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 Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG % Race-Day
Photos
Cabral Donn M24 1 NIKE Annandale NJ USA 1 1 1 0:14:24 04:39 0:14:24 2 89.60 % Photo
Mebrahtu Yonas M26 467 WSX Flagstaff AZ ERI 2 2 1 0:14:31 04:41 0:14:31 3 88.96 % Photo
Kebede Gelaw Siraw M28 28 WSX New York NY USA 3 3 2 0:14:31 04:41 0:14:31 4 88.94 % Photo
Ngetich Eliud M20 4 New York NY KEN 4 4 2 0:14:32 04:42 0:14:23 1 89.76 % Photo
Genemo Gesera M28 804 WSX Washington DC USA 5 5 3 0:14:33 04:42 0:14:33 5 88.67 % Photo
Degefa Yigezu Diriba M26 234 WSX New York NY ETH 6 6 4 0:14:35 04:42 0:14:35 6 88.54 % Photo
Wacker Andy M26 25 BRCA Boulder CO USA 7 7 5 0:14:36 04:43 0:14:36 7 88.44 % Photo
Endale Abiyot M28 2 WTC Bronx NY USA 8 8 6 0:14:42 04:45 0:14:41 8 87.86 % Photo
Bekele Gebre Girma M21 144 WSX Silver Spring MD ETH 9 9 3 0:14:48 04:47 0:14:44 9 87.56 % Photo
Hailegiorgis Deme Dereje M30 815 WSX Silver Spring MD USA 10 10 1 0:14:49 04:47 0:14:47 11 87.31 % Photo
Thompson Christian M26 5 NJNY Wyncote PA USA 11 11 7 0:14:58 04:50 0:14:58 13 86.25 % Photo
Pressler Michael M22 19 NJNY Montgomery NY USA 12 12 4 0:15:00 04:51 0:15:00 15 86.06 % Photo
Gagnon Brian M27 7 NJNY Annandale NJ USA 13 13 8 0:15:02 04:51 0:15:02 16 85.87 % Photo
Van Ackeren Trevor M25 6 NJNY Bethlehem PA USA 14 14 9 0:15:08 04:53 0:15:08 17 85.30 % Photo
Gonzalez Christian M33 9 NJNY West New York NJ USA 15 15 2 0:15:09 04:54 0:14:58 14 86.20 % Photo
Crits Nick M24 11 NJNY North Wales PA USA 16 16 5 0:15:09 04:54 0:15:09 19 85.17 % Photo
Kitur Isaac M28 384 WTC Huntington NY KEN 17 17 10 0:15:12 04:55 0:15:12 21 84.88 % Photo
Pannone Christopher M28 18 NYAC Bordentown NJ USA 18 18 11 0:15:13 04:55 0:15:13 22 84.87 % Photo
Young Thomas M35 24 NYAC Fort Lee NJ USA 19 19 1 0:15:13 04:55 0:14:54 12 86.62 % Photo
Edwards Myles M26 1761 Aberdeen Non US or Canad GBR 20 20 12 0:15:15 04:56 0:15:15 24 84.60 % Photo
Uhrbom Fredrik M37 13567 Stockholm Sweden SWE 21 21 2 0:15:15 04:56 0:14:44 10 87.56 % Photo
Guerrero Christopher M23 318 JACK Bronx NY USA 22 22 6 0:15:19 04:57 0:15:19 25 84.31 % Photo
Manesho Woldemariam Tilahun M27 449 WSX Washington DC ETH 23 23 13 0:15:20 04:57 0:15:20 26 84.14 % Photo
Merber Kyle M23 3 HOKA Huntington Station NY USA 24 24 7 0:15:21 04:57 0:15:21 27 84.11 % Photo
Pizzonia Chase M28 893 0 Bronx NY USA 25 25 14 0:15:25 04:59 0:15:25 28 83.72 % Photo
Harvey Kevin M22 326 Sag Harbor NY USA 26 26 8 0:15:29 05:00 0:15:28 29 83.42 % Photo
Roberts Shawn M23 20 NJNY Lebanon NJ USA 27 27 9 0:15:29 05:00 0:15:29 30 83.37 % Photo
Hensley Matt M26 16 BHAR Boulder CO USA 28 28 15 0:15:30 05:00 0:15:30 31 83.27 % Photo
Rose Connor M24 582 NYAC New York NY USA 29 29 10 0:15:35 05:02 0:15:35 33 82.85 % Photo
Murray Declan M23 17 NJNY Annandale NJ IRL 30 30 11 0:15:37 05:02 0:15:37 34 82.69 % Photo

Top 30 Women

Last Name First Name Sex/
Age
Bib Team City State Country Overall
Place
Gender
Place
Age
Place
Net
Time
Pace
per
Mile
AG
Time
AG
Gender
Place
AG % Race-Day
Photos
jorgensen gwen F28 56 ANYC Saint Paul MN USA 39 1 1 0:16:03 05:11 0:16:03 1 92.26 % Photo
Temesgen Etaferahu F25 658 WSX Silver Spring MD ETH 42 2 2 0:16:07 05:12 0:16:07 2 91.88 % Photo
Twell Steph F25 59 NIKE London GBR 45 3 3 0:16:12 05:14 0:16:12 4 91.42 % Photo
Schappert Tully Nicole F28 50 HOKA Englewood NJ USA 52 4 4 0:16:25 05:18 0:16:25 5 90.19 % Photo
Penney Lauren F24 52 OIS Somerset NJ USA 53 5 1 0:16:28 05:19 0:16:28 6 89.95 % Photo
Behm Mia F24 53 ADID Austin TX USA 55 6 2 0:16:29 05:20 0:16:29 7 89.79 % Photo
Stowe Rebeka F24 60 NJNY Highland Park NJ USA 61 7 3 0:16:46 05:25 0:16:46 8 88.31 % Photo
Levene Abby F23 70 Boulder CO USA 62 8 4 0:16:47 05:25 0:16:47 9 88.21 % Photo
Potter Beth F22 58 NEWB London GBR 67 9 5 0:16:59 05:29 0:16:59 10 87.18 % Photo
Higginson Ashley F25 51 SAUC Marlboro NJ USA 72 10 5 0:17:13 05:34 0:17:13 13 86.01 % Photo
Beck Catherine F29 54 CPTC Newark NJ USA 77 11 6 0:17:20 05:36 0:17:20 14 85.42 % Photo
Charnigo Stephanie F26 61 NJNY Flanders NJ USA 84 12 7 0:17:27 05:38 0:17:27 15 84.82 % Photo
Ramirez Ivette F24 560 CPTC New York NY USA 86 13 6 0:17:39 05:42 0:17:39 16 83.87 % Photo
Koch Erin F26 65 CPTC Hoboken NJ USA 92 14 8 0:17:45 05:44 0:17:45 18 83.43 % Photo
Argueta Christina F25 67 CPTC New York NY USA 95 15 9 0:17:49 05:45 0:17:49 19 83.10 % Photo
De Csepel Kelly F34 232 HHRT New York NY USA 103 16 1 0:18:02 05:49 0:17:55 21 82.62 % Photo
Herrick Stephanie F27 69 CPTC New York NY USA 106 17 10 0:18:07 05:51 0:18:07 24 81.75 % Photo
McManus Kathryn F39 64 NYAC Mamaroneck NY USA 116 18 1 0:18:18 05:55 0:17:49 20 83.09 % Photo
Bradshaw Andrea F26 68 CPTC New York NY USA 121 19 11 0:18:25 05:57 0:18:25 25 80.42 % Photo
Vongvorachoti Jane F30 943 CPTC Woodside NY THA 123 20 2 0:18:25 05:57 0:18:25 26 80.39 % Photo
Bills Trina F22 63 NJNY USA 128 21 7 0:18:31 05:59 0:18:31 27 79.94 % Photo
Bayly Fiona F47 137 UATH New York NY USA 130 22 1 0:18:38 06:01 0:17:02 11 86.95 % Photo
Harney Sarah F52 1243 GNY New York NY USA 132 23 1 0:18:48 06:04 0:16:11 3 91.49 % Photo
Schaumberg Becky F30 1524 NBR New York NY USA 136 24 3 0:18:51 06:05 0:18:51 30 78.55 % Photo
Fleming Mindy F30 1806 SATH Ajax ON CAN 140 25 4 0:18:56 06:07 0:18:56 31 78.22 % Photo
Aitken Henrietta F32 1006 DWRT New York NY GBR 153 26 5 0:19:08 06:11 0:19:05 34 77.59 % Photo
Bergesen Sally F46 3771 Seattle WA USA 156 27 2 0:19:11 06:12 0:17:43 17 83.58 % Photo
Bekele Mekides F28 743 WSX Jackson Heights NY ETH 162 28 12 0:19:19 06:14 0:19:19 35 76.68 % Photo
Higgins Lesley F34 66 NYAC New York NY USA 171 29 6 0:19:31 06:18 0:19:23 37 76.38 % Photo
Burillo Alicia F26 1059 New York NY USA 173 30 13 0:19:32 06:18 0:19:32 39 75.81 % Photo

 


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