By Jim Dandeneau
Maine’s signature road race, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K, was won by Kenyans Joyce Chepkrui (31:23) and Micah Kogo (28:03). Gemma Steel of the United Kingdom surprised with her runnerup finish (31:36). Maine’s top finishers were Oklahoma graduate Riley Masters (now running for Brooks Beast) in 30:18 and Erica Jesseman (34:17). Other top New England finishers were Colman Hatton 12th (30:27), 52 year old Todd Coffin (34:14) and the amazing performance of 42 year old Sherri Piers (34:40).
A week later, down on Cape Cod, Ben True attempted to to become the first American male to win the New Balance Falmouth 7 mile Road Race in 25 years, just losing out to Kogo in a sprint finish (32:10-32:12). Cornell alum Zac Hine (7th) with Boston College assistant coach Tim Ritchie (9th) were top men’s local finishers. Chepkurui followed up her Beach to Beacon win (36:43) again over Steel (37:06). In the men’s and women’s mile race held on the night prior to the main event, Minnesota grad Ben Blankenship pulled a mild upset winning in 3:56.27 leading all 10 mens finishers under 4 minutes while Katie Mackey of Seattle won a tactical race kicking home in 4:41.39.
Pat Fullerton,24, became the first athlete to break 4 minutes at the High Street Mile holding off Abiyot Endale in a spectacular 3:58.8!
In New Hampshire, at the Cigna Elliot 5K, 10 men broke 15 minutes led by Ethiopian Aschalew Meketa (14:03) with compatriot Tufa Tigest (15:48) leading the female contingent. Overall 51 athletes broke 17:00.
Julie Culley, a London U.S. Olympian at 5000 meters, conquered the competition at the 12th Annual 4 mile Run for Kerri in Wakefield (22:22) while Chris Zablocki was given first place (19:17) after being led off course. 14 year old sensation DJ Principe runs 21:31.
At the first ever Level Renner 10K, 2012 Cape Verde Olympian Ruben Sanca, a UMass Lowell graduate, showed he is back in fine form cracking the 30:00 minute barrier winning in 29:54 on a spectacular morning at DW Field in Brockton, MA. with 34 year old Lindsey Willard winning the women’s division in 36:21.
At the CVS Caremark 5K in Providence, serving once again as the USATF national championship, Saucony athlete Molly Huddle (15:28) barely held off upcomer recent Georgetown graduate Emily Infeld, (15:28) with Alexi Pappas a few ticks back. In the men’s race Andy Bumbalough, 26, won his first ever national title outkicking Aaron Braun (13:44-13:48).
Abbey D’Agostino wins in her last home XC meet. The Dartmouth senior absolutely dominated, setting the stage for much bigger things to come later in the year.
At the Tufts 10K Sentayehu Ejigu of Ethiopia broke Anne Hannam 25 year old course record by 5 seconds running 31:33. Emily Infeld,23, training with Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher under Jerry Schumacher in Portland, OR, followed up her strong showing in the CVS 5K winning the U.S. women’s national title while second in 31:37. Kate Dicamillo ran 34:05 while 2013 Boston College graduate Jillian King runs 34:52.
At Franklin Park, Central Connecticut State dominates the men’s New England Intercollegiate cross country championships willing by 46 points over Northeastern. Mike Biwott from AIC (23:43) won easily over Boston University’s sub four minute miler Rich Peters and Northeastern’s Wes Gallagher for the 8K course. UNH won the women’s team race by 110 points over UConn. Rosa Moriello, BU, in 17:13, won the women’s race with Eimear Black, Bryant University in second and Elinor Purrir, UNH in 3rd.
At the Mayor’s Cup, in the women’s championship 5K, Jennifer Bergman, 21, kicked home to victory in 17:10 while in the men’s championship the lead runners were led off course but completed 8K anyway. Cameron Bean of Zap Fitness, 23:56, won in a sprint from Cameron Marantz and Mitch Goose.
At the Maine Marathon Robert Gomez, 30, runs 2:24:22 and Leah Frost, 30, 3:00:52 to win.
In Hartford, CT, at the ING Hartford Marathon Erica Jesseman (2:38:13) handles defending champion Hilary Dionne Cambridge, Ma, (2:39:39). Getachew Melese runs the first half in 1:07:20 coasting home to victory in 2:19:26. Matt Pelletier, despite missing 3 weeks of critical training in August finishes 2nd in 2:21:22 running negative splits. Eric MacKnight runs aggressively and is rewarded with a 2:22:21 PR.
More to come…