NEWS FROM 2009

12/31/2009
 

OPEN THE NEW YEAR ON THE RIGHT TRACK
December 31

A trio of meets are upcoming this weekend for open and youth competitors. Saturday (Jan 2), the Boston University Mini-meet runs at 10 a.m. with the 200, 400, 800, mile, and 3000. At 4pm, a more complete meet is the Roxbury Community College Invite at the Reggie Lewis Center; more sprints and most field events are included (see directathletics.com). On Sunday, Waltham Track Club hosts a youth open meet at Kennedy Middle School in Waltham beginning at 5 p.m.; see walthamtrackclub.com.

More information is at our track schedule, usatfne.org/track.

 

THREE LOCALS IN MASTERS HALL OF FAME
December 18

National Track & Field Hall of Famer and marathon legend Bill Rodgers leads a group of 14 athletes elected to the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame for 2009. Rogers has set eight US masters records in his career, and was a leader in the masters road running movement. In addition to Rodgers (Boxborough MA), two other local active Masters athletes enter the Hall of Fame; multiple World Championship medalist in long distance events Mary Harada (Liberty AC / West Newbury MA) and 93 year old sprinter Bob Matteson (NE 65+ Club / Bennington VT).

The Hall now contains 58 women and 118 men. The complete list is at mastershistory.org.

 

DIBABA RETURNING TO BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
December 17, Boston

With two world records and several other close attempts while running in Boston, Ethopian ace Tirunish Dibaba is comfortable on the on the Reggie Lewis Center track. After a year away from the well known blue-and-blue mondo oval, she'll be returning to the Reebok Boston Indoor Games this February with an eye on reclaiming the world indoor 5000 meter record.

The youth Ethiopian already owns two Olympic gold medals, track and road world records, and multiple world titles in cross and track.

What has become the top elite meet in the USA, the Reebok Boston Indoor Games promises to deliver another exciting evening of track and field, with the chance for world and national records always in the cards. The meet is always a sell-out; ticket information is at BostonIndoorGames.com.

 

GALLO THIRD AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS
December 12, Reno NV

Alexander Gallo (Sentinel Striders / North Providence RI) ran to a bronze medal at today's USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships held in Reno Nevada. Gallo, in the Intermediate Boys (15-16) division, clocked 16:05 over the 5000 meter circuit, just 11 seconds off the winner's pace. Top girls placing was turned in by Gwenyth Winship (Granite State Flash), 5th in the Midget Girls run. Conditions were wintery, and the day's races were delayed an hour due to weather conditions.

Top New Englanders in other divisions were:

  • Bantam Girls: 37-Anna McCusker, Unattached; Bantam Boys: 29 Joey Weston Bradford ES
  • Midget Boys: 21-Jake McMaster, Nashua PAL
  • Youth Girls: 25-Maddy Berkson, Prov.Cobras; Youth Boys: 35-Patrick Chabot, Granite State Flash
  • Intermediate Girls: 60-Brittany Abbott, Granite State Flash
  • Young Women: 28-Katharine Meinertz, Sentinels; Young Men: 74-Samuel Belcher, Sugarloaf

Highest placing team in the competition was the Bradford Elementary School taking fifth in the Bantam (10 & Under) Boys race. Full results at usatf.org.

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN AA WINS NATIONAL M50 XC TITLE
BARBOUR, DIXON TAKE AGE GROUP GOLD

December 12, Lexington KY

The Green Mountain AA Men's 50+ team made every place count and placed first among 15 clubs from around the country in the division to bring home the gold medals at the USA Fall National Cross Country Championships in Lexington KY. The Vermonters had just a one point margin over Club Northewest, 75-76, with their New England rivals Greater Lowell Road Runners in the bronze medal position at 79 points.  GMAA was led by Norm Larson (3rd individual M50) as their depth through 5 runners gave them the edge. GLRR had a pair of individual division winners among their 5 scorers; John Barbour won the M55 category and Bill Dixon was 1st 60+.

Top placing team in the men's 40+ division (18 teams) was Dirigo RC at 109 points, with New England champ Greater Springfield Harriers sixth. Best individual was NE champ Kent Lemme (GSH/Williamstown MA), 10th overall 9th M40-44) in the field of 293 men. Other individual medalists were Mike Payson (Dirigo, 3-M45) and Mark Reeder (GLRR, M50-2).

No men over 70, nor any women masters at all competed in the meet. Detailed scoring at usatf.org.

 

DONOVAN, MEYER LEAD NE HARRIERS AT NATIONALS
December 12, Lexington KY

New England champions Jenn Donovan and Lucas Meyer led the New England contingent competing at the USA Fall National Cross Country Championships in Lexington KY on Saturday.

Donovan (New Balance Boston/Brighton MA) improved a spot from last year, placing fourth among 234 open women and 16 seconds behind winner Serena Burla (Ellisville MO, and 4th at the Boston Mayor's Cup). She also led the New Balance Boston team to a sixth place finish, one spot up on the BAA (top placer: Kristin Murphy, 31st) and ahead of Greater Boston (14th, Allison McCabe 47th) among 29 clubs; Boulder Running Company took team honors with 79 points.

Meyer (Boston AA/Ridgefield CT) scored fifth place in a 318 runner field with 42 scoring teams. His Unicorn squad placed 10th with New Balance Boston (14, Ari Zamir 25) and Greater Boston TC (31, Ryan Place 67) also in the mix. Full results at usatf.org.

 

NATIONAL HONORS GO TO LOCALS AT CONVENTION
December 5

Local athletes and administrators were recognized by their peers at last week's USATF national Annual Meetings in Indianapolis.

The USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running (MUT) Council named two New Englanders among their 2009 award winners. The Men's Masters Mountain Runner of the year is Dave Dunham (CMS/ Bradford MA). Dave took home the gold in the age 45-49 group at the US Mountain Championships at Mt Cranmore, was the USATF New England champion (45-49), and USATF-NE Mountain running series champion with firsts in all series race age divisions. Dave is also official scorekeeper for the USATF NE Mountain series, and directs multiple trail/mountain races.

Contributor of the Year honor goes to NE chairman Paul Kirsch. Kirsch was the race director for NACAC/USA Mountain Running Champs including coordinating housing and transportation for elite athletes; he did the same for elite athletes for the Mount Washington Race. Kirsch serves as the USATF-NE Mountain /Ultra/Trail Chairperson, and heads up the USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit which saw increased participation this year. He also successfully recruited the Rhode Island 6 Hour Ultra to be USATF-NE Ultra Championships. Kirsch provides website design and maintenance for the US Mountain Running Team website & blog (usmrt.com).

Three local legends were among the 13 athletes formally selected for the USATF Masters Hall of Fame. 2009 honoreees include distance runner Mary Harada (West Newbury MA / Liberty AC), all event runner Bob Matteson (Bennington VT), and marathoner Bill Rodgers (Sherborne MA).

Additionally, the 2010 Mt.Washington Road Race, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will host the USA Mountain Running Championship which will select the entire US team for next fall's World Mountain Running Championship.

Read more about the convention at www.usatf.org

 

LARRY OLSEN PASSES AWAY
December 6

With sadness, we report that long time New England runner and coach Larry Olsen of Hopedale MA passed away on Sunday at age 63 while on a club run.

Larry, founder of the Tri Valley Frontrunners, won dozens of individual New England championship titles on the roads, track and cross courses in his career. An enthusiastic competitor in the Grand Prix series, he won the series eight times in the 40-49, 50-59, and 60-69 divisions since 1989, and had contested over 100 of our road championships in that time period. He also set several US National Masters records, and had the distinction of being the outright winner of races in each decade of his life from his teens to age 60+.

He owned his own store, "Front Runner" for many years, and had been coaching at Hopedale HS, as well as some local open runners. He will be missed on the New England running scene.

 

NE TEAMS PULL UPSETS AT SCHOLASTIC HARRIER QUALIFIER
New York, November 28

(From Dyestate.com report) Despite the longshot label they carried, Bishop Hendricken (Warwick RI) came up with an emotionally charged upset victory over several highly ranked teams to gain an automatic qualifier spot for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in two weeks. None of the top ranked boys or girls teams at the race held in Wappingers Falls NY earned auto qualifiers.
Hendricken raced in memory of the late great runner from RI, Bobby Doyle, whose son is a senior on the team. They beat 5 nationally top-40 ranked teams to get a spot on the starting line in Oregon in 2 weeks.

Similarly, the unranked girls teams from Bishop Feehan (Attleboro MA) and LaSalle (Providence RI) went 1-2 with 114 and 121 to take the girls' automatic qualifiers. Qualifying as individuals based on a top 5 finish were Aaron Watanabe (Hanover NH, 3rd) along with Abby Jones (Barrington RI, 4th) and Jacy Christiansen(Mascenic Regional NH, 5th).

In the Footlocker Northeast Regional at Sunken Meadow Park on Long Island (an individual focused meet with just 4 qualifying races around the country), just a single NE association based runner will make the trip to San Diego; John Murray of Shrewsbury just 11th at the Mass. Div I Championship, placed 10th to nail the final qualifying spot. Two girls from Maine - including the highest placer from the 6 NE states, Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunk in second - and four runners from Connecticut will join Murray on December 12.

Read about both races at dyestat.com, the most complete source for HS XC and TF.

 

SHERMAN NAMED RACE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Hollywood Beach FL, November

She started working for the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race 38 years ago, and Kathleen Sherman has received the recognition she truly deserved. Sherman was named the MarathonFoto/Road Race Management Race Director of the Year at the recent Road Race Management race directors' meeting held in Hollywood Beach Florida.

"It's really nice after all these years for someone to say, 'good job,'" Sherman said in accepting the award which was presented by the Running Network. Sherman was selected by a panel assembled by Road Race Management, the newsletter and service organization dedicated to road race directing. Her selection reflected the judges' opinion that she had displayed exemplary service to one of the America's best-known road races, doing jobs as varied as supervising truck loading and handling the race announcing.

Sherman's husband, Rich, is a founder and co-director of the event. "We've done well working on this race for 40 years," she said of her husband. "And I've really been blessed with sponsors who have stayed with us over the years," she said.

Founded in 1973 with just 92 runners, the race was held for the 37th time this year. Race champions include some of the sport's all-time greats: Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Joan Samuelson, Lorraine Moller, Lynn Jennings, Lornah Kiplagat and Catherine Ndereba. Sherman has been there to see them all. (from Race Results Weekly report)

 

NE ASSOCIATION YOUTH DOMINATE REGIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
November 22

USATF New England association clubs dominated team scoring in the Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held at Cony HS in Augusta Maine on Sunday. 19 of the 27 teams headed to the National meet from the Region (all New England states plus New York) will be from USATF-NE. Sentinel Striders won three age divisions (Intermediate Boys and Girls, Young Men) and also qualified both midget teams. Team golds were also picked up by Bradford Elementary (Bantam Boys - their first ever team to Nationals), Nashua PAL (Bantam Birls), Waltham TC (Midget girls), Granite State Flash (Midget Boys), and Gate City Striders (Youth Girls). The Flash scored five other age division team advancers, PAL three others, and Waltham one more.

Three individual winners come from the association; Maddie Berkson (Providence Cobras, RI) in the Youth Girls division, and Intermediate Division winners Felicia Lombardi (Brookline NH) and Alexander Gallo (Sentinel Striders). A majority of individual advancers from the ten races also hail from the association.

The National Championships run on December 12 in Reno, Nevada. Results from Region I are posted at the USA Maine website.

 

NE COLLEGES RUN AT NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 20-22

Some top performances were turned in by collegians from the six state region at the three NCAA Cross Country Championships held on Saturday and Monday.

At the Division III meet in Cleveland on Saturday, Williams College placed second overall, with Amherst (17), Brandeis (24), and Keene State (29) also making the finals. Three NE men placed in the top 10; Edgar Kosgei led Williams with a 3rd place finish, best from the area, followed by Paul Norton (Brandeis, 6th), and Jesse Faller (Tufts, 7th) in the top 10. In the women's race, Middlebury and MIT, after tying for NE Region honors, placed highest among locals in fourth and fifth in the field of of 32 teams. Tech's Maria Monks (13th) was top individual.

At the Division II meet in Evansville IN, the men's bronze medal came home with American International College (Springfield) freshman Glarius Rop, with NE team interests represented by U.Mass Lowell (16th) and Stonehill (21st). The two hawk varieties swapped positions almost equally in the women's race with frosh Erin Carmone leading Stonehill to 16th, while UML finished 23rd.

Division I's traditional Monday gun at Indiana State found Providence women, the sole NE team, in 11th led by soph Hannah Davidson in 37th; upset winner was Angela Bizzarri of Illinois with Villanova back in the team winner's circle after a lengthy absence.

The Friars were also the sole NE school in the men's tallies, placing 20th. Portsmouth NH product Cory Thorne, running for Louisville, was 24th, Ryan Collins (Mansfield MA/Virginia) was 41st, one place up on Harvard's Dan Chenoweth, top NE collegian. The individual race was a runaway win by Liberty U's Samual Chelanga, and Oklahoma State scored a strong team victory.

Additional individuals from the area peppered the team and indivdual results in all three divisions. All results can be referenced from ncaa.com.

 

GRAND PRIX SERIES VOTED FOR 2010
November 20

The 2010 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by an online vote of the membership. A total of 440 votes were cast during the one-week period from November 11 through 18. The results of the vote have been verified by the LDR Chairs and the winning schedule is Slate "C", as follows:

  • Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile, 10M, Amherst MA, Sun, Feb. 28
  • New Bedford Half Marathon, 13.1M, New Bedford MA, Sun., Mar 21
  • Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K,12K , Bedford NH, Sat., May 22
  • Rhody 5K (MEN ONLY) ,5K ,Lincoln RI , Sun., June 6
  • Stowe 8 Miler, 8M, Stowe VT, Sun., July 18
  • Bridge of Flowers 10K , 10K , Shelburne Falls MA, Sat., August 14
  • Providence Ronald McDonald House Women's Classic (WOMEN ONLY) 5K, Providence, Sun, Oct. 3


In a separate vote, the Marathon selected is the Bay State Marathon, Lowell MA, Sun., Oct. 17, 8:00 AM

The vote was the final step in new process in which a selection committee consisting of the Long Distance Running Chairs and representatives from the clubs created a ballot from the 17 bidding races with 4 slates of non-marathon distance races, a separate ballot question for the marathon distance and a survey question on a post-series awards banquet. The Survey Question for a banquet was 54% in favor.

 

 Timothy Davis (Team RUN) had a strong race in winning the Bantam Boys race on The Farm (courtesy Mark Coddaire)
Timothy Davis (Team RUN) had a strong race in winning the Bantam Boys race on The Farm
(Photo courtesy Mark Coddaire)

OVER 500 RUN JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC IN NH
November 15

After the rains of Saturday, it was a perfect day on Sunday for the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Cross Country meet at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH. The 557 entries was the largest in 5 years.

Five teams took home at least one team title, led by Granite State Flash's four (Midget Girls, Midget Boys, Youth Boys, Intermediate Girls). Sentinel Striders took two wins (Intermediate Boys, Young Men), with Bradford Elementary (Bantam Boys), Nashua PAL (Bantam Girls), and GCS Triad (Youth Girls) each with one team win.

The top 3 teams and individuals finishing in the top 25 advance to this weekend's Region I meet in Augusta Maine. Results are at usatfne.org/cross and Region I info is at meusatf.org.

 

DONOVAN SELECTED FOR INTERNATIONAL RELAY
November 16

Jennifer Donovan (new balance Boston / Boston MA) was named to the Team USA squad for the 2009 International Chiba Ekiden to be held Monday, November 23 in Chiba, Japan. Ten nations will be represented in the event. The race features mixed teams of men and women running six alternating legs totaling the marathon distance (26.22 miles / 42.195 km). It's her first selection to represent Team USA.

 

NEPHEW, MIKKELSEN WIN ULTRA TITLES
November 15

Ben Nephew and Lisa Mikkelsen at the RI 6 Hour Run on Sunday, the USATF-NE ultra distance championship. It was the first ultra title race in the association in several years.

Nephew (Mansfield MA / CMS) covered 51.323 miles in 5:58:41 (distance based on last complete lap in the time period) running much of the race with Martin Tighe(Providence / TNT) who was one minute behind at 5:59:41 and earning the masters gold. Third USATF-NE finisher was Seth Roberts (Longmeadow MA / GSH) at 37.817 miles in 5:53:57. Mikkelsen (Holliston MA / INOV-8) was first open and master NE runner; the overall women's winner was Danielle Cherniak of Cohoes NY at 41.409 miles. 67 individuals took part in this successful first-ever competition.

The NE ultra championship will vary in distance from 50K through 100K in future years, based on the event selected. Full results at coolrunning.com.

 

ON-LINE VOTING FOR 2010 GP NOW OPEN
November 11

On-line voting is open for the selection of the 2010 USATF-New England Road Race Grand Prix. New England members age 18 and over can cast their vote for one of four slates, plus one of two marathons. Full instructions (read them carefully!) and the slates are the first topic at usatf.org

You must have a current membership and your password; a password can be requested via the national website membership page.

Voting continues until Wednesday, November 18, at 11:59 p.m, with results to be announced on Friday, November 20.

 

CMS team at the USA Trail Marathon Championship (courtesy of Dave Dunham)
CMS team at the USA Trail Marathon Championship
(Photo courtesy of Dave Dunham)

CMS WINS NATIONAL TRAIL MARATHON TITLES
November 8

The Central Mass Striders foursome of Jim JohnsonDan VerringtonDave Dunham, and Judge Jones combined to win both the USATF National Trail Marathon Open and Masters Team Championships in Ashland, Oregon on Sunday. The first three took the open gold, and with Jones replacing Johnson in the totals, the masters crown as well. All scored individual medals; Johnson placed fifth overall in 2:56:57, Verrington and Dunham finished 1-2 in the M45-49 division (3:03:10 / 3:09:36) and 9/11 overall, and Jones second 55-59 (3:48:39, 23rd overall.

The individual race winner was former US world cross country team member Max King of Bend OR (2:40:23). Full results at usatf.org

 

Back from injuries, Kent Lemme won the masters championship.
Back from injuries, Kent Lemme won the masters championship.
Photo: Henry Finch

MEYER, DONOVAN TAKE HARRIER HONORS
November 8

Lucas Meyer and Jenn Donovan led the men's and women's fields, respectively around Franklin Park on Sunday to win their first New England Cross Country Titles. Two weekend days in a row with great cross country weather made for good racing conditions.

Meyer (BAA) dueled with Ruben Sanca (Boston) and was ultimately first down the straightaway, stopping the clock at 30:05 with his pursuer 13 seconds back after 10K. Donovan (New Balance Boston) had a larger gap over the shorter 6K, winning in 20:

The Boston Athletic Association claimed both open team titles, followed by Greater Boston TC and New Balance Boston in the men's totals; the latter clubs reversed order in the women's tallies.

Kent Lemme (Williamstown MA) led a 1-2-4 finish of individual placers by Greater Springfield Harriers in the masters 8K, enough for the team win over Dirigo. Within the women's race, Christine Reaser was the first 40+ by 7 seconds over Jen Hegarty, and Green Mountain AA won the 40+ team honors over Liberty as both totaled 13 but GMAA having the better third scorer.

Other masters placers and team scores are with the results at usatfne.org/cross

 

STONEHILL, U.MASS-LOWELL ADVANCE TO NATIONALS
November 8

Stonehill College (North Easton MA) and U.Mass.-Lowell will advance both their men's and women's teams to the NCAA Division II Nationals in two week, based on their top two finish placings in the East Region qualifier at Franklin Park on Sunday. Stonehill led UML 51-76 on the women's while the placers were reversed in the men's race, River Hawks winning 43-67 over Sky Hawks. The two squads have dominated the team results in the region in recent years.

Two other New England collegians will advance as individuals by placing in the top 5 overall. Following a series of victories including the all-New Englands this fall, overall men's winner Glarius Rop of American International College (Springfield) dominated the race and clocked 30:16 ahead of runner-up and teammate Victor Kemboi; both will also Evansville IN on November 21.

More information at goriverhawks.com

 

FIRST MASSACHUSETTS MIDDLE SCHOOL MEET SHINES AT DEVENS
November 7

Under sunny skies and in seasonal temperatures, the first Massachusetts Middle School Invitational Championship, sponsored by Saucony, ran a successful series of races on Saturday at Devens. A team championship plus three grade races for both boys and girls had spirited competition and runners from nearly 100 schools, who covered the 1.7 mile two loop course; the girls team event having the top 3 teams within three points.

Alexia Lipman of Bromfield /Harvard ran the fastest girls time, 9:52 in the team race. Diamond Middle School of Lexington topped all schools with 132 points.

The boys' fastest time was turned in by Jordan Comeau of Murdoch/Winchendon in 9:21 in the eighth grade race. The R.J.Gray Middle School of Acton/Boxborough was the winning boys team at 109 points.

Full results at coolrunning.com

 

Joan Samuelson at 2009 NYC Marathon
Joan Samuelson at NYC Marathon
Photo: Used with permission from the Running Network

WEEKEND WRAP-UP - SAMUELSON SETS RECORD
November 4

Sunday's New York City Marathon was the largest marathon in history, and several performances of note among the 43,475 finishers in the 40th anniversary race. US Olympian Meb Keflezighi became the first American winner since Alberto Salazar in 1982, clocking a personal best 2:09:15 to beat 4 time Boston Champ Robert Cheruiyot and two time World Champion Jaouad Gharib.

In the USA Men's Championship contest, Pat Tarpey (Providence) was the first New England finisher in his debut at the distance, placing 21st overall/13 US in 2:20:43.

On the women's side (not the championship), reliable Heidi (Westerling) Westover was 13th in 2:44:59. In 17th, Joan Benoit Samuelson continues to defy the aging process, setting a the US women's age 50+ record in 2:49:09.

In other weekend accomplishments outside the 6 state region by locals, Portsmouth NH HS grad Cory Thorne, now at U.Louisville, won the Big East Conference cross country championships held in Kenosha WI, and Harvard's Dan Chenoweth led the field at the Heptagonals (Ivy League) at Van Cortlandt Park, NY. Ryan Collins (Mansfield MA / U.Virginia) was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference title race held in NC Big East Conference Championships

 

HOMEGROWN SEAN QUIGLEY WINS
CLOSEST EVER MAYOR'S CUP XC

October 25, Boston MA

Sean Quigley, originally from Braintree, Massachusetts, won in a lean over last year's champion Jacob Korir of Kenya, to win the 20th Mayor's Cup Cross Country 8k Championship at Boston's Franklin Park on Sunday in a time of 23:54. Quigley, a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia and who now runs for Puma, returned to the course where he won the Mass. Division II high school state championship in 2002 while at Archbishop Williams and beat a talented field of 144 finishers on a picture perfect day.

Quigley and Korir separated themselves from the other co-leaders on the final loop and the course's landmark Bear Cage Hill. Quigley did not lead during the race but timed his finish sprint perfectly, as he recorded the same winning time as did Korir in 2008; Korir finished one second.

New Balance Boston led by Roland Lavallee, scored 75 points, and won the men's championship team competition over host Boston Athletic Association (78) and Genesee Valley Harriers (96).

In the women's 5K championship race, Kenyan native Irene Kimaiyo outpaced Virginia's Samia Akbar. Kimaiyo's time, 16:39, was 13 seconds better than Akbar. Kimaiyo's Team Riadha - victorious with 43 points - placed three runners among the top four of the 95 finishers. Eight teams scored, with New Balance Boston and the B.A.A. both tallying 53 but the former taking 2nd with the tie-breaker.

The Mayor's Cup has witnessed Olympians, world cross country team members and running legends participate over its hill and dale since the first race in 1990. During the last 20 years, the event has grown from a single race with 9 competitors to a full slate of six races - including an open 5K and three youth races - similar to the growth of the B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon. With the support of the same B.A.A. and its partner adidas, the Mayor's Cup is the pre-eminent cross country racing opportunity for clubs and teams on the East Coast.

Full results at www.coolrunning.com.
(story from Jack Fleming / BAA)

Division winners:
Men - Sean Quigley, Puma 23:54 ($600 + $300 USA)
Team - New Balance Boston, 75 ($500)
Women - Irene Kimaiyo, Riadha 16:39 ($600)
Team - Riadha, 43 ($500)

Franklin Park 5k (356 finishers)
Men - Antony Taylor, Arlington MA, 16:04
Women - Samantha Chase, Warwick RI, 19:51

Youth Races (1.1 miles)
Age 10 and under
Boys - David Principe, Cranston RI, 6:40
Girls - Chloe Taylor, Waltham TC, 6:32
Age 11-12

Boys - Isaiah Savage, South Shore Fireboltz, 6:42
Girls - Sonya Jampel, Waltham TC, 6:40
Age 13-14

Boys - Geoffrey Pendergass, Nitehawks, 5:55
Girls - Phoebe Morse, Nitehawks, 6:16

 

MAYORS CUP CROSS COUNTRY ON SUNDAY
Oct 22, Franklin Park, Boston

The 20th anniversary edition of the Boston Mayors Cup runs at Franklin Park this Sunday, October 25. Six races - three youth for ages 14 and under, the Franklin Park 5K for all abilities, and championship women's 5K and men's 10K events - should draw about 1000 runners to the historic and traditional course. Online entry is closed, but entry is allowed on race day. Entry and schedule info is at the Mayor's Cup website. Join the fun and run cross country on Sunday.

 

NEWBOULD, DONAHUE LEAD CHILLED FIELD
AT SOGGY BAYSTATE MARATHON

October 18, Lowell MA

With temperatures as low as 30's, Brandon Newbould and Sara Donahue kept the heat on over 26.2 miles and won New England Championships at Sunday's 21st BayState Marathon in Lowell. The marathon can be a race of attrition, and the men's contest was not decided until there was less than a mile to go; Justin Fyffe (CMS) and Joseph Koech broke from the field by 4 miles, and worked together at the front, building as much as a 2 minute lead. At 30 kilometers, Fyffe moved 2 seconds ahead of Koech as the master ace was affected by the conditions (and gamely finished in 24th). At 23 miles, the lead was 1:30 over second place, who was now Newbould - looking strong and working on a negative split in the windy run to the finish. Fyffe had no answer when the Whirlaway runner, a coach at Phillips Exeter Academy contesting his fourth marathon, decisively passed him in the final mile and strode to his first 26.2 mile win in a personal best 2:27:53. Fyffe earned the series win with his second place in 2:28:15.

Donahue (Gr.Boston TC) looked fresh as she crossed the line in 2:51:16, having passed runner-up Sumner Fletcher (unattached, Uxbridge MA) for the lead in the final third of the course; the latter clocked a personal best 2:52: for silver. The win by the doctoral student was productive on many accounts as she also led GBTC to the race and series titles, and gave her the individual GP crown.

The worst weather in the past decade of the event (maybe ever), conditions only got worse through the morning, as spitting rain became a steady flow and the wind picked up from the 8 a.m. gun through the 6 hour mark, and those leaving the awards ceremony had a ride home in snow; hardly October conditions. The 1561 finishers was a record (as was the 1226 in the half), though there were numerous "did-not-finish". Director Mark Coddaire and his large volunteer crew did a commendable job in the rough conditions.

Results of the marathon and half marathon are at www.baystatemarathon.com. GP standings will be updated by Tuesday night, after checking on a few corrections. usatfne.org/gp.

Presentation meeting for bidders for the 2010 series is Monday, November 2, at Brandeis University.

 

HOLIDAY WEEKEND FULL OF ACTION
October 13

A handful of championships and elite events ran through the Columbus Day weekend, each meriting a headline of their own below).

 

New Balance Boston won the team title for the second year (and the B team finished 7th) Photo: Steve Vaitones
New Balance Boston won the team title for the second year (and the B team finished 7th)
Photo: Steve Vaitones

HUDDLE REPEATS AS USA CHAMP WINNING TUFTS 10K FOR WOMEN
October 12, Boston MA

With the ultimate results again coming down to the final straightaway, Molly Huddle (Saucony) repeated as winner at the 33rd annual Tufts Health Plan 10 K for Women and with it, the USA Women's 10 km Championship, Monday through Boston and Cambridge. It was the third US road championship title in 2009 for the diminutive Providence-based runner. The traditional COlumbus Day event served as the USA Championship for the 15th time in the past 16 years.

Kenyan Genoveva Kigan had a 5 second lead just 400 meters into the race and by one mile, a chase pack had whittled itself down to four. Around the B.U.Rotary, that pack became a single file line led by Huddle with Rebecca Donaghue (new balance Boston) in third. The 5K splits of 15:58 for the leader and 16:02 for Huddle foreshadowed fast finish times on the beautiful afternoon. The time margin was reduced to zero at the hairpin turn before the four mile mark when Huddle came up on Kigan's shoulder. the two maintained the side-by-side position until the series of turns in the final 600 meters, and the winner was first to hit the homestretch on Charles Street.

After her slim one second margin in 2008, there was a more comfortable gap of 5 seconds at the tape, her time of 32:07 marking a personal best; only 2 winning times have been faster in the past decade. Following Kigan, Donaghue also ran a personal best 32:29 for third place and, backed up by teammate Jenn Donovan (Brighton MA) in twelfth - 8th American (PB 33:29) - and Kim Partee, New Balance Boston repeated as team champions with Boulder Running Company again second.

After the final race of ten on the Women's 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC), 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) - though only 20th at Tufts - was crowned the women's USARC Grand Prix champion with 59 points. Colleen De Reuck (Boulder CO) finished second with 54 points and Huddle third (50). The USARC, a USA Track & Field road series, features USA Championships from 5K to the marathon.

The largest women's 10K in the country had over 5700 finishers, with the top 50 women faster than 37:37. Results are at coolrunning.com.

 

SEAMAN, VAILL, WALK OFF WITH TITLES
October 11, Waltham MA

A pair of Olympians covered the most ground on Sunday at the USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championship held at Bentley University in Waltham on Sunday. Two time Olympian Tim Seaman (San Diego CA/ NYAC) covered 13,307 (splitting 10K in 45:00) to beat many-time internationalist Ray Sharp (Atlantic Mines MI) for the men's title; it was his 40th USA Championship of his career, third best total in US history. Seaman, who also coaches a stable of walkers, found his charges take third in both races.

Teresa Vaill (Gainesville FL / Walk USA) dominated the women's race. The sole US walker at last summer's World Championships, Vaill cranked out 60 minutes of even splits to end up with a distance 12,263 meters in the 60 minutes. Both Vaill and Seaman were winners in the USA 5K walk the previous weekend.

Top USATF-New England competitors were Bob Keating (NE Walkers, 7th, 10808 meters, 1st 60-64) and Pat Godfrey (CSU, 10th, 9181 meters, 1st 60-64). Team winners were Maine Walkers women and Pegasus AC (Michigan) men. Results and a photo slideshow are at usatfne.org/walk

 

RECORD TURNOUT FOR WAYLAND XC FESTIVAL
October 11

The fourth race in the 2009 USATF-NE Cross Country Circuit, the Wayland XC Festival, topped 330 runners this year, with record numbers participating in the youth 3k races.

The fourth annual race saw records fall in the open 5K and youth 3K races, both male and female. Tim Ritchie of Brighton MA set the pace in the open 5k at 15:12 with GBTC's Jennifer Lee pulling the women's standard down to 18:48 ahead of previous record holder Caitlyn Clark of Sisu Project. In the 3k race, Phoebe Morss (Nitehawks) shattered the girls' course record with a time of 10:57, and teammate Arthur Whitehead improving the boys' mark to 10:17.

Full results of the race can be found at waylandxc.com and GP standings are tallied at nexcgrandprix.org. Next up is the October 25 Mayor's Cup in Boston.

 

FAGAN,GEBRE LEAD AT BAA 1/2 MARATHON
October 11, Boston

Irishman and Providence College alum Martin Fagan and Ethiopian Belainesh Gebre took advantage of dry conditions and temperatures in the mid-40s to run to wins in the ninth annual B.A.A. Half Marathon through Boston's Emerald Necklace loop. Fagan, who set an Irish national record of 1:00:57 earlier in the year, clocked 1:02:21, just one tick off the course record. It was a 2 man race from the mile onward, with Fagan only earning the victory over Kenyan Philimon Tererin the final 100 meters, as the two were within strides of each other from the gun. The women's race looked to followed a similar script early on, but Gebre moved from third to the lead after the half way point, and was clear of challengers by twelfth mile.

Among the international and national caliber runners in the field of the 4025 starters (3989 finishers), the top New Englanders were the host club's Will Dobbie (10th, 1:07:40) and Kasie Enman (7th, 1:17:31), both leading their unicorn squads to team wins. Complete results at coolrunning.com

 

WESTOVER 38TH AT WORLD 1/2 MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS

October 11, Birmingham England

Heidi Westover - formerly Westerling - (BAA / Acworth NH) placed 38th and fourth American at the IAAF World 1/2 Marathon Championships in Birmingham England on Sunday. A late addition to the US team, the New England champion ran 1:14:22 and was part of the fifth place US team. Winner was Mary Keitany of Kenya in 1:06:36, with Amy Begley top American in 11th (1:10:09). Providence based Kim Smith, representing New Zealand, placed 7th in a national record 1:09:35.

In the men's race, Dathan Ritzenhein clocked a an even 1:00:00 to win the Bronze medal and set a personal best. Winning for the fourth straight edition was Zersenay Tadese of Eritria. The US men were fourth - just 8 seconds out of the medals - behind Kenya, Eritria, and Ethiopia. Stories and links are at www.usatf.org.

 

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE CROSS COUNTRY
October 10

On Saturday, the 97th edition of the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships ran at Franklin Park in Boston with both varsity and JV races totaling close to 1200 runners.

Individual race winners scored the first ever golds for their respective schools. American International College (AIC) had their first win in New England cross or track with freshman Glarius Rop (Eldoret KEN) holding the lead almost from the gun in the men's race, and U.Maine senior Corey Conner ( ) being the first Black Bear to lead the women's field to the finish.U.Mass-Lowell was a repeat team champion on the men's side with a 93-116 margin over cross-state rival U.Mass-Amherst, while Brown took the women's team trophy, gapping runner-up Boston College 130-170. See neicaaa.org for full results.

 

MOULTON, SECKINGER WIN AT HARTFORD MARATHON

October 10, Hartford CT

Leading the way at the event selected as the "Greenest Road Race in America", Pat Moulton (BAA / Pelham, NH) won the ING Hartford Marathon Saturday in 2:25:22, taking home $6000 in the process. NE Grand Prix leader Titus Mutinda (Team RUN / Lowell MA) was second overall and first master in 2:29:14. Running a personal best, Jeannette Seckinger (BAA / Somerville MA) clocked 2:46:33 and the same prize purse as Moulton, with Somerville Road Runner's Diona Fulton second in 2:51:12 and masters winner Tara Cardi (Reebok Providence / E Greenwich RI) third in 2:53:31.

 

GUERTIN, HENDRICKEN SCORE MEDALS IN NC HS XC MEET
Cary, North Carolina

A pair of New England high school harrier powerhouses made the medal stand on October 3 at the prestigious Great American Cross Country Festival in North Carolina. Great American, run by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation, attracts invited teams from all over the Eastern US.

In the "Race of Champions", the top division, Bishop Guertin of New Hampshire placed second with 149 points, one marker better than Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken at 150. (The scoring originally had the two teams reversed in placing until a scoring error was found the following day). The race was won by Brookwood of Snellville, Georgia at 118. Individually, Hendricken's Jacob Sienko placed third in 15:20, and Guertin's Francis Hernandez was a place behind in 15:23. Both were among the top 10 times of the day at a meet that contested 16 races. In the Invitational Boys seeded race, Amherst-Pelham (MA) Regional was fifth.

They'll likely meet again at the New England HS championships in November.

 

NEW PROCESS FOR SELECTING 2010 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX SERIES
October 6

The selection process for the 2010 Road Race Grand Prix will be more detailed, but also allow for more participation in the voting.

The new process has three steps:

  1. First, a bid presentation meeting similar to prior year's meetings will be held on Monday evening, November 2, at Brandeis University in the Gosman Athletic Center (the same site at last year). All races interested in hosting a championship will make their presentations to the membership. Events will be presented in groups by distance, with questions and answers following the distance group.

    The change comes in that there will be no voting on November 2. Instead, a committee made up of the three road running chairs and a mix of up to a dozen active and top scoring clubs will discuss the bids, compare races and schedules, and create three options for "slates" of seven series races that will be voted on by members via the web. Voting will take place from November 9 through November 16, with results announced November 17.

    This new process achieves several goals. First, the creation of three options for the seven race series will allow thought to be given to the sport's "big picture"'; conflicts with holidays and other major events can be addressed and ensure a balanced calendar with thoughtful discussion. While some measure of democracy may be lost by not voting for each distance and each race at one meeting, it will avoid schedule issues that come up each year (3 races in 4 weeks, conflicts with other championships).

  2. Second, the facts on all events can be posted and compared in more detail with a posted spreadsheet.

  3. Third, online voting will allow more individual members to be part of the selection. A weeknight evening meeting regularly eliminates participation of those living several hours away, and people arriving and leaving over the course of the meeting can change votes. Voting by all members age 18 and over will be possible, and will be monitored by using the individual USATF membership number and password (so if the password is forgotten, contact National for the password to be sent back to you).

We hope that this will prove to be a step forward in the Grand Prix series. Find more details at the Grand Prix page. And, if you know of an event that might want to bid to host a 2010 Championship, there is still time to submit a bid. Contact the office if you have any questions.

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN AA AND NE 65+ RC
WINNERS AT USA MASTERS 5K
 Syracuse NY, October 4

Several carloads of New England's top masters traveled west and returned with significant hardware at the USA Masters 5K held with the 17th Syracuse (NY) Festival of Races on October 4. The race is always among the top fall 5K runs in the northeast, and the championship added to the race quality.

Averaging 17:07 for their scorers, the Green Mountain AA quintet of Vermonters Norm Larson, Tony Bates, James Miller, Kevin McMahon, and Jack Pilla was a strong winner in the M50+ division, while the New England 65+ RC trio of Bil Spencer, John Pelton, and Jerry LeVasseur took home gold with a 22:21 average. GMAA also medaled in the 60+ scoring, taking second.

There were also individual successes, with New Englanders taking both golds in the 50's divisions; Tom Ryan (Dirigo RC) in M50 (16:16) and Reno Stirrat(Whirlaway) in M55 (16:45). Bill Tribou (Connecticut) topped the M85 at 32:39.

Other individual medals won by NE runners included silvers by Ron Lombardi (Gr.Springfield Harriers, M45, 16:01) and Ted McKnight (GMAA, M65, 20:43), and bronze won by Francis Burdett (GSH, M40, 15:16), Kevin McMahon (GMAA, M55, 17:02) and Bill Spencer (NE65+, M70, 21:15). No NE women finished in the medal hunt.

Burdett was 10th overall in the race, while Ryan was third overall in the masters' age graded scoring. Full results at festivalofraces.com

 

PIERS, CAPPELLO QUALIFY FOR 2012 TRIALS
Minneapolis MN, October 4

Shari Piers (Falmouth ME / Dirigo RC) took advantage of fall conditions and places seventh at the USA Women's Marathon Championship on Sunday at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis MN. As important as the $3000 prize money, both she and Heather Cappello (BAA/Waltham MA), who placed 22nd, both bettered the qualifying time for the 2012 USA Women's Olympic Marathon Trials; the USA Championship was the only opportunity to achieve that standard in 2009.

The race was won by Ilsa Paulson of New York in 2:31:49, and 47 women broke 2:50:00 in the race. Other locals among the frontrunners were Lesley Hocking (Dover NH/BAA), 44th in 2:49:20, and Simonetta Piergentili (Wilmington MA/Whirlaway), 55th in 2:52:17 (and 12th master).

 

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USATF-NE IS NOW ON FACEBOOOK
October 4

Sign on the USATF NE Facebook page to show your support, get news and updates, and connect with other members.

You can also join the USATF National Fan Page where all of the sport's national news and press releases are posted for your enjoyment.

 

NEW MASSACHUSETTS STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL INVITATIONAL
Devens MA, October 1

Mirroring similar successful events in Connecticut and New Hampshire, a new Massachusetts State Middle School Invitational "Championship" will be held this fall. USATF New England is part of a team organizing and running this first time event to be held on Saturday, November 7, at Devens MA.

Building on the success of the Northeastern Conference Invitational that has grown to over 1000 runners in 6 years, event founder Joe Abelon of Lynn created the event to offer younger runners a chance at a big meet. With increased participation in middle School cross country in recent years, interest in the meet is high.

With no statewide Massachusetts organiziation legislating middle school sports, the event is open to public, parochial, private, charter, and home school students, covering grades 5-8 (if grades 5-6 are in a middle school). A team championship race - all runners must be in the same school, not just from the same town) will be supplemented with additional races by grade to ensure all of a team's runners may participate. Large entry numbers may require 2 divisions in some races.

We hope this will lead to increased participation in the NE Junior Olympic program as well. The meet has sponsorship form Saucony, and will be run with the support of MassDevelopment in Devens.

The general information, entry form, and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at the USATF-NE Cross Country page. Entry deadline is October 16.

 

NO CATCHING KOECH, ELY AT LONE GULL 10K NE CHAMPIONSHIP
Gloucester MA, September 20

Joseph Koech (Team RUN) and Brett Ely (BAA) at the Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA. Perfect weather, and a mostly flat oceanfront course let to fine times top to bottom, with the 777 finishers being more than 50 percent better than last year.
Men's winner Koech took double honors for the second week in a row, as the past world-level runner was also the first master. Unlike the Ollie, where the race came down to a kick in the final 50 meters, Koech made a move on the turn at 1 1/2 miles and never looked back. The top 7 were under 31:00, and more under 32:00, making it the deepest local 10K in many a year, and places two through five were within 5 seconds. Among women, Ely had just as easier a time along the scenic shorefront, her margin being 44 seconds over Tammie Robie (Whirlaway RT) at the tape.

Behind Koech, Titus Mutinda (Team Run) was next over 40, and retains the overall lead in the series over the race winner. Women's masters division had Tina Dowling(adidas NE) 3 ticks ahead of Barbara McManus (CMS) and 9 seconds on Sim Piergentilli (WRT). Craig Fram (WRT) and Cathy Merra (GCS Triad) gained their third 50+ division wins, Gordon McFarland (CSU) moved into the lead with his 60+ title, and hometowner Carrie Parsi, at 70 years young, was first women over 60.

The young Adidas New England squad outlegged the BAA men for team honors, as places in the top 6 required max efforts by every scorer; Team RUN (3) and Whiraway (4) were separated by 3 seconds, and CMS and GBTC in 5-6 were just 2 seconds apart. Whirlaway won both the M40 and M50 battles, with CSU leading the M60. On the women's side of the ledger, Greater Boston (open), Whirlaway (40+) and GCS Triad (50+) took home the gold.

Current standings and Ironrunner lists after 6 events are posted at the USATF-NE GP page.

The Bay State Marathon closes the 2009 series on Sunday, October 18; the marathon is now open only to USATF-NE members; it's otherwise full. The latest standings and Ironrunner lists are at the Grand Prix page. Ironrunners should check for completeness, and contact the office with jacket size if not previously submitted.

 

TEGENKAMP, YODER BEGLEY TAKE USA CHAMPS AT DOWNTOWN 5K
Providence RI, September 20

Matt Tegenkamp and Amy Yoder Begley (both Portland OR) won the respective men's and women's titles Sunday at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence RI at the 20th annual CVS/Caremark Downtown 5K. The race drew a record crowd in the signature event as well as the youth events and high school "inspiration run".

Both competed in this summer's World Track & Field Championships, as Tegenkamp ws the US 5000 meter track champion and Begley took the USA 10,000 meter track title in June. Making the final turn off Canal Street and up the only major hill on the course, Tegenkamp made his move to kick to a one-second win in 13:57. Top New Englander in the men's race was BAA's Lucas Meyer in 15th, 14:18; 30 total runners broke 15:00.

In the women's race, New Balance Boston ace Rebecca Donaghue placed second. Mirroring the men's race, a group was together on the final. Begley made her decisive push at three miles to pull clear for the title (15:27). Donaghue held off Jen Rhines by one second in 15:30. Local connections were strong on the women's side, as after Donaghue, Providence residents Mary Cullen (Ireland, 15:48), Molly Huddle (15:52), and Amy Mortimer (16:05) were in the money at 5-7-9.

 

DUNHAM, DEINNOCENTIS HONORED AT ANNUAL MEETING
TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED
 Waltham MA, September 17

The 2009 USATF-NE annual meeting took time to review the year, look ahead, vote, and to honor several individuals on Thursday.

Marja Bakker
Marja Bakker

After opening with recognition of the Athlete of the Month winners, the business meeting followed. Individual and committee reports began the sessions. President Ken Robichaud then presented two "President's Awards" to a pair of deserving Daves. Dedicated track and field official Dave DeInnocentis of North Andover MA was the second ever recipient of the "Gerry Cantor Award" given for service to USATF-NE events. The Volunteer Award, renamed the "Marja Bakker Volunteer Award" by president Ken, was presented to past board member and all-around sport supporter Dave Dunham.

Elections for sports chairs and athlete representatives followed. There were exactly two nominations for the two vacant board positions, and with no further nominations, all positions were voted in by acclamation. Taking over the Youth Chair position is Larry Libow of Springfield and Y-Speed TC. The new athlete rep will be Caitlyn Clark of Sisu Project. A slate of 15 delegates was voted from 20 nominees.

A informative presentation on the D-tag timing system was made by Dave Camire of Yankee Timing, and the uncontroversial meeting closed with a discussion of the new selection process for the 2010 Grand Prix road race series.

The minutes will be posted on the Board page within a week.

 

REMINDER - USATF-NE 10K ON SUNDAY IN GLOUCESTER
Gloucester MA

The sixth race in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series is coming right up this Sunday, September 20, at the Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA. The mostly oceanfront course has registration at Good Harbor Beach - carpooling is recommended - and entrants are at a record 700+ to date. See lonegull10.com. Current standings and Ironrunner lists are posted at the USATF-NE GP page.

 

CVS DOWNTOWN 5K EXPECTS RECORD TURNOUT
EVENT INCLUDES USA 5K CHAMPIONSHIP

Providence RI

The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K celebrates its 20th Anniversary on Sunday in downtown Providence. From elite down to recreational athletes, a record participation of up to 10,000 runners may take to the streets, starting and finishing in front of the Rhode Island State House.

. Rhode Island's largest road race will kick-off with 21 different races for children, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, followed by the main 5K race that serves as the USA Championship, and concludes with a High School Inspirational 3K for student athletes.

Online registration closes on September 15, but late entry is available on site on Sunday from 7:00 to 10:45 a.m. Complete event information can be accessed at www.cvsdowntown5k.com.

 

A rainy day for the 69th Annual Ollie 5 Mile Road Race in South Boston
A rainy day for the 69th Annual Ollie 5 Mile Road Race in South Boston
Photo: Tom Derderian

KOECH, CAPPELLO REIGN IN THE RAIN AT OLLIE 5 MILE
September 12, 2009

Joseph Koech and Heather Cappello led the slosh through South Boston and took titles at Saturday's USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship at the Ollie 5 Mile. The 2009 edition was not able to dodge the precipitation as happened last year; instead, steady rains, some of it heavy and punctuated by one loud thunderclap preceded the starting horn and continued through the morning. Despite the precipitation, almost 800 of the 1200 entrants braved the weather and crossed the finish line.

Please Note: Incorrect cone placement at the Castle Island parking lot turnaround means the course was about 150 meters short. That should not diminish the competitiveness of the race, as fourth placer Mark Miller noted that it was the most competitive local race he had contested in several years. "A number of the leaders tried to make a move in the last 2 miles, and the others would cover each surge."

A spirited race developed at the lead (the top 21 finished within a minute), and round the final bend, Koech had the freshest legs, outlegging Pat Mellea, former BC runner visiting the area, and Justin Fyffe (CMS) who moved into the overall GP lead, each separated by half a stride. It was the second time this season Koech broke the tape as first for both overall and masters championships.

Women's winner Cappello had a more comfortable margin of 27 seconds over teammate Emily Kroshus, with new GP leader Jennifer Campbell in third. The BAA swept both open titles, With all five women's scorers in the top 11.

Mimi Fallon repeated as women's masters winner, 14th overall, with Cathy Merra notching her third straight 50-59 GP win this year, and Heidi MacDonald ahead among the 60+ runners. On the men's side, Craig Fram (Whirlaway, 50+) Bill Dixon (GLRR, 60+) and Jim Daley (CMS, 70+) took the honors.

Whirlaway won both the men's 40+ and 50+ team honors, with GCS Triad matching those wins on the women's side, and Cambridge Sports Union led the men's 60+ trios.

Two events remain in the 2009 series; the Lone Gull 10K in a week on Sunday, September 20, and the Bay State Marathon on Sunday, October 18; the latter is officially full, but entry is still open to USATF-NE members only. The latest standings are at the GP page and Ironrunners will be updated this week; Ironrunners should check that credit has been given for all races to ensure your jacket.

 

FOOTLOCKER NORTHEAST HS QUALIFIER MOVES TO LONG ISLAND
September 3

Many New England schools participate in the Footlocker championship qualifier each year. Note that, due to construction at historic Van Cortland Park, the 2009 Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships will be moving east to Long Island's Sunken Meadow State Park. The challenging 5000 meter Sunken Meadow course has played host in the past to the New York State Federation Championships.

 

MARK CARROLL NAMED XC COACH AT AUBURN U
September 3

Auburn University in Alabama has named long time Providence resident and two time Olympian Mark Carroll as cross country head coach. The Providence College alum by way of Cork, Ireland, said he chose Auburn because he saw strong potential with the existing team, which has had success in the NCAA in recent years. With his own athletic career winding down, Carroll has moved in to coaching, having worked with cross country runners with the Athletic Association of Ireland.

His wife, Amy Rudolph, is also a two time Olympian (1996 and 2000). Both have been fixtures on the New England racing scene, and we wish them well in their move down south.

 

RI 6 HOUR RACE TO SERVE AS
NE ULTRA RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 15

August 31

The Rhode Island 6 Hour has been selected to serve as the USATF-New England Ultra Running Championship for 2009. The race will take place in Warwick (RI) City Park.

Paul Kirsch, USATF-NE Mountain/Ultra/Trail Chair, noted that "We haven't had an ultra running championship event in the association for a few years, and this event will get us back on schedule. Future ultra championship events will vary distances from 50 kilometers to timed events such as the RI 6 Hour." The race is open to all, but racers must be USATF members to score in the championship. There will be a championship-only team division (distance covered by top 3 on a club) as well.

An ultra marathon is any event longer than a standard marathon. Placing in the 6 Hour is based on the total distance covered in the time period. The course is a paved, slightly rolling loop of 2.7 miles in Warwick City Park and is closed to traffic. Splits of Marathon, 50 K, and 50 Miles will be marked. There is also a (non-championship) relay being contested at the same time. Relay teams may consist of 2 to 6 runners with runners completing as many laps as they wish before handing off to a teammate.

For complete information on the event, go to ri6hour.com.

 

USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 17
August 24, 2009

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Thursday, September 17 at the Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, 550 Winter Street, Waltham MA, at I-95 Exit 27-B. The meeting will begin with the past year's Athlete of the Month Awards at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Elections this year are limited to sports chairs and athlete reps, both for one year terms. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office to put a name in nomination. Delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

The meeting will present a year in review, will discuss the new procedures for selecting Road Race Grand Prix events for 2010, and there will be a guest speaker.

All USATF-NE members as of August 1 who age 18+ are eligible to attend and vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting. The agenda can be found at USATF-NE board page.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSES IN BERLIN
August 23, Berlin Germany

The World Track and Field Championships closed its 9 day run in Berlin on Sunday. Weekend action found several locals in the thick of the action.
Sean Furey placed 12th in the javelin, the only US athlete to make the final. Furey noted, "I don't think I was too scared or nervous with the situation. I didn't feel sharp", but that might be expected in one's first time on the world stage. His best throw in the final was 244'5" after a 260'1" personal best in qualifying.

Nate Jenkins placed 63rd, not his best by any means, but he importantly finished to give the USA a scoring team of three after one team member did not take to the start due to injury and one did not finish. "I started at 3:05 at the kilometer, and actually felt good through 10-12k, then started having some hamstring problems, which has been par for the course for me", said Jenkins. "I was slowed down, but still rolling along until 32 k, and thinking I can run 2:20, then the wheels just came off. I knew I had to finish, since we only lined up four athletes, so it was one foot in front of the other."

Four time Boston Marathon champ Robert Cheruiyot was fifth, top American was Dan Browne in 24th (2:16:49), and former Providence College runner Dylan Wykes running for Canada was 33rd (2:18:00); 21 of 91 entrants did not finish the race.

The USA won 10 gold medals and 22 medals total, and one American Record was set (100 meters, Tyson Gay, 9.71). There were many other superlatives from the meet. For summaries, stories, and pictures on a day by day basis, go to runblogrun.com and check usatf.org for Team USA news and notes.

 

MITPVC, NEPVC VAULT TO TEAM CROWNS
August 22, Cambridge MA

MIT Pole Vault Club men and New England PV Club women won the inaugural edition of the New England Team Pole Vault competition on a steamy Saturday at MIT. The novel meet scored a club's two vaulters' total height to get a placing. with MITPVC totaling 27'3" and NEPV 19'6". Highest individual heights were cleared by Nate Ball (MITPV) at 15'0", and NEPV teammates Stephanie Brown and Hannah McPhee, both at 9'9".

Full results at the checking the MIT Pole Vault Club site.

 

VERMONT RACE KICKS OFF NE XC GP
August 22, Burlington VT

Mike Griffin (SISU Project) and Kasie Enman (BAA) took the wins at the GMAA Scholarship Race in South Burlington VT on Saturday, the first race in the 2009 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix. The six race series continues at the Thomas Chamberas 6K at Great Brook in Carlisle MA on Saturday, August 29. Find standings and results at See www.nexcgrandprix.org.

 

HUDDLE TAKES US 10 MILE TITLE
August 22, Flint Michigan

Molly Huddle (Providence RI / Saucony) won the USA 10 Mile Road Race title at the 33rd annual Crim 10 Mile in Flint Michigan on Saturday. Her time of 54:01 placed her fifth overall in a close race that found Alemitu Albera (Ethiopia) winning in 53:49. Huddle, who also won the US 7 Mile Championship in the past month, was one place and 11 seconds up on Magdalena Boulet for the US title as only 3 Americans placed in the stellar field's top 10. The race drew a record 15,000 entrants.

 

FUREY QUALIFIES FOR WORLD CHAMPS FINALS
August 21, Berlin Germany

Former Methuen MA and Dartmouth competitor Sean Furey qualified for the finals in the Javelin today at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Track and Field.
Furey threw a season's best of 260 feet 1 inch, good for 11th in Sunday's 12 man final.
Earlier in the week, GBTC's Samir Layne (Haiti) was 15th in the triple jump in a respectable 53'7 1/2'. Former Providence College ace Kim Smith, often back here training took 8th in the 10,000 at 31:21.42, while her teammate at PC, Martin Fagan (Ireland) did not start the men's 10,000 due to injury.

Lowell's Nate Jenkins will toe the line in Saturday's marathon (with Boston Marathon third placer Kara Goucher running Sunday).

Live and on-demand event coverage can be found on universalsports.com. It's free and simply unmatched in the quality of the coverage from individual events to daily summaries.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN AUGUST 15
Berlin Germany, August 14

The 12th IAAF World Championships in Track and Field begins its nine day schedule on August 15 in Berlin Germany with several New England athletes competing on the big stage.

Lowell's Nate Jenkins is on the 5 runner marathon squad and former Methuen MA HS and Dartmouth record setter (and past GBTC member) Sean Furey - will compete in the javelin. (See Dartmouth story on Sean). Jake Freeman (Westbury NY via E.Greenwich RI and Bishop Hendricken HS) was top 3 at the USA Championships and hit the A standard in the hammer, as did Marblehead MA native Shalene Flanagan in the 10,000 meters. GBTC's Samir Layne will represent Haiti in the triple jump. Other locals may be representing their home countries as well.

Lots of media coverage with weekend shows on NBC, weekday television on theVersus network and webcasts on universalsports.com. Here's the broadcast schedule.

And, there is more info than you can handle at IAAF.org.

 

FORBES WINS GOLD AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC
18 MEDALS RETURN TO NEW ENGLAND

Greensboro NC, July 28-Aug 2

Seventeen New England youth earned top 8 placings and the accompanying medals at last week's USATF Junior Olympic National Championships n Greensboro, North Carolina. Over six thousand entrants contested a full schedule of events in five age divisions (Bantam 10 & under, Midget 11-12, Youth 13-14, Intermediate 15-16, Young Men/Women 17-18). Age is based at the end of the year.

Highest placing was achieved by Carla Forbes of the Waltham Track Club. Setting a new national championship meet record in the Youth division, the 14 year old won the triple jump with a bound of 38'9 3/4" on Sunday. She prefaced that with a third place in the long jump at 18'1" on Saturday.

The most New England successes came in the javelin where four locals picked up medals; third places were secured by Waltham TC teammates Emma Fitzgerald (Midget) and TJ Noonan (Youth) along with Lucas Haddon (Waitsfield VT, Young Men), with Katie Cataldo (Attleboro MA) placing eighth (Intermediate)

In the field, the top mark beyond the javelin was a third in the hammer by Wakefield RI thrower Mike Gama (Young Men). Becca Parascandola (Londonderry NH) and Kelly McCabe (Mansfield MA) endured heat and humidity to place 6-8 in the heptathlon. Karla Ganley (Air Time Athletics, Intermediate) soared to sixth in the pole vault, and taking podium positions with their seventh place finishes were Haley Laird (Southboro MA, Intermediate, high jump), Jaynah Jimenez (Waltham TC, Midget, long jump) and Christopher Perry (Providence Cobras, Young Men, triple jump).

On the track, medals were earned by Emily Stark (Concord MA, 3000, fifth, Youth), John Henry Fitzgerald (Waltham TC, Youth, 3000 Walk, sixth, Youth), and eighth placers Jarrell Forbes (Providence Cobras, 400 hurdles, Young Men), Maddy Berkson (Providence Cobras, 1500, Youth) and Tim Cox (Team RUN, 1500, Youth).

Complete results by event are at the USATF Junior Olympic Web page. They're worth checking out to note the high quality of youth track and field around the country.

 

John Henry Fitzgerald displays his national medal (Photo: Waltham TC)
John Henry Fitzgerald displays his national medal
(Photo: Waltham TC)

USATF JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS OPENS
MEDALS FOR WALTHAM TC

Greensboro NC, July 28-Aug 2

The USATF Junior Olympic National Championships begins its 6 day run in Greensboro, North Carolina with nearly 6000 young athletes in five age groups for boys and girls vying for top places as they end their seasons.

With the meet on the east coast, a large number of local youth will be competing over the six days. Leading off what should be good representation were a pair of medallists on the opening day. Mike Gama (Wakefield RI) took the bronze medal in the Young Men's hammer throw at 200'4" and John Henry Fitzgerald (Waltham TC/Wayland MA) finished 6th in the Youth Boys 3000 walk.

Follow daily results at the USATF Junior Olympic Web page.

 

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JOIN USA TRACK & FIELD NEW ENGLAND ON FACEBOOK!
July 28

If you are on Facebook, come join the USA Track & Field New England Association group at http://groups.to/usatfne/.

You can share ideas, discuss issues, post your own photos and videos and more with other USATF-NE members.

Not signed up for Facebook yet? No problem. Anyone can join. Just visit http://www.facebook.com/

 

LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL THIS WEEKEND
SCHOOL IS FULL!

July 21

This weekend's Level I Coaching School at Governors Academy is ready to roll, with a quality faculty set for the 2 1/2 days of instruction.
Please note that the school is FULL at this time, so no additional walk-up registrants will be accepted.

Sessions run on Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Attendees must be at all sessions.

 

MASTERS MEET HELD AT CRANSTON
July 19

No records at this year's USATF-NE Masters Championships this year, just solid performances on a warm sunny day. The new Cranston West HS facility proved to be an amicable site for the event, and the association will return there for some events in the future.

Numbers were a bit small, as the meet was sandwiched on the schedule between last week's USA Masters meet and next week's World Masters in Finland.

Full results at the track page.

 

GBTC women - National Club Championships winners. Photo by Mike Scott
GBTC women - National Club Championships winners
Photo by Mike Scott

GBTC WINS WOMEN'S TITLE AT USA CLUB NATIONALS
July 10-11

Capitalizing on their field event strength, Greater Boston TC won the women's division in the USATF National Club Track and Field Championships held at Icahn Stadium in New York City. It was the women's third win in the meet's nine year history.

GBTC outscored arch-rivals and host club Nike Central Park TC by a mere 4 points, 159-155 with sprint power Norfolk Real Deal TC third in 105. The win made the pre-planned post-event Manhattan cupcake shop tour sweet in two ways.

The GBTC men placed fourth with 75 points as Shore AC of New Jersey piled up a 199 points, giving a massive 111 point gap over Connecticut's ConnQuest which garnered 88. That winning margin by Shore allowed them to take the combined team score with 246, as the NE team in red tallied a respectable 234 for second.

Individual winners from the New England association included three GBTC women; double gold medalist Joeane Jadotte (shot and discus), meet record setter Ayanna Alexander (triple jump - 45'8") and Jen Harlow (high jump). On the men's side, Samyr Laine (GBTC) took the triple jump and matched his teammate's feat of a meet record - 54'10.25" - and Ari Zamir (new balance Boston) won the 5000. Overall, 8 meet records were set.

Other NE teams scoring points on the men's side were New Balance Boston (14, 12th place) and New Hampshire Tracksters (7, 22nd place); no other local women's teams scored.

Check the full results at www.usatf.org.

 

BAA HALF MARATHON REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY
July 11

Registration for the October 2009 BAA Half Marathon opens this Wednesday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m. Registration is on-line only, and is expected to fill quickly - within several days and likely sooner as many major races are doing.

Go to baa.org for details.

 

LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL FULL
July 11

The Level I Coaching School set for July 24-26 at Governors Academy in Byfield MA is FULL and no further applications are being accepted. While a waiting list is being compiled, the chances of taking more applications is slim. We hope to host another school in the summer of 2010 or 2011.

 

WINS FOR JOHNSON, ENMAN AN UPHILL BATTLE
July 5, Lincoln NH

Jim Johnson and Kasie Enman were first up the hill on Sunday at the Loon Mountain Run up in Lincoln NH. Good weather greeted the 200-plus at the summit and provided great views on the gondola ride down.

Johnson (Salem NH/CMS) scaled the dirt and grass in 48:25, with Abdeltif Faker (Malden MA) Patrick Ard (Raymond NH / Whirlaway) barely thirty seconds back. The women's race was a one runner show, as Enman clocked 53:17, almost 9 minutes up on Lynne Zummo (WMM), and good for 13th overall. The 10+ kilometers averages a 10% grade and includes 2887 feet of climb and 1113 feet of descent.

Just one event remains in the 2009 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit, this Sunday's journey to Vermont and Mt.Ascutney. Todd Callaghan (GCS) and Dawn Roberts(GSH) top the individual series standings, with masters leaders Dave Dunham and Karen Encarnacion solidly ensconced second overall. The rankings as of Loon can be found at coolrunning.com

 

REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS A SUCCESS AT FITCHBURG STATE
June 29

Three days of competition by over 1000 entrants from ages 8-18 ran successfully at Fitchburg State College last weekend at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championship meet. The New England association hosts this meet in a rotation once every five years with five other associations from the rest of the New England states and the eastern half of New York.

The meet avoided severe weather - heavy downpours and some thunder rolled in on Saturday moments after the conclusion of the day's final event, and mist was the worst of the other two days. Thanks to the many officials and the Fitchburg State College staff for their tireless work.

The top 3 individuals and relays may advance to the National meet in North Carolina at the end of July, and a number of local youth made the standard. The preliminary results are posted on coolrunning.com with final updates after corrections and updates will be posted on CR and at www.usatfne.org/track/ on Wednesday.

 

BUSY WEEKEND OF TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 22

Almost 500 youth age 18 and under took part at the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championship meet at friendly Fitchburg State College on Saturday, vying for qualifying spots for the Region I. Rain held off, and the meet ran efficiently, as the top 6 individuals and top 3 relays were eligible to advance to the Regionals next weekend, also at Fitchburg, where 5 other associations from New England and New York will also be contesting spots at Nationals. Results of the New England Junior Olympic Championship meet are available on the track page.

Light rain, wind, and raw conditions kept numbers down and performances modest at the USATF-NE Open Championships at MIT on Sunday. Greater Boston TC swept the men's and women's team titles for the umpteenth year, with New Balance Boston second in both divisions. Results are available at www.usatfne.org/track

 

NO DISCUS AT OPEN MEET AT MIT ON SUNDAY
June 19

Due to facility restrictions, we cannot hold the discus at the USATF New England Open Championship meet at MIT on Sunday, June 21. All other scheduled events will be held. For an entry form and schedule, go the usatfne.org/track/.

 

JR OLYMPIC, OPEN TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THIS WEEKEND
June 18

Lots of track activity this weekend as the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championship meet for youth age 18 and under runs Saturday, June 20 at Fitchburg State College, and the USATF-NE Open Championship takes place on Sunday at M.I.T. in Cambridge.

Both meets will run rain or shine!. There are no alternate dates due to scheduling and facility availability. We are busy setting up the meets so please do not call the office.

Entries will be accepted on meet day, with a late fee. See www.usatfne.org/track/ for the entry forms. The JO meet qualifies for the Region I meet at Fitchburg June 27-28.

 

FERENC, MAHONEY LEAD FIELDS OVER NORTHFIELD
June 13

The USATF-NE mountain circuit hit the halfway mark on Saturday at the Northfield Mountain Race / NE Trail Running Championship. Pacing the fields over the 10.5 mile up-and-down course with 1200' of climb were Josh Ferenc (BAA/Keene NH) and Abby Mahoney (CMS); Ferenc had almost a half minute over Justin Fyffe of CMS (whose runners took 8 of the top 10 places) and Mahoney's gap was over 2 minutes on orienteering ace Samantha Saeger.

It was one of the more pleasant days in the race's history with low humidity, a smattering of sun, and relatively good footing most of the way. Among the 216 finishers (2nd largest ever) were two age groups records, Eric Morse (M40) and Lisa Doucett (W50).

 

DOETZEL WINS NCAA 10K
June 10-13

Providence senior Danette Doetzel won the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Track & Field Championships held in Fayetteville Arkansas last weekend. The senior capped her career with the gold in 33:25.71, winning by 14 seconds. Two NE athletes scored in the high jump, with Carin Knight of U. Conn 4th at 6'0", and Harvard's Becky Christiansen clearing the same height but with more misses for 5th. Also earning All-American honors were Boston University's Tahari James who bounced 43'7" for 7th in the triple jump, and Rhode Island's Jasmin Jennings, spinning the hammer 197'4" for 8th .

On the men's side, a pair of Ivy Leaguers brought home awards, as sophomore Craig Kinsley of Brown boomed his opening throw 240'6" for third in the javelin, and Harvard freshman Nico Weiler soared 17'6.5" for 6th in the pole vault.

 

Start of Rhody 5K
Start of Rhody 5K Road Race
Photo Courtesy Tom Derderian

MEYER, HOLBROOK ROLL AT RHODY
June 7

Boston Athletic Association runners Luke Meyer and Mariko Holbrook won New England titles and led the BAA to double wins at the 10th annual Rhody 5K / USATF-NE Championship on Sunday. Nearly 800 runners (up from last year) attacked the separate men's and women's races on the truly flat and fast course around the Twin River complex in Lincoln. Warm and sunny - but not extreme - conditions helped 35 men under 16:00 and 19 women to 19:00 or better.

Matched in stride by last month's 12K winner Joseph Koech (RUN) for over a mile, Meyer, a former Yale all-American moved to a 13 second margin in the next two miles, hitting the tape on the greyhound oval at 14:33. The BAA blue, always strong at this distance, placed their five scorers at 9th or better. Holbrook, clocking some strong times through the spring, took the women's championship (second overall behind BU grad Marissa Ryan) in 17:25, 22 seconds ahead of Tamie Robie.

Koech placed second and took his second straight masters title, matched by Craig Fram (Whirlaway) and Cathy Merra (GCS Triad) in their 50+ divisions. Other division winners were Mark Wigler (NMC 60+); Jim Daley (CMS, 70+) for men, and Sim Piergentili (Whirlaway, 40+, her third win in 2009) and Linda Usher(CMS, 60+).

Besides the BAA club daily double, Whirlaway left the facility with three age division wins - W40+, M40+, M50+. Remaining trophies went to CMS women at 50+ and North Medford Club men at 60+. Greater Boston TC now tops both the open men's and women's rankings.

Runners chowed down on the GP circuit's most generous post-race feed. Standings are posted at www.usatfne.org/gp, with race results at coolrunning.com.

The series goes into a summer hibernation, resuming at the Ollie 5 Mile on Saturday, September 12 (note the date).

 

5K CHAMPIONSHIP RUNS ON SUNDAY IN LINCOLN RI
June 4

Event four in the 2009 road running Grand Prix rolls into Lincoln RI on Sunday as the 5K returns to the Rhody 5K at Twin River in Lincoln RI. Separate men's and women's races at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. are featured on the pancake flat course that finishes on the track. The largest post-event barbeque on the circuit follows the run.

On-line entry is now closed; enter on race day at Twin River. Info is at rhody5k.com.

Remember - all team scorers and prize money winners must have 2009 USATF membership.

 

Bill Rogers celebrates National Running Day. Photo Courtesy B.A.A.
Bill Rogers celebrates National Running Day
Photo Courtesy of the B.A.A.

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY
June 3

Bill Rodgers and the Boston Athletic Association joined USATF-NE at the June 3 Mini-Meet at MIT for a group run to give support to the first National Running Day. A good time was had by all as "Boston Bill" spent nearly 2 hours talking running with the attendees, and the BAA supported the day's competition. We appreciate their support!

 

TRACK SCHEDULE UPDATED; ENTRIES AVAILABLE
MASTERS MEET SET FOR CRANSTON RI JULY 19

May 29

The Track and field schedule has been updated, and the entry for the USATF-NE Open Outdoor Championships is now available at usatfne.org/track.

It's been unusually difficult to obtain use of track and field facilities for some of our events this summer. We have finally secured a site for the NE Masters Championships - Cranston West HS in Cranston RI on Sunday, July 19. Most events will be contested including all 4 throws. There will be no steeplechase or 400 hurdles (we will run 300 hurdles for all ages). Entry will be at usatfne.org/track by June 5.

 

NE ASSOCIATION HOSTS LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL
May 29

The USATF New England Association will host a USATF Level I coaching school. The school will be held Friday afternoon July 24 through Sunday afternoon July 26 at Governors' Academy in Byfield (Newbury) MA> The curriculum, covered in 21 hours over 2 1/2 days, is a good introduction to coaching the sport as a whole. It's particularly useful to youth club coaches, club track coaches, and high school coaches. It is also a pre-requisite to attending the specialized Level II schools.

A description of Level I and the registration material - all online - is at usatf.org/groups/Coaches/education/. Sign up early as the school will be limited to 125

 

RECORD RUN FOR WESTERLING IN VERMONT
May 24

After a strong spring season with wins at Amherst and New Bedford, Heidi Westerling (BAA/Acworth NH) led the women in the 2009 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Just over a month beyond her creditable time and 14th place finish at the Boston Marathon, Westerling finished 9th overall in 2:35:02, over 3 minutes better than the previous women's mark set by Gordon Bakoulis in 1995 - and 21 minutes up on the second place female finisher. It was her third win at the Green Mountain classic.

The men's race was won by John Crews of Raleigh NC in 2:19:31, with the Moulton brothers, Pat and Casey, top New Englanders in third and fourth.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT OPENS AT WACHUSETT
Princeton MA, May 23

Led by Ryan Carrara, a near record field headed up the first mountain at the traditional opener of the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit, the Wachusett Mountain run. Construction on the paved route up the hill forced the traditional course to the summit to become an up-and-down combination road/trail course.

Carrara (New Balance Boston/Hudson MA) took the measure of Kevin Tilton (CMS/N.Conway NH) by just 4 seconds over the five-plus miles (30:44). In the women's contest, just one place and eight seconds separated winner Adrienne Shields (38:20, Brighton MA) from Abby Mahoney (CMS/Holyoke MA). The 335 mountain goats were supported by the Central Mass Striders.

Results are at coolrunning.com. The circuit continues at the all-road Pack Monadnock Run on May 31. See info at usatfne.org/trail. Scoring after one event is at Coolrunning. Scorers and circuit-long "mountain goats" who hope to gain a waiver into the 2010 Mt.Washington Road Race must have 2009 USATF membership.

 

LOCAL ATHLETES ARE NCAA DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONS
Marietta OH, May 21-23

Three collegians won NCAA Divsion 3 Collegiate titles at the D3 Championships in Marietta Ohio last weekend. Stephen Headley, a junior at Springfield College won the 100 in 10.51 (and took 3rd in the 200); sophomore Bryan Kolacz of Keene State (NH) won the hammer in 201'8"; and Lauren Philbrook, a senior from Williams College, led the 10,000 in 35:24.78. Williams brought home seven all-American honors, and M.I.T. returned with six.

 

KOECH, DUCLOSE WINNERS IN BEDFORD 12K
March 16

Joseph Koech and Kim Duclos were the tape breakers in the 35th Bedford Rotary 12K, the third stop in the 2009 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix; 480 crossed the finish line in the championship, with another 211 in the accompanying 5K. The course was essentially the same as previous editions of the championship contested in the town.

An elite level open runner several years ago, Kenyan Koech has settled in Melrose MA, and led from early in the race to set a course record of 37:50 on the 2 year old course that ran out of the Bedford High School with a finish on the track. The Team RUN ace had 24 seconds on the improving Dan Vassallo of adidas New England.

Duclos (Central Mass Striders) similarly led for most of the race and set a new circuit standard of 42:31, 2:29 up on silver medalist Jennifer Campbell (Cambridge RC).

Koech was also top masters finisher ahead of teammate Titus Mutindi, who still leads the M40 scoring. Craig Fram (Whirlaway) turned 50 since the last GP race, and was over a minute ahead of John Barbour, while Gordon McFarland (CSU) took his second 60+ division championship in a row. Tara Cardi (Reebok RR-Providence) led a strong masters field - 4 in the top 10 results - with a fourth overall placing. Among the 50+ women, Cathy Merra followed her 4th place in the Boston Marathon last month with a division win, and Patty Foltz added to her series lead with a 60+ age group win.

A strong team effort by the upstart adidas New England (originally christened as Go the Distance over the winter) gave them 3 minutes over Whirlaway for men's honors, but the WRT masters took both 40+ and 50+ team trophies and leads those divisions after 3 races. Cambridge Sports Union were first in the 60+ group. Central Mass Striders outlegged Greater Boston on the women's side as the two squads are 1-2 on the series scoreboard as well, with Whirlaway 40+ women matching their male counterparts in both individual and GP total placings, and GCS Triad earning their first 50+ team win.

Team scores are posted at www.usatfne.org/gp, with race results at coolrunning.com. Next on the GP schedule is the 5K which returns to the Twin Rivers course in Lincoln RI on Sunday, June 6.

 

JENKINS NAMED TO USA TEAM FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 14, Indianapolis IN

USA Track & Field today announced Team USA men's marathon squad for this summer's IAAF World Championships in Athletics, with Lowell's Nate Jenkinsone of five marathoners who will toe the line for the USA. The Worlds will be held in Berlin, Germany, August 15 - 23 with the men's marathon running on August 22.

Jenkins (GLRR/Saucony), along with 2004 Olympian Dan Browne qualified based on their performances at the Olympic Trials Marathon in New York in November 2007, Nate in 8th at 2:14:56 and Browne in 6th at 2:13:23. Rounding out the team are Justin Young (CO), based on his 2:13:54 at the 2008 Rotterdam Marathon, and Fernando Cabada (CO) and Matt Gabrielson (MN) from their 1-2 finishes at the 2008 USA Marathon Championships in Minneapolis.

The women's marathon team, with no New Englanders, was announced earlier this week; the track and field team will be selected at the USA Championships June 25-28 in Oregon.

 

GRAND PRIX RESUMES ON SATURDAY WITH 12K
May 14

The road running Grand Prix heats back up on Saturday with the year's third event, the 35th annual Bedford Rotary 12K in Bedford New Hampshire. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the site this year is the Bedford HS, about a mile from the prior race headquarters.

On-line entry is now closed; only entry on race day at Bedford HS. Find details at Bedford Rotary website.

Remember that all team members must have current USATF membership to score for the club.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET ENTRY AVAILAVBLE
May 14

Meet information and entry form for the June 20 USATF-New England Junior Olympic TF Championship at Fitchburg State College is posted on the USATF-NE JO pages

The meet qualifies for the Region I meet June 27-28, also at Fitchburg State, so we expect large numbers to participate. There are a number of other youth meets on the schedule, including the MIT mini-meets May 20, 27, and June 3, and a series of events hosted by the Amherst (NH) Track Club and , the 35th annual Bedford Rotary 12K in Bedford New Hampshire. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. and the site this year is the Bedford HS (see Amherst TC website.)

 

ENTRY DEADLINE FOR WORLD MASTERS TF MEET
May 13

USATF reminds Masters athletes that the early entry deadline for all USA entries for the World Masters Championships in Lahti, Finland is Friday, May 15th in order for entries to be processed and sent to Finland. Entry forms and other athlete and travel information can be found on our website at the USATF Website.

 

NE MOUNTAIN RUNNING UPDATE
May 5

The USATF-NE Mountain Running circuit gets started in just under three weeks at the 17th Mt.Wachusett Road Race; there are a few changes to the popular series.

- There are course changes this year at Wachusett. Due to road construction this year, it will be a half trail/half road race, and go up-and-down with a distance of 5.25 miles. The start on Mile Hill Road remains the same, but it then diverges to include hiking and ski trails, totaling about 3 miles up and 2 miles down.

- Ascutney will also be a half road, half trail instead of all trail

- Cranmore, as the USA Mountain Championships, finds runners from 16 states already confirmed including 17 former members of US Mountain Running Team. Course photos & map have been posted at www.whitemountainmilers.com/cranmore

 

Ricardo Jaquite - Boston's Madison Park HS. Photo: John Nepolitan/www.dyestatmetro.com
Ricardo Jaquite - Boston's Madison Park HS
(Photo: John Nepolitan/www.dyestatmetro.com)

NE ATHLETES TAKE WINS AT PENN RELAYS
Philadelphia, April 23-25

The country's oldest and largest relay meet, the 115 year old Penn Relays is more than a track meet; it's a rite-of-spring festival with HS, Collegiate, and Open competitors part of the carnival. Three days of events covering the entire TF schedule gives a sense of how big track and field is beyond the state boundaries in the northeast, as 271 boys 4x100 relay teams took to the track in one afternoon. From that last 4x100 team up to the USA vs the World relays featuring international stars, it is track and field to the max.

Ricard Jaquite (Madison Park, Boston) became a rare scholastic winner from our region at Penn, taking highest honors the hgh school triple jump. His final attempt, spanning 49'1.5" won by just 1/2 inch, and the student by way of Portugal becomes one of the best bouncers ever from the New England.

In the Olympic Development (OD) / open events, BAA runners secured two victories; Lucas Meyer won the 5000 in 14:07.96 (with Harry Norton of North Andover third in 14:11.40) and Mariko Holbrook was the 10,000 winner in 34:40.05. Olympian Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) won the 5000 meter walk 23:17.33 setting a new masters W45 American Record. Rounding out the gold medalists, Jasmine Jennings (Rhode Island) won University divsion hammer throw at 190'3".

Also making the podium were Emily Jones (Harvard MA), second in the scholastic 3000 at 9:32.22; Eric Aish of (Boston), second in the OD steeplechase with 8:56.06; Drew Soltysiak (Gr.Boston TC) third in the javelin with 213'3"; and Providence College men, third in the 4 x mile relay in 16:22.95. In masters relay events, the Mass Velocity sprint relay crew had two medal performances, 2nd in the M60+ 4x100 (51.79) and 3rd in the M50+ 4x400 (3:50.18).

Among the records set was the scholastic 4x800 where Albemarle of Virginia, who set a new indoor standard at the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center in March, beat Morris Hills NJ. Both teams smashed the old mark with Albemarle in front in a stunning 7:30.67. It was the second time the 4x8 HS record was set at Penn; 88 years ago, Cedar Rapids IA booked a mark of 8:25.4, almost 50 seconds slower!

Full results can be reviewed at pennrelaysonline.com

 

One second seperated Kosgei and Tune at the finish of the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Kenya's Salina Kosgei won the closest women's race in the 113-year history of the Boston Marathon. Dire Tune (the 2008 Boston champion from Ethiopia) crossed the finish line one second later.
Photo: Victah Sailor
Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the men's 2009 Boston Marathon.
Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the men's 2009 Boston Marathon.
Photo: Victah Sailor

BLAKE, PIERS TOP NEW ENGLANDERS IN
113TH BOSTON MARATHON

April 20

Eric Blake and Sherry Piers were top New England finishers in Monday's B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Nearly 23,000 finished the journey from Hopkinton to Boston, the ideal temperatures cancelled out by the almost constant headwind. Winner Deriba Merga, 4th place finisher at the Beijing Olympics, moved out of the 12-strong pack with two others on the downhill into Newton Lower Falls, and hammered off his final challenger up the Braeburn Hill after the firehouse turn. The Ethiopian's win was just the second non-Kenyan gold in 18 years.

After winning the closest finish in race history in 2008 Ethiopian Dire Tune was on the other end of a finish kick on Monday as Kenyan Salona Kosgei used her old track speed to win the kick and cut the closest ever finish gap to just one second.

American runners Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher, honest contenders for the win, each took third place in their races; it was the first time since 1985 that Americans had a top 3 finish in both men's and women's races. Hall forced the early pace and was still aggressive after the break, while Goucher lead in the later stages and only seeing a gap before the final turn onto Boylston Street.

South African Ernst Van Dyk scored a record eighth Boston win in the men's wheelchair race.

Blake (BAA/New Britain CT) repeated his honor of first from the six state region, finishing 24th in 2:23:54. Piers (Falmouth ME) had negative splits and recorded an 11th place finish, 14 seconds from cracking the top 10 with her 2:37:04 that dropped her personal best from last year's Olympic Trials on a day where PB's were uncommon. The host B.A.A. was women's open team winner with Somerville Road Runners a surprising second. The B.A.A.'s male counterparts were third and top from NE behind Hansons-Brooks Distance Project whose 3 scorers were in at 2:18 or better.

Sim Piergentili (Whirlaway/Wilmington MA) placed 40th in 2:54:48 for top NE master and eighth overall, while Robert Landry (Gr.Springfield Harriers/Ludlow MA), at 2:36:46, led NE men 40+. Whirlaway Racing Team was best among local masters, second team of women 40+ and fourth men 40+.

Marathon results in many forms for every participant, state, and team, are at www.baa.org.

 

INAUGURAL BAA 5K, MILES WELL RECEIVED
April 19

B.A.A. racing action started on Sunday this year, as Jarrod Shoemaker and Maria Varela went into the history books as winners of the inaugural B.A.A. 5K which ended at the Boston Marathon finish line. Shoemaker, a 2008 Olympic triathlete from Maynard, Mass., won in 14:29, while Varela, from Brighton, Mass., won on the women's side in 17:37. They led a field of nearly 4,000 runners, with included six past champions including Joan Samuelson, Amby Burfoot (1968), Greg Meyer (1983), Ingrid Kristiansen (1986, 1989); Neil Cusack (1974); and Lorraine Moller (1984).

A pair of close finishes marked the debut of the professional B.A.A. Invitational Mile. Darren Brown of Austin, Texas, won the men's mile in 4:11.6, taking the lead with about 250 meters remaining on the three-loop course before breaking the tape at the Boston Marathon finish line. On the women's side, Anna Willard of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., ran on the shoulder of Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan before surging past with 200 meters to go for a 4:38.6 win.

Scholastic athletes from the eight host cities and towns along the Boston Marathon course squared off in the first invitational miles of the day. The girls race found Newton teammates Margo Gillis (5:10.6) and Carolyn Ranti (5:14.1) ahead of Rebecca White of Natick (5:17.4). The boys' race pack only broke up in the final 200 meters with Ryan Hardiman of Brookline finishing in front in 4:37.3, followed by Daniel Hamilton of Newton (4:38.0) and Omar Abdi of the Boston (4:39.2). Two runner team titles based on total time were Boston (men) and Newton (women).

 

READY FOR THE 113TH BOSTON MARATHON
April 17

Four time champion Robert Cheruiyot and women's defending champ Dire Tune will lead the international elite field and over 25,000 other runners down Route 135 and out of Hopkinton on Monday morning in the 113th Boston Marathon. One of the five "World Marathon Majors", Boston boasts a strong field of challenges including top Americans Ryan Hall (CA) and Kara Goucher (OR) who look to become the first American victor in 25 years.

Further back in the pack, legendary Bill Rodgers, former American record holder, will run to mark the 30th anniversary of his 1979 victory in Boston.

The B.A.A. has once again partnered with WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston to help provide viewers in the local market with the most comprehensive coverage of the American road race. WBZ-TV enters its third decade as a Boston Marathon broadcaster and will stream live coverage to New England viewers on its website www.wbztv.com. Two webcams will stream uninterrupted coverage from the finish line and on 'Heartbreak Hill' for regional viewers, while archived footage will be available to all viewers 24 hours after the conclusion of the race. For the first time, WBZ-TV will use the popular social networking site Twitter to blog live race-day updates on Marathon Monday.

National and global fans are offered a complete viewing of this year's Marathon with cable and on-line broadcast by Universal Sports (www.universalsports.com). WBZ-TV will begin live coverage at 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Universal Sports' will begin at 9:00 a.m. until 12:30.

 

BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND ACTIVITIES START
April 17

It's that time of year again - the excitement of race week is a-buzz throughout the greater Boston area as the 113th Boston Marathon nears. "Opening Ceremonies" were held Thursday evening with a hearty "Cheers to the Boston Marathon" at the Bull and Finch Pub. Before the ceremonial lighting of the BAA lamp, the Patriot Award for service to community was presented to the affable duo of Eddie Doyle and Tommy Leonard, long time bartenders at Cheers and the Eliot, who have supported the marathon and many fund raising activities over the years. There was also recognition of adidas celebrating 20 years of race sponsorship in 2009. It was also announced that the race's sponsorship agreement with adidas has been extended through 2021.

The rest of the weekend includes a flurry of events that begin on Friday with the John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Convention Center (through Sunday at 6 p.m.). Mid-day Saturday will find hundreds of youths competing in a variety of relay races in the finish line area.

On Sunday morning, a number of past champions will be in the field for the first - and sold out at 4000 entrants - B.A.A. 5K through Boston's Back Bay. Immediately following at 9:30 a.m., the B.A.A. Invitational Miles will follow a three-loop course that end at the Boston Marathon finish line. There are a pair of scholastic miles with top boys and girls representing the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon course. The morning will conclude with the elite pro miles, featuring six Olympians and other USA National champions including Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan, and spring USATF-NE GP leader Pat Tarpy of Providence.

Additional information about the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, the B.A.A. 5K, and the Boston Marathon can be found online at www.baa.org.

 

OUTDOOR TRACK SCHEDULE UPDATED
April 10

Though the weather hasn't been entirely cooperative, colleges and high schools are several weeks into the outdoor track and field season. The current outdoor schedule for New England and regional/national events is posted at the track and field page, usatfne.org/track/outdoors.

It will be updated regularly as events and dates are added or modified.

 

DONAGHUE 36TH AT WORLD CROSS
March 28, Amman Jordan

Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston) ran to 36th place - and third American - at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday. Team USA was fifth in the women's race, won by Kenya with an amazing 14 points (1-2-4-7). The 3 loop 6K course competitors met with was described in one IAAF press release as a "sometimes violently undulating route through the countryside, their shoes traversing an ever changing surface of sand, gravel and grass." A strong wind, evident at the course's uphill finish, added to the challenge.

"I got a good start, but I had a bit of trouble breathing once the race got underway," noted Donaghue. "My legs felt pretty heavy, especially going up that last hill. I've never felt that bad finishing up the hill".

"I think competing against international fields helps make you tougher. I am so proud to represent the United States and wear the uniform."

Former Harvard runner Lindsey Scherf, finishing her eligibility at graduate school in Oregon, also represented the US, placing 75th. The US Junior Women and Junior Men also placed fifth as teams, with the Senior Men eighth in their uber-competitive races; Kenya (3 wins) and Ethiopia (1 win) took the first two places in each competition with two divisions going to tie-breakers. Results, stories, and photos can be found at iaaf.org.

 

MASTERS TAKE WINS AT INDOOR NATIONALS
March 20-22

The USA Masters National Indoor Track and Field championships headed south to Landover Maryland and the Prince Georges County Athletic Complex last weekend, where local competitors earned a share of top medals over the three days of action.

Winning a pair of golds each in the meet's largest field of entries every (over 900) were Craig Fram (M50-54m, Plaistow NH) in the Mile / 3000m, Dennis Melanson(M75-79, Westwood,MA) in the 60 / 200, Mary Harada (W70-74, Newbury MA) in the Mile / 3000m, and Barbara Jordan (W70-74, Burlington VT) in the 60 and 200m. James Morton (M50, Springfield MA, 800m) and Stephen Peckiconis (M50, Roslindale MA, 3000m race walk) also raced to gold.

Mass Velocity Track Club finished 6th overall in the team standings. It was only the second time in twelve years the meet has not been held in Boston; it will return to Boston for one more year in 2010. Full results - but still being corrected - are at usatf.org.

 

BAA RUNNERS WASHINGTON DC MARATHON
March 21

Washington DC - Boston Athletic Association runners Pat Moulton and Jeannette Seckinger ran to wins in the 4th Annual SunTrust National Marathon in Washington DC on Saturday. Both came from behind to take the top spot.

Moulton, not feeling really great, fell off the pace twice, but battled back to pass early leaders including three time champ Michael Wardian to win by over a minute in a course record 2:21:18. Seckinger did not reach the lead until the final 400 meters and clocked a big personal best time of 2:48:39 and won by just 5 seconds. Topping off the local connections in DC, Rhode Island's David Principe won the masters crown in 2:47:17.

 

SAUCONY OFFERS "PIT STOP" TO RUNNERS TRAINING ALONG BOSTON MARATHON COURSE
March 18

Lexington-based Saucony, Inc. is offering runners and residents a temporary solution to the unavoidable "pit stop" dilemma during the current Boston Marathon training season: a portable toilet service for one month along this highly traveled section of the marathon course.

"As we enter the final weeks of training for Boston, there's a major increase in runners training along the Newton hills, especially on the weekends," said Sharon Barbano, Saucony vice president of public relations, and a former Boston Marathon runner herself. "On those long runs, nature often calls and this stretch of road offers no place for impromptu relief, except the bushes and gardens on or near private homes. We hope this pit stop offers a practical solution for both the runners and the neighborhood during the final weeks of Boston training".

The Saucony porta-john is located away from any private homes, near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street, just west of the Johnny Kelley statue along the access road. It will be serviced regularly. Removal of the unit is set for April 13th, when long training runs are completed and runners are resting up for the 113th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20th.

 

MARTIN, NEWMAN HONORED BY NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC SPORTS FOUNDATION
March 15

In addition to the excellent athletic performances produced at last weekend's Nike Indoor Nationals, a pair of local administrators were recognized by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) for their excellence in support of the sport.

Larry Martin (Londonderry NH) was honored with the NSSF Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year award. After his own athletic career at Londonderry HS and University of New Hampshire, Martin went on to over 30 years of coaching successes in the Granite State. Following multiple state championships in the early 70's with a fledgling program at Raymond HS, he went on to set state benchmarks in his career at Londonderry HS. Along with 24 state titles and three New England championships in cross country and track, there were over 100 individual state titleists, seven national champs, and three Footlocker finalists. Away from the school, Larry coached the NH Tracksters youth club, and still serves as state Indoor Track Chairman, founder and director of the NH Junior HS Cross Country Championship (largest in the northeast), publisher of NH XC Journal.

Larry Newman (Bradford MA), long time statistician and announcer in New England, received the Allen Dawson Achievement Award from the NSSF. Larry, a certified "track and field nut", has long kept the New England High School "All Time" records and statistics. He served as one of the announcers for last weekend's meet, capping his season-long schedule of being the voice of numerous scholastic and collegiate meets.

 

TARPEY, WESTERLING ROLL THROUGH NEW BEDFORD
March 15

Patrick Tarpy and Heidi Westerling led over 1900 runners through the Whaling City to win at Sunday's New Bedford Half Marathon, the second race of the 2009 USATF-NE Grand Prix. It was a double-double, as both had won at the series opener Jones 10 Mile in Amherst MA threw weeks earlier. Both also earned bonues for their winning times.

In his first race at that long a distance, Tarpey (Team RUN/ Providence RI) ran 1:03:27 and put almost two minutes between himself and runner-up/masters winner Joseph Koech, with defending champ Derese Deniboba (ETH/NY) a full turn around the dial behind. Titus Mutinda (M40, Team RUN/ Lowell MA) led the NE masters, with Dave Oliver (M50, GLRR/Westborough MA), Gordon MacFarland (M60, CSU/Brookline MA), and Harry Carter (M70, BAA/Blackstone MA) topping the other age division charts.

Westerling (BAA/Acworth NH), so consistent in the GP event longer distances, clocked 1:11:35 for the rugged loop, the fastest time by any female in 19 years. Whirlaway teammates Simonetta Piergentili (W40, Wilmington MA) and Nancy Corsaro (W50, Methuen MA) along with Patty Foltz (W60, GLRR/Stowe VT) took home the age group titles.

Ever the team event in its calendar position as a pre-Boston Marathon tune-up, over 25 teams scored in both open divisions and nearly as many masters squads placed. The Boston Athletic Association, led by Matt Ely put 5 men in the top 14 to score the win, and the blue's women also took gold. Whirlaway took both masters titles, as well as the men 50+, where the CMS women matched the Kaz-men. Cambridge Sports Union prevailed among the men 60+.

The change in directorship to the Friendly Sons of St.Patrick went seamlessly, and a festive atmosphere prevailed in the race area following the competition, as downtown businesses partnered in the post-race "Restaurant Run".

The series resumes on May 16, returning to Bedford NH after a year away for the 12K championship. Team scores will be posted at www.usatfne.org/gp.

 

SCHOLASTICS CLOSE SEASON WITH BANG
WITH NIKE INDOOR NATIONAL AT REGGIE LEWIS CTR

March 13-15

With several National records etched into the books, the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center provided a sparkling finish to the indoor season. One of the two "HS Nationals" contested, the meet saw a larger crowd - and more all-tie list marks than the last scholastic season closer held here ten years ago. Directors are the National Scholastic Sports Foundation.

Two New Englanders took home gold on the "home" track; the girls from Newton Centre Athletics won the 4 x mile in NE Record 20:25.90 - and took second in the 4 x 800 (8:58.63, first NE team under 9 minutes) as well, while Andrew Springer (Westerly RI) won the mile in the nation's fastest for 2009, 4:08.47 - and also placed fifth in the 2 mile (9:06.25) just a few hours later.

Silver medals went to Charlestown MA boys (3:33.33) in the Sprint Medley, and Boston's Ricardo Jaquite in the triple jump, 49'11", a New England best. Bronze went to Rhode Island's Mike Gama in the weight (72'9.25"), Emily Jones (Harvard MA) in the 2 mile 10:25.76, Emmaline Berg (Holliston) in the shot (42'2.75"), and Waltham TC/Newton girls Sprint Medley (4:07.90).

Six US high school records peppered the results; Friday, Conor McCullough (CA), whose father was an all-American at BU, started things off with a pair of records topped by the first HS toss of the 25 lb weight over the 90' line (92'7.5") while Illinois freshman Lukas Verzbicas shattered the scholastic Boys 5000 meter record in 14:18 (and won the 2 mile in a US frosh record 8:57.44). Sunday, boys records in the 60 meter hurdles (Wayne Davis, 7.70) and 4x800 (Albermarle 7:36.99, first HS ever under 7:40 indoors).

The meet could not have been run as successfully as it was were it not for the 50+ local officials and the cadre of volunteers from various local high schools who graciously worked over the three days.

The full results are at National Scholastic Sports Foundation website, while you can see thousands of pictures and get downloadable videos of every event at the new website IAMSPORT.org.

 

GP CONTINUES AT NEW BEDFORD 1/2 MARATHON
March 12

The second race of the 2009 USATF-NE Grand Prix rolls through New Bedford on Sunday at the New Bedford Half Marathon. Race begins at 11:00 a.m. sharp in the center of the city, and entry is available on race day.

Clubs are reminded that scorers must be USATF members. The race is making changes in some management areas, and the new group promises more post race festivities.

 

SCHOLASTICS CLOSE SEASON AT THIS WEEKEND'S
NIKE INDOOR NATIONAL SCHOLASTICS AT REGGIE LEWIS CTR

March 12

Over 2200 top scholastic athletes take to the Reggie Lewis Center for the Nike Indoor National scholastic championships this coming weekend. The meet was last held here in 1999, and the reputation for seeing the stars before they go on to the world level seems to be ready to repeat.

A number of local tracksters will be taking part, and abilities go up to Olympic Trials 1500 meter finalist Jordan Hasay of California, and World Youth hammer throw medalist Conor McCullough (ready to shatter the scholastic weight throw record). The facility doors could well be closed at capacity on Sunday afternoon when the track finals take place.

You can find the schedule and details about the meet and associated clinics at nationalscholastic.org.

And if you can't make it, you can see the meet at the new locally developed website IAMSPORT - read about it at the meet website. We'll post highlights on Monday.

 

HILL, CHISHAM, CULLEN PERFORM WELL OVER WEEKEND
March 9

At the USATF Indoor Combined Events championship, local athletes Kasey Hill and Matt Chisham recorded creditable scores and placings in heptathlon and pentathlon, respectively. Chisham, an assistant coach at Harvard, placed fourth of eight in his seven event specialty with 5443 points behind winner Jake Arnold (5748). He tied for the best high jump and had the second best pole vault in the two day competition. Finishing seventh was former Brookline MA and Dartmouth College star Mustapha Abdur-Rahim, now training in Arizona.

Hill's score of 4051 placed sixth of eleven qualifiers behind winner Diana Picker (4391). She recorded the best mark of the competition in the shot put - 41' 9 3/4".

In the European Championships held in Torino, Italy, Mary Cullen, Providence College alum who has been training with coach Ray Treacy in Providence over the fall and winter, earned a bronze medal in the 3000 meters. Cullen, who won the NE XC championship in the fall and set an Irish national record in that event at the BU Valentine meet, clocked the fastest time in the qualifying round and then pushed the pace in the final and held on for third in 8:48.47. Teammate Roisin McGettigan, with the same PC pedigree, was fourth in the 1500, just 1/10 out of the medals.

 

ENMAN HELPS TEAM USA XC TO GOLD
March 9

Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT) placed third at Saturday's North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Cross Country Championships. Athletes representing nine national federations competed in the fifth annual event at the Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville FL.

Enman's bronze medal was part of a strong pack race by the US senior women, who places 1-3-4-5 to take the win over Canada. Her time was 20:23 over the 6K course.

In the senior men's race, former Providence College and BAA runner Dylan Wykes of Canada placed second.

 

NEW EVENT ON BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND
March 4

The Boston Athletic Association announced the creation of a new 5 km race to be held on the Sunday before the Boston Marathon. On Sunday, April 19, the first BAA 5-K will run through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, finishing at the marathon's famous finish line on Boylston Street. Entries are limited to 4000, and registration is available online only, at www.baa.org beginning Thursday, March 5, at 10:00 a.m.

 

MOUNT WASHINGTON ROAD RACE ENTRY OPENS
March 3

Entry for the 2009 Mt.Washington Road Race is now open. Event registration is totally on-line, and it is by lottery.

All race applicants, both lottery and lottery bypass, must register between March 1 and March 15. Successful selectees will be posted shortly afterwards; there is no waiting list for non-drawn names.

All information can be found at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. Please read all information and instructions carefully.

 

VERRINGTON WINS USA MASTERS 50K
March 1

Dan Verrington (CMS/Bradford MA) finished fifth overall and won his second straight masters title at the USA 50K Road Race Championship at Caumsett State Park in Huntington NY on Sunday. The 46 year old Verrington clocked 3:25.22, but was only third New Englander as Central Mass Strider teammates Justin Fyffe(E.Dumemrston VT) and Ben Nephew (Mansfield MA) took the open silver and bronze medals, respectively, behind winner Michael Wardian (Arlington VA), who won his second consecutive USA 50 km title in 2:56:36. USATF-NE treasurer Stephen Peckiconis (CSU/Roslindale MA) was 17th in the 91 finisher field, and 2nd in the M50 division.

. The Championship will also be held at Caumsett for the next three years. Results - www.usatf.org

 

LOCALS JOIN CENTER STAGE AT USA NATIONAL INDOOR
February 28-March 1

New England athletes joined the country's top competitors center stage at the Reggie Lewis Center, as the USA Indoor National Championship was held there for the seventh year.

Joanne Dow (NEWalkers/Manchester NH) won the only local gold, taking the 3000 meter walk in 13:04.28. Other women's placings in the field events included Harvard's Becky Christensen was 4th in the high jump, Sherita Williams (GBTC) took seventh in the triple jump, and Jasmine Jennings (URI) and Kelly Godsey (Somerville MA) 6-7 in the weight. On the track, New Balance Boston teammates Rebecca Donaghue and Jenn Donovan both set personal bests in the 3000, (5th and 12th, respectively).

In the men's standings, Chris Bryce (Waltham MA) spun the weight ot seventh (event won by RI native Jake Freeman in 77'10 1/4") and Nate Hunter (Northeastern) tossed the shot far enough for ninth, while on the track Colin Aina (Providence RI) was 9th in the 60m hurdles, Eric Ashe (Boston U) 10th in the 1500, and Nate Jenkins (Saucony/GLRR) 14th in the 8:17.44.

Of elite note, Jenn Stuczynski upped her own US pole vault record - set three weeks earlier here during the Reebok meet - with a clearance of 4.83 meters (15'10"). The overall winners of the Visa Championship Series, both hurdlers, were not decided until the final events; with hurdler Lolo Jones taking the women's title (second consecutive) with her 7.84 60m hurdles win, and Terrance Trammel winning the men's event in 7.37, the 2nd fastest American ever.

In the exhibition events, Chris Simpson (Black and Tan TC) finished a strong third (4:08.54) in the masters men's 1500 meters (behind a world best by Tony Young of Washington), and Rebecca Connolly (Wilmington MA) was third (65.50) in the masters women's 400. Greater Boston TC was second (women) and fourth (men) in the Distance Medley Relay. Cambridge Jets recorded wins in both the boys' and girls' youth 4 x 200 relay, while the Massachusetts girls and Connecticut boys led the New England states scholastic all-star 4 x 400 relay, the latter running a meet record 3:16.67.

A number of local officials worked the meet and many clubs provided volunteers. See the USATF website for full results.

 

USA NATIONAL INDOOR IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND
February 28-March 1

The USA Indoor Track and Field Championships returns to the Reggie Lewis Center this weekend. Top athletes from around the country will vie for national titles and take aim at facility records.

Of special note, local youth will be featured in a pair of exhibition relays on Saturday afternoon. New England states scholastic all-star teams will race a 4 x 400 relay at 5:00, and six youth clubs will run the popular boys' and girls' 4 x 200 relay at 3:30.

Come and cheer on locals and international stars alike. Tickets are still available on site at all price levels ($10/$20/$30); USATF members get a 10% discount. Events run from 1:45 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, and on Sunday, the weight goes off 10:30 am-1:30 pm, with the bulk of the meet running 2 pm-7 pm. See the USATF website for full schedule and list of entrants.

 

GRAND PRIX OPENS WITH 10 MILE IN AMHERST MA
February 22

Pat Tarpey (RUN / Providence) and Heidi Westerling (BAA / Acworth NH) led (most) runners in ahead of the storm as the 2009 Grand Prix kicked off with the 35th Jones Realty Group 10 Mile in Amherst MA. Rain began as the back of the pack came to the finish, and snow made the drive out of the Pioneer Valley a bit challenging, as the 10 Miler returned to the circuit for the first time in almost a decade.

Tarpey, better know for his track and shorter distance exploits, had a minute and a half gap at the finish on past GP champ Pat Moulton over the hilly New England classic loop; Bob Hodge's course record of 48:57 still stands afer 25 years. Westerling outran BAA teammate Kasie Enman by just 16 seconds at 58:18 (course record 57:05 by Nancy Conz, 1986), with Sara Donahue (GBTC) third.

Titus Mutinda (RUN) and Sim Piergentili (Whirlaway) were masters winners, and the Greater Lowell quartet of Dave Oliver (50), and Bill Dixon (60) Susan Hackney (50), and Patty Foltz (60) took home the remaining individual age group trophies.

With many road running teams gearing up training for April's Boston Marathon, team competition was keen, but the BAA was out in full force and with all scorers in the top 10, swept the men's and women's open divisions by convincing margins over CMS in both races. Not surprising, Whirlaway matched that double in the masters division, and Greater Springfield was second in both 40+ team totals. Greater Lowell men and Green Mountain women took 50+ honors, and North Medford the best of the 60+ scorers.

596 runners completed the course, designed way-back-when by current GBTC coach Tom Derderian. Grand Prix scoring and a link to full results are at usatf.org/gp. The series continues in three weeks at the New Bedford Half Marathon.

 

Roland Lavallee at Armagh race
Roland Lavallee at Armagh race

NEW ENGLANDERS RACE IN IRELAND
February 19, 22

Two New England runners scored well at International Race Week in Ireland last week. Jenn Donovan (Brighton MA) and Roland Lavallee (Bellingham MA), both part of New Balance Boston, earned the trip to Europe based on their finishes at the 2008 New England association cross country championship. Joining them in Ireland was past MA state champ Chris Barnicle (Newton MA), now at U.New Mexico and sitting out the indoor season.

Race weekend opened on Thursday at the 19th Armagh road race, a night-time run covering loops through the old town. Donovan raced to a close 4th in the women's 3K, a stride behind former New Englander and top American Jess Minty, and 12 seconds back of the winner. The men's 5K was won by American David Nightingale with Barnicle fifth (14:00) and Lavallee 22nd (14:32) in the competitive international field. Irish natives from Providence returned to the home sod and broke the top 10, Mark Carroll third (13:58) race, and Keith Kelly returning from several years of injury for eighth (14:16).

On Sunday, much of the same field mixed it up at the 39th Ras na hEireann cross country race at the historic site of the Battle of the Boyne in Drogheda, County Louth. Donovan improved the the silver medal, the highest NE placing ever in this event, clocking 13:48 for 4K, 2 seconds off gold. The men's 6K, won by Artur Kozlowski of Poland, found Kelly, Carroll, and Barnicle 4-5-6th and Lavellee 15th.

The USA was second in both men's team competition, with Barnicle a scorer in each; Ireland, backed by the Providence lads, won the Ras.

The exchange with the races has gone on for over 10 years, courtesy of Downtown 5K race director and Dunleer AC member Charlie Breagy; the opportunity has proven valuable to our local runners over the years.

Results are at rasnaheireann.com.

 

GREATER BOSTON REPEATS AS INDOOR TRACK CHAMPS
February 22

With seven individual winners, Greater Boston TC scored another double win at the USATF - NE Indoor T&F Championships at Harvard on Sunday. Their men dominated with 67 points over runner-up Gate City Striders with 11, while the women's total of 36 doubled that of Cambridge Jets and Y-Speed (18) who tied for 2nd.

Sherita Williams (GBTC) bounced 43'2 1/4" in the triple jump, good to advance to this weekend's USA Nationals in Boston. Visiting athlete Alec Faldermeyer from New York recorded the top scholastic weight throw in the country for the year, spinning the 25 lb ball 75'7 1/4".

Full results are at the track page.

 

RUBEN SANCA USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR JANUARY 2009
February 10

With a pair of personal bests, a university record national qualifying times, U.Mass-Lowell Ruben Sanca is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for January.

A grad of Boston's O'Bryant Technical HS, the senior first ran a best in the 3000 meters at the Dartmouth Relays, his 8:09.05 the fastest by an NCAA Division II runner for the season to date. Then at the BU Terrier Classic, running with the leaders from the gun, he clocked a school record in the 5000 meters; the time of 14:05.46 broke a 25 year old mark and was also both a qualifier for NCAA Division II and USATF championships, as well as the fastest ever run by anyone from his native Cape Verde.

A full list of the Athletes of the Month are at the USATF-NE website Awards page.

 

USA RECORDS AT REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
February 7

Cheered by the sell-out crowd at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Shalane Flanagan crushed the eight year old American indoor 5000 meter record on Saturday evening. Just outleaned by Ethiopia's Sentayehu Ejigu after the sprint finish, both Flanagan Ejigu earned the same time, 14:47.62.

The Marblehead MA product, now living in North Carolina, singularly has the honor of holding four USA distance records on the track at the same time: 3000m and 5000m indoors, and 5000m and 10,000m outdoors; both indoor marks were set on the Reggie Lewis oval. In third, Ireland's Mary Cullen, training in Providence, missed an Irish National record by less than a second (15:38.34).

Jenn Stuczynski cemented her dominance of the US women's pole vault by breaking the five year old American record with a 15'9 1/4" clearance, and the six time US Champion then had several good attempts at the world record altitude.

Both US record setters earned a $25,000 bonus. From Josh Brown (Green Mountain AA/Burlington VT) getting the meet started and crowd cheering in the opening event, sprinting from third to the win off the final turn in the masters mile, to Olympic pole vault champ Stephen Hooker raising the bar to a personal best 19'10 1/2", with a good try (but miss) at a world record 20'2 1/4" to close the meet, fans and officials alike declared this the best meet ever held in New England. Find video, stories, interviews, and results at bostonindoorgames.com.

 

DONAGHUE MAKES WORLD XC TEAM
February 7

December's Athlete of the Month Rebecca Donaghue earned a spot on the USA World Cross Country team next month with a fifth place finish at the USA Winter National Cross Country Championships held at Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, Maryland, last Saturday. The fall national XC champion, Donaghue had a solid run, clocking 27:46 over the rolling and muddy 8K course. She'll don the USA uniform in Amman, Jordan, on March 28.

The top 6 are guaranteed a spot on the team, but the B.A.A.'s Kasey Enman (Huntington VT), placing ninth, may still get a chance to represent the US if any runners ahead of her decline the opportunity. Enman may also be picked for the upcoming NACAC (NorthAmerican/Central American/Caribbean) Championship race at the end of February. Race winner, Emily Brown of Team USA Minnesota, dominated with a 32 second victory margin in 26:58.

2004 Olympic marathon medalist Meb Keflizighi held on to win the men's 12K championship, his second USA Championship gold of 2009 following his win at the half-marathon championship on January 18 in Houston. Top New England finisher was Nate Jenkins in 32nd. Several former NE HS products now at college outside the region contested the junior (age 19 and under) championships; visit usatf.org.

 

REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES ALMOST SOLD OUT
February 4

Only a small number of tickets remain for Saturday evening's Reebok Boston Indoor Games. Three exhibition events featuring youth clubs and masters milers and sprinters kick off the event at 5:15 p.m., followed by almost three hours of international caliber events in this 14th annual event.

Wednesday's press conference with vaulters Jenn Stuczynski (USA, Olympic silver) and Olympic champ Steve Hooker (Australia), and Kara Goucher (USA ranked #1 at 5000 and marathon) produced interesting discussion, and special bonuses have been announced for world records in the men's and women's pole vault. Of note, Goucher's reply to her goal for 2009 was right to the point - "To win the Boston Marathon!".

Purchase those final tickets, or find out about the fields at bostonindoorgames.com. The meet will be televised on ESPN (one day delay) on Sunday, February 8 from 4-6 pm.

 

USATF LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL COMING TO NEW ENGLAND
January 29

The New England association has been awarded the opportunity to host a Level I Coaching School this summer. The school will be held at Governors Academy in Newbury MA from July 24 through 26.

The Level I school lasts 20 hours over three days, and covers fundamentals of sports science and training in the various event groups. Appropriate for new and experienced coaches alike, it's designed so all coaches will be "speaking the same language" regarding training terminology. Level I is becoming a requirement for many college and HS positions, and is a pre-requisite to attend the specialized week-long Level II schools. A new youth oriented Level II is also being developed.

More information on the USATF Coaching Education program can be found at the USATF Coaches' Education website. On-line registration for the July Level I school will begin in early March.

 

GATORADE HS XC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
January 27

Gatorade announced their athletes of the year for the 2008 cross country season on Tuesday. Winners from the six New England states are:

MA: Emily Jones, Bromfield School; Mike Moverman, Oliver Ames; New Hampshire: Heidi Caldwell, Hanover; Eric Malnati, Fall Mountain Regional; Rhode Island:Jenna Riley, Coventry; Andrew Springer, Westerly; Vermont: Hannah Rowe St. Johnsbury Academy; Adron Pitmon, Mt. Mansfield Union; Connecticut: Moira Kenny, Immaculate/Danbury; John Raneri, New Fairfield; Maine: Abbey Leonardi, Kennebunk; Will Geoghegan, Brunswick.

Gatorade also recognizes top track and field athletes annually.

 

BOSTON MARATHON ENTRY CLOSED
January 26

Entry for the 2009 B.A.A. Boston Marathon is closed. On-line entry was shut off this morning, and the field size has reached its maximum number. No further entries, either time-qualified or waivers, are being accepted.

 

SPRINGER, WESTERLY LEAD US HS LISTS
January 16-17, New Haven CT

The Yale HS Invitational pushes a lot of runners through a lengthy facility over two days in New Haven, and the meeting produces top performances as schoolboys and girls reach mid-season shape.

Andrew Springer (Westerly RI) turned in a US indoor season leader as he clocked 4:10.61 in the mile. Running solo from the front, he was 4 seconds clear of East Greenwich RI teammates Mark Feigen and Nick Rose, with all three Ocean Staters likely to secure invitations to the prestigious Millrose Games HS Mile.

The previous day, Springer anchored his Westerly quartet to the top 2009 HS time for the distance medley relay, 10:17.50. All Yale results, as well as stories and photo galleries, are at dyestat.com, the authoritative site for high school TF on the web.

 

NEW YOUTH MEET FEBRUARY 18
January 18

Thanks to the cooperation of the Reggie Lewis Track and Atheletic Center, a new youth meet will run on Thursday, February 19 at the center (that's Massachusetts school vacation week). The meet has most events, and is for ages 16 and under, run in 2 year age groups. It's a low key meet open to all abilities. Find the entry info at the track and field page. And, officials are needed.

 

THROWS TRAINING GROUP IN RI
January 18, Boston MA

It's still cold outside, but not too early to start training for the outdoor season's long throws. Board member Tom Petranoff has multiple weekly training sessions in Cranston, Rhode Island, held most Saturdays and Sundays 10am-1pm and Wednesdays 4-7pm. Contact Tom at 401-440-0878, or email turbojav at aol.com

 

BOSTON MARATHON ENTRY - FIELD FILLING QUICKLY
January 9, Boston MA

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that entries for the 113th Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 20, 2009, are pacing 20% ahead of the same time last year. As of January 9, 2008, the field for this year's race is already pushing 18,000.

The field size limit remains at 25,000 entrants for the second consecutive year, and the B.A.A. did not increase the entry fee for the 2009 Boston Marathon. Last year's race reached its maximum by February, and this year it may fill before February 1. Qualified runners looking to participate in the 2009 race are encouraged to submit their registration quickly to avoid being shut out of the competition.

"It's an exciting time for the B.A.A. and the sport of running, even in this challenging economic climate," said B.A.A. Executive Director Guy Morse. "To qualify for the Boston Marathon takes a commitment to one's training and dedication to a fitness regimen. Anyone who has qualified and intends to run next year's Boston Marathon should enter now while space remains available. We anticipate reaching our maximum field size again well in advance of the 2009 race."

To register for the 2009 Boston Marathon, and see all race information, please visit the official Boston Marathon web site at www.bostonmarathon.org.

 

REBECCA DONAGHUE USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER 2008
January 7

Rebecca Donaghue, top runner for New Balance Boston, is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for December 2008.

Donaghue, currently living in State College PA, won the USA Fall National Cross Country Championship on December 11 in Spokane WA. Running with the leaders throughout the race, Donaghue moved to the lead in the final mile and continued to win her first USA championship title. Conditions were particularly challenging with a snow-covered course and the wind-chill factor near zero.

Also in December, the U.Mass-Amherst graduate (1998) earned a tenth place ranking at the 5000 meter racing distance among US women for 2008 by Track & Field News magazine, the authoritative resource for the sport.

A full list of the year's Athletes of the Month are at the USATF-NE website Awards page.

 

NE ATHLETES RANKED FOR 2008
BY TRACK & FIELD NEWS

January 7

A number of New Englanders finished the year in the top 10 national rankings as picked by Track & Field News, the "Bible of the Sport". Rankings are based on a combination of factors including honors won, placing head-to-head competition, and performances.

Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) was the region's only USA #1 ranker, taking that spot in the 20K race walk. Molly Huddle (Providence RI) was the only double-ranker, 8th in the 5000 and in the 4th in the 10,000. Other rankers include Sherita Williams (GBTC, 9th, triple jump) and Rebecca Donaghue (new balance Boston) 10th, 5000.

In the men' rankings, Vermont's Andrew Wheating, a soph at Oregon, is third in the 800, Said Ahmed (Boston) seventh in the 1500, and Patrick Collier (Athletics East) tenth in the 20K walk.

Among the rankings were many local products now living and training elsewhere in the country. Top overall was Marblehead MA product Shalane Flanagan (now in North Carolina) who was third in the world in the 10,000 meters (1st US) and third US in the 5000. Other former New Englanders among the rankers include (but certainly aren't limited to) Sean Furey (javelin), Jake Freeman (hammer), Mustapha Abdur-Rahim (decathlon), Matt Downin (marathon), Ari Lambie (5000), Bethany Hart (hammer).

Full rankings are at trackandfieldnews.com.