Pagano & Balouris earn Top-10 placings at the 9th Annual B.A.A. 5K
On a promising Spring day, the 9th Annual B.A.A. 5K once again delivered a record performance with New England native Ben True breaking his own American 5K road record by a mere two seconds and earning his 4th B.A.A. 5K title. In 2015, True set a new American record finishing in 13:22 on calm and perfect race day. In 2016, True was off the mark on a windy day and finished second in 13:39. Back to True-form in 2017, he held onto the lead in the final stretch down Charles Street out sprinting Stephen Sambu to set the new American mark at 13:20. Molly Huddle returned to Boston where she set the women’s American 5K road record in 2015 with a blazing 14:50 but could not match the closing speed of Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba. Huddle finished second this year in 14:56 two seconds back from the new 5K champ Diriba. After finishing 5th in 2015 and 2nd in 2016, it was Diriba’s year to take the B.A.A. 5K crown.
A trio of B.A.A. teammates dipped under 15 minutes, led by Guillaume Adam, who finished in 17th place with a time of 14:21 followed by Brad Mish in 20th in 14:51 and Connor Reck in 24th place in 14:55. Boston-based, adidas sponsored and Terrence Mahon coached – Chris O’Hare had a strong early season performance, placing 8th in 13:46. In a return to racing form, Chris Magill was second in the Masters division finishing in 16:03 and 47th overall. In the women’s race, B.A.A. High Performance teammates Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris both finished in the Top Ten with Pagano in 6th in 15:46 and Balouris in 8th in 15:59. Jen Rhines was the top female Master in 16:29 with Mimi Fallon coming in second place and first in the 50+ category in 18:53. Also racing well and finishing in the top twenty for the women were Katie Kellner (16:13/12th), Katie Matthews (16:15/13th), Emma Bates (16:27/16th) and Rachel Hyland (16:28/20th).SEE RESULTS
Emily Lipari sprints to a podium finish in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile
In the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, Emily Lipari repeated her 2016 performance in the B.A.A. Mile with another third place finish in a time of 4:36.9. Lipari made a hard move in the final 100 meters on Boylston Street to move up from fourth place to land a spot on the podium passing Shannon Osika in the final meters. Nicole Sifuentes of Canada was the winner, in a course record 4:33.7. In the B.A.A. Men’s Mile, B.A.A.’s Daniel Winn placed 4th in 4:15.4 moving up two spots from the 2016 race. Adidas sponsored Nick Willis of New Zealand won the race in 4:13.2, his third title at the event.SEE RESULTS