The 121st Boston Marathon was held Monday, with several local runners crossing the finish line as part of more than 30,000 participants in the field.
That local connection went even farther for a pair of runners who once competed for Elk Lake High School.
Ryan Place, 31, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who graduated from Elk Lake in 2004, finished in 26th place overall and 23rd among men with in a time of two hours, 23 minutes and five seconds.
Place went on to run cross country and track and field at Allegheny College and earned All-American honors in 2006.
Ryne Carney, 26, of Washington D.C., who graduated from Elk Lake in 2008, finished in 451st overall and 419th among men in two hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds.
Carney closed out his high school career with a 27th place finish at the PIAA Class AA race that helped lead the Warriors to a team state championship before moving on two run cross country and track and field for Bucknell University.
“This is pretty awesome,” said Will Squier, who coached both runners at Elk Lake. “It’s fun to watch them keep running, and not only that, to watch them getting better. They’ve both improved and that’s great.”
Other local runners included:
* Ryan Andrews, 50, of Tunkhannock, who finished in 3:49:30 (12,578th place)
* Robert Damiano, 39, of Nicholson, who finished in 3:17:50 (4,207th overall)
* Noreen Inman, 35, of Tunkhannock, who finished in 3:39.47 (9,694 overall and as the 2,678th female).
Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, won the Boston Marathon ahead of U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp by 22 seconds in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds, for the first Kenya victory in five years.
Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, was top female and won her Boston debut in 2:21.52.
American runners finished two in the top four women’s spots — the first time since 1991 that two U.S. women finished in the top four — and six in the top 10 male spots for the first time since the race went professional in 1986.