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California’s Reilly Wins Tufts in 1st 10K Ever

IN 10-K DEBUT, REILLY WINS USA TITLE
By David Monti
(c) 2012 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
(Used with permission)

BOSTON (08-Oct) -- Chelsea Reilly made her 10-K debut a memorable one here
today, winning the national title at the distance on a crisp fall day at the
36th Tufts Health Plan 10-K for Women in 32 minutes and 41 seconds. Reilly, 23,
won a long sprint to the line over Tara Erdmann (32:46), while another 10-K debutante,
Neely Spence, finished third (32:51).

Reilly also beat her coach and training partner, Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet, who
finished 15th in the championships in 33:51.

"My name is Chelsea Reilly, I'm from Oakland, Calif., I'm coached by Magda Boulet, and
I'm with the Bay Area Track Club," Reilly proclaimed to the assembled media, wearing the
champion's laurel wreath. "And this is my first 10-K, ever. My first ever, road or track."

Reilly, whom Lewy Boulet had recruited to the University of California at Berkeley when she
 was coaching there five years ago, was part of a 15-woman American lead pack at the half-way point which included Spence, Erdmann, Stephanie Rothstein,
Jen Rhines, Katie McGregor and Annie Bersagel, amongst others. Reilly was at the back following her coach's advice: to hang back and wait for a late-race break.


"My coach just had me conserve for the first five miles because I had never run one," Reilly explained. She continued: "Tara started to make a move, I matched
 it, and gave it a go."

In the final mile of the 6.2 mile race, Erdmann pushed to the front on Commonwealth Avenue. Reilly followed, then saved her final burst for the finish straigh
t on Charles Street. Reilly was confident that she could win because she recently finished eighth at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York where she clocked 4:29.0.
 She also had her own cheering section; her father's family is from nearby Dedham.

"I love being in Boston," Reilly gushed. "My family is from Boston; I think I had the most fans out there of anyone."

Reilly was actually the second surprise winner here today. Ahead of her, 34 year-old Kenyan Hellen Jemutai took the open title in 32:30, leading from gun to
tape. Knowing the prize money for international runners was only available for the first three finishers, Jemutai scooted away from the field right from the
gun, blasting through the first mile in 4:58 and the 5-K in 16:03. She was 29 seconds ahead of the Americans at that point.

"No fooling around," Jemutai told a reporter when asked what her race strategy was here today. "I just go for my race."

Jemutai's victory was noteworthy because she had run yesterday's B.A.A. Half-Marathon where she finished third in 1:13:35. When asked if her legs were tired,
so smiled and simply said, "no."

Reilly isn't sure which event she'll focus on for next year. She's attracted to the 1500m, but enjoys endurance training, logging most of her miles with
Lewy Boulet. In addition to the Fifth Avenue race, Reilly also ran 4:30.18 on the track at the Falmouth Mile last August. Her coach says those mile times
didn't come as a result of speed work, claiming that Reilly has natural speed.

"She did the mile off her strength," said Lewy Boulet.

PHOTO: Chelsea Reilly sprints to victory at the 2012 USA 10-K Championships at the Tuft's Run for Women in Boston

 Top 25:

 1   1 F3039   32:30  5:14 32:29.8# Hellen Jemutai            34 F      13 KENYA
2   1 F2029   32:41  5:16 32:40.1 Chelsea Reilly            23 F      29 Davis CA
3   2 F2029   32:45  5:17 32:45.4 Tara Erdmann              23 F       9 Tuscan AZ
4   3 F2029   32:51  5:18 32:50.8 Neely Spence              22 F      35 Shippensburg PA
5   4 F2029   32:51  5:18 32:51.4 Emma Kertesz              22 F      15 Toledo OH
6   2 F3039   32:52  5:18 32:51.4 Jennifer Rhines           38 F      31 Syracuse NY
7   5 F2029   32:56  5:18 32:55.1 Stephanie Rothstein       28 F      33 New York NY
8   6 F2029   33:00  5:19 32:59.4 Mattie Suver              25 F      54 Boulder CO
9   7 F2029   33:05  5:20 33:04.9 Annie Bersagel            29 F       3 Greeley CO
10   3 F3039   33:06  5:20 33:06.1 Brianne Nelson            31 F      24
11   4 F3039   33:12  5:21 33:11.2 Katie McGregor            34 F      21 Minneapolis MN
12   5 F3039   33:27  5:23 33:26.9 Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz     31 F      47 Broomfield CO
13   8 F2029   33:36  5:25 33:35.7# Delilah Dicrescenzo       29 F      55 New York NY YES
14   9 F2029   33:43  5:26 33:42.8  Kellyn Johnson            26 F      14 Sussex WA
15  10 F2029   33:49  5:27 33:49.2  Mary Kate Champagne       22 F       6 Plattsburg NY
16   6 F3039   33:50  5:27 33:49.2* Magdalena Boulet          39 F       5 Oakland CA POLAND
17  11 F2029   33:49  5:27 33:50.3  Andrea Walkonen           26 F    2273 Lebanon NH
18  12 F2029   33:53  5:28 33:53.1  Caitlin Comfort           23 F      42 Peoria IL
19  13 F2029   33:56  5:28 33:55.9  Kaitlin Gregg             25 F      11 Davis CA
20   7 F3039   33:57  5:28 33:57.5  Heather Cappello          32 F      40 Arlington MA
21   8 F3039   34:01  5:29 34:00.8* Nicole Aish               35 F       1 Dallas TX
22  14 F2029   34:04  5:29 34:04.1  Natasha Labeaud           25 F      17 Folsom CA
23  15 F2029   34:22  5:32 34:22.6  Kristina Vegh             29 F      37 Flagstaff AZ
24  16 F2029   34:26  5:33 34:25.7  Katie Matthews            21 F      20 Rocky Hill CT
25   9 F3039   34:32  5:34 34:32.2  Sarah Lee                 31 F      19 San Francisco CA
Record 31:38 by Anne Hannam of New Zealand in 1988

 

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