Spring Racing Updates

13 MAY 2013
Spring Racing Updates
The spring racing season has begun in earnest and it is off to a successful start for the B.A.A.. Over the last few weeks, several individuals and a masters team have competed at many of the top spring races with impressive results.

Leading up to the Boston Marathon, Tim Ritchie competed in the Gate River Run on Saturday, March 9th in Jacksonville, Florida. The race was the USATF 15k Championship and Ritchie placed an impressive 6th in the national-class field. Ritchie was joined at the race by Heather Cappello who placed thirteenth in the women's field. Cappello's next stop was the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 6th, which hosted the 2013 USATF Women's 10-Mile Championship. Cappello ran a strong race to take fourteenth overall and finish as the seventh American.

Locally, the James Joyce Ramble served as the USATF Masters 10k Championship on Sunday, April 28th, and the B.A.A. was well-represented, taking home two individual and one team medal. In the men's race, Chris Magill took the bronze and led the team to a runner-up finish. Wayne Levy, Kevin Hill and Michael McGrane all contributed to the podium finish in the national championship. In the women's race, Mimi Fallon earned the silver with her 38:12. Lisa Kaplan was just two placs behind in fifth.

In addition to being a national showcase, the race was also highlighted by some strong local performances. Still several years away from masters competition, Brian Harvey and Heather Cappello each took second in the open competition.

Prior to the James Joyce Ramble. Brian Harvey tested his speed on the roads in a pair of 5k races. On Saturday, March 30, he placed 7th running 14:11 in the Westfield 5k. He followed that up on Sunday, April 14th with a 14:25 and a 13th place finish in the B.A.A. 5k. Also placing in the top 25 were David Chorney in 15th place, Dan Harper in 17th place, and Justin Lutz in 22nd place. In the Masters Division, the B.A.A. boasted two champions with Chris Magill winning the men's masters race and Mimi Fallon taking the women's crown.

Spring also means the start of the outdoor track season and the club has been well-represented on the oval. Dan Harper headed south to the Penn Relays, running 30:02 to take second in the Men's Olympic Development 10k. This past weekend, Melissa Nash, Harvey, Chorney and Brad Mish all competed in the first meet of the NB Boston Twilight Series. Nash posted 17:03 in the 5k, Chorney ran 3:53 in the 1500m, and Harvey won the 5k in 14:29.

As we look ahead, the B.A.A. 10k on Sunday, June 23 will kick-off the summer racing. Club members are also preparing for the upcoming USATF New England Grand Prix races which will resume on Thursday, June 13th with the Hollis Fast 5k. If the spring racing is any indication, it should be a 'hot' summer for the club!

Gate River Run 15k
Men:
6. Tim Ritchie 44:01

Women:
13. Heather Cappello 51:25
Gate River Run Results .

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler
14. Heather Cappello 55:31 (7th American)
Cherry Blossom Results.

James Joyce Ramble April 28, 2013
Open Men:
2. Brian Harvey 31:03
31. Chris George 37:25
Open Women
2. Heather Cappello 34:09
8. Ginger Reiner 40:34
USATF Masters Championship
Men:
3. Christopher Magill 33:27
Women:
2. Mimi Fallon 38:12
5. Lisa Kaplan 41:37
USATF Masters Team Championship Results:
1. Central Mass Striders 1:43:41
2. Boston Athletic Association 1:44:41
[Christopher Magill 33:27, Wayne Levy 34:55, Kevin Hill 36:19, (Michael McGrane 39:12)]

For James Joyce results, click here..

Westfield 5k, March 30, 2013
7. Brian Harvey 14:11
13. David Chorney 14:31
Westfield 5k Results

NB Boston Twilight Series, May 11, 2013
5 Nash, Melissa 17:03.4
9 Chorney, David 3:53.22
1 Harvey, Brian 14:29.01
22 Mish, Brad 15:26.95
NB Boston Twilight Meets.

Cox Providence Marathon May 12, 2013
2. Pamela Manley 2:57:20
Cox Providence Marathon Results.

B.A.A. Moment 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).