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Three from Weld County finish the Boston Marathon

Markelle Taylor, third from left rear, of Novato, Calif, finishes the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Markelle Taylor

Three Weld County residents joined more than 30,000 runners to compete in the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday morning.

Arnuflo Salazar Navarro, a 51-year-old from Johnstown, finished the race in 3-hours, 6-minutes to place 128th in his division. He finished 3,626th overall. Salazar Navarro averaged 7:06 per mile.

James Cotter, 50, of Windsor, place 1,180 in his division and among the top 15,000 runners. His. Time was 3:48.45. Cotter averaged 8:44 per mile.

Lochbuie’s Jessica Berry was the lone woman to compete in the marathon from Weld County. The 35-year-old Berry finished the race in 4:25.20, which was good for a finish among the top 20,000 runners. Berry averaged 10 minutes per mile.

The marathon was dominated by runners from east Africa, with Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono winning the title with a sprint to the finish line over Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa, who he edged by two-tenths of a second.

Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:21. American Jordan Hasay placed third.

The race also marked the 40th anniversary of 61-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelon’s first win at Boston, and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist finished this marathon in 3:04 — to win the 60-64 age division. Samuelson won Boston titles twice in her career — 1979 and 1983. She finished third in 1981 and fourth in 1991.

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