Mann, Tesfaye win USATF-NE 5k Championships


Downtown 5K
Providence, RI
September 16th, 2018
     This past Sunday, members from USATF New England converged on the Rhode Island State House in Downtown Providence to compete in the USATF New England 5K Road Championships. The sun and the humidity warmed our athletes into Providence, which would not let up by the time of the start of the race. At 10:00am, runners took to the line and raced down the main downtown streets. 14:28 later, Jordan Mann of Ocean State Athletic Club ascended the hill and crossed the finish line. Hi-fiving his way to the finish, Mann won by 14 seconds over his teammate, Julian Oakley. The hi-fiving almost came back to haunt Ocean State, more on that later in the article.
     On the Women’s Open side, newly established local hot shot, Semehar Tesfaye of Greater Boston TC won the women’s race in 16:33, a 45 second victory over unattached second place finisher Kerri Ruffo(The author of this article finished right behind Semehar...she is an impressive athlete!) The Men and Women Master’s division also saw some great performances, with Dan Smith, 40, of Western Massachusetts Distance Project winning in a 15:48. Dan was the 30th finisher overall. On the women’s master’s side, Ginger Reiner of Craft Concept won in an 18:52 finishing strong in a loaded womens field.
     Back to Jordan Mann and the open men’s team championships. Ocean State Distance won the division-by 3 seconds over Western Mass Distance project. If Mann stopped to hi-five one more person, they may not have overcome the impressive WMDP squad. BAA paced third. 
After some technical issues with the scoring company and other related problems, USATF-New England has finally sorted out the women's team scores. For the women, Tracksmith Hare AC took home the crown. Tracksmith had all 5 runners in the top 17, with four within 33 seconds of each other. Greater Boston TC placed 2nd with Whirlaway 3rd, Western Mass 4th and Cambridge Sports Union 5th.  

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Article updated 09/19/18

Originally Posted 09/17/18