SVC's Deedy finishes Boston Marathon in 3:00:15

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BOSTON — Despite rainy conditions throughout the day, many area athletes competed in the 122nd Boston Marathon Monday morning.

Bennington's Patrick Deedy, the head athletic trainer at Southern Vermont College, was one of the earliest starters, in the first wave of his first Boston Marathon. He finished with a net time of 3:00:15.

Deedy helped as a volunteer at the race over the past few years and decided to compete for the first time this year.

"When I saw runners across the finish line as the race was ending, it was amazing," Deedy said. "I ran track and cross-country in college, but never really thought about doing a marathon. But seeing the looks on [runners'] faces as they cross the line was like, 'Wow, this is something really cool that I want to do.'"

With the Northeast dealing with weather extremes over the past month, Deedy's preparation had a wrench thrown into it, so Monday's weather was no different for him.

"It was cold and raining. It was windy and kind of a miserable day, but being in Vermont, the weather we had prepared me for it," Deedy said. "This is just another run in Bennington. It felt like home and made it slightly easier for me than other people."

Manchester's Deirdre Walsh, David Edry, a second-time qualifier, and Olivia Maeder were in the second wave, as were Bennington's Jessica Chapman — also a second-time competitor — and Readsboro's Jan Rancatti.

Edry finished in 3:20:13, while Walsh finished in 3:48:22 and Maeder crossed in 3:42:02. Chapman finished the race in 3:43:30 and Rancatti finished in 4:30:32.

For Rancatti, 57, it was his 29th consecutive Boston Marathon.

Cambridge, N.Y.'s Roy Headwell was also in the second wave and finished in 5:00:21.

In the third wave, North Bennington's Tracy Bushee competed for the second time after finishing the race in 2016. She finished in 3:45:23.

Peru's Tiffany Teaford and Jennifer Freeman were also in the third wave. For Teaford, she was racing Boston for the second time.

Teaford finished in 3:48:07, while Freeman crossed the line in 3:55:28.

Jean Marie Kratzer from Cambridge, N.Y. was also in the third wave and finished in 3:58:30.

For full results of the marathon, visit baa.org or download the Boston Marathon app on your smartphone.

SVC's Safford honored

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Southern Vermont College freshman Alex Safford was chosen by the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as both the league's Player and Rookie of the Week as announced on Monday.

Safford is collecting the rookie honor for the second-straight week and she is the second Mountaineer to collect both accolades this season after classmate Mia Prouty was named the Player and Rookie of the Week on March 19.

Through SVC's three games last week, Safford amassed 14 goals, eight ground balls, four draw controls, two caused turnovers and an assist. She connected on 78.3 percent of her 23 total shots and helped the Mountaineers to a 2-1 week.

The Southern Vermont freshman tallied seven goals on eight shots in a close 11-9 win at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Thursday and she followed that with six goals and an assist during an NECC win at Dean College on Saturday. Against DC, Safford also registered four ground balls and three draw controls.

She currently leads the Mountaineers in goals scored (27) and ranks third in all of the NECC.

Safford and Southern Vermont are back in action on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. home game against The Sage Colleges.


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