B.A.A. women stay undefeated in the USATF-NE Grand Prix with two August team wins.
With five of the seven races completed in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series, the B.A.A. Open Women’s Team remained undefeated after two dominant wins in the month of August at the 8K and 10 Mile Championships. On August 10th, the B.A.A. teams traveled to Shelburne Falls to compete in the recently modified Bridge of Flowers Road Race, a course that was shortened from the 10k to 8k distance but still featured the long and very steep mountainous hill just after two miles which had even some of the top runners taking a brisk walk break at times. The B.A.A. women were ready for battle against Western Mass Distance Project on their home turf. The B.A.A. women took the team title from them by a margin of two minutes. WMDP landed the top two finishes but did not have the depth to hold off the B.A.A. charge. B.A.A.’s Hannah Rowe led the B.A.A. women to the victory with a podium finish in 3rd overall with a time of 30:04 followed closely by teammate Laura Paulsen in 4th place finishing in 30:13. B.A.A.’s Rachel Coogan finished in 16th overall in 31:45 followed by Emily Raymond in 18th and Heidi Goedecke in 20th in 32:01 and 32:43 respectively to close out the scoring for the winning B.A.A. women’s team.
In the Men’s race, WMDP held off the B.A.A.’s Open team but lost to Tracksmith led by the overall winner Louis Serafini who shattered the course record from 2018 by Amis Sang. Serafini finished in 24:26 to lead Tracksmith. The B.A.A. finished 3rd in the team scoring led by Eric Ashe in 6th place finishing in 25:46. Brad Mish netted a Top Ten finish in 9th place in 25:56. B.A.A.’s John Murray finished in 19th in 26:51 with teammate Harrison Knowlton just a few seconds back in 20th in 26:56. Phil Royer was the fifth scorer for the B.A.A. in 25th overall in 27:20. Despite the 3rd place team finish, the B.A.A.
Two weeks later, the B.A.A. returned to competition at the Allen Mello 10 Miler at Messabesic Lake in New Hampshire for the USATF-NE 10 Mile Championships. Coming off a strong performance at the 8k, Laura Paulsen finished 2nd overall and 1st in the USATF-NE competition with a sub 60 min finish in 59:50 on a hilly course. Led by Paulsen, the B.A.A. women dominated the team scoring with the top five B.A.A. women all finishing in the top 15. Ashley Busa placed 4th overall in 60:31 and Rachel Coogan finished 7th in 61:17. Both Busa and Coogan were using the 10 mile race as prep for the Berlin Marathon in late September. B.A.A’s Katie Edwards finished just behind Coogan in 8th overall in 61:47 and Emily Raymond finished 14th in 64:13 to close out the team scoring. The B.A.A. women won by a wide margin almost 12 minutes ahead of the runner-up team Whirlaway RT.
Very similar to the 8K race two weeks earlier, Tracksmith’s Louis Serafini ran away from the competition finishing 1st overall in 49:45 with the runner-up finisher Ryan Smith a minute behind in 50:44. B.A.A.’s Eric Ashe was again the top finisher for the B.A.A. leading the team to a 4th place team finish. Ashe ran 51:18. Teammate Brian Harvey returned to competition following a spring injury placing 10th overall in 52:28. New B.A.A. Racing Team athletes Paul Aste finished 14th overall in 53:20 and Harrison Knowlton placed 23rd in 54:14. The fifth scorer for the B.A.A. team was Master athlete Donal O’Sullivan in 57th overall in 58:20.
O’Sullivan finished 2nd in the 45-49 age category and led the B.A.A. Men’s Masters to a runner-up team finish behind common rival Central Mass Striders. Mark LaRosa was the next finisher for the B.A.A. Masters Men in 61:19 followed by Michael Paulin in 61:53, Michael McGrane in 63:18 and Katsu Togami in 63:57 to finish the team scoring.
Next on the calendar for many of the B.A.A. athletes will be the USATF-NE 10k Championships at the Lone Gull 10k on Sunday, September 22n in Gloucester, MA.
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