Photo Credit: Bob Fitzgerald/NER
B.A.A. Men’s Open and Masters repeat as team champions, Heather Cappello places 2nd
On a perfect morning for racing with a light ocean breeze and fall temps in the high 50’s mid-morning, the 12th Annual Lone Gull 10K once again hosted the USATF-NE 10K Championships in Gloucester, MA. In the history of the race, there has been warm, windy and humid days but never a drop of rain on this scenic and fast 10K race. With a new course for 2018 eliminating the curvy and hilly mid-race loop and adding a flat and fast final mile, the men’s leaders let it fly in the opening mile hitting 4:38 with a trail of top club runners in tow. In the mix were Ocean State AC’s Jordan Mann and Collin Leibold paired up along with the B.A.A. duo Jacob Thomson and Jonas Hampton and the 2017 Lone Gull 10K runner-up Louis Serafino. When the dust settled, there were four men under 30 minutes with Mann outsprinting Leibold for the win in the fastest recorded Lone Gull 10K finish time in 29:39, both finishing with identical times, with Thomson two seconds back in 29:41 and Serafino 4th in 29:43. Jonas Hampton closed in 30:15 for 5th overall and a new 10K personal best time as he prepares for the Chicago Marathon a week later.
Thomson and Hampton led the B.A.A. men’s team to repeat as the Men’s Open team champions by a margin of nearly four minutes ahead of the runner-up team Western Mass Distance Project. Brian Harvey, the 2017 Long Gull winner, finished 12th overall in 31:09 followed by Eric Ashe 15th in 31:40 and Christopher Allen in 16th place in 31:47 as the final scorer for the B.A.A. team. Tracksmith Hare AC was the third place team led by Serafino.
The B.A.A. Masters Men followed suit winning the team competition and defending their title over rival Central Mass Striders by a much closer margin in just over a minute. The B.A.A. Masters were led by David Bedoya finishing 46th overall and the second Master in 33:17. Peter Hammer also scored second in the 50+ category finishing next for the B.A.A. Masters Men in 53rd overall in 33:42 with Andy Gardiner next in for the B.A.A. men in 33:49 and 3rd place in the 50+ category. Newly minted Master Matt Carter was the fourth team scorer for the B.A.A. placing 76th overall in 34:34 with teammate Harry Stants just five seconds back in 80th place in 34:49. The B.A.A. Senior’s (50+) placed 5th overall in the team competition led by Hammer and Gardiner in the scoring and the B.A.A. Veteran Team (60+) placed 3rd overall led by Jamie Wilson.
While the men dominated their competition, the B.A.A. women also performed well placing second overall led by Heather Cappello who finished second in 34:31 behind former B.A.A. member, now Craft Concept Racing, Hillary Dionne. Dionne led the women’s field from the start en route to winning the race in 34:23 and led her team to victory. New B.A.A. Racing Team member Allie Hackett was third place overall in the women’s race finishing in 35:20 with Amanda Watters next in for the B.A.A. as the 25th place female in 39:28 followed by Amanda Potter also cracking 40 minutes in 39:38. New B.A.A. Running Club member Caprice Cappucci was the fifth finisher for the B.A.A. in 40:32.
The B.A.A. Running Club was well represented at the Long Gull 10K with 30 athletes competing with many having PR performances on perfect race day. Congrats to all of the B.A.A. athletes for competing in the 10K Championships in Gloucester.
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