Double Silver for the B.A.A. at the 2011 Mayor's Cup

23 OCT 2011
Double Silver for the B.A.A. at the 2011 Mayor's Cup
The B.A.A. Men’s & Women’s Open Teams both had a strong showing at the Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championship on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at Franklin Park in Boston. The defending champions, the men put together a strong performance to top local rival New Balance Boston. While they were able to claim local bragging rights, the 2011 title would go to the New York Athletic Club.

It was déjà vu all over again for Tim Ritchie who took sixth place for the second year in a row while running 18 seconds faster. Ritchie set a new Franklin Park 8k PR, despite the mud and puddles that rendered the course slow. As they did last year, Brian Harvey (12th), Colman Hatton ( 40th) and David Emerson (46th) contributed to a strong team performance along with B.A.A. newcomer and recent Boston University graduate Eric Ashe (26th). The men have won seven Mayor's Cup titles overall, six of them coming in the last ten seasons. During that time, only once has the team finished lower than the runner-up spot.

Members of the women’s team were mixing it up among the leaders, with Diana Bowser racing with the lead pack over the entire distance. The frontrunners were followed closely by Kasie Enman, who ran steadily throughout and managed to catch Bowser over the last mile. Canadian Marathon champion, Emily Kroshus, showed her marathoner’s patience, working her way through the field to break into the top 10 finishers.

The Mayor’s Cup marks the beginning of the cross country championship season for the B.A.A.. In two weeks on November 6th, the men’s and women’s teams will return to Franklin Park for the New England Cross Country Championships where they will attempt to defend their 2011 team titles. The men have won five consecutive USATF New England Cross Country titles and the women have captured three consecutive titles. In all, the men have won seven of the last nine titles and the women have won eight of the last twelve championships. A strong performance at the New Englands could lead to a berth at the 2011 USA Fall National Cross Country Championship to be held in Seattle, WA on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Men's 8k Results
6. Timothy Ritchie 23:51
12. Brian Harvey 24:20
26. Eric Ashe 24:51
40. Colman Hatton 25:21
46. David Emerson 25:26
47. Brad Mish 25:30
48. Brendan Prindiville 25:33
54. Michael Keebler 25:42
56. Will Dobbie 25:42
60. David Chorney 25:53
83. Matthew Kerr 26:23
85. Luke Dodge 26:32
102. Wayne Levy 26:50
125. Matthew Carter 27:22
130. Kyle Ormsby 27:25
136. Antony Keller 27:35

Women's 5k Results
4. Kasie Enman 17:31
5. Diana Bowser 17:35
8. Emily Kroshus 17:47
37. Liz Hankinson 18:51
38. Lara Johnson 18:52
76. Dorothy Zirkle 20:11

Franklin Park 5k Results
75. Andrew Gordon 18:37
88. Gregory Czuczman 18:59
130. Chris George 19:55
144. Dave Menard 20:12

MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB = 43
2. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION = 98
Timothy Ritchie, Brian Harvey, Eric Ashe, Colman Hatton, David Emerson, Brad Mish, Brendan Prindiville
3. NEW BALANCE BOSTON = 108

WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
1. NEW BALANCE BOSTON = 54
2. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION = 87
Kasie Enman, Diana Bowser, Emily Kroshus, Liz Hankinson, Lara Johnson, Dorothy Zirkle
3. CENTRAL PARK TRACK CLUB = 90

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B.A.A. Moment 5

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.