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Tracking the arrivals

By Marvin Pave, Globe Staff, 04/20/99

ix people were profiled in last Friday's Globe as ''Faces in the Crowd'' among the 12,700 official runners in the Boston Marathon, and here's how they fared yesterday:

David Estrada, a 27-year-old from West Roxbury who is the Boston Police Department's media liaison, posted a personal-best 1:55 in the men's wheelchair division to easily reach his goal of a 2:10 qualifying time for the 2000 Boston Marathon. ''It's the best I've ever felt, and I think it's because I'm learning how to train,'' said Estrada, who is also a Northeastern University law student.

It was also a successful afternoon for Dennis Herman, 53, a tax attorney and certified public accountant from Newton, whose 3:20:03 was 10 minutes under his age-group qualifying time. ''It was sneaky hot out there, especially the last 6 or 7 miles. I was on a 3:15 pace until then,'' said Herman, whose daughter, Amanda, finished in 3:43.

It was a longer but no less successful day for Anne-Marie Dorning, 31, a Channel 2 producer from Sherborn who was running to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dorning hoped to break 4:30 and finished in 4:25, despite a cold wind that blew in the runners' faces down the stretch.

Don Ross, 68, a retired manufacturer's representative from Marblehead and a 16-time qualifier, ran a courageous race. Ross could not meet his goal of a 3:45 age-group qualifying time because of a painful left hip joint that forced him to occasionally slow to a walk. But he gutted it out and crossed the finish line in 3:54.

Dave Barnett, 42, horticulturist at Mount Auburn Cemetery, had a banner day, finishing in 2:58:47 to attain his goal of a three-hour finish. Running in his late brother's memory for the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge, the Boxborough resident figures he raised more than $6,000 for his cause. ''That's the best part of it all,'' he said.

Amy Heinl, 28, club sports coordinator at Boston University and a resident of Watertown, was hoping for a 3:40 qualifying time or better. But she finished in just over four hours in her fourth Boston Marathon. A somewhat misleading weather forecast may have been to blame. ''Today was really warm. I think a lot of runners were surprised how warm it got,'' Heinl said. ''In fact, I think a majority of the runners were expecting it to be partly cloudy. The sun takes a lot out of you.''

Sean Smith contributed to this report.

This story ran on page F06 of the Boston Globe on 04/20/99.
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