NEWS FROM 2004

12/31/2004
 

THROWS TRAINING GROUP STARTS IN RI

December 28

Tom Petranoff, four time Olympian in the javelin throw invites throwers in all events (and not just track and field) to join weekly training group sessions (2 hours) at his indoor throwing facility in Coventry RI.

Athletes will be taught how to train and develop core strength, and weak side-strong side / Center of Gravity leverage skills using medicine ball training, bounding, light weight lifting, speed and power development, with stretching and flexibility. Each participant will also receive a personalized training program and testing assessment. Fees are per session or monthly.

Call Tom direct at 401-440-0878 or email turbojav@aol.com for full details and training times.
 



BENTLEY COLLEGE AND RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANT COACHES
December 28

Bentley College in Waltham MA and Rhode Island College in Providence currently have positions available for part time assistant coaches. The Bentley position is sprints/hurdles/jumps focused, while the RIC position is for a throws coach. Both are for both indoor and outdoor seasons, begin immediately, and of course will require Saturday attendance at meets. Contact the office to be put in touch with the respective head coaches.
 



HOLTZ RAISES ALL-TIME NEW ENGLAND HS POLE VAULT RECORD
December 21

Barrington RI senior Bradley Holtz cleared 15'9" in the pole vault at the New Haven Invitational on Saturday to become New England's all-time highest scholastic vaulter, indoors or outdoors. Not only did he break the indoor mark of 15'1 3/4" cleared by Yoo Kim of Deerfield Academy in 1999, he also bettered the outdoor standard of 15'8" set in 2002 by Jake Radzevich of Pinkerton Academy (NH).
 



DATE CHANGE FOR BU DEVELOPMENT MEET - MOVED TO JANUARY 2
December 21

The Boston University Development Meet 3 originally scheduled for January 1 has been moved a day later to Sunday, January 2, moving it off of the holiday.
Thus, the remaining three meets are on Sunday December 26, Sunday January 2, and Saturday January 8.


KUO NAMED CHAIR OF NATIONAL RECORDS COMMITTEE
December 17, Indianapolis

Justin Kuo (Brookline MA/NE Walkers), member of the USATF New England Board of Governors, was named as the new chair of the USATF Records Committee. USATF President Bill Roe made the announcement, replacing Basil Honikman who retired at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in Portland. "Justin has been a productive member of the committee as the representative from the Race Walking Committee for several years, and works well as the liaison with the National Office", noted Roe. Responsibilities will include coordinating the compilation of record performances from among the various sports committees through the year, and chairing the committee meeting that reviews the pending records.
 



MARI LITTLETON ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
December 15

Mari Littleton of the Nashua PAL is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for November. The Midget Division (age 11-12) runner from Nashua NH dominated her two Junior Olymipic races and led her club to wins in both and an ultimate berth in the Nationals. She first won the USATF New England championship by 35 seconds on November 13 at Amherst NH, and a week later in Maine, won the Region I race (covering six associations) by a 24 second margin. Both races were over 3000 meters.

Last weekend, she followed it up with an all-American 22nd place in a 304 runner field - and first New Englander - at the National JO Championships in Illinois despite having a heavy cold, and led her team to a 5th place finish of 28 teams.

The full press release can be found here.
 


IMPORTANT TRIO IN SPORT PASS AWAY OVER WEEKEND

December 13

A pair of important workers in the sport from two generations and a legendary coach passed away over the weekend; former New England association president Bob Campbell, National office staff member Mark Springer, and coach Arthur Lydiard.

While he served a term as the New England Athletics Congress (previous name for USATF-NE) in the 1980's, Bob Campbell was most importantly involved in all aspects of distance running for over a half century. It is no exageration to say that the West Roxbury MA resident is one of the reasons that the sport is where it is today locally and nationally. He served as both the National and New England Long Distance Running chairman for many years, and among other things was the long time referee of the Boston Marathon and was instrumental in getting the USA to compete annually at the world cross country championships. He was New England champion himself in the steeplechase, at many road race distances, and the NE cross country champion in 1937.

Springer died from complications suffered in an automobile accident in fall. Mark joined the office in 1986, and moved up from assistant publications coordinator to Director of Grass Roots Programs. He had more regular contact with the New England association than any other national office staffer.

Coach of a generation of the world's best middle distance runners from New Zealand, the 87 year old Lydiard introduced many of today's commonplace training theories. He had been on a lecture tour of the US to promote his last book, and had made a presentation at Regis College in Weston MA in November.
 



NASHUA PAL, ERIN LAGASSE WIN MEDALS AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY NATIONALS
Schaumburg IL, December 11

The Nashua PAL Youth Boys (age 13-14)team and Erin Lagasse of the Sentinel Striders ran to medal wins at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Schaumburg Illinois. The PAL team finished second of 28 teams in the largest (325 participants) of the day's ten races, with Granite State Flash (8th) and Quincy TC (12th) also placing in the top half of that run. Rhode Island's Lagasse was the bronze medalist in the Intermediate Girls (age 15-16) division. Other individuals with top 10 finishes included Ryan Cooney of Lynx Elite, 5th in the Bantam Boys race, and the North Kingstown Rec duo of Lindsey Forte (5th) and Ashley DiClemente (8th) in the Bantam Girls race. Most races had well over 200 competitors from around the country.

Full results are posted at www.usatf.org.
 



BARNICLE SIXTH AT FOOTLOCKER XC
San Diego, December 11

Massachusetts Division I champion Chris Barnicle of Newton placed sixth at the Footlocker Scholastic Cross Country Championships on Saturday. In very un-harrier-like conditions - 70's and high humidity - the Northeast region winner fell off the leaders' pace in the 2nd mile in a tightly bunched field, but finishing strong and within 12 seconds of the winner. Two New Hampshire athletes were also part of the 40 runner elite fields; Corey Thorne of Portsmouth NH was 26th in the boys' race, and Chantelle Dron of Candia NH was 32nd. Full results and stories can be found at THE site for high school XC and track action, DyeStat.com.
 



WILL CLONEY AWARD GOES TO BAA'S FRANK PORTER
Boston, December 11

The Bill Rodgers Running Center, in conjunction with their annual Jingle Bell Run, awarded the 2005 Will Cooney Award for continuing service to the sport of road running to past Boston Athletic Association President Frank Porter. The current BAA Board of Governor member has long worked to keep the Boston Marathon at the forefront of the world's races, and is behind the move to bring the 2008 Olympic Trias Marathon to Boston.
 



COLLEGE ASSISTANT COACHING POSITIONS OPEN
December 9

Assistant coaching positions for field events have opened up at two local colleges. They are part-time, and have only small honorariums, but are good opportunities to get involved with college coaching and would grow in the future.

Stonehill College (Div II) in North Easton MA has an immediate opening for a throws coach, and Babson College (Div III) in Wellesley MA has openings in the jumps, throws, and sprints/hurdles.

Contact Steve at the office with your interest and experience, and the particulars will be forwarded to the head coaches.


USATF NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING NOTES

December 1-5, Portland OR

A delegation of 15 represented the New England association at the 26th USATF Annual Meeting held in Portland Oregon last week. Individuals spread out among dozens of meetings over 4 days to voice opinions and vote on various topics.

A number of New England athletes were recognized as tops in their fields for the year. Paul Low repeated as the country's top mountain runner, for being outstanding in their aged divisions on the track or roads. Among road runners, locals were ranked tops in their 5 year age groups, including Craig Fram (Plaistow NH/Whirlaway RT - M45-49), Bill Dixon ( Bennington VT/Gr.Lowell Roadrunners - M55-59), Joe Fernandez (Fairhaven MA / NE 65+ - M75-79 ), Jan Bober(Burlington MA/Heartbreak Hill Striders - W60-64).

On the track, Flo Meiler (Shelburne VT) was selected as the outstanding combined-eventer for females, and Marcia Gutsche-Rutledge (Newton MA / CSU) was top 40-44 racewalker. Recently relocated to Montana over the summer, Nikki Kimball (former CMS) was honored as outstanding ultra runner, while past Mass. HS champ Shalane Flanagan, now in North Carolina, was recognized as female cross country runner of the year.

And Joan Benoit-Samuelson was among 10 individuals inducted into the Track & Field Hall of Fame.

In administrative news, Steve Vaitones was elected vice-chairman of the Men's and Women's Race Walking Committee, and Lance Turley was tapped as the new East Zone Representative in the Youth Committee. Four individuals ran for key committee chairman positions, although without successes; Harry Brooks in the Masters Track and Field Committee, Laurie Boemker and Pat Lavelle in the Officials Committee, and Jim Garcia in the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Committee. The Downtown 5K will serve as the 2005 USA Women's 5K Road Race Championship, and the USA 15K Racewalk title race will be held in Watertown MA for the next 3 years.

USATF President Bill Roe was elected for a second four year term, and the board of directors extended CEO Craig Masback's contract for five years. The January NE Exchange Zone Newsletter will give more details on other site selections, rules changes, and committee action; in the meantime, press releases can be found at the USATF Home Page.


BAA WOMEN THIRD AT FALL NATIONAL XC

December 4, Portland OR

New England women's XC champions, the Boston Athletic Association, placed a close third at the USA Fall National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The course was flat with several manmade hills, included lots of twists and turns, and ranged from damp to shoe-sucking-soggy underfoot; the weather conditions were pleasant for both runners and spectators. The field size in both men's and women's races was the largest in recent years.

The big blue, with 84 points, were just 8 points behind the California-based See Jane Run and 5 behind runner-up Farm Team. Led by Kasie Wallace in 20th andMary Proulx in 30th, all five BAA scorers were in the top 37 overall among 226 women. Behind the BAA, the Greater Boston Track Club was 13th of 23 scoring teams. Missy Buttrey of Wartburg College, a member of the 2004 USA World XC team and this year's NCAA Division III champ, was a convincing individual winner.

A stellar run by Jason Bialka led the BAA men to a ninth place finish in the men's 10K. Bialka moved up to seventh overall - and 2nd club scorer - at the finish. The sixpack ahead of him included 2003 World Championship 5000m finalist Jorge Torres who took the gold with a strong second half of the race, and 2004 Olympian and former MA HS star Jonathan Riley who was fourth. The team battle had the Farm Team (89) besting Hanson's Brooks (114) and the Asics Aggies (191), with the BAA (9th, 272), Reebok Boston (17th, 419), and Greater Boston (24th, 670) placing in the 41 team field.

In the accompanying masters races, Mary Harada (West Newbury MA) won the women's 65-69 division with her Liberty AC team placing 2nd in the W60+ category, as masters women raced the same 6K race as the open women. Top masters male over the 10K (won by Brian Pope, winner at the 8K held at Franklin Park in November) was John Barbour (Gr.Lowell RR/ Gloucester MA) who was fifth in the M50 division. Greater Springfield Harriers was the sole local club with scoring teams, and responded with bronze medals in the M50 scoring, and silver among the M60 teams.

Full results are posted at the USATF website.


NH CLUBS DOMINATE REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS
NE CLUBS AND INDIVIDUALS EARN SPOTS IN NATIONALS

November 21, Augusta Maine

Continuing their successes from the New England Junior Olympics, Nashua PAL and Granite State Flash dominated the team scoring at the Junior Olympic Region I Cross Country championships at the Augusta (ME) Civic Center on Sunday. The meet, which determined who would advance to the Nationals, found PAL with five team titles - Bantam Boys, and both boys' and girls' Midget and Youth divisions. Granite State Flash was second in each of those five races, and while the NY Novas won the Bantam Girls race (by 1 point), the above teams were 2-3.

Sentinel Striders won the Young Women's division, took second in Intermediate Girls, and third in both Midget Girls and Boys, advancing along with Quincy Track Club's Youth Boys team. New England also had five individual winners - Mari Littleton (PAL/Midget Girls), Bridgette Black ( PAL/Youth Girls), Erin LeGasse (Sentinels/Intermediate Girls), David Sinclair (Waitsfield VT/ Midget Boys), and Jared Garfield (PAL/Youth Boys).

While damp and overcast, rain held off which was well since the course was quite hilly and challenging. The Region I results are posted at the cross country page and details of the JO National meet are on theUSATF JO Page.


SMITH WINS NCAA DI CROSS COUNTRY
WILLIAMS WOMEN WIN DIVISON III

November 20, 22

Kim Smith of Providence captured the NCAA Divison I Women's cross country crown on Monday in Indiana. The 2003 runner-up moved to the top step this year, and with the help of teammate Fiona Crombie in 10 th, the Lady Friars took third in the team standings. Massachusetts natives Caroline Bierbaum (3rd, Columbia) and Lindsay Donaldson (6th, Yale) also recorded impressive finishes. In the men's race, top New England collegian was Jeff Gaudette of Brown in 29th, while Vermont native Bruce Hyde, running for Cornell, was one place better.
Saturday in Eau Claire Wisconsin, Williams College women topped the field and led a strong New England presence in the Division III championships. Led by the 3-4 finish of Jenn Campbell and Caroline Cretti, Williams was the first of five NE teams who were among the top 14 (Middlebury 3, Colby 5, Amherst 12, Wesleyan 14). Men's results found Williams' Neil Holtschulte in the silver medal position, with NE D3 Champ Ben Schmeckpepper of MIT in 8th. Tufts University was sixth overall, with Williams tenth.
The Division II Nationals in Indiana found U.Mass Lowell 13th among men's teams, with the Riverhawks' Chris Kapfer taking that same placing individually as top local; Stonehill was 16th team. The two teams reversed order - Stonehill 14th and UML 22nd - in the women's race, as Stonehill's Diane Chiavakos earning all-American in 30th.

Results of all three divisions are at NCAA Website.


LONG DISTANCE RUNNING NEWS
CMS WINS USA 50K TEAM TITLE IN GEORGIA
RHODE ISLAND'S ONLY MARATHON RECORDS RESULTS

November 16

The Central Mass. Striders men's team captured the National championship team title at the USATF 50K National championships by taking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place in Peachtree city GA on November 14. CMS was the favored team heading into the race as they had won the last 50K road championships in Pittsburgh in 2002 (the championships were not held in 2003). It was contested over a six loop course under cool and breezey conditions.

Past Olympic Trials marathon qualifier Mike Dudley took the lead after 30K and survived a few wrong turns to win in 3:05:35, but CMS sent the next four across the finish line. A scant (for ultra running) 50 seconds back, Kevin Beck earned the silver medal in 3:06:25, followed by Ben Nephew in 3:11:15, and 2001 champion Dan Verrington, his clocking of 3:16:40 also earning him USATF Master Champion honors. And for good measure, Dave Dunham finished 5th - and 2nd 40+ - in 3:27:14.

With the demise of the Ocean State Marathon, runners may think that there is no opportunity to run 26.2 miles in Rhode Island. Not true - the Nifty 50 - 50K and 50 Mile - offers the marathon as a standalone as well as recording splits for all longer running competitors. The 13th annual ultra on November 14 had Rick Doubleday (Chelmsford MA - 3:20:00) and Laurel Valley (Parsonfield ME, 3:43:19), both masters, as the leaders past the classic distance. Find full results of all three events at the UltraRunning Magazine website.


NH CLUBS TOP JUNIOR OLYMPICS XC RESULTS
November 14, Amherst NH

Nashua PAL won five of six team titles in the boys and girls' bantam/midget/youth divisions of the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Cross Country championships on Sunday. Granite State Flash had one first, four second and one third place team finish, with Rhode Island's Sentinel Striders taking three team wins in the older age groups and three bronze medal placings in the younger divisions. Other clubs with a top three finish included Bay State Bullets, Hatchet Harriers, Nitehawks TC, Quincy TC, and Waltham TC.

After early winds, the day at Freestyle Farm turned into a pleasant day for running, as nearly 600 runners made their way around the course. Thanks to the staff at Freestyle Farm and the Amherst Recreation Track Club for hosting a fine event, and thanks to those officials who made the meet run smoothly.

Results can be found here. The top 3 teams and other individuals in the top 25 qualified for the Region I meet to be held next weekend in Augusta Maine.


2005 GRAND PRIX SELECTED
Boston, November 9

If you liked the 2004 USATF-NE Grand Prix series, you'll like the 2005 just as much. The 2005 Road Race Championships composing the Grand Prix series were selected Monday evening, and in the end, found the same seven races on the schedule for next year. Over 60 members cast votes through the bid meeting at Brandeis University.

Nineteen races submitted bids for next year's series, with spirited bidding in each category. And though the series will mirror this past year, only the Ollie 5 Mile was a runaway winner with over 90 percent of the votes. Cape Cod Marathon edged Bay State by 1 vote in the second round of voting, and both the 5K and 10K took three ballots to get the ultimate winner.

The 2005 schedule:

  • 5K: Rhody 5K (Lincoln RI), June 5
  • 8K: Ollie/McCourt Classic (So.Boston), October 2
  • 10K: Whirlaway 10K (Methuen MA), June 26
  • Mid-distance: New Bedford 1/2 Marathon (MA) March 20,
    Stowe (VT) 8 Miler July 17;
    Bedford Rotary 12K (NH) May 21 - in as "wild card"
  • Marathon: Cape Cod, Falmouth MA, October 30

Full info with dates and contacts will be on the grand prix page by the end of the week.


USATF-NE Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships this Sunday

The USATF New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships will be held this Sunday November 14, 2004 at Freestyle Farm Amherst NH. The meet is for USATF athletes under the age of 19 and determines who will advance to the Region I meet being held next week in Maine.

Athletes can enter this week or the day of the event at Freestyle Farm.


GRAND PRIX SELECTION MEETING ON MONDAY

The selection meeting for the 2005 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held at Brandeis University in Waltham on Monday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Seven races for next year's series will be selected by association members. Voting is open to all 2004 USATF-NE members who have a number as of October 1.

Races having submitted bids include:

  • 5K: Rhody 5K (Lincoln RI), Sharon Timlin 5K (Hopkinton MA), Cigna 5k (Manchester NH), Caring for Kids (Brockton MA)
  • 8K: Ollie (So.Boston), Manchester NH Union Leader
  • 10K: James Joyce Ramble (Dedham MA), Marine Corps (Milton MA), Whirlaway (Methuen MA), Chef's Classic (Foxboro MA)
  • Mid-distance: Bedford Rotary 12K (NH)< New Bedford 1/2 Marathon (MA), Stowe 8 Miler (VT), Larry Robinson 10 Mile (Andover MA),
  • Wild Card: NE XC Championship (Boston MA) Marathon: Bay State, Cape Cod, Green Mountain.

SUNDAY OF CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAWS FAST CROWD

BAA wins open team titles, Masters Nationals draw 196
Boston, Nov. 4

The Boston Athletic Association, highlighted by a perfect 15 point score in the women's race, won the New England men's and women's cross country team championships at Franklin Park on Sunday. It was a perfect fall day near 60 degrees and the course was dry and fair for the dayof racing.

Orla O'Mahoney, winning in 21:12 led the Unicorn charge in the women's 6017 trek, as the BAA had all 5 scorers among the top 7 across the line. Joan Bohlke, 13th, led Reebok Boston to the runner -up position.

The men's race, (wheeled at 9855 meters) found Canadian Reid Coolsaetstriding to a 30:13 win over Irish internationalist Vin Mulvey. The New England crown went to fifth placer Paul Ryan (Reebok Boston - and USATF-NE office manager) in 31:14; his team was edged by the BAA, headed by Jason Bialka, by a 27-30 total.

The morning kicked off with the USATF National Masters (Age 40+) 8K Championships, which included the New England championships. First among 196 finishers in the combined men's and women's race was Brian Pope of Oxford MS, clocking a quality 25:08 for the classic course. A tight pack of four pushed the pace throughout, as Pope out legged Tom Dalton (Schenectady NY), M45 division winner by 17 seconds. Mike Payson (Dirigo RC) earned New England champion honors by finishing fourth overall, as he led his crew to the national championship among age 40+ teams. Another NE club, Greater Springfield Harriers, were the top 50+ team. New England runners winning their age groups included a pair from Greater Lowell Roadrunners, John Barbour (50-54, 26:32), and Bill Dixon (55-59, 28:48).

Carmen Trancoso of Texas was the women's victor (29:17) over past Olympic triathlete and New England champ Karen Smyers of Lincoln MA (29:54). Central Mass Striders (50+) and Liberty AC (60+) kept those team gold medals local. Besides Smyers, Cathy Klim (55-59, Cape Cod AC, 35: 08), Carrie Parsi 65-69, Liberty AC, 38:43), and Liz Szawlowski (70-74, NE65+, 59:29) ran to individual golds.

After a few corrections, results and scores of all the events will be posted on the cross country page on Tuesday morning. Three races will be contested - the NE and USA National Masters 8K kicks things off at 10:00 a.m., followed by the open women's 6K at 11:15, and the open men's 10K at 11:45.

Following the USATF races, USATF-NE hosted the NCAA Divison II National qualifier; U.Mass Lowell and Stonehill were the district qualifiers for both the men's and women's nationals, trading 1-2 finishes in the races.


Cape Cod Marathon - bringing the season to an end the right way; and who can argue with the dollar drafts?
Cape Cod Marathon - bringing the season
to an end the right way (and who can argue with the dollar drafts?)
Photo: Courtesy of Steve Pepe

GRAY, LANDRETH NE CHAMPIONS AT CAPE COD MARATHON
Russians take overall wins


Falmouth MA, October 31

Kevin Gray (Walpole MA/BAA) andSusannah Landreth (Newburyport MA/MVS) ran off with USATF New England honors at the 27th running of the Sovereign Bank Cape Cod Marathon on Halloween Sunday. A record field of over 1200 marathon entrants and 180 teams for the simultaneous Dunkin' Donuts Relay answered the starting canon blast.

Steady winds, and weather that changed from low 60's and heavy mist to 70 degrees and sun by the finish, combined with the the course's subtle hills, worked against expected faster times than turned by the overall winners. Russian Aleksey Khokhlov won the men's race in 2:25:36 with a 10 minutes gap on the field, while Russians Elvira Kolpakova and Marina Bychkova, regular training partners, ran together from the start and finished a stride apart, clocking 2:52:32 and 2:52:33. Bychkova finished second at the World 100K Championships in September.

Gray, 26, ran much of the race with three time winner and defending champion Eric Beauchesne, fourth at the tape, and gained the lead among New Englanders (and 2nd place) for good in the final miles, and earned $750 for his effort. New England and overall master's division winner Chris Spinney (Lynn MA/Whirlaway) clocked 2:38:56, good for sixth in the results. Beauchesne led a trio of Greater Lowell Roadrunners the top seven, giving them the team title as well as the series win. Spinney led Whirlaway to the masters championship and overall masters win.

Landreth, the 1998 winner, returned to the classic distance after a lengthy injury that kept her out of the USA Olympic Trials last spring; she placed fourth overall in 2:59:18, earning $500. One place back, Delwyn Williamson (Boston/Cambridge Sports Union) ran 3:04:33 and earned NE Masters honors (2nd overall master). Whirlaway and CSU went 1-2 in the open women's team results, and reversed positions in the masters rankings.

Read a complete summary and find results at the Cape Cod Marathon website.


GREATER LOWELL, WHIRLAWAY TAKE 2004 GRAND PRIX SERIES
MOULTON, DOBBYN TOP INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS


October 31

The Greater Lowell Roadrunners men and Whirlaway Racing Team used their wins at Cape Cod Marathon to give them the 2004 USATF-New England Grand Prix series team titles. It was also the first ever Open championship for both teams; the green from Lowell have picked up wins in the 40+ and 50+ divisions in the past but not the open division. The Whirlway 40+ crews pulled the double in taking both masters wins, the fifth straight for the men and fourth for the women. The half-centurian teams were led by Central Mass Striders (men) and Merrimack Valley Striders (women). The CMS sixties repeated their top step striding.

Individually, Casey Moulton (Pelham NH/GLRR) and Caroline Dobbyn(Boston/Somerville RR) topped the individual scoring lists. Neither took an individual NE gold, but both scored solidly through five and six events, respectively. Men's age division winners were Craig Fram (WRT-40+), John Barbour (GLRR-50+) and Jim Daley (CMS-60+). Fram and Daley scored their third such division win, while Barbour, winning six of six after he turned 5-0 early in the year, has a pair of 40+ wins in history. Women's masters' champ Lisa Senatore (WRT) was a three time open winner, while Karen Duroma-Durante (MVS-50+) and Jan Bober (Heartbreak Hill Striders-60+) have their first such honors.

Over sixty runners completed the full seven championship series and with it, earned "Ironrunner" status which secures them a commemorative jacket for the season. Full team, individual, and Ironrunner summaries will be found at the Grand Prix page,


Mark Carrol wins the 8-kilometer men's race at the Mayor's Cup in Boston on Oct. 24, 2004.
Mark Carrol wins the 8-kilometer men's race at the Mayor's Cup in Boston on Oct. 24, 2004.
Photo: by Victah Sailer, Photo Run

CARROLL, KETEMA WINNERS AT MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY

Boston, October 25

Irishman Mark Carroll of Providence and Ethiopian Atalelech Ketema of the Bronx, New York, were the winners of the men's and women's 15th Annual Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races at Boston's Franklin Park on Sunday. Carroll's winning time was 23:53 for the 8-kilometer, multiple loop course in cool, damp conditions, a margin of 10 seconds over runner-up John Mortimer (B.A.A./Boston), while Ketema, sixth at this same race last year, notched a wire-to-wire victory in 16:47 in her 5-kilometer race. Rebecca Stallwood, 26, of Canada, finished second in 17:04.

In the team competition, the Boston Athletic Association men's and women's teams both defended their titles. The men's team placed all five of its scorers among the top 20 finishers, with the club's women's team even tighter, as its five scorers were among the top 13 finishers and were paced by fifth placer Orla O'Mahoney (17:14).

In the Franklin Park open 5k, John Bitok(B.A.A./Brighton MA) won the men's race in 15:57 with Governor Dummer Academy's Keara Thomas the first female in 19:29. The 1.1 mile youth races were won by Nick Poles, 13, of Quincy Track Club (5:53) and Ashley Farnsworth, 14, of Lynx Elite Athletics (6:25).

This year's Mayor's Cup races drew the largest total number of finishers (825) in event history, with 338 youth finishers in separate boys and girls races and 202 finishers in the Franklin Park 5-kilometer "open" race. The Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races are presented by adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, and directed by USA Track & Field - New England and Boston Centers for Youth & Families with significant cooperation given by Boston Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Boston's Park Rangers. Proceeds from the event are directed towards the improvement of the Franklin Park cross country courses.

RESULTS


MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY ON SUNDAY

Boston, October 21

The fifteenth annual Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races will run at Franklin Park on Sunday morning. Regularly drawing the top harriers and clubs in the region, there will be a total five races taking to the starting lines beginning at 10:15 a.m.; Girls and Boys age 14 and under 1.1 mile races (nearly 250 youth are already entered), the open Franklin Park 5K, the women's championship 5K, and the men's championship 8K.

The meet, presented by adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, is directed by USATF-NE and the Boston Center for Youth and Families. Day of event entry is available and begins at 9:30 a.m. at Franklin Park.

And remember to carpool or take the "T" to the park if you can, as parking is quite limited.


LOCAL MASTERS STRONG AT 5K XC NATIONALS

Boston, October 18

Carrie Parsi (Gloucester MA) won the 65-69 age divisions and led her Liberty AC club to the division team title at the USA National Masters 5K Cross Country championship in Saratoga Springs NY last weekend. Also winning individual medals were Dan Geer (gold, M85, Bennington VT), Richard Larsen (silver, M50, Shelburne MA/Gr.Springfield Harriers), Bill Dixon (silver, M55, Brattleboro VT/ Gr.Lowell RR), Liz Szawlowski (silver, W70, Sugar Hill NH), Bill Spencer (bronze, M65, Litchfield NH/Moose Milers), and Mary Harada (bronze, w65, W.Newbury MA/Liberty AC).

Greater Springfield Harriers were third team in the M50+ and second in the M60+ divisions, while Moose Milers & Marathoners were third among the M60+ teams.

Reminder that the USA Masters National 8K XC Championship is being held in conjunction with the New England championship races at Franklin Park on Sunday, November 7; go to the Entry form here.


LOW ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER

October 12

Paul Low of Amherst, MA, has been named USATF New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2004. The Central Mass. Striders stalwart was the 2nd American finisher and 19th overall at the 20th World Mountain Running Trophy race in Sauze d'Oulx, Italy on September 5. Low clocked 53:36 for the rugged 10.1k course with a climb of 3300 feet.
The full press release can be found on the news page.


Marzuki Stevens finishes the Chicago Marathon in 2:22:28.
Marzuki Stevens 2:22:28 in Chicago.
Photo: Alison Wade, NYRRC

DAVENPORT TAKES TUFTS 10K; YODER-BEGLEY WINS US CROWN; PLENTY OF FAST RUNNING IN WEEKEND ACTION

Boston, October 12

Irish Olympian Marie Davenport of Connecticut took command just after 1 mile and continued alone to victory at the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women on Columbus Day. The former NCAA champion while at Providence college chirped the chip at 32:48; this was her second major road win in a month, having taken the cvs/Downtown 5K in Providence in September.

Genet Gebregiorgis of Ethiopia won a race long battle with Amy Yoder-Begley, only pulling away in the final stretch down Charles Street. Yoder-Begley turned in a strong effort in third to earn her first USA senior crown as the women's 10 km national road champion. The 2001 NCAA 10,000m champion while at the University of Arkansas ran 33 minutes, 12 seconds to win her first USA title as a post collegian. Begley out-dueled another promising young American runner, Boston College grad student Amy Mortimer of West Roxbury, Mass. The 23-year-old Kansas State graduate placed second among Americans and fourth overall in 33:24. She was followed by 36-year-old Jenny Crain of Milwaukee, Wis., who was the third American (fifth overall) in 33:28. The BAA trio of Julie Spolidoro, Mariko Holbrook, and Mimi Fallon won the team title over Greater Boston TC.

On Sunday, fast times were turned in at the BAA Half Marathon, as Luke Metto led the first four finishers under the old course record in a blistering 1:02:57, the fastest ever run in Massachusetts. The top four were also within 3 seconds of each other. Ollie 5 Mile champ Mark Carroll, tuning up for the Fukuoka Marathon in Japan, set a hot early pace but could not maintain it through the second half of the race. Mark LaRosa (BAA/ Cambridge MA) was first local, 1: 11:13. Dutch Olympian Lorna Kiplagat was the easy women's winner, while 8th placer Monique Maddy of Cambridge ran 1:22:10 that was also good for 2nd master. The host BAA won the Open men's and women's as well as the masters men's team awards, as Merrimack Valley Striders' masters women prevented a sweep.

At the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, a local presence was felt as Marzuki Stevens (Gr.Boston TC/Somerville MA) finished as fifth American (21st overall) in 2:22:28, his debut time, earning $6000 . Not far behind, Craig Fram(Whirlaway/Plaistow NH) was the overall masters winner in 2 :29:36 (for $2500 ). On the women's side, former New Englander Blake Russell finished 9th (2nd American) in 2:32:04, while Sarah Dupre-Healy (BAA/Boston) was 17th in her first try at the distance in 2:48:03.


HOLIDAY WEEKEND CROSS COUNTRY and ROAD ACTION ON TAP

Boston, October 7

A busy weekend of running is on tap in the region this extended weekend.
Friday, October 8, the New England Collegiate Championships will have women's and men's varsity and JV races, beginning at noon (take the T if you're going; parking is severely limited). The men have been running their title race at the Park since 1912.

Sunday, a crowd of 4500 are entered in the B.A.A. Half Marathon and will begin their tour of Boston's Emerald Necklace from the Fenway to Franklin Park and back at the 8:00 a.m. start. The elite field will compete for 10 places of prize money, and there is also team money this year.

Heading north on the same day, the Greater Boston TC and North Shore Striders jointly host the Topsfield XC Classic at Bradley Palmer Park in Ipswich, women's 5K at 10:30 and men's 8K at 11:00, with team scoring. Quincy Track Club Youth XC has races for age 14 and under runners beginning at 10:00 a.m. (See the XC page for details). The latter two accept race day entry, but the BAA Half is closed out.

Monday, the Columbus Day tradition that is the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women starts at 12:00 noon. The largest women's only race in the US, the 28th annual Tufts 10 again serves as the USATF National Women's Championship with some of the top runners in the country entered. Entry will be accepted on race day, and USATF club teams are reminded of the need to declare their team of up to 5 runners (3 score by time) at the race by 11.


MARATHON LEGEND JOHNNY KELLEY DIES AT 97

Boston, October 7

Johnny Kelley, distance running legend whose name is synonymous with the Boston Marathon and distance running in general, died on Wednesday at a nursing home on Cape Cod. A two time Boston Marathon winner, an Olympian, and a member of the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame, Kelley finished the Boston race 58 times (the last time in 1992), and had been the grand marshal of the race in recent years. Born in Medford, a top school runner for Arlington High School, and lifelong Massachusetts resident, Kelley had success at every level in the over 80 years he was involved with the sport. With contributions to the sport beyond simply competing, Runners World magazine named him "Runner of the Century".


OLLIE McCOURT CLASSIC 5 MILER

South Boston MA, October 3

Mark Carroll cruised up from Providence for a tune-up effort, and found "Southie" to his liking as he won the Ollie McCourt Classic, the 2004 USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship in 23:56. The Irish Olympian broke from a pack of four after one mile (4:36) and made good use of both up- and downhills to build his lead. He accelerated after mile two and even stretched his lead from 10 to 13 seconds up challenging G Street Hill; the pedal was down in the downhill mile four, that split 19:03, and he eased in to 23:56. Despite a 24 second win, it wasn't an easy win, as a strong New England field chased him to the finish. Defending champ John Mortimer held off the charge of Casey Moulton to claim New England honors 24:20 to 24:22. Led by Mort the Sport, the BAA squad took the honors in a 17 team field.
Craig Fram (15th overall) led his Whirlaway team to another masters win, while John Barbour made it five straight 50+ wins with a full minute over his closest rival and led the GLRR club win; in fact the NE open, 40, and 50+ winners, both men and women, led their teams to titles.

The women's race was topped by BC grad student Amy Mortimer, who won handily in 26:42, a 1:07 margin over the BAA's Orla O'Mahoney at the tape. The BAA took seven of the top 9 places for an easy team victory, but Whirlaway remains the series leader. Lisa Senatore led a 1-2-4 finish by her Whirlaway masters to take those honors, and Rebecca Stockdale-Wooley (CMS) was NE champ at 50+, though New York's super senior Kathryn Martin was the division winner in an impressive 30:57. Winner among the 60+ crowd, Jan Bober, deserves mention as she was 3rd over 50!

A sample of the depth that a championship adds to an event can be found in comparing the placings of HFC's Paul Corcoran. He ran 30:01 in both 2003 and 2004, but his place fell from 36 to 131. One of the region's oldest road races - dating to 1941 - the Ollie's urban waterfront course made for a nice run and the base of operations at the Fleet Pavilion is hard to beat. Results can be found at the Ollie Road Race site. And, the NE Grand Prix scoring has been updated as the series heads to the October 31 final at the Cape Cod Marathon.


USATF-NE GRAND PRIX RESUMES SUNDAY AT OLLIE McCOURT CLASSIC 5 MILER

South Boston MA, September 30

Race six in the 2004 Grand Prix series takes to the starting line on Sunday in South Boston's Seaport District as the Ollie Road Race / McCourt CLassic 5 Mile goes off at 10:00 a.m. Run since 1941, the event activities are based around the waterfront Fleet Pavilion. $5000 in prize money is up for grabs, and there is a series of youth races on Saturday. All race information can be found at the Ollie Road Race site.

There will also be a USATF-NE / Boson Parks developmental cross country meet at Franklin Park on Sunday, youth 1.1 mile at 9:30 a.m. and adult 5K at 9:45; the Brookline HS cross country team will be hosting it for USATF-NE due to the conflicting managerial duties.


USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING BRINGS BOARD CHANGES

Waltham MA, September 20

Gary Snyder (Gr.BostonTC/Boston MA) was re-elected for another 2 year term as president of USATF New England at the association annual meeting on Monday night. Joining him as officers will be vice presidents Ken Robichaud ( North Medford Club/Leominster MA - new), John Oleski (GBTC/Belmont MA - returning), andH.Oldham (Harry) Brooks (Sugarloaf Mt.AC/Amherst MA - returning), secretary Lance Turley (Nashua AreaTC/Nashua NH), and new treasurer Dave Cahill(GBTC/Needham MA).

Joining them on the board of governors will be a mix of new and returning sports committee chairs. The four new chairs include Courtney Bird (Falmouth TC/Falmouth MA) - Masters Long Distance Running, Patrick Sweeney (HFC Striders/Dedham MA) - Women's Long Distance Running, Jim Garcia (Westford MA) - Men's Long Distance Running, and Open Track and Field Chair Dave Cahill.
Returning for another year term are Lee Hess (Merrmimack Valley Striders/New Boston NH) - Masters Track and Field Chairman, Dan Hart (HFC Striders/Dedham MA) - Cross Country, Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Brookline MA) - Race Walking, Richard Bolt (Central Mass Striders/Manchester NH) - Mountain and Trail, and Lance Turley (Nashua NH) - Youth Athletics.

Three new athletes representatives complete the board; John Mortimer(BAA/Chestnut Hill MA), Christine Kloiber (GBTC/Needham MA), and David Callum (GBTC/Andover MA). The Board meets monthly to review local issues and to carry out programs in the sport.

Complete meeting minutes will be found later this week at the Board page.


USATF-NE GRAND PRIX CHANGE PROPOSALS SPLIT

Waltham MA, September 20

The two proposals for changes to the 2005 USATF-NE Grand Prix split in their quest for passage.

Passing unanimously was the motion to allow only races from the four USATF-NE states (MA, NH, RI, VT) to place bids to host championships. In the past, races from outside this area had occassionally submitted bids a there were no restrictions. However, the NE association cannot sanction out of the region races and cannot run programs in other associations without their approval.

Proposal 2, which would have required a mandatory 21 day "unattached" period after an athlete transferred clubs, even if both the former and new clubs signed off on a waiver, was defeated. Thus, athlete transfers allowing immediate scoring for new clubs will still be allowed, if the reason for transfer is valid and both clubs sign off on a waiver form that is received by the NE office prior to an event.

The selection meeting for the 2005 Grand Prix is scheduled for Monday, November 8, at a site to be determined.


CVS/Downtown 5K Hosts US Nationals

Olympian Broe tops field
Providence RI, September 12

US Olympian Tim Broe matched his Olympic Trials 5000 meter win with a win at Sunday's CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence, the 2004 USA Men's Open Championship. The first US winner since John Gregorek won the initial race 14 years ago, Broe's 13:36.3 earned him the $5000 win plus the $5000 US title prize. Seven Kenyans followed before USA Running Circuit leader Ryan Shay followed in ninth at 14:01. Top New Englanders were John Mortimer, 18th overall and 8th American, clocking 14:23, and Rob Wong at 13th US and 26th overall in 14:50.

Mortimer led the BAA to the team title over Manhattan TC of New York City and Willow Street AC of Albany.

The women's results were topped by Irish Olympian Marie Davenport out of Chester, CT (and Providence College) in 15:19.9; first US finisher (the race was not the US women's championship) was Amy Yoder Begley, 5th, in 15:51.5, and top New Englander Amy "no relation" Mortimer, a former NCAA all-American at Kansas and now at grad school at Boston College, in 16:16.

There were 2450 finishers in the 5K, along with over 1100 in the high school 3k, and hundreds in the sixteen grade school races before the main event. Full results atcvsdowntown5k.com.


2004 USA Mountain Team
Women's 2004 USA Mountain Team take the bronze at at the World Mountain Running Trophy races in Sauze d'Oulx, Italy.

LOW, BLAKE LEAD US MOUNTAIN TEAM

September 4-5
Sauze d'Oulx Italy

American women took an unprecedented team medal and New Englanders were an integral part of the Teva USA Mountain Running Team performance at the 20th World Mountain Running Trophy races in Italy last weekend.

The Teva U.S. women's mountain running team earned a spot on the podium with their bronze medal team performance - the best US team finish ever, men or women. The squad finished with 50 points, just one behind Austria among the 20 scoring teams, as Italy easily won the gold. Leading the US through the all-uphill 8.4K course (857 meters of climb), was past Mt.Washington Road Race runner-up Anita Ortiz of Eagle, Colorado, in 11th. (An indication of the depth of the American team showed in the open non-title race where USA team alternate Kelli Low (CMS) finished second.) Individual race runner-up Anna Pichrtova of Czech Republic, is a 4 time defending champ at Mt.Washington.

In the men's 10.1k championship race, CMS runners Paul Low (19 - 53:06) and Eric Blake (28 - 53:31) were the 2-3 scorers for Team USA which placed eighth of 27 scoring teams - just 2 points out of sixth. Individual champion was 2004 Mt.Washington winner and record holder Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand, taking his fourth world title in 48:47, 1:17 up on silver. NE Mountain/Trail chairman Rich Bolt(CMS) served as team manager. See the Mountain/Trail page for the full story.


USATF ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 20

August 20

The USATF New England association annual meeting will take placed on Monday evening, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. We're still arranging for a site. All members age 18 and over are eligible to vote, and there will be elections for all officers and sports chairs this year. There will also be several Grand Prix items up for vote, and reports on events of this past season as well as the national championships to be hosted in the association in 2005.

Check back for the location and the agenda around September 1.

 


USA MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM INFO

September 1

The Teva USA Mountain Running team will take on the world at the World Mountain Running Trophy races in Sauze d'Oulx, Italy this weekend. CMS runners Paul Low, Eric Blake, and Kelly Low will be competing on the USA team, while NE Mountain/Trail Chair Rich Bolt (Manchester NH/CMS) is team manager.

The Team summary can be found on the mountain page.


IRONRUNNER LIST FOR GP UPDATED

August 20

The Ironrunner list for the 2004 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix has been posted on the Grand Prix page. The list includes all runners who have completed all five races to date in this year's GP series; 105 names are on the roster. If your's is missing, contact the office.


OLYMPIC TELEVISION FOR TRACK AND FIELD WILL BE COMPLETE

August 19-28

Television coverage of Olympic Games track and field from Athens will be nearly complete and much of it live. However, the 7 hour difference means that much coverage will be in the overnight hours. Prime coverage is on NBC, but their MS- NBC, USA, and Univision stations will cover various sports. For the television schedule, see the USATF Home Page.


GERRAUGHTY ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JULY

August 9

Winner of the shot put at the US Olympic Trials, Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH / Univ.North Carolina) is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month. Gerraughty completed an unprecedented NCAA Indoor/Outdoor and USA Indoor/Outdoor sweep in her specialty with the Trials victory.

The full press release can be found on the news page.


MEILOR, GAGNE GARNER MASTERS RECORDS
Decatur IL
August 4-7

Flo Meilor (Shelburne VT) and Buzz Gagne (Pennacook NH) set new US Masters age group records at the USA National Masters Track and Field Championships in Decatur IL. Meilor, 70, ran the 300 hurdles in 1:07.16 to better the time she recorded at the Eastern Masters meet in Springfield in July. And, for a second time in two weeks, she fell victim to the forces of nature in the 80 meter hurdles, where an over-the-limit wind reading will keep her performance out of the record book. Gagne's effort came in the javelin with a 178'5" toss giving him a pending new standard in the M55 division.

Barbara Jordan (South Burlington VT) was the most decorated New Englander, taking home seven golds in the 65-69 division: 100, 200, long jump, triple jump, pentathlon, 300 hurdles, and 80 hurdles where, like GMAA teammate Meior, excessive wind prevented a record submission. On the men's side, 85 year old David Schlothauer (Westport MA) won all four throws (shot, discus, hammer, javelin) in his division. Other New Englanders gaining golds were Laura Charewicz (W40 javelin), Bill Garrahan (M75 javelin), Mary Harada (W65 5000), Amy Hicks (W70 hammer), and Pat Wilkinson (W35 shot).

Copious results.


FAST TIMES AT FALMOUTH ROAD RACE
August 7

Unseasonably cool and comfortable conditions led to fast times at the 32th SBLI Falmouth Road Race on Sunday. Gilbert Okari followed his Beach to Beacon win with a course record 31:08 along the Falmouth shoreline. Khalid Khannouchi, building toward the Chicago Marathon, was first American in ninth overall, and John Mortimer the first New Englander in 28th, 34:33

In the women's results, Alevtina Ivanova of Russia took top honors in 36:13, with US Olympian and Milton MA HS product Kate O'Neill the runner-up in 36:26 as Americans went 2-3-5-6. Rhode Islnder Janelle Kraus in 14th was top NE association runner at 39:32. There were over 8000 official entrants.

The SBLI Falmouth Road Race has the richest, non-marathon prize structure in the USA, with a total of $114,000 awarded, including $35,800 in prize money set aside for American citizens.

Results.


GOLD FOR THREE U-23 ATHLETES
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
July 30-Aug 1

Representing Team USA at the third annual North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships July 30- August 1 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, three local athletes now in college returned with gold medals.

The NACAC meet, limited to athletes under age 23, are held every two years. Olympic Trials winner Laura Fraught (Nashua NH/U.North Carolina) added another international medal to her trophy case with a toss of 56'10". Now at University of Kentucky, Jeff Chakouian of Seekonk MA won the shot put by just 1 centimeter over his US teammate with a throw of 61'5 3/4", and former Mass. all-scholastic Chi Chi Aduba out of Medfield and Penn State, took top honors in the triple jump at 43'8 1/2"; she was also fifth in the long jump.

Northeastern University sophomore Zara Northover was third in the shot put (52'2 1/2") representing Jamaica, and University of Connecticut's Paul Pasano earned silver in the javelin (230'9").

Full results.


PETRANOFF WINNER AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS
Aug 1

Leigh Petranoff (Throwing Zone/Cranston RI) completed a sweep of the two major USATF youth meets with a win in the javelin at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals in Eugene OR. After winning the Youth Nationals in Baltimore on July 4 weekend, she did the same at the JO Nationals on Saturday, the only New England winner in the 6 day met. Petranoff competes in the Intermediate Girls (age 15-16) division.

The full results are at the National website.


CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE POSTED
July 29

The first draft of the fall cross country schedule is now on the web page. Key events and dates include the Boston Mayor's Cup on October 24, the New England Open and USA Masters National 8K Championships on November 7, and the New England Junior Olympics on November 14. Send along any additions or updates; it will be updated on a weekly basis.
SCHEDULE.


EASTERN MASTERS PRODUCES THREE US RECORDS
July 24, Springfield MA

Three pending US masters records were set at the USATF East Region Masters Championship on July 24. (Masters records are kept in 5 year categories).
Flo Meiler (GMAA/Shelburne VT), age 70, ran 1:08.35 for the 300 hurdles, which is also a World best. Additionally, she bettered the US 80 meter hurdle mark, but that won't be eligible for a record as the tailwind was above the allowable limit. The other two record setters were Bob Youngs (age 70, CT), who threw the javelin 136'2", and Bill Benson, 85 years young from Long Island, who covered the mile in 9:56.93.

Over 200 competitors age 30 and over took part in a full slate of events. Results are now posted.


LOW NAMED TO WORLD MOUNTAIN TEAM
July 22

Four New Englanders were named to the 2004 Teva US Mountain Running Team to compete in the World Mountain Championships in September. CMS runners Paul Low and Eric Blake both earned automatic berths based on event placings (Low winning the US Mountain Championship at Mt.Washington in June), while New England Mountain Circuit winner Josh Ferenc is the men's team alternate. On the women's side, Kelli Lusk Low was named alternate.

US Team Leader is NE Mountain/Trail chairman Richard Bolt(CMS/Manchester NH). The team will compete in the 20th World Mountain Running Trophy (WMRT) Race in Sauze d'Olux, Italy on September 4 and 5. More information on the 2004 WMRT is available at www.wmrt2004.org.


US OLY TRIALS - GERRAUGHTY WINS SHOT!
A matter of times for other top 3 finishers
July 13, Sacramento CA

Eight days of the 2004 US Olympic Trials are now history, and the second half produced several additional US team members from New England. Nashua New Hampshire's Laura Gerraughty completed a sweep of the major domestic titles in the shot put, winning this US National and Olympic Trials crown to go along with the USA indoors and both NCAA meet wins this year. The U. North Carolina junior won with a toss of 60'8.5" and the top 3 throws in the competition. Kate O'Neill a year out of Yale via Milton MA HS took third in the 10,000 meters in 32:07.25, and as one of only three in the country with the A standard, she'll have a room in Athens. AndAnna Mahon of Orange CT who honed her skills at the University of Vermont, took second in the hammer for a team berth.

For several others, though, it's all about the timing. It takes a combination of place and of times to ensure wearing a USA uniform next month. With "A" and "B" standards set for the Games, merely placing top 3 in Sacramento did not punch a ticket. In the men's 5000, second placer Jonathon Riley (out of Brookline MA HS) is the sole US runner with an A standard, but has his fate in the legs of winner Tim Broe. The winner, returning from injury, still has three weeks to get a B standard that would get in the door, or get the A which would allow Riley to join him. A similar situation exists in the women's 20K walk where silver medalist Joanne Dow(Manchester NH/adidas), 1:38.42, owns the only A time and needs winner Teresa Vaill or two others to walk the A to get on the team.

The women's 1500 situation is even more complex, as neither locals Jen Toomey (Salem MA/Nike) at 4:08.43 and Amy Rudolph (Providence RI/adidas) at 4:08.71 in second and third, nor winner Carrie Tollefson have either standard; two other athletes have times but did not finish the final, and rosters with 4 names per event needed to be in to the US Olympic Committee immediately after the meet. Thus they're winging it to Europe for a fast race as their fate is in limbo.

Other top performers in the meet's 2nd weekend included Mustapha Adbur-Rahim of Dartmouth (a teammate of Riley's at Brookline MA, the only NE association HS with two grads in the trials) placing sixth with 7844 points in the grueling decathlon. Twice an Olympian, Robert Howard (Shea HS of Pawtucket RI) took a year off from medical school and made a go of it finishing fifth in the triple jump at 55'7". Harvard grad Chris Clever was sixth in the javelin (242'8 ") with UConn's Paul Pisano 7th in 232'9", and Bethany Hart (No.Middlesex HS MA) was 8th in the hammer, 210'8".

John Mortimer (BAA) - with a lifetime best 8:24.92 - and Darin Shearer(Hamilton Wenham MA HS/now in Florida) with his 2nd best time ever of 8:26.54 - were 7-8 in the fastest ever US Championship steeplechase . Congratulations to all of our local heroes. O'Neill's twin sister Laura was 7th in the 10,000, and, collegians Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA/UNC) with 4:11.05 and Said Ahmed (Boston MA/Arkansas) with a 3:42.77 had top 8 placings in their respective 1500 finals.

All results and the final team rosters will be found at usatf.org.


BAA CONTINUES DOMINANCE AT STOWE 8 MILER

On a warm day in the Green Mountains, the Boston Athletic Association won both team titles and had the individual NE champions in the Stowe 8 Miler on Sunday.

Mark Miller, 2nd overall behind Vinny Mulvey in an outstanding 40:07, led his BAA squad to their fourth straight team win as well as copping individual New England honors. Tied going into Stowe, the series individual leaders Casey Moultonand Marzuki Stevens ran the same time but the better place was given to Moulton to give him a point margin after 5 races. Women's winner Diana Bowser was the overall women's champion in her first title run this year, as the BAA scored their third win of 2004. Caroline Dobbyn (Somerville RR), in fourth, retains the series lead.

In a rarity, the 40+ and 50+ divisions also had matching team victors and three individual champs were from those clubs. Whirlaway Racing Team topped both 40+ summaries, led by Craig Fram and Lisa Senatore; both the teams and the individuals top the GP season charts at this point. John Barbour made it 4 straight in the 50's to lead Greater Lowell RoadRunners to the men's title. Only Rebecca Stockdale-Woolley's 50+ win over GLRR's Moira Durnin broke the pattern, as the Lowell women matched the men's place. Among the 60+ field, Art Roberts(Gr.Springfield) won his first ever title, and Jan Bober (Heartbreak Hill Striders) was tops among that women's group.

There's a 2 month gap until the series picks up with the October 3 Ollie 5 Miler. Find info on the race at OllieRoadRace.com .

RESULTS .

GP Standings after 5 races .


GRAND PRIX CONTINUES AT STOWE THIS WEEKEND

The USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix Championship series pulls into the fourth New England state this weekend, as the season's fifth race, the Stowe 8 Mile Road Race Championship, hits the scenic byways on Sunday, July 18, at 9 a.m. ENTRY INFO .


GRAS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JUNE
July 12

Belmont (MA) HS miler Victor Gras was selected as the USATF-NE athlete of the month for June 2004. The senior, who will run for Michigan in the fall, bettered Andy Powell's five year old Mass. state championship record with his 4: 05.14 in Holyoke on June 6, and followed that with a 4:06.39 at runner-up in the season ending National Scholastic Open in North Carolina on June 13.

Read the whole press release.


Women's Olympic Trial 5000m semi-final. Photo by G. Bridgman.
The women's 5000m semi-final found Sarah Hann (red - Northfield NH) and Shalane Flanagan (Carolina blue-Marblehead MA) advancing to the final where Flanagan finished third, making the US Olympic Team.
photo: G. Bridgman

US OLY TRIALS AT THE HALF - LOCAL CONNECTIONS TO ATHENS!
July 13, Sacramento CA

At the halfway point of the 2004 US Olympic Trials, three athletes with local ties have earned spots on the 2004 US Olympic team. Dartmouth College grad and past Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson made his second team in the shot put with a powerful 71'0" toss to win the competition. Brenda Taylor, 2001 NCAA champion while at Harvard, earned her ticket with a second place finish in the 400 hurdles, clocking 53.36. Third local with a reservation in Athens is Shalane Flanagan, a senior at North Carolina out of Marblehead MA HS. She placed third in the 5000 meters in a time of 15:10.52, edging out Amy Rudolph of Providence RI for the final spot.

One more Ivy League product will be on the track in Greece; former Hep winner and All-American out of Harvard, Chris Lambert, won the 200 meter trials for Great Britain in 20.94.

The meet continues July 15-18, with an hour or more of televised coverage scheduled daily on either NBC or USA network. The TV schedule - and all results - will be found at usatf.org.


BROWN, GRAS COMPETE IN WORLD JUNIORS
July 13, Grosseto ITA

While the seasoned performers duke it out around the world for Olympic team berths, the next generation of stars are getting international experience this week at the 10th World Junior Championships in Grosseto Italy.

The meet, for athletes who do not turn 20 during the year, had the only two New Englanders on rosters appear in the first day of results, both in the 1500 meters. Stanford freshman and past New England HS champion Russell Brown of Hanover NH finshed 6th in his heat in 3:49.02, while Belmont MA HS graduate Victor Gras, representing France, was seventh in his section in 3:51.96; neither advanced to the final.

The meet runs through the week with schedules, results, and great stories found at the IAAF Website.


OLYMPIC TRIALS BEGINS
July 9, Sacramento CA

The country's top track and field athletes are converging on Sacramento in the next 10 days for the 2004 US Olympic Trials. Up to three athletes per event will earn the chance to represent the US in Athens next month. For a nation to send more than one competitor, all must have achieved an "A" qualifying standard; otherwise, only one may go, and only if they have attained a "B" standard. Several dozen New Englanders or athletes with strong New England ties are entered, and a few have good chances to make the team.

The meet runs over two four-day weekends: July 9-12 and July 15-18. At least an hour of televised coverage is scheduled for each day on either NBC or USA network. The TV schedule - and daily updates - will be found at usatf.org. We'll post updates of locals' performances here as they are reported.


REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS RESULTS
July 9-11, Orono ME

Results of the Region I Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships held at the University of Maine last weekend can be found HERE.

New England athletes performed well (association 02 in the results) and a number qualified for the national championships in Oregon in two weeks; top 3 finishers in each event are eligible to advance.


GREATER BOSTON 2nd AT CLUB NATIONALS
July 2-3, Bloomington IN

The Greater Boston Track Club repeated their second place finish of a year ago at the USATF National Club Championship meet held at Indiana University in Bloomington over the holiday weekend. The combined men's and women's scoring found the red and white behind just the host Indiana Invaders, America's top elite development Track & Field Club. The Invaders also won both the men's and women's titles, with GBTC 2nd among men and third among women. Athletes from 37 teams scored in the meet.

Generally limited to club athletes, there were limited spots or sections for unattached athletes as it was the final event to qualify for the Olympic Trials later in July. The competitive highlight came from the relay events as the second, third & fourth place finishes for both men and women were determined by relay placings. Occasional torrential rain during the relays did not stop competitors from battling for points and the rain solidified team spirit by adding an extra element of excitement.

Results are at usatf.org.


AHMED SUB 4:00 FOR MILE!

Boston English HS grad Said Ahmed, fresh off an all-American placing in the NCAA championship for Arkansas, became the seventh Massachusetts high school grad to break the sub 4:00 mile barrier on Thursday, running 3:57.33 at the Harry Jerome Classic in Canada. Ahmed placed second overall in the race; just a week earlier he had dropped his 1500 meter best to 3:37.49 in Oregon, putting him 7th on the list of runners entered in the Olympic Trials metric mile.

One of the other 6 Bay States natives to go sub-4, Darin Shearer (now living in Florida), ran the steeplechase and improved his Olympic Trials qualifying mark to 8:36.69. The final meet to qualify for the Trials is the US Club Championships in Indiana this weekend.

Olympic Trials entrants and info can be found at usatf.org.


JENKINS AND FALLON LEAD THE WAY AT WHIRLAWAY 10K
New England 10K Championship
June 27, Methuen MA

Nate Jenkins passed early leader Casey Moulton at 4 miles and went on to win his first New England title ever at the Whirlaway 10K USATF-NE Championship on Sunday. Moulton, who wound up fourth - but still maintains the individual series lead after four events - had 10 seconds on the field by mile 1. The margin dwindled by 3 miles and Jenkins, running for Greater Lowell, powered away over the rolling fifth mile to a 30:46 course record, while Wilson Perez moved into second in that same range. Despite Lowell having a pair in the top 4, the BAA, led by Perez, matched that and raised them to take their third straight team victory. Craig Fram held off Mike Payson to win his third masters title of the season, and John Barbourmatched Fram's victory count in the 50's division. Sumner Brown did the same among the 60+ crowd.

Mimi Fallon's first appearance at a road championship in 2004 was a success, as she handily won in 35:42 with a gap of over a minute back to runner-up and masters winner Lisa Senatore. A past open series champion herself, Senatore led her host Whirlaway Racing Team squad to team wins for both the open and masters' squads. Moira Durning was women's 50 winner (as was her GLRR team) and Jan Bober (Heartbreak Hill Striders) returned to the roads with a solid win among the sixties.

A record field of over 500 entrants enjoyed an efficiently run race, utilized the driving range fields for cool-downs, and received awards five deep in each individual division courtesy of Smilin' Dave Kazanjian and the Whirlaway Sports Center.

Results are at Whirlaway website.


OTHER WEEKEND SUMMARY NEWS
June 26-27

  • The Mountain Circuit finished up atop Mt.Ascutney with the the 3.8 mile Summit Run, with winners Kevin Tilton (CMS/Conway NH) and Emily Willems (Laramie WY)
  • Nikki Kimball (CMS/Elizabethtown NY) won the prestigious Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 18:43:25, one of the faster times in the event's history.
  • Junior Nationals were held in College Station TX; there were no top 3 finishes by local juniors this year, though it's likely that Russell Brown(Stanford/Hanover NH) will qualify for the World Junior Championship team as he is only one of two in the men's 1500 with the qualifying time. New England officials Joe Bullock, Justin Kuo, Pat Lavelle, and Lance Turley, braved the wild weather that forced cancellation of the Friday evening session.
  • Erik Nedeau (New Balance/Amherst MA), bettered the Olympic Trials standard in the 1500, as did a handfull of other athletes in various event at the Boston High Performance Meet at Bentley on Saturday.
  • The Racewalking Grand Prix is updated.

BARNICLE IS INITIAL USATF-NEW ENGLAND ATHLETE OF MONTH - MAY 2004

Based on his record setting two mile run on May 8, Newton North (MA) HS distance runner Chris Barnicle was selected as the USATF-NE athlete of the month for May 2004. The junior broke Alberto Salazar's 28 year old New England HS record for the deuce with an 8:50.82 at the Hartford (CT) Public Invitational.
Read the whole press release here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

10K Road Championship , Sunday, June 27, Whirlaway Sports Ctr, Methuen MA. 9:00 a.m. TIME SCHEDULE AND ENTRY FORM.

8 Mile Road Championship, Sunday, July 18, at Stowe VT, 9 a.m. ENTRY FORM


FIVE NEW MEET RECORDS AT NE OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPS
GBTC, Lincoln Tornados Top Teams; Furey qualifies for Oly Trials June 20

Five meet records were set on a breezey but otherwise perfect day at the USATF-NE Open Championship meet at MIT on Sunday. While not a record, Dartmouth's Sean Furey (Methuen MA) had the outstanding individual performance as he qualified for the Olympic Trials in winning the javelin with a throw of 240'1".

New women's bests were set by Nolle Graham (Lemans TC/NY) in the long jump at 21'3.25" and Teresa Covert of U.Albany in the 100 Hurdles at 13.39. Men's standards were improved by 400 meter winner Joe Mendel at 45.93, 110 Hurdle champ Ron Andrews of Syracuse Chargers at 13.89, and Michael Roberts in the triple jump with a 53'3.75" bounce.

Surprise winner of the women's team title was the young Lincoln Tornadoteam with 33 points, while the Greater Boston TC multi-peated their men's title with 76 points.

COMPLETE RESULTS are posted.


JUNIOR OLYMPICS RUN AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
June 19

Over 470 youth took part in the USATF New England Junior Olympic meet at University of New Hampshire on Saturday.
The efficiently run meet found many youth earning the right to advance to the Region I meet on July 10-11 in Maine.

With 10 divisions to time and score in every event, the New England office is making sure all results are correct; they will be posted on THIS SITE on Tuesday evening, while a preliminary set will be posted at coolrunning.com under the results page on Monday afternoon.


JUNIOR OLYMPICS AND OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
June 17

The association's two big track and field events of the season both run this weekend.
At this point, entry is only on day of event (no online, phone, or fax entry). USATF membership is required for both. Please read the entry forms carefully and check all details.

JUNIOR OLYMPICS, Saturday, June 19, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH. 10:00 a.m. TIME SCHEDULE AND ENTRY FORM.

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Sunday, June 20, at M.I.T., 12:00 noon. ENTRY FORM (pdf file). Note: Hammer is at UNH on Saturday.


BAA SHOWS, PLACES, WINS AT RHODY 5K
June 13

The Rhody 5K hosted the USATF-NE 5K road championship the the second year in a row, and it was the BAA who won the daily double in the club competition along the roads around Lincoln Park Greyhound Track. Separate races were contested, and the women were first to the starting line. There were no odds posted on the race inside the casino, but odds would have been with the BAA women as the 5k distance favored those who had put in some time racing on the track this spring as the Unicorns had. The trifecta was led by Sarah Dupre-Healy in 16:54, followed by teammates Diana Bowser (16:59) and Janelle Kraus (17:08). Caroline Dobbyn(SRR), in fourth, broke up the sweep ( and retains the overall 2004 women's series lead). The Whirlaway duo of Lisa Senatore and Cathy Pearce led the masters charge in 7th and 8th, and their team to another masters win, and 50+ winner Karen Deroma-Durante (MVS) extended her series division lead.

The men's field of nearly 500 was led by 2003 series victor Dave Hinga(Whirlaway), who clocked 15:06 to gap Marzuki Stevens (GBTC) by three seconds at the wire. The BAA was not as dominant high in the standings - 2 of the top 10 - but had the depth to take the men's team title over Greater Lowell by an even minute. Craig Fram scored his second masters win in tenth overall and his team took gold as well; John Barbour made it 2 for 2 in the 50+ standings.

Plenty of quality refreshments followed, Up to date Grand Prix Standings are now posted.


 

2004 National 15K Race Walk Champion Curt Clausen. Photo by G. Bridgman.
2004 National 15K Race Walk Champion Curt Clausen.
photo: G. Bridgman

NATIONAL 15K RACEWALK
June 13, Lincoln Park RI

Following the Rhody 5K races, some of the country's top racewalkers took to the roadways around Lincoln Park for the USA 15K National Race Walk Championship. The field was led by 2 time Olympian Curt Clausen of Chula Vista CA. Clausen, who will be in Athens for his third Olympics by virtue of his win in February's 50K Trial race, stepped away from training partner John Nunn after two of the twelve laps to win in 1:04:40, with Nunn second in 1:06:08.
Women's winner Teresa Vaill of Gainesville FL took the measure of defending champion and US record holder Michelle Rohl (Mansfield PA) by almost two minutes in 1:10:43, that time also set a pending new Masters record for the distance. Top local finisher was Pat Collier (Athletics East) in eleventh. Several athletes planned to continue on to 20K and a possible Olympic Trials qualifying time, but none were up to the challenge.

There were 41 entrants from 16 states, and 35 finishers with several pending age group national records recorded. Thanks to Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises for securing the facility, the New England Walkers for hosting the event and their assistance. Check out the Complete Results.


THREE LOCALS CROWNED NCAA CHAMPIONS
June 9-12

New Englanders Jacob FreemanLaura Gerraughty, and Kim Smith won national titles at the NCAA Division I Championships in Austin TX this past eekend. Freeman (East Greenwich RI), a senior at Manhattan, led US hammer throwers going into the meet, and won with a spin of 232'2". Nashua NH's Gerraughty, who won the NCAA and USATF indoor shot put for North Carolina, added the outdoor title to her resume with a toss of 59'11". Smith, the Providence College runner who has dominated collegiate performances this year, ran unpressed to a win in the 5000 meters, her 15:48.86 over a half minute up on second.

Several other local collegians earned All American honors; Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth/Brookline MA, decathlon, 3rd), Jeff Chakouian (Kentucky/Seekonk MA, shot, 3rd), Said Ahmed (Arkansas/Boston, 5th, 1500m), Jochen Dieckfoss (Boston U, Steeplechase, 6th), Chi-Chi Aduba (Penn.State/Medfield MA, 6th Long Jump, 7th triple jump), Jen Kramer (Boston College, 5000, 7th), and Sean Furey (Dartmouth/Methuen MA, javelin, 8th). A number of others qualified and turned in creditable marks.

NCAA results from all three divisions (II and III were 2 weeks ago) and great coverage of college track in general can be found at Trackshark.com.


Northfield race masters winner Dan Verrington (CMS). Photo by pixel-run.com.
Northfield race masters winner Dan Verrington (CMS).
photo: pixel-run.com

FERENC NEW KING OF HILL AFTER NORTHFIELD
Northfield Mountain, June 5

 

Josh Ferenc moved to the head of the pack and edged 2003 Mountain Runner of the Year Paul Low(CMS) to take Saturday's La Sportiva USATF-NE Mountain Running Championship at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area. Utilizing strong downhill technique over the double loop 13.2 km up-and-down circuit, the recent Keene State grad stopped Low's bid for an undefeated circuit after two circuit wins.

Sixth placer Zach Emerson (Moose Milers) was again the first junior, adding another quality race to his resume toward possible selection to the USA World Cup team later this year. Dan Verrington (CMS) and Mark Pitts in 9-10 led the over 40 crowd, with Rob Higley one place back in his third straight 50+ win and Peter Orni (CMS) first in the 60+ division.

In the women's summaries, Kelly Lusk and Jenn Brooks-Lassen (Team Gloucester) replayed their 1-2 finish from last week's Mt.Kearsarge run, with top master Grace Jenson (E.Haddam CT) in third overall. Sherisa Sterling was first over 50.

In the team battle, Central Mass Striders took the measure of Moose MilersEldon Burkinshaw (Gate City) moved into a tie for the most appearances ever in the nine year old circuit with injury-sidelined race director Dave Dunham, and Sarah Prescott (MVS) won a pair of snowshoes as the middle-of-the-pack finisher, 64 of 128. A meeting on snowshoe racing followed the dry-land race.
Results can be found on the Mountain-Trail page.

Hats off to race director Dave Dunham for a quality event. The circuit concludes June 26 at the 3.8 mile Mt.Ascutney race. Check the mountain page for details and scores todate. Also see pixel-run.com for pics.


4:05.14 MILE FOR GRAS IN MASS. HS CHAMPS
June 5

Belmont senior Victor Gras ran from the front and posted the second fastest schoolboy time in the country for 2004 in the mile at the Massachusetts State High School Championship held in Holyoke on Saturday. (Only Oregon runner Galen Rupp's 4:01.8 run in an open event is fasters). His 4:05.14 also bettered Andy Powell's state championship meet record. In the girls' results, multiple event ace Tiana Riel (Hopkinton) established a new record in the long jump at 19'5.75"; Medford freshman Aranxta King also broke the 14 year old record with her 19'4" leap in second. Newton North boys and Hopkinton (5th in a row) girls were team champs. In Rhode Island, Barrington senior Erin Donnelly increased her US hammer best to a PR 165'7", Samantha Gawrych moved to #2 in the year's HS 1500 list with her 4:25.54. New Hampshire's lone record setter was in the boys' javelin where Hanover's Jason Womack extended the standard to 177'10".

Gras will pass up the New England High School Championships this weekend in favor of preparing for the National Scholastic meet in two weeks. The New Englands take place this Saturday at Plymouth (MA) South HS at 11:00 a.m. The June 18-19 National Scholastic Championships take place in Raleigh North Carolina.


12K CHAMPIONSHIP - NO RAIN DELAY FOR MORTIMER
MASTER RAPAPORT MASTERS WOMEN'S FIELD
May 22

Cool temperatures and some steady rain caused no delay for John Mortimer, as he won the Bedford Rotary / USATF-NE 12K Championship on Saturday in a new course record. Mort's 36:36 eclipsed Mark Donahue's 36:48 four year old standard. He strung out the tight-through-two miles front pack in miles 3-4 and wound up with a 41 second gap over teammate Wilson Perez at the tape to lead the BAA to the team win. Third placer Casey Moulton has the seris lead through two races. In the masters ranks, Craig Fram was just three seconds off the US best as his Whirlaway team took 40+ team honors. Bill Spencer set an age 68 single age record with his 50:45.

Masters have seldom taken the overall win in GP events besides the marathon, but Jennifer Rapaport accomplished this just as Mark Donahue did on the men's side here in 2000. A stride behind Kelly Lusk (CMS) going into the third mile, the MVS ace's move was more gradual, and her 44:30 finish was just six seconds up on Lusk's second place. And again as with the men, Caroline Dobbyn's third kept here in the series lead. Central Mass Striders took the team win over Gr.Boston TC, as both recorded three in the top 10; they're joined by Whirlaway in a three way tie for the series team lead.

Team and individual standings are updated on the Grand Prix page; results are at the Bedford NH Rotary site, and pictures can be found at pixel-run.com.


ROAD, MOUNTAIN, TRACK ACTION COMING UP
May 19

May is a busy time for events in New England, and this weekend finds a flurry of activity.
On Saturday, May 22, the Grand Prix series has its second stop of the season at the 30th Bedford Rotary 12K. Note: The first loop of the course has been rerouted due to construction, but it will be certified.

Sunday, May 23, the ninth annual USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit kicks off with the Mt.Wachusett 4.3 mile run-up.
Track action heats up with the MIT Last Chance on Saturday afternoon, and the opening Boston High Performance Series event that evening at Bentley College in Waltham MA.


BARNICLE BREAKS NE HS 2 MILE RECORD
Hartford CT, May 8

Chris Barnicle of Newton (MA) North HS brought down a venerable all-time New England high school record on Saturday in winning the two mile at the 33rd annual Hartford Public Scholastic Meet. The lanky junior used a 61 second last lap to clock 8:50.82, breaking the 28 year old mark of 8:53.7 set by the great Alberto Salazar (Wayland MA) in 1978 (as well as Franklin Sanchez' 8:51.83 for 3200 meters run in 1999).

Victor Gras of Belmont MA, the state's top miler, pushed the pace after a 4:30 first mile, but Barnicle's bell lap was fastest and he pulled four others below the 9 minute mark including Gras at 8:52.05 (also breaking Salazar's standard). You can find full meet results at www.dyestat.com.


URI, BC TAKE NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE TITLES
Dedham MA, May 7-8

The Rhode Island men and Boston College women earned team honors at the 108th New England Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships held at Northeastern University in Dedham MA. URI's win was their second straight cup. Two meet records were set; Laura Chmielewski (Northeastern) in the pole vault at 13'3 3/4", and Jennifer Donovan (BC) in the steeplechase at 10:24.05. Full results of the two days are at www.neicaaa.org under 'News'.


MAGILL LEADS LOCALS AT NATIONAL 25K
Grand Rapids MI, May 8

Chris Magill (BAA/Albion RI) led a strong group of New England runners at the USA National 25K Championship conducted with the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids MI this weekend. Earning a trip to the race through the USATF Association Athlete Development Program (based on his win at the New Bedford 1/2 Marathon), the Rhode Islander was 19th overall and 14th US runner in the results. BAA Teammate Kevin Gray (Walpole) was close behind, 21st overall/16th US in 1:23:06, and Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) just one more place back in 1:23:37. Olympic team marathoner Dan Browne of Oregon defended his U.S. title with a one minute margin over Ryan Shay in 1:15:15, and was second overall.

In the women's race, Kelli Lusk (CMS/Amherst MA, aka Mrs.Paul Low) was 10th US/13th overall, clocking 1:37:31. Debbie Kilpatrick earned the U.S. title finishing as the top American in 1:31:14 behind a Russian 1-2-3 sweep.
Results can be found at www.53riverbankrun.com.


50 YEARS OF SUB-4:00 MILES
May 6

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first sub-4:00 mile in history, 3:59.4 run by Roger Bannister in England. While somewhat "commonplace" today, that time barrier is still considered a benchmark and generates excitement at any meet where it occurs.

Over the years, fourteen New England high school products have run under the magic time barrier; the athletes and their home states are as follows:

  Massachusetts

Mark Coogan, Andy Downin, Jonathan Riley, Brad Schlapak, Darrin Shearer, Ed Spinney

  Rhode Island Adam Dixon, Bruce Fischer, Phil Kane
  Connecticut Richard Block, Kevin King, Dan Wilson
  Maine Erik Nedeau, Matt Lane

There have been no sub 4:00 products out of high schools in New Hampshire or Vermont; who will be the first?

For a look at the all-time US sub 4 mile list, check www.trackandfieldnews.com.


USATF-NE OFFICE CLOSED ON FRI-SAT APRIL 29-30
Brookline MA

The USATF-New England office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30, as both staff members will be traveling. The office will re-open on Monday, May 3.


TRACK SCHEDULE UPDATES
- NE TF CHAMPIONSHIP SITE CHANGING

April 27

Because of construction at MIT, the June 20 championship site will need to change. At this time, we have not found an alternative site for that date. Other meets are also in a state of flux as to locations and dates. Check the track and field schedule regularly as it will be updated on at least a weekly basis. (latest update Apr 27).


THROWS TRAINING GROUP STARTS IN RI
April 27 - Cranston RI

Under the supervision of former javelin world record holder and USATF-NE VP Tom Petranoff, a cross training program for throwers of all ages has started atNortheast Sports Training Center in Warwick RI every Sunday morning 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The program will operate like an elite training program with individualized programs and regularly testing and filming. Athletes will learn to work with training partners and Northeast Sports Training staff to train like champions in an enviornment that stresses teamwork and love of the sport. The Northeast Sports Training Center (near TF Green Airport) has a full inventory of state of the art equipment and enough room to do full run throughs with javelins and med balls.

Cost is $20.00 per session; contact Tom @ 401-440-0878 or at turbojav@aol.com for more information.


MENTZER AND PIERGENTILLI TOP NE RUNNERS AT BOSTON
Greater Boston, Whirlaway win team honors Boston, April 19

Conditions which included 87 degree temperatures and stiff winds were the hot topic of the 108th running of the Boston Marathon, as runners efforts in the unseasonable climatic challenge were in excess of their returns. Times for the most part were 20% off of bests or plans as the race's second largest field may have had record numbers requiring medical attention.

The long line of New England finishers were led by John Mentzer (US Navy / Newport RI) in 20th at 2:30:50, and Simonetta Piergentilli (Whirlaway RT / Woburn MA), 23rd overall (out from the "open" start) in 3:01:00. First locals over 40 were Mark Reeder (GLRR/Brighton MA) 7th overall master in 2:43:46, and Nancy Corsaro (Whirlaway / Methuen MA), who matched that place in the women's ranks with her 3:04:04.

Team results found local clubs atop two divisions; the Greater Boston TC(Margaret Bradley, Jessica Blake, Laura Hayden) achieved their first ever trophy for the women's race, with the B.A.A. and Somerville Road Runners completing a NE sweep in second and third. Whirlaway Racing Team (Paul Hammond, Mike Cooney, Chris Spinney) repeated as masters men champions with the B.A.A. second. Whirlaway was also runner-up for masters women, with Greater Lowell and B. A.A. going 2-3 among open men.

His third time was the charm for victor Timothy Cherigat, as the Kenyan forced the pace through the Newton Hills to forge a win in 2:10:37, over a minute ahead of second. The early women's start was a success and provided a feature story not lost in a crowd; Catherine Ndereba won her third Boston in a creditable 2:24:27 , just 16 seconds over Elfenesh Alemu.

Results can be found at the BAA website.


IT'S BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND!
Along the Marathon course, April 16-19

The 107th running of the Boston Marathon takes place this Monday, April 19. Over 20,000 runners are entered, second largest to only the 1996 100th running. The overall fields are led by past winners Rodgers Rop and Catherine Ndereba, though the number of American contenders in the field is small because of the recent Olympic Trials. (And did you know that Boston was the first race used for an Olympic trial back in 1908?).

A pair of reminders: The Runner's Expo and Number Pick-Up on Saturday and Sunday is at the World Trade Center in South Boston this year (not downtown at the Hynes Convention Center), and the elite women will start early - 11:30 a.m. - this year.

Entries, live updates and results can be found at the BAA website, while the elite athlete fields and more are at the John Hancock website.


McArdle hits 60
Brookline MA, April 15

Colin McArdle (GBTC/Brookline MA) enters the M60-64 age group today; Will he be able to sub 5 for the mile as he has in his recent 5 year divisions? Keep an eye out on the results!


DROMGOOLE RELAYS FOR USA IN BEIJING
Beijing CHN, April 11

Erin Dromgoole (Reebok Boston/Boston MA) helped Team USA to a third place finish at the Beijing International Women's Ekiden Relay on Sunday, April 11. The USA finished third in marathon distance road relay, their best finish at this event since 1992. The distance was divided into six legs - 2 x 10K, 3 x 5k, and finishing with a 7.195 leg - with Dromgoole, 24, running her challenging 5K in 17:10, third best time on that leg. Full results, and all the sport's news at the USATF home page.


Pole Vault Clinic at Holy Cross April 20
Worcester MA

The ninth annual USATF-NE spring Pole Vault clinic hosted by Holy Cross College will take place on Tuesday, April 20 (Mass. school vacation week) at Holy Cross College in Worcester MA. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at the indoor fieldhouse. There is limited attendance, and it is open to HS, open and masters athletes. The fee is $10 with a discount for USATF members. MA HS Coaches' Certification will take place as well (higher fee). Mail request for info tooffice@usatfne.org by Friday.


RUSSELL FOURTH IN OLYMPIC TRIALS
April 3 - St.Louis

Blake Russell (Acton MA/new balance), with a fourth place finish, led the New England contingent at the 2004 US Olympic Marathon Trials run in conjunction with the St.Louis Marathon this weekend. Held on a multiple loop course that covered some of the same ground of the Olympic route used 100 years ago in St.Louis, Russell led for 17 miles in a game effort that netted here a personal best time of 2:30:32. Winner Colleen DeReuck (CO) clocked 2:28:25, with Deena (Drossin) Kastor (CA) took second in 2:29:38, and Jen Rhines (PA, 2:29:57) passed Russell in the final half mile to earn the third Olympic team berth.

The next local to follow Russell across the line was New Bedford Half Marathon winner Cathi Campbell (BAA), 38th in 2:45:36. Remaining New England finishers were Diana Bowser (Medford MA/BAA), 46th in 2:47:07, Mimi Fallon, (Walpole MA/BAA), 86th, 2:57:45; and Molly Taber, (Somerville MA/MVS) 99th, 3:04:57. Gina Rocha (Peabody MA/MVS) did not finish due to injury.

A pair of long time New Englanders, recently transplanted, also took part; Kelly Keane (now in The Woodlands TX) was 48 th in 2:47:28, and both Jill Gaitenby Boaz (now CA) and Carly Graytock (now in Rochester MI) did not finish.
Perparing for the Trials is a taxing event on body and soul, and four members of MVS qulified but, recovering from injuries, did not compete; Seana Carmean, Nina Caron, Susannah Landreth, and Jen Rapaport. Congratulations to those who earned the honor of Olympic Trials qualifier.

With both the marathon and the 50K walk team trials complete, the remainder of Team USA will "select themselves" at the US Track & Field Trials July 10-18 in Sacramento CA. Full results and race story can be found at the USATF home page.


DOW, ABDUR-RAHIM TOP CHARTS
Week of April 4

Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) won the USA trial for next month's World Cup Racewalking competition in Germany last Sunday in Kansas City, dominating the 20K race in a time of 1:34:44. Maine high schooler Troy Clark earned a spot on the USA team's junior with his 2nd place finish in the 10K.

It's a rare occurance when a New England athlete can be at the top of the US performance lists (and 2nd in the world) even this early in the season, but Dartmouth's Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Brookline MA HS) is at the top of the scores in the decathlon. The 2003 NCAA All-American's 7936 point total achieved last week in Scottsdale AZ was good for an Olympic Trials qualifier as well.


Marge Bellisle follows Kathryn Martin in the mile.
Marge Bellisle (CMS/Warren RI) follows Kathryn Martin (Northport NY) in the mile; Martin won the 800, mile, and 3000 in the W50 division
(photo courtesy of Gary Bridgman / www.pixel-run.com)

MASTERS REWRITE RECORD BOOKS AT NATIONALS
March 30 -- Boston

Over 700 masters athletes from age 30 to 90 combined for bettered 28 WOrld and 46 US age division records at the National Masters Indoor Championships last weekend. From past Olympians Tom Gage (hammer, 1972) and Sunder Nix (400, 1988) to 90 year old Leland McPhie and Max Springer, the emphasis on competition produced eye opening times and distances.

A dedicated group of officials moved through three days of events with no delays in the schedule, and positive comments abounded. The meet completed an 8 year run at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center; it moves to Boise ID next year, but will return to Boston in 2006.

The full results and a records summary can be found at the Masters page. Thanks to all who helped make it a success.


MASTERS NATIONALS RUN AT REGGIE LEWIS TRACK THIS WEEKEND
March 26 -- Boston

The National Masters Indoor Championships returns to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility this weekend for the eighth consecutive year (and tenth overall). Over 700 athletes from ages 30 to 90 are entered.

The abilities range from newcomers to the sport up to former Olympic medalists, and the meet always features new American and World records. There is no admission charge.

The schedule, which opens with the pentathlon on Friday morning at 9:00, and results on a daily basis, can be found on the Masters page


New Bedford runner up Caroline Dobbyn.
New Bedford runner up Caroline Dobbyn
(photo: Pete Stasz)

MAGILL, CAMPBELL TAKE 1/2 MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY
New Bedford MA
March 22, 2004

After a year away from the Whaling City, the 2004 USATF-New England Road Race Grand Prix got underway at the 27th annual New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday with a pair of BAA runners taking the first NE titles of the year. Two time GP champion Chris Magill out ran Casey Moulton and held off teammate Kevin Gray to win in 1:08:20 while Olympic Marathon Trial qualifier Cathi Campbellwas a most animated winner on the women's side, her 1:18:55 a half minute ahead of Somerville RR's Caroline Dobbyn. Visitor to the area, Daniel Cheruiyot (KEN/Toledo OH) ran solo from the first mile, taking the overall win in 1:07:30. Greater Lowell packed five in the top 10 to take the team trophy, with the BAA winning for women.

The race began under not upleasant condiditions, but a change in the wind brought a drop in temperatures, some rain, and stiff breezes just over 1:30 into the race. Mike Payson (Dirigo RC) and Cathy Pearce (Whirlaway) took masters honors, and Bob Ruel (Tri-Valley) was the only 2003 GP division winner to take a win (M50+). For the first time, five 70 year olds ran in one GP race, and a probable record 26 teams scored in the men's open division.

The race also served as the USA National Masters Championship, with the aforementioned Mike Payson and Martha Merz taking the overall masters wins. New Englanders took most of the other 5 year age group wins as well; ageless 57 year old Larry Olsen (TriValley Frontrunners) earned the award for the top age-graded time (actual times adjusted based on ages); his 1:18:43 is worth a 1:06:10 when age-graded.

New England GP summaries are on the Grand Prix page and race results are at the host Greater New Bedford TC homepage.


O'NEILL, FLANAGAN LEAD US XC TEAM AT WORLDS
March 22, 2004

Referred to as the world's toughest race, the IAAF World Cross Country Championships find top ranked athletes from the mile to the marathon duking it out for national teams. New England athletes at last weekend's meet in Brussells Begium led the USA women's team in both the short and long course races. Kate O'Neill, Milton MA native now training New Haven CT, was top US finisher in the 8K race, placing 15th overall with her 28:37. The 2003 Mayor's Cup and NE XC Championship winner, O'Neill was making her first ever appearance for the USA. Twin sister Laura O'Neill was 5th for the USA and 38th overall (29:27). The team was a creditable 5th overall. In the 4K race on Sunday, Marblehead MA's Shalane Flanagan led the way with a 14th place finish in 13:34. Taking the season off at North Carolina, it was also her debut wearing the USA colors as the team finished 7th. Sarah Hann (Winchester NH/new balance) was elected team captain for the event, scored as 5th American and 64th overall in 14:38.

The men's teams were eleventh (12K) and seventh (4K), with only former Springfield runner Sandu Rebenciuc the only local tie; the Army harrier was 46th and 2nd US over the short course in 12:23.

You'll find stories, pictures, and results at the IAAF website.


COLLEGIANS AND SCHOLASTICS END INDOOR SEASON
KIM SMITH of PROVIDENCE - TWO COLLEGIATE RECORDS

March 15, 2004

It was indoor Championship meet weekend for college and scholastic athletes, with wins and honors returning to the New England states. The NCAA Division I Championship at the University of Arkansas was world class display of the sport, and Kim Smith of Providence College put on a show in the distance events. Smith, from New Zealand, flamed the track with two new collegiate records as she won the meet's longest two races. On Friday, the Kiwi broke Sonia O'Sullivan's 13 year old best (set at the Boston U. armory) by exactly 3.1 seconds with a 15:14.18 clocking, and followed with a win over 3000 the next day, her 8:49.18 breaking a 20 year old mark.

Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH/North Carolina) improved her own two-week-old collegiate shot put record by a centimeter to 62 feet 10 inches, taking the rare USA/NCAA double. Other local athletes earning all-American honors (top 8) were Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Brookline MA/Dartmouth) with a third in heptathlon (5744 points), UConn's Will Thomas with a fourth in the same event (5658), Deirdre Mullin (UConn), bronze in the high jump (6'1 1/4"), ChiChi Aduba (Medway MA/Penn St) seventh in the triple jump (43'3 1/4"), and Adam Sutton (Providence) with 8th in the 5000 at 14:03.47.

The NCAA Division II meet was again held right here in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center, where UMass-Lowell scored all-American honors in two events with eight place finishes; Pat Morasse finished eighth in the mile, and the same place was scored by the River Hawk women's 4x400 relay. In Wisconsin, Divison III National Champions included Carter Hamill (Amherst) in the 5000 at 16:46.63, Amber James (Wheaton) in the 400 at 55.62 (her fourth consecutive win), high jumper Dan Olsen ( Wheaton) with his fourth win at 7'1 3/4", shot putter Liz Wanless (Bates) posting an Olympic Trials qualifying distance of 53'2 3/4", and Uzoma Orji (MIT) in the shot put at a personal best 59'4 1/4"; that performance combined with a personal best 60'3 3/4" in the weight garnered the Engineer the "field event athlete of the meet" honors. Wheaton women placed second as a team. All three college division results can be found at ncaasports.com.

At the National Scholastic Invitational held at New York's Armory Track Facility, Westerly RI soph Samantha Gawrych was the mile winner in 4:53.02, and was matched on the top step by Andrea Kavleski (Londonderry NH) in the weight with a toss of 50'0". Katie Sherman of Dennis-Yarmouth (MA) earned a junior class record of 3717 points with her second in the pentathlon. Further south at the Nike Invitational in Maryland, RI champ Erin Donnelly of Barrington was the sole New England winner with her 53'7 3/4" in the weight throw; state mate John Freeman(East Greenwich) spun the runner-up throw in both meets, reaching personal bests of 67' and the 69' in the weight. Scholastic results and stories can be found at the oracle of high school track, dyestat.com.


NE RUNNERS GO INTERNATIONAL
TOOMEY 4th AT WORLD INDOOR
Locals run well in Ireland

March 8, 2004

Jen Toomey ended her indoor campaign in fine style with a fourth place finish in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Running three rounds in three days, the Salem MA resident was just one place out of the medals with a personal best time of 1:59.64 while achieving her season goal of making the six runner World meet final. Jonathan Riley was not so fortunate, as his 7:55.58 for 8th in his semi-final was not enough to advance to the final. Former University of Connecticut standout Joe Mendel placed sixth in the 400 and ran on the 4x400.

Though not local, Stacy Dragila has set several records in Boston in the past few years; at the Worlds she upped her US pole vault record to 15'9 /4" for a silver medal behind a world record 15'11 1/4" - sixteen feet looks like a barrier that women will clear in the event this year. Paul Souza (Wheaton College/Attleboro MA) served as an assistant coach for the USA squad. Results, event by event stories, and great pictures are at the IAAF Website, while US stories and quotes are at the USATF page.

Thanks to athlete coordinator Charlie Breagy of Exeter RI, several local runners were able to race in Ireland at a pair of races the previous week hosted by his home club. Roland Lavallee (Reebok Boston) earned a trip based on his finish at the New England XC championship in November, and raced twice. On February 26, he placed 11th in the Armagh 5K road in 14:44; a contingent from Breagy's North Kingstown TC took the Junior A team award. Three days later at the 34th Ras na hEireann in Dundalk, County Louth, Lavallee finished one place lower in another international field - runners from seven different countries were ahead of him - timed at 18:53 over 6km. In the women's Ras, Kim Thalmann (BAA) placed 6th in 21:40 over the same distance, as former Boston U all-American Rosemary Ryan was runner-up. Click to the Ras na hEireann page for all results.


MT.WASHINGTON RACE ENTRY OPEN
- And Closing Quickly!

March 1, 2004

Entry for the 2004 Mt.Washington Road Race, set for June 19, is now open, but will not be for long! ALL entry for the popular New Hampshire race will be done on-line this year and is entirely by lottery. The registration site opened March 1 and will close on March 15, no exceptions or excuses. Teams must also be registered clubs - no pick-up squads.

The entry information - read it carefully - is at the Granite State Races Services website. Again, the deadline is March 15.


USATF PRESIDENT VISITS LOCAL BOARD
March 1, 2004

USATF National President Bill Roe and national Director of Member Services Andy Martin stayed and extra day after the USA National Indoor Championships and visited with the New England association Board of Directors at our monthly meeting at M.I.T.

Roe, from Bellingham, Washington, gave a rundown on his long involvement in the sport from club founder and local USATF association chair to his current position - which is as a volunteer - as President and chairman of the USATF board of directors. He detailed the activities of dealing with the national office. Martin spoke on his dealing with the 57 associations around the country, the member programs which have expanded in his four years on the job, and the national Club Championship Program geared toward association based clubs which encompasses track and field, cross country, and the marathon relay. Another topic presented by both guests was the upcoming pilot program to perform background checks on youth club coaches. This program will soon become a requirement for all youth clubs in the near future, and will be tied to the club liability insurance benefit.


INDOOR NATIONALS - 2 FOR TOOMEY
Four New Englanders Win Titles
February 27-29, 2004

Jen Toomey of Salem became the first women to win both the 800 and 1500 at the USA championships, convincingly accomplishing the task as this weekend's USA Nationals held before a capacity crowd at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

The 800 included a trial round on Friday and the final on Saturday, where the Nike athlete ran away from the field in 2:00.02. On Sunday, she came back to win the 1500 in 4:09.82, calling it "a race of strength over speed", taking the lead with 400 to go and cruising to victory in a huge personal best. Amy Rudolph of Providence was second in 4:11.93. Toomey has opted to run just the 800 at the World Championships in Hungary this weekend, as the meet served as the USA team selection event.

Jonathan Riley wins the 3000 meter.
Jonathan Riley of Brookline MA won his second straight 3000 meter title with a time of 7:57.69.
(photo: Stanley Hu of accelphoto.com)

Brookline MA high school grad Jonathan Riley returned to his home oval and won his second straight 3000 meter title, holding off three challengers in the final lap in a time of 7:57.69 as all four dipped under 8:00. Riley will join Toomey in Budapest this weekend. The top 2 eligible finishers in each World Championship event earned spots on the USA roster.

Two Granite Staters took home gold medals; Laura Gerraughty of Nashua, currently a junior at North Carolina, not only won the shot put, but set a new collegiate record in the process with her heave of 62'9 1/2". All five of her legal throws were long enough for the win; she plans to bypass the Worlds due to studies and the NCAA championships. Joanne Dow of Manchester (adidas) took command from the gun and was never challenged in winning her third straight crown in the 3000 meter racewalk in a personal best time of 12:36.76.

Local teams won a pair fo exciting distance medley relays, with Reebok Boston taking the men's race in 9:51.57 and the B.A.A. winning the women's in 11:.27.81.

Results of all events and the many other New England competitors are at the USATF National website, along with the roster of the team that will compete at the World Championships in Hungary.
Stanley Hu has put together an impressive photo essay and more pictures can be found at www.pixel-run.com.

Negotiations are under way to have the meet to return to Boston for 2 more years.


NE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
UPDATE RESULTS POSTED

February 24, 2004

The final results have been updated and posted.


LAST CALL FOR TICKETS FOR INDOOR NATIONALS
February 23, 2004

Tickets for the USA Indoor Nationals - February 27-29 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center - are on sale at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, as well as online at USATF National website. There is a discount for members of USATF. The meet sold out last year.

The meet will again select the team for the IAAF World Championships in Hungary March 5-7. Several local athletes are entered and have good chances to represent the USA at Worlds.


TOOMEY SETS US 1000 METER RECORD
Garners World Mark This Time
February 23, 2004

The top indoor meet in Great Britain, the Norwich Union GP, drew world class competitors to Birmingham on Friday, February 20, and when the results were posted, Jen Toomey had American Record appended to her result. The Salem MA runner clocked 2:34.19 for 1000 meters, making her the fourth fastest runner indoors at the distance. She placed second in the race behind Kelly Holmes of Britain, whose 2:32.96 was the fourth best time for an indoor kilometer.


INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS CROWD
Greater Boston TC Sweeps Team Titles
February 22, 2004

The USATF New England championships returned to Harvard's Gorden Track for a third straight year, and seems to have found a home as over 600 athletes entered the meet (including 51 pole vaulters!).

Racewalker Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) set a new meet standard in the 3000m event, preparing for next weekend's USA Nationals with a 12:53.95 clocking. Manchester (NH) Central sprinter Dominique Worsley turned back more experienced fields to win both the 60 and 200, and Patrick Collier (Athletics East) became the first male racewalker in almost 20 years to qualify for the USA Indoor Nationals in winning the 3000m racewalk. We thank Harvard for being able to run the meet at Gordon Track.

The preliminary results are now posted and will be reposted Monday night after finalizing several events.


FRAM LOWERS M45 3000 MARK AGAIN
Garners World Mark This Time

February 16, 2004

For the second time in as many attempts this winter, Craig Fram (Plaistow New Hampshire) clocked a new M45 US best in the 3000 meters, but took it down one more notch in this race to a pending new World Age 45-49 best.

In the first unseeded section of the FasTrack Invitational at Boston University on February 14, the Whirlaway Racing Team ace moved through early traffic to finish in fifth overall in 8:35.70. The time betters not only his own 8:39.74 set at the Greater Boston TC meet in January, but also the 8:36.64 run by Germany's Klaus Goldammer in 1999. His splits were 2:54.01 for 1000 meters and 5:45.15 (2:51.14) at 2000 meters.

Several places back, another former masters record holder and regular on the New England scene, Tom Dalton ( Schenectady NY / Adirondack AC), also M45, ran a creditable 8:41.50. A number of other top performances in all events were recorded at the meet in both the women's and men's schedules. Find result at Boston University track.


NEW ENGLAND OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP RUNS ON SUNDAY
February 16, 2004

The USATF New England Indoor Championships runs at Harvard University's Gordon Track this Sunday, February 22. Running starts at 11:00 and field events go off at 12:00 noon. Entry is still open and the meet is one of the few chances for open athletes to compete at Harvard's quality facility. Find the entry form at the track page.


FLANAGAN, HANN RUN TO WORLD CROSS TEAM BERTHS
February 7-8, 2004

Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead MA and redshirting the season at North Carolina, won her first USA senior Championship on Sunday, taking the 4K race at the winter cross country Championships in Indianapolis this weekend and with it a spot on the USA team for next month's World Cross Country Championships. Sarah Hann (New Balance/Northfield NH) placed sixth to earn the final spot on the Belgium-bound squad. Six races over two days through snow and on an icy course picked the four senior teams and two junior teams.

Hann's performance came after just missing the team when placing ninth in the "long course" race on Saturday. However, New England has a pair of representatives in that event, as twins Kate and Laura O'Neill, out of Milton MA and Yale University, and now training in New Haven CT, placed 4th and 6th, respectively in the 8K won by Colleen de Reuck of Colorado.

The men's races were won by Charlie Gruber (4K-first ever US championship win) and past Olympian Bob Kennedy; New England's men ran strong but did not secure any team positions; former GSH runner Sandu Rebenciuc, currently running for the US Army out of Colorado, missed by one spot, finishing 7th in the 4K. Former Mass. schoolboy champ Sean Quigley, a freshman at LaSalle, was 13th in the junior men's 8K.

Race results, quotes, and stories are posted at the USATF National website main page.


USA OLYMPIC MARATHON TEAM SET
February 7, 2004

The USA Olympic team for 2004 has its first members after Saturday's US men's marathon trials race in Birmingham Alabama. Texan Alan Culpepper took the lead late in the race and finished in 2:11:42, five seconds up on Meb Keflizighi of California (2:11:47) with Dan Browne of Oregon a close third in 2:12:02. Interestingly, the three were the US squad at last summer's World Championships, but at 10,000 meters.

Eric Blake (Plattsburgh NY/ CMS) was the top local runner, finishing 34th in the 86 runner field. Terrance Shea (BAA through 2003, now in Michigan with the Hanson's Project) was 42nd in 2:24:32, and Ken Pliska (Littleton MA / Whirlaway Racing Team) was 56th in 2:29:01. Mike Donnelly (Mass. native/ Providence / the Oregon Project) did not finish.

For both events, you can find the complete story and results at the USATF National website main page.


MEN'S OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND ACTION
February 4, 2004

The USA Olympic team for the men's marathon will "select themselves" at the US Trials race in Birmingham Alabama on Saturday morning. The field of about 100 will include a pair of New England club runners, Ken Pliska (Littleton MA / Whirlaway Racing Team) and Eric Blake (Plattsburgh NY/ CMS), both competing in the Trials for the first time.
Several other runners with local connections will be on the starting line as well including Mike Donnelly (Mass. native and Providence grad with the Oregon Project), and Terrance Shea (recently of BAA, now in Michigan with the Hanson's Project).

Also this weekend, the US WinterNational Cross Country meet runs Saturday and Sunday in Indianapolis, serving as the trials for the World Cross Country Championships. A large number of New England runners are looking to earn a USA uniform.

For both events, you can find the entrants, press releases, course info, and results at the USATF National website under events on the main page.


adidas BOSTON RACES BEST IN THE COUNTRY
February 1, 2004

Some of the World's best took to the Reggie Lewis Track at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games and gave the sell-out crowd plenty to cheer for. While there were no World or American records set for the first time in many years, the 2004 edition did produce the best performances ever run in the US in three events.

Crowd favorite Halie Gebreselassie, considered the best runner ever and holder of 17 World Records, made a valiant attempt at the World best in the 3000. He passed the mile mark in 4:00 and clocked 7:35.24; he owns 8 of the top 10 times ever. His Ethiopian compatriots took charge of the women's 5000 and wound up with four of the top 10 times ever for the event. Leading the foursome - all of whom were under 15:00 for the 25 laps - was double world junior gold medalist Meseret Defar at 14:53.19, followed by world 5000 meter champion Tirunesh Dibaba and two time Olympic gold medal winner Deratu Tulu. Osmar dos Santos' 1:15.90 in the 600 meter was the fifth fastest time ever; all three of the preceding performances are now the best run on US soil. Gail Devers ran a world leading time in the hurdles, and Salem's Jen Toomey now has the top 2 US times for the season after her convincing win in the 800.

A tip of the hat to the staff of Global Athletics and at the Reggie Lewis Center for providing World Class Track to the region. The meet summary and full results can be found at the adidas Boston Indoor Games website.


USA NATIONALS TICKETS ON SALE
February 1, 2004

Tickets for the USA Indoor Nationals - February 27-29 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center - are on sale at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, as well as online at USATF National website. There is a discount for members of USATF.


adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES ON TAP
January 26, 2004

Halie Gebreselassie, Stacy Dragila, David Krummenacker - Champions - record setters - Track & Field News cover subjects - and competing in Boston this weekend! This trio is just the beginning of the list of athletes slated to compete at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games.

The meet begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs til 8:00 p.m., with several World Record attempts in the works. The meet will also be televised live on ESPN2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Limited tickets still available. For tickets, and to read all the releases and start lists, check the website.


MORE WEEKEND TRACK ACTION
January 26, 2004

A busy weekend for track fans as the NU Husky Collegiate Invitational runs at Reggie Lewis Center on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Friday eve and all day Saturday, there will be elite action at the Boston U Terrier Invitational; women's distance races and field on Friday, the rest on Saturday. The Mass. HS Coaches Association meets for Girls (Sat) and Boys (Sun) run at the Reggie Lewis Center as well. Get out this weekend and watch a meet!


MIT YOUTH MEET ADDED TO SCHEDULE
January 26, 2004

A youth meet for ages 16 and under will run on Sunday February 8 at M.I.T. in Cambridge MA. 55 through the mile, and the long jump are contested in 2 year age groups. Day of event entry beginning at 12:00; email for entry.


TOOMEY NAMED USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
January 19, 2004

In recognition of her world-leading time in the 800 meters run at last weekend's Greater Boston TC Invitational, Jen Toomey (Salem MA/Nike) was named USA Track & Field "Athlete of the Week". Read the release at USATF Website.
 



US LEADING PEFORMANCES AT GBTC INVITATIONAL
January 18, 2004

A pair of local athletes turned in the best USA performance - and among the tops in the world - in their event for 2004 at Sunday's Greater Boston Track Club Invitational at Harvad on Sunday. Jen Toomey (Salem MA), ran alone from the gun to clock 2:00.34 for 800 meters; the Nike runner was number 2 at the distance outdoors in the US in 2003. In the throws circle, Anna Norgren (Orange CT) tossed the 20 lb weight 75' 10 1/4", the longest ever in New England; she was ranked 7th in the World in the hammer for 2003!

On the men's side, Craig Fram (Whirlaway / Plaistow NH), recently turned 45, took a shot at that masters age group record and he came away with a new standard of 8:39.74, just 3 seconds of the world best. He also owns the 40-44 record. Full results are at the GBTC Website with great photos by Stanley Hu/AccelPhoto.com at photoreflect.com.


YOUTH MEETS ADDED IN PROVIDENCE
January 18, 2004

The Providence Cobras announced that they will host fur youth meets at Moses Brown School in Providence. For youth age 14 and under, the dates are January 25, February 1, February 15, and March 7 from 12-3. Events will include the 50, 300, 600, 1000, 1500, and 4 x 1 lap relay. Entry fee is $2, day of meet only. See our Links page under clubs for contact info.
 



NE MASTERS MEET HELD AT BROWN
January 11, 2004

A small but enthusiastic field contested a full slate of events at the Brown Masters/USATF-NE Championships on Sunday in Providence. Thanks to meet director Bob Rothenberg and the Brown University staff. Full Results.
 



DOW GETS OLYMPIC "A" STANDARD
January 11, 2004

Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) attained the Olympic Games "A" time standard in the 20K racewalk this past weekend in winning an invitational 20K walk held in conjunction with the USA 30K Championships in Chula Vista CA. Dow's time of 1:32:54 is the fourth best time ever walked by a US women behind the US record of 1:31:51. She is currently the only American to have the "A" time leading up to the 2004 Olympic Games.


MASTERS RECORD AT LOU'S 4x1600
January 4, 2004

Lou's 4 x 1600 relay has become a winter tradition in New England, and has produced several masters records in its first three years. Year 4 was no exception, as a pair of M60 squads took aim at the 24:55.7 World and US mark set by Gate City Striders in 2001.

After four legs and several lead changes, Wolfpit RC of Connecticut took the measure of the Moose Milers and Marathoners, 23:09.83 to 23:21.52; both teams broke the old mark set by Gate City Striders in this race in 2001.

They weren't evenly split, but the Wolfpit did have the fastest two legs - anchorman 61 yr old Armenio Ferreria of Rhode Island with a 5:19 and 2nd leg Bill Borla, 63, clocking 5:20. Moose Milers' leadoff lege, Bill Spencer, was on the previous record holding GCS team.

Overall winner was the Lynx/Stars foursome in 17:49.53. Fastest leg time was 4:23 by Lynx's Harry Norton and Reebok Boston's Eric Sherry. Click for the full results; 10 teams took part.