2011 BAA 5ks: Ben True Wins a Narrow One, Lineth Chepkurui Cruises

By Tom Davis and Jess Barton, LetsRun.com
April 17, 2011

The BAA 5k, middle school 1k, high school miles, and professional miles were early today on what began as a rainy, windy and cold morning but, by the end of the races was a warm, sunny and less windy day in Copley Square at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

All the races (5ks and the miles) had one of the most exciting and perhaps dangerous finishes in the sport. The runners make a 90 degree turn with less than 100m to go before the finish on Copley Square.

5k Ben True Over Bobby Curtis ad Ben St. Lawrence

The 5k was up first at 8am and was won by Dartmouth grad Ben True in 14:07. The mens race went out fairly slow through the first two miles (4:41 and 9:20) but the top runners finished strong, with Ben True crossing the line first in 14:07 and Bobby Curtis (14:07) and Ben St Lawrence (14:09) finishing second and third respectively. I have been sick all week so my coach (Tim Broe, the top American 5000m runner from 2003-2005) told me dont do anything and just kick. So at the start I was leading, I was like oh no. I was jogging, so I knew it would be a cat and mouse game, and sure enough it turned out to be. I think it was the wind and nobody wanted to take the lead. True said of the race. But it was True who showed that he had the strongest kick of the day as he battled it out with Curtis at the end.  I have to admit I was a little nervous. He [Curtis] went at the three mile mark, and I was a little nervous because he got a quick jump on me, but I was able to reel him back in. So its nice to know that the fitness is there.

True attributed the wind and nobody wanting to take the pacing duties to the slow opening miles, I think they were looking at me to take the lead, but I wasnt going to take the lead. Nobody wanted to do anything and that was a problem, said True. We were just crawling around the course and we just started jockeying for position the last 400. True is using the BAA 5k as a tune-up for his 10,000m debut at Payton Jordan in two weeks.

Former NCAA 5000m Champion Bobby Curtis and  Ben St Lawrence, the Aussie who recently ran 13:10.08 for 5000m beating Chris Solinsky, have been training at altitude together and also used this race as a tune-up for the Payton Jordan 10,000m. They are currently training at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the mountains of Southern California. Curtis was pleased with his race performance, It was good until the last 50 meters for me, said Curtis. It was fine, it was a windy morning, but overall I thought it was a pretty good result.

1 Benjamin True Hanover NH 14:07
2 Bobby Curtis Louisville KY 14:07
3 Ben St. Lawrence   Australia 14:09
4 John Korir   Kenya 14:09
5 Ben Bruce Springfield OR 14:14
6 Lucas Meyer Ridgefield CT 14:19
7 Jarrod Shoemaker Maynard MA 14:23
8 Jonathan Pierce Mammoth Lakes CA 14:24
9 Nicholas Arciniaga Flagstaff AZ 14:24
10 Brian Harvey Allston MA 14:25

Lineth Chepkurui Cruises

The women's 5000m on paper looked like it wouldn't be a race but a glorified coronation for Lineth Chepkurui and that is how it turned out. Chepkurui, 4th at World XC in 2008, dominated the race from start to fnish to pick up $5000.

1 Lineth Chepkurui   Kenya 15:52
2 Stephanie Pezzullo Flagstaff AZ 16:21
3 Stephanie Reilly Northbridge MA 16:23
4 Toni Salucci Hanover NH 16:26
5 Amy Hastings Mammoth Lakes CA 16:34
6 Sarah Groff Hanover NH 16:42
7 Jeannette Faber Somerville MA 16:44
8 Teresa McWalters Cambridge MA 16:51
9 Dawn Charlier Dallas TX 17:02
10 Erin Dromgoole Brighton MA 17:05

More BAA Sunday Coverage: Baddeley, Muncan Win 2011 BAA Invitational Miles in Dramatic Fashion, High Schooler Lukas Verzbicas Impresses 

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