Tesfaye, Sang, GBTC Women and WMDP Men win at NH 10 Miler.

8/27/2018
 

Auburn, New Hampshire

August 25th, 2018 8AM

USATF-NE Grand Prix 10 Miler


On a cool, yet humid sunny morning, some of the fastest runners in New England traveled to the shore of Massabesic Lake in Auburn, New Hampshire to race in the Craft Sportswear New Hampshire 10 Miler. This race served as the 10 mile showdown for both the USATF-NE Road Grand Prix and the road terrain for the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner (ATR) Series. The course starts and ends in the Massabesic Lake parking lot and loops around about half the lake. Ah, a course that loops a lake? Must be flat and easy. Wrong. This race prides itself with the saying “Hill Yeah!” which is printed on the race day shirt and finishers medal. Some of the runners knew the course, others did not, but at 8am, the gun went off and 1,292 runners took to the streets. With that in mind, onto the race recap!

The women’s side saw an impressive field including Team USA Mountain Runner, Kasie Enman(Green Mountain Athletic Association), Lauren Philbrook (BAA’s Racing Team), and sub 2:40 marathon runner Semehar Tesfaye(Greater Boston TC). At the five mile mark, Semehar split a 28:39, good enough for an almost 2 minute lead over the rest of the field. Semehar held this lead for the rest of the race, crossing the line in an impressive 57:13.8, breaking the previous women’s course record of 57:53! This is the second grand prix race in which Semehar has broken the course record! Two months prior, she won the Ribfest 5 miler and broke the record there as well. Tesfaye explained that this race was tough, but if she could hold a sub 6 pace, she knew she would do well. Running alone as the lead women was tough, especially on the hills, but she persevered. Next up for the GBTC ace are the CVS Downtown 5k and the Lone Gull 10k, two USATF-NE Grand Prix races. Will any more records fall?


The Vermonters Heidi Caldwell and Kasie Enman placed second and third respectively in 58:51 and 1:00.00 flat. Heidi and Kasie both ran an incredible race and were happy with their times, especially considering that they had ran a 50k trail marathon not too long ago. Vermont Pride! For the women’s team prize, Greater Boston prevailed over the Boston Athletic Association in a relatively close race. Scoring for the GBTC ladies were Semehar, Olympic Trails Marathon qualifier Laura Paulson, and emerging talent Caroline Turner.


The men’s race saw more competition up front, with former olympian Ruben Sanca(Whirlaway Racing Team), Professional Runner Tyler Andrews(Hoka One One), BAA strong man Brian Harvey, and Western Mass Distance Project front runner Amos Sang. After splitting a 4:56 first mile, the lead pack dwindled down to Sanca, Sang, Harvey and Andrews. At the start of the first hill at mile 2.5, Sang pushes the pace and Harvey and Sanca fall off, with Andrews and Sang battling it out up front. However, with a 25:22 5 mile split, Sang pulls away from Andrews and the rest is history. After 50 minutes and 45 seconds, Amos Sang breaks the tape, with Ruben Sanca in second and Brian Harvey in third. When asked about his race and the move he made at mile 3, Sang simply said that he felt good, and knew that he should push. Sang says that if you decide to race, then go. If you feel good, then go. Push when you can. In the next few months, Amos Sang will focus on the upcoming USATF-NE Grand Prix races of Lone Gull 10k and CVS Downtown 5k.

After the race, Brian Harvey explained his plan to race California International Marathon in December. He ran this race with that training in mind and wanted to make sure he worked hard. When asked about the race, he knew that at mile 3 it just was not going to be his day, and it was best to try to focus on Sanca and put up a good hard effort.

On the men’s team side, everything came up Western Massachusetts Distance Project. The WMDP team consisting of Amos Sang, Timothy Gill, Benjamin Groleau, Dennis Roche and Jonathan Joyce placed first. Their combined team time was 4:29:09, with a runner average of 53:50.


Full results can be found here: http://www.millenniumrunning.com/results-craft-sportswear-nh-10-miler-2018/28079#/race/x7yofj/10m/results/

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