Course Records Fall as Ben True Outkicks Sam Chelanga For BAA 5k Title As Werknesh Kidane Wins Women's Race

2011 Boston Marathon Runner-up Desi Davila Only 10th In Women's Race

By Tom Davis & Jess Barton
April 15, 2012

Boston, MA - The  fourth annual BAA 5k took place this morning in Copley Square.  The men's race, which served as the first race in the inaugural distance medley series, was won by defending champion Ben True in a record time of 13:41.

After a good sized group of around eight runners pushed the pace together for the majority of the race, there was a sprint to the line and True narrowly pulled away from Sam Chelenga, who finished in second in 13:43.  Lani Rutto of Kenya rounded out the podium in a time of 13:46.  Chelenga is planning on competing in the distance medley event, so his time sets him up well going into the next two events. 

True was pleased with his effort, especially since he was injured with a pulled calf muscle for much of the winter.  True's last race was at the Melbourne Track Classic at the beginning of March, where he ran 13:26 for third place.  True spent some time training in Australia around that race and then returned to Hanover for some "really hard" training to get in shape for the 10k.  At this point True is unsure of whether he will aim for the 5k or the 10k at the Olympic Trials.  He is currently training for both and will be running the 10k at the Peyton Jordan Invite at the end of the month. 


True Wining Last Year's Race

Peyton Jordan will be True's second ever 10k on the track, "I've only done one 10k on the track before and it was a horrible experience, so we're gonna see how this one goes," said True, who only ran 28:16.65 in his 10k debut last May 1st. " True did not exactly go into that 10k under ideal conditions though, "I went in a little over trained and a bit under the weather, I was sick. It was a suffer fest getting around that track," said True.

True, who was training under Tim Broe in the now defunct In the Arena Track Club in Hanover, NH, is still coached by Broe, although Broe has moved to Ann Arbor.  True now works with both Broe and Dartmouth women's coach Mark Coogan.  According to True, Coogan is "someone I see everyday, someone who can make last minute adjustments to workouts." The current arrangement seems to be working well, "Between Tim and Mark I'm having a good support system," said True.  

Women's Race - Kidane Wins/Davila Only 10th
The women's race played out quite differently than the men's race, with Kim Smith, Aheza Kiros, and eventual winner Werknesh Kidane dueling it out until the final minutes of the race.  Kidane, the wife of Gebregziabher Gebremariam,crossed the line in 15:12, in the process shattering the previous course record of 15:51.  Kiros finished in second in 15:21 and Smith was third in 15:26.  

One of the surprises of the day was the absence of 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up Desiree Davila from the front of the race.  Davila finished the race a distant 10th place in 16:03.  Davila was hoping to run better, but she remained upbeat and is looking ahead to watching the marathon tomorrow.  Davila will be spectating from the press truck where she will be consulted with from time to time on how the race is playing out. While much of her attention will be given to that task, Davila admitted that she is especially looking forward to riding the press truck so that she can scout out some of her competition for the Olympics and so that she can better learn the Boston course for future years.

"It will be fun to be out there, but it's gonna be a lot of analyzing," said Davila.  "I just consider myself a student of the sport so I'm gonna be looking for things out there.  I'm probably not gonna do the best job for the press truck, but for me I'm gonna be taking everything in," she joked. "That's what it's gonna be all about out there, eyeing up the competition for London…but also for when I come back again," said Davila, who seemed like she was really excited to some day put on another great show for the crowds in Boston. 

After last year's Boston Marathon, Davila was thrust into the spotlight and when asked about how that feels, she said, "I will probably never be used to that."  She said she was even thinking about the marathon finish as she was coming down the straightaway at the end of the 5k today, "even running down that final stretch, I was like, 'how do you time this right?'" said Davila.  "I was thinking about how do you run this final stretch in the marathon, how do you run it right? I don't know if I quite got it today, even in the 5k. I'm sure that Monday on the truck I'll be thinking about that too," said Davila, who narrowly missed winning the 2011 Boston Marathon in a sprint to the finish. 

The top 50 results for the BAA 5k which include the top 13 female finishers appear below. Below that the top 10 men and women are listed separately.

More results can be found here:

    B.A.A. 5K April 15, 2012   5 Kilometers (USATF Certified #MA09002RN)  Boston, MA  
Timing: Granite State Race Services www.gsrs.com (See our Events Calendar)
Results Questions: [email protected]     Event Website: www.baa.org/races/5k.aspx
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Place Div/Tot  Div   Guntime  Nettime Pace  Name                   Ag S Race# City/state              
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    1   1/344  M2529   13:41#   13:41  4:25 Ben True               26 M     1 Hanover NH              
New record.  Old record 14:06.5 by Benjamin True of Hanover, NH in 2011
    2   2/344  M2529   13:43#   13:43  4:25 Sam Chelanga           27 M     3 Eugene OR               
    3   1/133  M2024   13:46#   13:46  4:26 Lani Rutto             23 M     6 Kenya                   
    4   1/331  M3034   13:46#   13:46  4:26 Adrian Blincoe         32 M     8 Bryn Mawr PA            
    5   2/133  M2024   13:48#   13:48  4:27 Allan Kiprono          22 M     5 Kenya                   
    6   3/133  M2024   13:49#   13:49  4:27 Aaron Braun            24 M    17 Flagstaff AZ            
    7   3/344  M2529   13:52#   13:52  4:28 Bobby Curtis           27 M     7 Louisville KY           
    8   2/331  M3034   13:59#   13:59  4:30 Ben St Lawrence        30 M     4 Australia               
    9   4/133  M2024   14:00#   13:59  4:31 Ali Abdosh             24 M     2 Ethiopia                
   10   4/344  M2529   14:00#   14:00  4:31 Brett Gotcher          27 M    15 Flagstaff AZ            
   11   5/344  M2529   14:01#   14:01  4:31 Andrew Carlson         29 M    14 Minneapolis MN          
   12   6/344  M2529   14:09#   14:09  4:34 Scott Smith            25 M    16 Flagstaff AZ            
   13   3/331  M3034   14:19#   14:18  4:37 Boaz Cheboiywo         33 M    18 Ypsilanti MI            
   14   5/133  M2024   14:26    14:26  4:39 Brian Harvey           24 M    21 Boston MA               
   15   4/331  M3034   14:32    14:32  4:41 Nate Jenkins           31 M    22 Andover MA              
   16   6/133  M2024   14:42    14:42  4:44 David Chorney          24 M  5955 Somerville MA           
   17   1/495  F3034   15:12#   15:12  4:54 Werknesh Kidane        31 F    42 Ethiopia                
   18   5/331  M3034   15:14    15:13  4:54 Miguel Orduna          30 M  6149 Melrose MA              
   19   7/344  M2529   15:14    15:13  4:54 Jared Markowitz        29 M    26 Cambridge MA            
   20   7/133  M2024   15:18    15:17  4:55 Brad Mish              24 M    24 Boston MA               
   21   8/133  M2024   15:21    15:21  4:57 Paul Norton            23 M  4168 Brighton MA             
   22   1/587  F2529   15:21#   15:21  4:57 Aheza Kiros            26 F    43 Ethiopia                
   23   1/73   M1519   15:23*   15:22  4:57 Samuel Williams        16 M  4752 Warren Center PA        
   24   1/300  M3539   15:26*   15:26  4:58 Chris Magill           39 M    30 Cumberland RI           
   25   2/495  F3034   15:26#   15:26  4:58 Kim Smith              30 F    40 Providence RI           
   26   3/495  F3034   15:41#   15:41  5:03 Janet Bawcom           33 F    45 Rome GA                 
   27   2/587  F2529   15:41#   15:41  5:03 Diane Johnson          27 F    49 Iowa City IA            
   28   1/225  M4549   15:43*   15:42  5:03 Jimmy Lynch            47 M  6132 New York NY             
   29   2/300  M3539   15:49    15:48  5:05 Matt Ely               35 M    25 Natick MA               
   30   8/344  M2529   15:50    15:48  5:06 Aaron Ladd             29 M  6080 Lexington MA            
   31   1/265  F2024   15:50#   15:49  5:06 Sarah Porter           22 F    48 Blowing Rock NC         
   32   2/73   M1519   15:52    15:51  5:07 Brett Frondorf         18 M  1396 Cincinnati OH           
   33   9/133  M2024   15:54    15:52  5:07 Joe McGovern           24 M  1501 Allston MA              
   34   3/73   M1519   15:57*   15:56  5:08 Wesley Pectol          15 M  3998 Greeneville TN          
   35   9/344  M2529   15:58    15:57  5:08 Christopher Wong       26 M  3306 Brooklyn NY             
   36   3/300  M3539   15:59    15:58  5:09 Joshua Gordon          37 M  5446 Eugene OR               
   37   3/587  F2529   15:59#   15:58  5:09 Stephanie Rothstein    28 F    46 Flagstaff AZ            
   38   4/587  F2529   16:00#   16:00  5:09 Jelliah Tinega         26 F    41 Kenya                   
   39   5/587  F2529   16:01#   16:01  5:10 Kellyn Johnson         25 F    50 Flagstaff AZ            
   40   1/292  M4044   16:02*   16:01  5:10 Keven O'Neil           42 M    31 North Kingstown RI      
   41   6/587  F2529   16:03#   16:02  5:10 Desiree Davila         28 F    63 Washington MI           
   42  10/344  M2529   16:07    16:07  5:11 Dan Suher              25 M  2477 Wilmington DE           
   43   4/495  F3034   16:13#   16:12  5:13 Stephanie Reilly       34 F    64 Northbridge MA          
   44  10/133  M2024   16:21    16:16  5:15 Alexander Taylor       22 M  2128 Somerville MA           
   45  11/344  M2529   16:20    16:18  5:15 Sean Hyland            27 M  6134 Cambridge MA            
   46   5/495  F3034   16:20#   16:19  5:15 Heidi Westover         31 F    52 Walpole NH              
   47  11/133  M2024   16:25    16:24  5:17 Seth Neuts             21 M  4825 Portland ME             
   48  12/133  M2024   16:37    16:37  5:21 Brandon Gillingham     24 M  5420 Pittsburgh PA           
   49  12/344  M2529   16:42    16:38  5:22 Koji Hayasaka          28 M  6048 Tokyo                   
   50   7/587  F2529   16:42    16:41  5:23 Esther Erb             25 F    51 Blowing Rock NC                                    
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                                 TOP TEN MEN OVERALL
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Place Div Div   Guntime Name                     Age Sex Race# City/state              
===== === ===== ======= ======================== === === ===== ======================= 
    1   1 M2529   13:41 Ben True                  26 M       1 Hanover NH              
New record.  Old record 14:06.5 by Benjamin True of Hanover, NH in 2011
    2   2 M2529   13:43 Sam Chelanga              27 M       3 Eugene OR               
    3   1 M2024   13:46 Lani Rutto                23 M       6 Kenya                   
    4   1 M3034   13:46 Adrian Blincoe            32 M       8 Bryn Mawr PA            
    5   2 M2024   13:48 Allan Kiprono             22 M       5 Kenya                   
    6   3 M2024   13:49 Aaron Braun               24 M      17 Flagstaff AZ            
    7   3 M2529   13:52 Bobby Curtis              27 M       7 Louisville KY           
    8   2 M3034   13:59 Ben St Lawrence           30 M       4 Australia               
    9   4 M2024   14:00 Ali Abdosh                24 M       2 Ethiopia                
   10   4 M2529   14:00 Brett Gotcher             27 M      15 Flagstaff AZ            




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                                 TOP TEN WOMEN OVERALL
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Place Div Div   Guntime Name                     Age Sex Race# City/state              
===== === ===== ======= ======================== === === ===== ======================= 
    1   1 F3034   15:12 Werknesh Kidane           31 F      42 Ethiopia                
New record.  Old record 15:51.6 by Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya in 2011
    2   1 F2529   15:21 Aheza Kiros               26 F      43 Ethiopia                
    3   2 F3034   15:26 Kim Smith                 30 F      40 Providence RI           
    4   3 F3034   15:41 Janet Bawcom              33 F      45 Rome GA                 
    5   2 F2529   15:41 Diane Johnson             27 F      49 Iowa City IA            
    6   1 F2024   15:50 Sarah Porter              22 F      48 Blowing Rock NC         
    7   3 F2529   15:59 Stephanie Rothstein       28 F      46 Flagstaff AZ            
    8   4 F2529   16:00 Jelliah Tinega            26 F      41 Kenya                   
    9   5 F2529   16:01 Kellyn Johnson            25 F      50 Flagstaff AZ            
   10   6 F2529   16:03 Desiree Davila            28 F      63 Washington MI           




                            


 

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