"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.
The Sentinel Striders
photo courtesty Sentinel Striders
2013 Junior Olympic National Cross Country Champions James Donahue from Reading MA and the Sentinel Striders club team from Smithfield RI are co-winners of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for December 2013.
Donahue, representing Friends of Reading Recreation, won the Age 9-10 division 3000 meter race in a time of 10:44 over a field of 329 runners in San Antonio, Texas, on December 14. The Sentinels Striders A team won the Age 11-12 boys title in a 33 team field; their top finisher was Samuel Toolin in second place.
Full Junior Olympic National results
Check out the list of the 2013 USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
USATF membership is annual and runs through December 31. Unless you obtained your membership after November 1, or have a multi-year membership, it's time to renew. If your most current card begins with a '7', then it's expired.)
The membership remains at $30 for those over 18, and $20 for youth age 18 and under. Current membership provides the opportunity to participate and score in USATF events and series throughout the year, offers discounts at the USATF online store, other businesses, and some New England events, it provides a level of sport accident insurance, and supports our many New England programs.
You can download a form to mail in with a check or you can renew online at this site.
The 3rd Annual Awards Banquet and Social takes place on Saturday, January 11, at the Montvale Plaza function hall in Stoneham, Mass. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker, and a night packed full of music and dancing.
The evening will continue with the much-anticipated awards presentation, featuring awards for Road, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits, along with special awards. Series divisional winners will receive an embroidered Lands End down vest.
Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300.
Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found on the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form. Tickets may also be purchased on-line via the usatf online order site.
We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to Jim Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-846-4050.
After two rounds of online voting, the 2014 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series will run with the following schedule (the "Demar" slate):
D. H. Jones 10 miler, Amherst, MA, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.
New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA Mar. 16, 11 a.m.
An Ras Mor 5 km, Cambridge, MA, Mar. 30, 10 a.m.
Ribfest 5 Miler, Merrimack, NH, Jun 15, 9:15 a.m.
GMAA Labor Day 15 km, South Burlington, VT, Aug. 31, 9 a.m.
Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, NH, Nov 2, 8:50 a.m.
There will be two Introduction to the Weight Throw for scholastic throwers held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center in Boston on the next two Saturdays, December 21 and 28 at 11:00 a.m.
While not a high school event in any state except Rhode Island, the weight throw - 20 pounds for girls, 25 pounds for boys - is a traditional indoor event. These clinics will start with the very basics of the event, and are the first of several clinics leading to the 4th annual Massachusetts Scholastic Invitational Weight Throw in February at the Reggie Lewis Center. The clinics are free, and hosted by USATF New England with the support of the Twilight Throwers.
New Englanders will return home from the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championship with gold medals. James Donahue (FORR / Reading MA) won the 9-10 division 3000 meters in 10:44 over a field of 329 runners. Led by Samuel Toolin's silver medal, Sentinel Striders A won the 11-12 boys team title in a 33 team field.
Other top 3 finishers from the association include the Granite State Flash 11-12 boys and 7-8 girls who placed second and third, respectively, in their divisions (the Flash had 2 other 4th place finishers), and Lauren Robinson (Nashua PAL Striders) placed third of 405 in the 11-12 girls race.
Most New England clubs placed in the top half of the standings. This year's meet was the largest ever, with an increased number of teams and individuals qualifying; 444 boys ran in the age 13-14 race. Complete meet results are found at the JO Nationals Page.
A clear vote was not established in the first round of voting for the Grand Prix 2014 Road Race Series slates. The LDR Committee is putting forth a run-off ballot of the two slates with the highest votes.
The online run-off vote will be available Friday December 13 through Sunday December 15 at 8:00 p.m.. Voting requires current USATF membership.
The two remaining slates and process are found at http://usatfne.org/road/gp.html.
Four past or present USATF-New England board members were recognized with President’s Awards at the USATF National Annual Meeting last week. The awards are given annually to the people who have worked diligently and admirably in USATF volunteer ranks within their associations or committees. Only 8 were presented in 2013. The USATF-NE winners:
Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) has been a TAC/USATF official since 1983, an NCAA official since 1983 and a high school official since 1980. She is NE Officials Certification chair, and chair of the IAAF National Technical Officials Subcommittee. She was a member of the 1971 U.S. Pan American team.
Dave Dunham is a founding member of the USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) Running Council and founded the New England Mountain Running Circuit. He served as a staff member of the US Mountain Running Team from 1992 to 2009, and was the Chairperson for USATF New England Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running from 1995 to 2002.
Justin Kuo does it all as a volunteer for USATF for many years in several different areas. Kuo has been a national certifier for road race courses while serving as the vice chair of the Road Running Technical Committee, chair for the USA Records Committee, and is involved as an official. He has managed the USATF-NE website since it was started, and is involved with the Boston Marathon.
Kathy Nary has been on the USA Women's Long Distance Running Executive Committee since 1996 and currently serves as Vice Chair. She has been instrumental in taking care of the selection of international teams and staffs for over a decade and works tirelessly to support USATF and its athletes. Nary has held many USATF-NE positions as well as actively involved with USADA enforcing drug testing policies at several national championships.
We thank them for their service to the sport locally and nationally!
Four USATF New England masters runners were named 2013 Runner of the Year in their competitive age groups by the USATF Masters Long Distance Running Committee at the recent USATF Annual Meeting.
On the women's list, Nina Caron (Merrimack Valley Striders/No.Andover MA) tops the 50-54 age group,and Jan Holmquist (Liberty AC/Burlington MA) heads the 65-69 division. In the men's awards, Bill Dixon (Gr.Lowell RR/Brattleboro VT) was named best at age 65-69, and Bill Riley (NE 65+ RC / Marstons Mills MA) adds another plaque to his collection in the age 75-79 group. Overall Masters Runners of the year were Kathryn Martin (W60) of New York and Brian Pilcher (M55) of California.
More Annual Meeting news at usatf.org.
At the USATF Annual Meeting, seven New England association certified officials were selected to work at the IAAF World Junior Championship meet to be held in Eugene, Oregon, in July 2014.
Officials and their assignments for this international event for competitors age 19 and under include: Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI / protest review committee), Joe Bullock (Swansea MA / Shot Put-Chief), Nicole Bullock (Swansea MA / Hammer), Bob Gidari (Deering NH / Discus - Chief), Justin Kuo (Brookline MA / Electronic Measurement - Chief), Tom Meagher (Marshfield MA / Starter), and Lance Turley (Laconia NH / hammer). Don Berry (Maine / Umpire) and Ron Daniel (Connecticut / Referee) will also work in Track Town USA.
Interested in becoming a certified official? Check the USATF-NE Officials Page and the USATF Officials page.
Dartmouth College senior Abbey D'Agostino from Topsfield MA is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for November 2013.
On November 23 at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute IN, Abbey became the first Ivy League runner, male or female, to win a national cross country title. In cold, windy, and muddy conditions, D'Agostino took control of the race over the last two kilometers and won by three seconds. She also won the East Region qualifying race on November 15. USA Track & Field named her Athlete of the Week on November 25, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named her Women's National Athlete of the Year. Abbey is now a five-time national champion and 10-time All-American.
Abbey was also USATF-NE athlete of the month in June 2012. Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.