Though skies were overcast, performances were bright at Sunday's USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH. Over 950 entries produced 882 finishers in age groups from 8 and under to 17-18. A new time schedule made for efficient operations.
Three races had 14 scoring teams, and some new clubs broke into the ranks of regional advancers. Winning clubs included Granite State Flash (G9-10, G11-12, G13-14), Greater Lowell RR (B-8 & under), Nashua PAL Striders (G-8 & under,G15-16), and Sentinel Striders (B9-10, B11-12, B13-14, B15-16, B17-18). The top 5 teams and individuals in the top 30 advance to the Region I meet in Maine next Sunday.
Regional entry starts Tuesday morning. Results
Molly Huddle (Providence RI) moved ahead of the pack after 5K and ran on to victory in 31:57 at the .us USA National 12K Road Racing Championship in Alexandria VA. Ten seconds back in second was Providence College runner Emily Sisson, her second top 5 finish in a US Road Championship since September. The Providence College senior will run track for the Friars, but with no cross country eligibility, opted to test the road scene this fall. B.A.A. runners Elaina Balouris (sixth), Juliet Bottorff (seventh), and Jen Rhines (14th) gave New England runners a most impressive showing.
The race brought the 2014 USA Running Circuit to a close, with Huddle winning the circuit over Sarah Hall 75-61, and Sisson sixth in the standings. Full results
The Boston Athletic Association was front and center in the three races of the USATF-New England
Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on Sunday. The blue and gold won the Open Women, Open
Men, and M40+ team races with individual winners in those divisions as well.
The B.A.A. women returned to the winner's circle for the first time since 2011 by
impressively scoring a perfect 15 with the first 5 finishers across the line in the women's 6K. Led
by Sarah Pagano in 20:45 (fastest New England time since 2003), the scorers were bunched within 3
seconds, as New Balance Boston scored 53 in second. Fifth placer Jen Rhines was also first 40+.
Masters women ran the same 6K, and Western Mass Distance Project took gold among W40+ teams.
In the Open Men's 10K, the Unicorn men scored 19 points ahead of NBB's 36, led by Ethan Shaw and Dan
Lowry in 1-2, with the former clocking 30:07, as 113 finished the 5 loop course. The Masters men's
8K race found B.A.A runners Mike Galoob (26:26), Chris Magill, and Pete Hammer 1-2-3 after their
homestretch sprint, and a 16-61 margin over Greater Springfield
Liberty AC was first team for Women 50+, 60+, and 70+; Central Mass Striders (M50+) and Greater
Boston TC (M60+) round out masters division winners.
Results of all races. Grand Prix standings
will be updated by Tuesday, with the final event at the Warrior Run in Brookline MA on November
Mia Cromwell (Manchester-Essex) wins the 7th grade race.
Lexington turned in an unprecedented double at the sixth annual USATF-New England-hosted Massachusetts Middle School Invitational Championship on Saturday. The meet returned to the spectator friendly two loop course on Willard Field in Devens, site of the first MA Middle School Invitational.
Three grade races - 8, 7, and 5-6 - were followed by a team championship race for both boys and girls. Diamond of Lexington took gold in both the boys and girls championships, with in-town rival Clarke second on both races, the first time such a double 1-2 has been recorded in the event. Taking 3rd on the boys' side was defending champ Acton-Boxborough, with Hale MS (Stow) taking bronze for the girls.
Top times across the day were turned in by Ashley Foley (Briscoe MS, Beverly) from the 8th grade race and Will Kritzer (Bigelow, Newton) in the boy's championship. The meet saw almost 1600 finishers.
Results of all races.
With the Manchester Marathon closing the 2014 Road Racing Grand Prix, the final results have been reviewed and Central Mass Striders and Millennium Running top the Men's and Women's Open team standings.
With the top 4 men's teams within 3 points before the marathon, the long run closed the lists just as closely. CMS earned a 84-83 victory over Western Mass Distance Project based on the final race; Men's Open results stood based on the official results of Manchester with no adjustment for the course issue. Whirlaway was third with 82, and Greater Boston fourth with 81. Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) captured the mens' individual title with quality placings in just 5 races to top the charts.
Millennium Running women became the first New Hamshire based club ever to top the open series lists, not needing to score to maintain their lead that they held from the first race of the year. Marathon winner Denise Sandahl led Millennium's scorers by winning the women's open division individual title.
In the age divisions, CMS also won the Men 40+, with Whirlaway taking three divisions - M50+, W40+ and W50+. Other winners were Greater Lowell (M60+), North Shore Striders (M70+), and Gate City Striders (W60+). Check out the full team and individual standings at Grand Prix page.
You'll also find the bids submitted for consideration in the 2015 Series. Slates and online voting dates will be announced by the end of the November.
Jen Rhines of the Boston Athletic Association (Boston MA) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for October 2014 following an outstanding month of distance running.
The 40 year old scored top places in several masters and open competitions. On October 5, Rhines won USATF Masters 5K Championship at the Syracuse Festival of Races in one of the five fastest times run on the course. A week later at the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston, she won the masters division and finished 12th overall. Her time of 32:33 broke the USA masters 10K road record by 17 seconds, and contributed to the B.A.A. efforts in winning USA Women's 10K Team Championship. On October 26 at the Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races, she was the first master and 3rd overall finisher in the Women's 5K Championship race where the B.A.A. won the team title.
Rhines is three-time USA Olympian in three different events - the 10,000m at Sydney in 2000, the marathon at Athens in 2004, and the 5000m at Beijing in 2008. Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
The 2014 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix series wrapped up at the Manchester City Marathon. A forecast of potential rain and snow did not materialize, but steady winds and strong gusts that literally blew runners off of a straight running line at times tested the mettle of the 400+ marathoners and double the number of accompanying half marathoners.
Men's winner Dan Vassallo (Central Mass Striders) broke the tape in 2:31:08, though benefiting from misdirection of three runners ahead of him just after 24 miles. CMS also has the M40+ and M50+ victors in Alan Bernier and Martin Tighe, with Tom Peters (M60+, GLRR), Joe Noonan (M70+, GCS), and Larry Cole (CCAC) rounding out divisional NE champions.
Millennium Running had one of the largest leads ever seen in the women's open standings and did not need to contest the race with a full squad, so Denise Sandahl had plenty of support from her teammates around the course during a race-long battle for the win. Sandahl clocked 2:51:04, most impressive given the conditions, and also just a minute slower than her result at the Hartford Marathon just three weeks before. Barbara McManus (CMS, 40+) and Karen McGahie (CMS, 50+), and Leanne Ward (GCS. 60+) took masters NE golds.
While some divisions for both individual and team scoring were were already clinched before the race, several came down to this final event. Final standings will be totaled, verified, and posted on the GP page early this week. There are 76 Ironrunners; check the 2014 Ironrunner list and let the office know of any corrections needed.
Complete individual and team results are at linmarksports.com.
The Cross Country Committee of USATF-New England is offering subsidized bus transportation to the USA Fall Cross Country Championships running on Saturday, December 13, in Bethlehem PA. Buses will depart from 3 locations on Friday morning, December 12, bring athletes to the open and masters Championship Race course on December 13, and return on Sunday, December 14. Cost of the round trip bus transportation is $30. The trip is open to current USATF New England members age 18 and over.
Sign-up is online only, and the fee is not refundable. Each bus has a 55 traveler limit, and only one bus will depart from each of the three stations - Woburn MA, Westwood MA, and Springfield MA. Individuals are responsible for their own lodging.
The trip itinerary, details, and the link to online registration are found at the cross country page, www.usatfne.org/cross.
Meet director Mark Wetmore, Reggie Lewis Center director Keith McDermott, RCC President Dr. Valerie Robinson, and 2014 USA Indoor Pole Vault Champion Mary Saxer present a plaque of RLTAC highlights to Governor Deval Patrick.
(Photo: Courtesy Roxbury Community College)
The USA Track & Field Indoor Championships will return to Boston February 27-March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center. "The Reggie" on the campus of Roxbury Community College was the site of the 2003-2009 meet and saw several national and world records fall in that span.
The announcement comes as the facility undergoes upgrades and renovations thanks to a $4 million award from Governor Deval Patrick. The project scope calls for a resurfacing of the track and infield, upgades to the HVAC, a refurbished entrance, and new audio visual equipment including a video scoreboard.
"The Reggie Lewis Center is a truly incredible community resource that continues its record of hosting world-class track and field events," said Governor Patrick. "Our investments in the Center have ensured that Roxbury Crossing remains the prime destination for track and field in Massachusetts and all of New England for many years to come."
The meet will be managed for USATF by Mark Wetmore and Global Athletics, directors of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held at the facility in February. The Reggie Lewis Center will be celebrating its 20th season in 2015; it hosts over 90 high school, collegiate, and open meets annually.
2014 Mayor's Cup Cross Country
(Photo: Jenn Brooks, Cape Ann Distance Project)
Exciting races played out at the 24th Mayor's Cup, presented by the B.A.A. and adidas, at Franklin Park on Sunday, with athletes competing in races at the youth, open, and masters levels. The Boston Athletic Association claimed Men's and Women's Championship team titles, while also taking home top honors in the Franklin Park 5-K.
In the women's 5-K Championship race, Canada's Rachel Hannah (U.Toronto TC) made a decisive move on Bear Cage Hill in the second mile to break the race open. member cruised on to the win, stopping the clock at 16:37. Taking second place in 16:47 was Juliet Bottorff, leading the Boston Athletic Association to the team title with a score of 15 points; five B.A.A. finishers placed in the top ten.
In 2013, Great Britain's Mitch Goose placed third at the Mayor's Cup Men's Championship 8-K. This year he was determined to come back and claim the top spot, which he did in 23:46. Racing for The Manhattan Project, Goose left the field behind after speeding up at the five kilometer mark. Reebok's Robert Mack was second in 23:50, followed by the B.A.A.'s Ethan Shaw, third in 24:00. Led by Shaw, the B.A.A. won the men's team title with 30 points. "I think we put it together very good," said Shaw, the top American at this month's B.A.A. Half Marathon.
The Franklin Park 5-K was won by Bryan Marsh in 15:44 and Ravenna Neville in 19:25.
Youth races were held for children ages 10 and under, 11-12, and 13-14. Sam Toolin (Sentinel Striders) and Michaela Jones (Waltham Track Club) had the fastest boys and girls times of the day for the 1.1-mile course, 5:34 and 6:16, respectively; both were winners in the 13-14 division. Three clubs accounted for the six team winners: Waltham TC (Girls 10/under and 13-14), Granite State Flash (Girls 11-12, Boys 13-14) New Haven Age Group (Boys 10/under and 11-12) Over 400 youth crossed the finish line, the largest number in race history.
Results for the 24th Mayor's Cup, presented by the B.A.A. and adidas, can be found at BAA.org or on CoolRunning.com.
The Mayor's Cup began in 1990 and the B.A.A., in partnership with adidas, has supported the event since 1997. Over that time, the event has grown to include multiple races for athletes of all abilities, has become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Cross Country Championship. The Mayor's Cup is directed by USA Track & Field - New England with the cooperation of Boston Parks & Recreation.
The 2015 USATF Indoor Championships will return to Boston February 27-March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, USATF announced Wednesday. “The Reggie”, on the campus of Roxbury Community College, was the site of the 2003-2009 USA Indoor Championships.
“We’re excited to have the USATF Indoor Championships return to the Reggie Lewis Center, and to continuing our great collaborative relationship with USATF and Global Athletics,” said Keith McDermott, director of the Reggie Lewis Center. “With our new Mondo Super X 720 surface, we expect more great performances than ever.” The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will be celebrating its 20th season in 2015.
The B.A.A. won the USA National 10K Team Championship at the Tufts 10K for Women.
The 38th annual Tufts 10K for Women found over 5000 runners completing the traditional scenic urban course on Columbus Day. The race served as the USATF Club Team National Championship, and the gold medals stayed in the hometown with the Boston Athletic Association. The trio of Katie Matthews, Jen Rhies, and Juliet Bottoroff finished within 15 seconds from 32:23 to 32:38 in places 9-13 to win by over 2 minutes. Teams from 5 states took the top 5 positions with 12 clubs scoring.
One of the deepest fields in recent years found 51 runners under 38:00 and 70 under 40:00. A lead pack of 25 at one mile whittled down to four in the final mile and then two around the final turn when Jordan Hasay of Oregon outlegged Caroline Rotich by 2 seconds in a stellar 31:39, just 6 seconds off the course record, and the third fastest time in race history. Top new England finisher was Emily Sisson of Providence College in fifth; the Lady Friar is out of cross country eligibility but still has a collegiate track season remaining.
In 12th place, Jen Rhines set a new pending USA masters record of 32:33, breaking the previous mark by 17 seconds.
The usually busy Columbus Day weekend produced lots of quality of running in the association and beyond.
Saturday's 102nd running of the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park - celebrating the 100th anniversary of cross country meets in the park - found New Hampshire women repeating at the top of the rankings, and cross-town rivals Providence and Brown tied for the men's win with 72 points. Junior Mike Biwott (American International) made it three NE championships in a row, running unchallenged after the first mile, and sophomore Elinor Purrier of UNH confidently led the women's field. Results at neicaaa.org.
On a picture perfect Sunday for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1:08:20, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, the first male to ever win the race twice.
Stephen Sambu, champion of this year's B.A.A. 10K, took home the B.A.A. Distance Medley series title for the second consecutive year, with lowest cumulative time for the B.A.A. 5K (13:27), 10K (27:25), and Half Marathon (1:02:00).
The top American finisher was Ethan Shaw of the B.A.A. in eighth in 1:05:10, and Molly Huddle (Providence) third in 1:09:23. Results at baa.org.
In Chicago on Sunday, Amy Hastings
(Providence) was first American and fifth overall at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, matching her PR of 2:27:03.
B.A.A teammates Brian Harvey (Boston) and Eric Ashe (Boston) recorded personal bests and top 10 finishes at Sunday’s USATF Marathon Championships, hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis. Harvey clocked 2:17:05 and Ashe 2:17:56 while placing 8th and 10th, respectively.
Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC/Falmouth ME) won the USA Women's Masters Marathon title in 2:42:46, with teammate Kristin Barry taking third in 2:52:16; they were 12 and 19 overall in the open women's ranks.
USATF press release
Just 2 weeks after placing 8th in the USA Open 5K Championship, Jen Rhines (B.A.A./Lexington MA) won the USA Masters 5K Championship held at the Syracuse Festival of Races in Syracuse NY on Sunday. Her 15:58 today was 3 seconds better than her time at the CVS Downtown 5K on September 21.
Winning the W70 division was Jan Holmquist (Liberty AC/Burlington MA) with a 22:16, leading her Liberty team to 2nd place in the W60+ standings. Also on that team were Sue Gustafson (2nd overall W65) and Lenore Webber. Joan Miller (Liberty/Chestnut Hill MA) also brought home a medal, running second W55.
The only New England men's medalist was Milt Schumacher (GCS/N.Scituate RI), third M70 in 21:05.
All the results
Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI/RI TF Officials Guild) will be one of five inductees for the 2014 class entering the USATF National Officials Hall of Fame. The honor is based not only expertise in officiating but making contributions to the promotion of our sport, all inductees having donated time and talents to improving officiating across the country. Laurie, who started officiating while still competing (a USA team member at the Pan American Games), has nearly 40 years of experience in New England and her native Ohio. She's worked from the local youth level to the NCAA Championship and World Championship level and is a National Technical Official.
The induction dinner will take place at the USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim CA in December.
Seven individuals were newly elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the association's Annual Meeting held on Sunday in Newton, Mass. Athlete of the Month presentations opened the afternoon, and following general remarks and short committee meetings, elections took most of the meeting time.
President Tom Derderian won re-election for a second term. Chris Pasko (Wellesley Youth TF Club) will join incumbents Jim Garcia and John Oleski as Vice Presidents. Stephen Peckiconis returns as treasurer, and past president Steve Viegas was elected to fill the Secretary position. All officer positions serve for two years.
Four new sports chairs will join the monthly meetings for 1 year terms. John Barbour (GLRR) and Jan Holmquist (NE 65+ RC) will now head mens's and Masters LDR, respectively, while Lisa Doucett returns to the Women's LDR chair. Franklin Pierce University head coach Zach Emerson earned votes for Track & Field Chair, and Chris Canning (HFC Striders) , who has worked on the sport's programs this fall, is new Cross Country chair. Alex Ivanov (Youth), Paul Kirsch (Mountain/Ultra/Trail), Justin Kuo (Race Walking), and Mike Travers (Masters TF), andwere unopposed to continue in their positions.
Returning Athlete Representative Eric Ashe will be joined by Jim Burgoyne (Twilight Throwers) and Jen Mortimer (Millennium Running). Joel Bergeron (Manchester NH) was named as new Coaches Education Committee coordinator.
There were no by-Law change proposal this year, and a slate of individuals was selected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in December. Information on the new board members, the various reports presented and distributed at the meeting, and full meeting minutes will be posted in the coming week on the Board page.
Molly Huddle (Providence RI/Saucony) won her third straight and fourth overall USA 5K Championship at Sunday's 25th annual CVSHealth Downtown 5K in Providence. Running on familiar hometown roads with quick early splits among the lead women, Huddle made her decisive move just before 3 miles and up the steep Francis Street hill, turning in a time of 15:10, more impressive given the stiff breezes over the first half of the course. She smartly pulled away from runner-up Jordan Hassay (Oregon Project) for a 15 second margin. Led by Katie Matthews 6th place finish (15:50), the B.A.A. was the convincing team winner. Teammate Jen Rhines was first master, 9th in 16:00.
Leading the field home in RI's largest race (3195 finishers) and winning the USA men's title in a more tactical race was Diego Estrada (Salinas CA). He laid down the best kick for a 13:56.4 time as the top 6 had just a four second spread. Top New England finisher was Julian Saad (Providence) in 9th/14:09. New York AC won the team title with HFC Striders third
More news and results at www.runrhody.com
Entry is still open for Sunday's 25th annual CVSHealth Downtown 5K in Providence, the USA 5K Road Race Championship for both men and women. Leading the women's field is hometown runner and defending champ Molly Huddle, who won national titles in 2010, 2012, and 2013 at the race. Last year's men's champion Andrew Bumbalough will also return to the starting line. There is three places of team money as well.
News and information at www.cvsdowntown5k.com/usatf/
Team RUN convincingly won the men's team race
(Photo: Mark Coddaire)
Amos Sang (Team RUN/Chicopee MA) and Heather Cappello (BAA/Arlington MA) ran to the titles in the USATF-New England 15k Championship held at the Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA. Seasonally cool temps made for an excellent racing day despite stiff onshore breezes that were head on in the final mile.
Sang outlegged Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) by three seconds in the final stretch, recording a time of 30:14, one of the fastest in the New England association this year. With runners finishing 1-3-5-7-11, Team RUN took club honors. Cappello, finishing in 34:45, had 45 seconds on teammate and hometown favorite Katie Misuraca, but that 1-2 finish only contributed to a second place for the BAA as Millenium continued their dominance in the women's team results; the Granite Staters went 3-5-6-8-10 for another victory.
Mike Galoob took another 40+ title in 32:24 and, now with the BAA, led the Unicorns to the age division win. Women's masters winner Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA) was 9th overall and her club's top scorer.
The 1261 finishers was a record number for the race. Results and preliminary scores by North Shore Timing Co. can be found at coolrunning.com before final scores are posted at our usatfne.org/gp.
Several New Englanders visited Austria to take part in the 2014 Masters Mountain Running World Championships last weekend. The M35-M50 started in the town of Telfes and covered a 11.5 km (7.1 miles) course that climbed 1,200 meters (3,900’), while he M55-M75 age groups covered a 7.2km course with 760 meters of climb (4.4 miles and 2,500’ of climb). Each 5 year age group started 15 minutes apart.
Eric Blake (W.Hartford CT/La Sportiva) won the M35 division, running 59:31 with no other runner finishing within 3 minutes of that time. The performance bodes well for Blake as he heads to Italy for the (Open) World Mountain Running Championships.
In the M45 competition, Francis Burdett (Gr.Springfield Harriers) finished tenth, running a 1:10:18, Dave Dunham (CMS) finished in eighth place among M50 in 1:10:50, and Len Hall (Gate City Striders) took 34th place in the M60 running 55:38.
Past USATF-NE Mountain Running Chairman Richard Bolt, now in California, finished in 26th in the M40 in 1:15:20. He is serving as manager for the US team at the World Championships. (And current Mountain Running Chair, Paul Kirsch is team manager for the World Junior team.)
In all, over 800 runners from 29 countries contested the event.
GBTC XC Festival
Sam Alexander and Alyse Rocco won their respective races at the GBTC XC Festival, the first event of the 2014 USATF New England Cross Country Grand Prix. After several days of heat and oppressive humidity. Sunday morning's races at Elm Bank Park in Wellesley, home of the Mass. Horticultural Society, were cool and dry under sunny skies. Five races, including a youth 1.2 mile, citizens 5K, and men's / women's / masters men's 5K made up the morning's schedule.
First placers all had comfortable leads at the tape; Alexander (BAA) had a 9 second margin in the men's race, Rocco (GBTC) was 44 seconds up at the tape in the women's event, and masters race victor Ethan Nedeau (acidotic Racing) was 16 seconds ahead of second. Womens masters gold went to Trish Bourne of Greater Lowell, running 12th overall in the combined open/masters run. Greater Boston TC took the team pie for both men and women in open scoring, as did Greater Lowell for the men and women 40+ divisions.
Results will be found at gbtc.org and GP scoring will be posted at www.usatfne.org/cross.
Bob Arello of North Oxford MA and Lakewood Ranch FL, and the Twilight Throwers, USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for August 2014. At the USA Masters Throws Championship held at Holy Cross in Worcester on August 2-3, Bob won three gold medals. His national titles were in the M55-59 throws pentathlon in which he scored 3962 points, the superweight throw, which he tossed 9.12 meters, and the ultraweight pentathlon in which he scored 4120 points. He ranks first in the world in his age group this year in the throws pentathlon and superweight, and is in the world top 5 the shot put, weight throw, and hammer throw as well. Bob runs a multi-state business that has him commuting between branches in Massachusets and Florida, and the company poured one of the new throwing circles used at the meet.
Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Start of the 15K
photo: Jean Cann
Ruben Sanca and Laura Paulsen ran to the titles in the USATF-New England 15k Championship held at the second annual GMAA 15K in South Burlington VT. It was the first NE title race held in the Green Mountain state since the Stowe 8 Miler several years ago.
Sanca clocked 47:10 in wet conditions on the newly certified course, leading his Whirlaway Racing Team to victory, with runner-up Nate Jenkins (47:28) pulling his CMS-men to the second team place. Paulsen, recently moved from Minnesota and representing Greater Boston TC, had 11 seconds on runner-up Denise Sandahl, first of a Millennium Running 2-3-4-5 finish as the New Hampshire squad strengthened their hold on the series lead.
In the masters competition, Mike Galoob continued his perfect record, 55 seconds up on Chris Magill; GMAA won team trophies at 40+ and 50+, with Greater Lowell edging them in 60+. The women's 40+ were led by Kim Loeffler of GMAA, and while the host club had 4 in the top 10, Whirlaway had a better three runner time total. The same teams matched those places in W50, and Gate City was top W60+.
Results were produced by and preliminary scores can be found at 802timing.com before final scores are posted at our usatfne.org/gp.
Hour Record Setter Katie Misuraca
photo: Bill Mullen
Records were made to be broken; some just take a bit more time. On Monday evening at Manning Field in Lynn, Katie Misuraca (B.A.A./Gloucester MA) broke the US record for the one hour run - in a women's only race - by covering a distance of 16,021 meters (9.95 miles) in sixty minutes. Overall, the top 7 women bettered the previous mark of 13,792 meters set in 1985. (Long distance US track records are kept separately for both women's only and co-ed races; the overall record, set in a mixed men/women race in 1981, is 17,273 meters by Nancy Conz of Amherst MA.
Long a staple of summer running, the hour was more popular through the late 1980's, when the growth of road running and the 'challenge' of running long distances on a 400 meter track led to the event becoming a rare contest. Illustrating the fact is that all open and masters age group records except one for both men and women were set in 1986 or earlier. The New England revival has come courtesy of the Lynn Parks Department summer track series, which hosted two hour runs this summer.
Also etching a pending mark into the record boards was Jennifer Rapaport (Somerville Road Runners/Melrose MA) who improved the overall women's age 50-54 record with a 14,440 meter performance. And while missing the hour mark, Regina Loiacano (Team Gloucester/Gloucester MA) looks to have improved the 40-44 mark at 15,000 meters (separate records for road and track at long distances).
In the men's race that followed, Somerville Road Runners teammates Chris Smith and Joe O'Leary went 1-2, Smith covering 15,897 meters; that, though, was far off the US record set by New England's own Bill Rodgers back in 1977 in Boston - 20,547 meters. Thanks to directors Joe Abelon and Bill Mullen for bringing the event back, and to the clubs that supported the record run; hour runs will return to Lynn next summer.
Winner Maria Michta-Coffey (left) with the top 3 Juniors at the One Hour Championships
photo: Jonathan McElvery
A pair of US National team members walked to wins at the uSA National One Hour Race Walk Championships at Newell Stadium's New Balance Track in Gloucester, Mass. on Sunday. The meet was hosted by USATF-NE and New England Walkers.
Women's race winner and USA Champion was 2012 Olympian and US 20K Record Holder Maria Michta-Coffey (Walk USA/Nesconset NY) gathering 12,210 meters around the facility's year old seaside oval, outdistancing Erin Taylor-Talcott (Shore AC / Owego NY) by 500 meters. Junior champion honors went to Meaghan Podlaski (Niskayuna NY), who finished fourth overall.
Covering the most distance in sixty minutes in the men's race was Michael Mannozzi (Shore AC / Youngstown OH) with 12,525 meters. He was closely followed most of the way by El Salvadoran Olympian Emerson Hernandez.
The meet also served as the New England Championship race. Local titles went to Ed O'Rourke(Groton MA / New England Walkers) at 10554 meters, and Valentina Vaitones (Derry NH / Golden Spikes TFC) at 8596 meters./p>
Complete race results at the race walk page. A photo gallery will be linked there as well.
Bobby Colantonio is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month.
Photo courtesy of Bob Colantonio
Bobby Colantonio of Barrington, RI, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for July 2014. On July 23 at the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Humble, Texas, Bobby won the national title in the hammer throw for the age 15- 16 Boy's Division with a toss of 215-01 (65.56m). This set a new Junior Olympic championship meet record by more than 7 feet, and won the competition by more than 30 feet over the second place thrower.
On July 11, at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at Fitchburg State University, Colantonio won the hammer with a mighty throw of 219-07 (66.93m), and in June, he won the New England Junior Olympic meet as well as the Rhode Island State High School Championships, only the second sophomore to do so.
Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
USATF NE Road Mile champions Larissa Park and Pat Fullerton.
photo by Jean Cann
Pat Fullerton and Larissa Park ran to the titles at the first ever USATF-New England Road Mile Championship at the 24th annual High Street Mile in Newburyport on Sunday morning. Four separate races filled the card, which consisted of a youth mile, open mile, and women's and men's championship races on a certified point-to-point course along the town parade route.
Fullerton (Unattached/Haverhill MA) won the men's event for the second year in a row, clocking 4:03.1, 2+ seconds ahead of new Georgetown grad Andrew Springer of Westerley RI. Masters winner was Christian Blondin (GBTC) in 4:27.8. Host Winners Circle RC was the top club to total 5 finishers. Visiting New York runner Alice Kamunya (Adirondack AC) was a runaway winner of the women's race in 4:40.2. Park (Somerville Road Runners/Marblehead MA) was third overall in 5:25.7, with masters champ Kelly Bradbury (Winner Circle) clocking 5:47.6
Thanks to the Winners Circle for hosting the first of what should become an annual association championship. Results
Four New England high school alumni athletes performed well at the World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene Oregon last week. Elinor Purrier (Montgomery VT/UNH) set a personal best of 10:08.33 in the 3000 meter steeplechase trial round and returned for a ninth place in the final (10:21.59).
Charles Ionata (Barrington RI/Wake Forest) added seven feet to his best hammer throw ever with the 6kg international implement with a 69.93m/229-5 throw that ranked him 20th overall, And Clarence Gallop (Providence RI/Charleston) threw a strong 65.95m/216-4 for 24th. Jon Green (Shrewsbury MA/Georgetown) placed 24 (31:15.69) in the 10,000, and hammer throwers.
Harvard University soph-to-be Jade Miller won a bronze medal in the 400 hurdles in a personal best time of 56.22, and Crimson teammate Nikki Okwelogu, representing Nigeria, threw in the discus and shot put, making the final in the latter. See summaries at iaaf.org.
Nine New England states officials worked the meet at competition officials: Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI - Video Review), Joe Bullock (Swansea MA - Shot Put - Head), Nicole Bullock (Swansea MA - Hammer), Bob Gidari (Deering NH -Discus - head) Justin Kuo (Brookline MA - Electronic Measurement - Head), Tom Meagher (Duxbury MA - Starter), Lance Turley (Laconia NH - Hammer), along with Don Berry (Searsmont ME - Umpire) and Ron Daniel (Clinton CT - Referee).
Eighty-year-old Masters athlete Florence Meiler (Shelburne VT/Mass Velocity TC) was named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after her impressive 14-event weekend at the USA Masters National Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem NC July 17-20. She broke several world and US age group records in the competition.
Molly Huddle (Providence RI/Saucony) was in Monaco for one reason, re-setting the American 5000m record, and at the "Meeting Herculis" Friday, she achieved that goal in a time of 14:42.64, almost two seconds better than her previous mark. That was good for sixth overall in a star-filled field, with the race won by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in a world leading 14:28.88. During most of the race, Huddle had the company of Shannon Rowbury who followed her every move as she had at last month's US Championship; Rowbury finshed in 14:48.58. (Story from RunningNetork)
To open the four day USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, Caroline Bjune (Boston Athletic Association) won the W40 10,000 meter race in 40:17.30. Caroline had received a national travel grant to compete in the meet and took advantage of the opportunity; she's also entered in the 5000 later in the meet.
Other NE winners on Day 1 were Len Rosen (Twilight Throwers, M80 Shot Put 10.31m and Discus 27.37m) and Flo Meiler (Mass Velocity TC, W80 pentathlon 4319, hammer, and pole vault 1.65m). Silver medalists were Katrina Geurkink (Thor's Stone. W50 hammer 33.24m), Bob Keating (NE Walkers M65 5000m Race Walk), Diane Pomeroy (MVTC, W45 800 2:34.20), and Susan Weimer (MVTC, W45 Pentathlon 2271), and bronze medalists Carl Wallin (Thor's Stone, M70 Shot Put 12.77m) and Jerry LeVasseur (NE65+ RC M75 10,000 1:07:51.57)
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Girl's High Jump at 2014 JO's in Fitchburg.
photo by Steve Vaitones
A national Junior Olympic record was set at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at Fitchburg State University last Friday through Sunday. The meet, hosted by the New England association, found over 1100 competitors from 6 USATF associations contesting a full schedule of events for ages 7-8 through 17-18.
On Friday, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) twice bettered the age 15-16 Junior Olympic record in the hammer, spinning a best 66.93 meters / 219'7", improving the mark he set at the New England meet 3 weeks ago. Many outstanding age group performances were achieved over the course of the meet.
The event was one of the largest Region I meets ever, and had great support from over 50 certified officials and from the Fitchburg State track and field coaches, team, and support staff. The top 5 in each event (top 3 combined events) can advance to the National meet July 21-27 in Houston TX.
Complete meet results are at the Track Page. Photo galleries are at FrankPoulinPhotography.smugmug.com
Charlie Ionata (Barrington RI) and Elinor Purrier (Montgomery VT), and Jonathan Green (Shewsbury MA) won their events at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships on Sunday in Eugene Oregon. The meet was the qualifier for the World Junior (not turning 20 in the calendar year) Championships which will also be held in Eugene July 22-27.
Ionata, the 2013 Rhode Island state champion in the hammer and a freshman at Wake Forest, won the 6kg hammer in 222'1". He noted, "It’s been a dream of mine for a while and it feels great to finally (get the chance to) compete at a world event.” Placing second by an inch and also making the US team is Clarence Gallop of Providence, a freshman at Charleston Southern. The Rhode Island presence continued down the results as Mahlik Handley (Providence/URI) and Adam Kelly (Barrington RI) were fourth and fifth; all competed in the NE Junior Olympic program.
A University of New Hampshire freshman, Purrier took honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:24.46. A USATF-NE athlete of the month for cross country in 2012, she had won the steeplechase at last weekend's USATF-NE championship as a tune-up.
Green, a mulit-time Massachusetts state champ out of St.Johns-Shrewsbury now at Georgetown University, won the 10,000 meter race in a personal best 30:54.62 and also advances to the Worlds.
Full results and links to video
Colorado Springs residents Joseph Gray and Allie McLaughlin led the races up Loon Mountain to take USA Mountain Running titles on Sunday. Gray had almost 6 minutes on his nearest challenger over the approximately 7 mile route, while McLaughlin had a minute gap on her nearest challenger over the 4.8 miles; both races had over 2000' of gain from bottom to top. Separate races were held this year to accommodate the championship/selection and the record field of 156 women and 340 men.
Third placers in both runs were the top New Englanders and both Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) and Eric Blake (West Hartford CT) secured a spot on the USA team heading to the 30th World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on September 13.
The race also served as the fourth eent in the USATF-NE Mountain Running circuit. Results
Garrett O'Toole with Olympian and 2014 USA Champion Leo Manzano after the Adrian Martinez Mile.
photo by Chris Lotsbom
Middle distance runner Garrett O'Toole is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for June 2014. The graduating senior at the Middlesex School in Concord MA. At the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord On June 5, the Weston Mass. resident ran 4:01.89 for the mile. That performance not only set new Massachusetts and New England High School records for the mile, but it also put him among the top 10 all-time U.S. high school milers. Garrett has excelled at distances ranging from the 800m to the 3000m this outdoor season. He'll enroll at Princeton University this fall.
Our awards page of this website has information on all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.