Local man finishes Boston
Monitor Staff Reports
BOSTON–Brent McDonald, owner of A+ Plumbing in Gun Barrel City,
competed in, and finished, the 116th annual Boston Marathon
Wesley Korir from Kenya won the marathon with a time of 2:12:40.
Sharon Cherop, also from Kenya, was the top women’s finisher
with a time of 2:31:50. She placed 28th overall.
There were approximately 26,000 runners originally signed up to
run in this year’s event, although more than 4,000 dropped out
after receiving advisory e-mails regarding the dangerous weather
for runners and the health conditions it could cause.
Several runners were carried off in stretchers after succumbing
to the record heat. More than 100 runners were hospitalized.
Local resident Brent McDonald (left) cools off with his wife
Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald (right) after he completed the
annual Boston Marathon April 16.
“Brent ran a good race because he ran, and he finished,”
McDonald’s wife Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald said.
“He wanted to break three hours, but he played it safe and ran a
time of 3:54.”
Last year’s marathon winner, Geoffrey Mutai, dropped out at mile
18 due to stomach cramps.
An estimated 500,000 spectators lined the streets of the
26.2-mile course from Hopkington, Mass. to Boston.
“I tried to catch Brent at mile 17, but I didn't see him,” his
wife said. “I may have been distracted by the one-legged runner,
the runner who was juggling, a man in his 70s running in a pink
tutu, the Asian man in a Minnie Mouse outfit, Captain America,
or the men running with no shoes.”
She later caught him at mile 25, and said he still looked strong
at that point.
“He said he didn’t feel very strong, but by the looks of it, the
majority felt bad. It was a neat experience, and I’m so proud of
him,” she said. “I let him run his marathons, and he lets me
Adrienne, who coaches golf at Eustace High School, is a
She will compete at the US Open qualifying round at the
Woodlands Country Club in the Woodlands.
“Maybe this will be the year for both of us,” she commented.
“Running the Boston marathon is like a golfer’s accomplishment
of playing in the US Open. I was an alternate last year, and
almost won a trip.”
The US Women’s Open will be played July 2-8 at the Blackwolf Run
Golf Course in Kohler, Wis. the year.
The Mabank Panthers are the 2012 Machine Pitch Spring Fling
Tournament Champions. The tournament was held April 20-21.
Pictured are team members (front row) Kaden Morgan, Brayden
Carrier, Scottie Neeper, Joseph Gain, Carson Bowden and Jude
Wilson; (middle row) Peyton Phillips, Jonathan Gonzales, Tyler
Poe, Jacob Wilson, Reece Crowsey and Antonio Morales; (back row)
coaches Jeremiah Phillips, Ruben Gonzales, Joe Wilson and Corey