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Eric Ashe Wins the Amherst 10 Miler

Ashe repeats as the USATF-NE 10 Miler Champion winning the last three 10 Mile Championships hosted in Amherst. Leads B.A.A. Men’s Open Team to Victory

PHOTO CREDIT: SCOTT MASON

Eric Ashe is the Amherst 10 Mile Dominator and the common denominator for the B.A.A. Men’s Open team success at the USATF New England 10 Miler Championships for the past three years. When Ashe wins, the team wins. In the past three out of four years, the Amherst 10 Miler has kicked off the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race series and in each of the past three races in Amherst, Eric Ashe has outrun Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca to take the win, all in close battles. In 2014, Ashe finished in 50:43 to Sanca’s 50:51. In 2015, Ashe faced off with Sanca again this time in a sprint to the finish with Ashe narrowly edging Sanca by less than a half second winning in 50:34.4 to Sanca’s 50:34.8. In this year’s race, Ashe and Sanca battled each other again separating from the rest of the front pack mid-race hitting the infamous final uphill mile together. Ashe made his move as they turned the corner heading up the long hill back to the high school and gapped Sanca early to give himself some breathing room at the top. In the end, it was Ashe winning again by a comfortable margin in 50:36 to Sanca’s 50:58 but not without a battle of willpower with a strong headwind the final last mile. Ashe now looks ahead to April where he hopes to help his teammates win the team title at the Boston Marathon.

With Ashe leading the team scoring, the B.A.A. Men’s Open team has won the USATF-NE 10 Miler Championships for the past four years. (Note: in 2016, the 10 Mile Championship race was the New Hampshire 10 Miler). Another key to the success is the quiet team work by Brad Mish in the Grand Prix races. While the B.A.A. has had several different athletes contributing to the team wins over the past four years, Mish has consistently placed in the top ten at the 10 Miler Championships in all of the previous four team wins with his best finish in 2015 when he finished runner-up to Ashe. This year Mish finished 9th overall and second for the team in 52:58. The B.A.A. Men’s Open team often receives support in the scoring from the more seasoned Master athletes on the team and this year was no different with Andy Gardiner placing 13th overall and first Master in 54:27. Gardiner was followed closely by Jason Reilly placing 19th in 55:10 and David Brooks in 21st place in 55:26 to secure the team win. The B.A.A. Men’s Open team now leads the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series over rCMS and look to extend their point lead next month at the New Bedford Half Marathon.

The B.A.A. Men’s Masters Team placed 2nd overall to their common rival Central Mass Striders. Led by Andy Gardiner as the top Master and winner of the 50+ category, the B.A.A. Men’s Masters needed five men under the 1 hour mark to win the title from CMS but came up short. James Callaghan was the second B.A.A. Master to score finishing in 60:40 followed closely by Michael McGrane in 60:52 and Ryan Davenport in 61:03. Kevin Hill was the final and fifth scorer for the Masters team finishing in 61:54. The Men’s Senior’s squad (50+) also placed 2nd in the team competition to CMS. In addition to scoring for the Men’s Open and Masters teams, Andy Gardiner led the scoring for the Senior’s team with Wayne Levy as the second scorer for the team in 61:55 followed by Paul Davies in 63:54, Jon Schoenberg in 64:40, and David Consigli in 66:06. Both the B.A.A. Masters and Seniors look to be in a tight team battle all year with Central Mass Striders.

The B.A.A. Women’s Open team came to Amherst with a small team but competed well individually. Rachel Coogan led the B.A.A. team with an 11th place finish in the women’s race in 63:32. Like many racing the 10 Miler, Coogan had her sights on the Boston Marathon this spring and was using the 10 Miler as a prep race and admitted racing on tired legs on a tough 10 Mile course makes it a challenging day. New to the B.A.A. team and scoring 2nd for the women was Emily Shea in 67:01 followed by Mimi Fallon in 67:53. Like Gardiner, Fallon also won the 50+ category.

The new two races in the USATF New England Grand Prix Series are the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 19th and the Upton 15K on Saturday, April 1st.

For complete race results, click below:

SEE RESULTS

B.A.A. Running Club results:

1. Eric Ashe 50:36 96. James Callaghan 1:00:40 207. Andy MacDonald 1:06:58
9. Brad Mish 52:58 101. Michael McGrane 1:00:52 208. Emily Shea 1:07:01
13. Andy Gardiner 54:27 106. Ryan Davenport 1:01:03 224. Mimi Fallon 1:07:53
19. Jason Reilly 55:10 121. Kevin Hill 1:01:54 249. Amanda Watters 1:09:17
21. David Brooks 55:26 122. Wayne Levy 1:01:55 254. Kyle Bowers 1:09:26
25. Peter Gilmore 55:41 148. Rachel Coogan 1:03:32 364. Joe Kaiser 1:15:25
27. Dylan Villescas 55:51 153. Paul Davies 1:03:54 396. Suzanne Chaves 1:17:07
46. Sean Hyland 57:36 167. Jon Schoenberg 1:04:40 477. John Stuart 1:22:34
81. Lindsay Smith 1:00:08 190. David Consigli 1:06:06 561. Harry Carter 1:29:04

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