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)
Check the complete list of New England Entries
Follow results and see video at USATF.TV
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.
NE 65+ Club member (and member of many other running clubs) Louise Rossetti of Saugus Massachusetts passed away this week at age 93. She started her running career late in life, but still completed more than 25 Tufts 10K for Women races, and had age-group ranking performances through her 70's and 80's, though her plain enjoyment of road running was her primary goal. The 21st annual women's race in her honor just took place on June 18.
Over 200 athletes enjoyed good competition at the USATF-NE Open and Masters Track & Field Championships on a warm day at the top quality facility at Regis College.
The top male and female championship performances by eligible England association athletes in track and field events using IAAF scoring tables for their best marks were Nate Hunter (shot, 18.93m/1057 pts), Cyrstal Bourque (hammer, 65.35m/1002), and the 10,000m winners from the championship run on 5/17, Dan Vassallo (CMS, 29:42.9/979), and Melissa Nash (NBBoston, 34:36.9/1005) Those top New England scorers earned $100, with Hunter taking an extra helping with the overall top score. (Top overall track marks were run by non-eligible performers - Amadou Gueye (Adirondack Assn, 110 hurdles, 14.10/1049) and Elinor Purrier (U.New Hampshire, Steeplechase, 10:24.3/1038).
Greater Boston TC repeated as team titlists for both men and women, with newcomers Sprinticity of Vermont taking second in the men's standings. Results by heat/flight and by 5 year age groups are posted at usatfne.org/track. Team scores will be added after full review of results. Thanks to the officials who made the meet an enjoyable experience for all participants.
Over 600 youth from the association contested a full schedule of events at the USATF-New Engalnd Association Junior Olympic Championships at Fitchburg State on Saturday. The six age divisions from 7-8 to 17-18 (based on year of birth) ran, jumped, and threw to qualify for the Region I meet - that will also be held at Fitchburg - on July 11-13.
Highest quality event was the final field event of the day. In the boys hammer, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington) broke the age 15-16 Junior Olympic National record in the event with a spin of 66.72 meters - 218'11" - as five boys age 15-18 bettered 200', a feat never achieved in a NE JO meet before.
The top 8 placers in each event advance to Region I; that signup begins on Wednesday, June 25. Thanks to the officials and workers who spent the day ensuring a quality experience for all participants.
Preliminary results can be found at usatfne.org/track.
Long time local rivals - and good friends - Dave Dunham (CMS / Bradford MA) and Craig Fram (Whirlaway RT/Plaistow NH) were inducted into the Mt.Washington Road Race Hall of Fame on June 21 during the race awards ceremony. The Hall recognizes outstanding performers in the history of the race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern US.
Only 15 other runners have been inducted to the Hall since its founding in 2010. Both are past open winners, age group winners, and record setters. Fram broke the M40+ and M50+ records in his career, the 40 having previously lated for 40 years before him. He's also the oldest runner to break 1:10 for the climb.
Dunham has 24 finishes and his 1988 win was the first clocking under 1:01:00. The three-time winner also has the most top 5 finishes in the history of the race, 15. Additionally, Dave is the author of the definitive book on the race history, "Only One Hill". Neither ran this year due to injuries. Here is more race history information.
Saturday's race had 1300 entrants, and multi-time US Mountain Running Team member Joe Gray (Club Northewest/Colorado Springs) won the battle over last year's winner and local runner Eric Blake. Gray ran a 59:09 with Blake at 1:00:01, just missing a coveted sub-hour clocking. Shannon Payne (Colorado Springs) won over Italian national team member Velentina Belotti 1:10:12-1:11:58, with Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) top New Englander in fourth. Team winners were Team Colorado over CMS for men, and Team Gloucester repeating as winners for women. More at mountwashingtonroadrace.com.
The winning Millennium Running team at the 5 Miler.
Jeff Veiga (Team RUN) and Denise Sandahl (Millennium Running) outran quality fields at the St.Joseph Healthcare Ribfest 5 Miler, the USATF-NE Championship on Sunday. After a winter of injury recovery, Veiga made it two championship wins in a row following his 5K victory. Wind was stiff on the out-and-back course, but the pace picked up as the tape neared, and Veiga (24:20) held off the charges of Brian Harvey (24:27) and Nate Jenkins (24:37) on the final downhill and sprint to the finish. The BAA took team honors over Team RUN and Western Mass DP, all three squads of five finishing within 49 seconds
The women's race saw a rarity for any championship event in recent history, one club's runners taking the first three places. Sandahl (28:40), with her first NE Championship win, led the Millennium Running trio, as she was followed by Laura Hagley (28:48) and Christine Shaw (29:05). This gave the local clubd to a dominant team 8+ minute win over Gr.Boston TC and solidified their series lead; no NH based team has won the open Grand Prix series.
In the age division scoring, Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) continued her hot year, placing fourt overall while winning the masters division, and Mike Galoob is now 4 for 4 among the 40+ crowd.
The first championship event hosted by Millennium Running was well received by clubs and many competitors enjoyed the accompanying "Ribfest". Results are found at MillenniumRunning.com. Series standings are being reviewed and totaled, and will be found at the GP page. A summer break follows, with the next series race the GMAA 15K on August 31 in South Burlington VT.
Events for the 2014 fall cross country grand prix are set and announced; the five races can be found at the cross country page. There will be some changes to individual and team scoring for the coming season; those new rules will be announced shortly on the same page.
Entry material for the June 21 USATF-New England Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship is up and posted. Youth born from 1996 through 2007 can compete in 2 year age groups in a full schedule of events at Fitchburg State University. Individuals must have USATF membership, and date of birth must be verified before the entry process can be started.
Find Junior Olympic information at usatfne.org/jo and entry link at usatfne.org/track.
Eric MacKnight and Kim Nedeau led a field of 299 over the new 10K up-and-down course at Wachusett Moutain on Saturday, the third stop on the 2014 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit. The top group was unusually spread out for a mountain race, as MacKnight, from Fleet Feet in Balston Spa NY, was almost a minute up on first New England association runner Justin Freeman (Team RUN), with Jim Johnson (CMS) another 40 seconds back. Nedeau (Acidotic RACING) had just 18 seconds on the 2013 NE Road Race GP champion Steph Reilly (Team RUN), with 2013 Circuit Masters champ Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) third overall. A pair of clubs swept the team titles, with Central Mass Striders Men and Acidotic RACING Women taking the open, 40+, and 50+ divisions.
Following Saturday's Mt.Wachusett Race, Jim Johnson (CMS) and Christin Doneski (WRT) lead the series, the latter also topping W40+ lists. Age division leaders include Todd Callaghan (M40, CMS), Dave Dunham (M50, CMS), Len Hall (M60, GCS), Ashley Krause (39/under), Jaqueline Shakar (W50, CSU), and Elaine DIll (W60, acidotic). Full series standings and all-time series stats compiled by Dave Dunham are found at his blogsite. Following a week break, the series resumes at Mt.Ascutney VT on June 8. Follow the series on Facebook.
Collegians from the New England states made a number of trips to to the awards podium at the NCAA Divison II and III Championship meets last weekend. Winners at the Division III meet held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware OH, were Jana Hieber (Tufts) in the 400 Hurdles, 58.63, Naomi Bates (Amherst) in the Long Jump, 19-9, and Amina Avril (Williams) in the hammer, 192-0, along with Michael LeDuc (Connecticut College) in the steeplechase, 8:45.77, and Jamie Ruginski (Southern Maine) in the triple jump, 49-7.75 (he also placed second in the long jump, 24-0.25.
Indoor 400 champion Ashante Little (Wheaton) was second in the 400, 54.17, and third in the 400 hurdles, 59.38, and ran on the Wheaton all-American 4x400 relay. Also winning silver were Julie Eagle (WPI), High Jump, 5-9.25; Cimran Virdi (MIT), Pole Vault, 13-5.25; Mitchell Black (Tufts), 800, 1:51.30; and Steven Vazquez (RI College), High Jump, 6-10.25. Bronze medalists included Hulerie McGuffie (UMass Boston), 400, 54.24; Travon Godette (Westfield State), Javelin, 213-1; Jacob Ellis (Bowdoin), 800, 1:51.37; and Adam Scalesse (Coast Guard), 110 Hurdles, 14.34. Full results
In the Division II meet held at Grand Valley State in Michigan, three second places were won by local sudent-athletes; Michael Biwott (American International) in the 10,000 in 29:43.41, Carly Muscaro (Merrimack) in the 400 in 53.43, and Ada Udaya (New Haven) in the 100 in 11.63; she was also third in the 200 in 23.55. Full results
Dan Vassallo (CMS) and Melissa Nash (New Balance Boston) won USATF-NE 10,000 meter championships titles in the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet #2 race held at U.Mass-Lowell on Saturday night. Vassallo recorded one of the faster open times in recent years with a 30:16.3, placing second overall to Iona's Jake Byrne (29:42.9). In the NE Championship, he was followed by Chris Kibler (GBTC, 31:07.4, 4th overall) and Anrew Erskine (NBB, 31:18.5, 5th). Nash moved up to NE Champion after placing third last year. She clocked 34:36.9, finishing second overall in the women's race won by Andie Cozzarelli (34:15.2). Jessica Minty (NBB, 34:48.7) and Molly Rouillard (Unattched) finished 2-3 in the NE medal standings, 3-4 overall.
The race finished in the dark, as power and lights were lost at the UML track facility just as the 10,000m runners took to the starting line; running conditions were excellent as 18 runners completed the 25 lap contest. Full 10,000m results, and Twilight Meet 2 complete results
Runners earned the first team points for their clubs for the USATF-NE Championship meet, the remaining events in the full meet being Sunday, June 20, at Regis College. Schedule and online entry are available at the Track page.
Kara Haas (Greater Lowell Road Runners) was awarded the "first timers" travel award from USATF-NE to compete at the 2014 USA Outdoor National Masters Track and Field Championship July 17-20 in Winston-Salem NC. A regular on the New England Road Race Championship Circuit who has turned in some quality track times in the past, this will be her first time competing in a USA Masters TF Meet. She plans to compete in the 1500 and 5000.
The opportunity is funded by the USATF Masters TF Committee, and the meet is open to all individuals age 30 and up. Find information at the USATF website.
Two New Englanders moved to the top of the 2014 US Rankings with their performances at the Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University over the weekend.
In ideal distance running conditions, Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH) won the 5000 by just 6/100 of a second in a time of 13:02.74. Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) placed second in the 10,000 in a personal record 30:47.59, the second fastest time ever by an American. Winner Sally Kipyego clocked a 2014 World leading 30:42.26. Former U.Maine miler Riley Masters moved to the US lead for 1500 with a 3:38.42 clocking.
The USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit kicked off at the Sleepy Holllow Mountain Race in Huntington VT. The long and late winter left the primarily trail course with significant mud that slowed the 10 kilometer trek. Leading the record 215 runner field to the finish line were B.A.A. runners Josh Ferenc (Saxtons River VT) and event director Kasie Enman (Huntington VT), both having 2 minute-plus winning margins. Age division winners were Todd Callaghan (CMS, 9th overall) and Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) for 40+, Mountain Circuit founder Dave Dunham (CMS) and Jacqueline Shakar (CSU) for 50+, Len Hall (Gate City Striders) and Margaret Hedstrom (Liberty AC) for 60+, and Peter Orni for 70+.
The first round of Circuit Standings are posted. The next race is this Sunday, May 11 at the Pack Monadnock 10 Miler. Check the Mountain/Trail page for the full schedule and scoring. There is team scoring in this season's circuit. The event was also the first event in the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner series.
Boston Athletic Association distance runner Pete Hammer (Needham MA) is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for April 2014. On April 21 in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Hammer ran a time of 2:33:02 to place 2nd in the 45-49 division (8th overall among all age 40+ competitors). Six days later, he was the overall runner-up at the USA Masters 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA on April 27, recording a time of 32:41 that was just 4 seconds behind overall winner Mike Galoob. In both races, he led his B.A.A. club to the Masters (age 40+) team titles.
Check out the list of all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Mike Galoob (Westerly TC/Peace Dale RI) continued his successful first year as a 40 year old, running to the USA Masters 10K championship title at the James Joyce Ramble 10K in Dedham MA on Sunday. Galoob held off Peter Hammer (BAA/Needham MA) by 4 seconds, with Hammer first M45. Women's overall winner Melody Fairchild of Boulder CO had a 2+ minute winning margin with her 35:15.
USATF-NE recorded eight age division winners: M40 Galoob, M45 Hammer, M50 Rob Edson (Upper Valley AC/Hanover NH), M65 Bill Dixon (GLRR/Brattleboro VT), W70 Charlene Francis (Liberty AC/Hyde Park MA), W75 Carrie Parsi (Liberty AC/Gloucester MA), M75 Bill Riley (NE65+/Centerville MA), and M80 Lawrence Cole (Cape Cod AC/Harwich MA).
The day's top age graded performance was turned in by 62 year old Kathrine Martin of New York, her 40:10 topping 100% on the charts.
The BAA trio of Hammer, Chris Magill, and Wayne Levy won M40+ title by three seconds - one tick per scorer. Hammer and Levy were back just 6 days after being part of a Boston Marathon masters team win. Also winning top team honors were New England 65+ RC M70+, and Tri-Valley Frontrunners W60.
All the results.
Meb Keflezighi won the 118th Boston Marathon.
Photo: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.com
With frontrunning determination and tremendous fan support, Meb Keflezighi (San Diego CA) won the 118th B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the first American man to do so since Greg Meyer in 1983. Rita Jeptoo (Kenya) won her third Boston, leading the elite women home in a course record 2:18:57, with the next three also bettering the old standard. Nearly 99% of the 34,000+ starters completed the race this year.
First of the impressive local talent to finish was Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway/Lowell MA) in 2:19:05 for 21st place, 3 spots ahead of Brian Harvey (BAA/Boston) in 2:20:31; 9 NE men were in the top 50.
Hilary Dionne (BAA/Charlestown MA) and Andrea Walkonen (Lebanon NH) placed 23-25 (2:35:08/2:37:06) in the women's elite race.
Top USATF-NE state finishers:
MA: Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) 2:19:05; Hilary Dionne (BAA) 2:35:08
NH: Kevin Johnson (WMDP/Hanover) 2:26:14; Andrea Walkonen (Lebanon) 2:37:06
RI: Jason Reilly (Cumberland) 2:38:08; Megan Jaswell (Wakefield) 3:05:37
VT: David Sinclair (Burlington) 2:36:03; Meghan Lout (GMAA/Colchester) 2:58:45
Men's Open: 1.BAA 7:05:33; 2.Western MA Distance Project 7:20:52; 7.Whirlaway 7:34:32; 9.GrBoston TC 7:38:37
Women's Open: 2.BAA 8:26:10; 3.GBTC 8:41:58; 6.Somerville RR 8:53:50; 7.Dirigo 8:55:20
Men's Masters: 1.BAA 7:54:45; 3.SRR 8:07:25; 10.Central MA Striders 8:28:55
Women's Masters: 1.Dirigo 9:04:43; 3.Whirlaway 9:38:09; 5.Green Mt.AA 9:46:41
All the results and details at baa.org.
Greater Lowell Road Runners welcomed four women into their Hall of Fame over the weekend at their annual meeting. Team stalwarts Patty Foltz, Diane Geehan, Kara Molloy-Haas, and Liane Pancoast have made significant competitive and substantive contributions to the club over many years. Check out their festivities at glrr.net.
Wheaton College senior Ashante Little is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for March 2014. Little, a graduate of Winnacunnet H.S. in Seabrook New Hampshire, won the NCAA Division III national 400 meter title in 55.10, and also placed fourth in the 60 meter hurdles and 10th in the 200 meters. Following the meet, she was named Division III National Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season. Earlier in the year, her 54.82 personal best was the country's top Division III performance and ranks as the second fastest ever time in D-III history.
Check out the list of all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Emma Fitzgerald won the javelin at the World Youth Olympics in Miramar, Florida.
Photo courtesy of National Scholastic Athletics Foundation
Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) won the javelin at the North and Central American Area trials meet for the World Youth Olympics held April 4-5 in Miramar, Florida. The Thayer Academy sophomore threw the 500 gram youth javelin a personal best 168'2" (51.25m) to top the field by 10 feet.
The 2nd World Youth Athletics will be held August 16-28 in Nanjing, China. The meet is for athletes not turning 18 during the calendar year, and has a 16 competitor limit in each event with no more than one entry per country. There are also quotas on the number of competitors from the several global areas; Americas (combining athletes from the US meet plus Caribbean and South American meets) can have up to 4 javelin throwers total, and the USA may have only 14 athletes total. Final selection for the US team will be announced after all Americas trials are complete in May.
Results and info on the World Youth Olympics.
Jeff Veiga (3) finished #1 at the An Ras Mor / USATF-NE 5K.
Jeff Veiga(Team RUN) and Larissa Park (Somerville RR) used every second of their times to lead the rain-sodden fields and take wins at the 17th annual An Ras Mor 5K USATF-New England Championship race on Sunday. 667 runners braved the just plain miserable conditions in Cambridge to complete the third race of the 2014 Grand Prix schedule, yet the top 29 bettered 2013's winning time, and 80 were better then last year's 5th runner.
Veiga beat former U.Mass-Lowell teammate Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway Racing Team/Lowell MA) by one second in 14:39. With a win at New Bedford and second at the 10 Mile, Sanca holds the individual series lead as he preps for Boston next month. Park, part of the host club's organizing committee and USATF-NE Women's long distance running chair, had a similar one tick margin of victory over Caitlin Fahey (Gr.Springfield Harriers) in 17:37, as the women had a 15 minute head start and virtually a separate race. Leading the 40+ crowd were Mike Galoob (Peace Dale RI) with his second straight GP win, 15:31, and Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) in 18:49.
Whirlaway men and Greater Boston TC women were open team winners. Whirlaway also ran off with the Women 40+ and 50+ divisions, with Gate City Women 60+ , Central Mass Striders Men 40+, Somerville RR Men 50+, Greater Lowell RR Men 60+ also atop the results.
Dave Dunham (CMS) completed his 100th USATF New England GP Championship race - as Sarah Prescott (WRT) did at New Bedford. Lots more An Ras Mor at the SRR Website and great pictures at Scott Mason site.
There's a lengthy break before the championship schedule resumes at the Ribfest 5 Mile in Merrimack NH, a first time NE Championship race.
Three New England state student-athletes were selected as NCAA collegiate indoor national athletes of the year by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
In Division I, Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth/Topsfield MA) is indoor runner of the year after an unprecedented repeat as double winner in the National 3000 and 5000 meter runs, as well as recording the third fastest collegiate mile time ever (4:28.31) earlier in the season. D'Agonstino had the 2014 season leading times in all three events and was also cross country runner of the year last fall. Full D-I story.
In Division III, Ashante Little (Wheaton/Seabrook NH) and Jamie Ruginski (Southern Maine/Buxton ME) were tagged as female runner and male field event athletes of the year. Little won the national title at 400 meters in 55.10, finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and 10th in the 200. Entering the championships, Little was the top seed at 400 and second in both the 200 and hurdles. Her season best of 54.82 at 400 is the second-fastest in Division III history.
Ruginski, a junior from Buxton, Maine, won the triple jump at the NCAA D III Championships and placed third in the long jump. His winning mark of 50-1.75 in the triple jump was nearly a foot-and-a-half better than second place. He also won the all-New England and NE Division III triple jump. Full D-III story.
USATF-NE treated Sarah Prescott to a cake to celebrate completing her 100th consecutive NE GP championship.
Photo: Tom Derderian
2012 Olympians Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway Racing Team/Lowell MA) and Kim Smith (New Balance/Providence RI) were strong winners at the 37th annual New Bedford Half Marathon and USATF-NE Championship on Sunday. Both have broken the winner's tape in the past at the Whaling City classic. Sanca, who represented Cape Verde in 2012, led the parade in 1:05:50, 19 seconds ahead of teammate Nick "The Viking" Karwoski, while New Zealander Smith finished 28th overall in 1:11:08, two minutes ahead of New England champion Andrea Walkonen (Lebanon NH), second overall women.
Despite the 1-2 finish, Whirlaway only managed third in the traditionally competitive field as the club win went to Western Mass Distance Project over the Boston Athletic Association. In the women's tallies, the B.A.A edged Greater Boston TC for the team trophy by just 32 seconds. The blue-and-gold were also top among the Men's 40+ crew. Other team wins went to Whirlaway (M50+, W40+, W50+), Greater Lowell Road Runners (M60+) and Gate City Striders (W60+). Top 40+ finishers were Mike Galoob (PeaceDale RI) and Caroline Bjune (B.A.A.), as over 2800 runners covered the traffic free route.
Following the race, a number of Grand Prix regulars celebrated with Whirlaway RT runner Sarah Prescott who completed her 100th consecutive USATF New England GP Championship race - that's a lot of Ironrunner jackets! Story and results at the newbedfordhalfmarathon.com.
The NE GP series continues in two weeks in Cambridge MA at the An Ras Mor on March 30, hosted by Somerville Road Runners.
Ben True (Hanover NH / Saucony) took home gold again at the Jacksonville (FL) River Run, the 2014 USA 15K Championship, on Sunday. True's time of 43:03 was 35 seconds faster than his 2013 performance. Tim Ritchie (BAA/Boston) placed moved up three places this year for the bronze in 44:01, and former Massachusetts HS champs Chris Barnicle and Sean Quigley were sixth and eighth, respectively.
Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence) was again the top NE women, placing sixth in 50:36, 4 ticks better than last year. Marblehead MA native Shalane Flanagan clocked a US record 47:03 for the win. The event was the third stop on the 2014 USA Running Circuit. Full story and results at the USA Running Circuit site.
Ocean Eversley (Falmouth MA/Mass Velocity TC) won two golds in the Masters Nationals.
(Photo: Rich Tarter)
More than 2 dozen USA and a dozen world age group records were bettered over three days of competition in the USA Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Boston over the weekend. The meet, held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for the thirteenth time, was again directed by USATF New England, and included 921 entrants ranging from ages 30 to 100.
So.Cal Track Club won the team competition over TNT Racing, with local clubs Mass Velocity third and Thor's Stone AC eighth. Check out the impressive marks in the COMPLETE RESULTS.
Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino won two titles at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships. The runner from Topsfield MA repeated her double of 2013, first winning the 5000 on Friday in 16:20.39 and returning for the 3000 title on Saturday, running 9:14.47.
New England men only scored points in the mile but did so placing 4-5-6 - Rich Peters (Boston U, 4:03.49), Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth, 4:04.17), and Johnny Gregorek (Columbia/Seekonk MA, 4:04.68). Other local placers at the Division I meet:
800 - Andrea Keklak (Lincoln-Sudbury MA/Georgetown) 4th, 2:06.42; Megan Krumpoch, 7th, 2:08.31.
Mile - Monica Adler (Boston U) 8th, 4:48.87
3000 - Katrina Coogan (Georgetown / Exeter NH) 5th, 9:17.38
5000 - Emily Sisson, Providence) 85h, 16:34.18
Distance medley - Dartmouth, 8th, 11:18.60
Pentathlon - Deanna Latham (Wisconsin/Newbury MA) 5th 4253
In the NCAA Division III championship meet held in Lincoln Nebraska, six New England collegians won national championships. Strongest event for locals was the women's 400 where Ashante Little of Wheaton won in a Championship record time of 55.10, and was joined on the podium by Hulerie McGuffie (UMass Boston, 2nd, 55.28) and Meredith Scannell (Wheaton, 3rd, 55.92).
Other winners included Cimran Virdi (MIT, pole vault, 12-11.5"); Naomi Bates (Amherst, long Jump, 19-00.0), Amina Avril (Williams, weight throw, 65-7.75") for women, and Coby Horowitz (Bowdoin, mile, 4:08.40), and Jamie Ruginski (Southern Maine, triple jump, 50-1.75") for men.
Earning silver medals were Terrence Gibson of Worcester State whose 7.82 was better than the previous championship record, Ryan Widzgowski (Keene State, mile, 4:10.18), Sean Enos (Bates, shot put, 57-8.25"), and MIT women's distance medley, 11:42.28. Bronze medals went to Julie Eagle (WPI, high jump, 5-6.5"), Jenna Adams (Williams, pole vault, 12-7.5"), Jana Hieber (Tufts, pentathlon, 3691), Mitchell Black (Tufts 800, 1:52.17, and Ruginski (long jump, 23-7.25").
New England association athletes Ellen Dipietro (Marshfield MA) and Adam Kelly (Barrington RI) were winners at the New Balance National Indoor Scholastic Championships held at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York. Dipietro, national leader in the high jump, won the event with a 5'10.5" leap. Kelly completed his junior year season with a 77'9.25 throw in the 25 lb weight.
Andrew Bolze (Hingham MA) was a double all-American as he took third in the long jump in a New England record 24'3.75" and sixth in the 400 in 48.63 after a 48.09 trials round time. Paul Hogan (Burlington MA) was runner-up in the 2 mile at 8:59.82 - top US runner, 2014 US leader, and #6 MA all time indoors. Earning a third place were Garrett O'Toole (Middlesex/Concord MA) in the mile at 4:13.60, and Maegan Allen (Arlington MA) in the 1 Mile Race Walk at 7:28.16, a Massachusetts state best.
Find the extensive results nationalscholastic.org.
Pole vaulter Mary Saxer is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month
Photo: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun
USA pole vault champion Mary Saxer is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for January 2014. Saxer, who lives in Boston and trains at MIT, represents the New York Athletic Club. On February 23, at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary won the national title in the women's pole vault with a jump of 15' 5.5" (4.71 m). Earlier in the month at the New Balance Boston Grand Prix meet, she cleared 14'9" to place 3rd. In January, Saxer won the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada with a clearance of 15' 1".
Originally from from Lancaster NY where she was a multi-time national high school record setter, she is a 2009 graduate of Notre Dame. Check out the list of all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
"The Boston Marathon: A Celebration of the World's Premiere Race", written by USATF-NE president Tom Derderian, is now available. Full color and profusely illustrated, it covers some race history but is more detailed on the sporting, community, and human pieces that make the event what it is.
The Boston University Last Chance Meet on Sunday served multiple purposes; college qualifier, season's last indoor competition, national masters meet tune-up - and record attempt site. In the 1000 meters, the three finishers all earned a significant record for their resume. David Torrence of California led the final three laps after the pace setter stepped off, and broke the beam at an American Record 2:16.76. Barely a stride behind, Nate Brannen clocked 2:16.87 for a new Canadian standard, and Boston University's Rich Peters set a new Collegiate all-time best of 2:18.55, also his third BU record of the year.
In the meet's closing event, a select M40 team of Ed Winslow, Chris Blondin (Gr.Boston TC), Mark Williams and Nicholas Berra clocked 7:49.90 for a new masters 40-49 record, breaking the 2013 time run by four New England runners. In second place, an all Central Park TC quartet lowered the M35 record to 7:55.13.
And now almost commonplace at the BU TTC, there were also two sub-4:00 miles in the results.
A pair of Vermonters went long for national championship bronze medals over the weekend at the USA 50km road championship at Caumsett Park on Long Island. Josh Ferenc (B.A.A./Saxton's River VT) was third overall in 3:04.16 for the 31.1 miles, and in the age group divisions, Brian Teason (Manchester VT) was also bronze medalist in 50-54 wtih a 3:55:00 time.
Pole vaulter Lauren Kuntz cleared 13″ 3.5′ this season
photo: Patrick Barragan
With the USATAF New England Indoor Championships complete, winners in the 2014 USATF-NE Indoor Track and Field Grand Prix are now finalized. This year's series included both a track and a field winner for men and women.
Winners for track events are both middle-distance runners: Jillian Kingof New Balance Boston (4:37.78 mile) and David Goodman of New England Distance. Each had their best scores in mile races, 4:37.78 (King) and 4:09.91 (Goodman). Topping the field events are a pair of pole vaulters; Lauren Kuntz of MIT Pole Vault Club and Brad Lawrence from Patriot Pole Vault; they cleared 4.05m/13'3.5" and 4.70m/15'5", respectively.
Scoring is performance based, with points earned from the IAAF scoring tables based on results marks. The best four marks from New England meets which have open entry and are sanctioned / eligible for USA National qualifying are totaled up for the rankings. One of those meets must be the USATF NE Championship or the USA Nationals.
The outdoor series rules and sign-up will be posted at usatfe.org/track in April.
USATF-NE Past President and current board member Stephen Viegas (Reading MA/Mass Velocity) was named new Massachusetts State Rep for the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The organization works through clubs on grass roots promotion of the sport through club based programs. State reps are enthusiastic inividuals who serve as ambassadors and work between clubs and the national organization. Steve is also a USATF and RRCA certified coach and works with the Mystic Runners. rrca.org.
The open track and field season came to a peak at the USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship held at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday. A mix of open, collegiate, scholastic, and masters competitors enjoyed one of the country's top facilities and spirited competition.
The top ranked performance was likely the 4:00.52 winning mile by Steve Mangan of Dartmouth College. In the 3000 meter race walk, Maryanne Daniel (Connecticut Race Walkers) set a pending USA W55-59 record of 16:02.41. Ellsworth ME HS runner Dan Curts clocked an all New England HS best 8:23.85 for 3000 meters at 8: finishing second overall, and a Vermont state scholastic best was set In the Scholastic Development Weight throw when Mustapha Kay of St.Johnsbury VT spun the ball 59'1.5".
Full results are posted at usatfne.org/track.
Mary Saxer won her first National Indoor title at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque.
photo: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun
Mary Saxer (NYAC/Boston MA) won her first National Indoor title at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. Saxer, who trains at MIT, cleared 15'5.5", defeating defending champ Jenn Suhr and qualified for the World Indoor Championships to be held in Poland in March.
Several other New Englanders qualified and took the trip to compete in Albuquerque. Greater Boston TC thrower Lisa Wilson was 8th in the weight (61'0.25"), teammate Nate Hunter placed 11th in the shot put (60'1"), and Tim Ritchie (B.A.A) was 14th in the 3000 (8:25.03) as the mile high altitude put distance runners at a disadvantage. Mainer Becky O'Brien was 7th in the shot put at 56'11.5".
Runner-up Marcus Vieira (Peabody) and winner Gabriel Arcaro (Burlington) with their rewards
photo: Ed Arcaro
In a pair of scholastic development events hosted by USATF New England, four repeat winners took the 2014 gold medals. The competitions were held as part of the USATF-NE February Youth meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Gabriel Arcaro and Elizabeth Tevnan repeated as champions in the fourth annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw, conducted with the sponsorship of Twilight Throwers. Arcaro (Burlington) threw 62'7.25", resetting his own meet record, and Tevnan (NDA Hingham) won the girls throw in a personal best 42'8". Total participation was the largest ever, with competitors from eight different communities. The meet followed several clinics and competitions as part of a USATF grant to develop the event.
In the second annual Mass. Scholastic Race Walk, supported by New England Walkers, siblings Nolan Allen and Maegan Allen were again first across the line in the mile competiton. Maegan recorded a best ever time for the event by a Massachusetts girl, 7:46.34. Both winning times qualified for next month's New Balance National Scholastic meet - the first Mass. boy and girl ever to achieve this honor in the race walk.
Results at usatfne.org/track.
The brakeman in Monday's USA Olympic bronze medal Two Man Bobsled is Steve Langton. A native of Melrose, Langton competed in track at both St.John's Prep in Danvers MA and at Northeastern University, graduating in 2005. At NU, he scored in the America East Championship meet; he had personal bests of 10.58 in the 100 and 23'8" in the long jump.
Last week, mogul skier Hannah Kearney won a bronze medal. While at Hanover High School in New Hampshire, she was high school state meet scorer in the long jump and triple jump, and participated in the USATF-NE Junior Olympics.
B.A.A. harrier Sam Alexander (Waterford CT) and West Townsend MA native Corey Conner (North Middlesex HS / U.Maine alum) were selected to compete for Team USA at the North American/Central American/Caribbean (NACAC) Championship meet on February 22. Also on the squad is Ryan Bak, former NCAA champion out of Trinity College (Hartford CT). All three earned there place from performances at the USA Fall Cross Country Championship meet, and were part of the USA team at January's Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet. The NACAC meet takes place on February 22 in Trinidad & Tobago.
Full press release on the team and staff selections.
Two world records highlighted the nineteenth edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet held at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday.
A USA team of Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon, and Erik Sowinski passed the baton in the 4x800 relay in 7:13.11, breaking the 14 year old mark also set by a US select team on the same track back in 2000 by .83 seconds. Second place in the race, also breaking the old world mark and getting credit for the US record as a club team (in 7:13.22) was the New Jersey/New York TC, which included Lowell (MA) HS and UConn product Brian Gagnon.
A new World Junior (19 and under) record in the 1000 meters was established by Mary Cain of New York, running 2:35.80 in winning the race. This bettered her own pending mark set last month at Boston University, and puts her #3 all-time US.
A variety of Junior, scholastic, and open events included dozens of international competitors, and junior and scholastic relays all provided exciting competition and new meet records. The top 6 finishers in the men's mile ran 4:00.00 or better Mike Galoob (Wakefield RI) won the masters mile in 4:23.48 over 1992 Olympian John Trautmann (4:24.20), and Cambridge Jets ran from the front to win the youth 4x200 relay.
Stories and results can be found at the new balance Indoor Grand Prix website.
Dartmouth College senior Will Geoghegan is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for January 2014.
Geoghegan joined an elite club as he ran 3:58.04 to win the mile run out of section 2 at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Invitational on January 25. With that time, the Brunswick ME High School grad set a Dartmouth College record as well as an Ivy League all-time indoor best.
In the women's mile at the same meet, teammate Abbey D'Agostino - the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for November 2013 - also set Dartmouth and Ivy records in the mile with her time of 4:28.31.
Check out the list of all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
The USATF East Region and New England Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships had its largest entry list in the four years running at the Providence Career and Technical Academy track complex, and many competitors attending achieved good season marks in the warm and friendly facility on a frigid day outdoors.
Two throws records were broken on opposite ends of the age ranges. Gloria Krug of Philiadelphia Masters TF Association threw the 16 lb weight an age 80-84 best distance of 6.16 meters/ 20'2.5". Competing as a guest in the men's weight throw, high school senior Gabriel Arcaro (Burlington MA) spun the 25 lb ball 20.17m / 66'2.25" for a new Massachusetts state scholastic best; it bettered the 14 year old previous mark by a foot and ranks in the top 10 nationwide for the year.
Results by age division and by section/heat
The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2014 on Sunday, adding a stellar group to the hall. Athletes selected had stellar Mass. high school careers as well having earned honors beyond graduation. Names going on the recognition wall at the Reggie Lewis Center this year are NCAA all-American distance runner Ari Lambie (The Bromfield School, Harvard) ; Melody Johnson (North Attleboro) still standing 28 year old state shot put record; Joe LeMar (Brockton) middle distance, who went on to a Paralympic gold medal; the national record setting 1979 Brockton 4x440 relay team - Paul Neves, Jim MacKinnon, Mike Suillivan, Dennis Doucette; middle distance runners Andy Powell (Oliver Ames) and Maurica Carlucci Powell (Franklin) now coaches at U.Oregon who were recognized during cross country season, and sprinter Brooks Johnson (Plymouth, 1952) who earned a gold medal in the Pan American Games and has coached an Olympic athlete in every Olympic Games from 1972 through 2012.
A good read on the Brockton athletes can be found at the Brockton Enterprise.
The John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center was again the site of some big performances in front of big crowds as two more US records were set over the weekend in the region's largest January collegiate invitational.
Mary Cain returned for another attempt at a US standard, having set the Junior World and US 1000 meter marks on the oval 8 days earlier. Friday's mile found a spirited race that included clubmate Jordan Hassay, U.Oregon's most decorated female runner, and Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, 2013 NCAA cross country champion. A determined Cain took over the lead in the final 300 meters and raced to a time of 4:24.11, a dramatic .01 away from the World Junior record - though still good for a US Junior Mile record as was her 1500 meter split of 4:06.63 (she already owned both recordboard lines from a year ago). D'Agostino set an Ivy League record, just nipping Hassay in the final meters as both recorded personal bests of 4:28.31 and 4:28.37, respectively.
It's hard to find competition beyond the timing system for Galen Rupp, but on Saturday evening, he treated fans to a new American record in 2 mile run, running 8:07.41 to break Bernard Legat's 8:09.49; he split 3000m at 7:34.68.
Not to be lost among those lofty marks was a first time sub-4:00 mile for Dartmouth's Will Geoghegan, clocking 3:58.04 in section 2 as 10 runners bettered 4:02 in the first two heats. He also matching D'Agostino's honor as a Ivy record holder. Results are at lancertiming.com.
Galen Rupp set the new 5000 meter record at Boston University.
photo: Alison Wade
The usually low-key multi-team season opener at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center was kicked up to record level as Mary Cain and Galen Rupp treated fans to a World and an American record in a pair of invitational races at the end of the schedule.
Runners from The Nike Oregon Project have found B.U.'s oval to be friendly for fast times and it was no different on Thursday evening. The women's 1000 meter took off at a stiff clip with the help of a pacer, and turned to a two runner duel between Cain and clubmate Treniere Clement over the final two laps. Though missing the US open record (held by Mass. runner Jen Toomey), the 17 year old Cain's winning time of 2:39.25 was a World (and US) Junior (age 19 and under) mark, the former standard dating all the way back to 1982. Cain and Clement are now numbers 8 and 10 on the all-time US list.
While the crowd lining the outer rim of the track was vocal for Cain's race, the cheering volume rose with each lap of the 5000 to non-stop support. Early pacesetting was right on, and when the Olympic silver medalist took the lead for good, he was pushed by Sam Chelanga, former NCAA champ now living in Hanover NH. Rupp stopped the clock at 13:01.26, almost 6 seconds better than the year old mark set by Lopez Lomong and the seventh best 5000 ever run indoors. Chelanga finished in a personal best 13:04.35, and in third, Cam Levins stamped a new Canadian Record in 13:19.16.
For those who stuck around after the collegiate relay races, almost as interesting to watch was the nearly hour long workout that the two record holders went through before their cool-down. Both of the Oregon talents were most cordial to the flocks of fans, young and old, who expressed their congratulations.
The Nike Oregon Project is coached by Alberto Salazar former Massachusetts state high school champ in the 1970's mentored by legendary coach Bill Squires, who was in attendance for the meet.
Meet results can be found at lancertiming.com.
Athletes and contributors from the New England association were recognized at the third annual USATF-New England Awards Banquet on Saturday night in Stoneham MA. Series and Grand Prix champions in many disciplines received embroidered vests for their accomplishments. By online vote, Tim Ritchie (B.A.A.) and Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN) are 2013 Runners of the Year, and Greater Lowell Road Runners is Club of the Year.
Scott Mason (Warwick RI) received the Marja Bakker Volunteer Award for his photography work at New England-wide races including our championship events. Youth Program Contributor Award went to Jim Clayton (Northampton MA), founder of the Sugarloaf Mountain AC Youth Track and Field Program which celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013.
Special thanks to VP Jim Garcia for his organization of the event and compilation of the program.