Gebrhiwet Repeats as Champ at B.A.A. 5K

By Clay Shaw

BOSTON, MA, APRIL 13, 2019—Hagos Gebrhiwet, an Ethiopian Olympic medalist, repeated as BAA 5K champ.  Gebrihwet finished in 13:42, just ahead of Ben True of New Hampshire (13:44).  Justyn Knight of Canada took third in 13:46. Falmouth Road Race 2018 champ Ben Flanagan of Canada was fourth in 13:49.  Bolder Boulder 2017 champ Gabriel Geay of Tanzania was fifth in 13:53.

Monicah Ngige of Kenya had a strong finish, and won the 5K in 15:16.  Violah Lagat of Kenya was second in 15:29.  Gotytom Gebreselase of Ethiopia was third in 15:35.  Kim Conley of Sacramento, CA was fourth, and first USA in 15:36.   Conley was pleased with her first road race in quite some time despite the rain and wind. 

USA Olympian Jennifer Rhines of San Diego was the top Master in 17:20.  Brendan Prindiville of Boston was the top male Master in 15:53. 

8469 total runners finished the flat and fast B.A.A. 5K course that starts and finishes in Boston Common and tours Back Bay, even going under the marathon finish bridge on Boylston Street.  Runners from around the world took part.

Top 15 Men

  1. Hagos Gebrhiwet ETH       13:42
  2. Ben True NH         13:44
  3. Justyn Knight CAN      13:46
  4. Ben Flanagan CAN      13:49
  5. Gabriel Geay TAN        13:53    
  6. Jacob Thompson MA         13:58
  7. Wally Fink VA          14:00
  8. Alex Monroe CO          14:01
  9. David Bett KEN       14:04
  10. Stephen Sambu KEN       14:06
  11. Trevor Dunbar MA        14:11
  12. Alfred Barkach KEN       14:20
  13. Conner Winter CO         14:21
  14. Tommy Curtin TN          14:23
  15. Scott Smith AZ          14:24

Top 15 Women

  1. Monicah Ngige KEN 15:16
  2. Violah Lagat KEN       15:29
  3. Gotytom Gebreslase ETH       15:35
  4. Kim Conley CA         15:36
  5. Elaina Tabb MA        15:38
  6. Erika Kemp MA        15:45
  7. Laura Thweatt CO         15:49
  8. Ann Karindi KEN       16:03
  9. Dana Giordano MA        16:03
  10. Rose Donegan AUS       16:04
  11. Hayley Green NZL       16:10
  12. Sasha Golish CAN      16:26
  13. Rosa Moriello MA        16:31
  14. Katie Matthews MA        16:34
  15. Karley Rempel CAN      16:41    
Hagos Gebrhiwet, Jacob Thompson, Ben True, David Bett, and Stephen Sambu lead a huge pack on Commonwealth Avenue during the early part of the BAA 5K.
Violah Lagat #66, leads Gotytom Gebreslase and Ann Karindi during the first mile of the BAA 5K.
Michael Wardian of Arlington, VA running the BAA 5K and the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Hagos Gebrhiwet, Jacob Thompson, Ben True, and Stephen Sambu lead the BAA 5K up Commonwealth Ave.
Using bigger men as wind shields, elite women are fighting for fourth place. Kim Conley of Sacramento (right, in green) took fourth, Eliana Tabb of BAA took fifth.
Monicah Ngige battles Violah Lagat for the lead on Boylston. In the battle between two Kenyan athletes, Ngige will pull away for the win.
Justyn Knight of Canada, Gabriel Geay of Tanzania, Ben True of NH, Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia, and Ben Flanagan (barely visible behind True) of Canada all vie for the lead on Boylston, in final mile.
Rose Donegan of Australia finishes tenth in 16:04.
Lisa Renteria of San Jose, CA just misses the 20-minute mark with a 20:01.
Dianelle Walker and Maddox Walker of Frisco, TX enjoy the Boston weekend and run the BAA 5K in 25 minutes.
Elaina Tabb, Dana Giordano, Laura Thweatt, and Hayley Green mix it up on Commonwealth Ave.