True finishes 3rd, Flanagan nipped at line in Beach to Beacon

Ben True congratulates his competitors after crossing the finish line in the Beach to Beacon, True placed 3rd in a very fast 27:50 (Photo by Kevin Morris)

True finishes 3rd, Flanagan nipped at line in Beach to Beacon 

Complete Results

Maine native Ben True mixed it up with the top runners in the 17th annual Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth this morning. True, from North Yarmouth, Maine  and currently a Hanover, NH resident went out with the leaders of the race from the gun. Eventual champion Bedan Karoki led the pack out in a quick 4:20 for the first mile, as a pack of 8 followed. The pack stayed together through 2 miles (8:49), until they hit the hills on Old Ocean House rd at the 2.5 mile mark. Karoki used the hills to his advantage as he quicken his tempo, dropping everyone but True & fellow Kenyans Stephen Kibet & Patrick Makau. The 5k was hit in a course record pace of 13:43.

 

As they turned onto 77, and headed for Shore road the quick pace continued, and it was just too much for True & Makau to hold on. Karoki and Kibet pulled away covering the mostly downhill 4th & 5th miles in 4:23 & 4:18. The rolling hills of the tough 6th mile were too much for Kibet to hold on as Karoki opened up a gap as the duo turned into Fort Williams, at the top of the hill, Karoki took a look back to see where his competitors where and sprinted it over the final .2 miles. Karoki who ran 26:52 for 10k on the track earlier this year broke the tape first with a fine 27:36.4 effort, a 4:27 per mile pace. 6 seconds later, Kibet crossed in 27:42, while True ran the American course record of 27:49.8 (4:29 per mile) for third place overall.

 

We caught up with Ben after the race to discuss his run and what the rest of the summer looks like for him

 

 

The Beach to Beacon also serves as a who's who of Maine road racing, with everyone shooting to be the first Mainer across the line. This year it was recent Dartmouth grad and former Brunswick standout Will Geoghegan who crossed the line first with a personal best 29:51 in 11th spot. Jonny Wilson of Falmouth was second in 30:26, while another Dartmouth grad Henry Sterling of North Yarmouth was the 3rd mainer in 31:38.

Check out our Interview with the new Oregon Duck Will Geoghegan

Also of note in the men's race two time champion Micah Kogo finished 5th (28:14.4) while True's training partner Sam Chelanga was 7th (28:28.9). Fernando Cabada was the second American in 9th place (29:46) while Brian Harvey was one spot behind in 10th (29:49). Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezghi finished 13th running 29:57, while former 10K american record holder Chris Solinsky placed 14th in 30:00

 

Gemma Steele celebrates as she crosses the finish line winning the women's race in the Beach to Beacon, Shalene Flanagan was a close second.

Steele edges Flanagan

The women's race was an intense battle between Great Britian's Gemma Steele & American Shalene Flanagan as the duo raced stride for stride over the 6.2 miles. In the end Steele who placed second a year ago in a break through race edged ahead in the final 40 meters for the victory over Flanagan. The two were both timed in 31:26.5. As the runners hit the grass section, the change in terrain proved costly for the Shalene, as she had a slight stumble, and was unable to recover, she would have been the first American to win the race in the 17 year history.

 

 

There was a gap to the third place finish, Diane Nukuri-Johnson who crossed the finish line in 31:50, next to finish was American Jordan Hasay in her 10k road debut, Hasay was timed in 32:18.

The course record for Maine runners was broken by the top two finishers today. Setting the new Maine course record was Michelle Lilienthal of Portland a Saucony sponsored athlete, who moved from Minnesota last winter. Lilienthal a two time Olympic trials marathon qualifier shattered Sheri Piers course record on 34:17 with her personal best 33:38.8, the time was good enough for a 13th place overall finish. The second mainer was Scarborough's Erica Jesseman, who just missed the course record a year ago, was under the record with her 34:14 effort. The former record holder Piers was the third fastestmainer with her 35:42.

 

 

Scarborough's Jacob Terry (#4459) was the top Maine HS boy 34:18 while teammate Colin Tardiff (#2243) was 3rd fastest 35:24

Top Maine High School Boys under 40 minutes

  71   7/161  M1519   34:18  5:32   34:22  Jacob Terry               17 M   4459 Scarborough ME 
  76   9/161  M1519   34:35  5:34   34:42  Christopher Walfield      17 M   4059 Bath ME               
  93  13/161  M1519   35:24  5:42   35:31  Colin Tardiff             15 M   2243 Scarborough ME 
 104  15/161  M1519   36:01  5:48   36:07  Aaron Willingham          17 M   4596 Farmington ME            
 129  18/161  M1519   36:49  5:56   36:57  Benjamin Breton           15 M   4499 Windham ME    
 145  21/161  M1519   37:20  6:01   37:30  Jacob Bloom               17 M   6791 Scarborough ME     
 165  24/161  M1519   37:55  6:07   38:38  Sean Soucy                16 M   1035 Falmouth ME           
 176  26/161  M1519   38:21  6:11   38:34  Kyle Kennedy              17 M   1358 Cape Elizabeth ME
                                                         
 177  27/161  M1519   38:21  6:11   38:29  Xander Keiter             15 M   7655 South Portland ME

 179  28/161  M1519   38:24  6:11   38:34  Andrew Sholl              16 M   2181 Scarborough ME  
   
 188  29/161  M1519   38:41  6:14   38:51  Sean McGovern             17 M   4014 Scarborough ME 
 
 204  30/161  M1519   38:54  6:16   39:47  Benjamin Garcia           16 M   7197 New Gloucester ME         
 
 213  31/161  M1519   39:09  6:18   39:15  Jason Higginbotham        16 M   3374 Brunswick ME  

 225  33/161  M1519   39:22  6:20   39:32  Maxim Doiron              16 M   3694 Scarborough ME


Elizabeth Labun (center) was the top Maine HS girl in 41:08, here she hangs with some of the kenyan runners

 

Top Maine High Girls under 47 minutes

 337   5/169  F1519   41:08  6:38   41:29  Elizabeth Labun           17 F   3422 Hampden ME 
 340   6/169  F1519   41:11  6:38   41:31  Tessa Cassidy             16 F   2621 Brunswick ME  
                                                            
 341   7/169  F1519   41:12  6:38   41:32  Hannah Austin             17 F   3930 North Yarmouth ME 
 
 562  13/169  F1519   43:39  7:02   44:15  Joann Bourgoin            17 F   7211 Winslow ME   
 570   1/45   F0114   43:44  7:03   44:21  Cecilia Morin             14 F   5895 Waterville ME           
 588  15/169  F1519   44:00  7:05   44:14  Laura Volan               16 F   3631 Scarborough ME 
 613  16/169  F1519   44:11  7:07   44:48  Emily Mason               17 F   2333 Cumberland ME 
 650  19/169  F1519   44:27  7:10   44:47  Tiffany Tanner            16 F   5649 Brunswick ME 
 698  21/169  F1519   44:51  7:13   45:39  Eva Brydson               17 F   1325 Cape Elizabeth ME 
 707  22/169  F1519   44:57  7:15   45:45  Rhoen Fiutak              17 F   1494 Cape Elizabeth ME  
 721  23/169  F1519   45:03  7:15   45:51  Samantha Feenstra         16 F   3188 Cape Elizabeth ME 
 849   3/45   F0114   45:59  7:24   46:29  Bethany Sholl             13 F   4899 Scarborough ME     
 922   4/45   F0114   46:27  7:29   47:05  Olivia Skillings          14 F   4621 North Yarmouth ME  
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