August Accolades: B.A.A. Athletes Earn Top Places at New England Races

15 AUG 2011
August Accolades: B.A.A. Athletes Earn Top Places at New England Races
August in New England really heats up - and not just the temperatures. With a number of popular, world-class races on the local calendar, B.A.A. athletes are able to go head to head with some of the top runners in the U.S. and the world. Case in point, this past weekend at the Falmouth Road Race, Jeannette Faber placed 7th overall and Heather Cappello was 12th in a world-class women's field. Their times of 38:01 and 38:24 over the 7.1 mile course put them in the mix with National Champions and Olympians.

While the weather was overcast and relatively cool at the start with temperatures in the 70s, the humidity was a factor. Faber and Cappello were running 5:20 to 5:25 pace over the first several miles. The duo stayed together through the first half of the race before Faber began to edge slightly ahead. The two have similar PRs with Faber having run 33:22 at the 2011 Payton Jordan Invitational and Cappello posting a 33:31 at the inagural B.A.A. 10k. Both have qualified for and are preparing to race at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon in Houston in January.

While the women had the eastern portion of Massachusetts covered, the men were taking charge in Western Mass at the Bridge of Flowers 10k in Shelburne Falls. The 2010 Champion, Brian Harvey, easily defended his title, running 31:33 over the challenging course. Also placing in the top ten were Jared Markowitz in 5th, Dan Smith in 6th, and Mark Miller in 10th place. The B.A.A. men took home the team title for their efforts.

The weekend prior to Falmouth and Bridge of Flowers saw some spectacular performances in Maine, where several B.A.A. members raced at the Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth. Ruben Sanca and Colman Hatton both finished in the top 20 with Sanca in 11th and Hatton in 19th place. Sanca, a Boston resident who was born in Cape Verde, has recently relocated to Colorado to train. By virtue of his 2:18:43 debut marathon at Rotterdam in April, Sanca has been selected by the Cape Verdean Olympic Committee to represent that country at the upcoming World Championships. The Worlds will be held in Daegu, South Korea August 27 through September 4th with the men's marathon being contested on the final day of competition.

Also competing on the world stage this month is Josh Ferenc, who is currently in the Netherlands preparing for the 50k World Trophy. An accomplished mountain and ultra runner, Ferenc was selected based on his 2nd place finish at the 2011 U.S. 50k Championship in March. He is one of only 40 international participants selected to compete in the race which will be held this Saturday, August 20th.

As the summer quickly comes to a close, several B.A.A. athletes have their sights set on the New Haven 20k in New Haven, CT on Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The race serves at the U.S. 20k Championship. In addition, the club will be well represented at the 11th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 9th.


Results for the Falmouth Road Race:

Women:
7. Jeannette Faber 38:01
12. Heather Cappello 38:24
37. Carly Shea 41:58
39. Leslie Hocking 42:03
44. Liz Hankinson 43:07

Men:
58. Matt Ely 37:54
62. David Emerson 38:02

Click here for Falmouth Road Race results.


Results for the Bridge of Flowers 10k:

1. Brian Harvey 31:33
5. Jared Markowitz 33:05
6. Dan Smith 33:11
10. Mark Miller 34:23
36. Mike Dowling 39:04
50. Anthony Crudale 40:45

Men's Team Results:
1. Boston Athletic Association 2:57:38
2. CMS 2:58:00
3. SMAC 3:21:01

Click here for Bridge of Flowers results.


Results for the Beach to Beacon 10k:

11. Ruben Sanca 29:58
19. Colman Hatton 31:04
40. Matt Ely 32:43
45. Ryan McCalmon 32:59
59. Wayne Levy 33:52
122. Mike Dowling 36:13
126. Mariko Holbrook 36:25
201. Mimi Fallon 38:35
251. Bernie O'Reilly 39:45
964. Rich Schilder 46:49

Click here for Beach to Beacon Race results.


Click here for information about the 50k World Trophy.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The starting field of 38,708 for the centennial race stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions. The historic 100th Boston Marathon was monumental for another reason. It was the first time that a chip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon.