B.A.A. Returns to Mayors Cup Cross Country

27 OCT 2013
B.A.A. Returns to Mayors Cup Cross Country
When last we left the Mayor's Cup Cross Country in October of 2011, the course was muddy and slow. The B.A.A. men's and women's teams had both claimed the runner-up spot and would go on to win the 2011 USATF New England Cross Country Championship. On Sunday, October 27, 2013, after a one-year hiatus when the meet was not contested due to construction at Franklin Park, the teams returned to the competition and to kick-off the cross country championship season.

It was a perfect fall day and, despite some rain in the early morning hours, the course was dry and fast. The Women's Championship 5k led of the day for the B.A.A.. Kasie Enman who was the top finisher for the club in 2011, repeated her performance as the first B.A.A. runner across the line and the club's sole top 10 finisher, taking 9th overall. Her time was close to the 17:31 that she posted in 2011, demonstrating that she is getting back into top form.

The men also had a solid performance, taking second in the team competition: Dan Harper, Sam Alexander and Brian Harvey finishing 12th, 13th and 15th respectively. They were followed closely by Eric Ashe and Colman Hatton. It was a tight group, with the first three separated by a mere 8 seconds and all five scorers finishing just 23 seconds apart. At one point about a third of the way through the race, it appeared that the B.A.A. had the top three places. Some confusion at a critical turn resulted in the first dozen competitors running the full course, but in the wrong order. The remaining athletes followed the course as it was laid out. When the two groups merged close to the finish, the order that had been in place at the break was essentially reestablished. That being the case, after consultation with athletes, officials and coaches, the finish order was accepted as recorded.

The men's masters group, competing in the Franklin Park 5k, took home the team title by placing three in the top ten. Chris Magill was third overall, followed by Keven O'Neil and Chris Lawrence in 7th and 9th respectively. The group is looking forward to the USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on Sunday, November 10th. There they will add Wayne Levy, who opted to run the 8k yesterday, to the team. They will be looking for their second title this fall.

The next cross country meet will be the 2013 USATF New England Cross Country Championships on Sunday, November 10th at Franklin Park. The men will be looking for their eighth consecutive New England Championship title and the women will be looking to claim their 9th New England cross country title. The final race of the season for the top teams and individuals will be the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on December 8, 2013 in Bend, OR. The race will feature the top clubs from across the United States as they vie for honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. More than 40 clubs and 1,000 competitors are expected to compete.

WOMEN'S OPEN RESULTS:
9. Kasie Enman 17:47
14. Melissa Nash 18:05
33. Ravenna Neville 18:47
43. Lesley Hocking 19:08
46. Caroline Bjune 19:22

MEN'S OPEN RESULTS:
12. Dan Harper 24:45
13. Samuel Alexander 24:46
15. Brian Harvey 24:53
19. Eric Ashe 25:07
21. Colman Hatton 25:08
29. Brad Mish 25:32
36. Matthew Carter 25:53
51. David Chorney 26:11
59. Brendan Prindiville 26:26
77. Jonathan Baker 26:55
81. Dave Brooks 27:04
88. Aaron Price 27:10
91. David Moyer 27:13
109. Wayne Levy 28:01
115. Patrick Callahan 28:10
116. Matthew Simonson 28:12
133. Bastien Martini 29:19

MEN'S MASTERS RESULTS
3. Chris Magill 16:45
7. Keven O'Neil 16:59
9. Christopher Lawrence 17:38
27. Bob Collins 18:32
44. John Barrett 19:07
54. Dave Menard 19:46
102. Peter Decambre 21:49

MEN'S MASTERS TEAM RESULTS
1. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION = 17
Chris Magill, Keven O'Neil, Christopher Lawrence, Bob Collins, John Barrett, Dave Menard, Peter Decambre
2. CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS = 23
3. HFC STRIDERS = 30

MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. BRYN MAWR ATHLETIC CO. = 37
2. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION = 67
3. NEW BALANCE BOSTON = 138

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. CPTC-NEW BALANCE = 40
2. NB BOSTON = 47
3. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION = 141
Kasie Enman, Melissa Nash, Ravenna Neville, Lesley Hocking, Caroline Bjune

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