RRW: Olympians Donn Cabral And Gwen Jorgensen Win NYRR Dash To The Finish Line 5K

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By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved
November 1, 2014

NEW YORK — Olympians swept the top spots here at the 2014 NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K, as steeplechaser Donn Cabral and triathlete Gwen Jorgensen were the first across the iconic Central Park finish line in 14:24 and 16:03, respectively. It is the first time in the event’s three year history that Americans swept first place on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Racing in chilly rand rainy conditions, Cabral led nearly the entire way from the start adjacent to the United Nations  to the finish near Tavern on The Green in Central Park. Splitting 4:35 for one mile and 9:22 for two, Cabral was joined by roughly twelve athletes, a majority of whom are natives of Ethiopia that train and reside in the New York City area for part of the year.

Sticking out among the group thanks to his bright neon green kit, Cabral wasn’t at all concerned doing all the pacing duties.

“Even though I was leading I just kept telling myself, ‘Even though you’re leading, you’re not killing yourself. I’m leading right now but this is well within me,” he said. “I was ready at all times to make a move and cover a move.”

With a kilometer remaining, it appeared that the pack was about to surpass Cabral, led by Eritrea’s Yonas Mebrahtu. Yet seconds after Mebrahtu took over first, Cabral injected a surge and left the pack well behind.

Cabral’s lead would increase in the final 400 meters before the Princeton alum broke the tape first in 14:24.

“This was kind of the start of faster stuff, start of things harder than tempo pace. The goal was to just get a win and get one notch more comfortable with the faster stuff,” he said. “I’m happy.”

Cabral said he used this race as a tune up for the Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving in his home state of Connecticut. There he hopes to improve upon his third place finish from 2012.

“The goal was to get out moderately quick in first, and then settle in and close hard. I hadn’t won a race in a long time so I was really looking forward to getting out here, mixing it up and trying to win,” he said. “This is a good first step towards Thanksgiving, and I have enough time to be where I want to be for the Manchester Road Race.”

Mebrahtu and Siraw Kebede Gelaw were second and third, both recording times of 14:31. Andy Wacker of Boulder, Colo., took seventh, racing strong throughout the race in the lead pack.

In the women’s race, Jorgensen –the 2014 ITU Triathlon World Championships gold medalist– found herself roughly fifteen seconds adrift of the leader at one mile. That didn’t deter the New York Athletic Club athlete, who chipped away at the gap all the way down Avenue of the Americas, passing the bright lights of Radio City Music Hall.

By the time Jorgensen entered Central Park with just over a mile remaining, she had reeled in the front runner (whom she could not identify) and injected a slight surge.

“I was feeling not great but I felt like I could pick up the pace so I just tried to pick it up,” said Jorgensen. “I knew I didn’t want to go out too hard and blow up.”

In the Park, Jorgensen continued to run out front with Ethiopian Etaferahu Temesgen and Great Britain’s Steph Twell battling behind. Ultimately, it was Jorgensen’s day, taking the win in 16:03.

“It was fun to come out here. I was in town with Asics, one of my sponsors as a triathlete, and I wanted to get a good hard run in. It was definitely really hard,” said Jorgensen, laughing. “There were some really good people out here today and it was great to test myself.”

From here, Jorgensen turns her focus back towards the Olympics, where she hopes to qualify for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. She is a gold medal favorite.

Behind Jorgensen, Temesgen placed second in 16:07, with Twell rounding out the top three in 16:12. Nicole Schappert and Lauren Penney were fourth and fifth, 16:25 and 16:28 their times. Tenth went to steeplechaser Ashley Higginson in 17:13.

A prize purse of $10,000 was available to athletes who have had a current and valid New York Road Runners membership for at least three months.  A prize money distribution was not immediately available because athlete credentials had to be checked.

Results (full results here):

Top 30 Men

Last NameFirst NameSex/
Age
BibTeamCityStateCountryOverall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG %Race-Day
Photos
CabralDonnM241NIKEAnnandaleNJUSA1110:14:2404:390:14:24289.60 %Photo
MebrahtuYonasM26467WSXFlagstaffAZERI2210:14:3104:410:14:31388.96 %Photo
Kebede GelawSirawM2828WSXNew YorkNYUSA3320:14:3104:410:14:31488.94 %Photo
NgetichEliudM204New YorkNYKEN4420:14:3204:420:14:23189.76 %Photo
GenemoGeseraM28804WSXWashingtonDCUSA5530:14:3304:420:14:33588.67 %Photo
Degefa YigezuDiribaM26234WSXNew YorkNYETH6640:14:3504:420:14:35688.54 %Photo
WackerAndyM2625BRCABoulderCOUSA7750:14:3604:430:14:36788.44 %Photo
EndaleAbiyotM282WTCBronxNYUSA8860:14:4204:450:14:41887.86 %Photo
Bekele GebreGirmaM21144WSXSilver SpringMDETH9930:14:4804:470:14:44987.56 %Photo
Hailegiorgis DemeDerejeM30815WSXSilver SpringMDUSA101010:14:4904:470:14:471187.31 %Photo
ThompsonChristianM265NJNYWyncotePAUSA111170:14:5804:500:14:581386.25 %Photo
PresslerMichaelM2219NJNYMontgomeryNYUSA121240:15:0004:510:15:001586.06 %Photo
GagnonBrianM277NJNYAnnandaleNJUSA131380:15:0204:510:15:021685.87 %Photo
Van AckerenTrevorM256NJNYBethlehemPAUSA141490:15:0804:530:15:081785.30 %Photo
GonzalezChristianM339NJNYWest New YorkNJUSA151520:15:0904:540:14:581486.20 %Photo
CritsNickM2411NJNYNorth WalesPAUSA161650:15:0904:540:15:091985.17 %Photo
KiturIsaacM28384WTCHuntingtonNYKEN1717100:15:1204:550:15:122184.88 %Photo
PannoneChristopherM2818NYACBordentownNJUSA1818110:15:1304:550:15:132284.87 %Photo
YoungThomasM3524NYACFort LeeNJUSA191910:15:1304:550:14:541286.62 %Photo
EdwardsMylesM261761AberdeenNon US or CanadGBR2020120:15:1504:560:15:152484.60 %Photo
UhrbomFredrikM3713567StockholmSwedenSWE212120:15:1504:560:14:441087.56 %Photo
GuerreroChristopherM23318JACKBronxNYUSA222260:15:1904:570:15:192584.31 %Photo
Manesho WoldemariamTilahunM27449WSXWashingtonDCETH2323130:15:2004:570:15:202684.14 %Photo
MerberKyleM233HOKAHuntington StationNYUSA242470:15:2104:570:15:212784.11 %Photo
PizzoniaChaseM288930BronxNYUSA2525140:15:2504:590:15:252883.72 %Photo
HarveyKevinM22326Sag HarborNYUSA262680:15:2905:000:15:282983.42 %Photo
RobertsShawnM2320NJNYLebanonNJUSA272790:15:2905:000:15:293083.37 %Photo
HensleyMattM2616BHARBoulderCOUSA2828150:15:3005:000:15:303183.27 %Photo
RoseConnorM24582NYACNew YorkNYUSA2929100:15:3505:020:15:353382.85 %Photo
MurrayDeclanM2317NJNYAnnandaleNJIRL3030110:15:3705:020:15:373482.69 %Photo

Top 30 Women

Last NameFirst NameSex/
Age
BibTeamCityStateCountryOverall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG %Race-Day
Photos
jorgensengwenF2856ANYCSaint PaulMNUSA39110:16:0305:110:16:03192.26 %Photo
TemesgenEtaferahuF25658WSXSilver SpringMDETH42220:16:0705:120:16:07291.88 %Photo
TwellStephF2559NIKELondonGBR45330:16:1205:140:16:12491.42 %Photo
Schappert TullyNicoleF2850HOKAEnglewoodNJUSA52440:16:2505:180:16:25590.19 %Photo
PenneyLaurenF2452OISSomersetNJUSA53510:16:2805:190:16:28689.95 %Photo
BehmMiaF2453ADIDAustinTXUSA55620:16:2905:200:16:29789.79 %Photo
StoweRebekaF2460NJNYHighland ParkNJUSA61730:16:4605:250:16:46888.31 %Photo
LeveneAbbyF2370BoulderCOUSA62840:16:4705:250:16:47988.21 %Photo
PotterBethF2258NEWBLondonGBR67950:16:5905:290:16:591087.18 %Photo
HigginsonAshleyF2551SAUCMarlboroNJUSA721050:17:1305:340:17:131386.01 %Photo
BeckCatherineF2954CPTCNewarkNJUSA771160:17:2005:360:17:201485.42 %Photo
CharnigoStephanieF2661NJNYFlandersNJUSA841270:17:2705:380:17:271584.82 %Photo
RamirezIvetteF24560CPTCNew YorkNYUSA861360:17:3905:420:17:391683.87 %Photo
KochErinF2665CPTCHobokenNJUSA921480:17:4505:440:17:451883.43 %Photo
ArguetaChristinaF2567CPTCNew YorkNYUSA951590:17:4905:450:17:491983.10 %Photo
De CsepelKellyF34232HHRTNew YorkNYUSA1031610:18:0205:490:17:552182.62 %Photo
HerrickStephanieF2769CPTCNew YorkNYUSA10617100:18:0705:510:18:072481.75 %Photo
McManusKathrynF3964NYACMamaroneckNYUSA1161810:18:1805:550:17:492083.09 %Photo
BradshawAndreaF2668CPTCNew YorkNYUSA12119110:18:2505:570:18:252580.42 %Photo
VongvorachotiJaneF30943CPTCWoodsideNYTHA1232020:18:2505:570:18:252680.39 %Photo
BillsTrinaF2263NJNYUSA1282170:18:3105:590:18:312779.94 %Photo
BaylyFionaF47137UATHNew YorkNYUSA1302210:18:3806:010:17:021186.95 %Photo
HarneySarahF521243GNYNew YorkNYUSA1322310:18:4806:040:16:11391.49 %Photo
SchaumbergBeckyF301524NBRNew YorkNYUSA1362430:18:5106:050:18:513078.55 %Photo
FlemingMindyF301806SATHAjaxONCAN1402540:18:5606:070:18:563178.22 %Photo
AitkenHenriettaF321006DWRTNew YorkNYGBR1532650:19:0806:110:19:053477.59 %Photo
BergesenSallyF463771SeattleWAUSA1562720:19:1106:120:17:431783.58 %Photo
BekeleMekidesF28743WSXJackson HeightsNYETH16228120:19:1906:140:19:193576.68 %Photo
HigginsLesleyF3466NYACNew YorkNYUSA1712960:19:3106:180:19:233776.38 %Photo
BurilloAliciaF261059New YorkNYUSA17330130:19:3206:180:19:323975.81 %Photo

 


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