2018 USATF New England Indoor Championship Recap

Z4phy9UgQiSrHDVOkxIH-A.jpgThe overnight snowstorm proved to be inconsequential, as athletes showed up to Harvard University in full force on Sunday, February 18.  The meet started with Shelby Cuddleback of Greater Boston Track Club winning the 5,000 meters in 17:41.30. While she wanted to be closer to 17 minutes, she explained she put in a good effort and is looking forward to racing a fast 10K in the spring. 

Next up on the track was the 3,000 meter race walk, where Maegan Allen of the New England Walkers took gold in 15:41.25. The sophomore in college says she got into the sport thanks to her brother Nolan. "I was actually a swimmer, and Nolan would come home from track meets with so many medals and trophies from race walking. I didn't get any at swimming, so I decided to try a race, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I've been race walking ever since," she explained. Her brother Nolan raced with her, and placed second in the men's 3,000 meter race walk. Next up for Allen is the World Cup Trials in Philadelphia where she hopes to make Team USA in the 20K race walk.

3zHjViVwReeF0iDjy-y0vg.jpgFormer June 2017 Athlete of the Month Erick Duffy won the men's pole vault, clearing 4.55 meters. While it's not his personal best, he said after a tough couple of months competing, he is just happy to get off the ground. He is looking forward to Harvard University's Heptagonal Conference Championships next weeked at Dartmouth. When asked what his favorite things to do outside of competing are, his friends stated, "eating burritos and listening to Panic! At the Disco." They were also adament that it be known his favorite Spiderman is Tom Hollan and not Toby Maguire.

The most exciting event of the day was the men's mile. William Looney of the Boston Athletic Association and Henry Sterling of NE Distance came down to the final straight away neck and neck. Looney would take the win with 4:09.70, Sterling following closely behind in 4:11.03.

One new meet record was established when Cimran Virdi (MIT PVC) cleared 4.05 meters / 13'3.5" in the women's pole vault. 
Vermont-based Sprinticity repeated a double team win.   They edged Wellesley Youth TF (also last year's runner-up) 25-22 in the women's results (17 scoring teams), and led Boston-North 30-26 in the men's standings (18 teams). 
The Indoor Championship was also the final meet for the Indoor Points Chase. The top seven finishers were recognized at the end of the meet. Stay tuned for a special press release on the finishers.

For a full list of results, please click here.