Tim Ritchie, B.A.A. Men Crowned New England 5-Mile Champions

28 JUL 2013
Tim Ritchie, B.A.A. Men Crowned New England 5-Mile Champions
With three finishers in the top ten and some strong front running by Tim Ritchie, the B.A.A. Men's Open Team defended their USATF New England Grand Prix 5-Mile Championship, hosted by the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile in Carver, MA on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Ritchie was the individual champion, using his sub-4 minute mile speed to gap the runner-up in the final stretch. Carver is Ritchie's second USATF New England Grand Prix title in 2013. He also took home top honors at the 5k championship last month at the Hollis 5k, and led the men's team to the top of the podium.

In between New England road championships, Ritchie highlighted his successful road racing season by running 1:02:29 and placing fourth at the USA Half Marathon Championship, hosted by Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN on Saturday, June 22nd. At that race, Ritchie tested his mettle against Olympians, finishing just seven seconds behind Meb Keflezighi and some 20 seconds ahead of Abdi Abdirahman.

For the second consecutive year at Carver, Colman Hatton was the second runner across the line for the B.A.A., placing 6th overall. Jared Markowitz was the third B.A.A. runner to finish in the top ten, placing 10th in 25:18. Rounding out the scoring for the club were Brad Mish and David Bedoya who placed 16th and 23rd respectively.

In the women's race, Carly Shea ran a personal best of 28:43 to claim the runner-up spot. Also racing well was 2012 USATF Grand Prix Champion (M45-49), Wayne Levy who was fifth overall in his division.

Carver was the fourth race in the 2013 seven-race series. The next championship will be contested at the Lone Gull 10k in Gloucester, MA on September 15th. The final two races are the Nahant 30k in Nahant, MA on September 30th and the Manchester City Marathon in Manchester, NH on November 3rd.

1. Timothy Ritchie 23:59
6. Colman Hatton 24:37
10. Jared Markowitz 25:18
16. Brad Mish 25:36
23. David Bedoya 26:07
30. Ian Nurse 26:41
35. Peter Najem 26:52
47. Dave Brooks 27:15
48. Wayne Levy 27:16
63. Jason Reilly 27:46
73. Matthew Herman 28:01
76. Chris Magill 28:07
79. Christopher Lawrence 28:09
89. Carly Shea 28:43
90. Brian Murphy 28:43
107. Anthony Crudale 29:26
112. Bastien Martini 29:34
116. Kevin Hill 29:40
118. Paul Davies 29:54
142. Laura Brustolon 30:55
149. Kevin Grant 31:17
155. Amanda Allen 31:32
221. Christopher Ashe 34:27
291. John Stuart 37:47
359. Dennis Herman 41:54


1. Boston Athletic Association 2:05:37
Timothy Ritchie 23:59; Colman Hatton 24:37, Jared Markowitz 25:18; Brad Mish 25:36; David Bedoya 26:07; (Ian Nurse 26:41; Peter Najem 26:52)
2. Team Run 2:07:36
3. Whirlaway 2:08:34

For Carver Cranberry 5-Mile results, click here..

Go to the USATFNE Grand Prix page to see the current standings.

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.