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Abu Kebede Diriba wins 2017 Yankee Homecoming 10-miler in Newburyport

Abu Kebede Diriba

Apryl Sabadosa won the women’s 10-mile title. Notice the lack of footwear.

I know, it’s been days since the races, but I was there and have some commentary and pictures to share.

The races?  The Newburyport Yankee Homecoming 5K and 10 mile.

Those races started ten minutes apart on Tuesday night.

I think I have given coverage five times.  I did not do last year’s

My strategy is to set myself up at the one-mile mark (Cushing Museum) and get a good look at both races there.  I have learned that the leaders lead early and late-run surges don’t happen.  The good runners have a fast pace that they maintain for the whole race.

So, I see both races into one mile of their race.  Then I get to Newburyport High School to catch the end of the 10-mile race.  Can’t get back fast enough for the end of the 5K but I’m quite sure that within my pictures from the one-mile location I will have most of the top finishers in the 5K.

Speaking of pictures, I was happy with the ones at the one-mile mark but those at the finish were disappointing.  The sun at NHS was right in my face so I tried to adjust the speed and ended up way too slow.  Runners and slow camera speed are a bad combo.

If I were titling this story I might try: “While the Pat’s away the mice will play.”  I thought it would apply nicely to the 5K race.

5K lead pack at one mile. Sam Coppola (2659) will win. Sam Acquaviva (6) will be second. Will Coogan (2555) will finish 3rd.

Why?  “Pat” Fullerton has won that race four straight years with impressive times.  No sign of him this year so the race wasn’t for second place this time around.  Somebody different would get the win.

Pentucket graduate Sam Coppola took advantage of the situation.  Sam finished a distant 8th in 2016 but this time he chopped forty-six seconds off his time.  With all of those ahead of him in the 2016 race missing, Sam got himself a nice win.

Abu Kebede Diriba, like Sam, was the only returnee from the top eight in the 10-mile race.  Abu wasted little time taking this race over.  He had a 20-yard lead at the one-mile mark and gave back some of that spread by race’s end but he could well have been coasting in the late stages.  Abu (connected to the West Side Running Club in NYC) was second in 2016.  He was over a minute slower this time around but the competition probably had a play in it.

The best closing race was for second among the 10-mile women.  Salome Kosgei held off Liz Ryan but just barely.

Apryl Sabodosa at one mile

Speaking of “barely,” you couldn’t help but notice the footwear of 10-mile winner April Sabadosa……it didn’t exist.  The 33-year old from Westfield (MA) ran the race WITHOUT footwear!  She claimed, according to the Newburyport Daily News, that running shoeless feels comfortable and natural.  Maybe on the beach but ten miles?  However, it worked for Apryl as she finished 25th overall.

Jaclyn Solimine killed the women’s field in the 5K winning that relatively short race by 1:25. Jaclyn is from Haverhill and recently graduated from UMass Lowell.  Jaclyn was 15th overall in the 5K.

Jason Ayr was 2nd in the 10-mile and Eric Ashe 3rd.  Jason is a UMass grad who finished 29th in the last Boston Marathon.  Eric is a BU graduate.

Ryan Place was 4th in the 10-mile.  He graduated from Allegheny College and was an All-American there.  He was 26th in the 2017 Boston Marathon.

Race for 2nd in the 10-miler. Jason Ayr (70) will get second. Eric Ashe (56) gets 3rd. Ryan Place 1544) 4th and AJ Ernst (2448) 5th

AJ Ernst (5th in 10-mile) is the North Shore running phenom from Marblehead (MA) who just finished his sophomore year at Virginia.  He led the Magicians to state track titles his senior year.

The next three ten-mile finishers (Robert Espinoza, Dan Smith, Nicolai Naranjo) all run for the Western Mass Distance Project.  WMDP placed five in the top ten finishers.  Jason Ayr (2nd) and Kevin Quadrozzi (10th) are part of the same organization.

Alexander Arslan (9th) is a Running Brand specialist at Mizuno USA in Syracuse.

The 2nd place finisher in the women’s 5K was Salome Kosgei.  Salome came to the US from Kenya in 2004 thanks to a scholarship from Iona College in New York.

Liz Ryan who finished 3rd for the second straight year graduated from Brown in 2013.  She trained for six months in Panama.

Newburyporter Sam Acquaviva got second in the 5K.  The Clipper senior-to-be can easily be expected to dominate the 2017-18 Cape Ann League in cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track.

I hope I have this right: The 3rd place 5K finisher was Will Coogan of Exeter.  Will was on the Phillips Exeter JV squad this year.  The 15-year-old may have had the race of his young life.

Bekah Broe was second to Apryl Sabadosa in the 10-mile.  Bekah, from Newton (MA), is an assistant product manager with New Balance.

Sarah Hjelmstad of Wilmington (MA) followed Bekah.  Sarah runs with the Wilmington Sole Sisters.

Complete race results

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

5K finishers

Jason Ayr (70) and Eric Ashe (56)

Dan Smith

Alexander Arslan

Nicolai Naranjo

Kevin Quadrozzi

Salome Kosgei and Liz Ryan battle for 2nd

Robert Espinoza

Abu Kebede Diriba about to win 2017 Yankee Homecoming 10-mile race

Jaclyn Solimine won the women’s 5K

Bekah Broe (2nd in 5K)

Sarah Hjelmstad (847) 3rd in 5K

Salome Kosgei (2nd in 10 mile)

Liz Ryan (3rd 10 miles)

 

 

 

 

 

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Pat Fullerton (5K) and Glarius Rop (10-mile) 2015 Yankee Homecoming Winners

Nick Carleo, Pat Fullerton, and Jacob Johns close together one mile into the YK 5K

Nick Carleo, Pat Fullerton, and Jacob Johns close together one mile into the YK 5K

Glarius Rop nips Mengistu Nebsi for the YK 10-mile title

Glarius Rop nips Mengistu Nebsi for the YK 10-mile title

(Newburyport MA) That’s three straight for Pat Fullerton in the Yankee Homecoming 5K race.

I’ve seen all three of them and from the same vantage point (Cushing Museum on High Street), which is a mile into the race. The first year Pat had a fifty yard lead there and won easily. The last two years pretenders have been with Pat at the one-mile mark. However, in all three years, Pat has never taken his foot off that fast pace and before long he gains separation and the win. The separation this time around was twenty-six seconds.

Two recent high school grads Nick Carleo (Newburyport) and Jamison Koeman (Whitinsville Christian) finished second and third.

The end of the ten-mile race Tuesday night’s race in Newburyport was extremely close between Glarius Rop (AIC/Kenya) and Mengistu Nebsi (New York City/Ethiopia). Glarius appeared first in the very short final stretch but soon Mengistu was in the same final stretch. Glarius looked to have plenty left and did. My pictures below show what that finish looked like.

Glarius looks for his challenger

Glarius looks for his challenger

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Glarius knows he has enough left to win

Glarius knows he has enough left to win

Abu Kebede Diriba (Ethiopia) took third and Eric McDonald (Plaitstow NH) fourth.

Laura Paulsen was the first woman finisher in the 10-mile race

Laura Paulsen was the first woman finisher in the 10-mile race

All of the first four finishers were in place after a mile. Abu completed the course within ten seconds of the top two but Eric was a distant minute after.

Warm night for the runners but cool enough to make it enjoyable for the viewers.

The first females in the 5K were Deirdre Martyn (UMass Amherst/North Andover) and Christina Mattola (Peabody).

Last year’s 10-mile women’s winner (Katie Misurca) finished a close second to Laura Paulsen. At the one-mile mark little separated the two of them. Laura (Cambridge) ended 18th overall while Katie (Gloucester) was 19th.

Meagan Nedlo (Salem MA) was the third woman in the 10-mile.

The finish line was changed this year. It had been ending in the parking lot at Newburyport High School near the stadium field. This year it was out in front of the school.

It was good to see Nick Carleo in the field. No money involved but I’m betting that sooner or later the former Clipper will win the YK 5K.

Race results from Cool Running

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Jamison Koeman - 3rd in the 5k

Jamison Koeman – 3rd in the 5k

Laura Paulsen (1499) and Katie Misurca (1311) at one mile in the 10-mile race

Laura Paulsen (1499) and Katie Misurca (1311) at one mile in the 10-mile race

Alex McGrath - 6th in the 10-mile race

Alex McGrath – 6th in the 10-mile race

Francis Cusack - 7th in 10-mile race

Francis Cusack – 7th in 10-mile race

Deidre Martyn - first woman in the 5K

Deirdre Martyn – first woman in the 5K

Christina Mattola - 2nd woman in the 5K

Christina Mattola – 2nd woman in the 5K

The first four finishers are in the lead pack after a mile in the 10-mile race

The first four finishers are in the lead pack after a mile in the 10-mile race

James Bailey - 9th in the 10-mile

James Bailey – 9th in the 10-mile

Jefferson Welch - 10th in the 10-mile

Jefferson Welch – 10th in the 10-mile

Laura Paulsen and Katie Misurca afterwards

Laura Paulsen and Katie Misurca afterwards

Meagan Nedlo - 3rd woman in 10-mile

Meagan Nedlo – 3rd woman in 10-mile

Jason DeDonato - 8th in 10-mile

Jason DeDonato – 8th in 10-mile

Abu Kebede Diriba - 3rd in 10-mil3

Abu Kebede Diriba – 3rd in 10-mil3

Eric McDonald 4th in 10-mile

Eric McDonald 4th in 10-mile

Jose Ortiz -5th in 10M

Jose Ortiz -5th in 10M

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Pat Fullerton wins again in Yankee Homecoming 5K

Tekeste Nurelign cruises to ten-mile win.

Tekeste Nurelign cruises to ten-mile win.

Katie Misuraca celebrates being top finisher among women in the ten mile

Katie Misuraca celebrates being top finisher among women in the ten mile

Pat Fullerton (2806) already in the lead at one mile ahead of Eric McDonald (1524), Lucas Parsons (3492), Stephen Robertson (1988) and obscured Brendan Sullivan

Pat Fullerton (2806) already in the lead at one mile ahead of Eric McDonald (1524), Lucas Parsons (3492), Stephen Robertson (1988) and obscured Brendan Sullivan

Beverly Antunes was the top woman 5K finisher

Beverly Antunes was the top woman 5K finisher

The races included young and old

The races included young and old

(Newburyport MA) Pat Fullerton (15:04) successfully defended his 5K title on an overcast Tuesday night.  The other three winners in the 55th Yankee Homecoming 5K and ten mile were new to the race.

Last year in the ten mile race, the top three finishers were all in view at the end of the race.  Not this time.  Tekeste Nurelign (49:54) of New York City won by over thirty seconds.  Ruben Sanca (50:30), who took second, had nearly a two-minute lead over Kebede Abu (52:27) in third.  Well spread out to say the least!

Beverly Antunes (18:29) from Somerville topped the female entrants in the 5K finishing 29th overall.

Katie Misuraca (59:54) from Gloucester led all women in the ten mile coming in 40th.

One certainty that I’ve figured out after watching a number of these Yankee Homecoming races is that leaders after a mile are usually the top finishers at the end.  That’s why I like to see what both races look like at the one-mile mark, which is close to the Cushing Museum.

This is what the ten mile looked like at the same spot:

The top three finishers in the ten mile are already in place (Tekeste Nurelign, Ruben Sanca, and Kebede Abu) after one mile

The top three finishers in the ten mile are already in place (Tekeste Nurelign, Ruben Sanca, and Kebede Abu) after one mile

The same formula is usually true for the women.

Second place finisher Aregash Abate (2976) and Katie Misuraca (1595) together after a mile

Second place finisher Aregash Abate (2976) and Katie Misuraca (1595) together after a mile

Another certainty is that there will be a significant turnover in the runners competing.  In the 5K, Pat Fullerton (1st), Stephen Robertson (3rd), Lucas Parsons (4th), and Joe Santo (5th) ran it last year.  In the ten mile, the returnees were former winner Justin Freeman (5th), Pat Rich (6th), and Jose Ortiz (7th).

ambulance crosses the finish line

ambulance crosses the finish line

One thing you hope not to see next year is for an ambulance to cross the finish line.  That unsettling occurrence took place as the 5K was winding down and the lead 10-milers were heading to the finish at the high school.  The logistics of getting an ambulance into the finish line area were almost as difficult as getting the ambulance back out.  The ambulance headed back out just as 10-miler Ruben Sanca in second place was ending his race.  Fortunately the gentleman needing the assistance appeared to have recovered from the effects of the 5K he had run before he left in the ambulance.

Weather?  Looked as if it would rain before the race started but it didn’t.  The cooler/cloudy conditions were surely enjoyed by the runners.

5K and 10 mile official results

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Teskeste Nurelign

Teskeste Nurelign

Justin Freeman (3064) and Brandon Newbould (1696)

Justin Freeman (3064) and Brandon Newbould (1696)

Carly Curcuru (519), Deidre Martyn (3740), and Julia Shorter (2144) battle for 2nd in the 5K

Carly Curcuru (519), Deidre Martyn (3740), and Julia Shorter (2144) battle for 2nd in the 5K

Nathaniel Webber (2446), Joe Santo (2936), and Stephen Leonard (1327) chase the leaders in the 5K

Nathaniel Webber (2446), Joe Santo (2936), and Stephen Leonard (1327) chase the leaders in the 5K

Michael Carlone 8th in 10 mile

Michael Carlone 8th in 10 mile

Layce Alves of Rockport 3rd in 10 mile

Layce Alves of Rockport 3rd in 10 mile

 

Aregash Abate

Aregash Abate

battle for 9th in the 10 mile between Anthony Walsh (left) and Ian Nurse (right)

battle for 9th in the 10 mile between Anthony Walsh (left) and Ian Nurse (right)

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Aschalew Mekete and Meseret Kitata win 2013 Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race

Aschalew Mekete wins with fellow Ethiopians Mengistu Nebsi and Tariku Bokan close behind.

Aschalew Mekete wins with fellow Ethiopians Mengistu Nebsi and Tariku Bokan close behind.

Meseret Kitata takes the female division with Aimaz Fekade in sight behind her.

Meseret Kitata takes the female division with Aimaz Fekade in sight behind her.

(Newburyport) They represented the West Side Runners of New York City, as well as Ethiopia, extremely well.

The top three spots in the 54th Yankee Homecoming 10-mile race in both male and female divisions were captured by newcomers to this race from WSX/Ethiopia in terrific times.

With temperatures in the low 70s, the Tuesday evening event was pleasant for both runners and spectators.

Dan Hocking narrowly won last year’s race with a time of 51:49.  Granted it was a hot evening.  In this year’s event, that time would have earned him 10th.  That’s how fast the male field was this time around.

As the photo above shows, the top three (Aschalew Mekete, Mengistu Nebsi, and Tariku Bokan) were all in view in the final stretch at Newburyport High School.  They were five seconds apart with Aschalew winning at 49:07.

Tariku, in 3rd, completed the course over a minute ahead of fourth place finisher Amos Sang (Abilene Christian/Kenya).  Amos was part of the lead pack in the early going.

Early leaders in 10 mile

Early leaders in 10 mile

Another person in the early-lead pack was Tadesse Biratu who ended up 7th.

The winners in the female side were: Meseret Kitata, Aimaz Fekade, and Hirut Beyene.  These women finished 17th, 18th, and 19th overall.  Meseret’s time was 56:22 and Aimaz was only seven seconds after her.

Pat Fullerton runs alone at one-mile mark

Pat Fullerton runs alone at one-mile mark

Pat Fullerton dominated the 5K part of the racing program and that’s putting it mildly.  I try to position myself one mile into the race (Cushing Museum) to get a sense of the early going.  As my picture shows, Pat was at the museum as his pursuers are at the State Street/High Street traffic light.  (What those cars in the picture are doing I’ll never know!)

Pat won the race (15:21) by over thirty seconds over Lucas Parson of Umass Lowell.

Alanna Poretta #1702

Alanna Poretta #1702

Alanna Poretta paced the 5K women (18:25) finishing 23rd overall.  I saw her win the Cape Ann League championship running for Pentucket at Bradley Palmer Park a few years ago.

Rebecca Morse, also a Pentucket grad, finished third just four seconds behind Jana Schulson of Newburyport.

The races attracted a total of more than 3,000 runners ranging from the serious to the casual.  The course provides a nice look at two of Newburyport’s most scenic areas: High Street and the downtown area.

In researching the West Side Runners of New York City, I found Alene Reta mentioned as a member.  Alene won the Yankee Homecoming 10-mile event several times.  Maybe he had something to do with getting this year’s participating club members involved in the Newburyport race??

This is the link to the complete race results for 2013.

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Matt Pelletier (6th)

Matt Pelletier (6th)

Brian Harvey (5th)

Brian Harvey (5th)

Amos Sang (4th)

Amos Sang (4th)

Tadesse Biratu (7th) and Nick Karwoski (8th)

Tadesse Biratu (7th) and Nick Karwoski (8th)

5K crowd at Fruit Street

5K crowd at Fruit Street

Lucas Parson (#3038 - 2nd) and Stephen Robertson (#1803 - 3rd)

Lucas Parson (#3038 – 2nd) and Stephen Robertson (#1803 – 3rd)

Hirut Beyene - 3rd

Hirut Beyene – 3rd

Aimaz Fekade - 2nd

Aimaz Fekade – 2nd

Justin Freeman - former winner finishes 11th

Justin Freeman – former winner finishes 11th

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Dan Hocking wins 52nd Annual Yankee Homecoming 10 mile race

Dan Hocking, Dereje Hailegioruis, and Andrew Huebner are all in view as the finish nears in the 10-mile Yankee Homecoming race.

Race winner Dan Hocking of Dover NH

(Newburyport) You want close?  You sure got it in the 52nd Annual Yankee Homecoming ten-miler on Tuesday night in Newburyport.

The top four finishers, led by race winner Dan Hocking, were a mere thirteen seconds apart!

Any summer road race faces the possibility of too much heat but on this night the temperatures were close to 70 degrees and there was a light drizzle after the race.

One thing that never seems to fail is that one mile into the race the leaders at the end are well positioned in the front.  And that was the case (again) as I noticed when I reviewed the pictures I took of the front pack at the one-mile mark in front of the Cushing Museum on High Street.

Granted there were several wannabe’s in the front pack but the eventual winner (Dan Hocking), second place (Dereje Hailegioruis), third place (Andrew Huebner), and fourth place ( Moninda Marube) were all in the mix.

Dan Hocking ran for UNH and recently received his PH.D in Ecology.  He is a coach with Northeast Running Services.

Dereje Hailegioruis is from Ethiopia now living in New York City.  He has won a number of races in New York.

Andrew Huebner graduated from Governors’ Academy and Bucknell and ran track at both places.

Moninda Marube (3101) congratulates Dereje afterwards. Moninda was not even listed by the Cool Running race results site even as late as this morning.  I checked my pictures and thought that maybe he had taken a “shortcut” to the finish – remember Rosie Ruiz??  However, Marube was in the front pack at one mile so I then suspected that the race electronics hadn’t picked him up.  Anyhow, he is now listed as getting fourth in Cool Running and rightly so.

Monida Marube, from Kenya, won the Old Sandwich Road Race in Plymouth (MA) on June 3rd and came away with a winner-take-all $3000.

I also saw the 5K at the one-mile mark and again the eventual top four: winner Eric McDonald, 2nd Ben Pare, 3rd Brendan Robertson, and 4th Connor Habib were all there.

I check my pictures of the 5K afterwards and noticed that a 37-year-old named Brett Budzinski had finished 13th.  Yes, this was the same Brett Budzinski who had been a three-sport standout for Ipswich High School back in the day!

This link will give you the official results from the Yankee Homecoming races.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Winner Eric McDonald (1438), second place Ben Pare (1700), third place Brendan Robertson (1894), and fourth place Connor Habib (2972) are in the front group in the 5K after one mile.

Matt Orlando 1670, Joe Santo 1959, Conor Westwater 3016, and Brett Budzinski 257 one mile into the 5K race.

Katie Dicamillo from Rhode Island was the first woman in the 10 mile race.

Top four finishers are in the front pack although Dereje is hidden from view.

Pat Rich 9th and Kefah Keraro 8th

Andrew Huebner finishes 3rd as Moninda Marube turns corner

Dan Vassallo – 5th

Ian Nurse – 6th

Jim Johnson – 7th

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