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Team B.A.A. Battles the Weather at the 122nd Boston Marathon

Rachel Hyland Places 4th Overall; Leads Women to Team Title.

With the morning forecast calling for steady rain, temperatures in the high 30’s and a strong headwind for the start of the 122nd Boston Marathon, many B.A.A. Running Club members found success by just finishing the marathon on Monday, goal times gone with the wind. A few however found their own silver lining for the day delivering headstrong performances to run their best under duress. For Rachel Hyland, a top twenty finish would have been a good day and if she happened to lower her personal best of 2:41:26, then it would have been the icing on the cake, but she never dreamed, nor could anyone have scripted, her incredible 4th place Boston Marathon finish in a time of 2:44:29. Running nearly even splits for the first Half and second Half of the race, Rachel moved through the Elite Women’s field with strength and determination. Her performance ranks second all-time in club history, only trailing Patti Lyons 1979 runner-up finish!

They say misery loves company which seemed to be the theme of the day with almost 27,000 runners starting the marathon and 25,746 of those runners making it to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston. Leading up to the race weekend, the talk was all about the talented and deep elite men’s and women’s fields with the top Americans including Shalane Flanagan, Galen Rupp, Molly Huddle, Dathan Ritzenhein, Jordan Hasay and, of course, Des Linden — all with pedigree racing credentials and the hopes of winning Boston. But on race morning, the talk of fast times and favorites shifted to who can survive the day out front and that answer would come later with Des overtaking the leader Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia just after Mile 21. Once past Daska, Des, driving her arms as fierce as the rain and wind, sailed through the headwinds to the finish line in 2:39:54, over four minutes ahead of the next finisher. With many of the elites dropping back or out of the race, the next six of seven women finishers were Americans including B.A.A.’s Rachel Hyland just nine seconds back of Canada’s Krista Duchene and twenty-five seconds behind the Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers who finished in 2:44:04 and in disbelief.

Rachel Hyland’s top finish led the B.A.A. women to the winning Boston Marathon team title ahead of the Dashing Whippets. For the B.A.A. women’s team, it was the 13th team win since 1985 when the B.A.A. won the inaugural team competition and coincidentally the last time an American woman had won the Boston Marathon. The second scorer for the team was Rose Penfold in 2:54:06 for a new personal best and 26th overall in the women’s division. Next up for the B.A.A. women was Amanda Watters finishing in 3:05:34 in 163rd place in the women’s race. Marathon Monday also happened to fall on her birthday. Running a new Boston personal best and being on the women’s winning team was all she could ask for on her Boston Marathon birthday.

While Des was being crowned the newest American distance running star in the moments following her win, a new Boston hero was being born in the final mile of the men’s race. Yuki Kawauchi of Japan was chasing down the leader and returning Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya. On his way to glory, Kawauchi passed a struggling Kirui in the final mile to win in 2:15:58. It was the first win by a Japanese marathoner since Tosihiko Seko won in 1987. For the American men, it was Shadrack Biwott coming in third in 2:18:35, leading 6 American men in the Top 10.

For the B.A.A. Men, Christopher Allen was the top finisher placing 68th overall in 2:36:27 for his first marathon finish. In 2017, Allen made his first attempt at the Boston Marathon but struggled with the heat and was unable to finish. Set on finishing this year, Allen ran a smart race and stayed the course despite the conditions to lead the B.A.A. Men team through a challenging day. Jason Reilly finished next for the B.A.A. in 2:38:28 for 114th overall while Hiromasa Aono set a new marathon personal best finishing in 2:42:42 and 208th overall as the third B.A.A. runner to finish giving the men a 6th place finish in the team competition.

Andy Gardiner competing in the marathon distance for the first time found success placing 287th overall and 2nd in the 50-54 age category to lead the B.A.A. Men’s Masters to a runner-up team finish. Gardiner finished in 2:44:44 as the fourth B.A.A. runner to cross the finish line with Ian Nurse next in for the Masters men in 2:45:40 in 328th overall. The reliable and consistent Masters scorer, Patrick Callahan, was the third finisher for the B.A.A. Masters team in 2:48:41 earning him 7th place in the 45-49 age division. Placing 3rd in the 50-54 age division was Peter Hammer in 2:50:50, and Jamie Wilson placed fourth in the 65-69 age division finishing in 3:23:18.

In all, the B.A.A. Running Club had 16 women and 44 men finish the 122nd Boston Marathon. It was certainly an epic Marathon Monday and one that will be remembered for years to come. Sixty B.A.A. Running Club members will have stories to tell of how they overcame one of the most difficult days to run and finish the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Congratulations to everyone for their Boston Marathon finish!


122nd Boston Marathon Team Results:
Men’s Open Team:  6th, 7:57:37 – Christopher Allen, Jason Reilly, Hiromasa Aono
Women’s Open Team:  1st, 8:44:09 – Rachel Hyland, Rose Penfold, Amanda Watters
Men’s Masters Team:  2nd, 8:19:05 – Andy Gardiner, Ian Nurse, Patrick Callahan
Women’s Masters Team:  13th, 10:52:10 – Pam Manley, Kate Santoro, Karen Ringheiser

122nd Boston Marathon B.A.A. Running Club Results:

278 (4th) Rachel Hyland 2:44:29
924 (26th) Rose Penfold 2:54:06
2642 (163rd) Amanda Watters 3:05:34
2932 (202nd) Pam Manley 3:07:35
4277 (479th) Ashley Busa 3:15:05
4654 (586th) Lindsay Willard 3:16:57
4667 (593rd) Stefani Harvey 3:17:00
4690 (600th) Kate Roberts 3:17:11
6098 (1094th) Kate Santoro 3:23:12
6731 (1331st) Lauren Liuzzo 3:25:40
6927 (1420th) Erin McVeigh 3:26:25
7882 (1822nd) Emily Shea 3:29:42
14658 (5431st) Kristin Shaw 3:55:02
19385 (8176th) Karen Ringheiser 4:21:23
21935 (9566th) Mae Shoemaker 4:46:28
24600 (10976th) Carol Chaoui 5:00:28

68. Christopher Allen 2:36:27
114. Jason Reilly 2:38:28
208. Hiromasa Aono 2:42:42
287. Andy Gardiner 2:44:44
328. Ian Nurse 2:45:40
458. Shamus Brady 2:48:12
471. Louis Raffetto 2:48:28
486. Patrick Callahan 2:48:41
550. JP Gerald 2:49:36
595. Walter Edstrom 2:50:12
622. Roger Donaghy 2:50:35
636. Peter Hammer 2:50:50
691. Timothy McFadden 2:51:41
829. Michael Paulin 2:53:11
909. Ryan Kenny 2:53:59
1006. Katsuhiro Togami 2:54:44
1156. David Nierenberg 2:55:59
1204. John LaRosa 2:56:21
1309. Adam Manewell 2:57:07
1315. Bo Waggoner 2:57:09
1596. Adam Sulkowski 2:58:52
1900. Christopher Benestad 3:00:36
1958. Chris Marshall 3:00:57
2539. James Callaghan 3:04:57
2555. Brian Benestad 3:05:02
2780. David Consigli 3:06:36
2914. Thomas Morley 3:07:29
3046. Mark LaRosa 3:08:23
3238. Deniz Karakoyunlu 3:09:29
3459. Thorsten Emig 3:10:40
5397. Michael McGrane 3:20:09
5481. John Barrett 3:20:31
5504. Doug McLucas 3:20:40
5866. Kyle Bowers 3:22:16
6121. Jamie Wilson 3:23:18
6119. Ted Norton 3:23:18
7794. Brian Foley 3:29:25
8458. Greg Lowe 3:31:50
16390. Craig Macfarlane 4:02:35
16769. David Nerrow 4:04:44
19544. Scott Nanfelt 4:22:35
22148. Michael Davis 4:49:19
23087. Zeus Estrada 5:02:21
23888. John Stuart 5:17:01

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