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THE LEAD PACK.
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.

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