You may remember Abbey D'Agostino from her time at Dartmouth University, where she was the fifth woman in NCAA history to win back- to-back titles in the 5,000 meters. Or, maybe you remember her from winning both the NCAA indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters in the same academic year. There is no doubt you heard about her in the 2016 Rio Olympics when she collided with New Zealand Olympian Nikki Hamblin. D'Agostino helped her competitor up off the track, and went on to finish the race with a torn miniscus and ACL.
Bringing stories straight from the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Topsfield, Mass., native will be the guest speaker at the 6th Annual USATF-NE Banquet. The night promises to be action-packed with Runner of the Year, Race of the Year, Race Director of the Year, and Club of the Year awards all being announced. In addition to good food and drink with fellow athletes, D'Agostino's addition to the line-up will be sure to be a crowd pleaser.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Aidan Cox of Northwood, New Hampshire, is USA Track & Field (USATF) - New England's Athlete of the Month for December 2016. Cox, representing NH Thunder, won the National championship in the age 11-12 division at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama, on December 12; his winning margin was 10 seconds over the 3000 meter distance. The age 11-12 boy's race had the day's largest field with over 400 competitors from around the country. Cox qualified for the Nationals by winning the USATF-New England and Region I Championship meets in November.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Photo: Courtesy of MIT Vaulters
Well-known USATF official Frank Ronan passed away Sunday after a year of health issues. Track and field was a passion of the 2015 USATF-NE Official of the Year, who still holds the city of Boston HS pole vault record. Frank was recognizable with his handlebar mustache and usually found at the pole vault working all levels of meets. MIT alum vaulter Nate Ball speaks for many in noting, "Competing, coaching or just watching, it's always been the best feeling to walk into a meet and see that Frank was officiating. He was a cornerstone of my experience as a vaulter in New England."
With the turn of the New Year, check your USATF Membership to ensure it's current for 2017. Those members with a multi-year membership, or who joined after November 1 are good for the year and ready for our many programs and championships. Membership numbers remain the same as long as you renew.
You can renew online, or print and mail a form at membership page.
Aiden Cox, winner of the Boys 11-12 division.
Photo: Exclamation Services
Aidan Cox (NH Thunder) won the boys age 11-12 3K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama. Though held in the deep south, temperatures at race time were below freezing.
Cox, winner of the New England and Region I meets, took the lead near halfway and finished in 10:36.49 with an impressive 10 second gap over the runner-up. There were 401 finishers in his race. Other NE individuals with top 10 finishes included Torin Kindopp (9th, 11-12, Elm City), Gavin Schaaf (10th, 11-12, Green Mt.AA), and Celia Jessiman (6th, 15-18, Waltham TC). Noteworthy, too, was Sean Kay (North Shore Striders) taking 12th place in the boys 13-14 race, the day's largest with 429 finishers.
Local clubs scored in every division. with four top-5 finishes. Green Mountain AA placed fourth of 33 teams in the boys 11-12 division, Nashua PAL Striders was fourth in the girls 9-10, and Granite State Flash earned two fifths - girls 11-12 and 13-14.
B.A.A. Women at the 2016 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals
The Boston Athletic Association women ran to their third consecutive USA Cross Country
Championship Team Title at the USATF Cross Country Club Nationals in Tallahassee Florida on
The Unicorns had four runners in the top 10 led by runner-up Sarah Pagano and closely
followed by Emily Lipari (5), Elaina Balouris (7), and Emma Bates (9). Their 33 points gave them a
comfortable margin over High Performance West (81), who took repeated as second place team.
Also representing were Battle Road TC (14/372 pts), Greater Boston TC (16/414), and SISU Project (24/677) among 24 teams.
The B.A.A. men were top NE team, finishing fifth in th 36 team field, scoring points. Leading
the local charge again was Daniel Winn with an 8th place finish. Other local clubs from
the 301 finisher / 36 club races included The Heartbreakers (11th team/305 pts), Battle Road TC(18/510), Greater Boston TC (25/738), SISU Project (34/985), and HFC Striders (35/1028).
Following a poll of members and a meeting of 20 member clubs, the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series is set for 2017. The club meeting included clubs which scored in last year's series, and reviewed scheduling conflicts, geographic distribution, and calendar placement fitting with other association and national events.
The seven race series, picked from 21 bids, will cover three states and run from Feburary 26 through October:
February 26 -- Amherst 10 Miler, Amherst MA
March 19 -- New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford MA
April 1 -- Boston Tune-Up 15K, Upton MA
June 18 -- RibFest 5 Miler, Merrimack NH
September 17 -- Downtown 5K, Providence RI
September 24 -- Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester MA
October 22 -- Baystate Marathon, Lowell MA
The Boston Tune-Up is the only first time championships. The USATF-NE Grand Prix page is updated with specifics and website links to all series races. Thanks to the races which bid, and USATF-NE looks forward to another year of quality competition!
USATF New England had sixteen delegates and several individuals attend the USATF Annual Meeting in Orlando FL. Beyond conducting business of the sport in many committees, several New England reps attended a day long associations workshop to open the five days.
During the meeting's opening session, Vin Lananna was elected President of the national organization. Elected by acclamation, Vin served as head coach at Dartmouth for several years, and is currently president of TrackTown USA in Oregon and a U of O administrator; the association looks forward to working with him.
Honors for USATF-NE included the association winning the Outstanding Association award from the USATF Youth Committee (2016 award voted on at the end of 2015) for the growth of programs and hosting three quality Region I Championships in two years. NE Officials chair Laurie Boemker (RI TF Officials) was elected to the important position of Vice Chair for Rules in the Officials Committee.
Four masters road racers were picked as runner of the year for their age division; Jen Rhines (W40, BAA), Nat Larson (M50, Gr.Springfield Harriers), Jan Holmquist (W70, Whirlaway), and Bill Riley (NE65+, M80).
Several officials were selected to work major national meets. Those hard working officials include Joe Bullock, Nicole Bullock, Bob Gidari, Justin Kuo, Faye Lacourse, Pat Lavelle, and Pat Ronan.
New England states runners earned four starting line spots for Nationals with their runs in the 37th FootLocker Northeast Championships on the Van Cortlandt Park course in New York City on Saturday. In the girls race, Granite State Flash runner Jaqueline Gaughan (Exeter NH) and Grace Connolly (Natick MA) placed 2-4 for a trip to the finals in December, and Patrick O'Brien (Durham NH) was third in the boys race with Connecticut runner Drew Thompson (Trumbull) nabbing the final advancing spot.
The top 10 in each race qualified for the finals in San Diego CA on December 10. Results and stories.
At the Nike Cross National Northeast qualifier at Bowdoin Park NY, La Salle RI senior DJ Principe dominated the boys field to win by 33 seconds in a course record and advance as an individual with Tyler Marshall (Champlain Valley VT) third. Caroline Fischer (Bishop Guertin NH) took third in the girls race and likewise will move on to Nationals, as will Souhegan (Amherst NH) HS, which placed second as a team. NXN finals are in Oregon on December 3.
USATF Region I XC Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, NY
New England youth, making up a majority of participants, responded to challenging weather and course conditions to take a majority of scoring places at the USATF Region I cross Country Championship meet at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York on Sunday. Saturday's sunny 60 degree conditions changed drastically on Sunday with an inch of snow and continued rain for the first few hours of races.
New England clubs scored among the top 5 in all 10 divisions, as ten different teams earned at least one spot on the National starting line. Local squads swept the top 5 in three divisions (Girls 13-14, Boys 11-12, and Boys 13-14.)
Four individuals - Aidan Cox (NHThunder/11-12), John Pagliaro (Sentinel Striders/17-18), Una Treanor (SS/15-16), and Sydney Bagus (SS/17-18) - won individual races, with another 11 USATF-NE youth earning individual silver or bronze medals on the State Park course.
The top five teams and individuals in the top 30 qualified for the December 10 Nationals in Hoover AL. Region I Results
USATF-NE Junior Olympic XC Championship
photo: Courtesy of Green Mountain AA
Over 900 youth from age 7 to 18 contested 10 races over the challenging Freestyle Farm courses as Sunday's USATF-NE Junior Olympic Championship in Amherst, New Hampshire. Six different teams won age division titles, with Granite State Flash, Nashua PAL Striders, and Sentinel Striders each earning two wins on a sunny fall day at the working equestrian farm and conservation land.
The top five teams and individuals in the top 30 qualified for next Sunday's Region I Championship in Saratoga NY.
New England Results
Five New England athletes returned from a 10 day trip 'down under' with medals from the World Masters Association track and field championships in Australia. Mary Roman (W80, Mass Velocity) won five medals in the W80 throwing events; Weight (Gold), Shot and Throws Pentathlon (Silver), and Javelin and Discus (Bronze). Mary Harada (W80, Liberty AC) won a gold in the 8K cross country and bronze in the 800m.
Roger Busch (Thor's Stone) won the M75 discus, and two men won silver medals; Eugene Anton (Ashland MA) in the M55 short hurdles and Buzz Gagne (Twilight Throwers) in the M65 Javelin.
Masters Meet website.
Mike Galoob (B.A.A.) won the masters 8K race in 26:44.
( Photo: ScottMasonPhoto.com)
Liv Westphal (Boston) and Shane Quinn (Providence) took the New England titles at the USATF-NE Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The 3 races had 377 total finishers who ran under cool, damp, and breezy conditions.
Westphal, who won the Mayors Cup 2 weeks ago, repeated as NE champ in the women's 6k, bettering her 2015 time by a second. The past member of the French World Cross Country team had a 36 second gap on Rachel Sorna (The Heartbreakers) in second. Battle Road edged The Heartbreakers 32-42. Quinn, a recent Providence College grad who took sixth at the Mayors Cup, was third across the line after Brian Shrader (Arizona) and Thomas Curtin (Virginia). His 30:06 time the fastest NE winner since 2003, and Shrader's winning 29:56 was also the fastest overall time since 2003. B.A.A. bested The Heartbreakers 20-54 for the team win. Master Men's 8K race winner broke up a pack with 200 meters to go, leading the B.A.A. to the M40+ crown.
Full team and individual results at usatfne.org/cross.
Jim Spisak (NEDistance) led the men's race home in 23:37.
(Photo courtesy of the B.A.A.)
Local runners and clubs took top honors at the 26th Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Both individiual winners in the championship races led from the first mile on a windy day over a damp course. The women's race saw international level competitors at the front, with Boston College grad and French National XC team member Liv Westphal holding a 4 second margin over Amy Van Alstine at the tape.
Men's race winner Jim Spisak (NEDistance) ran a fine 23:37 solo to give him a 24 second gap over Matt McClintock (ZAP Fitness NC). Repeating as winners of the Squires Cup for top teams were Battle Road TC women and NE Distance men.
Fastest in the Franklin Park 5K, which also served as the masters event in the USATF-NE GP, age age 40+ runners Mike Galoob (B.A.A., 16:41) and Kara Haas (GLRR, 19:02). Over 600 youth were entered in the meet's three races covering 1.1 miles, the largest fields ever. Fastest times were posted by Will Heenan (NHTracksters, 5:38) and Margo Lewis (Waltham TC, 6:30).
Thanks to the Boston Athletic Association and adidas for sponsorship of the event. Full team and individual results of all races at coolrunning.com.
Louis Serafini of The Heartbreakers (Brighton MA) is USA Track & Field New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2016. Serafini clinched the 2106 Road Race Grand Prix with a convincing win at the Lone Gull 10K USATF-NE Championship on September 25, leading The Heartbreakers to their first men's open team championship win. Two weeks earlier, he ran to a second place finish at the Seasons 20K /NE Championship in Acton MA.
A pair of New Hampshire runners headed to the west coast and returned with medals from the USATF Masters Half Marathon Trail Race Championships in Bellingham WA on October 16. Len Hall won the M60-64 division, and clubmate Bob Mulvaney took third in the same division on a course challenged by six inches of rain and high winds. Overall winner Andy Wacker of Boulder CO earned USATF Athlete of the Week for his performance.
CMS runners Leslie O'Dell and Tim Van Orden topped the lists in the 2016 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit which closed last weekend at the Bretton Woods Fells Run. Both won the series as masters (age 40+) runners, O'Dell besting Jamie Woolsey (aR) by 23 points, and Van Orden ahead of Matt Veiga (CMS) by 2.5 points; the series scores best 6 of 8 races on a percentage-of-time basis.
CMS won all three men's team divisions, and acidotic Racing swept women's results. Check the 2016 Scoring Summary provided by Dave Dunham.
The Tufts 10K was not the only USA Championship on the weekend, as the USA 10 Mile Championships ran on Sunday in Minneapolis MN. Tim Ritchie placed a close third in 47:33 behind winner Sam Chelanga's 47:25; Ritchie brought home $7000 for his effort. In the women's race, Emma Bates (B.A.A.) was 11th in her debut at the distance in 56:00.
At Saturday's Eversource Hartford Marathon, Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) led the field in a strong 2:17:56 for $3000. Over a minute back, Matt Pelletier (unattached) also broke 2:20 - 2:19:36 - while Scott Leslie (CMS, 2:24:00) and Jason Ayr (WMDP, 2:24:47) completed a USATF-NE runner sweep. Elizabeth Ryan (Gr.Boston TC) won the women's competition in 2:45:59.
Sunday's heavy rains in Boston made the 10th B.A.A. Marathon a challenge for runners and the many volunteers. At the finish in White Stadium, Daniel Salel clocked 1:03:13 to take the $10,000 first prize and led a Kenya sweep as Mary Wacera headed the women's field in 1:10:19. Chris Allen (B.A.A.) was top New Englander (4th US) in 13th, 1:08:58, and Heather Cappello (B.A.A.) placed fourth in 1:15:53.
In far better conditions 3 hours west, Tyler Andrews (CSU) took down a 32-year-old course record at the 34th Mohawk Hudson River Marathon on a point to point course from Schenectady to Albany, NY running 2:15:52 personal best for the win. Grand Prix leader Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers) also recorded a PB in 2:17:25 in a field of 1100 finishers
Start of the 2016 Tufts 10K/USATF Championship
Emily Sisson handled blustery winds and all challengers to win her first USA National Championship at the 40th annual Tufts 10K for Women on Monday in Boston. Moving up one place from last year, the Providence based New Balance athlete improved by 30 seconds to break the tape in 31:47, the 11th fastest time in race history.
Sarah Pagano (B.A.A.) was a step behind at the mile (5:02) and 3 seconds back at 2 miles, but Sisson ran efficiently and relentlessly from there to increase gap to 44 seconds at the finish. Pagano was likewise alone in second from the 2 mile mark on, finishing in 32:21.
The Boston Athletic Association was a three-peat team winner, the trio of Pagano, Jen Rhines (8th/ first master) and Margo Malone (26th) running a minute better than Hansons-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan. Craft Concept Racing, Dirigo RC, and Battle Road placed 5-6-7. Over 3800 finished the distance.
Results and USATF story.
New England clubs and individual runners returned from the USATF Masters 5K Road Race Championships in Syracuse NY on Sunday. Held in conjunction with the Syracuse Festival of Races, competition is strong across all ages for the age 40+ competitors.
The Greater Springfield Harriers trio of Nat Larson, Francis Burdett, and Ron Lombardi won the Men's 50+ team title, averaging 16:33. In M40+, CMS runners Greg Putnam, Tim Van Orden, Joe Shairs were second behind Atlanta TC, and New England 65+ RC (Milt Schumacher, Robert Knight, and Joe Noonan) completed the medal set with a bronze in M70+.
Individual medalists included one gold - George Tooker (Wrentham MA) M75, two silver - Greg Putnam, CMS, M45 and Tom Ryan, Dirigo, M60 - and two bronze - Nat Larson, GSH, M50, and Tim Van Orden, CMS, M45. Larson was also third in the overall age graded lists, scoring 95.39 with his time of 15:57.
The Millennium Running Club
photo: Jean Cann
The Heartbreakers took three of four open titles, including the club's first team win at any distance at Sunday's Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester, Mass. the sixth championship event in the 2016 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix. Louis Serafini led the field to the finish on a cool and breezy day that saw six men dip under 31:00. Coming from behind in the last half mile, Serafini repeated as event victor, overtaking 2014 winner Amos Sang to finish nine seconds ahead in 30:23, With that, he clinched his second straight USATF-NE GP title.
Minutes later, teammate Rachel Sorna broke the tape at her second championship in 34:31, just 4 seconds ahead of course record holder and 2014 champion Heather Cappello (B.A.A.).
Serafini led the strong Heartbreakers club contingent with 4 scorers in the top 15. Keely Maguire, fifth in the women's standings, led Millennium Running to the team win.
936 runners completed the scenic oceanfront 10K, including 91 year old Lou Peters (NE 65+). The Grand Prix concludes on November 6 at the City of Manchester Marathon in New Hampshire.
Overall Results. Final series rankings and age grading will be at the GP Page.
A pair of dedicated contributors to the sport in New England passed away in the past week.
Lance Turley of Laconia NH suffered a heart attack during medical procedure. Recognized as a Master level throws official with a great interest in the hammer (and an early supporter of the hammer/weight at the high school level), he had worked at this summer's Olympic Trials and officiated at all levels of the sport, youth to elite to masters. Lance also served terms on the USATF-NE Board as both Secretary and Youth Chair.
Al Porter of Dartmouth MA passed at age 82. Al coached Dartmouth (MA) High School through 52 seasons, was inducted into the Mass.State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1983, and served as vice principal at the school. He was also a long-time Mass.T&F Officials Association member, and among the country's top high school milers in his own high school careers.
Ten individuals were newly elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held on Sunday.
Following Athlete of the Month presentations and opening remarks and reports, bylaw change discussion and elections took most of the meeting time.
Following a term as vice president, Chris Pasko (Wellesley Youth TF Club) was elected president of the organization. He will be joined by three new Vice-Presidents - Jason Ayr (Western Mass Distance Project), Sean Dever (Gr.Boston TC), and Amanda Wright (Sisu Project). Stephen Peckiconis returns as treasurer, and Maggie Fox (GBTC) will fill the Secretary position. All officer positions serve for two years.
Five new sports chairs will join the monthly meetings for 1 year terms. Scott Mindel (CMS) and Brielle Chabot (B.A.A.) will now head mens's and women's LDR, respectively, while Jan Holmquist remains as Masters LDR chair. David Watkins (Longmeadow MA) was elected Track & Field Chair, and Nicole Hamilton (HFC Striders) is the new Cross Country chair. Sean Duncan (Western Mass. Distance Project) is the new Youth Committee chair. Justin Kuo (Race Walking), Mike Travers (Masters TF), and Paul Kirsch (Mountain/Ultra/Trail) were unopposed to continue in their positions.
Returning Athletes Representative Jennifer Mortimer (Millennium Running) and Rich Hartnett (MassVelocity) will be joined by Alexandra Varanka Mindel (Battle Road TC).
The meeting moved to support the efforts of the Mass. State Track Coaches Association working on issues related to management and scheduling of the Reggie Lewis Center track facility. A collection of by-law changes were approved, with several tabled for a year. A slate of seventeen individuals was selected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in November.
Contact information on the new board members, updated bylaws, and meeting minutes will be posted in the coming week on the Board page.