Two stars from the Unviersity of Oregon, Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay, didn't win, but both were in the limelight Monday at the 121st Boston Marathon.
Rupp was a favorite to give the U.S. its first men's champion since Meg Keflezighi in 2014, but the ex-Ducks distance running standout had to settle for second place, 21 seconds behind Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya, also a first-timer in the event.
Hasay, meanwhile, burst onto the Boston scene with a podium finish, placing third.
Rupp was in the lead pack for the bulk of the 26.2 miles.
Going up "Heartbreak Hill," just past the 20-mile mark, Rupp and two others got some significant separation as the race hit 1 hour, 40 minutes.
But Kirui surged to the front and gained a sizable lead, trying to take away the threat of Rupp, also a track star at 10,000 and 5,000 meters, using his speed and kick in the closing stretches.
Rupp, the 30-year-old bronze medalist in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics marathon, clocked 2 hours, 9 minutes and 58 seconds. It was his marathon PR by about seven seconds.
Kirui, 24, finished in 2:09.37 for the first win in five years by a Kenyan man. It was only his third marathon.
Hasay, 25, made the fastest debut ever by an American woman, placing third in 2:23.00. It was the fourth-fastest U.S. women's time ever.
Hasay got out to a strong pace and made a late run that came up short of second place.
Edna Kiplagat, 37, of Kenya won the women's race in 2:21.52. She also has won at London, Los Angeles, New York City and became the first Kenyan winner at Boston since 2010.
Rose Chelimo of Bahrain was second in 2:22.51 Desi Linden of the U.S. was fourth in 2:25.06.
After Monday's race, Hasay reflected on the death last year of her mother and said Boston was emotional for her because of that. And she thanked former Boston Marathon winner Alberto Salazar, who coaches her as well as Rupp and others, for giving her the training and support she needed to make the transition from track and field and post such a strong initial marathon showing.
"He prepared me really well. He knows what to do training-wise. He's never stopped believing in me," Hasay said. "I'm just so thankful I have him as my coach. It's worked out really well."
Moving up to the marathon was "maybe a risky decision, but it seems like it's definitely my distance," Hasay said. "I can't wait to do another one."
It was a pleasant but somewhat warm morning in Boston, with the temperature reported at 79 degrees near the finish of the men's race.
Surugur Osako of Japan crossed the line in 2:10.28 for third in the men's race. Shadrack Biwott of the U.S. made it through in 2:12.08 for fourth on a day when six of the top 10 men's finishers were Americans.
Rupp said the race, and especially the late battle with Kirui, was tough.
"I tried pushing up the hill … just tried to relax, but just didn't have an asnwer for him," Rupp said. "He ran an incredible race. Give him credit."
Rupp had foot issues in his final preparations for Boston but said he felt OK during the competition and at the end.
"I was really happy with the way I ran," he said. "I wasn't sure two weeks ago if I was going to be able to come here and run.
"I'm just tired more than anything. I'm feeling all right. Now I'm going to take some time off and rest with my family and get ready for the summer track season."
The atmosphere at Boston made a big impression on the former Central Catholic High star from Portland.
"It was unbelievable. It lived up to and exceeded my expectations," Rupp said. "The crowd support here is like nothing I've experienced in the marathon. They really lifted me.
"I would have liked to win today. I gave it my all. It just wasn't in the cards today. … I know I've got a lot of room ot grow."
Forward Cody Glass, who joined Team Canada after Portland was eliminated Friday from the Western Hockey League playoffs, scored two goals Monday in a 7-3 victory over Switzerland in the World U-18 championships at Poprad, Slovakia.
Glass, an 18-year-old from Winnipeg, also had an assist.
His first goal gave Canada a 2-0 lead at 12:29 of the first period.
His second strike came 1:15 into third period and put Canada in front 4-2.
Canada improved to 2-1-0-0 and remained second in Group A, trailing Finland (3-0-0-0).
Those two teams will meet at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in their final game of group play.
Canada has clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. The United States (3-0-0) leads Group B and has also qualified for the quarterfinals, which happen on Thursday. The semifinals are on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.