B.A.A. Harriers Off To A Winning Start

21 OCT 2012
B.A.A. Harriers Off To A Winning Start
Late October means the start of the cross country season for the B.A.A. and this year the club headed west for their first team competition. The Western Mass XC Festival, held at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA on Saturday, October 20th, saw both the men's and women's teams take home the titles.

Brian Harvey was the overall winner, eleven seconds ahead of teammate Samuel Alexander. Eric Ashe and David Chorney were fourth and fifth respectively, with Dan Harper rounding out the team to secure the win with his tenth-place finish. All five runners placed less than a minute apart.

The women were led to victory by Melissa Nash. Nash set the pace with her fourth place finish, breaking the tape in 18:01. Caroline Bjune, who is coming off o the B.A.A. Half and the Tufts 10k, was just behind Nash in fifth. Kristin Murphy, Ravenna Neville, and Liz Hankinson completed the team scoring.

The site of the meet, Stanley Park, is also the venue for 2012 New England Cross Country Championship which will be held on Sunday, November 18th. The meet location was relocated from Franklin Park due to construction on the Playsted. The early meet gave teams a chance to preview the course in preparation for the championship.

The results are as follows:

WOMEN'S RESULTS
1. Brian Harvey 24:49
2. Samuel Alexander 25:00
4. Eric Ashe 25:11
5. David Chorney 25:31
10. Dan Harper 25:47
11. Colman Hatton 25:48
13. Jonathan Baker 25:50
14. Alexander Taylor 25:52
17. Ryan McCalmon 26:06
28. Peter Najem 26:52
30. Eric Blake 26:56
72. Bob Collihs 29:52
80. Dave Menard 33:02

MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Boston Athletic Association 22 points
2. New Balance Boston 55 points
3. Greater Boston Track Club 79 points

WOMEN'S RESULTS
4. Melissa Nash 18:01
5. Caroline Bjune 18:23
7. Kristin Murphy 18:33
8. Ravenna Neville 18:38
11. Liz Hankinson 19:17
12. Carly Shea 19:20
13. Sarah Bard 19:28

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Boston Athletic Association 35 points
2. Greater Boston Track Club 43
3. New Balance Boston 50
B.A.A. Moment 1

1994 - Uta Pippig

Uta Pippig of Germany won the first of her three consecutive victories in 1994, winning in course record time.