Brian Harvey wins the USATF-NE 10K Championships, Heather Cappello places 3rd
In the penultimate race of the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series, B.A.A.’s Brian Harvey won the 11th Annual Lone Gull 10K held in Gloucester, MA in a hotly contested race. On a morning when the tide was low and the autumn heat was on high, most runners wished for a cool breeze along the scenic Atlantic coastal route but the calm winds and a perfectly sunny sky made for a warm race day.
In the men’s competition, at six miles into the race it was B.A.A. teammates Brian Harvey and Jonas Hampton shoulder-to-shoulder with the Heartbreakers Louis Serafina just a second back as they crested a short but steep incline before a long downhill grind to the Good Harbor Beach finish line. Early in the race, it was a pack of ten through the 5K mark, then down to four men when B.A.A.’s Eric Ashe dropped down the pace to break up the front group. Each of the four men threw in surges to test the strength of the lead pack over the next three miles but no one would break until the final 400 meters. Harvey flexed his strength and showed his grit by outkicking teammate Hampton and holding off a late charging Serafini to win the 10K title in 30:11. Hampton faded to 3rd in 30:21 with Ashe coming in 4th place in 30:25. With the B.A.A. placing three in the top four, the team title was a lock with Chris Allen finishing 9th in 30:55 and Peter Gilmore 12th in 31:15.
Peter Hammer showed once again his Senior status may reflect less on his age and more about his tactical race wisdom as he timed his finish perfectly overtaking Ryan Carrara of Battle Road Track Club in the final half mile to win the Masters 10K title by one second placing 44th overall in 33:46. B.A.A.’s David Bedoya was close behind in 49th finishing in 33:56 and third place Master. Also scoring for the B.A.A. Men’s Masters were Harry Stants (57th/34:32), Jason Porter (106th/36:34) and Michael McGrane (111th/36:43). The Seniors team led by Hammer placed 4th overall while B.A.A.’s Dennis Herman placed 2nd in the 70-79 age category.
While the men dominated the men’s team competition, the B.A.A. women performed well as a team placing second overall led by Heather Cappello finishing third overall in 36:11. Also placing in the Top Ten for women was B.A.A.’s Kaela O’Neil coming in 6th place in 36:36 while new B.A.A. Running Club member Rose Penfold finished 15th with a time of 37:44. Amanda Watters was the 4th B.A.A. finisher in 40:08 followed by Kristin Shaw in 42:08 to finish the team scoring.
With the second place team finish, the B.A.A. Women’s Open team moved up to second place in the USATF-NE Grand Prix team standings behind Craft Concept Racing and ahead of Battle Road Track Club with just the Marathon Championships remaining in the series. The B.A.A. Open Men hold on with a two point lead ahead of Central Mass Striders while the B.A.A. Masters Men slipped another point behind CMS for the runner-up position.
The B.A.A. Running Club was well represented at the Long Gull 10K with 27 athletes competing and many having good performances despite a warm race day. Congrats to all of the B.A.A. athletes for competing in the 10K Championships.
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