Brian Harvey Leads the B.A.A. Men’s Team to a Narrow Victory in the New England Grand Prix RibFest 5 Miler
In his first race since the Boston Marathon, Brian Harvey shook off the marathon dust and led the men’s team with a runner-up place in 24:19, seven seconds behind Team Run’s Jeffrey Vega. The margin of seven was also the difference in the team scoring with the men edging Team Run by a narrow margin of seven seconds. Eric Ashe trailed in 4th place (24:54), followed by Brad Mish (11th, 25:28), Sean Highland (21st, 25:54) and Nils Schallner (25th, 26:04) to close out the team scoring for the open men. Spring marathon training seems to be a good formula for shorter summer races with all five of the top B.A.A. scorers coming off solid Boston Marathon performances.
The Men’s Masters were led by Chris Magill (26:08, 26th) also with a runner-up position on the podium just five tics behind New England Grand Prix Masters leader, Mike Galoob. Chris led the B.A.A. men’s Masters to a 4th place team finish.
In the women’s race, Caroline Bjune matched Magill’s performance with a second place finish in the Women’s Masters placing 17th overall running 31:42. Although the women did not field a team for the club scoring, they were led by two Top Ten performers, Racher Asher (7th, 29:40) and Amanda Allen (9th, 30:19), followed by Amanda Watters (35th, 33:03).
This was the first year the Ribfest 5 Miler was part of the New England Grand Prix series proving to be a fair course on a decent weekend despite some strong headwinds on the first half of the out-and-back style course. The Ribfest 5 miler wraps up the spring racing season with the next New England Grand Prix race, the GMAA Labor Day 15K in Vermont, coming at the end of summer.
Click here for Ribfest 5 mile results: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/results-st-joeseph-healthcare-ribfest-5-miler/12314