Top Illinois Finishers at the 2018 Boston Marathon

Susannah Scaroni, second place overall female wheelchair finisher, from Illinois.

Monday marked the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, one of the United State’s largest marathons that attracted 29,978 runners from all over the world. This year, 869 runners from Illinois entered and 96 percent crossed the finish line.

Some notable finishes from local athletes included Daniel Romanchuck, who came in third for the men’s wheelchair race at 1:50:39. Also representing Illinois in the wheelchair race were females Susannah Scaroni and Arielle Rausin, both students of University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, who placed second and fifth, respectively. Scaroni’s time was 2:20:01 and Raisin came in at 2:32:24.

Below are the top 10 male and female Illinois finishers:

Top Male Illinois Finishers
  1. Matt Marol, 26, Chicago, IL, 2:29:12
  2. Jackson Neff, 25, Chicago, IL, 2:29:43
  3. Austin Hendrix, 28, Chicago, IL, 2:35:40
  4. Stephen Clevenger, 31, Decatur, IL, 2:35:42
  5. Travis Buse, 24, Chicago, IL, 2:38:50
  6. John Butcher, 24, Mahomet, IL, 2:39:50
  7. Dan Stanton, 34, Chicago, IL, 2:41:29
  8. Brian Wakefield, 42, Vernon Hills, IL, 2:41:31
  9. Andrew Kaehr, 28, Chicago, IL, 2:42:33
  10. Jeffrey Hojnacki, 44, Chicago, IL, 2:44:24
Top Female Illinois Finishers
  1. Kayla Brown, 30, Edwardsville, IL, 2:57:20
  2. Jillian Blondell, 33, Woodridge, IL, 2:59:02
  3. Jennifer Every, 34, Peoria, IL, 3:00:13
  4. Amanda Porter, 27, Chicago, IL, 3:00:33
  5. Alana Kopelson, 23, Chicago, IL, 3:02:05
  6. Tory Hislop, 31, Chicago, IL, 3;07:35
  7. Katherine Wichmann, 32, Hawthron Woods, IL, 3:09:10
  8. Anneliese Schulz, 21, Elk Grove Village, IL, 3:09:27
  9. Lena Josifi, 28, Arlington Heights, IL, 3:09:48
  10. Danika Simonson, 26, Chicago, IL, 3:10:13

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


  1. Hey Holly- it’s Dan Stanton, thanks for the shout out. Want to fix a typo, I’m 34. My 24 year old self was MUCH slower!


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