New England Athletes Shine at Friday Night Lights 10K - NE Championships


Cambridge, MA - It was a Friday night like no other in Cambridge, as New England’s best converged at Danehy Park for the Friday Night Lights 10K,serving as the USATF New England
10,000m Championship race.. Starting out the night was the first heat of the 10K, led by Alex Rockhill of Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC, 32:35.31) and followed by teammates Anthony Crudale and Smith Chris. Stealing the show was 66 year old Barbara Grandberg, who completed the distance in 1 hour and 6 seconds. Of note in the second section of the 10 was Nat Larson's 33:14.16 - at 55 years old.


Shifting gears, the meet moved to the newly added 1 mile runs. Victoria Barnaby, Allison McCabe and Aly Ursiny of GBTC took the top three in the elite women’s mile. In the men's feature race, David Melly of The Heartbreakers took home the gold in 4:12.25, with Kameron Ulmer and Brian Harvey of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) taking home second and third.


The women’s elite 10,000 started with Emma Bates of the B.A.A, Marci Klimek of Saucon and Rosa Moriello of The Heartbreakers taking a early lead over the rest of the field. Moriello would fall back with just a few laps to go settling for a third place finish. Bates broke away from Klimek with two laps to go, running the wni in 33:57.60 with Klime0k second in 34:07.32 and Moriello third in 34:42.57.

Closing out the evening in the men’s elite race, Louis Serafini (Te Heartbreakers) and Aaron Dinzeo (NE Distance) led the race from the gun. At halfway Serafini pushed ahead of Dinzeo and didn’t look back. He finished in 29:24.87, 45 seconds up on. Dinzeo (30:10.51), with third place going to Mike Curley in 30:47.24.