official and chip times of 2:58:24. Leder took 348th overall and 80th among masters men (age 40-49). Hill was 501st overall and 350th among open men.

Ken Maas of Douglas, 44, was the next Alaska runner after Wilkens, posting official and chip times of 3:01:45 for 672nd overall, 642nd among males and 170th among the masters men.

George Johnson of Juneau, 24, finished with official and chip times of 3:08:51 to take 1,160th overall, 1,101st among men and 764th in the men's open division.

Tracy Rivera of Juneau, 36, had an official time of 3:13:56 and a chip time of 3:12:10 to finish 1,618th overall, 1,524th among men and 1,032nd in the men's open division.

Aaron Prussian of Thorne Bay, 31, posted an official time of 3:15:11 and a chip time of 3:15:00 to place 1,757th overall, 1,524th among men and 1,101st in the men's open division.

Katherine Prussian of Thorne Bay, 32, posted an official time of 3:34:54 and a chip time of 3:31:46 to finish as the second woman from Alaska. Prussian finished 4,380th overall, 523rd among all women and 416th in the women's open division.

Suzanne Hebert of Douglas, 33, posted an official time of 3:44:41 and a chip time of 3:35:39 to finish 6,022nd overall, 1,041st among women and 824th in the women's open division.

James Thompson of Auke Bay, 56, had an official time of 4:04:30 and a chip time of 3:56:09 to place 9,647th overall, 6,962nd among men and 1,118th in the men's veteran division (age 50-59).

Deb Rudis of Juneau, 49, had an official time of 4:05:08 and a chip time of 3:56:42 to finish 9,748th overall, 2,744th among women and 682nd in the women's masters division.

Kim Rivera of Juneau, 43, clocked an official time of 4:06:27 and a chip time of 3:54:53 to finish 9,961st overall, 2,855th among women and 728th in the women's masters division.

Two other runners from Southeast - John Bursell of Juneau and Amy Carroll of Juneau - were entered in the race but couldn't make the trip to Boston for various reasons.

Two Lower 48 residents who frequently run in Juneau during the summer also completed the race.

Frank Sprtel of Takoma Park, Md., 30, had an official time of 2:47:18 and a chip time of 2:47:13 to place 145th overall, 133rd among men and 97th in the men's open division. Mike Haney of Richmond, Va., 35, had official and chip times of 2:54:20 to finish 333rd overall, 314th among men and 236th in the men's open division.

Sprtel and Haney both ran for the Darwin's Tribe team from Juneau during last September's Klondike "Trail of '98" International Road Relay from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Skagway, Alaska.

For complete results, go to the Boston Athletic Association's Web site, http://www.bostonmarathon.org.



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