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B.A.A. Runners Ramble on at the USATF Masters 10K Championships

Karolyn Bowley repeats her runner-up finish in the Women’s Masters USATF 10K Championships.

In 2018, Karolyn Bowley was new to the B.A.A. team and just getting her feet wet in the New England Masters racing scene at age 49. Since her 2nd place finish in 2018 at the USATF Masters 10k Championships, Bowley has been posting noteworthy performances in the 45-49 age division showing off her range of ability from placing 4th in the 2019 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Masters Mile in 5:10.91 to her 2:55:01 personal best in the marathon at Hartford last fall.

The 2019 edition of the James Joyce Ramble proved to be her best performance of the past year lowering her personal best in the 10k from 37:38 to 37:17. While Bowley was able to beat last year’s winning time of 37:19, younger legs prevailed with Melissa Hardesty of Binghamton winning the women’s Masters 10k in 37:06. Still, a gutty performance by Bowley as she prepares to move into a new age category this summer.

The B.A.A. Masters Men were also runner-up finishers in the 2018 10k team competition behind rival CMS. The B.A.A. and CMS Masters Men are constant companions on the New England team racing circuit with no shortage of talent on either side. In this year’s race, Kevin Castille, of Baton Rogue, ran away from the competition finishing 1st in 30:47 and ninety seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher and former B.A.A. athlete, Eric Blake of West Hartford. Blake, who turned 40 in January, stayed ahead of the 2017 and 2018 Masters 10k winner, David Angell to finish in 32:17.

B.A.A.’s Brendan Prindiville was the first of the three B.A.A. team scorers to finish in 4th place with a time of 33:14. David Bedoya who finished 5th in 2018 crossed the line in 6th place this year in 33:28, the exact finish time Bedoya clocked in 2018. Andy Gardiner who missed the Boston Marathon this year due to a late season injury used his marathon training strength to finish strong with a top ten place in 9th overall in 33:44 and good for 1st place in the 50+ senior division. With three in the top ten, the B.A.A. Masters returned the 10k team title to the B.A.A. Running Club.

While the team scoring for National USATF Masters races only count the top three, notable performances were notched by two new, and former, B.A.A. runners. Chris Georgules who recently returned to racing finished 11th in 33:49 and Donal O’Sullivan, recently relocated back to Mass, finished 12th in 33:58. Both Georgules and O’Sullivan ran for the B.A.A. in the early 2000 years. Welcome back!

The B.A.A. was also represented by Harry Carter who won the 80-84 age division finishing in 56:03 and part of the B.A.A. Men’s Senior Team finishing in 7th place. Also on the team were Dennis Herman who finished in 49:30 and Kevin Grant in 52:22.

In the James Joyce Ramble 10K Open race, B.A.A.’s Eric Ashe finished in 30:53 in the runner-up position behind Hugh Armstrong of Providence, RI. In the women’s race, B.A.A.’s Ashley Busa placed third overall in 37:16. Nicole Borofski made her 10K debut finishing in 38:21 good for 5th place overall.

Congrats to all of the B.A.A. athletes competing in the Ramble 10K!

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