Several local athletes enjoyed a week of besting their competition and accomplishing great feats.
Bob Hamlin finishes his second straight Boston Marathon
Flagler County Runner Bob Hamlin Boston Marathon, 65, finished his second Boston Marathon in 4:25:38 on Monday April 17.
Hamlin injured his hamstring 10 weeks ago and was unable to properly train for the marathon, running as long as three miles throughout his 10-week plan. Unsure he would actually run, his fellow FCR member Jesse Bech Magee encouraged him, saying, “Bob, you earned your spot. Go for it.”
Bob said he expected to do a combination of running and walking, but “the extremely loud vocal encouragement from the estimated 500,000 spectators lining the 26.2-mile route kept me running.”
Flagler Beach’ Michael McKeon also participated in the marathon and finished with a time of 3:24:49.
Marcel Williams scores during Marshall Herd’s spring game
Flagler Palm Coast alum Marcel Williams caught a 12-yard touchdown pass this past weekend in the Marshall Thundering Herd football’s annual Green-White Scrimmage on Saturday, April 22, in Huntington, West Virginia.
Williams signed with the Division-I program after playing two seasons with Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. He caught 20 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns his first season and 351 yard and another three scores his second year before getting injured in his seventh game last season.
Kelly Brasol and Vincent Mingils win final Flagler Running Series
After nine races from 2016 to 2017, locals Kelly Brasol and Vincent Mingils accumulated the most points to become the final Flagler Running Series female and male overall winners. After six years, the Running Series has called it quits.
Mingils finished in the Top 4 in eight of the nine races — second in four — to amass 46 total points. Brasol won four races, collecting 10 points each to win with 40 points. Visit http://www.runflagler.org/standings.html for the full standings.
Palm Coaster Woroniecki wins two synchronized silver medals at China Open
U.S. Senior National Squad member and local Victoria Woroniecki teamed up with Anita Alvarez to win two silver medals in duets at the China Open in the second leg of the new FINA (International Swimming Federation) Synchronized Swimming World Series.
The U.S. duet finished second behind host China in the tech competition Saturday morning before claiming a second silver medal in freestyle during the night session.
Lady Pirates’ Santiago homers during district quarterfinal
The Matanzas Lady Pirates defeated the Pine Ridge Panthers 11-1 with the 10-run mercy rule in the district quarterfinal on Monday, April 24, at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
Isabella Santiago hit a three-run home run to close out the game in the sixth inning. She went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Lady Pirates will play Seabreeze in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the OBSC.