ESTHER ERB, OUT-KICKS ETHIOPIA'S ALMAZ FAKADE FOR
FIFTH WOMAN.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO

Ethiopians Dominate at Broad Street

BY CLAY SHAW


PHILADELPHIA, PA—The 36th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street 2015, held Sunday, May 3, was huge with a new record of 35,846 finishers. Ethiopians dominated the podiums in the Open races. Haile Mengesha won it in 47:54 after breaking away from Morocco's Jaouad El Jazouli around Mile 6. El Jazouili was second in 48:39. Diriba Degefa of Ethiopia was third in 48:58. Thomas Young of Fort Lee, NJ, was fourth and first USA in 50:23. Philly's Stephen Schelander was fifth in 50:27. Joseph Ekuom of Kingston, NY, formally of Kenya, was first Masters in 54:12. Greg Watson of Media, PA, was second Masters in 55:06.

Tigist Jabore was the first of four Ethiopians who took the top spots. Jabore ran 53:35, Askale Merachi was second in 53:40, Meseret Taye was third in 54:47, Meryem Erdogan was fourth in 55:34. Esther Erb of Hopewell, NJ, was fifth in 55 57, and first USA. Meredith Unger of Wayne, PA, was top Masters in 1:02:42, while Abby Dean of Philadelphia was second Masters in 1:03:00.

 

CHRISTOPHER CUMMINGS IS CHEERED ON BY SWOOP, THE
EAGLES MASCOT.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
MEN

1. Haile Mengesha…………………………..47:54
2. Jaouad El Jazouli………………………….48:39
3. Diriba Degefa……………………………..48:58
4. Thomas Young…………………………….50:23
5. Stephen Schelander………………………..50:27
6. Matt Gillette……………………………….50:37
7. Joshua Hibbs……………………………….50:45
8. Geriant Davies……………………………..50:55
9. Darryl Brown……………………………….50:55
10. Kevin Brandon…………………………….51:02

 

 

A VERY HAPPY TIGEST JABORE BREAKS THE TAPE AND WINS
BROAD STREET FOR THE WOMEN.
KAREN MITCHELL PHOTO
WOMEN
1. Tigist Jabore…………………………………..53:35
2. Askale Merachi………………………………..53:40
3. Meseret Taye…………………………………..54:47
4. Meryem Erdogan………………………………55:34
5. Esther Erb……………………………………...55:57
6. Almaz Fekade………………………………….55:59
7. Mary Dell………………………………………56:48
8. Crystal Burnick………………………………...56:59
9. Aziza Alaoui Selsouli…………………………..57:29
10. Christine Ramsey……………………………..57:31