Wilson breaks half marathon record, McElwain and Jackson win marathon titles

Former Falmouth resident Jonny Wilson had his sights set on the course record when he decided to enter the 2016 Maine Half Marathon.

Goal achieved.

Wilson, who now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, broke away early from former race champion Moninda Marube and took down Louie Luchini’s 2009 course record, finishing in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 38 seconds. Wilson, 28, shaved 18 seconds off the record and finished nearly six minutes ahead of Marube, 37, of Auburn.

Michelle Lilienthal, 34, of Portland won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:18:30. Sheri Piers, 45, of Falmouth and Erica Jesseman, 27, of Scarborough finished together in second (1:20:49) and third (1:20:50), respectively.

In the marathon, Spencer McElwain of Arundel joined Marube and Evan Graves as the only men to with both the Maine Marathon and Half Marathon, as he held off a first-time marathoner, Taylor Days-Merrill of Fairhaven, Mass. McElwain, 27, finished in 2:31:36 — 49 seconds ahead of Days-Merrill, 22. Chris Harmon, 28, of Portland was third in 2:37:26.

Lauren Jackson, 36, of Augusta, New Jersey, won the women’s marathon in 3:06:11. She was followed by Samantha Johnson, 36, of Brookline, Mass. (3:11:41) and Hollie Corbett, 37, of South Portland (3:17:19).

Searchable race results are available here.