In a prelude to Marathon Monday’s “Maine EventÛ¢bCrLf, the
inaugural BAA 5K and Scholastic and Invitational Miles set off from the
marathon’s finish line under sunny and brisk conditions on Sunday, April 19.
Of the 3,524 finishers none was faster than Olympic triathlete
Jarrod Shoemaker on the men’s side and Brighton’s Maria Varela, 27, who ran
17:36 to capture the women’s race.
Shoemaker, 26, of Maynard, quickly established a torrid pace
and shot out to an 80m gap over the remaining field. On April 6 at the Carlsbad
5000, Shoemaker had turned in an impressive performance, clocking 14:12 to
place 14th overall and as 4th American.
With the international array of flags flapping on Boylston
St., Shoemaker had the street to himself as he broke the tape in 14:28 (4:40)
pace. Thirty seconds later the BAA’s Matt Ely won a squeeker over Yardley, PA’s
Joey Wiegner as both athletes were timed in 14:58. The BAA’s Mike Chettle in
15:10 and Ben Schmeckpepper in 15:14 filled in the 4-5 spots.
Women’s winner Varela didn’t have nearly the breathing room
as men’s winner Shoemaker. Finishing in 17:36, Boston’s Emily Kroshus, 26, was
just four seconds in arrears. The next two slots were captured by elite
age-groupers Kathy Fleming, 41, of Natick and Olympic gold medalist Joan Samuelson,
51, of Freeport, ME.
Former Villanova miler Franey placed third among women in
17:39 followed closely by Samuelson in 17:42 (5:42 pace). The men’s Masters
title was taken by Wayne Levy, 47, of Waban. A former winner of the BAA Half
Marathon, Levy ran 16:22.
Beyond Samuelson, other past Boston champions partaking in the fun included Greg Meyer (1983),
Lorraine Moller (1984) and Ingrid Kristiansen (1986, 1989). BAA 5K Full Results Here