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Results & Commentary: 2000 Results

Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 2000

October 22, 2000 - Boasting an impressive regional field of runners, this year’s meet served to preview the USA Fall National Championship.

Canadian Sarah Dupre, formerly of Providence College and representing the B.A.A.; Kristin Beaney, of Reebok Boston; and Diana Bowser, of the B.A.A., set the early pace in the women’s race. Dupre led the way, crossing the finish line first in 16:55. Beaney followed five seconds (17:00) later to take second, and third place finisher Bowser finished five seconds further back in 17:05.

In the men’s race, defending champion Sammy Nyamongo dropped out mid-way through the race, leaving Life University teammate Francis Kirwa and Westchester Track Club’s Paul Mwangi to battle for the lead. Kirwa gained a two-second lead coming over Bear Cage Hill for the final time and was able to hold on until the finish, crossing the line in 23:26. Mwangi followed two-seconds later (23:28) while Alexis Sharangabo, of North Carolina’s Brevard College, finished third in 23:54.

Team scoring changed this year from cumulative time to the traditional cross country scoring method of point total of the team’s top five runners. In the men’s contest, Reebok Boston won, finishing with 97 points, and Boston Athletic Association was runner-up with 106 points. On the women’s side, host Boston Athletic Association won the team trophy with 30 points, and Greater Lowell Road Runners finished second with 86 points. There were 239 male, 105 female, and 222 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.