NEWS FROM 2012

12/31/2012
 

JESSE OWENS AWARDS BANQUET TELEVISED ON THURSDAY
December 24

The sports highest honors each year are handed out at USATF's Jesse Owens Awards Banquet. This year, the event will be broadcast for the first time. Catch the ceremonies on Thursday evening, December 27, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

 

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TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2013
December 20

USATF membership is annual and runs through December 31. Unless you obtained your membership after November 1, or have a multi-year membership, it's time to renew.

The membership remains at $30 for those over 18, and $20 for youth age 18 and under. Current membership provides the opportunity to participate and score in USATF events and series throughout the year, offers discounts at the USATF online store, with over 20 companies, and in some New England events, provides a level of sport accident insurance, and supports our many programs including the expanding coaching eduction program

You can download a form to mail in with a check or you can renew online at this site.

 

INTRODUCTION TO WEIGHT THROW CLINICS FOR HS THROWERS COMING UP
December 19

There will be two Introduction to the Weight Throw for scholastic throwers held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on the next two Mondays, December 24 and 31, at 11:00 a.m. While not a high school event in any state except Rhode Island, the weight throw - 20 pounds for girls, 25 pounds for boys - is a traditional indoor event. These clinics will start with the very basics of the event, and are the first of several clinics leading to the 3rd annual Massachusetts Scholastic Invitational Weight Throw on Wednesday, February 20, at the Reggie Lewis Center. The clinics are free, and hosted by USATF New England with the support of the Twilight Throwers.

Info Flyer

 

USATF NEW ENGLAND AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 12
December 15

The 2nd Annual Awards Banquet and Social takes place on Saturday, January 12, at the Montvale Plaza function hall in Stoneham, Mass. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker, and a night packed full of music and dancing.

Local Olympian Ruben Sanca will speak on his participation in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The evening will continue with the much-anticipated awards presentation, featuring awards from all of our athletic disciplines - Road, Track & Field, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking - including awards for the various series and circuits, special awards, and New England Association Athletes of Year. All Series divisional winners will receive an embroidered Lands End down vest.

Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300. We recommend clubs a table to ensure members can take part in this annual tradition in the presence of their teammates and fellow competitors.

Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form. Tickets may also be purchased on-line via the usatf online order site.

We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to Jim Garcia at awards@usatfne.org or 978-846-4050.

 

MEDALS FOR NEW ENGLAND YOUTH AT NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
December 8, Albuquerque New Mexico

Waltham Track Club and Caroline Fischer ran to the highest finishes at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Albuquerque New Mexico last weekend. The altitude of over 7000' affected some performances of those particiapants from sea-level locations; over 2300 competitors from around the country took part in the event at the city's Balloon Festival Park.

The Waltham girls placed second in the Midget (11-12) division. The team was led by Michaela Jones fifth overall in the day's largest race, 263 finishers. Fischer, running for Granite State Flash, was runner-up in the Bantam (9-10) girls race by just 1/10 second, moving up a place from her 2011 appearance.

Also on the team medal podium was Nashua PAL, taking bronze medals in the boys Sub-Bantam (age 7-8) competition with top finisher Nicholas Dahl placing 18th. Two other top ten individual placings were earned, both in the Youth (13-14) Division; David Principe, Sentinel Striders, 4th in Youth Boys, and Madeline Hunt of Granite State, 8th in Youth Girls.

New England Club placings and the top individual in each race:
Sub Bantam Girls: 19.Julia Valakatgis, Bradford Huskies; >br /> Bantam Girls: 2.Caroline Fischer, Granite State Flash; 5.Granite State Flash 136 (15 teams);
Midget Girls: 5.Michaela Jones, Waltham TC; Team RUN; 2.Waltham TC 119; 11.Granite State Flash 276; 20.Gr.Lowell RR 505 (23 teams);
Youth Girls: 8.Madeline Hunt, Granite State; 5.Granite State Flash 149; 15.NC Surge, 367 (18 teams);
Intermediate Girls: 28.Stephanie Mattson, Sentinels; 6.Sentinel Striders 127 (8 teams);
Young Women: 15.Maeve Westover

Sub Bantam Boys: 3.Nashua PAL; 18.Nicholas Dahl, Nashua PAL; Bantam Boys: 19.Ashton Burnett, Sentinel Striders; 5.Granite State Flash 154; 6.Nashua PAL 155 (12 teams);
Midget Boys: 16.Samuel Toolin, Sentinels; 11.Sentinel Striders 289; 13.Nashua PAL 341 (23 teams);
Youth Boys: 4.David Principe, Sentinels; 9.Nashua PAL 297; 14.Sentinel Striders 367;15.NC Surge 371 (21 teams);
Intermediate Boys: 51.Tucker McNinch, Lenox MA; 8.Sentinel Striders 200 (9 teams)
Young Men: 35.Geoffrey Kazlow, Green Mountain AA;

Results of all 12 races are at usatf.org.

 

NEW BALANCE BOSTON WOMEN THIRD AT US CROSS NATIONALS
GREATER SPRINGFIELD SECOND IN MEN'S 40+

December 8, Louisville KY

New Balance Boston women took a close third place at the USA Cross Country Nationals held in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Led by New England champ Mary Kate Champagne and Katie DiCamillo in 14th and 19th, respectively, NBB scored 97 points behind Team USA Minnesota and Boulder Running Company (92). Greater Boston TC was 12th with 388 points (Kyle Feldman 31st) out of 24 clubs and 222 finishers over the 6K course.

In the men's 10K race, the Boston Athletic Association was first local squad, placing seventh with 179 in the field of 42 clubs. They were led by Eric Ashe in 22nd. Also representing New England were Western Mass Distance Project (9, 319, Sean Duncan 72nd), New Balance Boston (12, 399, Dan Kramer 68th), and Greater Boston TC (27, 745, Chris Kibler 141st). Hansons-Brooks Distance Project won with 50 points; 338 men finished.

In the masters men's 10K, Greater Springfield Harriers placed second in the M40+ division led by Francis Burdett, tenth overall and third M45-49 among the 295 men's masters competitors. Dirigo RC was 7th and GBTC 12th of 18 in the same division. Greater Lowell was 6th of 14 in the M50 results, with John Barbour 4th M55-59. Denny LeBlanc (GLRR) ran to a bronze medal in the M70 category.

Top local finisher among 91 masters women was Liane Pancoast (W50, Gr.Lowell RR) in 53rd, and GLRR was the only club fielding a scoring squad, placing 5th of 8 in the W50+ standings.

Complete results of all divisions at usatf.org

 

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
December 8

USA Track & Field - New England Athletes of the Month have been announced for October and November 2012.

October AOM is Eric Ashe (B.A.A./Brighton MA). On October 28, Ashe won the Cape Cod Marathon in 2:26:13 with a two minute margin of victory in his debut at the distance. On October 7, he was the first American finisher and 6th overall at the BAA Half Marathon, and October 20, scored for the B.A.A. at the Western Mass Distance Project XC Festival race.

There are co-winners for the November Athlete of the Month - Catarina Rocha(Peabody MA) and Elinor Purrier (Richford VT). On November 24, Rocha, a senior at Peabody Veterans High School, won the Footlocker Northeast Regional cross country race at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. She dominated the girls field, winning by 19 seconds with a 17:49.5 clocking for the 5,000 meter course. On the same day, Purrier won the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regionals in Wappinger Falls, New York, timing 18:09.4 for that 5,000 meter circuit; the Nike Cross is a club event, though Purrier ran unattached. Both girls advanced to the respective national championships for these events in December.

 

ROCHA RUNNER-UP AT FOOTLOCKER SCHOLASTIC XC FINALS
December 8, San Diego CA

Running in her third Footlocker final, Catarina Rocha (Peabody MA) placed second at the National Cross Country Championship meet in San Diego on Saturday, just four seconds out of first. The only New England girl in the 40 runner field, she had previously placed 31st (2010) and 7th (2011) in the meet.
In the boys' race, won by Robert Cheserek of New Jersey, Jonathan Green(St.Johns Shrewsbury/Berlin MA) placed 22nd, followed by Trevor Crawley(Cumberand RI) in 38th and Chris Alvarado (Fairfield CT) in 39th.

Read more about Rocha's history with the Footlocker race in an article from the Peabody Patch. Full race results are at footlockercc.com

 

GRAND PRIX SERIES SELECTED FOR 2013
December 3

The 2013 USATF-New England Grand Prix Series is now set, selected by an e-mail vote of the membership. A total of 441 votes were cast during the voting period through December 2, and Slate A with the marathon vote winner will compose the 2013 series with the following schedule:

Sun Feb 24 - Jones 10 Miler, Amherst MA
Sun Mar 17 - New Bedford Half Marathon, 13.1M, New Bedford MA
Thur, Jun 13 - Hollis Fast 5K, Hollis NH
Sat Jul 27 - Carver Cranberry Classic 5M, Carver MA
Sun Sep 15 - Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester MA
Sun Sep 29 - Nahant 30K, Nahant MA
Sun Nov 3 - Manchester Marathon, Manchester NH

A non-binding vote on having a New England Road Relay championship in 2014 had a majority of positive votes.
The vote was the final step in the process in which a selection committee consisting of the Long Distance Running Chairs and representatives from the clubs created a ballot based on scheduled dates of bidding races.

 

NEW ENGLAND OFFICE CLOSED NOV 28-30
November 26

The USATF New England office will be closed Wednesday, November 28, through Friday, November 30, as we will be at the USATF national Annual Meeting. No services including processing sanctions and certificates of insurance, will be available during that time period.

You can follow the national Annual Meeting activities at usatf.org.

 

GRAND PRIX ONLINE VOTING ENDS DECEMBER 2
November 26

Online voting for the 2013 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix continues until Sunday, December 2, at midnight. Voting requires USATF membership and password.

Links to the bid summaries and voting page are at usatfne.org/gp. Results will be announced on Monday, December 3.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC MEET NOV.3 - TEE SHIRT STATUS
November 26

Because of the number of additional t-shirts which were ordered at the Mass. State Middle School Meet, and because they were in odd size lots, the production of the shirts has taken longer than expected. They will arrive in our office on Monday, and we'll start shipping the nearly 300 shirts out as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience.

 

LOCAL SCHOLASTICS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL MEETS
November 24

New England high school runners ran to top finishes in the qualifying meets for the two scholastic cross country national events to be run in December.

In the Footlocker Northeast regional held at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, Catarina Rocha (Peabody MA) was a convincing winner, leading the girls' field by 19 seconds. Massachusetts state division I champ Jonathan Green (Berlin MA/St.John's Shrewsbury) placed second to the acknowledged top seed in the country, Edward Cheserek of Newark NJ. Along with Trevor Crawley (6, Cumberland RI) and Chris Alvarado (8, Fairfield CT), these individuals are among the top 10 from each of 4 regions to qualify for the national meet in San Diego on December 8.

At the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional, the top 2 teams and 5 individuals not on teams make the finals held in Portland Oregon. Elinor Purrier (Richford VT) was the individual girls race winner, followed by Taylor Spillane (Champlain Valley Union VT), and Colin Bennie (Wachusett/Princeton MA) and Nathaniel Adams(Lexington MA) and James Randon (Middlesex/Concord MA) were third, fourth, and sixth among boys, all head west next week. Top teams were Hawks/Bp.Hendricken RI, 5th (boys) and Rocks/Bp.Feehan MA, 3rd (girls).

Results at footlockercc.com and runnerspace.com.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL XC MEET NOV.3 - TEE SHIRT STATUS
November 25

Because nearly 300 additional t-shirts were ordered at the event itself, and because they were in odd size lots, the production of the shirts has taken longer than expected; we'll be shipping them out as soon as we receive the order. Thanks for your patience.

 

ONLINE VOTING UP FOR 2013 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX
November 20

Online voting for the 2013 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix is now up and running. Voting is open to USATF New England members age 18 and over. Each athlete may vote once, and 2012 or 2013 membership number and password are required.

There are three slates to choose from. A committee of chairmen and club reps reviewed the submitted bids and put together slates that had both calendar and geographic balance. The slates and a summary of all bids, as well as the link to the online voting, are found at usatfne.org/gp. Please review the bid information before voting.

Voting is open now and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday December 2. The final 2013 GP schedule will be announced on Monday afternoon, December 3.

 

Willem Landis (909) of Middlebury VT earned a spot on the Nationals starting line, placing 17th in the Midget Boys race at Regionals. (Photo: Angela Cobrin-Landis)
Willem Landis (909) of Middlebury VT earned a spot on the Nationals starting line, placing 17th in the Midget Boys race at Regionals.
Photo: Angela Cobrin-Landis

NEW ENGLAND DOMINATES REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
November 18, Eisenhower Park-Long Island NY

New England youth runners won six of twelve races and advanced the majority of club teams for Nationals at the Region I Junior Olympic XC Championships held on Long Island on Sunday. The top three clubs and the non-club runners in the top 20 finishers in each race, qualify for Nationals in Albuquerque New Mexico on December 8.

Individual winners in four girls age-group races included Caroline Fischer (Granite State Flash/Bantam), Michaela Jones (Waltham TC/Midget), Amy Laverty (NC Surge/Youth), and Maeve Westover (Boston/Young Women), and the pair of boys champions were David Principe (Sentinel Striders/Youth) and Benjamin Platt(Granite State Flash/Intermediate).

An unprecedented 21 of 25 Region I teams moving on to the finals will be from the New England association, including divisional sweeps.
Sentinel Striders (RI) won four races (Intermediate Girls, Youth Boys, Intermediate Boys, Young Men) and added two medal teams; Granite State Flash (NH) had two wins (Bantam Girls, Youth Girls) plus three more teams; Nashua PAL Striders (NH) won SubBantam Boys and and four additional teams, and Waltham TC (MA) won Midget Girls. Also advancing teams were NC Surge (RI, 2 teams) and Greater Lowell Road Runners (MA) and BAA Masconomet (MA) with one 1 team each.

Full team and individual result of the meet are posted at our cross country page.


Good luck to our youth runners in December!

 

Leaders at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships in Westfield MA. (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Leaders at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships in Westfield MA.
Photo: Tom Derderian

B.A.A., NEW BALANCE BOSTON WIN AT USATF NEW ENGLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 18, Westfield, MA

Boston Athletic Association and New Balance Boston won the team titles at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield Mass. The race was held at a venue different than Franklin Park for the first time since 1992 due to course construction, and the new course proved popular with competitors. The men's open race distance dropped down to 8K to accommodate the traditional course used in the Whip City park.

Neither the move nor change in distance changed the dominance of the B.A.A. men. Though individual winner Ruben Sanca (GBTC) outkicked the B.A.A.'s Brian Harvey down the finish stretch, the latter led a 2-3-4-5 (and 8 in the top 13) yellow-and-blue finish. Their 23 points easily outdistanced hosts Western Mass. Distance Project (63) and Greater Boston TC (83) among 10 scoring squads.

In the women's race, Mary Kate Champagne (New Balance Boston) outsprinted Rolanda Bell of Central Park TC for the overall win and her first New England championship win on the 6K course. After missing the team trophy on a tie-breaker last year, NBB scored 35 to better Greater Boston by 7 points, as 7 NE clubs scored. Masters ran with the open runners, and Greater Lowell RR took home both the team title and individual masters winner in Trish Bourne . Liberty AC was top 50+ and 60+ team, led by division winners Joan Miller and Jan Holmquist, with Mary Harada completing the Liberty tradition as 70+ gold medalist.

The always competitive masters race opened the day on the 8K multi-loop circuit, and Greater Springfield Harrier swept the individual medals; Mike Nahom, Kent Lemme, and Hollywood Francis Burdett going 1-2-3 to lead their team over Dirigo RC 35-60 among the 8 clubs. Mark Reeder led the 50+ crowd as well as his Greater Lowell RR club to the win, and Bruce Bond did the same for the Greater Boston TC in the 60+ division. Denny Leblanc earned the 70+ win.

Individual prize money was included this year for all division, courtesy of sponsorship by the Boston Athletic Association. The meet also closed the USATF-NE Cross Country GP, the results to be posted after scoring verification. View the full meet results at usatfne.org/cross/.

 

NE RUNNERS SCORE IN 3 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, ABBEY D'AGOSTINO SCORE SECOND PLACE FINISHES
November 17

All three collegiate division championships ran on Saturday with local successes in each race.

In the Division I meet at Louisville Kentucky, Providence College women, led by Sarah Collins in fourth, scored a surprising second place finish behind favored Oregon. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, who missed much of October due to an injury, placed second individually, as the top 3 placers finished within one second. Other NE teams included Connecticut (8), Boston College (19) and Harvard (31).

At the Division II meet in Joplin, Missouri,Jeff Viega ( UMass.Lowell ) and Glarius Rop (American International College) placed 6-7; AIC was 11th team, Bentley 26th, and Stonehill 30th in a field of 32. Jeptui Cherutich of AIC, in 16th, was top local women, with Stonehill 23rd in the team totals.

Division III was contested in Terre Haute, Indiana with strong New England representation. Williams and MIT women were fourth and sixth, respectively, as Kerry Lambert (Amherst) and Adddie Tousley (Middlebury) placed 2-3. Also scoring among the 32 schools were Middlebury (11), Amherst (16), and Bates (19). Mens' results found Bates, Tufts, and Middlebury 6-7-8, with Williams (12) and Bowdoin (16) all in the top half of the field. Individual ranks found Tully Hannon(Bates, 5) and Coby Horowitz (Bowdoin, 9) in the top 10.

Links to full results of all races can be found at at www.ustfccca.org.

 

MASSACHUSETTS STATE HS CHAMPS BRINGS REGION HS XC TO A CLOSE
November 17, Northfield MA

High School cross country in the region came to a close with the Massachusetts all-state cross country championships run at Northfield Mountain. Lowell (D1) and Pembroke (D2) were boys winners, with Peabody (D1) and Bishop Feehan (D2) taking girls' titles. Results of all races can be found at ma.milesplit.com.

 

Ellie Goyette (Nashua PALS) at the New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Amherst NH. (Photo: Vera Vaitones)
Ellie Goyette (Nashua PALS) at the New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Amherst NH.
Photo: Vera Vaitones

RESULTS FROM JO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 11, Amherst NH

Results of the New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held at Freestyle Farm, Amherst NH on Sunday, November 11, 2012, have been posted at USATFNE.ORG.

View the full results at usatfne.org/cross/.

 

NCAA DIVISION II HONORS TO NEW ENGLAND ATHLETES AND COACH
November 7

U.Mass.Lowell senior Jeff Veiga and American International College (Springfield MA) senior Jeptui Cherutich, winners at Sunday's NCAA East Region Division II qualifying races in Nashua NH, were selected as the Region's Runners of the Year. Both will be competing at the Nationals in Joplin, Missouri, on November 17. Bentley University (Waltham MA) men qualified for Nationals for the first time in 9 years, and second year coach Kevin Curtinwas recognized as East Region Coach of the Year.

 

Three time winning girls team - Diamond Middle School of Lexington. (Photo: Steve Vaitones)
Three time winning girls team - Diamond Middle School of Lexington.
(Photo: Steve Vaitones)

RECORD PARTICIPATION AT MA MIDDLE SCHOOL XC INVITATIONAL
November 3, Tewksbury MA

The fourth annual Massachusetts Middle School XC Invitational held at the Tewksbury town fields drew representatives from over 150 schools, and had 2 runners cross the finish line of the day's 8 races. Then event, run by USATF New England, was sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association, and supported by Tewksbury HS XC and Track Boosters.

There were six grade races, and one team championship race. Girls winners were Alexandra Barrett (Higgins/Peabody, grade 5-6), Michaela Jones (Pike/Andover, grade 7), Alexandria Madamba (Melican/Northboro, grade 8), and Clare Martin(Brown/Newton - fastest time).
Boys winners were Alex Cravens(Home School/Woburn, grade 5-6), William McDonnell (Thurston/Westwood, grade 7), Josh Molvar (Home School/Newburyport, grade 8) and Christian Herlihy (Clarke/Lexington, fastest time).

The girls' team from Diamond of Lexington was the winning squad for the third straight year, scoring 62 points ahead of Mountview (Holden). The boys from Hopedale were surprise winners with 76 points over 2-time champions R.J.Grey (Acton).

Full results at Cooluunning. Next youth cross country race is the New England Junior Olympics Sunday November 11 at Amherst NH.

 

2013 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX BID PRESENTATION MEETING ON NOVEMBER 5
November 2

The meeting for bid presentations for the 2013 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held Monday evening, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Gosman Athletic Center, Brandeis University, South Street, Waltham MA. This is the same site as the past few years.

The meting is solely for each bidding race to make a presentation and for members to ask questions. Later that week, a committee will review all bids and present several slates of events to voted on online sometime after November 12; voting will be open for about a week.

 

The Cape Cod Marathon winner Eric Ashe. (Photo: Steve Vaitones)
Cape Cod Marathon winner Eric Ashe.
(Photo: Steve Vaitones)

ASHE STORMS TO WIN AT CAPE COD MARATHON
October 28, Falmouth MA

Eric Ashe(BAA/Boston MA) led 1026 finishers through Falmouth in his debut at the distance at the 34th Cape Cod Marathon and USATF-NE Championship on Sunday morning. Runners were challenged by increasing winds during the course of the race as the event beat the hurricane to the finish.

Ashe hadn't planned on a fall marathon, but October training and racing (6th at the BAA Half Marathon) indicated he could turn in a respectable time. Maintaining a solid pace in the final miles run solo along Surf Drive, his 2:26:13 put him 2:06 ahead of Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway/Nottingham NH) at the tape.

Former professional triathlete Kate Pallardy from New York, women's overall winner, ran a personal best 2:52:30, with Helen Dinan next across the line in 2:59:14; Dinan's placing tied her for the overall women's win in the 2012 USATF-NE Grand Prix.

NE Masters winner Joseph Koech (Team RUN, (2nd overall 40+) was one of ten 2012 Grand Prix division winners to complete their season with the marathon, and 60 finishers earned "Ironrunner" status for finishing all 7 Championship races during the year, taking home stylish jackets for their accomplishment.

Whirlaway men were team winners over three time defending champion CMS, and the Whirlaway women swept the three women's divisions honors. Somerville Roadrunners led both the 40+ and 50+ men's scoring, and Winners Circlecompleted the team rankings with the M60+ win.

The 2012 Cape Cod Marathon marked the retirement of Court Bird as Race Director after over 30 years at the helm.

Preliminary - and ultimately final - results, along with half marathon and relay lists, are at Cape Cod Marathon.com. Full Grand Prix team and individual scoring will be posted usatfne.org/gp by the end of the week after final results are posted.

Other coverage can be found at New England Runner and LevelRenner

 

The colors of fall in New England are club uniforms at cross country events (Photo: Tom Derderian)
The colors of fall in New England are club uniforms at cross country events.
(Photo: Tom Derderian)

WESTERN MA DISTANCE PROJECT XC PREVIEWS NE CHAMPS COURSE
Westfield MA, October 20

The Western Mass. Distance Project Cross Country Festival in Westfield earned the respect of the clubs competing in the first of what should become an annual event, as many of the area's top open harriers put the course for the upcoming New England Championship to the test.

Brian Harvey was first across the finish over the traditional Stanley Park 8K course, and with four B.A.A. runners in the top 5, the gold and blue won the team win over New Balance Boston in a six team field. Kyle Linn Feldman (GBTC) pulled away in the final field loop to take women's honors over Erin Dromgoole (New Balance Boston) on the 5K circuit, as the B.A.A. completed a sweep of team titles.

These teams and many others will be back on the same course on November 18 for the USATF-NE Championships and the top teams will be off to the club nationals in Lexington, KY on December 8. Men masters will run a separate championships at the championship meet. Be sure you and your club get in on the action - enter now!

Results, as well as the championship entry, are on the cross country page. Video and interviews can be found at the LevelRenner site

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR 2013 BOSTON MARATHON
Boston, October 11

The Boston Athletic Association today announced that registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon has closed, and applications for entry are no longer being accepted. Registration began on September 10 and were accepted on a rolling admission basis through Thursday morning. For the second year, registration for the Boston Marathon allowed the fastest qualifiers to enter early during the process, resulting in an orderly system.

Due to an increased demand by runners to participate in the Boston Marathon and for the first time since the 1990 race, the qualifying times for all categories were adjusted and made more stringent by five minutes.

“While we would like to accept everyone who has qualified and would like to run, field size limits are in effect to ensure the best possible event experience for all,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director.

The field size for the 2013 Boston Marathon has been set at 27,000 official entrants, the same as the most recent two years. Eighty percent of the field is comprised of athletes who have met the qualifying standards. The balance consists of invitational entrants and those who run for local charitable organizations. The B.A.A. will mark the 25th year of its Official Charity Program in 2013. Since 1989, between the B.A.A.’s program and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial’s Non-Profit Bib Program for the Boston Marathon, more than $150 million has been fund-raised.

The qualifying window for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on September 22, 2012; registration dates for the 2014 race have not been established.

 

Tufts 10K (Photo: Tom Derderian)
2012 Tuft's 10K for Women, Boston MA
(Photo: Tom Derderian)

BUSY WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND RUNNING
October 7-8

The holiday weekend had more than its share of national championships and national quality events where New England runners turned in worthy performances.

On Sunday in Boston at the BAA Half Marathon, the third leg of the inaugural BAA Distance Medley, Kim Smith (Providence RI) won the women's division in 1:10:57 and with it, took home the $100,000 series prize, the largest non-marathon prize in all of road running. Running a bit conservatively with her nearest rival early on, as she had the time lead after 2 races, a surge around 9 miles got her the lead and she finished just 5 seconds off the course record. She'll be running the New York City Marathon on November 4. On the men's side, Allan Kiprono had trailed the pair of series leaders by 6 seconds after two events, but used a 1:01:44 course record to take the series. There were a race record 5421 finishers.

At the Chicago Marathon, Western Mass Distance Project men were the team winner led by Sean Duncan (Gardner MA) in 44th, 2:24:59 and Kevin Johnson (49th, 2:25:43) as all five scoring members set personal bests. Somerville Road Runners were fifth team. Tsegaye Kebede set a course record of 2:04:38 in becoming the first Ethiopian to win at Chicago. Top New England female were Lori Gray (adiNE/Waltham MA) 15th in 2:44:25, and Alexandra Varanka (New Balance Boston/Amherst NH) 35th in 2:54:17.

At the Medtronics Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, BAA's Jeannette Faber, based in Portland OR, was the women's winner in another Personal Record (now in more than 10 straight races) in 2:32:37, earling $17,500, with Sheri Piers (DirigoRC/Falmouth ME) 9th in a PR 2:36:59 and second in the USA Masters Marathon Championship. Third in the men's results was former Mass. HS champion Sean Quigley (now in Colorado) in 2:15:06.

Also on Sunday was the USA 10 Mile Road Race Championship held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Behind men's winner Mo Trafeh (46:56) came two New Englanders in the top 5; USA 5K champion Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH) was silver medalist in 47:19, and Tim Ritchie (BAA/Brighton MA) took fourth in 47:25, his highest USA Championship placing ever. On the women's side, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence) was a solid fifth in 54:35 behind winner and US Olympian Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (53:43).

The Columbus Day tradition of the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston again served as the USA Women's 10K Championship. Overall winner Hellen Jemutai of Kenya was a runaway winner in 32:30 (after finishing third in the BAA Half Marathon), having as much as a 30 second lead after 3 miles. A pack of close to 20 Americans behind her didn't break up until the final mile. Winner Chelsey Reilly (Oakland CA) was fastest down the stretch and clocked 32:41 in her first 10K ever to win the USA crown. Best of local runners was Mary Kat Champgne (NBB/Providence) in 15th/33:50 PB, and Andrea Walkonen (Hanover NH) in 16th/33:51. New Balance Boston, B.A.A., and Greater Boston TC placed 3-4-5 in the team standings. 5427 crossed the finish line on Charles Street.

 

100TH NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Westfield MA, October 7

Dartmouth men won the 100th anniversary edition of the New England Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday at Stanley Park in Westfield MA, outpointing runner-up Boston College 83-123. The Big Green was in centennial form as they also were winners of the first event in 1912. Overall winner Mike Biwott, a freshman from American International College of Springfield, had a 25 second cushion, as teammate Glarius Rop (9th) missed becoming the second runner to win the meet four times (Bob Black of URI is the only runner to do so). 1912 winner was Olympian and World Record Holder Norman Taber of Brown.

The women's meet is not quite as old. That race found Boston College taking their third straight team title with a over Vermont. Individual winner was Monica Adler of Boston University. 37 teams scored. Results

The previous day, Wesetfield State hosted the James Early Invitational on the same course where many smaller New England schools opted to compete; 40 colleges contested that event. The NE Collegiate meet moved to Westfield from the Boston area this year due to construction at Franklin Park. The Stanley Park course will be used for the USATF New England Championship on Sunday, November 18.

 

TRUE IS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
October 5

Ben True of Hanover, New Hampshire, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2012. At the USA 5K Road Race Championship held with the CVS Downtown 5K in Providence on September 16, True defended his title, winning in 13:52.0 to become the first two-time consecutive winner of the USA 5K title in 30 years.

A 2009 graduate of Dartmouth where he earned all-American honors in three sports, True was 6th at the US Olympic Trials in the 5000 meter run. He represents Saucony. See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

HOLMQUIST IS USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
WINS DIVISION AT USA MASTERS 5K CHAMPIONSHIP.
 October 3

Jan Holmquist (Burlington MA / Liberty AC) is the USATF National Athlete of the Week from her winning performance at the USA Masters 5K Championships held with the Syracuse (NY) Festival of Races on Sunday.

Holmquist won the 65-69 division in 21:19, ahead of her target mark for the race. The time received an age-graded score of 101.15, which was far above the next best age graded time; a 100 score is at world class level. The full press release can be found at usatf.org.

Her Liberty Athletic Club teammates Sue Gustafson (23:19) and Lenore Webber(24:36) completed the 65-69 age group sweep giving Liberty the W60+ team title.

In the mens' races, Frank Hurt (White Mtn Milers/Laconia NH) won the M75-79 category. Three New Englanders earned silver medals; Francis Burdett(Gr.Springfield/Worcester MA) in the men's 45-49 division in 15:53, Pete Bottomley(Dirigo RC/Portland ME), M50-54 in 16:33, and Keith Woodward (GMAA/Stowe VT) M60-64, 17:45. Green Mountain AA, with Woodward, Peter Davis, and Ed McSweeney was second team in the M60+ results behind Atlanta TC (with former CMS ace Jerry Learned running third for ATC).

 

CROSS COUNTRY GP SERIES CONTINUES ON SUNDAY
October, Wayland MA

The 2012 New England Cross Country Series reaches its mid-point on Sunday at the Wayland XC Festival in Wayland MA. The series is heating up as runners from around the region compete for over $3500 in team and individual prize money. With three races remaining on the schedule (best four of five races counting toward scoring), team standings and individual scoring for the open, master, senior and veteran divisions are wide open – so, it’s not too late to get in on the action!!!

Following the Wayland race will be the 1st Annual Western Mass Distance Project Invitational at Stanley Park in Westfield MA on October 20th. The series will culminate with the New England Cross Country Championships, also at Stanley Park, on November 18th; the championship race is weighted at X1.5 the other points. So rally your teammates, lace up your spikes and find out how you stack up to the toughest off-road runners in the region.

 

USA 1 HOUR RACE WALK AT BENTLEY UNIVERSITY ON SUNDAY
Waltham MA

A staple on the USA Race Walk Championship schedule for over a decade, the 2012 USA 1 Hour Race Walk will take pace at the Bentley University track in Waltham MA on Sunday. Separate women's and men's hour races - scored by the distance covered on the track in 60 minutes - will be divided by a novice and youth quarter hour open to all interested athletes. There will be plenty of experienced coaches and athletes on site to give personal introductory clinics as well.

Details and entry info can be found at usatfne.org/walk.

 

TUFTS 10K FOR WOMEN = USA CHAMPIONSHIP - MONDAY
Boston MA

A Columbus Day running tradition for 36 years, Tufts HealthPlan 10K for Women will hit the streets of Boston at 12:00 noon on Monday. The race will again serve as the USA 10K Road Race Championship, ensuring a national caliber field. Team scoring is also part of the competition with 5 places of prize money; clubs need to specifically declare their teams of up to 5 runners with 3 to score by time. Online and onsite entry are both available. See the Race Website.

 

2012 Kerouac 5K, Lowell MA (Photo: Tom Derderian)
2012 Kerouac 5K, Lowell MA
(Photo: Tom Derderian)

HOCKING, CHABOT MILL WINS AT KEROUAC 5K / NE CHAMPIONSHIP
September 30, Lowell MA

Under light rain and overcast skies, B.A.A. runners Dan Hocking(Dover NH) and Brielle Chabot led deep fields through the finish line in Sunday's USATF-NE 5K Championship held with the Jack Kerouac 5K run by the mills of Lowell MA. The race utilized the old Brewery Exchange course which served as the NE championship several times through 2002. The 710 finishers more then doubled the 2011 results list.

Hocking's 14:46 was one of four times under 15:00, and 31 runners were at 16:00 or better. Chabot, clocking 17:10, was one of nine women under 18:00. Masters winners both represent Whirlaway; new NE Masters LDR Chairman Joe Navas and Christin Doneski, who clinched the GP Series title with her fifth win of the season.

The B.A.A. was a clear winner on the men's side, but behind the Unicorn, places 2-6 were within 58 seconds. Whirlaway led the women's scoring (in all three divisions) as BAA's strong frontrunners were not backed by a full 5 runner team. GP standings will be updated on Tuesday at the website.

Full Results

 

USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING
DERDERIAN ELECTED PRESIDENT, NEW BOARD MEMBERS

September 23, Waltham MA

Tom Derderian (Greater Boston TC) was elected as president of USATF New England at the organization's annual meeting on Sunday. Additionally, seven new members were elected to serve on the USATF NE Board of Governors.
The meeting began with recognition of Athletes of the Month from the past 12 months. General organizational reports and a presentation by the New England Distance Project followed.

Both Officers and Sports Chairs were up for voting in 2012. Returning vice presidents Jim Garcia (GLRR) and John Oleski (MassVelocity) will be joined by first time board member Victoria Barnaby (GBTC). Eric Narcisi will serve as Secretary, while Stephen Peckiconis (CSU) remains as treasurer.

For sports committees, five new chairs move onto the board; Jason Cakouros (HFC Striders / Cross Country), Gary Circosta (GBTC / Men's Long Distance Running), Yvonne Green (New Balance Boston / Track & Field), Joe Navas (Whirlaway / Masters LDR), and Leigh Petranoff (Turbojav AC / Youth).

Continuing in in their positions are Lisa Doucett (CSU / Women's LDR), Paul Kirsch (White Mtn Milers / Mountain-Ultra-Trail), Justin Kuo (NEWalkers / Race Walking) and Mike Travers (Mass Velocity / Masters Track and Field),

Athletes representatives completed board elections; holdover Will Feldman (GBTC) will be joined by Jim Burgoyne (Twilight Throwers) and Jason Ayr (Western Mass Distance Project).

The meeting concluded with voting for National Annual Meeting delegates.

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

 

TRUE, HUDDLE WINNERS AT USA 5K CHAMPIONSHIP
September 16, Providence RI

New Englanders Ben True (Hanover NH) and Molly Huddle (Providence RI) led a fast field through downtown Providence to win the 2012 USA National 5K Road Championships at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K on Sunday.
The race had one of the deepest US fields in race history, and the men's race was not decided until the final 100 meters when True, 6th in the Olympic Trials 5000m, kicked by Andrew Bumbalough for the win by a fraction of a second. Seven of the top 10 recorded Personal Best road 5K times behind True, who defended his title.

Eleventh in the Olympic Games 5000m, Huddle, who lives just over a mile from the course, had more comfortable margin of 4 seconds on Neely Spence in the women's contest, where there were also 7 PB among the first 10. She was also victorious here in 2010.

The New York AC outran the B.A.A. for the men's team win by 49 seconds, and the New Balance Silicon Valley women were a minute better than the Greater Boston TC. The 23rd edition of the race had 4444 finishers, and included 21 well-attended youth races in addition to the feature event. Full results are at www.cvsdowntown5k.com

 

RI 6 HOUR RACE IS
NE ULTRA RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 11

Warwick RI

The Rhode Island 6 Hour will serve as the USATF NE Ultra Distance Championship for the fourth time. The race will take place in Warwick (RI) City Park on Sunday, November 11. Placing in the 6 Hour is based on the total distance covered in the time period. The course is a paved, slightly rolling loop of 2.7 miles in Warwick City Park and is closed to traffic. Splits of Marathon, 50 K, and 50 Miles will be marked. There is also a (non-championship) relay being contested at the same time. Relay teams can consist of 2 to 6 runners with runners completing as many laps as they wish before handing off to a teammate.

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

 

GAGNE IS AUGUST ATHLETE OF MONTH
September 7

Masters javelin thrower Buzz Gagne (Twilight Throwers / Penacook NH) is the USATF New England Athlete of the Month for August 2012.

Gagne won the javelin in the age 65-69 division at the USA Masters Track & Field Championships in Lisle Illinois with the longest throw of the year for thhe age group, 161'7". In July, he won the event at the New England Masters Championships. He ranks in the top 10 all-time world rankings for both the 60-64 and 65-69 age divisions.

 

LOCAL MEDALISTS AT 10K TRAIL CHAMPS
August 25, Laurel Springs MD

Local runners returned from the USA 10K Trail Championship race held last Saturday with a variety of medals. Overall winner on the challenging course which crosses the Eastern Continental Divide twice, was David Roach of North Carolina who clocked 41:21.

Todd Callaghan (Gate City Striders) placed third 40+ and eighth overall, just 52 seconds out of the first master spot. One place behind, Dave Dunham (CMS) won the M45 division, and Len Hall (GCS) was third M50. Adding Bill Newsham, Chuck Landry, and Bob Mulvaney, Gate City Striders placed as third open team and second masters team.

 

MAYOR'S CUP XC WILL NOT BE HELD IN 2012
August 25, Boston MA

Due to the construction on the cross country course at Franklin Park, the Boston Mayor'S Cup cross country races will not be held in 2012. A plan to run an alternative course at the park ultimately overlapped with the final project map, which includes repairs to Bear Cage Hill, Glen Road, and Playstead Field. The golf course was not an option, and no other viable course was found in the city or surrounding area.

The adult races will not be rescheuled, though USATF-NE is planning to run a smaller youth-only event on the original October 28 date. The Boston Athletic Association, sponsor of the Mayor's Cup, will continue to support cross country this fall with sponsorship of the Massachusetts Middle School Invitational on November 3, and support of the USATF New England Championship on November 18.

Open runners should check the USATF-NE XC schedule and the GP, which offer opportunities every 2 weeks from September 23 to November 18.

 

XC GP SERIES OPENS
August 25, Carlisle MA

The USATF-NE XC GP opened its five race series on Saturday at the Thomas Chamberas 6K at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle MA. Justin Lutz (BAA) was a convincing winner, Amelia Landberg (GBTC) won the women's race, and Greater Boston TC won both team titles. The 10th annual event saw its largest participation ever this year.

Other races in the GP series are the GBTC Festival September 23, Wayland XC October 7, Western Mass Distance Project races October 20, and the USATF New England championships on November 18. Series scoring will be posted mid-week.

 

2012 USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 23
ELECTIONS ON AGENDA
 August 23, 2012

The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Sunday, September 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Waltham, 420 Totten Pond Road, Waltham MA 02451 at I-95 Exit 27-A.

Athlete of the Month presentations start at 4:00 p.m. The business meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. The meeting is moved to Sunday this year to encourage more participation than a weeknight meeting. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 who are age 18 on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.

Elections for all board positions - officers, sports chairs and athlete reps - take place this year. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office. Delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

Reports on past and future projects will be presented, and the selection process for the 2012 Road Race Championship Grand Prix events will be discussed.

The full meeting agenda can be found at the USATF-NE board page.

 

 Director Steve and President Steve receive the associations Award, flanked by Associations Committee chair Karen Krsak, USATF CEO Max Siegel, and USATF President Stephanie Hightower (Bill Roe photo)
Director Steve and President Steve receive the associations Award, flanked by Associations Committee chair Karen Krsak, USATF CEO Max Siegel, and USATF President Stephanie Hightower
Bill Roe photo

NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED AT NATIONAL WORKSHOP
August 18, Pittsburgh PA

USATF New England was recognized at last weekend's USATF Associations Workshop for their continued excellence of programs and operations on the local level. Only 5 of the 57 associations nationwide, New England among them, achieved all 19 accreditation standards for association operations in 2011. President Steve Viegas and Managing Director Steve Vaitones attended the three day event where a variety of practical sessions on local association management were presented, and where ideas were traded outside meetings with representatives of other associations.

 

Corey Leslie's 3:58.98 became the first sub-4:00 miler in Rhode Island history. (Photo: Dave Wilbur Timing)
Corey Leslie's 3:58.98 became the first sub-4:00 miler in Rhode Island history.
Photo: Dave Wilbur Timing

SUB 4 MILE IN SOUTH COUNTY RI!
West Greenwich RI, August 7

US Olympic Trials steeplechase finalist Corey Leslie (Ohio State U) gave over 600 fans and youth participants the result they were looking for as the first outdoor sub-4:00 mile run ever was recorded in Rhode Island on Tuesday evening. A field of six runners toed the starting line of the two year old Exeter-West Greenwich track in the attempt to break the classic time barrier.

With no designated pace-setter - a rarity in such attempts - most or the field shared the front spot through splits of 59, 1:59, and 2:59 when Leslie and AJ Acosta put a small gap on the challengers. A strong stretch run found the clock stopped at 3:58.98. He was followed by Northeastern U. senior Eric Jenkins in 4:00.13 and Notre Dame grad Daniel Clark in 4:00.29, quality times for late in the track season.

The event, which will become an annual event and add women in 2013, was put together by Charlie Breagy and Bob Rothenberg as part of the EWG weekly youth meets, which have drawn up to 300 participants a night. The race was dedicated to North Kingstown HS runner Austin Gaudreau who was critically injured in a car crash last month and still hospitalized. Several of the elite milers will compete in this Saturday evening's Falmouth Mile, the warm-up event for Sunday's Falmouth Road Race.

Race summary and photos at the RunRhody facebook page.

 

Jordan Samuels is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month. (Photo: Kikki)
Jordan Samuels is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month.
Photo: Kikki

SAMUELS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR JULY
August 5

Jordan Samuels(Cambridge Jets / Medford, MA) is the USA Track & Field (USATF) - New England Athlete of the Month for July 2012. At the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships in Baltimore, Maryland, the last week of July, Samuels was a double medalist in the Boys' Intermediate (15-16) age division, earning 4th place in the triple jump with a mark of 44'11.75" and 5th place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.87. He also won three events at the Region I Junior Olympic meet on July 8 to qualify for Nationals, and was a 2 event winner in the scholastic division at the Bay State Games on July 14.

See the list of all Athlete of the Month winners at usatfne.org/news/

 

FAST MILE PLANNED FOR RI ON AUGUST 7
August 1, Exeter RI

The smallest state could be making big noise in the mile in a week. A field of national ranked milers will toe the starting line at Exeter/West Greenwich High School in Rhode Island on August 7 with the sole purpose of becoming the first runner to break the four-minute barrier for the men's outdoor mile. The milestone clocking has never been accomplished outdoors in the state.

Run in conjunction with the Exeter/West Greenwich Youth Meet program, the race will run mid-way through the evening's youth meet. Among those Invited to compete for the event are AJ Acosta of Eugene, Oregon, who owns a personal best of 3:53.76 seconds. Other elite runners in the field are Jordan McNamara of Team Nike Oregon TC (3:54.89 PB), Christian Hesch of Hollywood, California (3:58.68 PB), and Northeastern University's Eric Jenkins (3:59 PB). Several past and present Rhode Island high school standouts will also be in the field.

There is no charge for spectators to watch the potential for history to be made. The mile race will run at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the final E-WG Youth Series Meet (five meets held for youth ages 4-14). Exeter/West Greenwich High School track is located just off I-95 at 930 Nooseneck Hill Road (Rt 3) in West Greenwich. More notes and updates at runrhody.com

 

Caroline Fischer ran a personal best in the 1500 to win a medal (Photo: Granite State Flash)
Caroline Fischer ran a personal best in the 1500 to win a medal.
Photo: Granite State Flash

SUCCESSFUL JO NATIONALS FOR NEW ENGLAND YOUTH
July 22-29, Baltimore MD

Nineteen New England youth brought their summer track and field season to a close with medal winning placings at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals in Baltimore MD last week. Besides the eight athletes from the first two days noted in an earlier post, eleven additional youth turned in a top 8 finish and medal winning performance. Some events had fields of 50 or more competitors qualifying out of 16 regional meets. A trio of locals came home with two awards.

Jordan Samuels (Cambridge Jets/Medford MA), Intermediate (15-16) division, placed fourth in the triple jump (44'11.75") and fifth in the 110 hurdles (14.87). Midget (11-12) division thrower Kathleen Collins (NH Thunder/Strafford NH), was fourth in the discus (87-3) and seventh in the min-javelin (96-4). Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) added a third in the javelin to her earlier heptathlon medal.

Rhode Island's Sentinel Striders brought home three medals in distance events; David Principe (9:14.33) and Matthew Bouthillette (9:18.90) went 2-5 in the Youth (13-14) 3000, and Samuel Toolin(4:45.07) was sixth in the Midget 1500.

Waltham TC matched that team tally with third place finishes by Michaela Jones, Midget 3000, 10:47.76, and TJ Noonan, Young Men javelin, 189-7, to go with Nolan Allen's 5th in the race walk.

Additional local medal winners included: Jacilyn Briggs (PatriotPV), 3rd, Young Women Pole Vault, 12-03.5; Caroline Fischer (Granite State Flash), 4th Bantam 1500, 5:13.33; Innovation Academy Intermediate 4x800 relay (Lee DiMattia, Hendel Laurole, William Paulo, and Nicholas Scarsdale), 5th, 8:32.33; Vincent Cirillo 7th, Sub-Bantam (7-8) shot put, 24-5.75; and Eli Shearer (Colrain MA), 8th, Youth triple jump, 37-5. Several others were in the top 10.

The full - and impressive - results are at usatf.org.

 

HARVEY, MACQUEEN COVER FIELDS AT 5 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
July 28, Carver MA

Brian Harvey (BAA) and Kyle Linn MacQueen (GBTC) were leaders of the pack at Saturday's USATF New England 5 Mile Championship race at the Carver (MA) Cranberry Classic. The 582 finishers were 144 more than the 2011 edition.

Harvey led six runners under 25:00 for the 5 miles, clocking 24:21, as BAA teammate Colman Hatton edged defending champ Kevin Johnson (WMDP) by one second for the silver medal; Johnson retains the top spot in the 2012 series. MacQueen, coming off a PR filled track season, ran 28:39 for the women's win. 29 seconds up on Lory Gray (adidas New England). Lindsey Willard (BAA), in 7th, added to her commanding 2012 series lead. Both individual winners led their teams to victory as well.

Top 40+ runners were Whirlaway runners Joe Navas and Maria Servin (9th overall), and like the open winners, were first on their winning masters teams. Whirlaway also ran to hard earned team wins in both 50+ divisions and Cambridge Sports Union was the strongest 60+ club by 14 seconds over Greater Lowell.

Series results will be posted on Tuesday evening after scoring reviews. Race six in the series runs on Sunday, September 30 at the Kerouac 5K in Lowell; that race will utilize the a former championship course that finishes at the Brewery Exchange.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS MEDAL AS JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS OPEN
July 26, Baltimore MD

Eight New England athletes have made the awards podium as the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships opened in Baltimore MD. The first two days featured the hammer, race walks, and combined events.

The hammer produced six medalists from the New England association in four age groups. Charlie Ionata (Barrington RI) brings home the gold in the Young Men's division, with Carlos Magnum and Clarence Gallup (both Providence Cobras) finishing behind him in 2nd and 6th. Leia Mistowski (Narragansett RI) was silver medalist in the Intermediate (15-16) competition, and Maggie Dufault (Warwick RI) won bronze for Young Women. Gabriel Arcaro (Burlington MA) rounded out the hammer podium positions with a fourth among the Intermediate Boys.

Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) placed fourth in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon, and Nolan Allen (Waltham TC) earned a rare medal for a New England athlete in the Midget (11-12) Boys 1500 meter racewalk, taking 5th in a personal best 8:39.92.

The meet runs through Sunday, July 29. Follow the results at usatf.org.

 

HATTON 4TH AT WORLD JUNIORS
July 11-15, Barcelona ESP

Cayla Hatton, 2012 grad of Phillips Andover (MA) Academy, placed 4th in the 5000 meter run at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Spain. Winner of the USATF NE cross country championship last November, she was the only New Englander on the team.

Hatton's time of 15:50.32 was a personal best, and 14 seconds out of the medals. Buze Diriba of Ethiopia won the race in 15:32.94, 1/100 over her teammate, and Hatton split Kenyans who finished 3-5. Read about all World Junior Championship events at iaaf.org

 

SANCA PICKED FOR CAPE VERDE OLYMPIC TEAM
July 15

Ruben Sanca (Dorchester MA), who starred for UMass Lowell in track and field and cross country, will represent his native country, the Cape Verde Islands, at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He is currently one of just three athletes from Cape Verde to qualify for the 2012 Games. He will run the 5,000 meters, the first round taking place on Wednesday, August 8.

Sanca, who immigrated to the U.S. from Cape Verde when he was 12, graduated O'Bryant HS in Boston, and currently competes for the Greater Boston Track Club. He won the USATF-NE 10K road championship in June, and the USA Club Nationals 10,000m earlier this month.

 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACKSTERS RECOGNIZED AS GATORADE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Chicago IL

Outdoor track and field athletes have been selected as state winners of the Gatorade Track & Field Athletes of the Year for the 2012 season. Massachusetts middle distance runner Josh Lampron of Mansfield, heading Villanova in the fall, earned a rare honor of being picked for a second straight state honor. Classical HS of Providence had both Rhode Island winners.

The winners from the USATF New England states:
MA - Lampron; Carla Forbes, Newton North, Jumps
NH - Romario Bailey, Stevens, Sprints/Jumps; Hillary Holmes, Exeter, Jumps
RI - Joe Velez, Classical, Throws; Maddie Berkson, Classical, Middle Distance
VT Jacob Ellis, Brattleboro Union, middle distance; Mollie Gribbin, S.Burlington, Jumps

The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes 50 state winners in Track & Field. Complete press releases on all winners can be found at playeroftheyear.gatorade.com.

 

GR.BOSTON TC THIRD AT USA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 6-8, Omaha Nebraska

Greater Boston TC took third place in both the men's and women's divisions, and overall, at the 12th annual USA National Club Track and Field Championship in Nebraska. Friendly rival Central Park TC of New York won their third straight title.

Among their 19 athletes in Omaha, Greater Boston had three individuals winners; Daniel Colina (javelin), Ruben Sanca (10,000), and Lisa Wilson (discus). Kateema Riettie of CPTC, winner of the New England championship meet javelin, set a meet record in that event in Nebraska.

 

BU ATHLTES MEDAL AT NACAC MEET
July 6-8, Guanajuato, Mexico

A pair of Boston University athletes, both Olympic Trials qualifiers, won bronze medals at the North America/Central America/Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 championship meet held in Guanajuato Mexico. Allison Barwise was third with a jump of 5'8.5", and Katie Matthews placed in the 10,000 at 36:21.29.

 

D'AGOSTINO IS USATF-NE JUNE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH S
July 5

Abbey D'Agostino, of Topsfield, MA, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for June 2012. At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon on June 28, Abbey came in the 5th in the women's 5000 meter run. Her time of 15:19.98 was only .19 behind 3rd place and bettered the Olympic Games "A" qualifying standard.

A 2010 graduate of Masconomet Regional High School, she just finished her sophomore year at Dartmouth College. At the Olympic Trials, she had the fastest time in the preliminary round of the women's 5000. On June 17, Abbey won the NCAA Division I women's 5000 meters in 16:11.34 to become the first national champion in the 38 year history of women's track & field at Dartmouth.

 

HUDDLE MAKES OLYMPIC TEAM AT 5000 METERS
June 28, Eugene OR

Molly Huddle (Providence / Saucony) became the second Rhode Islander to earn a spot on the 2012 US Olympic Track & Field team, finishing second in the 5000 meters on Thursday evening. Her time of 15:14.40 was just a second behind winner Julie Culley. Dartmouth sophomore Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield MA) placed fifth in a personal best 15:19.98, a scant two tenths out of third. In the men's 5000, Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH) finished sixth; winner Galen Rupp had earlier won the 10,000, becoming the first such double winner in 60 years at the US Trials.

Three New England products - Andrew Wheating, Russell Brown, and Brian Gagnon - are in tonight's 1500 meter semi-final. All results can be found at usatf.org.

 

NEW ENGLAND FLAIR IN JAVELIN FOR OLYMPICS
June 25, Eugene OR

The trio of men's javelin throwers for this year's US team in London has a strong New England presence. Brown University alum Craig Kinsley (Providence RI) and Methuen MA native Sean Furey will wear the Olympic uniform in London after placing 3-4 at the Olympic Trials on Monday; the top 2 finishers in the Trials event had not achieved the required Olympic "A" standard, so placers beyond 3rd earned the team berths. Kinsley was an NCAA champion while at Brown and trains in Providence while Furey is a two time Mass. HS State Champion in 1999-2000 and Dartmouth record setter who now lives and trains in California.

In the preliminaries, Benjamin Lincoln (Hingham MA/Wake Forest) was 14th in 233-3; he was a 2 time Junior Olympic national medalist in the youth ranks.

 

WORLD'S FASTEST 10K FOR 2012 AT BAA 10K
June 24, Boston

Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his B.A.A. 10K title on Sunday, running away from a stellar field on the streets of Boston, finishing in 27:29, the fastest time in the world thus far in 2012. Women's winner Kim Smith of Providence, a New Zealander who will run the marathon at the Olympic Games in London, set a new course record 0f 31:36, besting 2011 winner Caroline Kilel and 2012 Boston Marathon winner Sharon Cherop. 4560 competitors finished the 2nd leg of the B.A.A. "Distance Medley" series.

Results are at baa.org.

 

FORMER WORLD CHAMP DOMINATES CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RUN
June 24, Conway NH

Six time World Mountain Running Champion Marco De Gasperi of Italy, dominated the field at the 25th annual Cranmore Hill Climb on Sunday. Enjoying a week in New Hampshire after the Mt. Washington Run, De Gasperi won by almost 3 minutes over Jim Johnson (CMS) in 38:46. CMS runners took 2-3-4 to win the team prize. Women's winner Kelsy Allen ran 52:43 ahead of Joan Bohlke in 53:54.
The fourth race in the 2012 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit featured a new course with a shorter first lap and longer second lap, both equally as tough as past versions. The race has used many variations of up/down and uphill only through the quarter century. The NE Moutain Circuit Standings updated through and posted at coolrunning.com, courtesy of Dave Dunham

 

LARGEST FIELD EVER AT NE JUNIOR OLYMPICS
June 23, Fitchburg MA

The USATF New England Junior Olympics Track and Field Championship meet at Fitchburg State University crested 600 entrants for the first time ever as youth from ages 7 to 18 competed to earn medals and advancement positions. The meet fortunately avoided thunderstorms that rolled through Massachusetts in the afternoon, so ran in a timely manner.

Entry for the Region I meet to be held on Long Island July 6-8 will be available Wednesday morning and will be open through Sunday, July 1. The top 8 finishers in each event from the New England meet are eligible to advance with entry info at the CoachO.com. website.
Be sure to check the current time schedule as the original schedule posted several weeks ago has changed.

Results are linked at the Track page.

 

BAA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF GUY MORSE
June 25, Boston

The Boston Athletic Association announced today that Guy Morse will retire from the organization after 28 years of service. He has served as the race director for the Boston Marathon (1985-2000), BAA Executive Dirctor (2000-2010) and BAA Director of External Affairs (2010-2012). Many of the major developments within the B.A.A.'s brand and with the Boston Marathon have come under Morse's guidance.

Morse noted, "I have been delighted to contribute to the B.A.A. as we have moved towards a highly professional model, and I cannot be more pleased that the B.A.A. and its many events, especially the Boston Marathon, stand on solid ground." President Joanne Flaminio echoed those thoughts. "The B.A.A. brand has never been stronger, and the Boston Marathon has never been more popular or experienced greater demand than it has in recent years. Guy’s expertise and leadership have played a key role in that".

The full press release will be found at baa.org.

 

USA OLYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS BEGIN
June 21, Oregon

The 2012 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials got started on Thursday with the hammer (taking place at the Nike campus in Beaverton OR). In the women's throw, Keelin Godsey (North Adams MA) was fifth in a personal best 231'3", less than a foot from the bronze medal. In the men's results, RI native Thomas "Jake" Freeman was eighth in 231'0", Harvard assistant coach Chris Bryce (Waltham MA) was 15th, 218'2", and last weekend's New England meet champion Mike Lauro(Providence RI/LSU) placed 20th in 212'0".

The remainder of the meet will take place at the University of Oregon over the next ten days. The Trials is considered the overall best meet in the country. USA team members will "select themselves" by placing and achieving the required Olympic standards; a number of New Englanders and New England natives will be competing. The schedule, results, and television schedule can be found at the USATF website.

 

ONLINE ENTRY NOW OPEN FOR LEVEL I COACHING SCHOOL
June 11

Online entry is now available for the USATF Level I Coaching School taking place at Regis College in Weston MA July 20-22. Level I is a 21 hour course for coaches of all levels - youth, scholastic, club, college - which presents track and field instruction through a structured sports science approach, using common terminologies, and will cover all event groups. This is a classroom and hands-on school, not a clinic.

Application is online only along with the Information and Schedule. Note: The 2009 school we hosted closed out at 100+ participants.

 

SANCA, ELY TOP 10K
June 10, Newton MA

Ruben Sanca (GBTC) and Brett Ely (BAA) led the fields in Sunday's USATF-NE 10K Road Race Championship held at the Newton 10K in Newton MA. Sanca, a candidate for the Cape Verde Olympic Team, outkicked Kevin Johnson (WMDP) - a 2 time GP event winner so far this year, down the finish stretch to win by just 1 second, 30:16 to 30:17. Ely, the 2011 USATF-NE Runner of the Year, led a 1-2-3 finish by the BAA women, clocking 35:32. The Newton 10K had 988 finishers, the largest field in race history, and one of the deepest 10K in New England in the past year.

Johnson led the upstart Western Mass. Distance Project to their first ever team title, placing 5 in the top 15. Ely led a 1-2-3 B.A.A. finish that gave them a comfortable gap in winning the women's division. Whirlaway took four team titles - M40, M50, W40, and W50 - and Greater Lowell was best team among M60.

The first time championship was well received by competitors and clubs. Results. Team and individual Grand Prix standings will be updated late on Tuesday.

 

PELLETIER IS MAY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
June 3

Matt Pelletier (West Greenwich RI) is the USA Track & Field New England (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Month for May 2012. On May 27 at the 24th KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, Pelletier won in 2:21:30 with a 5 minute margin of victory. This was his fourth win at Vermont City. In March, Pelletier won the USATF-NE half marathon championship at the New Bedford Half Marathon in 1:06:31.

 

USATF-NE MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT AT HALF-WAY June 3

Brandon Newbould and Joan Bohlke took their second straight USATF-NE Mountain Circuit race wins at Sunday's Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH. The pair had won over the mostly trail surface Mt. Wachusett last weekend. Newbould, finishing in 1:02:03, edged Justin Freeman and Kevin Tilton by 27 and 42 seconds, respectively, as the trio were three minutes up on fourth place. Bohlke clocked 1:16:47, 35th overall, and almost 4 minutes ahead of Kelsey Allen.

At the circuit midpoint, Todd Callaghan (GCS) is both the men's overall and 40+ circuit leader, with Martin Tighe (50+), Rich Miller (60+) and Frank Hurt (70+) also leading their divisions. Similarly, on the women's side, Karen Encarnacion (SRR) also tops the open/40+ ranks; Jackie Shakar (50+) is number 2 overall, with Elaine Dill (60+) sixth in the results.

Standings are now posted at the Mountain/Trail page.

 

USATF-NE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS JUNE 17
ONLINE ENTRY AVAILABLE

June 3

Online entry is now available for the Juen 17 USATF-NE Open Track & Field Championships at Regis College. Entry can be found at the USATF website. Entry info / schedule is at the New England track page.

 

WEEKEND RESULTS FROM MOUNTAIN AND MARATHON
May 26-27

The USATF-NE Mountain Circuit is now 2 races along following Saturday's Wachusett Mountain Run in Westminster MA. The winners in the event's 20th running had different levels of competition; Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway / Nottingham NH) led Eric MacKnight (Albany Running Exchange) by just 3 seconds and third placer Jim Johnson by 9 seconds, while Joan Bohlke (Waltham MA), venturing off the track for her first mountain circuit event, had a convincing 1:23 margin. The 2012 course was again a mixed road/trail route of 2 up-down segments over 4.7 miles.

Age group winners were Todd Callaghan (M40, Gate City), Martin Tight (M50, CMS), Bob Sharley (M60, Newport RI), and Frank Hurt (M70, White Mountain Milers) for men, and Dawn Roberts (W40, Gr.Springfield Harriers), Jackie Shakar (W50, Sutton MA), Elaine Dill (W60, GSH), and Carrie Parsi (W70, Liberty AC) for women. The circuit reaches the half-way point this coming Sunday in the longest race of the series, the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile.

On Sunday, almost 2500 runners completed the 24th KeyBank Vermont City Marathon in Burlington. Winner Matt Pelletier (RI), New England 1/2 marathon champ in March, earned his record fourth title in the capital city with a time of 2:21.30, 5 minutes up on second place. Kasie Enman (BAA/Huntington VT) ran 2:43:126 minutes, 6 minutes ahead of BAA teammate Caroline Bjune; Kasie's winner's purse was doubled to $5000 given that she was a home-state athlete winning the event - the first ever Vermont woman to do so. Results and stories at runvcm.org.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS WIN AT NCAA DIVISION III
May 24-26, Claremont CA

Keri Lambert of Amherst College and Dominique Kone of Colby won national titles at the NCAA Division III Collegiate Championships in Claremont California. Lambert won the women's steeplechase in 10:27.32, while Kone won the 100 meters by .20, clocking 10.24 - the fastest time turned for the century by any NE runner this season.

Best events for the 6-state region were men's steeplechase with 4 of top the 6, and women's triple jump with 3 of the top 4. Williams women were 5th with 23 (80 scored) and Middlebury men were 9th with 19 points (84 scored). Top 3 finishers:

200 2.Briana Wise, Worcester State, 24.33
1500 2.Margo Cramer, Middlebury, 4:26.18
400 Hurdles 2.Jamie Simmons, MIT 60.36
Triple Jump 2.Tanasia Hoffler, Williams, 40'7.5"; 3.Ashley Dell'Aira, Wheaton, 40'6.75"
Discus 2.Kelly Allen, Tufts, 150'5"
Hammer 3.Amina Avril, Williams, 181'2"
10,000m 2.Michael Schmidt, Middlebury, 30:32.84
Steeplechase 3.Jack Davies, Middlebury, 8:54.61; 3.Brian Fuller, Springfield, 8:56.05
Discus 3.David Pless, Bates, 173'11"

Full results at deltatiming.com.

 

USATF-NE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS - PEFORMANCE BONUSES ANNOUNCED
May 26

Six events on the schedule of the June 17 USATF-New England Track & Field Championship will feature $100 performance bonuses. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Olympics, there will be Centennial Challenges in the 100, 1500, Pole Vault, and Long Jump. There will also be point value challenges in the javelin and steeplechase, and the meet's outstanding male and female performer based on IAAF scoring tables will also be eligible for a $100 bonus. Bonuses will be limited to the top finishing USATF-NE members in an event with no remaining collegiate eligibility. See the list of events, standards, and complete eligibility, and the meet entry form at the Track and Field page.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS - ONLINE ENTRY IS OPEN
May 25

Online entry for the June 23 USATF New England Junior Olympic meet is now open. Entry is through the CoachO.com system found at usatfregistration.com/meet/entry/ma_usatfyouth02/.

The basic Junior Olympic entry info and meet schedule can be found here. It's preferred that clubs should enter all their athletes, not have individuals enter. Entry closes on Wednesday, June 20 at midnight.

A change in advancing for 2012 - the top 8 finishers in each event in each age group at the New England meet will advance to the Region I meet at Long Island July 8-10. This is an increase from top 6 in previous years.

Two warm-up meets are being hosted by the Amherst NH TC on June 9 and 16. See the links at the Track page.

 

OFFICIAL AND SPORTSMAN BOB RITTENBURG PASSES
Reading MA, May 21

Long time official and outstanding athlete from the 1950's, Bob Rittenburg, passed away on Monday, May 21. The Reading resident was one of only 2 Massachusetts athletes to ever win two events at a high school national meet, and had an outstanding collegiate career at Harvard. In 1956, he placed 5th in the US Olympic Trials 400 intermediate hurdles, and then went on to participate in some of the first Masters National indoor track & field championships in the 1970's.

Besides being an avid track official, in recent years he served as researcher and historian for the Mass. HS Track & Field Hall of Fame. As much as a sportsman, he was known in track circles for his kindness and interest in people. He was the father of current Brookline (MA) athletic director and former coach Pete Rittenburg.

 

JOHNSON, KROSHUS WIN OVER 12K
Bedford NH, May 19

Kevin Johnson took his second win of the 2012 New England Grand Prix series and Emily Kroshus led the women's field at Saturday's Bedford Rotary Memorial 12K in Bedford NH. Warm but pleasant temperatures and bright sun were tempered by the shaded course as 511 runners completed the race,

Johnson, representing the new Western Mass Distance Project, was matched by Nate Jenkins (CMS) through the opening 3+ mile loop of the figure 8 course, but pulled away to a new course record of 36:51 over the 2nd circuit. Kroshus recorded a time of 43:52 to lead a BAA sweep, as teammates Lindsay Willard (44:24) and Caroline Bjune (44:44) chased her to the finish line on the Bedford HS track.

Age group winners performed well, with both 40+ winners - Joseph Koech (RUN) and Maria Servin (Whirlaway) in the top 10. Robert Cipriano and Karen McGahieled the 50+ runners, Jerry Learned and Karen Durante (Whirlaway) topped the 60+ crowd, and Denny Lelanc (GLRR) and Jane Levesquewere first NE 70+.

In team totals, Central Mass Striders were men's open and 40+ winners, with Whirlaway (50+) and Gate City Striders (M60+) also securing titles. Women's team wins were spread among the B.A.A. (Open), Whirlaway (40+) and CMS (50+).

Full results are posted, and updated GP standings after 3 events will be ready on Monday after review of results. The series continues on June 10 at the Newton (MA) 10K.

 

NE MASTERS MEDAL AT NATIONAL 8K
Williamsburg VA, May 19

Several New England masters passed on the association 12K to race at the USA Masters 8K held at the Run for the Dream 8K in Williamsburg VA, all making the awards platform. Vermont men took medals back to the Green Mountain State, with Bill Dixon (Gr.Lowell RR / Bennington) winning the M65-69 division in 30:46, and Green Mountain AA's Norm Larson (Burlington) placing second in the M55 division in 27:27; Larson's age graded performance of 92.91 was the best among men's times. On the women's side, Linda Jennings (Going The Distance / Tewksbury MA) was 3rd in the W55 standings in 35:10.

 

NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHAMPIONS FROM NEW ENGLAND
Albany NY, May 7

Two New England competitors were winners at the recent National Division III Junior College Championships in Alfred, New York. Robert Allen of Community College of Rhode Island added an outdoor title to his two indoor wins this year, taking the 1500 in 3:55.99, a new meet record; he also was 2nd in the 5000 meters. Jasmine Bien Aime of Roxbury Community College won both the 100 and 200 in meet record times of 12.11 and 24.49, respectively. Anthony Giorgi of Northern Essex Community College was bronze medalist in the 110 Hurdles at 15.75, as was Cassandra Gustafson of CCRI in the javelin at 32.15.

Others earning NJCAA All-American honors were, from RCC, Tyshey Carmichael (100, 4th, and 200, 6th), Shawn Lawson (100, 4th), and Oswaru Johnson (High Jump, 6th), and from NECC, Gabe Frias (Hurdles, 6th) and Dan Busta (Javelin, 6th).

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT REVS UP IN VERMONT
Huntington VT May 13

A new event opened the 2012 USATF-New England Mountain Circuit, as 135 finishers conquered the mulitiple loops of the Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race in Huntington VT, directed by 2011 World Mountain Running champion Kasie Enman who trains over the course. The race replaced the traditional opener at Northfield Mountain which completed a 10 year run last year.

First over the 6 mile mostly grass circuit was Josh Ferenc, who clocked 39:17 for a 1:07 margin over Kevin Tilton with Jim Johnson third another minute back. Todd Callahan was top 40+ in 5th, with Martin Tighe (17th) and Rich Miller (34th) taking the other decade group wins.

Women's winner Bridget Ferrin-Smith, running 52:17, also had over a minute gap on second, as she was followed by Ashley Krause (53:46) and Jennifer Johnson (54:14). Anne Bliss (4th overall), Jackie Shakar (7th) and Moira Durnin (16th) topped the 40/50/60 age groups. Women's placings.

The series will continue on May 26 at Wachusett Mountain.

 

PIERS EARNS APRIL ATHLETE OF MONTH HONORS
May 6

Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC / Falmouth ME) is USATF New England's Athlete of the Month for April 2012. The marathoner was first American at this year's Boston Marathon, running 2:41:55. She finished tenth overall and second master, and despite the sweltering conditions, her time was just 3 minutes off her 2011 result that was run in perfect conditions.

 

WALLIN IS NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH
April 23

Thrower Carl Wallin (Thor's Stone AC / Lebanon NH) is the USATF New England Athlete of the Month for March 2012. At the USA Masters Indoor Championships in Bloomington, Indiana, the former Dartmouth College coach won national titles in the 70-74 age group in the weight throw and super weight, and also placed second in the shot put. Earlier in the season, he set a US record in the super weight.

 

HEAT IS THE TALK OF BOSTON
April 16, Hopkinton to Boston

Coming from almost a minute behind with just 4 miles to go, Wesley Korir(Kenya) ran down two countrymen in the final miles to win the 2012 Boston Marathon. His 2:12:40 was a hard earned time, and most of his 26 second margin of victory came in the final half mile of the race. Such was the day that Mathew Kisorio, running second and just 20 seconds behind at Cleveland Circle, crossed the line nearly 6 minutes behind the winner

Also coming from way back, top American Jason Hartman (Colorado) placed fourth overall in 2:14:31, that placing giving him a World "A" standard, as the top 10 finishers in the five World Marathon Majors earn that designation regardless of actual time.

On the women's side, the margin of victory was just 2 seconds for the second straight year as Sharon Cherop outlegged countrywoman Jemima Jelagat Sumgong 2:31:50 to 2:31:52. Top American was Maine's Sheri Piers of Falmouth and the Dirigo RC, tenth in 2:41:55 (and 2nd master).

The Wheelchair finishes again provided excitement, with men's winner Joshua Cassidy (Canada) setting a new course and world best time of 1:18:25, and Shirley Reilly defeating 5 time winner and defending champion Wakako Tsuchida (Japan).

Top local finishers by state: Massachusetts: David Bedoya (GBTC/Somerville) 2:29:34; Hilary Dionne (BAA/Charlestown) 2:51:56; New Hampshire: Tim Perry (Contoocook) 2:45:08; Christin Doneski (Whirlaway/Hopkinton) 3:12:06; Rhode Island: Patrick Leahy (N.Providence) 2:57:51; Lisa Cecchi (Middletown) 3:28:20; Vermont: Todd Smith (Charlotte) 2:49:34; Megan Malgeri (GMAA/Burlington) 2:59:56; Connecticut: Scott Mindel (New London) 2:27:15; Maureen Terwilliger (Guilford) 3:18:44; Maine: Nick Wheeler (BAA/Rockland), 2:33:30; Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC/Falmouth) 2:41:55;

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

 

BAA, WHIRLAWAY TEAM WINNERS AT BOSTON
April 16, Hopkinton to Boston

Once again, local clubs swept the team races at the Boston Marathon. The host Boston Athletic Association repeated as both the open men's and women's division winners, and added the masters' men's bowl this year. The men's team totaled 7:48:48 with Greater Boston TC 6:59 back. The women's team clocked 8:47:41, 42 minutes ahead of Somerville Road Runners. The BAA / SRR 1-2 finish was also the order in the masters men's competition, though just 1:08 separated the squads. Whirlaway Racing Team made it to the stage again for the women's masters win (9:55:09) ahead of Winners Circle RC.

Other New England teams in the top 10 were SRR open men (8th), Whirlaway masters men (5th), GBTC open women (7th), and Wampanoag RR (8th), Gr.Lowell Roadrunners (9th), and Gate City Striders (10th) among masters women.

 

CELEBRATE 4 DECADES OF WOMEN RUNNING THE BOSTON MARATHON
Hopkinton MA, April 11

Forty years of women running Boston will be celebrated at a presentation and discussion on Friday evening, April 13 at 7 PM at the Hopkinton High SchoolAuditorium. WBZ news anchor Lisa Hughes moderates a panel of the pioneering women - including 4 of the original official field of 7. A reception will follow the program. There is a $5 donation with just 200 seats available. See fastandfabulous.eventbrite.com.

 

LOCALS POST FAST 10K'S AT STANFORD
Palo Alto CA, April 7

The Stanford Invitational has a well deserved reputation of hosting some of the fastest track distance races in the country, and this year's meet proved no exception. 2011 NE Runner of the Year Tim Ritchie (BAA) placed 7th in one of the fastest 10,000's ever run by a New Englander, clocking a huge Personal Record 28:44.86; former Harvard harrier Daniel Chenoweth was two places back in 28:46.87. Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston) was runner-up by under a second in the women's race at 32:31.97, another exceptional PR, with Boston U's Katie Matthews 8th in 32:44.58.

Over 5000 meters, Dan Lowry of Brown was eighth in a university record 13:34.49 and the second fastest ever by an Ivy League runner;. Teammate Olivia Mickle broke the oldest Bruin record on the books by 40+ seconds, as her 33:59.26 bettered the standard set in 1981 by Ann Sullivan Hird (now a top masters competitor in NE championship events). Full results.

 

MEDALS WINNERS AT WORLD MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jyvaskyla Finland, April 3-8

The World Masters Indoor Championships was a late season meet this year, though there was still plenty of snow in Finland. Mary Harada (Liberty AC / Newbury MA) won three silver medals in the W75 division; 800 (4:10.30), 1500 (8:02.08) and 3000 (17:16.23). Shigeki Makino (Mass Velocity / Weston MA) brought home a 4x200 relay gold medal as the USA team won the M45 division in 1:37.04. Full results at www.usatrf.org

 

Jim Wilcox, 1942 - 2012 (USATF NE photo)
Jim Wilcox, 1942 - 2012
(USATF NE photo)

OFFICIALS CHAIRMAN JIM WILCOX PASSES AWAY
Fall River MA, April 4

Jim Wilcox, officials certification chairman for USATF New England, passed away on Wednesday in his home town of Fall River MA. An official who worked events from local Junior Olympics to USA Championships, he was a past president of the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association as well as a respected basketball and football official.

 

RI TRACK COACHES ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME EXPANDS BY NINE THIS WEEKEND
April 4, Warwick

The RI Track Coaches Association will add nine members to the RITCA Hall of Fame at their dinner on Friday.
The group of inductees covers several areas of the sport. Leading the way as athletes are Mark Strawderman - a three time all American and URI's only 17 foot pole vaulter - and Phil Kane, an all American while at Villanova (Chariho and Rogers HS grads, respectively). Strawderman also is being recognized for other contributions to the sport. Additional honorees to be recognized this Friday are official and coach Matt Hird, journalists Carolyn Thornton (Providence Journal) and Steve Mazzone (The Call), and coaches Jim Caron (Ponagansett), Kevin Mulligan (Lincoln), and, posthumously, Ed Warnock and Joe Foley (Tolman). Service awards will be presented to state TF administrators Ray Dwyer and Charley Sweeney.

The RI Track Coaches Association website is www.ritca.com.

 

Women's bronze medal winner Lindsay Willard and race director Dan McCarthy (USATF NE photo)
Women's bronze medal winner Lindsay Willard and race director Dan McCarthy
(USATF NE photo)

RECORD FIELD AT NEW BEDFORD 1/2 MARATHON
March 18, New Bedford MA

Past New England marathon champions Matt Pelletier (2008) and Hilary Dionne (BAA) (2011) led a record field of over 3000 entrants in ideal weather at the New Bedford Half Marathon, race 2 in the 2012 USATF-NE Grand Prix series. Pelletier had a lengthy battle with Nate Jenkins (CMS) before pulling away for the win, 1:06:31 to 1:07.05, withi 10 Mile champ Kevin Johnson third. Dionne separated herself from the competition a bit sooner and clocked 1:19:07 over Amelia Landberg (GBTC, 1:19:53).

After a successful indoor track season, Kara Haas (adidasNE) moved up in distance to take the master win - and place 4th overall, while Keven O'Neill (BAA, RI) was NE champ and 2nd overall male 40+. Robert Cipriano (SomervilleRR) and Ellie Tucker (Winners Circle) won the NE 50+ titles, Marshall Randolph (CSU) and Karen Durante (WRT) the 60+, and Denny LeBlanc (GLRR) 70+ (2nd overall).

The B.A.A. swept the team trophies in open divisions for second straight race (placing 6-10 in the men's standings) and won the men's 40+. Whirlaway also won three divisions (M50, W40, W50), and CMS (M40) and CSU (M60) secured the remaining titles.

The series continues on May 19 at another 30+ year old event, the Bedford NH Rotary 12K. Team and individual GP standings are at the GP page.

 

NE 5K CHAMPIONSHIP - CHANGE OF RACE AND DATE IN SEPTEMBER
March 16

The USATF New England 5K Championship race has a change event and date.

The new 5K Championship will be the Jack Kerouac 5K on Sunday, September 30, in Lowell MA.

It is the 10th running of the Kerouac event, and the race is already part of the NE Runner Pub Series, which avoids a potential conflict. Change your calendars to note this update!

Full release

 

2012 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE IS POSTED
March 14

The 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Schedule, covering Open and major collegiate and high school meets, is now posted on the website at the track and field page. It will be updated regularly during the season. Please forward any additions or corrections to office@usatfne.org.

 

FOUR NEW ENGLAND WINNERS AT YOUTH INDOOR NATIONALS
Normal IL, March 10-11

Greg Moschella (Nitehawks SC/Westborough MA) and Jordan Samuels(Cambridge Jets/Malden MA) picked up multiple wins at the USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend. Moschella, in the Youth (age 13-14) division, earned three gold medals; 200 (25.33), 400 (55.36), and triple jump (34'9.75"). Samuels, in the Intermediate (age 15-16) division, matched the TJ win in 42'8", won the 55 Hurdles (8.00), and took 2nd in the 55 (6.77).

Other New England competitors earning gold medals were Ahmad Lewis (Dare 2 Dream/Boston) in the Intermediate 200 in 23.38 (and bronze in the 400, 54.34) and Andrew Theall (Waltham TC/Newton MA) in the Youth pole vault. Olivia Thorsgaard (Cambridge Jets/Newton MA) ran to silver in the hurdles - 9.86 - and placed fourth in both the high and long jump.

FULL RESULTS.

 

CHARIHO SETS RECORD, FORBES WINS AT NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC MEET
New York City, March 9-11

The Chariho RI HS 4 x mile relay established a new national record and Carla Forbes won the triple jump at National Scholastic Championships at the New Balance Armory in New York.
The Chariho quartet of Bryce Kelley, Dan Kilcoyne, Jake Kilcoyne, and Mike Marsella, who won the New England 4x800, passed the stick over 4 miles in 17:20.20 to lower a 3 year old mark. Forbes, the 2010 TJ winner and defending long jump champ, spanned 42'5.25" for a 1 foot margin of victory, missing the national Junior class record by 1/4". The distance improved her personal best of 42'1.5 set last summer; she doubled up with a 5th in the long jump at 19'7".

Joe Velez (Classical/Providence) 2nd, Weight, 75'6" and Ruben Horace (Warwick RI, 71'6") went 2-3 in the weight throw, and La Salle Academy RI ran to three top 6 placings in relays (2, 4x800, 9:02.84; 4.Sprint Medley, 4:03.24; 6.Distance Medley 12:00.30) to lead New England placers. Other individuals and teams placing in the top 6: Marshfield MA, 3, Distance medley, 10:12.12; Dakota Dailey Harris, La Salle, 3.High Jump, 5'9.25"; Casey Teska, Stow, 3.Pole Vault 12'8.75"; Hilary Holmes, Exeter NH, 3.Pentathlon, 3484; Swardic Mayanja, Newton North, 4.Shot Put, 59'6.25; Julie McConville, Hingham, 4.Two Mile 10:36.36; Kris Horn, Titans/Pembroke, 5.Pentathlon, 3483; Titans/Pembroke MA, 5.Distance Medley, 10:12.43; Chelmsford MA 5.4x200 1:30.24; Olisa Obiefuna, Saugus MA, 6.Triple Jump 47'9.25"; Kevin Conway, Westerly RI, 6.Weight 66'.25"; Marthaline Cooper, Classical/Providence, 6.Weight 52'10.75"; Providence/Hope, 6.4x200, 1:42.04. Winner of the Freshman mile was Liz Holmes of Foxborough MA in 5:02.49.

Results are at NationalScholastic.org.

 

RITCHIE 3RD, HUDDLE 2ND AT USA 15K
Jacksonville FL, March 10

USATF-NE Runner of the Year Tim Ritchie continued his progress in 2012, placing third at the USA 15K road race Championship held at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville Florida on Saturday. The Boston-based B.A.A. runner, who broke 4:00 for the mile in February, recorded a 44:41 for the distance,just four seconds out of second. The championship was won for the third year in a row by Mo Trafeh in 43:23. The Women's had a New England flavor, with 2011 Tufts 10K and BAA 1/2 marathon winner Janet Cherobon-Bawcom won her 4th USA title in 6 months in 49:41 and Molly Huddle (Providence / Saucony) placed second in 49:57.

Results at runnerspace.com.

 

COLLEGIATE DIVISION III T&F INDOOR RECOGNITION
March 9

The NCAA Division III indoor track & field New England region athletes and coaches of the year were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today.

Men's Track Athlete of the Year is Ben Scheetz of Amherst College. The senior recorded the fastest indoor time in Division III history in the 800 Meters at 1:47.43, as well as the fastest DIII times of the regular season in the Mile, 1000, and 600. Women's Track AOY is Middlebury senior Margo Cramer, who clocked the fastest time of the season in the Mile and helped Middlebury achieve the season’s fastest time in the Distance Medley Relay. She also won NE DIII Championships in the 800 and Mile and ran on Middlebury’s winning DMR.

In the field, recognized performers are Tanasia Hoffler of Williams and David Plessof Bates. Hoffler, a junior, won the New England DIII Championship in both the long and triple jumps this season and will compete in both events at Nationals where she is the highest seeded in the triple jump. Also a junior, Pless will compete in the NCAA Championship in both the shot put and weight throw. He set a school and ECAC DIII record in the shot at 58-10¼ (17.94m)

Accolades go to three coaches. Mathew Lemaire of Worcester State is recognized as Women's program Coach of the Year. In his fifth year at the helm of the Lancers, Lemaire guided his team to the MASCAC Championship and placed sixth at New England DIII Championships with their highest point total ever. The team set 13 new school records this season. Al Fereshetian of Bates is men's Coach of the Year, as the Bobcats won both the New England and ECAC Division III crowns. Assistant Coach of the Year honor for both Men's and Women's Programs goes to Nicole Wilkerson of Middlebury who is in her tenth year at Middlebury,

The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships runs Friday and Saturday with live coverage at www.NCAA.com.

 

FORBES IS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY 2012
March 5

Carla Forbes, a junior at Newton North (MA) High School, is the USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for February 2012. On February 26 at the Massachusetts All-State Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center, Carla won the long jump with a leap of 20' 1 1/4", winning by more than two feet and ranking her 2nd in the U.S. this indoor season. The jump broke the six year old mark set by Arantxa King. She also placed second in the 55 meter dash by .01 and anchored the state champion 4 x 400 relay to the season's fastest time by a New England scholastic team. The previous weekend, Forbes won two individual events and the relay at the Division I Championships, breaking the DI long jump record (also owned by King).

 

ALLEN WINS NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE TITLES, MORE SUB 4
March 3-4, Charleston IL

Freshman distance runner Robert Allen from Community College of Rhode Island won two events at the National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. The Providence resident was first in both the Mile and 3000.

At the Columbia Last Chance meet in New York, competitors were looking for performances that might qualify them for the three divisions of NCAA championships. Northeastern sophomore Eric Jenkins and Julian Matthews of Providence ran their second sub-4:00 miles of the season in 3:59.71 and 3:59.71, placing second and third, respectively, in the event.

 

NCAA DIVISION II INDOOR TF HONORS GO TO LOCALS
March 1

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their NCAA Division II indoor track & field region athletes and coaches of the year with three individuals from the New England association given East Region honors.
Men's Field Event performer for the season is Corey Thomas of Stonehill. A junior from Brookline, Mass., Thomas cleared 7-2 1/4 (2.19m) in the high jump to win the New England Championships and was runner-up at the Northeast-10 and BU Valentine meets. The defending national champ is the number 5 seed in 2012.

Women's Track Event honors go to Amy Varsell of Bentley. The junior won the 800 in both the Northeast-10 (a meet record) and New England Championships, and will compete in the NCAA D II Nationals with a season-best 2:12.16 seed.

Women's Coach of the Year for the region is Gary Gardner of UMass Lowell. In his tenth year at the helm, Gardner led the River Hawks to victory at the Northeast-10 Championships, and the UML 4×400-meter relay has a No. 5 seed nationally.

The NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships set for in Mankato, Minnesota; www.NCAA.com will provide live coverage of the meet.

 

NE YOUTH WIN REGIONAL TITLES
Toms River NJ, February 26

New England youth scored several wins at the USATF East Region Indoor Youth Championship held in Toms River, New Jersey on Sunday. A pair of competitors had three wins each; Jordan Samuels (Cambridge Jets) won the Intermediate Boys (15-16) division - 55 hurdles (meet record), 55 dash, and triple jump, and Greg Moschella (Westborough MA) scored gold in the Youth Boys (13-14) division - Triple Jump, 200, and 400. Also placing first were Olivia Thorsgaard(Cambridge Jets) in the Midget Girls (11-12) high jump (meet record) and Andrew Theall (Waltham TC) in the Youth Boys pole vault.

The top 6 finishers in each event qualified for the national youth Indoor Championship in Illinois in 3 weeks. Results are at usatfnj.org.

 

JOHNSON, DONOVAN TAKE 10 MILER
February 26

Kevin Johnson, two time 2011 New England road champion, and NE fall cross country champ Jenn Donovan moved up in distance to take the season's first road race championship titles at Sunday's Jones Group Realtors 10 Miler hosted by the Sugarloaf Mt. AC in Amherst MA. Temperatures in the mid 30's were tempered by wind gusts, as Bob Hodge's 25 year old course record withstood another year of challenge.

Johnson, sporting the colors of Greater Boston this year, forced the pace to thin the field to three toward the end of the race, and led Nate Jenkins (CMS) and Eric Ashe (BAA) around the finish loop to finish in 51:12. Donovan (New Balance Boston) scored her first GP road win, the 58:39 giving her a minute cushion over Lindsay Willard (BAA).

Masters winners for the men were Binney Mitchell (GMAA, M40), Robert Cipriano(Somerville RR, M50), and race founder Tom Derderian (GBTC, M60), and Christin Donseki (Whirlaway, W40), Ellie Tucker (Dirigo, W50), and Karen Durante (Whir, W60) taking women's honors.

The B.A.A. showed up ready for team action, and with 10 of the first 16 across the line were easy winners. The gold and blue also took the women's win, but just 5 minutes up on the surprising Somerville Road Runners, which recorded their highest ever finish. CMS were solid winners in the M40 competition, Whirlaway continued their masters' successes of the past, taking the women's 40+ and both 50+ crowns, and Greater Springfield were fastest among the 60+ men's squads.

Results will be verified and posted with a link to results at usatfne.org/gp. Note, new for this year - individual masters scoring is now by 5 year age divisions. The series will continue at the New Bedford 1/2 Marathon on March 18.

 

MT.WASHINGTON ROAD RACE ENTRY LOTTERY OPENS
February 15

Registration begins opens today for the the entry lottery for the 2012 Mt. Washington Road Race. Runners can register for the lottery between February 15 and March 15; entrant drawing is done March 16. The race takes place on Saturday, June 16.

The 52nd "Race to the Clouds" will serve as the USA Mountain Running Championship and selection event for the USA men's team to compete in the World Mountain Running Championships in the fall.

All the specifics are at mountwashingtonroadrace.com.