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Katie Matthews leads the B.A.A. women with a 12th place finish

Boston Marathon Champs Des and Meb Highlight the 8th Annual B.A.A. 10K

The eighth annual B.A.A. 10K presented by Brigham & Women’s Hospital was a fan favorite day with Boston Marathon Champions Desiree Linden (’18) and Meb Keflezighi (’14) joining the ranks of 8,120 finishers on the first summer weekend in Boston. Meb and Des ran together for much of the race at a relaxing tempo pace enjoying the company of the top local runners including a few B.A.A. Running Club athletes. Up front, the pressure was on a trio of former B.A.A. 10K winners including Daniel Chebii, Stephen Sambu and Daniel Salel. The pace in the opening miles stayed on the conservative side with a cat and mouse game between the leaders. After the 3 mile turn-around point, it was Gabriel Geay of Tanzania who decided to press the pace breaking up the pack with just Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia in tow for the final mile. Geay surged as the pair made the final turn onto Charles Street pulling away to earn his spot in B.A.A. 10K history to win in 28:29 four seconds ahead of runner-up Mekonen in 28:29 with trailing Sambu finishing third in 28: 36 and Salel fourth place in 28:39.  Placing in the top ten and the first New England finisher was Louis Serafini of Brighton in ninth overall in 29:04.

The women’s race was tighter at the finish but still a conservative pace for much of the race with the women out in tactical 5:20 pace for the first mile. As the lead pack dwindled in the second half of the race, it was Mary Wacera of Kenya with the legs to outrun her competitors finishing in 31:55 with Kenyan Carolyn Rotich two seconds back in the runner-up position in 31:57 and Ethiopian Mamitu Daska third overall in 31:59. The top New England female finisher was Holly Rees of Battle Road Track Club with a top ten performance placing ninth in 34:07.

The B.A.A. women placed seven in the top 25 at the B.A.A. 10K with Katie Matthews leading the women with a 12th place finish in 34:56 with Heather Cappello the next woman to cross the finish line in 35:18. Katie Moraczewski finished 117th in 36:52 followed by Juliet Bottorff in 18th in 37:04. Training partners Kaela O’Neil in 37:19 and Karolyn Bowley finishing in 37:38. Bowley also won the women’s Masters division. O’Neil will join Bowley in the Masters category as she turns 40 on July 1.  Placing in their age categories were new B.A.A. members Kate Gunson finishing fourth in the 20-24 division in 38:49 and Kate Santoro also fourth in the 45-49 age category in 42:06.

Brad Mish led the B.A.A. men with a 19th overall finish in 31:51. Jason Reilly was the next Unicorn to finish in 39th place in 33:38 with Andreas Heilmann running 34:11 for 44th place. Chris Magill was second in the Masters division placing 54th overall in 34:40 with Matt Herman fourth Master and second in the 40-44 age category finishing in 35:16 and 63rd respectively. Paul Davies was fourth in the 50+ division placing 122nd overall in 37:28. Dennis Herman placed first in the 70-74 age category running 49:22 and Harry Carter also topped his age groupers in the 80+ category in 54:17 with B.A.A. teammate Anthony Cellucci third in the same category finishing in 1:42:08.


Overall, 27 B.A.A. athletes competed in the B.A.A. 10K:

19. Brad Mish 31:51
39. Jason Reilly 33:38
44. Andreas Heilmann 34:11
54. Chris Magill 34:40
57. Katie Matthews 34:56
56. Jonathan Baker 34:56
63. Matt Herman 35:16
65. Heather Cappello 35:18
94. Tim McFadden 36:39
102. Katie Moraczewski 36:52
107. Juliet Bottorff 37:04
126. Kaela O’Neil 37:19
122. Paul Davies 37:28
128. Karolyn Bowley 37:38
154. Rich Battaglia 38:12
155. Katsu Togami 38:14
188. Kate Gunson 38:49
192. Bastien Martini 38:50
204. Acmae El Youcoubi 39:58
265. Thorsten Emig 41:35
387. Benjamin Krass 41:56
404. Kate Santora 42:06
524. Erin McVeigh 43:16
1550. Dennis Herman 49:22
2125. Mae Shoemaker 51:58
2789. Harry Carter 54:17
8102. Anthony Cellucci 1:42:08

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