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Tahoe-area athletes participate in Boston Marathon

Staff report

A handful of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe athletes competed among a field of 36,000 runners in the Boston Marathon on Monday — a year after the bombing that marred the 2013 event, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

Jacqueline Clark, 56, of Tahoma posted the top finish among the Tahoe contingent. Crossing the finish line in 3 hours, 18 minutes and 14 seconds, Clark finished eighth in her division, 792nd among women and 5,978 overall.

Victor Heredia, 50, of Incline Village finished with a time of 3:27:09, which was good enough for 710th place in his division and 8,410th overall.

Tahoe City resident Donna Collignon, 57, also recorded a sub-4-hour finish, as she crossed the line 44th in her division in a time of 3:43:19. She was 4,235th among women and 13,405th overall.

Mary Sandeman of Homewood and Mats Ofverberg of Truckee completed the 26.2-mile race as well. Sandeman, 62, finished in 4:10:56, which was 188th in her division, while the 74-year-old Ofverberg finished in 5:51:20, which was 137th in his division.

Meb Keflezighi, meanwhile, became the first American man since 1983 to win the historic marathon. The 38-year-old from San Diego claimed the victory with a time of 2:08:3. Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, 33, was the top woman and 21st overall with a time of 2:18:57.

The marathon, which had about 9,000 more runners than last year’s race, kicked off after a moment of silence was observed at the finish line, near the site of the 2013 bombing. Find full results at http://raceday.baa.org.