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Start of 2016 Bobby Doyle 5 Miler (photo: USATF-NE)
Start of 2016 Bobby Doyle 5 Miler
(photo: USATF-NE)

Grand Prix Series restarts with 5 Miler

August 14, Narragansett RI

Both temperatures and competition were hot in Rhode Island, as Amos Sang and Heather Cappello led the racing at The Bobby Doyle 5 Miler on Sunday. Condition at the start were heading toward a heat advisory warning later in the day, and race tactics ranged from caution to hammer and fade.

Sang, gaining Western MA Distance Project's first individual win of the season, was part of a lead trio at 5K, but moved ahead to clock 24:05 and an 11 second margin at the finish; the top 10 runners at the split were within one place of that ranking at the finish. Greg Putnam (CMS) led all age 40+ competitors to the end. Whirlaway RT open men took the overall club honors, and CMS masters men won the division.

The B.A.A.'s Cappello was 24 seconds back at the 5K split, but early leader Salome Kosgei of New York succumbed to the conditions and was more than a minute slower over the final 3K. The winner's 27:59 was just one of two times under 29:00 on the day. Greater Boston TC, with Elizabeth Ryan and Laura Paulsen in the top 7, won the team title. Masters winner Regina Loiacano placed ninth overall, as her CMS masters team matched the club's men's team victory.

Preliminary overall results. CMS men move to the head of the series standings and GBTC women retain the top spot after three races, with full updated team and individual standings posted as soon as our scorers fit into vacation travel later this week at www.usatfne.org/gp.

Nearly half of the 679 finishers were USATF members. The running community in RI again came together to put on this event honoring one of the state's legends in the sport, Bobby Doyle. The series reaches the halfway point in a little more than a week at the New Hampshire 10 Miler.


August 10, 2016

The Annual Meeting of USATF New England will take place on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Newton Marriott in Newton MA .

Athlete of the Month presentations are at 3:00 p.m. with the business meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 and who are 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.

This year all board positions are up for election - Officers are President, Vice-President (3), Secretary and Treasurer. The office of president is open as Tom Derderian has completed his 2 term limit. All sports chairs and athlete reps are also open, with some incumbents running again. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office.

A large number of by-law changes will be presented for review. This is the first comprehensive review of the association bylaws in a decade. The proposals appear at www.usatfne.org/board.

Reports on past and future projects will be presented, and delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

The full meeting agenda, positions open for election, and by-law change proposals will be posted by August 15 at USATF-NE board page.


August 5

Roge Busch (Greenwich CT / Thor's Stone AC) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for July 2016. A discus throw who is 75 years old, Busch bettered the US M75 record twice in the month in the event. At the USATF Masters Championship July 14-17, he threw 42.30m and 42.85m (140'7"), both improving the previous mark of 42.18m. He again bettered the old mark at the USATF-NE Open and Masters Championship at Holy Cross on July 30 with a throw measuring 42.35m/138'11". M75 throw the 1kg discus.

Find the full list of USATF-NE Athlete of the Month.


Melissa Lambert scored in 3 events, winning points for Project HHGH (photo: Zach Emerson)
Melissa Lambert scored in 3 events, winning points for Project HHGH
(photo: Zach Emerson)

July 29-30, Worcester MA

A new US record in the M75 discus was among the highlights of the USATF-NE Open and Masters Track & Field Championship at the College of the Holy Cross last weekend. The two day meet drew its largest entry in several years, and enjoyed a reprieve from the week of 90 degree days.

Friday's 5000 and pole vault finished just before a torrential rain; the vault produced a 16' jump by Mass. HS junior Eric Duffy. Saturday's full schedule utilized the full complex, including multiple field event venues. 75 year old Roger Busch (Thor's Stone) bettered the pending US best in the discus which he'd set 2 weeks ago at the USA Masters Nationals, spinning the platter 42.35 meters / 138'11".

Top open performances based on the IAAF scoring tables were turned in by Kameron Ulmer (BAA) in the 1500, his 3:49.69 worth 1205 points, and Stephen Headley (Boston-North) scoring 1011 points with a 10.59 100 meters. Top women's marks were by scholastic sprinter India Johnson (Waltham TC), 925 for her 25.63 200 meters, and past Olympian Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN), earning 906 for her 17:21.01 5000 meters. Team champions were won by Sprinticity men (80) over Boston-North (22), and Waltham Track Club women (23) over Mass Velocity (15).

Thanks to Coach John Hoogasian and the Central Mass TF Academy for sharing the facility and managing facility logistics. Full Results


July 27

Thirteen USATF-NE coaches complete the USATF Level II Coaching School last week. The 8 day school includes four days of common sports science curriculum and four days of specialty area instruction. We'd like to recognize those earning their Level II diplomas (with specialization areas)

Cheryl Aley (Colchester VT/GMAA Youth), Michele Bartlett (Loudon NH, Endurance), Michael Baugh (Stoughton HS/Mass Velocity, Youth), Alfred Blaisdell (Millbury MA, Throws), Chris Blondin (Gr.Boston TC, Endurance), Matthew Dyer (Elms College, Sprints/Hurdles), Ryan Haggerty (Merrimack NH, Endurance), Timothy Irish (Sunrise Striders, Endurance), Brian McNeiece (Narragansett RI, Endurance), Jacky Mendes (Merrimack College, Jumps), Matthew Miller (Somerville MA, Endurance), Thomas Santa Maria (Winchester MA, Sprints/Hurdles), Thomas Smith (Bridgewater State, Endurance), Desiree Strickland (Concord MA, Sprints/Hurdles).

Find more on Coaching Education at usatf.org.


July 22, Cambridge MA

The second annual Friday Night Lights 10K served as the USATF-NE title race at the 10,000m distance through four sections of the 25 lap race. Co-hosted by Western MA Distance Project and Greater Boston TC, the night under the lights changed from a sunny 90 degrees for the first unseeded section to a breezy 80's (just missing a passing thunderstorm) under the lights for the seeded section.

Overall winner Amos Sang clocked a solo 29:37.01 in the final race of the night, with Ruben Sanca (2, 30:37.86), Matt Pelletier (3), and Glarius Rop (5) taking the USATF-NE medals. The women's race had several lead changes before Holly Rees (Battle Road TC) took control and the win in 35:24.70; following her to the finish were Laura Paulsen (GBTC) and Erica Jesseman (Dirigo) for the NE placings, as Sheri Piers (Dirigo) ran an exceptional 36:51.14 for fourth - and W45 division win.

The top 4 open NE members scored the first points in the 2016 Outdoor TF Championships, running July 29-30 at Holy Cross. Full Results.


July 14-17, Grand Rapids MI

Eleven New England athletes and a relay team won age division gold at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships last weekend in Grand Valley, Michigan. The meet included a full schedule of events in 5 year age groups.

Multiple event winners included Flo Meiler (W80 100, 80 hurdles, 200 hurdles, LJ, TJ, PV, discus, steeple, pentathlon), Mary Roman (W80, Shot hammer weight), Tim Morse (M60 hammer, weight), Bob Ariello (M55 hammer, weight), Vic Desmarines (M50 shot, weight) and Dennis Branham (M85 400, 800). Also taking gold were Bill Spencer (M80 800), Francis Burdett (M50 5000), Warren Graff (M70 300 hurdles), and Mass Velocity (M55 4x100) on the track, and Roger Busch (M75 discus) and Buzz Gagne (M65 javelin) in the field.

Full Results.


July 15, Indianapolis IN

Local collegians will compete in the North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, this weekend. Included on the USA roster are Harvard runners Autumne Franklin (400 Hurdles) and Paige Kouba (steeplechase), and Merrimack's Carly Muscaro (Ashland MA, 4x400 Relay). Dage Minors (Franklin Pierce University) will represent Bermuda in the 800 and 1500. From neighboring associations, Isaiah Harris (Lewiston ME/Penn State, 800 meters), Henry Wynne (Westport CT/Virginia, 1500 meters), and Patrick Corona (Fairfield CT/USAFA/5000m) will also compete.

Meet site: athleticsnacac.org


July 7-10, Albany NY

Many New England association youth scored well at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at the University at Albany, NY, July 7-10. The facility proved to be a good location for a JO Regional, and athletes in 6 age groups were able to handle the varied weather conditions which ranged from 90's, humid, and storms, to 60's and showers.

Among the wins and impressive performances by New England association athletes were Monadnock Athletics girls placing 2-3-4 in the 17-18 heptathlon, wins by Patriot Pole Vault jumpers in all three girls division, and three fast times by Peyton Rollins (Cambridge Jets) in winning the Girls 11-12 100, 200, and 80 meter hurdles.

Results are found at the track page. Finishers in the top 5 qualify for Nationals in Sacramento, California at the end of the month.


July 1-10, Eugene OR

Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) and Abbey D'Agostino (New Balance/Brighton MA) will pack their bags for Rio, making the US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively, as the Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon concluded over the weekend. They join a pair of MA HS alum on Team USA, Sean Furey (Methuen) in the javelin, and Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead) in the marathon.

Huddle won both the 5000 (15:05.51) and 10,000 but is opting to run only the 10 - as has Emily Infeld, 4th in the 5000). Those decisions move Masconomet HS and Dartmouth alum D'Agostino, 5th in the 5000m, into the event's final team spot; she clocked 15:14.04. Watch the race finish at nbcsports.com, where you can also find links to other event video.

Other New Englanders making finals in the closing days of the Trials included: 400 hurdles- 6. Autumne Franklin, Harvard, 54.65; Pole Vault- Mary Saxer (Boston), NH; Javelin- 9. Leigh Petranoff (Cranston West RI HS alum) 168'8"; 1500- 6. Johnny Gregorek, (Seekonk MA HS alum) 3:38.76; 8. Daniel Winn, B.A.A., 3:39.22; 12. Andrew Wheating (Kimball Union Academy VT alum) 3:41.22; 5000- 4. Eric Jenkins (Portsmouth NH HS alum), 13:35.98; 5. Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH), 13:36.40.

Full results can be found at usatf.org


Starter Tommy Meagher (Mark Heckel photo)
Starter Tommy Meagher
(Mark Heckel photo)

July 1-10, Eugene OR

Along with a number of New England athletes, six local certified officials are among the select number working at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon this week.

Those on the track and in the field from the New England association include Laurie Boemker (RI-Technical Official); Joe Bullock (MA-Throws), Bob Gidari (NH-Throws); Justin Kuo (MA-Electronic Measurement); Pat Lavelle (MA-Throws); and Tom Meagher (MA-Starter).


July 3, Lincoln NH

A high quality national field ascended Loon Mountain in quest of National Awards and USA Team berth at the USA Mountain Running Championships in Lincoln NH on Sunday. Many more runners with fast "flat" track times and marathon times were entered in this year's event.

Leading the crowd to the summit in 49:11 and earning another Team USA roster spot was eight time US Mountain Running Team member Joe Gray (Colorado Springs/Club Northwest); best New Englander was Eric Blake (unattached) in seventh in 51:28. Women's winner Addie Bracy (Longmont CO) had nearly a gap on her competition with a 57:24. Kim Nedeau (acidoticRacing/Leverett MA) in third, earned her first spot on a USA team, clocking 59:03.

Central Mass Striders swept the team titles, with the men's fivesome of Todd Callaghan, Matt Veiga, Kevin Tilton, Tim Van Orden, and Scott Leslie, and the women's trio of Regina Loiacano, Jenn Brooks, and Leslie O'Dell Host club acidoticRacing was second men's and third's team. The race was also the USA Masters championship as well. Check the full results at millenniumrunning.com.


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