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Katie Moraczewski Wins the New Bedford Half Marathon

B.A.A’s Katie Moraczewski led from the gun to win the women’s USATF-NE Half Marathon Championship race.

PHOTO CREDIT: BOB FITZGERALD/NEW ENGLAND RUNNER

The 40th running of the New Bedford Half Marathon hosted by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick went down in history as one of the meanest late winter days for racing with a strong headwind greeting the runners in the final miles along the sea shore. The New Bedford Half Marathon once again hosted the USATF-New England Championships. In her first New Bedford Half Marathon, B.A.A.’s Katie Moraczewski led the women’s race from the start and never looked back as she posted a personal best time of 1:17:55 for her first USATF-New England Championship title.

Moraczewski pushed the pace in the early miles and took advantage of the flat to downhill tailwind section of the course to establish a solid lead over pre-race favorite Danielle Bessette of Battle Road Track Club, winner of the Amherst 10 Miler last month. In the final miles, Moraczewski and a company of men battled the fierce seas shore headwinds along French Boulevard and into the long uphill mile to the finish to win the race outright. Bessette eventually faded in the final miles while B.A.A.’s Emma Spencer finished strong passing Bessette just after 10 miles. Spencer placed runner-up to Moraczewski setting a new personal best time of 1:18:39. With the B.A.A. women scoring 1-2, it was up to Rachel Coogan to close out the team scoring with a solid 6th place finish in 1:22:32. All three women competed in the New Bedford Half Marathon in preparation for the Boston Marathon on April 17. The B.A.A. women won the team competition with a cumulative time of 3:59:06 over second place Green Mountain Athletic Association in 4:13:14. In the women’s senior division, B.A.A.’s Mimi Fallon took first place with a time of 1:27:19 and 35th overall for the women.

The B.A.A. men decided pack running on a windy day yields the best team results. With the B.A.A. men scoring five in the top ten, the B.A.A. dominated the team competition. While the frontrunners and pre-race favorites including eventual winner Louis Serafini and runner-up Ruben Sanca took the early lead in the opening miles, the B.A.A. men stayed together for most of the race with Brian Harvey first for the team to finish in 1:07:19 good for 4th overall while Matt Fischer finished just a few strides behind in 5th overall in 1:07:21. Christopher Allen finished 6th in 1:07:38 with Dan Harper in 9th in 1:07:48. Brad Mish finished the team scoring with the 10th place spot in 1:08:36. The B.A.A. Men’s Open team finished with a time of 5:38:42 ahead of Western Mass Distance Project in 5:51:53. With the team win on Sunday, the B.A.A. men extend their lead in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series ahead of Central Mass Striders after two races.

While the B.A.A. Men’s Open team stayed ahead of CMS in the standings, the B.A.A. Men’s Masters team had a score to settle with rival CMS coming in second place at the Amherst 10 Miler in February. With a couple running club members graduating up to the Masters team in January, the men were ready to even the score at New Bedford. David Bedoya set a fast pace early to easily win the Masters division in 1:10:45 placing 6th for the B.A.A. men. Bedoya turned 40 in January and is focused on the Masters competition at the Boston Marathon. Bedoya’s nearest competition was none other than teammate Peter Hammer who finished in 1:14:29 and first in the 50+ category. Teammates Brendan Prindiville and Harry Stants finished within two seconds of each other in 1:16:50 and 1:16:52 respectively. Prindiville also turned 40 in January moving up to the Masters category.  Patrick Callahan was the fifth B.A.A. Master to finish in 1:18:32. The B.A.A. Men’s Masters won the team competition by a comfortable margin with a time of 6:17:28 ahead of second place team CMS in 6:24:08 to draw even in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series after two races. No doubt a battle for the 2017 GP Team Title has been staged with the next race in the series just two weeks away at the Upton 15K on April 1.

Congrats to all of the B.A.A. runners who competed in the New Bedford Half on a difficult day to race well. The B.A.A. team now looks ahead to the spring race season with the Upton 15K on April 1st followed by the Boston Marathon weekend just four weeks away.

For complete New Bedford Half Marathon results, click below:

SEE RESULTS

B.A.A. Running Club Results:

4. Brian Harvey 1:07:19
5. Matt Fischer 1:07:21
6. Christopher Allen 1:07:38
9. Dan Harper 1:07:48
10. Brad Mish 1:08:36
23. David Bedoya 1:10: 45
42. Sean Hyland 1:14:18
48. Ian Nurse 1:14:29
49. Peter Hammer 1:14:29
58. Jason Reilly 1:14:57
65. Roger Donaghy 1:15:44
66. Guillaume Adam 1:15:54
73. Brendan Prindiville 1:16:50
75. Harry Stants 1:16:52
92. Dave Brooks 1:17:50
97. Katie Moraczewski 1:17:55
100. Patrick Callahan 1:18:32
106. Hiromasa Aono 1:18:33
109. Emma Spencer 1:18:39
123. Lindsay Smith 1:19:28
126. Michael McGrane 1:19:33
132. James Callaghan 1:20:12
149. Ryan Davenport 1:21:37
158. Stephen Masterson 1:22:12
160. David Nierenberg 1:22:25
161. Rachel Coogan 1:22:32
162. Deniz Karakoyunlu 1:22:27
169. Wayne Levy 1:22:55
173. Katsuhiro Togami 1:23:05
205. Kaela O’Neil 1:24:17
207. Paul Davies 1:24:32
218. Thorsten Emig 1:25:14
219. Adam Manewell 1:25:15
250. David Consigli 1:26:17
244. Mimi Fallon 1:27:19
281. Jon Schoenberg 1:27:32
297. Andy MacDonald 1:27:59
307. Christopher Lawrence 1:28:32
312. Amanda Watters 1:28:46
318. Alex Kolb 1:29:31
366. Ted Norton 1:31:46
427. Kyle Bowers 1:35:51
442. Brian Foley 1:36:12
541. Peter DeCambre 1:38:45
676. John Stuart 1:44:35
1236. Harry Carter 2:01:26

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