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World Class Fields for BAA 5K & Mile Announced (Supporting Cast of 9,900+)

World Class Fields Announced for B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile

 

Defending champions Buze Diriba and Hagos Gebrhiwet join American record holder Ben True to lead full slate of B.A.A. races on Saturday

Photo: from 2018, top-25 15:00 runners Nick Roche of Oregon, The BAA’s Brian Harvey, Heartbreaker’s Conor Cashin and BAA’s Conor Reck approach the course’s final turn onto Charles St. Photo by FitzFoto/NERunner

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2019 B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 13, two days prior to the 2019 Boston Marathon®. Defending champions Hagos Gebrhiwet and Buze Diriba, both of Ethiopia, return to defend their 2018 titles, as American record holder Ben True will look to earn his fifth B.A.A. 5K crown.

 

Following the B.A.A. 5K, milers from near and far will gather to take part in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1K races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youth athletes from the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon course. 

 

A detailed start list and schedule of events for both the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile can be found below.

 

B.A.A. 5K – SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 8:00 a.m., Boston Common

 

Last year, Ethiopia’s Hagos Gebrhiwet and Buze Diriba earned hard-fought victories after sprinting down Charles Street to win the B.A.A. 5K. Gebrhiwet fended off four-time winner Ben True and Boston’s own Tommy Curtin at the line, with all three recording the same finish time of 13:42. True and Curtin return with hopes of shuffling the standings; True set an American record of 13:20 en route to winning the 2017 B.A.A. 5K title. Gebrhiwet – an Olympic bronze medalist – has the fastest 5,000-meter time of the field at 12:45.82.

 

Among other men’s contenders are reigning B.A.A. Invitational Mile and U.S. Indoor 2 mile champion Drew Hunter; Falmouth Road Race winner Ben Flanagan; NCAA Cross Country champion Justyn Knight; and European Championships medalist Chris O’Hare. B.A.A. 10K champions Stephen Sambu and Gabriel Geay will toe the line as well.

 

On the women’s side, Diriba is looking to join Molly Huddle as the only three-time consecutive champion in B.A.A. 5K history. Last year, Diriba covered the 3.1-mile course through Boston’s Back Bay in 15:22, a mere second up on Fotyen Tesfay and two seconds ahead of Monicah Ngige. Diriba, Ngige, fourth place finisher Gotytom Gebreslase, and fifth placer Molly Seidel are the top returners from a year ago. Seidel, a four-time NCAA champion while at Notre Dame, will look to score a win in her home city. From Ethiopia is two-time world championships silver medalist Senbere Teferi, owning a lifetime best of 14:23.33 on the track. Also entered is Kim Conley, a two-time Olympian at 5,000 meters for the United States.

 

The B.A.A. High Performance team will be well represented on home turf with Jacob Thomson and Trevor Dunbar competing for the men, and Erika Kemp, Dana Giordano, Kaitlin Goodman, Elaina Tabb, and Katie Matthews racing for the women. Kemp is coming off a victory at the USA 15K Championships in Jacksonville in March.

 

The men’s event record for the B.A.A. 5K stands at 13:20, set by Ben True in 2017, while the women’s event record is 14:50 run by Molly Huddle in 2015.

 

This year’s B.A.A. 5K will also feature the largest and strongest wheelchair field in race history, bringing together national champions from around the world. Defending B.A.A. 5K champions Jose Argenes Jimenez Hernandez of Costa Rica and Vanessa de Souza of Brazil return, as does B.A.A. 10K winner and Massachusetts-native Katrina Gerhard. A full list of entrants can be found below.

 

B.A.A. 5K MEN’S ELITE FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

ROAD 5K PB

TRACK 5000M PB

Hagos Gebrhiwet

24

Ethiopia

13:14

12:45.82

Ben True

33

USA/NH

13:20 (AR)

13:02.74

David Bett

26

Kenya

N/A

13:06.06

Stephen Sambu

30

Kenya

13:21

13:13.74 (Indoor)

Clement Langat

27

Kenya

13:41

13:15.81

Justyn Knight

22

Canada

N/A

13:17.51

Gabriel Geay

22

Tanzania

N/A

13:20.35

Ambrose Bore

23

Kenya

N/A

13:20.39

Tommy Curtin

25

USA/MA

13:42

13:23.11

Alfred Barkach

22

Kenya

N/A

13:25.30

Trevor Dunbar

27

USA/MA

13:55

13:26.27

Jacob Thomson

24

USA/MA

14:15

13:34.50

Willy Fink

25

USA/VA

14:07

13:39.05

Chris O’Hare

28

GBR

13:46

13:42.00

Ben Flanagan

24

Canada

13:57

13:48.58 (Indoor)

Scott Smith

32

USA/AZ

13:51

13:49.38

Drew Hunter

21

USA/CO

13:56

13:49.56

 

 

B.A.A. 5K WOMEN’S ELITE FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

ROAD 5K PB

TRACK 5000M PB

Buze Diriba

25

Ethiopia

14:54

14:50.02

Senbere Teferi

23

Ethiopia

15:43

14:23.33

Gotytom Gebreslase

24

Ethiopia

15:17

14:57.33

Laura Thweatt

30

USA/CO

15:52

15:04.98

Ann Mwangi

30

Kenya

N/A

15:05.34

Kim Conley

33

USA/CA

15:29

15:08.61

Molly Seidel

24

USA/MA

15:33

15:15.21 (Indoor)

Kaitlin Goodman

31

USA/RI

16:01

15:29.89

Hawi Feysa

20

Ethiopia

N/A

15:31.50

Elaina Tabb

27

USA/MA

15:59

15:32.49

Katie Matthews

28

USA/MA

15:50

15:32.89

Mary Munanu

24

Kenya

16:04

15:36.74

Erika Kemp

24

USA/MA

15:50

15:41.23

Lindsey Scherf

32

USA/NY

16:10

15:42.81 (Indoor)

Dana Giordano

25

USA/MA

15:47

15:53.96

Monicah Ngige

25

Kenya

15:24

15:58.5

 

 

B.A.A. 5K MEN’S WHEELCHAIR FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

Jose Argenes Jimenez Hernandez

36

Costa Rica

Joey Gibbs

22

USA/IL

Brendan Quinn

27

USA/IL

Tiaan Bosch

39

South Africa

Fidel Aguilar Zepeda

41

Mexico

Christian Clemmons

24

USA/IL

Tony Nogueira

51

USA/NJ

Johnboy Smith

29

Great Britain

Francisco Sanclemente

30

Colombia

 

 

B.A.A. 5K WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

Vanessa De Souza

29

Brazil

Katrina Gerhard

22

USA/IL

Michelle Wheeler

32

USA/PA

Eliza Ault-Connell

37

Australia

Margriet van den Broek

45

Netherlands

Jenna Fesemyer

22

USA/IL

Yen Hoang

22

USA/IL

Carla Trodella

37

USA/MA

 

 

B.A.A. 5K PRIZE STRUCTURE (Equal for both men and women)

 

PLACE

OPEN

MASTERS

WHEELCHAIR

1

$7,500

$300

$300

2

$4,000

$200

$200

3

$2,500

$100

$100

4

$1,500

5

$1,000

6

$750

7

$600

8

$400

9

$300

10

$200

GRAND TOTAL:  $39,900

 

 

B.A.A. INVITATIONAL MILE – SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 10:30 a.m., Boylston Street

 

The B.A.A.’s signature unicorn uniform will also be racing in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, where Mike Marsella and John Simons vie for the title. Simons placed second a year ago in 4:09. They will be joined on the line by German national champion Sam Parsons, world indoor championships finalist Julian Oakley, 3:54-miler Robert Domanic, and Eric Avila, who finished second at the U.S. Indoor National Championships in the two mile.

 

Ben Groleau, a native of Framingham and the course record holder for the B.A.A. Scholastic Mile, will race the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, becoming the first athlete to have competed in both levels of the event. Groleau won the B.A.A. Scholastic Mile twice while attending Framingham High School; this past January he broke the four-minute mile barrier by running 3:58.93.

 

The women’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile field is highlighted by Heather Kampf, a four-time USA road mile champion, and Shannon Osika, runner-up at last year’s event. Emily Lipari, 2018 national champion in the road mile, and Helen Schlachtenhaufen are also entered, along with former Arkansas Razorbacks Nikki Hiltz and Therese Haiss.

 

The men’s and women’s event records for the B.A.A. Invitational Mile are 4:03.3 (Nick Willis, 2013) and 4:33.7 (Nicole Sifuentes, 2017).

 

B.A.A. INVITATIONAL MILE MEN’S ELITE FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

ROAD MILE PB

TRACK MILE PB

Robert Domanic

24

USA/VA

4:01

3:54.73

Eric Avila

29

USA/CA

3:56

3:55.43

Julian Oakley

25

NZL/RI

4:05

3:55.10 (Indoor)

James Randon

24

USA/MA

N/A

3:58.07 (Indoor)

Ben Groleau

25

USA/MA

N/A

3:58.93

John Simons

28

USA/MA

4:09

3:58.95

Mike Marsella

24

USA/MA

N/A

3:59.13 (Indoor)

Sam Parsons

24

Germany

3:58

3:59.70

Jeff Thies

25

USA/OR

4:14

3:59.89 (Indoor)

 

 

B.A.A. INVITATIONAL MILE WOMEN’S ELITE FIELD

 

NAME

AGE

COUNTRY

ROAD MILE PB

TRACK MILE PB

Shannon Osika

25

USA/MI

4:21

4:25:47

Heather Kampf

32

USA/MN

4:21

4:27.23

Helen Schlachtenhaufen

24

USA/MA

4:30

4:27.09

Emily Lipari

26

USA/WA

4:22

4:28.62

Nikki Hiltz

24

USA/CA

4:38

4:31.42 (Indoor)

Therese Haiss

23

USA/CA

4:39

4:34.54 (Indoor)

Emily Oren

25

USA/MI

4:37

4:35.48 (Indoor)

Ashley Stinson

25

USA/CO

4:36

4:35.62 (Indoor)

 

 

B.A.A. INVITATIONAL MILE PRIZE STRUCTURE (Equal for both men and women)

 

PLACE

OPEN

1

$3,000

2

$2,000

3

$1,500

4

$750

5

$500

GRAND TOTAL:  $14,500

 

 

B.A.A. YOUTH RACES – SATURDAY, APRIL 13 | 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., Boylston Street

 

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile also features a quartet of scholastic races ranging from 1K to one mile. The first two races showcases middle school age students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. The girls’ and boys’ Middle School 1K races include runners between sixth and eighth grade and finish at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.   

  

Following the Middle School 1K races is the Scholastic Mile, which features girls’ and boys’ races for high school students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. The Scholastic Mile follows the same three-lap, USATF-certified course the professional mile athletes run, finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line.

 

Completing the day is the B.A.A. Relay Challenge, an event that brings more than 20 schools and 1,000 student-athletes from around Greater Boston together. For the 23rd straight year, the B.A.A. Relay Challenge introduces young people to the benefits of running, teamwork, and active lifestyles. The B.A.A. Relay Challenge is held on Boylston Street between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets.

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019:  SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

8:00 a.m.         B.A.A. 5K, Boston Common

10:30 a.m.        Girls’ B.A.A. Middle School 1K, Boston Marathon Finish Line  

10:40 a.m.        Boys’ B.A.A. Middle School 1K, Boston Marathon Finish Line  

10:55 a.m.        Girls’ B.A.A. Scholastic Mile, Boston Marathon Finish Line  

11:05 a.m.        Boys’ B.A.A. Scholastic Mile, Boston Marathon Finish Line    

11:20 a.m.        Men’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile, Boston Marathon Finish Line    

11:30 a.m.        Women’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile, Boston Marathon Finish Line  

1:00 p.m.         B.A.A. Relay Challenge

 

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2019. The 123rd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.

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