December 19

With his win in the USATF New England cross country championship, Ayalew Taye is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for November 2006.

The 19 year old Cushing Academy (Ashburnham MA) student, best known for his track prowess in the mile, moved up in distance and became the youngest New England champion in at least 3 decades as a strong kick carried him from third place in the final 400 meters to the win over a more experienced field.

The full November AOM press release and all previous winners can be found at the Awards and Honors Page.



December 9, San Francisco

The B.A.A. women now have three team wins

The B.A.A. women now have three team wins
(Photo courtesy of Mike Scott)

The trip west to Mudstock '06 resulted in gold medals for the Boston Athletic Association as a record field contested the USA Fall National Cross Country Championships in San Francisco on Saturday. Spirited competition and challenging courses were the order of the day as the "Battle by the Bay", hosted with true Asics Aggies fashion, drew a record 60 clubs and 1200 competitors

The Boston Athletic Association emerged from a tight pack at the finish to earn their third team title since 1998 in the women's 6K race. With the top 9 teams within 94 points, coach Michael Pieroni noted that while watching the race finish, it was anyone's guess as to who would top the results, and the Blue ultimately wound up a place better than last year's silver finish. Led by Kasie Enman (7th) and Jule Spolidoro (19th), the Unicorn scored 140, 7 better than Wisconsin Runner RT and 18 up on defending champs See Jane Run.

Rain the night before the championship left the storied course soft and challenging. "It really sapped a lot of their strength", noted B.A.A. women's coach Jeff Staab, " but they ran tough and pulled off a terrific victory. It was great to finish as champions again." The BAA women have been runners-up twice (in 2003 and again last year) and have never finished lower than fourth place. Their victory this year ties the record for most USATF National Club Cross Country Championship titles at three.
New Balance Boston, led by Mayor's Cup 3rd placer Rebecca Donaghue in 4th ( first club runner) and NE champ Erin Dromgoole (13th), tallied 234 points for 9th, with Gr.Boston 20th (549) and Greater Springfield Harriers 27th (817) among 28 teams.

Individual winner in the men's 10K, Matt Downin, a Derry NH product now in Wisconsin, took his second career fall harrier title, having last won when the race was in Boston in 2000. Ian Marcus (GSH/Amherst MA), USATF-NE silver medalists in November and sitting out the collegiate season, led local residents in 24th, with 2006 Grand Prix champ Pat Moulton (BAA/Pelham NH) 34th. The BAA led the local parade in 8th, with GSH 22nd and GBTC 32nd among 42 scorers.

Masters ran separate races with massive fields at the same distances, and New Englanders brought home honors in several divisions. Ken Leinbach recorded a come from behind win in M50-54 division (with 100 runners in that division alone!), as the BAA runner ran down several others in the final sprint, the last one being Tom Ryan (Dirigo RC). Todd Coffin (M45 silver, Dirigo). Dirigo (6th) and Greater Springfield (11th) scored in the 26 squad 40+ standings, and the Harriers were 5th of 9 among 60+ teams.

In the masters women's 6K, top women's placing was by Christine Reaser (Dirigo RC), 7th 40-44, 9th overall, while Gr.Springfield Harriers turned in the only women's team placing, 6th of 12 among the 40+ crowd.

For complete results, go to



December 9, Spokane Washington

David Sinclair of Waitsfield VT took a silver medal in the Youth Boys division

David Sinclair of Waitsfield VT took a silver medal in the Youth Boys division
(Photo courtesy of USATF)

New Hampshire teams returned with medals from the long trip to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Spokane Washington last Saturday. Similar to last year in Rhode Island, bare grass paths wound through snow covered fields as over 2000 runners challenged for 10 division honors.

Individuals and teams qualifying out of 16 regions of the country took to the start, and Nashua PAL bantam girls earned bronze medals in the day's opening race. Led by Molly McCabe (7th), PAL scored 79 points behind SoCal RR and Oregon XC club. Three races later, the Granite State Flash recorded a convincing win in the midget boys (11-12) race. Led by Jack Callopy in 7th (improving from 21st in 2005), the Flash recorded a rare repeat win in the division.

In the Youth Boys (13-14) race, David Sinclair (Waitsfield VT) capped a superb JO season with a silver medal. The Ver Full results are posted at the USATF JO XC Page.


December 9

Besides the two big USATF Championship events, several more title races took place over the weekend. Four New England state runners toed the line at the Footlocker Scholastic XC Finals in San Diego. Junior Sintayehu Taye (Cushing Academy, Ashburnham MA) led the 6 state group in 16th, followed by Ryan Collins ( Mansfield MA), and Donn Cabral(Glastonbury CT) in 21st. In the girls race, Emily Jones from the Bromfield School (Harvard MA) took 25th spot among 40 finalists.

At the European Championships in Italy, New England Championship race winner Mary Cullen, representing her native Ireland, was 14th, and another past NE race winner, Vinny Mulvey, also of Ireland, was 35th in the senior men's race. Providence College runner Aine Hoban (took fourth overall in the women's Under 23 race in leading Great Britain to the team win, and fellow Friar Breffni Twohig (Ireland) was 38th in the junior race.


December 3, Indianapolis

USA Track & Field announced their 2006 awards winners Saturday, recognizing contributions on and off the track, and the New England association had its share of honorees.

The first presentation of the week was a prestigious President's Award to Conventures / Tufts 10K for Women, which celebrated their 30th running this past October. Besides being one of the oldes women's road racs in the world, it has served as the USA championship more often than not, including this past fall.

Race Walking's top athletes received the Captain Ron Zinn Award (senior) and the Henry Laskau Award (junior):

  • Male: Kevin Eastler (Maine)
  • Female: Joanne Dow (NEWalkers / Manchester NH)
  • Junior Male: Mike Kazmierczak (U.Rhode Island)

Masters running awards were dominated by New Englanders:

  • 60-64: Jan Holmquist (MVS / Burlington MA)
  • 65-69: Bill Borla (PR Moose Milers / CT)
  • 70-74: Bill Riley(BAA / Marstons Mills MA)
  • 75-79: Joe Fernandez (Fairhaven MA)
  • 85-89: Louise Rossetti (Somerville RR/Saugus MA), Bill Tribou (CT)

Additionally, 40-44 winner Dennis Simonaitis is a Xaverian HS (Westwood MA) and U.Mass Lowell product.

Among Ultrarunners-of-the-Year, the Masters Male winner is
Dan Verrington (Bradford MA / CMS)

Two individuals, both 2006 New England athlete of the month winners, topped Masters Track presentations:

  • Age 70-74: Mary Harada (Liberty AC / West Newbury MA)
  • Age 90-94: Bob Matteson (NE 65+ / Bennington VT)

Cross Country Running Council gave their top runner award to former New Englander Blake Russell.

Maine President Valeree Foss received the award for service on the association level.

Finally, the Women's LDR Committee Contributor Award, now named for Marja Bakker and given for the first time, went to Irene Herman of the Pacific association in California.

The full list of award winners is at the newly redesigned page.


November 30, Indianapolis

Past USATF-NE president Gary Snyder was elected as chairman of the National USATF Masters Track and Field Committee at the USATF Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday. The Greater Boston TC sprinter (and past president) won on the 2nd round of ballots, emphasizing strong management and proactively working with championship events.

The New England association had among the largest delegations of the 57 USATF associations with 15 individuals representing the region's interest. Details of the five day USATF Annaul Meeting can be found at the fresh USATF website.


November 29

The New England office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 29-December 3, as our staff is attending the USATF national Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Follow the news of the convention at


November 25

Three Massachusetts high school runners qualified for the Footlocker Cross Country Championship finals at the Northeast region qualifying races held at New York's Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday. The top ten in each of the feature races qualified for the National meet to be held in San Diego on December 9.

In the boys' race, Sintayehu Taye (Cushing Academy, Ashburnham MA) ran to second place, just three seconds out of first, while Mass. state champion Ryan Collins (Mansfield) took the final advancer spot, tenth. In the girls race, state champ Emily Jones (Bromfield School, Harvard MA) was ninth.

Besides the championship qualifying race, full slate of events were contested by school year, and the girls freshman race winner was Jenna Davidner from North Easton MA. The complete results of all ten races can be found at the Footlocker Northeast website.


November 23

Track & field legend Lynn Jennings is among the headliners for the National Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 2006. The inductees, announced on Tuesday by USA Track & Field, will be inducted December 2 in conjunction with USATF's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

The 1992 Olympic bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters, Lynn Jennings will always be remembered for her remarkable career in women's cross country. Jennings captured an amazing nine USA cross country titles during a career that was capped off with three consecutive World Cross Country Championships, from 1990 to 1992. A graduate of the Bromfield School in Harvard, Mass., she began her running with the boys' cross country team. She was a national age group champion while running with the Liberty AC, and won the Tufts 10K USA National Championship 10K race several times. A long time resident of Newmarket New Hampshire for over a decade, she is currently living in Portland Oregon.

Other recently retired athlete inductees include Dan O'Brien who won the Olympic gold medal and three world titles in the grueling 10-event decathlon, and Kevin Young, who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the men's 400m hurdles in the world-record time of 46.78 seconds; the mark that still stands and he is the only man in history to crack the 47-second barrier.

Other inductees will include veteran athletes (retired 25+ years) Rex Cawley (hurdler, 1960's), Ben Eastman (1930's, 400/800), Matt McGrath (1908-24, hammer), Bill Nieder (1950's/60's, shot put), and contributor Ollan Cassell (1960's-1990's).

The new National Track & Field Hall of Fame is located at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City, and opened in 2004. There are now four categories in which individuals may be voted into the Hall of Fame: Modern athletes, retired less than 25 years; Veteran athletes, retired more than 25 years or more; Coaches; and Contributors.


November 19

Merrimack Valley Striders added two more of their members to the start list for the US Olympic Marathon Trials, as Molly Taber and Caroline Kondoleonachieved the qualifying standard at last weekend's Philadelphia Marathon. Molly (2:44:43) and Caroline (2:45:21) were 1st and 2nd American women, and 3rd/4th overall in the race. They'll join clubmate Seana Carmean, who bettered the 2:47:00 qualifying time, in the Trials in Boston in April 2008.


November 18-20

Stanford women defend title, Colorado takes men's NCAA crown Local collegiate student-athletes and teams placed well in all three divisions at the NCAA Cross Country Championships this past weekend.
Monday's Division I meet in Indiana found Stanford topping the women's standings, led by Bromfield School (Harvard MA) product Arianna Lambie in fourth place. Lindsey Donaldson (Yale/Lincoln MA) was third overall, and Aine Hoban (Providence) was seventh, with PC the seventh team. In the men's standings, Martin Faganof Providence took fifth in a hard fought battle on the waterlogged course, and his Friar team was ninth.

At the Division II meet in Florida, Nicole Plante of U.Mass.Lowell capped a stellar senior season with a runer-up finish, just 5 seconds out of gold. Stonehill took 17th in the women's race; Stonehill was 10th in the men's competition, and the Skyhawks' Keith Gill was first local in the men's race in 35th, good for All-American status.

In Divison III action in Ohio, Middlebury women took their fourth title in 7 years, defeating local rival Amherst by a point, 144-145, with Tufts in 5th and Williams in 7th; top individual was Amherst's Heather Williams (7th). Men's teams were less successful, with Williams the top New England squad in 7th and and top individual Bowdoin's Archie Abrams in 24th.

All results and summaries are at


November 19

A successful day of running at the USATF Region I cross country championships in Queensbury NY. The top 3 teams and individuals finishing in the top 20 in each race qualified for the Nationals to be held in Spokane WA in three weeks. With 6 associations in Region I, and the strong cross country tradition in the northeast, this is arguably the toughest region to advance from.

Nashua PAL led the parade of New Englanders heading west, winning the team title in four divisions - Bantam Boys and Girls (age 10 and under) and Youth Boys and Girls (13-14). Sentinel Striders scored two team wins (Young Men and Women, age 17-18), and Granite State Flash qualified five teams for Nationals.

Individually, the successes as great. Max LaChance (Nitehawks SC) and Molly McCabe (PAL) matched their New England wins of the previous week in the Bantam Boys and Bantam Girls races, as did Stephen Winn (Midget Boy / Gr.Sttate Flash) and David Sinclair (Waitsfield VT); the latter led a 1-2-3 sweep in the Youth Boys division with David Fernacz and Joe Jourdain of PAL finishing 2-3. Seven other runners ran to a second or third place finish.

Organization and operations by the Adirondack association provided a quality event at an excellent venue for this championship. The results can be found at a link on the cross country page. Information on Nationals is at the USATF web site.


November 17

Pat Tarpy (Providence / Reebok Providence) was picked for Team USA that will compete in the International Chiba (Japan) Ekiden road relay on November 23. Eleven teams including Team USA, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, France and Great Britain will compete in the marathon relay. The relay teams will consist of six legs each, ranging in distance from 5 km to 10 km.

Tarpy, a 2005 graduate of Brown University, recently finished third overall at the B.A.A. Mayor's Cup Cross Country. The two-time All-Ivy League athlete earned his way to Chiba with a tenth place overall finish at the 2006 USA 5 km Championships run at the Downtown 5K in September.


November 13

Despite rain, nearly 400 youth ran the USATF-NE Junior Olympics Cross Country Championship meet at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH. Nine spirited races splashed over the new courses for 2006, with runners earning spots on the starting line for next week's Region I meet. Granite State Flash, Nashua PAL, and Sentinel Striders took the bulk of the team qualifying spots, though participation spanned the full 4 state region.

The results link can be found on the cross country page. Information on next Sunday's Region I meet in Queensbury NY is at the Adirondack Association web site.


November 6, 2006, Waltham MA

The 2007 USATF-NE Grand Prix series will have three new events and four repeaters as the seven Road Race Championships composing the Grand Prix series for next year were selected Monday evening by 80+ USATF-NE member voters at Brandeis University.

Fourteen races submitted bids for next year's series, and three selections came down to a margin of 1 or 2 votes. The series breaks down to three early races and three late races, with no events in June, July, or August (time for track, mountains, trails!). There were no runaway winners and only the marathon was uncontested.

The 2007 schedule:

  • Mar 18 - New Bedford Half-Marathon, New Bedford MA
  • Apr 29 - Groton 10K, Groton MA
  • May 6 - Westford 5K, Westford MA
  • May 19 - Bedford 12K, Bedford NH (wild card)
  • Sept 8 - Ollie 5 Mile, South Boston MA
  • Sept 23 - Apple Harvest 10-Miler, Harvard MA
  • Oct 28 - Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA

Other races submitting bids included the Marine Corps 5K and 10K (Milton MA), Rhody 5K (Lincoln RI), Medical Center 6K (Manchester NH), Union Leader 8K (Manchester NH), James Joyce Ramble 10K (Dedham MA), Newburyport 10 Mile (Newburyport MA). Full info with dates and contacts will be on the grand prix page by the end of the week.


November 5

Ayalew Taye and Mary Cullen won today's USATF-NE cross country championships at Franklin Park. The day featured ideal weather, masters men's, women's and open men's races, and finished with the NCAA Division II National qualifying races.

Taye, a 19 year old who attends Cushing Academy and has been in the country 5 years after his family immigrated from Ethiopia, became the youngest New England champion in decades, as he came from third in the final lap of Playstead Field to sprint to the win. Cullen, the defending champion, is over from her native Ireland, and ran unchallenged to finish in 19:47 which bettered her 2005 time by 19 seconds and ranks in the top 10 all time on the 6K course. Erin Dromgoole placed third to win New England honors. The BAA and New Balance Boston finished 1-2 in both team races.

Mike Payson (Dirigo) moved up a place to win the Masters men's 8K race, with Ken Leinbach (50+), Bill Borla (60+) and Don Murray (70+) taking age group honors. Team gold went to Dirigo RC (40+), Green Mountain AA (50+), and PR Moose Milers (60+).

The masters women, run with the open women were paced by Sheila Mason (GSH, 40+), Lisa Doucett (CSU, 50+), Catherine Farrell (CSU, 60+) and Mary Harada (LAC, 70+). CSU won the 40+ and 50+ women's teams, with Liberty winning 60+

Full results are on the Cross Country page.


Moulton heads men, Robie leads women October 31

Sunday's Cape Cod Marathon brought the 2006 Grand Prix schedule to a close, and with it team and individual honors for the season. Only about half the categories were dependent on the 26.2 miler results, including the open champions. Pat Moulton (BAA) had the men's open division clinched before the race and did not compete, nor did women's open winner, Tammie Robie (Whirlaway) who scored a marathon PR at Chicago a week earlier.

Craig Fram (WRT) only needed the first six races (five wins) to secure the 40+ men's lead. Debbie Barry, though, used her win at Cape Cod to move into the winner's circle for the first time. In the 50+ tier, Reno Stirrat (PRMM) capped the series win with a marathon win (he'd also won the Cape as an open runner) and had the largest margin of victory at 30 points. Women's counterpart Linda Jennigs also won in Falmouth and in doing so passed teammate and last year's winner Karen Deroma in the standings. In the 60+ group, Paul Jensen (GSH) passed Sumner Brown who had led all season. Not running but retaining their leads for division wins were Jan Holmquist (MVS) and men's 70+ champ Bill Riley (BAA).

In the team standings, the Whirlaway men tops both the open and masters men's list after their marathon placings, the masters being seven straight. PR Moose Milers held on to win the 50+ men, but Greater Springfield outran the Moose in Falmouth to put them first among the 60's.
Merrimack Valley Striders women's marathon scorers let them three-peat as open team champions, and repeat as 50+ winners, and Whirlaway broke up a sweep with a masters women team win.

Find all standings at the GP Page.


Falmouth MA, October 29

Shad Miller (Whirlaway Racing Team) and Heidi Westerling (BAA) overcame the challenging course made moreso by winds to take wins the 29th Cape Cod Marathon on Sunday.

The wind situation can be summed up with the anecdote that potable toilets were being blown over, including (at least) one with someone inside, and yeomen's duty by town crews clears sand and water from shore roads. Smart racing paid off more than gambling on a breakaway, and Miller and Kevin Gray (BAA) gradually broke from the pack and took the lead from a breakaway around 19 miles. With 2 to go, it was Miller who first took advantage of the tailwind and ran away to a win in 2:28:14, with Gray second in 2:29:42. Westerling had a far easier time and despite the conditions clicked 2;47:32, just a minute slower thanher Olympic Trials qualifier a year ago. It was the 2nd largest field in race history at 970 finishers.

Divsion winners included Jason Cakouras (GLRR - 40+), Reno Stirrat (PRMM - 50+), Paul Jensen (GSH - 60+), and Stan Vancelette (CMS - 70+), with women's age group wins going to CMS runners Deb Barry (40+) and Linda Jennings (MVS, 50+).

Greater Lowell scored double wins in the men's open and 40+ divisions, and Merrimack Valley Striders matched that in the women's standings.

44 individuals, including winner Miller were presented wtih their hard earned Ironrunner jacket earned by completing all 7 GP championship races. Greater Boston TC won the accompanying Sovereign Bank Marathon Relay in both the men's and women's divisions; 163 teams passed the baton. The results can be found at



If you know of a race that might want to bid to host a 2007 Grand Prix Road Race event, go to the Grand Prix page and download a bid form. They are due back in the office by November 3. The selection meeting is Monday, November 6, at Brandeis University in Waltham MA.


October 28

A new track and field officials association is starting up on Vermont, now giving all four states in the New England assocaition at least one organization to coordinate and train certified officials for the sport.

Coaches Pavel Dvorak and Dave Kerin are getting things roling with two training / certification and pole vault safety clinics later this fall:
- Thursday, November 30, 3:30 p.m at the University of Vermont
- Saturday, December 16, 9:00 a.m. at Middlebury College.
Anyone age 18 and ove who likes to officiate the sort will get USATF certified after attending one of these clinics.

The web site will provide you with more details. Good luck to the group, and if you are from Vermont, we invite you to get involved.


2006 Mayor's Cup

Rebecca Donaghue (214) led much of the Women's Championship 5K, but at the finish the winner was Aziza Aliyli (318).
Photo by Allison Wade.


October 23, Boston

Westchester Track Club of New York swept the championship cups at the Boston Mayor's Cup on Sunday. The premiere open cross country event in the northeast, presented by the B.A.A. and adidas, was held in ideal conditions at historic Franklin Park. Both the men's and women's Championship races were competitive up front until breaks in the final kilometer.

Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance Boston) led through 2 miles, where she was accompanied by the ultimate four other prize winners. Back onto the field, Aziza Aliyli had moved into lead land held off Amy Mortimer to become the second Ethiopian native to win the bowl The men's race was also close up front, as Pat Tarpy (Providence RI) led through four miles. But in the final half mile, Iona grad Stephen Chemleny outran both Tarpy and ace US miler Alan Webb for the win. Both winners led their Westchester Track Club teams to wins in the Squires Cup competition, with the host Boston Athletic Association second in both races.

In the youth races, Waltham Track Club took the team win, aided by five individual medal winners among the three age groups (10 and under, 11-12, 13-14) including race champion Carolyn Ranti in 6:30. The Nitehawks Sports Club had similar success on the boys side with the team win and 4 medalists, among them overall winner John Ellersick at 5:49. The combined 307 youth finishers was the largest in the meet's history.

Results can be found at


October 23, Chicago

Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage) and Brett Ely (BAA) met the qualifying standards for the 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Tials at last weekend's Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon despite cold, wet, and windy conditions.

Pelletier, from Warwick RI, placed 39th in 2:20:26, one second ahead of Pat Moulton (BAA), who had qualified earlier in the year. The BAA duo of Terrance Shea (62nd) and Mark LaRosa (68th) just missed the 2:22:00 standard with times of 2: 22:25 and 2:23:48, respectively. In the women's results, Ely (Cambridge MA) was 36th in 2:46:12, 28 seconds under the mark needed to toe the line in 2008. Teammate Ginger Reiner was 2nd New Englander at 2:49:22 in 50th.

Craig Fram (Whirlaway/Plaistow NH) won the overall masters division in 2:30:56.


Marja Bakker at the 2005 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Pasta dinner.

Marja Bakker at the 2005 Boston Marathon Pre-Race Pasta dinner.
Photo: Justin Kuo

October 16

USATF-NE Past President Marja Bakker passed away over the weekend from complications relatd to a nearly four year battle with cancer. Besides working full time as the administrator for the Boston Athletic Association (where she earlier had served as the first female on their (Board of Governors), Bakker held several positions over the years in the New England association and on the women's national Long Distance Running Committee. She was also a tireless volunter who worked any variety of tasks for all aspects of the sport at our New England based events for years.

Her life and contributions can hardly be described in a single headline; see a full tribute on our board of governors page.


Saratoga Springs NY, October 15

Four masters teams from New England clubs ran away with National titles in the USA 5K Masters Cross Country Championships in Saratoga Springs NY on Sunday. Team scoring was in 10 year categories, with individuals scored with 5 year gaps.
Dirigo RC utilized the M45 gold of Todd Coffin, M40 silver of Mike Payson, and M45 bronze of Pete Bottomley to secure the 40-49 title; they were backed by Dan Franek, and Dan Deering. Greater Springfield Harriers threesome of John Camelio (bronze, M60), Paul Jensen, and Tom Montemagni were top step for the M60 division, with the Gate City Striders 1-2 punch of Bill Spencer and George Bisson, followed quickly by Jack Kick, taking M70 honors. On the women's side, the Liberty AC W60 team totaled the three individual medal winners Mary Harada (gold W70), Molly Johnson (silver W65), and Liz Szawlowski (W70) to win.

Other medalists included one other team, the PR Moose Milers placed third in the M60 team standings. Individuals bringing home hardware were Tom Ryan (Dirigo RC, 1st, M50), Jerry Learned (CMS, 3, M55), Bill Borla (PRMM, 1, M65), Bill Springer (GCS, 3, M65) and Bob Matteson (NE65, 1, M90).
Full results at


Waltham MA, October 15

A pair of Olympians came in to the association this weekend and walked away with National titles at the USA 1 Hour Race Walk Championships held at Bentley College in Waltham. Maine native Kevin Eastler (Aurora CO) covered 13,584 meters in the men's race, while Teresa Vaill (Gainesville FL) set a new US masters record with a distance of 12,698 in the women's hour. URI sophomore Mike Kazmierczak was third overall, New England champion, and won the USA Junior (age 19 and under) Championship gold WITH 12,204 meters. Top local women was Holly Wenninger (CSU) with 9206 meters. Full results at the race walk page.


Hartford CT, October 14

Past Grand Prix series winner Seana Carmean is just returning to higher level competition after two years of academic work; her runner-up spot at the recent 10 mile championship confirmed her fitness level.

On Saturday, Carmean qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:45:23 at the Hartford Marathon. The MVS ace placed fourth overall.



The Selection Meeting for the 2007 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix will be held on Monday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. at Brandeis University's Gosman Athletic Center. Seven races will be selected for the coming year; the 5K, 8K/5Mile, 10K, and marathon are required distances. 2 races will come from the range of 12K to 30K, and the final event will be a "wild card" from interested non-selected bids and off-distances. Next year, the open division individual standings will score 15 deep, and changes will be made to masters scoring.

This year's final event, the Cape Cod Marathon, runs on Sunday, October 29. Find the details on the series and bidding information at the Grand Prix page. Contact the office for a bid form if you know of a race that would fit into the schedule.


October 12

Placing 11th overall at the World Mountain Trophy Competition last month, B.A.A. runner Erik Blake of New Britain CT is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for September 2006. e 27 year old was the secnd finisher for the USA at the competition, held in Turkey. Improving 12 places from ast year, he helped lead the team to a fifth place finish - the best ever placing for the country. The full September AOM press release and all previous winners can be found at the Awards and Honors Page.


McGregor repeats as USA Champion
October 9

Katie McGregor (Minneapolis MN), successfully defended her USA Women's 10 km championship title in winning the 30th annual Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women organized by Conventures. Her time of 32:38 . More than 6,000 women departed the Boston Common at high noon on an intensely sunny fall holiday.

McGregor was quick to take charge of the lead pack and confirm her plan to take home her second USA road title. A lead pack of 12 women passed the first mile in 5:14, and that dropped to nine at two miles. Just after the turn-around at the BU Bridge, the pack was down to 5, and by the left onto the Mass Ave Bridge, it was down to the top 3 seeded runners in the race; Macgregor, Rudolph, and Goucher.

At five miles, McGregor made her move and quickly opened a 10-meter lead on Rudolph and 20 on a faltering Goucher. From there, McGregor was able to cruise to the finish at the Boston Common, but second place was still to be decided as Goucher passed Rudolph as they rounded the final turn at six miles, and moved to the silver medal in 32:46, four seconds up on bronze.

The USA Women's 10 km Championship concluded the women's 2006 USA Running Circuit. The circuit features USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and had eight events for women. For more information on the 2006 USARC and USA Women's 10 km Championships visit

The team title was won by the newly renamed New Balance Boston, with Erin Dromgoole, Jessica Minty, and Christy Carrara counting in the scoring. Greater Boston TC took second, and Whirlaway RT third.

Tufts Health Plan is one of the longest committed sponsors of any major US road race, and 18 women have now run every race in the event's 30 year history. Results can be found at


October 7

Boston University women and U.Mass.Lowell men topped the results at the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on Saturday.

The BU women recorded a surprise third straight title, with 126 points, 9 better than Amherst in the 46 team field. Invididual winner Marissa Ryan ran from the front and led the Terriers to the victory in 17:23 over the standard 5k course.

The UML Riverhawks became the first Division 2 team to win the meet since the NCAA went to multiple divisions several decades ago, totaling 76 to Boston College's 145. Max Feldman of Connecticut took the individual gold in 24:17 in the 94th annual edition of the men's championship, with Ruben Sanca's 5th place (24:51) leading Lowell.

The full Results are posted at


October 2

John Mortimer and Amy Nedeau won New England titles at 10 miles on Sunday at the Apple Harvest 10 Miler in Harvard MA on Sunday. Overcast skies gave way to light and then steady rain, putting a damper on the gorgeous scenery at The Fruitlands, but it was an ideal day for racing. The race saw 549 finishers, up from their previous high of 320.

A pack of four quickly separated at the gun and passed the mostly downhil first mile in 4:48. Overall winner Joshua Kimei then put in a 4:40 and the trio of Mortimer, Ben Schmeckpepper, and Pat Moulton opted to let him continue alone. After 4 miles, Mort the Sport figured it was time to give it a chase and broke from the BAA duo. Mort made up ground in the final miles but fell short of the overall win, his time a creditable 50:20. Schmeckpepper outlegged Moulton for the silver, though Moulton retains the individual series lead; those two plus three BAA teammates in the top 12 made for an easy team win.

Craig Fram (Whirlaway) locked up the masters series with his fifth win of six '06 championships over Jason Cakouras (HFC), and headed the winning masters team effort. Dave Oliver took his first age group win in the 50+ division, Paul Jensen won at 60+, and Bill Riley was again tops at 70+.

Nedeau, better known for her short distance racing prowess is moving up in distance this year, and ran together with training partner Seana Carmean (MVS) for over 9 miles when it became every runner for themself. Her miler speed gave her the stronger kick and a 3 second margin over Carmean, whose Merrimack Valley Striders won the team award over the BAA. Nedeau will be attempting her first marathon in Hartford later this month, with Carmean planning to do early pacesetting there. A similarly close race in the masters division found Whirlaway teammates Sim Piergentilli and Terrianne McGettrick separated by just 7 seconds, the former picking up her 2nd championship win of the year. Sydney Letendre was first 50+, and Jan Holmquist continued uncontestd in the 60+ division, finishing among top 10 50+ once again.

Results and the Ironrunners through six races are posted at the Grand Prix page. The 2006 series ends at the Cape Cod Marathon on October 29. The 2007 series selection meeting will be held on Monday, November 6.


September 22

Gerry Cantor (center) receives officials service reward from Pat Lavelle and Laurie Boemker at USATF-NE annual meeting.

Gerry Cantor (center) receives the officials service reward from Pat Lavelle and Laurie Boemker at USATF-NE annual meeting.
Photo: Justin Kuo

While our athletes of the month are announced on this site and were recognized at Tuesday's annual meeting, we would like to recognize four officials who were also honored at the meeting. Ray Dwyer of Rhode Island, Gerry Cantorand Bob Gidari of New Hampshire, and Dave Wilbur of Massachusetts were presented service awards by co-chairs of the New England officials committee, Laurie Boemker and Pat Lavelle. Up to 4 may be given each year to officials for long time contributions to officiating at all levels.


September 22

After eight years of sharing office space with USATF-NE, New England Runner has moved on to new digs in Weymouth MA. No hard feelings involved - a new residence for owners Bob Fitz and Michelle LeBrun meant upwards of an hour commute for them. Thus, the office at 2001 Beacon Street has some space available for the next 6 months - and could turn into longer term - for an event, club, or sport related business. It is about 200 square feet in a secure building with shared DSL connection and copier - and being in the center of activity for the sport. If interested, send a message to Steve at



September 20

Bob Matteson (90) and Ashley DiClemente (11) were the past year's oldest and youngest USATF-NE athletes of the month.

Bob Matteson (90) and Ashley DiClemente (11) were the past year's oldest and youngest USATF-NE athletes of the month.
Photo: Justin Kuo

The USATF New England Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, September 19, was a mixture of recognition and business. The meeting opened with Athlete of the Month presentations for the past 12 months. President Gary Snyder opened the business meeting and several brief presentations from chairs and officers supplemented the printed reports. (reports will be posted on the Board page by the end of the week).

Elections were the next order of business, with Ken Robichaud (Brookline NH/NMC) taking over as president (Gary Snyder has served the limit of 2 terms) by acclaimation. Robichaud, who has served as a vice-president and LDR chair, is a past president of the North Medford Club. Three vice presidents will be Harry Brooks (Amherst MA/Sugarloaf Mt AC), Jim Garcia (Westford MA/GLRR), and John Oleski (Belmont MA/MassVelocity). Steve Viegas (Reading MA/Mystic Runners) will take over as secretary. The treasurer position remains unfilled.

Some repeat and some new faces will serve as sports chairs. Incumbent Courtney Bird (Falmouth MA/FTC) will join newcomer Sue Maslowski (Nashua NH/GLRR) as men's and women's Long Distance Running chairs; the masters LDR chair remains vacant.

Dave Callum (Lawrence MA/GBTC) and Carroll Blake (Boston/MassVelocity) take on responsibilities for Open and Masters Track and Field Chairs, while Patrick Sweeney (Dedham MA / HFC Striders) and Lance Turley (Nashua NH/NHWWTC) will continue to share Youth Committee responsibilities.

Paul Kirsch (Madison NH/White Mtn Milers) is new chair for Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running and Justin Kuo (Brookline MA/NEWalkers) continues with Race Walking. Rounding out the chair positions Bill Newsham (Nashua NH/GBTC) will take over as Cross Country Chair after the only contested chair election of the evening.

Athletes representatives complete the board with Larry Libow (Springfield MA/Mass Velocity), Sarah Lawson (Wayland MA/GBTC), and Josh Seeherman(Somerville MA/GBTC) all serving for the first time on the board.
Fifteen delegates were voted to attend the USATF National annual meeting in Indianapolis in December (to be listed on the board webpage).

New Business included discussion of the membership fee increase that will be in place for year, and a first round of discussions on the background checks/child protection program that begins in 2007. The meeting then adjourned.
The Board meets monthly to review local issues and to carry out programs in the sport. Complete meeting minutes will be posted over the weekend at the Board page.



The USATF-NE Annual Meeting takes place on Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Marriott in Newton MA. Recognition of athletes of the month, elections, and presentation on the new youth coach background checks and increases in membership fees are on the agenda. The full agenda and current USATF New England by-laws can be found at the Board of Governors page.



A cloudless and windless day on the South Boston waterfront greeted the largest crowd ever at the Ollie Road Race, the 2006 USATF-NE 5 Mile championship. Temperatures hit 80 degrees at the gun, and as the sun rose, so did the fortunes of Koichiro Nagata from the "Land of the Rising Sun". visiting from Japan, Nagata caught early leader Mark Carroll at two miles and put in an unanswered move at 3 miles to race home unchallenged for the victory in 24:04. Carroll, the Irish Olympian out of Providence, took second in 24:28.
In the New England Championship, Ben Schmeckpepper (BAA) ran to his second win of the season (following his 5K victory in June), placing fourth overall in 24:58. With teammate Josh Ferenc the second NE runner and two more in the top 15, the BAA secured the team title in this event by almost 2 minutes over Whirlaway.
Craig Fram (Whirlaway) stayed atop the masters ranks with his fourth win of the year, and led the Kazmen to the team honors. After four second placings, Reno Stirrat earned his first 50+ group win, and has the largest lead of any individual GP age group series leader, 15 points. Milt Schumacher (PRMM) edged series leader Sumner Brown in the 60 +, and Bill Riley, at age 70, was 5th over 60.

Emily Raymond (GBTC) earned her first NE Championship gold in the women's race, clocking 28:47 which was 29 seconds in front of runner-up and GP series leader Tammie Robie (Whirlaway). The BAA doubled up to take the women's team honors as well, but in what was likely the closest team match in series history; the top 4 teams were within 37 seconds, and 2-3-4 within 6 seconds.
Terri-Ann McGettrick (Whirlaway) was first master and 6th overall, winning her third race of the year and leading the team to a matching set of division wins with the men. Ellie Tucker (PRMM) edged Marge Bellisle for the 50+ title, and Jan Holmquist again rolled to a 60+ gold, her 34:54 good for 3rd 50+ as well.

Series standings including the Ironrunner list for 2006 and the link to full results are at the GP page. The season resumes on October 1 at the Apple Harvest Ramble 10 Mile in Harvard MA. The finale is at the Cape Cod Marathon; early entry deadline is approaching for both.


September 7

With four wins at the USA National Masters Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bob Matteson of Bennington VT is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for August 2006.

The 90 year old all-purpose runner scored wins in the 100 (19.73), 200 (41.95), 400 (1:39.39), and 800 (5:06.15) in conditions that topped 100 degrees each day of the meet. In the 100 and 200, the performances were good to break the US records for the 90-94 age group. The full August AOM press release and all previous winners can be found at the Awards and Honors Page.



August 30

Ben Nephew (Mansfield MA) ran to second place in the USA 50 Kilometer Trail Championship race at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California on Saturday. In turn, he led the Central Mass. Striders to the team title.

Newphew led until the final climb from the Tennessee Valley, the last of seven ascents of 1,000 feet, passed at that point by Bryan Dayton of Boulder CO. His time of 4:00:32 was just 39 seconds back at the finish. CMS teammate Dan Verrington (Bradford MA) was fifth overall and second master in 4:14:49. Dave Dunham's 9th place finish (4:35: 13) secured the team championship for CMS.


September 10

New Englanders contributed to the US team effort at last weekend's World Mountain Trophy competiton in Bursa, Turkey, where a record 36 countries contested the 22nd edition of race.
One place behind top American and past Mt. Washington Road Race winner Simon Gutierrez (New Mexico) was Eric Blake (New Britain CT/BAA), 11th overall and moving up several places from last year. Running in hiis seventh World Trophy Race, Paul Low (CMS/Belchertown MA) rounded out the US scoring as fourth man in 67th. Kevin Tilton (CMS/Conway NH )was 6th American and 87th overall in his second appearance at the world level. The American total of 113 points was the best (lowest) total ever and earned their best place as well, 5th behind winner Eritria which broke a 16 year streak of victoris by Italy. The men's course covered 12 kilometers and climbed 4300' in the process (alternate years the course is an up-and-down).

The women's race, found the USA team on the top step of the podium, their first ever gold performance in this event. Top finisher in the 8.5 kilometer race that gained 3000' of elevation, was Nicole Hunt, 9th in 50:13.

New England mountain mavens Rich Bolt and Dave Dunham were the men's and junior team managers, respectively, for the trip. The full results are at the USATF website.



The USATF New England 2006 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue in Newton MA. It is at the intersection of the Mass Turnpike (I-90) and Rt.128/I-95.

The Annual Meeting of the association provides individual and club members an opportunity to voice their opinion, ask questions, and elect the Board of Governors that works on behalf of the membership throughout the year. All USATF members age 18 and over, members of a club or unattached, have a vote at this meeting. They must have membership as of the first day of the month preceding the meeting - August 1, 2006.

The major item for this year's meeting is elections for all board positions, both officers (2 year terms), sports chairs (1 year terms), and athlete representatives (1 year terms). Several positions are open for the coming year, and we encourage anyone with interest in the sport as a whole to run for the board and attend monthly meetings.

The full agenda and current USATF New England by-laws can be found at the Board of Governors page.

Prior to the business meeting, there will be recognition of USATF-NE's Athletes of the Month from September 2005 through August 2006. For more about our Athletes of the Month, click on the Awards and Honors Page.



August 15

The USA team for the 22nd World Mountain Running Trophy in Bursa, Turkey on September 10 will have a decidedly New England accent, with three athletes and two staff members from the association. This year's Trophy races are uphill-only events (as opposed to odd-numbered years which are held on up/down courses) with the Senior men running 12K, Senior women and Junior men running 8.5K and Junior women running 3.4K.

Three of the six athletes runners on the men's team (the top four finishers score) are from the six state region; Eric Blake (BAA/New Britain CT), Paul Low(CMS/Belchertown MA) and Kevin Tilton (CMS/Conway NH). There are no local women on the squad.

Team leader is Richard Bolt, USATF-NE Mountain/Trail chair, while Dave Dunham, founder and overseer of the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit (CMS/Bradford, MA) will serve as team manager for the juniors. "This looks to be one of - if not - the best team we have ever fielded. I'm glad to be associated with such a great group of runners," said Dunham, who represented the U.S. team seven times in the past with his best finish a runner-up in 1993.

The U.S. team is sponsored by Teva, the title sponsor since 2002. Information on the World Mountain Trophy race can be found at the


Aug 8

Ninty years young Bob Matteson (Bennington VT) and seventy year young Barbara Jordan (S.Burlington VT) both won four events and set 2 US records in the process at the USA National Masters in Greensboro NC last week. Run during the recent heatwave, the meet was postponed for four hours on two different days due to excessive heat, as temperatures reached 120 trackside. Competition was in five year age groups from 30-34 to 96-100.

Matteson won the 100, 200, 400, and 800 in his division, scoring national bests in the 200 (41.15) and 400 (1:39. 39), and set a meet record for the M90 division in the 100 and 'only' won the 800. Jordan matched his four wins - 100, 200, 80 hurdles, 300 hurdles - and set US bests in the latter two.
Also earning golds in their age groups were Laura Barre (W35 W.Lebanon NH, 100 hurdles/long jump), Keith Bosma (M35 Portsmouth NH, high jump), Ken Hall(M40 Portsmouth RI, javelin), Zane Rodriguez (M45 Norwich VT, javelin), and Roger Pierce (M60 Essex MA, 400 and silver in 100/200).
New Englanders taking home multiple medals included Bill Spencer (Litchfield NH, 5000 silver and 800/1500 bronze) and Mary Harada (W.Newbury MA, 200/400/800 silver).

The full results can be found at the USATF National Site.


 July 31

A quartet of New England youth returned from last week's USATF National Junior Olympic Championships with top 3 placing medals. The meet, held in Baltimore, was the third step in advancement from association championships to Regional meets and finally to the Nationals. Age divisions are Bantam (10 and under), Midget (11-12), Youth (13-14), Intermediate (15-16) and Young Men/Women (17-18) (age at end of the year).

The medalists were in the meet's three oldest age groups, three of those medals being silver. Dominic Filiano (Lebanon Recreation NH) earned his first national medal in the Youth Boys shot put with his personal best distance 15.57m (51'1"), Abbey Karin (Byfield MA) moved up from 8th in last year's meet to reach the podium in the Intermediate Girls javelin with a PB throw of 41.46m (136'0"), and Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT), who won the National JO cross country title last fall, took second in the Young Men's 1500 meters (3:58.31) which ran trials and finals races. Earning a bronze medal was Nick Farnsworth (Wilmington MA) who placed third in the Intermediate Boys Javelin with a personal best throw of 52.69M (172'11").

Several other individuals placed among the top 6 in their event:

Fourth: Kelsey Huckins (Westmoreland NH), 4th, Young Women discus, 141'8";

Lucas Haddon (Waitsfield VT) 5th, Intermediate Boys Javelin 169'8"; Dan Sullivan (Joe Donahue Throwers Club) 5th, Young Men hammer 174'8"; Alyse Rocco (Needham TC) 5th, Young Women 1500, 4:56.70; Tara Karin (Byfield MA) 5th, Young Women javelin 128'4"; Erica Belanger (Sugarloaf Mt AC) 5th, Youth Girls High jump, 5'5"

Lindsey Forte (N.Kingston RI Rec) 6th, Midget Girls 1500 (5:02.01); Amos Cariati (Providence Cobras) 6th, Bantam Boys 800, 2:32.05.

The full results can be found at the USATF National Site.



John Means and Jim Manno in the M85 60 Meter Dash

Roger Pierce wins the M60 400 in tough conditions!
Photo: Larry Libow / Mass Velocity

Despite a torrential downpour midway through the Easter Masters Championships, over 200 athletes contested a full schedule of events at Springfield College on Saturday. Threatening skies finally opened up just before 1 pm, temporarily halting most events and making the 400 a splashfest. But those who came to compete and stayed the duration wound up with good conditions for the remainder of the meet.

Barbara Jordan (Burlington VT) topped the W70 field in the 80 meter hurdles, clocking 18.52 for the distance, Mary Roman (Norwalk CT) upped the W70 shot put to 26' 3/4", and 81 year old James Crawford ( Fairfield CT) spun the 3K hammer 112'9" for a potential record in the event.

The meet served as a season ender for some athletes and the final tune-up for others headed to the USA Masters Nationals in North Carolina August 3-6. Check out the full Eastern Results.



Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA/GLRR) and Heather Capello (Canton MA/BAA) were as hot as the weather, winning the 26th annual Stowe 8 Miler in Stowe VT on Sunday, the fourth race in the 2006 USATF-NE Championship Grand Prix. 697 names made the results list.

Jenkins, who has been The Man when temperatures top 90 degrees, repeated his win here last year when the humidity was slightly lower but heat just as high. By 4 1/2 miles, the field had been whittled down to him and fellow Olympic Trial marathon qualifier Pat Moulton of the BAA. Taking the final turn with 400 meters to go, it was Jenkins' kick that prevailed. His time of 40:51 (19 seconds better than in 2005) was 5 seconds clear of Moulton, whose second place gave him the overall lead in the 2006 GP.

Craig Fram (Whirlaway RT), leading the Masters series, bested Jason Cakouras (HFC) by one place and seven seconds for the 40+ win, while Norm Larson(GMAA) was the only home-state victor, scoring his second GP win of the year in the M50 results. Ron Kita (PRMM) took 60-69 honors, and Jack Kick (Dunstable MA/GCS) topped the 70+ for the third time.

In the women's action, Capello earned her first NE Championship with a solid 18 second win over defending champ Emily Levan, making four different women winning titles in 4 races this season. Tammit Robie (Whirlaway) was fifth, moving her into the individual series lead. Teammate Simonetta Piergentilli (Wilmington MA/WRT) was 9th overall and first master finisher.

Linda Jennings scored her second New England 50+ crown ahead of teammate Karen Deroma, and the pair are also 1-2 in the series standings. They teamed with 60's winner Jan Holmquist (Burlington MA/MVS) for the 50+ teamwin. Barbara Robinson (Franconia NH/PRMoose Milers) was the sole 70+ competitor.

The Andy Palmer Age Graded awards went to 59 year old Larry Olsen for the men (3rd in the M50 divison) and Jan Holmquist who, at age 60, beat the full women's 50+ field.

The Boston Athletic Association again made Stowe a key team competition and controlled both the men's and women's open team scoring with their five scoring men in the top ten, and their women scoring 1-2-4. Other division winners were Whirlaway (40+ men and women), Merrimack Valley Striders (W50), local Green Mountain AA (M50+) and PR Moose Milers (M60+).

After 5 years at the helm of the Stowe 8 Miler, Tom Foltz announced at the awards ceremony that he was stepping down as event director. We thank Tom for his hard work in keeping the race going when it almost folded five years ago.

Grand Prix standings after the halfway point are updated at The series takes August off and returns to the roads on Saturday, September 9 at the Ollie 5 Mile on a new out-and-back course. That will be followed by the final two races in October, the Harvard Apple Harvest 10 Miler on October 1, and the Cape Cod Marathon on the 29th, which is well ahead of last year's entry numbers.



Greater Boston TC won the women's division and placed second overall at the USATF National Team Championships held at Mt.San Antonio College in California over the weekend. The men's team finished 2nd (among 31 scoring clubs) to the Executive TC of Metropolitan association (NY), who were also the overall champions.

Event winners from the club included Kateema Riettie (javelin and shot put), Sean Furey (javelin), and Anna Willard (1500) as well as both the men's and women's 4x800 relays.

Congratulations to the club and Coach Dave Callum (a USATF-NE board member), recognizing the work it took to pull the team together during the season. Full results at



The six race 2005 edition of the USATF New England mountain running circuit wrapped up at the Mt. Ascutney Summit Run on Saturday, July 15, with Paul Low leading 55 runners from 5 states up the Vermont peak.
Abby Woods (Gr.Springfield Harriers) took the women's honors in 41:37, a little over a minute ahead of Dawn Heinrich and Donna Smyth who were second and third overall and led the masters. Dave Audet took top honors for the men in the 40+ age group, fourth overall, with Bob Dion tops among 50+.

The USATF-NE circuit champions were decided at the event, with the best five scores from the series totaled for places. Many of the age group victories were close, going down to the last race. Paul Low (CMS) took the overall victory with 499.26 points (including 4 wins), while Dawn Heinrich (PRMM) totaled the most points on the women's side, the master ending with 458.08 points. Other division winners: W under 40:Kate Naples (CCAC); W50:Lisa Doucet (CSU); W60:Carol Kane (WMAC); M40:Dave Dunham (CMS); M50:Paul Bazanchuk (GSH); M60:Peter Orni (CMS); M70:Richard Snyder (NE65).

Nineteen runners contested all six races to earn the distinction of "Mountain Goats". Check out the complete scoring at the Mountain Running page.



A pair of local collegians are on the USA team which will compete this weekend at the North American-Central American-Caribbean Under Age 23 Championships in the Dominican Republic. Harvard's Zachary Pollinger will compete in the 20 kilometer racewalk, and recent Brown grad Anna Willard (who also competes for the Greater Boston TC) will line up for the steeplechase. Two athletes per country may compete; the USA team was picked primarily from the recent USA championships or from 2006 performance lists.

The results will be posted to



Hardly as hot as last year, Ben Ndaya (Lowell MA/GLRR) and Jennifer Busse (Somerville MA/GBTC) took advantage of a break in the weather to win their first USATF New England championship titles at the 10th Annual Whirlaway 10k on Sunday. The field was the second largest in the race's 10 years with 479 finishers. Heavy rains in southern New Enland never reached Methuen, and despite humid conditions, the overcast skies never opened up on the event.

The opening mile found a half dozen passing in 5:02, but just before mile 2 the Lowellian put in a surge that created a gap that never shrunk. Halfway went at 15:42 with 12 seconds on the field, and the only challenge came from an aggressive driver in the final mile. Ndaya didn't falter and covered the clising two miles at a 5:08 to reach the finish line unpressed. Behind him the pack continually shifted with Shad Miller (Whirlaway) closing for second and leading the host club to a 44 second team win. Finishing sixth overall, Craig Fram (WRT) took his second masters win in three championships, leading the hosts to the masters win. Tom Ryan (Dirigo), John Camelio (Gr. Springfield), and Bill Riley (BAA) took 50+, 60+, and 70+ honors, respectively. Larry Olsen of Tri Valley finished his 100th grand prix race, and at age 59, was third in the 50-59 category. He's won his division in 56 of those 100 races, truly a dominant age group performer.

Busse, after finishing second New Englander at Rhody, moved to the top step at Whirlaway, her 37:09 good for an 8 second gap over Maureen Forsyth (MVS) at the tape. TerriAnne McGettrick was first master and third overall just one tick back of Forsyth. Sydney Letendre (CMS) took her first 50+ win of the year in 42:14, just one place and two seconds over 60+ ace Jan Holmquist (MVS)!

The men's open team found 17 clubs in the rankings, the most at the 10K in many years. Matching the pair of Whirlaway wins, Greater Springfield were the winners in the 50+ and 60+ standings. Among the women's teams, Merrimack Valley took the triple crown, winning all three divisions. Whirlaway was a close second in the open and 40 divisions.
Grand Prix results and standings are updated at, with results at



CMS couple Paul Low and Kelly Lusk led a trail of 97 finishers to the peak of Loon Mountain as the USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit sponsored by La Sportiva / Go-Lite continued with the NE Mountain Championship event. Humid and in the low 70's at the start, temperatures had dropped 10 degrees at the top.
Even veterans of Mt.Washington agreed that this was arguably the toughest race they'd run, as 4 1/2 miles of grass and gravel roads were followed by short loop including a series of long sharp down and up as nearly the entire field was reduced to a walk at some point where the grade approached 40 degrees.

Consider that Low can hit the low 30's on a basic road 10K, but took 47:08 to traverse the Loon loop to the gondola. The overall men's winner was guaranteed a spot on the USA Mountain Team, but with Low already on the squad, that position is now discretionary based on a season of racing. Thus, runner-up Kevin Tilton at 49:33 will have to wait for the committee decision later in the summer. Andy Ames 0:52:05 Boulder CO (52:05) was first master and fourth overall, with co-organizer Dave Dunham 7th and NE masters champ at 53:53. Len Hall and Peter Orni took the 50+ and 60+ titles.
Lusk, seventh at Mt.Washington a week ago, finished 18th overall (1:00:46) and had a larger gap of on second placer Sigrid Aas of North Conway NH and Norway, who clocked 1:06:04. Masters champ and third female was Dawn Heinrich ( PRMoose Milers/Wolfboro NH), and Lisa Doucet (CSU/Andover MA) was 50+ champion.

96 runners completed the challenge that was ably directed by the trio of Paul Kirsh, Dave Dunham, and Rich Bolt and sponsored by Inov-8 trail shoes. The fourth circuit race will run in two weeks at the 19th Mt.Cranmore race on July 8. Updated standings can be found at with story and details on the course at Scorers must be USATF members.



Joanne Dow, Amy Rudolph, and Corey Thorne won titles at the USA Track & Field Championships over the week.

Dow, from Manchester NH, won her third USA 20K racewalk title, this one by over 4 minutes on Sunday, as all events in Indy over the five days were hampered by humidity and delays due to severe rains and lightning. Providence resident Rudolph, running the USA 10,000 championship for the first time, only took the lead in the final 200 meters to win in 32:25.56. Thorne, a freshman at the University of Louisville out of Portsmouth NH, took gold in the Junior men's steeplechase with a 9:12.66.

Other medalists out of New England included a second by Nashua's Laura Gerraughty in the shot put (59'10 1/4"), coming back from a severe wrist injury, East Greenwich RI brothers Jake and John Freeman in the hammer event with Jake taking third with the senior 16lb implement (235'9"), with younger brother John, a freshman at Northeastern, second in the junior event at 199'10", and Megan Maloney (U.Oregon via RI) second in the hammer (170'2").

Full results of both the Senior and Junior Championships are at


June 22, Indianapolis

One of the most celebrated pre-Olympic events, the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, will be hosted by two of the world's most distinguished marathon organizers. USA Track & Field on Thursday awarded the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials -Women's Marathon to the Boston Athletic Association and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men's Marathon to the New York Road Runners.

"The successful bids from the B.A.A and NYRR to host the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials create an opportunity to continue and expand an established working relationship," said USATF CEO Craig A. Masback. "Working together, we will create a higher level of visibility for the sport and our athletes. Both cities will put on world-class events as our athletes attempt to fulfill their Olympic dreams, using fan-friendly race formats that will make the races even more appealing."

The B.A.A. will host the women's event on Sunday, April 20, 2008, the day before the 112th running of the Boston Marathon. Starting and finishing at the traditional Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, the Olympic Trials race will feature a specially designed course that tours historic Boston with a one-time loop that passes Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, the State House and Beacon Hill. The course will then feature four loops of approximately six miles each proceeding down Commonwealth Avenue, crossing the Charles River into Cambridge using the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, running east, then west along Memorial Drive. Runners then return from each of the Core Loops via Massachusetts Avenue.

"There's nothing in our sport quite like the Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day weekend," said Guy Morse, Executive Director, Boston Athletic Association. "The B.A.A. and the greater Boston running community are pleased and excited to have been selected to host the USA's best female marathoners in their Olympic quest. Like much of the City itself, the B.A.A. has worked to make this course and will work to make the next Olympic Trials experience unique to Boston. This is a downtown course in a city synonymous with running."

Both events will provide $250,000 in prize money in addition to paying travel and lodging costs for athletes who achieve the Olympic Trials "A" qualifying standard of 2:39:00 for women and 2:20:00 for men. The regular qualifying window for athletes to achieve their qualifying times began January 1 and will go through March 23, 2008 for women and October 7, 2007 for men.
The complete press release is at


June 22, Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the site for this year's USA Junior and Senior National Track & Field Championships running from June 21 to June 25. In the first day's action, Rhode Islander and U.Oregon freshman Megan Maloney placed second in the Junior women's hammer, while twin brother Matt was fifth in the junior men's javelin (and and is in line for the USA Team for the World Juniors). Follow the action at where results are updated as soon as events finish. for details and directions.


June 19

With an honor filled month, M.I.T. senior Uzoma Orji of Cambridge MA is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for May 2006.

The thrower scored school records in two events and significant wins at several championship meets. Taking the ECAC Division III win in Springfield, Orji recorded a Tech best in the hammer at 205'9", and two weeks later he won the NCAA Division III championship in the shot put with a school and meet record 60'2" and placed 2nd in the hammer. Additionally, the Electrical Engineering major (graduating with a 4.9 grade point average on a 5.0 scale) won both of the above events at the New England Division III championships, and placed top 5 in both at the IC4A championships. He finishes his career with 12 NCAA Division III All-America performances.

The full May AOM press release and all previous winners can be found at the Awards and Honors Page.


Cambridge MA, June 18

The hottest day of the year greeted a small field but spirited field at this year's USATF-NE Open Track and Field Championships at MIT on Sunday. A combination of the temperatures, and the poor spring weather that eliminated many competitive opportunities led to the smallest number of entries in many years. Greater Boston Track Club won both team titles yet again, 77-18 over Boston North on the men's side, and 60-13 over the threesome of AirTime Athletics, Athletics East, and Mass Velocity in the women's summary.

New England results at, and athletes are invited to compete in the USATF East Region Meet July 1 in Albany NY.


Fitchburg MA, June 17

The first USATF-NE Junior Olympic meet held at Fitchburg State College was a successful venture, as nearly 500 entrants took part in a full schedule of events on the brand new facility. Entries were up from last year, and the meet ran smoothly in what we hope will be the regular site for the next few years. Many of the placers in the top 6 in each event will be advancing to the Region I Championship meet July 7-9 in Kingston NY

If any individual qualifying for the Region I meet has not yet entered, we can take entries until Thursday. Contact the USATF-NE office immediately!

Complete meet results and Region I Info are linked at


Pinkham Notch NH, June 17

After a silver medal last year, Eric Blake of the BAA and out of Connecticut was leader of the pack in Saturday's 46th Mt.Washington Road Race. Blake made his move at the midway runner-up Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) was left 28 seconds back at the 6288-foot summit (1:01:09-1:01:37) with 2005 winner Coloradan Simon Gutierrez finished fourth (and top master). Conditions were mild - 70's at the base, low 50's at the summit, no wind - this year.
Anna Pichrtova (Czech Republic) legged it up for her fifth win, bouncing back from an excruciatingly close 2nd place last year after four straight titles. She had over a minute on runner-up and top American Nicole Hunt of Deer Lodge, Montana. First local in the women's race was Mt.Wachusett winner Carly Graytock (BAA/Cambridge MA) in sixth, 1:19:47.

The race served as the US Mountain Running Championship with Blake and Hunt the gold medalists. The top 3 American men and top 2 women qualified for the US team to run in this fall's World Mountain Running Trophy race in Turkey.

Results are at the Granite State Race Services site,, and a story can be found at


Duluth MN, June 17

The 30th annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth Minnesota drew a strong field, but not all were up to the challenge one of the uncharacteristic 80 degree temperatures. One who did respond was the BAA's Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) who recorded a personal best of 2:44:07 for 7th place in the country's 13 largest marathon, and thus qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials.
The sites for the 2008 Men's and Women's Olympic Trials Races are scheduled to be announced later this week in Indianapolis.


June 10

Dmitry Drozdov (NE Track & Trail) and Suzy West (CSU) earned gold medal honors at the La Sportiva GoLite Northfield Mountain 10.3K, the USATF-NE mountain/trail championship, on Saturday.

Conducted in light rain (what a surprise) with temperatures in the 60's, the single loop over grass and dirt roads went to the 1100' summit and back down, and runners had generally good footing despite the recent rains. Drozdov, who took a wrong turn at the season opener at Wachusett, and circuit leader Paul Low (CMS) broke from a larger pack in the 2nd mile which climbs 400'. They stayed together to the summit and back down the groomed grass road. Only in the final mile, covered in around 4:15, did the former seven time all-American while at Iowa State break from the winner of the first two season's races, their final times at 35:32 and 35:48. Matt Pelletier broke clear into third by midway and retained his place through the finish.

West, who also copped masters honors, had a far easier time, finishing 28th in the 97 runner field, and with a minute gap over silver medalist Abby Woods, this despite her being sick all week. In the other age divisions, Dan Verrington was first master and 7th overall. Bob Dion (Western MA AC) took the 50+ honors, with Peter Gargarin the winner in the 60's, and Richard Busa medaled as the sole 70+ finisher. On the women's side, Lisa Doucett (CSU) was the 50+ women's champion and Carol Kane (WMAC) was top finisher in the 60+ age group, and junior winner (19 and under) was Lauren Stocker (GSH).

After next weekend's Mt. Washington Road Race, the fourth circuit race will run at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire on June 24. Info is at the White Mountain Milers homepage.


June 5

Steve Burton, coach of and competitor for the Somerville Road Runners, passed away Sunday from kidney cancer at age 54. A passionate and accomplished runner, Steve gave his time and talent to the running community. Besides being in the mix for the top placings in his age group on the roads, he coached SRR and enthusiastically volunteered at numerous events and was a genuine fan of all aspects of the sport. More on Steve's life and tributes can be found at


June 5

After several years of sweltering conditions, race day at the 2006 Rhody 5K produced quality racing conditions of low 60's and overcast The race squeezed in between weekend rains, which kept the overall numbers down but saw the largest number of teams scoring in the race. Among those teams, the Boston Athletic Association again led the fields. Construction on the Lincoln Park parking and access roads led to a new course that did not finish on dog track.

In the men's race, run first, Ben Schmeckpepper (BAA) came from behind in the final tenth of a mile to over take Brian McGovern of Florida for his first New England Championship victory in a respectable 14:49. In winning the masters race, Eric Morse (CMS) broke into the top 10 (8th) with his 15:22, and Bill Dixon eked out a win among the 50's by one place over Reno Stirrat, who leads the age group after 2 races.

The women's race was a runaway for Moroccan Fatima Elyachi, in the country for a short competitive swing, who led from the gun and recorded a 16:34. Behind her, Providence alum and Irish national team member Fiona Crombie put a few meters on Mariko Tansey-Holbrook (BAA) by the mile and those places did not change through the finsih, as Tansey-Holbrook also won her first NE title, clocking 17:36. Teammate TerriAnne McGettrick in ninth (18:00) won the masters division, and Marge Bellisle was first over 50. Whirlaway and MVS took the 40+ and 50+ team honors.

Team scoring will be updated in the next day, as a number of online entries didn't have the club affilition downloaded to the timing program. Next up on the circuit is the Whirlaway 10K on Sunday June 25.


June 5

Kelli Lusk took advantage of the excellent conditions to set a new course record on the hilly 8 miles and mountainous 2 miles of the Wilton to the summit of Pack Monadnock race on Sunday. Lusk (CMS) won by nearly five minutes in the rain/drizzle and 55 degree temperatures, to break Margo Webber's course record by over one minute with a 14th place overall finish of 1:13:35. Lusk leads the ladies' circuit with 199.15 points.

Paul Low (CMS) was the winner on the men's side, running comfortably throughout, only picking up the pace during the final two miles of climbing. Low, leading the men with a perfect 200 points, topped a field of 173 runners who seemed much happier running in temperatures 30 degrees cooler than last year. Randy MacNeil and Dave Dunham had a close race for second place. MacNeil was over 30 seconds up with 3 miles to go and 1,200' to climb. Dunham caught MacNeil on the final steep pitch as MacNeil walked, then regrouped to pass Dunham in the final 50 meters. They ran the third and fourth fastest times ever for 40+ year olds, trailing only the incredible sub-61 times by Craig Fram in 2001 and 2002.

The women's 40+ age group was topped by Suzy West (CSU), who also finished second overall. Sin Koulas was the 50+ women's champion in 1:35:22 and Heidy McGaffican was top finisher in the 60+ age group with a course record. On the men's side, Mark Asaro was the 50+ champion in 1:14:34 and Stanley Dutton topped the 60+ category in 1:21:34.

A total of 39 runners have completed both races in the six race series. Emer O'Donoghue continues her incredible streak of 26 mountain circuit finishes dating back to 2001.The best five results will count for prizes at the end of the series. Next up, the series heads to Western MA for the La Sportiva GoLite Northfield Mountain 10.3K on June 10.


June 2

Anticipating the severe weather, the Massachusetts High School State meet scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until Monday, June 5. Field events will start at 2 p.m. and running at 3 p.m. The meet site remains Fitchburg State College (also the site of the NE Junior Olympic meet).


June 2

The USATF-NE Grand Prix resumes on Sunday, June 4, with the 5K at the Rhody 5K in Lincoln RI. The second event in the series will have separate women's and men's races will be run, with the gun at 9:00 a.m. See for details and directions.

Also on Sunday, the Mountain Circuit runs its second event of the year, the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH. The entry information is at



Paul Low (CMS) and Carly Graytock (BAA) led finishers to the summit of Mt.Wachusett to kick off the 11th USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit on Saturday. Nearly 300 entrants took to the road to the summit in warm but not uncomfortable conditions. Low, the 2005 circuit champ, scored one of the largest margins of victory at this 4.3 mile challenge, his solid winning time of 25:07 being 1:42 ahead of Greg Ward, who in turn had a full minute on Terrance Shea. Graytock, in her first circuit event, was more closely pressed, having just 16 seconds on 2004 series winner Kelli Lusk at the highpoint, with a clocking of 31:11.

The circuit continues this coming Sunday at the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH on Sunday, and then the Northfield Mt. 10K on Saturday, June 10. Staandings will be updated after each race, and can be found at Scorers must be USATF members.



Caroline Cretti of Williams College capped her collegiate career with a pair of wins in the NCAA Division III Championships over the weekend. Her golds came in the 5000 (17:12.32) and 10,000 meters (35:10.42). Other New England winners in the meet included Fred Jones of Tufts in the triple jump (49'7"), Uzoma Orji of MIT in the shot put (60'2 1/2"), Dan Austin of Williams in the discus (195'0"), and Bobby Young of Providence, running for Lincoln University in the 400 (46.11) and 4x400 on the men's side, and and Keelin Godsey of Bates College (Lewiston ME) in the hammer with a meet record 206'5" in the women's results.

In the Division II championships at Emporia, Kansas, a pair of U.Mass. Lowell runners both placed in two events. Nicole Plante placed third in the 10, 000 and followed with a fifth in the 5000. Pat Morasse doubled in the shorter distances, with a third in the 1500 and 4th in the 800 (both requiring trial rounds as well). High heat and strong winds kept distance races to tactical battles. Also earning a medal was UML's Toni Marie-Henry in the triple jump at 41'11 1/4". The Riverhawk women finished fifth in the team tally.
Full results of NCAA championships can be found at
The Division I meet takes place this coming weekend.


May 15

Northeastern University thrower Derek Anderson of Boston MA is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for April 2006.

The senior rewrote the Husky record book three times with outstanding performances in the shot put and discus throw. At the Texas Relays on April 7-8, he broke the school records for both of those implements with throws of 65'2" and 194'5". The graduate of Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood MA) then bettered the discus mark by at a meet at Northeastern.

Next on his schedule is the NCAA Regional qualifier (May 20), and, hopefully, the NCAA Chamnpionship. The full April AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.


Junior Olympic, Open, All Comers meet sites now set May 8

Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg MA will be the site for this year's Junior Olympic Championships on Saturday, June 17. The facility has just been completely redone, and should prove to be a popular location in the center of the association. Entry will be available after May 15.

The Open Championship meet will return to Steinbrenner Stadium at M.I.T. for the fourth straight year. The fast Mondo surfaced oval and runways have led to several new meet and facility records in that time period. Entry will be posted by May 10.

The annual spring "Mini-Meets" will also run at M.I.T. this month, the dates being May 17, 24, and 31. A limited schedule of events for youth and adults will run beginning at 6:30 p.m. on those dates. The entry flyer is now at

The track and field schedule is updated on a weekly basis.


May 7

Waltham Track Club celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a youth track meet on Sunday. The club has focused on various aspects of the sport over three decades, but has remained true to providing an instructional youth program for outdoor track and cross country. Thanks and congratulations to founder and head coach Joe Tranchita.


May 5, Cambridge MA

Harvard has announced the hiring of Jason Saretsky as Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country at Harvard, effective July 1. He replaces Frank Haggerty who retires at the end of this season after 24 years as head coach.

Saretsky comes to Harvard following his success as the associate head coach of the track and cross country programs at Iona College. As an undergraduate, he was a two-time All-Ivy League performer while at Columbia. Saretsky joins a rare club of Crimson coaches - he will be just the 10th person to serve as head coach of the track and field program since Harvard began formal competition in 1874 - 132 years ago!


April 18

While some New Englanders tend to take the Boston Marathon for granted, the world's distance running scene focused on the Hub this past Monday as the patriarch of distance running covered the traditional Hopkinton to Boston course. The men's race was a hammerin' duel with the leaders under world record pace for much of the race as Richard Cheruiyot came out on top with a course record 2:07:14. Kenyan countrywoman Rita Jeptoo only secured the women's title in the last mile, clocking 2:23:38. The best placings by American men in many years were led by Meb Keflezighi's bronze in 2:09:56, and the BAA's own Emily Levan (Wiscasset ME) led US women with her 2:37:01 PR in 13th. Top New England male was Scott Loomis of Malden MA (PR Moose Milers), 35th in 2:28:48

Other top New England finishers by state:

  • MA: Carly Graytock (BAA/Somerville) 2:43:19
  • NH: Scott Rowe (RR/Dover) 2:29:42; Bonnie Ritchotte (Littleton) 3:10:25
  • RI: Martin Tighe (Providence) 2:35:09; Michaela Thompson (Warwick) 3:01:59
  • VT: Dave Herr (PRMoose/Canaan) 2:34:54; Sue McNamara (GMAA/Williston) 3:12:07
  • CT: Ryan Lerner 2:41:02; Karinna Johnson 3:05:36
  • ME: Evan Graves (Crow Athletics/Bar Harbor) 2:30:15

Full results, and more Boston Marathon news, are at


April 18

New England teams scored well in the Boston Marathon team competition, with a pair of division victories. In the women's open competition, the BAA trio of Emily Levan, Carly Graytock, and Kerin Maganzini won the club's fifth title since 1985 in 8:19:56, with Greater Boston TC third in 9:31:00, and Whirlaway Racing Team fifth in 9:41:47. Whirlaway's men's masters won their fourth straight bowl, as Paul Hammond, Chris Spinney, and Jim Quadros placed 16-18-19 for a time of 7:58.50.

Top men's open team was the Whirlaway threesome of Shad Miller, Dave Hinga, and Tim Rider in 7:49:03; Hanson's / Brooks Distance Project out of Michigan, with three in the top 15 overall scored the win in 6:40:30. Dave Kaz's masters women took second, with the 9:46:01 total of Simonetta Piergentilli, Miae Jacobs, and Lori Hennessey less than two minutes behind the winning San Luis Distance Club of California.


April 12

The outdoor track season is still in the miserable weather stage in New England, so many teams head south for good weather and top competition. Last weekend, Northeastern University senior Derek Anderson threw big distances in the big Texas Relays, breaking a pair of school records in the process. The Xaverian HS alum took first in the shot put in 65'2" (beating the defending NCAA champ) and then spun the discus 194'5". His throws rank him 2nd (shot) and 8th (discus) on the collegiate performances lists to this point in the year.


April 12

Masters track runner Mary Harada of West Newbury MA is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for March 2006.

The Liberty Athletic Club member won three medals at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championship in Linz Austria in the age 70-74 age division. She took silver in the 1500 meters with a 6:58.09 time, and bronze in the 800 meter and 3000 meter races. A week later, at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, she won the 800 meters and mile run, the latter in a world age group record of 7:12.59.

The full March AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.


April 9, 2006

New England athletes Joanne Dow and Mike Kazmierczak earned spots on the USA team that will compete this spring's World Race Walk Cup competition by winning their divisions in the Team USA qualifying race in Hauppauge, Long Island, New York on Sunday April 9. The top five senior (age 20 and over) men and women, and top three junior (not turning 20 during the year) men and women will represent the USA on May 13-14 in La Coruna, Spain.

Dow, from Manchester, New Hampshire, won the women's 20 kilometer race in a time of 1:34:47, which established a new record for the racecourse. The former US record holder at the 20 kilometer distance was in second place until just before the 14 kilometer mark, at which point she surged to put a ten second gap on second place. From that point on, she increased her lead through the finish. Conditions were sunny and cool, but quite windy. She previously competed at the World Race Walk Cup meets in 1997, 1999, and 2002.

Kazmierczak, a freshman at the University of Rhode Island, was the top USA competitor in the Junior men's 10 kilometer race. He was never challenged by any other US junior walkers after the starting gun, and finished in a time of 48:52, a lifetime personal best and 48 seconds ahead of the next American finisher. The native of Plainview NY represented the USA in a match against Canada in 2005, but this will be his first global competition.

Additionally, in the men's 20K race, Patrick Collier (Athletics East) placed sixth in 1:34:29, a position that puts him as first alternate for the men's squad, and his time qualifies him for this summer's USA Track & Field Championships, the first male walker from New England in over 15 years to so qualify.


John Means and Jim Manno in the M85 60 Meter Dash

John Means edges Jim Manno by 0.05 seconds in the M85 60 Meter Dash
Photo: courtesy

March 31

Last weekend's USA National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championship brought the long indoor season to a close with another successful event. World and US records were recorded, along with many personal bests by the nearly 700 competitors who took part.

All corrections and updates are in, and full results can be found at our meet website

The 2007 and 2008 Masters National Indoor will also be in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center.


March 27

The New England 5 Mile Championship, the Ollie 5 Mile in South Boston, has been changed to Saturday, September 9.

At the bid meeting, the director noted that the date may need to be changed, and despite efforts over the winter by the race committee, activities in the Seaport area on the original date meant that a permit would not be issued for that date. The LDR chairs discussed the and agreed to go with the new date. No other races had bid to host the 5 miler.


March 20

A pair of New England athletes made the medal podium at last weekend's World Masters Indoor Championships in Linz Austria.
Mary Harada (Liberty AC / West Newbury MA) took silver in the age 70-74 1500 (6:58.09) and a bronze in the 800 (3:25.97). Roger Pierce (Essex MA / Mass Velocity), two time NE Athlete of the Month winner, won a silver medal in the 60-64 400m , and a gold medal on the USA M60 4 X 200 relay. He also placed 4th in the 60m and 200m.

At least a half dozen world champions will be competing in Boston this weekend at the USA Masters Championships, March 24-26, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. See the meet web page for the weekend schedule; entry is closed at this time.


March 14

USA National race walk champion Joanne Dow is February's USATF-New England Athlete of the Month.

The Manchester NH resident won her fifth career undercover title on February 25, covering 3000 meters in 12:45.05. It ties her for the most-ever indoor national titles by a female walker. On US record pace through two kilometers, Dow fell of pace in the final K but had built an insurmountable lead by that point. Earlier in the month at the USATF New England championship, she set a US masters record for 3000 meters in 12:44.89.

Next on her schedule is April's USA qualifying race for the 2006 IAAF Race Walk World Cup competition. The full February AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.


March 6

After seven meets spanning the indoor season and culminating at the recent New England championships, Ahndraea Allen (1094 pts) and Pat Tarpey (1068 pts) are the overall winners of the inaugural USATF-New England track and field Grand Prix. Limited to USATF-NE members, athletes were scored in three event groupings, based on the average point values (from IAAF scoring tables) of their best two performances. Division winners:

  • Sprints (to 800m): Ahndraea Allen, unattached, 1094 and Joe Otto, Gr.Boston TC, 996.5
  • Distance: Amy Gosztyla, BAA, 997 and Pat Tarpey, Reebok Providence, 1068
  • Field: Sherita Williams, Gr.Boston TC, 1036 and Chris Bryce, unatt., 880

Final rankings can be found at the series webpage.


March 1

Entry opens today for the 2006 Mount Washington Road Race. Entry is on-line only, and on a lottery system. Entry is open for just two weeks, closing on March 15. This year's race serves as the USA Mountain Running Championship, and is a qualifier for the World Mountain Cup races. All details can be found at


March 1

Needham Track Club's "Northeast Indoor Classic" youth track and field meet, snowed out in February, has been rescheduled to March 25 at MIT. The same schedule and order of events will be followed, and entry is still open. Find information at


March 1

Tom Petranoff and the Worlds Longest Throw Club will be holding Javelin / Shot / Discus clinics Wednesdays and Saturdays this spring through May in Coventry RI. Tom is currently training many world class, college, high school and junior Olympic athletes through his nationally recognized training program. There is a fee and USATF Membership is required.

The WLTC training is designed for both the beginning and advanced thrower and its focus is to teach the specific skills and drills needed to be a successful athlete in any throwing event. In addition, each athlete will be instructed on how to train and develop core strength, body awareness, weak side-strong side and center of gravity leverage. This session will also include specific fitness testing for throwers, medicine ball training, bounding, light weight lifting, speed and power development, stretching and flexibility.

For more info contact Tom at 401-440-0878 or


February 24-26

The weekend's USA National Track & Field Championship meet drew the best in the country to the Reggie Lewis Center as the meet served as a qualifier for the upcoming World Indoor Championships two weeks out. World level performances were the order of the day in many events; the closest race was the men's 400 where the top three were separated by just 1/100 of a second.

The sole local champion was in the women's 3000 meter racewalk where Joanne Dow (NEWalkers/Manchester NH) led from the start and was never challenged in garnering her career indoor title with a 12:45.05, narrowly missing her own USA Masters record in the process.

Jonathan Riley, who has lit up the RLT oval since winning the scholastic nationals while at Brookline MA HS, took second in the 3000 (7:51.88) and earned a ticket to Moscow. Other medalists (top 4) with local ties included Jacob Freeman (North Kingstown RI) with a bronze in the weight throw (personal best 77'1/2"), and a bronze by ex-Winnisquam (NH HS) miler Sean O'Brien an agonizing third in the 1500 (3:42.53).
Local exhibition event winners were Cambridge Jets girls and Providence Cobras boys in the youth 4x200, Connecticut girls and Massachusetts boys in the scholastic all star relay, and Greater Boston TC women and the Farm Team men in the distance medley relay

NE Officials co-chair Pat Lavelle coordinated the 60+ oficials from around the country; locals working the meet included Gerry Cantor (NH), Dave DeInnocentis (MA), Bob Gidari (NH), Rick Lajoie (MA), Lance Turley (NH), and Jim Wilcox (MA). The meet was helped by many local volunteers; thanks to all for their support of a quality event!

Full results can be found at
The USA Masters Championships will be at the facility in 4 weeks.


February 19

Sunday's USATF New England Track & Field Championship meet drew its largest field in years, and produced solid performances on Sunday. Over 600 entrants from scholastic athletes to post collegians took to Harvard's Gordon Track for the annual meeting, with Greater Boston TC repeating as both men's and women's team champions.

Top performer on the women's side was Ahndraea Allen (Boston), a double winner in the 200 and 400 (24.25/54.76). Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) won the 3000 meter walk with a USA qualifying and US Masters record time of 12:44.89. In the men's standings, Chris Bryce (Waltham MA, weight) and Jeff Chakouian(Seekonk MA, shot), both qualifiers for next weekend's USA Championships, both won their specialties by over 2 meters. John Schroeder (Nashua NH, mile, 4:15.62) and Sintayahu Taye (Cushing Academy, 3000, 8:29.56) ran a couple of the fastest times in the country for scholastic athletes.

Full results can be found at

And don't forget to buy your tickets to the USA National Championships this coming weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center.


February 19

A trio of young marathoners from the Merrimack valley area took the Freescale Austin Marathon by storm on Sunday and earned both cash and qualifying times for the 2008 Olympic Trials. All 25 years old or younger, the 6-7-8 placing troika of Casey Moulton (Pelham NH) in 2:15:26, Nate Jenkins (Lowell MA) in 2:15:28, and Patrick Moulton (Pelham NH) in 2:15:35 all recorded personal best times; it was Jenkins' debut at the distance. The race rewarded all Olympic Trial qualifiers with a $500 bonus, and Casey and Nate earned an additional $750 and $500, respectively).

Such times from local products haven't been seen in a generation of runners. Jenkins and Casey Moulton, both members of the Greater Lowell Roadrunners, are the last two Grand Prix series winners, while brother Pat, representing the BAA, is a year out of Providence College. In a close race up front, they were all under 2 minutes behind overall winner Mindaugas Pukstas of Lithuania, who ran a personal best 2:13:43.

Also earning a spot on the Trials starting line was Terrance Shea (BAA/Somerville MA), his 2:20:52 good for 20th, and Ed Baker (BAA), 22nd in 2:21:35.

Congratulations to these runners for their outstanding races!


February 18-19

Amy Mortimer (Reebok/West Roxbury MA), grad assistant at Boston College, earned her second straight Team USA berth for the World Cross Country Championships, finishing 4th in the 4K race at the USA Winter XC Championships held in New York City's Van Cortlandt Park last weekend. Joining Mortimer is Arkansas freshman Chris Barnicle (Newton MA) who placed third in the Junior Men's 8K race to earn the long flight to Japan and his first USA uniform. With a breakout performance on the national level, Pat Tarpy (Reebok Providence) was 8th in the men's 4K in 11:15 and could well make the team depending on how runners ahead of him opt (the US team will have 6 runners at each distance).

Top New Englanders in the results of the other senior trial races were Oscar Ponce (BAA/Boston MA) 46th in the men's 12K (38:12) and Kate O'Neill (Milton MA/Nike) 16th in the women's 8K. No locals ran in the Junior Women's 6K.
Former New England resident Blake Russell, won the 8K and was third in the 4K and will also be wearing the red, white, and blue.
Full results are at the USA Track & Field page.


February 13

Greater Boston Track Club triple jumper Sherita Williams (MA) is the January 2006 USATF-New England Athlete of the Month.

Williams, who moved to New England and joined GBTC after a stellar collegiate career at Michigan State, won two competitions in marks that qualified her for the USA Indoor Nationals. At the Tufts Invitational on January 15, she jumped 43'8" to set new club and facility records, and a week later at the GBTC Invitational at Harvard, her leap of 44' 3/4" set a new personal record, club record, meet record, facility record, and was fifth best jump in the world for the year at the time.

The full January AOM press release, along with all prior winners, is at the Awards and Honors Page.


February 11

A month ago, no New Hampshire high school grad had run sub-4:00 for the mile; now there are two. Friday night at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville AR, Hanover HS grad and Stanford University junior Russell Brown continued his middle distance running improvement by clocking 3:59.65 for the distance. He's the sixth Stanford runner in history to record a sub-4 time.

On January 14, Sean O'Brien (several years out of Winnesquam HS and American University) was the first NH alum to do so, in a time of 3:59.05.


February 7

A 6 race schedule is on tap for the 2006 La Sportiva / GoLite USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit. The new sponsor is providing $1000 cash for top placers at the end of the series, and gift certificates for age group winners. The series will kick off at Mt.Wachusett on May 27, and will include the Northfield Mt. race (the NE Trail Championship for 2006) June 10 and Loon Mountain (NE Mountain Championship) on June 24. The latter is a selection race for the World Mountain Trophy event to be held in Turkey where our local chair Rich Bolt and series coordinator Dave Dunham are team leader and junior team manager, respectively. Details can be found on the Mountain/Trail page.


February 3

A near sell-out crowd filled Madison Square Garden for the 99th running of the Millrose Games Friday night, and among the world's leading athletes, a pair of Massachusetts runners had impressive performances in the high school mile at the venerable event.

Colleen Wetherbee of Dennis-Yarmouth was a close second in the girls race in 4: 52.78 , while in the boys' mile, Mark Amirault of Xaverian Brothers (Westwood) matched her place and was also within second of the winner in 4:18.10.

The meet featured a world-leading performance by Reese Hoffa in the Visa men's shot put, a photo finish in the adidas women's 60m and an impressive run by Bernard Lagat in the Wanamaker Mile. The second stop of the 2006 Visa Championship Series, the 99th Millrose Games will be broadcast from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, on ESPN2.


Februrary 1

Our Exchange Zone newsletter is at the printer and will be reaching members from last and this year shortly, but if you want to take care of renewing your USATF membership you can do so now, either on-line or with a paper form. Click on to the Membership page. Thanks!


January 31

This weekend's Millrose Games in New York ay be older, but there's little room for debate that the Reebok Boston Indoor Games held on January 28 is the best darn indoor meet in USA. The 2 1/2 hour event in front of a sold out Reggie Lewis Center produced the 2nd fastest women's 5000 ever run, the 3rd fastest 3000, world ranking marks in nearly every event, and the most ever sub-4 minute milers - 11 - in any single indoor race. Many of the US athletes will be back in a month for the USA Championships. Catch the meet results and some streaming video at Global Athletics .

That wasn't the only action in town last weekend, as hundreds more athletes competed at the Northeastern Invitational at Reggie on Friday and at the Terrier Classic at Boston U on Friday and Saturday. The latter found 6 under 8:00 for 3000 meters, and Providence College's Max Smith going sub-4:00 for the first time in a track record 3:59.33.


January 31

Roxbury Latin School, an all-boys private high school located in West Roxbury, is looking for an assistant coach for this spring with expertise in either the throwing and/or jumping events. If interested, contact Athletic Director Brad Perham at Roxbury Latin School, 617-325-4920, or at


January 26

Milton Academy, a private high school near Boston, is looking for coaches for this spring who can work with the following events: high jump, pole vault, and throws. If interested, contact Athletic Director Marijke Alsbach at Milton Academy, 617-898-2250, or at

In the spring, our website will have a coaching opportunities page with listings for openings at all levels in the region.


January 19

New England native Sean O'Brien etched his name onto a few lists this past weekend after his performance at the U. Washington Indoor Preview meet in Seattle. The graduate of Winnisquam HS in New Hampshire clocked 3:59.05 for the mile, joining the ranks of US runners who have broken the magic barrier. That time also makes him the first Granite State high school grad to break the 4 minute mark; now, in the 6 state region, only Vermont lacks an alum in that list. Former BAA runner and U.Conn star Elliott Blount, a teammate of O'Brien's on the Nike Farm Team in California, also bettered 4:00 in the race.

In other action, Ed Baker and Pat Moulton were 14th and 18th in 1:05:18 and 1:05:29, respectively, at the USA 1/2 Marathon Championship in Houston. 2005 NE Marathon champ Heidi Westerling won the Surf and Sand 1/2 Marathon in 1:18:15 in Maui Hawaii. Now a freshman at Arkansas, past Athlete of the Month Chris Barnicle clocked a creditable 8: 11.24 for 3000 at the Arkansas Invitational, with Fairhaven MA's Nephi Tyler less than a step behind in 8:11.41. And finally, a little further afield, BAA member Mark Churchill (VT) placed 36th - 2nd American - in the 4th annual European Snowshoe Championships in Italy, leading the US team to the International (non-Italian) team title.

Track action continues in this area with the Greater Boston TC Invitational at Harvard on Sunday.


January 18

National Junior Olympic cross country champions Ashley DiClemente (Barrington RI) and Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT) are December's USATF-New England Athletes of the Month.

The pair won their respective divisions to book-end the day at the National meet held December 10 at Bryant University in Smithfield RI. DiClemente, representing the North Kingstown Recreation, made her move on the homestretch and sprinted to victory in the day's first race, the Bantam Girls (age 10 and under). Wheating, a senior at Kimball Union Academy and NE Prep Division IV champ, closed the day with a win in the Young Men's division (age 17-18). Both won their races at the New England association meet on November 19 to qualify for the Nationals.

The full December AOM press release, along with the others of 2005, is at the Awards and Honors Page.


January 11

The third annual TechTrack Indoor Youth Meet will be held at MIT in Cambridge MA on Sunday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. This is a low key meet for athletes Bantam (10 and under) through Intermediate (born 1990-91) age groups to compete indoors. All clubs attending are expected to supply at least 1 volunteer.

The entry form can be linked to from the track page.


January 11

USA Track & Field announces the availability of tickets for the 2006 Indoor Championships in Boston, MA. Tickets are on sale online at the USATF On-line Store through February 22, 2006. Tickets purchased by February 15 will be sent via USPS Priority Mail. Tickets purchased February 16 or later will be available at the will-call ticket window on-site. From now through meet weekend, tickets may also be purchased at the Reggie Lewis Center (617-541-2451).


January 4

A pair of 2005 World Championships gold medalists - sprinter Lauryn Williams and shot putter Adam Nelson - have been added to the field for the 11th annual Reebok Boston Indoor Games on Saturday, January 28, the first stop of the 2005 Visa Championship Series.

The 22-year-old Williams, one of the brightest young American stars in the sport, brought home two gold medals (100m, 4x100m relay) from last year's World Championships, after surging into the limelight with her silver medal from the 2004 Olympics. A 2004 graduate of the University of Miami and the 2004 NCAA 100m champion, Williams will be making her Reebok Boston Indoor Games debut.

Nelson, 30, will return to defend his 2005 Reebok Boston Indoor Games shot put title, a victory that launched him toward a triumphant career-best season and the world's #1 ranking. A two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time World Championships runner-up, the popular American thrower shook off his Athens disappointment and subsequent thoughts of retirement to finally earn his long-sought gold medal in Helsinki.

Tickets and more entrant information on the Reebok Boston Indoor Games are now available on-line at or by calling 1-866-GO-BIG06.


January 1

January 1 - new year resolutions and plenty of events to take advantage of in the coming year. Good luck with your training, and we look forward to seeing you at events as a competitor, spectator, or official / volunteer.