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Posted: April 20, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: Brown, Willard Win Professional B.A.A. Invitational Mile

From the B.A.A.

BOSTON - (April 19, 2009) - A pair of close finishes marked the debut of the professional B.A.A. Invitational Mile on Sunday morning. Darren Brown of Austin, Texas, won the men's mile in 4:11.6, taking the lead with about 250 meters remaining on the three-loop course before breaking the tape at the Boston Marathon finish line. Second, in 4:12.1, was 2008 Olympian Ian Dobson. On the women's side, Anna Willard of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., ran on the shoulder of Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan before surging past with 200 meters to go for a 4:38.6 win. Willard, a native of Greenwood, Maine, is a 2008 Olympic steeplechaser; Flanagan, who finished in 4:40.2, is a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters.

While Newton girl, Brookline boy win scholastic miles
Scholastic athletes from the eight host cities and towns along the Boston Marathon course - Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston - squared off in the first invitational miles of the day, which began at the conclusion of the B.A.A. 5K. Two boys and two girls from each town were invited to participate. Winning the team titles were Boston (men) and Newton (women). Individual victories went to Ryan Hardiman of Brookline in 4:37.3, followed by Daniel Hamilton of Newton (4:38.0) and Omar Abdi of the Boston team (4:39.2). For the girls, Newton teammates Margo Gillis (5:10.6) and Carolyn Ranti (5:14.1) went 1-2, with Rebecca White of Natick coming in third (5:17.4).

B.A.A. 5K is one for the history books
Jarrod Shoemaker and Maria Varela went into the history books as winners of the inaugural B.A.A. 5K, which began at 8:00am near Copley Square Park and ended at the Boston Marathon finish line. Thousands of spectators cheered as the 26-year-old Shoemaker, a 2008 Olympic triathlete from Maynard, Mass., won the first-ever event in 14:29, while Varela, a 27-year-old pediatric optometrist from Brighton, Mass., won on the women's side in 17:37. They led a field of nearly 4,000 runners, with included some big names in Boston Marathon history. At least six past race champions participated, including Joan Benoit Samuelson, who finished in 17:42 for a close fourth in the women's race. Also running were past champions Amby Burfoot (1968, 20:37); Greg Meyer (1983, 20:53); Ingrid Kristiansen (1986 and 1989, 22:17); Neil Cusack (1974, 26:57) and Lorraine Moller (1984, 26:58) and women's running pioneer and author Kathrine Switzer (28:37). Runners from 36 countries took part.

Inaugural B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Boston, MA, Sunday, April 19, 2009

MEN
1) Darren Brown (TX), 4:11.6, $3000
2) Ian Dobson (CA), 4:12.1, $2000
3) Alistair Cragg (IRL), 4:12.7, $1000
4) Rob Myers (OH), 4:13.1, $750
5) Brett Schoolmeester (OR), 4:13.5, $500

WOMEN
1) Anna Willard (CA), 4:38.6, $3000
2) Shalane Flanagan (NC), 4:40.2, $2000
3) Amy Mortimer (RI), 4:42.0, $1000
4) Marina Muncan (SRB), 4:44.7, $750
5) Carrie Tollefson (MN), 4:45.0, $500

More results at: BAA.org.


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