B.A.A.’s Sam Ellison places 2nd in the 600m Dash at USATF Indoor T&F Nationals.
Photos: Kevin Morris
The B.A.A. athletes wrapped up their indoor track season on the final weekend of February with ten athletes competing in the USATF Indoor T&F Nationals in Staten Island, NY and another eight B.A.A. track athletes finishing their indoor season at the BU Last Chance Invitational.
Sam Ellison led the B.A.A. top performances with a new personal best time in 1 minute, 15.20 seconds and a 2nd place finish in the 600m Dash behind Nike’s Donavan Brazier who set a new World’s Best time in 1:13.77. In the Men’s Mile, B.A.A.’s Mike Marsella made the finals and finished 5th overall in 4:02.03. The B.A.A. had three men competing in the 1000m run with Christian Harrison leading with a 14th place finish in 2:23.12 followed by Connor Reck who finished in 22nd in 2:25.30 and Billy Looney in 27th place in 2:26.26. In the Men’s 2 Mile race, B.A.A.’s Jacob Thomson finished 7th overall running 8:34.64.
The B.A.A. sent four women to Nationals with Erica Kemp, Samantha Nadel and new B.A.A. High Performance athlete Dana Giordano competing in the 2 Mile. Kemp placed 9th overall in 9:51.15 with Giordano on her heals finishing 10th in 9:52.64. Nadel finished 17th in 9:57.83. In the women’s 600m Dash, B.A.A.’s Brenna Detra placed 11th in 1:30.84.
While B.A.A. athletes were competing at Nationals in New York, the rest of the B.A.A. tracksters were aiming for fast times on the oval at the final Boston University meet of the indoor season at the Last Chance Invite on Sunday, February 24th. In the men’s Invitational 5000m, Edward Cheserek set the world’s best mark of the year with a 13:08.05. B.A.A.’s Trevor Dunbar was in the pack in the early miles before the pace got hot. Dunbar finished with a sub 14 min performance in 13:52.32. Also competing in the 5000m distance were B.A.A.’s Jonas Hampton (14:59.85) and Phil Royer (15:33.54). In the men’s 3000m run, Dylan Villescas finished in 8:45.28. The Men’s Mile had three B.A.A. athletes competing with John Murray finishing in 4:21.20, Brad Mish winning his heat in an almost identical time in 4:21.30 and Matthew Baron running 4:26.31. The B.A.A. had just one woman competing with Nicole Borofski in the 3000m finishing in 10:07.40.
Earlier in the indoor track season, a few standout B.A.A. athletes competed in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held at the Reggie Lewis Center on January 26. Sam Ellision ran close to his personal best time in the Men’s 800m finishing in 1:46.64 good for 4th place. In the inaugural Women’s Masters Mile, the B.A.A. had two women qualifying for the event. Kaela O’Neil finished 3rd overall in 5:08.91 with her Rhode Island training partner Karolyn Bowley two seconds back in 5:10.91 for fourth place. Both ran to new personal best marks in the mile.
With her performance in the Masters Mile, Karolyn Bowley landed on top of the Masters leaderboard for the 2019 USATF Indoor T&F Point Chase, a combined men’s and women’s Indoor T&F competition for New England athletes. In the Open competition, B.A.A.’s Connor Reck bested teammate Billy Looney to win the point chase competition. Reck earned 4248 points in four events to Looney’s 4229 points and ahead of Louis Serafini in 3rd with 4198 points. Bowley scored 282 points with the best of three track events to win the age-graded Masters point chase competition.
Congrats to the all of the B.A.A. track athletes for an excellent winter race season!