Women Claim Third USATF New England Grand Prix Title at Bedford 12k

21 MAY 2012
Women Claim Third USATF New England Grand Prix Title at Bedford 12k
The B.A.A. Women’s Open Team continued their unbeaten streak at the Bedford Rotary Memorial 12k on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Bedford, New Hampshire. The 12k was the third race in the 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix Championship and the women stand with a perfect 3 – 0 record. The women had a strong showing, taking the top three spots to win convincingly. Individual women’s winner, Emily Kroshus took home her first New England 12k individual title along with the team trophy. She was joined on the podium by Lindsay Willard and Caroline Bjune, who finished second and third respectively. Willard boasts the distinction of having been a member of all three USATF New England Championship teams this year, the others being the Jones Realty Group 10 Miler in February and the New Bedford Half Marathon in March. She was also a scoring member of the winning women’s team at the 2012 Boston Marathon.

In the men’s race, 2008 champion Mark Miller ran competitively, placing 4th overall in a race that saw the course record fall. Harry Carter won the men's 75+ competition in an impressive 1:01:48.

RESULTS
4. Mark Miller 38:17
38. Wayne Levy 41:42
72. Emily Kroshus 43:52
80. Lindsay Willard 44:24
85. Caroline Bjune 44:44
110. Michael McGrane 47:33
335. Harry Carter 1:01:48
B.A.A. Moment 4

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.