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Benjamin True sets BAA 5K record

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  April 17, 2011 10:46 AM

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Benjamin True of Hanover, NH, set a course record at the Boston Athletic Association's 5K this morning, winning in 14 minutes, 7 seconds.

He finished just ahead of Bobby Curtis from Louisville, Ky. (14:07). The time was more than 20 seconds faster than the previous record set by Jarrod Shoemaker in 2009. Shoemaker, of Maynard, ran a 14:29, but all of the top-10 runners this year were faster than that, including Shoemaker, who finished seventh in 14:23.

Tenth-place Brian Harvey, from Allston, finished with a time of 14:25.

Lineth Chepkurui, 24, of Kenya, won the women's race, also in record time. Her 15:52 reduced the record -- set by Watertown native Jennifer Campbell in 2010 -- by a minute. The top seven women finishers in this year's race beat that time, including seventh-place Jeannette Faber from Somerville and third-place finisher Stephanie Reilly from Northbridge. 

Top 5 finishers
Men

1. Benjamin True - 14:07 (Hanover, NH), 25
2. Bobby Curtis - 14:07 (Louisville, Ky.), 26
3. Ben St. Lawrence - 14:09 (Australia), 29
4. John Korir - 14:09 (Kenya), 35
5. Ben Bruce - 14:14 (Springfield, Ore), 28

Women
1. Lineth Chepkurui - 15:52 (Kenya), 25
2. Stephanie Pezzullo - 16:21 (Flagstaff, Ariz), 28
3. Stephanie Reilly - 16:23 (Northbridge, Mass.), 33
4. Toni Salucci - 16:25 (Hanover, NH), 25
5. Amy Hastings - 16:33 (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.), 27

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