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Top Performances by the B.A.A. Running Club at B.A.A. Half Marathon

B.A.A.’s Heather Cappello, Madeline Duhon and Amanda Nurse all score a Top Ten finish

(header image by Amanda Watters)

The race times at this year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon may have been dampened by Hurricane Matthew’s as it slowly marched up the East Coast but the B.A.A. runners still performed well battling the rain and wind to repeat as the men’s and women’s team champions.  Last year’s champions, Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera, also used their race course experience and the cautious racing conditions to their advantage as they both repeated as overall champions. Salel made his move as he entered the Zoo with a mile to go and gapped the competitors to win in 1:03:13 while Wacera dropped the field much sooner to win comfortably in 1:10:19, which was two seconds faster than her win last year under perfect conditions.

nurse_hm_2016Heather Cappello led the B.A.A. women to the team win with her fourth place finish in the women’s race in 1:15:53, her best finish since 2011 when she placed 3rd overall in 1:13:44.  Not far behind were Madeline Duhon placing 6th overall in 1:17:18 and teammate Amanda Nurse (see image to the left) in 7th place in 1:19:38. Both Duhon and Nurse competed in the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Team Trials this past February while Cappello qualified for the Trials but was unable to compete due to an injury. Congrats to all three for their solid race performances on a less than ideal race day.

In his debut race as a Unicorn and his first half marathon, B.A.A.’s Christopher Allen was the top B.A.A. finisher placing 13th overall in 1:08:56. Allen is a recent graduate of Harvard University and joined the B.A.A. Racing Team this summer. David Bedoya was the next B.A.A. runner to cross the finish in 1:10:49 and 15th overall followed by teammate Ian Nurse in 22nd in 1:14:53.

gardnier_hm_2016Andy Gardiner (see image to the right), who hasn’t run a first half marathon in almost fifteen years, not only won the B.A.A. Men’s Masters but he also finished first overall in the B.A.A. Distance Medley competition. Gardiner was the top Master at the B.A.A. 5K in 15:55 and was also the top Master at the B.A.A. 10K in 33:11.  Congrats to Andy for his winning season!

Placing first in the age group categories were David Bedoya in the 35-39 division, Andy Gardiner in the 50-54 division, and Harry Carter in the 75-79 division. For the women, Heather Cappello was first in the 35-39 division.

Congrats to all of the B.A.A. Runners on their B.A.A. Half Marathon performances!

A total of 23 B.A.A. Running Club members competed in the B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday.


B.A.A. Team Results:

  1. Chris Allen 1:08:57
  2. David Bedoya 1:10:49
  3. Ian Nurse 1:14:53
  4. Heather Cappello 1:15:53
  5. Andrew Gardiner 1:16:39
  6. Andreas Heilmann 1:17:16
  7. Madeline Duhon 1:17:18
  8. Amanda Nurse 1:19:38
  9. Katsuhiro Togami 1:22:44
  10. Thorsten Emig 1:22:56
  11. Paul Davies 1:24:18
  12. Rohit Naimpally 1:28:14
  13. Kate Roberts 1:28:54
  14. Jamie Wilson 1:29:54
  15. Brian Foley 1:31:23
  16. Alex Kolb 1:32:22
  17. James Ellis 1:34:41
  18. Benjamin Krass 1:36:30
  19. Chris Ashe 1:39:09
  20. Mae Shoemaker 1:55:16
  21. Harry Carter 1:55:49
  22. Karen Ringheiser 1:58:18

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