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B.A.A. Masters Ramble On at the James Joyce 10K

Peter Hammer places 2nd in the USATF Masters 10K National Championships leading the B.A.A. Men’s Masters to a repeat team win.

photo: Scott Mason

The B.A.A. Masters Men returned to the top of the podium winning the USATF Masters 10K Team Championship at the James Joyce Ramble on Sunday, April 24th.  For the fourth consecutive year, the race was host for the USATF Masters 10K National Championships attracting many of the top Master teams and individuals. In 2014, the B.A.A. Masters team pulled off an upset with Peter Hammer leading the team to victory with a three second margin over the favorite Atlantic Track Club. Last year, the B.A.A. lost the title with local rival Central Mass Striders taking home the trophy while the B.A.A. settling for third. In 2016, the B.A.A. Masters returned to the top of the podium with a new face on the team.

Peter Hammer led the Masters team with a second place finish in a close battle with Mark Andrews of New York. Hammer and Andrews exchanged leads several times in the final mile with Andrews pulling ahead in the sprint to the finish. Hammer finished just two seconds back in 32:47 to Andrews 32:45. New B.A.A. team member Andy Gardiner had a strong performance with a 4th place finish in 33:11. Gardiner, who recently turned 50, was the top Master at the B.A.A. 5K just the week before in Boston and admitted the 10K distance was a stretch for him preferring the shorter race distances. Harry Stants was the third and final scorer for the winning B.A.A. team finishing 8th in 33:49. Also racing for the B.A.A. Masters team were Chris Magill (34:11/11th) and Matt Herman (35:08/17th). Mimi Fallon was the lone B.A.A. Women’s Master competitor placing 8th in the women’s race in 38:59.

In the men’s open race, the B.A.A. showed their strength and team depth with four runners in the top six places. Brian Harvey won the race in 30:32 with training partner Eric Ashe just a few seconds back in 30:40 as runner-up. Harvey was a former James Joyce champion winning the 2010 edition of the Ramble. Mike Fisher was next in for the B.A.A. in 31:35 for 5th place with Peter Gilmore in 6th place in 31:39.

In the women’s open race, it was a sweep by the B.A.A. women with B.A.A.’s Rachel Hyland winning the 10K in 35:11 with Madeline Duhon in a close second in 35:14 and Heather Cappello in mix finishing third in 35:16. All three women had qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon with both Hyland and Duhon racing the marathon in February and now enjoying some shorter race distances while Cappello was injured last fall unable to compete in the Marathon Trials and is returning to fitness after some injury time off. Congrats to the women for sweeping the top three spots.

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