Rachel Hannah, of Canada, and Mitch Goose, of Great Britain dominated the 24th running of the Mayor’s Cup held at Franklin Park in Boston, MA under cloudy, windy conditions. Hannah, 28, who lives in Toronto, gradually pulled away from former Duke All-American Juliet Buttoroff, new Masters American 10K road record holder Jennifer Rhines, and 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country champion Abbey D’Agostino hitting the 2 mile mark (reached in 10:40) surging to a solid 16:37 clocking for the 5 kilometer race, wining over Butorroff by 10 seconds. “It’s a huge honor to win and I’m really, really happy…It’s my first time to Boston and I wanted to start my cross country season off with a competitive race. I felt really strong…My training’s been good. Recently (09/20/2014) I won the Canadian National 10K road racing championship in 33:07 and I’m pointing toward the Canadian National Cross-Country Championships to be held at the end of November in Vancouver. Following that I’d like to compete in the 5000 meters next year in the Pan-Games and hopefully get the standard in the 10K to represent Canada in the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Beijing.” noted Hannah, who works as a registered dietician and runs for the University of Toronto Track Club while representing New Balance.
Goose, 25, a former Iona College All-American, easily pulled away from former North Carolina State star Bobby Mack, 29, and University of Minnesota graduate John Simons, 23, after the 5 kilometer mark (reached in a relatively slow 15:10) coming home unchallenged for the 23:46 victory over the 8 kilometer layout claiming the $600. winning prize. “I was going to wait until after the 4 mile mark but I was really comfortable and wanted to see what those guys were made of” stated the new champion. “This is my first race since June…I was in really good shape in the Spring however I had visa problems that I needed to get straightened out” explained Goose, who is serving as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater and is now engaged to former Providence College star Shelby Greany. “My training’s been going well. I’m running 90-100 miles a week. I’m hoping to represent England at the European Cross-Country Championships in December and the possibly the IAAF World Championships in China next March.” added the sub 4 minute miler and owner of a 13:34 5000 meter personal best.
In the women’s team battle the Boston Athletic Association women’s team, led by Buttoroff, Rhines, Syracuse University grad Sarah Pagano (5th) and former William and Mary star Elaina Balouris, (7th) captured the title handily over New Balance Boston. In the men’s race, the host Boston Athletic Association were led by Ivy League grads Ethan Shaw, 24, (Dartmouth alum) 3rd overall, Dan Lowry, 24, (Brown alum) 7th overall, Steve Mangan, 22, (Dartmouth alum) with Sam Alexander, 24 (Central Connecticut alum) and Bo Waggoner, 24 (Duke alum).
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