2013: A Look Back, Pt III

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.

Shelby Greaney, (28:29) Providence College steeplechase extraordinaire, wins the Bobby Doyle Summer Classic while Sam Alexander (24:25) pulls the upset over Iona All-American Mitch Goose (24:32).

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).

At the Stratton Faxon 20K in New Haven, 2 time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp tuned up for the Chicago Marathon winning in 1:00:20 from Shadrack Kiptoo. Meghan Peyton (1:09:57) pulled away from Maddie Suver to win the women’s national title. Katie Dicamillo, a 2009 Providence College graduate, finished 4th.

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 Lone Gull 10k (USATFNE 10K championships) UMass graduate, 24, Sean Duncan held off Nick Karwoski, a Dickinson College grad (2010) dancing to a win in 30:50. Irish Steeplechase Olympian Steph Reilly, skipping the summer track circuit in Europe, coasted to victory in 34:58. Robert Cipriano, 53, Somerville, Ma, may have had the most impressive race of the day winning the 50-59 age group in 34:01 over Mark Reeder, Brighton, Ma 34:13. Binney Mitchell, 44, Burlington, VT , followed up his Carver victory winning the 40-49 age group in 32:55 from Greg Putnam, 32:58. Christin Doneski (37:03) ran sub 6 minute pace to win the women’s masters division.

At the USATFNE “30K” in Nahant, Cheryl Cleary, 39, aka supermom ran 6:30 pace challenging conditions to win while Colby College graduate, Dan Vassalo, a 2:21 marathon, peaking for this race, ran 5:24 pace to claim the championship over Brandon Newbold.

The University of Oregon men’s and women’s cross-country teams (women being the 2012 national championship) showed up for the Boston College Invitational. The women’s race was dominated by #1 ranked Providence College, led by Emily Sisson, Laura Nagel and Sarah Collins finishing 1-2-3 running away to victory. On the men’s side, 2 time high school Footlocker High School national champion, Edward Cheserek ran neck and neck with teammate Jake Leingang pulling away in the last few meters to win his first collegiate cross-country race.

Ben True runs 7:36:59 for 3000 meters in Rieti, Italy.


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.

Lelisa Desisa leads 3 under the 61 minute mark in the BAA 1/2 marathon, the final leg of the distance medley running in 1:00:34 while Stephen Sambu in 3rd claimed the 100k prize. Kim Smith, 31, tuned up for the New York City Marathon running away to victory in 1:09:41 claiming the 100k paycheck. Katie Matthews,22, runs 1:14:29 for her debut at the distance. Chris Barnicle prepped for his marathon debut running 1:04:29 in finishing 12th.

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.

It was a family affair at the 36th Cape Cod Marathon as Pat and Katie Moulton overcome adversity and outrun the competition (2:35:59 + 2:55:48).

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.

matty p frown hartford

Nope, we can’t forget about this pic.

For more, see:
Part I
Part II

More to come…

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