Molly Huddle three-peats at the B.A.A. 5K; Emma Bates leads the B.A.A. with a Top Ten finish
The 8th Annual B.A.A. 5K kicked off the Boston Marathon race weekend on Saturday, April 16th setting the stage for a great weekend for both participants and spectators. Ben True and Molly Huddle returned to Boston to defend their 2015 B.A.A. 5K titles where they both set new American records on a perfect race day. It has been rather windy in Boston this spring and it was no different on this day with a strong headwind in the final mile which thwarted any chance of breaking the 5K course or American records. Although the headwind slowed the pace in the final mile, Molly Huddle won the 5K easily for the third-consecutive year outrunning her nearest competitor by fourteen seconds and winning in 15:14. In the men’s race, Ben True was in a position for the win in the final 600 meters but it was 2013 and 2014 B.A.A. 5K champ Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia that had the greater kick of the day taking the win in 13:39 just two seconds ahead of True who held on for second place.
The B.A.A. Running Club was well represented at the 5K with a trio of B.A.A. teammates dipping under 15 minutes. Brian Harvey was the top B.A.A. runner in 12th place with a time of 14:29 followed by Eric Ashe in 17th in 14:50 and Michael Reher in 18th in 14:56. New B.A.A. team member Andy Gardiner was in a tight battle for the top Master honor. Andy was just a stride ahead of Master competitor Mike McManus of New York as they made the final turn onto Charles Street before the finish. Andy was able to hold place and win the Masters title finishing in 15:55 and 33rd overall.
The B.A.A. High Performance women scored a pair of Top Ten finishes with Emma Bates leading the team finishing 7th place in the women’s race with a time of 15:57 followed by Sarah Pagano in 9th place in 16:05. Elaina Balouris was just out of the Top Ten in 11th place in 16:14 while Juliet Bottorff finished 18th in 16:52. B.A.A.’s Mimi Fallon was first in the 50+ category in 19:00. Also racing well for the B.A.A. women were Rachel Hyland (17:11/81st overall), Kaela O’Neil (17:29/94th overall) and Katie Moraczewski (17:29/94th overall).FULL RESULTS
Chris O’Hare crowned B.A.A. Mile Champion; Emily Lipari sprints to a podium finish
In the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, it was Chris O’Hare’s year to win after a runner-up finish in 2015 to Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia. With the defending champion Gebremeskel winning the B.A.A. 5K earlier in the day, the Mile race became a tactical one with the winds swirling in Copley Square for the three-lap course. O’Hare timed his kick perfectly and won the race in 4:10.2, almost three seconds slower than his runner-up place in 2015. B.A.A.’s Daniel Winn was 6th place in 4:12.1. In the women’s Invitational Mile, B.A.A.’s High Performance athlete Emily Lipari improved on her 6th place finish in 2015 with a podium place in 2016 placing third in 4:50.8.FULL RESULTS