Former UF runners safe after Boston bombings

Police clear the area at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon as medical workers help injured following explosions in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. The explosions near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killied at least two people, injuring over 20 others. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.

Former Florida cross country runners Jeremy Criscione and Matt Hensley both confirmed on their Facebook pages Monday afternoon that they were OK following the Boston Marathon bombings.

Criscione and Hensley both competed in the event, with Criscione finishing 28th at 2:21:45 and Hensley finishing 35th at 2:23. Both finished about two hours ahead of the explosions at Copley Square in downtown Boston.

Hensley said he had just arrived at his rented apartment a half-mile away from the finish line when the explosion happened. He didn't feel or hear anything.

"We're just all heartbroken," Hensley said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family affected."

Matt Hensley said that his brother, Mike Hensley, also was OK following the bombings. Mike Hensley, a Gainesville native, finished 91st in the marathon at 2:30:47.

Criscione wrote on his Facebook page that he, his wife and baby were safe.

Florida spokeswoman Amanda Brooks also spoke to Criscione and Hensley shortly following the bombing and said both runners were safe.

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