Former Syracuse runner, Colin Bennie was the top American finisher at the 2021 Boston Marathon on Monday. He crossed the line seventh overall in his Boston Marathon debut in a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds; about two minutes off his personal best, 2:09:38, set in 2020.
Kenya’s Benson Kipruto won the 26.2-mile-long race in 2:09:51.
In his time at SU, Bennie was a member of the 2015 NCAA cross country championship team, where he finished eighth overall, earning All-American honors.
He made his marathon debut at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, earning a ninth-place finish. Later that year, he would finish third at the 2020 Marathon Project, held in Chandler, AZ, breaking the 2:10 barrier for the first time in his early marathon career.
Bennie, a Massachusetts native, runs for the Reebok Boston Track Club under former Orange head coach, Chris Fox.
Fellow Orange alum, Paige Stoner, finished 18th overall among women with a time of 2 hours, 35 minutes and 55 seconds. Diana Kipyogei,of Kenya, was the top woman finisher in 2:24:45.
This was the second marathon ever run for Stoner, a four-time All-American and 2017 ACC cross country champion while at Syracuse. Stoner too, runs for the Reebok Boston Track Club.
The 125th Boston Marathon, a race traditionally held on the third Monday in April, was postponed to October 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two other Syracuse alumni captured top-eight finishes at the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Maegan Krifchin (Mizuno Running North America & Atlanta Track Club) and Sarah Pafano (Adidas) finished sixth and eighth respectively in 2:30:17 and 2:33:11.