NEWS FROM 2007

12/31/2007
 

FLOWERS SETS NATIONAL HS RECORD
December 30

Providence Classical HS senior Victoria Flowers set a new national high school record in the 20 pound weight throw record Friday at the 26th Annual Brown University Track & Field High School Invitational in Providence. Her toss of 61'0 3/4" broke the 10 year old record of Maureen Griffin (Pocatello ID) at the 1997 National Scholastic Indoor Championships by 2 1/4 inches.

Two of Flowers' record came on her first throw of the day; her final spin was also close to the old record, covering 60'4 1/2". Read the meet story at dyestat.com.

 

2008 MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT ANNOUNCED
December 29

The 2008 USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit has been announced, and will again include six popular and challenging mountain runs in May, June, and July. The series kicks off at the traditional opener, Mt.Wachusett, on May 24, and will include the Northfield Mt. race (the 2008 NE Trail Championship) June 7 and Cranmore Hill Climb (NE Mountain Championship) on June 29. Local chair Paul Kirsch reports that for a second year, all runners completing the 6 race circuit will be eligible for guaranteed entry into the 2009 Mt.Washington Road Race. Details can be found on the Mountain/Trail page.

Also note that entry for the Mt.Washington Road Race is a lottery, is entirely on-line, and begins on March 1. See Mt.Washington Race website.

 

WORLD MASTERS INDOOR DEADLINE APPROACHING
December 28

Though it is still over 2 months away, the on-time entry for the World Masters Indoor Championships in Clermont, France (March 17-22) is just a week away - January 4, 2008. After that, registration remains open until January 28, but with a substantial late fee.

All entries must go through the national office in Indianapolis. The entry information is available at the National website.

 

- NATE JENKINS - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
December 28

With his eighth place finish in the US Olympic Trials men's marathon, Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA / GLRR) is the USA Track & Field-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for November 2007.

The full release and those of other 2007 honorees are at Awards and Honors Page.

 

RI GREAT DOYLE PASSES AWAY
December 14, Tiverton RI

Rhode Island running great Bobby Doyle passed away on Friday from an apparent heart attack; he was 58. A State champion and record holder while at Hope HS in the 1960's, and part of U.Texas-El Paso's national cross country team, he made his biggest mark after college when he turned to the marathon. He recorded seven victories in the Ocean State Marathon, and four top-15 performances at the Boston Marathon including a fifth place (1985) and a seventh (1979). He had a personal best of 2:14, twice competed in the US Olympic Marathon Trials, and represented the US at the Pan American Games.

He was also a respected high school cross country coash, first at LaSalle Academyh and most recently at Woonsocket HS. STORY.

 

Jess Minty (523), 2nd at New Englands, finished 7th at Nationals (Mike Scott photo)

Jess Minty (523), 2nd at New Englands, finished 7th at Nationals
(Mike Scott photo)

MULTIPLE NEW ENGLAND MEDALISTS AT USA CROSS COUNTRY
December 9, Westchester OH

New Balance Boston placed second in the Open Women's race at the USA Fall National / Club Cross Country Championships. The meet featured the largest team participation in many years, if not ever.

In a very close and hotly contested team race, the Run Ohio squad earned its first national title, with a score of 157 points, New Balance Boston took second with 159, the Boulder Running Company/adidas third with 160; defending champion Boston AA fourth with 188 points. NBB was led by Erin Dromgoole in fifth and Jess Minty in seventh. Also scoring were Greater Boston TC (16) and Greater Springfield Harrier (29) among 32 teams

Local men were challenged in the 50 scoring team field (a record high); team placings were BAA-11, NBB-13, GCS Triad-36, GBTC-39, and GSH-47th. Individuals in the top 50 finishers in the field of 422 included Jeffrey Caron (NBB-31), Mark Miller (BAA-48), and Ramon Laboy (BAA-50).

Masters titles were also up for grabs, with three locals going gold in their age divisions; those winners included Bill Dixon (GLRR / Brattleboro VT)(60-64); Bill Spencer (GCSTriad/ Litchfield NH) (70-74); and John Kick of (GCSTriad, Dunstable MA) (75-79). John Barbour (GLRR/Gloucester MA) took silver (50-54) and Rich Larsen (GSH, 55-59) and Harry Carter (GCST, 70-74) took bronze.

Team medals came back to New England with two teams; Dirigo RC took second in the 40+ division, and the 70+ GCS Triad trio of Bill Spencer, Harry Carter,and Jerry LeVasseur were division gold medalists.

The full list of award winners is at the www.usatf.org page.

 

WINSHIP, POWERS, GRANITE STATE FLASH MEDAL AT NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS
December 9, Lawrence KS

Two New England individuals and one team earned medals at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, on Saturday.

Gwenyth Winship (Granite State Flash) was the silver medalist in the Youth Girls (age 10 and under) race which opened the day, while at the other end, Kyle Powers (Green Mt.AA) scored the bronze medal for Young Men (17-18) in the closer of the 10 race schedule. The Granite State Flash, led by Jack Callopy in 13th, placed third in the Youth Boys (13-14) race to win bronze medals.

Other top team placings were recorded by Waltham TC girls and Granite State Flash boys, both placing fifth in their respective Bantam division races.

Full results can be found at the USATF Website.

 

CAOUETTE IN USATF OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME
MANY NEW ENGLANDERS RECOGNIZED AT USATF MEETING

December 2, Honolulu

USA Track & Field announced their 2007 awards winners at the organization's national Annual Meeting last week, with a number of New England association individuals among the honorees.

Ken Caouette (Greenfield MA), former NE vice president andcertification chair, was among twelve inducted in the first class of the USATF Officials Hall of Fame. A starter in the 1984 Olympic Games, Ken was instrumental in establishing the officials certification and advancement program.

Lynn MA native Barbara Palma, who served in the atheletic department at the University of Albany (NY) was also part of the dozen inductees.

Following the strengths of the area's Mountain Running program, the White Mountain Milers received the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Committee Contributor of the Year plaque.
New Englanders were prominent among the Masters distance running award winners;
50-54: Joan Samuelson (Maine)
60-64: Larry Olsen (TVFR / Milford MA)
70-74: Bill Riley(BAA / Marstons Mills MA)
75-79: Joe Fernandez (NE 65+/Fairhaven MA)
85-89: Bill Tribou (Connecticut)
95+: Katherine West (Maine)
Additionally, 45-49 winner Dennis Simonaitis of Utah is originally out of Xaverian HS (Westwood MA) and U.Mass Lowell.

Among Masters racewalkers Marcia Rutledge (NEWalkers/Cambridge MA) was tops in the 40-44 division for 2007.

Recognized by Masters Track and Field was Bob Matteson (NE 65+ / Bennington VT), one of six athletes of the year in the age 60-and-over category.

The full list of award winners is at the newly redesigned www.usatf.org page.

 

USA NATIONALS COMING TO REGION
Honolulu, December 2

Several USA National Championships are headed to our region in the coming years, awarded by sports committees at the recent USATF Annual Meetings.

The 2008 Mt.Washington Road Race and 2009 Mt.Cranmore Hill Run were picked as the USA Mountain Running Championships for the next two years. Both will also serve as a selection race to fill the USA team for the World Mountain Running Trophy competition.

A three year award of the USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championship in all divisions was made to New England. It will be held on the track at Bentley College (Waltham MA) on the second Sunday in October in 2008-09-10.

The CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence (men and women) and Tufts 10K for Women in Boston continue in the schedule as 2008 USA championships, awarded in prior years.

 

 

HANOVER NH GIRLS 4TH AT NIKE TEAM NATIONALS
Portland OR, December 1

Hanover NH girls, paced by Georgia Griffin's 6th place finish, took fourth as a team in the Nike Team Nationals scholastic cross country championship meet. Only an at-large entry due to their third place finish in the strong Northeast region, the Granite State seven responded with a top season-ending performance. Lincoln-Sudbury MA / Wicked RC, led by Andrea Keklack in wwnd, placed eighth in the elite 22 team field.

Regional Boys winner Brookline TC placed seventh in the final, led by junior David Wilson in seventh. Danbury CT, with better depth on the day, placed fifth.

Details and stories are at Dyestat.com.

 

OFFICE CLOSED NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3
November 26

The New England office will be closed Tuesday November 27 through Monday, December 3, as the staff (and several board members) are attending the USATF national Annual Meeting. Follow the news of the convention at www.usatf.org

 

MASS. SCHOLASTICS SHINE AT NATIONAL QUALIFIERS
New York, November 24

The Nike Team Nationals has been selection-by-committee until this year when qualifying races were introduced. The Northeast region meet at Bowdoin State Park in Wappingers Falls NY found Massachusetts teams leading the charge. The Boys' Championship found Brookline TC, with three in the top 10, edging Danbury CT by one point, 86-87, and both qualifying for the National meet in two weeks. Hill 'n' Harrier of RI was next NE team in seventh. Brookline's Robert Gibson led the field home in 16:00.9

In the Girls' Championship Wicked TC (Lincoln-Sudbury MA) edged Hunterdon NJ 69-73, with Hanover NH RC third with 83; the latter included individual winner Georgia Griffin (18:53).

In the Footlocker XC Championship Regional qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park, New York - the "individual" championships, two Bay Staters were among the ten girls - and only New England girls - qualifying for the December 8 race in San Diego. The 1-2 finishers in the Mass. Division II meet last week, Emily Jones (Harvard MA) and Keely Maguire (Georgetown MA), finished 2nd and 5th, respectively, and both within 9 seconds out the winner.

The boys' race had two qualifiers from Connecticut, including race winner Donn Cabral of Glastonbury in a meet record time. Top New England association runners were Sintayehu Taye of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham MA and last weekend's Region I Junior Olympic champ Kyle Powers of Waterford VT in 22nd.

Stories on both meets can be found at Dyestat.com.

 

CARON, RYAN LEAD XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 18

Jeff Caron and Marisa Ryan ran to titles in the USATF-NE cross country championships at Franklin Park on Sunday. Partly cloudy skies and a light breeze combined with good footing on the course produced good racing conditions for the masters men's, women's and open men's races,

Caron led a 1-2 New Balance Boston finish, outkicking teammate and 2005 champ Rolland Lavallee in the final lap of Playstead Field to win his first harrier title. Ryan, a medical school student who still has indoor and outdoor eligibility at Boston University, ran off from the field to win by 19 seconds over Jess Minty (NBB) on the 6K course.

The BAA packed five in the top nine to best New Balance Boston (who went 1-2-4) by a 29-34 tally in the men's race, while the two reversed positions in the women's totals (24-50) where NBB placed four of the top 10.

Master winner Mark Coogan (New Balance Boston) had run for the USA in the World Championships at Franklin Park 15 years ago, and led from mile of the 8K race to forge a 19 second margin over Kent Lemme and Todd Coffin . John Barbour was 11th overall and won the M50+ honors, while Bill Borla repeated as M60+ champ. Team gold went to Dirigo RC (40+), Greater Lowell (50+), and GCS Triad (60+).

The masters women ran with the open women and were led by Christine Reaser (Dirigo, 40+), Lisa Doucett (CSU, 50+), Catherine Farrell (CSU, 60+) and Mary Harada (LAC, 70+). Liberty AC won the 40+ and 60+ women's teams, with Cambridge Sports Union splitting them and taking the 50+ teams.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped make the meet a success, including the state champion Brookline HS cross country team who won the Mass. meet with an historic low 25 points on Saturday.

Full results are on the Cross Country page.

 

YOUTH RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
November 18

New England Association runners made their mark at the Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country championships on Long Island on Sunday. The top 3 teams and individuals finishing in the top 20 in each race qualified for the Nationals to be held in Lawrence, Kansas on December 8. New England runners made up the largest percentage of all fields in the 10 races contested against the 5 other associations of Region I.

Three runners took individuals titles; Julia Kern (Waltham TC, Bantam Girls), Jack Callopy (Granite State Flash, Youth Boys), and Kyle Powers (Green Mt.AA, Young Men) will lead the parade of New Englanders heading to the midwest. Granite State Flash, Sentinel Striders, Waltham TC, and Nashua PAL qualified teams for the big show.Seven other runners ran to a second or third place finish.

When we receive full results, they will be found at a link on the cross country page. Information on Nationals is at the USATF web site front page.

 

LOCAL TALENT IN COLLEGIATE NATIONALS
November 17-19

Local collegiate student-athletes and teams ran well in all three divisions at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this past weekend.

The races are the most competitive in the college schedule where a few seconds can be a dozen places. Monday's Division I meet in Indiana found Stanford topping the women's standings, led by Bromfield School (Harvard MA) product Ari Lambie (9th) who took home a share of her fourth team championship of her career. Danette Doetzel of Providence finished 26th as the top NE collegian, with Catherine Parker of UNH 2 spots behind. Providence and Boston College were 26th and 30th, respectively. In the men's standings, Portsmouth NH grad Cory Thorne was 35th running for Louisville, as Providence senior Ahmed Haji in 49th; his Friar team was 27th.

At the Division II meet in Joplin Missouri, Ruben Sanca of U.Mass.Lowell earned all-American honors in 25th, as the River Hawks placed 22nd, one point up on the south shore birds, Stonehill's Skyhawks. Top local female was Nicole Radzil of Bryant in 40th; the Hawks finished in the same order here, but 13th and 18th.

In Division III, the Amherst women moved up from 2nd last year to win the Division title; top local individual was Middlebury's Alexandra Krieg (Welleley MA) who ran to the bronze medal. Men's teams found Williams again the top New England squad of the four qualifying teams in 10th, and top individual was Jesse Faller of Tufts in 18th.

All results and summaries are at ncaasports.com/crosscountry/.

 

BLATTLER SELECTED AS RHODES SCHOLAR
November 16

Harvard senior Clara Blattler of Brookline, Mass. is among the 32 Americans chosen for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship that funds two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Blattler is the Harvard record-holder and Ivy League champion in the women's pole vault, and was Massachusetts state champion while in high school. A major in earth and planetary sciences, she is also a violinist in two Harvard orchestras and has studied at the Goethe Institute in Berlin. Having done extensive research and field work in geology and chemical oceanography on three continents, Blattler plans to earn a master of science degree through research in earth sciences at Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and best-known award for international study, were created in 1902; Blattler will enter Oxford in October 2008.

 

2008 GRAND PRIX SERIES SET
November 12, 2007, Waltham MA

The 2008 USATF-NE Grand Prix series will have five new events including several past championship races as the seven Road Race Championships composing the series for next year were selected Monday evening by close to 100 USATF-NE member voters at Brandeis University.

12 races submitted bids for next year's series, with two selections came down to a margin of 4 or fewer votes and three races were uncontested. The series breaks down to one race in any month, and covers three of the association's 4 states (no bids from Vermont races). That leaves plenty of time for track, mountains, and cross country. There were no runaway winners and the marathon was uncontested.

The 2008 schedule:

  • Mar 15 - New Bedford Half-Marathon, New Bedford MA
  • May 11 - Medical Center 6K, Nashua NH (wild card)
  • June 1 - Rhody 5K, Lincoln RI
  • July 29 - Newburyport 10 Mile, Newburyport MA
  • Aug 9 - Bridge of Flowers 10K, Shelburne Falls MA
  • Sept 6 - Ollie 5 Mile, South Boston MA
  • Oct 19 - Bay State Marathon, Lowell MA

Congratulations to those races, and thanks to those others who submitted bids: Westford 5K, Marine Corps 10K, NE XC Championships, Seagull 6, and the Breakers Marathon.

Final results of 2007 are posted on the GP Page

 

YOUTH RUN WILD AT FREESTYLE FARM
Amherst NH, November 11

Nearly 500 youth ran the USATF-NE Junior Olympics Cross Country Championship meet at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH. Ideal conditions Eight races dashed over the well-groomed courses, with the top 3 teams and individuals in the top 25 earning spots on the starting line for next week's Region I meet on Long Island. Winning teams included Granite State Flash (6 divisions), Sentinel Striders (2) and Waltham TC (1), with Nashua PAL and Nitehawks SC advancing as teams as well. Participation spanned the full 4 state region.

The results link can be found on the cross country page.

Information on next Sunday's Region I meet at Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island NY is at the Long Island Association web site.

 

MCGILLIVARY HONORED BY RUNNER'S WORLD November 10

Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray was named one of Runner's World magazine's 2007 Heroes of Running in an announcement this past weekend.

The runners honored in the fourth annual presentation have gone above and beyond, defying expectations, breaking barriers and leading future generations of runners. McGillivray, founder of DMSE Sports has produced or consulted on more than 750 events worldwide, directing some of the most technically challenging and high-profile road races and charitable sporting events in the nation in more than two decades in the business. He was also an accomplished distance runner and works tirelessly on philanthropic projects.

The program will be featured in the December 2007 issue of the magazine.

 

JENKINS 7TH IN OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
November 3, New York City

Lowell's Nate Jenkins ran to a seventh place finish in Saturday's US Olympic Team Marathon Trials on Saturday in New York City.

Jenkins (Saucony/GLRR), a past USATF-NE Grand Prix champ and an assistant coach at U.Mass-Lowell, ran a personal best 2:14:56 in cool and blustery conditions down the streets of NYC and loops through Central Park. He finished between a pair of 2004 Olympians, Dan Browne (6th, 2:13:23) and '04 Olympic bronze medalist Meb Keflizighi (8th, 2:15:09).

Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage / Warwick RI) placed 19th in 2:17:17, also a personal best and well ahead of his seed place in the starting field. Other local finishers included Pat Moulton (28, 2:18:35), Steve Meinelt (54, 2:22:40), Terrance Shea (61, 2:23:44), Marzuki Stevens (70, 2:25:18), and Casey Moulton (83, 2:28:29).

Youth was served in making the team as the top three spots went to Ryan Hall (25, California, 2:09:02), Dathan Ritzenhein (24, Colorado, 2:11:07), and Brian Sell(29, Michigan, 2:11:40). Hall, who ran the fastest debut marathon ever by an American at London in April and set the US 1/2 marathon record later in the summer, broke the race open with a 4:32 18th mile and continued at sub 5:00 pace to the finish. The time was a Trials record by 1 minute 17 seconds.

Tragedy struck the race, as 2003 US Marathon Champion Ryan Shay (CA) collapsed after mile 5 and later died.

Full results, quotes, and stories can be found at the USATF website.

 

2008 GRAND PRIX BID FORM AVAILABLE
November 1

If you know of a race that might want to bid to host a 2008 Grand Prix Road Race event, go to the Grand Prix page and download a bid form. They are due back in the office by November 9. The selection meeting is Monday, November 12, at Brandeis University in Waltham MA.

 

MEN'S OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS IN NYC ON SUNDAY
November 1

The race for the 2008 US Olympic Team begins on Saturday in New York City with the Men's Marathon Trials.
New England athletes who will toe the starting line include past NE Grand Prix winners Nate Jenkins (GLRR/Saucony/Lowell MA) and Casey Moulton(GLRR/Pelham NH), as well as Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage/Warwick RI) and Terrance Shea (BAA/Somerville MA).

Others with New England connections include Ed Baker (Harvard grad), Andy Downin (Pinkerton Academy NH, now in NJ), Mike Smith (Wachusett Regional HS, now in AZ) Marzuki Stevens (Williams College, GBTC alum, now in CA), Steve Meinelt (Topsfield MA/UNH alum, now in DC), Pat Moulton (Pelham NH, now with Brooks/Hansons in MI).

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. outside of the Today Show studios and heads to Central Park for 4 laps. There is a free live Webcast (which will not repeated) at www.nbcolympics.com/marathon. There will be a network television wrap-up n NBC at 2pm on Saturday.

The women's trials are set for Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Boston - the day before the Boston Marathon. See bostontrials2008.com.

 

WESTCHESTER TC RUNNERS LEAD MAYOR'S CUP XC
BAA TOPS MEN'S TEAMS

October 28, Boston

Westchester (NY) Track Club repeated its feat from last year, sending both the male and female champions to the winners circle at Sunday's Mayors Cup Cross Country Races, presented by adidas and the Boston Athletic Association, and directed by USA Track & Field New England and the Boston Parks Department in conjunction with Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Blustery winds, blue skies, and temperatures in the lower 50s created the quintessential New England cross country backdrop for the 782 finishers in Sundays races.

Aziza Ayilu, an Ethiopian residing in the Bronx, became the first female to win back-to-back since Lynn Jennings successfully defended her title in 1994-95. Ayilu, 22, ran 16:37 in the womens championship 5-kilometer race, beating Julie Culley, of Arlington, Virginia, by six seconds. Culley improved from her eighth place finish at the 2006 race.

RIADHA/S4A won the womens team competition 35 to 46 over the Nike Central Park TC. Greater Boston TC was the first local club in third with 70 points.

Girma Tola, 32, also Ethiopian and who has been living in New York for approximately two months, won the mens 8-kilometer race with a time of 23:18, three seconds up on Jorge Torres of Reebok and Boulder, Colorado. Massachusetts was represented on the awards platform by Sean Quigley, 22, who is in a collegiate, red shirt, year at LaSalle University and who was state champion while at Archbishop Williams several years ago. Quigleys time was 23:24, while fourth place Dylan Wykes (23:41), of the host Boston Athletic Association, led the B.A.A. to the team victory. Genesee Valley Harriers (91 points) and Westchester TC (100) were the second and third place mens teams.

Defending champion Stephen Chemlany was 14th and 2005 champ Jarrod Shoemaker (Sudbury, MA) was ninth. Shoemaker was recently named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic triathlon team.

The Mayor's Cup is composed of five races: girls' and boys' 1.1-mile races, the open Franklin Park 5K, the women's Championship 5K and the men's Championship 8K. Winners of the other Mayors Cup races were:

Brett Baker of the Nitehawks SC (Boys 1.1 mile 5:40); Laura Williamson from Princeton MA (Girls 1.1 mile 6:21); Eric Khatchadourian from Cambridge (men, Franklin Park 5K 16:02); and Jennifer Rapaport of Somerville RR (women, Franklin Park 5K 19:30).

All results and pictures can be found at www.baa.org/mayorscup.

Story courtesy of the B.A.A.

 

DOUBLE DOUBLE FOR 30TH CAPE COD MARATHON VICTORS
Falmouth MA, October 28

Shad Miller (Whirlaway Racing Team) and Heidi Westerling (BAA) found weather conditions to their liking and repeated their wins at the 30th Annual Dunkin' Donuts Cape Cod Marathon on Sunday.

Despite rain the day before, similar to 2006, it was far less windy on race day and both bettered their previous times on the course. Miller had a race long battle with Greater Lowell's master Titus Mutindi, with the elder runner even passing him at 25 miles. But the defender rallied to clock a 2:28:39-2:28:53 margin of victory. Avi Kramer (Greater Boston TC) was a close third in 2:29:48 and gained the overall Men's Open Grand Prix series title.

Westerling ran solo among women, her 2:45:51 (again bettering the Olympic Trials standard) a full 15 minutes ahead of Deb Barry (CMS). Barry both won the race's masters division and clinched the GP age group win.

Divsion winners beyond Mutindi (GLRR - 40+), were Reno Stirrat (GCSTriad - 50+ division record 2:45:47), and Brad Powers (MRR - 60+), with women's age group wins going to Barry (40+), Lisa Doucett (CSU, 50+), and Laura Beckwith (CMS, 60+).

Miller's Whirlaway RT scored a narrow win over the Greater Lowell men, while CMS eked out an even closer battle over BAA for the women's title.

The race had its largest field in history with 1005 crossing the finish line at Falmouth Common. Over 80 runners who completed the marathon made it 7 for 7 in championship runs, thus earning their coveted Ironrunner jacket. The New England Runner All-Stars won the accompanying New Balance Marathon Relay over the HFC Striders, with the women's division in both the men's and women's divisions; 184 teams relayed the baton. All were supported by 750 volunteers.

The preliminary results can be found at capecodmarathon.com.

 

Leon Jasionowski and Bob Keating at the USA National One Hour Race Walk at Bentley College in Waltham

Leon Jasionowski and Bob Keating at the USA National One Hour Race Walk at Bentley College in Waltham.
Photo: Justin Kuo

NEW ENGLAND HOSTS NATIONAL 1 HOUR WALK
October 14, Waltham MA

Drawing some top junior and masters talent to the appropriately-nicknamed-for-this-event Watch City, the USATF-New England association in conjunction with the New England Walkers hosted the USA National One Hour Race Walking Championship on Sunday at Bentley College. Women's winner Teresa Vaill (Gainesville FL / Walk USA), a member of the USA team at last summer's World Championships, stepped off 12,501 meters in the hour in a dominating repeat win, and Juniors (age 19 and under) Diana Rado (PA) and Lauren Forgues (Maine) took 3-4, separated by just 3 meters at the 60 minute mark.

On the men's side, men's winner Mark Green (Nevada /Pegasus AC) covered 12,225 meters and established a new men's 50-54 age group record with that distance. Further back, Paul Johnson (Arkansas / Florida AC) upped the Men's 70-74 US best to 10,252 meters. USA 2007 Junior champ Roberto Vergara (Texas / So.Texas Walking Club) reaped 11,917 meters for third overall and another junior title.

Results and pictures at the race walk page. The event is in line to return for three more years.

 

FOUR NEW ENGLAND WINNERS AT
NATIONAL MASTERS 5K XC

October 14, Saratoga Springs NH

Four New Englanders led their age groups at the USA Masters National 5K Cross Country races at Saratoga Springs State Park on Sunday. Taking the 40-44 division, and finishing second overall, was Kent Lemme, who led his Greater Springfield Harriers team to third place in the 40+ division. Rick Larsen (GSH, M55), Bill Dixon (Greater Lowell RR, M60), and Bob Matteson (Mass Velocity, M90!) were the additional gold medalists. Six other association runners also medaled. Led by Rick Stetson, GCS Triad was fourth in the M60+ division.
The women's results found only a single individual medalist, Kathy Lynch (GSH), third among women 45-49. The Greater Springfield women were also the bronze medal team.

Full results are at Adirondack association website.

 

KASTOR DOMINATES TUFTS 10K
October 8, Boston

2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes CA) took the lead before the first mile and cruised to a 32:01 win at the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women on Monday. The race, with 4724 finishers, also served as the USA Women's 10 km Championship; heavy morning rains appeared to keep numbers down.

An opening mile of 5:00 gave her a five second gap on her only early challenger, two-time defending champion Katie McGregor (Minneapolis), and a 5:01 second mile served to emphasize her fitness. As rain started and paces slowed, Kastor continued to build the lead. The twenty year old course record looked to be in jeopardy, but the winner slowed in the latter stages yet still recorded the fastest winning time in five years.

McGregor ran a similar solo race for an uncontested second place, but a race long battle raged for third, as 2007 USA Half-Marathon champion Elva Dryer outran 20 km champion Alicia Shay and Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston). Kastor, McGregor, Shay and sixth-place finisher Desiree Davila (MI) will represent Team USA at next week's IAAF World Road Running Championships in Udine, Italy; Kathy Nary (Newbury MA) is the team leader for the trip.

Hanson's-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan outlegged New Balance Boston for the team title, even as all three of the runner-up scorers recorded personal best times.

The USA Women's 10 km Championships also was the final race on the women's 2007 USA Running Circuit (USARC), with Kastor also capturing that title with 60 points with Dryer second with 47 points. along with placer Alicia Shay will head to Italy for the world road running championships this coming weekend.

 

SUMMARY OF BUSY RUNNING WEEKEND
October 8

More notes from one of the busiest running weekends on the calendar
- A record field of 3,591 runners completed the 7th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday. The unseasonably balmy weather gave way to cooler air by race time, contributing to fast times. Former Providence College star Martin Fagan (Ireland) led the pack through the 7-mile point on course-record pace in his half marathon debut. Kenyans Samuel Ndereba and Tom Nyariki took over and quickly strung out the pack with a blazing 4:26 eighth mile.

The final five miles were a two-man race, and Nyariki and Ndereba needed every inch of that distance to decide the winner. As the two men sprinted down the final stretch to the finish at Clemente Field, Nyariki, a past medalist at the World Track and Field Championships, was able to pull ahead for a one-second victory over defending champion. Both times (1:02:20/1:02:21) were well under the previous course record of 1:02:57. Nate Jenkins of Lowell was top American in seventh at 1:06:17.

Edna Kiplagat and Caroline Chepkorir were alone in front of the women's race from the gun. As in the men's race, the decisive move came in the eighth mile as Kiplagat began to ease away from her compatriot and breaking the tape in 1:13:36, with Chepkorir following 28 seconds behind. Grand Prix leader Caroline Bjune(MVS/Andover MA) placed fourth in 1:18:47

- The Wayland XC Festival drew record crowds, with over 100 youth and 156 adult finishers. Taking wins in the fifth stop on the XC GP series were Dmitry Drozdov(Waltham MA)in 15:58 and Caitlyn Clark (Haverhill MA) in 19:01. The latter led the Sisu Project to the team win, and their men's team made it a double on the day. Results at waylandxc.org.

- The world final of the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge Championships took place in New York City on Saturday over the event's standard 3.5 mile distance. Nine of the top 11 finishers were from a pair of South African companies, broken up by a pair of Londoners. First American, in 12th, was New Balance Boston ace Ryan Carrara, representing his employer Raytheon.

- 2004 Olympian at 10,000 meters, Kate O'Neill (Milton MA) finished third in the women's race at the 30th edition of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon held Sunday, extraordinary given the brutal conditions. Her time of 2:36:15 qualified her for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Recent Williams College grad Caroline Creti also punched her ticket to the Trials, finishing fifth in her debut at the distance in 2:43:13 at the Twin Cities Marathon.

 

CHAMPS CROWNED AT NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE XC
October 6, Franklin Park

The 95th version of the six state New England championship at Franklin Park had hot races and hot temperatures. All four races took off at the gun in a cloud of dust - literally - as the baked course unseasonable weather found temperatures into the 80's. Both championships followed similar scripts for both the individual and team victors.

The varsity women's race was a one runner show, with Andrea Walkonen taking the lead off the field and holding it through the thre e loop course, from the opening mile of 5:10. Her margin dropped by the finish, as she eased in to the victory 17 seconds on Jessica Belliveau of Maine (the Black Bear's highest individual finish ever by a female runner). No clear favorite emerged during the race, but a steady swarm of yellow and blue hovered around the front throughout, and Quinnipiac (Hampden CT) earned their first ever women's (or men's) team harrier crown, 72-85-87 over Amherst and Boston U.

The men's race followed with the same plot. Patrick Mellea of Boston College established a ten second lead (4:42) lead by the first mile checkpoint; the margin grew and shrunk slightly in the next two laps, while at mile 4, the margin was down to 4 seconds. The Eagle responded on the final climb over the hill and held on for an admirable win in 24:45. Team totals were not so obvious, as UMass Lowell was first with three across the line, Brown with four, and Williams the first with five scorers home. Emerging from the deep field, Brown totaled the highest winning total since 1961 at 95, with U Mass/Lowell at 123, and U Mass/Amherst filing their in to total just one more point than the runner-up squad.

Results are at neicaaa.org.

 

FASHIONABLE MILES FOR PROVIDENCE CREW
September 29, New York City

The "Run Providence" training enclave had successful runs down the "most expensive street in the world" with five top 10 finishers in the 27th annual Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile hosted by the NY Road Runners Club on Saturday. A total of 3245 finishers in multiple heats covered the slightly downhill point-to-point course.

The "Professional Men" divsion found US mile record holder Alan Webb winning in 3:52.7, just .2 ahead of Canada's Kevin Sullivan with RI rep Patrick Tarpy fifth down the park-view promenade in 3:57.1.

The women's straight ahead dash found Carmen Douma-Hussar of Canada - meet record setter in last winter's Reebok Boston Indoor Games, breaking the tape on the in 4:22.8, just .8 up on Amy Mortimer of Providence whose 4:23.6 was good for $3500. Training partner, kiwi Kim Smith, took fourth (4:25.0 $1500), while Roisin McGettigan (9, 4:35.2) and Molly Huddle (10, 4:39.2) rounded out the top 10. Most of the top finishers in both races have appeared on the track in New England in the past year.

Full results of all races are found at nyrrc.org.

 

NEW WORLD RECORD IN MARATHON
September 30

Ethiopian star Haile Gebreselassie, arguably history's finest distance runner, added another World record to his resume at the real-Berlin-Marathon on Sunday, clocking 2:04:26. The time led the race's 40,000 entrants and broke the old mark of 2:04:55 set by Kenya's Paul Tergat in Berlin in 2003. He has now broken 24 World records or world bests in his career.

He went through halfway in 62:29, and after pacesetters dropped out, ran the last 12 kilometres of the race solo. After the race he noted this record will not be the end of the story. "I believe that I can run 2:03 ... I am convinced that I can achieve such a time". Wow!

Multiple stories can be found at the IAAF Website

 

MOULTON, BJUNE MOTOR AT APPLE HARVEST
September 23, Harvard MA

Casey Moulton and Caroline Bjune won New England titles at 10 miles on Sunday at the Apple Harvest 10 Miler in Harvard MA on Sunday. A crowd approaching 600 took to the noontime start from The Fruitlands.

The course ran in the reverse direction from last year's race, presenting an arguably tougher track. However, conditions were also less optimal, the overcast skies and light rain replaced in 2007 by a cloudless sky with bright sun and temperatures in the mid 70's.

Moulton and GLRR teammate Ben Ndaya had established a lead by halfway, but Moulton put in a 10 second gap during mile 6, doubled that the next mile, and arrived home unchallenged. GBTC's Kibrom Temelso, the Around Cape Ann winner 3 weeks earlier, moved up to second at the finish, with Ben Schmeckpepper (BAA) repeating his bronze medal race of last year.

Bjune (MVS), tuning up for the New York City Marathon later this fall, ran confidently and had a 45 second gap on 2 time Cape Cod Marathon winner Heid Westerling (BAA) at the gate to the farm, with Molly Taber third.

In the age groups, Craig Fram (Whirlaway) was back in form with a 40+ win that put him in the top 10 overall and back into the series lead. John Barbour won his third straight series race and led his GLRR trio to the win, giving him half of what Larry Olsen has for the season; the legend is 6 for 6 in the 60+ category. Harry Carter (Triad) topped the 70+ results.

Nina Caron raced her first championship in almost 2 years and the 2002-2003 GP champion placed fifth overall and first master. Sydney Letendre was a repeat 50+ winner as was her CMS team, which included NE 60+ champ Mary Ryczek.

The 2007 series will wrap up at the Cape Cod Marathon on October 28. Results and the Ironrunners through six races are posted at the Grand Prix page; 96 runners have completed all 6 races to date.

 

GBTC TAKES DOUBLE HELPING AT CODFISH BOWL
September 22, Boston

2007 Codfish Bowl awards presentation.

Codfish Bowl founder Bill Squires presents the winners award to Evans Kigan of NY Tech
Photo: Justin Kuo

Greater Boston TC won both the men's and women's team titles at the 40th annual Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park on Sunday. The women had an easy time of it, totaling just 19 points ahead of a surprising runner-up Phillips Andover squad with 70. The winning team's Gretchen Chick ran to the individual title in 18:26, faster than the 2006 winnning time.

The men's race was far tighter, with GBTC just 4 points ahead of NY Tech (64-68) with the BAA within striking distance with 74. There was no challenge, though, for the gold medal, as NY Tech's Evans Kigan ran away from the field for a minute-plus victory. Phillips Exeter post-grad Eyob Eyualem outlegged a far more experienced field for the silver.

USATF-NE took over management of the Codfish Bowl several years ago, and has guided one of the oldest open XC meets in the association its 40th anniversary. Race founder, Coach Bill Squiers, was on hand to present the winning bowls. Squires started the event while at Boston State College, and it was one of the first events opened to club athletes.

Results

 

Gerry Cantor (9/16/2006)

Gerry Cantor

OFFICIAL GERRY CANTOR PASSES AWAY
September 21

Long time official Gerry Cantor (Nashua NH) passed away on September 20. He had suffered complications from a liver transplant.

Gerry's specialty was the throws, and he took great pride in each meet he worked, which ranged from local Junior Olympics up through the Olympic Trials. Usually the first to arrive to handle his assignment and first to step forward for working on any necessary tasks related to the meet, he will be missed by athletes, officials, and meet directors alike.

 

BUSINESS AND RECOGNITION TIME AT USATF-NE BOARD ANNUAL MEETING
September 21

A mixture of recognition and business took place at the USATF New England Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 20.
The meeting opened with Athlete of the Month presentations for the last year. President Ken Robichaud opened the business meeting and several brief presentations from the director, sports chairs, and officers supplemented printed reports. (reports will be posted on the Board page within a week).

Elections were the next on the agenda, only sports chairs up for balloting this year. The only new additions will be a pair of individuals filling vacant positions, both for masters committees; Michael Travers (Watertown MA/MassVelocity) will take on the responsibilities for Masters Track and Field Chair, while Skip Cleaver (GCS Triad/Nashua NH) will move into Masters Long Distance Running Chair position. All other incumbents return (see the board page on the website) except for the Youth Chair position, which is currently unfilled.

All three athletes representatives will return (Larry Libow, Sarah Lawson, Josh Seeherman).

Due to time and expense commitments, there were only eleven nominees for the association's 15 delegates for the USATF National annual meeting in Honolulu November 28-December 2 (delegates to be listed on the board webpage). Other individuals may be added to the delegation based on interest in serving the association.

New Business included discussion of the background checks/child protection program that begins in 2007, and a review of the new USATF logo that has been phased in during the past year. The meeting then adjourned.
The Board meets monthly to review local issues and to carry out programs in the sport. Complete meeting minutes will be posted over the weekend at the Board page.

 

OFFICIALS, COACHES RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL MEETING
September 21

While our athletes of the month are announced on this site and were recognized at the annual meeting, several other awards were also announced at Thursday's meeting.

The first New England association "President's Awards" were presented at the association Annual Meeting on Thursday. Receiving a plaque for long time volunteer service was Ed Daniels (Concord NH/NHTracksters), a vital cog in masters track and field for the past dozen year. Noted for support of youth athletics were coaches Geoff Hennessy (Quincy TC) and Joe Tranchita (Waltham TC); both have been involved with the founding of their youth clubs and have continued as head coach for over 30 years. This youth contribution award will be named in honor of late past president Marja Bakker.

The USATF Officials Committee presents awards for service to the sport and four New England officials were selected for recognition by local officials' co-chairs Laurie Boemker and Pat Levelle; that quartet represents all four NE states; Steve Croughan (RI), Ed Daniels (NH), Pavel Dvorak (VT) and Susan Wilbur (MA).

 

BAA WOMEN TAKE TITLE AT DOWNTOWN 5K
Providence, September 16, 2007

The BAA women's team of Mariko Holbrook, Brett Ely, and Mary Proulx> won the National 5K team title at Sunday's CVS Downtown 5K, the 2007 USATF National Championship held in Providence. Greater Springfield Harriers, led by Andrew Pitts, placed second behind Willow Street AC (out of Adirondack association) on the men's side.

The men's race found Simon Ndirangu of Kenya winning a mass sprint to the finish in 13:45 with 2004 Olympian Dan Browne finishing third overall (13:48) and scoring the USA championship, his second US road gold in two weeks following winning the USA 20K on Labor Day. Pat Tarpy of Providence was the USA bronze medalist, 7th in the full standing, at 13:54.

On the women's side, Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan, just returned to the US from the IAAF World Championships, ran a strong race to win the overall and USA crowns in a time of 15:26 over Pan American Games 10,000 gold medalist Sarah Slattery of Colorado. Two local runners were the 4-5 Americans; Rebecca Donahue (New Balance Boston) and Amy Mortimer (Providence) placed 5-6 overall.

The day is unmatched in New England running and quite possible the USA; a series of 22 youth races for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten 50m to the 8th grade 1500 preceded the Championship race, and well over 1000 high school runners ran in the 3K that followed the 5K, the latter eligible to win awards for their schools based on participation. All told, over 7000 took part in the morning of races in downtown Providence. Only a few more New England clubs entering could have complimented the quality field that took to the street. Congratulations to Charlie Breagy and his hard working staff.

Stories and results can be found at the cvsdowntown5k.com website.

 

MILLER, HOLBROOK HOT AT OLLIE 5 MILE
September 10, 2007

BAA teammates Mark Miller and Mariko Holbrook at Saturday's USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship, the Ollie 5 Mile in South Boston.

While the event started in front of the Harpoon Brewery, it was Miller time at the end of the race. A lead pack of 6 at the mile dwindled to two by 2 miles, and the Keene NH runner made his decisive move by the time the turnaround, the bright sun and rising temperatures his only competition. The only runner under 25 minutes on a rough day, his 24:42 gave him a 40 second margin and his second win here in three years.

A trio of visiting Japanese runners from that country's university federation took the next three spots, the third barely edging out a wobbly legged Paul Ryan who had held third for most of the race. The BAA placed three in the top 7 to give them enough of a margin to hold of Whirlaway for the team trophy. Four teams are now within six points in the overall standings.

Holbrook had a similarly large margin in the women's field over series leader Caroline Bjune with her winning time of 29:28 and her first GP win. Greater Boston TC, though, with their top five in before any other team's fourth, copped the club crown and gained one point on leaders Merrimack Valley Striders.

Masters wins went to Dan Verrington and Tina Dowling (40+), John Barbour and Carol Hurley (50+), ageless Larry Olsen and Catherine Farrell (60+), and Jim Daley (70+). Though Whirlaway is close to clinching the M40 team award, most divisions for both individuals and teams look to be coming down to the final event.

The penultimate 2007 event is in under 2 weeks at the Apple Harvest 10 Mile at 12 Noon on September 23, with the finale at the Cape Cod Marathon on October 28. The marathon is on its way to filing up, but remains open to USATF members.

The latest "Ironrunners" list will be updated by the end of the week; runners should check that credit has been given for all scoring on the GP page.

 

GRAND PRIX RESUMES AT 5 MILE ON SEPTEMBER 8
IRONRUNNER LIST UPDATED
 September 6, 2007

After a summer hiatus, the USATF-NE Grand Prix gets back into action on Saturday, September 8, with the Ollie 5 Mile in South Boston. Entries are ahead of pace and a record crowd is expected.
Construction is pretty much complete in the Seaport district, so there are no course changes from last year. A generous prize purse is up for grabs by NE clubs and individuals. Entry and all the details are at ollieroadrace.org.

There are currently 142 "Ironrunners" - runners who have run 4 of 4 championships to date, and who may be looking for a perfect 7 on the quest for The Jacket. If you're looking to complete the full series, check that you are recorded properly at the Ironrunner list on the GP page.

The remainder of the 2007 series follows with the Apple Harvest 10 Mile on September 23 and the Cape Cod Marathon on October 28. The marathon may fill up but will remain open to USATF members only.

 

2008 BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION OPEN
September 5, 2007, Boston MA

Online registration for the 112th Boston Marathon began on Wednesday, September 5. Held on Patriots' Day (April 21, 2008), Boston is the world's oldest annual marathon. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services.

In coordination with the launch of registration for next year's race, the B.A.A. has announced that the maximum field size for 2008 has been set at 25,000 entrants. Entry will be accepted until that field size is filled. 23,869 runners entered the 2007 Boston Marathon.

To qualify for the 112th Boston Marathon, runners must meet the designated time standard for their age group. Qualifying times must be run on or after September 23, 2006 at a certified marathon. Qualifying standards may be viewed at baa.org. Seeding of the race is based on qualifying times, which are subject to review and verification.

The 2008 Boston Marathon will once again feature a two-wave start, with Wave One beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by Wave Two at 10:30 a.m.

Adding to the festivities of the 2008 Boston Marathon weekend this year will be the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Women's Marathon, which will take place in downtown Boston and Cambridge on Sunday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m.

 

USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 20
August 22, 2007

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, at the intersection of I-95 and I-90. The meeting will begin with the past year's Athlete of the Month Awards at 6:30 p.m.

This year, there are elections for all sports chairs and athlete reps (officers have another year on their terms. The meeting will present a year in review, and discuss new programs down from the national level.
All members are eligible to attend and vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative. The agenda can be found at USATF-NE board page.

 

ABDUR-RAHIM WINS INTERNATIONAL DECATHLON
August 19, 2007

Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Brookline MA) led Team USA to the team crown at the 14th annual USA vs. Germany multi-event match, over the weekend in Bernhausen, Germany. A graduate of Brookline (MA) High School and Dartmouth College (2005), Abdur-Rahim scored 7,760 points, a season best and his highest total since the 2004 Olympic Trials and among the top 10 in the country this season. He came back from fourth place after the first day's events, and made up over 300 points in the final event, where he gunned a 4:27.88 in the 1,500 meters to overtake teammate Ryan Harlan (4th at this year's National Championship) who came in second with 7,736. The USA won the match for the fifth consecutive year.

All scores are available at the USATF website.

 

TEVA US MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM SITE LAUNCHED August 17, 2007

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has launched a new website dedicated to the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team at www.usmrt.com. The site was designed by USATF-New England Mountain/Trail chair and ATRA member Paul Kirsch who also sits on the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council.

"The goal of the site is to be a resource for athletes, fans and sponsors of the mountain running team. Besides the team training blog, there are sections on the history of the World Trophy race, pictures and bios on team members, and more. In the upcoming weeks, we'll be adding more content, including a pictorial history of past U.S. Mountain Teams," said Kirsch.

Everyone is invited to blog with the team as they prepare to compete in the 23rd World Mountain Running Trophy in Saillon, Switzerland on Saturday, September 15, 2007. Pre-, during and post-competition blogging will enable the team to stay in touch with friends, family and supporters.

The 2007 team of 21 includes local ace Paul Low (CMS/Belchertown MA) on the Senior Men's team, along with two past USATF-NE chairs who are serving as team managers: Dave Dunham (CMS/Bradford MA) and Richard Bolt (CMS/Portland OR).

 

MASS VELOCITY PLACES THIRD IN ORONO
August 2-5, Orono ME

Mass Velocity Track Club placed third in the team scoring at the USA Masters Track and Field Championship held at the University of Maine August 2-5. They improved last year's 13th place ranking.

Leading the way in Maine, where over 1000 athletes were entered, was Florida AC with 493 points, followed by Southern Cal. TC/Fleet Feet with 387 with Mass Velocity totalling 251.

The full results - with a number of New Englanders in the medal spots - can be found at the USATF website.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL SILVERS IN SPEAR
July 24-29, Mt.SAC California

A trio of New England girls javelin throwers brought back silver medals from the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships held last week in California. Over 6000 athletes contested a full schedule of boys and girls events in five age groups, with all qualifiers having advanced by place from Regional championship meets, so the competition was strong.

Emma Fitzgerald (bantam division / Massachusetts),Erica Vendituoli (midget/NH), and Abbey Karin (intermediate/MA) all took second place in their respective javelin competitions. A pair of boys earned bronze medals, with Joseph Kruy (youth/MA) doing so in the pentathlon and Kyle Powers (young men/VT) taking third in the steeplechase by 1/100 second. Powers also placed sixth in the 5000 meters in 15:39.06 - also by just several hundredths.

Several other local athletes made it to the awards platform with a top 8 finish in their event; Dominic Filiano (intermediate/NH) was fifth in the hammer and sixth in the shot put, Benjamin Lincoln (intermediate/MA) took sixth in the javelin, and Ryan Mills (youth/NH) was eighth in the discus.

The full and extensive National Junior Olympic results are at the USATF Website.

 

ALAN WEBB - NEW USA RECORD IN MILE
July 21

Alan Webb brought down one of the most revered USA track records as the Virginian ran 3:46.91 in the mile in Belgium on Saturday to set a new American standard. The previous record of 3:47.69 was set by National Track & Field Hall of Famer Steve Scott in 1982 and makes Webb the eighth-fastest man in history; Scott's record went back 25 years. Running second to the record setter was recent Providence College grad Max Smith of New Zealand, clocking a personal best 3:56.46.

Webb has run in New England several times in the past year, including the Mayor's Cup cross country and the Reebok Boston Indoor Games.

 

Brady Mayer (Mass Velocity TC) stretches it out in the long jump at the USATF-NE Masters meet. (Photo courtesy of Larry Libow / MVTC)

Brady Mayer (Mass Velocity TC) stretches it out in the long jump at the USATF-NE Masters meet.
(Photo courtesy of Larry Libow / MVTC)

NE MASTERS MEET SOLID IN SPRINGFIELD
Springfield MA, July 21

Close to 200 masters athletes from age 30 to 91 took to Springfield's track complex for the USATF-NE masters meet on Saturday. The best weather in years helped competitors turn in many quality performances, though no US records were set for the first time in several years. Many were using the meet as a final tune-up for the Masters Nationals which runs at the University of Maine starting August 2.

Click here to get the RESULTS.

 

PAUL LOW - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JUNE
July 18

Paul Low of Belchertown MA is the USA Track & Field-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for June 2007. A specialist in mountain running, the member of Central Mass. Striders scored two wins and two prestigious seconds in races during the past month.

Low placed second - and first American - at the Mount Washington Road Race on June 16, and a week later was runner-up at the USA National Mountain Running Championship held at the Mt.Cranmore (NH) Hill Climb. In the latter race, he earned a spot on the USA Team that will compete in September's World Mountain Championships in Switzerland, his eighth time being named to the USA team.

His month began with wins in two events in the USATF-NE LaSportiva Mountain Running Circuit; the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH on June 3 and the Northfield Mountain (MA) Run / USATF-New England Championship on June 9.

Low was also athlete of the month in September 2004. The full release, along with the other 2007 honorees, are at Awards and Honors Page.

 

B.A.A. HALF MARATHON REGISTRATION OPENS
Boston, July 18

Registration is now open for the seventh annual B.A.A. Half Marathon presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. It opened today (Wednesday, July 18); this year's race will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2007 (Columbus Day weekend) and begins at 8 a.m. The registration fee is $45 and the field is limited to 4,500 runners. A word to the wise, if you want to run this race, don't delay registering because last year's race filled up in just a few weeks.

All the information and online registration is at www.baa.org

 

GREATER BOSTON TC TAKES PAIR OF FOURTHS AT NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
New York City, July 13-14

Greater Boston Track Club placed fourth in both the men's and women's standings (and third combined scores) at the USA Club Nationals held at New York's Icahn Stadium. The Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey swept the men's and women's team titles at the seventh annual meet was amid tough competition.

Quality was the highest the meet had seen since its inception. In the men's competition, GBTC totaled 55 points for 4th of 38. The sole New England gold medal was won by GBTC's Andrew Hall, tossing the javelin 214'7" for 10 points. Earning silver medals were Dan Olsen who broke his own meet record in the high jump at 7'0.5" - but still just managed second by 2" - and Jake Radzevich soared 16'0.75" in the pole vault. Jeff Caron (new balance Boston) took the final men's medal by a New Englander, running 14:41.73 for bronze in the 5000.

All women's medals were won by GBTC athletes; Sherita Williams leapt 21'1.5" for 2nd in the long jump and then placed 4th in the triple jump (41'1.75") one of four athletes who broke the previous record which she previously held. Tessa Clair and Jen Harlow tied for 2nd in the high jump (5'5"), Stacey Connor placed the same in the discus at 133'11, and the club scored silver in both the 4x800 ( 9:14.86) and Distance Medley Relay (12:31.58).

Representatives of several other NE clubs also took part. More than 450 athletes from 67 clubs and 21 states competed in the two-day event. With entries for the meet at an all time high, 11 meet records were broken. Find the results USATF site

 

BIG HAMMER SPINS AT BAY STATE GAMES Harvard, July 13

The 26th annual Bay State Games track and field competition kicked off with the hammer at Harvard on Friday, with national list-making marks. Keelin Godsey(Somerville) spun a new Games Record (and personal best) 212'1", while Chris Bryce (Waltham) also set a big personal best (though just missing the 24 year old meet standard) as his 222'10" toss cleared the fence at the end of the landing area and put a dent in the asphalt parking lot.

Overall numbers in the BSG final were the largest in several years, with the remainder of the meet held at MIT on July 14; results are at baystategames.org

 

GREATER BOSTON TC 1-2 AT EAST REGIONAL TF CHAMPS
Albany NY July 8

Greater Boston Track Club won the women's competition and placed second in the men's summaries at the East Region Championships held at the University of Albany on Sunday. The women totaled 156, 60 more than runners-up LeMans TC of New York City, while the men were just edged 170-167 by ConnQuest TC. Sugarloaf Mt. AC, Mass Velocity, and Boston North also scored in the 17 team women's field, while Athletics East, Providence Cobras, New Balance Boston, and Merrimack Valley Striders garnered points among the 25 men's squads.

Ten individual winners from New England all wore GBTC colors, with recent HS grad Darius Walker (Lexington MA HS) winning both the 100 (in an eye-popping 10.43) and 200. David Bergeron (javelin), Dan Olsen (high jump), and Jason Hewitt (steeplechase) also contributed 10 points a piece to the men's total, with Stacey Connor (discus), Tessa Donahue (triple jump), Tessa Claire (high jump), Dacia Taylor (100), Caroline Occean (800), and Allison McCabe (1500) and the distance medley relay all scoring gold for women.

Full results from the competitive Albany meet can be found at the Adirondack Association website.
The GBTC, along with a number of other local club athletes, will be competing in this coming weekend's Club Nationals at New York City's Icahn Stadium.

 

LOCAL MEDALISTS AT YOUTH NATIONALS
Lisle IL July 3-8

The first of a pair of national meets for youth found a handful of New England competitors earning medals against strong competition last week. The Youth Athletics Championships, held in Illinois, is more club oriented and a direct-qualifier meet (vs the Junior Olympics where participants advance through three levels of competition) but the quality level is truly national.

The week's first medalist and among the silver winners was Joseph Kruy (Nitehawks/Sudbury MA) who was runner-up with 2,431 in the Youth (13-14) Boys' pentathlon. The javelin was the best event for the locals, as Lucas Hadden (Waitsfield VT) and Leigh Petranoff (Cranston RI/World's Longest Throw) earned silver medals in the Young Men's and Young Women's divisions, respectively, and Julia Kern (Waltham TC, MA) was a bronze medalist in the Bantam Girls results. Additionally, Anneke Reed (Weathersfield VT) and Kelly Petranoff (Cranston RI/World's Longest Throw) were 4-5 in the Intermediate Girls standings.

Bronze medals came home with two athletes; Steven Pawlak (Stow MA/Nitehawks) cleared 8'4 1/4" in the Youth Boys pole vault for third, while in the midget girls 1500 meter walk, Shannon O'Donnell (Princeton MA) picked up her bronze with a time of 9:05.78, a Personal Record by almost a minute and the first youth walker from New England to medal in any national event in many years.

Full results are found at USATF website.

 

LOON
Lincoln NH, July 8

Paul Low (CMS/Belchertown MA) continued to dominate the La Sportiva / USATF-NE Mountain Circuit with another win, while Kasey Enman won in her first circuit race of the year at Loon Mountain in Lincoln NH. Low "took it easy" in summitting the slope in 47:50; the course was shortened by about .7 miles from last year's version.
Dave Dunham placed second overall and first among masters, just 11 seconds up on teammate Dan Verrington; the top 3 easily gave CMS the team title. Marty Ellowitz and Peter Orni led the 50+ and 60+ crowd.

Enman scored a significant lead with her 53:36 time, six minutes up on the women's field. Ann Rasmussen (GSRT) topped the masters at 1:03:27, and Jeannie Frash was first 5+ at 1:13:32. No 60's took the challenge, but 70 year old Barbara Robinson scored points with a time of 1:27:16 and beating a good percentage of the field.
Low has clinched the La Sportiva Circuit overall title, though it's a battle for second between master Dunham and CMS teammate Jim Pawlicki who are separated by just 1.2 points. The series culminates next Saturday at the shortest - but no less tough - race, the Ascutney VT Hill Climb.

Details and pictures are at the White Mountain Milers website., with the standings at the USATF-NE Mountain page.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT CONTINUES ON SUNDAY
Lincoln NH

The fifth race in the La Sportiva / USATF-NE Mountain Circuit takes place on Sunday at Loon Mountain in Lincoln NH. Almost entirely off road, it is an "up only" event. Details are at the White Mountain Milers website.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGION I RESULTS
Long Island NY, June 30-July 1

New England association athletes were the largest contingent at last weekend's Region I Junior Olympic Championship meet at the Mitchel Field Track Complex on Long Island. The world class facility allowed young athletes to achieve their best. The top three in each event qualified for the national championships in California at the end of the month, and New Englanders led that charge as well.

FULL RESULTS have been posted on our website. Congratulations to all youth who competed in New York.

 

Ricky Gates leads Paul Low down the final descent at Mt.Cranmore (Photo courtesy of Drea Kasianchuk)

Ricky Gates leads Paul Low down the final descent at Mt.Cranmore
Photo courtesy of Drea Kasianchuk

USA MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP AT MT.CRANMORE
North Conway NH, June 24

With sixteen past members of the USA Mountain Running team on the starting line along with an international champion, the 20th annual Mt.Cranmore Hill Climb had a field worth of the national championship designation on Sunday. Contesting an up-and-down 4.6 kilometer loop multiple times (depending on the division) to mimic this fall's World Mountain Running Trophy race, the top two males and one female were assured guaranteed spots on the US team in the White Mountain Milers sponsored event.

Women contested two loops, and favorite / frontrunner Anna Pichtrova of the Czech Republic did not disappoint as the six time Mt.Washington champion won in 46:05. The heated battle for the top US finisher was won by Anita Ortiz of Eagle CO, a mother of four who made her unprecedented fifth Teva US Mountain Running Team by clocking 49:05, almost a minute up on Christine Lundy (CA) (50:04) who in turn bested last year's top US finisher at the Worlds, Nicole Hunt (Montana) by 45 seconds; it was Hunt's first mountain contest with both up and down segment (contested internationally in odd years, with even years being up-only) and both still has a chance to be selected by committee. New England's best, Kelly Lusk (CMS/Belchertown MA) clocked 53:05 in fourth. Dorcas Wonsavage (CSU) was second overall master and New England champ in eighth overall. The men's challenged continued for a third lap, and was a see-saw battle between Ricky Gates of Colorado and New England ace Paul Low (CMS/Belchertown MA) as Gates attempted to gain on the uphill what Low would eat up on the down (averaging 25% grade downhill). The Rocky Mountain man was just able to hold off the 2004 US champ by 10 seconds for his first USA title (1:02:48-1:02:58) with Josh Ferenc (BAA/Acworth NH) a relatively distant third (1:06:44)

While not a selection race for the junior men and women, several runners were there to add the race to their resume with hopes of committee selection. The 175 finisher total in what was also the USATF-NE Mountain Championship was the highest ever for the race; details and scoring can be found at Mountain/Trail page.

 

LA SPORTIVA/USATF-NE MOUTAIN CIRCUIT
RUNNERS ADD POINTS AT CRANMORE

June 24

Besides being the USA National Championship, the Mt.Cranmore Hill Climb was also the fourth race in the LaSportiva / USATF-NE Mountain Circuit and New England Championhip, with runners adding points and divisions sorting themselves out. Points are scored from finish time as a percentage of the race winner's time, and "unfortunately", the amazingly fast times by the winners left many participants with smaller point totals compared to previous races.

Paul Low continued undefeated among New Englanders, but ulike the first three races, he could not run easy at any point. Thus, with his own 99.82 being just 10 seconds behind the winner, it put Josh Ferenc at 94.11, the smallest runner-up total of 4 races. Among masters Eric Morse (CMS) made his first cicuit appearance - 10th overall in the race - while Dave Dunham (CMS) maintains the division lead. Bob Gillis (Team Gloucester) won his first ever New England age group title in the 50's, though Marty Ellowitz, with 4 scoring races to Gillis' three, leads men 50-59; Peter Orni (CMS) beat Vin Rivard (NMC) for 60's race honors by just over a point, and they hold 1-2 in the standings with almost the same difference. Paul McDermott (NMC) is now four for four among the 70+ crowd.

On the women's side, overall winner Anna Pirchtrova set an unusually high base for women's points, so much so that Kelly Lusk only totaled 88.07 in fourth as she maintained her open division lead. CSU runners Dorcas Wonsavage and Lisa Doucet were top NE runners in the 40-49 and 50-59 divisions and maintain their series leads.

Standings and results at usatf.org/trail.

 

STRONG PERFORMANCES AT USA NATIONALS
Indianapolis IN, June 21-24

Big marks were posted and local or local alumni competitors placed well at the AT&T USA Track & Field Championships in Indianapolis last weekend. Many spots were up for grabs on Team USA from meets ranging from the IAAF World Championships to the Junior Pan American Meet.

While not all team positions are finalized yet pending who in what order has made meet qualifying standards, it's pretty certain that there will be New England stock heading to the world meet in Osaka Japan late in the summer.

Shalane Flanagan, by way of Marblehead MA, ran to a solo win in the 5000 (14:51.75) with Ariana Lambie (Harvard MA/Stanford) fifth in 15:38.83. Brown U. grad and Maine native Anna Willard, now at Michigan, took second in a photo-finish in the steeplechase 9:34.72, while U.Rhode Island assistant Krystal Yush, a Connecticut resident, was second in the hammer, 223'11"

Kate O'Neil (Milton MA) returned from injury for fifth in the 10,000 (33:08.18) In the 1500, Boston's Said Ahmed, still training at Arkansas, his alma mater, took sixth in the 1500 (340.80) with Russell Brown (Hanover NH/Stanford) a spot behind in 3:41.80. Jonathan Riley (Broklien HS alum) ran to fourth in the 5000 (13:33.56), Sean Furey (Gr.Boston TC/Methuen MA) speared the javelin 243'0" for sixth, Amy Mortimer(Providence) ran to seventh in a fast 1500 (4:11.97). URI soph Mike Kazmierczak placed eighth in the 20k walk (1:45:00.73), and Brookline HS/Dartmouth grad Mustapha Abdur-Rahim captured the same spot in the decathlon (7640 pts).
The women's masters mile included former Liberty AC runner Carla Kehoe, now in California, fourth in 5:22.06 and Rebecca Connolly (MVS) seventh in 5:29.51.

Local juniors (not turning 20 this year) from New England do not regularly attend in large numbers, but several came back as medalists. Top placing was a second in the steeplechase by Boston University freshman Eric Ashe in 9:12.02, while teammate Whitney Ford bounced to fourth in the triple jump (40-5). Sixth place medals were earned by Leigh Petranoff (Cranston RI) in the javelin at 144-5 and Mark Amirault (Westwood MA) in the 1500 meters with a personal best 3:53.09.
Stories, pictures, and results are at usatf.org.

 

A TRUE SUB 4:00 MILE AT NE TF CHAMPS
M.I.T., June 17

Dartmouth's Ben True mounted a charge down the final straightaway to clock the coveted sub-4:00 time at Sunday's USATF-NE Open Championships held at M.I.T. on Sunday. Pacesetting by New Balance Boston's Joe Otto brought the lead trio through in an ideal 1:58+ split. True and Georgetown's Matt Debole were left to do the work for the second half. With 300 to go, the pair faced increasing winds in their faces and were working hard around the final turn when their full sprints were aided by the tailwind. After the timing picture was evaluated, True, an all-American nordic skier as well as having that honor in track, became the third Maine HS alum to break 4 on the track but by the smallest of margins, 3:59.99. Debole brought his PR down significantly but just missed with a 4:00.27. It was also a track record.

A number of other quality performances were scattered through the results, including a handful of new facility and meet records. Best marks ever for the Steinbrenner Facilty included a 43'2 1/2" triple jump by Sherita Williams of Greater Boston TC and 13.32 in the 100 hurdles by April Garner (Shore AC) in the women's results, and among the men, Rory Quiller (West Point NY) upped the pole vault best in that pit to 17'0" despite having to use borrowed poles as his had been broken in transit from his last event.

Depth in some events was thinner than expected and desired, but Greater Boston TC covered events the best and continued its streaks of team titles winning both the men's and women's honors.

Complete results can be found in full on the Track Page.

 

FINE DAY FOR JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Fitchburg State College, June 16

Nearly 600 entrants in age groups from 10 and under to 17-18 came to Fitchburg on Saturday to contest a full schedule of events at the USATF-NE Junior Olympics. Returning to the state college for a second year, all find the facility the best around to run a youth meet with its set up, and events moved smoothly through the schedule. A race against the weather at the end was close, but the ultimate race, the 3000/5000 was contested in a steady but warm shower. Compliments on the officiating were frequent and we thank the dedicated crew. Also, thanks to Waltham TC and Franklin HS TF for providing a number of key volunteers.

Individuals placing in the top 6 were eligible to advance to the Region I Meet on Long Island in two weeks, and many signed up for the next challenge.

The full results and Region I information can be found on the Track Page.

 

EIGHT EARN NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC HONORS North Carolina, June 15-16

Eight New England association athletes returned from the National Scholastic Outdoor meet in North Carolina with All-American honors. A pair of women earned silver medals - Arantxa King (Medford MA) in the long jump and Victoria Flowers (Providence) in the hammer. The most awards came back in the women's javelin as Laura Stern (Shirley MA), Abbey Karin (Byfield MA), and Danika Ham (Somersworth NH) placed 4-5-8. NE HS triple jump champ Ellen Powers (Hudson NH) took sixth, and steepler Jess Barton (Newton MA) and hammer thower Kelsey Huckins (Westmoreland NH) took sevenths.

Stories and results are found at the source for all that is high school in the sport, dyestat.com.

 

INTERNATIONALISTS WYATT AND PICHRTOVA
TOP "RUN TO THE CLOUDS"

Mt.Washington NH, June 16

New Zealand's Jonathan Wyatt and Anna Pichrtova of the Czech republic won the 47th Mt.Washington Road Race on Saturday, leading over 900 runners to the summit. Wyatt, the course record holder at an astonishing 56:41, was far off the standard but still won by a minute - 1:01:25 to 1:02:32 - over Paul Low (Belchertown MA/CMS), who heads the USATF-NE Mountain circuit. Low had 90 seconds on Simon Guitierrez who was also top master. The CMS trio of Greg Ward (7), Eric Morse (8), and Kevin Tilton (10) gave local men three more places in the top 10.

For the women's division winner, the 1:12.53 clocking gave her more than a 2 minute gap over US team member Nicole Hunt of Montana. It made six wins in seven years and capped a remarkable comeback for a runner who broke both collarbones last fall. A strong showing by Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT), fourth overall in an excellent time of 1:16:48, was the best local performance among women. She was four places and almost seven minutes up on experienced local mountaineers Kelli Lusk, Suzy West, and Barbara McManus in 8-9-10.

Bill Riley (Marstons Mills MA/BAA) shattered the men's 70+ division record by eighteen minutes Story and results are linked from the Granite State Race Servicessite.

 

LARRY OLSEN - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR MAY
June 15

Tri-Valley Frontrunner distance ace Larry Olsen of Milford Mass. is the USA Track & Field-New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for May 2007.

Olsen, now 60 years old, is four for four in taking his divsion at USATF-NE road race championships for 2007. On May 6, he led the 5K in 17:40, and at the 12K (7.5 miles) championship in Bedford NH on May 19, he set a pending US age group record of 43:30. In both races, he was in the top 5 among runners 50 years old and older.

A prolific racer, he has won New England championships in his division over five decades, from a junior (age 18 and under) runner through 60+.

The full May AOM press release, along with all other honorees, will be at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

YOUTH, OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

A busy weekend is on tap for USATF New England Track and Field meets, as both the Junior Olympic and Open Championships will take place. Day of entry is allowed for both meets.

On Saturday, June 16, the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Championship again runs at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg MA with the first events beginning at 9:30 a.m. Last year's meet showed that the college is a great place to run a meet. The top 6 from this meet qualify for the Region I meet June 30- July 1. The entry form for both individuals and relays, along with schedules and procedures can be found at www.usatfne.org/jo.

On Sunday, June 17, the USATF-New England Open Championships runs at M.I.T., Cambridge MA, beginning 11:30 a.m. A full schedule of events (except hammer) will be contested. That entry form is printable at www.usatfne.org/track.

 

HARVARD ASSISTANT COACH PASSES
June 13, Brighton MA

Harvard University assistant coach Dr.Paul Turner died Monday of unknown causes. He was 49.

The Harvard team was headed to the Harvard/Yale/Cambridge/Oxford competition in England and Paul was not going on the trip but was supposed to see the team off. Uncharacteristically he did not show up, and team members found him in his home.

Turner, a native of Kentucky, had just returned from the NCAA Championships where one of his athletes came home as all-American in the high jump - the third Crimson jumper to do so and one of over a dozen who earned such honors during his tenure. He was a lifelong student of the sport and regularly attended major international championships; his athletes made their mark earning medals in many such meets and represented their home countries in competitions up through the World Championships and Olympic Games. Through the years, he had also worked as an administrator at several major US competitions and served as a coach in the US Olympic Festival meet. Turner had played a helpful role in the USATF New England indoor meet held at Harvard. Any memorial service will be in the fall.

 

LOW, LUSK LEAD PACK MONADNOCK
June 3, Wilton-Temple NH

Paul Low and Kelli Lusk (both Belchertown MA and Central Mass Striders) took victories for the second consecutive year at the challenging Pack Monadnock 10 Mile race. The 2nd race in the USATF-NE Mountain circuit scored 227 finishers, up by 52 over last year. Low ran conservatively, allowing a large pack to run with him through four miles. Teammate Jim Pawlicki stuck with Low through eight miles, where Low accelerated to a 1:43 victory. Lusk ran the third fastest time ever on the women's list, only 45 shy of the course record which she set a year ago. The pair leads the circuit standings.

In age group competition, the performance of the day went to Kathy Maddock with a new course record of 1:17:42 which knocked 57 seconds off of the old CR. Maddock was also the top finisher for the GCS Triad which beat CSU by 1:14. Second and third place finishers Suzy West and Dorcas Wonsavage of CSU ran history's 5th and 9th fastest times respectively in the women's 40+ category. Dave Dunham (Bradford MA) led the way in the men's 40+ competition with his third place overall finish; this was Dunham's 11th top five finish at Pack Monadnock. Teammate Rob Smith took second in the 40+.

In the 50+ age group, Brad Lebo finished 13th overall, running the 3rd fastest time ever. Lebo's time was less than a minute behind Keith Woodward's course record. Sinthy Kounlasa came up 8 seconds shy of the course record in the women's 50+ running and excellent 1:33:19. Vinnie Rivard was the men's 60+ champion in 1:27:26 and Jane Goodman (age 71) was the top 60+ women in 2:51:31.

The USATF-NE Mountain Circuit heads back to Massachusetts this weekend with the Northfield Mountain trail race. Northfield will serve as the USATF trail running championships. Over 100 USATF members ran at Pack Monadnock and now 23 women and 58 men have completed the first two races in the six race series. Results and point totals at the Mountain/Trail page.

 

NE RUNNERS NAMED "ROADS SCHOLARS"
May 31

Three New Englanders were selected by the Road Runners Club of America as part of their six runner 2007 Class of Roads Scholars® to receive financial grants which will allow them to continue their high level of training. The trio, Nate Jenkins, Steve Meinelt, and Pat Tarpy are all New England HS and college products.

Jenkins, the 2005 USATF NE Road Race Grand Prix champion, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he ran on the mens cross country team and was selected as NCAA Northeast Region Runner of the Year in 2003. In 2006, Jenkins ran his debut marathon at the Freescale Austin Marathon and placed 7th in 2:15:28, one of the fastest American times of the year. He's won the NE 5K and 12K Championships this spring.

Meinelt, a product of Masconomet HS in Topsfield MA, began his collegiate career at the University of New Hampshire then transferred to Georgetown University. At 23, Steve is one of the youngest qualifiers for the Mens Olympic Marathon Trials, doing so by placin 9th at the 2007 Chevron Houston Marathon with a time of 2:18:15, his debut marathon.

Tarpy grew up in Yarmouth, ME and ran for Brown University. The past USATF-NE track champion runs for Reebok Providence and is pursuing a graduate degree at Providence College. He recently represented the USA at the 2006 International Chiba Ekiden, held in Chiba, Japan.

The Roads Scholars program is directed toward runners who are US citizens, have graduated from college plan to race in top open road events in the coming years, and are not above a certain income level. Since the program's inception in 1996, more than $200,000 has been awarded to date. Details can be found at rrca.org.

 

PELLETIER GETS OLY TRIAL "A" MARK
IN WINNING VERMONT CITY

May 27, Burlington VT

Matt Pelletier (Warwick RI/Running Heritage) put together a complete race despite an admitted too-fast early pace and earned a spot on the starting line at this fall's Men's Olympic Marathon Trials race by winning the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday in Burlington VT. His 2:19:00 clocking was the event's fourth fastest time, as Pelletier improved his best by over a minute and was over 6 minutes ahead of second place.
Pelletier was a repeat champion as was women's winner Heidi Westerling (Acworth NH/BAA) who checked in at 2:48:56 with an almost 4 minute margin over the next female. She also beat the Trials qualifying time, but has a previous faster qualifying time from last year's race in Burlington.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT OPENS AT WACHUSETT
LOW MAKES IT FIVE FOR FIVE

May 26, Princeton MA

Making it five wins in five tries, Paul Low (Amherst MA / CMS) dominated the 15th annual race up Mt. Wachusett hosted by the Central Mass. Striders. The lead-off event in the 12th annual USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit had a record 328 finishers drawn by the perfect day - or a chance for a guaranteed entry into the Mt.Washington Road Race (to be offered to runners who finish all 6 circuit races in 2007).

Low, the 2 time defending circuit champ, tied the Eric Morse for most wins ever in the event in besting runner-up Andy McCarron by 51 seconds. The women's race had a first time winner in CMS team captain Barbara McManus in 31:02, 28 seconds ahead of multi-time winner and teammate Kelli Lusk who repeated her 2nd place of last year despite a faster time by over a half minute.

Among age group titleists, Dave Dunham (CMS/Bradford MA) led the masters in 7th overall , with frequent series champ Suzy West (CSU/Putney VT) sporting a 15 second margin over CSU teammate, fellow Vermonter, and past Olympic skier Dorcas Wonsavage. Charlie Gunn (GraniteStRT/Henniker NH) and Lisa Doucett(CSU/Andover MA) were tops over 50, and regular "flat" GP race winners Sumner Brown (CSU/Belmont MA) and Carrie Parsi (LibertyAC/Gloucester MA) topped the 60 year old results. Barbara Robinson (GCS Triad) became the event's first female over-70 finsiher, and Frank Hurt (WMt.Milers/Gilford NH) won the men 70 group.

Circuit race two runs this coming Sunday at the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH, and will be followed by the Northfield Mt. 10K on Saturday, June 9. Standings are updated after each race, and are found at www.usatfne.org/trail. Remember that all scorers must be USATF members.

 

GARRAHAN TRIPLE WIN AT NCAA DIVISION II
PLANTE TAKES D2 10K

May 24-26

A pair of distance runners, both taking gold in the 10,000 meters, were multiple medal winners from New England at the NCAA Division I and II Collegiate Championships this past weekend.

Shauneen Garrahan of Amherst College turned in an amazing three day triple win at the Division III Nationals held in Oshkosh Wisconsin. High winds were the order of the weekend, particularly Thursday, when Garrahan ran to a 10,000 meter win ( 34:48.19), which was followed with a steeplechase victory in a meet record 10:13.33 on Friday, and capped with a 16:49.54 win in the 5000 meter. That accounted for 30 of the 41 points accrued by Coach Erik Nedeau's Lord Jeff squad, which placed 4th overall.

Conditions were much different in Charlotte NC at Johnson C. Smith College where the Division II Nationals were held. U. Mass-Lowell senior Nicole Plante also ran to a win in the 10,000 meters, clocking 35:23.49. The North Adams MA native also took a silver in the 5000 n 16:56.36 matching her medal from the indoor nationals (and behind the same winner). She had to run a trial race on Friday before Saturday's finals, and was equal to the task in taking home her eighth all-American honor.

Two men also returned from the DIII meet in America's Dairyland with gold medals; Jonathan Garcia (U.Mass-Dartmouth ) took the 110 hurdles in 14.58 (14.32 qualifying round), and Bobby Young from Lincoln U. by way of Mt.Pleasant HS in Providence ran the fastest Division III time of the year in winning the 400 in 46.75; he is a multiple time winner in the 400 indoors and outdoors.

Back at the Division II championship, UMass-Lowell men ran impressive time in combinations of the 400 meters, and earning all -American status. The 4x400 relay squad stamped what is believed to be the fastest times ever by a New England college in any division with a 3:08:82 in the trial round and following with a 3:18.99 for seventh in the final. They did so using all Massachusetts products. The slightly slower finals time had an excuse, as freshman Doug Caves and soph Andrew Graves places 6-7 in the 400 final at 46.49 (school record) and 46.97 respectively earlier in the day. They went into the meet ranked 10 and 16. The duo were joined by Eric Colon and Clint Cooper in the relay effort.

 

Emily Raymond (GBTC) outkicked Molly Taber (MVS) to win the NE 12K Championship at the Bedford Rotary 12K. (Brian Moyer photo)

Emily Raymond (GBTC) outkicked Molly Taber (MVS) to win the NE 12K Championship at the Bedford Rotary 12K.
(Brian Moyer photo)

JENKINS, RAYMOND REIGN AT 12K
OLSEN SETS NATIONAL MARK

May 19, Bedford NH

Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA/GLRR) and Emily Raymond (Medford MA/GBTC), ran to wins at the Bedford Rotary 12K on Saturday, Light rain was the order of the day at the ninth-time championship, the heavy precip holding off until the later 5K. Temperatures, though, were not cool enough to affect the hot competition, and the figure 8 loop offered a view of the field after 2 miles of the not-too-easy rural circuit. The 478 finishers were overwhelmingly USATF-NE club members, with only 9 unattached in the top 200.

The open division wins were opposites in how they were achieved. Jenkins, after a win in the NE 5K 2 weeks ago, led almost from the gun and sported a 100 meter lead over eventual runner-up Nate Brigham (GCST) going into the 2 mile mark. He hammered from that point on, and ultimately finished in 36:21 and a new course record by 15 seconds (old mark 36:36, John Mortimer, 2004). Brigham ran a solid race and maintained second spot by the finish, but was a full two minutes behind Jenkins. Led by Avi Kramer in third, Greater Boston took their first team title of the year with five scorers in the top 15.

Raymond got her first GP points of the year with her win that came down to a kick down the home stretch. Her 43:41 edged Molly Taber (MVS) by just 3 seconds, with Tammie Robie a close third at 44:03. Raymond's win wasn't quite enough to lead Greater Boston to a daily double, though, as MVS once again had more depth among the three scorers and GBTC finished second.

The outstanding individual performance was turned in by Larry Olsen (Tri Valley/Milford MA). The 60+ champion for the fourth time this season - all with times among the top in the country at the distances - Olsen cruised in as the third 50+ runner and clocked a new USA Masters 60-64 age group record of 43:30, taking down the old time by 13 seconds. He's also had records in the 40's and 50's decades.

Top masters honors went to Dan Verrington (Bradford MA/CMS), leading Craig Fram and Jason Cackouros across the line in 10-11-12 spots, all in nationally ranked times. Whirlaway took the team win, and has the largest lead of any division in the season scoring. Norm Larson (Burlington VT/GMAA) returned to the circuit and took his third win of 2007, relegating Dave Oliver (GLRR) back to second for the third time, but Oliver led GLRR to the team plaque. In the hotly contested 60+ team tangle, GCS Traid bested Gr.Springfield Harriers by a full 15 seconds - the largest margin in the past 3 races.

TerriAnne McGettrick (Whirlaway) took her third straight masters championship finishing in the top 10 overall, and her club finally outlegged MVS for the team title after two close silvers. CMS seniors Sydney Letendre (50+, 51:36) and Mary Ryczek (60+, 58:49) both made it three straight series wins and CMS totled a strong 50+ team win.

The GP series has now passed the halfway point for the year, but will not resume until the September 9 Ollie 5 Mile Road Race in South Boston. Standings are updated, and the Ironrunner-to-date list will be posted by week's end at www.usatfne.org/gp.

 

Nate Jenkins, Ben Schmeckpepper, John Mortimer (L-R) battle it out on the byways of Westford. (Photo by Courtney Bird)

Nate Jenkins, Ben Schmeckpepper, John Mortimer (L-R) battle it out on the byways of Westford.
(Photo by Courtney Bird)

JENKINS, WESTERLING WIN AT WESTFORD 5K
May 7, Westford MA

Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA/ GLRR) and Heidi Westerling (Acworth NH/BAA), a pair better known recently for their marathon prowess, stepped down to the shortest road distance and handled strong competition for wins in the Westford 5K on Sunday. The day's early clouds burned off, and conditions were optimal for the afternoon starting gun. The traffic-free rural loop had its ups and downs including a challenging hill at 2 1/2 miles, while a continuous breeze added another race factor. But despite the tougher course, the results were deeper than at last year's pancake flat layout. There were 613 finishers, almost triple the race's 2006 field.

The 2005 GP winner, Jenkins raced sparingly last year after a 2:15 clocking in the marathon, but did place 3rd in the '06 5K. Facing solid competition, he outdueled John Mortimer (Waltham MA/Reebok) 14:50 to 14:59, as last year's winner, Ben Schmeckpepper (BAA) took third with 34 runners breaking 16:00. Jenkins had three teammates in the top 10, and Greater Lowell was crowned team champions. Every second counted in the men's open team results, as the first 6 clubs were within 51 seconds and the standings tightened up.

Top master Kent Lemme (Williamstown/GSH) put his strong indoor mile season to work, placing 11th overall in 15:30 and 6 places ahead of age group foe Craig Fram (Whirlaway). Fram did lead his Kazmen to the team title over CMS. With Norm Larson not down from Vermont, Dave Oliver (Greater Lowell RR) moved up to the winner's circle after a pair of seconds earlier in the year and his GLRR team took honors. Larry Olsen is now 3 for 3 in the 60+ division as he dominated the age results and was 4th over _50_. Greater Springfield Harriers had the fastest trio time for 60's.

Westerling, a two time Cape Cod Marathon and New England champion, had no trouble at the shorter distance, her 17:01 giving a 45 second gap over Molly Taber (MVS). MVS, though, again had the depth in up front to win the team trophy for the second straight week with a 2 minute cushion over Greater Boston TC.

TerriAnne McGettrick (Whirlaway) also recorded a Woolworth double and top 10 overall finish, but Whirlaway fell two ticks short of MVS for team honors. CMS teammates Sydney Letendre and Mary Ryczek similarly replicated their positions from Groton, with CMS winning the team 50+.

After a week off, the GP series heads to Bedford NH on May 19 for the 12K; then there will be a break until the September 9 Ollie 5 Mile Road Race. Bedford 12K Road Race info can be found at rotarybedfordnh.com/brmrr.html.
Updated Grand Prix team and individual standings after three event are posted at www. usatfne.org/road/gp.html.

 

FERENC, BJUNE WIN AT GROTON 10K
Series continues May 6 in Westford
April 30

Hardly as hot as last year, Josh Ferenc (BAA) and Caroline Bjune (Merrimack Valley Striders) won their first USATF New England championship titles at the 16th Groton 10k on Sunday. Despite overcast skies, rains held off and a festive community atmosphere prevailed at the first time championship; director Gordon Row and his crew ably handled the overflow crowd; the multi- race event drew several hundred more runners than last year, with 912 finishers in the 10K alone (and over 800 in the accompanying 5K), this with no day-of-event entry.

Ferenc's win came in just one of the day's close finish. After a start on the track, the course headed out to Groton's main thoroughfare before heading to the town's rolling and scenic back roads, all traffic free. Returning to the oval for the finish, the BAA runner had Greater Boston's Avi Kramer on his shoulder. The winner put in his winning surge with under 200 meters to go, to secure a 2 second win in 31:32. Led by Nate Brigham (4th), GCS -Triad won their first open team title.

Masters finishers were led by Craig Fram (Whirlaway), ninth overall in 32:23, and he and his 40+ teammates took the age division by 10 minutes. Norm Larson(Green Mt. AA) made it 2 for 2 in the 50+ category (34:27); GCS-Triad's five man total was just a single second ahead of Greater Springfield. The 60+ group was again led by Larry Olsen, his second crown of 2007 clocked at 35:59 which was also the fourth 50+ performance, though Gr. Springfield edged Olsen's Tri-Valley trio in team rankings.

Bjune, the pre-marriage Caroline Kondoleon, had the win all to herself (36:16) with a gap of 15 seconds over Tammie Robie (Whirlaway). The new MVS colors had four of the top nine women to take team honors over Whirlaway.
TerriAnne McGettrick (Whirlaway, 38:30) repeated her 2006 masters win but it wasn't enough to give her squad the low time as the 40+ teams were the same order as the open - MVS and WRT. Sydney Letendre (CMS) also duplicated last year's 50+ division gold (42:55) and Cambridge Sports Union were the top trio. Her teammate Mary Ryczek - 48:54 - was swiftest among the 60's.

The GP series is right back in action this Sunday, May 6, with the 5K, just down the road in Westford. Another double race event held in the afternoon, the championship 5K goes off at 2:00 pm. Race info can be found at www.westford. com.

Updated Grand Prix team and individual standings are posted at www.usatfne.org/gp.

 

ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX RESUMES AT GROTON 10K ON SUNDAY
April 24

The 2007 Road Race Grand Prix series continues this Sunday, April 29 at the Groton 10K Road Race.
The most important part the event is NO DAY OF EVENT ENTRY. Use the online registration, or it can be done in person on Saturday.
For all entry information, visit www.grotonroadrace.com .

The 10K goes off at 1 p.m. (The accompanying 5K begins at 11:50 a.m. - don't run the wrong race!). The race starts and finishes on the track (8 lane).

If your club has scored in a recent championship, your club will receive a few parking passes for the lot closest to the start/registration areas. But you have to get there before roads close!

This is the first of 3 GP races in the next 4 weeks. The Westford (MA) 5K is on Sunday, May 6 at 2pm (roads close early!) and the Bedford NH 12K runs on Saturday May 19. Reminder that all scorers must be USATF members on race day. We'll be set up at registration.

Current standings are posted at: www.usatfne.org/gp/.

 

BAA LAUNCHES OLYMPIC TRIALS SITE
BostonTrials2008.com a comprehensive guide to event
April 23

Hosts of the 2008 Women's Olympic Team Marathon Trials, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced the launch of BostonTrials2008.com. The site will feature bios of qualified athletes, details on the new course, a history of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon and an archive of press releases and photographs. Special sections will also be devoted to spectators, athletes and the media.

"This launch marks the beginning of the countdown to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Women's Marathon," said Guy Morse, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. "Over the next 12 months, we envision this website developing into the comprehensive resource for anyone interested in the race."

The Trials will take place on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - the day before the 112th Boston Marathon - and will be used to select the three athletes who will represent the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon.

The Olympic hopefuls will compete on a multi-loop course starting and finishing in Boston's Back Bay at the famous Boston Marathon finish line. The course will tour of some of Boston's historic landmarks, followed by four loops across the Charles River to Cambridge and along Memorial Drive. The centerpiece of the course will be the Boylston Street homestretch, which the athletes will cover four times including the finish.

For more information, visit: www.BostonTrials2008.com.

 

BOSTON MARATHON 2007
April 17

Over 111 years, the Boston Marathon has seen almost all possible racing conditions, but the 2007 edition added yet another chapter to the event history. A tightly choreographed production in perfect weather, a weekend of winds, heavy rain and flooding created conditions where a cancellation was a definite possibility. Yet race morning brought a reprive with lessened winds and lighter rain, and the dedicated volunteer crew responded with the new earlier starting time. Rain turned to sporadic showers during the race, and the finish rate wound up at over 98 percent.

With the headwinds and unpredictable precipitation, the focus changed from time to head-to-head competition. A year ago, Robert Cheruiyot came out on top with a course record, but this year's conditions put the focus on races place rather than time. He was up to racing, and was again in front at the finish. A spurt of 14:44 for the 5 kilometers between 35k and 40k put enough of a gap to give him his third overall title in Boston in 2:14:13. Top finisher among American men was Peter Gilmore, 8th, in 2:16:41

The women's division was similarly competitive with the top 100+ females off earlier in a separate start. In teh end, Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia proved the strongest, breaking the tape at 2:29:18, 40 seconds on now two time runner-up Jelena Prokopcuka. American Deena Kastor was in the mix but a bout of stomach cramps dropped her from the lead pack late in the race.
The race also served as the USA Championship as a prelude to next year's Olympic Trials, and 15 American runners bettered the qualifying time. Ann Alyanak (OH) and Kristin Price (NC) took silver and bronze behind Kastor.

Patrick Moulton of the B.A.A. (Pelham NH) led New England men with his 26th place in 2:24:58, and the hosts also had the top female, Janelle Kraus (Pawtucket RI), who recorded 2:41:24 for 13th.
Other top New England finishers by state:
MA: Terrance Shea (BAA/Cambridge) 2:25:54; Diona Fulton(SRR/Somerville) 2:53:28
NH: Tamie Robie (WRT/Milford) 3:03:59
RI: Don Henderson (N.Kingstown) 2:44:19
VT: Robert Ludaskiewicz (GCST/Rutland) 2:42:27; Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington) 2:47:26
CT: Brendan Prindaville (BAA/Hamden) 2:29:02; Kimberly Battipaglia (Guilford) 3:11:45
ME: Evan Graves (Crow Athletics/Bar Harbor) 2:28:04; Sheri Piers (Falmouth) 3:09:00

Full results, and more Boston Marathon news, are at bostonmarathon.org.

 

MARATHON TEAMS: WHIRLAWAY MASTERS 5 IN A ROW
April 17

New England teams scored well in the Boston Marathon team competition, with Whirlaway Racing Team caturing the lone divisional win. The trio of Jim Quadros, Ephraim Ezekiel, and Mike Cooney clocked 8:14:42 for a 2:24 margin over Fleet Feet Boulder (led by former Whirlaway runner Kenn Pliska); GCS Triad(Reno Stirrat, Dave Severance, Vladimir Suchan) were fourth among nearly 77 scoring clubs.
In the men's open race, the B.A.A. took second to Transports adidas of California with Pat Moulton, Terrance Shea, and Brendan Prindiville contributing to the scoring; Greater Boston TC was fourth of 68 scoring clubs.

In the women's open competition, Hanson's Brooks Distance Project set a new team time record just a year after their men's squad did the same. Behind them in the USA Championship standings were the B.A.A. (Janelle Kraus, Kasie Enman, Brett Ely), Greater Boston TC (Megha Doshi, Emily Raymond, Lynn Johnson), and Whirlaway RT (Tammie Robie, Julie Garvin, Nadine Palmer) in second and third, and fifth, respectively.
The women's masters found Whirlaway RT women in third.

 

US RECORD FOR FLANAGAN
April 17

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan added an American outdoor track record to her resume, as she lowered the USA 5000 meter mark to 14:44.80 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut California on Friday. Running alone after help by a pacesetter through 1800 meters, Flanagan broke Regina Jacobs' mark from 2000. It was her second US record of the year, following the indoor 3000 set at January's Reebok Boston Indoor Games. Sixth in the race in a PB 15:19.04 was Irish national team member Mary Cullen, who is training in Providence.

Several other New Englanders turned in quality marks and personal bests at the west coast spring classic. Nicole Plante of U.Mass-Lowell clocked the fastest US 10,000 meter time for the week as clocked 34:07.03 (finishing 2nd overall). On the men's side, Newton MA distance ace Chris Barnicle, now at Arkansas, lowered his 5000 meter PB to 14:07.57 in the development section (29 were under 14 in the invite race, including Marin Fagan of Providence in 13:42.29). Ahmed Haji (Providence) bettered his seed mark in the 10,000 in 14th at 29:38.12 (PB), and teammate Max Smith was 2nd in the 1500 in an NCAA qualifying 3:41.64.

 

BOSTON MARATHON NEXT MONDAY
CHANGES INCLUDE 10 A.M. START!

April 12

The second largest field ever - close to 24,000 runners - will descend on Hopkinton Mass. next Monday with the springtime quest of conquering the 26.22 mile course to Boston in the 111th running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. The race will serve as the USA National Women's Marathon Championship for the first time ever - in preparation of the BAA hosting the 2008 Women's Olympic Trials Marathon.

For the first time ever, the start time for the field will be 10:00 a.m., not at the traditional time of 12:00 noon.

Actually, there is a sequence of earlier start down Route 135, with the wheelchairs off at 9:25 a.m. and the elite women / USA Championship runners at 9:35 a.m. The elite men will lead the first wave of 10,000 down the road at 10:00 a.m., and the remainder of entrants (with the usual pack of unofficial runners behind them) head down the road in a second wave at 10:30 a.m.

The earlier start will require a super-efficient organization on Monday morning with transportation and set-up. Temperatures at 10:00 a.m. should make for more favorable conditions if temperatures rise on race day. It will also ease traffic conditions in downtown Boston and surrounding communities during the evening rush hour as the finish line closes as 4:45 and roads will open earlier.

WBZ-TV will cover the race from gun to finish as will cable station Versus (formerly OLN). The ChampionChip timing system will allow fans to follow the progress of runners with splits every 5 kilometers at www.baa.org.

 

JAMES MORTON - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR MARCH
April 8

Mass. Velocity TC long sprinter James Morton of Springfield Mass. is USATF-New England's Athlete of the Month for March 2007.

Morton won the 800 in the 50-54 division at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. He led from start to finish, winning in 2:04.67 with a five second margin at the tape. He had also finished third in the 400 in 54.92 (.46 separating 1-3) and anchored the 4 x 400 to a gold medal. An interesting profile on him can be found at the Springfield Republican website.

The full March AOM press release, along with all other honorees, is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

Bob Cedrone (GBTC/Canton MA) winds up in the M50 weight throw.

Bob Cedrone (GBTC/Canton MA) winds up in the M50 weight throw.
Photo - prettysporty.com

MASTERS MEET DRAWS CROWD AND RECORDS
MASS.VELOCITY PLACES THIRD TEAM

March 23-25, Boston

The USA Masters Indoor National Track and Field Championships brought over 700 competitors to Boston for three days of competition and camaraderie, and as usual, produced some marvelous performances by athletes of all ages. A full schedule of events was contested in age groups from 30-34 to 90-94. It was the tenth year in the past eleven that the event has been at the Reggie Lewis Center, a fitting facility to host the largest age group meet of the season.

Among the top performers were Nadine O'Connor (Del Mar CA) who was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after setting three world masters age group records. The 65 year old O'Connor won the pole vault with a clearance of 9' 5.75 inches on Friday and then went on to leap 13-6.75 in the long jump on Saturday, and completed the recordsetting with a 30.63 in the 200 meters on Sunday. On the men's side, 85 year old William Bell broke the existing world mark in the pole vault 10 times, topping out at 8 feet 0 inches. He did not take up the event until he was in his 60's, and is coached by his son Earl, a former US record holder in the event.

In the team scoring covering all divisions and combining men and women, the Southern California TC convincingly repeated their win, eclipsing the Florida AC by over 100 points with New England's Mass Velocity TC third.

Big thanks to to the many officials that kept made the meet a memorable competition and kept the events on schedule. For photos from the 2007 USA Masters Indoor Championships, visit the Pretty Sporty Web site prettysporty.com. For complete results of the Championships, visit the Events section of www.usatf.org.

 

MASTERS NATIONALS RUNS AT
REGGIE LEWIS CENTER THIS WEEKENED

March 22

More than 700 top competitors between the ages of 30 and 95 will descend on Boston this weekend for the 2007 USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships. Running here for the 12th time since 1975, it may boast the best field ever including 36 current reigning world masters champions. USATF-New England is hosting the meet.

Among the headliners is Philippa "Phil" Raschker, who just turned 60 and looks to assault world and U.S. 60-64 age-group records in nine events. Raschker has set more than 200 U.S. and world track and field records during her career.

This year's oldest entrants include four over 90, among them Bob Matteson (90) of Bennington, Vermont, who holds American records in the 200 and 400.

The meet kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont Street. Final events will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Results will be posted daily at usatf.org.

 

NEW BEDFORD HALF MARATHON OPENS 2007 GP SERIES
March 19

The 30th annual New Bedford Half Marathon 2007 Grand Prix got underway in the Whaling City at the 28th annual with tight team scoring the order of the day. A near record 2151 entrants and 1816 finishers braved what might have been the coldest temperatures the race had seen, coupled with a stiff wind. Overall winners were Alene Reta and Alemtsehay Misganaw from Westchester TC in New York, the latter winning for the second time in 3 years.

The B.A.A. took the men's title for the third straight year, led by last year's GP champ, Pat Moulton, 2nd overall in 1:08:07. results, as the Unicorns took five of the first nine places, their 5:43:39 tally assuring the team title. Behind them, Greater Boston TC was a strong second, and New Balance Boston had their strongest showing ever at a longer distance event in third. The largest number of NE clubs ever recorded scoring teams in a GP championship, 26.

On the women's side, Kasie Enman of the B.A.A. (1:15:55) returned to the position of NE champion, her time almost 4 minutes better than her 2005 championship time. Her time gave the BAA the necessary margin over Merrimack Valley Striders for the gold, with Greater Boston TC third, as a record 24 clubs appeared in the final tally.

The masters race came down to a finish sprint with Mark Coogan (16th) besting Craig Fram, Norm Larson of GMAA had a solid win among 50's, and Larry Olsen has now won New England championships in four age groups as he took the 60+ division in his first race at that age break. Harry Carter also moved up in age since last year and was first among 70's. Whirlaway won the masters team by a whopping 25 minutes, GCS Triad took 50+ honors, and Greater Springfield took the 60+ crown.

Joanne Mathews (GCS) led the NE masters, moving up a place from 2006, with Linda Jennings (MVS) repeating as 50+ winner and Catherine Farrell also moving from second to first in 60+ results this year. Merrimack Valley Striders and Central Mass Striders were team winners at 40+ and 50+.

Results are at the race website, www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com, along with a link to extensive local coverage from the New Bedford Standard Times. The Grand Prix standings will be posted shortly.

 

2007 GRAND PRIX KICKS OFF
SUNDAY AT NEW BEDFORD HALF

March 14

For the third year in a row, the New Bedford 1/2 Marathon is the USATF-NE Grand Prix season opener, and it's almost upon us; this Sunday, March 18. Temperatures have warmed up to racing conditions and Boston Marathon training is reaching its peak, so the field should be large and competitive. The starting gun fires at 11 a.m. sharp, making morning and the ride down a bit easier. Defending GP champions are Pat Moulton (BAA) and Tammie Robie ( Whirlaway).

Entries are accepted on race morning; all information can be found at the race website, www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com. See you in front of the whaler's statue!

 

COLLEGE NATIONALS
BRING BIG NAMES TO REGGIE LEWIS

March 9-10

Three divisions of NCAA Collegiate Championships took place around the country last weekend on Friday and Saturday, with successes by both local collegians and transplanted high school products.

The Division I championship meet at Arkansas has more depth than any meet in the US, so a scoring top 8 finish is worthy of admiration. Russell Brown (Hanover NH HS) garnered big points in a pair of events, placing second in the mile (4:00.84) and anchored his Stanford quartet to a gold in the distance medley relay (9:33.64); both his qualifying round mile and his 1600 in the DMR were clocked at 4:00-point. Martin Fagan of Providence took 6th in the 3000 (7:57.88) and Sean Quigley (Braintree MA/LaSalle) scored with a 7th in the 5000 (13:49.62).

On the women's side, Brown's teammate in cardinal, Ariana Lambie (Bromfield School, Harvard MA) covered even more distance in medaling at both 5000 (silver, 15:37.97) and 3000 (bronze, 9:04.81). Sarah Wilfred of Cornell via Thayer Academy and Brockton MA soared 6'1 1/4" for fourth in the high jump, Aine Hoban of Providence took fifth in the 5000, and Kasey Hill of Boston College was 8th in the pentathlon, 4073.

The Division II meet was held at the Reggie Lewis Center, and several competitors put the home facility to good use. Higheset placer was UMass-Lowell's Nicole Plante, runner-up in the 5000; she also ran the 1600 the 7th place distance medley. Hafiz Greigre (Bryant University) took fourth in the 200, and the UMass Lowell men's 4x400 also placed fourth. Stonehill had their first three men score in the indoor nationals; Keith Gill (fifth, mile), Tory Price (sixth, 60), and the distance medley relay (seventh). A facility record was established in the 35 lb weight with Kibwe Johnson of Ashland of Ohio winding it out to 82'5", winning by over 17 feet and becoming the third longest thrower of all time in the event.

Division III at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute IN was the site of a team championship win by Williams women. Leading the gang from Purple Valley were a pair of silvers in the horizontal jumps from Caroline Doctor in the triple Jump (39'9 3/4") and Maddy Ortman in the long jump (18'7 3/4"). Wheaton's Jen Harlow was the lone women's victor from a New England college, clearing 5'7" in the high jump. Shauneen Garrahan of Amherst ran down seconds and thirds in the 5000 and mile, respectively, and anchored the distance medley to third place, one spot behind NESCAC rival Tufts. Louise Duffus of Bowdoin was 2nd in the weight, and Anat Benun of Brandeis was third in the triple jump, with Wheaton third in the 4x400.

On the men's side, the sole NE winner was in an unlikely event, the 55, where Eddie Bynum of Salem State College dashed 6.33. Top men's team was Tufts in seventh, most of whose points came from jumper Fred Jones, second in the triple jump (48'8 1/4")and third in the long jump (23'11 3/4"). Placing in the middle distances were Chris Beeler (Williams), third in the 800 at 1:54.02, and Mike Flaut of Coast Guard with the same color medal in the mile, 4:11.99.

Links to the various meet results are at www.trackandfieldnews.com.

 

SCHOLASTIC ATHLETES CAP SEASON
AT NATIONAL MEETS

March 9-10

While there is no official high school nationals, the pair of events down the coast have become the capstone for most of the top scholastic competitors around the country.

Most New Englanders opted for the older and large of the two, the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at New York City's Armory. Working through the crowded fields, a number placed top 8 "All American" and a handful returned with hardware for a top 3 placing. The sole win was by Victoria Flowers of Rhode Island, taking the weight throw in 58'1 1/4". Silver medals Winners included Natasha Smith (Gloucester MA) in the pentathlon with 3493 points, and high jumper Grace Watson (Belmont MA), who cleared a winner-matching 5'8 1/2". Bronze returned to New England with Emily Jones (Bromfield/Harvard MA, two mile, 10:36.10), Kevin Gill (Brockton MA, mile, 4:18.16), and Greg Nelson (Burlington MA, pentathlon, 3605), along with the girls DMR of LaSalle RI (11:52.95).

Several individuals chose the Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover Maryland (with a few doubling up). Arantxa King (Medford MA) bounced 40'11 3/4" in the triple jump for second and then scored a close fourth in the long jump at 19'2". Craig Pearce (Woonsocket RI) was third in the weight 67'0", and Christine Bernier (Auburn ME) was the youngest winner of the day, taking the mile walk in 7:58.93.

Full results, stories, and pictures can be found at the prime site for HS Track, www.dyestat.com.

 

BETWEEN SEASON CLINICS
HOSTED AROUND REGION

March 7

During the short break for most coaches between the indoor and outdoor seasons, there is a chance to take advantage of some clinic opportunities around the region.
Coaches' association clinics tend to cover a wide range of events in their presentations, and all coaches are welcome (not just from the state's HS ranks). The Maine State Track Coaches Association holds their 13th annual clinic on Friday afternoon-Saturday, March 14-15 in Portland. Fee is $75. Find the Clinic info and registration flyer at sub5.com, or Email George Towle.

The 33rd annual Massachusetts State Track Coaches Assn. clinic moves weekends and locations. It will take place March 23-24 (Friday afternoon/Saturday) in Waltham MA and include a pole vault coaches certification session. Find the entry at www.mstca.org or email Mark Thornhill.

Several more specialized clinics are available. Sunday, March 18, from 12-4 pm, a throws clinic in a learn by doing format is set for Hingham MA HS. For both coaches and athletes of all levels, it features an introduction to the weight and hammer from top coaches from the area. There is no fee - show up and participate!

Finally, the World's Longest Throws club has resumed its weekly Sunday morning coaching sessions for the javelin in particular and throws in general. They take place in Coventry RI through June 3, and are led by Tom Petranoff. Contact Tom for details at turbojav@aol.com or at 401-440-0878.

 

ENTRY OPENS FOR
MT.WASHINGTON ROAD RACE

March 7

This year's Mt. Washington Road Race is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, and has been the case in recent years, entry is by on-line lottery only. The entry process takes place ONLY between March 1 and March 15. Anyone wanting to enter should visit the race website, www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com, click on 'Entry', and follow the instructions for the lottery that determines the starting field.

To get you ready for the big hill, check out the details of the 2007 USATF NE Mountain Circuit. Runners completing all 6 circuit races this year will get a guaranteed entry into Mt.Washington in 2008.

 

USA INDOOR NATIONALS
BRING BIG NAMES TO REGGIE LEWIS

February 24-25

The AT&T USA Championship has found a temporary home in Boston, and in its fifth year at the Reggie Lewis Center, the event brought a lot of energy and plenty of spectators to the track. For athletes, besides the honor of USA Champion being on the line, so was a significant pot of prize and bonus money. A single meet record was established, in the women's weight, where Amber Campbell spun the 20 lb orb 80-06.25", just over an inch shy of the US record.
The largest of the checks went to the season finale Visa Grand Prix winners, which was scored from the top scored events during this 4 meet 2007 indoor season. When the final events concluded at 6pm Sunday, the overall winters were declared - shot put winner Christian Cantwell, and 3000 meter winner Marblehead MA navtive Shalane Flanagan.

Local finalists in the women's standings included URI assistant coach Kristal Yush, third in the weight at 72-8; Sherita Williams, (Gr.Boston TC, 4th, triple jump, 42-4.25), Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston, 3000, 5th 9:13.96), Amy Mortimer (Reebok, mile, 8th, 4:40.18), Jessica Minty (New Balance Boston, mile, 11th, 4:46.49) Among the men, top placers were both in the 5000 race walk; Michael Kazmierczak (4th, Unattached, U.Rhode Island, 23:03.42) and Zachary Pollinger(5th, Harvard, 23:21.14). Chris Bryce (Waltham MA) was 10th in the weight at 63-11.75.

Local products now out of the area had good days as well; besides Flanagan, three time 3000 champ Jonathan Riley nabbed 2nd in a near PB 7:49.72.

In the exhibition events, Dearborn School boys and Cambridge Jets girls took the youth 4x200, Connecticut girls and Massachusetts boys won close races in the scholastic all star 4x400 (the latter finding 3 teams within a half a second), and the New Balance Boston quartet cam from behind to win the women's club distance medley relay champs. The masters 800 found Rebecca Connolly (MVS) in fourth at 2:26.73.

USATF Executive Director Craig Masback noted, "It's a great facility with great people to work with." That starts with RLTAC Director Keith McDermott and his staff, and flows down to the solid group of volunteers from clubs and schools within the association and our association board . Results, notes, and quotes are located at www.usatf.org.

 

UCONN CAPTURES NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATES
February 23-24

Connecticut men's and women's teams used well rounded scoring to top the point totals at the New England Intercollegiate Indoor Track & FIeld Championships at Boston University. The all-division competition (Division I, II, and III schools) always produces high quality marks, this year being no exception. New Men's records were set in the pole vault (5.10 meters), 200 (20.81), 5000 (13:55.05), and distance medley Relay (Providence, 9:36.64). The previous 5K mark was set 22 years ago, quite impressive in this distance laden region. New women's standards went up in the 55 (6.91), 200 (23.97), 500 (1:13.53), 3000 (9:24.49), and distance medley (11:39.08).
Full results can be found at the New England ICAAA website.

 

USATF-NE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT HARVARD ON SUNDAY

February 15

Last call for the USATF NE Indoor Championship meet at Harvard on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. Limited entry (until 12 noon) is available on meet day. Take advantage of one of the few opportunities to run on this fine track. Find the entry form at www.usafne.org/track.

 

USA INDOOR NATIONALS COMING UP
TICKETS AVAILABLE, VOLUNTEER SPOTS OPEN

February

Tickets are still available for the February 24-25 AT&T USA Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. USATF members get a 10% discount on tickets. Order online at www.usatf.org or call (617) 541-2454.

There are also some spots open for adult volunteers to work in the athlete hospitality room on Thursday evening February 22, Friday February 23, and Saturday evening February 24. We also need a crew (club or school perferred, HS age and up) to work on taking things down Sunday after the meet 5:30 to 8:00 pm. All helpers get a shirt and pass to both days of the meet. Contact the USATF NE office,

 

NE TRIO IMPRESSES IN IRELAND
February 1-4, Dunleer Ireland

A trio of New England runners performed well at a pair of races in Ireland over the weekend. Based on their placing at the New England cross country championships in November, Mark Miller (BAA), Ian Marcus (Gr.Springfield Harriers), and Ben Schmeckpepper (BAA) earned a trip oversees to compete in the Armagh Road Race and the Ras na hEireann international cross country competition, and represented the region and the USA well with their efforts.

The international opportunity, created by race director Charlie Breagy has been going on for 10 years. Breagy, the affable Irishman who is the director of the CVS Downtown 5K in Providence which is the USA Championship for the distance, oversees the Ras na hEireann from this side of the Atlantic; the race is organized by his long-time competitive club, the Dunleer AC.

The competition week began at the 17th Armagh Road Race, the final event of two hours of competition on the Aragh City centre park mall. Miller led the closely bunched New Englanders in 14:35 for 13th over the multiple loop 5K, followed steps later by Marcus (14:37/15th) and Schmeckpepper (14:38/16th) in the 196 runner men's race. The first two teamed with race winner American Christian Hesch (14:07) to score as the third international team.

Three days later, on February 4 at the Ras na hEireann international cross country festival in County Lough, the trio reversed their order exactly in the highly competitive field. Ben led the way in 7th (19:08, just 7 seconds out of fourth), followed by Ian (10th, 19:18) and Mark (12th, 19:22). The combined placings scored a close third among the five international squads, earning a set of team medals. The invitational field 6K race, which dates back to 1970, was won by Irish champion and world competitor Seamus Power in 18:32.

Find more information about these events at the Ras na hEireann website.

 

HOPKINTON'S SCANLON HONORED
February 1, Hopkinton MA

Hopkinton (MA) High School track coach and teacher Mike Scanlon, was recognized last week as the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year. At the same ceremony, the high school track, where many of Scanlon's teams enjoyed triumphant moments, was named for him.

Scanlon founded Hopkinton's high school and middle school track program in 1983. Over the years, Scanlon coached his teams to 21 Tri-Valley League championships, 16 division crowns, and eight all-state titles.

 

Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) shatters the World Record in the 5000 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center with a time of 14:27.42

Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) shatters the World Record in the 5000 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center with a time of 14:27.42
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WORLD, NATIONAL RECORDS
AT REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES

January 27, Boston

Tirunesh Dibaba covered her final lap in 29.72 seconds to take down the World Record in the 5000 meters at Saturday's Reebok Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The Ethopian World and Olympic gold medalist, Tiru rode the enthusiasm of the crowd to her second record in the event, her previous mark set here in 2005.

In the 3000 meters, countrywomen Meserat Defar had come within a second of the world best in the 3000 here in 2005, and once again came agonizingly close to the standard. A bit under the weather, Defar still recorded the fifth fastest indoor time ever in the event, 8:30.31. The big local story was 3 seconds behind her, though, as Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan followed Defar's solid pace and was rewarded with a US Record 8:33.25. It was the first race since the 2005 World Championships for the Marblehead MA native, who had foot surgery in 2006 that removed an extra bone in her foot. Providence College grad Kim Smith garnered a New Zealand national record in third, 8:38.14.

Three national records were set by Australians who won their events; Steve Hooker won the pole vault on borrowed poles, clearing 19' 1/4"; Commonwealth Games silver medalist Sarah Jamieson broke the meet record in the mile with her 4:28.03 clocking, and Buster Mottram ran away from the field in the final lap of the 3000, winning in 7:39.42.

Local athletes performed well in other events. Mark Coogan (Exeter NH) took control of the masters mile at the halfway point, and led to the tape in 4:24.71. The Providence Cobras passed the stick the fastest in the youth 4x200 relay. Mark Amirault (Walpole MA - 4:11.26) and Sintayehu Taye (Ashburnham MA) placed 3rd and 6th, respectively in the boys' Junior mile, with Colleen Wetherbee (Yarmouth MA, 5:00.14), Keeley Maguire (Georgetown MA, 5;05.88), and Siobahn Breagy (Exeter RI, 5:16:09) were 8/12/13 in the star studded girls' junior mile.

Find the full results and stories on the top athletes at www.bostonindoorgames.com

 

BOSTON U'S PROCTOR GOES SUB-4:00
IN OTHER WEEKEND ACTION

January 26-27-28

The Reebok Boston Indoor Games wasn't the end of track action for the weekend. The two day Boston University Terrier Classic drew well over 1000 competitors, and the men's mile was the hot event on Saturday. The home team's David Proctor led the milers with a BU record 3:59.14. Behind him, LaSalle's Sean Quigley of Braintree dropped his PB down to 4:02.94, and Watertown's Nick Goodman, also of BU, clocked 4:03.13. New England XC champ, prepster Ayelew Taye, ran 4:07.53 but was just 11th overall, such was the depth. On the women's slate, Sharita Williams (Gr.Boston TC) stepped out 42'11 1/2" in the triple jump, among the nation's best for 2007.

'The Reggie' had a full three days of action, with the Northeastern Husky Invite hosting 13 teams on Friday, and the McIntyre Elite HS Relays on Sunday. Plus Harvard hosted Brown and Cornell on Saturday.

So if you were a track fan, you had your fill this past weekend. There's plenty of good track and field ahead; check the track page for schedules.

 

LOCALS QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
O'NEILL SECOND IN NATIONAL 1/2 MARATHON

January 16, 2007

A trio of local runners ran Olympic Trials qualifying times Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday. Carly Graytock (BAA/Cambridge MA) clocked 2:45:02 in 8th place to earn a place on the starting line in Boston next April. On the men's side, A pair with local pedigree via Georgetown University qualified for the trials; Steve Meinelt (Masconomet HS/Topsfield MA/UNH), now in Washington DC, and Mike Smith, a Hoya via Wachusett Regional HS now in Arizona, turned in times of 2:18:15 and 2:19:45 for 9th and 10th respectively in betterig the "A" standard. Matt Ely BAA/Cambridge, MA just missed the Trials time, racing 2:22:29 for 21st.

Held concurrently, the accompanying Aramco Half-Marathon hosted the USA Men's and Women's 1/2 Marathon Championships and saw a close battle in the women's division as Kate O'Neill (Milton MA) ran a personal best 1:11:47 to finish 5 seconds behind 2004 Olympic teammate Elvy Dryer. Placing 18th was Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT) in 1:17:24.

In other weekend action, Kara Ryczek (CMS/Waltham MA) was 7th in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Phoenix with a time of 2:52:22. On the track at the New Balance Gotham Cup at the New York City Armory, Sean Quigley (Abp.WilliamsHS/LaSalle) won the 3000 in a stellar 8:04.25, while Mia Swenson (Hamilton MA/Princeton) won the 5000 in 16:53.44.

 

BABSON SEEKS ASSISTANT COACH
January 16, 2007

Babson College in Wellesley MA is looking for an assistant track coach with emphasis on distance events and the steeplechase. events. If interested email head coach Russ Brennen at rbrennen@babson.edu

 

OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL MEETS
January 14, 2007

Twelve New England Officials were selected to work at the major 2007 USA Championship Track and Field meets, along with two selected as alternates. Picked from several hundred applicants at the recent USATF Annual Meetings, these individuals will be working with and for the country's elite atheltes. Events and those picked, with their specialties:

Indoors: Joe Bullock (Throws), Dave Cook (Marshal), Kevin Ferriter (High Jump), Tom Knatt (Racewalk), Tom Meagher (Head Starter), Jim McGloin (Field Lynx), Jim Wilcox Asst Head Clerk. Alternates: Linda George (Finish Line), Rick Lajoie (Horizontal Jumps).
Indoor Heptathlon: - Jim McGloin
Outdoor: Bob Gidari (Javelin), Dave Grant (Discus), Justin Kuo (Laser Measurement), Rick Lajoie (Horizontal Jumps), Pat Lavelle (Hammer), Lance Turley (Hammer), Jim Wilcox (clerk)

 

JUSTIN KUO NAMED IAAF MEASURER
January 14, 2007

USATF New England Board of Governors member Justin Kuo ( Brookline MA / N.E.Walkers) was named a B level IAAF/AIMS ( Association of International Marathons) Approved Road Race Course Measurer. He was nominated at a recent IAAF/AIMS working group, and notified by IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weiss. There are two levels of international measurers; he is now empowered to measure international Area Championship courses, in addition to the many local courses he covers.

Kuo serves as the final signatory in certification of all road race courses in Massachusetts, and is the national chairman of the USATF National Records Committee.

 

DAVID SINCLAIR - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR DECEMBER
January 9

National Junior Olympic cross country silver medalist David Sinclair (Waitsfield VT) is December's USATF-New England Athletes of the Month.

Sinclair capped an almost perfect Junior Olympic season with a second place in the Youth Boys (age 13-14) division at the National meet held in Spokane, Washington on December 9. Running unattached, the Green Mountain man was 14 seconds behind the winner, and 9 seconds up on third. To reach the Nationals, Sinclair scored convincing division wins at the New England championship meet on November 12 and the Region I meet on November 19.

The full December AOM press release, along with the other honorees for 2006, is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

2007 MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT, TRACK ENTRY FORMS UPDATED
January 4, 2007

The 2007 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit has been finalized, and is available for review on the mountain/trail page. The same 6 events as last year will be contested, with the Cranmore Hill Climb to also serve as a USA National Mountain championship and a qualifier for the Teva US National Team.

Entry forms are posted for the following track meets on the track and field page

  • January 14 TechTrack Youth Meet
  • February 18 USATF-NE Indoor Championships,
  • March 23-25 USA National Masters Indoor Championships

See you at the track!

 

IRONRUNNER DON MALLOY PASSES AWAY
January 4, 2007

Don Malloy of Cambridge Mass. and the Somerville Road Runenrs, died on December 28 in Alabama from injuries suffered in an automobile accident earlier in the month. He was a stalwart competitor on the SRR masters teams at Grand Prix races for the past few years, and finished all 7 USATF-NE road championships in 2006. Our thoughts go out to his family.

 

GERRAUGHTY WINS NCAA TOP VIII AWARD
January 2, 2007

Nashua NH native and North Carolina student-athlete Laura Gerraughty is one of eight recipients of the 2007 NCAA's Top VIII Award, an honor given annually to eight student-athletes who excel athletically, academically and in leadership and community service. The NCAA will recognize them at the NCAA Honors Celebration on January 6. Selection for the award is based 50 percent on athletics ability and achievement, 25 percent on academic achievement and 25 percent on character, leadership and activities, and is given to seniors who have completed their athletic eligibility.

During an outstanding career at UNC, Gerraughty won four NCAA shot put titles, earned All-America honors 10 times, and won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference individual event championships. A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, Gerraughty set UNC records in five events and is the all-time collegiate record-holder in the indoor shot put.

A biology major who finished her undergraduate degree in 2005 and was enrolled in graduate school during her final year of eligibility, she was a three-time Academic All-America selection. She also was the winner of UNC's Patterson Medal as the school's top female senior student-athlete for the 2005-06 school year. Currently, she is serving as a volunteer assistant coach at UNC.

"In 40 years of coaching, I've never had a person, student and athlete combination like Laura," said UNC track and field coach Dennis Craddock. "She was an Olympian as a college student, won NCAA titles and set a national record, was a tremendous student and leader, and an even better person and friend. She did everything we ever asked of her and more." (from the UNC athletics website)

For the complete press release, go to the UNC Tarheels website.