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January through December 2002

BAA TAKES BRONZE AT NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY
December 14 -- Sierra College, Rocklin CA

Bob Winn #474 passes Daniel Gonzales and takes second place. Photo courtesy of Mark Coddaire. space

The Fall National Cross Country was billed as the "Showdown at Rocklin Park", but as Bay Area Racing News noted, it could have been better nicknamed the "Blowdown" as rain and wind during the event made for challenging cross country conditions.

The Fall Nationals incorporates the Association Club Championship, and taking third place in the women's 6K Championship was the B.A.A., led by Amy Lyman's seventh place. Their 88 points was just one point behind the runner-up Indiana Invaders, as the Farm Team's low score of 28 points gave them the win. Also scoring were Greater Lowell RR in eighth (185) and Greater Boston TC in tenth (243) in the 13 team field. Other New Englanders in the top 25 included Mary Cobb, former Mass. State champ now running for the California based Farm Team (12th), Kim Thalman (BAA, 21st), and Kasie Wallace-Enman (Athletics East, 24th).

In the men's 10K race, the BAA again topped local results with a ninth place finish (341), as Athletics East (589, 20th) and Greater Boston TC (642, 21st) among the 25 teams; Hanson's Running Company repeated as champs with 35 points. Top individual New Englander was Cain Williams in 36th, with former VT state champ and Amherst grad Rob Mitchell (Farm Team) in 19th.

The masters men's races kept old rivalries going, and Greater Lowell RR scored two team silver medals. Pete Staz. Photo courtesy of Jim Rhodes. The Green finished second behind the Reebok Aggies in the M40+ division and behind Hoy's Excelsior in the M50+. Greater Springfield Harriers was third in the M50's.
Lowell harriers scored a pair of age division wins by John Barbour (M45) and Bill Dixon (M55), as well as a silver by Bob Winn (M40) and bronze by Tom Carroll (M50). The BAA's Ken Leinbach was 2nd in M45. The sole NE competitor in the masters women's race was Sue Maslowski (GLRR), sixth in the 50+ division.

Full results can be round at the venuesports1.com.


CARLSON, LITTLETON, NASHUA PAL WIN NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC
December 14 -- Carrollton GA

Mark Fraser, #137, broke out of the crowd to finish 22nd in the Youth Boys race. Photo courtesy of Nashua PAL space

New England turned in winning performances on both ends of the age groups at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Georgia last weekend. New England advanced more clubs to Nationals than any other association in the always strong Region I, and this year's national entry list in each division was among the largest in many years.

Led by the 1-3 finish of Mari Littleton and Caitlin Rush in a field or nearly 300, Nashua PAL won the Bantam (age 10 and under) Girls division. The PAL squad was made up entirely of youth from Nashua elementary schools. On the other end of the age line, Elizabeth Carlson of Sentinel Striders was first across the line in the Young Women (17-18) division.

Also winning team medals was North Kingstown Rec, third place in the Midget (11-12) Boys division; they were paced by Austin Brunero (6th) and Bronson Venable (11th). Cross-state neighbors Sentinel Striders were third among Young Men, with Andrew Woodman fronting the squad in 14th.

Bantam Girls winner Mari Littleton, Photo courtesy of Mark Fraser. Other New England individuals finishing in the top 15 and all NE teams placings follow:
Bantam Boys: 11.Brendan Whitson, CMS; Teams: 7.Nashua PAL
Midget Boys: Teams: 3.North Kingstown; 4.Nashua PAL; 13.Quincy TC
Midget Girls: Teams: 5.Nashua PAL
Youth Boys: Teams: 8.Granite State Flash; 9.Nashua PAL
Youth Girls: 5.Samantha Gawrych, NKK; 10.Nicole Slane, NPAL; Teams: 4.North Kingstown Rec; 6.Nashua AL; 16.Granite State Flash.
Intermediate Girls: 14.Audrey Hawkins, Sentinel Str; 16.Sentinel Striders

Full results can be round at the National web page under "Youth".


LOCAL ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT USATF CONVENTION
December 3-8 -- Kansas City

Sports committees recognized the year's top athletes in their disciplines at the USATF Annual Meeting in Kansas City. Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) was awarded the Ron Zinn Award as the outstanding female racewalker for 2002. She was US Champion at the USA Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championship meets.

Paul Low (CMS / Amherst MA) and Craig Fram (Whirlaway / Plaistow NH) were named the USATF Mountain Runners of the Year award recipients in the Open and Masters categories, respectively. Low was the top US finisher at the World Mountain race; Fram was third overall at Mt.Washington and among the top three in a pair of NE Mountain Circuit races.

In the Masters Long Distance Running ranks, three USATF-NE runners were rated top nationwide in their divisions. Larry Olsen (Tri-Valley Frontrunners / Milford MA) led the 55-59 division and Bill Riley (B.A.A. / Marstons Mills MA) was at the front of the 65-69 category. For the women, no runner in the 80-84 age group had a wider list of race performances than Louise Rossetti (Somerville RR / Saugus MA). Joan Samuelson (Maine) was number one for age 45-49 runners.

In masters track and field, Anne Jennings (Cambridge MA) was the top field eventer for the year in the 35-39 age group, and Bob Matteson (Bennington VT) was tops on the track for men 85-89.

The National web page has more stories and schedules from the convention.


NEW ENGLAND ADMINISTRATORS AND COACHES HONORED AT USATF CONVENTION
December 3-8 -- Kansas City

New England administrators and coaches received awards and assignments at last week's USATF Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

USATF-NE vice-president Kathy Nary (Reebok Boston / Newbury MA) was awarded the Women's Long Distance Running Committee Contributor of the Year award. NE Masters Track and Field Chairman Phil Byrne (Charlestown MA) is the Masters Track and Field Outstanding Administrator for the year. The 2002 Mike Riban Award for the Outstanding Contributor to Racewalking went to USATF-NE office manager Steve Vaitones.

Three individuals will have international staff assignments in 2004. Leading the women's World Junior Championship team will be Carla Coffey of Smith College. Serving on the 2004 World Indoor Championship staff will be Wheaton College head coach Paul Souza. For the World Cross Country Championships that year, Mike Scott (Newport RI) will head the squad.

The National web page has more stories and schedules from the convention.


USATF NATIONAL CONVENTION ACTIVITY THIS WEEK
December 3-8 -- Kansas City

The USATF Annual Meeting and National Convention takes place this week in Kansas City, Missouri. The first meetings begin on Wednesday morning and run through Sunday. Fourteen delegates and other individuals from the New England association will represent the region in committee meetings that cover review rules changes and championship selection, among other activities. The Maine and Connecticut association will also have a delegation.

Check the National web page to keep up with the action.


LAMBIE WINS FOOTLOCKER NORTHEAST QUALIFIER
November 30 -- Bronx NY

Massachusetts Division I state cross country champ Ari Lambie (Bromfield, Harvard MA) added to her season's successes with a win at the Footlocker Northeast qualifier at Van Cortland Park on Saturday. The Stanford-bound senior took control of the race after a mile and wound up with a 14 second margin at the tape, putting her on the favorites list for the December 14 final. Also finishing in the elite 8 making the final were Chantelle Dron (Lynx Elite/Candia NH, 4th) and Sara Powell (Easton MA, 8th), along with Meghan Owen (CT-5th).

The boys' race came down a homestretch sprint for all the places, with Victor Gras (Belmont MA) holding on to the 8th spot. Ben True (ME, 5th) and Ahmed Haji (CT, 7th) will join him in the 32 runner final in San Diego.


YOUNGS TAKES INTERNATIONAL MARATHON
November 28 -- Bagram Afghanistan

Thanksgiving Day races are a standard occurance around the country, and Americans seem to be taking the tradition with them around the world even if that means courses with barbed wire and land mine warnings. Lt. Ray Youngs (Deerfield NH) took the first "Minefield Marathon" run at the Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. After graduation from Northeastern last summer, the HFC Strider was called to active duty from the reserves after September 2001 and has been stationed in the middle east since. Youngs' winning time of 3:01.05 was impressive under the conditions (though likely not certified!); 4480 feet altitude and 30 degrees at the start.
We wish Ray the best in his assignment, and look forward to his return to the NE racing scene in the future.


REINHART WINS US MASTERS TITLE
November 24 -- Holmdel NJ

The USA Masters 5K Cross Country championship was contested in Holmdel NJ, and only a handful of locals made the (relatively) short trip. Dave Reinhart (Wilbraham MA) made the trip worthwhile by winning the men's 50 and over division at the event. His Greater Springfield Harriers club was 4th in the team standings


NE COLLEGIANS RUN TO XC HONORS
November 23-23 -- Around the country

Shalane Flanagan of North Carolina State - by way of Marblehead MA - won the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship on Monday, November 25 at Indiana State. The junior set a course record to win by nine seconds ahead of another Bay State product, Kate O'Neill of Yale. O'Neill's twin sister Kate was close behind in 13th. Providence women were sixth in the team standings.

In arguably the toughest college running race that's contested, Tom McArdle (Brookline MA/Dartmouth) finished 8th in a strong effort after leading the chase pack behind the 1-2 finishers for much of the contest. Providence was the lone NE team in 13th.

The Division II meet found U.Mass-Lowell in a very respectable sixth overall. They were led by Carl Mease in 31st. On the women's side, Stonehill finished 22nd.

In Division III action, the women from Williams and Middlebury took 1-2 in the team competition; individual Silver medalist was Mariko Tansey Holbrook of Brandeis, with Keene State's Mary Proulx in 4th. Williams men finished 7th, with Ryan Bak (Trinity, CT) and Justin Easter (Bates, ME) going 1-3.

Full results of each event can be found at www.ncaachampionships.org.


REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY RUNS BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS
November 24 -- Smithfield RI

A dried out course under cool and clear skies were the conditions for the nearly 1000 youth from six associations at the USATF Region I Cross Country Championships at Bryant College in Smithfield RI on Sunday. Many New England athletes performed well in the quest for spots among the top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 who would qualify for the Nationals on December 13 in Carrollton GA.

A pair of New England runners won individuals races; Brendan Whitson (Central Mass Striders) was the Bantam Boys (age 10 and under) 3K in 11:49, and Samantha Gawrych (No.Kingston Rec) took the Youth Girls (age 13-14) 4K in 15:36. New England clubs Granite State Flash (NH), Greater Lowell RR (MA), Nashua PAL (NH), North Kingston Rec (RI), Quincy TC (MA), and Sentinel Striders (RI) all qualified teams for Nationals.

Complete results are posted at the Junior Olympics and Cross Country pages.


GEORGE CONWAY TURNS 100
November 22 -- Milton MA

USATF New England's most senior member celebrates his 100th birthday today. George began his racewalking career in his eighties, and set a National Masters record, in the 10 kilometer distance, at age 86. George remains active and works out at the YMCA several morning each week. Happy Birthday, George!


JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY ON FOR SUNDAY
November 15 -- Smithfield RI

The USATF-New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships will run on Sunday at Bryant College in Smithfield RI. Races run from youngest to oldest age groups beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running a race every half hour. Day of event entry is accepted. Full information can be found on the Junior Olympics page.

Please note that there are no plans to cancel or reschedule (no possible dates), as the Region I meet is the following Sunday, November 24, at Bryant. Do not call the office, as the phone will not be checked over the weekend.


BOEMKER, LAVELLE TAKE OVER NE OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION
November 12 -- Boston MA

Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) and Pat Lavelle (Holyoke MA) are the new co-chairs for Officials Certification in the New England association, taking over from long time chair Dave Post. The certification testing will be split between the two, with Boekmer overseeing the process in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont, while Lavelle will do the same in Massachusetts. They plan to utilize this website more, and look to offer introductory and specialty clinics over the year as well.


CHISHUM, DOWNIN TAKE NE CROSS CROWNS
November 10-- Franklin Park, Boston MA

New Balance runners Kristin Chisum (Wayland MA) and Matt Downin (Hampstead NH) ran off from their competition in the final mile of their races to win the USATF-NE Cross Country championships on Sunday.

Chisum completed a sweep of the region's top harrier runs, having won the Mayor's Cup two weeks earlier. Stepping up to 6K at the New Englands, Chisum ran together with teammate Blake Russell until just before three miles where she upped the pace to win in 20:02

Downin, winner of the 2000 Fall Nationals over the same course, was accompanied by a pack of 6 that dwindled over the first four miles. He edged ahead over the final lap and a half and sported a 19 second win over Mark Coogan at the tape, with a winning time of 30:19.

The B.A.A. won both men's and women's team titles, going 20-53 over Greater Lowell on the women's side, and 35-65 over Reebok Boston on the men's side.

Bob Winn led a 1-2-3 sweep by Greater Lowell Roadrunners in the masters men's 8K as Lowell scored a team low 18. Karen Smyers won the masters women's gold by over a minute, with Cambridge Sports Union earning the team trophy.

All results can be found on the cross country page.


HANN, KRAUS PICKED FOR USA EKIDEN TEAM
November 9 -- Indianapolis

Road runners Sarah Hann (New Balance / Northfield NH) and Janelle Kraus (asics / Providence RI) will be part of the USA team competing in the international Ekiden road relay to run in Chiba Japan on November 23. National teams of six women will relay over the marathon distance; the US squad was picked off of road performances in the past few months. Hann was the NE champion at this summer's Stowe 8 Miler and had good runs at Tufts 10K and the Mayor's Cup. Kraus has recently moved to Providence after a stellar college career at Wake Forest University.


2003 ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SET
November 4 -- Waltham MA

Three new races and four returnees from last year were selected for the 2003 USATF-New England Championship Grand Prix Series by members and clubs at selection meeting held at Brandeis University on Monday.

The only first time event will be the Rhody Run 5K on June 8 in Lincoln RI. Returning after a year off is the Law Enforcement Half Marathon at Wakefield MA on March 9, and the Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls MA on August 9 is back for their second appearance on the schedule after 5 years.

Repeating from last year are the Ro-Jack's Run 5 Mile on Octobe 5, Stowe 8 Miler on July 20, Bedford Lions Sizzler 20K on June 29, and Cape Cod Marathon on October 26.


GRAND PRIX SELECTION MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER 4 AT BRANDEIS
October 29-- Waltham MA

The USATF New England Grand Prix selection meeting will take place on Monday evening, November 4, 7:00 p.m., at the Gosman Athletic Center of Brandeis University ,South Street, Waltham MA.

Based on by-law changes passed last year, all individuals age 18 and over holding a current membership card as of Sept. 30 are eligible to vote.

A list of races planning to bid will be posted to the website before the meeting.


PRELIMINARY INDOOR TRACK SCHEDULE POSTED
October 29--

The preliminary Indoor Track and Field schedule for 2002-2003 is posted on the track and field page. It will be updated regularly throughout the season as events and dates are confirmed. New England will be hosting both the USA Open and Masters Indoor Championships at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in March.


BEAUCHESENE, NIXON WIN AT CAPE COD MARATHON
October 27 -- Falmouth MA

The weather broke and conditions were fine for the final championship in the 2002 Grand Prix, the Cape Cod Marthon on Sunday morning. After several top 5 finishes, Erick Beauchesne (GLRR) took the big prize in the race, winning in 2:27:59. For the women, Sarah Nixon (MVS) came from behind in the final mile to overtake Veronica Kanga (CMS) for the victory. Both winners also led their teams to wins.

Individual results are at the CCM website. Team results and GP standings will be up at the end of Thursday.


KELLY, CHISUM LEAD THE PACKS AT MAYORS CUP XC
October 27 -- Boston MA

A pair of local runners with World Cross Country experience led the crowds at the 13th annual Mayors Cup Cross Country Races at Boston's Franklin Park on Sunday. Team New Balance runners Keith Kelly (Providence RI) and Kristen Chisum (Wayland MA) added their names to the list of cup winners as they both led early and through the finish over a soft course that was remarkably dry despite nearly 2 inches of rain on Saturday. Bryn Mawr RC of Pennsylvania and the B.A.A. took the Bill Squires Cups for the men's and women's team wins.

Almost 750 runners finished in the five different races; the youth races for age 14 and under - won by Ben Bramhall (boys) and Ibtahaj Amatul-Wadud (girls) - totaled over 300 runners. The event was presented by the B.A.A. and adidas.

Check out the complete results, and get ready for the New England Open Championships on November 10.


2003 USA INDOOR NATIONALS COMING TO BOSTON!
October 24 -- Roxbury Crossing MA

The 2003 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College , USA Track & Field (USATF) announced Wednesday. The 2004 USA Indoor Championships also will be at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The meet will take place February 28 (weight throw and 400 trials only) and March 1-2, with a mix of trials and finals both days. More than 800 of America's top athletes will compete in Boston, with the top two finishers in each event being selected for the contingent of Team USA that will compete at the 2003 World Indoor Championships March 14-16 in Birmingham, England.

"The Reggie Lewis Center is one of the finest facilities in the country," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "It has proven itself as a fast track, and Boston's fans have a well-deserved reputation for filling the stands and creating an exciting atmosphere at the Reggie Lewis Center. With those factors working together, the stage is set for an outstanding competition at what is a critical meet for our athletes."

"Over the past three years, the Reggie Lewis Center has proven to be the premier facility for exciting track meets for all levels," said Reggie Lewis Center Director Keith McDermott. "Hosting the world's greatest athletes as part of the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston, where track and field has always enjoyed world-class support, will be the highlight of our events so far."

Tickets for the 2003 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships will go on sale December 2. The meet is expected to sell out early; USATF members will be able to get a discount on their ticket purchases.


MAYOR'S CUP, CAPE COD MARATHON ON TAP SUNDAY
October 23 -- Brighton MA

Sunday will be a busy day with USATF-NE events. The final championship in the 2002 Grand Prix, the Cape Cod Marthon will run through Falmouth MA on Sunday morning. Entry to the Cape Cod Marathon closes on Saturday. See their website.

By the time the marathon winners approach their marathon finish, the Boston Mayor's Cup cross country races will be in taking off at Franklin Park in Boston. Five races will be contested; 1.1 mile races for boys and girls age 14 and under, an open co-ed 5K, and championship women's 5K and men's 8K. Mayor's Cup will be accepted on race day; see the website for information.


RYAN JOINS USATF-NE OFFICE
October 17 -- Brighton MA

Meet Paul Ryan, USATF New England's new office manager. space

Paul Ryan is the new office manager for the USATF New England association office. Ryan competed in distance running events and was an America East conference champion in the 5000 meters while at Boston University, where he was a 2002 graduate of their School of Management.

Paul will be involved in day to day office activities, and in helping manage the many events which the association will be directing in the coming months.


NEW ENGLAND QUARTET QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
Radcliffe sets new women's World Record in Chicago

October 13 -- Chicago IL and Providence RI

A trio of Merrimack Valley Striders met the US Olympic Trials qualifying standard at Sunday's Chicago Marathon behind a new women's World Record. An even dozen American women made the 2:48:00 standard, with Molly Taber (Boxford MA) the first of coach Fernando Braz' charges to do so. Fifteenth overall and third US finisher, the past NE Grand Prix champ's time of 2:42:13 was a big PR, and put her one place ahead of masters winner and former world record holder Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine (2:42:28, 16th). Next Strider across was Susannah Landreth (Newburyport MA) in 23rd at 2:46:26, with Jennifer Rapaport (Melrose MA) completing an unrivaled team effort in 25th at 2:47:39. Congratulations!

Women's winner Paula Radcliffe set a new World Record, her amazing 2:17:18 bettering the prior standard, also set in Chicago, by 89 seconds. Former standard bearer Catherine Ndereba was runner-up in 2:19:26. Stories can be found at chicagomarathon.com.

Men's winner Khalid Khannouchi barely missed his own world and US record in clocking 2:05:56 to become the only runner to twice go under 2:06. Second American, in his first attempt at the distance, was Alan Culpepper, sixth in 2:09:41. Leading the New England contingent were B.A.A. runners Tom Teger (2:24:54) and Lowell Ladd (2:25:10).

Closer to home at the Ocean State Marathon, Kelly Keane (Bow NH / B.A.A.) finished fifth in a PR 2:36:26 to qualify for the Trials. Women's winner Viktoria Klimina of Russia set a new course record 2:28:30. Check the Ocean State website - osm26.com - for full race stories.


ROJACK'S 5 MILE ROCKS
September 29 -- Attleboro MA Sarah Hann at the 2002 Rojacks. Photos by Jim Rhoades.

The Ro-Jack's Run has a history of annually producing the fastest 5 Mile times in the association by virtue of a fast course and top visiting athletes. This year was no exception, as Shadrack Kosgei outkicked a tight pack to win the 12th annual race. Kosgei, who himself was outkicked at the CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence 2 weeks ago, was the fastest of the four runners who hit the final 300 meters on Attleboro HS track at the same time, and he broke the tape at 22:38. Fourth in that pack, 4 seconds back, was top New England finisher Mark Carroll of Providence, prepping for his marathon debut later in October. In fifth, Keith Kelly (New Balance/Providence) looks to be back in prime form after a lengthy injury and will be cranking it up at the Mayor's Cup in a month.

In the women's competition, Geraldine Hendricken, a Providence College grad back visiting from Ireland had a much easier time, as her 26:02 gave her a 32 second margin over Marie Davenport. Sarah Hann (New Balance/Winchester NH) in fifth took the New England honors in 27:02. This year's race had 3 places of overall prize money and ten for New England athletes only, and the usual significant team awards.

Cathy Pearce finally broke Nina Caron's five race streak to win the master's women's division, while Craig Fram mastered the men's over 40 field. Larry Olsen edged Bill Dixon and both are now tied for the M50 series lead. Sue Maslowski won her second straight division gold.

The B.A.A. swept the open team titles - their men's squad had a tight group finish with their top 8 on the track at the same time. Whirlaway did the same in the masters' team ranks.

The series' final event takes place on October 27 - the Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth MA.


GAITENBY TAKES USA MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP
September 29 -- Minneapolis MN

Twin Cities Marathon was the site of the men's, women's and master's USA Championships on Sunday, and Jill Gaitenby (Providence RI) ran to the women's title. Training at the FILA camp in California, the 2000 NE Grand Prix champ covered the distance in 2:36:10. Jill was second overall behind Irina Bogacheva's 2:29:39 win, and now ranks 2nd in the USA Running Series standings.

Men's winner and US Champion Dan Browne had an impressive debut at the distance; a multi-time track, road, and cross country titlist in the past, the Army captain ran 2:11:35 for the classic distance. Top New Englander was Rusty Snow (Reebok Boston/Randolph MA), 16th in 2:22:58.

In the Masters championship division, top locals were Chris Spinney (Whirlaway) was 4th in 2:34:16 and Dan Verrington (CMS) in 2:37:49.


GUTSCHE WALKS TO TITLES
September 29 --

Marcia Gutsche (New England Walkers/Newton MA) strode to a pair of National racewalk wins during the month. On September 22 in Kingsport TN, she won the USA road 5K title in 25:53, and followed with a third place in the National One Hour walk covering 11,070 meters in the hour at Babylon NY; that also gained her the US Masters championship.


SNYDER ELECTED USATF NEW ENGLAND PRESIDENT
September 16 -- Waltham MA

Gary Snyder of Boston was elected president of the New England association of USA Track & Field at last night's annual meeting held at Brandeis. Snyder, who has also served as the president of the Greater Boston Track Club, earned a two year term, replacing Marja Bakker who will remain on the board as the immediate past president. Another new officer for the next two years is Lance Turley (Nashua Area TC/Nashua NH), who was voted in as Secretary. He is a past president of the Granite State Officials Association. The three Vice Presidents, Harry Brooks (Sugarloaf Mt.AC/Amherst MA), Kathy Nary (Reebok Boston/Newbury MA) and Tom Petranoff (Throwing Zone/Cranston RI) and Treasurer James O'Brien (Gr.BostonTC/Dorchester MA) were re-elected.

Chairmen for the various sports committees were voted in for a one year term, with five new chairs welcomed aboard. Terry O'Neill (Gr.BostonTC/Cambridge MA) will head the Track & Field Committee and Lance Turley (Nashua Area TC/Nashua NH) will do the same for Youth Athletics. Chairs for the three Road Running Committees are Courtney Bird (FalmouthTC/Falmouth MA) - Women's Chair, Tom Licciardello (Merrimack Valley Striders/North Andover MA) - Men's Chair, and Ken Robichaud (North Medford Club/Brookline NH) - Masters (age 40+) Chair.

Re-elected were Masters Track & Field Chair Phil Byrne (Athletics East/Boston MA), Cross Country Chair Dan Hart (HFC Striders/Dedham MA), Mountain and Trail Running Chair Dave Dunham (Central Mass Striders/Bradford MA), and Racewalking Chair Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Brookline MA).

New athlete representatives elected for one year will be newcomers Jim Garcia (Greater Lowell Roadrunners/Westford MA) and John Oleski (Belmont MA), and incumbent Chris Simpson (Gr.BostonTC/Somerville MA).

The new board, with their contact information, will be posted on the USATF-NE Board page shortly.


LOW LEADS USA MEN AT WORLD MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 14-15 -- Innsbruck Austria

New Englanders made up the bulk of the USA team for last weekend's World Mountain Running Championships, and Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) made a strong showing as first US runner in the race held in Innsbruck, Austria. Low was 32nd and covered the 11.7 kilometer (7.2 miles) with over 4400' of climb in 1:03:48. Also contributing to the four runner team score were NE Circuit champ Eric Morse (CMS/Berlin VT) 74th/1:06:51 and Dan Verrington (CMS/Bradford MA), 88th/1:08:18; the team was 14th of 26 nations. Rich Bolt (CMS/Manchester NH) was close behind in 91st/1:08:27. Race winner Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand covered the circuit in 56:31 and had an amazing three minute margin at the summit. Dave Dunham served as Team Leader and attended world committee meetings.

American women took 9th of 14 teams, led by the 11th place finish of Anita Ortiz, the top US finisher at this year's Mt.Washington Road Race. Nikki Kimball (CMS/Elizabethtown NY) was 56th (4th US) in 1:06:01 over the 9.2 kilometer (5.7 mile) course that rose over 3000' from start to finish. Svetlana Demidenko of Russia won the individual gold in 52:16, two minutes up on the field.

Results and interesting course profiles are at the event webpage.


GREEN MOUNTAIN AA SECOND AT USA 24 HOUR RACE
September 14-15 -- Sylvania OH

The USA 24 Hour Championship is the longest championship for ultra distance runners in the US. Interest grows in this discipline, with a record 167 starters in this year's race.

US Champion was John Geesler who covered 137.52 miles in becoming the event's first three time winner. Ann Heaslett took the women's crown at 128.55 miles.

Top local runner was Tim Shea of Montpelier VT, who's fifth place led the Green Mountain AA to the team silver medal. Backing Shea's 125.28 miles were Newton Baker (Montpelier), ninth overall and the first age 60 plus with 116.35 miles, and Ray Zirblis (Northfield), 14th, with 108.64 miles. Results can be found at usatf.org.


Keflezighi wins USA title at CVS/Downtown 5K
September 15 -- Providence RI

A world class field decended on Providence for the ninth annual CVS/pharmacy Downtown 5K on Sunday, and international runners mixed it up with a strong American field as the race doubled as the USA National Men's 5K Championship. High humidity and gusting winds made frontrunning tough; in the end, James Koskei took the win, outkicking Shadrack Kosgei by little more than the width of the differing letter in their last name as both were timed in 13:40.

In the lead pack until the final kick, Meb Keflezighi took the US title while finishing third overall. Scoring the best US placing in the race in yaears, the US record holder for 10Kon the track - training at the USA Running Center in Chula Vista - clocked 13:45. Second American and sixth overall was Dan Browne of the US Army World Class Program, who will make his marathon debut in Chicago. Top New Englander was Cain Williams (BAA), taking 10th among Americans in his home town after a fourth at the NE Championship last week. Hanson's Running Co of Michigan was the team champ; top NE club was Athletics East.

The women's race was not a championship (that's at the Freihofer's Race in June), but nearly produced a World Record; Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco barely jogged in the final 50 meters and still recorded a time of 15:06. Blake Russell took 10th and the top local honors in 16:23.

Dedicated to developing the sport on all levels, Race Director Charlie Breagy schedules the race day to begin with ten youth races at various distances for ages 16 and younger. The sponsorship of CVS/pharmacy has helped bring the championship to the race for 2003 as well. Check full results and story on the over 5000 competitors cvsdowntown5k.com


LOCAL COLLEGE COACHING STAFFS UPDATED
September 13

Several colleges have seen coaching staff updates in the opening weeks of school. At U.Mass-Lowell, Gary Gardiner will take over as head coach from George Davis, who is retiring after a long and successful career at the Riverhawk helm. Gardiner returns to New England after a stint as head coach at US Merchant Marine Academy. The Keene State grad was a frequent scorer in the Grand Prix for CMS in the early 1990's.

Jamie Vetelino joins the staff of Rhode Island College as assistant cross country and distance coach. The Brown grad was a top track and shorter distance road racer for the BAA in recent years.


LYMAN, REILLY HOT IN HEAT AT 5K CHAMPIONSHIP
September 8 - Lowell MA

2002 Mill City 5K

An intense sun pushed temperatures up over 90 as runners readied for the start of the Mill City 5K in Lowell MA on Sunday. Best able to handle the heat of the day and the heat of the competition were Amy Lyman (BAA) and Paul Reilly (GLRR).

Lyman, the NE champ at 10K, took the shortest road distance title as the only woman to dip under 17:00, her 16:58 besting teammate Sarah Dupre by seven seconds. Their time gap up front helped the Unicorn to the team title, but the Merrimack Valley Striders remain on top in the series standings.

In the separate men's race which followed, Reilly - who has track eligibility at Providence College and was not running for the championship - clocked 14:38 to beat David Hinga of Whirlaway, who earned his second consecutive NE championship title with a time of 14:44. The BAA men matched the women's team honors as third placer John Mortimer led their five scorers, all of whom were in the top 10. The team extended their lead over race host Greater Lowell RR by another point in the series standings.

Individually, Seana Carmean (GLRR) continues to lead the open women's series, as does Chris Magill (BAA) in the men's list. Nina Caron of MVS remains the only undefeated individual in any category after recording her fifth win among masters women, while Paul Hammond (Whirlaway) and Mark Reeder (GLRR) are now tied for the masters' individual lead.

The updated 2002 standings after five races and results are at the Grand Prix page.


ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA SET
September 5

The agenda for the September 16 USATF-New England annual meeting is now posted. Clubs and individuals are encouraged to attend.


MILL CITIES 5K ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
September 5

The Mill Cities 5K in Lowell MA is the USATF-New England 5K Championship this year, the fifth race in the seven event circuit. The relatively flat and fast course starts and finishes at the Tsongas Arena. Separate races for women and men begin at 12 noon.

The current list of the more than 100 NE "Ironrunners" who have completed all four championships to date can be found linked from the Grand Prix page.


Locals score well at USA 20K Championship
September 4

Kelly Keane (BAA) led a handful of New England atheltes with top 20 finishes at the New Haven 20K, the USA 20K Championship, on Labor Day. Keane finished fifth in 1:10:34 behind winner Colleen deReuk (CO- 1:07:53) with Jill Gaitenbey (11th, 1:12:17) and Molly Taber (MVS, 13th, 1:13:03 PR) not far behind. Though not a masters title race, Cathy Pearce (Whirlaway) was 2nd in that division in 1:18:14.

On the men's side, the Army's Dan Brown utilized his track speed to win by a second over Kyle Baker of Michigan, 59:21-59:22. The BAA's Chris Magill took 18th in 1:03:52 and Reebok Boston's Artie Gilkes was 20th in 1:04:45.

Two USA National road race championships will be in the New England association in the coming weeks; the CVS Downtown 5K in Providence on Sunday, September 15 is the Men's US Championship, while the Tuft's 10K For Women on Columbus Day, October 14, is back as the US Women's title run. Entry for both races is open to all, and open up through race day.


REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR B.A.A. HALF MARATHON
August 22 -- Boston

Registration for the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by New England Baptist Hospital, is now closed. The second annual 13.1-mile road race reached its capacity of 4,000 participants just five weeks after registration began on July 15. Race day is Sunday, October 13 with an 8:00 a.m. start.


CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE AVAILABLE
August 20

The first draft of the fall cross country schedule is now posted on the website on the cross country page. It will be updated regularly through the season as dates are set and as events are added. Note the dates for the Mayor's Cup (Oct. 27), the USATF-NE Championship (Nov. 10), and the NE Junior Olympics (Nov. 17).


ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 16 AT BRANDEIS
August 20 -- Waltham MA

The USATF New England annual meeting will take place on Monday evening, September 16, at the Gosman Athletic Center of Brandeis University ,South Street, Waltham MA.

Based on by-law changes passed last year, all individuals age 18 and over holding a current membership card are eligible to vote. This is an election year for all officers as well as sports chair positions and athlete representatives.

The complete meeting agenda will be posted to this website shortly.


BEV WHITNEY PASSES AWAY
August 13 - Waltham MA

Long active administrator in the sport Bev Whitney of Waltham MA passed away on August 13. Bev was a true pioneer in road running finish lines before the days of timing companies. When attending races with her husband Ed in the 1960's through the 1980's, she and Gloria Ratti would time many of the races in New England where finish line procedures were non-existant. Races often expected them to show up and do the work with no advance notice, while other times they would jump into the mix to ensure proper results when finish lines went awry.

Bev also served on the board of USATF (when part of AAU and under the name TAC) and on the North Medford Club board of directors. .


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
August 2 -- Brookline MA

USATF-New England has an opening for a full time Office Manager.

Responsibilities include a variety of administrative functions, communication with members and member clubs, and assisting with the management of the various events that are hosted and organized by USATF-NE.

Candidate must be a self-motivator, be able to work independently, and must have good interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. Good knowledge of Quicken, Access (or other database management), Excel, and Microsoft Office are a requirement. Must be proficient with html. Some weekend and evening work will be required.

Interested persons may send their résumé to Steve Vaitones, Managing Director, USATF-New England, P.O. Box 1905, Brookline, MA 02446 or email: office@usatfne.org.


EAST REGION MASTERS TRACK and FIELD DRAWS CROWD
July 26-27 -- Springfield MA

Springfield was the site of the East Region Masters Championship hosted by USATF New England last weekend. Run at Springfield College for the fourth year in a row, an entry list of 250 contested a full slate of events in preparation for the upcoming Nationals in Maine in 2 weeks.

Results are on the track page .


LYNX ELITE REPEATS RELAY WIN AT USATF JUNIOR OLYMPICS
July 23-28 -- Omaha Nebraska

The foursome of Lynx Elite, last year's intermediate 4x800m champions while running for Whirlaway, moved up to the Young Men's (age 17-18) division this year, and again placed first at the USATF National Junior Olympic Meet in Nebraska last weekend. The quartet of Michael Grant (Haverhill MA/St.John's Prep), Russell Brown (Hanover NH), William Seidel (Newbury NH/St.Paul's School) and Harry Norton (North Reading MA) won with a time of 7:49.82, almost 10 seconds faster than they ran last year.

A second gold medal came back to New England, as Rashad Evans of Springfield MA/Greater Springfield Harriers won the Midget (11-12) Boys 100 meters in 12.29 (he ran 12.21 in the trials round). He also placed 4th in the 200 at 25.21

Winning a silver medal was Jared Harrell (Milton MA) in the Intermediate Boys (15-16) javelin with a throw of 175'6, and bronze medals went to was Ashley Farnsworth (Epping NH) 2nd in the Midget Girls 800 in 2:24.70, and Bronson Venable (N.Kingston RI / NK RecTC) in the Midget Boys 3000, 10:43.71.

Several other New England youth earned "all-Americans" honors, and many quality performances were turned in by over 6000 athletes age 18 and under from around the country. See the full results of six days of competition under Youth at usatf.org.


HINGA, HANN HANDLE 8 MILE FIELDS
July 21-- Stowe VT

The Stowe Cow

Dave Hinga and Sarah Hann took the men's and women's New England titles at the USATF-NE 8 Mile Championship at Stowe VT, as the 2002 series passed the half way poing. A bright, sunny day made for warm conditions, which wilted some times but not spirits of 791 finishers in the Green Mountains.

Hinga, who also led his Whirlaway Racing Team to the men's title, ran a sensible race, opting not to chase overall winner Paul Mwangi (NY) who was attempting to break the event record (but fell just short in 39:27). Hinga finished in 40:34. Hann, who runs for New Balance, led from the start and clocked 45:08 to improve from her fourth place of last year. The women's team trophy went to Merrimack Valley Striders for the third time in the series.

In the masters ranks, Nina Caron (MVS) maintained a perfect record with her fourth win. Leading the men's masters field was Craig Fram, while teammate Paul Hammond moved into the division lead with his NE runner-up run.

Results are at the Stowe 8 Miler website; updated series standings are at the Grand Prix page.


GERRAUGHTY GRABS BRONZE AT WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPS
July 20 -- Kingston Jamaica

Nashua New Hampshire's Laura Gerraughty, a freshman at North Carolina, claimed the bronze medal in the women's shot put on day five of the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Gerraughty avenged her fourth place finish at the 2000 World Junior Championships when she threw 54'6.5" - on her third attempt. In the qualifying round, she had a throw of 56'.5". At the pre-Championships meet earlier in the week, Gerraughty threw 57'7.75" and finishes her junior career as the number 2 junior ever in the shot.

In the hammer, Kristen Michalski (W.Warwick RI) just missed the finals, finishing 13th with a toss of 186'10". James Finneran (U.R.I.) did not qualify for the javelin finals, throwing 193'10" and placing 25th, while Rafeeq Curry (Cumberland RI) fouled on all three triple jump attempts in the finals after being among the leaders in the qualifying round with a personal best 52'2.5". The full results are at www.usatf.org.


GREATER BOSTON WINS NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 21 -- Bloomington IN

The Greater Boston Track Club won both the men's and women's divisions - and overall win - at the second annual USATF Club Track and Field Championships at Indiana University.

The GBTC roster of 25 athletes upset defending champions Nashville Elite for the men's national title, and the Indiana Invaders for the women's national title. They had finished third in the race for the men's team title in 2001, sending just 6 athletes (and no women) last year. Greater Boston's Art Henson and Kourtney Trainor earned Most Valuable Athlete honors, by scoring the most points at the Club Championships.

Meet Director Greg Harger noted, "The growth and competiveness is the most exciting element of the Club Championships. Greater Boston got the job done by recruiting and adding to their roster. We expect that ourselves and other returning teams next year will focus on recruiting and follow Greater Boston's example. I expect that the bar will be raised again at next year's meet."

Overall, 27 records fell throughout the course of the Championship, athlete participation increased by 75 % from 2001, and 21 clubs scored. Complete results are at www.usatf.org.


VAITONES NAMED TO 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STAFF
July -- Indianapolis

USATF New England Managing Director Steve Vaitones (Waltham MA) was named to the USA team staff for the 2003 USA World Championships. He will be working with the distance runners and racewalkers. The Worlds will be held next August in Paris, France. Previously, Steve had served as assistant manager for the 1999 Pan American Games team.

Also from New England, Bonnie Edmondson of Connecticut will be in charge of the throws for the women's team. And, former Dartmouth College Vin Lananna was selected for the 2004 Olympic team staff. Check the News column at www.usatf.org for the full team staffs.


NEW ENGLANDERS SELECTED FOR US MOUNTAIN RUNNING TEAM
July -- Bradford MA

Seven New Englanders were named to the 2002 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team which will travel to Innsbruck, Austria to compete in the World Mountain Running Trophy Race this September.

The Open Men's team is dominated by CMS athletes, holding five of the seven spots; all have world race experience. The quintet is led by USATF 2001 Mountain Runner of the Year Eric Morse (VT). The five time USATF New England Mountain Circuit winner has competed four times for the US Mountain Running Team.

Morse will be joined by NE chairman and seven time world racersDave Dunham (MA) and Dan Verrington (both from Bradford MA), and two time team member Paul Low (Amherst MA), with 1999 competitor Richard Bolt (NH) the alternate.

For the women, Nikki Kimball (Waterford NY/CMS) will make her first trip to the Worlds this year; she earned a berth on her first U.S. Mountain Running team last year, but was unable to make the trip to Italy due to travel restrictions. Suzy West (Putney VT/CSU) makes her fourth U.S. team, this year as the alternate.

Women will run a 9.2K uphill event on September 14 and men will race an uphill 11.7K. Team selection was based on winning one of three designatd races, or selection by the ten-member USATF Mountain/Ultra /Trail (MUT) Running Council based on prior world mountain running trophy performances and experience, and US mountain race results.


RADIO MVS HITS THE AIRWAYS
July -- The Merrimack Valley MA

Beginning on Monday, July 15th, Merrimack Valley Striders has offered a "Running Tip of the Day" at 5:55pm each afternoon (Monday through Friday) on WCCM Radio, 800 on your A.M. dial in the northeastern Mass/Southern NH area. These tips feature MVS coaches Fernando Braz, Paul McGovern, and Gina Rocha.

Beginning on Saturday, July 20th, with coach Fernando Braz as the guest, MVS offers a 15-minute show called "Run for Your Life" on WCCM which will air at 11:00 a.m. This weekly show will provide extensive coverage of all aspects of running. Tune in and be sure to tell your running and non-running friends about both shows.


PETRANOFFS SPEAR GOLD MEDALS AT YOUTH NATIONALS
July 3-7 -- Miami

The Petranoff name has been associated with javelin gold medals in the USA for many years, and now there's a new generation taking to the top step. At the USATF Youth Championships in Miami, Kelly Petranoff won the Bantam division (10 and under) mini-javelin in 85'x", and sister Leigh Petranoff was the Youth (13-14) champion with a 113' throw. They are the daughters of NE board member and former world record holder Tom Petranoff.
The third New Englander to win a medal at the meet was also a javelin thrower; Jared Harrell of Milton MA took silver in the Intermediate Boys (15-16) division with a 183'9" toss.

Tom will be conducting summer and fall throws training sessions in Rhode Island starting in August; contact him at www.turbojav.com.


STOWE 8 MILER DEADLINE APPROACHING
July 1 -- Stowe VT

The Stowe Cow

The entry deadline is fast approaching for the Stowe 8 Miler, the fourth race on the Grand Prix Circuit. Race entry will close when the field reaches 1200, and there will be no day of event entry!. Clubs should send their entries in as soon as possible.

Information is at the race web site, www.stowe8miler.org.


B.A.A. Adjusts Qualifying Times for Boston Marathon
June 27 -- Boston MA

For the first time in 13 years, the Boston Athletic Association has adjusted its qualifying standards for runners in the Boston Marathon. The new qualifying times affect runners who are 45-years of age and older and reflect the B.A.A.'s ability and desire to accommodate more participants. The adjustment in the qualifying times follows a review and analysis of the performances across the sport, and three new age groupings have been created (70 to 74 years old; 75-79 years old; and 80 years and older).

Qualifying times must have been run between September 28, 2001 and February 2, 2003 at a certified marathon. Age on April 21, 2003 determines a participant's qualifying time. Age group on the day of the qualifying race may differ.

Also new for the 107th Boston Marathon - to be held on April 21, 2003 and with John Hancock Financial Services as the principal sponsor for the 18th year - the maximum field size will be increased to 20,000 athletes.

The last time the qualifying standards were adjusted for runners was in preparation for the 1990 Boston Marathon. Boston remains the only major marathon - other than Olympic trials marathons and the Olympic Games Marathon - in which runners must post a qualifying time in order to gain entry.

Instructions and details are on the official web site, www.bostonmarathon.org.


DOW, TOOMEY MEDALISTS AT NATIONALS
June 21-23 -- Stanford CA

Joanne Dow on her way to set the 20K american record in 1:34:46.52 in Palo Alto, CA. Photo Tina Peters Joanne Dow and Jen Toomey earned spots on the awards podium at the USA National Track and Field Championships held at Stanford last weekend.

Dow (adidas/Manchester NH), competing in the 20K racewalk, made up a significant gap after the halfway mark and moved the to the lead on the 48th of 50 laps to win with a time of 1:34:46.52, a new US record and her first outdoor national meet title.

Toomey (new balance/Salem MA) was the strongest of a pack of four down the final straightaway to take second place in 2:02.11 behind winner and US indoor champion Nicole Teter's PR 1:58.83. Toomey will head to Europe for some races in the world's elite summer circuit.

Connecticut's Anna Norgren Mahon, a U.Vermont grad, won the women's hammer throw. A number of other New England athletes also competed well. Quotes, stories, and results are at USATF National web site.


LOCAL JUNIORS EARN TICKET TO WORLDS
June 21-23 -- Stanford CA

Laura Gerraughty, Rafeeq Curry, and Kristen Michalski earned spots on Team USA for the World Junior Championships with top 2 finishes at the USA Junior Nationals held at Stanford.

Gerraughty, a Nashua NH HS grad now at the University of North Carolina, won both the hammer (192'8") and the shot put by significant distances; her 57'7 3/4" in the shot was a meet record and just 3 centimeters off the US Junior Record. Curry, living in Cumberland RI and taking a year off between high school and college, recorded a big personal best of 51'11 3/4" for gold in the triple jump. Michalski, a high school senior from West Warwick RI, repeated her 2001 silver medal placing in the hammer throwing 184'6". The top 5 women in the hammer are or were out of New England high schools.

Racewalker Ben Shorey from the Maine association also made the team. The winner of the junior men's 10K walk (in a US record 42:50.20), Shorey was named the Verizon Junior Men's Athlete of the Meet.

The World Juniors (for athletes not turning age 20 during the year) will run in Kingston, Jamaica, July 16-21. Details on the meet can be found at iaaf.org.

Full USA Junior results are at the USATF National web site.


MAGILL, TABER TAKE 20K TITLES
June 21 -- Bedford NH

Chris Magill(BAA) and Molly Taber(Merrimack Valley Striders) were winners at the Lions Sizzler 20K in Bedford NH on Sunday, the 3rd race in the 2002 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series. Both set course records (1:04:30 / 1:14:33) and led their respective clubs to the team wins.

Age division winners were Steve Snover (40+), Larry Olsen (50+), John Pelton (60+), and Bill Engle (70+) for men, and Nina Caron (40+), Patty Foltz (50+), and Diane Curley (60+) for women. Caron and Curley remain undefeated in their respective category.

There were 439 finishers in the 20K, with Merrimack Valley Striders accounting for 46 of those - the highest percentage ever from one club in a championship?. Check out the full team and individual results at NERunner.com Current Grand Prix standings are at the Grand Prix page.


USA TRACK and FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND
June 21-23 -- Stanford CA

The USA National Track and Field Championships take place this week at Stanford University in California. Both the Junior (not turning age 20 this year) and Senior meets are being held there, and a number of New England athletes are entered. You can find entrants and results at the USATF site.


TRACK and FIELD TEAM TITLES TO GREATER BOSTON TC
June 15 -- Cambridge MA

brian irwin of gbtc throws the javelin

Greater Boston TC took both the men's and women's team titles at the 106th annual USATF-NE Championship at M.I.T. on Saturday. Rain stopped by meet time, but the track, circles, and runways were still wet throughout the meet.

The men led Athletics East 82-73, while the women's margin was 54-18 over AE. The only meet record was set in the inaugural running of the women's steeplechase, where Sarah Byrd of Emory College (Atlanta) was just off the National qualifying time with her 10:46.37.

The US javelin festival provided some national level competitors in that throw, and Bally's Total Fitness provided club membership awards for top field event scorers. Results are at the track page, while a collection of pictures by Stanley Hu are also on the web.


NE JUNIOR OLYMPIC MEET WEATHERS THE WEATHER
June 15 -- Smithfield RI

Despite rain, the New England Junior Olympics at Bryant College drew over 400 entrants looking for good performances and spots in next week's Region I meet. You can find the meet results here.


FIVE NE WINNERS AT NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC MEET
June 15 -- Raleigh NC

Four USATF-New England association high schoolers took home gold medals at the National Scholastic championship meet at Northe Carolina State University. Samantha Sheppard (Weston MA) won her second pole vault title, clearing 13'1/4", junior Rachel Umberger (Concord NH) sped to an 800 meter win in 2:09.67, and Kristin Michalski (Warwick) took the hammer in 185'5".

On the boys' side, Adam Hamilton (Milford NH) and Mint Henk of Braintree VT won events that are not even contested in their state; Hamilton spun the hammer 211'8" while Henk led the field in the 2000 meter steeplechase, 5:52.04.

Earning silver medals were Molly Lederman (Newton MA) in the pole vault and Jeremy Duffy (Cumberland RI) in the hammer, and earning bronze were Kelly Reynolds (Warwick RI) and Terrance Myers (Providence), both in the hammer. Full results and pictures will be found at THE site for scholastic track, DyeStat.com.


NE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP THIS WEEKEND
June 14

A busy weekend in track and field looms locally. The New England open championship meet heads to M.I.T.'s Steinbrenner Track in Cambridge MA for its 114th edition. The meet, held at the same site 50 years ago, will accept entries on race day. One highlight will be an elite javelin competition, which is part of the US Javelin Fesitval. Field events begin at 4:00 and track events start at 4:30. Day of event entry begins at 3:30. Day of meet entry is allowed.

An added feature is that field event athletes will be competing for awards from new USATF-NE contributing sponsor Bally's Total Fitness. Bally's is donating fitness club membership and merchandise for the top performers in the jumps and throws based on event scoring tables. This is the first event in which the New England assocaition and Bally's will partner.

The New England Junior Olympics takes place at Bryant College in Smithfield RI beginning at 9:00 a.m. Older age groups have running events in the morning, with younger three age groups running later in the day. Field events are interspersed through the day. Entry is still open on day of event.

Both events require USATF membership, available at the meets.


Morse Earns Berth on Teva US Mountain Running Team
June 9 -- Anchorage AK

Berlin, Vermont's Eric Morse led from the start at Sunday's 5.5-mile Wolverine Mountain Run in Alaska to earn a spot on the Teva US Mountain Running Team. His winning time of 47:19 was more than one minute ahead of runner-up Dave Dunham (Bradford MA, 48:43), who was coming back from illness.

The Wolverine race course gained approximately 3600 vertical feet with the first mile slightly downhill and the remainder of the route uphill mirroring the this fall's World Mountain Trophy Race in Austria.

Anita Ortiz of Colorado blasted the course in 53:16, more than five minutes ahead of her competition; third in 1:02:26 was Suzy West (Putney VT), looking for her fourth berth on the USA team.

The winners at the Alaska race, and at remaining two selection races - Saturday's 7.6-mile Mount Washington Hill Climb and the 7.5-mile Vail (CO) Hill Climb on July 7 - are automatically selected for the team, while other top finishers will be considered when filling out the six man and four woman squad.

Race and Mountain info


SAVILONIS, GUTSCHE WIN WALK CROWNS
June 9 -- Charlestown RI

Brian Savilonis (NEWalkers/Greene RI) and Marsha Gutsche (Cambridge Sports Union/Newton MA) took the top places at the NE 15K Racewalking Championships Sunday at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI. Both also were the masters winners as well, with Savilonis' 1:21:50 just edging Gutsche's 1:22:02. The latter was also the winner of the female CEO division in Thursday's JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge race - while racewalking.
More on racewalking can be found at the New England Walkers page


NEW ENGLAND SCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 8 -- Plymouth MA

Jake Radzevich (Pinkerton, Derry NH) set an all New England high school best in pole vault the New England High School chamionships in Plymouth MA on Saturday. His vault of 15'8" bettered his NH state record set last week, as well as the previous NE best.
The results are at DyeStat, the most complete site for high school track.


CORPORATE CHALLENGE DRAWS CROWD
June 7 -- Boston

With 12,000 entrants, there couldn't be a rain date, so top runners as well as mid-packers traded clubs for company colors Thursday and took to the wet Boston streets for the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The run is the 2nd largest in New England after the Boston Marathon.

Overall winner was Ed Baker (BAA, Bain and Co.) with a time of 17:06 for the 3.5 mile downtown circuit. Women's winner was Molly Taber (MVS, State St.Research), who clocked 19:33. Top finishers will compete at the national championship in New York City in the fall.

No results for this race, but you can find more info at JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge home page


FREIHOFER'S RUN FOR WOMEN
June 1 -- Albany NY

The Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, this year's USA Women's National 5K title race, found New England athletes well represented in the top placings. Amy Rudolph (16:02) and Sarah Hann (16:36) placed 6th and 11th, respectively behind winner Marla Runyon (15:27). Amy Lyman, NE 10K winner at the James Joyce Ramble, attended as part of the national women's Association Athlete Development Program and responded with a 14th place overall in 16:48.

In the team competition, the Merrimack Valley Striders trio of Gina Rocha, Jennifer Rapaport, and Molly Taber were all in the top 41 and placed second behind adidas Woodbridge of Connecticut by 26 seconds in the club scoring. You can find the results at Results can be found at the race page


FRAM, PEARCE TOP THE PACK
June 2 -- Wilton NH

Craig Fram (Whirlaway) upset Eric Morse (CMS) at the third Mountain Circuit event the Pack Monadnock 10 mile. Morse had been undefeated since 2000, and still maintains the overall circuit lead.

Cathy Pearce, also from Whirlaway, took her second circuit event and leads Nikki Kimball by less than a point going into the finale June 22 at Mt.Ascutney. Results and updated standings can be found at the mountain page


TOOMEY RACING TO TOP TIMES
June 1 -- Around the region

State high school championships highlighted Saturday's results, with meet records and national ranking marks making the scoreboard. Two all-time state marks were set at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions at UNH; Jake Radzevich (Pinkerton) scaled 15-4 in the pole vault to better his own height, while Ryan Casewell at 179-5 (Merrimack Valley) and Erik Lundquist at 177-5 (Londonderry) both broke the 11 year old state discus standard.
The New England High School Championship takes place on Saturday at Plymouth (MA) South High School at 11 a.m. Check it out and support the sport!.


TOOMEY RACING TO TOP TIMES
May 26 -- St.Paul MN

Jen Toomey (Reebok Boston/Salem MA) has been busy etching her name onto the national middle distance performance rankings this spring. A week ago at the Oregon Invitational, she turned in top quality 800 of 2:02.35, on Wednesday in Canada she ran 2:39.56 for 1000 meters, and then finished the week with a 4:17:51 in the 1500 at the prestigious Pre Classic on Saturday.


WHEATON WINS NCAA DIII NATIONALS
May 25 -- Eugene OR

Wheaton College women's team matched their indoor successes by winning the NCAA Division III National Championship this weekend in Minnesota. Williams College women placed third. Wheaton's balanced scoring was led by Amber James who sprinted to wins in the 200 and 400, the latter in the fastest DIII time of the year. Other winners for the Lyons were Tessa Donaghue (long jump) and their 4x400 relay.

New England colleges produced several other champions. Mary Proulx (Keene State College) continued her quality season in leading both the 5000 and 10,000, while teammate Mark Miller won the men's 1500. Wheaton's men scored jump wins by Raheim Greenidge (triple jump) and Dan Olson (high jump), Bryan Black of Middlebury College won the javelin, and Bates College athlets Justin Easter (steeplechase) and Jaime Sawlor (hammer) returned with gold medals.


MORSE CONTINUE MOUTAIN LEAD
May 25 -- Princeton MA

Eric Morse (CMS) had to run the second fastest time over the 4.3 mile Mt.Wachusett uphill run to take his second straight NE Mountain Circuit race of the season. Only a surge over the rugged final 200 meters let him shake Craig Fram (Whirlaway), who brought down the masters' course record by nearly two minutes.

On the women's side, Cathy Pearce (Whirlaway) took her first mountain win over seasoned international hill runners Suzy West (CSU) and Nikki Kimball (CMS). Next on the circuit schedule is the Pack Monadnock 10 Miler (which will be slightly longer and hillier due to a detour caused by a missing bridge).

Results and updated standings can be found (on Wednesday) at the mountain page.


NE CHAMPS SET FOR MIT
May 17

The USATF New England Championship meet will be held at M.I.T.'s Steinbrenner Track on Saturday, June 15. The newly redone 8 lane track and updated field areas should produce good quality performances. This is actually a return to M.I.T., as the NE meet was held there fifty years ago this summer! The Entry Form is online.


MEETS ADDED TO SCHEDULE
May 17

We have also added two track meets to the schedule for the end of May / early June. The new track at Danehy Park in Cambridge MA will host a pair of development meets on Wednesday evenings, May 29 and June 5, at 6:15 p.m. Races from 100 through 2 mile, as well as the hurdles, long jump and TurboJav will be contested. The entry flyer is at the track and field page.


MORSE, KIMBALL LEAD MOUNTAIN SERIES
May 12, Warner NH

Eric Morse (CMS), 2001 USATF Mountain runner of the year, led the way with the 5th fastest time ever run at Mt.Kearsarge, as the NE Mountain Circuit got underway on Saturday. Morse, who holds, all of the circuit course records except for Kearsarge, led from start to finish. Nikki Kimball (CMS) took the women's race with a course record by 20 seconds. Behind her, Suzie West clocked the third fastest time ever. Keith Woodward ran an incredible eight minutes under the old 50+ course record, good enough to rank him 4th on the 40+ list, as Richard Stockdale, 2nd 50+, was also well under the course record. Also setting a division record was Vickie Kalil (40+). Results and standings can be found at the mountain page.

The circuit continues at Wachusett Mountain on May 25th.


CARMEAN 10th AT USA 25K
May 12, Grand Rapids MI

Seanna Carmean (Amherst MA/GLRR) took 10th place (11th overall) in the USA National 25K Championships run at the Fifth Third River Bank 25K in Michigan. The field was competitive, and her time of 1:36 was just over a minute out of fifth place. She attended the race as the New England representative in the USATF Association Athlete Development Program, earning the trip based on her win at the NE 1/2 marathon championship in New Bedford in March.


DWYER, LYMAN TAKE NE 10K TITLES
April 28 -- Dedham MA

Rainy and breezy conditions met over 2000 runners at the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham on Sunday morning, with Jack Dwyer (Reebok Boston) and Amy Lyman (BAA) winning the USATF-New England 10K championship honors. Dwyer, who was also the 2001 NE champion, was third overall in 30:25 behind a pair of sub-30 times by out of the region runners, while Lyman raced to 2nd in 34:35. Both Dwyer and Lyman led their respective clubs to the team wins as well. Craig Fram (Whirlaway) and Nina Caron (MVS) led the masters ranks.

After final corrections to team scores, the GP standings will be updated by Tuesday night. The Ramble was the second event in the 2002 Grand Prix series, with the next race in the series the 20K on June 23 in Amherst NH.

Full 10K results are at the race website, www.ramble.org.


JUNIOR OLYMPICS TO RUN AT BRYANT COLLEGE
April 24

The site for the New England Junior Olympic Track & Field championship is now set for Bryant College in Smithfield RI. The meet is on Saturday, June 15. The schedule will differ slightly from past years, with older two age groups running early and the younger three running after noon. This should make the meet flow better.        
Bryant, the site of the NE XC championships in the past, is just off of I-295 in northern RI. The complete entry and further information will be found at the Junior Olympic page below in the next couple of weeks.


106th BOSTON MARATHON NOW HISTORY
April 15 -- Boston

The weathermen were wrong about when the sun was to come out, and that made conditions right for good times at Monday's B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Overcast, fifties, and light breeze were the conditions for most of the race.

New England women were led by the B.A.A.'s Cathi Campbell 20th place in 2:46:17 which qualified her for the 2004 US Olympic Trials. M.I.T.'s Dan Feldman, who completed his collegiate eligibility over the winter, paced the region's men with a strong 2:23:32 that was good for 30th overall. In the masters' ranks. Nancy Corsaro (Methuen MA/Whirlaway) was 9th overall master in 2:53:16, while Glen Guillemette (W.Warwick RI/Tuesday Night Turtles) was a solid 5th overall master in 2:26:51.

Top Americans were former NE Grand Prix champ Jill Gaitenby, now training in California, 13th in 2:38:55 and Keith Dowling of Virginia, 15th in 2:13:43 (with Mass. native Mark Coogan 19th, 2:17:35). Kenyans Rodgers Rop and Margaret Okayo were race winners; the latter's 2:20:43 defeated defending champion Catherine Ndereba as both women beat the old course record.

Over 94 percent of the 16,000+ starters finished the race. Detailed results and all the information you could want can be found at the Boston Marathon website


B.A.A., WHIRLAWAY TAKE BOSTON MARATHON TEAM TROPHIES
April 15 - Boston

Local clubs took three of the four team trophies at Monday's Boston Marathon. Club scoring was streamlined, validation was tightened, and declaration procedures changed this year, with all runners from a club eligible to score for the open or masters team they were declared for (scoring for only one or the other).

New England Teams took three of the four titles up for grabs, and the host Boston Athletic Association winning the men's open as well as the women's open trophies. In the men's race, the BAA summed up time of 7:25:52, ahead of Greater Lowell (7:29:22) and CMS (7:34:03)(65 declared), while the women totaled 8:44:43 ahead of Forerunners Florida (8:50:10) and CMS (8:50:45) in that 41 team division.

Whirlaway Racing Teamset a new masters women's time standard of 9:30:21, outpacing Forerunners Florida (10:06:03) and Atlanta TC (10:17:32) among 26 clubs. Sojourners RC of Utah took the masters men's honors at 7:55:49, ahead of CMS (8:04:51) and GLRR (8:11:14).


JAVELIN CLINICS IN APRIL
April 18 and 23 Lowell MA and Londonderry NH

USATF-NE will host a pair of javelin clinics during Mass. and New Hampshire school vacation weeks. The clinics will be led by former world record holder and USATF-NE vice president Tom Petranoff.

On Thursday April 18, at 11 a.m.,U.Mass-Lowell will be the site; check in and opening session will be at Costello Gym on the campus.

Tuesday, April 23, the clinic will be at Londonderry NH High School. This will be the third trip to Londonderry for the popular event.

The clinics are open to throwers of all abilities age 14 and over, and is open to scholastic, collegiate, and open throwers. They will last over 2 hours and include instruction and learn-by-doing. The fee is $10 per individual, with a $2 discount for USATF members. Also, there is a special discount on the purchase of the TurboJav practice/mini-javelin. Please sign up prior to day of the clinic.


STRONG SHOWING BY USA CROSS COUNTRY AT WORLDS

Mar 23-24, Dublin IRE -- New England runners past and present were part of a strong showing at last weekend's IAAF World Cros Country Championships in Ireland.
        Amy Rudolph (Providence RI) was part of the US silver medal winning long-race squad, finishing 31st. US harriers Deena Drossin and Colleen DeReuck finished 2-3, the first time two US women medaled in the same worlds since 1970! In the women's short race, Sarah Hann (Winchester NH/New Balance) was 66th, while former Cape Cod resident and Colby College alum Sarah Toland finished a strong 32nd as the US was 6th, only 5 points out of a bronze medal. Boston College freshman Maria Cicero was 2nd American (29th)in the Junior race, as USA finished fifth.
        Both USA senior men's teams (4K and 12K) finished fifth. Brookline MA HS grad Jonathan Riley was in the short race, while former NH HS star Matt Downin did not finish due to a foot injury. Mark Carroll of Providence was 49th overall, representing his native Ireland.
        Providence College junior Hamish Thorpe ran the 4K for New Zealand, finishing 82nd, while PC teammate Dylan Weeks was number 2 man and 20th overall for Canada's junior men. Providence College, in fact, had 11 past or current runners representing five different countries at this year's meet.
        Full results at usatf.org.



VERRINGTON SCORES FIRST NATIONAL GOLD


        Mar 23, Pittsburgh PA -- CMS teammates Dan Verrington and Dave Dunham (both of Bradford MA) had their eyes on the 20-year old US record at the US National 50K Championship, but strong winds and varying temperatures nixed that idea early on. Verrington, running his first ultramarathon, broke away early and secured his first U.S. title with a 3:09:15 winning time. Dunham was stuck alone chasing his training partner in for second place (3:13:19) while Mark Behan (Newton, NH) almost made it a CMS clean sweep, missing the bronze medal (3:19:09) by a just one minute over the 31.1 miles. The trio combined to take the USA team championship. Bob Dion of Readsboro VT was the M45 masters division winner in 3:36:13.



MASTERS REACH NEW HEIGHTS AT INDOOR CHAMPS

2002 national masters indoor championship logo         March 25 -- A record number of entrants - more than 800 - at the 2002 USATF National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships combined to break more than 90 records over the weekend. Following the three days of competition at Boston' s Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, there are 59 new U.S. records and 32 world records for U.S. masters athletes. All records are pending.
        55-year old Phil (Phillipa) Raschker of Marietta, Georgia, led all competitors with 11 records. Raschker won her age division in the women's 60m (8.59), 60 hurdles (10.08), pole vault (2.60m/8-6.25), long jump (4.62m/15-1.75), and triple jump (9.33m/30-7.5), breaking world records in each event. She set a U.S. record in her age division for the women's high jump (1.31m/4-3.5).
2002 national masters indoor championship logo         100-year old Everett Hosack of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, led all men with 7 records. Hosack won his age division in the men's 60m (27.29), shot put (3.52m/11-6.5) and super weight (2.21m/7-3), all world-record marks. Hosack also set a U.S. record in the weight throw (5.10m/16-8.75).
        80-year old Margaret Hinton, Comfort, Texas, set 7 records with age-group wins in the women's high jump (0.91m/2-11.75), triple jump (5.15m/16-10.75), pole vault (1.20m/3-11.25) and weight throw (6.45m/21-2), three of which (high jump, triple jump and pole vault) are world records. Hinton became the first 80-year-old woman to ever pole vault in America. 65-year old Larry Colbert and 80-year old Edwin Lukens both set six records each.
        In the men's pole vault, 80-year old William Bell set a U.S. and world record with a clearance of 2.75m/9-0.25. Bell is the father of legendary pole vault coach and Olympic pole vaulter Earl Bell of Bell Athletics.
        For complete results from the competition, visit our masters's pages, www.usatfne.org/masters/.


Largest field ever to compete at National Masters Indoor Champs

2002 national masters indoor championship logo         The USA Track & Field National Masters Indoor Championships will take place for the sixth consecutive year in Boston, Mass., at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
       With over 800 entrants, this will be the largest ever National Masters Indoor Championships. Athletes ranging in age from 30 to 100, from 40 U.S. states and Canada, are scheduled to compete. Everett Hossack of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, will become the first 100-year old to compete in the Indoor Championships.
       Entrants also include many past and current U.S. and World age group record holders, competing in a meet that has produced more than 100 masters world indoor records in the past three years. Former NFL players Todd Christiansen (pentathlon) and Billy 'White Shoes' Johnson (60m) are also entered.
       The meet will be held Friday through Sunday (March 22-24). For complete results from the 2002 National Masters Indoor Championships, visit the USATF Web site at www.usatfne.org.


NEW BEDFORD HALF MARATHON OPENS 2002 GRAND PRIX
GLRR, MVS take team honors


        Mar 17 -- Back as a championship after five years, the New Bedford Half Marathon celebrated their 25th running in fine style as the race opened the 2002 NE GP Series. A record number of finishers (over 2100) wound their way through the Whaling City under sunny skies. Kenyans Gabriel Muchiri (1:04.06) and Jackeline Torori (1:15:02) took the overall wins; 1999 GP winner Jill Gaitenby, training in California, was 2nd in 1:15:23. New England titles went to GLRR recruit Joe Lemay (4th, 1:05?24) over defending champ Jack Dwyer (6th, 1:05:53 PR). Seana Carmean (4th, 1:17:44) edged 2000 series champ Molly Taber (6th 1:18:30) on the women's side. Greater Lowell men and Merrimack Striders women took the team gold.
        Full Individual and Team Results are available at coolrunning.com. First race, Individual standings are up, but team results are still awaiting late corrections and should be available by Wednesday.


LOCAL COLLEGES PRODUCE ALL-AMERICANS

        Mar 8-9 -- Local colleges and local high school products turned in All American performances at the three NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.
In Division I, Shalene Flanagan (Marblehead MA/North Carolina) ran to third in the mile (4:39.11), anchored the runner-up distance medley, and was 6th in the 3000. Manhattan junior Jacob Freeman (East Greenwich RI) was second in the weight throw (76'1"), and Arkansas freshman Said Ahmed (Boston MA) was a surprise third in the 800 meters in a personal best 1:47.80. Also, half of the third place Stanford Distance Medley were from NE - Christine Moschella (Hopkinton) Maurica Carlucci (Franklin).
        Division II Nationals was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility, and saw several meet records. U.Mass-Lowell had the only local D2 qualifiers; Jill Croft placed in both the long jump (3rd) and 60 meters (6th), while Hassan Wajd was third in the hurdles 7.95) and the men's 4x400 relay took a solid fourth. The meet will be held in Boston through 2005.
        At the Division III meet in Ohio, Wheaton College women won an unprecedented fourth straight title on the strength of four championship records by Shimera Daniels (long jump, triple jump), Amber James (400), and the 4x400 relay. Wheaton men finished fourth, led by a pair of wins from Raheim Greenridge (triple jump, high jump).
        Results of all three divisions are at www.ncaachampionships.com


SHEPARD REGAINS HS PV RECORD AT SCHOLASTIC NATIONALS

Samantha Shepard wins Natl Scholastic Invite in NY. Photos by Spir.         Mar 10 -- Samantha Shepard regained the indoor pole vault record in winning the National Scholastic Invitational at the New York Armory on Sunday. The Weston HS senior, who won her fourth meet title, cleared 13'4 1/2", making here the #2 HS vaulter ever. She holds all 4 HS class records. Air Time Athletics teammate Molly Lederman finished third. Other local winners included Michael Freeman (Bp.Hendricken RI, Weight) and Kristen Michalski (W.Warwick RI, Weight). Results at www.armorytrack.com. Picture by Spir.
        At the Nike Scholastic meet in Maryland on Saturday, the same three winners took gold, along with Bromfield (Harvard MA) in the 4x800. Results at www.nationalscholastic.org


LOCAL COLLEGES PRODUCE ALL-AMERICANS

        Mar 8-9 -- Local colleges and local high school products turned in All American performances at the three NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.
        In Division I, Shalene Flanagan (Marblehead MA/North Carolina) ran to third in the mile (4:39.11), anchored the runner-up distance medley, and was 6th in the 3000. Manhattan junior Jacob Freeman (East Greenwich RI) was second in the weight throw (76'1"), and Arkansas freshman Said Ahmed (Boston MA) was a surprise third in the 800 meters in a personal best 1:47.80.
        Division II Nationals was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility, and saw several meet records. U.Mass-Lowell had the only local D2 qualifiers; Jill Croft placed in both the long jump (3rd) and 60 meters (6th), while Hassan Wajd was third in the hurdles 7.95) and the men's 4x400 relay took a solid fourth. The meet will be held in Boston through 2005.
        At the Division III meet in Ohio, Wheaton College women won an unprecedented fourth straight title on the strength of four championship records by Shimera Daniels (long jump, triple jump), Amber James (400), and the 4x400 relay. Wheaton men finished fourth, led by a pair of wins from Raheim Greenridge (triple jump, high jump).
        Results of all three divisions are at www.ncaachampionships.com


MT.WASHINGTON RACE ENTRY PROCEDURE

        Mar 5 -- Entry for the 42nd Mount Washington Road Race - 7.6 miles up the auto road - is all on-line this year. Register at www.gsrs.com between March 1 and March 15. Entrants in the limited field will be selected by lottery on March 16. Thus, all entry is closed as of March 15!


DUNHAM, GARCIA REPEAT PICKS FOR WORLD 100K

        Mar 5 -- Dave Dunham (CMS/Bradford MA) and Jim Garcia (CMS/Westford MA) were again selected as two of the six man squad to represent the USA in the 2002 IAU 100K World Cup. The 62.1-mile event - to be held June 21 in Torhout, Belgium - is the longest annual World Title footrace.


DOW, RUDOLPH WIN GOLD
AT USA INDOOR NATIONALA


        Mar 1-2 -- Joanne Dow and Amy Rudolph won National championships at the USATF Indoor Nationals at the Armory Track Facility in New York City. Dow, from Manchester NH, won the 3000 meter racewalk in 13:05.72, while Rudolph, who splits her time between Providence and the Running USA camp in San Diego, captured the 3000 on 8:58.18; both compete for adidas.
        Tasha Downing (Norton MA) made it to two finals, finishing fourth in the 400 meters (53.95) and returning an hour later to taking sixth in the 60 meters (7.46, after a PR 7.39 in the semi- final). Other New Englanders with top 6 finishes were Sarah Hahn (New Balance) 5th in the 3000, 9:17.07 and Yasheika Taylor (Reebok Boston), 6th in the 800 at 2:07.98. The Greater Boston TC was fifth in both the men's and women's Distance Medley Relay. See the USATF Website for results and story.


NEW ENGLAND HS and USA CHAMP'S
RUN THIS WEEKEND


        Feb 26 -- The New England High School Championships take place at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston on Friday evening, beginning at 6 p.m.
        The USATF Nationals run on Friday and Saturday at the New York City Armory. See the USATF Website for entrants and results.


HUSKIES BEST IN SHOW AT COLLEGIATE CHAMP'S

        Feb 22-23 -- The Connecticut Huskies won both the men's and women's New England collegiate championships this past weekend; Northeastern's Huskies were runner-up in both meets. Results can be found for both meets at the B.U. webpage .


CHISUM PICKED FOR WORLD 1/2 MARATHON

        Feb 22 -- Kristin Chisum (Reebok Boston/Wayland MA) was an early selection to run for the USA at the World 1/2 Marathon Championship on May 5 in Brussels, Belgium. She'll be joined by Milena Glusac, Sylvia Mosqueda, and two others to be determined after the selection window ends on March 17. The three named runners, among the country's top at the distance, were selected early to enable them to focus on their preparation.


NE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

NE Indoor Championship. Photos by Stanley Hu         Feb 17 -- Nearly 500 competitors took to Harvard's Gorden Track for the 2002 USATF-NE Indoor Championship on Sunday. NE athletes Yasheka Taylor (Reebok Boston), Sarah Hann (New Balance), and Joanne Dow (adidas) achieved National qualifying standards in the 800, mile, and 3000 racewalk, respectively. Greater Boston TC won both the men's and women's team titles. Full results (updated Feb 18) at the track page. And, check out pictures by Stanley Hu .


CICERO WINS JUNIOR XC
Three from NE Make US Team


        Feb 9-10 -- Boston College freshman Maria Cicero won the USA Junior XC Championship at the USA Winter National Cross Country Championship meet. The meet also served as the trials races for the World Championships held in Dublin IRE March 23-24. This is Cicero's first US team, and her win is the second for a Boston College runner as Shannon Smith won in 1997. Two New Englanders made the USA women's team by virtue of their top 6 finishes. Amy Rudloph (adidas/Providence RI) made the women's 8K team with a 6th place in the race won by Deena Drossin. In the 4K race, Sarah Hann (New Balance/Northfield NH) also earned her first USA uniform, taking a strong fourth place in 13:20 behind winner Regina Jacobs' 12:55. Hann was also twelfth in the 8K. For the men, top rooted local was Matt Downin, Pinkerton Academy (NH) alum, who made his 2nd team by finishing fourth in the men's 12K.
        Full results can be found at www.usatf.org


CHISUM CLOCKS U.S. LEADER

        Feb 9 -- Kristen Chisum (New Balance/Wayland MA) ran 15:45.72 in the 5000 meters at the Boston U. Valentine Meet, the leading time in the US this indoor season. Full results at the B.U. Track page


WHIRLAWAY DOES IT AGAIN - RELAY RECORD

Whirlaway Racing Team: Cooney, Hammond, Martyn and Fram         Feb 9 -- Whirlaway Racing Team lowered their own US and World best 4 x 1600 relay time with a 17:44.x clocking at the Boston U Valentine Meet on Saturday. Carrying the baton was the same quartet of Mike Cooney (4:27.33), Paul Hammond (4:27.33), Doug Martyn (4:22.82), and Craig Fram (4:26.87). Check photos by Jim Rhoades of CoolRunning.


DONAIS, GESSEL 1-2 in MILLROSE HS MILE

        Feb 4 -- Melissa Donais (Bradford MA) and Liz Gessel (Manchester NH) went 1-2 in the high school mile at Friday's Verizon Millrose Games. Donais' time of 4:53.90 is the top HS time in the country this season; she is a senior at Philips Andover Academy. Gessel, from Manchester Central, ran 4:57.80. Completing a NE states sweep and also under 5:00 was Megan Owen of Danielson CT in 4:59.10. On the field, Anna Norgren-Mahon of Conneticut, UVermont grad and USATF-NE Indoor championship meet record holder, was less than 3 inches shy of the world best in the women's 20 lb weight throw with a toss of 77' 3.75".



FORMER NE RUNNER ANDY PALMER DIES

        Feb 4 -- Dr. Andy Palmer, former local resident and top marathoner in the 1980's, died Sunday at age 46. He was on a training run and suffered cardiac arrest. Palmer, who had been setting up a training facility in North Carolina. The Maine native and two time Olympic Trials qualifier was the winner of the BostonFest Marathon in 1983.


3 AMERICAN RECORDS AT adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES

Regina Jacobs on her way to claim the 2 Mile American Record at the Boston Indoor Games. Photo by Stanley Hu.         January 28 -- The sixth annual adidas Boston Indoor Games thrilled a full house by breaking three long-standing US records at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Sunday. In the first new mark, Tim Broe raced the 3000 in 7:39.23, breaking a 21 year old mark set by Steve Scott. Then, Regina Jacobs lowered the old US and World 2 mile best to 9:23.38, almost five seconds better than Lynn Jennings mark from 1986; she'd set two other US records in prior editions of this meet. Finally, David Krummenacker took down a 12 year old standard in the 1000 meters, coming from way behind to win in 2:17.85. Those were just the beginning of the world class performances recorded at the meet. Boston English HS alum Said Ahmed, now a freshman at Arkansas, helped his team to a quick time and the distance medley win with a 1:50.10 leg in the 800, and Jonathon Riley set a PR in the 3000 with a 7:46.84 in third.
Go to www.globalathletics.com to see the full results and pictures! And, the meet will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

WORLD CLASS FIELD ON TAP FOR adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES

        Jan. 21 -- At least 20 Olympic or World Championship medalists will be in town this Sunday for the adidas Boston Indoor Games, the first stop on the 2002 Indoor USA Track & Field Golden Spike Tour. The meet (formerly known as the New Balance Invitational) will begin at 4 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston.
        "In the seven years we've been putting on this meet, we've always prided ourselves in attracting many of the best indoor-track athletes from all over the world," said meet director Mark Wetmore of Global Athletics and Marketing. "Being in Boston, we're also lucky that some of the best live right in our backyard."
        Among those with Boston-area ties expected to compete are Jonathon Riley, the reigning NCAA 5000-meter outdoor champion from Stanford (Brookline); Andy Powell, who will be part of Stanford's distance medley relay; (Easton); and Calvin Davis, the surprise 1996 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400-meter hurdles (Dorchester). Other National stars will include Nick Hysong, 2000 gold medalist in the pole vault, and world silver medalist Regina Jacobs, who broke the American indoor 1000-meter record here in 2000.
        Besides a chance to see the kickoff of the Golden Spike Tour, a four-meet series that will culminate in the 2002 US Indoor Track & Field Championships in New York City on March 1-2, one lucky ticket-holder will also win a three-night stay in the Bahamas plus two round-trip air tickets from Boston, courtesy of USAirways.
        For tickets and more information, see www.globalathletics.com.


GR.BOSTON TC INVITE RESULTS

        Jan 21 -- Results from Sunday's Greater Boston TC Invitational can be found at www.gbtc.org. Ten performances acheived US National standards, and Anna Norgren threw the weight 72', third best US athlete ever.


RECORDS AT BROWN / NE MASTERS MEET

        Jan 13 -- The Brown / USATF-NE Master Meet returned to the schedule last Sunday after almost a decade of inactivity. Scheduling based on facility availability put it two days after Dartmouth Relays, and a number of athletes did double duty. However, the first major winter storm of the season kept attendance smaller than expected. Still, there was some good competition, particularly in the throws where three US records were set. Oneitha Davis of NY (W40) set two marks, 13.97m(45'10") in the shot put, and 16.79m/55'1" in the 20 lb weight. Ray Feick (M70) of CT threw the 16 lb weight 14.64m/48'1/2" (and 14.56m). The meet should again be a regular part of the schedule, thanks to the efforts of the RI T&F Foundation, Brown U., and coach emeritus Bob Rothenberg. Results will be available Tuesday evening at the track page.


WHIRLAWAY RELAYS MASTERS BEST

        Jan 5 -- Whirlaway Racing Team carried the baton to World and US best times at the 2nd annual Lou's 4 x 1600 relay at Boston University on Saturday. Their 17:51.3 is intrinsically better than the 18:01. for 4 x 1 mile that the Reebok Aggies of California ran outdoors last August to set a new world and US masters best. Combining for the effort were Mike Cooney (4:28.9), Paul Hammond (4:28.2), Doug Martyn (4:27.8), and Craig Fram (4:26.4). Whirlaway was third overall as Reebok Boston took the top 2 places (17:20.3 and 17:22.2) among 16 total teams.


GARCIA TAKES FINAL 2001 NATIONAL

        Dec 29 -- Jim Garcia (Westford MA/CMS) won the last USATF National Championship of 2001, taking the 50K Trail Run in Huntington IN on Saturday. Close to 300 lined up for the HUFF 50K, run in sub freezing temperatures. The 7 time USA ultra team member came back from a minute deficit in the last of 3 loops (10.8 miles each) to win in 3:39:09, over a minute ahead of his nearest rival.


OTTO ESSIG DIES

        Dec 27 -- Otto Essig, 95, of Westfield died Friday after a long illness. Founder and president of Berkshire Industries of Westfield after immigrating to the US in 1929, he attained the world record for his age (69) in the mile (5:54.2), the 3 mile (19:31), and the one-hour run, all in 1983. He may be best remembered for supporting masters road running as it grew thirty years ago, hosting a highly successful 10K in Westfield which drew hundreds of masters runners from all over the nation. The USATF award for outstanding contributions to Masters road running is named for him. He is survived by his wife of 53 years and a son.


NE INDOOR CHAMP'S at HARVARD FEB. 17
MASTERS AT BROWN ON JAN.13


        Dec 27 -- The USATF-NE Championship meet will be held at Harvard University on Sunday, February 17, from noon to 4. We are fortunate to obtain the use of the spacious track and newly resurfaced infield which should produce quality results. The Harvard track team is the co-host.
        The NE Masters meet, the first in many years, will be held at Brown University on January 13. Entry forms can be found at the track page.


Irish American Track Club Seeks Coach
Dec 26

The Irish American Track Club (IATC) seeks a new coach. The 21 year old, 140 member running club has 25 to 35 of our members participate in weekly practices. We are diverse in age, abilities, goals and the types of running we pursue. Our coach will plan and structure club practices to meet the needs of the participants. Practices are held Tuesday nights at the Tufts University indoor or outdoor track. He or she will advise individual runners as they prepare to run their events.
        We seek an outgoing, knowledgeable and inspirational coach. Our coach will work with IATC leadership to attract new membership, to prepare for grand prix and relay events and to run annual indoor and outdoor track and cross-country meets for club members. We are an equal opportunity employer. Submit resume and references to Stephen Viegas, President at sgviegas@cs.com, by mail to him at 16 John St, Reading, MA 01867. (Phone by request from the USATF-NE).




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