B.A.A. Runners Invited to Race in the New England’s Finest Program in Hartford
Rachel Hyland punches her ticket to L.A. for the 2016 Women’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
In June, Rachel Hyland (see left in above photo – credit: Photorun.net) made an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, but fell short of the qualifying standard by just 18 seconds, finishing in 2:43:18. Rachel was disappointed but not discouraged. She refocused her training for Chicago in October, where she qualified for the race’s American Development program. At Chicago, Rachel set an early pace under 2:43 and was well under the mark at the finish line in 2:41:26, hitting the “B” standard to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Rachel was 17th overall for women. Congratulations to Rachel for making the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials!
Ethan Shaw was also at the starting line in Chicago. He previously earned his place at the starting line in L.A. for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials when he ran 2:17:26 at the 2013 Twin Cities Marathon. At Chicago, Ethan placed in the top 20 with a 19th place finish in 2:19:33. Also running in Chicago was the B.A.A.’s Jason Reilly, who ran 2:34:04 to place 121st overall.
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Sam Alexander and Emma Spencer place in the Top Ten at the Hartford Marathon
New England Runner magazine and the Hartford Marathon Foundation have teamed up over the past several years to invite top regional athletes to Hartford as part of the New England’s Finest Program. B.A.A. athletes have been part of the program over the years with much success. In his debut marathon, Sam Alexander (seen right in above photo – credit: Amanda Watters) was hoping for a podium finish in a very competitive and talented field. The fast pace caught up with Sam in the final miles as he cramped up but held on to place 7th overall in 2:27:03.
In the women’s marathon, Emma Spencer lowered her PR from Boston this past April by over six minutes running 2:52:12 to place 6th overall. Emily D’Addario returned to Hartford after running a 2:50:23 last year and was hoping to improve on her time. Like Sam, Emily also struggled with illness during the race but still finished 8th overall in 2:54:06.
The B.A.A. duo of Keven and Kaela O’Neil opted to race the Half Marathon as part of the New England’s Finest Program. Kaela O’Neil set a new personal best in the half marathon with a 4th place finish in 1:20:02 while Keven O’Neil won the Masters category in 1:14:25 and placed 15th overall.
Click below for complete Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon results: