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WWU alum Crouch second-fastest U.S. woman in Boston Marathon

Sarah Crouch, of Blowing Rock, N.C., approaches the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18.
Sarah Crouch, of Blowing Rock, N.C., approaches the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. Associated Press

Former Western Washington University cross country and track and field standout Sarah Crouch (formerly Porter) was the 11th female to cross the finish line on Monday, April 18, at the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Crouch, who now calls Blowing Rock, N.C., home, completed the historic 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 37 minutes, 36 seconds. She was the second-fastest United States female runner, behind only Colorado’s Neely Spence Gracey, who finished ninth in 2:35:00.

Bellingham’s Jenny Kapp was the top Whatcom County finisher in 3:34:27, according to the Boston Athletic Association. The 43-year-old’s time placed her among the top 9,000 finishers in the race and 302nd in her division.

Less than a minute behind Kapp was Bellingham’s Sheri Baker, who ran a 3:35:15 to place 9,188th overall and 163rd in her division.

Bellingham’s Stephanie Sakowski and Tanya Belrose also finished in less than four hours.

Bellingham’s Bill Pech was the county’s top male run with his time of 4:11:08, which was 115th in his division. Melissa McCreery, Arlane Olson and Amy Jensen — all from Bellingham — finished shortly behind Pech.

Overall race

Ethiopians nearly swept the Kenyans off the podium at the Boston Marathon, winning both the men’s and women’s races for the first time in history and taking five of the six spots on the victory stand.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the men’s race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds, pulling away from defending champion Lelisa Desisa as they crossed over the Massachusetts Turnpike heading into Kenmore Square. Hayle won by 47 seconds, with Yemane Adhane Tsegay an additional 30 seconds back to round out an all-Ethiopian top three.

Atsede Baysa won the women’s race, coming from 37 seconds behind with less than five miles to go. The two-time Chicago Marathon champion finished in 2:29:19 hours, 44 seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye.

Joyce Chepkirui was third in the women’s race, the lone Kenyan to medal in a race that had been dominated by her countrymen for decades. The results come as the World Anti-Doping Agency put Kenya on probation after more than 40 athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs since the 2012 Olympics – nearly one a month.

Top Americans

Most of the top Americans, including 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi, skipped the race after running in the U.S. Olympic trials in February.

Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top U.S. man, finishing 10th.

Donna Jackson discovered her talent for running later in life, after getting a puppy that needed exercise each morning. Now, at 65 years old, she's running in the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016. Watch her early morning training session in Tacom

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Whatcom County runners in Boston Marathon

Runner

Age

Gender

City

Time

Overall

Division

Jenny Kapp

43

F

Bellingham

3:34:27

8,971

302

Sheri Baker

46

F

Bellingham

3:35:15

9,188

163

Stephanie Sakowski

33

F

Bellingham

3:47:44

12,885

2,905

Tanya Belrose

25

F

Bellingham

3:51:22

13,833

3,144

Bill Pech

66

M

Bellingham

4:11:08

17,751

115

Melissa McCreery

50

F

Bellingham

4:11:48

17,813

7,282

Arlane Olson

57

F

Bellingham

4:12:47

17,917

148

Amy Jensen

47

F

Bellingham

4:13:13

17,953

7,361

Lynda Churchfield

65

F

Blaine

4:50:04

23,729

57

Lisa Wayerski

55

F

Bellingham

5:14:37

25,166

599

Tom Murphy

66

M

Bellingham

6:08

NA

NA

SOURCE: Boston Athletic Association

NOTE: Tom Muprhy's finish time updated April 19, 2016.

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