Niskayuna native Serafini falls short of goal at Boston Marathon

PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna native Lou Serafini finished 121st in Monday's Boston Marathon.PETER R. BARBER/Gazette Photographer Niskayuna native Lou Serafini finished 121st in Monday's Boston Marathon.

BY MIKE MacADAM
Gazette Sportswriter

Lou Serafini was on pace for something close to his target time through the first half of the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday.
The 25-year-old from Niskayuna couldn’t sustain it in the second half, though, and finished in 2:37:49, good for 121st place out of over 30,000 runners entered, but well short of his objective.
The Boston College graduate, who lives in Brighton, Mass., near his alma mater and the 21-mile mark of the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton, Mass., to downtown Boston, got through the half marathon in 1:08:39.
He needed to at least dup­licate that to approach his personal record of 2:17:25 at last fall’s Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, but Serafini fell well off that pace on the second half of the course, which includes the infamous Newton Hills and Heartbreak Hill not far from Boston College.
By the time he reached the Newton hills at the 18-mile mark, Serafini was already posting mile splits above six minutes, and grinded out the final full 5k segment at a 7:39 pace up to Kenmore Square before bringing it in to the finish at Copley Square in 2:37:49.
The 2016 MVP Stockade-athon winner was running in his fifth career marathon and second attempt at Boston.
He ran 2:27:37 in 2015.
In other performances of note by Capital Region runners, Alexander Perry, 28, of Albany cracked the 3:00 mark with a time of 2:52:51, as did former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey player and assistant coach Nolan Graham, 37, of Troy, who ran a 2:56:27.
Robert Ordish, 31, of Alb­any, didn’t miss by much, with a time of 3:01:02, and 28-year-old Ben Heller, son of Gazette thoroughbred handicapper Bill Heller, ran a 3:03:24.
On the women’s side, 27-year-old Allison Konderwich of Albany ran a 2:59:17.
Emily Miller of Delmar posted a 3:12:43, Kimberly Milton of Clifton Park ran a 3:16:42 and Erin Wrightson of Albany posted a 3:18:07.
Martha Degrazia, 66, of Slingerlands, ran a 3:56:25 to finish third in her age group.
Dan Larson kept his remarkable streak alive, completing his 42nd straight Boston Marathon in 4:25:26. The 65-year-old from Queensbury has started the race 48 straight years, failing to finish just once, in 1975, when he dropped out with a 102 fever.
John Geesler also kept his long streak alive, finishing the race for the 30th straight year with a time of 3:27:36 at the age of 58.

CAPITAL REGION FINISHERS
MEN
Louis Serafini (25, Brighton, Mass.), 2:37:49; Alexander Perry (28, Albany), 2:52:51; Nolan Graham (37, Troy), 2:56:27; Robert Ordish (31, Albany), 3:01:02; Ben Heller (28, Troy), 3:03:24; Jason Linendoll (20, Hudson Falls), 3:06:09; Craig Dubois (53, Sprakers), 3:08:14; Terrance Gallogly (30, Saratoga Springs), 3:16:03; Kyle Robson (32, Albany), 3:18:29; Joseph Sullivan (38, Schenectady), 3:19:16.
David Padula (51, Niskayuna), 3:21:58; Brian Northan (42, Guilderland), 3:25:24; John Slyer (52, Averill Park), 3:25:47; John Geesler (58, St. Johnsville), 3:27:36; Matthew Torniainen (41, Fultonville), 3:31:15; Cory Gregg (36, Schenectady), 3:33:28; Brian Dillenbeck (46, Alplaus), 3:35:12; Seth Capello (41, Gansevoort), 3:35:57; Bill Hoffman (50, Clifton Park), 3:38:07; William Drapeau (49, Glenville), 3:39:04.
Charles Stewart (56, Clifton Park), 3:43:24; Dennis Beardsley (45, Castleton), 3:43:46; Jonathan Golden (43, Slingerlands), 3:43:47; Ken Tarullo (48, Delmar), 3:46:36; Steve Hanagan (50, Ballston Lake), 3:47:17; Brian Coyne (54, Albany), 3:51:48; Stuart Palczak (52, Amsterdam), 3:52:36; Patrick Culligan (57, Round Lake), 3:53:44; Roy Headwell (50, Cambridge), 3:58:44; Brian Borden (53, Altamont), 4:01:08.
James Forbes (63, Valley Falls), 4:05:14; Joe Yavonditte (68, Schenectady), 4:14:00; James Fairchild (67, Albany), 4:24:13; Daniel Larson (65, Queensbury), 4:25:26; Ethan Miller (24, Gloversville), 4:26:05; Michael Austin (35, Delmar), 4:31:30; George Baranauskas (63, Scotia), 4:57:28.
WOMEN
Allison Konderwich (27, Albany), 2:59:17; Emily Miller (37, Delmar), 3:12:43; Kimberly Milton (35, Clifton Park), 3:16:42; Erin Wrightson (31, Albany), 3:18:07; Meghan Mortensen (31, Glenville), 3:23:09; Meghan Yi (26, Albany), 3:24:17; Brittany Winslow (23, Malta), 3:25:29; Elizabeth Chauhan (32, Albany), 3:32:25; Kristin Kmack (34, Albany), 3:32:35; Kara Defeo (37, Rensselaer), 3:33:09.
Melanie Redfield (24, Albany), 3:36:52; Vanessa Shea (34, Ballston Spa), 3:38:09; Shanley Alber (44, Clifton Park), 3:41:11; Deanne Webster (41, Albany), 3:42:33; Veronica Armbruster (51, Selkirk), 3:43:52; Colleen Schermerhorn-Murray (43, Slingerlands), 3:44:00; Mary Jane Macpherson (37, Latham), 3:44:41; Donna Ruppel (53, Argyle), 3:44:46; Brianna Thompson (26, Albany), 3:48:36; Danielle Maslowsky (38, Ballston Lake), 3:48:37.
Jessica Northan (41, Guilderland), 3:50:51; Elizabeth Collins (39, Saratoga Springs), 3:54:27; Rebecca Ruppe (38, Troy), 3:55:42; Martha Degrazia (66, Slingerlands), 3:56:25; Lisa Nieradka (51, Clifton Park), 3:56:49; Cheryl Feder (52, Malta), 3:59:15; Allison Milazzo (31, Delmar), 3:59:26; Katie Rossettini (29, Clifton Park), 3:59:37; Jessica Oehlke (32, Ghent), 4:03:39; Karlie Mangette (24, Guilderland), 4:08:26.
Heather Kurto (43, Ballston Spa), 4:10:31; Kathleen Clough (25, Wynantskill), 4:16:22; Ann McAvoy (50, Albany), 4:18:41; Laura Bach (43, Niskayuna), 4:21:06; Shelley Burgio (50, Niskayuna), 4:21:06; Mary Fenton (51, Ballston Spa), 4:22:02; Virginia Larner (45, Malta), 4:22:02; Bethany Hawke (31, Albany), 4:24:02; Dawn Morrison (49, Clifton Park), 4:26:45; Kelly Sullivan (38, Schenectady), 4:45:14.
Kim Law (59, East Greenbush), 4:55:36; Karen McKenna (44, Beckers Corners), 4:57:06; Stephanie Cash Hogan (28, Saratoga Springs), 5:29:06; Kathleen Johnson (45, Cohoes), 5:36:53.