NEWS FROM 2013

12/31/2013
 

DONAHUE, SENTINEL STRIDERS CO-ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
December 31, 2013

2013 Junior Olympic National Cross Country Champions James Donahue from Reading MA and the Sentinel Striders club team from Smithfield RI are co-winners of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for December 2013.

Donahue, representing Friends of Reading Recreation, won the Age 9-10 division 3000 meter race in a time of 10:44 over a field of 329 runners in San Antonio, Texas, on December 14. The Sentinels Striders A team won the Age 11-12 boys title in a 33 team field; their top finisher was Samuel Toolin in second place.

Full Junior Olympic National results

Check out the list of the 2013 USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014
December 31

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. If your most current card begins with a '7', then it's expired.)

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, other businesses, and some New England events, it provides a level of sport accident insurance, and supports our many New England programs.

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

 

USATF NEW ENGLAND AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 11
December 31

The 3rd Annual Awards Banquet and Social takes place on Saturday, January 11, 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.

The evening will continue with the much-anticipated awards presentation, featuring awards for Road, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits, along with special awards. 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.

Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found on 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.

 

GRAND PRIX SERIES FINALIZED FOR 2014
December 16

After two rounds of online voting, the 2014 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series will run with the following schedule (the "Demar" slate):

D. H. Jones 10 miler, Amherst, MA, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.
New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA Mar. 16, 11 a.m.
An Ras Mor 5 km, Cambridge, MA, Mar. 30, 10 a.m.
Ribfest 5 Miler, Merrimack, NH, Jun 15, 9:15 a.m.
GMAA Labor Day 15 km, South Burlington, VT, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.
Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, NH, Nov 2, 8:50 a.m.

 

INTRODUCTION TO WEIGHT THROW CLINICS FOR HS THROWERS COMING UP
December, Boston University

There will be two Introduction to the Weight Throw for scholastic throwers held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center in Boston on the next two Saturdays, December 21 and 28 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 4th annual Massachusetts Scholastic Invitational Weight Throw in February at the Reggie Lewis Center. The clinics are free, and hosted by USATF New England with the support of the Twilight Throwers.

 

DONAHUE, SENTINEL STRIDERS ARE JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSDecember 14, 2013, San Antonio TX

New Englanders will return home from the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championship with gold medals. James Donahue (FORR / Reading MA) won the 9-10 division 3000 meters in 10:44 over a field of 329 runners. Led by Samuel Toolin's silver medal, Sentinel Striders A won the 11-12 boys team title in a 33 team field.

Other top 3 finishers from the association include the Granite State Flash 11-12 boys and 7-8 girls who placed second and third, respectively, in their divisions (the Flash had 2 other 4th place finishers), and Lauren Robinson (Nashua PAL Striders) placed third of 405 in the 11-12 girls race.

Most New England clubs placed in the top half of the standings. This year's meet was the largest ever, with an increased number of teams and individuals qualifying; 444 boys ran in the age 13-14 race. Complete meet results are found at the JO Nationals Page.

 

RUN-OFF VOTE NEEDED FOR 2014 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX
December 12, 2013

A clear vote was not established in the first round of voting for the Grand Prix 2014 Road Race Series slates. The LDR Committee is putting forth a run-off ballot of the two slates with the highest votes.

The online run-off vote will be available Friday December 13 through Sunday December 15 at 8:00 p.m.. Voting requires current USATF membership.

VOTE HERE

The two remaining slates and process are found at http://usatfne.org/road/gp.html.

 

FOUR USATF-NE MEMBERS RECEIVE NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
Indianapolis, December 4-8, 2013

Four past or present USATF-New England board members were recognized with President’s Awards at the USATF National Annual Meeting last week. The awards are given annually to the people who have worked diligently and admirably in USATF volunteer ranks within their associations or committees. Only 8 were presented in 2013. The USATF-NE winners:

Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) has been a TAC/USATF official since 1983, an NCAA official since 1983 and a high school official since 1980. She is NE Officials Certification chair, and chair of the IAAF National Technical Officials Subcommittee. She was a member of the 1971 U.S. Pan American team.

Dave Dunham is a founding member of the USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council and founded the New England Mountain Running Circuit. He served as a staff member of the US Mountain Running Team from 1992 to 2009, and was the Chairperson for USATF New England Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running from 1995 to 2002.

Justin Kuo does it all as a volunteer for USATF for many years in several different areas. Kuo has been a national certifier for road race courses while serving as the vice chair of the Road Running Technical Committee, chair for the USA Records Committee, and is involved as an official. He has managed the USATF-NE website since it was started, and is involved with the Boston Marathon.

Kathy Nary has been on the USA Women's Long Distance Running Executive Committee since 1996 and currently serves as Vice Chair. She has been instrumental in taking care of the selection of international teams and staffs for over a decade and works tirelessly to support USATF and its athletes. Nary has held many USATF-NE positions as well as actively involved with USADA enforcing drug testing policies at several national championships.

We thank them for their service to the sport locally and nationally!

 

NEW ENGLAND MASTERS HONORED AS YEAR'S BEST
Indianapolis, December 4-8, 2013

Four USATF New England masters runners were named 2013 Runner of the Year in their competitive age groups by the USATF Masters Long Distance Running Committee at the recent USATF Annual Meeting.

On the women's list, Nina Caron (Merrimack Valley Striders/No.Andover MA) tops the 50-54 age group,and Jan Holmquist (Liberty AC/Burlington MA) heads the 65-69 division. In the men's awards, Bill Dixon (Gr.Lowell RR/Brattleboro VT) was named best at age 65-69, and Bill Riley (NE 65+ RC / Marstons Mills MA) adds another plaque to his collection in the age 75-79 group. Overall Masters Runners of the year were Kathryn Martin (W60) of New York and Brian Pilcher (M55) of California.

More Annual Meeting news at usatf.org.

 

LOCAL OFFICIALS SELECTED TO WORK AT 2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indianapolis, December 4-8, 2013

At the USATF Annual Meeting, seven New England association certified officials were selected to work at the IAAF World Junior Championship meet to be held in Eugene, Oregon, in July 2014.

Officials and their assignments for this international event for competitors age 19 and under include: Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI / protest review committee), Joe Bullock (Swansea MA / Shot Put-Chief), Nicole Bullock (Swansea MA / Hammer), Bob Gidari (Deering NH / Discus - Chief), Justin Kuo (Brookline MA / Electronic Measurement - Chief), Tom Meagher (Marshfield MA / Starter), and Lance Turley(Laconia NH / hammer). Don Berry (Maine / Umpire) and Ron Daniel (Connecticut / Referee) will also work in Track Town USA.

Interested in becoming a certified official? Check the USATF-NE Officials Page and the USATF Officials page.

 

ABBEY D'AGOSTINO - NOVEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
December 3, 2013

Dartmouth College senior Abbey D'Agostino from Topsfield MA is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for November 2013.

On November 23 at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute IN, Abbey became the first Ivy League runner, male or female, to win a national cross country title. In cold, windy, and muddy conditions, D'Agostino took control of the race over the last two kilometers and won by three seconds. She also won the East Region qualifying race on November 15. USA Track & Field named her Athlete of the Week on November 25, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named her Women's National Athlete of the Year. Abbey is now a five-time national champion and 10-time All-American.

Abbey was also USATF-NE athlete of the month in June 2012. Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

SCHOLASTIC XC QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL EVENTS
November 30 2013, New York

Good performances were turned in by local scholastic runners at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Northeast Qualifier at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls NY. The meet was one of the eight qualifiers, and included the six New England states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The top 2 teams and several at-large teams from around the country, plus the top 5 individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the final on December 14 in Oregon.

There were four top ten finishers in the girls race, led by race runner-up Abbie McNulty from Bishop Feehan of Attleboro MA. She was followed by Autumn Eastman of Champlain Valley Union HS, VT (4th), Emma McMillan of Barrington RI (5th), and Hannah Parker of Coe-Browbn Northwood NH (10th). Three teams places in the top 5; 3-Black Bear XC / Coe Brown Northwood NH; 4-Rocks XC / Bishop Feehan, Attleboro MA, and 5-.Eagles / Barrington RI. At-large teams have not been announced, but the above 4 individuals will be heading to Oregon regardless.

The boys race saw Christian Stafford of Pembroke MA in 4th and Nick Carleo of Newburyport MA in 10th, with Titans of Pembroke the top New England team in 7th. Stafford will advance to the final. Read more at NXN Northeast Regional - News.

At the Footlocker East Regional qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, Anoush Shehadeh, a junior at Phillips Academy Andover, placed second, the sole New England association runner to advance as a top 10 finisher. Three runners each from Connecticut and Maine will also go to the 35th annual National meet in San Diego CA on December 14. Results and stories at the Foot Locker XC site.

 

2013 USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship. (USATF-NE photo)
2013 USATF Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Meet.
USATF-NE photo

NE YOUTH HARRIERS STRONG AT REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET
November 24, 2013, Wappingers Falls NY

USATF New England youth runners turned in a strong showing at the USATF Junior Olympic Region I Cross Country Championships in New York on Sunday. Besides strong competition from 5 other associations in the six age divisions, the sub-30 degree temperatures and strong wind gusts provided additional challenges on the Bowdoin Park course, site of many NY state championship events.

Nearly half the field was from the NE association, and local clubs earned in the meet's largest fields in recent years earned 34 of the 47 spots eligible to advance to Nationals. Sentinel Striders had 5 age divsion team wins, Granite State Flash 3, and Nashua PAL Striders 2, with BAA Masconomet, Team RUN, and Waltham TC also having at least one top 5 team finish.

Five association runners were individual race winners - Carmel Fitzgibbon (Waltham TC, G9-10), Samuel Toolin (Sentinel Striders, B11-12), Madison Clark (Granite State Flash, G13-14) Riley Gillen (Team RUN, G15-16), and Tucker McNinch (Lenox MA, B17-18) - with 10 other New England top 3 finishes

The top 5 teams and other runners in the top 30 qualified for the JO Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, on December 14. Results are linked at usatfne.org/cross.

 

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE, D'AGOSTINO WIN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TITLES
November 23, 2013

Providence College women won the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Indiana, scoring 141 points, ahead of Arizona at 197. The Friars were led by Senir Emily Sisson in seventh. Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield MA), runner-up in the meet in 2012, eased her way into the lead after 4K and ran to a 3 second win on the muddy grass course; her Dartmouth squad placed 16th overall.

Harvard senior Maksim Korolev took third place in the men's race behind victor Edward Cheserek, a freshman from Oregon who was first at September's Coast to Coach Battle held at Franklin Park. Providence placed 16th, Dartmouth 24th, and Harvard 30th behind winner Colorado.

At the Divsion II meet, Mike Biwott (AIC) and Tara Dooley placed fourth in their respective races; New England teams placings were Franklin Pierce 25 and Stonehill 28 (men) and Bentley 23, Stonehill 25, and Merrimack 31 (women).

At Division III, New England states were well represented. The women's teams found Williams, Middlebury, and MIT in places 2-3-5 with Tufts 13 and Brandeis 22; Kaleigh Kenny of Williams was third overall. Men's results had Williams 5, Middlebury 8, Tufts 17, Colby 22, MIT 24, and Bates 25. Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College was the individual winner.

All cross country info can be found at ustfccca's website.

 

2014 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX SELECTION PROCESS STARTS
November 20, 2013

After a presentation meeting last week for races interested in being part of the 2014 Road Race Grand Prix, the Long Distance Running Committees are looking for input from runners on the races that submitted bids.

Runners interested in offering their feedback for the 2014 USATFNE Grand Prix Road Race Series should take a brief survey at SurveyMonkey to assist the Long Distance Running Committee in selections for the upcoming slate voting scheduled to begin next week.

Please take the survey now; the survey closes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Slates will be comprised of a variety of races and distances which are summarized on the bid comparison sheet found at usatfne.org/road/gp". The slates will be posted next week for online voting by members. Thank you for your participation.

 

2013 USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship. (photo: Justin Platt)
2013 USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship.
photo: Justin Platt

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY HAS RECORD FIELDS
November 17, 2013, Smithfield RI

Sunday's USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship drew over 900 entries, almost 50% higher than any previous JO meet. Ten races covered courses on the newly dedicated Bruce Ewart Cross Country Course in Smithfield RI. The number of scoring clubs was also an all-time high. Top 5 teams and individuals in the top 30 advance to the Region I meet in New York on November 24.

Preliminary Results.

Regional entry for New Englanders starts late Monday evening at CoachO.com .

 

HUDDLE WINS USA 12K
November 17, 2013, Alexandria VA

Molly Huddle (Providence RI) put in a decisive move at 10K and ran to an American record and world best for the 12K distance at the .US National Road Racinig Championship in Alexandria VA. A tight battle with New England native Shalane Flanagan forced the pace and pushed her to the record time of 37:50. Katie Matthews (Boston) finished 10th in 40:33.

On the men's side, Tim Ritchie (B.A.A./Brighton MA) placed sixth in 34:46 behind winner Aaron Braun (CO)iin 34:28. The race brought the 2013 USA Running Circuit to a close.

Full results

 

First place finisher, Ashe #10, and third, Dan Harper #10 in Men's 10K Championship. (photo: Tom Derderian)
First place finish, Ashe #10, and third, Dan Harper #10 in Men's 10K Championship.
photo: Tom Derderian

ASHE, KING TAKE CROSS COUNTRY CROWNS
November 10, 2013

Eric Ashe (B.A.A.) and Jillian King (New Balance Boston) were first to the finish at the USATF - New England Cross Country Championships on Sunday at Franklin Park.

Ashe led a field of 110 over the 5 loop 10K course in 30:50, 7 seconds up on teammate Sam Alexander. The BAA took the top 4 places and 10th to score 18 points for the win, their eighth straight club title. King, third at the Mayor's Cup two weeks ago, pushed the 6K in 20:49, and club packed in 6 of the top 9 for a New Balance Boston three-peat team victory among 10 clubs.

The women's masters ran the same race, and Diana Bowser (BAA) led the 40+ runners in 31st overall. Masters men ran a separate 8K, and 2000 open race champ Sandu Rebenciuc (Gr.Springfield Harriers) was 2 seconds better than the BAA duo of Pete Hammer and Chris Magill among the 40+ age groupers. The yellow and blue totaled 29 points ahead of 8 other clubs.

The New England races preceded the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional National Qualifying Race, making for a full day of high quality harrier action which brought the racing season at Franklin Park to a close. Check out the full results including all masters 10 year team scoring Cross Country page.

 

TIM RITCHIE - OCTOBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
November 4, 2013

Tim Ritchie of the Boston Athletic Association and Brighton MA is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for October 2013. On October 6 at the USA Marathon Championships held at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, Tim finished 6th in 2:14:50. This is the fastest marathon by a New Englander in more than 20 years. Ritchie, a 2009 graduate of Boston College and currently an assistant track and cross country at his alma mater, improved his previous personal best at the distance by almost 7 minutes. He was also USATF-NE athlete of the month in November 2011.

Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

NEWBOULD, BRUSTOLON TAKE NE TITLES AT CITY OF MANCHESTER MARATHON
November 3, Manchester NH

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway/Nottingham NH) and Laura Brustolon(BAA/Lawrence MA) led the New England contingent at the seventh annual Manchester City Marathon, serving as the USATF-New England Marathon Championship on Sunday. Temperatures were seasonal, in the mid-40s, for the 469 finishers.

Both New England champions finish third overall in their divisions; Newbould clocked 2:28:26 behind men's winner Getachew Asfor, while Brustolon's 2:59:28 trailed the 2:50:14 turned in by Tezata Dengersa.

Age divisions were led by Jason Porter (40+, CMS), Martin Tighe (50+,CMS) Rich Larsen (60+, ), and Denny Leblanc (70+, GLRR) for men, and Jill Trotter (40+, GLRR), Nancy Corsaro (50+,WRT), and Vicki Miller (60+, Winners Circle) for women. Porter, Tighe, Leblanc, Corsaro, and Miller also having won at the NE 30K in September.

The marathon brought the 2013 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix to a close, and final individual, team, and Ironrunner standings will be posted this week. Selection for the 2014 series begins with the bid presentation meeting on Wednesday, November 13.

RESULTS.

 

Michaela Jones (Pike MS, Andover) wins the eighth grade race.(USATF-NE photo)
Michaela Jones (Pike MS, Andover) wins the eighth grade race.
USATF-NE photo

MASSACHUSETTS MIDDLE SCHOOL XC ROLLS OVER PONKAPOAG
November 2, 2013, Canton MA

The fifth annual USATF-New England hosted Massachusetts Middle School Invitational Championship moved to a brand new course at Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton MA, and saw spirited competition through eight races on an ideal November day.

Three grade races - 5-6, 7, and 8 - were followed by a team championship race for both boys and girls. Familiar teams topped the scoring, as R.J.Gray boys (Acton-Boxborough) and Diamond girls (Lexington) each added to their trophy case following prior year triumphs. Taking 2-3 on the boys' side in the 29 team field were Clarke (Lexington) and Quabbin Regional (Barre), with Hale MS (Stow) and Bigelow (Newton) placing 2-3 for girls among 30 teams.

Top times across the day were turned in by Keara Westover (Newton Country Day School) and Brandon Hall (Hopedale MS). The meet saw 1745 finishers.

Results

 

Jennifer Bergman wins the 2013 Mayor's Cup Cross Country race. (Photo by Scott Mason)
Jennifer Bergman wins the 2013 Mayor's Cup Cross Country race.
Photo by Scott Mason

MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY
October 27, 2013, Boston

Cameron Bean (ZAP Fitness/Blowing Rock NC) and Jennifer Bergman (Mizuno-DC) took home the silver bowls as winners at the 22nd Mayor's Cup Cross Country races on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston. Sun, temperatures in the 50's, and light breezes made for a real New England cross country day.

Bergman outlegged Sarah Groff (New York AC) by 3 seconds, winning in 17:10, as top New England runner Jillian King (New Balance Boston) took bronze in 17:18. The championship races were USATF-NE GP events, the fourth event on the 2013 circuit.

Bean held off three challengers down the finish stretch, but a wrong turn on lap three by the front of the field marred the competitiveness of the top end and contributed to slower times; the race order of finish results will stand.

Winners of the "Squires Cup" team bowls were Central Park TC-New Balance women and Bryn Mawr Running Company men.

The NE Masters Grand Prix scoring came from the all-runners Franklin Park 5K. After overall winner Jacob Shoemaker (15:38), Chris MagillGreg Putnam (CMS) for the top 40+ position, both timed in 16:45. Jennifer Rapaport (Somerville RR) led the Women's Masters home (19:40). Results will be dissected for masters GP individual and team points.

390 youths completed the 1.1 mile course in the 3 age group races, the largest ever number of youth in the event, indicating a healthy growing interest in cross country.

Results.

 

BAER THIRD AT NATIONAL 50 MILE
October 21, 2013

Jason Baer (Green Mountain AA / South Burlington VT) took the bronze medal at the USA 50 Mile Championship held at the Tussey Mountainback 50 in Boalsburg PA on October 20. Baer covered the distance in 6:31:01; winner Matt Flaherty of Bloomington IN ran 5:28:11.

Results.

 

BUSY WEEKEND OF RUNNING ACTION LOCALLY TUFTS 10K, WAYLAND XC, BAA HALF, NE COLLEGE XC
October 11-14, 2013

A busy weekend of running in the association closed up with the 37th Tufts 10K for Women in Boston, the USATF Club Team National Championship. Ideal conditions helped the results show the deepest field in many years. Team USA Arizona won the National Club title a head of Boulder Running Company/adidas, with New Balance Boston top NE club in fifth among 15 scoring teams. Race winner Sentayehu Ejigu, an Olympian from Ethiopia, clocked an event record 31:33, bettering Anne Hannam's 31:38 set in 1988; top new Englander was Katie DiCamilo of Providence, 22nd in 34:05.

On Sunday, Sean Duncan of Western Mass Distance Project and Sydney Fitzpatrick (New Balance Boston) were winners at the Wayland (MA) XC Festival, race 2 in the 2013 NE XC GP. Duncan has two wins and a second in three GP events. Open team winners were Greater Boston TC men and Millennium Running women. Results.

Also on Sunday, the B.A.A.Half Marathon saw 2013 Boston Marathon victor Lelisa Desisa return to win at half the distance in 1:00:34, and Kim Smith of Providence won both the women's race and the overall "Distance Medley" scored from the BAA 5K, 10K, and Half. New resident in the association, multi-time NCAA champion Samuel Chelanga, now living in West Lebanon NH and training under Mark Coogan, was top local runner taking a strong fourth in 1:01:04. baa.org.

Friday's 100th running of the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park found Central Connecticut men and U.New Hampshire women at the top of the rankings. Sophomore Mike Biwott (American International) repeated as men's winner, and junior Rosa Moriello (Boston University) led the women's field. neicaaa.org.

 

SEAN DUNCAN - SEPTEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
October 7, 2013

Sean Duncan of Western Mass Distance Project and Gardner MA is the USATF - New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2013. The distance runner had a full month of quality performances, highlighted by a win in the New England 10K Road Championship at the Lone Gull 10K on September 15 with one of the association's fastest times for the distance this year, 30:50. The previous week, he'd won the WMDP Cross Country Festival 8K, the second race on the 2013 USATF NE Cros Country GP, by 29 seconds. He closed out the month with a eighth place finish at the Nahant 30K, the NE title race, which clinched his victory in the 2013 Road Race Grand Prix.
Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

PIERS WINS USA MASTERS MARATHON TITLE
RITCHIE SIXTH IN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

October 6, Minneapolis MN

Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC) won the USA Masters Marathon Championship held with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minnesota on Sunday. Piers ran 2:38:35 to win the 40+ title, and finished eighth overall in the women's field; leading the finishers was Annie Bersagel in 2:30:52.
The Twin Cities race also hosted the USA Open Championship for the distance, and Tim Ritchie (B.A.A.) placed sixth in a huge personal best of 2:14:49, just 1:39 behind winner Nicholas Arciniaga (2:13:11).

 

 Cheryl Cleary at the USATF-NE 30K Championship in Nahant MA. (photo: Tom Dederian)
Cheryl Cleary at the USATF-NE 30K Championship in Nahant MA.
Photo: Tom Dederian

VASSALLO, CLEARY LEAVE COMPETITION IN FOG AT 30K
September 29, Nahant MA

Central Mass Striders runners Dan Vassallo (CMS) and Cheryl Cleary led the pack at Sunday's USATF-NE 30K Championship in Nahant MA. The field started in thick morning fog which burned off for a scenic finish along Nahant Beach. There were more than double the 2012 entry list, with about 70% representing New England member clubs.

Always part of the lead group, Vassallo gradually dropped challengers through the first 20K of the race and won in 1:40:39, 13 seconds up on defending race champ Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway). The women's competition was more about individual challenges vs a lead pack, with Clearly winning her first New England title in 2:01:04, 1:40 ahead of Nicole Casey (RUN). Whereas only three runners were under two hours in the 2012 race, this year's results found 55 finishers under that time.

Age division 10 year winners were Jason Porter (40+, CMS), Martin Tighe (50+, CMS), Marshall Randolph (60+, CSU), and Denny Leblanc (70+, GLRR) among men, and Christin Doneski (40+, WRT), Nancy Corsaro (50+,WRT), and Vicki Miller (60+, Winners Circle) for women, as a number of division leaders clinched their season victory here.

It's been well over a decade since a NE championship longer than 10 miles has been held after September 1, and there were satisfying numbers in the team standings with 3 runners scoring in every age division. Titles were won by B.A.A. (Women open, Men 40+), Central Mass Striders (Men Open), Whirlaway (Women 40+ and 50+, Men 50+), Gate City Striders (Women 60+), and Cambridge Sports Union (Men 60+)

RESULTS.

 

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

September 22, Waltham MA

Six new members were elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held on Sunday. After general remarks and reports elections and By-Law changes took most of the meeting time following the Athlete of the Month presentations.

Sports chairs and athlete rep positions only were up for voting, as officers are in the middle of two year terms. Several vacancies and individuals choosing to not serve again brought six new individuals onto the board. Alison Wade (Unattached) will serve as Track & Field chair, and Alex Ivanov (Nitehawks Sports Club/Acton MA) is the new Youth Athletics Chair. Brennan Bonner (Greater Boston TC) and Larissa Park (Somerville Road Runners) were elected as Men's and Women's Long Distance Running Chairs, respectively, with Lisa Doucett moving from Women's chair to Masters LDR chair. Continuing in their positions are Jason Cakouros (Cross Country), Paul Kirsch (Mountain/Ultra/Trail), Justin Kuo (Race Walking), and Mike Travers (Masters Track and Field).

. Returning Athletes Representative Jason Ayr will be joined by Eric Ashe (Boston Athletic Association) and Amanda Wright (Sisu Project).
The lone By-Law change proposal passed unanimously, and a slate of individuals was selected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in December.

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

 

Lone Gull 10K. (Photo: USATF-NE)
Lone Gull 10K
Photo: USATF-NE

DUNCAN, REILLY FLY TO 10K TITLES
September 15, 2013

Sean Duncan (Western Mass. Distance Project) and Stephanie Reilly(Team RUN) were winners at the Lone Gull 10K, the 2013 USATF New England Championship event, in Gloucester MA on Sunday. As was the case the last time Lone Gull was the championship, results were among the highest quality in the New England states at 10K.

Duncan, who won the WMDP Cross Country event the previous week, led from mile 2 on and finished in 30:50 but was never fully alone, as Nick Karwoski (Whirlaway - 30:57) and Nate Jenkins (CMS - 31:11) remained within striking distance most of the course. Reilly took her fourth win in five 2013 championship outings in 34:59, a minute and a half up on Jess Minty of New Balance Boston at 36:28. Masters winners were Binney Mitchell (GMAA, 25th, 32:56) and Christin Doneski, with another overall top 10 finish (WRT, 8th, 37:05).

In the strong team competition, Central Mass Striders won both the open and masters men's scoring, with Whirlaway, Cambridge Sports Union, and North Shore Striders winning 50+, 60+, and 70+. Women's open team New Balance Boston, had the day's largest margin of over 8 minutes; Whirlaway won 40+ and 50+, and North Shore Striders topped the 60+ clubs.

Duncan and Reilly now both have commanding leads in the series' individual standings. The sixth race in the circuit, the Nahant (MA) 30K, runs on September 29, and the series closes with the City of Manchester Marathon on November 3. Entry and series scoring at usatfne.org/gp.

 

Western Mass Distance Program XC Meet. (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Western Mass Distance Program XC Meet
Photo: Tom Derderian

ROCCO, DUNCAN WIN XC IN WESTFIELD
September 8, 2013

Alyse Rocco(Greater Boston TC) and Sean Duncan (Western Mass. Distance Project) were winners at the Western Mass. Distance Project Cross Country meet in Westfield on Sunday. The race was the second event in the 2013 USATF-NE XC Grand Prix. Rocco won by 31 seconds over Julie McGilpin, while Duncan had a 29 second margin over teammate Kevin Quadrozzi on the standard 5K and 8K courses, respectively, at Stanley Park.

Host WMDP beat GBTC 25-34 in the women's race and also won the masters team scoring. The men's race found WMDP (30), GBTC (34), and HFC Striders (66) going 1-2-3, with HFC having the top 40+ squad. Results

Race 3 in the series is October 13 at the Wayland (MA) XC Festival.

 

AUGUST ATHLETE OF THE MONTH - JOE BENOIT
September 6, 2013

Joe Benoit of Twilight Throwers is USATF - New England's Athlete of the Month for August 2013. On August 4 at the U.S. Masters Throws Championships in Lisle, Illinois, the 55 year old won the 25 lb. weight throw with an American age group record toss of 19.01 meters (62' 4 1/2"). Joe also took first in the 56 lb. superweight at 9.71 meters (31' 10 1/4"). On August 25, at the Ontario Masters Athletic Festival, Joe extended his American record in the 25 lb weight throw with a mark of 19.10 (62' 8"), and he also topped his previous best in the 56 lb. superweight throw with a toss of 10.04 (32' 11 1/4"). This throw leads the national rankings in his age group for 2013 by nearly 5 feet.

Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

NE MOUNTAIN RUNNING CIRCUIT DOCUMENTARY
September 4, 2013

This past summer, Documentary Filmmaker Ian MacLellan followed several USATF-New England members through the six series race USATF-NE Mountain Circuit. The full 13 minute video, "Trail Clubs Sharply", was just posted online and can be found at vimeo.com.

 

LOCALS IN WEEKEND CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 31-September 2, 2013

At the USA 20K Championship held with the Stratton-Faxon New Haven Road Race in New Haven CT on Labor day, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston) placed fourth in a tight women's field. Her 1:10:51 was just 54 seconds behind winner Meghan Peyton of Minnesota. On the men's side, Tim Ritchie (BAA) was eighth in 1:02:05 behind Oregon's Matt Tegenkamp, who clocked 1:00:10.

At the 13th World Masters Mountain Running Championship in the Czech Republic on Sunday, Dave Dunham Francis Burdett (GSH), Tim Van Orden (CMS), and Dave Dunham (CMS) combined for third team M45, just 2 points out of the gold. Individually in the age group, the trio placed 4, 8, and 11 over the approximately 8.6km course with 650 meters of elevation gain. 23 nations were represented with 13 nations taking at least one medal; 117 women and 358 men finished the point-to-point races, nine in all running one after the other.

 

BOSTON MARATHON REGISTRATION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9
August 29, 2013

Registration for the 2014 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 and will mark the 29th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial Services as its principal sponsor.

The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used in the 2012 and 2013 Marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first on a rolling schedule. The 2014 race has the same qualifying standards used for the 2013 Boston Marathon, though achieving one’s qualifying standard does not guarantee entry. The qualification window for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on September 22, 2012. Registration will be held entirely online at www.baa.org.

“The B.A.A. is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “The rolling admission schedule will provide runners with the fastest qualifying times in their age and gender group the ability to have their entry accepted in an orderly and systematic manner. We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past Spring.”

In addition, in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route, the B.A.A. has set the field size for the 2014 Boston Marathon at 36,000 official entrants. Grilk noted, “The B.A.A. offers special thanks and gratitude to the town, city and state officials for the cooperation and allowances needed to conduct a special race of this size and scope."

The B.A.A. will make an announcement if the field size limit is reached prior to the conclusion of the registration period. Looking ahead, registration dates for the 2015 Boston Marathon have not yet been announced. The qualifying standards for 2015 are the same as the qualifying standards for 2013 and 2014. The 2015 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015.

For more information on the registration process and qualifying times, please visit www.baa.org.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS END IN MOSCOW: HUDDLE 6TH
August 18, 2013

Molly Huddle (Providence RI / Saucony) placed sixth in the women’s 5,000 meter finals at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow Saturday. Recording a time of 15:05.23, she achieved the best finish place ever in the event at the Worlds by an American woman. Two time Olympic champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia, a frequent competitor at Boston's New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet, won her second World 5000 title in 14:50.19, and USA teammate Shannon Rowbury finished seventh in 15:06.10.

Detailed reports and results of all events can be found at iaaf.org

 

2013 USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 22
August 12, 2013

The Annual Meeting of USATF New England will take place on Sunday, September 22 at the Westin Waltham Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham MA 02451 at I-95 Exit 27-A.

Athlete of the Month presentations start at 4:00 p.m. and the business meeting begins at 5 p.m. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 age 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.

There will be elections for sports chairs and athlete reps (board officers are in the middle of a two year term). Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office. Reports on 2013 and future projects will be presented and the selection process for the 2014 Road Race Championship Grand Prix will be discussed. One change to the association bylaws will be presented for vote, and delegates to the national meeting will be selected.

The full meeting agenda and positions open for election will be posted by August 23 at USATF-NE board page.

 

Bob Cedrone spins the 98 pound weight. (Photo: Gary Dixon)
Bob Cedrone spins the 98 pound weight.
Photo: Gary Dixon

MASTERS THROWERS TAKE HEAVY MEDALS
August 3-4, Lisle IL

USATF New England throwers threw their weights around and returned from the USA Masters Throws Championships with a variety of medals. In the throws pentathlon (shot, weight, hammer, discus, javelin), Mary Roman (Mass Velocity) won in the W75 age division, Ron McConnell(Vergennes VT) won M50 and Tim Morse (Twilight Throwers/Hingham MA) was 3rd M55.

The Superweight results found Roman and McConnell winning second golds, and Twilight Throwers sweeping the M55 division, Joseph BenoitBob Cedrone (Stoughton MA), and Morse going 1-2-3. The final event of the the weekend, the Ultra Weight Pentathlon - those are _really_ heavy implements - gave Roman a third win, Kevin Gleason (Twilight Throwers/Lowell MA) and McConnell medaling at 2-3 in M50, and Benoit, Cedrone, and George Castelliproducing another Twilight sweep.

Find all the implement weights and distances thrown at the Results page.

 

(Photo: Carlene Vaitones)
Photo: Carlene Vaitones

TOP JUNIOR WALKERS COMPETE IN BOSTON
August 4, Boston MA

USATF New England and the New England Walkers hosted the 25th annual USA vs Canada Junior Race Walk Match at East Boston Park on August 4. The longest continuously contested national team match for both countries, the US won both the men's and women's team titles. Though no association athletes qualified for the 5 walker USA teams, several local club walkers were able to experience the international event by racing as guest competitors.

Complete RESULTS and photos on the USATF-NE walk page.



 

Christin Doneski is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month (Photo: www.scottmasonphoto.com)
Christin Doneski is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month
Photo: www.scottmasonphoto.com

DONESKI IS JULY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
August 4

Christin Doneski of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for July 2013.

During the month, the member of Whirlaway Racing Team secured wins in both the masters (age 40+) and overall divisions of the USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit with locally leading placings in the final two circuit races. At the Loon Mountain race in Lincoln NH on July 7, Doneski was the overall and masters women's winner in a record time for the 40+ division. Two weeks later at the Cranmore Hill Run in North Conway, NH on July 21, which served as both the U.S. Mountain Running Championships and the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean) Championships, she had another strong outing. Against a national field, she was first New England finisher, second in the 40+ division, and 12th overall in the women's race. She closed the month on July 27 by placing first master and 7th overall at the USATF-New England 5 Mile Championship run held at the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile, leading her team to the 40+ win.

See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

Clare Martin medalled in the 1500m at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. (Photo: Emily Martin)
Clare Martin medalled in the 1500m at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships.
Photo: Emily Martin

MANY NEW ENGLAND MEDALISTS AT NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET
July 23-28, Greensboro NC

New England youth won fourteen medals at the USA Junior Olympic National Championship last week. Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) won three medals in the 15-16 division - heptathlon 1st, 4698 points; javelin, 2nd 149-5; high jump 4th 5'5". Alva Hicks(Providence RI) had two medal placings in the15-16 division - hammer, 2nd 160'2"; discus, 8th 117'4".

In field events, Owen Russell(Attleboro MA) was third in the 15-16 hammer, 175'9", TJ Noonan (Waltham TC) was third in the 17-18 javelin at 182-1, and Brooke Kane (Granite State Flash) was fourth in the 11-12 high jump at 4-11.

On the track, Maxwell DiMuccio(Sentinel Strider) was fifth in the 11-12 3000 10:19.11; Caroline Fischer(Granite State Flash) was fifth in the 11-12 1500 4:59.64; Gabrielle Vandendries(Waltham TC) was seventh in the 13-14 3000, 10:45.08; Nolan Allen (Waltham TC) was 7th in the 13-14 3000m race walk, 17:53.80; and Clare Martin (Waltham TC) was eighth in the 13-14 1500 meters, 4:53.06.
Scoring in the combined events was Kyle Faddis (BAA Masconomet), 7th in the 13-14 pentathlon, 2586 points. (With over 200 individual events, we apologize if we've missed anyone).

The 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals will take place in Houston, Texas, July 22-28.

 

Kate Hails (259) was third in the women's race. (Photo: USATF-NE)
Kate Hails (259) was third in the women's race.
Photo: USATF-NE

RITCHIE, REILLY ROLL AT CARVER 5 MILE
July 27, Carver MA

Tim Ritchie (BAA) and Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN) led the field at the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile USATF-NE Championship in Carver MA. The three time championship race had 538 finishers in warm but not oppressive conditions.

The men's race came down to a finish kick, and Ritchie was stronger down the homestretch as his 23:59 was 4 seconds faster than Ruben Sanca(Whirlaway). Depth of finishers gave the B.A.A. the team win by a 1:59 margin over Team RUN. Women's winner Reilly won her third NE Championship of 2013 by almost a minute over the B.A.A.'s Carly Shea (27:48-28:43). New Balance Boston, the only club with two finishers in the top 10, were women's team winners. 115 of the top 135 finishers overall sported club affiliations.

After a masterful performance at the US Mountain Championship a week ago, Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) was first 40+ and 7th overall. Whirlaway swept the 10 year division honors as Maria Servin was top 50+ (3rd over 40), and Karen Durante took the 60+ group. The club won both the 40+ and 50+ team honors as well.

Men's age groupers were led by Binney Mitchell of Green Mountain AA and Burlington VT ran to his first New England Championship masters win. Also top place in their divisions were Mark Reeder (Gr.Lowell RR, 50+), Richard Larsen(Sugarloaf Mt.AC, 60+), and Denny Leblanc (Gr.Lowell RR, 70+). Whirlaway men matched the club's women's 40+ and 50+ team titles, and Cambridge Sports Union won their third straight 60+ trophy.

Full Results are posted online.

Race 5 in the Grand Prix heads to the Massachusetts North Shore in six weeks with the Long Gull 10K in Gloucester on September 15.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS WIN MEDALS AS NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET OPENS IN NC
July 23, Greensboro NC

The USATF Junior Olympic Nationals opened on Monday in steamy conditions in North Carolina, and five New England association athletes earned medals on the first two days of competition. Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) won the gold medal in the 15-16 heptathlon with 4698 points. Other taking medals were Alva Hicks(Providence RI) 2nd, 15-16 hammer, 160'2"; Owen Russell (Attleboro MA), 3rd, 15-16 hammer, 175'9"; Nolan Allen (Arlington MA/Waltham TC) 7th, 13-14 3000m race walk, 17:53.80, and Kyle Faddis (Boxford MA/BAA Masconomet), 7th, 13-14 pentathlon, 2586.

The competition, with over 5000 entrants in age groups from 7-8 through 17-18, continues through Sunday. Follow the results at usatf.org or watch action at www.USATF.tv.

 

Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID) wins the USA Mountain Running Championship atop Cramore Mountain. (Photo: www.joeviger.com)
Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID) wins the USA Mountain Running Championship atop Cramore Mountain.
Photo: www.joeviger.com

MOUNTAIN RUNNING EVENTS CONVERGE AT CRANMORE
July 21, North Conway NH

Sunday's Cranmore Hill welcomed international and local runners to an event that served multiple functions in the national and New England Mountain Running calendar. The event hosted the USA Mountain Running Championship, the annual North American / Central American / Carribean (NACAC) title race (with finish order USA - Canada - Mexico in both men's and women's scoring), the and the races closed the 2013 USATF New England Mountain Circuit. The scoreboard posted 279 finishers in the separate women's and men's races who rolled multiple loops over the roughly 4K loop in a down-and-up format to mimic the 2013 World Mountain Running Championship course.

As the 2013 USA Championship, the race doubled as the USA team selection race, and the top 4 women and 6 men "selected themselves" by finish place for the Worlds in Poland this the fall. Women's race winner Morgan Arritola (Ketchum Idaho) a 2010 Olympian in cross country skiing, ran 42:31 for her two laps, 19 seconds up on Stevie Kremer (Crested Butte CO). USA Olympic marathoner Magdalena Boulet - who noted that this was the toughest race she'd ever run - placed third. An hour after the women's start, the men took to the course. Joe Gray (Renton WA/Club Northwest) won his fifth NACAC title and the US crown, surging up the last uphill to clock 56:23 and besting Zachary Ornelas (Ann Arbor MI) by just 5 seconds, and 2011 World Champion Max King by 22 seconds.

The top New England finishers both sported Whirlaway Racing Team colors, Christin Doneski placing 12th overall, just ahead of NE scorers Kristina Folcik (Northwood NH) and past World Champion Kasie Enman (Huntington VT/BAA) who is returning from maternity leave. Doneski was also 2nd overall in the 40-44 division; other division winners were Jackie Shakar (50+, CSU/Sutton MA) and Elaine Dill (60+, Monson MA). Western Mass Distance Project, with Dawn Roberts, Ashley Krause, and Abby Mahoney in 18-29-20, were team champions. Pacing NE men was Eric MacKnight,11th overall and 10th US in 1:01:14; men's age groupers were topped by Todd Callahan (40+, Beverly MA/Gate City Striders), Paul Bazanchuk (50+, Center Conway NH/CMS), Len Hall (60+, Enfield NH/GCS), and Peter Orni (70+, Ashburnham MA/NMC). Gate City beat CMS for the team win by just 3 seconds.

Over 80 runners earned Mountain Goat status - running the full 5 race mountain circuit and earning a guaranteed entry into the 2014 Mount Washington Road Race. Full Results here with circuit final scoring to be posted this week at the Mountain/Trail page.

 

MEREDITH NELSON PASSES
July 19, East Greenwich RI

Meredith Nelson, a fixture in Rhode Island's road running scene for 40 years, died suddenly on Friday at age 69. Her career was as an elementary school teacher in the Warwick RI Public School system, though she was known in the sport for her work in road race management. She founded Organization Plus Road Race Managment Services, both managing and timing events, but also spent much time advising new events of all sizes in the Ocean State and supporting local runners, helping make the state's road running scene one of the most active in the country many years before the current running "boom". She helped set the standard in New England for quality road race results in days before computers and chips. Merri had also served as a member of the USATF New England registration committee s in the organization's formulative years in the early 1980's.

 

2013 National Masters Outdoor Championship, Olathe, KS (Photo: Chris McConnell)
2013 National Masters Outdoor Championship, Olathe, KS
Photo: Chris McConnell

NEW ENGLAND ATHLETES TAKE WINS AT NATIONAL MASTERS TF CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 11-14, Olathe KS

The USA National Masters Track & Field Championships ran in Olathe, Kansas for the first time, and many local masters headed west for the four days of competition. The meet was a few weeks earlier than usual, but that didn't keep competitors from being in peak form.

Leading the gold rush for New Englanders, as usual in recent years, was Flo Meiler (79, Shelburne VT/Mass Velocity) who brought home a basket of medals in the W75 division - pole vault 6-0; long jump 8-9.5; 80m hurdles, 21.70; 200m hurdles 52.03; discus 64-5; and pentathlon 3434.

Katrina Geurkink (Hanover NH/Thor's Stone AC) had four wins in the W50 division throws; hammer 113-0, shot put 36-4.75, weight 35-6, and discus 104-4. A pair of women had two wins; Mary Roman (Norwalk CT/Mass Velocity), W75 hammer 76-3 and weight 33-6 and Barbara Jordan (So.Burlington VT/Mass Velocity) W75 100 17.75 and triple jump 19-9.

Other Individuals also making the top step of the podium were Rebecca Connolly(Wilmington MA/Mass Velocity) W45 pentathlon 2643; Buzz Gagne (Concord, NH/Twilight Throwers) M65 javelin 154-8; Warren Graff (Merrimack MA/Mass Velocity) M65 300 hurdles, 54.93; Jerry LeVasseur (Brunswick ME/NE 65+ RC), M75 10,000 m 1:03:53.86; Tim Morse (Hingham MA/Twilight Throwers) M55 weight throw, 55-11; and Carl Wallin (Lebanon, NH/Thor's Stone), M70 shot put 44-3.25.

Mass Velocity Track Club finished fourth in the team scoring, as 120 clubs were represented. Check the Full Results from the meet.

 

REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS A QUALITY EVENT
July 5-6-7, New York City

Competing on the same stage that world class competition has set world records on, youth from New England and five other associations had three days of spirited competition at Icahn Stadium in New York City at the USATF Region I Junior Olympics. A new schedule went off well, and despite the sun and heat, the stadium and neighboring structures provided adequate shaded for participants and spectators. The host New York association presented a well run event for well over 1500 youth.

The New England association had large participation and produced a representative share of champions and medal winners. Those finishing in the top 5 (top 2 in combined events) are eligible to advance to the National meet July 22-28 in Greensboro North Carolina.

Check the Complete Results from the weekend. The Region I meet is scheduled for New England in July 2014.

 

NIEMIEC IS JUNE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
June 7

Alex Niemiec, a senior at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for June 2013. On June 8 at the New England High School Track & Field Championships in New Britain Connecticut, Niemiec won the long jump with a distance of 24'11", breaking a 21 year old meet record and bettering second place by 1'7". Just 5'7" tall, Alex also placed third in the high jump at the New Englands at 6'6" and has a season best of 6'8".

Niemiec also won those two events (high jump/long jump) at the Massachusetts State Meet on June 1. The freshman-to-be at Springfield College was also named Massachusetts Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year during the month.

See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

 Lisa Wilson (GBTC) took the shot put, discus and hammer throw titles at the USATF Club Nationals. (Photo: Tom Dederian)
Lisa Wilson (GBTC) took the shot put, discus and hammer throw titles at the USATF Club Nationals.
Photo: Tom Derderian

WILSON WINS 3 EVENTS AT CLUB NATIONALS
June 28-29, New York City

Lisa Wilson (Greater Boston TC) won three throwing events at the USATF Club Nationals, helping her club to a fourth place finish in the USA National Club Championship held at Icahn Stadium in New York. The UMass alumna took the shot put (13.88m), discus (46.59m) and hammer (55.81m) for 30 of the club's 85 points. The meet was won by Central Park Track Club (216.5) followed by Norfolk Real Deal (VA) in 153. The only other women's winner from New England was Hope Rathnam (GBTC) in the steeplechase, 11:46.00.

In the men's results, Andre Reid(GBTC) was the only winner from the association putting the shot a strong 18.73m/61'5 1/2". Teammate Brian Powlen had the only other NE medal performance, third in the discus at 60.98m. Greater Boston was top New England team in 7th (29 points) behind Garden State TC (277) and Central Park TC (150).

Icahn Stadium is a Class I IAAF Certified facility, one of only 4 in the USA. Complete results are at the USATF website.

 

NE YOUTH PERFORM WELL AT USA WORLD YOUTH TRIALS
June 25-26, Edwardsville IL

Six New England youth - age 16-17 in 2013 - had top 6 placings at the US Trials meet for next month's World Youth Track & Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine. Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) won the 500g javelin in a new meet record 167'10" and placed third in the heptathlon with 4682 points. Adam Kelly(Barrington RI) was third in the 5K hammer 225'3", and fellow Ocean Stater Bianca Donadio (Providence) was sixth in the girls 3K hammer, 162'9". On the track, Maddie Berkson (Providence) was fourth in the 800, 2:09.03, and Garrett O'Toole(Weston MA) finished fifth in the 1500, 4:05.05, while in the long jump, Andre Bolze(Hingham MA) was fifth in the long jump, 22'3 1/2" (and also ran the 200 meter trials). Athletes faced hot weather with several competition times delayed by storms. None of the New Englanders were selected for the USA team, which was through a committee selection based on a combination of place, performance and other criteria.

 

KUO ACCEPTS AWARD FOR BOSTON
June 23, USA National TF, Des Moines IA

Sunday at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, USATF NE board member Justin Kuo, an official at this year's USA Championship, was presented the "GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD" on behalf of the City of Boston by the president of the USA Track & Field Alumni Association, Sharrieffa Barksdale. The award reads

"The USATF Alumni Association presents the 'GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD' to the City of Boston For Your Heroic Acts of Bravery, Personal Courage and Self Sacrifice, while providing protection, aid and comfort to the victims and their families following the tragic events at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Your acts symbolize the spirit and tradition of competition, which is the embodiment of the USATF Alumni Association. We are inspired by your selfless service and commitment to the City by the Citizens of the City.
USA Track & Field Alumni Association.
Champions in sport, Champions for Life.

Justin noted afterward, "I was honored and humbled to accept the award on behalf of all those involved with the 2013 Boston Marathon." For all of us back in New England, thanks, Justin.

 

 Bryant Wang won both the 110 and 400 hurdles (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Bryant Wang won both the 110 and 400 hurdles
Photo: Tom Derderian

OPEN/MASTERS TF CHAMPIONSHIPS TAKES THE HEAT
June 23, Regis College, Weston MA

The USATF-New England Open and Masters Track & Field Championship took place at Regis College on Sunday. Running on the lead-in to this week's heat wave, it drew over 200 open and masters competitors. Greater Boston TC repeated as team champions, edging Dare 2 Dream and New Balance Boston on the men's side, with FAST TRACK and Mass Velocity finishing 2-3 in the women's standings. The Preliminary Results will be finalized on Tuesday.

Next meet on the NE schedule is the MIT Summer Meet 1 on Sunday, June 30 with many events for youth ,open, and masters (no long throws).

 

 Young Women's 400 meter hurdles (Photo: Vera Vaitones)
Young Women's 400 meter hurdles
Photo: Vera Vaitones

JUNIOR OLYMPIC TF - LARGEST EVER!
June 22, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA

A record crowd took part in Saturday's USATF-New England Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship at Fitchburg State University. The 776 entrants was over 150 more than ever before, and both track and field event areas had little quiet time from 9:45 a.m. to 6:30 PM, as more flights and sections were required to service all 6 age divisions. The Fitchburg State facility again proved to be the ideal site for the JO meet; thanks to their staff and the many officials who put in a long day.

All results need to be reviewed before being posted as final, but the Preliminary Results can be found at our website. They will be finalized on Wednesday morning, at which time the top 8 in each event may register at CoachO.com for the Region I JO Championships to be held at Icann Stadium in New York City July 5-7.

Region I Information - Note the format has changed since 2012.

 

RITCHIE FOURTH IN USA HALF MARATHON
June 22, Duluth MN

Tim Ritchie continued his successful road racing season by placing fourth at the USA half marathon championship in Duluth MN on Saturday. The BAA runner ran 1:02:29 and earning $4000 for his effort. Winner Mo Trafeh (Duarte CA) clocked 1:01:17, ahead of 2008 Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi (1:02:22). Read a summary at RunningUSA.org

 

 Women's start at Hollis Fast 5K (photo: Wayne Flannigan)
Women's start at Hollis Fast 5K
Photo: Wayne Flannigan

RITCHIE, JESSEMAN FAST AT NE 5K
June 13, Hollis NH

Tim Ritchie (BAA) and Erica Jesseman(Dirigo) took advantage of the point-to-point downhill course to win New England titles at the Hollis Fast 5K on Thursday evening. The pair ran the second fastest men's (13:48) and women's (15:31) 5K times in New Hampshire road racing history in the rainy conditions.

The race had its largest participation ever, and closed to all but USATF-NE members well in advance of the day; there were 1397 finishers with 22 runners breaking 15:00. Men's team wins went to BAA over Western Mass. Distance Project in the open division, Dirigo RC who got the better of Whirlaway in both M40 and M50, and CSU in M60. Whirlaway women swept the open/40/50 team trophies.

Full race results. Series standings will be posted at the GP pages after verification.

 

FOUR ADDED TO MT.WASHINGTON ROAD RACE HALL OF FAME
June 14, Pinkham Notch NH

Four new members will be inducted into the Mt.Washington Road Race Hall of Fame on the eve of the 53rd running of the 7.6 mile uphill challenge. Runners Jonathan Wyatt, Simon Gutierrez and J'ne Day-Lecore own a significant number of wins and records among them. But just as important an inductee is Bob Teschekwhose 29 year directorship brought the event to a new level and international prominence.

The Hall of Fame began with the 50th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race in 2010.Check out the race history at mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

 

James Randon running the 3000m at the 2013 ISTA League Championships. (Photo: Desiree Sheff)
James Randon running the 3000m at the 2013 ISTA League Championships.
Photo: Desiree Sheff

RANDON IS MAY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
June 7

James Randon, a senior at the Middlesex School in Concord, MA, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for May 2013. On May 23, James ran 4:09.39 in the "Dream Mile" at the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium in New York City. Randon's mark was the 8th all-time Massachusetts scholastic outdoor mile. His successful spring season also included a win in the 1500 meters at the Brown Springtime Open with a time of 3:49.43 (2nd fastest high school time in the US for 2013), the Independent School Championship 3000 meter title in a meet record time of 8:20.80, and New England Prep School Division III championships at 800 and 1500 meters.

See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

NEWBOULD, DONESKI WIN AT BRETTON WOODS
June 2

Whirlaway runners Brandon Newbould and Christin Doneski led 131 runners over about 7 miles of multiple up-and-down trails at Bretton Woods NH on Sunday. Doneski was also top 40+, wtih Jackie Shakar (CSU) and Elaine Dill repeating their 50+/60+ positions from the first two races. Men's age division winners were Todd Callaghan (40+), Len Hall (50+) and John Martin (60+). Facing unseasonable heat, the Mountain/Ultra/Trail committee determined that those who did not finsih will still get participation credit for "Mountain Goat" status.

The third event in the 2013 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit, the fells race was added after the cancellation of this year's Pack Monadnock race. A fells race is unique in having a starting and finish locations, but giving several options to get from beginning to end; a shorter route is likely more difficult that the longer path.

Dave Dunham has posted circuit standings and stats at his blog.

 

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY NEXT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
May 31

For the fifth consecutive year, National Running Day, promoted by Running USA, will help new runners get started, or prompt longer time runners to try a fresh aspect of the sport on Wednesday, June 5.
"National Running Day is a wonderful way to bring people together to promote running and its many benefits. Running USA and its members encourage everybody to invite a friend or group to run on June 5 to celebrate the essence of running," said Ryan Lamppa, Running USA's media director.

For runners looking to use the day to put a new twist on their own running, USATF-NE hosts the third Mini-Meet of the season at M.I.T. in Cambridge MA at 6:30, with low-key events from 100 meters to the mile for ages 6 to 60+ on Steinbrenner Track.

More about National Runing Day and Running USA at RunningUSA.com.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT CONTINUES AT WACHUSETT
May 25, Westminster/Princeton MA

The 2013 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit completed the second race at Mt.Wachusett on Saturday with a new distance and new course. The long used uphill road route and recent rolling loop of pavement and rugged trails gave way to a 10K up-over-the-top-and down route this year.

Whirlaway teammates Eric MacKnight and Brandon Newbould went 1-2 with Jacob Barnett (SRR) taking bronze. Women's results had the top 3 within 22 seconds; Abby Mahoney (WMDP), Kristina Folcik and top master Christin Doneski (Whirlaway). Additional overall division winners: M40+ Todd Callaghan, GCS (7 overall); M50+ Craig Fram, WRT; M60+ Brandon Kowloon (CT); M70+ George Gilder; W50+ Jackie Shakar, CSU; W60+ Elaine Dill. Full Results, and soon-to-be-posted photos by Scott Mason .

Series races run the next two weekends in the build up to Mt.Washington - the new Bretton Woods NH Fells race on June 2 and Mt.Ascutney VT on June 9. Find the links at usatfne.org/trail. Circuit scoring should be posted early this week at the website.

 

FAST TIMES BY MASS. HS MILERS
May 25, New York City

A pair of Massachusetts preps moved high into the all-time state rankings in the mile, running in blustery conditions at the adidas HS Dream Mile held in the adidas Grand Prix meet, an IAAF Diamond League competition, in New York City on Saturday.

Middlesex School (Concord) teammates James Randon (9th) and Garrett O'Toole(14th) ran 4:09.39 and 4:12.12, respectively, Randon's time ranking him 8th all-time Mass. outdoor miler, and O'Toole's mark is in the top 20 after doing pacesetting duties. Finishing second in the race, Connecticut's Henry Wynne (Staples) set a new state record of 4:05.04. Thanks to Larry Newman for the stats.

In the men's 5000, New Hampshire's Ben True ran 13:16.94, just shy of his personal best for the distance. Results, stories, and photos at diamondleague-newyork.com.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC ONLINE ENTRY OPEN
May 21

Online entry is now open for the June 22 USATF-NE Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship meet at Fitchburg State University. Online is the only method of entering, using the CoachO.com system, at usatfregistration.com/meet/entry/ma_usatfyouth02/. Be sure to read the entry rules and restrictions. Entry will be open through midnight, June 19. Both officiating and volunteer help is needed, as the past two years have been the largest NE Junior Olympic meets ever in the association.

 

Dan Harper (BAA) won the NE 10,000m championship at Boston Twilight #2 (Photo: Tom Derderian)
Dan Harper (BAA) won the NE 10,000m championship at Boston Twilight #2
Photo: Tom Derderian

HARPER, WIN NE 10,000M
May 18, Lowell MA

Dan Harper (BAA) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (New Balance Boston) won USATF-NE 10,000 meter championships in races held with New Balance Boston Twilight Meet #2 at U.Mass-Lowell on Saturday night. Harper recorded a commendable 30:25.92 for the overall win, followed by Stephen Polito (NBB, 31:09.96), and Brian Masterson (Dartmouth, 31:17.89). Fitzpatrick clocked 34:17.57 and finished second overall in the women's race, won by Sarah Cummings of NYAC. Larissa Park (Somerville RR) and Melissa Nash (BAA) finished 2-3 in the NE title standings, scoring points for their club. The full USATF-NE Championship meet will be held on Sunday, June 23, at Regis College. Online entry is available at the Track page.

Full 10,000m results, and Twilight Meet 2 complete results

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT OPENS AT SLEEPY HOLLOW
May 5, Huntington VT

The 2013 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit opened on Sunday at the Sleepy Hollow Race in Huntington VT with their largest field ever, 168 finishers. Leading the way in the event, which also served as the USATF-NE Mountain Championship, were Josh Ferenc (BAA) and Christin Doneski (Whirlaway), with the latter also taking Masters honors. Todd Callaghan (Gate City), in fifth, was Men's Masters Champ. Winning in the 50+ division were Ernest Brake (CMS, 10th overall) and Jackie Shakar (CSU), and in the 60+ division, John Martin (CCAC) and Elaine Dill (GSH). AcidoticRACING won both team titles.

Full Results and Photos by Scott Mason (to be posted shortly).

 

The One Fund - Boston 2013

APRIL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH TO BOSTON MARATHON
May 1

The 117th Boston Marathon, held on April 15, is recipient of USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month award for April 2013. This honor is being given to the B.A.A., to all who ran the marathon, to all who assisted with the race in any capacity, to all who participated as spectators, to the first responders and medical personnel in the finishing area, and especially to all who have suffered losses. It is the first time an event has been named as the recipient of the award.

 

James Joyce Ramble M70 team and individual winners, and Jan Holmquist (Photo courtesy of Jan Holmquist)
James Joyce Ramble M70 team and individual winners, and Jan Holmquist.
Photo courtesy of Jan Holmquist

USA MASTERS 10K WINNERS AT JAMES JOYCE RAMBLE
April 28

The 30th unabridged edition of the James Joyce Ramble hosted the 2013 USA Masters 10K on Sunday, and New England association clubs and runners were well represented at the top of the results. Kara Haas(Gr.Lowell/Chelmsford MA) was overall women's winner in 37:51, and Kent Lemme (Gr.Springfield/Pittsfield MA) ran 2nd overall among men at 33:08. Jan Holmquist (68, Liberty AC/Burlington MA) earned the top overall age graded performance in 46:06, with Norm Larson(57, GreenMtAA/Burlington VT) second male age-graded, 35:49.

Local clubs taking team wins included CMS (M40+), Whirlaway (M50+), NE 65+ (M70+), Greater Lowell RR (W40+), and Liberty AC (W60+).

The ideal weather and Dedham's Endicott Estate setting, the separate masters' "wave" start, and the efficient operation were well received by participants, and the race is looking to extend the championship agreement for up to 3 more years.

Results and Photos

 

TOP LOCAL RESULTS FROM BOSTON MARATHON
April 22

In the results of the 2013 Boston Marathon, New England competitors ran to awards in several age division competitions. Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC, Falmouth ME) was second Female Master (and 20th overall) in 2:39:25, 1983 Boston Marathon winner Joan Samuelson (Freeport ME) was first W55 in 2:50:29, and Whirlaway RT's Reno Stirrat (Quincy MA) was second M55 in 2:47:17.

New England clubs won both Open team titles. Men Open was won by the B.A.A.(Tim Ritchie, Ryan McCalmon, Ian Nurse) and Women's Open by Dirigo RC (Sheri Piers, Erica Jesseman, Mary Pardi).

Top finishers from the New England states:
MA: 25.Tim Ritchie (Boston/BAA) 2:21:31; 21.Hilary Dionne (Boston/BAA) 2:39:34
NH: 46.Brandon Newbould (Nottingham/Whirlaway) 2:25:45; 69.Alexandra Varanka (Amherst/NBB) 2:54:35
RI: 181.Jason Reilly, Cumberland, 2:37:27; 99.Karolyn Bowley (Middletown) 2:57:41
VT: 233.Todd Smith (Bristol/GMAA) 2:39:00; 176.Meghan Lout (Bristol/GMAA) 3:02:42
ME: 32.Robert Gomez (Saco/Dirigo) 2:22:53; 20.Sheri Piers (Falmouth/Dirigo) 2:39:25
CT: 59.Joseph Darda, Willamantic, 2:28:03; 84.Laura Brustolon (Mystic/BAA)
Wheelchair: 30.Jason Fowler, Belmont MA, 1:57:01

More results at baa.org. Publication of further results beyond the 17580 official finishers will be addressed by the BAA in the near future.

 

STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT TOM DERDERIAN
April 17

Like nearly everyone touched by the bombings at the finish of the Boston Marathon we are shocked, angered, and sad. We are shocked because we are the governing body of sport, recreation, and essentially, play. People compete in the marathon and follow the race as something aside from the horrors of the world, but are now part of those enormities. We are angry because people have been hurt and murdered for reasons that cannot possibly justify the crimes, and we are sad because of the pain and loss in our community. Most officers and employees of USATF-NE were at the marathon. Some worked as volunteers at the finish line so were quite close to the explosions. Others were racing or watching. We are relieved that none were hurt. At USATF we have held safety in the utmost importance in conducting events when we issue sanctions. As we wish the best recovery to those injured and their families we will spend the coming months thinking hard about how to make our sports the safe and joyous events they are intended to be.
Tom Derderian, president USATF-NE

 

USATF-NE STATEMENT ON MARATHON DAY TRAGEDY
April 16

USATF-New England is saddened by the bombings at the finish of the Boston Marathon, and convey our sympathy and prayers to all affected by the violent acts on Monday. We appreciate the work of and thank the many first responders, volunteers, and event staff and officials whose immediate and selfless efforts assisted injured individuals and maintained an orderly completion of the event. Our organization stands ready to support the work of city of Boston and the BAA marathon as both move forward.

 

NOTES ON MARATHON SITUATION
April 16

Any official announcements from the Boston Athletic Association on any aspects of Monday's events will appear on their Facebook page, TheBostonMarathon.

The support organization for donations organized and supported by the city of Boston, Mayor Menino, the Governor, and John Hancock is onefundboston.org.

 

Middle School race winner Gabrielle Vandendries (Brookline) and second placer Jasmine Tiamfook (Wellesley) are also members of Waltham TC. (Photo: Steve Vaitones)
Middle School race winner Gabrielle Vandendries (Brookline) and second placer Jasmine Tiamfook (Wellesley) are also members of Waltham TC.
(Photo: Steve Vaitones)

CROWDS AND QUALITY AT BAA MARATHON WARMUP EVENTS
April 14

Sunday's "warmup events" for the 117th B.A.A. Boston Marathon included both participation numbers and fast times. In the B.A.A. 5K the men's race came down to a sprint finish for the third straight year. Ethiopian Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel became the first non-US winner in the 5 year history in an event record time of 13:37. The reigning BAA Distance Medley women's champ, New Zealand's Kim Smith out of Providence RI, took her first step toward a repeat with a 16:14 win in the women's division; training partner Molly Huddle took third in 15:28. Over 5300 runners took part in the run.

In the B.A.A. Miles, the pro races over the three lap route were won by 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 1500m Nick Willis (New Zealand, 4:03.3) and Brenda Martinez (California, 4:51.4). The scholastic races featured 2 runners from each town along the marathon route. High school mile victors were Melissa Lodge (Hopkinton) and Gabe Montague (Newton), and middle school kilometer champs were Gabrielle Vandendries (Brookline) and John Lara (Boston). Lots of stories and pictures at baa.org.

 

JAVELIN CLINIC APRIL 16 IN QUINCY MA
April 10

A javelin clinic with former world record holder Tom Petranoff will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. (Mass. school vacation week) at Faxon Field in Quincy MA (146 Coddington St, Quincy MA 02169). Hosted by USATF-NE with the support of the Quincy Track Club, the clinic is for high school age throwers and up of all abilities. The focus will be on basic training skills and technique development.

The fee is $10 per individual, with coaches free if they bring at least one athlete. The info / participant form is available here.

 

The BAA at 125 - Historical volume now available
The BAA at 125 - Historical volume now available.

THE BAA AT 125 - HISTORICAL VOLUME NOW AVAILABLE
April 10, Boston MA

The Boston Athletic Association enjoyed 125 years of sport with a celebration in December of 2012, and now an official history of the organization is available, just in time for the 117th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
"The BAA at 125" by John Hanc covers the background behind the club's founding in 1887, its growth, and the development of one of America's oldest athletic organizations through facts, stories, and photographs in an attractive format. There are several book signings scheduled over Marathon Weekend.

A review of the book can be found at RunBlogRun.com

 

NE RUNNERS IN NATIONAL ROAD RACE ACTION
April 7

Several quality performances were turned in by New England athletes at USA National Road Race Championships last weekend. At the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship with the Cherry Blossom Festival 10 Mile in Washington DC, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston) and Heather Cappello (BAA) placed 6-7 in the championship (13-14 overall) in times of 55:19 and 55:31. Overall winner Caroline Rotich of Kenya ran 52:46 and US Champion, former Tufts 10K winner Janet Bawcom, recorded a US Record for 10 miles for a women's only race in the in the all-women's elite competition with her time of 53:28.

At the US Men's Club Team National 8K run at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, the Greater Boston TC men placed 16th of 25 clubs. Led by Brennan Bonner's 24:52 time, GBTC averaged 25:15 per runner; also scoring in the 4 runner total were Ryan Irwin (25:20), Brian McNamara (25:23) and Chris Kibler (25:25). Hansons-Brooks was overall winner, averaging 23:27 per finisher.

 

BOEMKER PICKED FOR INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS SEMINAR
April 5

USA Track & Field selected USATF-New England Officials certification chair Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI, RI TF Officials Guild) to represent the USA at the Women in World Athletics Seminar hosted by British Athletics in Birmingham, Great Britain, April 12-15. The program, staged in collaboration with UK Sport, European Athletics, and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is part of the British Athletics Officials Conference, and is a unique, interesting, and demanding program designed to develop more women for officials and leadership positions in the sport.

Boemker is a National Technical Official and Master Referee, having served in those capacities at last summer's US Olympic Trials, and at this winter's USA Open and USA Masters indoor Championship meets. She also serves on the USATF Officials Championship Selection Committee.

 

GBTC RUNNERS TRAVEL TO NATIONAL EVENT
April 4

On a grant from USATF-NE, the Greater Boston Track Club men's team will be traveling to Chicago, IL this weekend for the first ever USATF national club team 8 km championship to represent the association. The team members are Brennan Bonner, Brian McMamara, Matt Haringa, Ryan Irwin, and Chris Kibler. The championship has a 28 minute 8km qualifying time. Twenty-six teams are entered. GBTC is the only team from New England and is traveling on a USATF-NE grant awarding them $150 each and will receive lodging from the meet and additional support from their club. Team prize money ranges from $3,000 for first to $1,000 for fifth. The championship is part of the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k taking place on Sunday April 7th in Grant Park, IL. The Hanson's Brooks project won last year's team race and have two teams entered this year.

From the list of teams entered, the Greater Boston team is coming from the greatest distance. No teams appear to be from the south or the west coast. USATF-NE president Tom Derderian says, "We are pleased to support this first-ever national team championships by sending our association team. GBTC is in second place in the NE road race Grand Prix. It is our hope that by doing so we are helping the establishment of a championship that will grow and endure as has the cross-country club championships." The NE team leading the Grand Prix, Western Mass Distance Project, won a travel grant for last year's cross-country." The grant recipients are limited to once every two years. The grant program is described here: NE Grant program.

Race link

 

TRUE IS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH
April 4

Ben True of Hanover, New Hampshire, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for March 2013. On March 10, Ben won the USA 15K Road Championships in the Jacksonville (FL) River Run, running 43:38 for his 4th career USA Road Championship win. On March 24 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, True's 6th place finish led the American team to the silver medal behind Ethiopia. This was the highest U.S. men's team placing at this event since 1984, and highest U.S. individual placing since 1995.

True, who represents Saucony, also earned recognition as USA Track & Field's National Athlete of the Week. He was also New England Athlete of the Month for September 2012. See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT SCHEDULE HAS REPLACEMENT
April 3

The 2013 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit has a change in the schedule. The June 2 Pack Monadnock Race is being replaced due to an inability to get use of Miller State Park for the race. Paul Kirsch, USATF-NE Mountain/Ultra/Trail Chair, has worked with the Bretton Woods Fells Race, which will move to the same date, June 2 - an important decision in selecting Bretton Woods. Fells running is a different twist on mountain racing - runners are given several option to cover the distance between start and finish; the race will be about 5 miles. Details on the course are still being finalized and will be posted on the association website when available.

 

THE BAA AT 125 - HISTORICAL VOLUME NOW AVAILABLE
April 1, Boston MA

The Boston Athletic Association enjoyed 125 years of sport with a celebration in December of 2012, and now an official history of the organization is available starting this month. "The BAA at 125" by John Hanc covers the background behind the club's founding in 1887, its growth, and the development of one of America's oldest athletic organizations through facts, stories, and photographs in an attractive format.

A book launch event will take place on April 10 at Hopkinton High School; it's open to the public but reservations are required - baa125.eventbrite.com - and there are several book signings scheduled over Marathon Weekend.

A review of the book can be found at RunBlogRun.com

 

LOCAL WINNERS AND RECORD SETTERS AT MASTERS TF NATIONALS
March 22-24, Landover MD

Local masters athletes earned records, wins, and medals at the USA Masters National Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Landover, Maryland, over the weekend.

Leading the local medalists were two triple winners; Sarah Lawson (GBTC/Waltham MA) won the W50 60, 200, and 400, with Bill Spencer (NE 65+ RC/Litchfield NH) mining gold in he M75 800, mile, and 3000. Double golds were earned by Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Stoughton MA) in the M55 weight and super weight, and Dennis Melanson (Mass Velocity/Westwood MA) in the M80 60 and 200. Carl Wallin (Thor's Stone/Hanover NH) won the M70 shot put and spun 2 silvers (weight (behind a world record)/super weight). Other individual winners included Katrina Geurkink (W50, Thor's Stone, Weight), Susan Loyd (Mass Velocity, W55, 400), and Mary Roman (W75, Mass Velocity, weight), along with Joseph Benoit (Twilight Throwers, M50, super weight), James Tylock (M50, Patriot PV, pole vault), and Edgar Holmes (Thor's Stone, 75, weight).

Improving his own performance set at the NE Masters meet in January, Antonio Palazzo set the American record M85 in winning the superweight throw (6.14m/20'1").

A record 1,044 entrants ages 30-95+ from 14 countries and 47 states were entered in the championships. More information on the USA Masters Indoor Championships along with complete results can be found at usatf.org. The USA Masters Indoor meet returns to Boston in March of 2014.

 

TRUE LEADS USA TO WORLD CROSS SILVER
March 24, Bydgoszcz Poland

Team USA men ran to their highest place at the World Cross Country Championship since 1984, earning silver medals at the IAAF World event on a wintery course in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday. Leading the charge was Ben True(Hanover NH / Saucony), who placed sixth over the tight six lap circuit that totaled 12 kilometers.

True's placing was the best US finish since 1995 when Todd Williams placed ninth; True is coached by Dartmouth distance mentor Mark Coogan, himself a World XC veteran. Ethiopia won the team gold, and Kenya's Japhet Kipyegon was individual winner.

Capping a successful trip for the USA, the senior women and junior men both placed fourth and the junior women sixth. The Junior men's race had local connections with winner Hagos Gebrihwet (Ethiopia) having won the 3000 at February's New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, and the top US finisher being Maine HS alum Matt McClintock. Check out an interview with Ben True at RunBlogRun.

 

Kevin Johnson (Western Mass Distance Project) won the 2013 New Bedford Half-Marathon.
Kevin Johnson (Western Mass Distance Project) won the 2013 New Bedford Half-Marathon.

DOUBLETAKE - JOHNSON, REILLY WIN NEW BEDFORD 1/2 MARATHON
March 17, New Bedford MA

Kevin Johnson(Western Mass Distance Project) and Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN) both made it two wins in two tries in 2013 USATF-NE Grand Prix race with strong wins at the New Bedford 1/2 Marathon on Sunday. Neither had problems in the cool and slightly breezy conditions in the Whaling City, where a record 3135 completed the course.

Reilly's winning time ensured a women's team win by RUN by 55 seconds over the BAA, and Johnson's margin up front, defeating defending champ Matt Pelletier, gave WMDP enough time to hold off the BAA by 2 minutes. The Unicorn squad did score a victory in the men's M40+ division over Whirlaway, who in turn was top team in M50+, W40+, and W50+. Cambridge Sports Union (M60+) took the final team title.
Top 40+ finishers were Sheri Piers (Dirigo) and Chris Magill (BAA, 2nd overall), 50+ were led by Pete Bottomley (Dirigo) and Maria Servin (Whirlaway), 60+ by Linda Jennings (GTD) and Rich Larsen (Sugarloaf), and M70+ by Harry Carter (BAA).

This was the 36th edition of the race, hosted by the Friendly Sons of St.Patrick on their namesake's day. Full story and results at the newbedfordhalfmarathon.com. The GP series breaks until Thursday, June 13, when the Hollis (NH) Fast 5K hosts the series' third event. GP scoring / standings will be updated on Tuesday.

 

PETTI, BOSWORTH WINNERS IN USATF YOUTH INDOOR NATIONALS
March 9-10, Landover MD

Adam Petti (Sentinel Striders/Raynham MA) and Ben Bosworth (Gr.Boston TC/Boston) won their respective age divisions in the 1500 meters at the USA National Youth Indoor Championships held in Landover Maryland. Petti ran 4:33.35 to win the 15-16 division, and Bosworth won the 17-18 division with a time of 4:16.40. Petti was a double winner, also bringing home a gold in the 3000 meter in 9:38.52. The only other top 3 finish by a New England athlete was a silver by Olivia Thorsgaard (Cambridge Jets/Waban MA) in the 13-14 triple jump - 29'1 1/4".

 

TRUE WINS 15K CHAMPIONSHIP
March 10, Jacksonville FL

Ben True (Hanover NH / Saucony) won his fouth career USA Road Championship on Sunday at the Jacksonville (FL) River Run 15K on Sunday. True's time was 43:38, and the top 5 were witin 8 seconds of each other. Tim Ritchie(BAA/Boston) placed sixth in a personal best 44:01, and New England product Sean Quigley, now in Boulder CO, was fourth, also in a PB.

Top New Englander among women was Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence) in 50:40 (PB). BAA's Heather Cappello was 13th and Sheri Piers (Dirigo/Falmouth ME) was 22nd and first master.

Full story and results at the USA Running Circuit site.

 

D'AGOSTINO, GIBSON, STADLER WIN NCAA TITLES
March 8-9, three sites

Dartmouth junior Abbey D'Agostino (Topsfield MA) won two titles, and Terrence Gibson (Rockland MA/Worcester State) and Chris Stadler (Belmont MA/Haverford) each won a won gold at NCAA Division Indoor Championship meets over the weekend.

At the Division I meet in Arkansas, D'Agostino took the lead with a mile to go and ran to the win in the 5000 meter run in 15:28.11, and returned on Saturday for a win in the 3000. Other local placers in the Division I meet were Katie Matthews (BU, 5000, 5th 15:42.27); Martina Salander (Harvard, Pentathlon, 5th, 4209); Katrina Coogan (Georgetown/Exeter NH) 7th, 3000, 9:11.79 and Distance Medley (anchor), 6th; and Nathan Pierre-Louis (Indiana/Waltham MA), Distance Medley (400m leg), 4th).

In the Division III held in Illinois, Gibson, a Worcester State sophomore, ran his season best at the right time in winning the 60 meter hurdles in 8.04 for the school's first male national champion. A junior at Haverford in Pennsylvania, Stadler led the pack in the 5000 meters with a 14:27.74 clocking, just 4 seconds off his personal best. Silver medalists included Lauren Kuntz (MIT, Pole Vault), Targie Gervais (Westfield St, 60), Ashanta Little (Wheaton, 400), Ryan Wedzgowski (Keene St, mile), and Tufts University (men's distance medley) Earning bronze medals were Addie Tousley (Middlebury, 5000), Tanasia Hoffler (Williams LJ), and Middlebury (women's distance medley). From neighboring Lewiston ME, Bates College senior David Pless won the shot put (60'3") and was 2nd in the weight throw to become a 7 time indoor all-American.

At the Division II nationals in Alabama, there were 11 All-American finishes by New Englanders, the highest being a pair of thirds by Corey Thomas (Stonehill) in the high jump at 6'11 3/4" (also 8th in hurdles) and Starr Nathan (AIC) in the long jump, 19'8 3/4". Other medalists: Michael Biwott, AIC, 5th, 5000; Nick Staley, Stonehill, 5th, high jump; Glarius Rop, AIC, 6th, 5000; Antoinette Toussaint, UMass Lowell, 7th, Pentathlon; Elisabeth Monty, UML, 8th, Hurdles. Also, relay placers were AIC 4th-men's distance medley, and UMass Lowell, 4th-women's 4x400, 5th-men's 4x400, and 5th-men's distance medley.

D'Agostino and Stadler are both alumni of USATF-NE member club Emerging Elite. All championship results can be found at tfrrs.com.

 

JAMES JOYCE RAMBLE TO HOST USA MASTERS 10K CHAMPIONSHIP
March 7, Dedham MA

USA Track & Field has awarded the hosting of the USA Masters 10K Road Race Championship event to the James Joyce Ramble. The event will be part of the 30th annual running of the Ramble on Sunday, April 28, in Dedham MA.

Several issues led to USATF Masters being without a 10K on the schedule, and a bid was submitted. The Ramble's reputation for holding a quality event, having quality fields, and having hosted New England championships led to a unanimous approval of the USATF Masters Long Distance Running committee. It took several weeks of fine tuning the agreement and contract.

There will be a separate online entry process for the championship division of the race. Entry will require USATF membership. $10,000 in masters only prize money will be awarded. A detailed summary of the championship, along with the entry link, will be up at both jjramble.org and usatfne.org by March 12.

We hope all New England clubs with Masters road running components will field teams, as success this year could lead to a multi-year agreement between USATF Masters and the race.

 

ALLEN DOUBLE WINNER AT JUNIOR COLLEGE NATIONALS
March 3, Lubbock TX

Community College of Rhode Island distance runner Robert Allen defended two national titles at the National Junior College Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend. The Cranston Rhode Island native won both the mile (4:15.40) and the 3000 meter (8:32.75) in the meet held at Texas Tech, giving him six national JC titles in his career.

Two other CCRI athletes also competed in the championship; Steven Vazquez (Central Falls RI), 12th, high jump, and Dan Duquette (N.Attleboro MA), 21st, 800.

Read the full story at CCRI Athletics.

 

ALLISON BARWISE IS FEBRUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
March 6

USA Track & Field - New England Athlete of the Month for February 2013 is Boston University senior Allison Barwise. At the New England Intercollegiate Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Boston University on February 22-23, Allison won the pentathlon with 3976 points, breaking a 23 year old championship meet record. Within the pentathlon, she high jumped over 1.84m / 6'0.5" which ranked 9th in the US for the season as of the end of the month. On February 17th, she jumped 1.78m to win the high jump at the USATF-New England Championships held at Harvard, and on February 2, she was fourth in the New Balance Grand Prix.

See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month at USATF-NE awards page.

 

JOE HAGAN APPOINTED NEW MEN'S LDR CHAIR
March 6

Joe Hagan was approved as the new men's LDR chair for USATF-NE to fill a vacancy through September's elections. Joe lives in Reading MA, and is a member of the BAA.

 

USA INDOOR NATIONALS
March 2-3, Alburquerque NM

USA Nationals in New Mexico had several New England representatives in the results. Mary Saxer (NYAC/Boston MA), who trains at MIT, placed third in the pole vault, clearing 15'1". Running at mile high altitude put distance runners at a disadvantage, but Joanna Murphy (New Balance Boston) placed a solid 7th in 9:46.74. NBB teammate Jennifer Hegarty was fourth in the masters invitational 3000 in 11:48.11. Bp.Hendricken RI HS alum Jake Freeman won the men's weight at 77' 1-3/4".

Full results at www.usatf.org.

 

NEEDHAM TC YOUTH MEET NOW OFFICIALLY CANCELLED
February 27, Boston

The Needham TC Northeast Youth Indoor Classic, originally postponed from February 10, is now cancelled. A scheduling issue at Boston University is forcing the cancellation, as there are no other facility options. Full information, including refund policy, is at the club website, www.needhamtrack.org The meet will return to the schedule in 2014.

 

Stephanie Reilly (TEAM RUN) won the 39th Annual Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Road Race in Amherst, MA.
Stephanie Reilly (TEAM RUN) won the 39th Annual Jones Group Realtors 10 Mile Road Race in Amherst, MA.

JOHNSON, REILLY WIN AT AMHERST 10 MILER
February 24, Amherst MA

Kevin Johnson(Western Mass Distance Project) and Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN) were first across the finish in the Jones 10 Miler as the 2013 USATF-NE Grand Prix series. The significant changes from predictions even 4 days out made for a decent race day, as a period of wet snow flakes during the race didn't make the course unrunnable. Most travels out to Amherst were without incident, though some areas of the association did have rough weather that prevented travels.

Johnson, a repeat victor, led a string of 5 WMDP pale blue in the top 11 to secure the team victory over GBTC, while Reilly's win, by close to 4 minutes, gave RUN the needed margin for the team title over Whirlaway. Other team winners went to Whirlaway men's 40+, 50+, and women's 40+, Gate City Striders men 60+, and Cambridge Sports Union women's 50+.

The first lists of GP scoring will be posted on Wednesday.

Next up is the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17. Entry is closinig on March 1; see the race website, www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com.

 

U.CONN TAKES NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE TF TITLES
February 22-23, Boston MA

University of Connecticut swept the men's and women's team titles at the 45th annual New England Intercollegiate Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boston University. The Husky men scored 164.5 points to easily top Rhode Island (97.5) and Northeastern (74), while their women totaled 149.33 points,ahead of Providence (54) and Holy Cross (51.33).

Five women's and two men's individual records were broken; Ada Udaya (New Haven) in the 60 meters at 7.48, Madalayne Smith (UConn) in the 60 hurdles at 8.47, and Ana Groff (UConn) at 1:12.96 in the 500 on the track, with Victoria Flowers (UConn) spinning 69'6.25" to add 9" to her own record in the weight. Allison Barwise (Boston U) won the pentathlon with 3976 points to erase a 23 year old best. On the men's ledger, Cory Duggan (UConn) pushed the pole vault mark up to 17'3", and Trent Baltzell improved the heptathlon mark to 5227 points.

Three relay records turned over this year. The Providence women's distance medley ran 11:30.75 to better Middlebury's year old mark, Connecticut women broke their own 6 year old record in the 4 x 400 at 3:42.41, hile Boston University men broke a venerable 33 year old standard in the 4 x 400 meter relay, clocking 3:09.45 which bettered the 3:10.70 set by a BU squad in 1980. The 2013 time is the second fastest ever run by a New England college team indoors.

The "New Englands" always has a high level of spirit and competition as the season closer for many teams. Full results and history at www.neicaaa.org.

 

10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP - RUNNING, DELAYED START TIME
February 22, Amherst MA

From director Dave Martula as of 9pm on Friday evening:
The 10-miler will be held this Sunday, February 24th. However, the starting time has been changed to 1 PM.
Check the race website, sugarloafmac.org. for any other news.

 

SUNDAY'S 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP STATUS
February 21, Amherst MA

The USATF New England road race Grand Prix is scheduled to open at the Jones Group Realtors 10 Miler on Sunday, but snowstorm predictions may alter the event.

As of Thursday afternoon, the race is on. However, the club will now decide after Saturday at noon as to the race status - delayed, postponed, canceled.

Check the race website, sugarloafmac.org regularly for changes in status. We'll post on this site, on Facebook, and alert club contacts.

 

ARCARO, TEVNAN CARRY WEIGHT IN MASS>
February 20, Boston

Gabriel Arcaro and Elizabeth Tevnan were winners at the third annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw hosted by USATF-NE with the sponsorship of Twilight Throwers. Arcaro (Burlington) threw 58'1.25", the longest throw in meet history. Tevnan (NDA Hingham) won the girls throw in 39'3.75" after placing third in 2012. Nine schools were represented this year, the largest number ever. The meet follows several clinics and competitions this season as part of a grant to develop the event. A similar program with the hammer will take place this spring.

Results at usatfne.org/track.

 

USATF-NE Youth 200 meter event; (FinishLynx photo)
USATF-NE Youth 200 meter event.
(FinishLynx photo)

VACATION YOUTH MEET RESULTS POSTED
February 20, Boston

The annual youth meet at the Reggie grew by a large number with over 220 entrants competing on Wednesday. Full results can be found at usatfne.org/track/.

 

NE HARRIERS HAVE SUCCESS IN IRELAND
February 14-17, Ireland

Four New England cross country runners had successful races in Ireland as part of the annual exchange with the Ras na hEireann. Mary Kate Champagne (New Balance Boston), Eric Ashe (BAA), and Sam Alexander (BAA) earned trips through their finish in the 2012 USATF New England Cross Country championships, while Joan Bohlke won the 2012 Tour de Patrick series last spring.

The crew shook off jet lag in the Armagh Road Race on February 14, a day after landing on the Emerald Isle. The multi-lap event through the city (3K women, 5K men) had Ashe and Alexander at 10th (14:21) and 17th (14:32) in a race that found the top18 within 25 seconds, with Champagne and Bohlke 5th and 17th (in a race won by Providence College alum Mary Cullen).

On Sunday at the Ras na hEireann International Cross race at the historic Battle of the Boyne site, Champagne and Bohlke took gold and bronze in the women's race, with Ashe and Alexander third and fourth in the men's field

The exchange has been coordinated with Rhode Island's Charlie Breagy, director of the CVS/Downtown 5K and other major Rhode Island races; Charlie grew up representing Dunleer AC and is still a member of that club which hosts the Ras. More details on both races at rasnaheireann.com.

 

GBTC, NBB WIN INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 17, Boston MA

Greater Boston TC men and New Balance Boston women were team champions at Sunday's USATF NE Track & Field Indoor Championship held at Harvard on Sunday. The overwhelming majority of the 650+ entrants made it through the snowstorm to take advantage of the quality facility.

There were two performances that bettered the USA National Meet qualifying standards; sprinter Shelby Walton (unattached, Boston) won the 60 meters in 7.62, and Joanna Murphy (New Balance Boston) raced most of the 3000 by herself to close in 9:18.57. Murphy was the sole competitor to earn the available travel bonus to USA Nationals in 2 weeks.

The meet also closed the indoor season Grand Prix competition, with middle distance runners Caitlin Malloy (New Balance Boston) and David Chorney (BAA) taking those prizes. At the meet, Chorney anchored the winning Distance Medley Relay.

The full results, pending updates and corrections, are found at usatfne.org/track/.

 

NEW ENGLAND INDOOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY
February 12, Boston

The USATF-NE Indoor Championship meet runs at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday with a full schedule of events. Most events are open, but there are some entry standards. Several masters only events are on the schedule.

Entry at this point is online only, and closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 14; there is no day of event entry. There is up to $6200 in performance based prize money, and a social follows the meet at John Harvard's in Cambridge. The meet entry, online link, and prize money and social information/links are all at the track page.

 

WEEKEND TRACK MEETS CANCELLED
February 7, Boston

With the major storm bearing down on New England this weekend, two large local track and field meets have been cancelled. The two day Boston University Valentine Invitational, a major national event set for Friday and Saturday February 8-9 is cancelled with no make-up date.

The Needham Track Club Youth Meet set for Sunday, February 10, is also cancelled. The club is looking at alternative dates later in the season. The USATF NE website will announce any changes. Also see needhamtrack.org.

The MIT Coed Invitational Meet II, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9 has been cancelled.

The Tufts meet has been postponed to Sunday.

The Reggie Lewis Center is closed Friday and Saturday.

 

ERIK NEDEAU IS DECEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
February 7

USA Track & Field - New England Athlete of the Month for January 2013 is Erik Nedeau (New Balance Boston / Belchertown MA). The Amherst College head coach teamed up with Chris Simpson, Scott Weeks, and Mark Gomes (all age 40+) to set a new world masters indoor record in the 4 x 800 meter relay; his anchor leg of 1:58.4 brought the team home in 7:58.12. "Ned" also won the Masters Mile at the Greater Boston TC Invitational on January 20 in 4:21.16, and on Feburary 2, was second in the New Balance Grand Prix masters mile.

See the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month at USATF-NE awards page.

 

NEW BALANCE GP A GREAT SHOW
February 2, Boston

Saturday's New Balance Grand Prix event sold out earlier than any of its 18 years, and fans were treated to a show worthy of a sell out. Part of the 2013 USA Indoor Championship Series and an IAAF international permit meet, a mix of local, national and world stars posted quality marks in the 2 1/2 hours. Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Galen Rupp of Oregon ran the second fastest US time ever at 3000 meters, 7:33.67, chasing a World Junior Record performance by Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) in 7:32.87, Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr of New York cleared the season's best height in the world in the pole vault at 15' 7 1/4" with two attempts following at the world record, and scholastic phenom Mary Cain of New York ran turned in a new HS record for 2 miles, 9:38.68, good for third overall running with the "big girls". Many other international competitors fill the overall results.

The two scholastic regional challenge relays pitting teams from the New York and Boston areas, were full of lead changes, and even the "warm-up" events that opened the meet got the crowd excited; the Cambridge Jets won their fifth straight youth 4x200 in a come from behind charge on the anchor leg, and the masters mile, won by 45 year old Brad Barton of Utah, had Amherst College coach Erik Nedeau(New Balance Boston) just a second behind in 4:25.82.

Check the results and photos at short interview at newbalanceindoorgrandprix.com.

 

USATF CEO GIVES A FEW VIEWS
January 31, Indianapolis IN

As the indoor season hits its stride, the Running Network asked USATF CEO Max Siegel seven questions about the current season, the year just finished, and activities that USATF is taking on at the national level. Check the short interview with him at RunBlogRun.com.

 

Antonio Palazzo set a US record in the weight; nephew Bob, meet facility director, also competed in the meet. (SV photo)
Antonio Palazzo set a US record in the weight; nephew Bob, meet facility director, also competed in the meet.
(SV photo)

EAST / NE MASTERS MEET PRODUCES RECORDS
January 27, Providence RI

Three pending US masters age group records were set at Sunday's East Region / New England Masters Masters Indoor Championship held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy facility.
The individual record setter was Antonio Palazzo (Twilight Throwers / North Providence RI) in the superweight throw. The 85 year old bettered the existing mark in the 25 lb weight four times in the competition, with his best of 6.68 meters / 21'11" to be submitted for record consideration.

Two relays clocked record times. The men's 4x800 relay 35+, with two runners returning from a record run in New York City on Friday, broke a 9 year old standard set at the 2004 Nationals in Boston. Chris Simpson (Eliot TC), David Cahill(GBTC), Mark Gomes (Miami FL), and Greg Hammett (CMS) teamed to move the baton around in 8:09.65. Simpson and Gomes doubled back from legs on Friday's M40 relay foursome.

To conclude the meet, the women's 2x200 foursome of Sarah Lawson, Diane Pomeroy, Beth Clark, and Latrica Dendy bettered the existing W40+ time for the event by 3 seconds in 1:53.74.

Team scoring had Mass Velocity and Twilight Throwers finishing 1-2 with 24 clubs scoring points. Complete results are found at usatfne.org/track.

 

Mary Kate Champagne took second place at the NCAC XC Championships in Jamica (Photo: Mike Scott)
Mary Kate Champagne took second place at the NCAC XC Championships in Jamica.
(Photo: Mike Scott)

CHAMPAGNE LEADS USA IN XC
January 26, Mandeville, Jamaica

Mary Kate Champagne (New Balance Boston / Providence RI) led Team USA to a second place finish at the North American/Central American/Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Jamaica on Saturday. Selected based on her finish in the USA Fall Cross Country Championship, she responded by turning in the top US performance, and fourth overall - under a second out of the bronze medal. She'll be competing at the Ras na hEireann international cross race in Ireland with several other New England runners on February 17.

NACAC results at RunningEventsJa.com.

 

RUPP RUNS 5TH FASTEST INDOOR MILE EVER AT BU
January 26, Boston

Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000 meters, Galen Rupp of Oregon, ran the fifth fastest indoor mile ever recorded at the Boston University Terrier Classic on Saturday. With a bit of early help from pacesetters, Rupp broke the beam in 3:50.92, over six seconds ahead of Providence College alum David McCarthy (3:57.22), putting him #2 on the US list behind Bernard Lagat's 3:49.89. Five runners in the feature race, plus the winner of the second section, broke the 4:00 barrier, including Northeastern University's Erik Jenkins in fourth (3:58.11). Full meet results at lancertiming.com.

 

LOCALS PART OF WORLD MASTERS RELAY RECORD
January 25, New York City (corrected)

Two New England masters middle distance runners teamed with a native New Englander and a New Yorker to better the world masters 40+ 4 x 800 meter relay at the Armory Track Facility in New York City on Saturday. Eliot TC's Chris Simpson(Somerville MA) and Amherst College coach Erik Nedeau (New Balance Boston / Belchertown MA) passed the stick with Stoughton MA HS and Northeastern U alum Mark Gomes (Miami FL) and regular visitor to the area Scott Weeks (Syracuse Chargers/Cortland NY) in passing the baton around the 3200 meters in 7:58.11, bettering the listed M40 world mark by 9 seconds. A short video and interview can be found at masterstrack.com.

 

OLYMPIAN JOHN THOMAS PASSES
January 15, Brockton MA

Two time Olympic medalist in the high jump, John Thomas, passed away on January 15 in Brockton at age 71. The first man to clear 7 feet in the high jump indoors - accomplishing this at the 1959 Millrose Games while a Boston University freshman - Thomas went on to clear that barrier over 190 times during his career, including a career best of 7'3 1/2" and three outdoor World Records (including once at the New England collegiate championships held at M.I.T.)

His career coincided with the height of the "Cold War" in the early 1960's, and his two Olympic appearances were hyped as battles against another world record holder, Valery Brumel of the USSR. Thomas won a bronze medal as a teenager in 1960 in Rome, and a silver medal in 1964 in Tokyo where he tied the winning height but Brumel had fewer misses. Overall, he was a nine time USA champion.

The Cambridge MA native and long time Brockton resident, who also competed for the B.A.A. and was part of their recent 125th anniversary celebration, was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1985. Among his positions during his professional career, "JT" coached at Governors Academey and Boston University, and served as athletic director at Roxbury Community College.

 

JOHN GRAY PASSES
January 10, Wakefield MA

Long time runner and race walker John Gray passed away on January 10 at the age of 88. A member of the North Medford Club, John competed in the Boston Marathon 34 times with 6 top-35 place finishes. He finished 11th in the 1964 Olympic Trials marathon held in Yonkers NY. He was also an avid race walker, earning many New England championship and national age group medals and writing a book, "Racewalking for Fun and Fitness". A schoolteacher and coach in Massachusetts through much of his life, John closed his career on Cape Cod working as the sports editor of the Cape Codder in Orleans for twelve years.

 

Ruben Sanca and Lindsay Willard accept their Athlete of the Year awards. (Photos by Joe Navas)
Ruben Sanca and Lindsay Willard accept their Athlete of the Year awards.
Photos by Joe Navas

ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNERS FETED ON SATURDAY
January 12, Stoneham MA

USATF New England award winners for 2012 were recognized at the second annual Awards Banquet held in Stoneham MA on Saturday evening. Attended by 145 members, the evening included a buffet dinner, program, and awards.

Athletes of the Year, selected by an online vote, were Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) for the men, and Lindsay Willard (BAA) and Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth) sharing the women's award. Club of the Year was also a tie vote, shared by Western Mass. Distance Project and the Whirlaway Racing Team.

Division winners in the various event Series received an embroidered blue vest with a "2012 Series Winner" designation. Every Association championship event and every event winner were listed in a program that included photos of Athlete of the Year nominees and a color montage of association events from 2012.

Ruben Sanca, New England champion in cross country and at 10K on the roads who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games at 5000 metes for his native Cape Verde, was also the featured speaker for the evening with a presentation and slide/photo display on his experiences getting to and competing in the London Olympics.

Suggestions for next year are welcome as planning and promotion for next year's event will start shortly.

 

MARY KATE CHAMPAGNE IS DECEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
January 7

USA Track & Field - New England Athletes of the Month for December 2012 is Mary Kate Champagne (New Balance Boston/Providence RI). At the USA Cross Country Championship on December 8, she was the first New England runner, placing 14th and leading her New Balance Boston team to third place overall. Champagne won the New England championship on November 18, and was first New England athlete this fall at both the USA 5K and 10K Road Championships.

See the full list of 2012 Athletes of the Month at USATF-NE awards page.

 

USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR VOTING
January 4

Voting is open for the USATF-NE 2012 Male and Female Athlete of the Year, as well as Club of the Year. All 2012 or 2013 members can vote via the link: http://go.usatfne.org/aoy

The winners will be announced at our Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 12; all members are welcome to attend.

Voting is open through January 8th.

 

INTRODUCTION RACE WALKING CLINIC ON SUNDAY
January 3

An Introduction to Race Walking clinic will be held on Sunday, January 6, at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. The hour long introduction to the event will begin at 11:00 a.m. There is no charge for the clinic.

The session will be oriented toward youth through high school, but is open to all ages and abililities. The basics of good technique and training for short distance competitions will be presented. The event is presented by USATF New England with the support of Golden Spikes Track & Field Club.

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