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MARATHON PROVES BOSTON RUNNERS STRONG
April 20, Hopkinton to Boston MA

Cool temperatures, steady winds, and increasing rain presented challenges to athletes and volunteers alike, but all performed to their best abilities in the 119th B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday. With headwinds turning races from speed to tactical competitions, there was excitement through each mile. 2013 champion Desisa Lelisa (Ethiopia) won the men's race in 2:09:17 with top Americans Dathan Ritzenhein (MI) and defending champ Meb Keflezighi (CA) in eight and ninth at 2:11:20 and 2:12:42, respectively. Three past champions finished in the top 10.

Caroline Rotich (Kenya) won her first Boston, outkicking Mare Dibaba down Boylston Street by 4 seconds in 2:24:55 as the top 4 women, including top USA runner Desiree Linden (MI) in fourth, were within 44 seconds.

First local runner to finish was Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway/Lowell MA) in 2:21:58 for 24th overall. Hilary Dionne (B.A.A./Charlestown MA), 15th overall, repeated as top New England female in 2:40:42 and led the B.A.A. women to the team title.

Top USATF-NE state finishers:
MA: Ruben Sanca (Lowell/Whirlaway); Hilary Dionne (Charlestown/B.A.A.) 2:40:42
NH: Aliaksandr Leuchanka (Durham/Millennium) 2:26:36; Denise Sandahl (Bow/Millennium) 2:48:32
RI: Geoff Nelson (Providence) 2:34:03; Kara Leonard (Providence) 2;55:30
VT: Todd Smith (Bristol) 2:39:21; Kimberly Canarecci (Waterbury Ctr) 3:16:49

Team competition - Winners and NE clubs in the top 10:
Men's Open: 1.NYAC, 7:22:14; 5.Whirlaway 7:34:41; 6.B.A.A. 7:39:02; 7.Gr.Boston TC 7:40:14
Women's Open: 1.B.A.A. 8:15:14; 2.Gr.Boston TC 8:20:21
Men's Masters: 1.B.A.A. 8:04:00; 3.Somerville RR 8:29:33; 5.Whirlaway 8:33:52.
Women's Masters: 1.Montgomery County RRC (MD) 9;24:55; 5.B.A.A. 10:12:30

All the results and details at bostonmarathon.com.

 

ANDREWS TREADS QUICKLY FOR RECORD
April 19, Boston MA

On Sunday, Tyler Andrews (Concord MA) covered a lot of distance without leaving the confines of Boston's Hynes Convention Center as he set a new World Treadmill Record for the half marathon distance, running 1:03:38. The performance was set during the John Hancock Running and Sports Expo at the ProForm treadmill booth. Andrews, a Concord Academy and Tufts University grad, was supported at the event by his high school coach Jon Waldron of CSU. He has a personal best of 2:16:59 in the marathon (qualifying him for the 2016 US Olympic Trials), and was the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month in May 2014 after winning the Vermont City Marathon.

Story

 

USA 5K RECORDS KICK OFF BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND
April 18, Boston MA

Marathon weekend began with a pair of American Records set by New England-based runners in the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday morning. Testing a new course with fewer turns that started and finished at Boston Common, race winner Ben True (Saucony / Hanover NH) finished in 13:22, and Molly Huddle (Saucony / Providence RI) recorded 14:50 in leading the women down Charles Street. With a one second margin of victory, True recorded his third title in the event which drew 10,000 entrants. The previous American record was 13:24 held by Marc Davis who is currently the B.A.A. Communications Manager, and who was on site for the race.

Huddle won her second straight B.A.A. 5K to add to her US record at 5,000 meters on the track and four USA 5K Championships. The time, which like True's mark gave her a winning margin of just one second, bettered Deena Kastor's 13 year old record by 4 seconds.

Read the full race story at the B.A.A. website.

 

BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND INFORMATION
April 17-20

With 30,000 entries ready to make their way from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, Patriots Day, there's plenty of action in the city this weekend. There are probably also plenty of questions about the race mechanics - start times for the many divisions, transportation, road closures, and baggage policy, for example.

You can find most of your answers at www.baa.org

 

TRACK FACILTY CHALLENGE PRESENTED TO BOSTON OLYMPIC BID COMMITTEE
April 16, Boston

USATF-NE president Tom Derderian announced his challenge to the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee to build a permanent track and field facility in Boston as part of their plans. Read the details here.

 

2014 IAAF World Junior Championshiop in Eugene. (Photo: Chris Lotsbom for RaceResultsWeekly)
2014 IAAF World Junior Championshiop in Eugene
(Photo: Chris Lotsbom for RaceResultsWeekly)

USA TO HOST 2021 WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 16

The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Council awarded the 2021 IAAF World Track & Field Championships to the USA at their meetings on Wednesday. USATF, The City of Eugene Oregon, and TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon, the first time the meet will take place in this country. The US bid for the 2019 event narrowly lost to Doha, Qatar in a vote last year, but the IAAF Council opted to move ahead and selected Oregon for the 2021 meet.

The Worlds takes place every 2 years in even numbered years; the 2015 Championships will be held in Beijing in August.

USATF Press Release

 

BAA PARTNERSHIP CREATES "BOSTON RUNBASE"
April 2, Boston

The Boston Athletic Association, in conjunction with adidas and partnership with Marathon Sports, has opened "Boston RunBase" - a mix of welcome center, clubhouse, museum. and general runners' hub - at 855 Boylston Street in Boston on the Marathon's finish straightaway. B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk calls it the B.A.A.'s "front door to the world", bringing the organization beyond their offices directly to the public.

Read the BAA Press Release and view the WBZ TV4 video interview

 

B.A.A. at World Cross Country Championship in China (Photo: BAA)
B.A.A. at World Cross Country Championship in China
(Photo: BAA)

B.A.A. RUNNERS AT WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS
March 28, Guiyang China

A pair of B.A.A. runners represented the USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Jen Rhines placed 51st/5th US, and Elaina Balouris was 64th/6th US, as Team USA placed fifth; Ethiopia beat Kenya for the the team title. Harvard alum Maksim Korolev ran to 57th/5th US in the men's race, with the team in seventh.

Results and stories.

 

Top Men: L-R, 3rd place, Matt Pelletier,1:07:09, 2nd Place, Brian Doyle 1:07:09, and winner Sam Morse, 1:06:09 from Camden, NY (Photo: Lisa Doucett)
Top Men: L-R, 3rd place, Matt Pelletier,1:07:09, 2nd Place, Brian Doyle 1:07:09, and winner Sam Morse, 1:06:09 from Camden, NY
(Photo: Lisa Doucett)

DOYLE, DIONNE TAKE HALF MARATHON HONORS
March 15, New Bedford MA

Brian Doyle (Providence RI) and Hillary Dionne (Boston Athletic Assn/Charlestown MA) won New England championship titles at the 38th New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday. Sporting a vintage Johnson & Wales AC singlet to honor his late father, Bob, who won the first NB half, Doyle outsprinted Matt Pelletier for association honors, both timed in 1:07:10. Overall winner Sam Morse of Syracuse TC recorded 1:06:09.

Dionne, clocked 1:14:01 in the traffic-free course through the Whaling City to win her second NBHM (first in 2012), and led the B.A.A. to the women's team win. The yellow and blue also won the men's open and men's masters divisions. Whirlaway RT took W40, W50, W60, and M50, with Green Mountain AA (M60) and Cambridge Sports Union (M70) the remaining two titleists.

Jan Holmquist bettered the existing US Half Marathon record for Women 70+, running 1:44:43. NE age graded results and team scores will be posted at usatfne.org/gp this week. Overall results.

 

NE TEAMS WIN NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC RELAYS
March 13-15, New York City

The season-highlight for scholastic athletes is the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, and locals rose to the occasion at New York City's Armory Track. La Salle Academy of Rhode Island scored an unprecedented double win, as both the Boys and Girls 4 x Mile Relay teams won their event. In the process, each broke state records, boys running 17:11.07 and girls clocking 20:26.13. A third New England relay team also took honors with a state record, as Andover MA boys ran 29.51 to win the 4 x 55 shuttle hurdles.

Three relay teams earned bronze medals; the boys Distance Medley Relay squad from Concord-Carlisle MA (10:07.26) and the Amherst MA boys (7:45.29) and Lincoln-Sudbury MA girls (9:07.09) in the 4x800 relay.

Individually, Ocean State throwers Adam Kelly (Barrington RI 81-5.25), Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI 78-0.25) and Owen Russell (Attleboro/Moses Brown) 76-3.5) went 1-2-3 in the weight, and Starlin Ortiz (Londonderry NH) scored 3586 points for third in the pentathlon; all have participated in our Junior Olympic program. Also of note: Maine's Kate Hall won the long jump in a New England High School and meet record of 20'11.25"(!).

Full Results

 

NATIONAL ROAD NOTES FROM WEEKEND
TRUE WINS USA 15K; B.A.A. WINS WOMEN'S TEAM

March 14-15

Local runners performed well on the national road running stage over the weekend. On Saturday, Ben True (Saucony/West Lebanon NH) pulled away to win his third consecutive title at the USATF 15 km Championships, hosted by the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida. True clocked 44:03 for a 11 second margin of victory. The B.A.A. men finished as third team.

Olympian Amy Cragg dominated the women's field, unchallenged after 10K. B.A.A. runner Juliet Bottorff finished in fourth in 51:11, while teammate Jen Rhines pushed to a sixth place finish in 51:36. Adding Heather Cappello (11th), the B.A.A. won the national team title. A special congratulations to Rhines, a three time winner of the event, who was inducted into the Gate River Run Hall of Fame before the race.

At the USA Marathon Championship in Los Angeles on Sunday, Katie DiCamillo (New Balance Boston/Providence RI) placed sixth with a personal best 2:37:59; women's winner, one time New England resident Blake Russell, clocked 2:34:37.

Also on Sunday, in the New York City Half Marathon, Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence) took first place in 1:08:31, tying the event record.

 

LOCAL ATHLETES WIN AT NCAA COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 13-14

The NCAA Collegiate Indoor Championships for all three divisions took place over the weekend with a number of local student athletes bringing home gold medals in their events. In the Division I meet, Providence senior Emily Sisson, who tore up the USA road circuit in the fall, won the 5000 in 15:32.15 and edged Katrina Coogan (Exeter NH/Georgetown U) for third in the 3000, both in 9:01.16. Other local womens place winners were Nikki Okwelogu of Harvard, sixth in the shot put in 56'6", and Nadia Eke of Columbia by way of Holy Name HS in Worcester MA, was third in the triple jump, 43'8.5".

On the men's side, Portsmouth NH product and U.Oregon senior Eric Jenkins, the average guy with exceptional hair, helped the Ducks to the Division I Team championship by winning both the 3000m (7:58.81) and 5000 (13:48.36). Teammate Will Geoghan, Dartmouth alum in a grad school year out west, was third in the 3000 and seventh in the 5000, and Johnny Gregorek (Seekonk MA), also at UO, fourth in the mile (3:58.75).

At the Division II championships, Southern Connecticut State women won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:44.91. Other placers include Carly Muscaro (Merrimack, 400, 2nd, 53.51), Ada Udaya (New Haven, 200, 2nd, 23.99), and Stonehill College men's Distance Medley, 9:50.82.

In Divsion III, winners from the New England states included Alison Maxwell, Middlebury, Mile, 4:56.17; Maryann Gong, MIT, 3000, 9:47.62 (and 3rd in mile); Cimran Virdi, MIT, Pole Vault, 13'1.5"; Mitchell Black, Tufts, 800, 1:51.94; and Jamie Ruginski, So.Maine, Triple Jump, 49'.25" .

 

NATE HUNTER IS FEBRUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
March 8

Nate Hunter of the Greater Boston Track Club and North Reading MA is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for February, 2015. At the USATF National Indoor Championship held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on February 28, Hunter placed third in the shot put, winning his first USA Championship medal. He threw as season's best distance of 62'6.75".

A week earlier, the Northeastern University graduate won the USATF-New England shot put title, and on February 7, was invited to compete in the New Balance Grand Prix held in Boston where he placed fourth.

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

 

BARD WINS USATF 50K
March 1, Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY

Sarah Bard (Somerville MA) won the USATF 50km road Championship held at the Caumsett Park 50K on Long Island on Sunday. The Craft Concept Racing team member covered the 10 lap course in 3:23:29 to earn the new club's first National medal. Top men's performance was turned in by Scott Traer (Woburn MA), placing sixth in 3:12:17.

Two medals were won in age group divisions; Len Hall (Gate City Striders/Enfield NH) won the M60-64 division in 4:58:06, and Brian Teason (Manchester VT) earned the silver medal in M50-54 with a 4:04:46 time, one place better than he had last year.

Full Results

 

BURDETTT WINS USA MASTERS M50 8K
February 22

Francis Burdett (Gr.Springfield Harriers/Worcester) headed to California last weekend and won the M50 division in the USA Masters 8K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the Brea 8K. His time of 26:50 also placed him 10th overall 40+.

That was his second USA masters win of the month, having also won the M50 Winter National Cross Country Championship in Boulder, Colorado against some stiff competition on February 7 (15th overall master).

 

NATIONAL QUALIFIERS AT INDOOR TF CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 22

The New England athletes scored automatic qualifiers for the USA Indoor Nationals in competing at the USATF-NE Indoor Championships on Sunday. New Balance Boston teammates Jillian King and Joanna Murphy (9:23.82, 9:24.78) finished 1-2 in the 3000 to earn national entry, and Greater Boston TC's Lisa Wilson won the weight with a standard breaking 65'3.5" throw.

Nearly 500 participants enjoyed competing at Harvard University's Gordon Indoor Track facility. Greater Boston TC repeated as double team champions with runners up being Sprinticity (men) and New Balance Boston (women).

Results are found on the track page.

 

Adam Kelly is Jan 2015 USATF-NE Athlete of the Month (photo by Steve Mazzone)
Adam Kelly
photo by Steve Mazzone

ADAM KELLY IS JANUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
February 9

Adam Kelly, a senior at Barrington (RI) High School, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for January, 2015. Adam has surpassed 80 feet in the 25 pound weight throw three times this indoor season with a best of 83' 0" on January 29, the US Scholastic leader for the season. His best three distances have all broke the 14 year old Rhode Island and New England records by close to a foot (past record: 81'8.75", Josh McCaughey, Hendricken, 2000).

In January, Kelly won the New Balance Games in New York City with a distance of 82' 5", winning the event by almost 13 feet, and also won his event at the Dartmouth Relays, the Yale High School Classic, and the East Coast Invitational in Providence.

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

 

RHINES, BALOURIS MAKE USA XC TEAM
February 7, Boulder CO

B.A.A. teammates Jen Rhines and Elaina Balouris secured spots on Team USA for the 2015 World Cross Country Championships with top 6 placings at the USA Winter National Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Rhines, who had an outstanding local harrier season last fall, ran to third place (28:21) in the 70+ degree temperatures behind winner Lauren Thweatt (Boulder CO) who clocked 27:42 for the 8K. It is Rhines' seventh qualifier for a USA XC Team, her last berth in 2002. Balouris rounded out the top six in 28:29, with B.A.A's Juliet Bottorff 15th and Joanna Murphy (Cambridge MA/New Balance) 16th

Making the men's squad was 2014 Harvard grad Maksim Korolev, placing sixth in the 12K race behind three time winner Chris Derrick (Bowerman TC, Oregon). Ben True (Saucony/West Lebanon NH), among the early leaders, finished 11th, and Justin Lutz (B.A.A.) scored third for the US Navy in the Military team division.
The World event takes place March 28 in Guiyang, China.

Results

 

NE MASTERS COMPETE IN PROVIDENCE February 1, Providence RI

The USATF New England Masters Indoor Championship returned to the Providence Career and Technical Academy facility for a small but good quality event. Top age graded marks were turned in by Liz Palmer (W50 60m, 8.49, 98.12%) and Michael Kish (M60 60m, 8.18, 96.33% They each earned $150 for their performances.

Results file with age graded scores

 

BOEMKER EARNS INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS TITLE
January 28

New England association Officials Chair Laurie Boemker was named an International Area Technical Official for the North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) region. Following USATF nomination, a week class at the IAAF Development Center in Puerto Rico, and passing a comprehensive oral and written exam, she was eligible for consideration and named ATO for 2015-2018, one of five from the USA and 23 overall from NACAC countries.

Area Technical Officials Candidates must demonstrate outstanding commitment and skill as a Technical Official at the federation and regional level. They are highly skilled in all aspects of the organization and conduct of major domestic and international competitions within the region and will be appointed to positions as Technical Delegates or ATO's at those competitions.

The highest level is International Technical Official; there are 46 current ITO with just 3 from the US. NACAC Website

 

2015 USATF Half Marathon Championship
2015 USATF Half Marathon Championship

BOTTORFF SIXTH AT USA HALF MARATHON
Houston TX, January 18

Moving on from a successful cross country season, Juliet Bottorff (B.A.A.) made an impact in her debut at the half Marathon in placing sixth at the USA Half Marathon Championship in Houston on Sunday. She clocked 1:11:30, as teammate Katie Matthews placed eigth in 1:11:57. Winner was 2008 5000m Olympian Kim Conley (New Balance/) in 1:09:44.

Also running in the Championship were Heather Cappello, B.A.A., 1:13:05, 15th; Sarah Pagano, B.A.A., 1:13:06, 16th, and Kate DiCamillo , New Balance Boston, 1:13:09, 18th, all meeting the 1:15:00 qualifying time for the USA Olympic Marathon Trials. Top local male was Eric Ashe, B.A.A., 23rd in 1:03;32

 

BAA Women's team is December's Athlete of the Month.(Photo: Courtesy of Mike McGrane, BAA)
BAA Women's team is December's Athlete of the Month.
(Photo: Courtesy of Mike McGrane, BAA)

B.A.A. WOMEN'S XC TEAM - DECEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
January 12, 2015

By virtue of winning the USA Fall Cross Country Championship meet, the Boston Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Team is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for December 2014 following an outstanding month of distance running.

The quintet of Sarah Pagano, Juliet Botorff, Elaina Balouris, Jen Rhines, and Emily Lipari, backed by displacers Katie Matthews and Heather Cappello, scored 43 points to edge Bounder Running Club by 5 points in a field of 38 teams at the meet held in Bethlehem Pennsylvania on December 13. Nationals capped a clean sweep of major harrier events this fall after wins at the Mayor's Cup in October and the USATF-NE Championship meet in November.

Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP FOR 2015
January 5

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. You can check if you're current at the National Member Lookup page.

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 renew online or download a form to mail in.

 

USATF-NEW ENGLAND LDR AWARDS BANQUET SET FOR JANUARY 17
December 24

The 4th Annual Awards Banquet and Social takes place on Saturday, January 17, 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 awards presentation.

The evening will feature awards for Road, Track & Field, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits, along with special awards. Series divisional winners will receive awards.

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 at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form.

We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to awards@usatfne.org.

 

2015 MOUNTAIN RUNNING CIRCUIT ANNOUNCED
December 20

The 20th annual USATF-NE mountain circuit is now finalized, and the 2015 series will include 8 races. Changes include addition of the Mount Greylock road race, and the “mountain goat” requirement change to best 6 out of 8 races. Goat status comes with not only bragging rights but a lottery by-pass into the following years Mt Washington Road Race.

The 2015 schedule:
May 17 - Sleepy Hollow
May 23 - Wachusett
June 7 - Pack Monadnock
June TBA - Ascutney
July 5 - Loon Mountain Race / USATF-NE Championships
July 12 - Cranmore Hill Climb
Sept 6 - Mt. Greylock Road Race
Oct 3 - Bretton Woods Fell Race

Circuit final scoring from 2014 and series history can be found a t www.usatfne.org/trail. Links/info on all the series races will also be posted there shortly.

 

USATF-NE GRAND PRIX SERIES FINALIZED FOR 2015
December 15

The 2015 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series will cover all four states in the association, as final voting results provided clear event choices with no run-offs necessary. A record 582 members cast votes to produce the following schedule:

Feb 22, Five College Realtors 10 miler, Amherst, MA
Mar 15, New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
May 24, Peoples United Bank Vermont City Marathon, Burlington VT
Jun 11, Hollis Fast 5km, Hollis NH
Aug 9, Bobby Doyle 5 mile, Narragansett RI
Sep 6, Seasons 20km, Acton MA
Sep 20, Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA

The Peoples United Vermont City Marathon, Bobby Doyle 5 Mile, and Seasons 20 km will be first time championships. The Grand Prix page will be updated within a day with specifics and links on all series races.

 

BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION WOMEN WIN USA CROSS COUNTRY NATIONALS
Two other podium placings by Unicorns

December 13, Bethlehem PA

BAA Women's team win the USATF National Cross Country Championship.(photo: BAA)
BAA Women's team win the USATF National Cross Country Championship.
(photo: BAA)

With a strong 5-runner performance, Boston Athletic Association women won the 2014 USA Cross Country Nationals held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Led by New England champ Sarah Pagano, Juliet Bottorff, and Elaina Balouris in sixth, ninth, and tenth, respectively, the B.A.A. scored 50 points ahead of Boulder (CO) Running Company's 58. The runners-up were ahead through 4 runners, but the fifth runners made the difference for the title. Jen Rhines and Emily Lipari (19/20 overall) completed the B.A.A. scoring; the trophy adds to their women's titles in 1998, 2000, and 2006. New Balance Boston A just missed the hardware finishing sixth with 245 points as 43 teams scored.

In the men's 10K race, the B.A.A. placed second with 116 in the massive field of 72 teams. They were led by Dan Lowry in 15th and had 3 other scorers in the top 26. Zap Fitness of North Carolina was the men's team winner.

The B.A.A. M40 men continued the podium parade in placing third, led by Chris Magill in seventh, Pete Hammer in 12th, and Mike Galoob in 14th.

Complete results of all divisions at usatf.org

 

MEDALS FOR NEW ENGLAND YOUTH AT NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
December 13, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Caroline Fischer and Sentinel Striders ran to the highest local finishes at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday. Close to 3000 competitors from around the country took part.

USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country logo

Fischer, running for Granite State Flash, was runner-up in the 11-12 girls race; matching her place at Nationals 2 years ago in the younger division. That paced her club to a fourth place team score. The 11-12 girls was one of 2 races with over 400 finishers, the first time the meet has seen those numbers in one event.

Sentinel Striders, led by Adam Petti in 11th, made the team medal podium with a bronze medal in the boys 17-18 race.

Two other top ten individual placings were earned by New England runners; Sam Toolin, Sentinel Striders, was 5th in 13-14, the largest boys race with 405 runners, and Liara Foley of Shaftsbury, Vermont placed 10th in the 9-10 Girls.

New England Club placings and the top individual in each race:
7-8 Girls: 20.Iris East, Haverhill Elite; 8.Granite State Flash
9-10 Girls: 10.Liara Foley, Shaftsbury VT; 15.Nashua PAL
11-12 Girls: 2.Caroline Fischer, Granite State; 4.Granite State Flash (421 finishers)
13-14 Girls: 11.Violet Sullivan, Granite State; 4.Granite State Flash
15-16 Girls: 18.Claire Hanlon, Sentinels; 7.Nashua PAL
17-18 Girls: 15.Stephanie Mattson, Sentinels

7-8 Boys: 68.Logan Lucas, Granite St; 9.Granite State Flash
9-10 Boys: 19.Blake Santos, Sentinels; 11.Sentinel Striders
11-12 Boys: 12.Sean Kay, North Shore Striders; 6.Sentinel Striders
13-14 Boys: 5.Sam Toolin, Sentinels; 7.Nashua PAL 405 finishers
15-16 Boys:45.Mathiew Vinacco, Sentinels; 6.Sentinel Striders
17-18 Boys: 11.Adan Petti, SS; 3.Sentinel Striders

Results of all 12 races are at usatf.org

 

DAN VASSALLO - NOVEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
December 8, 2014

With a pair of marathon wins in a three week span, Dan Vassallo of Central Mass Striders (Peabody MA) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for November 2014.

To begin the month on November 2, Vassallo won the USA Track & Field - New England championship at the City of Manchester Marathon, clocking 2:31:08 in windy and raw conditions, moving him into second in the 2014 USATF-NE GP final standings. That was a prelude to breaking the tape at the Philadelphia Marathon on November 23, where his time of 2:17:28 in cool weather bettered the 2016 US Olympic Trials qualifying standard; the time was a personal best time by almost 4 minutes.

Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

FOUR MORE LOCAL QUALIFIERS FOR 2016 OLYMPIC TRIALS
December 7, 2014, Sacramento CA

Four local runners took advantage of a time-friendly course at the Cal International Marathon in Sacramento on Sunday to secure qualifying times for the 2016 US Olympic Trials Marathon. In the women's division, three personal bests produced qualifier performances; Kaitlin Gregg Goodman (Providence RI) placed 9th in 2:39, Laura Hagley (Millennium Running/Lebanon NH) was 11th in 2:39:55, and Laura Paulsen (Gr.Boston TC/Cambridge MA) was one place behind in 2:39:57. From the men's results, Tyler Andrews (Concord MA) was 11th in 2:16:59, also a personal best.

 

SCHOLASTIC XC RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL EVENTS
November 29 2014, New York

New England states runners earned trips to the two major high school national races on Saturday at qualifying races in New York. At the 35th FootLocker Northeast Championships on the Van Cortlandt Park course in New York City, Connecticut runners Alex Ostberg (Darien) and Ari Klau (West Hartford) placed one-three, with Eli Moskowitz (Amherst NH) seventh and gaining a spot on the starting line for Nationals. In the girls' race, Hannah DeBalsi (Staples/Westport CT) finished second with three time RI state champion Emma McMillan (Barrington RI) third. Joining them in San Diego will be Erin Dietz (5th, Bedford MA), and Gabrielle Richichi (New Fairfield CT, 9th). The top 10 in each race qualified for the finals in San Diego CA on December 13. Results and stories.

Up the road at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls NY, harriers battled in the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Qualifier. LaSalle RI ran away with the boys team win led by sophomore David Principe, Jr in eighth and Matthew Bouthillette in ninth. P.J.Garmon (Billerica MA) was top NE runner in seventh, and may make the trip depending on at-large team selections affecting runner ahead of him.

Girls results also produced local qualifiers, with Black Bears of Coe-Brown NH placing second for an automatic national berth; they were paced by the duo of Elisabeth Danis in fifth and Hannah Parker in seventh. The LaSalle Girls were third and await an at-large bid. Two individuals were in the automatic 5 - top NE finisher Eleanor Lawler (South Kingstown RI) in fourth and Maegan Doody (Lee NH/Oyster River HS) in eighth. Nike Cross National finals are in Portland OR on December 13. More on NXN

 

2015 USATF-NE GRAND PRIX VOTING BEGINS
November 26, 2014

Online voting for the USATF New England 2015 Grand Prix Road Race series by USATF members (age 18 and older) is open November 26 through December 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Please review the Bid Comparison Sheet to read more about the outstanding road races which have bid for next year’s Grand Prix. Each bidder’s full application is also available for viewing on the USATF-NE website. While on the website, please utilize the 2015 Bid Selection Worksheet, as voting is by choosing individual races from groupings by distances this year (not by slate).

The Worksheet will enable voters to see all 19 bidders and their date conflicts with other bidding races on one form as well as the important balloting rules. Please use this as a guide while using the online ballot. Date conflict rules must be followed when voting or the voter’s ballot will not be counted. Current USATF membership is required and members (must be at least age 18) can vote only once.

Please use this link to vote.

 

NEW ENGLAND YOUTH STRONG AT REGION I CROSS COUNTRY MEET
November 23, 2014

 USATF Junior Olympic Region I Cross Country. (USATF-NE photo
USATF Junior Olympic Region I Cross Country.
(USATF-NE photo)

USATF New England youth runners turned in a strong showing at the USATF Junior Olympic Region I Cross Country championship at the Cony High School XC Course in Augusta Maine. Association runners were up to the competition presented from the 5 other associations qualifiers over the six age divisions on the challenging and sometimes slippery route.

New Englanders composed nearly half of the fields in the twelve separate races and association clubs scored the majority of the spots earning entry into the National meet in three weeks. New England clubs swept the top 5 places in girls' 13-14 race. Sentinel Striders had 4 age division team wins in the boys' races, Granite State Flash had two girls' team wins, and Nashua PAL Striders won one race. Greater Lowell, NC Surge, Team RUN, Waltham TC, and Winooski Runners also had at least one top 5 team finish.

Four association runners were individual race winners - Gabrielle McMahon (Cambridge Jets, 8/Under), Caroline Fischer (Granite State, 11-12), Eleanor Lawler (Sentinels, 13-14), and Samuel Toolin (Sentinel Striders, 13-14) - with many other New England top 3 finishes

The top 5 teams and other runners in the top 30 qualified for the JO Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on December 13. Results are linked at usatfne.org/cross/.

 

RECORD NUMBERS AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY
November 16, 2015, Amherst NH

Though skies were overcast, performances were bright at Sunday's USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH. Over 950 entries produced 882 finishers in age groups from 8 and under to 17-18. A new time schedule made for efficient operations.

Three races had 14 scoring teams, and some new clubs broke into the ranks of regional advancers. Winning clubs included Granite State Flash (G9-10, G11-12, G13-14), Greater Lowell RR (B-8 & under), Nashua PAL Striders (G-8 & under,G15-16), and Sentinel Striders (B9-10, B11-12, B13-14, B15-16, B17-18). The top 5 teams and individuals in the top 30 advance to the Region I meet in Maine next Sunday.

Regional entry starts Tuesday morning. Results

 

HUDDLE REPEATS USA 12K WIN
November 16, 2014, Alexandria VA

Molly Huddle (Providence RI) moved ahead of the pack after 5K and ran on to victory in 31:57 at the .us USA National 12K Road Racing Championship in Alexandria VA. Ten seconds back in second was Providence College runner Emily Sisson, her second top 5 finish in a US Road Championship since September. The Providence College senior will run track for the Friars, but with no cross country eligibility, opted to test the road scene this fall. B.A.A. runners Elaina Balouris (sixth), Juliet Bottorff (seventh), and Jen Rhines (14th) gave New England runners a most impressive showing.

The race brought the 2014 USA Running Circuit to a close, with Huddle winning the circuit over Sarah Hall 75-61, and Sisson sixth in the standings. Full results

 

BAA DOMINATES CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
November 9, 2014, Boston MA

The Boston Athletic Association was front and center in the three races of the USATF-New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on Sunday. The blue and gold won the Open Women, Open Men, and M40+ team races with individual winners in those divisions as well.

The B.A.A. women returned to the winner's circle for the first time since 2011 by impressively scoring a perfect 15 with the first 5 finishers across the line in the women's 6K. Led by Sarah Pagano in 20:45 (fastest New England time since 2003), the scorers were bunched within 3 seconds, as New Balance Boston scored 53 in second. Fifth placer Jen Rhines was also first 40+. Masters women ran the same 6K, and Western Mass Distance Project took gold among W40+ teams.

In the Open Men's 10K, the Unicorn men scored 19 points ahead of NBB's 36, led by Ethan Shaw and Dan Lowry in 1-2, with the former clocking 30:07, as 113 finished the 5 loop course. The Masters men's 8K race found B.A.A runners Mike Galoob (26:26), Chris Magill, and Pete Hammer 1-2-3 after their homestretch sprint, and a 16-61 margin over Greater Springfield

Liberty AC was first team for Women 50+, 60+, and 70+; Central Mass Striders (M50+) and Greater Boston TC (M60+) round out masters division winners.

Results of all races. Grand Prix standings will be updated by Tuesday, with the final event at the Warrior Run in Brookline MA on November 30.

 

LEXINGTON COMMANDS MASS. MIDDLE SCHOOL XC
November 8, 2014, Devens MA

Mia Cromwell (Manchester-Essex) wins the 7th grade race. (USATF-NE photo
Mia Cromwell (Manchester-Essex) wins the 7th grade race.
(USATF-NE photo)

Lexington turned in an unprecedented double at the sixth annual USATF-New England-hosted Massachusetts Middle School Invitational Championship on Saturday. The meet returned to the spectator friendly two loop course on Willard Field in Devens, site of the first MA Middle School Invitational.

Three grade races - 8, 7, and 5-6 - were followed by a team championship race for both boys and girls. Diamond of Lexington took gold in both the boys and girls championships, with in-town rival Clarke second on both races, the first time such a double 1-2 has been recorded in the event. Taking 3rd on the boys' side was defending champ Acton-Boxborough, with Hale MS (Stow) taking bronze for the girls.

Top times across the day were turned in by Ashley Foley (Briscoe MS, Beverly) from the 8th grade race and Will Kritzer (Bigelow, Newton) in the boy's championship. The meet saw almost 1600 finishers.

Results of all races.

 

CMS, MILLENNIUM TOP FINAL ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX STANDINGS
November 7, 2014

With the Manchester Marathon closing the 2014 Road Racing Grand Prix, the final results have been reviewed and Central Mass Striders and Millennium Running top the Men's and Women's Open team standings.

With the top 4 men's teams within 3 points before the marathon, the long run closed the lists just as closely. CMS earned a 84-83 victory over Western Mass Distance Project based on the final race; Men's Open results stood based on the official results of Manchester with no adjustment for the course issue. Whirlaway was third with 82, and Greater Boston fourth with 81. Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) captured the mens' individual title with quality placings in just 5 races to top the charts.

Millennium Running women became the first New Hamshire based club ever to top the open series lists, not needing to score to maintain their lead that they held from the first race of the year. Marathon winner Denise Sandahl led Millennium's scorers by winning the women's open division individual title.

In the age divisions, CMS also won the Men 40+, with Whirlaway taking three divisions - M50+, W40+ and W50+. Other winners were Greater Lowell (M60+), North Shore Striders (M70+), and Gate City Striders (W60+). Check out the full team and individual standings at Grand Prix page.

You'll also find the bids submitted for consideration in the 2015 Series. Slates and online voting dates will be announced by the end of the November.

 

JEN RHINES - OCTOBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
November 5, 2014

Jen Rhines of the Boston Athletic Association (Boston MA) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for October 2014 following an outstanding month of distance running.

The 40 year old scored top places in several masters and open competitions. On October 5, Rhines won USATF Masters 5K Championship at the Syracuse Festival of Races in one of the five fastest times run on the course. A week later at the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston, she won the masters division and finished 12th overall. Her time of 32:33 broke the USA masters 10K road record by 17 seconds, and contributed to the B.A.A. efforts in winning USA Women's 10K Team Championship. On October 26 at the Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races, she was the first master and 3rd overall finisher in the Women's 5K Championship race where the B.A.A. won the team title.

Rhines is three-time USA Olympian in three different events - the 10,000m at Sydney in 2000, the marathon at Athens in 2004, and the 5000m at Beijing in 2008. Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

 

ROAD RACE GP SERIES AT MANCHESTER MARATHON
November 2, 2014, Manchester NH

The 2014 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix series wrapped up at the Manchester City Marathon. A forecast of potential rain and snow did not materialize, but steady winds and strong gusts that literally blew runners off of a straight running line at times tested the mettle of the 400+ marathoners and double the number of accompanying half marathoners.

Men's winner Dan Vassallo (Central Mass Striders) broke the tape in 2:31:08, though benefiting from misdirection of three runners ahead of him just after 24 miles. CMS also has the M40+ and M50+ victors in Alan Bernier and Martin Tighe, with Tom Peters (M60+, GLRR), Joe Noonan (M70+, GCS), and Larry Cole (CCAC) rounding out divisional NE champions.

Millennium Running had one of the largest leads ever seen in the women's open standings and did not need to contest the race with a full squad, so Denise Sandahl had plenty of support from her teammates around the course during a race-long battle for the win. Sandahl clocked 2:51:04, most impressive given the conditions, and also just a minute slower than her result at the Hartford Marathon just three weeks before. Barbara McManus (CMS, 40+) and Karen McGahie (CMS, 50+), and Leanne Ward (GCS. 60+) took masters NE golds.

While some divisions for both individual and team scoring were were already clinched before the race, several came down to this final event. Final standings will be totaled, verified, and posted on the GP page early this week. There are 76 Ironrunners; check the 2014 Ironrunner list and let the office know of any corrections needed.

Complete individual and team results are at linmarksports.com.

 


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