A pair of runner-up finishes led the B.A.A. men and women’s teams to victory.
The B.A.A. Men and Women teams placed three in the top ten at the USATF New England 5 Mile Championships at the Bobby Doyle Road Race in Narragansett, Rhode Island on a cool summer day. B.A.A.’s Dan Lowry led the Men’s team to victory with a runner-up finish in 23:52, just one second behind the race winner Mousaab Hadout. In a very competitive and fast field where the top eleven finishers were under 5 minute per mile pace, Brian Harvey surprised himself with a 5th place finish running 24:20. In June, Brian ran Grandma’s Marathon and admittedly hasn’t returned to speed workouts since but he was very pleased with his rust-buster performance. Trackster Julian Saad made his B.A.A. road racing debut placing 7th overall in 24:25. Brad Mish finished in 21st place (25:18) and Mike Fisher finished in 24th place (25:28) for the 4th and 5th team scorers for the B.A.A. Men’s winning team title.
In the women’s race, Heather Cappello led the B.A.A. women to a team championship victory with a runner-up place with a time of 27:14, slightly slower than her winning time at Bobby Doyle’s in 2014. Katie Misuraca had a 1 minute PR placing 4th overall in 28:02 with local Rhode Islander Kaela O’Neil closing out the Top Ten earning a podium spot finishing 10th overall in 29:47. Mimi Fallon placed 2nd in the women’s Senior division and 19th overall in 30:44 with Ellen Callahan trailing in 25th (31:15) and Amanda Watters in 27th (31:37).
The B.A.A. Men’s Masters continue to place high in the team scoring but have struggled recently to top rival Central Mass Striders. Rhode Islander Chris Magill led the B.A.A. Men’s Masters to a runner-up team place with a time of 26:52 placing 54th overall and 3rd in the Master’s division. Also from Rhode Island, Christopher Lawrence placed 84th overall (27:50) and second in the Senior division with Keven O’Neil a few seconds back in 87th (27:55). Wayne Levy followed in 94th (28:06) and Jim Callaghan in 97th (28:15) to close out the scoring for the B.A.A. Men’s Masters.
With only two races remaining in the USATF-NE Grand Prix team race, the competition is heating up. The B.A.A. Men’s Open Team is tied for first with the Greater Boston Running Club and the B.A.A. Men’s Masters Team is also sharing the top team spot with Central Mass Striders. Next up is the Season’s 20K in Acton, MA on September 6th. Good luck to the B.A.A. runners competing in the final two races of the season!
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