Men's Harriers Place Seventh at USATF National Club Cross Country Championship

09 DEC 2012
Men's Harriers Place Seventh at USATF National Club Cross Country Championship
For the fourth consecutive year, the B.A.A. men's harriers recorded a top ten finish at the USATF Club National Cross Country Championship held at Masterson Park on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Lexington, KY - the same location where the streak began in 2009. Eric Ashe led a tight pack with just 27 seconds and 17 places separating the top four B.A.A. athletes. Ashe finished in 22nd place in the 300+ person field, followed by Tim Ritchie in 26th and newcomer Sam Alexander, a 2012 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, in 31st place overall. Also cracking the top forty was Brian Harvey in 39th. The team had a solid performance taking seventh place in the competitive field.

In the women's race, Brielle Chabot had a terrific performance, placing twentieth overall, in her first appearance at this event. Over the course of the fall, Chabot has raced at a variety of distances highlighted by wins at the Cape Cod Half Marathon in October and at the USATF New England 5k Championship in September.

Since its inception in 1998, the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship has grown in size and stature. For the past 15 years, the top clubs in the country have competed for the national title and team bragging rights. The 2012 race featured more than 100 teams and 1,200 competitors. MEN'S OPEN RESULTS
22 . Eric Ashe 31:00
26 . Timothy Ritchie 31:11
31 . Samuel Alexander 31:18
39. Brian Harvey 31:26
85 . Colman Hatton 32:20
90 . Ryan McCalmon 32:26
109 . Dan Harper 32:39
146 . Alexander Taylor 33:13

20. Brielle Chabot 21:05
53. Melissa Nash 21:46
B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.