World Record Holders, Olympians, National Champions set to Race B.A.A. 5K
The B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile will make a triumphant return to Patriots’ Day weekend, with professional fields featuring world record holders, Olympians, Paralympians, national champions, and local standouts. Held on Saturday, April 16, the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile will kick-off festivities leading up to the 126th Boston Marathon on April 18.
“The B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile are two events entrenched in the fabric of Boston Marathon weekend, and each features a field which will lead to fast competition,” said Tom Grilk, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “With three years having passed since our last in-person edition of these races, we’re eager to return to the roads to crown champions.”
In the B.A.A. 5K, Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi will make her Boston road racing debut. A two-time Olympian and two-time World Athletics Championships silver medalist, Teferi holds the women’s-only 5K world record of 14:29. She’ll be up against recently crowned American marathon record holder Keira D’Amato, 2021 U.S. Olympians Emily Sisson and Rachel Schneider, reigning U.S. 5K national champion Weini Kelati, and B.A.A. High Performance Team member Erika Kemp. The B.A.A. 5K course and American record of 14:50 –set by Molly Huddle in 2015—could very well be in jeopardy.
On the men’s side, 2019 B.A.A. 10K champion David Bett and 17-time NCAA champion Edward Cheserek, both of Kenya, will square off against New Zealand 5,000m indoor national record holder Geordie Beamish and 2021 U.S. Olympians Mason Ferlic and Joe Klecker. Stanley Kebenei, a World Athletics Championships finalist in the 3000m steeplechase, will also be part of the strong American charge. The B.A.A. 5K course and American record is 13:20, established by Ben True in 2017.
Boston Marathon wheelchair division champions Marcel Hug, Daniel Romanchuk, and Joshua Cassidy will all compete in the B.A.A. 5K less than 48 hours in advance of racing the 126th Boston Marathon. Vanessa de Souza, Shelly Oxley-Woods, and Jenna Fesemyer are top women’s wheelchair entrants.
Following the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. Invitational Mile will take center stage on Boylston Street. U.S. Olympian, Bostonian, and reigning indoor 1,500m national champion Heather MacLean will race for the first time on the three-lap course that finishes at the Boston Marathon finish line. Among her competitors are B.A.A. High Performance Team member Annie Rodenfels, 2019 runner-up Emily Lipari, and Great Britain Olympian Katie Snowden. MacLean and Rodenfels won’t be the only Massachusetts residents toeing the line, as Belmont High School standout Ellie Shea will race among the professionals. Shea ran 9:08.54 for 3,000m during the indoor season, a time that stands as No. 5 on the all-time high school list and is a Massachusetts state record.
Shane Streich, fresh off an indoor American record at 1,000m, will lead the American men in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile along with 3:54 miler Colby Alexander. Neil Gourley of Great Britain is entered, as are Canadian William Paulson, the 2019 Pan-Am 1500m bronze medalist, B.A.A. racing team member Kevin Kelly of Ireland, and local standout James Randon of Rhode Island.
A complete professional field list for the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile can be found below. Preceding the professional divisions of the B.A.A. Invitational Mile will be a scholastic mile and middle school 1K featuring student-athletes from the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route. Entries for the high school and middle school events will be available on race weekend.
2022 B.A.A. 5K WOMEN’S FIELD (NAME, COUNTRY, ROAD 5K PB, TRACK 5000M PB)
Carmela Cardama-Baez, Spain, N/A, 15:25.41 (NR)
Kim Conley, USA, 15:29, 15:05.20
Keira D’Amato, USA, 15:08, 16:09.86
Emily Durgin, USA, 16:05, 15:24.19
Annie Frisbie, USA, 16:35, 16:05.78
Sammy George, USA, 15:53, 15:19.66
Tori Gerlach, USA, 15:56, 15:44.13
Marielle Hall, USA, 15:08, 15:02.27
Elly Henes, USA, N/A, 15:03.27i
Emma Grace Hurley, USA, 16:13, 15:57.23
Katie Izzo, USA, 16:00, 15:41.33
Weini Kelati, USA, 15:18, 14:58.24
Erika Kemp, USA, 15:45, 15:10.10
Melissa Lodge, USA, N/A, 15:53.81i
Sharon Lokedi, Kenya, 15:48, 15:13.04i
Betty Sigei, Kenya, N/A, 15:37.80
Emily Sisson, USA, 15:38, 14:53.84
Rachel Smith (Schneider), USA, N/A, 14:52.04
Emma Spencer, USA, 16:41, 16:04.95
Susanna Sullivan, USA, 16:35, 15:42.59i
Senbere Teferi, Ethiopia, 14:29 (WR), 14:15.29
Abbey Wheeler, USA, N/A, 15:40.67i
2022 B.A.A. 5K MEN’S FIELD (NAME, COUNTRY, ROAD 5K PB, TRACK 5000M PB)
Eric Avila, USA, 13:55, 13:18.68
Geordie Beamish, New Zealand, N/A, 13:12.53i (NR)
David Bett, Kenya, 13:54, 13:06.06
Ben Blankenship, USA, 13:56, 13:33.07
Robert Brandt, USA, N/A, 13:19.11
Sam Chelanga, USA, 13:43, 13:09.67
Edward Cheserek, Kenya, 13:29, 13:04.44
Adam Clarke, Great Britain, 13:42, 13:39.21
Graham Crawford, USA, 13:54, 13:22.68i
Aaron Dinzeo, USA, 14:25, 13:58.37
Brandon Doughty, USA, N/A, 13:39.06
Mason Ferlic, USA, 13:52, 13:24.94
Sydney Gidabuday, USA, 13:53, 13:22.66
Eric Hamer, USA, 14:43, 13:29.60
Brian Harvey, USA, 14:01, 14:13.93
Stanley Kebenei, USA, 13:53, 13:45.87
Joe Klecker, USA, N/A, 13:06.67
Kasey Knevelbaard, USA, 13:56, 13:24.98i
Lawi Lalang, USA, 13:30, 13:00.95
Matt McClintock, USA, 13:49, 13:47.68
Tim McGowan, USA, 14:11, 13:54.20
Reuben Mosip, Kenya, 13:34, 13:50.80a
Charles Philbert-Thiboutot, Canada, 14:04, 13:22.44
Brian Shrader, USA, 13:57, 13:29.13
Zouhair Talbi, Morocco, N/A, 13:18.17i
Aaron Templeton, USA, 13:48, 13:39.39
Josef Tessema, USA, 14:05, 13:22.28.
posted Wednesday March 30th
by Running USA