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B.A.A. 5K and Mile Races Kick Off the Marathon Weekend

Sarah Pagano nets a Top Ten finish in the B.A.A. 5K; Johnson makes podium in Mile

As it turned out, Saturday was the pick of the weekend for ideal racing conditions for the 10th Annual B.A.A. 5K and Mile races with sunshine and the temperatures in the 50’s on race morning. 0ver 8,500 runners converged on the Boston Common to kick off the Boston Marathon weekend of races with the B.A.A. Running Club well represented at the start line.

Four-time B.A.A. 5K Champion and the current U.S. record-holder, Ben True, returned to Boston with an eye on a fifth win but strong international competition thwarted his plans as Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia outsprinted True and USA’s Tommy Curtin to win in 13:42 in a close finish with all three netting the same time. In the women’s race, returning champion, Buze Diriba of Ethiopia, still had plenty of competition with countrywomen Fotyen Tesfay and Monicah Ngige of Kenya in the mix as the three battled to the finish line on Charles Street. Diriba made her move with 400m to go and won her second B.A.A. 5K in 15:22.

The B.A.A. Running Club had twenty-four athletes competing in the 5K with many hitting new personal best times and top finishes. Leading the B.A.A. Men was Connor Reck as the first of three to dip under 15 minutes with a personal best time of 14:54 placing 21st overall. Reck was followed closely by Michael Reher in 14:58 and Brad Mish in 14:59 for 22nd and 23rd overall respectively. On their heels was Brian Harvey in 15:03 for a top 25 finish in 24th overall.

B.A.A. High Performance member Sarah Pagano set a new personal best on the roads, placing 8th overall in 15:41. Pagano has placed in the Top Ten the past three years finishing in 15:46 in 2017 for 6th place and 16:05 in 2016 for 9th place. B.A.A. Racing Team athlete Emma Spencer finished 16th overall for a new personal best time of 16:32 with Elaina Tabb finishing in 17th in 16:36. Finishing in the top twenty-five for the B.A.A. were Lauren Philbrook in 21st overall in 17:10 and Charlotte Walmsley finishing in 17:28 also with a new personal best time and 25th overall.

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Lauren Johnson sprints to a podium finish in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile

B.A.A.’s High Performance athlete Lauren Johnson edged Corey McGee of New Balance Boston to finish 3rd overall in 4:41.3 to McGee’s 4:41.4. Johnson stayed in contention up front through the opening laps, but Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes was too strong and pulled away from the field to win in 4:37.2. In the B.A.A. Men’s Mile, rising star Drew Hunter racing for Adidas won in a dramatic fashion with fists pumping in 4:08.2.

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