Sang, Spratford Shine at Friday Night Lights 10k


Cambridge, MA

9:10pm, Friday July 20th, 2018

The sun set and the stadium lights came to life at Danehy Park in Cambridge this past Friday for the 2018 USATF-New England Track 10k Championships. The Fourth Annual Friday Night Lights Distance Carnival included the mile, distance medley relay, and the 10k.

The men’s mile saw a pair of sub-4 minute attempts for Julian Oakley(Ocean State Distance), and Brian Crimmins (NE Distance). With the Sub-4 minute miler, Louis Serafini(Tracksmith) as their rabbit, Oakley and Crimmins were on pace through 1200m, crossing the line in 3-flat. However, the track gods voted against admitting two new members to the sub-4 club, as Oakley and Crimmins came across the line in 4:00.63 and 4:00.68 respectively.

The prize events of the night were the Men and Women’s 10k, which was a championship race. In the men’s race, Jonas Hampton of the Boston Athletic Association held the lead for 23 laps before being overtaken by Amos Sang of the Western Massachusetts Distance Project. Sang crossed the line in an impressive 30:25.25. Hampton came in second with a 30:36.13. 3rd place belongs to Brian Harvey of the BAA, who held off a kick from Teage O’Connor.

In the women’s race, Katrina Spratford of NE Distance, Holly Rees of Battle Road Track Club, and master’s athlete Roberta Groner of the New York Athletic Club got off to a strong start and did not let up until the final lap. Less than 1 second separated the trio heading into the bell lap, but Spratford closed in a 79 to just edge out Groner for the top overall spot. Spratford’s time of 33:55.21 is a new meet record, overthrowing former BAA Unicorn, Emma Bates, and her time of 33:57.60. Groner, 40, finished in 33:57.08, an American Masters Record!*

Full results:

*record pending track certification