NEWS FROM 2011

12/31/2011
 

WALTHAM TC GIRLS ARE DECEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
December 31, 2011

The Waltham Track Club Youth Girls cross country team is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for December 2011. The team won their division (age 13-14) at the USA Junior Olympic National Championships on December 10 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Youth Girls race was the largest of the 6 girls races at the national meet. Team members are Leah Brams, Rebecca Grusby, Lauren Ilsley, Sonya Jampel, Courtney Aylaian, Zoe Gompers, Charlotte Sykes, and Lindsey Mogan.

Find the complete list of monthly award winners at usatfne.org on the awards page.

 

MASTERS RELAY RECORD BESTS CLOSE OUT 2011
Boston University, December 31

Three US Masters Relay bests in the 11th annual Lou's 4 x 1600 Relay, run following the B.U.Mini-meet #3, closed out the 2011 competitive year at Boston University on December 31. Fourteen teams required two sections to be run, with records in each.

The Whirlaway Racing Team Men's 50+ foursome of Mike Cooney, Paul Doe, Paul Hammond, and Craig Fram carried the baton in 19:17.61, breaking the old record by a whopping minute and half (old mark 20:47.8). Fastest leg was Cooney's opening 4:44.45. Three of the four also have a stake in the existing M40 4 x 1600 record set 9 years ago.

In section 2, Liberty AC Women's 60+ foursome bettered their own mark set a year ago; Sue Gustafson, Regina Wright, Lenore Webber, and Jan Holmquist relayed in 28:57.57 (Holmquist fastest at 6:40.09), pulling down the year old standard by 35 seconds. While many records are set by runners just turning the new age group, Liberty's four runners ranged from 64 to 69.

A men's 70+ mark had not been recorded until race; the New England 65+ RCquartet of Jerry LeVasseur, Joe Cordero, Harry Carter, and Bill Borla ran 29:06.20 for a first time record (fast leg - 6:19.05 by ) The mark will be listed as a "national team" record, as all four do not have their USATF club membership with NE65.

The overall race was won by the new Club Janji, whose anchor, Mike Burnstein, turned in the day's fastest leg at 4:20.09. Full results with all split times will be posted Monday at usatfne.org/track.

 

DICAMILLO PICKED FOR INTERNATIONAL CROSS MEET
December 21

Based on her finish at the USA Fall Cross Country Championships, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston / Providence RI) will be representing the USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland on January 7. The 2010 New England and Mayor's Cup Champion finished ninth at the Nationals to earn the USA uniform.

The full US team can be found in the press release at usatf.org.

 

AMERICAN WORLD MEDALISTS TO COMPETE AT 2012 NEW BALANCE INDOOR GRAND PRIX IN BOSTON
December 19, Boston

Reigning World 1500 Meter Champion Jenny Simpson will open her 2012 season, and 1500 meter bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz will make his professional track debut on February 4 at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at Boston's Reggie Lewis Track and Center.

Simpson become the first American woman to win an outdoor world 1500 title since Mary Slaney’s victory at the inaugural IAAF World Championships in Helsinki 1983. "Track fans at Reggie Lewis have shown that they particularly appreciate the distance races so I am looking forward to hopefully giving them a glimpse of things to come this summer", said Simpson.

Centrowitz' World Championships medal was an impressive end to a standout season that included victories at the NCAA Championships and USA Outdoor Championships. He announced last month that he will forgo his last year of NCAA eligibility at the University of Oregon and will have his indoor track professional debut in Boston.

Since it began in 1996, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has showcased nine US and six world records, and has brought Olympians and World Champions to the intimate confines of the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Ticket ordering and meet information for meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.

If you need extra motivation to get prime seats for the traditionally sold-out meet, you can save 15% off the price of your tickets from now until December 24. Visit the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix ticket page or call 1-877-849-8722 and use the promo code "DEC2011" when purchasing your tickets to receive a special 15% holiday discount! This offer is only good until 11:59PM EST on December 24!

 

KEN MUELLER PASSES AWAY
December 16

Past New England champion runner Ken Mueller passed away on December 9 at age 75. He ran his first Boston Marathon in 1959 and completed the race 19 times with a best of 2:22.26. A long time resident of Bellingham and member of the Boston Athletic Association, Ken competed in road, cross country, and track events on the national, regional and local level, and earned championship gold medals at all levels. He taught physical education for many years in the Woonsocket RI school system.

 

Daniel O'Donoghue runs to an All-American 24th palce in the Midget Boys race (photo: Emer)
Daniel O'Donoghue runs to an All-American 24th palce in the Midget Boys race
(photo: Emer)

WALTHAM TC, NASHUA PAL GATE CITY WIN NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC TITLES
December 10, Myrtle Beach SC

Waltham Track Club Youth (13-14) Girls and Nashua PAL Sub-Bantam (7-8) Boys ended their seasons as gold medalists, winning their divisions at the National Junior Olympic meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday; well over 2000 competitors from around the country took part.

Led by Leah Brams (24th overall, 11th team scorer), Waltham totaled 131 to win by 12 points over San Diego RoadRunners, with Granite State Flash fourth (164) in the same race. The Youth Girls race was the largest girls race of the day, had the closest top 5 team scoring of all events, and the best New England team showing in the meet.

Nashua PAL Gate City were top in the first year of Sub-Bantam (age 7-8) national level competition, with top finisher Nicholas Dahl placing 24th.

Granite State Flash Bantam (9-10) Girls also made the awards podium placing third; their 91 points matched second place, but they were edged on the tiebreaker fifth place finisher.

Top individual placings were a pair of bronze medal runs. Caroline Fischer (Granite State Flash) ran to third in the Bantam (9-10) girls race, and Samuel Toolin of Sentinel Striders matched that in the Bantam Boys run, one place ahead of Noah Strout of Nashua PAL who also won an individual medal.

New England Club placings and the top individual in each race:

  • Sub Bantam Girls: 9.Morgan Nault, Granite Sate Flash;
  • Bantam Girls: 3.Caroline Fischer, Granite State Flash; 3.Granite State Flash 92, 11.Greater Lowell RoadRunners 255 (14 teams);
  • Midget Girls: 33.Cecelia Orcutt, Team RUN; 6.Waltham TC 197; 8.Granite State Flash 232 (20 teams);
  • Youth Girls: 8.Rylee Gillen, Team RUN; 1.Waltham TC 131, 4.Granite State Flash 164 (23 teams);
  • Intermediate Girls: 16.Maeve Westover;
  • Young Women: 16.Erica Notini, Nashua PAL; 4.Sentinel Striders 100.
  • Sub Bantam Boys: 9.Peter Crapsey, Bradford Huskies; 1.Nashual PAL Gate City,45 (5 teams)
  • Bantam Boys: 3.Samuel Toolin, Sentinel Striders; 5.Nashua PAL Gate City 157, 10.Sentinel Striders 219 (17 teams);
  • Midget Boys: 24.Daniel O'Donoghue, Waltham TC; 10.Waltham TC 281; 13.Nashua PAL Gate City 339 (24 teams);
  • Youth Boys: 20.Eli Moskowitz, Granite State Flash; 7.Granite State Flash 206, 9.Sentinel Striders 240; 13.Nashua PAL Gate City 331 (25 teams);
  • Intermediate Boys: 44.Arthur Whitehead, Nitehawks; 9.Granite State Flash 195 (13 teams);
  • Young Men: 7.Ben Bunnell, Green Mountain AA;


Results of all 12 races are at usatf.org/events/2011.

 

BAA, NEW BALANCE BOSTON FIFTH AT US CROSS NATIONALS
GREATER SPRINGFIELD, FIVE INDIVIDUALS WIN MASTERS MEDALS

December 10, Seattle WA

The Boston Athletic Association men and New Balance Boston women took fifth in their respective races at the USA Cross Country Nationals held in Seattle Washington on Saturday. An event record 1,226 athletes in two open and two masters championship competitions which featured America's top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying for top honors as the nation's top cross country team. The championships offered a total prize purse of $30,000.

Led by New England champ Tim Ritchie in 13th, and Brian Harvey in 21st, the B.A.A. men scored 179 points for fifth place and $1000 at the "club nationals". Repeating as team champions were McMillan Elite of Arizona with 72 points. Other local teams in the 358 runner field were New Balance Boston (23rd, 650), Greater Boston TC (27th, 753), and Greater Boston B (27th, 750) (45 teams). Men's race individual winner John Gray of Team USA Minnesota ran 29:38.

In the women's race, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston / Providence RI) was first local home for the second straight year, improving her placing to 9th in a field of 265. With New England champion and clubmate Jenn Donovan in 22nd, New Balance Boston placed fifth with 169 points. The B.A.A. women, with Diana Bowser and Kasie Enman in 29-30, placed sixth and Greater Boston TC was 12th and all well in the top half of the 32 team field. Overall winners were adidas/Team Rogue Elite (74 points), and Brie Felnagle (WA, 19:54).

Among the 356 men's masters competitors, Sandu Rebenciuc (Greater Springfield Harriers) was second overall and New England masters champ Pete Hammer(B.A.A.) ran to sixth overall, both earning silver medals in the M40 and M45 divisions, respectively. Greater Springfield placed second M40 with 72 points behind Atlanta Track Club (22). Also representing the area in the 21 team M40 totals were Dirigo RC (6th, 201 pts) and Greater Boston TC (11th, 314 pts).

In the M55-59 individual scoring, Norm Larson (Green Mountain AA) and John Barbour (Gr.Lowell RR) won gold-bronze for the 55-59 division, and led their clubs to 9th and 10th, respectively, for M50+ clubs (17 teams).

In the masters' women's 6K race, Top New Englanders among the 152 finsihers was Trish Bourne (W45, GLRR) in 43rd, 24:51. Only one club fielded a scoring squad, The W50+ Greater Lowell RR led by Liane Pancoast placing 7th.

Complete results of all divisions at usatf.org

 

SIX NE SCHOLASTICS IN FOOTLOCKER FINAL
December 10, San Diego CA

Seven scholastic runners from the New England states enjoyed the pleasant San Diego weather and met national elite counterparts at the 33rd Foot Locer Cross Country Championships in San Diego on Saturday. Maine runners were top regional runners in both races.

Two girls represented the six state region; Abbey Leonardi of Kennebunkport ME placed 4th in 17:36 in her third national appearance, and Catarina Rocha (Peabody MA), in her second Footlocker final, was 7th in 17:38. Winner Molly Seidel (Hartland WI) clocked 17:22.

In the boys race, five first time finalists from New England were led by Matthew McClintock (Madison, ME) in 15th at 15:32. Behind him were Connor Rog (Fairfield CT, 18th, 15:35), Jonathan Green (St.Johns/Shrewsbury MA, 22nd, 15:46), Christopher Allen (King Phillip/Norfolk MA, 24th, 15:47), and Joel Hubbard(Marshfield MA, 35th, 16:10), all racing well in the elite field of 40 runners. Boys winner Edward Chererek (St.Benedicts, Newark NJ) completed an undefeated season, running 14:51.5 for a 1 second win.

Results and stories at footlockercc.com

 

NEW ENGLAND HONORS AT USATF MEETINGS
December 1-4, St.Louis

Several New England competitors and administrators were recognized by sports committees at the USATF Annual Meetings held in St.Louis last week. Among athletes, the Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Council named Kasie Enman (Huntington VT/BAA) as their Mountain Runner of the year, and the duo of Tim Van Orden(Bennington VT/CMS) and Jackie Shakar (Sutton MA/CSU) as the masters men's and women's Mountain and Trail ROY's.

Masters Track & Field selected Flo Meiler (Shelburne VT/Mass Velocity) as their female co-athelte of the year. Teammate Barbara Jordan (Burlington VT) was an athlete honoree for the age 75+ division.

Race Walking Committee gave its "Mike Riban Award" for long term service to NE chairman Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Brookline MA). The late marathon legend Clarence Demar was formally inducted into the US Track & Field Hall of Fame with five other individuals.

Full information on the USATF Annual Meeting and awards can be found at usatf.org.

 

NEW ENGLAND OFFICIALS SELECTED TO WORK OLYMPIC TRIALS
December 1-4, St.Louis

Eight New England states officials were selected to officiate the 2012 USA Olympic Trials Track & Field meet in June. The selections were done at the USATF Annual Meeting. Those heading to the Trials in Eugene, Oregon, are: Joe Bullock(Swansea MA, shot put), Nicole Bullock (Swansea MA, hammer), Bob Gidari(Deering NH, discus), Justin Kuo (Brookline MA, Electronic Distance Measurement), Rick Lajoie (Holyoke MA, long/triple jump), Pat Lavelle (Holyoke MA, hammer) Tom Meagher (Duxbury MA, starter), and Lance Turley (Laconia NH, hammer)

Several other officials received assignments at major USA Championships; Dave Grant (Keene NH, Junior Nationals, shot put), Sarah Grant (Keene NH, Junior Nationals, discus/javelin), Jim Wilcox (Fall River MA, Indoor Nationals, Clerk).

 

NE SCHOOLS REPRESENT AT NIKE CROSS NATIONALS
December 3, Portland OR

Three New England school clubs and several at-large individuals lined up against the country's top ranked teams at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) at Portland (OR) Meadows Race Track on Saturday. The group qualified a week earlier with a top 2 finish at the Northeast Region meet in Wappinger Falls NY.

Pembroke MA placed 18th in the boys race, with teams from Champlain Valley Union VT (21st) and Hamilton-Wenham MA (22nd) in the girls run. Top individual finishers from New England were the NE HS champions in November; Mike Marsella (Chariho, RI) in 19th (the first RI individual qualifier for the meet) and Elle Purrier (Richford, VT) in 32nd and New England HS champ. Full results at runnerspace.com.

 

2012 GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE FINALIZED
December 1

Voting is closed for the 2012 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix, and Slate "B" received an absolute majority of the 400+ votes cast online. The line-up for the coming year will be:

February 26 - Jones 10 Mile, Amherst MA
March 18 - New Bedford Half Marathon
May 19 - Bedford Rotary 12K, Bedford NH
June 10 - Newton 10K, Newton MA
July 28 - Carver Cranberry 5 Mile, Carver MA
September 23 - Legacy 5K, Dedham MA
October 28 - Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA

Details on races will be posted next week.

 

Greater Boston TC - Club of the Year (Photo:Roger Perham)
Greater Boston TC - Club of the Year
(Photo: Roger Perham)

FIRST NEW ENGLAND AWARDS NIGHT A SUCCESS
November 19, Stoneham MA

The first USATF-New England Association Awards Banquet was held on Saturday in Stoneham MA with 130 members in attendance. The evening included a buffet dinner, program, and awards emceed by Andy Schachat, "the Voice of New England Running", and was co-ordinated by association President Steve Viegas, Vice President Jim Garcia, and Greater Boston TC coach and co-director Tom Derderian.

The evening included awards from all of athletic disciplines, including Road, Track & Field, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking, and Track & Field. The Athlete of the Year awards went to Brett Ely and Tim Ritchie, both members of the BAA, with Greater Boston TC earning the Club of the Year honor.

All division winners in the various event Series received an embroidered blue vest with a "2011 Series Winner" designation. Special awards went to President’s Award recipients, and winners of the Road Running Grand Prix, Cross Country and Mountain Circuit, and were presented by association officers.

Nationally recognized sports nutritionist and GBTC member Nancy Clark, gave a presentation on sports nutrition and videos on the arduous Mount Washington Road Race were shown.

Suggestions for next year are welcome as planning and promoting the event will begin earlier for 2012.

 

ONLINE VOTING UP FOR 2012 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX EXTENDED
November 23

Online voting for the 2012 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix is extended through November 30, as an email blast to all members was late in being sent out. Voting is open to USATF New England members age 18 and over. Each athlete may vote once, and membership number and password are required.

The three slates to choose from can be found and voting done at This Location.

The voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30.

 

KUO MEASURES UP INTERNATIONALLY
November 23

USATF New England Board member Justin Kuo (NEWalkers / Brookline MA) was named as an "A" level road race course measurer, one of only 75 in the world. A measurer and the final review person for all courses measured for certification in Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, Kuo is also chair of the USATF Records Committee; congratulations and thanks go out for his dedicated work locally. For information on road race course measurement and certification, check usatf.org.

 

First place Gwenyth Winship with 4th place Waltham Leah Brams (Photo: Granite State Flash / Justin Platt)
First place Gwenyth Winship with 4th place Waltham Leah Brams
(Photo: Granite State Flash / Justin Platt)

NEW ENGLAND YOUTH LEAD REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS
November 20, Queensbury NY

The strength and numbers of the New England association youth cross country were evident at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held in Queensbury NY on Sunday. At the end of the perfect day for running, New England clubs composed 21 of the 29 teams qualifying for the National championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on December 10.

The local contingent won the team title in 9 of 12 divisions and came home with half of the individual gold medals. Granite State Flash topped four divisions (Bantam/Midget/Youth Girls and Youth Boys), Sentinel Stridershad two wins (Young Women, Youth Boys) and Nashua PAL Gate City (Sub Bantam Boys), Waltham TC (Midget Boys), and Green Mountain AA(Young Men) each had one victory. Individual Winners in New York were Samuel Toolin (SS, Bantam), Caroline Fisher (GSF, Bantam), Jessica Ewing (GSF, Midget), Gwenyth Winship (GSF, Youth), Dage Minors (GMAA, Intermediate), and Ben Bunnell (GMAA, Young Men).

Full results are posted at CoachO.com.

 

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE XC - D'AGOSTINO THIRD IN DI; DEL PICCOLO WINS D3
November 19-21

The three NCAA collegiate divisions held their cross country championships this weekend, with New England runners and teams visible on results.
At Monday's Division I National at Indiana State, Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth) placed third, just 1.7 seconds away from the top step. Winning team Georgetown had three New Englanders in their seven; Emily Jones (Harvard MA), Kirsten Kasper (N.Andover MA) and Katrina Coogan (Exeter NH). Lone NE rep Boston College finished a creditable 12th (Jillian King, 38th) In the men's tally, a pair of local products and an NE collegian earned all-American honors; Ryan Collins (Mansfield MA/Wisconsin) was 23rd and Mark Amirault (Westwood MA/Virginia) was 27th, followed by Dan Lowry (Brown) in 28th; Providence, the only NE team, placed 22nd (David McCarthy, 41).

Divsion II and III were held on Saturday. On a snow-covered course in Spokane Washington, Glarius Rop (AIC) led the New England qualifiers in 17th, with U.Mass Lowell and Stonehill placing 20 and 21, respectively. Top women's finishers were Jeptui Cherutich (AIC, 43rd) and Tara Dooley (Bentley, 49), and Stonehill and Bentley checked in at 19th and 22nd.

On the DIII women's scoreboard in Winneconne Wisconsin, Chiara Del Piccolo of Williams brought home the gold with a 5 second margin over the 6K circuit; the Middlebury duo of Margo Cramer and Addie Tousley were 5-6, and Amherst's Keri Lambert was 8th. New England teams were also visible at the front with Middlebury second, Williams third, and MIT fifth, with Amherst (11) and Tufts (20) also in the mix.
In the men's competition, Brookline MA alum Mike Burnstein placed 10th overall leading his Washington U team to a bronze medal, with Coby Horowitz (Bowdoin, 13) and Matt Rand (Tufts, 19) top local scorers. Team placings by NE schools were all in the top half of the field - Williams (6), Bates (7), Tufts (9), Middlebury (13) and Bowdoin (15).

Full results at www.ncaa.org

 

ONLINE VOTING UP FOR 2012 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX
November 17

Online voting for the 2012 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix is now up. Voting is open to USATF New England members age 18 and over, each athlete may vote once, and membership number and password are required.

There are three slates to choose from. A committee of the road running chairmen and club reps reviewed the submitted bids and put together the slates to minimize fit among the races and within other events. The slates can be found and voting done at This Location.

The voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22. The final schedule will be announced on Wednesday, November 23.

 

Jacob Meier and Ethan Randall head to the finish in the Midget Boys 3K (Vera Vaitones photo)
Jacob Meier and Ethan Randall head to the finish in the Midget Boys 3K
(Vera Vaitones photo)

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
GREAT DAY ON THE FARM

November 13, Amherst NH

Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH, a working equestrian farm, was the site of the New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Sunday on a perfect day for running. Ably hosted by Amherst Track Club and site director George Bower, the meet had 597 finishers in the six divisions, the largest ever NE JO XC meet. Results are posted at usatfne.org/cross.

Clubs winning one or more divisions included Green Mt. AA, Granite State Flash, Nashua PAL Gate City, Sentinel Striders, and Waltham Track Club, with seven total clubs having teams qualify for the next round; the top 3 or 4 clubs (depending on size of race), as well as individuals finishing in the top 25 in each division advance to the Region I meet on Sunday, November 20, in Queensbury NY. The information brochure for Region I is at usatfadir.org.

Entry for the meet is online only on Monday night through Thursday, Nov.17, at 5 p.m. at CoachO.com.

The National meet is on Saturday, December 10, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 at Region I advance. Find the nationals brochure at usatf.org

 

CAPPELLO IS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
November 6

Heather Cappello of Arlington, Mass. and the Boston Athletic Association has been named USA Track& Field-New England Athlete of the Month for October 2011. At the 11th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon run on October 9, Heather was third overall women's finisher with a time of 1:13:44 - the fastest by a New Englander this year. The time earned her a spot in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials to be held in Houston in January, 2012.

Find the complete list of monthly award winners atusatfne.org on the awards page.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
GREAT DAY ON THE FARM

November 13, Amherst NH

Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH, a working equestrian farm, was the site of the New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships on Sunday on a perfect day for running. Ably hosted by Amherst Track Club and site director George Bower, the meet had 597 finishers in the six divisions, the largest ever NE JO XC meet. Results are posted at usatfne.org/cross.

Clubs winning one or more divisions included Green Mt. AA, Granite State Flash, Nashua PAL Gate City, Sentinel Striders, and Waltham Track Club, with seven total clubs having teams qualify for the next round; the top 3 or 4 clubs (depending on size of race), as well as individuals finishing in the top 25 in each division advance to the Region I meet on Sunday, November 20, in Queensbury NY. The information brochure for Region I is at usatfadir.org.
Entry for the meet is online only on Monday night through Thursday, Nov.17, at 5 p.m. at CoachO.com.

The National meet is on Saturday, December 10, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 at Region I advance. Find the nationals brochure at usatf.org

 

RITCHIE, DONOVAN TAKE CROSS COUNTRY TITLES
November 6, Franklin Park

Tim Ritchie and Jenn Donovan added additional New England cross country titles to their resumes at Franklin Park on Sunday. Sunny and seasonally cool temperatures in the 40's and 50's with a damp course made for an ideal cross country day (though numbers were down from 2010 in each race).

The overall winner of the women's race was prep Cayla Hatton, a student at Phillips Academy not running for the school. A Conneticut native, Hatton was sixth at the Mayor's Cup (3 places behind Donovan), and defeated a number of national caliber harriers on Sunday; not running a scholastic season, she's below the radar coming into the big HS national meets. Donovan (New Balance Boston, 20:58) improved her time from last year to add a third NE title to those won in 2008 and 2009.

Women's team scores found both the B.A.A. and New Balance Boston with 37 points, but the tiebreaker of best 5th runner - by one place - gives the gold to the B.A.A.

A year ago, Ritchie (B.A.A.) was NE champ but second overall. This year, he repeated with the overall win in 30:25, a few seconds off his previous run. The winner also led the B.A.A. to a comfortable win at 20-44 over New Balance Boston.

The B.A.A. also had the masters men's victor over 8K in Pete Hammer, just a tick ahead of GMAA's Binney Mitchell as the top 5 were within 5 seconds. Dirigo RC's depth gave them a 36-64 margin over GMAA. Breaking out the age groups, Dirigo also the 50+ with GMAA taking 60+ divisions, as Pete Bottomley (Dirigo) and Tom Derderian (GBTC) were individual division winners.

Women's masters ran with the open 6k runners, and Jess Cover (GMAA) brings the gold home to Vermont, and led the team to the 40+ win. Cambridge Sports Union won the 50+, and Liberty AC was the only club to field a scoring trio for 60+ and 70+ divisions; top individuals at 50/6070+ were Jacqueline Shaker (CSU), Nancy Clark (GBTC) and Carrie Parsi (Liberty).

Full individual and team scores are found at usatfne.org/cross/

 

IMPORTANT JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY NEWS
November 4

This Sunday's November 6 Amherst NH Preliminary Junior Olympic Meet / course preview meet is cancelled; potential for damage to both course and parking areas is too great just a week before the NE JO meet, as well as because this is a working farm.

Course tours have been added on Saturday November 12, the afternoon before the NE meet - 2 to 4 p.m. only - and there are course walks on race morning. Please check amhersttrack.org for maps and details.

Note: Those are the only times to preview the course. Any unauthorized running at Freestyle Farm may result in not being able to run in the JO meet!

On-line entry at CoachO.com ends on Wednesday November 9 at 11:59 pm

 

NOVEMBER 6 CROSS COUNTRY MEETS - IMPORTANT NEWS
November 3

The on-line entry for the November 6 USATF New England Open/Masters Championship will now close on Thursday, Nov 3, at 6 p.m. Link at www.usatfne.org/cross/.

The November 6 Amherst NH Preliminary Junior Olympic Meet / course preview meet looks like it may be cancelled due to snow on the course and parking areas. Please check amhersttrack.org before going to the meet. A decision will be made by early Friday afternoon.

 

DEMAR SELECTED FOR NATIONAL TRACK & FIELD HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2011
November 1, Indianapolis IN

USA Track & Field announced today the selection of all-time track and field greats Clarence Demar, Gail Devers, Maurice Greene, Vince Matthews, and standout coach Bob Timmons, into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. The five will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, December 3, at the Jesse Owens Hall of Fame Banquet held in conjunction with 2011 USATF Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

Demar, a seven-time winner of the Boston Marathon, is inducted in the Veteran Athlete category, retired for longer than 25 years. Born in 1888, Demar never quit running or quit fighting until his death in 1958. In 1910, he was advised by doctors to give up running because of a heart murmur; that was one year before Demar won his first of a record seven Boston Marathons between 1911 and 1930. He competed in a total of 33 Boston Marathons, his final one at the age of 65.

An athlete far ahead of his time, Demar was known for weekly running from Keene, NH, to Boston and back, a total of over 90 miles. For the past 33 years, Keene has hosted the Clarence Demar Marathon. In addition to his feats in Boston, Demar was the bronze medalist in the marathon at the 1924 Olympic Games, and qualified for the 1912 Olympics. He was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2000. He died June 11, 1958.

 

RICH, DIONNE CLOSE GP SERIES WITH CAPE COD MARATHON WINS
October 30, Falmouth MA

Patrick Rich (CMS/Hamilton MA) and Hilary Dionne (Charlestown MA) both recorded personal best times to lead the field at the 34th Cape Cod Marathon and USATF-NE Championship in Falmouth on Sunday morning.

Rich came from 3 minutes back at 19 miles to take the win in 2:28:54, while Dionne led the women from the start. Conditions on the Cape were breezy, and, except for several large puddles, the area avoided the storm that ravaged much of New England.

The day proved wrong the often-stated "you can't PR at Cape Cod", as many in the top 10 and on the top teams recorded personal bests. Second woman Laura Brustolon (BAA) improved by 13 minutes, and bronze medalist Kevin Alliette (Whirlaway) was 10 minutes better than before.

Masters winners were George Adams (CMS, 12 overall) and Meredith Dutton(GCS), with Robert Cipriano (SRR, 16 overall) and Lisa Zappala (Whirlaway) taking the 50+ and CSU teammates Marshall Randolph and Diane McLaughlinthe 60+ division NE champion honors and Giuseppe Giannone (North Shore Striders) winning the 70+ division (no women).

CMS men used a 1-7-10 finish to take their third straight team marathon title by 8+ minutes over RUN and Whirlaway, and the BAA women, with 2 under three hours, built a formidable 51 minute margin over Whirlaway and CMS. The Somerville Road Runners trio of Jonathan May, Cipriano, and Joe O'Leary used team running to place 15-16-17 - and 3/4/5 over 40 - for the masters' gold. Whirlaway took women's 40+, men's 50+ crowns, and Cambridge Sports Union completed the team titles with the M60+ win.

The results closed with 909 marathon finishers, with a more non-starters than usual due to travel issues (a group from Martha's Vineyard was stranded as all morning ferries were cancelled due to high winds). Results - preliminary at this time - are at CapeCodMarathon.com; full Grand Prix team and individual scoring will be posted usatfne.org/gp/ on Tuesday after verifying the many scorers.

 

USATF NEW ENGLAND ESTABLISHES COACHES EDUCATION COMMITTEE
October 29

A USATF New England Coaches Education Committee has been established to help develop coaching programs in the association. The committee Chairman is Dave Kerin of Wolfeboro NH; Dave is a USATF Level II certified coach in multiple event groups, a lead instructor, and a member of the USATF Development and Coaches Education Committee.

The mission of the committee is to create and present coaches education and athlete instruction programs within the New England association to increase the level of coaching proficiency, working to improve the quality of instruction to and performance by athletes in the region. The compositon of the working committee will be five to seven individuals representative of youth, scholastic, collegiate, and club coaches, and will address all event groups. Members will have a have a minimum of USATF Level I coaching education and be a member of the USATF Coaches Registry.

Programs will be geographically distributed, cover all event groups (jumps, throws, sprints/hurdles, endurance), and be address a wide range of abilities from youth to masters, and from developmental to regional caliber to elite. Regular communications on coaching topics will be posted on the Coaches Education webpage.

As a starting project, a Level I Coaching School is planned for this July. Several introduction to event clinics are being formulated for the comng indoor track and field season. Information will be posted on the website, and specifically at www.usatfne.org/coaching.

 

NE AGE DIVISION MEDALISTS AT USA 50K
October 23, Boalsburg PA

Two New Englanders brought home medals from the USA 50 Mile Championship held in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, on October 23. Dave Martula(Sugarloaf Mt AC / Hadley MA) won the age 60-64 division in a time of 8:15:43, and Len Hall (Enfield NH) took second in the M55-59 division with an 8:32:58.

Winner Michael Wardian (Arlington VA) ran 5:33:46, just a week after a busy visit to New England when he placed third at the ING Hartford Marathon and won Maine's Mt.Desert Island Marathon. Results are at usatf.org.

 

David Nightingale (NYAC) finishes the Mens' 8K with a time of 23:46 (SV photo)
David Nightingale (NYAC) finishes the Mens' 8K with a time of 23:46
(SV photo)

RECORD FIELDS, GREAT COMPETITION AT MAYOR'S CUP
October 23, Boston

Lauren Centrowitz(Pacers New Balance / Virginia) and David Nightingale (New York AC / NYC) added their names to the winners' trophy at the Boston Mayor's Cup cross country races on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston. With over 1300 entries from age 10 and under to age 60+ contesting 6 different races, the Mayor's Cup had record numbers and exciting finishes in the 22nd annual event directed by USATF New England with the support of Boston Parks and Boston Center for Youth and Families.

After the second of three loops on the 5K course, the only competition for Centrowitz, a 7 time all-American while at Stanford, was the lead bike, as she ran to a 17 second victory in her first race at the historic venue. The men's race was quite another story, as a pack of nine headed up Bear Cage Hill together with a kilometer remaining, and six were still in contention for the win around the final turn. Only 5 seconds separated the top 6 finishers as Nightingale's 2 second win was the second by a NYAC runner in as many years. New Balance Boston women and New York AC men took home the Squires Cups for team wins.

Almost 400 youth covered the familiar 1.1 mile course in three age group races, with numerous personal bests on the familiar 1.1 mile course despite soft and soggy footing in spots. Five clubs were represented among the six winners The age 11-12 boys race found all three medalists clocking the same time, as Daniel O'Donoghue (Waltham TC) just pipped Tim Davis (RUN) and Kyle Faddis (Masconomet MS) at the line. Team winners included Bradford Huskies, Granite State Flash, Nitehawks Sports Club, and Waltham TC.
There were an astounding 455 finishers in the Franklin Park 5K - the largest ever field to take to the starting line in a cross country race at the facility - many giving cross country or a run in Franklin Park their first try and adding to the local cross country running tradition.

Thanks to sponsors Boston Athletic Association and adidas, the Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races gives elite, recreational, and youth runners one of the best Cross Country racing experiences in the country. Read the summaries and find results at baa.org.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC ONLINE ENTRY NOW OPEN
October 22

The on-line entry process for the November 13 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH is now open at CoachO.com

Follow this to the Direct Link.

2012 USATF membership begins on November 1, so new members may want to wait until that date to get membership and enter. Reminder that this year, all entrants must have their date of birth verified before entering the meet.

 

BAA ANNOUNCES 3 RACE SERIES FOR 2012
October 13, Boston

In anticipation of its upcoming 125th Anniversary in 2012, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced the establishment of a three-race series. The B.A.A. Distance Medley will begin with the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, 2012, followed by the B.A.A. 10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7. Each of the three races will have its own prize purse. In addition, the male and female series champions will earn $100,000 in prize money.

Scoring for the B.A.A. Distance Medley will be based on total, elapsed time. For example, someone who runs 14:00 minutes at the 5K, 29:00 at the 10K and 1:04:30 for the Half Marathon would end the series with a time of 1:47:30. The scoring system is intended to maximize interest in the series among runners, the general public, and the media.
Everyone who completes all three races will be awarded a special commemorative medal for the series in addition to receiving a finisher’s medal for each race. Youth races will be held in conjunction with each event. Registration for each event will be held on the B.A.A.’s web site www.baa.org, and athletes contending for the series title will be posted to a leader board on the B.A.A. web site.

“B.A.A. races offer runners uncommon racing opportunities in Boston,” said Thomas S. Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “We appreciate the partnership we enjoy with the Mayor’s Office which highlights this renowned, running city. "

"In 2012, the B.A.A. Distance Medley will give Boston a series of races unique to the sport and is yet another way we are promoting our neighborhoods and our citizens,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Together with the B.A.A., we are encouraging health, fitness and an active lifestyle by providing inspirational opportunities in which anyone may participate.”

 

COACH DONAHUE PASSES AWAY
October 9-10

Joe Donahue, long time Throws Coach at Northeastern University and contributor to track and field, passed away on October 10. A Scituate MA resident, he guided and inspired athletes from league qualifier to national champion and Olympian. Read a tribute to coach Donahue at gonu.com.

 

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom heading into Boston at the Tuft's 10K Race Race for Women (SV Photo)
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom heading into Boston at the Tuft's 10K Race Race for Women
(SV Photo)

WEEKEND ACTION - BAA HALF, TUFTS 10K
October 9-10, Boston MA

Columbus Day weekend has become a high-powered and high-volume competition few days with the B.A.A. Half Marathon and Tufts Health Plan 10K finding world level competitors joining almost 12,000 runners on the streets of Boston and Cambridge (not to mention another 1000+ at the New England Collegiate Cross Country Championships). Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome GA) was front at center in both road races in pulling off an unprecedented double win.

Sunday's Half Marathon's 8:00 a.m. start avoided the brunt of the unseasonably warm conditions, and times were the fastest recorded in the association this year. Winners in the record 5,253 runner field had slightly different paths to the laurel wreath. Men's winner, Ethiopian Ali Abdosh (1:03:36), was the strongest of an international pack of frontrunners, making a decisive move at 11 miles but was only assured of the victory at the finish line, the top 3 closing within 12 seconds. Cherobon-Bawcom, who achieved her US citizenship last November, matched strides with 2010 winner Caroline Rotich for more than half the race, but forged a significant lead in miles 8 and 9 to ensure a reversal of the 2010 placings and winning by 1:35. Heather Cappello (BAA) continued her strong fall season with a third place finihsin in 1:13:44See baa.org for stories, pictures, and video.

On Monday, the 6000+ starters at the 35th annual Tuft's Health Plan 10K faced a noon start and a new course. Through the first three mile splits, the lead pack whittled down from 17 to four, and then it was time for Cherobon-Bawcom to repeat her breakaway act from Sunday. A spurt from 3 miles to 5K put 3 seconds on her challengers; that lead grew to 10 seconds by the turn, 17 seconds at 4 miles, and a half minute as she broke the tape. Her time of 32:47 earned a third U.S. title of the year, and with it, Cherobon-Bawcom also secured the women's title for the 2011 USA Running Circuit.
Behind her, Jenn Donovan (New Balance Boston/Brighton MA) was top New England runner in 17th; she led her NBB squad to fourth place in quality team competition won by Boulder (CO) Running Company. Results at www.tuftshealthplan.com.

The Tufts 10K is part of the USA Rrunning Circuit, a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon with a mission to showcase, support, and promote US distance runners. The 2011 Circuit standings and race results - and Tufts 10K video - are at www.USARunningCircuit.com.

 

Dan Serianni led the men's one hour race walk (Photo: Anna Kuo)
Dan Serianni led the men's one hour race walk
(Photo: Anna Kuo)

NEW ENGLAND HOSTS NATIONAL 1 HOUR RACE WALK
October 9, Waltham MA

USATF New England and the New England Walkers hosted the USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championship for the 13th time in 14 years, on Sunday, with strong performances despite the sun and heat over the Bentley University track. 2004 Olympian Teresa Vaill (Gainesville FL) covered the most distance in the women's competition, 12,226 meters. Several time Team USA member Dan Serianni (Rochester NY) orbited the track the most times for the men, totaling 13,018 meters. Though there were relatively small fields, quality was high, as five women and three men own USA singlets from international competition.

Story and pictures at usatfne.org/walk.

 

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE XC - UCONN AND BC WIN
October 8

Boston College women and Connecticut men were team winners at the 99th New England Collegiate Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on Saturday. UConn's Huskies took the title for the first time since 1969, tallying 149 points in a evenly matched field where places 2-12 were within 106 points among the 43 scoring squads. Individual champ Glarius Rop of American International College (Springfield) took the lead from the gun and never looked back to win for the third consecutive year, only the fourth runner to accomplish the feat; Only Bob Black (URI) has won 4 straight New England harrier titles (1946-1949).

The BC women packed 4 finishers in the top 9 to outpoint subway rivals Boston University 38-73 for their third team title in four years; 39 schools scored teams. Individual winner Katie Matthews, Codfish Bowl champ two weeks ago, clocked 17:18 on the soft course and moved up from a 6th place finish in 2010.

Full varsity and JV results are posted at neicaaa.org.

 

ENMAN IS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
October 3

Kasie Enman of Huntington VT and the Boston Athletic Association has been named USA Track & Field-New England Athlete of the Month for September 2011. Kasie won the first ever USA women's gold medal at the World Mountain Running Championships on September 11 in Tirana, Albania, more than a minute ahead of second place. She was also named USATF national Athlete of the Week following her victory.

Find the complete list of monthly award winners at usatfne.org on the awards page.

 

WHIRLAWAY 50'S 2ND AT NATIONAL 5K
PIERS WINS MASTERS MARATHON TITLE
TRUE SECOND AT USA 10 MILE, WINS USA CIRCUIT

October 2

Battling unseasonable 43 degree temperatures and steady rain as well as their competition, The Whirlaway Racing Team 50+ team took a close second place in the USA Masters 5K Championship held at the Syracuse Festival of Races on Sunday. Led by Doug Martyn (16:28, 2nd 50-54), who combined with Paul Hammond, and Paul Doe (5-6 individually in the M50 division), the club totaled 50:37 but fell an agonizing 3 seconds short of the Atlanta Track Club trio's time. A hamstring injury suffered by team top gun Reno Stirrat was likely the difference.

The Liberty AC 50+ Women's trio of Joan Miller (3rd 55-59), Jan Holmquist (1st, W65-69), and Karen Lein scored the team bronze medals.

Bill Riley (BAA/Centerville MA) and Bill Spencer (Gate City/Litchfield NH) went 1-2 in the M70 division, and Bill Dixon (GrLowell RR/Brattleboro VT), at age 64, was second in the M60 division as well as recording the 2nd ranked age-graded performance. Pete Bottomly (Cape Elizabeth ME/Dirigo) was 3rd in the M45 division.

The USA Masters Marathon Championships were part of the Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, and in the women's race, Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC/Falmouth ME) claimed the masters' title. Piers finished eighth overall, running an Olympic Trials 'A' qualifying time of 2:37:42.

At the USA 10 Mile Championship in Minneapolis, two time 2011 US road champion Ben True (InTheArena / Hanover NH) moved up in distance and placed a close second to Mo Trafeh (Duarte CA). Trafeh won his third US title of the year, clocking 46:46 with True 2 seconds back as 5 men ran under 47:00. Chris Barnicle (Newton MA) was 7th in 47:06. The event was the final race in 2011 USA Running Circuit, and True took the series title with 60 points; he won the 5K and 10K, took 2nd at the 10 Mile and 15K, and had two other top 10 placings to earn $6,000.

Full Results, videos, and interviews are at www.USARunningCircuit.com.

 

Individual winner Katie Matthews, sitting out the season at Boston U, with the Terriers' Codfish Bowl team trophy. (Photo by Masha Kuo)
Individual winner Katie Matthews, sitting out the season at Boston U, with the Terriers' Codfish Bowl team trophy.
(Photo by Masha Kuo)

CODFISH BOWL KICKS OFF BIG XC MEET SEASON
GBTC MEET IN TOPSFIELD ON OCT 1

September 24, Boston

Katie Matthews (unattached, Boston) and Rich Peters (Boston U) won the 43rd annual Codfish Bowl cross country races at Franklin Park on Saturday. Though rain held off, the course was soft and humidity high producing slower than helped for times. In the largest meet in its 44 year history (537 finishers), Boston U women held off Gr.Boston TC by 3 points (23 teams), and Bates was best in the men's race (26 teams). Check Women's Results and Men's Results.

Saturday, October 1, the Greater Boston XC Invitational, second event in the 2011 NE XC Grand Prix, takes place in Topsfield MA at Bradley Palmer Park, hosted by Greater Boston TC. See www.gbtc.org

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2012 BOSTON MARATHON
September 23, Boston

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon has closed. In preparation for next year's race, the B.A.A. implemented a new registration process, allowing the fastest runners in relation to their qualifying times to register during a two week period.

Registration began on September 12 and concluded at 5 p.m. on September 23. For the first time, the registration was not first come, first served, but rather allowed for a more systematic and orderly application procedure. Next week, applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance.

At the conclusion of the first week of registration, nearly 15,000 applicants were informed of their acceptance. A total of more than 20,000 entrants will be accepted through this process. Additionally, 277 qualifiers who have run ten or more consecutive Boston Marathons have been accepted.

"We have been very pleased with how smoothly our new registration process has worked," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "Regrettably, we are unable to accept all applicants due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we received from qualified runners. Our new process is based on fairness and athletic accomplishment, and we appreciate the cooperation we have received from all marathoners during the process."

Until all applicants are notified and qualifying performances are verified, the B.A.A. will not release data on the cut-off time needed for acceptance. The name of accepted applicants will be posted to the "Entrants" page of the B.A.A. web site. The B.A.A. will issue and post a wide range of statistics on the new registration process and its applicants in the coming weeks.

In February 2011, the B.A.A. announced that qualifying times for the 2013 Boston Marathon would be made more stringent by five minutes across all age groups and both genders. The qualification window for the 2013 Boston Marathon begins on September 24, 2011.

 

THREE NEW ENGLANDERS NAMED TO PAN AMERICAN GAMES TEAM
September 20, Indianapolis

Three New England association athletes are on the roster for the upcoming 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara Mexico October 24-29.

June USATF-NE Athlete of the Month Keelin Godsey (North Adams MA) represents Team USA for the first time, based on a third place finish in the hammer at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships in June.

New England provides both women's marathoners, picked from USA performance lists. Brett Ely (BAA / Somerville MA) also wears USA gear for the first time, pairing with Heidi Westover (Walpole NH), who has been on past US World Cup teams. The marathon will be particularly challenging, as Guadalajara is at an altitude that can affect distance runners' performances.

Others on the team with New England connections include Bar Harbor, Maine's Lauren Forgues in the 20 kilometer walk, Sean Furey out of Methuen MA and Dartmouth in the javelin, and Reading MA native Mark Jellison in the decathlon; the last two are currently living and training in California. The meet should produce interesting results, as it is three months beyond any significant US competitions (and almost 2 months after other international meets), but is also before the start of the South American countries' summer.

Press release with the full roster can be found at www.usatf.org.

 

Downtown 5K 6th grade race medalists Daniel O'Donoghue, Michael O'Donoghue, and Jacob Jampel (photo: EmerO)
Downtown 5K 6th grade race medalists Daniel O'Donoghue, Michael O'Donoghue, and Jacob Jampel
(photo: EmerO)

TRUE WINS USA 5K TITLE AT CVS DOWNTOWN 5K
September 18, Providence RI

Ben True(InTheArena / Hanover NH) had the strongest kick and broke the tape at the CVS/Caremark Downtown 5K in Providence on Sunday. True continued his successful year (USA 10K road champion, World Cross Country team, PR at 5000 on the track) with his sprint finish for a 13:44 road PR that earned him $8000, as the race had one of its deepest men's top 10 in the 22 year race history; places 2-3 and 10-11 need to "go to the camera".
Women's winner Julie Culley (Johnson City TN) clocked a solid 15:42 over a national level field for her first US crown; top New Englander was Jenn Donovan(New Balance Boston / Brighton MA, 17th in 17:01.

In the team scoring, New Balance Boston men won their first ever USA men's road title, while their defending champion women's squad finished second to New York AC which was led by race winner Culley.

The Ocean State's largest race and event also included 18 youth races by age and school year; many association clubs brought their youth cross country teams to kick off the season in the shadow of the Rhode Island capitol building.

Full Results, videos, and interviews are at www.USARunningCircuit.com.

 

SMITH - FASTEST 1/2 MARATHON EVER IN US
September 18

Kim Smith, Providence College alum living and training in Providence, broke the US all-comers record (fastest time run on US soil) for the half marathon - 1:07:11 - in winning the Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday. The New Zealander, still under the tutelage of Providence College coach Ray Treacy, had the previous US-course best, and achieved a new personal record as well.

The men's race also achieved a US-best, 58:46 by Mathew Kisorio (KEN); Chris Barnacle (Newtonville MA) ran a quick 1:02:43 in his debut at the distance, finishing 13th; that time also qualified him for the US Olympic Marathon Trials next winter.

 

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING
SPORTS CHAIRS AND ATHLETE REPS ELECTED

September 15, Waltham MA

Five new members were elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 15.
After reports from board members, elections and By-Law changes took most of the meeting time following the Athlete of the Month presentations.

Sports chairs and athlete rep positions only were up for voting, as officers are in the middle of two year terms. Two vacancies and one contested position brought three new chairs onto the board. Mike Toomey (North East Running Nation/Marblehead MA) will serve as Track & Field chair, and Jason Zagami (HFC Striders/Hyde Park MA) will be Men's Long Distance Running Chair, both replacing chairs (Dave Callum and Court Bird) who opted not to run this year. Dan Hocking (New Balance Boston/Dover NH) won the election for Cross Country Chair.
Six sports chair incumbents continue in their positions, being uncontested; Lisa Doucett (CSU/Andover MA/Women's Long Distance Running), Skip Cleaver (GCS Triad/Nashua NH/ Masters' Long Distance Running), Mike Travers (Mass Velocity/Watertown MA/Masters Track and Field), Larry Libow (Y-Speed TC/Springfield MA/Youth), Paul Kirsch (White Mtn Milers/Conway NH/Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running), and Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Brookline MA/Race Walking).

Athletes representatives completed board elections; holdover Jennifer (Lee) Walker(GBTC/Cambridge MA) will be joined by Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Stoughton MA) and Jeff Caron (New Balance Boston/Lexinigton MA).

Ten of eleven By-Law change proposals passed after lengthy discussion. Sixteen individuals were elected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in December, presentation of the new Awards Banquet on November 19 was made, and establishment of a new Coaches Education Committee was announced.

Information on the new board members, the various reports presented and distributed at the meeting, and full meeting minutes will be posted next week on the Board page.

 

Kasie Enman (BAA) is the 2011 USA National Mountain Running Champion (Steve photo)
Kasie Enman (BAA) is the 2011 World Mountain Running Champion
(Steve photo)

KASIE ENMAN - WORLD MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPION!
September 11, Tirana, Albania

Kasie Enman (Huntington VT / B.A.A.) earned the first ever USA women's gold medal at the World Mountain Running Championship on Sunday in Tirana, Albania. In her first appearance in the Worlds, Enman bested a field of more experienced mountain specialist on the 2 lap up-and-down course by over a minute, covering the 8.59 km in 40:39. Her domination of the New England and US mountain scene earlier this summer was only a hint of this breakthrough on the world stage, where she prevailed in temperatures that rose above 90 degrees.

The USA good fortunes continued in the men's race where Max King (Bend OR) also won gold, only the second American win in 27 years, moving up from 16th place in 2010. King was the winner of the US trial race held at Cranmore Mountain in Conway NH in June. "In my nine years as team leader, I've never been more proud of our athletes than I am today," said team manager Richard Bolt. "Kasie and Max's performances blew me away. They made winning a World Championship look easy."

Krisztina Dearborn from Mirror Lake NH, a sophomore at Central Connecticut State University, was the top US finisher in the Junior (age 19/under) raced, placing 24th. The US men's and women's teams both placed 4th behind Results of the race can be viewed at USA Mountain Running Championship page.

 

PALAZZO IS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST
September 8

Antonio Palazzo of Providence, Rhode Island, has been selected as the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for August 2011. The 83 year old thrower who represents Twilight Throwers won the age 80+ division in the ultra weight pentathlon at the 2011 USA Masters Throws Championships in New London, Connecticut, on August 14, as well as age group golds in the shot put, discus, and hammer at the New England Masters Track & Field Championships earlier in the month.

Find the complete list of monthly award winners at usatfne.org on the awards page.

 

2012 BOSTON MARATHON ENTRY BEGINS SEPTEMBER 12
Boston, September 6

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today issued a reminder that registration for the 2012 Boston Marathon will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, September 12, 2011. Its new registration process will allow the fastest qualifiers to register first, and the registration period will continue for two weeks, or until the field size is reached. Race registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org. The 2012 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012.

The new registration process will accommodate those who are the fastest qualifiers first, with registration on a "rolling admission" schedule. On September 12, runners who have met their age/gender qualifying standards by 20 minutes or more may register. On September 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET, registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by 10 minutes or more (if space remains), and on Friday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET (if space remains), registration will open for those who have met their qualifying standards by five minutes or more.

Registration will close from Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m., ET and, (if space remains) will re-open on Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET to all qualifiers until September 23 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender will be accepted. More specifics and all qualifying standards can be found at baa.org

The qualification window for the 2013 Boston Marathon will begin on Saturday, September 24, or as soon as 2012 registration closes. The qualifying standards for the 2013 Boston Marathon will be five minutes more stringent than the standards for the 2012 race.

 

CAPPELLO, FABER TOP 10 AT USA 20K
New Haven CT, September 5

BAA runners Heather Cappello and Jeanette Faber placed fith and eighth, respectively, at the USA 20K road race Championship held at the New Haven 20K on Monday. Cappello clocked 1:10:19 behind winner Janet Cherobon-Bawcom's 1:08:31, and Faber checked in at 1:10:53. Fourth overall was Groton (Mass.) Acacemy grad Caroline Bierbaum-LeFrak, now a New York resident. Top male with New England connections was Zach Hine (So.Hadley MA), now based in Michigan, 8th in 1:02:14.

Full results at NewHavenRoadRace.org.

 

NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
September 1

USATF New England was recognized at the recent USATF Workshop as one of only five of 57 associations across the country to achieve all required accreditation standards, as well as exceed additional operational standards. Within that latter group, only the fact that membership numbers do not reach a specific members-per-100,000 population kept us from reaching a "gold" standard (only 1 association achieved this). New England leads the country in number of clubs and sanctioned events and has the fifth largest membership.

 

SALEM, MASS. EARNS "RUNNER FRIENDLY COMMUNITY" DESIGNATION
August 31

The Road Runners Club of America announced Salem, Mass., in their second round of Runner Friendly Community designations.

The goal of the Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner friendly and to provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming Runner Friendly Communities.

In Salem, the Wicked Running Club, along with other organizations in the city, have created races for all types of runners and distances, from the January 1st Frosty Four Race, to the Cross Country 5k Old Salem Green Race, to the summer WRC Wicked Kidz Race, among others — there’s a race for every type of runner. Salem offers running services to their youth as well, including a Summer Youth Track Club and an all-ages track meet.

Salem’s signature race, the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving Day, benefits youth programs at Salem Park & Recreation and the Boys & Girls Club. It’s the largest race on the North Shore, with more than 1500 participants.

See rrca.org for stories on the other Runner Friendly Communities.

 

HURRICANE AFFECTING WEEKEND EVENTS
August 26

Before attending any track or road events on Saturday or Sunday, check on their status. Already postponed are Sunday events Tavern to Tavern 5K in Cambridge MA (to Sun Sept 4), Sons of Italy Track and Field in Providence (to Sat Sept 3), and Marshfield RR 20K in Marshfield MA (to Sun Sept 4). Others are likely to change as well. Runners, being the hardy group they are, may feel a bit of rain and wind are no problem, but cities and towns have other liability issues and are requiring most of the changes.

 

MARATHON GREAT JOHN J. KELLEY PASSES AWAY
Mystic CT, August 21

Winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon, John J.Kelley, died in Connecticut died on Sunday at age 80. A Boston U grad and member of the Boston Athletic Association - the only member of the host club to win their signature marathon, Kelley, often referred to as John "The Younger" to distinguish from the grand man of the marathon, 1935 and 1945 Boston Marathon, winner Johnny Kelly, was considered the first of the modern US marathoners, combining high mileage along with speed. Running at a world level, personable, and giving US road running a public face in the 1950s and 1960's, his resume beyond his Boston win personified excellence at the marathon distance - five time Boston runner-up, eight consecutive time US Champion, 1959 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 1956 and 1960 Olympian. When describing those accomplishments, peers, teammates, and friends would also seldom fail to recognize his enthusiasm, modesty, and sincerity.

A moving tribute to Kelley by a runner he mentored, 1968 Boston winner Amby Burfoot, can be found at Amby's blog site.

The New England Runner website includes memories from a number of teammates, peers, and friends of running's Renaissance Man.

 

2011 USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 15
BYLAW CHANGES ON AGENDA
 August 15, 2011

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Thursday, September 15 at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 550 Winter Street, Waltham MA, at I-95 Exit 27-B.

Athlete of the Month presentations start at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Elections for sports chairs and athlete reps - both have one year terms - take place this year (officers are in the middle of two year terms). Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office. Delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

There are several by-law changes that will be presented for approval. Among the proposals are the clarifying of election procedures in case of ties for president and secretary, detailing responsibilities of some board positions, and moving the annual meeting date off of the currently required Thursday night. See By-law change proposals on the USATF-NE board page.

The selection process for the 2012 Road Race Championship Grand Prix events will be discussed and President's Awards will be presented.

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

 

CHAMBERAS HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THROWS
August 14, 2011

At the USA Masters Throws Championships on August 13, the USATF Masters Track & Field Committee presented Jim Chamberas (Twilight Throwers / Chelmsford MA) with the Ken Weinbel Award, recognizing outstanding service to the masters throwing community. Chamberas, the founder the Twilight Throwers in 1998 as a vehicle for masters throwers to have regular competitions, and the club has grown into a major throwing club in the area. The group has been a factor in team scoring in both the East Region and USA Masters championships, and has paved the way for other similar clubs and regular meet structures throughout the country. The award is named for past Dartmouth coach Ken Weinbel, an outstanding masters thrower in his own right.

 

Start of the USA vs Canada Junior Womens 5K Race Walk at East Boston. (Photo by Emmett S.)
Start of the USA vs Canada Junior Womens 5K Race Walk at East Boston.
(Photo by Emmett S.)

USATF-NE HOSTS USA VS. CANADA JUNIOR RACE WALK
August 14

USATF New England and the New England Walkers hosted the 23rd annual USA vs Canada Junior Race Walk Match at East Boston Park on Sunday. The USA women and Canadian men walked to team and individual race wins, but the combined scoring trophy went to the host Team USA. While showers ended before the starting gun, conditions in the 70's with high humidity tempered the times recorded by competitors.

In the 5 kilometer women's contest, the US women were led by three time match competitor Abby Dunn (Auburn ME), who moved strongly in the final kilometer to take the win in 25:54 with the USA placing 1-3-4 for a 15-7 victory margin.

Fortunes were reversed in the men's 10kilometer race, with Canadian Junior Record holder Ben Thorne (British Columbia) taking the lead at the gun and continuing unchallenged; 44:13 winning time is now the fourth fastest in match history. Canada's 1-2-6 earned a 13-9 win; first American was Alex Chavez (Pharr TX).
Novice and all-comers races at 1, 2, and 3 kilometers conducted in conjunction with the international match, with nearly 50 competitors taking part in the day's festivities.

Full results and pictures are at newalkers.com

 

NE WINNERS AT MASTERS THROWS CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 13-14, New London CT

Bob Cedrone (Stoughton MA/Twilight Throwers) won a pair of events in the M55 division at the USA Masters Throws Championships held at Connecticut College August 13-14. He took first in the 56 lb Super Weight Throw (27'2"), and then won the Ultra Weight Pentathlon (really heavy weights, by age group). Joining him as gold medal winners among the three different contested championships were: Throws Pentathlon: Jarod Mills (Lancaster NH/Twilight Throwers, M35) and Apostolos Xanthopoulos (Webster MA/TT, M80); and Ultra Weight Pentathlon: Antonio Palazzo (Providence RI/TT, M80).

Results and the various weights and events are at the www.usatf.org/events/2011.

 

FAST TIMES IN FALMOUTH
August 13-14, Falmouth MA

The weekend found fast times on the Cape at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race weekend. The prelude to the road race, the Falmouth Mile had its fastest field in years with 10 sub-4:00 times, led by a new meet record from Jordan McNamara (Auburn WA) in 3:54.89. The women's mile was won by Nicole Sifuentes (Canada) in 4:31.98 with Stephanie Reilly (Northbridge MA/New Balance Boston) seventh in 4:36:02 in a final tune-up before heading to the World Track & Field Championships where she'll represent Ireland in the steeplechase.

Winners in the 7 mile road event on Sunday were Lucas Rotich (KEN, 31:37) and 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewey-Boulet, the latter only the second American winner in the past 17 races, in 36:58. Top New Englanders were Ben True(In the Arena/Hanover NH), 6th in 32:48, and Heather Cappello (Arlington MA/BAA) 12th in 38:24. There were 10,952 finishers in this year's race, 1200 more than 2010.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS PART OF AUGUST TEAM USA EVENTS
August 13-14

At the Thrope Cup USA vs. Germany Decathlon in Chula Vista, California, Mark Jellison, Reading MA HS alum now in training in California, scored 7465 points and placed ninth. Assistant coach for the event was Matt Chisam of Harvard.

The World University Games opens in Shenzen, China this coming week where Boston University coach Robyne Johnson serves as head women's coach for the small but talent-laden US team. It's the first time the US has participated in the WUG in several cycles.

 

FITZGERALD ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JULY
August 8

Emma Fitzgerald of Wayland, Massachusetts, is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for July 2011. The fourteen-year-old won five medals including gold in the javelin in the Youth (age 13-14) Division at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Wichita, Kansas, July 26-31.

Find the complete list of monthly award winners at usatfne.org on the awards page.

 

Courtney Williams at the 2011 USATF Outdoor National Championship 10000 meter race walk. (Photo by Justin Kuo)
Courtney Williams at the 2011 USATF Outdoor National Championship 10,000 meter race walk.
(Photo by Justin Kuo)

USATF-NE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL RACE WALK
August 4, East Boston MA

USATF-New England, in coordination with the New England Walkers, will host the 23rd annual USA vs. Canada Junior Race Walk Matchon Sunday, August 14, at East Boston Park. The dual meet, the longest continuously conducted scoring match in any event for each country, will feature the top junior (age 15-19) race walkers from each country, with each country eligible to field up to 6 contestants.

Women race 5K and men race 10k, and those races are also open to non-team members who meet time standards so as to ensure a very competitive field.
Following the international match, there will be a novice youth clinic and raceat 1K or 2K, led by past Team USA walkers. An all-comers 3K and introductory clinic will conclude the day on the flat 1k loop around East Boston Stadium and adjacent fields.

The meet has served as the starting point for many national team members in their international competitive careers, including Olympians on both sides. Past meet winner and 2008 Olympic Team member Kevin Eastler (Farmington ME) will be in attendance, as will 2008 Olympian Joanne Dow (Manchester NH).

The entry form for the feature races, novice youth race, and open 3K, along with history of the match, can be found at newalkers.com, the New England Walkers webpage.

 

Emma Fitzgerald medalled at the 2011 USATF Junior Olympic Nationals. (Photo: Kikki)
Emma Fitzgerald medalled at the 2011 USATF Junior Olympic Nationals.
(Photo: Kikki)

NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC - FITZGERALD WINS JAVELIN
July 26-31, Wichita KS

Emma Fitzgerald (Wayland MA) was the sole New England gold medalist at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals last week. The Youth (13-14) division athlete won the javelin with a throw of 138'8", outdistancing second place by 3'. Overall in the meet, she had five trips to the medal podium, no mean feat in this high level competition; she also placed third in the pentathlon, fifth in the triple jump, seventh in the long jump, and eighth in the pole vault.

Other association medalists included TJ Noonan (Waltham TC) personal best 52. for 3rd in the Intermediate Boys (15-16) javelin, Ian Hall (Jamestown RI) was 3rd in the Sub-Bantam (7-8) Boys Mini-Javelin with an 80' toss, Gabriel Arcaro (Burlington MA) placed fourth in the Intermediate (15-16) Boys Hammer with a 160'5" toss, and Alec Eschholz(Richmond VT / Mt.Mansfield TC), was fifth in the Youth Boys pentathlon.

Temperatures were over 100 degrees for most of the six days, and thunderstorms delayed competition more than once. In 2012, the National meet moves east to Maryland, where we hope an easier trip - and likely more moderate weather - will give New England a larger representation. Find out more about the Junior Olympic program at the NE JO page. National results are up at usatf.org/events/2011.

 

USATF LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL IN CONNECTICUT
Aug 3, Middleton CT

Application is now open for the USATF Level I Coaching School set for September 30 to October 2 in Middleton CT. The 21 hour school is the first step in USATF Coaching Education.

The Level 1 program covers all events in a foundational manner by emphasizing fundamentals, rules, safety/risk management, and instruction techniques with both classroom instruction and hands-on training. Level 1 prepares individuals to coach junior high school, high school, club, and age group athletes, and is a pre-requisite to attend the week-long Level II specialization schools.

Specifics on the school can be found at the Coaching Education page.

 

Carver Cranberry 5M winner Kevin Johnson (SV photo)
Carver Cranberry 5M winner Kevin Johnson
(SV photo)

JOHNSON, BOWSER NOT BOGGED DOWN AT FIVE MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
July 30, Carver MA

Kevin Johnson (Gr.Springfield Harriers) and Diana Bowser (B.A.A.) ran to their second NE championship of the 2011 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix season on Saturday, winning the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile in Carver MA. The race in the heart of cranberry country more than doubled its finisher list from last year from 218 to 454 in its first appearance on the GP schedule. A traffic free course over mostly rural roads with a good bit of shade helped counter the 80 degree temperatures.

Overall winner Johnson rated a high five with his second championship title following the 5K gold in June. Masters division winners Joseph Koech(40+/RUN), Craig Fram(50+/Whirlaway) and Gordon MacFarland (60+/CSU) all now have at least 3 season wins, while Joe Giannone (70+/North Shore Striders) ran to his first division win.

Bowser also took her second win of the series after placing first in the half marathon in March. Age winners Maria Servin (Whirlaway, 40+), Cathy Merra (GCS/50+) and Karen Durante (Whirlaway/60+) scored their third, fourth, and fifth straight wins of the series, respectively.

Dan Vassallo (adidas New England) and Amanda Brewster (Cambridge RC) retain their leads in the overall open series.

As has been the case this season, team scoring was close at the front. Central Mass Striders men led BAA and Whirlaway Racing Team with just 1:11 separating the three teams. Whirlaway led the overall team honor roll, winning the women's open and both the men's and women's 40+ and 50+ divisions. Cambridge Sports Union captured the remaining title, Men 60+.

The season's finale is the Cape Cod Marathon, the championship returning to Falmouth MA on October 30. In the meantime, teams and individuals are encouraged to fill that championship gap by participating in the two National Championship races in the association this fall; the Downtown 5K in Providence on September 18 and the Tufts 10K For Women on Columbus Day, October 9, in Boston.

Standings are updated and posted at usatfne.org/gp. The 6-race Ironrunner list will follow this week.

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC TF OPENS WITH LOCAL MEDALISTS
July 26-31, Wichita KS

The 2011 USA Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships opened in toasty Wichita Kansas today with a trio of New England athletes scoring a place on the awards podium. In the Youth (13-14) division pentathlon, Emma Fitzgerald(Wayland MA) earned the third place bronze medal among girls and Alec Eschholz(Richmond VT / Mt.Mansfield TC) was fifth for the boys. Temperatures were over 100 degrees for most of the duration of the five event competition (hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, 800 girls / 1500 boys).

In the Intermediate (15-16) Boys Hammer, Gabriel Arcaro (Burlington MA) placed fourth with a 160'5" toss. A number of New England youth will be competing over the six days. Follow the results at usatf.org/events/2011.

 

LATHAM WINS BRONZE AT PAN AM JUNIORS
July 22-24, Miramar FL

Deanna Latham (Newbury MA) earned the bronze medal in the heptathlon at the Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships over the weekend. The U.Wisconsin freshman scored a personal best 5277 points in her first appearance in a Team USA uniform. Fellow Bay Stater Max Darrah (Mashpee MA/Georgetown) ran to fifth place in the steeplechase.

Uncomfortable temperatures and storms were part of the weekend's meet. Results of the competition can be found at usatf.org/events/2011.

 

BAA LEADS CLUBS AT STOWE 8 MILE
July 17, Stowe VT

The USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix headed north for race 5 in the 2011 series, and like last year, the B.A.A. mixed business with a pleasure in the Green Mountain State to take all open titles at the Stowe 8 Mile on Sunday.

As he did in 2010, Brian Harvey led the field home in the 29th annual race, beating the heat and over 900 others, while Kasie Enman continued her successful summer, winninig her third competitive effort in as many weeks, though this was just a short hop from her Huntington VT home. With those frontrunning performances, the Unicorns took both open team titles as well. With forurth and third place finishes, respectively, Dan Vassallo and Amanda Brewster retained their series leads.

In the age divisions, Joe Navas (Whirlaway RT, 40+) and Robert Cipriano(Somerville RR, 50+) scored their first ever division wins in the men's standings, with Gordon MacFarland (CSU, 60+) and Harry Carter (BAA, 70+) adding to their season's victory harvest. Masters winner Maria Servin (WRT, 40+) was 8th overall, and Cathy Merra (Gate City, 50+) and Karen Durante (WRT, 60+) continued to dominate their divisions. Whirlaway doubled up on the 40+ team wins, with Green Mountain AA taking the women's 50+ and Cambridge Sports Union the men's 60+ honors. Results are at the GP page. Race 6 in the series, the 5 Mile, heads down to Pilgrim Country - Carver MA - in 2 weeks.

 

JORDAN SETS WORLD RECORD AT WORLD MASTERS
July 6-17, Sacramento

Barbara Jordan (MassVelocity/S.Burlington VT) ran to a world record in the 200 meter hurdles at the World Masters Championships last week in Sacramento. Her 41.21 for the distance in the W75-79 age division was one of 38 World Bests set in the meet. Jordan also won the 80 meter hurdles in 18.73.

Ten long days of competition found 4800 entrants age 35-97 from 93 countries taking part in the biennial event which employed three stadiums and three non-stadia locations. There are plenty of results to review to find the many New England athletes' performances and medals won at the results site, flashresults.com/.

 

DEARBORN NAMED TO US MOUNTAIN TEAM
July 17, North Conway NH

Krisztina Dearborn (Mirror Lake NH) was named to the Junior (age 19/under) squad for the US World Mountain Running Team. Entering her sophomore year at Central Connecticut State, Dearborn went to high school at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro NH. She got to preview what the World's course will be like when she competed in last month's USA Mountain Running Championships at the Cranmore Hill Climb where she was first junior finisher.

Four junior men and three junior women representing seven states will accompany the senior team members to the 2011 World Mountain Running Championships in Tirana, Albania in September. Vermont's Kasie Enman is part of the women's team. Read more about the event at www.usmrt.com.

 

NEWPHEW 6TH AT IAU ULTRA TITLE TRAIL RUN
July 11, Connemara IRE

Ben Nephew (CMS/Mansfield MA) took sixth place (first American of a 6 runner team among 131 entrants) at the 3rd IAU Trail Running World Champs event in Connemara, Ireland, last Saturday. Combine a trail and ultra distance run and that's what the 2009 New England Ultra Distance champion faced; he covered the 70+ kilometer (43 mile) circuit over mountains and any combination of trail under foot in 6:54:26, just under 7 minutes out of medal position Winner Erik Clavery of France at 6:39:07.

Find more information on the race at the home site, runconnemara.com/.

 

JOHNSON, ENMAN FIRST UP ASCUTNEY
JOHNSON, HARDCASTLE TAKE CIRCUIT CROWNS

July 10, Mt.Ascutney VT

Jim Johnson (CMS/Salem NH) and Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT) led the charge of 192 finishers to the top of Mt.Ascutney to complete the 2001 USATF-NE Mountain Running circuit. Nearly half of the race finishers completed all 6 circuit races, earning the prestigious Mountain Goat moniker.

Johnson checked in at 30:08 with over a minute gap on Ross Krause (Easthampton MA), who in turn held off masters winner Tim Van Orden by one tick. Riding a successful season toward the fall's World Championship, Enman's time of 33:33 shattered her own 4 year old course record by a minute and a half in hr third overall race and fourth 2011 NE series win. Another Krause - Ashley - doubled up on the runner-up positions, with Kath Hardcastle (SomervilleRR/Watertown MA) a close third. Jacqueline Shakar (CMS/Sutton MA), sixth in the women's filed was first 40+ and 50+.

The series standings scored best 5 of 6 races. Three overall wins helped Johnsontotal a comfortable margin over Van Orden, who was both second overall and top 40+. Paul Bazanchuk (White Mtn Milers) repeated the 50-59 honors (14t overall), with WMM teammates Rich Miller and Frank Hurt topping the 60-69 and 70+ groups (Hurt for the fourth time).

On the women's ledger, Hardcastle edged Krause for her first women's circuit honors. Emer O'Donoghue (SomervilleRR/Lexington MA), 10-time mountain goat and having the longest continuous streak of finishes, won the 40-49 division in her final year in the age group. Shakar scored high in all events to take the 50-59 division and the fourth spot in the standings, and Elaine Dill (Monson MA) completed all six treks on her way to the 60+ win.

More results and scores at uastfne.org/trail

 

REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC RESULTS POSTED
July 10

Full results from last weekend's Region I Junior Olympic Track and Field meet are now posted at www.usatfne.org/track.

Qualifiers for the National meet in Wichita Kansas only have until July 18 to register online at usatfregistration.com so don't delay.

 

ENTRY OPEN FOR B.A.A. HALF MARATHON
July 12, Boston

Registration open on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:00 a.m. for the 11th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, October 9. The popular event has been a sell-out in recent years, and entry limit has been increased to 7000. The 2010 edition had a record 4498 finishers. "The popularity of our Half-Marathon in recent years is indicative of the current boom in running, and especially here in Boston," said B.A.A. executive director Tom Grilk. Entry is available online (only) at www.baa.org.

 

GREATER BOSTON SIXTH AT CLUB NATIONAL TF
July 8-9, New York City

Greater Boston TC placed sixth in combined scoring at the USATF Club National Track & Field Championships held at Icahn Stadium in New York City. Central Park TC New Balance was the overall winner. The red team was sixth women's scoring (won by Norfolk VA Real Deal) and eleventh in the men's totals (won by Central Park). Dare 2 Dream, Providence Cobras, and New Balance Boston were the only other New England teams to score points.

Local winners included Rita Ciambra (Gr.Boston, pole vault, 4.00m), Samyr Laine(Gr.Boston, triple jump, 15.06m) and Justin Lutz (US Navy, steeplechase, 9:09.16). Lisa Wilson of GBTC won two silvers (discus, 48.58m; shot 15.00m) and GBTC women were second in the Distance medley, while Jessica Klett (GBTC, 400 hurdles, 1:01.89) and Dakota Dailey-Harris (Providence Cobras, high jump, 1.60 returned home with bronze medals.

The 2011 meet was the largest in terms of both individuals entered and teams scoring - 32 women's teams and 37 men's clubs tallied points. Results at www.usatf.org.

 

Keelin Godsey is the Athlete of the Month for June 2011 (jkuo photo)
Keelin Godsey is the USA Track & Field New England Athlete of the Month for June 2011.
(photo by Justin Kuo)

GODSEY IS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JUNE
July 8

Keelin Godsey of North Adams, Massaschusetts, is the USA Track & Field-New England Athlete of the Month for June 2011.

On June 12 at the New England Championships held at Regis College, Godsey won the women's hammer throw with a distance of 222 feet 9 inches (a meet and facility record) and followed with a lifetime personal best throw of 226 feet 0 inches on June 25 to win the bronze medal at the USA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

 

NE MASTERS TF CHAMPS ENTRY AVAILABLE
July 6

The entry form for the USATF New England Masters Track & Field Championship set for Saturday, August 6 at Conley Stadium in Providence RI is now available. Download it at usatfne.org/track.

All events except pole vault and steeplechase will be contested for ages 30 and over.

 

TRUE WINS USA 10K TITLE
July 4, Atlanta

Ben True (InTheArena / Hanover NH) won his first USA title race at Monday's USA 10K Championship run with the AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4. True's time of 28:28 was good for fifth in an international field where places 3 through 6 were within 2 seconds; True's kick put him one place and one ahead of defending USA champion Ed Moran (Williamsburg VA). Winner Sammy Kitwara (KEN) clocked 28:05, and Ruben Sanca (BAA) placed 17th (30:03)

More race information at USA Running Circuit.com.

 

NEWBOULD, ENMAN LEADERS UP LOON
July 3, Lincoln NH

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT/Nottingham NH) and Kasie Enman(BAA/Huntington VT) were first to the top at the sixth annual Loon Mountain Run on Sunday, fifth stop in the 2011 Mountain Running Circuit. Newbould, 2009 New England Marathon champion, handled the almost 6 mile up-down-up circuit in 48:03, 19 seconds up on Ross Krause; Enman, 2011 World team member and winner at the Cranmore Hill Climb a week ago, placed fifth overall in a new women's course record of 50:58 that was 10 minutes ahead of SRR's Kate Hardcastle. 216 completed the trek to the gondola terminal on this year's bear-free course.

Scoring the best 4 of 5 races to date, Jim Johnson (CMS) has a 16 point lead over Todd Callaghan (GCS) in the men's standings, with Kate Hardcastle holding a commending lead in the women's ranks. There are 83 potential "Mountain Goats" who have run 5 of 5 to date with only Sunday's Mt.Ascutney 3.8 mile climb remaining. Standings and series info at usatfne.org/trail.

 

FORBES MAKES TEAM USA FOR WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 28-29, Myrtle Beach SC

Carla Forbes (Waltham TC / Boston) sailed 42'1.5"/12.84 meters in the triple jump at the USA World Youth Championship Trials to win the event and qualify for the US team heading to the meet in France next week. Her distance is an all-time New England High School record, bettering that of Arantxa King (Medford MA) who had a 42'0" best.

Held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as part of the USA Youth Championship meet, the trials picked a roster of 40 US athletes who will participate in the World Youth Championship Meet - for athletes not turning 18 during the year - July 6-10, in Lille, France; over 1000 youth athletes from as many as 175 countries are expected at the meet. To make the US team, staff looked at the top 2 in each event who had made the World standard and how their best might place in the event based on previous meets.

The Newton HS sophomore had placed fourth in the long jump the first day. Joe Velez (Classical HS/Providence) placed second in the hammer in a personal best, but no word on a team spot as of this time. Other placers in the competition included Reuben Horace (Bp.Hendricken RI) and Robert Palazzo (Classical RI), third and sixth in the hammer, and Jen Esposito (Mansfield MA) fifth in the 400 hurdles (60.87). Full results at usatf.org.

 

GATORADE STATE HS TF ATHLETES OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
June 30

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company picked their 2011 State Track and Field Athletes of the Year. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. New England state winners for 2011:

Girls:
MA - Nadia Eke, Jumps, Holy Name Worcester
NH - Krista Vincent, Throws, Somersworth
RI - Aleide Fernandes, Throws, Central Falls
VT - Mollie Gribbin, Jumps, South Burlington
CT - Precious Holmes, Sprints, Hillhouse New Haven
ME - Abbey Leonardi, Distances, Kennebunk

Boys:
MA - Josh Lampron, mid-distance, Mansfield
NH - D'Mahl McFadden, hurdles, Merrimack Valley
RI - Jarell Forbes, hurdles, Classical
VT - Mike DiMambro, Multi-events, Essex
CT - John Wlasuk, throws, Newtown
ME - Jack Terwillinger, Distance, Chevrus

 

Kasie Enman (BAA) is the 2011 USA National Mountain Running Champion (Steve photo)
Kasie Enman (BAA) is the 2011 USA National Mountain Running Champion
(Steve photo)

ENMAN WINS USA MOUNTAIN RUNNING TITLE
June 28, North Conway NH

Kasie Enman (B.A.A./Huntington VT) led the women's field at the women's field at the USA Mountain Running Championship held at Cranmore Mountain on Sunday. Her win over the 7.6 km two loop up-and-down course at Cranmore was just a week after her third place overall at the Mt.Washington Road Race. Her margin of victory was significant, with a 1:46 gap on second place and over 2 minutes on 3rd place Brandy Erholz, 15th in the World race in 2010. She will lead the US women at the World Mountain Running Championships in Albania in September.

The men's race was won by Max King of Oregon in 42:21, a minute up on Joe Gray of Washington. Top New Englander was Jim Johnson(CMS/Salem NH); (Double J was just selected to represent the US in the World 50K Trophy race).

Team winners on the men's side were CMS (open) and Gate City Striders (40+, 50+), and CMS women. 219 runners competed overall in the several divisions contested at the same time over 1, 2, or 3 of the 3.8km loops that gained/dropped 200 meters per circuit. Full results at WhiteMountainMilers.com/cranmore

 

LOCAL QUALITY ON WEST COAST AT USA TRACK AND FIELD NATIONALS
June 23-26, Eugene OR

Leading the way with a win by Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) in the 5000 meters (15:10.01), New England performers turned in a slew of quality performances and some personal bests at the USA National Track and Field Championships in Eugene Oregon's fabled Hayward Field. The meet was the qualifier for the World Championships in Daegu Korea later this summer, as well as for the Pan American Juniors In July in Florida.

Also medaling was Keelin Godsey (unattached, North Adams MA), assistant coach at Williams, who had her best USA finish ever and personal best by over 3' with a bronze medal 226'0 spin in the hammer, 10 cm shy of the World B standard. She went into the meet ranked just 8th on the form sheet. Other top 10 finishes included Ben True (InTheArena, 5000m, 10th) and Craig Kinsley (Brown, javelin, 8th)

In the Junior competitions - not turning 20 during the calendar year - a handful of medals returned to the east coast. Two individuals also stamped their tickets for their first USA team appearances, the Pan American Junior met in July in Florida; Georgetown University freshman Max Darrah (Mashpee MA) won the steeplechase in 8:59.69, and Deanna Latham (Newbury MA), a freshman at Wisconsin, finished second in the heptathlon, totaling 5205 points. Mollie Gribbin (VT) earned a surprise silver medal in the Triple Jump (12.43m/40'9.5"), moving way up in the seeding chart; however she is short of the Pan Am standard of 12.90m/42'4". State champ Moira Cronin (Andover MA) placed third in the high jump (1.74m/5'8.5").

Additional results in the top 8 found Josh Lampron (Mansfield MA) fifth in the 1500 (3:50.24), and Mike DeMambro (Essex Junction VT) seventh in the Decathlon (6399).

New England alumni also placed well; Shalane Flanagan handily won the 10,000 (30:59.97), Sean Furey was second in the javelin (255'10"), Andrew Wheating fourth in the 1500 (3:48.19) and Mark Jellison sixth in the decathlon (7576). Full results are at the USATF Website.

 

BAA 10K - NORTH AMERICA'S FASTEST 10K EVER
June 28, Boston

2011 Boston Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai (KEN), returned to to Hub for the inaugural BAA 10K and showed his competitive range by clocking the fastest 10K ever run in a variety of categories in winning the race in 27:19. The time eclipses the previous state best of 28:15 (John Gregorek, 1985) and New England best (27:28, Gilbert Okari, Beach to Beacon ME, 2003), and, according to the IAAF website, the fastest run in the international "Area" of North, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The women's winner completed the Boston double double, as marathon champion Caroline Kilel (KEN) outstepped Kim Smith (NZL) 31:58-32:06. Top Americans were BAA club runners Tim Ritchie (10, 30:26) and Heather Cappello (4, 33:32). Full results at baa.org.

 

USA MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM TO BE SELECTED AT CRANMORE ON SUNDAY
June 22, North Conway NH

A single race selection format will be used to select the men's 6 member and women's 4 member open USA Mountain Running Team at this weekends USA Mountain Running Championships at the Cranmore Hill climb on Sunday.

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). Leading local women who have international experience will be Gina Lucrezi (Natick MA) and Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT).

The course mimics the Worlds course, running two (women) or three (men) up-and-down 3.8 kilometer loops gaining and descending 206 meters each loop, and is all off pavement. The 2011 U.S. Mountain Running Team will travel to Tirana, Albania, to compete in the 27th World Mountain Running Championships in September.

More information is available at www.whitemountainmilers.com/cranmore. Event day entry will be accepted.

 

COACHES ASSOCIATION NAMES REGIONAL AWARD WINNERS
June 20

US Track & Cross Country Coaches Association recently named their NCAA regional award winners for 2011. For Division 2, sophomore Evan White of UMass Lowell is East Region Track Athlete of the Year, and first year leader John Wallin of Southern Connecticut is the Regional Men's Coach of Year

Division 3 honorees for the New England Region men are Ben Scheetz (Amherst, track, mid-distance), David Pless (Bates, field, throws), assistant coach Joel Williams of Williams, and Head Coach Al Fereshetian of Bates. For the women's programs, winners are Portia Jones (MIT, track, sprints/hurdles), Kelly Curtis(Springfield, field, heptathlon), Tufts assistant coach Lisa Wallin, and Head Coach Halston Taylor of MIT.

 

MIT IS D3 PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
June 20

The women's program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the 2010-2011 winner of the "Deb Vercauteren Division III Program of the Year" award. MIT was the only squad in the nation to capture top-four national finishes in each of the NCAA's three championship seasons - cross country/indoor/outdoor track & field. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award is given to an institution that had the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA's cross country/track & field sports in a given academic year.

MIT placed third in the fall at the NCAA cross country championships, third again at the NCAA indoor track & field championships, and fourth at the NCAA outdoor track & field championships. The Engineers finished as the award's runner-up in 2009-2010.

Williams College, this year's runner-up, claimed their best finish in the history of the award, and Middlebury was fifth, an impressive New England showing.

 

LARGE NUMBERS AT NE JUNIOR OLYMPICS
June 18, Fitchburg MA (corrected)

The largest field in well over a decade contested the USATF New England Junior Olympic meet at Fitchburg State University on Saturday. Good weather, competitive fields, and quality officiating led to a well run meet for clubs and individual athletes.

The NE Meet Results are posted.

The top six placers in each event qualify for the Region I meet in Troy NY July 8-10. Region I entry is Online only at the CoachO.com site is open and will be open through July 4.

The top 5 at Regionals qualify for Nationals July 25-31 in Kansas

 

LAMPRON WINS NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
June 16-18, Greensboro NC

Josh Lampron (Mansfield MA) won the mile at the New Balance Outdoor National scholastic meet in Greensboro NC. His 4:05.99, the best New England time of the year, gave him a margin of just .01 second. The junior had anchored a winning national scholastic sprint medley relay indoors.

A pair of bronze medals were the top placings on the girls side; Robyn McFetters(Barrington RI) was third in the hammer at 165'4", and Moira Cronin (Andover MA) earned the same place in the high jump at 5'8.5".

Wachusett (MA) took fifth in the 4 x 800 relay in a New England record 7:36.37 in a race where the first two teams broke the national HS record for the event, running 7:28.75 and 7:30.31; the team also placed fifth in the distance medley at 10:06.03.

Other New England athletes making their mark as "All-American" with a top 6 finish include:

Girls: Lincoln Sudbury MA (4 ,4x800, 9:01.78); Mansfield MA (Shuttle Hurdles, 4, 1:00.90); Aleide Fernandes (Central Falls RI, 5, hammer, 158'8"); Bishop Guertin NH (4x800, 5, 9:03.60); Marissa Shoji (Newton MA, 5000, 6, 17:15.60); Meghan McHugh (No.Attleboro MA, 5, javelin, 142'4"); Nicole Gilbert (Hanover MA, 6, long jump, 18'5.75")

Boys: Bishop Guertin NH (4 x Mile, 2, 17:50.63); Lowell MA (4xMile, 3, 17:51.47); Steven Vazquez (Central Falls RI, High Jump, 4, 6'8"); Kieran Kinnare (Ipswich MA, 6, Steeplechase, 6:09.80).

The full results are found at FlashResults.com.

 

ELY RUNS OLYMPIC TRIALS STANDARD
Duluth MN, June 18

Brett Ely (BAA / Natick MA) achieved the US Olympic Trials standard for the marathon on Sunday, running a 2:38:55 Personal Best for 15th at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth MN. The race had over 6300 finishers.

 

HOLMQUIST ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR MAY
June 10

Runner Jan Holmquist (Liberty AC / Burlington MA) is the USATF New England Athlete of the Month for May 2011. The 67 year old Holmquist had a pair of quality races on the road during the month, finishing 16th overall at the Melrose Run for Women 3.5 mile on May 8, and then clocking 46:06 for 10K at Evan's Run in Norwell to place 24th female.

The full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month can be found at the Awards and Honors page.

 

TORTORELLA, GODSEY TAKE BONUSES AT NE TRACK & FIELD
Regis College, Weston MA, June 12

Hammer throwers Vinny Tortorella and Keelin Godsey had the meet's best performances and were the only bonus winners as Sunday's USATF-New England Track and Field Championship at Regis College in Weston MA ran between the weekend rains.

With conditions more typical of April, the hammer marks were in peak season form, as Tortorella's 219'1" and Godsey's 222'9" season bests - the latter among the top 10 in the US this year - were the only two marks in the five designated "bonus" events to achieve the point total earning a $150 prize.

Greater Boston TC continued their lengthy string of men's and women's team wins, with the new Boston based Dare 2 Dream club taking second in both divisions, the men bolstered by double wins from Sheldon Allen (110 hurdles, 200).

Results can be found at the track page. See the track schedule for more summer meets.

 

MASSACHUSETTS MIDDLE SCHOOL TF CHAMPS DEBUTS
Lowell MA, June 11

The first of what will be an annual Massachusetts Middle School Track ane Field Invitational Championship meet ran at U.Mass Lowell on Saturday. Close to 900 entrants were undeterred by the constant rain during the day to be "part of history". Bringing home the team trophies were the girls of Diamond Middle School(Lexington) girls and R.J.Grey (Acton/Boxborough) boys. Thanks to director Matt Castriotta for turning the idea into reality.

We hope to see many of these youth at the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Championship this Saturday. Middle School Meet Results.

 

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - DARTMOUTH'S D'AGOSTINO FAST 5000
Drake University, Des Moines IA, June 8-11

The NCAA Division I championship meet is often referred to as the best amateur track and field meet in the world, with world level performances turned in by the country's top collegians. Several New England athletes left there mark in the results, earning All-American honors.
Dartmouth 5000 meter runner Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield MA) ran 15:40.69 for third, in a time that betters the approved US Junior (age 19 / under) Record (local runner Molly Huddle, while at Notre Dame, ran 15:36.95 while in college, but that mark remains pending). She never broke 5 minutes for the mile in high school, but a year later almost carried a 5:00 pace through 3.1 times the distance. Any approval of D'Agostino's time as the US Junior record will come at the USATF annual meeting in December.

Other All-Americans from the six state region: Donn Cabral (Princeton/Gastonbury CT) second, steeplechase, and eighth, 5000; Casimir Loxsom (PennSt/New Haven CT), fourth, 800; Dwight Barbiasz (Maryland/Milford NH), fifth, high jump; Leigh Petranoff (Illiois State/Cranston RI) sixth, javelin; Mike Lauro (LSU/Providence RI) sixth, hammer; and Katie Matthews (BostonU/Rocky Hill CT) eighth, 10,000m.

Results can be found at Flash Results.

 

MOUNTAIN RUNNING CIRCUIT STANDINGS POSTED
June 8

The Mountain Circuit standings after the first three events are now posted at this site. The series continues on June 26 at Mt.Cranmore - see whitemountainmilers.com/cranmore for event information.

 

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY MEET RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 8
M.I.T., Cambridge MA, June 7

The National Running Day event originally scheduled for last Wednesday will run on Wednesday June 8, at the USATF-NE Mini Meet at MIT at 6:30 p.m. Supported by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), who will sponsor entry fees for all participants, invites all runners, as well as those interested in giving running a try, to participate in the USATF-NE Mini Meet free of charge. The meet offers novices and newcomers a chance to try various running events from 100 meters to the mile. Sign-up and registration occurs on-site at the event at 6:00 p.m. There is no pre-registration.

 

KEEN COMPETITION AT RHODY 5K
Lincoln RI June 5

Times were fast and team scoring tight at the Rhody 5K on Sunday, the fourth stop on the 2011 USATF-NE Grand Prix. A new loop course on the flat roadways under pleasant conditions led to quality performances in the separate men's and women's races

In the men's results, the top three teams - CMS, Team Run, and B.A.A. - were separated by just 11 seconds; Whirlaway, with their five scorers all in the 15:00's could only manage 4th, 44 seconds out of first. New Yorkers Abiyot Worku and Derise Deniboba, both of whom have been NY Road Runner Club Runner of the Year, broke the event record with times of 14:25 and 14:27. Leading the New England crew at Twin Rivers were twins Kevin and David Johnson (Greater Springfield Harriers/Ludlow MA) in third and fifth, split by Justin Freeman (Team RUN), in times of 14:59/15:00/15:04. Joseph Koech was 8th overall for first masters award, while Craig Fram and Bill Dixon topped the 50+ and 60+ charts again.

In the women's postings, Cambridge Running Club, led by Amanda Brewster in 4th, won their first-ever USATF-NE team title, just 7 seconds up on the Greater Boston TC. Women's winner Steph Reilly (New Balance Boston) took the lead from the gun and ran a solo 16:41, with Brett Ely (BAA, 17:23) and Kyle MacQueen (GBTC, 17:53) giving chase. Maria Servin (Whirlaway) matched the men's masters placing of 8th overall, and Cathy Merra (GCS) and Karen Durante (Whirlaway) also taking age group wins.

Series standings and a link to results are found at the Grand Prix page.
The series resumes at the Stowe 8 Miler on Sunday, July 17, with the series stopping in all four states in the association this season.

 

BAA AND USATF-NE TEAM UP ON NATIONAL RUNNING DAY
M.I.T., Cambridge MA, June 1

To commemorate and raise awareness of National Running Day on Wednesday, June 1, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) will sponsor entry fees for all participants at the USA Track & Field – New England (USATF) Mini Track Meet on Wednesday, June 1.

The B.A.A. and USATF-NE share a common mission of promoting running and healthy, active lifestyles. The USATF-NE Mini Meet will be run at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Mass., and is part of a spring series of mini meets at MIT organized by the area’s governing body for the sport.

National Running Day is a country-wide effort encouraging healthy and fit lifestyles through the benefits of the sport. No matter your abilities, National Running Day is a chance for everyone to lace up their sneakers and get moving. In the Boston area, the B.A.A. and USATF-NE are two of the most visible and recognizable promoters of running. Around the country, numerous other running organizations and initiatives are taking place throughout the day.

To celebrate the day, the B.A.A. and USATF-NE invite all runners, as well as those interested in giving running a try, to participate in the USATF-NE Mini Meet free of charge. The meet offers novices and newcomers a chance to try various running events. Sign-up and registration occurs on-site at the event. There is no pre-registration.

Since its inception in 2009, National Running Day has been celebrated in Boston through various means. In its inaugural year, the Boston Athletic Association and four-time Boston Marathon Champion Bill Rodgers ran with participants prior to and during the USATF-NE Mini Meet.

 

LOCAL ALL-AMERICANS AT NCAA DIVISION II MEET
Cal.State University-Stanislaus, May 26-28

Student athletes from four colleges in the NE association brought home hardware and honors from their cross country trip at the NCAA DivisioN II Championship meet last weekend in California. In the women's results, proving that Nationals is all about the competition, Bentley's Amy Varsell placed fourth in the 800 meters for her (and the school's) second All-American award following the same position indoors; she came into the outdoor championship seeded only 16th of 17 runners, but responded to the challenge of the meet.

In the men's results, U.Mass Lowell ran to four All-American honors; bronze medals by Donte Brown and the 4 x 400 relay, fourth place by Evan White (400), and eighth place by Angus MacDonald (5000). The top mens' placing was the silver medal of Glarius Rop (American International College) in the 10,000 meters on the opening evening. A.I.C. also placed Dominic Smith (400, 6th) and Yosi Goasdoue(10,000, 8th), and Stonehill returned with two All-Americans - Patrick Fullerton(1500, 6th), and Corey Thomas (high jump, 6th). Top New England states placing teams were Southern Connecticut men and New Haven women, both at ninth in the final standings.

The NCAA Division I meet takes place next weeks in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC ENTRY ONLINE PROCESS
May 25, Fitchburg State University

Online entry is now open for the June 18 Junior Olympic Championships at Fitchburg State University. Only online entry will be accepted this year.
Entry can be done by individuals or by club coordinators, but a single contact person is supposed to enter all entrants for athletes in a club; club contacts will receive an email message on this.

Please note the following regarding entering the JO meet:

  • Entrants must have a current 2011 USATF membership to begin the entry process
  • Verification of date of birth must be completed for the entry to be accepted (proof can be faxed or emailed to the USATF-NE office)
  • Payment can be done online, mailed, or brought to meet. Online is preferred for individuals; clubs are asked to pay with a single check by mail.

Direct link to the New England entry at CoachO.com is usatfregistration.com/meet/entry/ma_usatfyouth02/.

You can find events, schedules, and this year's age groupings at a link at usatfne.org/track. Any waiver requests for the meet (for the events not contested at June 18 or for those missing the meet) must be in the NE office by the close of the day Wednesday, June 15. Waiver to the next round are not guaranteed for individuals missing the NE meet. Thanks for your patience with this process; contact the office if you have any questions.

 

BURDETT, LEMME PLACE AT USA MASTERS 8K
May 21, Williamsburg VA

Greater Springfield Harrier teammates Francis Burdett and Kent Lemmeplaced 4-5 overall at the Run for the Dream USA Masters 8K Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia on Saturday. The duo were 2-3 in the 5 year 45-49 division with times of 25:39 and 25:47; the masters race - and the overall event - was won by Mbarak Hussein (46 years old) in 24:41.

Another local connection, the race was managed by DMSE and times by Granite State Race Services. FULL RESULTS

 

Kasie Enman at the 2011 Northfield Mountain Run (Photo courtesy of Scott Mason)
Kasie Enman at the 2011 Northfield Mountain Run
(Photo courtesy of Scott Mason)

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT KICKS OFF AT NORTHFIELD
May 21, Northfield MA

The 2011 Mountain Circuit took off on Saturday at the 10th Northfield Mountain Run with new and familiar medalists at the finish.

Men's winner Eric MacKnight, a senior at Keene State College, held off a pair of course veterans, Mark Miller (BAA) and Jim Johnson (CMS), the trio running 36:27-36:42-36:53 for the 6.3ish mile up and down course over the soft dirt roads and powerline trails. Tim Van Orden (CMS) was top 40+ (8th overall), Paul Bazanchuk (WMM) was best for the 50's, Rich Miller (WMM) for 60's, and George Gilder (WMAC) held off Charles Kellogg (TG) by just 11 seconds at 70+.

Women's winner Kasie Enman(BAA/Huntington VT) has returned to form after a 2010 maternity leave, winning by 2 minutes over high school senior Carolyn Stocker (GSH/Westfield MA); 2010 series winner Gina Lucrezi had an uncharacteristic off-day in taking bronze. In the age groups, Suzy West (CSU) had a solid win in the 40+, Jackie Shakar (CMS) won the 50+ by 13 seconds, and Kathleen Furlani (EORC) led the 60+ women home.

The race closed at 250 entrants and was announced as the "final" event at Northfield, as director Dave Dunham will move to starting a 50K race closer to home. But the door is open for it to continue if someone will step up to the director's role. FULL RESULTS

 

NE TF CHAMPIONSHIP ADDS 10K, PRIZE MONEY
May 18

The USATF Track and Field Championship on June 12 has added an event, moved an event, and added prize money.
The 10,000 meters will contested for the first time in nearly a decade, starting the meet at 11:00 a.m. There is an entry guideline of 35:30 for men, and 39:00 for women; the clock will stop at 39:00.

The NE 5000 meter Championship race will take place the night before, June 11, at part of the race run at the New Balance Twilight meet at Bentley University. Entry for that race is through nbbtwilight.com.

Prize money will be available in 5 men's and women's events, continuing an offer started in 2010. The top eligible NE athlete will earn $150 if they achieve a performance equal to 950 points on the IAAF tables in the 800, steeplechase, javelin, or hammer.

The 400 meters will contest the "125 Year Challenge" - the top eligible New Englander who can better 47.75 - the world record in the 440 yard dash set in Boston on July 1, 1886 - will receive $100 and a new pair of spikes; the same offer applies to the women's equivalent time of 55.76.

For meet and prize money details, see the entry form and the bonus page.

 

NITEHAWKS YOUTH CLUB AWARDED NATIONAL GRANT
May 16, Indianapolis IN

The Nitehawks Sports Club, based in the Acton/Groton MA area, has received a grant from the USATF National "Mark Springer Youth Travel Grant" program for 2011. Monies may be used for travel to the several Youth/Junior Olympic National Championships; the Nitehawks have regularly qualified athletes for both the JO Track and Cross Country nationals.

For more information on the grant program, check usatf.org.

 

FABER THIRD AT USA 25K
May 14, Grand Rapids, MI

Jeannette Faber (BAA / Somerville MA) placed third at the USA 25km National Championship hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids MI. Faber clocked 1:28:48 behind Hansons-Brooks teammates first time USA champion Molly Pritz (1:25:38) and Dot McMahan (1:28:38).

 

LUCREZI, BLAKE SELECTED FOR MOUNTAIN TEAM
May 13

Gina Lucrezi (Newton MA) and Eric Blake (BAA/New Britain CT) have been named to the USA team for the North American / Central American / Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Championships to run on July 17 in Jalisco, Mexico. The 13.8 km up-and-down course starts at 5020' altitude, ascends to 7875', and returns.
Lucrezi was the 2010 New England Mountain Series Champion and 2010 USA 10K Trail Run Champion; Blake has competed in the World Mountain Championships five times, twice earning team medals. Team manager is former NE Mountain/Ultra/Trail committee chairman Rich Bolt, now living in San Jose CA.

The Cranmore Hill Climb in North Conway, NH, on June 26 will serve as the 2011 USA Mountain Running Championship (entry at whitemountainmilers.com). Cranmore will be the lone USA selection race for the 2011 World Mountain Running Championship scheduled for September 11 in Tirana, Albania. See wmra.info for more details.

 

VASSALLO, WESTOVER DEEP SIX COMPETITION
May 8, Nashua NH

Dan Vassallo won a New England title for the second straight week, and Heidi Westover won her shortest distance road championship, both taking gold at the Medical Center 6K in Nashua NH on Sunday. The race, coming a week after a record field at the NE 10K Championship at the James Joyce Ramble, also recorded its largest field in the 10 year history, with 713 finishers crossing the line.

Vassallo (adidas New England/Reading MA) now has 2 wins and a second (New Bedford 1/2 marathon) in the 2011 series; his 18:27 in Nashua just 7 seconds off the course record. Justin Freeman (RUN) and Matt Ely (BAA) were within 10 seconds. Joseph Koech (RUN), 2009 GP masters champ, moved back to the front as first 40+ and 5th overall, 5 seconds one overall place ahead of Kent Lemme (GSH). Craig Fram (Whirlaway) was top 50+ for the second consecutive week, and Bill Dixon (GLRR) matched that in the 60+ division, with Harry Carter (BAA) taking the M70 prize.

In the women's race, Westover (Walpole NH) stepped down from her usual longer distance successes and had almost a minute on her closest competitor, Amanda Brewster (CambridgeRC). Top master Christine Anderson (Whirlaway) was 8th overall, Cathy Merra (Gate City) was best 50+, and Karen Durante (Whirlaway) made it two straight wins at 60+.

In team action, CMS was 39 seconds better than the fivesome from Team RUN for the men's win, and Greater Boston TC were comfortable 3 minute gap on the women's side. Men's masters was the nail-biter again, as Whirlaway and CMS masters men reversed positions from the 10K. The red team won by just 9 seconds after totaling the 5 scorers. They made it a sweep with the women's 40+ and both 50+ division wins, and Greater Lowell took a second straight 60+ win.

Series standings after 3 events can be found at the at usatfne.org/gp. The series takes a month break and continues on Sunday, June 5 at the Rhody 5K with separate men's and women's races.

 

LOCALS WIN JUNIOR COLLEGE CHAMPS
May 5-77, Alfred NY

Noelia Figuereo of Northern Essex Community College and Haverhill, Shey Carmichael of Roxbury Community College, and Timothy Phok of Community College of Rhode Island won titles at the National Junior College AA Division III Championships at Alfred State University this past weekend.

Figuereo won the 100 with a time of 12.75 and becomes the first athlete in NECC History to win national championships in two consecutive years. She leaves with 3 school records, 3 district titles, and 2 national titles (100 Meters 2011 & 200 Meters 2010). Carmichael, a freshman, won the 200 in 25.98, and Phok threw 161'2" for the hammer win.

RCC's Jim Guerrier earned medals in the triple jump (2nd) and 200 (3rd), with teammate Osawaru Johnson taking silver in the high jump and CCRI's Jackie Hurteau second in the women's 10,000. The Roxbury CC men were third in the 4x400 final where 6/10 separated the top 4 teams, after posting the fastest qualifying time.

 

BC WOMEN WIN AT PENN RELAYS
April 28-30, Philadelphia PA

Boston College women won their first ever Penn Relays Championship of America relay title on Saturday, taking the 4 x 1500 meter relay in 17:25.19. Anchor runner Caroline King clocked the race's fastest split - 4:12.2 - to run down Villanova and Georgetown. and was named the College Women's Athlete of the Meet. The last win at Penn by any Eagles team was the men's sprint medley victory in 1975.

In other action over the three days, Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) won the Olympic Development division of the 10,000 metes in 29:39.78, finishing third overall in the race, Paul Rupprecht (New Balance Boston) won the OD Steeplechase in 9:01.49, and Massachusetts product Mark Amirault (Xaverian Brothers, Westwood MA) anchored Princeton to their first relay win in 71 years, running 4:02.8 on his leg in the 4 x mile. Mass Velocity Track Club fielded a number of Masters relay teams, and Roger Pierce won the M65 100 meter race. A series of USA vs the World relay races brought out top international runners.

Completing its 117th edition, the original and largest Relay Carnival in the country fills the University of Pennsylvania stadium with top competition at all levels from high school to world class, cheered by an avid spectator base. Complete results are at pennrelaysonline.com.

 

Winner Geoffrey Mutai (SteveV Photo)
Winner Geoffrey Mutai
(SteveV Photo)

BOSTON FASTEST MARATHON EVER
April 18, Hopkinton to Boston

With spirited runner-to-runner competition and ideal conditions, Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) ran the fastest marathon run anywhere, 2:03:02, to win the 115th Boston Marathon on Monday. He held off countryman Moses Mosop by four seconds, as both surpassed the 2:03:59 of the legendary Haile Gebreselassie. However, aiding breezes and Boston's net downhill will likely have the mark noted as a "world best" as opposed to a world record. Nonetheless, it was amazing to see that level of competition over 26.2 miles; the 24th mile was covered in under 4:30, the final 10K in under 30 minutes. Before Mutai's break midway up the Newton hills, top American Ryan Hallhad kept the pack's pace strong from the gun and was rewarded with the fastest time every run by an American, 2:04:58 for fourth overall.

On the women's side, Caroline Kilen completed a Kenyan sweep, but just barely. She outran Desiree Davila (Rochester MI/Brooks Hansons Distance Project) in the final strides to take the women's title by 2 seconds in 2:22:36. It was a three women sprint down Boylston Street, and Davila just missed becoming the first American champion in almost 30 years. New Zealander Kim Smith, Providence College grad who has been training in that city, had a commanding lead to 16 miles when she suffered leg cramps that led to her dropping out shortly thereafter).

Wheelchair finishes were equally exciting, as just one second separated men's winner Masazumi Soejima (Japan) from second and third place, and Wakako Tsuchida easily winning her fifth Boston in a course record and world best 1:34:06.

Second American on the men's side, Zac Hine is a 2005 graduate of South Hadley MA High School where he was state cross country champ and second in the state mile. He ran for Cornell, then headed further west to train with Brooks Hansons with a focus on a marathon debut in Boston. He was rewarded with a time of 2:16:54 for 16th place.
Top local finishers by state:

Massachusetts: Terry Shea (BAA/Somerville) 2:20:48; Elle Pishny (BAA/Boston) 2:44:40; New Hampshire: Scott Rowe (Rochester Runners/Dover) 2:28:15; Alexandra Varanka (New Balance Boston/Amherst) 2:58:27; Rhode Island: Glen Guillemette (Narragansett) 2:35:52 (2nd 50+); Claire Gadrow (So.Kingstown) 2:56:46; Vermont: Stephen Trull (Burlington) 2:47:53; Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington) 2:39:55; Connecticut: Tim Perry (Norwalk) 2:30:57; Shannon McHale (W.Simsbury) 2:43:46 (3rd 40-44); Maine: Robert Gomez (Dirigo RC/Saco), 2:24:18; Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC/Falmouth) 2:39:23;

There is plenty to read and view on the race at all running related websites starting at bostonmarathon.org.

 

Whirlaway's Simonetta Piergentili (Photo: Masha Kuo)
Whirlaway's Simonetta Piergentili
(Photo: Masha Kuo)

BAA, WHIRLAWAY TEAM WINNERS AT BOSTON
April 18, Hopkinton to Boston

Local clubs swept the team races at the 115th Boston Marathon. The host Boston Athletic Association won both the open men's and women's divisions; the men's team was led by Terry Shea- fastest New Englander - Alex Taylor, and Nate Krah (all in the top 30 overall) and totaled 7:05:31 with Air Force 2:43 back. Greater Boston TC placed sixth, Cambridge RC eighth, and Team RUN tenth. The women's team of Kasie Enman , Elle Pishny, and Jennifer Campbell timed 8:10:45, 30 minutes ahead of Running Republic of Boulder (CO). Also in the top 10 were Somerville Road Runners (fourth), Cambridge RC (fifth), and Greater Boston TC (seventh).

As at many local events, it was Whirlaway Racing Team winning both of the masters' bowls. , Joe Navas, Jason Porter, and Chris Spinney (7:53:06) were matched by the trio of Simonetta Piergentili, Christin Doneski and Petra Platt (9:28:15). Somerville RR (3) and BAA (4) were among the top 10 men's teams, and Winners Circle (3), Wampanoag RR (4), Gate City Striders (7), Suburban Striders (8) and Somerville RR (10) in the women's top 10.

 

SUCCESSFUL MARATHON DEBUT FOR SANCA
April 10, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ruben Sanca (BAA, Dorchester MA) had a sparkling debut at the marathon distance this weekend, running 2:18:47 at the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. Sanca, whose final tune-up for Rotterdam was his winning performance at the New Bedford Half Marathon last month, placed 17th in the international field.

Winner Wilson Chebet (Kenya) clocked the fastest time in the world for 2011 at 2:05:27, as five runners broke 2:10. Rotterdam has been the site of several world records, and they did have one in their results on Sunday when Ed Whitlock of Canada ran 3:25:43 at age 80!

 

PRESENTATION ON CARDIAC FAILURE IN ATHLETES BY DR.PAUL THOMPSON ON APRIL 14
April 8

Paul D. Thompson, M.D., nationally renowned cardiologist who specializes in the relationship between exercise and heart disease, will give a presentation on "Sudden Cardiac Failure in Athletes" on Thursday, April 14 in ProvidenceRhode Island.
The event, sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House of Providence and the RMH Providence Running Club, will be held at LaSalle High School, 612 Academy Avenue in Providence, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is in the Brother Michael McKenery Theatre, and the format will include a slide presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Dr.Thompson is Director of Cardiology and The Athletes' Heart Program at Hartford Hospital. An accomplished marathoner himself, he qualified for the 1972 U.S.Olympic Marathon Trials, and finished 16th in the 1976 Boston Marathon.

The event is free to the public. For further information, contact Bob Rothenberg at 401-274-4447, ext. 33. We highly recommend this presentation to coaches and experienced distance runners.

 

BEN TRUE USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH 2011
April 2

Distance runner Ben True is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for March 2011.

True, a member of In-The-Arena and living in Hanover NH, was the top finisher for USA men's team at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain on March 20, and placed second in the USA 15K road race championship in Jacksonville Florida on March 12. The Dartmouth graduate is expanding on his impressive credentials on the track.

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

 

THORNTON SETS MASS. STATE MARK IN HAMMER
April 2, Providence RI

Adrienne Thornton, a student at Boston's John D. O'Bryant High School, upped the Massachusetts high school girls record in the hammer on Saturday. In her first meet of the season, the junior spun the ball 143'0" to place fifth at the 43rd K of C Relays in Providence RI. Massachusetts does not contest the hammer as part of its scholastic schedule, making the achievement all the more impressive among a field of Rhode Island athletes - who contest the event in both their dual and state meet schedules.

Thornton set the Mass. record in the 20lb weight during the indoor season.

 

SCHOLASTIC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD LISTS
March 27

New England scholastic athletes achieved many quality marks during the recently completed indoor season. You can find the New England "leader board" as well as Massachusetts performance lists in the statistics section of MansfieldTrack.com. The lists were compiled by Larry Newman.

 

The BAA pack was dominant in New Bedford (SV photo)
The BAA pack was dominant in New Bedford
(SV photo)

SANCA, SMITH LEAD FAST FIELDS AT NEW BEDFORD
New Bedford MA, March 20

Ruben Sanca (BAA / Boston and Kim Smith(New Zealand / Providence) led a long parade of runners through the streets of New Bedford at the 34th annual New Bedford Half Marathon, the opening championship event of the USATF New England Grand Prix, on Sunday. The race had a record 2,730 entrants.

Assuming the lead in the first mile, Sanca was unchallenged for the remainder of the race, clocking a time of 1:05:25 in his debut at the distance. Runner-up Dan Vassallo (adidas NE/Reading MA) ran a similarly lonely race as he was clear of any challengers bey 4 miles and running 1:07:00. The BAA placed 8 of the first 10 finishers and easily won the team trophy.
Smith, an Olympian for New Zealand who ran the fastest women's 1/2 marathon ever on US soil (1:07:36) on February 13 in Houston, made it back-to-back wins here with her 1:09:50. In second, Diana Bowser (BAA / Sudbury MA) stopped the watch at 1:14:36, a time that qualifies her for the 2012 US Olympic Trials in the marathon. With teammates Kasie Enman (3rd) and Kathryn Hatch (6th), the BAA women matched the men's team win.

Age group wins went to several newcomers and some old reliables. Closest race of the day was Keven O'Neil's one second margin over Greg Picklesimer (SRR) for the M40+ win. Besides O'Neil, it was the first age group honors for Lisa Kaplan (BAA, W40) and Fredric Silverblatt (PRMH, M70), while Mark Reeder (GLRR, M50), Gordon MacFarland (CSU, M60), Cathy Merra (GCST, W50), and Moira Durnin(GMAA, W60) added to their resumes.
Whirlaway Racing Team were double double team winners, leading both the men's and women's 40+ and 50+ scoring, and Cambridge Sports Union led the men 60+ clubs.

The first round of scoring will be found at the usatfne.org/gp page; with the largest club turnout of any GP race in recent years, it will take some time to verify all team scores. The 2011 GP series continues on May 1 at the James Joyce Ramble(www.ramble.org) in Dedham MA.

 

USA WOMEN 3RD AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY; HUDDLE 21ST
Punta Umbria, Spain, March 20

The USA women's team ran to a 3rd place medal stand performance behind Kenya and Ethiopia at the World Cross Country Championships, in Punta Umbria, Spain on Sunday. Led by former Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan (now in Oregon) who took the individual bronze medal in an energizing race, the US squad was backed Molly Huddle (Providence RI / Saucony) who finished 17th, Magdelena Lewy Boulet (CA, 18th) and former Massachusetts resident Blake Russell (CA, 19th) over the 8K distance. Flanagan moved from 7th to 3rd in the final kilometer, and it was the best performance by a non-African women runner at the Worlds since 2004.

In the men's race, Ben True (InTheArena / Hanover NH) was top finisher for the USA. True placed 36th in 35:56, as the US tally ranked them 10th team overall.
Full coverage at www.iaaf.org.

 

2011 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX OPENS ON SUNDAY IN NEW BEDFORD
March 16

The 2011 USATF New England Road Race Championship Grand Prix series begins this Sunday, March 20, at the New Bedford Half Marathon in New Bedford MA. The race is expecting over 2500, as the distance continues to grow in popularity. Details are at the NewBedfordHalfMarathon.com. On-line entry is closed, so leave plenty of time to enter on race day.

Clubs are reminded that club membership must be current to score, and all scoring members of a team must have individual USATF membership on race day.

As decided at the fall Grand Prix meeting, Men age 50+ teams now score 5 runners in distances above 10K through 30K, so clubs will need 5 men age 50+ for a tally on Sunday in that division (as well as in open and 40+ groups; all women's divisions score 3) on Sunday. All GP Competition Guidelines can be found at the GP Page.

 

NATIONAL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
March 11-12, various sites

All three NCAA divisions ended their seasons with national championships this past weekend with successes by New England student-athletes. Division I ran at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, and top NE states placer Michael Rutt, UConn, who was second in the 800 with a tme of 1:48.37. Other men earning all-American placings (top 8) were David McCarthy (Providence, 3000, 8th 8:06.01), and Milford NH product (and former NE athlete of the month) Dwight Barbiasz (Maryland, high jump, 4th, 7'2.5"). On the women's side, Providence Classical HS grad Victoria Flowers (UConn) was 4th in the weight, throwing 72'11.75". Additionally, Katie Matthews (Boston U.) placed 6th in the 5000, 16:13.21, and Caroline King (Boston College) was 7th in the mile, 4:36.0.

In Divsision II action in Albuquerque, New Mexico, sophomore Corey Thomas of Stonehill College (North Easton MA) won the high jump at 7'0.5"and earned a second all-American honor in the hurdles, leading Stonehill to a 16th place finish. Also medaling was Dominic Smith (AIC, Springfield MA), 2nd in the 400 at 46.81. Bentley University (Waltham MA) had their first ever women's all-American - Amy Varsell, 4th in the 800. Sharon Gagne of University of New Haven (CT) was a triple winner in the long jump, 60, and 200.

The Division III meet in Bexley, Ohio, found MIT women in third and Amherst men 6th. New England school winners included Ben Sheets (Amherst, 800, 1:51.26), Kevin Coyle (Springfield, Long Jump, 23'10 3/4"), David Pless (Bates, Shot Put, 56'6") for the men, and Randelle Boots (Wellesley, Mile, 4:57.46), Tanasia Hoffler (Williams, Triple Jump, 40'2"), and Middlebury (Distance Medley, 11:47.96). MIT's Engineers had 4 pole vaulters total (women and men) achieve all-American status.

 

CAMBRIDGE JETS GOLDEN AT YOUTH INDOOR NATIONALS
March 12-13, Hillsdale, Illinois

The Cambridge Jets headed west for the first USATF Youth Indoor National meet held in Illinois, and returned home with a good bit of gold hardware. They had qualified through placing at the East Region meet two weeks ago (indoor youth has no association based meets to start with).

Their strength was in the Youth (13-14, age at end of year) Girls division where Jets won all flat races from 55 through 800 meters; those winners were Sydney Fisher(55,200), Rhyana Freeman (400), and Maya Halprin-Adams (800). With that strength teaming with Camille Sery-Ble, the Jets also won the 4x200 (1:46.41) and 4x400 (4:12.25).

In the Intermediate Boys (15-16) division, Byron Vaughn won gold in the 55 (6.89) and bronze in the 400. Teammate Jordan Samuels won bronze in the triple jump (37'9") and made two short distance finals, finishing 5th in the hurdles and 7th in the 55. Results at www.usatf.org.

 

FORBES, MANSFIELD WIN AT NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC
March 11-13, New York City

The scholastic indoor season came to an end with the iconic National Scholastic meet at the New York City Armory with two New England winners from New England. Carla Forbes (WalthamTC/NewtonNorth HS) spanned 19'5 1/2" on her final attempt to win the long jump on Saturday for the best girls' performance of the (long) weekend. She also ran on the 8th place shuttle hurdle relay squad.

Andrea Keklak (Sudbury MA) reached a new level with her 4:49.93 mile, good for third , Aleide Fernandes (Central Falls RI) solidified her place as the region's best weight thrower with a 4th in 57'9.5", and speedster Rebecca Robinson (Arlington MA) earned the same medal in the 400 at 55.24. Additional relays taking home hardware were Newton Centre Athletics (Newton South MA), 6th in the sprint medley in 4:09.65, and the Keklak-anchored Lincoln-Sudbury squad in the distance medley, 6th in 11:53.08.

On the boys side of the ledger, Mansfield (Mass.) was a convincing winner in the Sprint Medley Relay at 3:28.99, and there was a decided Massachusetts flavor on the podium with Newton North sixth (3:32.46) and Andover seventh 3:33.17. Mansfield also medaled in the 4x400 - its 3:22.11 good for 8th - and had two individual rankers; Shayne Collins, third at 2 miles (9:11.12 - behind the second fastest HS time ever) and Josh Lampron 7th in the 800 (1:53.13)

Rhode Island leaper Innocent Jacob (Chariho) was double medalist with third in the high jump at 6'6 3/4" and 4th in the long jump, 23'4". Others making the stand were Joe Velez (Classical Providence RI, Weight, 4th, 70'1.75"), Greg Boursiquot(Stoughton MA, 60 Hurdles, 6th, 7.96, John Murray (Shrewsbury MA, 2 mile, 7th, 9:16.71), and Lowell MA HS, 4 x mile, 7th, 18:00.17.

www.nationalscholstic.org

 

REGION'S RUNNERS MEDAL OVER SNOW
March 11-13, Cable WI

Some of the NE association's top runners on bare ground earned medals over snow at last weekend's US National Snowshoe Championship held in Wisconsin. 22 states were represented among the 249 shoe-ers who covered the 10K.

Amber Ferreira (GCS/Concord NH) was second overall in the women's race, and Marcy Schwam (MA) was 17th and 1st 55-59/2nd 50+. In the men's results, Jim Johnson and Kevin Tilton, both from New Hampshire and members of Central Mass Striders, placed 8th and 9th overall, respectively, with Jim 1st age 30-34 award winner and Kevin 3rd 25-29. Clubmate Tim Van Orden (VT) was 13th / 3rd master.

 

TRUE 2ND AT USA 15K
March 12, Jacksonville FL

Ben True (Hanover NH) races to second place at the USA 15K Championship held at the 34th Gate River Run in Jacksonville FL on Sunday. The Gate River Run is the largest 15K in the country, with over 15,000 finishers.

The Dartmouth alum, training with the new In the Arena club out of New Hampshire, covered the distance in 43:25, finishing behind only Mo Trafeh of California, who won his second USA road crown of 2011. Lucas Meyer (BAA) placed 22nd overall.

In the women's results, top New Englander was Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston), who finished eight overall (7th USA) in 51:52; winner was Olympian Jen Rhines of Mammoth Lakes, California. Like Trafeh, Rhines won the title at the USA Half Marathon Championship in January. Jeannette Faber (BAA) was 18th, and Tammie Robie (Whirlaway) 31st. www.USARunningCircuit.com.

 

JAVELIN CLINIC AT BROWN ON SUNDAY
Providence RI

Brown University presents a Javelin Clinic at their athletics center this Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brown's Olney-Margolis Athletic Center is at 235 Hope Street, Providence, RI.

Presenters are Brown Head Coach Michelle Eisenreich - coach of 2010 NCAA Champion Craig Kinseley - and former world record holder Tom Petranoff. The clinic includes several sessions - learn by doing core training for javelin; technical development for the javelin; speed, agility and power development; and weak side training and testing. It will also include a spring training program.

The fee is $40 per person and includes 2011 Core Training or Javelin DVD. Register on-line at www.brownbears.com.

Athletes and coaches of all levels are welcome!

 

MASTERS MEDAL AT NATIONALS
Albuquerque NM, March 4-6

The USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships moved from sea-level Boston to mile-high Albuquerque, New Mexico for 2011, and New England athletes brought back a number of medals from the three day competition. Performances in the sprints were helped by the mile high altitude, but distance runners suffered a bit from the thin air. Scouring the results of the meet, with divisions from 30-35 to 95+ found many New Englanders making the podium.

Topping the medal haul was the indefatigable Flo Meiler (Shelburne, VT), who scored in 10 events in the 75-79 age group, three being gold (Pentathlon, Pole Vault, High Jump, Hurdles) and achieving American records in those evetns as well. Fellow Vermonter Barbara Jordan (South Burlington VT), also in the W75 division, returned with five medals, including golds with a World Record in the 60 and an American record in the 200.

Multi-eventer Susan Weimer (Freeport ME) W45 won three events, the pentathlon, shot put, and 60 meter hurdles. Two distance runners each won a pair of gold medals; Mary Harada (West Newbury, MA) was first in the W75 800 and mile, and Francis Burdett (Worcester, MA) doubled up in the M45 mile and 3000m. Also double gold, Mary Roman (Norwalk CT) set American Records with her wins in the W75 shot put and weight throw. Other gold medalists were Bob Cedrone (Stoughton, MA) M55 Super Weight (and 2nd Weight), Sue McCarthy (S.Portland ME) W45 400 (and 2nd 60 and 200); Stephen Peckiconis (Roslindale, MA) M50 3000 Race Walk, and Roger Pierce (Essex, MA) M65 400 (and 3rd 200m). Of note; Mike Sullivan of Gilbert, Arizona, set a world record in M50 400 in 52.44; in 1979, he was part of the Brockton MA High School team that set a US HS mile relay record.

Additional medalists from the New England association: Carroll Blake (Boston, MA) M60 400, 3rd; Nick DeNitto (North Andover, MA) M70 Shot put, 2nd; Mark Gomes (Braintree, MA) M40 800m, 2nd; Gail Johns-Rees (Salem, NH) W55 200m 3rd; Deborah Kovacs (Groton, MA) W40 200 2nd; Antonio Palazzo (North Providence, RI) M80 Weight 2nd, Super Weight 2nd; Diane Pomreroy (Pittsfield, MA) W45 400 2nd, 800 2nd; Edward Proctor (Framingham, MA) M45 400 3rd, High Jump 2nd; and Jon Tetherley (Chicopee, MA) M65 400, 3rd. Apologies to anyone we missed in the many pages of results.

In the team scoring totals, Mass Velocity TC was 5th overall with 225 points, and Twilight Throwers totaled 72 points for 14th place.

The masters indoor nationals will be in Bloomington, Indiana in 2012, in Landover, Maryland in 2013, and hopefully back in Boston in 2014. Full results at usatf.org.

 

CMS WINS USA 50K TEAM TITLE; FERENC SILVER MEDALIST
Causett Park, Long Island NY, March 6

Central Mass Striders won the team title in the USA 50K National Championship race in Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY on Sunday. Coming off a successful snowshoe racing season (2nd at the Northeast Championships the previous weekend), Jim Johnson led the trio by finishing with the bronze medal in 3:05:37. Following him home in a pouring rain were Ben Nephew (6th, 3:13:21) and George Adams (8th, 2nd 40+, 3:17:16).

Josh Ferenc (BAA) placed second overall in 3:05:00 in his debut at the distance, trailing only many time USA Ultra Team member Michael Wardian's 2:55:59 (just off course record). Yolanda Falmino (Hancock NH) placed third in the women's competition at 3:46:52.

 

MT.WASHINGTON ROAD RACE ENTRY LOTTERY OPEN
Pinkham Notch NH, March 9

The Mount Washington Road Race lottery is now open. Runners interested in the 51st annual race with "only one hill" running on Saturday, June 18 needs to enter at mountwashingtonroadrace.com. The lottery entry closes on March 15, and picks will be announced March 16.

(Note: All 2010 USATF-NE "Mountain Goats" should have been contacted by now regarding their guaranteed entry).

 

CHICAGO MARATHON ENTRY CLOSED
Chicago, March 4

The rush to enter major running events continues, as registration for the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon has closed in record time. The 45,000 participant limit was achieved in just 31 days. The 34th annual event, known for its fast course, runs on October 9.

 

U.CONN SWEEPS COLLEGE NEW ENGLANDS
Boston, February 25-26

University of Connecticut took both the men's and women's New England Collegiate Indoor Track and Field Championship trophies at Boston University over the weekend. The Huskies women scored 186, ahead of Northeastern (58) and Southern Conn (52), while the men's total of 119.5 easily topped Rhode Island (61.5) and Southern Connecticut(58.5).

Victoria Flowers (UConn/Providence RI) was a double winner in the shot and weight with meet records 53'5" and 68'9", respectively. Two other meet marks were established by Ana Groff (UConn, 500, 1:13.35) and Karin Fisher (MIT, Pole Vault, 13'3.5").

On the men's side, Michael Rutt (UConn) ran a record 1:47.41 in winning the 800 meters as 4 runners dipped under 1:50. Full results are at neicaaa.org.

 

BAA OFFERS MARATHON CLINICS
Boston, February 23

The Boston Athletic Association continues with their marathon training clinics on Monday, February 28, at the John Hancock Conference Center, 40 Trinity Place, Boston (2 blocks from the finish line) at 6:15 p.m. This Monday's clinic will cover the new Qualifying and Registration information, injury prevention and management, diet and nutrition, and apparel selection.

The final B.A.A. clinic before the marathon will be on Monday, March 28, at 6:15pm. Topic for the March session include countdown to Patriots' Day, race day insight and tips, and course preview.

Details can be found at baa.org.

 

The girls' medalists at the Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw Invitational. (Photo: Masha Kuo)
The girls' medalists at the Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw Invitational.
Photo: Masha Kuo

THORNTON, FARRELL WIN FIRST MASS. SCHOLASTIC WEIGHT THROW
Boston, February 23

Adrienne Thorntonand Sean Farrell won the first Massachusetts Scholastic Weight Throw Invitational held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Wednesday. The girls 20 lb weight and boys 25 lb weight throws are scoring events only in Rhode Island, but interest in the event is growing in Massachusetts, and USATF-NE supported the development of the event by offering this state invitational "championship".

Thornton, from Boston and a student at O'Bryant HS, spun the implement 48' 6 3/4", a personal best and the best ever by a girl from Massachusetts. Farrell, from Peabody and attending Bishop Fenwick HS, had a best ever toss of 54'6 3/4" to beat the state's top ranked thrower for the year, Sean Enos (Lynnfield, St.John's Prep) by just 1/4".

USATF-NE will offer a series of clinics and more competitions next indoor season to help grow the event in the state and the region. Many of Wednesday's participants will attend the New England Weight Invitational this weekend in Rhode Island, the March 6 Weightarama in RI, and/or the New Balance Indoor Nationals March 12 in NY. See usatfne.org/track for more info on those meets, and results of the Massachusetts Invitational.

 

MEMBERS INVITED TO "FOREVER FAST" PREMIERE
Waltham MA, February 22

USA Track & Field is releasing FOREVER FAST, a film about Masters Track & Field that will be shown at events and venues around the country over the next two years. FOREVER FAST is a 14 minute film that will be used to recruit new participants to Masters Track & Field and to attract sponsors that want to associate their products or services with "lifetime competitive fitness" and "positive aging."

All USATF members are invited to the premiere showing of FOREVER FAST on Sunday, February 27, from 4-6 PM at the Waverley Oaks Athletic Club in Waltham, MA. The premiere is free for USATF members (members may bring a guest) and will include complimentary appetizers and refreshments and a cash bar. Waverley Oaks AC is located at 411 Waverley Oaks Rd. in Waltham. Direct questions to John Oleski at joleski@usatfne.org.

 

GR.BOSTON TC TAKES INDOOR TF TEAM TITLES
Harvard University, February 20

Greater Boston TC used their balanced team effort to repeat as men's and women's team champions at USATF-NE Indoor Track and Field Championship meet at Harvard on Sunday. Runners-up were New Balance Boston for the men and Hanover AC for the women.

Over 700 entrants from scholastic age to masters over 80, and including collegiate and club contingents, took advantage of the tuned track and top field event areas to record personal bests and other qualifying marks. Of note, high schooler Aleide Fernandes of Central Falls RI placed second in the women's 20 lb weight over a collegiate field in one of the top scholastic marks in the country, 57'8.5". The meet's only double winner was Brown's Rachel Biblo in the long and triple jumps.

Few associations around the country have the opportunity to compete at such a facilty.

RESULTS.

 

SIENKO SCORES FOR TEAM USA XC
Port of Spain, Trinidad, February 19

Columbia University freshman Jacob Sienko former Bishop Hendricken standout from Warwick, RI, placed 8th overall and second for USA in the Junior Men's Race at the North American/Central American/Caribbean (NACAC) Championship in on February 19. Team USA placed second in the meet.

Sienko was the only New Englander on the squad; he earned the position by placing eleventh at the USA XC Championships on February 5 in San Diego.

Details can be found at usatf.org.

 

NH HS STATE MEETS COMPLETED OVER WEEKEND
February 12-13

Dartmouth College hosted the New Hampshire High School Division I and II State Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. At Division I on Saturday, Bishop Guertin Girls and Nashua North boys topped the rankings, and at Divsion II on Sunday, Lebanon girls and Oyster River boys took the titles.

The state record was broken in the girls' 55 meter hurdles each day. Exeter's Hilary Holmes lowered the record by 0.01 to 8.44 on Saturday and Ginny Lavellee of Sanborn ran 8.41 on Sunday.

Full results at LancerTiming.com.

 

DICAMILLO WINS IN IRELAND
February 10,13

Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston / Providence) won the Ras na hEireann cross country race in Country Louth, Ireland on Sunday. She and Tim Ritchie (BAA / Brighton MA) earned trips to Ireland for the Ras and the Armagh Road Race based on their wins in the 2010 New England Cross Country Championships in November.

Warming up on Thursday evening at the Armagh Road Race on a 1K loop course through the center of town, Katie placed a close fourth over 3000 meters behind runners from Scotland, Ireland, and England in 9:41.76, with Tim 10th in 14:27 in the men's 5K, just 13 seconds off the leader's pace. (Former BAA runner and Providence ace Ben Noad from England was 6th). Results.

On Sunday at the Ras - at the site of Ireland's famous "Battle of the Boyne" - DiCamillo came back and bested a strong field over 4000 meters by 11 seconds in 13:32, while Ritchie also moved up in the rankings in the second race, placing fifth in 18:49 over the 6000 meter circuit behind winner Michael Mulhare's 18:20. Results.

So, the New Englanders availed themselves well in their first international appearances on this trip, offered annually to two New England cross country runners for more than 10 years. The opportunities are arranged through and with the strong support of CVS/Downtown 5K race director Charlie Breagy of Exeter RI, who still works on the management of the Ras for his home club in Ireland. Thank you!

 

5 GO SUB 4 AT BU
February 11-12

As indoor track reaches its championship season, quality is rising to the top of the results at New England meets. On Saturday, five men ran under 4:00 for the mile at the Boston U Valentine Invitational, among them three New England collegians and a recent grad setting personal bests. Behind winner Erik van Ingen (Binghamton, 3:57.11 PB) came Riley Masters (Maine, 3:58.17 PB), Richard Peters (Boston U/GBR, 3:58.26 PB) and Julian Matthews (Providence/NZL, 3:58.57 PB), as well as Macklin Chaffee (2009 Williams College grad, 3:58.80 PB). Chaffee, a 2009 Williams College grad, is the first New England Small College Atheltic Conference (NESCAC) grad to break 4:00; he now trains with Ragged Mountain Running in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Valentine meet drew over 2000 competitors over two days. Lots more quality performances were turned by both men and women at the meet. Check LancerTiming.com.

 

SIX INDUCTED INTO MASS. HS HALL OF FAME
February 6

Six individuals were inducted into the Massachusetts High School Track & Field Hall of Fame at Reggie Lewis Center on Sunday in a ceremony presented by presented by the Mass. State Track Coaches Association. Athletes' achievements at the high school level and well beyond are included in the selection criteria. The careers of the Class of 2011 span over 70 years - from the era before girls' and women's scholastic and collegiate sports up through the 1990's - and the group includes two Olympians.

Rena MacDonald (Dedham, 1924) 10 time US shot put Champion, 1928 Olympian
Katherine Mearls (Boston Girls, 1926) 5 time US Champion standing long jump, US championship medalist in 40, 50, 100, long jump, javelin, high jump in her competitive career
Cliff Blair (Hingham, 1947) (Boston University) First collegian to throw over 200' in the hammer, US record in 1956 (216'4"), 1956 Olympian
Carl Wallin (Milton, 1959) (Northeastern) First New England athlete to throw 60' in the shot put, NCAA silver and bronze medals, 7th at 1968 Olympic Trials, USA international team competitor and still a masters competitor
Peter Scott (Scituate, 1962) (Nebraska) State record in 880 yards, HS all-American in 600 and 1000, 1966 NCAA champion in 880 yards, 4th in USA Championships
Pam Connell (Norwell, 1986) (Penn State) Unprecedented 14 time Massachusetts state champion as individual or relay member, World Junior Championships competitor, still has 10 individual or relay performances in Penn State's top 10 lists.

Over 50 Massachusetts high school athletes dating back to the 1890's have been honored since 1995.

 

EXCITING SHOW AT NEW BALANCE GRAND PRIX
February 5

With a mix of local talent and world class athletes - and sometimes a combo of the two -, the sixteenth annual winter elite track meet that is now the New Balance Boston Indoor Grand Prix did not fail to excite a sell-out crowd on Saturday evening at the Reggie Lewis Center. The evening began with a meet record in the masters mile (top New Englander Keven O'Neil running 4:28.87 for fourth) and a fourth straight youth relay win for the Cambridge Jets. Those events warmed up the crowd for almost two more hours of competitive races from 60 meters through 3000 meters.

The closing event, the men's mile brought some of the loudest cheers as a native New Englander stormed to the win. Oregon TC and former Standford standout Russell Brown out of Hanover NH - and a three time national Junior Olympic relay champ as a youth here, was in the midst of a pack hitting 1:59 at the half. The pace picked up and Brown proved to have the best finishing speed; his winning 3:54.81 was a personal best and 8th best on the all-time US indoor list.

See more at bostonindoorgames.com

 

HUDDLE 2ND, TRUE 5TH IN WINTER NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY / WORLD QUALIFER
February 5

Molly Huddle (Providence, RI/Saucony) and Ben True (Hanover NH) qualified for the USA World Cross Country Team at the US Winter National Cross Country meet in San Diego on Saturday. All race distances ran over multiple loops of a 2 kilometer circuit.

Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan, Olympic bronze medalist now in Portland, OR, was a runaway winner over the women's 8K in 25:47; building a 25 second gap by halfway to win for the third time since 2008. Huddle repeated her 2nd place of a year ago to again earn the USA uniform for the worlds in Spain next month. Toni Salucci (Hanover NH/In-the-Arena) ran to 30th place.

Dartmouth grad True, training with the new In-the-Arena club based in Hanover NH, placed fifth to earn his first berth on a USA cross team. His time of 36:03 was 17 seconds behind winner Brent Vaughn (Black Hawk, CO). Other locals in the top 50 were Justin Lutz (35th, Framingham, MA), Jon Wilson (37th, Falmouth, ME), and Dan Hocking (42nd, Dover, NH).

Top local in the Junior Men's 8K was Jacob Sienko (11th, Warwick, RI) in 25:31, missing the US team by just 11 seconds.

Full results at usatf.org.

 

MASTERS TF SUCCESSFUL IN PROVIDENCE
January 31

The USATF East Region and New England Masters Indoor Championship drew over 160 competitors to Providence on Sunday.

Competitors took advantage of the first non-high school meet ever held in the two year old Providence Career and Technical Academy facility to record good early season performances. Four pending US age group records were turned in by two competitors, both age 75. On the track, sprinter Barbara Jordan (Mass Velocity / Burlington VT) ran 10.64 for 60 meters and 38.45 for the 200, while thrower Mary Roman (Mass Velocity / Norwalk CT) tossed the 2 kilogram shot 8.32 meters and the 4 kilogram weight 11.15 meters as best ever that division.

Team winners (combined men/women) were Mass Velocity with Twilight Throwerssecond.

The 200 meter mondo oval and quality field event set-up exceeded all competitors' expectations, and the meet will tentatively return there in 2012. Thanks to Classical HS athletic director - and weight throw medalist - Bob Palazzo for the efforts to bring the meet to Rhode Island, and to his team that provided necessary volunteer support. Results are at the track and field page.

 

GATE CITY STRIDERS ESTABLISHES CLUB HALL OF FAME
January 31

As the Gate City Striders of New Hampshire celebrates 30 years old, the club has created a Hall of Fame to recognized individuals involved in a wide range activities which have supported the organization. The initial class was inducted at the club's recent awards banquet, with some memberships in GCS going back to its founding in 1979. The first "class" of the GCS HOF: Warren ChurchSkip CleaverGeorge LeCoursJane LevesqueSteve MolandPhil QuinnAllan RubeDave Sargent, and Shaun Scanlon.

While the entire group have credentials as competitors, the words that appeared regularly on each of the honorees' resumes include volunteer, board member, director, captain, organizer, and contributor - all tasks and positions which have ensured quality programs for the club and for southern New Hampshire running at all levels and for all ages for over three decades.

Such Halls of Fame are great ways to maintain club history as well as recognize those who keep a club moving forward. Full biographies will be at www.gatecity.org

 

NATIONAL CLUB TF CHAMPS MEET RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY IN 2011
January 24

The 2011 USATF National Club Track and Field Championships will be held at New York City's Icahn Stadium, July 8-9, the fourth time the championships have been held in New York since 2005. The meet will be hosted by the Central Park Track Club New Balance. The club championships draws its largest crowd when held in New York.

The Club Track and Field Championships is an event that supports USATF's goal to enhance and expand opportunities for open level, club-based team competition; it is open to all post-HS level clubs with some qualifying standards.

The Greater Boston Track Club is the only three-time team champion in the meet's history. We look for a number of New England clubs to participate in 2011. For more information on the championship, visit usatf.org/events.

 

GATORADE HS XC RUNNERS OF YEAR ANNOUNCED
January 21

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, the Gatorade Company, in conjunction with ESPN RISE, announced its 2010-11 State Cross Country Runner of the Year award-winners. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse.

Winners from states in the New England association:
Massachusetts: Ariel Beauregard-Breton (Deerfield Academy); John Murray (Shrewsbury)
New Hampshire: Chloe Maleski (Keene); Samuel Gagnon (Manchester Central)
Rhode Island: Molly Keating (Lasalle Academy, Providence); Ryan Meehan (Bp.Hendricken, Warwick)
Vermont: Elle Purrier (Richford); Brendan Copley (Colchester)
And from the other New England states:
Connecticut: Jackie Nicholas (Nonnewaug HS/Woodbury); Connor Rog, Fairfield Prep
Maine: Abbey Leonardi (Kennebunk); Matt McClintock (Madision)

 

RI HS TRACK & FIELD POSTING TOP MARKS
January 17

For years, Rhode Island HS indoor track and field revolved around multi-team meets in either the 11 lap smooth no-spike surface at Community College of RI (with the weight thrown outdoors) or 10 laps in Moses Brown's dusty quonset style building. 200 meter oval running or better field event opportunities were limited to the one shot in URI's fieldhouse for the state meet, or the crowded Brown Invitational. But last year's opening of the Providence Career and Technical HS track has brought a home to the RI Interscholastic League, and results have started to show. With the regular season tri-meets now held on the 200 meter mondo oval - spikes allowed - with mondo runways and a weight throw area that includes seating and a 100' landing area, quality RI scholastics won't need to wait for a select several big meets to record quality personal and seasonal bests.

Most notable among the state's seasonal list leaders are the marks turned by Innocent Jacob of Chariho. The senior has upped the state long jump record three times this season, breaking a 22 year old record (22'11") and pushing it all the way out to 24'1", under 2 inches behind the 6 year old all-New England indoor best, and the longest leap in the country this year. Jacob has also cleared 6'11" in the high jump, and has some creditable 55 meter times. He's just one of a number of Ocean State scholastics posting quality early season marks in the state. Catch up on all the RI HS season news with Bob Leddy's column at ritca.com

 

CHARLES RIVER PATHS CLEAR THANKS TO NEW BALANCE
January 14

The paths along Boston's Charles River will remain runable through the winter snows thanks to a partnership between New Balance and the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. For the second year in a row, New Balance funding will pay for snow removal on the popular paved pathways along the Charles; they will be plowed within 24 hours of the end of a storm. While runners may still find icy spots, that's due to limited salt use allowed along the river, so be careful. The sponsorship amount increased from last year. Thanks, New Balance!

 

NEW NAME, NEW SPONSOR FOR BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
January 11, 2011

Organizers announced today that the Boston Indoor Games will return to the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday, February 5, with a new sponsor and a new name, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. The meet has featured more than 100 Olympic and World Championship medalists, and recorded six World and nine American records in its 16 years. New Balance was the event's first title sponsor, providing initial support to fuel the growth of the event to world level status.

Meet information, including ticket details, can be found at newbalanceindoorgrandprix.com (or call 1-877-TIX-TRAC for ticket info). There will be local flavor among the international stars with the popular youth relay and the masters mile.

 

HARADA STARTS YEAR WITH RECORD
January 8, 2011

Mary Harada (Liberty AC/West Newbury MA) has started the year on a good foot with a new masters World and American record in the mile. At the RCC Tiger All-Comers held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday, Mary ran 8:21.50 for the distance, lowering the existing mark for women age 75-79 by a full five seconds. We'll likely see more record times by her as the indoor season progresses. Congratulations!