BOSTON – Shalane Flanagan, a 2004 graduate from the Carolina track and field program, placed fourth at the 117th Boston Marathon on Monday. She was the top American to finish in the women's race with a time of 2:27:08.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the race in 2:26:25 by a mere 33-second margin ahead of second- and third-place finishers Kenyan Sharon Charop and Ethiopian Meseret Hailu.
The 2013 Boston Marathon tragically received international attention after a bombing took the lives of three people and injured more than 140 two hours after the first runners crossed the finish line. The race was called off for the remaining runners as people were diverted away from Copley Square and many were taken to area hospitals. Police are still investigating.
Flanagan tweeted shortly after the news of the bombing had spread, "My family and I are safe. Thank you for your concerns. Devastating."
Flanagan merited phenomenal success while at Carolina, earning four national championships (two in cross country) and a total nine top-three finishes across her NCAA Championships career. She has competed in three Olympic Games, earning a bronze medal in the 10,000 in the 2008 Beijing Games and most recently competing in the marathon in London in 2012.
Flanagan's mother, Cheryl Treworgy, is the former world-record holder of the women's marathon but was unable to compete in any Olympiad because of distance restrictions for women's competition. Treworgy was also in attendance at the Marathon as a photographer and has reported to UNC Athletics that she is safe.