Local Professionals Shine at 2018 Boston Mayor's Cup

Photo Courtesy Boston Athletic Association/Kevin Morris
Franklin Park, MA
2018 Boston Mayor’s Cup

Weather: 43-47 degrees. Wind. Rain early, giving way to mostly cloudy skies by the last race.

The day started out with three 1.1 mile youth races. Divided up into three races of 10 and under, 11-12, and 13-14, the races started at 9am and went off every 15 minutes. Hundreds of kids from around the area came to compete and enjoy the taste of XC. Each race went smoothly, with many happy faces and proud parents at the finish line.

At the conclusion of the youth races, USATF New England shifted course markers and prepared for the Women’s Championship. Always a competitive race, the Women’s 5k Championship drew some of the best runners in the region including Emily Durgin of New Balance Boston and 2016 Mexican Olympic Team athlete, Brenda Flores. Also taking the starting line were current and former Team USA Members Katrina Spratford, Rosa Moriello, and Obsie Birru. The wind blew, the flag dropped, and the gun went off to signal the start of the race. Taking an early jump from the line, Emily Durgin put on a 4 second lead on Brenda Flores by the first mile. Hot on their heels were Katrina Spratford of New England Distance and 15 year old phenomenon, Sydney Masciarelli of Marianapolis Prep School in Connecticut. The group topped Bear Cage Hill, traversed the wilderness, and looped around the softball field towards the finish. Durgin’s small, but noticeable lead would be too much to cover over the last 400m for Flores or Spratford. Durgin would go on to win in a 16:47. Brena Flores of Mexico would place second in 16:55, with Spratford in third with a 16:59.

Although all very impressive times, the best performance of the day goes to 15 year old Sydney Masciarelli of Marianapolis High School. MAsciarelli threw down a 17:04 to capture 4th place overall in the Women’s Championship. Sydney ran faster than numerous elites and professionals, and even beat Team USA members Rosa Moriello and Obsie Birru. We shall follow her career development closely.

Regarding women’s teams, Tracksmith Hare AC tied with New England Distance with 40 points each. To break the tie, USATF New England compared the fifth place finishers for each of these teams. By this metric, Amelia Gibson of Tracksmith won over Caitlin Marino of NE Distance, allowing Tracksmith to take home the Bill Squires Cup.

Similar to the women’s championship, the men’s race saw numerous local elites and clubs toe the line for a chance at claiming the top prize and the Bill Squires Cup. Early in the race, a large pack including Lou Serafini of Ttracksmith, Trevor Dunbar of the BAA, and Jourdan Mann of Ocean State AC formed to work together to tackle the course. By the time the men reached Bear Cage Hill for the second time, Trevor Dunbar and unattached athlete Johannes Motschmann emerged neck and neck, with Mann and Serafini not to far behind. Entering the final straightaway, Dunbar held off a final kick by Motschmann to win the race 23:53 to 23:55. Rounding out third was Jordan Mann in a 24:00.

On the team side of things, Lou Serafini lead his fellow Tracksmith runners to victory over the hosting Boston Athletic Association, thus completing a team sweep for Tracksmith Hare AC. Full

Results can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/18/ma/Oct21_Boston_1_set5.shtml

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