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B.A.A. Men and Women Sweep USATF-New England 10 Mile Team Championships

B.A.A.’s Heather Cappello wins the New Hampshire 10 Miler for her second USATF-NE team race win in two weeks

Photos courtesy of USATF-NE

usatf-ne_10m_women_podiumHeather Cappello is on a roll. Since recovering from an injury last fall that sidelined her for the season and took her out of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February, Cappello has returned to form and her winning ways. At the Bobby Doyle USATF-NE 5 Mile Championships on August 14th, she easily won in 27:58 on a warm and muggy morning in Narragansett. On a much cooler and dry morning in New Hampshire, Cappello set a hard and fast pace from the gun on the hilly 10 mile course staying ahead of the 2015 NH 10 mile champion, Erica Jesseman of Dirigo Racing Team. At the half way mark, Cappello had a one minute lead on Jesseman and cruised to the win in 58:13. Cappello is looking for her 3rd USATF-NE win at the Season’s 20K in September. Her win led the B.A.A. women’s team to the victory and their best team performances of the year with Rachel Hyland finishing 4th overall in 61:32 followed by Emma Spencer in 5th place in 62:08 to round out the team scoring. Also racing and placing high for the B.A.A. women were Rachel Coogan in 8th (63:22) and Emily Raymond in 15th (65:10). Mimi Fallon finished 19th overall in 65:36 and was 1st in the 50+ category. Congrats to the B.A.A. women!

usatf-ne_10m_men_podiumThe B.A.A. men returned to the top of the podium in the team competition, led by Brian Harvey finishing runner-up in a heated battle with Amos Sang of Western Mass Distance Project. Harvey was nine seconds back at the finish in 50:39. The B.A.A. men had three in the top ten with new team member Joseph Carpenter in 6th place with a time of 53:18 and Brad Mish in 10th in 54:26. Peter Gilmore was within sight of Mish finishing 12th overall in 54:56 and David Chorney closed out the team scoring in 18th place in 55:51. The B.A.A. men won the team competition by over a minute ahead of Western Mass Distance Project to stay in the chase for the top spot in the overall standings. The B.A.A. men’s open team is now in a tie for first place with Central Mass Striders with just three races remaining in the series.

The B.A.A. men’s masters team placed 3rd overall slipping two points in the team championship series behind CMS who now holds the lead going into the second half of the race season. Harry Stants led the squad with a solid performance placing 31st overall and 2nd in the individual masters race with a time of 57:35. Also scoring were Jason Porter (62:07), Paul Davies (65:10), Michael McGrane (66:13), and Andy MacDonald (68:20). The B.A.A. men’s masters look to get back their lead in the next two USATF-NE GP races.

With only three races remaining in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series team race, the competition is heating up as the weather cools. Next up is the Season’s 20K in Acton, MA on September 11th. Good luck to the B.A.A. runners competing in the final team races of the season!

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