Dionne and Mann Emerge Victorious through a Deep Fielded Lone Gull 10k

Gloucester, MA.
September 30th, 2018.
Lone Gull 10k

Fall is usually associated with falling leaves and preparation for the winter. That was not the case at the USATF New England Road 10 km Championships this past Sunday. This race saw the re-emergence of local elite Hilary Dionne, as well as four men dip under 30 minutes, breaking the previous course record.

The women’s race saw 12 USATF teams compete. Hilary Dionne of Craft Concept won the race in her first USATF New England Grand Prix appearance since the New Bedford Half Marathon. Hilary mentioned that she was dealing with injuries and is happy to be back on the roads. Dionne, 33 of Craft Concept Racing, ran a 33:26 to capture the title by 8 seconds over Heather Cappello of the Boston Athletic Association. Allie Hackett, 23 of the BAA rounded out the top three. For the women’s competition, Craft Concept won over Tracksmith Hare AC, with the BAA coming in third. In the master’s results, Ginger Reiner of Craft Concept won in a 39:01, 16 seconds over second place competitor Amy Bernard. Regina Loiacano of Central Mass Striders placed 3rd witht a 39:37. In the team competition, Whirlaway combined for 2:00:18.7 to place first by 2:02 over second place Central Mass Striders.

An quick shoutout to 74 year old Jan Holquist of Whirlaway for posting a 49:09! That is a 98.09% age grade, by far the most outstanding preformance of the day. Way to go Jan!

On the Men’s side, four men went under the previous course record and even broke 30 minutes! Jordan Mann of Ocean State AC won his second consecutive USATF New England Grand Prix event by a mere 1.5 seconds over his teammate, Collin Leibold. Mann won the race in a 29:38. In a solid third was Team BAA's Jacob Thomson, who dropped the third sub-30 effort of the day in a 29:41. Honorable mention to Lou Serafini, who went under 30 minutes to capture the fourth place. In the Open team competition, the BAA won by 4 minutes over Western Mass Distance Project, with Tracksmith finishing third with a team time of 2:38:08.

For the Masters, Patrick Rich of Central Mass Striders earned his victory over road veteran David Bedoya of the BAA. Rich ran a 32:38 compared to Bedoya’s 33:17. Rounding out the top three was 56 year old TJ Unger of the HFC Striders who ran an impressive 33:34. The BAA won the team competition over Central Mass Striders and Greater Springfield Harriers.
Please Direct any questions/comments to tmazza@usatfne.org
This article has been update to correct previous inaccuracies. 10/2/18