Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009 - Record Fields and Record Run Highlight 20th Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Races
Homegrown Sean Quigley Wins Boston Mayor’s Cup in Closest Race in Event’s 20-year history.
Watch the men’s race on YouTube
Watch the women’s race on YouTube
Irene Kimaiyo victorious in Women’s Championship.
BOSTON -- Sean Quigley, 24, originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, won in a lean over 2008 champion Jacob Korir, of Kenya, to win the 20th Mayor’s Cup Cross Country 8k Championship at Boston’s Franklin Park on Sunday in a time of 23 minutes, 54 seconds. Quigley, a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia who now runs for Puma, returned to the course where he won the MIAA Division II (state) championship in 2002 while attending Archbishop Williams High School and beat a talented field of 144 finishers on a picture perfect day (sunny, 60-degrees F).
Quigley and Korir – along with Andrew Ledwith, Timothy Ritchie, Patrick Mellea – ran together for four miles until the duo separated themselves from the other co-leaders on the final loop and the course’s landmark Bear Cage Hill. Quigley did not lead during the race but timed his finish perfectly, outsprinting Korir. A close, but clear, finish gave the local kid the victory, and he recorded the same winning time as Korir did in 2008. Korir finished one second behind as runner-up (23:55), while Ledwith followed in third (23:57).
Quigley, an NCAA All-American, placed ninth at the 2008 US Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at 10,000 meters, his professional debut. New Balance Boston, led by Roland Lavallee, scored 75 points to win the men’s championship team competition. The host Boston Athletic Association placed second (78 pts.) and Genesee Valley Harriers third (96 pts.) among the 11-team field.
In the women’s 5-kilometer championship race, Irene Kimaiyo, a 26-year old Kenyan native running for the Maryland-based women’s winning club Riadha, outpaced Virginia’s Samia Akbar. Kimaiyo ran 16:39, 13 seconds better than Akbar's 16:52, who placed fifth at the 2008 Mayor’s Cup. Riadha – victorious with 43 points – placed three runners among the top four, as Delilah Dicrescenzo (17:05) finished third and Serena Burla (17:16) fourth. 95 finishers and eight teams competed in the race. New Balance Boston (53 pts.) earned runner-up honors, with the B.A.A. third (53 pts.).
The Mayor’s Cup has witnessed Olympians, world cross country team members and running legends participate over its hill and dale since the first race in 1990. During the last 20 years, the event has grown from a single race which started on the adjacent golf course to a full slate of six races – including an open, experiential race and three youth races – on a track of dirt and grass which is synonymous with cross country in the United States. Similar to the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon which began with a field size of 15 starters and 10 finishers in 1897, the first Boston Mayor’s Cup two decades ago included only a few dozen harriers. Now, with the support of the same Boston Athletic Association and its partner adidas, the Mayor’s Cup has become the pre-eminent cross country racing opportunity for clubs and teams on the East Coast. Since that first year, the race has been nurtured through its development by its single meet director, Steve Vaitones, who was presented with a memento of special recognition of the milestone by the B.A.A. following the day’s races. Vaitones is the managing director of USA Track & Field – New England.