NEWS FROM 2010

12/31/2010
 

RESOLVE TO RUN TRACK IN 2011!
December 30

As the new year approaches, the indoor track and field season gets into full swing. With one more Boston U. Mini-meet, the Sugarloaf Mt. AC developmental meets, Greater Boston TC Invite, the USATF New England/Eastern Masters meet (starting at age 30) and several youth meets, there's an opportunity for everyone. Road runners are most welcome in the development meets; take advantage of the indoor facilites.

The full New England indoor schedule is at the track and field page.

 

Liberty AC's W50 4 x 1600 Relay(Photo: Steve)
Liberty AC's W50 4 x 1600 Relay
Photo: Steve Vaitones

LIBERTY AC WOMEN CLOSE YEAR WITH RECORD
Boston, December 26

Liberty Athletic Club brought down the curtain on 2010 track with a new US Age-Group Best Relay in the 4 x 1600 at Lou's 4x1600 Relay held in conjunction with the Boston University Development meet on Saturday. The foursome's time of 26:17.8 was a new USA W50+ best, breaking the 28:02.2 set by a different Liberty squad at the first Lou's Relay in 2001.

Splits for the four runners were: Dru Pratt-Otto, 6:39.7; Sue Gustafson (age 64!), 6:47.3; Joan Miller, 6:28.3; and coach Cathy Utzschneider, 6:22.5. The gathering blizzard kept some from traveling and participating, including a LAC squad prepared for the W60+ record, and a men's 70+ team - they'll give it a try in 2011.

The HFC Striders won their third straight Lou's Relay in 18:25.8, with TJ Unger recording the day's fastest split of 4:25.8. The third and final BU Development meet runs on Sunday, January 2, and is open to all. The schedule (on the track page) includes six running events from 60 to 3000 meters.

 

RILEY, JOHNSON, PRESENTED SERVICE AWARDS
December 12

Administrator/author Richard Johnson and masters runner Bill Riley were recognized by the Boston Athletic Association as part of Sunday's Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run, continuing a tradition of presenting awards dedicated to Will Cloney and Jock Semple, longtime caretakers of the B.A.A.'s athletic and administrative efforts.

The Cloney Award, presented to an individual who has promoted the running industry, especially locally, went to Johnson, curator of The Sports Museum since 1982. He has also authored or co-authored books on running including: "The Boston Marathon, A Century of Boston Sports", and "Young at Heart, The Story of Johnny Kelley".

The Semple Award, presented to a local athlete who has made an impact within running, especially through performance, goes to Riley, "Cape Cod's Ironman". The 74-year-old harrier from Centerville Mass., a member of the Cape Cod Athletic Club and the Boston Athletic Association Running Club, is a five-time Outstanding Athlete of the Year winner as recognized by USATF (most recently for 2010). He has been ranked number one in the country in his age group six times since 1997, and is also a six-time winner of the National Triathlon Championships.

Beneficiaries of the run were Newington (Conn.) HS cross country scholarship - alma mater of Bill Rodgers - and the Boston Center for Youth and Families.

 

BAA MEDALS AT US CROSS NATIONALS
December 11, Charlotte NC

The Boston Athletic Association open men made the medal stand at the USA Cross Country Nationals in Charlotte NC on Saturday. More than 1100 athletes competed in the four races, two open and two masters championship competitions.

Led by New England champ Tim Ritchie in 26th, 30:17.7, and with three more finishers in the top 50 (Brian Harvey 32/Lucas Meyer 37/Ruben Sanca 45), the Unicorn men scored 175 points for the bronze medals among 45 club squads behind McMillan Elite of Arizona with just 29 points, and Hansons-Brooks (MI) at 59. Also placing teams were New Balance Boston (28th, 771), Greater Boston TD (29th, 777) and Greater Springfield Harriers (38th, 1113). Men's race individual winner Aaron Braun led a 1-2 finish for McMillan.

In the women's race, New England and Mayors Cup winner Katie DiCamillo (Providence RI) was first local home in 16th place. Teaming with clubmate Jenn Donovan (Boston) in 20th, they led the New Balance Boston to fifth place in the team rankings with 157 points. Jeanette Faber (34) annd Kasie Enman (36) led the B.A.A. to eighth place (227) in the 29 team race, won by McMillan Elite which completed a sweep of the team wins, totaling 69 points. Also in the summaries were Greater Boston TC (16th, 393), New Balance Boston B (23, 710), and Greater Boston B (27, 750). Individual winner Renee Metivier-Baillie of Running Republic of Colorado (4th team) clocked 19:51.

In the masters' women's race, New Englanders earned four individuals medals, including golds by Lynnette Walker (Gr.Springfield Harriers) first 70-74, and Mary Harada (Liberty AC) winning 75-79. Carrie Parsi (Liberty) won silver in 70-74, and Cathy Gibson (Liberty) was bronze in 55-59. Silver team medals went to Greater Lowell RR in the 50+ division, and Liberty AC in 60+; in the 40+ group, Greater Springfield Harriers place 15th. And noting what's likely one of the few mother-daughter combos in Charlotte, GLRR's Lianne Pancoast (Westford MA) was 9th 50-54, and daughter Stephanie, now in California, was 32nd in the open women's race.

Among men's masters, Dirigo RC 40+ and Green Mountain AA 50+ both made the medal stand with third place scores. Among team divisions, 40+ lists also found Greater Springfield 7th and Central Mass Striders 13th, 50+ had Greater Lowell RR 10th, and the GMAA 60+ squad was a close 4th. Individual medalists were Tom Ryan GMAA, 2nd 55-59, NE overall masters champ Francis Burdett GSH, 3rd 45-49, and Norm Larson GMAA, 3rd 50-54,

Complete results of all divisions at usatf.org

 

HICKS WINS AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC NATIONALS
December 11, Hoover AL

The youth cross season closed at the National Junior Olympic meet in Hoover Alabama on Saturday with solid performances by local youth among the 2000+ competitors. Samantha Hicks won the first gold medal in several years by a New Englander in taking the Intermediate Girls (age 15-16) race. Earning team awards, the Granite State Flash came home with bronze medals from the Midget Girls race.

New England Club placings and top individual in each race:
Bantam Girls: 8.Greater Lowell RR 227, 10.Granite State Flash 230 (15 teams); 32.Ahna McCusker Fast Feet 12:56
Midget Girls: 3.Granite State Flash 132 (17 teams); 24.Kate Bermingham GSF, 11:46
Youth Girls: 11.Granite State Flash 275, 12.Waltham TC 319, 16.Gate City Striders 364 (26 teams); 12.Madeleine Berkson, Prov.Cobras 14:45
Intermediate Girls: 4.Gate City Striders 83 (6 teams); 1.Samantha Hicks GCS 18:40
Young Women: 23.Erica Notini, GCS 20:34

Bantam Boys: 13.Granite State Flash 329, 15.Nashua PAL 371 (21 teams); 47.Jake Scafidi GSF 12:16
Midget Boys: 11.Waltham TC 310; 15.Nashua PAL 396; 16.Bradford Huskies 402 (24 teams); 13. Michael Durkin, So.Shore Fireboltz 10:55
Youth Boys: 12.Granite State Flash 333, 14.Prov.Cobras 339 (27 teams); 28.Jake Grundy, PC 13:34
Intermediate Boys: 7.Granite State Flash 152 (9 teams); 11.Bobby Parker, Sentinel Str 16:51
Young Men: 5.Sentinel Striders 122 (9 teams); 11.Alexander Gallo, Sentinel 16:21

Results of all 10 races are at usatf.org/event/2010.

 

SIX NE SCHOLASTICS IN FOOTLOCKER FINAL
December 11, San Diego CA

Six New England states scholastic runner headed to better weather and met national elite counterparts at the 32nd Foot Locer Cross Country Championships in San Diego on Saturday. Four girls represented the New England states; Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunkport ME led the group in 16th place in 17:57; following her was Ariel Beauregard Breton (Deerfield Academy MA) 17th, 17:59; sophomore Catarina Rocha (Peabody MA) 31st, 18:34; and Jackie Nicholas (Woodbury CT) 35th; 18:38. Winner Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall-on-Hudson NY) was 34 seconds clear of the nearest challenger with her 16:53 (third largest winning margin ever).

In the boys race, John Murray (Shrewsbury MA) improved his place of last year to 21st in the 40 runner pack, clocking 15:40. Jeff LaCoste (Bishop Guertin/Amherst NH) was close behind in 15:51 for 29th. Lukas Verzbicas (Orland Hills IL) became only the third runner in race history to repeat as champ (and after winning the Nike Team Nationals the previous week), running 14:59; all 40 runners finished in 1:03.
Results and stories at footlockercc.com

 

B.A.A. EXPANDS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
December 10, Boston

The Boston Athletic Association has announced changes at the top level of their organizaton, effective January 1. Guy Morse He has served as the organization's Executive Director (since 2000) and Boston Marathon Race Director 1985-2000) will become the Senior Director of External Affairs. Thomas Grilk, President of the B.A.A. Board of Governors since 2003, has been named by the B.A.A.'s Board of Governors to succeed Morse as Executive Director and will resign the president's position to accept his new position at the B.A.A. The expansion in leadership enables the B.A.A. to retain Morse's experience and relationships while transferring the responsibility of the Association's daily management to Grilk.

"This represents the perfect time for me to transition into a new role for the B.A.A.," said Morse. "After having rebounded from health-related issues a couple of years ago, I realize my enthusiasm and belief in the B.A.A.'s mission is as strong as ever. I'm looking forward to creating even stronger community, industry and institutional relationships for the Association where they are needed for the purpose of furthering the B.A.A.'s positive impact and expanded reach. Serving the B.A.A. and its event participants during the last 27 years has been an honor and a privilege, and I look forward to continuing in my new capacity."

Grilk, a corporate attorney, has been a member of the B.A.A. since 1987, and he has served as B.A.A. President since 2003. "The B.A.A. is a vibrant, engaged and committed organization which is active in the community and strives to make lives healthier and better through running, charitable and philanthropic endeavors," said Grilk. "We take very seriously our responsibility to uphold the Boston Marathon as a source of local pride, while also remembering that we are involved with a recreational activity which should be fun and entertaining for participants and spectators alike. I look forward to the B.A.A.'s growth and to creating additional opportunities open to anyone who might wish to participate in a B.A.A. road race, event or program."

During Grilk's tenure as President, the BAA has advanced through the creation of innovative events while expanding and strengthening the B.A.A.'s name and brand with particular attention to American development.

See the full press release at baa.org.

 

DISTANCE RUNNING PAIR PASS AWAY
December 9

Two respected distance runners in the New England community passed away in the past week.

Long time Greater Lowell Roadrunner and club Hall of Fame member (in the hall's first year) Will Mason lost a five year battle with cancer today. While affecting his health, he did not let cancer get in the way of the final years of life. Retiring to Barnstable from Chelmsford in 2000 after teaching at Lesley College and Boston University, Will was a reliable scoring member of the GLRR road running and cross country teams in the 80's and 90's, a member of the USATF-NE board in the 1980's, and a very readable writer for a variety of publications. See glrr.net.

Cambridge Sports Union member Martin Duffy also passed away from cancer. A runner from his high school days, Duffy had a streak of running 40 consecutive Boston Marathon races. His personal best of 2:37:11. He was an economist and an adjunct faculty member of Suffolk University and Emmanuel College, as well was a town meeting member and community soccer coach.

 

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC INDOOR TF TO NEW YORK
December 8

The National Scholastic Sports Foundation Indoor has announced a multi-year partnership with New Balance for newly titled the New Balance Indoor Nationals scholastic meet. The event, which was held at the Reggie Lewis Ceter for the past two years, heads to New York City's Armory for 2011.
The new meet sponsorship brings the meet to the Armory's New Balance Track and Field Center. The national scholastic invitational previously run by the Metropolitan association of USATF at the Armory will not be held, resulting in only a single "HS National" event this winter. New Balance now sponsors both of the recognized indoor and outdoor high school nationals (though there is no "official" nationals).

Complete information can be found at the www.nationalscholastic.org website.

 

NEW ENGLAND NAMED OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATION AT USATF CONVENTION
LOCALS RECEIVE HONORS AT NATIONAL MEETING

December 5

Local athletes and administrators were recognized by their peers at the USATF national Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia. December 1-5.

The highlight was "Association of the Year" award presented to the New England association. With individual membership increasing by almost 10%, having over 500 sanctioned events (most by any association ever) and club membership numbers also going up, the association's active year was rewarded; however, given that New England was already among the top 5 in all categories to begin with, the increases were even more impressive. A hearty congratulations to the local program administrators who continue to contribute to the successes of USATF New England !

Awards in the competitive divisions covered several disciplines. The USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running (MUT) Council gave their Contributor of the Year Award to Bob and Anita Teschek, retiring directors of the Mt.Washington Road Race. The couple brought the status of the "Run to the Clouds" along from an interesting curiousity to an internationally prestigious event and national championship in their several decade tenure in the directorship.

The Council also named two New Englanders among their 2010 award winners. Undefeated in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail circuit and top scorer in the USA Trail Series, Gina Lucrezi (Newton MA/INOV-8) earned the women's Trail Runner award for the year. Men's Masters Mountain awardee is Tim Van Orden(CMS/Bennington VT), who several USA trail titles and placed ninth overall in the NE circuit.

Masters athletes were noted for being the best of their peers. Reno Stirrat (Whirlaway RT/Dorchester MA) and Bill Riley (B.A.A./Barnstable MA) were rewarded as the nation's best road runners in the M55-59 and M70-75 age divisions, respectively. Flo Meiler (Mass Velocity/Burlington VT, age 76) was recognized as one of Masters Track & Field athletes of the year in the age 60+ group of competitors.

Additionally, several championship competitions were awarded to local events for future years. The 2011 Cranmore Mountain Run in North Conway will be the year's USA Mountain championship, and the entire USA Team for the 2011 World Mountain Championship team will be selected from the multiple-loop up-and-down race. The Mt.Washington Road Race will serve as the 2012 Mountain title event. On the roads, two more years (2011, 2012) were added as National Championship descriptor for the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston on Columbus Day. The association will also host the 2011 USA vs. Canada Junior Team International Race Walk on August 14, the first time the event's 28 years it will be held in the region.

The New England delegation of 16 attended and contributed to many of the committee meetings over the five day convention. Read more about the convention at the newly updated www.usatf.org website.

 

SCHOOLS IN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
December 4

The final colleges and scholastic teams still in action finished their seasons on Saturday.

Jeff Veiga (U.Mass.Lowell) ran to a sparkling third place at the NCAA Division 2 Championships in Louisville Kentucky. It is one of the few medal placings ever by a New Englander at the D2 meet. Veiga's UML Riverhawks combined to place 13th among teams, with Stonehill 21st (Pat FUllerton, 117th, top runner). Also finishing in All-American positions were Glarius Rop (AIC, 23rd) and Angus MacDonald (UML, 36th), repeating honors earned last year. In the women's race, Stonehill was the lone squad from New England, in 18th led by freshman Emily Regan (113th). Top individual was AIC's Jeptui Cherutich, 41st.

The Nike Cross National in Portland, Oregon, found Pembroke (MA) 18th in the boys race, led by Wesley Gallagher in 69th with Weymouth (MA) TC's Steve Sollowin top NE finisher in 59th; over 120 boys finished in a 90 second span. Champlain Valley Union Vermont girls placed 21st (Taylor Spillane 88th) in an equally competitive girls' race.

The season's final XC championships run this Saturday, December 11 - USA Fall Nationals, USA Junior Olympics, and Footlocker Scholastic.

 

NE RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC CROSS COUNTRY RACES
New York, November 27

The two major scholastic cross country programs will see a number of local runners heading to their finals in the coming weeks.

Six scholastic runners from the New England states will run in San Diego in two weeks, having qualified for the Footlocker Scholastic Cross Country National meet at the Northeast Regional race at Sunken Meadow State Park in New York on Saturday. The top 10 in each race at four regionals advance to the final.

In the boys' race, won by Chad Noelle of Greene NY (15:42.8), New Hampshire state champion and New England runner-up Jeff Lacoste (Amherst NH/Bishop Guertin HS 15:45) and Massachusetts state champ John Murray (Shrewsbury MA, 15:45) finished 3-4 in the crowded field. This will be a return trip for Murray.

Among the girls, national favorite Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall NY) had 10 seconds on Maine state winner Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunkport ME (18:02); sophomore Mass. state champion Catarina Rocha (Peabody MA 18:27), Jackie Nicholas (Woodbury CT 18:28.0), and NE prep school Class A winner Ariel Beauregard Breton(Deerfield Academy, MA, 18:28.0) finished 8-9-10. Rocha's father Joe, running for New Bedford MA, was 15th at the Footlocker final in 1982. Full results/story.

At the Nike Cross National regional meet in Wappingers Falls NY, Mass runners scored high enough to earn a trip to the finals in Portland Oregon; only 2 teams and 5 individuals move on. The Titans TC runners from highly ranked Mass. Division II State Champion Pembroke placed second to Christian Brothers Academy (NY) and will meet some of the nation's best teams, while Weymouth (MA)TC's Steve Sollowin and Zachary Fraielli (LaSalle, RI) placed 4-6 and head west as individuals. The Champlain Valley Union Vermont girls become the first team from the Green Mountain State to run at this level, the state titleists placing second to Hunterdon Hawks of NJ. Full results/story/.

 

GRAND PRIX SERIES SELECTED FOR 2011
November 24

The 2011 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by an e-mail vote of the membership. A total of 329 votes were cast during the one-week period from November 17 through 24. The results of the vote creates the following schedule:

  • New Bedford Half Marathon, 13.1M, New Bedford MA, Sunday, Mar 20
  • James Joyce Ramble 10K, Dedham MA, Sunday, May 1
  • Medical Center 6K, Nashua NH, Sunday, May 8
  • Rhody 5K, Lincoln RI, Sunday, June 5
  • Stowe 8 Miler, Stowe VT, Sunday, July 17
  • Carver Cranberry Classic 5M, Carver MA, Saturday, July 30
  • Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA, Sunday, Oct. 30

The vote was the final step in the process in which a selection committee consisting of the Long Distance Running Chairs and representatives from the clubs created a ballot based on scheduled dates of bidding races.

 

NEW ENGLAND TEAMS DOMINATE REGION I CROSS COUNTRY
Burrillville RI, November 21

The strength of the New England association youth cross country was evident at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Burrillville RI on Sunday, as local runners notched five individual and six team wins in the ten divisions. The largest Region I meet since 2005 (also in Rhode Island), temperatures in the 40s with no wind and pleasant sun made for a good day of racing.

New England runners made up over half the field among the six associations running in the Region. Leading races to the finish tape in their age group races were Chloe Taylor (Waltham TC, Bantam Girls), Madeline Berkson (Providence Cobras, Youth Girls), Courtney Hawkins (Gate City, Intermediate Girls), Erica Notini(Gate City, Young Women), and Alexander Gallo (Sentinel Striders, Young Men). Among teams, Waltham Track Club had three wins (Bantam Girls, Youth Girls, Midget Boys), Granite State Flash won Bantam Boys, Gate City Striders took Intermediate Women, and host club Sentinel Striders were best in Young Men.

Results are at usatfne.org/cross. The top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 qualify for Nationals in Hoover, Alabama, on December 11. Entry for Nationals is at CoachO.com on Wednesday.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS SUCCESSFUL IN PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia PA, November 21

New Englanders took the 52nd Philadelphia Marathon by storm last Sunday, recording many quality performances in both the marathon and half marathon.

Daniel Vassallo, (adidas NE, Wilmington, MA) and David Bedoya (GBTC/Somerville MA) went 1-2 in the marathon in 2:21:28 (personal best) and 2:23:37 ,respectively. Four NE women placed in the top 15, led by Jennifer Campbell (B.A.A./Watertown MA) in 7th with a 2:49:52 debut at the distance. Behind her were Lara Johnson (BAA/Natick MA, 8th, 2:51:00), Paige Miller (Brookline MA, 12th, 2:53:08), and Nicole Radzik (TeamRUN/Sutton MA, 15th, 2:54:39).

Locals went 2-3 in the half marathon, Lauren Philbrook (Hopkinton MA) in 1:17:57 and new master Kara Haas (adidas NE/Chelmsford MA) in 1:20:21 (first 40+).

As with many marathons around the country, finisher numbers were up significantly; the 8935 finishers were almost 1500 more than 2009, and the half marathon experienced similar gains. Results and notes from Race Results Weekly report.

 

COLLEGIATES - MIDDLEBURY WINS NCAA DIVISION 3 XC TITLE
November 20-22

Middlebury College women gave retiring coach Terry Aldrich a notable sendoff by capturing the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championship in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday. In his 31 year tenure, Aldrich has guided the Panthers to 15 consecutive appearances at Nationals, and this year, the men's team joined the big show action for the first time. The crown was Middlebury's sixth national D3 harrier title, all since 2000.
New England women's teams all finished in the top quarter of the 32 team field; M.I.T. placed third - their highest placing ever and third straight in the top 10 - followed by Williams in fifth and Amherst in eighth. Jennifer Gossels of Williams was runner-up in the individual results, with Paige Mills of Keene State fifth.

The men's race found regional teams led by M.I.T. in 12th (their best finish since 1994), followed by Brandeis (16th) and Williams (18th). Highest individual placers were the Tech Engineers' Dan Harper and Stephen Serene in 48 and 51; Brookline MA product Michael Burnstein finished 30th as top runner for Washington (Mo.) University.
Full results can be found at www.ncaachampionships.com

Division I action at Indiana State on Monday found Villanova women and Oklahoma State men taking home the team trophies, with Florida State second in both races. Among the women, top New Englander was Shelby Greany of Providence in 12th, and Emily Jones (Harvard MA/Georgetown), 29th, and second runner on her fourth place team. Providence (9th) and Boston College (19th) were local team representatives in a field of 31 teams. On the men's list, Providence, with all underclassmen, placed 22nd. Individually, Ryan Collins (Mansfield MA/ Virginia) was 32nd and Mark Amirault (Westwood MA/ Princeton) was 52nd. First New England college runner was Dominic Channon of Providence in 55th.

Full results at gosycamores.com.

 

2011 ROAD GRAND PRIX ONLINE VOTING NOW UP
November 16

Online voting for the 2011 USATF New England Grand Prix events is now up and running. All members age 18 and up who have LDR checked on their membership record will receive an email message from the National office to this regard. Clubs will receive a notice as well. Voters must be at least 18 years old, and USATF membership and password are both required to cast a vote.
There are still be 7 days to cast a ballot; voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, NOvember 23. Results will be announced by the end of the day Wednesday, November 24.

Voting procedures and information on all bids is at the Grand Prix webpage - usatfne.org/gp.

The ballot can be accessed at this USATF webpage.

 

TIGHT RACES AT NE JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
November 14, Burrillville RI

The second largest field in New England Championship Junior Olympic races (topped only by race in 2005 prior to the National race in RI) took to the fields in Burrillville RI on Sunday. Just short of 600 runners crossed the finish line on maybe the last day of the year for spectators to comfortably wear shorts. The meet was run by USATF-NE and hosted by Sentinel Striders.

A wide range of clubs were represented in the team and individual results; Granite State Flash (4), Waltham (3), Gate City Striders, and Sentinel Striders (1 each) had team wins, and seven different representations led the ten division race (from ages 10 and under to 17-18) to the tape.

Full results at usatf.org/cross. The top 3 teams and individuals in the top 25 advance to the Region I meet at Burrillville on Sunday.

Sign-up is online only at coacho.com - and note that New England entry will not be possible until mid-day on Wednesday (and will close on Friday at noon).

 

2011 ROAD GRAND PRIX ONLINE VOTING - DELAYED
November 11

Online voting for the 2011 USATF New England Grand Prix events was supposed to start on Nov 10, but has been delayed. It's likely to be ready on Friday, November 12. Whenever it starts, there will still be 7 days to cast a ballot. All votes must be USATF New England members age 18 and over.

You can find the voting procedure and information on all the bids at the Grand Prix webpage - usatf.org/gp. Opening of voting will be announced here, and all clubs will receive a notice as well.

 

NATIONAL LDR NEWS FROM THE WEEKEND
November 6-7

Two USA National LDR Championships saw New Englanders in the mix over the weekend. On Saturday, Dave Dunham (CMS/Ward Hill MA) placed 10th overall and first M45-49 at the USA Trail Running Marathon at the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in Ashland Oregon, covering the classic distance run off roads while accumulating more than 9,000 feet of elevation change (certainly not "flat and fast") in 3:03:25. Club teammate Tim Van Orden (Bennington VT) was 13th/6th 40-44 in 3:08:03, and Joseph Clark of Grantham NH ran 3:30:34 for 23rd/3rd M45. Overall winner was Max King of Oregon in 2:41:24. Results at usatf.org

Sunday's ING New York City Marathon served as the 2010 USA Women's Marathon Championship and brought the 2010 USA road race championship calendar to a close. In her debut at the distance, former Marblehead MA HS star Shalane Flanagan now living in Oregon, place second overall and won the US title in 2:28:40, 20 seconds off of winner Edna Kiplagat's 2:28:20. New Zealander Kim Smith, based in Providence, ran 2:29:28 for fifth overall in a close race up front. Jeanette Faber (BAA/Somerville MA) was 7th US/23rd overall in 2:39:41. Others among the top 15 US were Sheri Piers (Dirigo) 8th/24th/2:40:35; Kristen Barry (Dirigo) 11th/28th/2:42:01, and Heidi Westover 12th/31st/2:43:44. See lots of neat coverage at runnerspace.com.

Men's overall winner was Geb Gebrmariam (Ethiopia) in 2:08:14 with Meb Keflezighi first American (6th, 2:11:38) and first New Englander Daniel Nally (Arlington MA) in 50th, 2:31:06.

 

Katie DiCamillo wins the women's race (Photo: Steve)
Katie DiCamillo wins the women's race
Photo: Steve Vaitones

DICAMILLO TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES
November 7, Franklin Park

Tim Ritchie and Katie DiCamillo took their first open New England cross country titles at Franklin Park on Sunday. Overcast and windy conditions with a damp course favored strength runners over the 6K women's and 10K men's courses.

DiCamillo (New Balance Boston, 20:51) outlegged teammate and two time defending NE champ Jenn Donovan by 16 seconds over the 6K course, the two swapping finishing places from 2009. Despite the 1-2 finish and the support of clubmates in 8-9-10, it was the B.A.A. who gained the win, packing their five scorers in places three through seven for a 25-30 edge.

Overall men's winner was Providence-based David McCarthy of Ireland. McCarthy moved well ahead of the competition in the final of five laps, as Ritchie (BAA) led the chasers to the tape with defending champ Lucas Meyer placed fifth. McCarthy's time of 30:06 was one tick behind last year's winning time, with Ritchie 15 seconds back; the latter led the BAA to the first perfect men's 15 point team total since scoring changed back from time to place in 1996. The Unicorn overall placings were 2,3,5,7,8,9,10,11. New Balance Boston placed second in both races. The Boston Athletic Association claimed both open team titles, followed by New Balance Boston in second and Gr.Boston TC (women) and Dirigo (men) taking bronze.

Similar to the women's race, the 2010 1-2 in the masters men's 8K were a pair of teammates who reversed last year's positions. Greater Springfield Harriers' Francis Burdett got the better of Kent Lemme by 8 seconds 26;22 to 26:30. They couldn't repeat as team winners, though, as Dirigo RC's finish spread was denser and bested the Harriers 43-60 with Green Mountain AA at 67. Breaking out the age groups, GMAA won the 50+ and 60+ divisions.

Women's masters ran with the open 6k runners, with Kara Haas (adidas New England) earning 40+ gold by placing 12th overall. Liberty AC swept the older divisions, finishing ahead of Cambridge Sports Union and Gr.Lowell RoadRunners in both the 40+ and 50+ totals, and fielding the only 60+ squad.

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

 

 Jacob Seavey leads a 1-2-3 Bradford school finish (Photo: Steve)
Jacob Seavey leads a 1-2-3 Bradford school finish
Photo: Steve Vaitones

MA MIDDLE SCHOOL XC INVITATIONAL DRAWS CROWDS
November 6, Tewksbury MA

The second annual Massachusetts Middle School XC Invitational held at the Tewksbury town fields, drew a field nearly 50% larger than the initial race last year. Organized by USATF-NE and generously sponsored by Saucony, the spectator friendly course found saw 1300 runners cross the finish line in eight races. Tewksbury HS XC and Track Boosters provided excellent support in the first year at the site.

There were three grade races and a am championship race for both boys and girls. Girls winners were Alexandria Madamba (Melican/Northboro, grade 5-6), Leah Brams (Chenery/Belmont, grade 7), Sophia Collins (Bromfield, grade 8), and Sonja Jampel (F.A.Day/Newton, Championship, fastest time).

Boys winners included Jacob Seavey (Bradford, grade 5-6), Hersh Gupta (Diamond/Lexington, grade 7), Alcy Torres(Wellesley, grade 8) and McLean Sherrin (Curtis/Sudbury, Championship, fastest time).

The girls' team from Diamond of Lexington and the boys from R.J.Gray of Acton repeated their team victories of 2009. Full results at Coolrunning. Next youth cross country race is Sunday November 7 at Amherst MA, followed by the New England Junior Olympics in Burrillville RI.

 

MAYOR'S CUP VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
October 28

You can see a video of last week's Mayor's Cup Cross Country meet at YouTube.

 

2011 GRAND PRIX BID PRESENTATION MEETING ON NOVEMBER 1
October 28

The meeting for bid presentations for the 2011 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held Monday evening, November 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Gosman Athletic Center, Brandeis University, South Street, Waltham MA. This is the same site as the past few years.

The meting is solely for each bidding race to make a presentation and for members to ask questions. On November 8, a committee will review all bids and present several slates of events to voted on online from November 9 through November 16.

 

MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY DRAWS RECORD FIELDS
October 24, Boston

(From B.A.A. press story) Overcast skies and little wind greeted a record crowd at the 21st annual Mayor's Cup Cross Country races in Boston's Franklin Park on Sunday. The cross country event features a trio of 1.1 mile youth races, an open 5K, a 5K Women's Championship, and an 8K Men's Championship, and is annually presented by the B.A.A. and adidas, and directed by USA Track & Field - New England and Boston Centers for Youth and Fitness (BCYF).

In the 8K Men's Championship, Jon Phillips of the New York Athletic Club avenged his 18th place finish from 2009 with a winning time of 23:54. "It was coming off of Bear Cage Hill where I knew I wanted to push on the downhill, and that's where the big move was made" and he coasted to a three second victory ahead of Harbert Okuta (NY/Uganda). Top New Englander was Ruben Sanca (Boston / BAA) in fifth. The B.A.A. took the team title with 46 points with New Balance Boston placed second in with 72 points. Joseph Koech (Lowell MA/RUN) was the masters winner in 25:41.

In the 5K Women's Championship, Katie DiCamillo (Providence/New Balance Boston) used a late downhill surge to push past Reilly Kiernan of the NYAC for a two-second victory in a time of 17:06; DiCamillo had placed sixth in the event last year. With three finishers in the top 5, New Balance Boston won the Women's team competition with 28 points, ahead of the B.A.A. (55). The B.A.A.'s Mimi Fallon (Walpole MA) won the Masters division with a time of 19:57.

Winners in the three youth races were Jason Beaver (Empire One RC) and Michaela Jones (Waltham TC) in the 10 and under division, Michael Durkin (South Shore Fireboltz) and Leah Brams (Waltham TC) for the 11-12 runners, and Freddy Riviera (Y-Speed) and Maya Halprin-Adams (Cambridge Jets) in the 13-14 group. < p> The 21st Annual Mayor's Cup has grown by leaps and bounds since its inaugural running in 1990 with just one race and a handful of runners. Over time, the Mayor's Cup has matriculated into six events, more than one thousand participants, and a combined prize purse of $5,700 distributed to the winners. The B.A.A. and adidas have played host to the Mayor's Cup since 1997.

Full story and results link at baa.org.

A video recap of the event will be posted in the coming days at www.youtube.com/TheBostonMarathon, and at the website of the B.A.A., www.baa.org.

 

2011 BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION CLOSED
October 14, Boston

Registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon has closed.

The marathon filled with qualified runners in just over 8 hours (vs 65 days last year). There is no additional registration period, nor any plan to increase field size.
We're sorry, but USATF-NE has no ability to squeeze in "just one more".

Full information is available at baa.org

 

Caroline Bjune, women's winner at BayState Marathon. (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Caroline Bjune, women's winner at BayState Marathon.
Photo: Tom Derderian

MOULTON, BJUNE WIN AT BAYSTATE MARATHON
October 17, Lowell

A competitive men's race and a clear cut womem's winner produced the winners at the BayState Marathon in Lowell on Sunday. After the half marathoners peeled off the course, a lead pack of nine established itself. It whittled down over the double loop course along the Merrimack River until just BAA teammates Pat Moulton and Terry Shea were left with four miles to go. Shea built a 5 second lead with a mile to go but a tight hamstring brought him to a stop a quarter mile out and Moulton evened the match. Shea gamely raced his challenger, but Moulton's fresher legs prevailed and gave him a 3 second margin at the finish tape, recording a time of 2:24:41. Defending champ Brandon Newbold (Whirlaway), always among the leaders, came back strong for third in 2:25:05 in the deepest BayState field ever.

Caroline Bjune (adidas New England) had fewer challenges and cruised to a course record 2:49:14, 6 minutes up on MaryBeth Baxter (GBTC). Fifth overall was the top master, Lisa Kaplan (BAA).

Despite the 1-2 finish by the BAA, CMS went 6-7-9 and better total time for the team prize. The Unicorns placed second and secured the 2010 series win on the men's side. Whirlaway women swept all three race team divisions, and clinched the 40+ and 50+ series crowns; Greater Boston open women, second by just 33 seconds, were the 2010 open series winners.

The results closed with 1562 finishers and another 1490 completed the half marathon on a fine running day. Results at BayStateMarathon.com; full Grand Prix team and individual scoring will be posted usatfne.org/gp on Tuesday as there are a lot of scorers to verify.

 

2011 BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
October 14, Boston

Registration for the 2011 Boston Marathon will open on October 18, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., and be held exclusively online at baa.org. Registration is expected to fill quickly, and interested runners are encouraged to register early.

Qualifying standards for the 2011 Boston Marathon must be met on or after September 20, 2009 at a marathon certified by USA Track & Field (or foreign equivalent). The field size for the 115th Boston Marathon remains the same as 2010, and the registration fee will remain at $130 USD for residents of the USA. John Hancock Financial is the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon for the 26th consecutive year.

The marathon filled in just over 2 months last year, but the BAA anticipates that the race will fill far quicker for the 2011 event since the registration period has started later than last year, and more fall marathons where runners could qualify have taken place. There is a single registration period, beginning October 18 and closing when the maximum is reached, so qualified runners should not delay their entry.

Full registration information, including a list of qualifying marathons, and a list of the B.A.A.'s Official Charities for the Boston Marathon is available at baa.org

 

BAYSTATE MARATHON CLOSES 2010 GP ON SUNDAY
October 14, Lowell

The final event in the 2010 USATF-New England Grand Prix seris takes place on Sunday at the BayState Marathon in Lowell. Registration is closed to all except current USATF-NE members as a record field is expected. While several individual division winners have clinched their winning positions, most team and many age division results are wide open until the completion of the 26.2 miles on Sunday.

Ironrunners, those completing all seven races this season, will receive their jackets at the awards ceremony, Check to see that you are on the list at usatfne.org/gp. Current team and individual standing can also be found at that site.

 

EASY AS 1-2-3 FOR HUDDLE AT TUFTS 10K
October 11, Boston

For the third consecutive year, Molly Huddle (Saucony) wore a gold medal on her hour drive home to Providence, winning the Columbus Day Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women in 32:00. The time was the second fastest winning time in the past decade, as Huddle joined Lynn Jennings and Joan Benoit-Samuelson as the only 3-time (or more) race winners.

The race unfolded similarly to last year, as after a 5:08 opening mile, the field whittled itself down from 7 to 5, 4, 3, and finally the pair of Huddle and 2009 runner-up Genoveva Kigen dropping Jen Rhines just before 5 miles. Repeating last year's finish, the duo turned onto the homestretch on Charles Street shoulder to shoulder but the US 5000 meter record holder had the best sprint finish, and won by 4 seconds to claim the Woolworth double, the 10K added to the 5K won at the CVS/Downtown race last month. Huddle's total winning margin in three Tufts 10K wins is just 10 seconds.

Olympian Rhines took third overall, running 32:16 for the championship silver, and 2 time past champion Katie McGregor took the bronze (4th overall) in 32:44.

The team competition was the largest and most national in more than a decade with 12 declared clubs. McMillan Project of Flagstaff Arizona was a fairly easy winner, followed by Boulder (CO) Running Company and defending champs New Balance Boston in third. Rounding out the prize money winners were Riadha (Baltimore MD) and the BAA.

The 34th annual race, the third largest all-women's race in the US and largest all women's 10K, marked the 25th anniversary of sponsorship by the Tufts Health Plan, a notable milestone in today's business world. Leading up to Monday's race, 18 women had run all 34 editions of the race. Joan Samuelson, after a 2:47 marathon in Chicago on Sunday, took to the road to loosen up and placed 2nd 50+ in 40:27 (!) and then greeted runners at the finish line for close to an hour.

Lots of pictures, video, and results link at runnerspace.com

 

Glarius Rop (AIC) won his second straight New England Collegiate XC title. (Steve photo)
Glarius Rop (AIC) won his second straight New England Collegiate XC title.
Steve photo

WEEKEND ACTION - CHAMPS CROWNED AT NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE XC
FAST TIMES AT BAA HALF MARATHON
October 9-10, Franklin Park, Boston

Corey Conner and Glarius Rop repeated their 2009 successes in winning the 98th New England championship at Franklin Park on Saturday. Conner, a junior from University of Maine out of Townsend MA (Northern Middlesex Regional HS) ran from the front from before the first mile to the finish, clocking 16:54 - sub-17:00 times have been rare in recent years. Rop, a sophomore at American International College in Springfield from Eldoret Kenya, was challenged for the first half of the race before pulling away to win and improve his time of last year.

Team results were contrasts in team strength; Boston College dominated the women's results, placing 2-3-4-5 and totaling just 26 points (lowest total since 2000) to runner-up Connecticut's 116. On the men's lists, teams were quite evenly matched as Dartmouth eked out a 2 point win over Boston University 138-140, the highest winning point total ever. 53 schools entered teams in at least one of the divisions, with nearly 1200 runners in the four races.
Full results and pictures at neicaaa.org.

On Sunday, the BAA Marathon results found a women's course record and fast times at the front of the men's race. This year's course was reversed, starting and finishing at Franklin Park. Though the bigger hills were in the final miles this time, they did not seem to affect times. Women's winner Caroline Rotich lowered the division standard to 1:10:52, nearly a minute up on her closest rival. The first two placers in the men's race, John Korir an Alan Kiprono, both recorded the same 1:02:21, with top local the BAA's Tim Ritchie in 10th, 1:07:52. The top 5 men's times in race history are all within 1 second of each other.

Results at baa.org.

 

BOSTON HOSTS MAJOR EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
October 7

The trails and streets of Boston will be alive with runners this weekend as three of the region's larger events converge on the city over Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Saturday, the 98th running of the New England Collegiate Cross COuntry Championships run at Franklin Park beginning at noon, as varsity and sub-varsity races are on tap for both men and women. Spectators are advised to take the Orange line of the "T" to the Park as parking is quite limited.
Sunday, Franklin Park will again be the nexus of action as the B.A.A. Half Marathon moves the start/finish of its traditional out-and-back loop to the former turnaround location at the Playstead Field area near Franklin Park Zoo (running out to the Fenway area and back). This tenth edition features world level runners who will take aim at the event records, though this year's course may prove tougher with the uphill sections in the final miles this time. The field has been full since August, and please, do not "bandit" the race! (and, as with the XC race, use the "T").

The final event in the weekend triad is the 34th running of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, the USA 10K Road Race Championship and one of the largest women's races in the country. It makes its tour of the Charles River and Back Bay area out of the Boston Common. Race favorite will be Molly Huddle of Providence, hot off her US 5000m US track record, and US 5K road title last month. Runners can still register for the Tufts race on race morning from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
If you are not running, take in one of these traditional October events on what looks to be an ideal fall weekend.

 

LOCALS HEAD TO CHINA FOR WORLD HALF MARATHON
October 6

Three reigning national road race champions will lead a talented group of U.S. distance runners October 16 at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China. USA Track & Field announced the team roster on Wednesday. 2010 U.S. road champions leading Team USA at the World Half Marathon Championships include: Sean Quigley (Philadelphia, PA), product of Archbishop Williams HS in Braintree MA who was the 2009 Mayor's Cup cross country championship winner, and who scored a decisive win at the USA 20 km Championships in New Haven, Conn., last month is part of the five man team. The women's squad includes multi-time New England marathon champ Heidi Westover (Walpole, NH), who finished 10th at the New Haven 20K

Team Kenya has their sights on a fifth consecutive team title in both races. Last year, the Team USA men finished fourth, while the Team USA women took fifth. The complete press announcement.

 

Start of the PRMH 5K / NE Women's Championship. Photo by Tom Derderian.
Start of the PRMH 5K / NE Women's Championship.
Photo by Tom Derderian

DICAMILLO, GBTC TAKE NE 5K TITLES
October 3, 2010, Providence RI

Providence College alumna and resident Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence RI) used familiar roads to record a strong win at Sunday's USATF-NE 5K Women's Road Race Championship held with the Providence Ronald McDonald House 5K on Sunday in Rhode Island. DiCamillo ran 16:49 to gain her first New England championship honor, 27 seconds ahead of Kristin Murphy of the BAA; 453 participants completed the course in the women's only race.

Taking the age division prizes were Maria Servin (40+, Middleboro MA), Jacqueline Shaker (50+, Central Mass Striders), and Carol L'Esperance (60+, Gr.Springfield Harriers).

The team competition was decided by just 7 seconds, with Greater Boston TC, led by Gretchen Chick in third, edging New Balance Boston 1:29:18 to 1:29:25 among the nine scoring clubs the winners and solidifying their open division series lead. Whirlaway bettered CMS in the 40+ scoring, but CMS turned the tables on Whirlaway to win among age 50+ teams.

The 2010 Grand Prix comes to a close at the BayState Marathon on Sunday, October 17 in Lowell MA. The event is sold out, but USATF-NE members can still gain entry by contacting the race committee directly baystatemarathon.com.

 

NATIONAL MASTERS RECORDS SET AT HOUR RACE WALK
October 3, 2010, Waltham MA

Eight national masters records were recorded at the USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championship held on the Bentley University track in Waltham MA on Sunday morning. The event, hosted by USATF-New England and New England Walkers,

Women's winner, 2004 Olympian Theresa Vaill (W45+, FL) set the first mark, covering 12,813 meters in the hour. The remaining records came in the men's event, won by Dan Serianni (Buffalo NY, 12,920 meters); walker-up Dave McGovern (NY) scored M40 marks at the 3,000 meters and 15,000 meters (as the race was sanctioned for the extended distance), his World Class Race Walking teammate Chris Schmid (OH) covered an M60 record 11,678m hour and broke the 15K mark, and Leon Jasionowski (MI) M65, etched new hour (10,839m), 10K, and 3,000m listings.

New England champion was Bob Keating (Nashua NH, 10,846m) (no NE women). Stats and pictures at usatfne.org/walk/

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN AA, STIRRAT, PARSI, HARADA COP USA MASTERS CROWNS
October 3, 2010, Syracuse NY

A trio of New England masters ran to USA 5K Championship gold medals at the USA 5K Championships held at the Syracuse (NY) Festival of Races on Sunday. Reno Stirrat (Whirlaway/Dorchester MA) won the men's 50-54 division in 16:53, 27 seconds over second place. In the women's results a pair of Liberty AC runners topped their divisions; Carrie Parsi (26:00, Gloucester MA) and Mary Harada (29:00, W.Newbury MA) led the 70-74 and 75-79 runners, respectively.

Other race medalists from the association included Francis Burdett (2-M45, Worcester, 15:36, 4th overall), 70 - 74 3 Frank Hurt (3-M70, White Mtn Milers/Laconia NH, 23:06), and Linda Jennings (3-F55, Tewksbury MA, 20:55). Kent Lemme (Gr.Springfield/Williamstown MA) was 4th M40, and 6th overall (15:38), as six New England men in three different divisions placed in the top 20.

The Green Mountain AA brought home the men's 60+ division title with a scoring trio of Edward McSweeney (18:53), Charles Arnold (19:28), and Ted McKnight (21:00). The Vermonters also placed second in the M50+ scoring, led by Norm Larson (16:24).
Results at usatf.org.

 

The winning New Balance Boston team at the CVS Downtown 5K (Photo: SV photo)
The winning New Balance Boston team at the CVS Downtown 5K.
SV photo

HUDDLE WINS USA 5K ON HOME TURF
September 20, 2010, Providence RI

Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) added another jewel to her 2010 crown of honors, winning the USA 5K Road Race Championship held at the CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence on Sunday. The US record holder on the track had a comfortable 11 second margin at the finish with her 15:47 time, and earned $8000 for her effort. Jenn Donovan (New Balance Boston/Brighton MA) and Jennifer Campbell(BAA/Watertown MA) were 6th (16:52) and ninth (17:24) in the USA result (9/12 overall), while Stephanie Reilly (NBB/Grafton MA / IRE) was 7th.

The men's race came down to the final steps as new US citizen Robert Cheserat (USArmy/Colorado Springs) strode by Ben Bruce (Oregon TC) feet from the tape for a .2 second win in 14:00. Top local placings in the championship were Nate Jenkins (Saucony/Lowell MA) and Ruben Sanca (BAA/Boston) in eighth and ninth (9-10 overall) with times of 14:25 and 14:30.

New Balance Boston (pictured) was the women's team winner and Greater Springfield harriers took home the men's team award.

Rhode Island's largest race had 5977 finishers in the 5K, as well as several thousand in the 21 separate youth races. Pictures, results, and video are at runnerspace.com. On Columbus Day, the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston host the USA Women's 10K Championship. We hope more local clubs will declare scoring teams at the Tufts 10.

 

VIEGAS ELECTED PRESIDENT AT USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING
OFFICERS AND SPORTS CHAIRS ELECTED

September 16, Waltham MA

The USATF New England Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 16, was a mixture of recognition and business, with elections for all positions the key business of the day. The largest (nearly 100) and longest annual meeting in years was held in Waltham MA.

The meeting prelude was the Athlete of the Month presentations for the past 12 months, coordinated by Vice President John Oleski. President Ken Robichaudopened the business meeting with brief presentations from chairs and officers supplemented printed reports. (reports will be posted on the Board page next week).

Elections were next on the agenda, with Steve Viegas (Mass Velocity / Reading MA) elected for a two-year term as president. It took four ballots, including two ties, before the candidate had a winning margin, ultimately winning over Tom Derderian by 4 votes. The three vice presidents for the coming term will include returnees Jim Garcia (GrLowellRR/Westford MA), and John Oleski (MassVelocity/Belmont MA), joined by Joan Bohlke (New Balance Boston/Waltham MA) who was an athlete rep for two years. Past President Gary Snyder (Mass Velocity/Boston) will take over as secretary, and Stephen Peckiconis (Cambridge Sports Union/Boston) will continue in the treasurer position.

All Sports committee chairs will be continuing their activities; only Youth and Cross Country had contested elections. Incumbents Courtney Bird (Falmouth TC/Falmouth MA), Lisa Doucett (CSU/Andover MA), and Skip Cleaver (GCS Triad/Nashua NH) and continue as men's, women's and masters' Long Distance Running chairs.

Dave Callum (Gr.Boston TC/Braintree MA) and Mike Travers (Mass Velocity/Watertown MA) continue responsibilities for Open and Masters Track and Field Chairs, while Larry Libow (Mass Velocity/Springfield MA) continues as Youth Committee Chair. Paul Kirsch (White Mtn Milers/Conway NH) will still oversee Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running as will Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Brookline MA) with Race Walking, and Bill Newsham (GCS/Brookline NH) takes over Cross Country.

Athletes representatives completed the elections, and two of three will lend a new voice to the board. Holdover Caitlyn Clark (SISU Project/Worcester MA), will be joined by Jennifer Lee (GBTC/Boston) and Tiera Fletcher (GBTC/Boston)

Sixteen delegates and alternates were voted to represent the New England association at the USATF National annual meeting in Virginia Beach, in December.

 

FOUR HONORED AT ANNUAL MEETING
September 16

USATF-New England "President's Awards" were presented at the association's annual meeting to several individuals and organizations who have long been contributors to the sport in the association.

Michael Glennon (Needham MA) and Brookline (MA) High School cross country were recognized with the Volunteer Service Award. A supporter of the sport for over a decade, Glennon has led his squad to Franklin Park each fall to provide volunteers for USATF-NE development meets, the Mayor's Cup, and New England championship events. The also provide many workers for major fall road races in the area. The team has also been honored in the past with the Mass.Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) service award. "It teaches them what is behind the events they participate in", he's noted.

The 2010 Youth Service Award is shared by the inseparable duo who lead the Sentinel Striders, Joe Bennett and Jeff Kurbec, both of Smithfield RI. The Sentinels, among the largest, most active, and most successful youth cross country programs in the northeast, has been the host club for the Junior Olympic meet when it is run in Rhode Island (over 20 times since 1980), and helped stage the national Junior Olympic Cross Country meets in 1993 and 2005.

The "Gerry Cantor Officials Award" given regularly - but not necessarily annually - for service as an official to NE association events. The third ever honoree is Jim McGloin of Amesbury NH, a fixture in the field events, specializing in the multi-events. He's led the multi events crews at the USA Masters Indoor and the Nike Indoor Nationals in recent years. He also works at New England championship events in the jumps and has presented clinics nationally on the high jump.

A summary of all New England award winners through the years can be found at the New England Honors page.

 

WILCOX APPOINTED TO OFFICIALS CHAIR POSITION
September 14

Jim Wilcox of Fall River, Mass., has been appointed to the position of chairman of the USA Track & Field - New England Officials Committee. He will oversee the national certification process and offcials eductaton in the association which covers Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Currently the president of Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association, Wilcox has served in a lead officials role at a number of national championships including the USA National Indoor Track & Field Championships, the USA Masters Chapionships, and the Nike Indoor HS Nationals, as well as many local scholastic, collegiate, and club meets in the region. He will utilize other officials in the four states to assist in promoting certification of offcials and processing the rules review exams.

Information on becoming a certified official can be found at the Officials page.

 

USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
September 13, 2010

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Thursday, September 16 at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel, 550 Winter Street, Waltham MA, at I-95 Exit 27-B. The meeting begins with Athlete of the Month Awards at 6:30 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 7:15 p.m. Reports, programs recent and future, as well as awards will be presented.

Elections will begin at 8 p.m. All board positions are up for vote this year. Officers terms are 2 years, and sports chairs and athlete reps have 1 year terms. Individuals planning to run for positions at this time:

  • President: Tom Derderian (GBTC), Jim Garcia (GLRR), Steve Viegas (Mass Velocity)
  • Vice President (up to 3 may be elected): John Oleski (Mass Velocity) (Incumbent)
  • Secretary: None declared
  • Treasurer: Stephen Peckiconis (CSU) (Incumbent)
  • Men's Distance Running: Courtney Bird (FalmouthTC) (Incumbent)
  • Women's Distance Running: Lisa Doucett (CSU) (Incumbent)
  • Masters Distance Running: Skip Cleaver (GCS) (Incumbent)
  • Open Track & Field: Dave Callum (Gr.Boston TC) (Incumbent)
  • Masters Track & Field: Mike Travers (Mass Velocity) (Incumbent)
  • Race Walking: Justin Kuo (NEWalkers) (Incumbent)
  • Mountain/Ultra/Trail: Paul Kirsch (White Mtn Milers) (Incumbent)
  • Youth Athletics: Larry Libow (Mass Velocity) (Incumbent)
  • Cross Country: None declared
Also
  • Athlete Representative (3)
    Ignacio Arguello (Patriot PV)
    Joan Bohlke (New Balance Boston) (Incumbent)
    Caitlyn Clark (SISU Project) (Incumbent)
    Jim Fay (North Medford Club)
    Matthew Haringa (Gr.Boston TC)
    Dan Hocking (New Balance Boston)
    Jennifer Lee (Gr.Boston TC)

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Delegates to the national annual meeting will also be selected. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting. The agenda can be found at the USATF-NE board page.

 

BOB CEDRONE USATF-NEW ENGLAND ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
September 13

Bob Cedrone of Canton Massachusetts is the USA Track & Field - New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for August 2010. Cedrone, age 55, won three of National Masters (age 40+) Championship throwing events during the month in his age group (55-59).

At the 2010 USA Master Throws Championships in Lisle, Illinois, Cedrone won the Throws Pentathlon (combined scores from the shot put, discus, javelin, hammer, and weight throw), the Ultra Pentathlon (a collection of heavier weights), and the individual Super Weight throw. Making his achievements more impressive is that he achieved this after two hip replacement surgeries in the past decade. A competitive thrower since starting at Canton High School, he was an All-American at Bates College, competed at the open level, and has been a regular on the masters circuit for many years. He now represents the Twilight Throwers club, and plans to participate in the World Masters Championships to be held in Sacramento, California, in 2011.

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

 

BLAKE HELPS USA MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM TO WORLD SILVER
September5, 2010, Kamnik, Slovenia

The USA men's team took the silver medal at the 26th World Mountain Running Championships held in Kamnik, Slovenia, on Sunday. New England Mountain Running champ Eric Blake (BAA) finished 27th overall and was fourth scorer for the USA squad.

The USA team's previous best was a bronze in 2008; their 71 points trailed only Eritrea which finished 5 runners (4 score) in the top 9 overall for 13 points. This year's race was up-hill-only, as the USA senior team was selected at the 50th Mt. Washington Road Race in June.

USA women were the first to finish their four runner team (8.5K 3000+ foot gain), led by Kristin Price in 12th (2nd at Mt.Washington), but it was good for just fourth place in the competitive competition won by Italy. The USA Junior women's were 13th among 17 teams (2 score, 4.5k) and the Junior men placed 9th of 19 teams (8.5K).

USATF-NE Mountain/Ultra/Trail chairman Paul Kirsh served as team manager on the trip. Former NE MUT Chair Rich Bolt was 7th in the open race. Full stories and results at the championship website.

The 2011 World Mountain Running Championships will be held on an up-and-down loop course in Albania on September 11.

 

SANCA AWARDED POST-GRAD SCHOLARSHIP
September 3, 2010

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced U.Mass-Lowell distance running star Ruben Sanca has been awarded one of three Division II post-graduate scholarships for 2010. The other two awardees were Stephanie Charnigo of Findlay (OH) and Stephanie Grimm of Kutztown (NJ).

Sanca, a native of Boston, won the post-graduate scholarship representing men's cross country. In 2008, Sanca led UMass Lowell's team to a 13th-place showing at the national cross country championships with a top-40 individual showing. That same season, Sanca won the NCAA East Region title and his River Hawks won the regional team title. This past outdoor track season, Sanca earned All-America honors outdoors in the 5000 and 10,000 meters.

To be eligible and considered for a post-graduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have completed collegiate eligibility in all sports, earned an overall minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, participated in NCAA D-II championship competition, or met NCAA D-II provisional qualifying standards in an indoor or outdoor track and field event, or earned All-Region honors for cross country and demonstrated leadership qualities and community service activities as a member of their team.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches' interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field. (From USTFCCCA media announcement)

 

NE ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED AT WORKSHOP
September 1, 2010, Buffalo NY

At the annual summer workshop of USATF, our New England association was recognized as one of only 8 of the 57 USATF associations nationwide to meet and exceed member service award criteria.

New England and three other associations earned the bronze award for meeting 9 required and 9 additional program and population based standards; only our overall number of members per 100,000 population kept us from the gold plaque. Four associations met the gold association criteria by having higher numbers in the population based criteria.

Thanks to those individuals whose volunteer work continues to make New England a leader in the national organization.

 

LUCREZI, VAN ORDEN WIN USA TRAIL TITLES
August 28, Laurel Springs NC

NE Mountain Running champ Gina Lucrezi (Inov-8 / Medway MA) took her skills to the national stage and won the USA 10K Trail Running Championship held at the Continental Divide Trail Race in Laurel Springs, NC. The report indicates a very difficult course with four steep up/down hills and an 18m section which requires athletes to use both hands and feet to scramble up an embankment. In the men's race, Tim van Orden (CMS / Bennington VT) earned the USA Masters title and finished fifth overall.

 

HUDDLE BREAKS 5000M RECORD
August 27, 2010

In weather conditions perfect for distance running, and in front of a packed stadium, Molly Huddle (Providence RI / Saucony) broke the American record in the women's 5,000 meters at the Belgacom Memorial van Damme meet in Brussels, Belgium, the final meeting of the IAAF Samsung Diamond League. Huddle clocked 14:44.76, narrowly beating Shalane Flanagan's previous record. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya won the race in which 13 women broke 15 minutes; Huddle finished in 10th.

The next day, Bernard Lagat set the American record in the men's 3,000m in Rieti Italy. He finished second in the race to Tariku Bekele (ETH) who won in a world-leading 7:28.70; Lagat's time of 7:29.00 broke the previous US mark of 7:30.84 set by Bob Kennedy in 1998.
And in the same meet, David Rudisha of Kenya broke the World Record at 800 meters for the second time this season with a time of 1:41.01. Wow!

 

HAMMER GREAT HAROLD CONNOLLY DIES
August 18, 2010

Four time Olympian (1956 Olympic gold medalist) and six-time world record setter in the hammer throw, Harold Connolly passed away on Wednesday at the age of 79. Recently a resident of Virginia, Connolly was a Massachusetts native, and attended Brighton HS in Boston, as well as Boston College. He won nine US titles in the event, and three more in the weight throw. In recent years, he was instrumental in developing, coaching, and promoting the hammer throw with youth, including getting the event into the Junior Olympics at all levels for the older two age groups.

 

HARVEY, HOCKING BRIDGE FIELD AT 10K
Shelburne Falls MA, August 14, 2010

BAA runners Brian Harvey and Lesley Hocking were the tape-breakers at Saturday's Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls MA, the USATF New England 10K Championship.

Harvey broke from the pack after the almost-two mile loop through town, built the gap to 33 seconds up and down Crittendon Hill to the end as he secured his second straight GP series win. Nate Krah (adidas NE) took silver and GP leader Matt Ely (BAA) retained his lead with a third place finish.

Hocking built a lead in miles 2 through 5, but was caught by 2009 GP champ Sara Donoghue who has spent the year battling injuries. The BAA runner regained the lead, and held off GBTC's finest across the bridge and up to the finish to win by 4 seconds in 37:34. Schenectady New York master Emily Bryans ran an excellent race for third overall. The men's race results were unusual in the fact that no masters broke into the top 25, while nearly half of the matching women's placers were over 40.

Joe Donnelly (GCST) scored his first ever GP points to take the masters title over Kent Lemme and Wayne Levy, with Craig Fram (Whirlaway), Gordon MacFarland (CSU), and Harry Carter (BAA) taking the other age divisions. NE masters age group winners were Barbara McManus CMS, 40+, Nancy Corasaro(WRT, 50+), Carol L'Esperance (GSH, 60+), and Judith Williams (GSH, 70+).

B.A.A. men (5 of top 11) and Greater Boston TC women (5 of top 15) were unchallenged team winners. In an "every second counts" example, CMS men edged Whirlaway for second place by a single tick of the watch after totaling over 2 hours 48 minutes of time placings.

Next race on tap is the women's only 5K at the Providence Ronald McDonald House 5k on October 3, the men having covered that distance in June at the Rhody 5K. Series finale is the BayState Marathon on October 17.

Note that BayState is closed except for NE club runners who are USATF members. Please enter as soon as possible, and do so by contacting the race director directly.

 

MASTERS THROWERS NINE MEDALS
August 7-8, 2010

Several masters throwers did some heavy lifting to win medals at the USA Masters Throws Championship in Lisle, Illinois last weekend. The competition championships contested over the two days included the Weight Throw, Superweight, Throws Pentathlon, and Ultra Weight Pentathlon (really heavy weights).

Returning home as a triple winner was Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Canton MA), who took the M55 title in the superweight and both pentathlons (as well as bronze in the weight). Bill Garrahan (Twilight Throwers/Narragansett RI) was a double gold medalist in the M80 division, taking the weight and the throws pentathlon. Carl Wallin (M65, BAA/Hanover NH) tossed a pair of silver (Throws Pent, Weight) and Jim Burgoyne (M45, Twilight Throwers/Tewksbury MA) was second and third in the Ultra and Throws Pentathlons, respectively.

Full results are on the USA Championships page at the usatf.org.

 

RACEWALKING CLINIC IN NH ON SUNDAY
August, 2010

There's an opportunity to learn about racewalking this weekend at a clinic for beginning and experienced racewalkers in Portsmouth, NH, at the Spinnaker Point Recreation Facility this Sunday, August 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Guest instructor is Dr. Tom Eastler, long time race walking coach and judge, who was the driving force in getting the walk into the Maine high school program and who has coached a number of all-Americans. The cost is $25 total for clinic and use the facilities at Spinnaker Point. Wear shorts and racewalking shoes, racing flats or running shoes. For more info, contact New England Walkers member Jay Diener, coastwalker AT comcast.net.

 

MASTERS MEDAL AT NATIONALS IN SACRAMENTO
August, 2010

A week late, but we want to recognize those masters who won medals at the USA Masters Track & Field Championships in Sacramento at the end of July; there were a lot of age groups to sift through.

As seems to be the case at recent nationals Flo Meiler (Shelburne, VT) mined the most ore. In the W75 division, she had gold in the pole vault (US record), discus, and 80 meter hurdles, silvers in the long jump and javelin, and bronze in the 100m, triple jump and 200 meters.

Also winning multiple medals was Barbara Jordan (W70, S.Burlington, VT) with wins in the long jump and 80 hurdles, second in the 100, and third in the 200. Double event winners were Mary Harada (W75, Newbury, MA) in the 1500m and 5000m - both American Records - and Dennis Branham (M80 Providence, RI) in the same events (as well as a 2nd in the 400). Other medalists included: Leonard Rosen (M75, Salem, NH) 2nd shot put and discus; Bob Cedrone (M55, Stoughton, MA) 2nd, hammer; Buzz Gagne (M60, Penacook, NH) 2nd, javelin; Roger Pierce (M65, Essex, MA) 3rd 100, 200, and 400; Deborah Kovacs (W35, Groton, MA), 3rd, 100 and 200; Carroll Blake (M60, Boston,MA) 3rd, 200; Richard Harrison (M40, Nashua NH), 1st, shot put.

The World Masters meet will run at the same facility in Sacramento next July; entry information is at www.wma2011.com (note the very early deadline). Start training!

 

FORBES DOUBLE WINNER AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS
Sacramento CA, July 26-31

Waltham Track Club's Carla Forbes (Hyde Park MA) was a double winner in the Intermediate Girls (age 15-16) divsion, at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships last week in Sacramento. Back on form after a viral infection in June, the high school soph-to-be first took the triple jump in 39'4", an event she won in the Youth division last year, and came back to win the long jump in 18'4.5", capping a successful season.

Right behind her for silver in the triple in 39'0.5" was Mollie Gribbin (Montpelier VT), who had actually won the New England JO meet. The only New England boy to make the medal podium was also from Vermont, Mike DiMambro of Essex Junction, eighth in the Young Men's decathlon, and Katie Cataldo (Worlds Longest Throw/Attleboro MA) placed seventh in the Young Women's javelin, 123'5". (Let us know of any additions, as there were a _lot_ of results to wade through!

The national level of youth track and field can be a learning experience for those in the northeast, as even intermediate age group performances in some events would be competitive with New England collegians. Congratulations to all from our association who qualified for and headed west for the event; JO Nationals will be in Kansas in 2011.

Check out the complete age group results at www.usatf.org.

 

LOCALS MEDAL AT TRAIL & ULTRA CHAMPS
Spokane WA, July 31

New England Mountain Circuit champion Gina Lucrezi took second place at the USA 15-K Trail Run Championships in Spokane, WA on Saturday. Top NE male (and first master runner) was Tim Van Orden (CMS / Bennington VT), sixth in 56:36. The husband and wife team of Ian Dobson and Julia Lucas from the Nike Oregon Track Club took a break from their track specialties and were overall winners.

In Willoughby Ohio, local runners pulled in a pair of bronze medals at the USA 100 Mile Trail Championships. Jack Pilla, 52, of Charlotte VT, covered the century in 16:22:54, while Larissa Abramiuk, 41, of Wayland MA ran the distance in 19:15:09.

Full results can be found at www.usatf.org.

 

WALKONEN THIRD IN US 7 MILE ROAD CHAMP
July 24

Recent Boston University grad Andrea Walkonen (Jaffrey NH) placed third in Saturday's Quad City Times Bix 7 Miler, in Davenport IA, the USA 7 mile road championship. Taking gold was NCAA 10,000 meter champ Lisa Koll of Iowa in 37:52, 51 seconds ahead of Walkonen. Joan Samuelson (Freeport ME) was 14th overall, and first master at 53 (43:11).

On the men's side New England alum and 2009 Mayor's Cup cross country champ Sean Quigley placed third, just 10 seconds behind winner Ryan Hall.

 

WORLD CLASS RESULTS FROM YOUNG AND OLD
July 22

Quality performances from young and old local competitors as the weekend begins . Providence College freshman Shelby Greany placed 10th in the World Junior Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, on Thursday. Running 10:18.74 in her trial heat on Tuesday to qualify for the final, Greany was involved with several other competitors in a fall in the steeplechase pit that put her out of the medal running; her qualifying for the finals and time of 10:27.33 was still a great way to end her long season. Folow the meet at www.iaaf.org.

On the west coast, Mary Harada (Liberty AC/W.Newbury MA) added another age group record in the first event of the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, breaking the US W75-59 mark for 5000 meters with her winning time of 26:55.11, 15 seconds better than the existing 19 year old record. She is entered in two more events in the meet, which runs through Sunday. Further New Englander medal performances will be noted here next week; daily updated of the results at www.usatf.org.

 

Wayne Levy maintains the 40+ division lead with a win at Stowe. (Photo: SV photo)
Wayne Levy maintains the 40+ division lead with a win at Stowe.
SV photo

HARVEY, TWAROG SNOW FIELDS AT STOWE
Stowe VT, July 18

B.A.A. teammates Brian Harvey and Katie Twarog took the wins Sunday's 29th annual Stowe 8 Miler in Vermont. An even 1000 entrants produced 884 finishers on a most scenic course surrounded by the Green Mountains, and, unlike several prior years of championship status, July temperatures were not accompanied by oppressive humidity this time.

Harvey had 14 seconds on Justin Fyffe (CMS) who broke up a potential Unicorn sweep of the medals; Fyffe outlegged Mountain Circuit champ Eric Blake and continuing GP leader Matt Ely. Twarog was one overall place ahead of Caroline Bjune (adidas New England, the margin of victory just one second per mile. The winners led their B.A.A. open teams to team wins, a five minute gap for the men, but the women's race found adidas NE and Gr.Boston TC both within 43 seconds.
In age group results, Wayne Levy (BAA) topped the men's 40+ crowd with Craig Fram (Whirlaway), Gordon MacFarland and Harry Carter (BAA) leading the 50+, 60+ and 70+ lists, respectively. In the women's results, NE division winners were Barb McManus (CMS, 40+), Cathy Merra (GCS Triad, 50+), and Dot Helling (CVR, 2nd overall 60+).

The performances by fifty-plus duo Fram and Merra, both third overall masters, were the top age-graded times of the race. Whirlaway swept the 40+ and 50+ team cups, and the local Green Mountain AA crew took 60+ honors (and second in the M40/50 scoring).

Standings are updated at the gp page, and results are at stowe8miler.org.

Next on the schedule - Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls MA on August 14; pre-entry is online only.

 

NARRAGANSETT RUNNING ASSOCIATION EARNS USATF FOUNDATION GRANT
Indianapolis, July 16

Member club Narragansett Running Association of Rhode Island is the recipient of one of 14 Youth Grants given to track clubs around the country to assist with program expenses of many types. The club runs a summer-long series that serves several hundred youth each week.

USA Track & Field Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic noted, "It is very rewarding to assist so many young people with opportunities to compete in track & field. This is where it all starts, with clubs like these."

Find out more about the USATF Foundation (run as a separate organization from USATF's national office) at usatffoundation.org.

 

REMINDERS AND ADDS TO TF SCHEDULE
July 13

Reminder A few more late season meets have been added to the TF schedule
- Sat-Sun, July 17-18 - Empire Sate Liberty Tour Championship, Valatie NY. Full schedule including multi-events, now open to states
- Saturdays July 17, 31, and August 14 - Vaultarama series, Westborough MA HS. Pole Vault for all.
- Saturday, August 7 - MIT Summer Classic Series 2 - MIT. Almost full meet (no long throws) for open, youth, masters. Includes Pole Vault Team Competition.
- Thursday, August 12 - George and Whitey King 4 x 1600 Relay, South Boston MA, 7:15 pm. Open event for clubs and pick-up teams

Links are at the TF schedule page.

 

BLAKE, LUCREZI PERFECTLY TOP MOUNTAIN, CIRCUIT
Mt. Ascutney VT, July 11

The 2010 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit at the summit of Mt.Ascutney in Windsor VT on Sunday, with the winners coming as a surprise to no one. Eric Blake and Gina Lucrezi completed perfect seasons in being first to the finish of the shortest but steepest of the series six - climbing 2300 feet with an average 12% grade. For the just the third time, both the men's and women's winners had perfect scores, though the previous times (1996-1997), there were only three races in the circuit. Blake set a new course in the final race, running the 3.7 mile race to the summit in 28:16, nearly 2 minutes on Karl Remson of Colorado and another minute-plus over Jim Johnson (CMS) Lucrezi got her perfect 600 with a finishing time of 37:48, the 5th fastest time ever for a woman at Mt. Ascutney, and a minute and a half better than Dawn Roberts (GSH).

Results

With the sweep, Lucrezi was the hands-down circuit winner with 500.00 points. Behind her up were a pair of 2009 winners; last year's open champ Abby Mahoney(CMS/Inov-8) at 479.20 and masters repeater Karen Encarnacion (SRR) at 461.33.

The closest division was W50-59 where Donna Smyth (CSU) edged teammate and four time division winner Lisa Doucett by just .2 point, 419.62-419.42. Also taking age wins were Haley Heinrich (WMM / Wolfboro NH) 19 and under, 384.35; Linda Usher (CMS/Upton MA), 60-69, 71.25; and Barbara Robinson (GCS/NH) 70+, 61.12, the latter two running just one race each,

His perfect record also gave Blake the series title (500.00) ahead of Jim Johnson (CMS), 480.56, who beat bronze medalist Kevin Tilton (CMS) up Ascutney to eke out a .5 point circuit edge.

Age diversity in the circuit was evidenced by three age division winners in the overall top 10 scorers; Todd Callaghan (GCS), 40-49, 4th, 463.52; 19 and under Michael Robinson (GDTC), 8th, 403.10, and Paul Bazanchuk (WMM) 50-59, 10th, 392.51. Other age winners were Vincent Rivard (NMC), 60-69, 328.12, and Frank Hurt (WMM), 70+, 288.17.

There were record fields in four of the six races, and a record 105 runners earned "Mountain Goat" status for finishing all six events. Blake and Lucrezi took it a step further, as they were 11 for 11 in the races they entered. Final standings are temporarily at coolruning.com but will also be posted at the USATF-NE mountain/trail/ultra page.

 

GREATER BOSTON FOURTH AT CLUB NATIONALS
Sacramento CA, July 9-10

Greater Boston Track Club placed fourth (165 points) at the USA Club National meet in San Francisco over the weekend. Central Park TC (NY) was an easy winner with 288 points, and ConnQuest of Connecticut was sixth with 110. GBTC was the only New England association club to send athletes to the meet.

The men in red placed seventh among men's squads with 49 points, as Central Park won that division. Norfolk Real Deal TC won the women's side by 2 points over CPTC with Greater Boston third.

GBTC had four individual winners in the meet - Hector Cotto (110 hurdles, 13.91; Jessica Klett (400H, 1:02.63); Casey Taylor (Long Jump, 18-7.25); and Ayanna Alexander (Triple Jump, 43-7).

Full results are at usatf.org. The meet returns the the east coast in 2011.

 

FEMMEL TAKES NATIONAL YOUTH TITLE
LOCAL DEVELOPING AND ELITES HAVE STRONG WEEKEND

Lisle IL, July 4

Waltham Track Club's Laurie Femmel (Natick MA) won the Young Women's division 400 meter hurdles at the USATF Youth Championship meet in Lisle IL over the weekend. The junior to be from Natick MA clocked 1:03.51 for the lap over the barriers, her second best time ever and winning by .9 seconds. She was only seventh fastest coming out of the trial round.

Teammate Amanda Pasko (Wellesley MA) was tenth in the Youth Girls Pentathlon; hitting a hurdle in the first of the five pent events kept her from a higher placing.

On the other end of the competitive spectrum at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene OR - the second of two international "Diamond League" meets in the USA - a trio of New England natives ran among the fields of world's best athletes. A pair of men dropped their personal bests way down in the mile; Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT), in his last race in U.Oregon colors, was fifth in the first section of the mile in 3:51.74, and Russell Brown (Hanover NH) ran eighth in section two in 3:56.92. Overall, 20 runners broke 4:00 in the two sections combined. Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA) ran second in the 5000 in 14:49.08.

 

Eric Blake's only competition at Loon was a heavy-set local (Photo: scottmasonphoto.com)
Eric Blake's only competition at Loon was a heavy-set local.
Photo: scottmasonphoto.com

BLAKE, LUCREZI THE BOSS AT LOON
Lincoln NH, July 4

Repeating a headline for the fourth time this season that only needed a location change, Eric Blake ()BAA) and Gina Lucrezi (INOV-8) were first at Sunday's Loon Mountain 5.5+ mile race, the fifth hill in the 2010 Mountain Circuit. Blake, who earned a spot on the US Mountain Running team for the world championships with his finish at Mt.Washington on June 19, punctuated his fourth circuit win in four starts with an eye-popping 2:29 margin over last week's winner at Cranmore, Kevin Tilton (CMS) with 2009 NE marathon champ Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway) another half minute back.

Lucrezi made it a gloveful, placing 18th among 208 finishers who took the challenge, as she'll be attempting a perfect season at Ascutney on July 11. The news was in a new runner-up, as Dawn Roberts (GSH) was 2:26 behind the champ. Karen Encarnacion (BAA) took bronze, and she and Todd Callaghan (GCST) matched their 40+ wins of the previous week, fourth and third overall, respectively. Richard Morris (Franconia, 1:01:54) and Lisa Doucett (CSU, 1:10:32) were fastest 50+, while Donovan Freeman (Andover NH) was first 60+ in 1:05:47, and Frank Hurt (WMM) best of the 70+ at 1:21:40.

With over 2,200' of hill climb over the course, few competitors were able to complete the Walking Boss hill section without modifying their pace to a walk; great pix, including an encounter Blake had with a "local" on the course at scottmasonphoto.com . Results at coolrunning.com. The 2010 circuit winds up at the top of Mt.Ascutney in Vermont next Sunday.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGION I
Brunswick ME, June 25-27

Many New England association athletes made the medal stand and set personal bests in the Region I Junior Olympics held at picturesque Bowdoin College in Brunswick ME last weekend.

Eight NE association competitors were double winners (one a triple winner):

  • Midget Boys - Shayne Simpson, Prov.Cobras, 100/200; David Principe, TNT, 1500/3000; Dominic Cirillo, Wilbraham MA, Shot put/Discus/Javelin.
  • Youth Girls - Margaret Barrie, Manchester NH, 100/200; Colleen Sands Princeton, MA 1500/3000; Katie HoSang, Granite State Flash, 400/High Jump;
  • Youth Boys - Nicholas Schutz, Brookline NH, 100/Long Jump;
  • Intermediate Boys - Justin Conor, Holden MA, 110H/400H;
  • Young Women - Melissa Derrico, Newburyport MA, Shot Put/Discus

Additionally, it was a family affair in the multi-events where brothers Nathan, Paul, and Luke Halberstadt (Waltham TC) won the Bantam Triathlon, Midget Pentathlon, and Youth Pentathlon, respectively.
Full results for the Region I Meet can be found at the Maine USATF site.
Athletes who finished in the top 3 in their events (top 2 in multi-events) can sign up for nationals at CoachO.com from July 1-17.

 

TILTON, LUCREZI WIN AT CRANMORE
NH, June 27

Kevin Tilton and Gina Lucrezi took the wins at the Mt.Cranmore Hill Climb, USATF-NE Mountain Championship and fourth race in the 2010 Mountain Circuit, on Sunday. It was the first circuit win of the year for Tilton - Eric Blake won the first three events - who led Jim Johnson (CMS) and 2010 US Mountain Running Team member Tommy Manning (Colorado) to the finish after two up-and-down loops on the mountain. Lucrezi made it four for four, finishing the 11.4 km ahead of Abby Mahoney who took the bridesmaid's place for the fourth time this circuit, 25 seconds behind the winner. Todd Callaghan (GCST) and Karen Encarnacion(BAA) were masters winners. Race director Paul Kirsch delegated well enough to run and finish 30th of 181 finishers.

No time to rest; race 5 of 6 is this coming Sunday, July 4, at Loon Mountain.

 

W75 WORLD RECORD FOR HARADA
Eugene OR, June 27

Mary Harada (Liberty AC / West Newbury MA) established a new World Masters Record in the mile for Women 75-79 at last weekend's Hayward Masters Classic in Eugene OR, clocking 7:55.74 for the distance. That time beat her own pending mark of 8:11.55 set on her 75th birthday on June 17 at the Adrien Martinez Classic in Concord MA.

In the same meet in Oregon, previous W75 mile record holder Suzi MacLeod ran a new Amercian Record for the same age division in the 800m with a 3:35.22.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS NEWS
June 21

The results of the USATF New England, held at Fitchburg State College on Saturday, are available at the Results are posted at www.usatfne.org/track. An even 500 entrants filled the facility.

Those individuals and relays finishing in the top 6 are eligible to advance to the Region I meet this weekend at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine.
Entry for Region I is ONLINE ONLY. Entry is open on Tues-Wed-Thurs, June 22-23-24 at the COACHO registration site. Payment is by credit card, or may be brought to the meet. Signed waivers must be on file.

A detailed overview of the online entry process can be found here.

Info on the meet in general, schedule, and Brunswick area hotels is at brunswickevents.org.

 

USA MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM TO BE SELECTED AT MOUNT WASHINGTON
Mt.Washington NH

A new single race selection format will be used to select the men's and women's open USA Mountain Running Team this weekend at the USA Mountain Running Championships held at the 50th Mt. Washington Road Race on Saturday.

Among the top U.S. competitors is Rickey Gates of Colorado, a four-time mountain running team member, and one of only five men ever to break the one-hour barrier on Mt. Washington. Top local competition will come from NE Mountain Circuit leader and two-time Mt. Washington champion Eric Blake (BAA/New Britain CT).

The course runs 7.6 miles from the base of the Auto Road to the 6,288-foot summit with grades as steep as 12%. The 2010 U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Kamnik, Slovenia, to compete in the 26th World Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 5.

A number of 50th anniversary festivities will take place over the weekend; follow the history at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

 

50TH MT.WASHINGTON RACES PRODUCE EXCITEMENT
Gorham NH, June 19

First time Mt.Washington Road Race participants Chris Siemers of not so hilly Chicago, and Ethiopian Shewarge Amare, now based in New York City, were first to the top of New Hampshire's highest peak on Saturday at the 50th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race. The event also served as the USA Mountain Running Championship, and, along with serving as the single qualifier for the U.S. national team that will compete in the World Mountain Running Championship this fall in Slovenia, had a field deeper in quality than usual.

Siemers took the lead that would give him his win after the 7 mile mark, his time of 1:00:22 gapping past winner and NE Mountain Circuit leader Eric Blake of the B.A.A. by 18 seconds in the final surge. Amare used a pair of borrowed shoes to break the 12 year old women's course record by well over a minute with a time of 1:08:21, earning a bonus of $5000. Another first timer, Kristen Price (Raleigh NC) was "the best of the rest" and US Champion in 1:11:13. In fourth, Nicole Hunt (Deer Lodge, Montana) set a new mastes standard of 1:12:59. Top New Englanders in the women's race was Amber Ferreira (7th, 1:19:47) and Jennifer Campbell (9th, 1:21:06).

916 completed the "run to the clouds", coming from 39 states, and a handful of foreign countries. Results, stories on the anniversary festivities, and pictures at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS ON SATURDAY
Fitchburg State College, MA

The USATF New England Junior Olympic meet will take place the Saturday, June 19 at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg MA. 2 year age groups based on year of birth, from born 1992-1993 up through 2000 and later. Online entry remains open through Thursday evening; check the information sheet or go to CoachO.com. Those opting for day of meet on site should leave yourself plenty of extra time.

Top 6 teams and individuals qualify for Region I meet in Maine the following weekend. That is online only.

 

GBTC WINS USATF-NE TRACK TITLE
June 13, Weston MA

Greater Boston TC repeated their team wins at the USATF NE Track and Field Championship at Regis College on Sunday. The red team outdistanced other clubs by significant amounts for both men and women. The new facility was well received, and will be the meet's regular home for the foreseeable future. Results are posted at www.usatfne.org/track.

A new meet for open, masters, and youth competitors has been added to the schedule on Saturday, June 26 at MIT. The entry form is available at mitpv.com; pre entry is strongly suggested.

 

BROWN'S KINSLEY WINS NCAA TITLE
June 9-12, Eugene OR

Brown University's Craig Kinsley busted the form charts at the NCAA Division I championships in Eugene Oregon, setting a personal best to win the javelin. Kinsley reached 250'3" on his fifth throw, bettering 2nd place by 9 feet, and earning the university's first outdoor NCAA gold medal since 1952.

Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT / U.Oregon), though, lived up to his status as a favorite to win both the 800 (1:45.69) and 1500 (3:47.94) leading a Duck 1-2-3 sweep in the latter. Two other locals had an all-American placing; former MA state champ Arantxa King (Medford MA/Stanford) won silver in the long jump (21'6.75"), and Tim Morse (Hingham MA / Radford U) was 8th in the hammer at 212-7.

 

HOWARD IS JUNIOR COLLEGE CHAMP
Boston

Missed in our earlier collegiate action reporting, Nia Howard of Roxbury Community College won her second consecutive National Junior College Division 3 championship in the long jump. She also won the 100 and placed second in the 200. An academic all-American, she recently accepted a full scholarship to Northeastern University for next year.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC ENTRY ONLINE PROCESS
June 10

An important late change for those entering the June 19 New England Junior Olympic meet at Fitchburg State College. There is now an online entry process for the meet, using CoachO.com. The National Committee is "requiring" this, but we are trying to make this work for our local competitors.

Those who have already entered need not resubmit, but new entries should use this new procedure. Please go to usatfne.org/track for a link to a detailed procedure. This new process was only instituted 3 weeks ago, and may cause some confusion, but our materials should guide one through it step by step.

Entry does not require payment in advance this year - payment should be mailed, or brought to the meet. The waiver - signed by the parent if under 18- must also be brought to the meet.

A key item, that a single contact person is supposed to enter any and all entrants for athletes with a club affiliation; club contacts will receive a separate email message on this.

Any waiver requests for the Region I meet must be in the NE office by the close of the day Friday, June 18, and those must be on the paper form. Thanks for your patience with this new process.

 

JMatt Ely (BAA) and Joseph Koech (RUN) won open and masters 5K titles on Sunday in Rhode Island. (Photo: Steve Vaitones)
Matt Ely (BAA) and Joseph Koech (RUN) won open and masters 5K titles on Sunday in Rhode Island
Photo: Steve Vaitones

ELY TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP AT RHODY 5K
June 6, Lincoln RI

Matt Ely (BAA) earned the USATF-NE 5K championship at the Rhody 5K at Twin River in Lincoln RI on Sunday. The event served only as the men's championship this year, with 418 crossing the mats, as the women will go head to head in Providence in October, the first time in almost 20 years where championships have been split.

Overall winner was past NE champ Pat Tarpy who recently moved to Yarmouth Maine. Leading from the gun, the Brown grad clocked 14:55 on the flat course. Conditions were warm and a bit humid as the race dodged the severe storms later that day. Ely and BAA mate Pat Moulton ran 15:14 and 15:22, respectively, and with a third BAA runner in the top 10, and that would generally lead to team honors. However, Team RUN, led by Justin Freeman, finished 4-5-6-7 and their depth won out by 47 seconds.

In 7th, Joseph Koech was first 40+, while Norm Larson (GMAA, 50+) and Gordon MacFarland (CSU, M60+) recorded their third wins of the year to increase their division leads, and Bill Riley (BAA, 70+) ran an amazing 20:47. Whirlaway RT (40+, 50+) and CSU (60+) brought home the big team checks.

The women's race was not as deep as a championship event but still showed quality with Stephanie Reilly (NBBoston) winning in 16:59 and 1/2 marathon champ Jennifer Campbell (BAA) second in 17:52; Central Mass Striders won the open team award.

The event was prepared for all weather conditions, and the traditional lavish refreshment spread was enjoyed by all. Results are posted, and team scores will be up at www.usatfne.org/gp/ on Tuesday

The series next stop is the Stowe 8 Miler in Stowe VT on July 18.

 

WINNERS EARN THREE-PEATS AT PACK MONADNOCK
Wilton NH, June 6

Pack Monadnock is the longest race in the USATF-GP Mountain Circuit at 10 miles, and is uphill-only, but those differences did not change the names at the top of the results as Eric Blake (BAA / New Britain CT) and Gina Lucrezi (INOV-8 / Medway MA) made it three in a row for the series on Sunday. The race, hosted by Gate City Striders, found 361 finsihers up to age 75, as it was also part of the NH Grand Prix series. The point-to-point race from Wilton-Lyndeborough High School to the top of Pack Monadnock, included sections of the final mile that are steeper than the Mt.Washington race

Lucrezi broke the four year old course record with her 1:13:25 for 21st place overall, and Abby Mahoney (Holyoke) completed the daily double with her third second place of the season. CSU teammates Suzy West (1-40+, 7th overall) and Lisa Doucett (50), along with the GCS duo of Aline Kenney (60) and Barbara Robinson(70) took the age division titles.

Blake was the only finisher under an hour (59:55), outlegging Kevin Tilton for the second week by 1:12. Keiron Tumbleton (HopkintonRC) matched his mark from Northfield as fourth overall / first master, with Matt Curran (Gloucester MA) (50+), Jim Imprescia (NMC, 60+) and Frank Hurt (WMM, 70+, 3 straight) taking the remaining divisions.

Full race results are at coolrunning.com.

The current standings are posted. After a two week break, circuit resumes at Mt.Cranmore in New Hampshire on Sunday, June 27, hosted by the White Mountain Milers - though many will be running "the big one" - Mount Washington - on June 19.

 

HEADLEY NAMED NCAA DIII RUNNER OF YEAR
June 3

Springfield College senior Steve Headley was named NCAA Division III Runner of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The product of Wilbraham, Mass., won his second consecutive national crown at 100 meters last weekend in 10.33, as well as adding a second-place national showing in the 200 meters and running second leg of Springfield's 4×100-meter relay that finished as the national runner-up. All told, Headley accounted for 20 of Springfield's 26 points at the national championships, helping the Pride to a fifth-place national team finish.

Earlier in the year, Hedaley won NEWMAC titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters, setting conference records in both. He also recorded top finishes in the Division III New England Championships in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4×100 meters, and won Eastern College Athletic Conference titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters, both in record times.

 

JUNE 2 - NATIONAL RUNNING DAY

June 2 is National Running Day, initiated by the New York Road Runners Club to encourge new participants to give running a try, and to get established runners to try some varied events.

If you're keen on giving a track race a try, come over to the M.I.T. track in Cambridge tonight at 6:30p.m. for the USATF-NE Mini-Meet. A short schedule events draws all ages and abilities for the 100, 200, 400, 800, and mile.

And, tonight there is no entry fee - courtesy of the B.A.A.; just sign a waiver and head to the starting line. Bring a friend, get a youth involved, give track a try.

 

TWIN PEAK WINS AT WACHUSETT
Mt. Wachusett MA, May 29

Eric Blake (BAA) and Gina Lucrezi (INOV-8) took their second straight USATF-NE Mountain Circuit titles in as many weeks with wins at the Mt.Wachusett race on Saturday. 324 runners covered the loop out of the ski area in the Central Mass Striders hosted event. With the summit road still undergoing repairs from the December 2008 ice storm, the up-and-down 5.25 mile route started on the aptly named Mile Hill Road, and afer a run to the park entrance, covered the remaining distance off-road on trails and gravel roads.

Blake outlegged Kevin Tilton by 38 seconds. Todd Callaghan (GCST) was first master, seventh overall, with Martin Tighe (TNT, 50+), Vin Rivard (NMC, 60+) and Frank Hurt (WMM, 70+) taking the remaining ages. Lucrezi's margin over Abby Mahoney (CMS) was only half as large as the previous week, with Abbey Gosling (CMS) third. Donna Smyth (CSU) repeated as 50+ leader. Other age group winners were Margaret Kennedy (40+, HopkintonRC) and Linda Usher (CMS, 60+).

Results are at coolrunning.com. The circuit moves north to the Pack Monadnock (NH) 10 miler in Wilton NH on Sunday June 6, as many runners prep for the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of the Mt.Washington Road Race on June 19. See info at usatfne.org/trail. Remember, scorers and circuit-long "mountain goats" who hope to gain a waiver into the 2011 Mt.Washington Road Race must have 2010 USATF membership by next Sunday's race.

 

BARRETT IS NCAA DIVISION II CHAMPION
Charlotte NC, May 27-29

U.Mass.Lowell senior Jacqui Barrett (Woburn MA) brought home gold from the NCAA Division II national championships, taking first in the shot put in 50'8.25". Recording a school record, Barrett is the third national champion in UML history. Held at Johnson C. Smith College in North Carolina, electrical storms in the areas caused schedule delays and postponements through the 3 days, putting athletes' preparation for their events to the challenge.

Two other River Hawk seniors also earned all-American honors; Ruben Sanca (Boston) placed fifth in the two distance events, (5000 and 10,000) and Doug Caves (Oxford MA) earned his eighth career All-American award for 6th in the 400. Other New Englanders bringing home A-A honors a pair of bronze medalist; American International College freshman Glarius Rop (Eldoret KEN) in the 10,000 and Stonehill freshman Corey Thomas (Brookline MA) in the high jump at 7'1". In the latter event, the AIC duo of Noel James (Whitman MA) and Dylan Moore (Somersworth NH) placed 5th (6'11.75") and 6th, (6'10.75), respectively. On the women's side, Bidemi Balogun (AIC, Providence) spun the hammer 177'5" for fifth.

 

Jacqui Wentz was steeplechase champion and all-American in three events. Photo: Justin Kuo
Jacqui Wentz was steeplechase champion and all-American in three events.
Photo: Justin Kuo

SIX LOCAL CHAMPIONS AT NCAA DIVISION III NATIONALS
Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio, May 27-29

Six New England collegians wound up their school seasons won wins at the NCAA Division III Championships held at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio over three days.

A pair of women's winners included Jacqui Wentz of MIT in the steeplechase, 10:16.16 - the fastest DIII time of the year and a school record. She was also 5th at 1500 and ran on the 2nd place 4x400 relay. Tanasia Hoffler of Williams bounced to the gold in the triple jump at 40'10 1/2".

Wentz' Tech teammate Stephen Morton wound up his career with a long jump victory (23'9") and third in the triple jump, 49'3". Springfield's Stephen Headley turned in a DIII season best of 10.33 to win the 100 and then scored silver in both the 200 at 21.15 and as part of Springfield's 4x100 relay. The latter event was won by Wheaton College in a blazing 40.77; the Lyons also closed the meet with a strong 4x400 win, clocking 3:11.73. Connor Kamm (Williams) led the 5000 meter field (14:28.06)

Most successes were found in the 1500, where five New Englander men and fourn women ran to all-American honors. In the women's team totals, MIT placed third, their highest ever, with 37 points, while rival Williams was sixth at 33; 77 colleges scored. MIT men was also top NE team at fourth place and 27 points, with Wheaton and Springfield tied for fifth at 26, and Amherst tied for tenth among the 85 colleges earning points.

Full results of the meet are are at raceberryjam.com.

 

FYFFE, CLARK TAKE 12K TITLES
May 22, Bedford NH

Justin Fyffe and Caitlyn Clark took the USATF-NE 12K titles at the 36th Bedford Rotary 12K, the third stop in the 2010 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix; 536 crossed the finish line on the Bedford HS track.

2009 Grand Prix champ Fyffe (CMS/E.Dummerston VT) set a course record of 37:18, nearly a minute up on the BAA duo of Matt Ely and Mark Miller (who moves into the 2010 series lead). Last year's overall winner Joseph Koech was top masters finisher, one place on series leader Wayne Levy (BAA); that was the trend as Craig Fram (Whirlaway, M50+, 2nd over 40!) and Gordon MacFarla