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Results & Commentary: 1998 Results

Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 1998

October 25, 1998 - With the partnership of B.A.A. and adidas as the meet’s presenting sponsors for the second year, on an unseasonably warm fall day (75 degrees), the men’s race came down to a 200-meter sprint between Sammy Nyamongo and Francis Kirwa, both Kenyans attending Life University.

Kirwa held on for the victory in 23:13, and Nyamongo finished second, posting an identical time to Kirwa (23:13). Chan Pons was third in 23:19. In the team competition, Reebok Enclave was victorious with 36 points. Life University, despite Kirwa and Nyamongo’s first and second place finishes, settled for second with 42 points.

In the women’s race, Lesley Lehane, of the Boston Athletic Association, cruised to a first place finish in 16:37. Miesha Marzell took second in 16:44 and Irishwoman Rosemary Ryan, formerly of Boston University and representing the B.A.A, placed third (16:47). Led by Lehane and Ryan, the B.A.A. easily won the women’s team competition with 33 points. ASICS Club East was second with 55 points.

The B.A.A. and adidas sponsored the meet for the second year. There were 207 male, 111 female, and 168 youth finishers.

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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.