71 Montanans entered in Monday's Boston Marathon

2014-04-19T15:30:00Z 2014-04-19T23:35:03Z 71 Montanans entered in Monday's Boston MarathonGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
April 19, 2014 3:30 pm  • 

Ninety-seven runners from Montana and Wyoming are on the current entry list for Monday's 118th annual Boston Marathon.

According to the event's website, 71 runners from Montana are included among the entries, along with 26 from Wyoming.

The marathon covers 26.2 miles from Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston. There are 36,000 official entries -- around 9,000 more than last year.

The Montana runners range in age from Eijai Oxford, 22, of Billings to William Anderson III, 75, of Columbia Falls.

Alan King of Billings, who was the top Montana finisher last year, isn't running this year. King placed 100th overall out of nearly 27,000 runners last year with his time of two hours, 32 minutes and six seconds.

Daniel Stoken, 26, of Livingston (2:34.23) and Scott Sneddon, 51, of Billings (2:42.40), who were second and third among the state competitors a year ago, are returning, along with Oxford, a former Billings West athlete, who was fourth (2:48.44).

Belgrade's Holly Orrell, 39, who was Montana's top female finisher last year at 3:06.41, is on the entry list again this year.

The other Billings runners listed include: Emily Bruyere, Jay Eyre, Paolo Gerbasi, Nancy Iversen, Patrick Joyce, Sarah Lord, David Nedrow, John Pannell, Suzanne Schnieber and Sarah Sullivan.

Lord, 35, is the cross country coach at Billings Senior.

A state-high 20 runners are entered from Missoula, with a dozen coming from Billings.

James Berve of Red Lodge, George Jones of Columbus and Mel Hoffman of Sidney are also entered. Hoffman, 50, was Montana's fastest finisher from 2006-08.

Wyoming's list of entrants range from Hannah Horigan, 31, of Wilson to Greg Prugh Sr., 71, of Jackson Hole. Del Acker, 64, of Sheridan is also listed among the participants.

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