Ocean State AC, Battle Road TC win USATF-NE XC team title; Oakley, Westphal earn individual honors

11/5/2017
 
The Ocean State AC/New Balance men's squad scored 15 points - only the second ttime in 30 years that a team has aced the men's scoring - to win the team title at the 2017 USATF-NE Cross Country Championships held on an unseasonably warm and pleasant day at Franklin Park.   Battle Road TC continued to dominate the women's race results, totaling 24 points for their sixth title in seven years. Greater Boston was 40 points back, with Green Mountain AA placing third. 

The opening race of the day, the men's masters 8K, featured a B.A.A. team also scored 15 points, placing their first seven in the top 9.   Overall and M40 winner Ryan McCalmon just outlegged teammate Pete Hammer, who took the M50 gold in the same time.   John Barbour (GLRR) was first 60+ (30:49), and GMAA's Pete Mitchell was first 70+ (45:00).

Women's winner Liv Westphal (unattached, Brighton MA) ran to her third straight win in 20:21, 8 seconds ahead of Battle Road's Rosie Donegan. The BC alum's trio of winning times have all been within 4 seconds.    Masters women ran with the open on the 6K course, and USA women's W40 champ Ginger Reiner (Craft Concept Racing) had a gap of over a minute on Leslie O'Dell (CMS).  Jennifer Hegarty (W50, 25:21) and Claire McManus (GBTC, 28:34) also earned age divsion medals.

The day's final run featured a sea of blue stripes up front, as OSAC recorded six finishers in the top 10. Oakley's 30:26 put him 11 seconds up on RI rival Hentry Sterling (NE Distance), with Jordan Mann (OSAC) taking bronze.  Battle Road's five scorers each had fewer than 17 points to take a distance second with 54 points. 

The race concluded cross country racing at Franklin Park for the year. Thanks to the crew of quality officials, workers from Boston and Brookline HS XC programs, and Boston Parks for helping USATF-NE present three high quality events at the park this fall.

And what other association championship around the country offered hot pancakes made to order for their championship officials and volunteers?

Full results at  usatfne.org/cross