NEWS FROM 2015

12/31/2015
 

SAM TOOLIN IS DECEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
December 31, 2015

Sam Toolin of North Kingstown RI, who competes for the Sentinel Striders, is USA Track & Field - New England Athlete of the Month for December 2015. On December 12 at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, NM, Sam won the 13-14 year old boys race by 13 seconds in a field of 345 runners. Running in second place through 2 miles, Toolin finished stronger than his competition in 13:17.1 over the 4000 meter course. He was fifth in the division in 2014, and finished second in the 11-12 year old race in 2013.

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

 

USATF-NEW ENGLAND LDR AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 16
January 4

The 5th Annual LDR Awards Banquet and Social is fast approaching - Saturday, January 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham Mass. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker Tim Ritchie and awards presentations to follow.

The evening will feature awards for Road, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits. Series divisional winners will receive awards.

Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300.

Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form. Reservations close on Monday, January 11, at 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to awards@usatfne.org.

 


BAA RUNNERS TO REPRESENT USA IN XC
December 21

A trio of B.A.A. athletes will represent the United States at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet on Saturday, January 9, in Scotland. The meet, one of the most prestigious cross country competitions in the world, showcases athletes from around the globe.

Placing fifth and sixth at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships last weekend, Emma Bates and Sarah Pagano qualified to wear the Team USA uniform in Scotland. The women will race a 6 kilometer course featuring three challenging, hilly loops. Earning a spot on the men's 8 kilometer race starting line is Brian Harvey, who finished 12th at Club Nationals. Fellow B.A.A. team member Daniel Winn was eligible to race, but bypassed his selection to concentrate on the indoor track season.

For years, the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet has drawn top athletes from both the track and roads, creating a thrilling competition. Double Olympic, World, and European champion Mo Farah (Great Britain) has already been announced as competing. The meet will be live-streamed on www.USATF.tv

 

Liberty AC W50 Relay Team breaks the American Record. (Photo: Liberty AC)
Liberty AC W50 Relay Team breaks the American Record
Photo: Liberty AC

LIBERTY AC GETS 50+ BEST AT LOU'S RELAY
December 19, Boston MA

The Liberty AC 50+ relay team set a new US age group best for the 4 x 1600 meter relay at the 15th annual Lou's Relay on Saturday at Boston University. The quartet of Viki Bok, Jamie Henzy, Dru Pratt-Otto, and Pam Linov combined for a time of 26:04.08 to better the 26:17.8 run by a Liberty foursome in 2010; Pratt-Otto was part of the previous relay as well. Fifteen teams participated, the largest field since 2008.

Full Results.

 

YOUTH CLUB COACHES/ADMINISTRATORS NEED SAFESPORT COURSE
December 16

As of January 1, 2016, all USATF youth club coaches and youth club administrators, as well as all coaches on the USATF Coaches Registry, are required to complete the US Olympic Committee SafeSport course to maintain active status in their roles. Check the USATF Website for specifics. The program can be completed online and there is no charge; it will need to be completed every 4 years. USATF-NE will be sending out a summary to all youth coaches, and will arrange for in-person group viewing of the instructional program (about 80 minutes).

 

WESTPHAL 20TH AT EUROPEAN XC
December 12, Hyeres France

USATF-NE cross country champion Liv Westphal placed 20th at the European cross country championships in Hyeres, France on Saturday. The Boston College senior, who still has collegiate track eligibility, ran 26:47 for the 8080 meters, and was third finisher for France which placed as second team behind Great Britain, 33-78.

 

Williams College NCAA Cross Country Champions (Photo: Jim Harleen)
Williams College NCAA Cross Country Champions
(Photo: Jim Harleen)

WILLIAMS COLLEGE XC TEAM IS NOVEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
December 14

The Williams College women's cross country team is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for November 2015. The team won the NCAA Divison III Cross COuntry Championships in Oshkosh Wisconsin on November 21, scoring 81 points, 98 points ahead of SUNY Geneseo. The team was led by Hannah Cole who finished fourth over the 6000 meter course. The Williams men's team finished in second place., led by Bijan Mazaheri's bronze medal run.

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

 

BAA REPEATS AS NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONS
December 12, San Francisco

The Boston Athletic Association women scored their second straight USA Cross Country Championship Team Title at today's USATF Cross Country Championships in San Francisco. Race fields were among the largest ever. Led by Emma Bates (5), Sarah Pagano (6), and Jennifer Rhines (8), all Unicorn scorers finished within 12 places and 30 seconds to record just 28 points, ahead of High Performance West (107). Keely Maguire (8) and Katie DiCamillo (24) were top finishers on the fifth place New Balance Boston squad. Also representing were New Balance Boston-B (27/740 pts), Greater Boston TC (29/805) and SISU Project (40/1165) among 41 teams.

Not to be outdone, the B.A.A. men finished as runner-up club in the 59 team field, scoring 106 points. Leading the charge was Daniel Winn with his 7th place finish, and backed by Brian Harvey (15) with all scorers in the top 45. Mayor's Cup winner Trevor Dunbar of Alaska was fourth in the A race which had 411 finishers. Other USATF-NE clubs in the standings were New Balance Boston (13/386), Greater Boston TC (28/831), Dirigo RC (40/1165), HFC Striders (51/1479), and SISU Project (54/1588).

There were 2 Men's masters races, 40-59 and 60+. B.A.A. men's 40+ team gave the club a complete set of medals in repeating their third place finish from 2014. Peter Hammer was at the front of the club, 11th overall and winning the M45 division. Greater Springfield and Greater Lowell took 10th and 21st in the 40+, and Greater Springfield was also 5th in the 50's.

In the 60+ contest, John Barbour (M60) was second overall, and Greater Lowell RR teammate Bill Dixon (M65) also won age division silver as GLRR finished a close second 38-43 to Club Northwest. Greater Springfield Harriers were 16th among 36 in the race.

Complete Results

 

National Champion Sam Toolin with Sentinel Strider coach Joe Bennett (Photo: Sentinel Striders)
National Champion Sam Toolin with Sentinel Strider coach Joe Bennett
(Photo: Sentinel Striders)

TOOLIN WINS AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL XC
December 12, Albuquerque NM

Sam Toolin (Sentinel Striders) was equal to some unfavorable conditions and won the boys age 13-14 4K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Toolin had an impressive 13 second gap by the finish over the 4000 meter course.

The altitude along with long travel times took their toll on all runners from Region I, and combining with heavy rain and winds through the first few races, most runners were a minute or more off of their Regional times.

Seven top 10 team placings were turned in by local clubs; 4th by NH Tracksters Boys 11-12, 6 and 7 by Team RUN and Nashua PAL Striders in the Girls 13-14, 4 and 7 by Nashua PAL Striders and Sentinel Striders Boys 13-14 and 10th by Granite State Flash 11-12 girls.

Full Results

 

USATF-NE GRAND PRIX SERIES FINALIZED FOR 2016
December 11, 2015

The 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by over 500 votes from USATF members. Here is the new schedule:

2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Races:
Mar 6, An Ras Mor, 5 km, Cambridge, MA
Mar 20, New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
Aug 14, Bobby Doyle 5 miler, Narragansett, RI
Aug 27, New Hampshire 10 miler, Auburn, NH
Sep 11, Seasons 20 km, Acton, MA
Sep 25, Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA
Nov 6, Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, NH

Check the Grand Prix web page with specifics and links for the entire race series.

 

NEW ENGLAND ATHLETES HONORED AT USATF ANNUAL MEETING
December 2-6, 2015

New England athletes were honored at the USATF Annual Meeting for their successful 2015 competitive seasons. It was no surprise that five time National Champion Molly Huddle was selected as Women's Long Distance Running Runner of Year. Recognized as Masters Long Distance Running age group Runner of the Year were Jan Holmquist (W70-74, NE 65+ RC) and William Dixon (M65-69, Gr.Lowell RR).

Three Mass Velocity TC members were among the Masters Track & Field age group athletes of the year: Sue McCarthy (W50), Mary Roman (W75), and Flo Meiler(W80).

Two New England runners with long successful local and national resumes were added to the Masters Hall of Fame - Jan Holmquist and Joe Fernandez (Gr.New Bedford TC). Additionally, two of the three other individuals added have New England roots - Dennis Simonaitis, alum of Xaverian Brothers HS/UMass Lowell/HFC Striders, and Jane Welzel, Hopkinton MA native and UMass Amherst grad.

 

LOCAL ADMINISTRATORS RECOGNIZED AT USATF MEETINGS
December 2-6, 2015, Houston TX

Ron and Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) were honored during the Jesse Owens Award Banquet held at the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting. The couple received the Pat and Helio Rico Lifetime Achievement Award. They've for has served the sport over four decades across all levels of the sport from youth to elite to masters, at high school, college, and club activites locally to internationally, and from development programs to the Olympic Games as administrators and officials.

During the meeting's opening session, Bill Clark (Waltham MA), a founding officer of the New England association of USATF (The Athletics Congress at the time), coach and meet director since the 1970's, and current president of the US Meet Directors Association, was one of three President's Award recipients for career service to the sport. Laurie Boemker also received the Officials Committee's Charle Ruter Award as outstanding track official. Association managing director Steve Vaitonesaccepted the Doris Heritage Award for contributions to Cross Country, and the Associations Committee Chair Award for work with local association programs.

 

LOCAL OFFICIALS TO WORK MAJOR USA COMPETITIONS
December 2-6, 2015, Houston TX

A number of USATF-New England certified officials were selected at the USATF Annual Meeting to work at major events in 2016, including the World Indoor Championships to be held in Portland OR in March. Those hard working officials and their assignments include Laurie Boemker (World Indoor Championships - Technical Official; USA Women's Olympic Marathon Trials - Referee); Joe Bullock(USA Juniors and Olympic Trials - Shot Put); Nicole Bullock (USA Juniors - Hammer; Olympic Trials, Throws-Alternate); Bob Gidari (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Shot Put; OT - Discus); Justin Kuo (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Electronic Measurement; OT - Electronic Measurement); Rick Lajoie (OT - Long/Triple Jump); Pat Lavelle (OT - Hammer); Tom Meagher (World Indoor - Starter; OT - Starter).

 

2016 USATF-NE GRAND PRIX VOTING BEGINS
December 1, 2015

Online voting for the USATF New England 2016 Grand Prix Road Race series by USATF members (age 18 and older) is open December 1 through December 8, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Please review the Bid Comparison Sheet to read more about the outstanding races which are bidding for next year’s Grand Prix. Each bidder’s full application is also available for viewing. While on the website, please utilize the 2016 Selection Worksheet, as voting is by choosing individual races from groupings by distances this year.

The Worksheet will enable voters to see all races and the date conflicts with other bidding races on one form as well as the important balloting rules. Please use this as a guide while using the online ballot. Date conflict rules must be followed when voting or the voter’s ballot will not be counted. Current USATF membership is required and members (must be at least age 18) can vote only once.

Please use this link to vote.

 

SCHOLASTIC XC RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR FOOTLOCKER NATIONALS
November 28, 2015, New York City

New England states runners earned starting line spots for Nationals at the 36th FootLocker Northeast Championships on the Van Cortlandt Park course in New York City on Saturday.

In the girls race, Hannah DeBalsi (Westport CT) placed fourth to guarantee her third trip west, with state champions Ariel Keklak (Lincoln-Sudbury MA, 7th) and Eleanor Lawler (Wakefield RI/S.Kingstown RI, 8th) joining her. Three boys will make the trip to the elite big show in December, as Viraj Deokar (Acton MA/Middlesex School), Gabe Altopp (Ridgefield CT), and Marcelo Rocha (Peabody MA) placed 6-9-10; Rocha's sister Catarina was a 3 time national qualifier.

The top 10 in each race qualified for the finals in San Diego CA on December 13. Results and stories.

 

USATF-NEW ENGLAND LDR AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 16
November 25

The 5th Annual Awards Banquet and Social takes place on Saturday, January 16, 2016, moving to the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham MA this year. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker and awards presentation.

The evening will feature awards for Road, Track & Field, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits, along with special awards. Series divisional winners will receive awards.

Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300.

Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available online, or by mail using the banquet ticket request form.

Questions may be directed to awards@usatfne.org.

 

Sam Toolin wins in the 13-14 division. (ScottMasonPhoto.com
Sam Toolin wins in the 13-14 division.
Photo: ScottMasonPhoto.com

NEW ENGLAND SUCCESSFUL AT REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
November 22, Smithfield RI

USATF-New Engalnd youth used their home-course familiarity and large numbers to score well in the Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held on the Bruce Ewart Cross Country Course at Deerfield Park in Smithfield Rhode Island. Six associations had their qualifiers represented among the 1119 runners who crossed the finish line in age group races from age 8-under to 17-18. Most of the meet's 12 races avoided the steady rain earlier in the day, and the course held up well in teh damp conditions.

New England association clubs fully filed their qualifying places from the previous week's USATF-NE Championship, and were the dominant teams in winning 10 of the 11 races, including a top 5 sweep of the girls 13-14 division. Teams on the top of the awards platform included host club Sentinel Striders with 3 wins, Nashua PAL Striders (3), Granite State Flash (2), NC Surge (1) and Team RUN (1).

The association had five individual winners. Girls won the older three age group races: 13-14 Caroline Fischer, Team Run; 15-16 Michaela Jones, Unattached; Carmen Bango, Unattached. Boys winners were 9-10 Aidan Cox, NH Thunder, and 13-14 Sam Toolin, Sentinel Striders.

The top 5 teams and runners in the top 30 qualify for the December 12 National meet in Albuquerque New Mexico. FULL RESULTS.

Congratulations to all participants and thanks to the Sentinel Striders for setting up and managing the course over the long day.

 

19 RACES BIDDING FOR 2016 ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX
November 19

Nineteen races are bidding for the seven championship distances which will make up the 2016 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix.

A committee of club representatives will review the race bids at a meeting on Monday, November 22, at Brandeis University, and compile several slates based on dates and event amenities. Voting will then take place online starting late next week for ten days, and the results will be announced in early December.

See the spreadsheet summarizing and comparing the bid races at the GP page.

 

HUDDLE WINS USA 12K, SPISAK FOURTH
November 15, Alexandria VA

Closing the USA Running Circuit (USARC) season, Molly Huddle(Saucony/Providence) took her fifth USA title of the year at the .us 12K Championship. The win, her third straight at the 12K and 21st career USA crown, also secured the 2015 USARC title. As was the case in other recent wins, Huddle took the lead before the first mile, split 10-K in 32:19, and was never challenged in her 38:36 on the out-and-back course.

Behind her, a strong New England contingent followed, led by Sarah Pagano (B.A.A.) in seventh, followed by Liz Costello (New Balance/Newton, 9th) and Emma Bates (B.A.A./10th)

The men's race had the opposite settting with the top 4 within 2 seconds. USATF-NE October Athlete of the Month Jim Spisak ran 34:37 for fourth place, two ticks back of the winner, former NE resident Sam Chelanga. The placing gave Spisak ninth overall in the USARC men's column final standings.

See the story and standings at the race website.

 

Jim Spisak is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month (Photo: NE Distance))
Jim Spisak is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month
Photo: NE Distance

SPISAK IS OCTOBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
November 10

Jim Spisak (NE Distance / Woonsocket RI) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for October 2015. He had quality races on two surfaces. On October 4, he placed fourth at the US 10 Mile Championship in Minneapolis MN, clocking a fast 46:59. At the Boston Mayor's Cup on October 25, he was runner-up in the championship race in 23:20, second fastest time of the year by any runner on the Franklin Park course. In September, the former Duquesne runner was seventh in the USA 20K Championship in New Haven CT. Spisak also works with NE Distance in coaching their middle school cross country development program in Providence and Woonsocket.

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

 

USATF-NE Masters 8K XC (Photo: Dave Dunham)
USATF-NE Masters 8K XC
Photo: Dave Dunham

NEW BALANCE BOSTON, BAA TAKE NE XC TITLES
November 8, Franklin Park, Boston

New Balance Boston women and the B.A.A. men scored strong team wins at the USATF New England cross country championships at Franklin Park in Boston on Sunday. NBB completed a tough Mayor's Cup / NE sweep. Overall and New England Open winner in the women's Open/Masters 6K was Liv Westphal. The Boston College star is out of NCAA cross country eligibility, so ran unattached to a 39 second win over Katrina Spratford (NE Distance). Top master in 23rd place was Regina Loiacano (CMS). Men's winner Henry Sterling gave NE Distance their first individual NE XC title in the Open 10K. Leading the Masters 8K was Chris Magill, with his B.A.A. teammates sharing in the team victory 35-46 over CMS.

RESULTS.

 

2016 GRAND PRIX BID PRESENTATION MEETING ON NOVEMBER 2
October 28, Waltham MA

The meeting for bid presentations for the 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held Monday evening, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Gosman Athletic Center, Brandeis University, South Street, Waltham MA. This is the same site as the past few years.

The meting is solely for bidding races to make presentation and for members to ask questions. Later that week, a committee will review all bids and present several slates of events to voted on online sometime after November 15; voting will be open for about a week.

 

New England Distance, Men's 8K Team Champions (Photo: NEDistance)
New England Distance, Men's 8K Team Champions
Photo: NEDistance

NE DISTANCE, NEW BALANCE BOSTON WIN MAYORS CUP
October 25, Franklin Park, Boston

New Balance Boston, Women's 5K Team Champions (Photo: NBB)
New Balance Boston, Women's 5K Team Champions
Photo: NBB

Local runners and clubs took three of four top honors at the 25th Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The women's race saw international level competitors head onto the final field loop with a 40 second gap over fourth place, with Liz Costello (New Balance/Newton MA) taking home the Mayor's Cup bowl ahead of recent Boston College alum Liv Westphal (France) and 2014 World Junior 1500 meter Champion Mary Cain (Nike Oregon Project/NY). Men's race winner Trevor Dunbar (Nike/ had just 3 seconds on Jim Spisak (NEDistance/Woonsocket RI), who has scored well in three USA road championships this fall.

Winning the Squires Cup for top teams were New Balance Boston women with a perfect 15 point score, and New England Distance men winning their first major team title over Speed River of Canada.

Fastest in the Franklin Park 5K were Coby Horowitz (TF Academy oF PTI) and Sara Wild (Team NB). Full team and individual results of all races at at Coolrunning.com.

 

Finishers, in the age 6-10 Division, (Photo: B.A.A.)
Finishers, in the age 6-10 Division
Photo: B.A.A.

LARGE YOUTH FIELDS AT MAYORS CUP
October 25, Franklin Park, Boston

Youth fields grew again at Sunday's Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races, with more age 14 and under runners finishing than adult runners in the largest meet of its sort in New England. Most crowded field was in the age 10 and under race with over 250 entrants.

Individual winners over the 1.1 mile course were Brendan Wilder (Waltham TC) and Bridgett Cassidy in the age 10 and under race, Matthew Griffin (Londonderry MS) and Shea Brams (Waltham TC) in 11-12, and Evan Lemlein (Waltham TC) and Caroline Fischer in 13-14. Team winners were Londonderry MS (Boys 11-12), Team RUN (Girls 13-14), Town Track Club (Boys 10/U), Walpole MS (Boys 13-14), Waltham Track Club (Girls 10/U and Girls 11-12).

Full results at Coolrunning.com.

Reminder that entry for the November 15 Junior Olympics Meet is now available; find the information at usatfne.org/jo.

 

CMS WINS USA MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY
October 18, Saratoga Springs NY

The Winning CMS Team (photo by Dave Dunham)
The Winning CMS Team
Dave Dunham

The Central Mass Striders 40+ team of Gregory Putnam, Tim Van Orden, Joshua Perks, Alan Bernier, Ben Nephew, Jim Pawlicki, & Joe Shairs won the USATF National Masters 5K Cross Country Championship in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Sunday. CMS placed 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 in the M40+ race.
Greater Springfield Harriers tood third in the M60 team ranks.

Individually, Mary Harada W80 (Liberty AC/W.Newbury MA) and Bill Dixon M65 (GLRR/Brattleboro VT) won individual age divisions, and Nat Larson (SMAC/Amherst MA) and Dixon placed 2-3 in the age graded standings.

 

2015 Tufts Health Care 10K for Women Champions. (USATF-NE photo)
2015 Tufts Health Care 10K for Women Champions
USATF-NE photo

HUDDLE DOMINATES TUFTS 10K FOR USA WIN
October 12, Boston

Molly Huddle took first at the 39th annual Tufts 10K for Women on Monday in Boston, but four was the operative number with her day's results. It was the fourth USA road title for the Providence runner for the year - and all coming since Labor Day, following wins over 20K, 5K, and 10 Miles. The win was also her fourth Tufts 10K title, with only Lynn Jennings having more Columbus Day wins in Boston.

Leading a small pack through the first mile in 5:00, and cutting the closest chasers to 3 with a 9:58 split, the Saucony runner methodically expanded her lead with every mile covered. Huddle's finishing time of 31:21 (15:37 5K split) had four distinctions including event record, US Championship record, fastest time in a women's only 10K in the US (and second only to Shalane Flanagan's US women's only record set last month), and a Personal Best.

Training partner Emily Sisson (New Balance) was with the early pack, and raced in second place from 2 miles on, recording 32:18. This year's team scores found clubs from six states in the top 7, and the Boston Athletic Association repeating as winner by 6 seconds over adidas Rocky Mountain Elite. Katie Matthews, Sarah Pagano, and Emma Bates in 10-15-16 averaged 33:35. Over 4500 runners took part.

 

B.A.A. HALF DRAWS WORLD CLASS FIELD
October 11

Columbus Day weekend is becoming the biggest three days of diverse running excellence in Boston, and this year's B.A.A. Half Marathon again brought world level runners to town as Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera were winners over the out-and-back course from Franklin Park to the Fenway. Both were winners at this summer's B.A.A. 10K as well, and clocked 1:00:56 and 1:10:21, respectively.

The B.A.A.'s own Eric Ashe was the top American male, fourth in 1:05:48, and top local female (2nd US) was Madeline Duhon (Somerville MA) in 1:17:22. 6400 started the race. Story and results at baa.org

 

LOCAL OLYMPIC TRIAL QUALIFIERS IN HARTFORD
October 10

On Saturday at the Eversource Hartford Marathon, two New Englanders earned spots on the 2016 Olympic Trials starting line. Erica Jesseman (Dirigo RC) was the women's race winner for the fourth time in five years in 2:41:41, a minute-plus better than the OT standard, and Matt Pelletier achieved the needed sub-2:18 by just two seconds with his runner-up place time of 2:17:58

 

BOSTON COLLEGE, BOSTON U. WIN NE COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
October 10, Boston

Boston College women and Boston University women took home team tiles in the New England Intercollegiate cross country championships held at Franklin Park on Saturday. Individual gold medals went to Laura Hottenrott (BC) and Robert Allen (UMass Lowell); Allen is UML's first ever NE Collegiate champion. Both were selected US Track & Field and Cross Country Association Division I athletes of the week. Spectator attendance was high on an ideal day at the park.

Full results at neicaaa.org.

 

BARD IS SEPTEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
October 5

Sarah Bard (Craft Concept Racing/Somerville MA) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2015. On September 12 at Winschoten, the Netherlands, Sarah finished fourth in the International Association of Ultrarunners 100K World Championships, completing the race in 7:29:01 and helping Team USA to the team gold medal. Her time is 5th best ever by a US women at the distance.

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

 

MASTERS SHARP AT USA 5K
October 4, Syracuse NY

The USA Masters 5K at the Syracuse Festival of Races always produces top times with tough competition across all ages for the 40+ competitors, and New Englanders regulalry bring home age group medals.

Three New Englanders were division winners in the 2015 race: Nat Larson(Amherst MA, M50, 16:10), Bill Dixon (GLRR/Brattleboro VT, M65, 18:33), and Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway, W70, 1, 22:15). Larson, Dixon, and Holmquist were also 2, 5, and 2, respectively in their age-graded scoring lists. Also medaling were Tim Van Orden (CMS/Bennington VT, M45, 3, 16:27) and Rick Stetson (NE65+/Duxbury MA, M70, 3, 22:30)

Full results at www.leonetiming.com

 

THIRD STRAIGHT USA TITLES FOR HUDDLE
October 4, Minneapolis MN

Following wins at the USA 20K and 5K in September, Molly Huddle(Providence RI/Saucony) pulled away from the field early and cruised to a new course record Sunday at the USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. From the first mile, Huddle set a pace none of her competition could match. Reaching halfway in 25:55, she maintained an even pace over the final 5 miles to finish in 51:44, a course best by over 90 seconds.

The men's race had a large pack together through seven miles when the field strung out and the narrowed thorugh the remainder until Sam Chelanga won in a sprint finish (46:47). Jim Spisak (Woonsocket RI/NEDistance) completed one of his best races in fourth with a time of 46:59. and Tim Ritchie (Brighton MA/Saucony) closed well to place sixth in 47:19.

The next stop on the USATF Running Circuit is the Tufts 10K for Women, the USATF Women’s 10 km Championship, in Boston on Columbus Day.

 

 Carly Muscaro receives the Athlete of the Month plaque from Dr. John Oleski. (USATF-NE photo)
Carly Muscaro receives the Athlete of the Month plaque from Dr. John Oleski.
USATF-NE photo

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ELECTED AT ANNUAL MEETING
September 27

At the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held at Brandeis University on Sunday, September 27, George Braun (HFC Striders) takes over as cross country chair, and Kevin Chu (Sprinticity) and Rich Hartnett join Jen Mortimer as athlete reps. Other board positions remain the same for 2016.

Athlete of the Month presentations started the meeting, followed by reports from officers and committee chairs selection of seventeen delegates to represent the association at the USATF Annual Meeting in Houston in December, and introduction of new initiatives following a year-long association planning and review process. Minutes will be posted shortly at usatfne.org/board/.

 

ENMAN EARNS TEAM MEDAL AT WORLD MOUNTAIN CHAMPS
September 21, Betws-y-Coed, Wales

Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) contributed to Team USA's silver medal performance at last weekend's World Mountain Running Championship in Betws-y-Coed, Wales. Second at the US Championship race in the spring and a past champion at the World event, the Green Mountain AA runner was tenth overall in 40:11 for the 8.9 kilometer course. The USA squad had a tight pack finish with Kimber Mattox (Eugene, OR) sixth and Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID) eleventh For the first time, all four US women finished in the top 20. Thirty-two nations were represented in the meet that include junior and senior men's and women's races.

More event news at wmra.info.

 

2015 USATF-NE GP Prix Winners (USATF-NE photo)
2015 USATF-NE GP Prix Winners
USATF-NE photo

SERAFINI AND MISURACA TAKE 10K AND GP WINS
September 20, Gloucester MA

With the 2015 USATF-NE Grand Prix final standings coming down to the order of finish in the 10K, Louis Serafini and Katie Misuraca underlined their series wins with victories at the ninth annual Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA on Sunday. It was the first series win for both runners, who topped all divisions in the 901 runner field.

Serafini pulled away from defending champion Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) in the closing stretch to secure the win in 30:25 as closest GP rival Matt Pelletier was a creditable fifth. Misuraca, running on familiar roads as Gloucester resident, was 8 seconds better than Laura Hagley - second in the standings - to take the 2015 race and GP crowns in 35:52. Hagley led her Millennium team to the win, and with it, the women's series team title. Greater Boston TC took team title but the B.A.A. men held on for the series top spot.

Chris Magill (B.A.A.) and Gloucesterite, Regina Loiacano (CMS) were top masters. A number of series division champions were determined by the final 10K placings.

Overall Results. Final series rankings and age grading will be at the GP Page.

 

HUDDLE FIVE FOR 5K AT USA CHAMPS
September 20, Providence RI

Competing at her second USA Championship in September, Molly Huddle(Providence/Saucony) won her fifth USA title over 5K at the CVSHealth Downtown 5K on Sunday. The win came after a hard-fought competition against fellow World Championship teammate Shalane Flanagan which didn't end until crossing the finish, the winning time being 15:12. Emily Sisson (Providence) placed third and B.A.A. runners Elaina Balouris and Sarah Pagano in seventh and ninth to pace the blue-and-yellow to the National team win.

Miler David Torrence (Malibu CA) used his mile speed to lead the overall field home in a sprint finish over North Kingstown RI HS product Dan Huling (Portland OR) and Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein (Belmont MI), recording 13:56 on the newly redesigned course. HFC Striders placed third team.

The USATF 5K was the ninth stop on the USATF Running Circuit. Full results and race video can be found at RunRhody.com.

 

FLO MEILER IS AUGUST ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
September 12

Vermonter Flo Meiler (MassVelocity TC) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for August 2015. Meiler, age 81, traveled to the World Masters Championships in Lyon France, during the month, winning ten medals in her age group - the highest total of any of the 8000 competitors. She won gold in the heptathlon, triple jump, pole vault, steeplechase, and on the 4 x 100 relay, silver in the high jump, long jump, 80 meter hurdles and 200 meter hurdles, and a bronze in the discus. Those marks were accomplished with three world W80 age group records and an additional US record.

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

 

HUDDLE TAKES NATIONAL 20K
September 7, New Haven CT

Molly Huddle (Providence/Saucony) was a repeat winner at the USA 20K in New Haven CT on Labor Day. She took the lead before mile 2 and wasn't challenged beyond that, as her 1:06:26 held a 1:02 margin of victory and was the fastest winning time in 12 years.

Also among the top finishers were Katie DiCamillo (Providence/New Balance Boston) 9th in 1:10:12, and Katie Matthews (B.A.A.), eleventh in 1:10:37.

USATF-NE men's performances were headed by New England Distance newcomer Jim Spisak (Woonsocket RI) in seventh at 1:00:12, followed in the top 25 by Tim Ritchie (Brighton MA/Saucony), 15th in 1:02:06 and NE 5 Mile champion Dan Lowry (B.A.A./Allston MA), 21st in 1:03:45. Men's winner Jared Ward Provo, UT, in 59:24, was one second ahead of Sam Chelanga.

The USATF 20K was the eighth stop on the USATF Running Circuit. The next two events are in the New England association - the USA 5K at the CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence on September 20, and the USA Women's 20K at the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston on Columbus Day.

 

Top 3 male finishers at the 2015 Acton 20K (USATF-NE photo by Jean Cann)
Top 3 male finishers at the 2015 Acton 20K
(USATF-NE photo by Jean Cann)

SHAW, JESSEMAN ROLL TO 20K WINS
September 6, Acton MA

Ethan Shaw and Erica Jesseman covered a rolling 20K faster than their New England challengers to win USATF 20K Championship titles at Sunday's Seasons 20K in Acton MA. A combination of continually rolling terrain between miles 2 and 10, and increasingly warmer temperatures added challenge to the distance of the first time championship event.

After jockeying for position in the opening miles, Shaw (B.A.A.) went on to the race win in 1:02:55, a half minute up on Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers), who assumes the overall GP lead after 6 races. With Brian Harvey in third, the B.A.A. had the frontrunning positions to collect the team win.

Women's medal positions were static after 3 miles, as race winner Sonia Samuels, visiting from Great Britain, was first in in 1:10:19. New England champion Jesseman was second overall in 1:13:54, 13 seconds up on Katie Misuraca (B.A.A.), as those two led their clubs to first and second place finishes, respectively. Top Master Sheri Piers (Dirigo) took the final podium position.

Underscoring the quality in New England road championships, the top 5 men's times and top 4 women's times would have been worthy of a top 25 placing at the USA National 20K a day later in New Haven CT, with the New England course covering much tougher topography. 373 finished the out-loop-back course utilizing mostly rural roads.

USATF NE Results link.

 

USA 10K RECORD FOR FLANAGAN
September 6, Tilburg, Netherlands

New England native Shalane Flanagan brought down the US women's best for 10K on the road to 31:03 in the Netherlands on Sunday. She improved Lynn Jennings' 25 year old US best by 3 seconds.

 

TWILIGHT THROWERS TAKE USA MASTERS THROWS TITLES
August 29-30, Seattle WA

Four Twilight Throwers club members earned medals at the USA Masters Throws Championships in Seattle over the weekend.

Bob Arello (M55) and Bob Cedrone (M60) were divisional Weight Pentathlon winners and the same two also won their age groups' SuperWeight throw. Cedrone completed a hat trick with a win in the Ultra Weight pentathlon (those are Really heavy weight!).

Also medaling was Jim Burgoyne, taking second in the M55 Weight Pentathlon and George Castelli, third in the M60 Ultra Weight Pentathlon

All results.

 

2015 USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 27
August 26, 2015

The Annual Meeting of USATF-New England will take place on Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 PM at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham MA.

The business meeting will include Athlete of the Month presentations. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 who are age 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.

Elections in 2015 are for sports chairs and athlete reps. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office. Reports on past and future projects will be presented, as will early ideas on changes to the Road Race Championship Grand Prix for 2016. Delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

The full meeting agenda and positions open for election are posted at USATF-NE board page.

 

2015 CROSS COUNTRY GRAND PRIX OPENS ON SATURDAY
August 21, Manchester NH

The 2015 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix kicks off on Saturday, August 22, at the NH XC Festival in Manchester NH. The race covers one of the classic courses in the region - the 5K New Hampshire HS state meet course at Derryfield Park. The afternoon race is conducted by Millennium Running (race info).

This year's XC GP has five events. Check the schedule and rules.

 

A fun time had by all at Friday night's one hour. (Photo: Bill Mullen)
A fun time had by all at Friday night's one hour.
Photo: Bill Mullen

FOUR TRACK DISTANCE RECORDS AT LYNN HOUR RACE
August 14, Lynn MA

Four pending US records were set at the Lynn 1 Hour Runs on Friday night in separate men's and women's races under the lights at Manning Field. Ninety year young Lou Peters(Methuen MA) started the list by covering 6247 meters (3.88 miles). Katie Misuraca (Gloucester MA/BAA) improved the women's best with 16632 meters, Regina Loiacano, (Gloucester MA/CMS), USATF-NE Masters 5 mile champ last Sunday, improved the W40 15,000 mark with her 59:46.5 split, and Jan Holmquist (Burlington MA/Whirlaway) got her W70 second record of the week with a distance of 12110 meters.

Pictures at the Lynn Woods Running website.

 

MEILER MEDALS AT WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
August 12, Lyon, France

The first week of the World Masters Athletics Championships concluded with 24 USA gold medals, including several by Flo Meiler (Shelburne VT). The MassVelocity competitor won the W80+ Heptathlon, setting a in a new world record, and also won the age division's triple jump and placed second in the high jump. Mary Harada(Liberty AC/West Newbury MA) was third in the W80 800 meters.

More than 8,000 athletes from 99 countries are entered. Follow the results at Meet website.

 

Start of the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile. (USATF-NE photo)
Start of the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile.
(USATF-NE photo)

LOWRY, NAGEL TAKE NE TITLES AT BOBBY DOYLE 5 MILER
August 9, Narragansett RI

Dan Lowry and Laura Nagel earned New England 5 Mile Championship titles in course record times at the Bobby Doyle 5 Miler in Narragansett RI on Sunday. Cool summer temperatures and overcast skies helped lead to fast times on the coastal circuit, as far south as any association championship has been held. Depth of the results was evident by several numbers; 16 finishers under 25:00, 58 under 28:00, and the first master not until 39th place. 663 finished the 5 Mile double loop coruse.

Lowry, representing the B.A.A., missed the overall win by once second as the final sprint to his 23:52 time left him a step behind Mousaab Hadout, a 28:21 10K runner out of Morocco. Providence College grad Nagel (unattached) recorded 26:40 at the tape to outdistance her closest rival, Heather Cappello (B.A.A.), by 1:14. The B.A.A. won both open team crowns. Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) set another W70-74 US record with her time of 36:41.

The event, which raises funds for state distance runner scholarships and a youth running fund, recognizes the late Bobby Doyle who was the state's premier distance runner for many years. His accomplishments included a 5th place Boston Marathon finish, all American honors in cross country, and representing the USA in the 1979 Pan American Games. Many legends of Rhode Island road running were on hand as part of the race committee.

Results.

 

USTFCCCA RECOGNIZES HS COACHES OF THE YEAR
August 5

The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their High School coaches of the year today, recognizing coaches for successes during the 2015 season. From the four USATF-NE states, the honorees are, for boys teams, Peter Comeau (Andover, MA), Mike Lyford (Portsmouth, NH), Vincent McGinn (La Salle, RI), and Geoff Bennettt (South Burlington, VT).

State coaches recognized for girls teams include Jamahl Prince (Cambridge R&L, MA), Noah Pion (Bedford, NH), John Marchand (Smithfield, RI), and Chip Langmaid (St.Johnsbury, VT).

Read more at the ustfccca website.

 

Maria Michta-Coffey and Michael Mannozzi won the National One Hour Race Walk in Gloucester (Photo: J.S.McElvery)
Maria Michta-Coffey and Michael Mannozzi won the National One Hour Race Walk in Gloucester
(Photo: J.S.McElvery)

USATF-NE HOSTS USA ONE HOUR RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIP
August 2, Gloucester MA

As small but determined field contested the USA 1 Hour Race Walking Championship at Newell Stadium in Gloucester MA on Sunday, the race hosted by USATF-NE and New England Walkers. Leading the full entry list was 2012 Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey(Walk USA/Long Island NY), in her final tune-up before the World Track & Field Championships later in the month. She covered 12,726 meters, barely a straightaway ahead of past internationalist Michael Mannozzi (Shore AC/Youngstown OH.

Results.

 

FOUR MORE NEW ENGLAND MEDALS AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
August 1, Jacksonville FL

Another good day at the Junior Olympic Nationals, as USATF-NE athletes made it onto the awards podium in four events. Making the highest step among the group was Carmel Fitzgibbon (Weston MA) who placed third in the Girls 11-12 800, 2:18.37. Britney Johnson (NH Tracksters/Derry NH) earned her second medal of the week, placing fifth in the 15-16 3000 meters at 10:47.94, and Maxwell DiMuccio(Sentinel Striders, RI) matched that place in the highly competitive Boys 13-14 3000m, 9:31.52. Robyn Krafft (Milford NH) was seventh in the Girls 13-14 discus at 103-11.

All Results are listed event by event at adkinstrak.com.

 

Erin Dietz won the 3000 at the Pan American Juniors in Edmondton. (Photo: courtesy Emerging Elite)
Erin Dietz won the 3000 at the Pan American Juniors in Edmondton.
(Photo: courtesy Emerging Elite)

DIETZ WINS GOLD AT PAN AMERICAN JUNIORS
July 31, Edmonton, Alberta CAN

USATF-NE June Athlete of the Month Erin Dietz (Bedford MA) took the lead right out the gate and went on to win the 3000 meters at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton on Friday. Leading wire to wire and setting a commanding pace. Dietz extended her lead in the final two laps to finish in 9:37.51 for the gold medal. She was one of seven U1 winners on the first day of competition. Rhode Island hammer throwers Bobby Colantonio and Adam Kelly compete on Sunday

Results and story.

 

NEW ENGLAND 1-2 IN STEEPLECHASE AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
July 30, Jacksonville FL

New Englanders earned another 1-2 finish at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville Florida.

Clare Martin (Waltham TC) and Britney Smith (New Hampshire Tracksters) took gold and silver in the Girls 15-16 Steeplechase today with times of 7:18.55 and 7:35.73, respectively.

Thursday began with an 8th place medal showing in the Girls 15-16 Hammer by Megan Sieben (Portsmouth RI) at 112-04.

Event by event results are found at adkinstrak.com and watch event videos at usatf.tv.

 

Alessia Caira was 5th in the 3000m race walk. (Photo: Luca Caira)
Alessia Caira was 5th in the 3000m race walk.
(Photo: Luca Caira)

NE SWEEPS 15-16 HAMMER THROW AT NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS
July 29, Jacksonville FL

New England youth have earned a number of medals in the opening days of the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville Florida.

On Wednesday, Rhode Islanders dominated the hammer results. Boys age 15-16 took went 1-2-3-4; leading the parade to the podium was Jared Briere at 202-8, followed by Adrian Matos (182-6), Dilyn Cote (177-10) and Jacob Greenless (177-0). Later in the day, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) won the 17-18 hammer at 222-06, and then Meagan Malloy (Sentinel Strider) and Tara Rochefort (Woonsocket) followed with 3-7 placings in the Girls 17-18 hammer. Also medaling was Nathan Sleiman(Quincy Stars), eighth in the Boys 13-14 Triple Jump, 37-3.

The meet began on Monday with the first local medalist; Alessia Caira (Waltham TC) placed fifth in the Girls 13-14 3000m race walk in 17:15.52. Temperatures are high and conditions are tough. Follow the daily results at USATF.org and watch event videos at usatf.tv. The meet runs through Sunday, August 2.

 

Kasie Enman, 2nd-place at 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships in Bend OR. (photo: Mike Scott)
Kasie Enman, 2nd-place at 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships in Bend OR.
(photo: Mike Scott)

ENMAN SECOND AT US MOUNTAIN CHAMPS
July 25, Bend OR

Kasie Enman(Green Mountain AA/Huntington VT) placed second at the USA Mountain Running Championships held in Bend OR on Saturday. Enman covered the two lap 8K course in 37:37, just over a minute behind winner Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID). Each up-down lap had 900 feet of climbing over loose and off-road footing. The 2011 World Champion, she also qualified for a spot on the 4 women US team to run at the 2015 World Mountain Championship in Wales in September.

In the men's 12K, Todd Callaghan (CMS/Beverly MA) was M45-49 masters division winner. Story and results

 

COSTELLO FOURTH AT PAN AMERICAN GAMES
July 23, Toronto CAN

Liz Costello (New Balance/Newtonville MA) ran to a fourth place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada last night. Winner Brenda Flores of Mexico established a new Pan Am Games record, and Costello's time of 32:53.25 - 12 seconds behind - also broke the old Games record. Desiree Davila of the US, a top finisher in the Boston Marathon, earned silver. Costello is the only New Englander on Team USA at the event.

Results

 

Bobby Colantonio placed 5th at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali Colombia. (photo: ImageOfSport.com)
Bobby Colantonio at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali Colombia.
(photo: ImageOfSport.com)

COLANTONIO FIFTH AT WORLD YOUTH MEET
July 17, Cali, Colombia

Bobby Colantonio(Barrington RI) continued his summer to remember with a fifth place finish in the hammer at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali Colombia. His throw of 242'1" on his final attempt moved him up two places in the final standings; it's the second best finish ever by an American in the meet. After a week off, he'll be competing in the Pan American Junior Championships in Canada.

Story

 

USATF NE TRACK AND FIELD JULY 24-25
UPDATED ENTRY INFORMATION
 July 15

The rescheduled USATF-NE Open/Masters Championship is set for July 24-25 at Holy Cross in Worcester MA. Pole Vault and 5000 on Friday evening, July 24, and all other events on Saturday, July 25 starting 11:00 a.m.
Entry is re-opened until July 23. UPDATED ENTRY, INFORMATION, AND SCHEDULE.

All pre-entries from June need to declare for this meet by email to office@usatfne.org - See the entry info link.

Online Entry is re-opened through Thursday July 23 at noon.

 

BU'S JOHNSON NAMED TO OLYMPIC TEAM COACHING STAFF
July 15, Indianapolis

Boston University Director of Track & Field Robyne Johnson was named Assistant Coach for Jumps/Combined Events for the 2016 USA Olympic Team. Johnson is a former American record holder in the triple jump and participated in four U.S. Olympic Trials. She has also served as USATF development coordinator for the women's triple jump.

Head Coach for the USA women's team is Southern Illinois University head coach Connie Price-Smith, a 25 time US champion in the shot put and discus, and Team USA head coach at the 2011 World Championships. The full staff is announced at usatf.org

 

REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS CONCLUDES
July 9-12, Fitchburg MA

Results for last weekend's USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships are now posted at the JO page. Over 1000 entrants from ages 7-8 to 17-18 from six associations contested a full schedule of events over 4 days. Top 5 finishers qualify for Nationals. Thanks to the officials and Fitchburg State U staff for running a meet that was well received by all in attendance.

RESULTS

 

TWILIGHT THROWERS FOUNDER JIM CHAMBERAS PASSES AWAY
July 12

Jim Chamberas, Founder and President of Twilight Throwers, passed away peacefully on July 12. He was the person who decided that athletes needed a place to throw in New England and created his "Field of Dreams" at Chelmsford MA High School. He was a competitor, coach, official, meet director, father, husband and friend of track and field.

 

NE THROWERS TOP PERFORMERS AT CLUB NATIONALS
July 11, New York City

Greater Boston Track Club’s Lisa Wilson and Andre Reid were the Female and Male Performers of the Meet at Saturday's USATF Club Nationals held in New York City. Wilson scored 24 points - nearly half of her team's 53 points - with a win in the hammer throw, a runner-up finish in the shot put and a third place discus performance. GBTC finished fourth in the women’s team competition.

Reid scored in the hammer (third), javelin (third), shot put (fifth), and discus (sixth) for a combined 20 points toward GBTC’s score of 70 - good for fifth in the men's standings.

New England women's club placings were: 4.GBTC 53; 27.Prov Cobras 2; 31.MassVelocity 1. Men's places were: 5.GBTC, 70; 20.Sprinticity 9; 24.SISU Project 6; 29.MassVelocity 4. Full meet results can be found at here.

 

OPEN/MASTERS T&F CHAMPIONSHIP RESCHEDULED July 8

The USATF-NE Open and Masters Championship meet cancelled from June has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 25 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA, tentatively starting at noon. The order of events will be the same as the original date with two exceptions: the Pole Vault and the 5000 will be held on Friday evening, July 24, at the same location.

Entry will re-open for new entrants and for re-declaration of those entered for the original date, and will be available after Tuesday, July 14 and be open through July 22. The final schedule with other information will also be posted at the Track & Field Page after July 14.

 

Kim Nedeau, 2015 Loon Mountain Championship (courtesy ScottMasonPhoto.com)
Kim Nedeau, 2015 Loon Mountain Championship
courtesy ScottMasonPhoto.com

VERMONTERS TAKE TITLES AT LOON
July 5

Vermonters Josh Ferenc (Wild Endurance/Athens) and Kasie Enman(GMAA/Huntington) won USATF-NE Mountain Championship titles at the Loon Mountain race in Lincoln NH on Sunday. Ference had a winning margin of 19 seconds up the new, even more difficult 6.6 mile run to the top, while Enman's gap was 2:30 over her closest rival. Todd Callaghan(GCS/Beverly MA) and Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA), seventh and fifth overall, respectively, led the masters divisions, as 349 completed the vertical trek.

After five mountain series events, Callaghan leads the overall men's standings and Sarah Bard (craft Concept Racing) tops the women. Results and divisions

 

GATORADE HS TF ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
July 3

The 2015 Gatorade State High School Track & Field Athletes of the Year are announced. Selection is based on athletic impact in the 2014-15 season. as well as high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Winners from the USATF-NE states:
MA: Sean Caveney, Andover; Brianna Duncan, Cambridge Rindge & Latin
NH: Eli Moskowitz, Souhegan; Hannah Parker, Coe-Brown Northwood
RI: Jack Salisbury, La Salle Academy; Quashira McIntosh, Hope
VT: Alec Eschholz, Mount Mansfield; Kayla Gilding, South Burlington

Learn more about them at the Profiles page.

 

COLANTONIO NAMED TO WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM
July 1, Lisle IL

Bobby Colantonio of Barrington RI was named to the USA team for the IAAF World Youth Championships to take place July 15-19 in Cali, Colombia. He won the hammer on Monday at the USA team trial meet for athletes age 16 and 17 in 2015. Selection to the 41 athlete squad required a top place finish as well as meeting the rigorous World Youth Championships Standard.
It's been a busy and productive week for the high school senior-to-be, as he won the USA Junior championship and a berth on Team USA for the Pan American Junior (age 19 and under) meet on June 27, and earned a third gold medal on July 1 in the USA Youth Championships 17-18 division.

USA World Youth Trials Information

 

NEW ENGLAND MEDALS AT USA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
FOUR MAKE USA JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN MEET TEAM

June 25-28, Eugene OR

New England athletes earned two golds and a number of silver and bronze at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships last weekend in TrackTown USA - Eugene OR. Brown University freshman Josephine Natrasevschi won the discus in 175-7, while Barrington RI high school teammates Bobby Colantonio and Adam Kelly finished 1-2 in the hammer. Erin Dietz (Bedford MA/Emerging Elite) earned two medals running in unusually hot Oregon conditions - silver in the 3000 and bronze in the 5000 - and Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) took third in the javelin. A number of other top local athletes age 19 and under performed well at the championships.

RESULTS

 

NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET AGAIN SEES GROWTH
June 20, Fitchburg MA

With over 860 entrants, the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships again grew in numbers and in quality. Thanks to the work of our hard working officials crew, the increased numbers were adequately handled within the time schedule.

The top 8 in each division in each advance qualify to compete in the Region I meet, also at Fitchburg State University, July 9-12. Entry will be open from June 25 through July 3.

RESULTS

 

Louis Serafini breaks the tape at the Hollis Fast 5K (Jean Cann/USATF-NE)
Louis Serafini breaks the tape at the Hollis Fast 5K-
photo by Jean Cann/USATF-NE

ALL DOWNHILL FOR SERAFINI AND PAULSEN AT 5K CHAMPIONSHIP
June 11, Hollis NH

Louis Serafini(Heartbreakers) and Laura Paulsen (GBTC) took home the USATF-NE 5K Championship titles at Thursday evening's Hollis Fast 5K in New Hampshire. An even 1500 completed the steadily downhill point-to-point course.

Serafini clocked 14:14 to outleg a pair better known for longer distance successes; 2014 NE marathon champ Dan Vassallo and 2015 champ Matt Pelletier placed 2-3 on the evening. Paulsen, who's focused on track 10,000m this spring, had 6 seconds on Lorna Young (Millennium), with the women having a separate starting stretch of about 300m before merging with the men.

GBTC ran to the men's and women's open team wins, the men by just 13 seconds. CMS (M40+), Greater Lowell (W40+, M60+), Whirlaway (M50+, W50+), and NE 65+ RC (M70+) were other team winners.

Overall results. Age graded scores are available on the USATF-NE LDR blog.

The series resumes on August 9 at the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile in Narragansett RI.

 

CARLY MUSCARO IS USATF-NE MAY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
June 5

Carly Muscaro of Merrimack College and Ashland MA is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for May 2015. At the NCAA Division 2 National Track & Field Championship on May 23, the sophomore placed second in the 400 in 52.48 to win her third career national silver medal. On May 9, she won the 400 at the New England Intercollegiate Championships held at M.I.T. in a time of 51.83, the second fastest 400 ever run by a New England collegian and a time qualifying her for the USATF Championships in June.

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

 

HOLMQUIST SETS WORLD MASTERS MILE MARK
June 4, Concord MA

Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway/Burlington MA) broke the World and USA W70-74 mile record at the Adrian Martinez Classic held at the town track in Concord. The April 2015 USATF-NE Athlete of the Month (AOM) set her fourth W70 record since last September, running 6:37.21 to better the previous mile standard by 10 seconds. She split 1:38, 3:19, and 5:00 with an enthusiastic crowd lining up most of the lap along the fence beyond lane 6.

A handful of other past AOM made their mark on in the results of the 800, 1 mile, and 5000 for men and women. James Randon (AOM 5/13), Middlesex School of Concord grad now running for Yale, won the first section of the feature mile in an impressive 4:00.43 personal best for sixth overall; the performance also won him the "most improved" award given. Sean Duncan (AOM 9/13) easily won the open mile (4:17.37), and in the 5000 that saw 8 of 9 finishers run 13:50 or better, Andrew Springer (AOM 3/09) was second (13:35.99) and Tim Ritchie (AOM 10/13) took fourth (13:38.02). Abbey D'Agostino (AOM 11/13) won the women's 5000 that closed out the feature races in what is arguably her best race in her short pro career, timed in 15:23.66.

Results, photos, and video of every race in the meet, sponsored by for the second consecutive year by Hoka One One, can be found at martinezclassic.com. Congrats to director Steve Lane for bringing elite track to the community.

 

RUSIECKI REPRESENTS AT IAU WORLD TRAIL RACE
May 30, Haute Savoie FRA

Amy Rusiecki (Western MA Distance Project/So.Deerfield MA) represented the USA at the IAU Trail Ultra World Championship in Haute Savoie, France, on May 30, placing 48th of 80 finishers in the women's race over the rugged 85 kilometers with 5300m of climb. The USA women's team was 7th of 16 nations. More than 280 athletes from 39 countries took on the course in various categories.

Event website for more race details.

 

YOUTH MEET CANCELED IN MILFORD NH DUE TO WEATHER
May 30, Milford NH

The Milford NH Youth Spring Track Meet scheduled for the Sunday, May 31st at Milford high school has been canceled due to the forecast for heavy rain and thunderstorms. The meet will not be rescheduled.

 

Men's winner Matt Pelletier (Lisa Doucett photo)
Men's winner Matt Pelletier
(Lisa Doucett photo)

PELLETIER, ENMAN TAKE MARATHON TITLES IN VERMONT
May 24, Burlington VT

Matt Pelletier (West Greenwich RI) and Kasie Enman (Green Mountain AA/Huntington VT) won New England championship titles at the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday in Burlington VT. This was the first time in over 25 years that the USATF New England marathon championship was not a fall event.

Pelletier is a multi-time winner of the race and finished in 2:19:12, 22 seconds up on Blair Teal of North Carolina. Led by David Sinclair in third, Green Mountain AA was team champion over Greater Boston TC - and the club swept all masters (40+, 50+, and 60+) divisions.
It was a rare local championship for Enman, better know as a mountain runner (but a past Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier). She clocked 2:49:03 on the traffic-free course along Lake Champlain, and led the GMAA to a daily double and their first women's team win in many years. Three minutes back was Joanna Johnson of Western Mass Distance Project.

The green and white of GMAA also won the men's 40+ and 50+ masters divisions. Whirlaway RT took the remaining team wins in W40+ and W50+.

Overall results. The USATF-NE LDR blog will have age graded scores this week.

 

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIANS CLAIM NCAA DIVISION III TITLES
May 21-23, Canton NY

In the NCAA Division III championship meet held at St.Lawrence University in Canton NY, five New England states collegians won national championships.
Lone women's winner repeating her 2014 win - and doubling up the year's indoro crown, M.I.T.'s Cimran Virdi won the pole vault at 13'7.25". Strongest event for locals were the men's horizontal jumps with 1-2 finishes; Jamie Ruginski (Southern Maine, 24'6.25") and former USATF-NE athlete of the month Alex Niemiec (Springfield, 24'5") in the long jump and Chris Perry (Bridgewater State, 50'11") and Ruginski (50'7.5") in the triple jump. Other men's winners were Mitchell Black (Tufts 800, 1:52.57) and Travon Godette (Westfield State, javelin, 221'5"). And while sprints are usually the event with the tightest finishes, the 10,000 found Bijan Mazaheri of Williams (30:45.16) missing the gold by 7/1000 second.

Earning silver medals were Hulerie McGuffie (U.Mass Boston, 400, 54.54), Peyton Dostie (Southern Maine, 400 Hurdles, 1:00.13), Hannah Cole (Williams, Steeplechase, 10:39.82), Aldis Inde (Williams, 5000, 14:15.17), Terrence Gibson (Worcester State, 110 Hurdles, 13.89), Steven Vazquez (RI College, high jump, 6'9.75"), and Sean Enos (Bates, hammer, 206'5"). Bronze medals went to Maryanne Gong (MIT, 5000, 17:11.90), Kevin Cutler (UMass Dartmouth, high jump, 6'9.75"), and Eric Wainman (Bates, decathlon, 6822).

Full Results

 

MAHON NAMED TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COACHING STAFF
May 12, Indianapolis IN

Boston Athletic Association coach Terrence Mahon (Boston MA) was named to the coaching staff for this summer's World Outdoor Track & Field Championships taking place August 22-30 in Beijing, China. He's one of five coaches for the USA women's team, and will be responsible for distance events.

 

CARROLL, ENMAN WIN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 9, Andover MA

Colin Carroll (CMS/Andover MA) anjd Kasie Enman (GMAA/Huntington VT) took the wins at the weather-delayed USATF-NE Trail Running Championship held with the Merrimack River Trail Race held on Saturday. The 10 Miler on the out-and-back riverside course was postponed from its early April date due course conditions from the winter snows. Carroll had 16 seconds on teammate Kevin Tilton. Enman's time was a course record and over three minutes up on second. Ethan Nedeau (acidotic Racing) and Regina Loiacano (CMS) won the masters titles, seventh and fifth overall, respectively. 170 finished the race.

Full results

 

MOSKOWITZ THIRD ON US HS 3200 LIST
May 9

Competing at the prestigious Loucks Games in White Plains NY over the weekend, Eli Moskowitz (Souhegan HS, Amherst NH) ran the 3rd fastest High School time in the USA this year and lowered the New Hampshire state record by over 15 seconds with his 8:44.79 clocking. Eli finished 3rd in the race to Mikey Brannigan of Northport, NY (new New York state record at 8:42.92), and Alex Ostberg of Darien, CT (CT state record at 8:43.93).

Only one other New Hampshire high school runner has ever broken 9 minutes for the 3200 or 2 mile. Eli's time is also the 8th fastest ever by a US high school runner at the distance according to milesplit.com.

 

LOCAL RUNNERS PLACE TOP 8 IN USA 25K
May 9, Grand Rapids MI

Heather Cappello (B.A.A./Somerville MA) took the bronze medal at the USA 25K Road Race Championship held on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at the Fifth Third River Bank Run. Cappello ran a strongg second half of the race to place third in 1:29:09. In the chase pack and placing eighth was Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence), Former Harvard runner Lindsey Scherf led the women's field across the line, winning her first USA road championship in 1:26:36.

 

JAN HOLMQUIST IS APRIL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
May 8

Jan Holmquist of the Whirlaway Racing Team and Burlington MA is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for April 2015. At the USA Masters 10K Road Championship held with the James Joyce Ramble, set her second pending USA 70-74 record of the year, clocking 45:22; that was also the the top age graded mark in the race. In March at the New Bedford Half Marathon, her time of 1:44:43 is also a pending age group record. Jan is our USATF-NE Masters Long Distance Running chair.

Not previously announced, Providence College senior Emily Sisson is our March AOM. The senior won the NCAA Indoor 5000 meter championship in 15:32.15 and placed third in the 3000 meters. She also ran the fastest collegiate indoor 5000 ever at the Big East championship on February 28.

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

 

Kristian Blaich is the USATF Masters 10K Championshion at the 2015 James Joyce Ramble. (USATF NE photo)
Kristian Blaich is the USATF Masters 10K Championshion at the 2015 James Joyce Ramble.
(USATF NE photo)

USA MASTERS WIN TITLES AT JAMES JOYCE RAMBLE 10K
April 26, Dedham MA

Masters road runners took home titles in the USA Masters 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble 10K in Dedham MA on Sunday. Top finishers from New England were a pair of overall silver medals (also good for 40-44 golds): Dave Dechellis(Whirlaway/Tewksbury MA) in 33:45, and Kara Haas (Gr.Lowell RR) 37:46.

Two pending US Masters records were set - Christine Kennedy (CA) W60-64, 39:26, and our own Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT/Burlington MA), W70-74, 45:22, which was also the top age-graded performance of the day (99.02). Mark Reeder (GLRR) was second male age graded at 90.60.
Dirigo RC Women 40+ and New England 65+ RC Men 70+ teams were the local clubs to earn team championships (3 score), as the various age divisions saw the best team participation in the three years the Ramble has hosted the championship. Gr.Lowell RR W40+, CMS M40+, and Gr.Lowell RR M60+ all took second placings.

Overall Results and links to teams and age grading.

 

BERMAN INTO RRCA HALL OF FAME
April 25, Des Moines IA

Women's distance running pioneer Sara Mae Berman (Cambridge MA/Cambridge Cambridge Sports Union) was one of three individuals inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame last weekend at the organization's annual convention. Three times the winner in the pre-official women's division in the Boston Marathon (1969-1971), Berman was also one of the first women to compete in cross country locally and nationally.

RRCA press release.

 

MARATHON PROVES BOSTON RUNNERS STRONG
April 20, Hopkinton to Boston MA

Cool temperatures, steady winds, and increasing rain presented challenges to athletes and volunteers alike, but all performed to their best abilities in the 119th B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday. With headwinds turning races from speed to tactical competitions, there was excitement through each mile. 2013 champion Desisa Lelisa (Ethiopia) won the men's race in 2:09:17 with top Americans Dathan Ritzenhein (MI) and defending champ Meb Keflezighi (CA) in eight and ninth at 2:11:20 and 2:12:42, respectively. Three past champions finished in the top 10.

Caroline Rotich (Kenya) won her first Boston, outkicking Mare Dibaba down Boylston Street by 4 seconds in 2:24:55 as the top 4 women, including top USA runner Desiree Linden (MI) in fourth, were within 44 seconds.

First local runner to finish was Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway/Lowell MA) in 2:21:58 for 24th overall. Hilary Dionne (B.A.A./Charlestown MA), 15th overall, repeated as top New England female in 2:40:42 and led the B.A.A. women to the team title.

Top USATF-NE state finishers:
MA: Ruben Sanca (Lowell/Whirlaway); Hilary Dionne (Charlestown/B.A.A.) 2:40:42
NH: Aliaksandr Leuchanka (Durham/Millennium) 2:26:36; Denise Sandahl (Bow/Millennium) 2:48:32
RI: Geoff Nelson (Providence) 2:34:03; Kara Leonard (Providence) 2;55:30
VT: Todd Smith (Bristol) 2:39:21; Kimberly Canarecci (Waterbury Ctr) 3:16:49

Team competition - Winners and NE clubs in the top 10:
Men's Open: 1.NYAC, 7:22:14; 5.Whirlaway 7:34:41; 6.B.A.A. 7:39:02; 7.Gr.Boston TC 7:40:14
Women's Open: 1.B.A.A. 8:15:14; 2.Gr.Boston TC 8:20:21
Men's Masters: 1.B.A.A. 8:04:00; 3.Somerville RR 8:29:33; 5.Whirlaway 8:33:52.
Women's Masters: 1.Montgomery County RRC (MD) 9;24:55; 5.B.A.A. 10:12:30

All the results and details at bostonmarathon.com.

 

ANDREWS TREADS QUICKLY FOR RECORD
April 19, Boston MA

On Sunday, Tyler Andrews (Concord MA) covered a lot of distance without leaving the confines of Boston's Hynes Convention Center as he set a new World Treadmill Record for the half marathon distance, running 1:03:38. The performance was set during the John Hancock Running and Sports Expo at the ProForm treadmill booth. Andrews, a Concord Academy and Tufts University grad, was supported at the event by his high school coach Jon Waldron of CSU. He has a personal best of 2:16:59 in the marathon (qualifying him for the 2016 US Olympic Trials), and was the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month in May 2014 after winning the Vermont City Marathon.

Story

 

USA 5K RECORDS KICK OFF BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND
April 18, Boston MA

Marathon weekend began with a pair of American Records set by New England-based runners in the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday morning. Testing a new course with fewer turns that started and finished at Boston Common, race winner Ben True(Saucony / Hanover NH) finished in 13:22, and Molly Huddle (Saucony / Providence RI) recorded 14:50 in leading the women down Charles Street. With a one second margin of victory, True recorded his third title in the event which drew 10,000 entrants. The previous American record was 13:24 held by Marc Davis who is currently the B.A.A. Communications Manager, and who was on site for the race.

Huddle won her second straight B.A.A. 5K to add to her US record at 5,000 meters on the track and four USA 5K Championships. The time, which like True's mark gave her a winning margin of just one second, bettered Deena Kastor's 13 year old record by 4 seconds.

Read the full race story at the B.A.A. website.

 

BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND INFORMATION
April 17-20

With 30,000 entries ready to make their way from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, Patriots Day, there's plenty of action in the city this weekend. There are probably also plenty of questions about the race mechanics - start times for the many divisions, transportation, road closures, and baggage policy, for example.

You can find most of your answers at www.baa.org

 

TRACK FACILTY CHALLENGE PRESENTED TO BOSTON OLYMPIC BID COMMITTEE
April 16, Boston

USATF-NE president Tom Derderian announced his challenge to the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee to build a permanent track and field facility in Boston as part of their plans. Read the details here.

 

2014 IAAF World Junior Championshiop in Eugene. (Photo: Chris Lotsbom for RaceResultsWeekly)
2014 IAAF World Junior Championshiop in Eugene
(Photo: Chris Lotsbom for RaceResultsWeekly)

USA TO HOST 2021 WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 16

The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Council awarded the 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships to the USA at their meetings on Wednesday. USATF, The City of Eugene Oregon, and TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon, the first time the meet will take place in this country. The US bid for the 2019 event narrowly lost to Doha, Qatar in a vote last year, but the IAAF Council opted to move ahead and selected Oregon for the 2021 meet.

The Worlds takes place every 2 years in even numbered years; the 2015 Championships will be held in Beijing in August.

USATF Press Release

 

BAA PARTNERSHIP CREATES "BOSTON RUNBASE"
April 2, Boston

The Boston Athletic Association, in conjunction with adidas and partnership with Marathon Sports, has opened "Boston RunBase" - a mix of welcome center, clubhouse, museum. and general runners' hub - at 855 Boylston Street in Boston on the Marathon's finish straightaway. B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk calls it the B.A.A.'s "front door to the world", bringing the organization beyond their offices directly to the public.

Read the BAA Press Release and view the WBZ TV4 video interview

 

B.A.A. at World Cross Country Championship in China (Photo: BAA)
B.A.A. at World Cross Country Championship in China
(Photo: BAA)

B.A.A. RUNNERS AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS
March 28, Guiyang China

A pair of B.A.A. runners represented the USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Jen Rhines placed 51st/5th US, and Elaina Balouriswas 64th/6th US, as Team USA placed fifth; Ethiopia beat Kenya for the the team title. Harvard alum Maksim Korolev ran to 57th/5th US in the men's race, with the team in seventh.

Results and stories.

 

Top Men: L-R, 3rd place, Matt Pelletier,1:07:09, 2nd Place, Brian Doyle 1:07:09, and winner Sam Morse, 1:06:09 from Camden, NY (Photo: Lisa Doucett)
Top Men: L-R, 3rd place, Matt Pelletier,1:07:09, 2nd Place, Brian Doyle 1:07:09, and winner Sam Morse, 1:06:09 from Camden, NY
(Photo: Lisa Doucett)

DOYLE, DIONNE TAKE HALF MARATHON HONORS
March 15, New Bedford MA

Brian Doyle (Providence RI) and Hillary Dionne(Boston Athletic Assn/Charlestown MA) won New England championship titles at the 38th New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday. Sporting a vintage Johnson & Wales AC singlet to honor his late father, Bob, who won the first NB half, Doyle outsprinted Matt Pelletier for association honors, both timed in 1:07:10. Overall winner Sam Morse of Syracuse TC recorded 1:06:09.

Dionne, clocked 1:14:01 in the traffic-free course through the Whaling City to win her second NBHM (first in 2012), and led the B.A.A. to the women's team win. The yellow and blue also won the men's open and men's masters divisions. Whirlaway RT took W40, W50, W60, and M50, with Green Mountain AA (M60) and Cambridge Sports Union (M70) the remaining two titleists.

Jan Holmquist bettered the existing US Half Marathon record for Women 70+, running 1:44:43. NE age graded results and team scores will be posted at usatfne.org/gp this week. Overall results.

 

NE TEAMS WIN NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC RELAYS
March 13-15, New York City

The season-highlight for scholastic athletes is the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, and locals rose to the occasion at New York City's Armory Track. La Salle Academy of Rhode Island scored an unprecedented double win, as both the Boys and Girls 4 x Mile Relay teams won their event. In the process, each broke state records, boys running 17:11.07 and girls clocking 20:26.13. A third New England relay team also took honors with a state record, as Andover MA boys ran 29.51 to win the 4 x 55 shuttle hurdles.

Three relay teams earned bronze medals; the boys Distance Medley Relay squad from Concord-Carlisle MA (10:07.26) and the Amherst MA boys (7:45.29) and Lincoln-Sudbury MA girls (9:07.09) in the 4x800 relay.

Individually, Ocean State throwers Adam Kelly (Barrington RI 81-5.25), Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI 78-0.25) and Owen Russell (Attleboro/Moses Brown) 76-3.5) went 1-2-3 in the weight, and Starlin Ortiz (Londonderry NH) scored 3586 points for third in the pentathlon; all have participated in our Junior Olympic program. Also of note: Maine's Kate Hall won the long jump in a New England High School and meet record of 20'11.25"(!).

Full Results

 

NATIONAL ROAD NOTES FROM WEEKEND
TRUE WINS USA 15K; B.A.A. WINS WOMEN'S TEAM

March 14-15

Local runners performed well on the national road running stage over the weekend. On Saturday, Ben True (Saucony/West Lebanon NH) pulled away to win his third consecutive title at the USATF 15 km Championships, hosted by the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida. True clocked 44:03 for a 11 second margin of victory. The B.A.A. men finished as third team.

Olympian Amy Cragg dominated the women's field, unchallenged after 10K. B.A.A. runner Juliet Bottorff finished in fourth in 51:11, while teammate Jen Rhines pushed to a sixth place finish in 51:36. Adding Heather Cappello (11th), the B.A.A. won the national team title. A special congratulations to Rhines, a three time winner of the event, who was inducted into the Gate River Run Hall of Fame before the race.

At the USA Marathon Championship in Los Angeles on Sunday, Katie DiCamillo(New Balance Boston/Providence RI) placed sixth with a personal best 2:37:59; women's winner, one time New England resident Blake Russell, clocked 2:34:37.

Also on Sunday, in the New York City Half Marathon, Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence) took first place in 1:08:31, tying the event record.

 

LOCAL ATHLETES WIN AT NCAA COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 13-14

The NCAA Collegiate Indoor Championships for all three divisions took place over the weekend with a number of local student athletes bringing home gold medals in their events. In the Division I meet, Providence senior Emily Sisson, who tore up the USA road circuit in the fall, won the 5000 in 15:32.15 and edged Katrina Coogan (Exeter NH/Georgetown U) for third in the 3000, both in 9:01.16. Other local womens place winners were Nikki Okwelogu of Harvard, sixth in the shot put in 56'6", and Nadia Eke of Columbia by way of Holy Name HS in Worcester MA, was third in the triple jump, 43'8.5".

On the men's side, Portsmouth NH product and U.Oregon senior Eric Jenkins, the average guy with exceptional hair, helped the Ducks to the Division I Team championship by winning both the 3000m (7:58.81) and 5000 (13:48.36). Teammate Will Geoghan, Dartmouth alum in a grad school year out west, was third in the 3000 and seventh in the 5000, and Johnny Gregorek (Seekonk MA), also at UO, fourth in the mile (3:58.75).

At the Division II championships, Southern Connecticut State women won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:44.91. Other placers include Carly Muscaro (Merrimack, 400, 2nd, 53.51), Ada Udaya (New Haven, 200, 2nd, 23.99), and Stonehill College men's Distance Medley, 9:50.82.

In Divsion III, winners from the New England states included Alison Maxwell, Middlebury, Mile, 4:56.17; Maryann Gong, MIT, 3000, 9:47.62 (and 3rd in mile); Cimran Virdi, MIT, Pole Vault, 13'1.5"; Mitchell Black, Tufts, 800, 1:51.94; and Jamie Ruginski, So.Maine, Triple Jump, 49'.25" .

 

NATE HUNTER IS FEBRUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
March 8

Nate Hunter of the Greater Boston Track Club and North Reading MA is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for February, 2015. At the USATF National Indoor Championship held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on February 28, Hunter placed third in the shot put, winning his first USA Championship medal. He threw as season's best distance of 62'6.75".

A week earlier, the Northeastern University graduate won the USATF-New England shot put title, and on February 7, was invited to compete in the New Balance Grand Prix held in Boston where he placed fourth.

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

 

BARD WINS USATF 50K
March 1, Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY

Sarah Bard (Somerville MA) won the USATF 50km road Championship held at the Caumsett Park 50K on Long Island on Sunday. The Craft Concept Racing team member covered the 10 lap course in 3:23:29 to earn the new club's first National medal. Top men's performance was turned in by Scott Traer (Woburn MA), placing sixth in 3:12:17.

Two medals were won in age group divisions; Len Hall (Gate City Striders/Enfield NH) won the M60-64 division in 4:58:06, and Brian Teason (Manchester VT) earned the silver medal in M50-54 with a 4:04:46 time, one place better than he had last year.

Full Results

 

BURDETTT WINS USA MASTERS M50 8K
February 22

Francis Burdett (Gr.Springfield Harriers/Worcester) headed to California last weekend and won the M50 division in the USA Masters 8K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the Brea 8K. His time of 26:50 also placed him 10th overall 40+.

That was his second USA masters win of the month, having also won the M50 Winter National Cross Country Championship in Boulder, Colorado against some stiff competition on February 7 (15th overall master).

 

NATIONAL QUALIFIERS AT INDOOR TF CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 22

The New England athletes scored automatic qualifiers for the USA Indoor Nationals in competing at the USATF-NE Indoor Championships on Sunday. New Balance Boston teammates Jillian King and Joanna Murphy (9:23.82, 9:24.78) finished 1-2 in the 3000 to earn national entry, and Greater Boston TC's Lisa Wilson won the weight with a standard breaking 65'3.5" throw.

Nearly 500 participants enjoyed competing at Harvard University's Gordon Indoor Track facility. Greater Boston TC repeated as double team champions with runners up being Sprinticity (men) and New Balance Boston (women).

Results are found on the track page.

 

INDOOR TF CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE UPDATED
ENTRY LISTS POSTED

February 20

Due to potentially bad weather Saturday night, the USATF-NE Indoor Championships on Sunday, February 22, will start times later than originally posted. Track begins at 11:00 a.m. (and the 5000 will be a combined M/W race), throws start with the Scholastic weight at 10:30 and open weight at 12:00 noon. Jumps have Long Jump and Pole Vault move to a 11:30 start. Events following those listed will move along in order to ensure a timely finish.

Final performance lists are now posted on the track page.

 

STAY UP TO DATE ON SUNDAY'S 10 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP
Amherst MA

The kick-off event for the 2015 Road Race Grand Prix is Sunday's Five College Realtors 10 Mile in Amherst MA. The race is still scheduled for it's original 11:00 a.m. start. Refer to the regularly updated race website for any changes.

 

Adam Kelly is Jan 2015 USATF-NE Athlete of the Month (photo by Steve Mazzone)
Adam Kelly
photo by Steve Mazzone

ADAM KELLY IS JANUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
February 9

Adam Kelly, a senior at Barrington (RI) High School, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for January, 2015. Adam has surpassed 80 feet in the 25 pound weight throw three times this indoor season with a best of 83' 0" on January 29, the US Scholastic leader for the season. His best three distances have all broke the 14 year old Rhode Island and New England records by close to a foot (past record: 81'8.75", Josh McCaughey, Hendricken, 2000).

In January, Kelly won the New Balance Games in New York City with a distance of 82' 5", winning the event by almost 13 feet, and also won his event at the Dartmouth Relays, the Yale High School Classic, and the East Coast Invitational in Providence.

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

 

RHINES, BALOURIS MAKE USA XC TEAM
February 7, Boulder CO

B.A.A. teammates Jen Rhines and Elaina Balouris secured spots on Team USA for the 2015 World Cross Country Championships with top 6 placings at the USA Winter National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Rhines, who had an outstanding local harrier season last fall, ran to third place (28:21) in the 70+ degree temperatures behind winner Lauren Thweatt (Boulder CO) who clocked 27:42 for the 8K. It is Rhines' seventh qualifier for a USA XC Team, her last berth in 2002. Balouris rounded out the top six in 28:29, with B.A.A's Juliet Bottorff 15th and Joanna Murphy (Cambridge MA/New Balance) 16th

Making the men's squad was 2014 Harvard grad Maksim Korolev, placing sixth in the 12K race behind three time winner Chris Derrick (Bowerman TC, Oregon). Ben True (Saucony/West Lebanon NH), among the early leaders, finished 11th, and Justin Lutz (B.A.A.) scored third for the US Navy in the Military team division.
The World event takes place March 28 in Guiyang, China.

Results

 

NE MASTERS COMPETE IN PROVIDENCE February 1, Providence RI

The USATF New England Masters Indoor Championship returned to the Providence Career and Technical Academy facility for a small but good quality event. Top age graded marks were turned in by Liz Palmer (W50 60m, 8.49, 98.12%) and Michael Kish (M60 60m, 8.18, 96.33% They each earned $150 for their performances.

Results file with age graded scores

 

BOEMKER EARNS INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS TITLE
January 28

New England association Officials Chair Laurie Boemker was named an International Area Technical Official for the North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) region. Following USATF nomination, a week class at the IAAF Development Center in Puerto Rico, and passing a comprehensive oral and written exam, she was eligible for consideration and named ATO for 2015-2018, one of five from the USA and 23 overall from NACAC countries.

Area Technical Officials Candidates must demonstrate outstanding commitment and skill as a Technical Official at the federation and regional level. They are highly skilled in all aspects of the organization and conduct of major domestic and international competitions within the region and will be appointed to positions as Technical Delegates or ATO's at those competitions.

The highest level is International Technical Official; there are 46 current ITO with just 3 from the US. NACAC Website

 

2015 USATF Half Marathon Championship
2015 USATF Half Marathon Championship

BOTTORFF SIXTH AT USA HALF MARATHON
Houston TX, January 18

Moving on from a successful cross country season, Juliet Bottorff (B.A.A.) made an impact in her debut at the half Marathon in placing sixth at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston on Sunday. She clocked 1:11:30, as teammate Katie Matthews placed eigth in 1:11:57. Winner was 2008 5000m Olympian Kim Conley (New Balance/) in 1:09:44.

Also running in the Championship were Heather Cappello, B.A.A., 1:13:05, 15th; Sarah Pagano, B.A.A., 1:13:06, 16th, and Kate DiCamillo , New Balance Boston, 1:13:09, 18th, all meeting the 1:15:00 qualifying time for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials. Top local male was Eric Ashe, B.A.A., 23rd in 1:03;32

 

BAA Women's team is December's Athlete of the Month.(Photo: Courtesy of Mike McGrane, BAA)
BAA Women's team is December's Athlete of the Month.
(Photo: Courtesy of Mike McGrane, BAA)

B.A.A. WOMEN'S XC TEAM - DECEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
January 12, 2015

By virtue of winning the USA Fall Cross Country Championship meet, the Boston Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Team is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for December 2014 following an outstanding month of distance running.

The quintet of Sarah Pagano, Juliet Botorff, Elaina Balouris, Jen Rhines, and Emily Lipari, backed by displacers Katie Matthews and Heather Cappello, scored 43 points to edge Bounder Running Club by 5 points in a field of 38 teams at the meet held in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on December 13. Nationals capped a clean sweep of major harrier events this fall after wins at the Mayor's Cup in October and the USATF-NE Championship meet in November.

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

 

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2015
January 5

USATF membership is annual and runs through December 31. Unless you obtained your membership after November 1, or have a multi-year membership, it's time to renew. You can check if you're current at the National Member Lookuppage.

The membership remains at $30 for those over 18, and $20 for youth age 18 and under. Current membership provides the opportunity to participate and score in USATF events and series throughout the year, offers discounts at the USATF online store, other businesses, and some New England events, it provides a level of sport accident insurance, and supports our many New England programs.

You can renew online or download a form to mail in.