Locals post solid times at Boston Marathon

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Cramps on the legendary Newton Hills held back Mike Rogers in his bid to finish in the top 10 in his age group at Monday's Boston Marathon.

But the 65-year-old still turned in an impressive time of 3:41:03, good for 16th in the 65-69 age group. Rogers hit the halfway point in 1:43:38 and was still going strong until he hit the four hills between miles 17 and 21.

"I got cramps in my hamstrings," Rogers said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. "I had to walk a few steps and then go again."

Rogers, who ran a personal best 3:28:41 in California last December after finishing seventh in his age group in New York City in November, said he ended up walking for eight to 10 minutes on the hills.

The fastest Augusta area runner was Aiken's Mitch Mussetter, who ran the 26.2 miles in a blistering 2:55:40 and finished 966th overall out of nearly 27,000 entrants.

Mussetter said he ran a large portion of the race alongside Joan Benoit, the American marathoner who set a world record when she won in Boston in 1983.

He said the tailwind was a huge help, and he was trying not to go too fast in the first half, which he ran in 1:23:13.

"Everything was hurting really bad and my splits got a lot worse for the last 10K," said Mussetter. "I was in survival mode at the end."

Jeffery Travis, who graduated from North Augusta High School, ran his first Boston Marathon in 3:42:36. Even though it was about a half-hour slower than his qualifying time, he said that he was just happy to have the opportunity.

Augusta's Julius Lacerna said he wasn't concerned with anything other than finishing when he started, but after cruising through the first eight miles at about a 7:00 pace, he made an extra effort at the end of the race to finish in 3:09:33, just under the 3:10 qualifying time for Boston in 2012.

"It was an amazing experience," said Augusta's Ginger Chew, who ran her first Boston Marathon in 3:44:11. "The crowds are everything you hear they are."

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Einstein
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Einstein 04/18/11 - 12:58 pm
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This is awesome! Glad to see

This is awesome! Glad to see some local runners do so well!

"Mitch Mussetter, of Aiken, completed the toue in less than three hours..."

I'm not a runner. What is a, "toue?" it's either a running/sports term, or a typo. "Staff" article, which means no one was proud enough to put their name on it I guess.

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Einstein 04/18/11 - 03:19 pm
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StrIke the last part of the

StrIke the last part of the previous post... Guess it was a typo. "Staff" made the correction. Are they like nameless elves that come in the middle of the night and fix things? :-)

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AutumnLeaves 04/18/11 - 05:12 pm
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Do the nameless elves also

Do the nameless elves also decide whether Mitch's last name is Mossetter (in first instance) or Mussetter (in the next two instances)?

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Connor Threlkeld 04/18/11 - 05:53 pm
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Thanks for pointing out the

Thanks for pointing out the errors, Mitch's name has now been fixed. Luke (as is now at the top of the story) was nice enough to follow the story for us on his day off, so I'm not sure if it went through an editor or not before being posted.

Part of the reason "Staff" is at the top of many of our latest news posts is because the writer assigned to a story often changes, and the Staff designation covers all the bases. Online editor Bill Kirby might get the first initial report online (ex: Fire at Washington Road apartment) and assign it to a staff writer to cover in more detail. An early morning story might receive the same treatment, then get a follow up report from our night cops reporter after the day shift leaves. It varies.

In the paper, many of the "staff" items in latest news end up in Across the Area, which is compiled under the byline "From Staff Reports" because it comes from many different people. I guess old habits die hard.

And despite what you may have heard, there aren't as many elves working here as you might think. Plenty of gnomes, but not many elves. What we could really use is a dragon. He could really help us cut down on travel expenses. But we'd probably have to keep him out of the newsprint storage area.

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Connor Threlkeld 04/18/11 - 10:34 pm
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UPDATE: Officials with the

UPDATE: Officials with the Boston Marathon made changes to their online results for finishing positions at some point after the original results were reported on Monday afternoon, and the 11:30 p.m. online update and printed version of the story reflects the updated numbers.

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Einstein 04/20/11 - 06:24 am
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Connor, thanks for the info.

Connor, thanks for the info. Lol. One thing I know for sure, is that you guys do a very good job of monitoring comments and are making speedy corrections. I'm sure at times it can seem like a thankless task, especially with the kind of comments that get posted, but the breaking stories and timely corrections are much appreciated.

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