USATF-NE Past President and current board member Stephen Viegas (Reading MA/Mass Velocity) was named new Massachusetts State Rep for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).
The open track and field season came to a peak at the USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship held at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday. A mix of open, collegiate, scholastic, and masters competitors enjoyed one of the country's top facilities and spirited competition.
Mary Saxer (NYAC/Boston MA) won her first National Indoor title at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Saxer, who trains at MIT, cleared 15'5.5", defeating defending champ Jenn Suhr and qualified for the World Indoor Championships to be held in Poland in March.
In a pair of scholastic development events hosted by USATF New England, four repeat winners took the 2014 gold medals. The competitions were held as part of the USATF-NE February Youth meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. Gabriel Arcaro and Elizabeth Tevnan repeated as champions in the fourth annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw, conducted with the sponsorship of Twilight Throwers. Arcaro (Burlington) threw 62'7.25", resetting his own meet record, and Tevnan (NDA Hingham) won the girls throw in a personal best 42'8". Total participation was the largest ever, with competitors from eight different communities. The meet followed several clinics and competitions as part of a USATF grant to develop the event.
The brakeman in Monday's USA Olympic bronze medal Two Man Bobsled is Steve Langton. A native of Melrose, Langton competed in track at both St.John's Prep in Danvers MA and at Northeastern University, graduating in 2005.
B.A.A. harrier Sam Alexander (Waterford CT) and West Townsend MA native Corey Conner (North Middlesex HS / U.Maine alum) were selected to compete for Team USA at the North American/Central American/Caribbean (NACAC) Championship meet on February 22.
Two world records highlighted the nineteenth edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
Dartmouth College senior Will Geoghegan is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for January 2014...
The USATF East Region and New England Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships had its largest entry list in the four years running at the Providence Career and Technical Academy track complex, and many competitors attending achieved good season marks in the warm and friendly facility on a frigid day outdoors.
The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2014 on Sunday, adding a stellar group to the hall. Athletes selected had stellar Mass. high school careers as well having earned honors beyond graduation. Names going on the recognition wall at the Reggie Lewis Center this year are NCAA all-American distance runner Ari Lambie (The Bromfield School, Harvard) ; Melody Johnson (North Attleboro) still standing 28 year old state shot put record; Joe LeMar(Brockton) middle distance, who went on to a Paralympic gold medal; the national record setting 1979 Brockton 4x440 relay team - Paul Neves, Jim MacKinnon, Mike Suillivan, Dennis Doucette; middle distance runners Andy Powell (Oliver Ames) and Maurica Carlucci Powell (Franklin) now coaches at U.Oregon who were recognized during cross country season, and sprinter Brooks Johnson (Plymouth, 1952) who earned a gold medal in the Pan American Games and has coached an Olympic athlete in every Olympic Games from 1972 through 2012.
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