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B.A.A. Hits High Marks at Adrian Martinez Classic

Pagano wins the 3000m at the 10th Annual Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, MA.

Photos: Kevin Morris Photography

Coming off a strong performance and win at the 40th Freihoefer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany just five days earlier, the plan for Sarah Pagano in the 3000m race was just be competitive and not worry about hitting splits. In the early laps, Pagano paced from behind staying relaxed as the talented frontrunners set the tempo for a fast race. With the pace remaining steady, the pack started to string out with Pagano moving into third place with 1K to go. Gauging her competition, at the bell lap on the curve Pagano made her move to take the lead but was quickly matched by Emily Sisson. In the final 100m, Pagano had one more gear that Sisson could not match as she pulled to take the win in 9:00.14 with Sisson finishing second in 9:01.02. Pagano was happy with her performance as she now looks ahead to the USATF Outdoor Championships on June 21-24th in Des Moines, Iowa, where she will compete in the 10,000m.

Joining Pagano in Des Moines, will be B.A.A.’s Lauren Johnson competing in the 1500m. Johnson set a new personal best in the 800m, winning her heat and placing second overall in 2:01.22. An hour later, Johnson competed in the Andro Mile as a “workout race”. When you put a highly competitive athlete in a talented field of milers, good things often happen as was the case with Johnson. With 16 athletes in the women’s mile, Johnson settled in the back of the pack for the first two laps then began passing the runners falling off the hot pace. In the final lap, Johnson showed her gritty strength and closed fast to finish 4th overall in 4:28.16 only three seconds off her personal best. Marta Freitas of Portugal won with a meet record time of 4:25.84.

Similar to Johnson, Sam Ellison raced to a new personal best in the outdoor 800m finishing second place by the slightest of margins in 1:46.75 behind Edose Ibadin of District TC in 1:46.73. Ellison will be competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the 800m race. Also competing in the 800m race was Billy Looney finishing 12th overall in 1:51.17 with training partner and teammate Connor Reck competing in the first heat of the High Performance Mile finishing 14th in 4:14.57.

In his debut competition as a new member of the B.A.A. High Performance team, Trevor Dunbar placed 4th in the High Performance 3000m race finishing in 7:52.72 in a close race with Tommy Curtin taking the win in 7:51.44. Dunbar will also be competing on the track in Des Moines in the 5,000m

Now in its 10th year, the High Performance track meet dubbed “A Meet Like No Other”, honors the memory of Adrian Martinez, a former Concord-Carlisle High School track student-athlete. The track meet raises money for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund to commemorate his passion for distance running and his devotion to learning.

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