Framingham’s Sam Burgess and two local college boys win BAA races
BOSTON — It was a great day for Massachusetts at the BAA Invitational Mile, with Bay State native Johnny Gregorek and Annie Rodenfels, who competes for the BAA High Performance Team, picking up wins in the pro race. after dozens of young local athletes elated at the opportunity to cross the Boston Marathon finish line in races of their own.
In the men’s pro mile, Gregorek, 30 – state 2-mile champion while competing for Seekonk High School – came from behind to triumph in 4:08.16.
On the women’s side, Rodenfels (4:35.51) edged Taryn Rawlings (4:35.59) to the line, with Emily Lipari, who previously raced for Team BAA, in third (4:36.98). Heather MacLean of Peabody, a 2020 Olympian in the 1,500 meters who on Friday night helped break the world’s best in the medley relay distance.
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In the Scholastic Mile, which features two high school athletes from each of the eight cities and towns – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston – along the marathon route, Sam Burgess of Framingham broke the tape for the boys and Camille Jordan of Brookline won for the girls.
For his victory, Burgess had to fight Newton’s Tyler Tubman on the boards, Burgess (4:25.32) barely edging out Tubman (4:25.32) before crashing to the pavement in exhaustion. The fifth-fastest 2-mile racer in the state last year, Burgess is no stranger to victory at this event: He’s the 2018 BAA Middle School 1K champion.
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In the girls’ school mile, Wellesley’s Rory Clare led most of the way before being caught by Jordan on the home stretch. Jordan was ranked third in the state in the 1,000 meters this indoor season, while Clare topped the Massachusetts 1,000 meters list.
In the college 1000m race, John Bianchi of Natick took the win for the boys, while Abigail Beggans of Wellesley needed every inch of Boylston Street to claim victory over Sasha Lamakina of Framingham (3:14.05 to 3: 14.09).
Four first-time winners win BAA 5K titles
Kicking off the Boston Marathon’s first traditional weekend in three years, Saturday morning’s BAA 5K featured sunshine, daffodils and 3.1 miles of smiles as more than 8,000 runners reclaimed the line. spring arrival.
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The 5km also featured a course record in the women’s race, as Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi beat the tape in 14:49, taking a second less than the mark set by American Molly Huddle in 2015.
Had it not been for a headwind in the second half of the race, the 26-year-old might have lowered her own world record (14:29) for a women-only race.
“My main goal was to break the world record, but I think it was a little windy,” said the two-time World Championships silver medalist in athletics, who came to Boston after a victory of 1:07:34. at last month’s NYC Half. “I’m very happy to get the course record here.”
Teferi’s intent was evident from the gun, with only American Weini Kelati chasing him.
“She’s a really strong runner,” said Kelati, the reigning U.S. 5K champion. “I was lucky to be able to run with her halfway. I’m not strong enough to push against the wind. It was much harder than the last time I ran here. I’m glad that the race was short.
Kelati was second, clocking 15:04, a personal best 14 seconds, with Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi third in 15:16. Among the women in the peloton behind them was Kathrine Switzer, one of eight women who ran the Boston Marathon in 1972, the first year it featured an official women’s division. This milestone is celebrated this year on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
In the men’s race, Canadian Charles Philibert-Thiboutot set a personal best of 28 seconds and a new Canadian national record for an upset victory in 13:35, fending off a late push from New Zealand’s Geordie Beamish, always a dangerous closer . Beamish exploded from behind on the home stretch to crush Morocco’s Zouhair Talbi for second place, with both men finishing in 13:36.
“It’s always nice to get a win,” said the 2016 Canadian Olympian in the 1,500 metres. “It was also a super fun race. I’ve had my best workouts at altitude, and that doesn’t lie. I went down and I was like, ‘you know what, I’m going to go for the win.’ I went to the front line with that confidence and I’m happy because it paid off.
The race clocked in at 4:24 for the first mile – Philibert-Thiboutot called it a “jog” – before Talbi set off, followed by Kenyan David Bett and the Canadian. From then on, “It really felt like a tough race, and I knew down the stretch I had to kick because guys like Geordie Beamish have a good kick. I had a few steps on him and really worked hard to keep him,” said the eventual winner.
Starting his weekend off right, Marcel Hug of Switzerland broke the men’s wheelchair course record, winning in 10:05.
“It feels good,” said five-time marathon winner Hug. “I’m really happy with today. It was a good test of how I feel about Monday. American Jessa Fesemyer won the women’s wheelchair race in 12:34.
Information from the Boston Athletic Association was used in this report.