Ethan Shaw and Katie Misuraca led the B.A. A. men and women to top team performances
A trio of the B.A.A.’s top runners led the men’s team to victory in the USATF-NE 20K Championships at the Season’s 20K in Acton, MA on Sunday, September 6. Ethan Shaw led the B.A.A. men to victory by winning the championship race in 1:02:55 in a late race surge pulling away from runner-up Louis Serafini (1:03:31) and B.A.A. teammate Brian Harvey in 3rd place in 1:03:34. Eric Ashe landed a top ten position with a 6th place finish in 1:05:54. Dan Smith, who recently returned to the area, supported the team scoring with an 11th place overall finish in 1:08:24.
The B.A.A. Men’s Open and Men’s Masters were both tied for first in the USATF-NE Grand Prix team scoring going into the race, but with both teams winning the 20K team titles they are in the series lead. Chris Magill, who leads the individual Men’s 40 to 44 age-group series scoring, extended his lead with the top Master’s place and 23rd overall in 1:11:46. Keven O’Neil was 33rd (1:12:52) and 2nd in the 45-49 age division followed by Christopher Lawrence in 37th (1:13:51). Christopher was first place in the 50 to 59 age-group with Wayne Levy in 40th (1:14:05) and second place in the same category.
While the B.A.A. Men’s Open and Master’s team ran away with the team competition, the B.A.A. women’s team ran into tough competition from the north with the Dirigo RC of Maine taking the team title by less than a minute over the runner-up B.A.A. women. B.A.A.s Katie Misuraca was in a tough battle with Erica Jesseman from the winning Dirigo RC team. Katie placed third overall and thirteen seconds back from Erica in 1:14:07. Rachel Hyland placed 6th overall in 1:16:15 and Katie Moraczewski in 8th place with a time of 1:18:23 to close out the team scoring for the B.A.A. women. All three women are all planning to race a fall marathon in just a few weeks and were using the 20k race as a final tune-up before their marathons. Congrats to a solid team performance for the B.A.A. women.
The Lone Gull 10K on Sunday, September 20th is the final event in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Race Series. With the team wins at the Season’s 20K, the B.A.A. Men’s Open and Men’s Masters teams have the slightest lead going into the final race with the Men’s Open team just three points ahead of the Greater Boston Track Club while the B.A.A. Men’s Masters team leads Central Mass Striders by a single point. The final race of the season looks to be a good chase for the team championship title.
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