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Broken Arrow resident Gina Seyller caught an early flight from Boston this morning. Broken Arrow resident Gina Seyller caught an early flight from Boston this morning.
"Oh, it was so loud and it kind of shook the place. That's why I thought it must not be part of the festivities out there, it's something more," Seyller said. "Oh, it was so loud and it kind of shook the place. That's why I thought it must not be part of the festivities out there, it's something more," Seyller said.
She had crossed the finish line and was in a friend's hotel room when the bombs were detonated. She had crossed the finish line and was in a friend's hotel room when the bombs were detonated.
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Eighty-six Oklahomans competed in the Boston Marathon Monday. Most have either arrived back home or are on their way.

We caught up with a Broken Arrow woman who said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind.

Broken Arrow resident Gina Seyller caught an early flight from Boston this morning. She's now back in town and thrilled to be home after an exhausting couple of days.

Seyller is on the last leg of what she thought would be a routine trip to run in the Boston Marathon.

"I was just glad to get home and out of Boston. I was like, 'I can't wait to get back to Tulsa,'" Seyller said.

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Seyller was one of 86 Oklahomans who took part in Monday's marathon. She had crossed the finish line and was in a friend's hotel room when the bombs were detonated.

"Oh, it was so loud and it kind of shook the place. That's why I thought it must not be part of the festivities out there, it's something more," Seyller said. "I get dressed, look out the window, and all I can see is smoke."

She said she felt helpless for the next several hours, with nowhere to go and no way to tell her family and friends she was safe.

"We're running everywhere and people are being carried on stretchers. I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' I was just shocked, you know, you just run this race that you think is going to be so great, and then all of a sudden--even today, I'm still shocked," Seyller said.

Tahlequah resident Lori Enlow had just finished her first Boston Marathon. She and her husband were at a restaurant when the explosions went off, and she snapped a picture of dozens of ambulances waiting in downtown Boston.

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Her flight home to Oklahoma left Monday afternoon, and she told us by phone there's an eerie calm over the city.

Seyller said she's still trying to come to grips with what happened. She hopes, now that she's home, she can finally get her mind around the deadly attacks.

"So, I've been on the go and not able to just--really, it's just still the shock factor," Seyller said.

Seyller has no doubt she's going to run the Boston Marathon again.

Enlow said she hadn't planned to run it again, but now she definitely wants to compete next year.

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