B.A.A. Women defended the Boston Marathon team championship led by Rachel Hyland.
The early forecast for the 123rd edition of the Boston Marathon looked eerily like the 2018 Marathon Monday with cold rain and a strong east headwind. Late in the weekend, the forecast shifted in favor or warming temps into the 60’s with a tailwind type of day but not without a threat of in-creasing humidity and a chance of thunderstorms disrupting the Marathon. At 7 a.m. in Boston as the B.A.A. runners were loading the buses to depart for Hopkinton, a thunderstorm roared past the finish line dumping a deluge of rain at the start of the day but the B.A.A. spirits remained high as they prepared for their best performance despite another challenging weather day for Marathon Monday.
For the second year, Rachel Hyland was the top B.A.A. female finisher with a new Boston best time of 2:42:41. After a remarkable 4th place finish in 2018, Hyland was joined by a large contingency of talent in the Women’s Elite Start and finished in 36th place overall. Although it was shy of her personal best by just over a minute, she noted it was a Boston best time.
Teammate Rachel Coogan was the next B.A.A. woman to finish with a new personal best time of 2:44:01 placing 44th overall. Coogan’s sub 2:45 finish time qualified her for the 2020 USA Olympic Marathon Team Trials to be held in Atlanta, GA in February. Lauren Philbrook was the third runner for the B.A.A. women’s team finishing in 2:49:29 and placing 67th overall. With the three finishers under 2:50, the B.A.A. women successfully defended their title repeating their 2018 place at the top of the podium as 2019 Boston Marathon women’s team champions.
Until the 123rd Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Masters women highest team finish happened 20 years ago in 1999 with a 2nd place overall finish. With new women’s Masters talent on the team and led by a seasoned Boston Marathoner, Lindsay Willard, the B.A.A. Masters women won their first ever team title. Lindsay finished in 3:10:43 with B.A.A. teammates Kate Santoro finishing in 3:14:07 and Kerry Swords in 3:24:05 for the team win in 9:48:55.
In the men’s race, Brad Mish continued his spring PR streak with a big personal best time at Boston. Mish’ previous best Boston was in 2014 with a 2:30:1. Mish was the top finisher for the B.A.A. placing 41st place overall in 2:24:35. In his Boston Marathon debut, Phil Royer finished next for the B.A.A. in 2:33:04 in 151st place followed by B.A.A.’s Jonas Hampton finishing 154th in 2:33:21. The B.A.A. Men’s Open team placed 4th overall in 7:31:00. Roger Donaghy was the 4th place finisher for the B.A.A. men to lead the Masters team. The Masters men placed 6th overall in the Boston Marathon team competition with brothers Paul and Mark LaRosa as the 2nd and 3rd finishers for the team in 2:47:58 and 2:51:33 respectively.
In all, the B.A.A. Running Club had 75 finishers for the 123rd Boston Marathon with many personal best times on a day that was challenging for all. Congrats to everyone on their 2019 Boston Marathon finish!SEARCH RESULTS
B.A.A. RUNNING CLUB TEAM RESULTS
- B.A.A. Open Women: 1st place – 8:16:11
Rachel Hyland, Rachel Coogan, Lauren Philbrook
- B.A.A. Open Men: 4th place – 7:31:00
Brad Mish, Phil Royer, Jonas Hampton
- B.A.A. Masters Women: 1st place – 9:48:55
Lindsay Willard, Kate Santoro, Kerry Swords
- B.A.A. Masters Men: 6th place – 8:19:17
Roger Donaghy, Paul LaRosa, Mark LaRosa
B.A.A. RUNNING CLUB INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
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