adidas BOSTON RACES BEST IN THE COUNTRY
February 1, 2004
Some of the World's best took to the Reggie Lewis Track at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games and gave the sell-out crowd plenty to cheer for. While there were no World or American records set for the first time in many years, the 2004 edition did produce the best performances ever run in the US in three events.
Crowd favorite Halie Gebreselassie, considered the best runner ever and holder of 17 World Records, made a valiant attempt at the World best in the 3000. He passed the mile mark in 4:00 and clocked 7:35.24; he owns 8 of the top 10 times ever. His Ethiopian compatriots took charge of the women's 5000 and wound up with four of the top 10 times ever for the event. Leading the foursome - all of whom were under 15:00 for the 25 laps - was double world junior gold medalist Meseret Defar at 14:53.19, followed by world 5000 meter champion Tirunesh Dibaba and two time Olympic gold medal winner Deratu Tulu. Osmar dos Santos' 1:15.90 in the 600 meter was the fifth fastest time ever; all three of the preceding performances are now the best run on US soil. Gail Devers ran a world leading time in the hurdles, and Salem's Jen Toomey now has the top 2 US times for the season after her convincing win in the 800.
A tip of the hat to the staff of Global Athletics and at the Reggie Lewis Center for providing World Class Track to the region. The meet summary and full results can be found at the adidas Boston Indoor Games website.
USA NATIONALS TICKETS ON SALE
February 1, 2004
Tickets for the USA Indoor Nationals - February 27-29 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center - are on sale at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, as well as online at USATF National website. There is a discount for members of USATF.
adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES ON TAP
January 26, 2004
Halie Gebreselassie, Stacy Dragila, David Krummenacker - Champions - record setters - Track & Field News cover subjects - and competing in Boston this weekend! This trio is just the beginning of the list of athletes slated to compete at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games.
The meet begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs til 8:00 p.m., with several World Record attempts in the works. The meet will also be televised live on ESPN2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Limited tickets still available. For tickets, and to read all the releases and start lists, check the website.
MORE WEEKEND TRACK ACTION
January 26, 2004
A busy weekend for track fans as the NU Husky Collegiate Invitational runs at Reggie Lewis Center on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Friday eve and all day Saturday, there will be elite action at the Boston U Terrier Invitational; women's distance races and field on Friday, the rest on Saturday. The Mass. HS Coaches Association meets for Girls (Sat) and Boys (Sun) run at the Reggie Lewis Center as well. Get out this weekend and watch a meet!
MIT YOUTH MEET ADDED TO SCHEDULE
January 26, 2004
A youth meet for ages 16 and under will run on Sunday February 8 at M.I.T. in Cambridge MA. 55 through the mile, and the long jump are contested in 2 year age groups. Day of event entry beginning at 12:00; email for entry.
TOOMEY NAMED USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
January 19, 2004
In recognition of her world-leading time in the 800 meters run at last weekend's Greater Boston TC Invitational, Jen Toomey (Salem MA/Nike) was named USA Track & Field "Athlete of the Week". Read the release at USATF Website.
US LEADING PEFORMANCES AT GBTC INVITATIONAL
January 18, 2004
A pair of local athletes turned in the best USA performance - and among the tops in the world - in their event for 2004 at Sunday's Greater Boston Track Club Invitational at Harvad on Sunday. Jen Toomey (Salem MA), ran alone from the gun to clock 2:00.34 for 800 meters; the Nike runner was number 2 at the distance outdoors in the US in 2003. In the throws circle, Anna Norgren (Orange CT) tossed the 20 lb weight 75' 10 1/4", the longest ever in New England; she was ranked 7th in the World in the hammer for 2003!
On the men's side, Craig Fram (Whirlaway / Plaistow NH), recently turned 45, took a shot at that masters age group record and he came away with a new standard of 8:39.74, just 3 seconds of the world best. He also owns the 40-44 record. Full results are at the GBTC Website with great photos by Stanley Hu/AccelPhoto.com at photoreflect.com.
YOUTH MEETS ADDED IN PROVIDENCE
January 18, 2004
The Providence Cobras announced that they will host fur youth meets at Moses Brown School in Providence. For youth age 14 and under, the dates are January 25, February 1, February 15, and March 7 from 12-3. Events will include the 50, 300, 600, 1000, 1500, and 4 x 1 lap relay. Entry fee is $2, day of meet only. See our Links page under clubs for contact info.
NE MASTERS MEET HELD AT BROWN
January 11, 2004
A small but enthusiastic field contested a full slate of events at the Brown Masters/USATF-NE Championships on Sunday in Providence. Thanks to meet director Bob Rothenberg and the Brown University staff. Full Results.
DOW GETS OLYMPIC "A" STANDARD
January 11, 2004
Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) attained the Olympic Games "A" time standard in the 20K racewalk this past weekend in winning an invitational 20K walk held in conjunction with the USA 30K Championships in Chula Vista CA. Dow's time of 1:32:54 is the fourth best time ever walked by a US women behind the US record of 1:31:51. She is currently the only American to have the "A" time leading up to the 2004 Olympic Games.
MASTERS RECORD AT LOU'S 4x1600
January 4, 2004
Lou's 4 x 1600 relay has become a winter tradition in New England, and has produced several masters records in its first three years. Year 4 was no exception, as a pair of M60 squads took aim at the 24:55.7 World and US mark set by Gate City Striders in 2001.
After four legs and several lead changes, Wolfpit RC of Connecticut took the measure of the Moose Milers and Marathoners, 23:09.83 to 23:21.52; both teams broke the old mark set by Gate City Striders in this race in 2001.
They weren't evenly split, but the Wolfpit did have the fastest two legs - anchorman 61 yr old Armenio Ferreria of Rhode Island with a 5:19 and 2nd leg Bill Borla, 63, clocking 5:20. Moose Milers' leadoff lege, Bill Spencer, was on the previous record holding GCS team.
Overall winner was the Lynx/Stars foursome in 17:49.53. Fastest leg time was 4:23 by Lynx's Harry Norton and Reebok Boston's Eric Sherry. Click for the full results; 10 teams took part.
LOCAL OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR 2004 NATIONAL EVENTS
The USATF National Officials Committee announced selection of officials for the three major USA championships in 2004, and a number of New England officials will be working these prestigious meets.
Selected among the 70 or so officials to work the USA Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston February 27-29 are Laurie Boemker (RI-lap scorer), Joe Bullock (MA-shot put), Jerry Cantor (NE-shot put - head), Dave Cook (NH-marshall), Tom Knatt (MA-racewalk), Justin Kuo (MA-Automatic Timing / racewalk), Jim McCollum (MA-marshall), Jim McGloin (MA-high jump), Bob Muldoon (MA-finish line), Dave Post (MA-implement inspection), and Jim Wilcox (MA-clerk), and as an alternate, Elise Von Housen (RI-clerk)
Picked to work this summer's Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Laurie Boemker (RI-technical official), Jerry Cantor (NH -shot put), Pat Lavelle (MA-hammer), Jim McGloin (MA-field lynx), Lance Turley (NH-marshall, hammer), and Jim Wilcox (MA-clerk), with Tom Knatt (MA-racewalk) as an alternate. Picked for the US Junior Nationals in Buffalo in June were Joe Bullock (hammer) and Justin Kuo (automatic timing), with Paul Croft as an alternate (discus)
When selecting officials for these events, the national committee takes into account, among other things, an officials' skill level, assignments outside their home area, range of events worked, and service at the local level at events such as developement, youth, and masters meets. All officials must have National or Master level certification. To find out how to become a certified official, check the New England and National officials pages.
HAILE GEBRSELASSIE TO COMPETE
AT adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
Two-time Olympic gold medalist at 10,000 meters Haile Gebrselassie, widely considered the greatest long distance runner of all time, will compete at the adidas Boston Indoor Games on January 31 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. It will be the first time in eight years the legendary Ethiopian has competed in the United States.
"We are honored that the best track athlete in history will be on the starting line for the adidas Boston Indoor Games," said meet director Mark Wetmore, president of Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc. "We expect sports fans from around the country will be making their travel arrangements for the rare opportunity to watch this superstar perform in person."
Gebrselassie holds the World Record at both 10,000 (26:22.75) and 5000 (12:39.36) on the track, 10K (27:02) on the roads, and is a nine-time World Champion. His only other races in the United States have been the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he won gold, and the 1992 World Cross Country Championships in Boston, where he was second in the Junior race.
The meet runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 6-7 p.m. It will again be the first stop on USA Track & Field's Indoor Golden Spike Tour, which concludes February 27-29 with the USA Championships back at the Reggie Lewis Track. Tickets are available on-line at www. BostonIndoorGames.com or by calling 617-536-7030.
USA NATIONALS AT REGGIE LEWIS FEBRUARY 27-29, 2004
Will also return in 2005-2006-2007
The country's top athletes return to Boston this winter at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 27-28-29 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Friday's events will include the weight throw and trials in the sprint and hurdles. Saturday and Sunday share additional qualifying rounds and finals. The event is the qualifying meet for the IAAF World Indoor Championship.
The meet was a sell-out last year. Ticket information - there is a $5 discount for 2004 USATF members - can be found at the USATF Meet Website
YOUTH CLUBS BRING HOME JUNIOR OLYMPIC HONORS
The youth cross country season wrapped up at the National Junior Olympic meet on Saturday, and local clubs recorded good performances in the rarified air of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jared Garfield of Nashua PAL topped placings by locals with a fifth in the Midget Boys 3000 meters. Drew Morrissey (Quincy TC, 11th) and William Zile (North Kingstown Rec, 12th) were close behind. Other runners making a top 15 finish included Mike Meehan (Sentinel Striders, Young Men, fifth), Laura Brady (PAL, Intermediate Girls, 11th), Stephanie Lombardi (Sentinel Striders, Intermediate Girls, 12th), Nadia Kern (Waltham TC, Bantam Girls, 14th), and Nicole Slane (Nashua PAL, Youth Girls, 15th).
Best club showing was in the Midget Boys division, where North Kingstown Rec (136 points) took the team bronze medals, just ahead of Nashua PAL (4th, 139), and Quincy TC (5th, 152). Nashua also had fifths in the Midget Girls and Youth Girls races. In the Young Men and Young Women groups, Rhode Island's Sentinel Striders took third placed in each. Most other NE teams scored in the upper half of the race fields.
Full results are posted at the usatf.org events page.
FOOTLOCKER FINALISTS CLOSE XC CAMPAIGN
Six scholastic runners from the New England states were among the select 32 runner fields at the 25th annual Footlocker Scholastic Cross Country Championship on Saturday in San Diego CA. The boys finished in almost the same order as they did in the Northeast qualifying race in November with the fifth place finish of Ben True (Greely HS, ME) leading the locals, followed closely by Massachusetts champion Victor Gras (Belmont) in ninth. Backing them were Cory Thorne (Portsmouth NH - 17th), and Ahmed Haji (Conard, CT - 21st).
Lindsey Donaldson (Lincoln Sudbury MA) was the sole New Englander girl in the 32 runner field, finishing mid-pack in 16th.
Full results with photos and a variety of stories are at the country's top scholastic track and cross country website, DyeStat.com.
NEW ENGLAND RETURNS FROM USATF CONVENTION WITH AWARDS AND HONORS
Local individuals received honors and local events were awarded the right to host national championships at the USATF National Annual Meeting / Convention in Greensboro NC last week.
A number of athletes earned the year's top honors in their events:
- Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) took home the Captain Ron Zinn Memorial Award as outstanding female race walker.
- Paul Low (Amherst MA/CMS) is the 2003 Mountain Runner of the Year
- Bob Winn (Ogunquit ME/Gr.Lowell RR) is the Masters Runner of the Year for cross country
- Larry Patz (Contoocook NH), a long time statistician, was the choice for Masters Track Administrator of the Year.
- Bill Rodgers (Sherborn MA), despite breaking his leg in the fall, was dominant enough to be named top Masters Road Runner in the 55-59 age group.
In other news, USATF-NE officials co-chair Laurie Boemker was advanced to one of the few National Technical Official positions in the country, Mike Scott (Newport RI) was named team leader for the 2004 USA team at the world cross country championships, and USATF-NE Managing Director Steve Vaitones was elected vice-chair of the national Race Walking Committee. Officials for the US Indoor Nationals and Olympic Trials were picked, but will be announced after notifying the officials.
A number of prestigious National Championship events will be held in the region in the coming years.
- At the top of the list, the USA Indoor National Championships will return to the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center for three more years, 2005, 2006, and 2007.
- The USA Men's 5K Road Championship will run at the cvs/Downtown 5K in Providence through 2006.
- The 2005 USA Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships return to Bryant College in Smithfield RI; it was held there in 1993.
- The 2006 USA Masters National Indoor Track Championships comes back the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, hosted by the association
- The 2004 USA 15-kilometer Race Walk Championships for all divisions will take place in Lincoln RI in conjunction with the Rhody 5K on June 13.
The USATF-New England delegation endured a number of delays in their return from the south - which wasn't all that much warmer but far less snowier. Get more details at the USATF site.
BAA WOMEN 2nd AT FALL NATIONAL XC
Winn wins masters
The Boston Athletic Association earned silver medal honors at the USA Fall National Cross Country and Club Championships, while just-named master runner of the year Bob Winn (Gr.Lowell RR) won the masters race held at Bryan Park in Greensboro North Carolina.
A number of teams from the northeast got to the starting line shorthanded because of the snowstorm-induced cancelled flights; worst hit were Greater Lowell which was one runner shy of scoring on both their M40 and M50 teams, and Liberty AC's 60+ team never made it. Yet local squads performed well over the rollercoaster 2 mile loop run on golf course fairways.
The women's 6K race had a local feel up front, as places 2-5 were top finishers at Boston's Mayor's Cup event in October; MC winner Kate O'Neill (2nd, 20:01) was outkicked in the homestretch by NCAA Division III champ Missy Butry (19:59). The BAA scored 84 points behind the Farm Team's winning 40. Leading the charge for the Blue were Kim Thalmann (Providence, 9th, 21:09) and Kristen Coogan (Hanover NH, 19th, 21:35) as all their scoreres were in the top 50. Kasie Wallace (27th, Athletics East/Huntington VT) was third New Englander in 21:51. Greater Boston TC placed 13th (330) of 15 clubs.
In the men's 10K, Mayor's Cup runner-up Alan Webb ran 30:13 and just edged Daniel Lincoln by less than a second, as the two had run much of the race together. The BAA was fourth with 133 points behind defending champs Hansons-Brooks, who scored 30. The Unicorn squad was led by Cain Williams (22nd, 31:31) John Mortimer (26th, 31:38), and Franklyn Sanchez (27th, 31:43), who were also top 3 local runners. Athletics East (15th, 430) and Greater Boston (20th, 557) also scored in the 23 team field.
Winn, just named the USA Masters cross country runner of the year, led the 10K from the gun and held off a fast closing pair of challengers by 2 seconds to take the overall win as well as the age 40-44 division gold with a time of 33:15. Also taking a division win (55-59) was GLRR teammate Bill Dixon (Brattleboro VT, 38:38).
The BAA was top local club in this race as well, the M40 team earning bronze medals with a 5 man time of 2:59:19. They were led by John Noland (Kingston MA, 35:14) and Ken Leinbach (Belmont MA, 35:17).
Greater Springfield's Carol L'Esperance (Holyoke MA) matched the men, winning the Women 50-54 division in 45:30, the sole New England women to compete.
Full results are posted at www.usatf.org, but the stories of return trips, cancelled flights, and Amtrak adventures need to be tracked down first hand.
USATF NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WEEK
The USATF National Annual Meeting / Convention will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina this week. The New England association will have 14 delegates (mostly at their own expense) covering a variety of meetings on the sport's programs, administration, rules. A number of future championship sites and dates will be awarded, and a variety of awards will be presented to athletes and contributors. The week will end with the Fall National Cross Country Championships, where several local clubs have teams entered.
We'll post a summary of what will effect the local scene upon return. There will be daily updates at the USATF site.
NEW ENGLANDERS QUALIFY FOR FOOTLOCKER FINALS
Placing in the top 8 at Saturday's Northeast qualifying race, Massachusetts state XC champs Victor Gras (Belmont MA) and Lindsey Donaldson will lead a strong contingent of New Englanders to the elite 32 runner fields at the Footlocker Scholastic Cross Country Championships in San Diego in two weeks.
Gras (2nd) was just a few steps behind Maine's Ben True in the boys' race were five NE states runners made the cut. Following them were Gavin Coombs (CT - 3rd), Cory Thorne (Portsmouth NH - 5th), and Ahmed Haji (CT - 8th), as the elite 8 were within 8 seconds of each other. Donaldson (Lincoln MA) was the only girl to qualify from the six state region.
Complete results can be found at the Footlocker website.
New Englanders Rule
Region 1 Junior Olympic XC
Van Cortlandt Park NYC
New England teams won 17 of 29 possible National Championship team qualifying positions, and had five individual champions at the Junior Olympic Region I Championship in New York City.
Half of the individual winners were from the association; Ryan Cooney (Lynx, Bantam), William Zile (N.Kingstown, Midget), Thomas Webb (No.Kingstown, Intermediate) Stephanie Lombardi (Sentinel Striders, Intermediate Girls), and Amber Sayer (Gr.Springfield, Young Women).
Team-wise there were eight division winners, as well as New England club sweeps in three divisions. Team champions included Nashua PAL (Bantam Boys, Midget Girls), Quincy TC (Midget Boys), Bay State Bullets (Youth Boys), Sentinel Striders (Young Men, Intermediate Girls, Young Women), and North Kingstown Rec (Youth Girls).
The top 3 teams and individuals in the top 20 qualified for the December 13 Nationals in Albuquerque New Mexico. Results are posted at the Cross Country page.
FLANAGAN REPEATS XC WIN
NEW ENGLAND DOMINATES DIV 3
Former Massachusetts schoolgirl champion Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead MA, a senior at the University of North Carolina repeated as NCAA Division I Collegiate cross country champion with a 12 second win over Kim Smith of Providence at the University of Northern Iowa on Monday. Flanagan led her UNC team to eighth place. Smith combined with teammate Mary Cullen (5th) to lead Providence to the bronze medal spot on the podium. Stanford freshman Arianna Lambie of Harvard MA was 23rd and a scorer for the team champions from Stanford
In the men's race, Providence had an unusual off-day, placing 24th as the only New England representative; top local men's runner was Jeff Gaudette of Brown in 38th, 30:14.5.
For photos, check www.prettysporty.com
Saturday's Division III championships in Indiana found New England squads simply dominating the women's team rankings. Middlebury won their second title in three years with 135, and NE schools took three of the next four spots; Trinity (CT) (second, 174), Williams (fourth, 206), and Amherst (fifth) 225 gave impressive performances. For good measure, Bowdoin College was 19th, with 392. Junior Carter Hamill of Amherst was 4th to pace the locals. men's teams were also strong, with Williams placing 6th with 220, Keene State (8th, 279), Tufts (11th, 298) and Amherst (24th, 575). Calvin College (MI) won with 48. Williams soph Neal Holtschulte placed 6th.
In the Division II meet in North Carolina on Saturday, U.Mass Lowell men were 10th, and Stonehill's women scored the same ranking . Mario Fraioli (Stonehill, 32, 32:18.10) and Paula Klepadlo (Bryant College, 11, 21:47.2) were top New Englanders.
Full results of all three divisions are at ncaasports. com.
CARMEAN WINS PHILIDELPHIA MARATHON,
QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
Two time New England Grand Prix Champion Seana Carmean (Amherst MA/MVS) took the lead in the final mile and held on for a 5 second victory at the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. Her time of 2:45:05 gave her a scant five second margin of victory, but more importantly, she became the seventh member of the Merrimack Valley Striders to qualify for next year's US Olympic Trials in the marathon. The Trials will be held in April 2004 in St.Louis. Congratulations
KIMBALL LEADS USA 100K TEAM
November 16, Taiwan
Central Mass. Strider runner Nikki Kimball (Elizabethtown NY) led the American women's team to a fourth place finish at the International Association of Ultrarunners World Cup 100K Race in Tainan County, Taiwan. A past international competitor in the World Mountain Cup race, Kimball turned in an eighth-place finish in 8 hours 51 minutes, 35 seconds for the 62.2 miles. American women were also ninth and 13th. CMS club teammmate Dan Verrington ( Bradford MA) ran on the men's squad but was forced to drop out after halfway point due to cramping and dehydration.
GREAT DAY FOR JUNIOR OLYMPIC
CROSS COUNTRY AT FREESTYLE FARM
Amherst NH, November 16
The USATF New England Olympic Cross Country Championship drew 622 young entrants to Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH for a day of racing on Sunday.
The Amherst NH Track Club proved an able host on a crisp fall day. The "country" part of cross country was in evidence, as race headquarters was in the barn, horses pranced through fields, and some spectators narrowly missed colision with large deer crossing through the course during the first race.
The ten team titles were split among Nashua PAL (NH - 6 wins), North Kingstown Rec (RI - 2 wins), and Sentinel Striders (RI - 2 wins). The top 3 teams and individual finishers in the top 25 qualified for the Region I meet next week at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.
The results of the Boys and Girls can be found by clicking here. Please report any corrections to us; with over 250 day of event entries, some results were slow in being posted, and we apologize.
KELLY, O'NEILL DOUBLEY GOOD AT
CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Franklin Park, November 9
Keith Kelly and Kate O'Neill (Nike/New Haven CT) had no problems with a few extra kilometers as both doubled back from their Mayor's Cup victories two weeks earlier to take the individual wins at Sunday's USATF New England Cross Country Championships.
Kelly again led from the opening dash across Playsted Field to the tape of the just-under-10K route, clocking 29:07, ninth best on the course, with only performances at the 1995 and 2000 USA Nationals bettering his time. O'Neill's 20:11 gave her just a two second margin on Ann McGranahan (ZapFitness/North Carolina) over the 6K circuit. Defending champion Kristin Chisum scored the New England gold medal in third, 20:37.
Reebok Boston squeeked by the B.A.A. for the men's team win, 33-37, while the results were reversed in the women's scoring, 21-57 in favor of the Unicorn squad.
Mike Payson (Dirigo RC) ran to his club's first ever cross country championship medal, dominating the masters 8K over 2002 champ Bob Winn (Gr.Lowell RR), and the BAA had a three point 47-50 win over Greater Lowell. Among those over 50, Vermonter Keith Woodward set the pace with a impressive 27:33 and his Green Mountain AA teammates backed him to earn divisional team gold. Led by Dave Pember, Moose Milers took the 60+ hardware, also their first ever title. Sue LaChance (CSU) moved up a step to gold in the women's 40+ division, with the Green Mountain AA winning the women's division for the first time ever. Carol L'Esperance won the 50+ division and led her Greater Springfield Harrier trio to the team win.
Results posted on the cross country page.
Following the championships, the NCAA Division II Regional Qualifying meet featured spirited racing with U.Mass.Lowell and Stonehill advancing both men's and women's teams to the Nationals in two weeks, with Bently College also securing a men's berth.
JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY TO RUN AT
AMHERST NH on NOVEMBER 16
The USATF New England Olympic Cross Country Championship meet will take place on Sunday, November 16, at Freestyle Farm in Amherst NH.
A privately owned equestrian site, the farm will host the meet for the first time. Located about 20 minutes northwest of Nashua, the farm has a grass start/finish field and runs on groomed, well-drained, 12 foot wide dirt riding paths. It is hilly but fair, and as youth chair Lance Turley notes, it will put the "country" back in cross country!
Working on the meet organization will be George Bower and the Amherst NH Track Club. The club has conducted several meets there, and runners of all ages can try it out at their all-comers race on October 19.
The New England entry form and information flyer will be available to print at www.usatfne.org/jo. The national pass-through application will be used as the entry form this year.
The top 3 teams and individual finishers in the top 25 qualify for the Region I meet.
The Region I Championship - the National qualifier - will run at historic Van Cortlandt Park in New York City on Sunday, November 23. Qualifying for Nationals is the same process - top 3 teams and individuals in the top 25 at the Regionals. (See the meet site.)
Junior Olympics is a USATF youth program open to with no qualifying standards; competition is held in two year age groups - based on year of birth - from 10 and under to age 17-18.
2004 GRAND PRIX SERIES SELECTED
The CompassBank Cape Cod Marathon (Falmouth MA, October 26, 2004) leads the seven races in the 2004 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix. Seleceted for the seventeenth year, the race will be hold its 27th running next year; for the second year in a row, the series will run at least one race in each of the NE association states.
Joining the marathon as repeat races from 2003 are the Rhody 5K (Lincoln RI, June 13) and the Stowe 8 Miler (Stowe VT, July 18). Returning to the circuit after one or more years away are the New Bedford Half Marathon (New Bedford MA, March 21) and the Bedford Rotary 12K (Bedford NH, May 22). The New Bedford Half will also double as the USA National Masters Championship at the distance.
Two first time races will be added to the circuit for 2004; the Ollie / McCourt Classic 5 Mile (South Boston, October 3) and the Whirlaway 10K (Methuen MA, June 27). Fourteen races submitted bids to host a 2004 championship, and nearly 100 voters attended the meeting, the largest turnout ever.
SELECTION MEETING FOR 2004 GRAND PRIX
Monday, November 3
The selection meeting for the 2004 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held on Monday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Rt 30, Newton MA. It is right at the intersection of Rt.30 and Rt.125/95, near the Mass. Turnpike exit.
Voting is open to members of USATF-New England members as of October 31.
2003 GRAND PRIX SERIES CONCLUDED
Cape Cod Marathon Completes Scoring
The Cape Cod Marathon brought down the curtin on the 2003 USATF-NE Grand Prix series, with final scores totaled for individual and team champions and many divisions coming down to that final race. In the open division, Whirlaway Racing Team came from four points down to catch the B.A.A. and the two will share the men's title, while the Merrimack Valley Striders repeated as women's open champions. Whirlaway also doubled up as masters champs for both men and women, while Central Mass Striders took the three oldest divisions - M50, M60, and W50.
Individually, Seana Carmean (MVS/Amherst MA) became the first individual woman to repeat, while David Hinga (Whirlaway/Worcester) finally won the men's division after several close finishes. Neither open winner contested the marathon, but it took the 26.2 miles to decide the masters champions; Ironrunners Doug Martyn (WRT/N.Andover MA) and Dan Verrington (CMS/Bradford MA) wound up with 59 points apiece after 7 events, and Nina Caron capped a stellar year with her sixth win of the circuit to take a second W40 win. Other individual winnes were Sue Maslowski (W50), Bob Ruel (M50), Jim Daley (M60) and Shelia Basque and Monique Robitaille (tie, W60).
This year, 51 competitors earned the "Ironrunner" award for completing all seven series events. Complete scores of all divisions can be found on the Grand Prix page.
BEAUCHESNE THREE-PEATS, CARON CRUISES
Cape Cod Marathon NE Championship
October 26, Famouth MA
Eric Beauchesne (Chelmsford MA/Gr.Lowell RR) and Nina Caron (Andover MA/Merrimack Valley Striders) led the fields at Sunday's 26th running of the Cape Cod Marathon, the USATF-NE Championship at the distance.
The combination of a blustery day and rugged course met the approval of Beauchsene, a strength runner who became the first man to win the Falmouth circuit three times. The 2003 New England Runner Pub Series champ forged a margin of 2:41 over two-time winner Craig Fram (Whirlaway) during the second half of the race to take his third straight Cape gold. Fram, winner in 1996 and 1997, earned masters' honors.
Caron, who had earned a spot in next spring's Olympic Trials with a grand performance at the Chicago Marathon, ran comfortably and off the lead pace over the opening miles, wanting to perserve her GP series lead, but found herself feeling better with each mile and moved into the lead around 20 miles. Simonetta Piergentili (Whirlaway) stayed close, but could not run down the ace master runner before the end, their seven seconds difference being the closest finish in race history. After twelve straight NE masters championship wins dating back to 2002, Caron had skipped Rojack's in preparation for her Chicago race, then returned to the site of her first marathon just a year ago with the surprising result.
The individual runners-up led their Whirlaway Racing Team to the open team wins, and club completed a rare double by taking Masters team gold as well. The race concluded the seven race 2003 USATF New England Grand Prix series, and adding the marathon results to previous point totals found the BAA and Whirlaway as co-champions on the men's side, and Merrimack Valley Striders repeating as top women's club.
This was the sixteenth time that the race has served as the New England Championship; thanks for another fine job by director Courtney Bird and his staff. The meeting to select the 2004 series will be held on Monday, November 3.
TAKE TWO FOR KELLY, KATE O'NEILL TAKES FIRST
Mayor's Cup Cross Country
October 26, Franklin Park, Boston
Keith Kelly (New Balance/Brookline MA) left his competition behind after the first mile and cranked out the remaining miles alone into the wind to record his second straight Mayor's Cup title, while Kate O'Neill (Nike/New Haven CT) kicked to her first major post-collegiate win on Sunday at Franklin Park.
Kelly, who has been injury plagued over the past year, had won the NE 5K title in May before being shelved for much of the summer. Shadowed by his closest rivals in the first mile loop, he began pulling away over the next circuit of the course, and widened the gap to 36 seconds at the tape with a time of 23:19 was almost a half minute faster than 2002. Hoping to regain the peak fitness that won him the 2000 NCAA Championship, Kelly is looking ahead to earning a spot on the Irish Team at their National Championships on November 30. Alan Webb of Fairfax Virgina won the much closer battle for second, with John Mortimer (BAA) the first local finisher in 4th.
O'Neill's win came on the heals of her silver medal performance the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston two weeks earlier. The women's lead pack was tighter than the men's, and whittled down slowly until it became a two person race between O'Neill and Amy Rudolph, USA World XC team member out of Providence, around Playsted Field. A surge in the final 400 meters gave the 2003 Yale graduate and Milton MA native her first "pro" event win in 16:33, among the top 10 all-time at Franklin Park.
With an open 5K and nearly 300 youth in the two age 14-and-under races preceding the feature divisions, it was one of the largest of the 14 editions of the meet. Breaking the tape in the 1.1 mile Youth runs were Ashley Farnsworth (Lynx Elite, 6:22) and Ben Bramhall (5:43).
Both championship race team titles went to the host Boston Athletic Association, as team money went 5 deep. The meet was sponsored by adidas and the BAA, with support from the Boston Center for Families and Children and Boston Parks. A results link and event history will be found at the BAA Website.
Event pictures can be found at www.pixel-run.com. Next up are the New England open/masters XC championship at Franklin Park on November 9, and the Junior Olympic meet on November 16 in Amherst NH.
THE WEEK THAT WAS, AND WILL BE
A variety of notes from USATF-NE
Elva Dryer of New Mexico won the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston on Monday, the USA National Championship event at the distance. Top USATF-NE athlete was Kasie Enman (Burlington VT/Athetics East) in a personal beast 35:45. The Greater Lowell Roadrunners won the association team title.
The Mayor's Cup Cross Country runs on Sunday October 26 at Franklin Park. Events for youth, open runners, and high level runners. Plan on running on the historic course once this year! Find out about the event history and the entry info.
The Cape Cod Marathon, the Grand Prix series finale, also runs on October 26, with a 8:00 a.m. start in Falmouth MA. Most team and individual scoring titles are still up grabs. No day of event entry, so check out the website.
The Junior Olympic entry form is now available on the JO page.
MVS ADDS MORE OLY MARATHON TRIAL QUALIFIERS
New Englanders meet standards on busy marathon weekend
Last October, the Merrimack Valley Striders scored a hat-trick of USA Olympic Trial marathon qualifiers at the Chicago Marathon - Molly Taber, Susannah Landreth, and Jennifer Rapaport. This past weekend, Coach Fernando Braz added two more club runners' names to the start list for next April's women's trials race in St. Louis.
Saturday morning at the Hartford Marathon, Gina Braz-Rocha (Peabody MA) (and, yes, the coach's sister) finished fourth overall in 2:47:40. Braz, who doubles as one of the club's assistant coaches, ran her fastest mile split of the race in the final mile to better the magical 2:48:00.
On Sunday, the focus shifted to Chicago, where NE Grand Prix Masters leader Nina Caron (Andover MA) earned her ticket to the "Show Me State" by placing 25th overall in 2:45:07, and second master. Can any other local based club in the country boast five qualifiers (six if you add California based member Jill Gaitenby)?
The standings from Chi-town found several other New Englanders making the mark on both the men's and women's side. One place behind Caron, Mimi Fallon (BAA/Walpole MA) clocked 2:45:17 to qualify for her second Trials. In the men's results, Terrance Shea (BAA/Somerville MA) checked in at 41st place with a 2:21:54, 6 seconds clear of the Birmingham entry time, while Mass. native and Providence College alum Mike Donnelly, now in Portland OR, placed 19th in 2:17:49. Congratulations to all qualifiers!
UNICORNS LEAD CHARGE AT RO-JACKS
USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship
Rains came to the region a day earlier than forecast, and with Sunday's blue skies came the blue of the B.A.A. who dominated the men's and women's open results at the 13th Ro-Jack's Run, the New England 5 Mile Championship.
Behind overall winner James Mwai (Kenya), top New Englander was third placer John Mortimer of the B.A.A. in 23:50. Unicorn teammates filled in 4-5-9-10 overall to score the team win over Greater Lowell. Marie McMahon's win in 25:46 was among the race's fastest times ever. As she is a Connecticut resident, USATF-NE honors went to Greater Lowell's Stephanie O'Rielly, who crossed the line at 27:22. The B.A.A. had five finishers in the top 11 and totaled low time.
Doug Martyn, 10th overall, was first master, with his Whirlaway squad taking the men's as well as the women's masters team crowns. Third overall, Maria-Luisa Servin of Middleboro was top over-40 female. In the 50+ category, Greater Lowell teammates Phil Riley and Moira Durnin (Gr.Lowell) led their teams to wins as well.
The race was not without controversy, as the first finisher across the line was disqualified for interference in the final 400 meters. This year's was the last sponsored by Ro-Jacks; a corporate merger has made plans for 2004 uncertain, though those involved are optimistic about the race continuing.
Results and updated Grand Prix scoring can be found at the Grand Prix Page.
RUSSELL, PLISKA QUALIFY FOR OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIALS
New Englanders Blake Russell and Ken Pliska ran to Olympic Trials qualifying times this past weekend.
Russell, of Acton MA and representing New Balance, clocked 2:30:41 in winning the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St.Paul Minnesota. It was her first marathon, and importantly, become only the fifth US runner to better the Olympic Games "A" standard, the time required for a country to send as many as three runners to the Olympic Games. A few minutes ahead of her in the open results was husband John Russell, USATF-NE board member, who also debuted at the distance and recorded 2:28:03 in 21st. Reebok Boston's Brendan Prindiville completed his first 26.2 18th in 2:26:32, and MA HS / UMass Lowell product Dennis Simonaitis, now in Utah, was 14th, 5th master, and silver medalist in the USA National Masters championship run as part of the event).
Pliska traveled further west, to St.George Utah, for his qualifying time of 2:20:48 and became the first runner from Whirlaway Racing Team to achieve a berth in the Trials. The top local finisher at Boston this year, the Littleton MA resident finished second overall in the race which had 13 total OT qualifiers cover its downhill course.
Greater Boston TC Seeks Middle Distance Coach
The Greater Boston Track Club is seeking a middle distance coach for adult men and women. In recent years, they have won several USATF New England and National Team Championship titles and are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual to continue in this tradition. Coaching duties include supervising two track workouts per week as well as attending major track meets. A candidate must possess excellent interpersonal skills in addition to coaching experience at the high-school, collegiate or post-collegiate level. A modest annual stipend and reimbursements for travel and expenses are provided.
All interested candidates are encouraged to visit www.gbtc.org . The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of post-collegiate athletes.
New Englanders Shine at Mountain Running Cup
The Teva USA Mountain Running Team had one of its best showings at the World Mountain Running Trophy (WMRT) last weekend as both men's and women's teams turned in strong eighth-place finishes in Alaska. It was the first time the WMRT was held in the U.S. and only the second time the event was held outside of Europe.
Highlighting the weekend was the eighth-place individual finish from Anita Ortiz (Eagle, CO) amid a snowstorm in the senior women's 7.7K race up and down the 2,231-foot Mt. Alyeska on Saturday. Nikki Kimball (Central Mass Striders / Elizabethtown, NY), ran a strong race and finished 24th in 44:04, while new New England resident Kelli Lusk (Amherst MA) rounded out the scoring in 39th place in 46:05.
On the men's side, Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) was the top American runner in the 11.5K race for the second year in a row, as he wound up in 15th place. Bill Raitter of Estes Park, CO (29th, 55:49) ran a strong second for the U.S. team, and Low's CMS clubmate Eric Morse (Berlin VT) was third scorer in 60th in 58:26.
NE Mountain running chair Rich Bolt (CMS/Manchester NH) served as team leader and also placed third in the citizens' race over the same course. The 2003 Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team was chosen through a series of selection races and by the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Council. Sponsors
Visit www.wmrt2003.org for complete results and more information about the World Mountain Running Trophy event.
ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTED BY ELECTIONS AND GRAND PRIX CHANGE
About 60 people representing 24 clubs attended the 2003 USATF-New England annual meeting on Monday evening, September 15, at the Newton Marriott in Newton MA. Among other agenda items covered were elections for sports chairmen and athlete representatives, and a proposal for Grand Prix modifications.
Two new Sports Chairs and one new co-chair will be on board for the next year. John Mortimer, assistant coach at Boston College, takes over the Track and Field chair position, while Erin Cullinane (Gr.Boston TC/Cambridge MA) is the new women's LDR chair. Lee Hess (Merrimack Valley Striders/New Boston NH) will be a co-chair of masters track and field. The remaining positions stay with incumbents. In another election, Jon Russell (new balance/Acton MA) is a new athlete rep for the coming year. Fifteen delegates for December's National convention were selected, and Vice President Kathy Nary announced her resignation due to other activities, including being selected as the National Women's LDR Committee vice-chairman (congratulations for that appointment!).
A change for the coming year's Grand Prix series was presented by the Road Running Chairs. The proposal was to have only 2 required races in the 12K to 30K range (instead of 3) and have the seventh race come from a pool to include other mid-range distances, off-distances such as a road mile or cross country championships, or a second 'grand prix' race at the same distance as a championship. After lengthy and spirited discussion, the vote was in favor, and thus a 'wild card' race will now be up for selection beginning in the 2004 season (meeting is November 3).
Granite State Race Services owner Bob Teschek gave a presentation on "Chip" timing to better inform those in attendance of the technolgy behind it, the results it produces, and how race directors utilize this.
Check on the meeting minutes which will be available by the end of the week.
LOCALS HEAD TO WORLD MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Three members of Central Mass Striders will be racing among the world's best mountain runners in the World Mountain Running Trophy event in Girdwood Alaska this weekend. Paul Low (Amherst MA), Eric Morse (Berlin VT), and Nikki Kimball (Elizabethtown NY) are on the squad, and are all veterans of the event, which is being run in the USA for the first time ever. NE Mountain/Trail chairRich Bolt (Manchester NH/CMS) is serving as team manager. Follow the event news at the Championship Website.
NEW ENGLAND ANNUAL MEETING COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 15
The 2003 USATF-New England annual meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, September 15, at the Newton Marriott in Newton MA. Among other agenda items, there will be elections for sports chairmen and athlete representatives.
Voting is open to all USATF-NE members as of August 1. The full agenda can be found at this location on our website.
NATIONAL CLUB RELAY AT AKRON MARATHON OCTOBER 12
The first USATF Club Road Relay Championship will run at the Akron (Ohio) Marathon on Saturday, October 11. This event, similar to the Club TF and Cross Country Championships, is limited to association based clubs. Given the successful New England club programs and Grand prix series, some local clubs should be able to place quite well. There is team prize money.
See the event site for details.
USA NATIONAL MEN'S 5K ON SUNDAY AT CVS/DOWNTOWN 5K
The CVS/Downtown 5K will again host the USA Men's 5K National Road Race Championship, with the gun going off this Sunday, September 7, at 11:15 a.m. Site of the fastest 5K races run in New England, competition will be keen as some of the top US road runners will be looking to strengthen their position in the USA Series. In the team scoring aspect, scoring is top five by place, and a club's 8 scorers must be specifically declared at registration prior to the race.
There is also a series of youth races prededing the main event. Check out the website and head to Providence on Sunday.
LOCALS HEAD TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The IAAF World Track and Field Championships start on August 23, and a handful of New Englanders will be competing with the best in teh world. Jen Toomey (Salem MA/Nike) will be in the 800 meters, by virtue of her 2nd place finish at Nationals, and Joanne Dow (Manchester NH / adidas), fresh off her bronze medal at the Pan Am Games, will be contesting the 20K racewalk.
Recent New England residents Jill Gaitenby (MVS, now in California) and Kelly Keane, who moved to Texas this year, are both in the marathon. Anna Norgren, U.Vermont grad living in Connecticut, will throw the hammer, and Dartmouth alum Adam Nelson will aim for a medal in the shot put. We'll likely see some local based athletes representing their native countries in the results as well.
New England association director Steve Vaitones is serving on the USA men's staff.
Follow the IAAF World Championships at the championships website.
DOW MEDALS AT PAN AM GAMES
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) strode to a bronze medal in the 20 kilometer racewalk at the 14th Pan American Games last week. Competing in oppressive conditions, she was just over a minute off of her personal best. "I thought I'd be five minutes off of my time at nationals due to the heat and humidity here," she noted. "My split in the second half of the race was actually faster than the first half. That doesn't usually happen. I hoped to medal but you never know."
Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH) finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 56'10 1/4". "I'm happy I came and after competing against these elite athletes, it just makes me hungry," remarked the UNC sophomore, who was third at the US Nationals. "I cannot wait to get back out there!"
U.Vermont alum now in Connecticut, Anna Norgren was fourth in the hammer and '02 Harvard grad Brenda Taylor competed in the 400 hurdles. U.Mass. strength coach Bob Otrando was on the coaching staff.
COURSE RECORD FOR CARMEAN AT NE 10K CHAMPIONSHIP
RIELLY TAKES MEN'S TITLE
Shelburne Falls MA
Despite ... humidity, Seana Carmean lowered the course record at the 25th anniversary edition of the Bridge of Flowers 10K USATF-NE championship race in Shelburne Falls MA. The Merrimack Valley Strider boosted her lead in the individual Grand Prix with her second series win of the year in a time of 36. The nearly mile long Crittenden Hill adds to the comparatively slower than usual times.
Paul Reilly (Gr.Lowell/Providence RI) was top New England finisher over the challenging route, fourth overall behind Jamie Rodriguez (Albany NY) and two more recent regional college products.
Nina Caron (MVS/Andover MA)made it 5 straight masters women's wins, and Craig Fram used his mountain running expertise to take his second win of 2003. Comprehensive age group records have been kept in this long running event, and additional NE runners setting age included
Team titles were swept in pairs; Whirlaway Racing Team scored a quad crown, winner in the open and masters men's and women's team totals, a fine birthday for team manager Dave Kazanjiam. Greater Lowell won both sides of the 50+ division, and CMS remained unbeaten among men over 60.
Thanks to director Mike McCusker and his staff for big time race in a small town.
All standings are updated on the Grand Prix page. The series continues October 5 at the Ro-jack's 5 Mile.
LYNX ELITE, PETRANOFF, GRIFFIN WIN AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Lynx Elite won the Young Men 4 x 800,Leigh Petranoff won the Youth Girls javelin, and Sid Griffin took the Midget Boys 3000 at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships in Miami last week.
The Lynx foursome won their third straight gold medal in the relay. Russell Brown, Michael Grant, Harry Norton, and Phil Shaw carried the stick the 3200 meters in 7:41.10, 8 seconds faster than last year. The first three have run on all three winning squads, while Shaw was on his first winning relay.
Petranoff capped her season with a throw of 131'4", her second new National age group record of the year, a youth division meet record, and the third longest throw of the competition behind throws out of the next two older age groups.
Griffin, out of Barrington RI and representing North Kingstown Recreation, won the 3000 by whopping 14 seconds, clocking 10:15.02 for the seven and a half laps.
Numerous other New Englanders ran in the meet, which drew over 6000 entrants. Check out some pretty amazing youth performances at the championship website.
KIMBALL WINS USA 50 MILE TRAIL RUN
Nikki Kimball (Central Mass.Striders) took the top spot in the USATF National 50 Mile Trail Run at the White River 50 in Crystal Mountain, Washington. Named to the USA team for the World 100K last week, Kimball ran 7:46:33 to win the women's race and break the old course record by over 11 minutes.
Results of the race can be found at the race website.
GRAND PRIX HEADS WEST
Bridge of Flowers 10K runs August 9
Shelburne Falls MA
The upcoming Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls MA on August 9 is the fifth race in the 2003 USATF-NE Grand Prix series. This twenty fifth anniversary of the race, and this year is the second time that the event has hosted the championship. Be ready for a hill on the run through Shelburne and Buckland. All information and entry forms can be found at the race website.
MORE NE ATHLETES TO REPRESENT USA
Several more New England athletes have been named to USA teams for upcoming international events. Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH) will be on her first Senior USA team after being selected for the Pan American Games being held next month in the Dominican Republic. U.Vermont alum now in Connecticut, Anna Norgren will throw the hammer and '02 Harvard grad Brenda Taylor will compete in the 400 hurdles. U.Mass. strength coach Bob Otrando was added to the team staff earlier in the year.
Nikki Kimball (Central MA Striders) will be on the squad for September's World 100km Championship. Dan Verrington (CMS) is an alternate on the men's team.
More info on those events can be found at the USATF Website.
EASTERN MASTERS RESULTS POSTED
Results of the Eastern Region Masters meet are now up and posted. Two US records were broken: Bob Matteson (Bennington VT) set a new standard in the mile for men 85-89, 10:23.01 (Bob is 87 years old). Oneitha Lewis (Bayside NY) broke the women's 40-44 mark in the hammer with a toss of 185'0" (56.39 meters).
SANTOS, GARDINER ROLL OVER STOWE ROADS
Ricardo Santos (BAA) and Heather Gardiner (CMS) led the Grand Prix over the halfway hump, taking NE titles at the Stowe 8 Miler on Sunday.
The fourth race in the circuit, the 23 year old event recorded 872 finishers on a beautiful Vermont weekend. Shortly after the start, the sun added an additional challenge to the runners, but there was not the humidity of the previous two championship visits.
Overall winner was recent Cornell grad Dan Dombrowski of Jericho Vermont, who turned in a 40:39 ahead of Santos' 40:51. Followed by Unicorn mates Chris Magill (40:53) and Terrance Shea (40:58), Santos led the BAA to a comfortable 7 minute margin over Greater Lowell for team honors. Dan Verrington (CMS), named as an alternate for this fall's USA World 100K team last week, led the masters brigade with a 7th place finish; Whirlaway was tops in the division team scoring.
Taking her first GP title, Gardiner was the overall women's champ with her chip chirping at 46:19, but the 2-4 placings of Seana Carmean and Molly Taber led Merrimack Valley Striders to the team win. Their MVS teammate Nina Caron remains the only undefeated individual winner by taking the masters' gold, and Whirlaway completed a double with the top 3 women's total time.
Senior legend Larry Olsen (TriValley) picked up the Andy Palmer award for best age-graded performance in the race; his 46:24 at age 56 adjusted to a 39:08. Full results are at the the race web site., and Grand Prix standings have been updated.
The series continues in three weeks in western Mass. at the challenging Bridge of Flowers 10K in Shelburne Falls.
LOCALS EARN MEDALS AT JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN MEET
Chantelle Dron (Manchester NH) and Amber Sayer (Amherst MA) ran to spots on the medal stand at the Pan American Junior Championships in Barbados last weekend.
Dron, who competes for Lynx Elite, capped her wildly successful track season by earning a silver medal in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:26.66. Sayer, a member of the Greater Springfield Harriers, scored her bronze medal in the 5000 meters, as she clocked 17:41.34.
Representing Jamaica, Northeastern University freshman Zara Northover also came home with silver after her 47'5 1/4" toss in the shot put.
In the men's hammer, Michael Freeman (E.Grenwich RI/Manhattan) was fourth (210'11") and Kristin Michalski (W.Warwick RI /Syracuse) took fifth in the women's hammer (180'9").
Greater Boston TC Second in USATF Club Championships
Greater Boston TC finished second to host Indiana Invaders in both the men's and women's team competition at the third USATF National Club TF Championships on Saturday.
The Men's scoring found the Invaders at 222 to GBTC's 136, and the Women's totals at Invaders 268 and GBTC 116. GBTC had one winner on the day, Marzuki Stevens in the steeplechase, and fielded competitors in nearly every individual event. The 4 x 400 relay finish had the top 3 teams within .7 seconds, and the GBTC clocking of 3:12.81 for third is among the fastest ever by a New England club.
In all, 25 teams scored, 21 new meet records were established, 12 athletes posted marks meeting or exceeding the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying standard, and athlete participation increased by 50%. "This club championship is doing for track & field clubs what we have seen emerge for cross country clubs with the fall club championship; a growing sense of team and community pride," said Meet Director and Invaders' Team Director, Greg Harger. "We expect the number of clubs and the strength of the clubs competing to grow again with the 2004 meet." The Invaders will also host the 2004 meet. Results at the USATF Web site.
Greater Boston to defend titles at USATF Club Championships
July 13 Indianapolis
The USATF Club Championships series kicks off Saturday with the 3rd annual USATF National Club Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.
Greater Boston TC returns to defend their men's and women's team titles at the Championships, but they will not face an easy road to repeating. Host Indiana Invaders are expected to provide among the strongest team competition, and statistics show a deepening field of challengers: The number of total competitors has increased 50 percent over 2002.
"The Club Championship is about the battle involved in winning and the excitement that comes from team competition", said GBTC sprint coach David Callum. "We want the titles another year and we're ready to fight for them."
"The growth and development of team rivalries that is the key to the further advancement of the value of this Championship and the new USATF National Club Championship series", said meet director Greg Harger of the href="http://www.indianainvaders.com">Indiana Invaders. "Greater Boston's outstanding performance in 2002 is the standard that we are pursuing."
Other clubs vying for titles include: Buffalo Chips RC (CA), Pacific Bay TC (CA), ConnQuest (CT), First Step Track Club (FL), Midwest Master TC (IL), Bruin TC (IN), Speed XL (IN), Boston Athletic Assoc. (MA), Reebok Boston (MA), Front Line RT (MI), Team USA Minnesota (MN), Kansas City Smoke (MO), Ozark Track League (MO), Mountain West TC (MT), Loh Athletics International (NE), Lemans TC (NY), North Carolina Elite (NC), Phenom Athletes (NC), Firebird TC (OH), PTC Elite Track and Field (TX), Club Northwest (WA), and Lords of the Rings (WI).
For more information on and results from the USATF Club National Track and Field Championships, visit the USATF Web site.
GP HEADS NORTH TO STOWE THIS WEEKEND
The USATF-NE Grand Prix passes the series mid-point this coming weekend with the Stowe (VT) 8 Miler on Sunday, July 20. This will be the third year in a row that the race has played host to a NE Championship. Team competition is tight (and a reminder that all scoring team members must have USATF membership).
Day of event entry is allowed this year, and the race will utilize ChampionChip timing. The Race Website has all the details.
FOUR NE ATHLETES ON JUNIOR PAN AMERICAN MEET ROSTER
Four New England teen athletes are on the roster announced by USA Track & Field to represent the country at the Pan American Junior Championships next week in Barbados. The Pan Am meet, for athletes not turning 20 during the year, alternates with the IAAF World Junior Championships which is held in even numbered years.
Two athletes per country may compete in the meet; the USA squad "selected themselves" by placing at the US Junior Championships at Stanford last month. Some athletes who had long seasons opted not to participate, moving others up onto the roster.
Making the trip to the Caribbean will be men's hammer champion Michael Freeman (Manhattan/E.Grenwich RI)will be the sole New England male on the team, while Chantelle Dron will run the 1500 after her performance in last week's World Youth meet in Canada. Also on the team will be Kristin Michalski (Syracuse / W.Warwick RI) in the hammer, and Amber Sayer (Amherst MA) in the 5000. Events run from July 17 to 19 and results will be updated daily at the National Web Site.
NEW ENGLANDERS PART OF USA TEAM for WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
More than 60 of the top young track and field athletes in the United States will head to Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada this week for the third IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics. This competition, held every two years by the sport's world governing body (the IAAF) with tough qualifying standards, features athletes age 17 and under (not turning 18 in 2003) from more than 100 nations.
Chantelle Dron (Candia NH/Lynx Elite), Jimmy Tarro (Coventry RI), and Erin Donnelly (Barrington RI) will wear the USA team uniform for the first time. Dron, 2nd at the USATF Junior National 1500 two weeks ago, and winner of the USA Youth Athletics 800 (2:10.48) will be running the 1500, while Tarro and Donnelly will both throw the hammer.
Team USA dominated the medal count at the 2001 World Youth meet in Hungary, and looks set to field another powerful team in Canada. Most of the squad will experience the pressure of international competition for the first time.
Sherbrooke is just over the Vermont border, and tickets for the July 10-13 competition dates may still be available. Website: www.sherbrooke2003.ca
LOW 4th AT US MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP
New England Mountain running champ Paul Low (Amherst MA/CMS) raced to fourth place at the USATF Mountain Running Championships in the rarified air of Vail, Colorado, on Sunday.
Starting at an elevation of 8,150 feet, competitors encountered approximately 1.5 miles of pavement before traversing up Vail Mountain on a dirt service road. The elevation at the finish of the Vail HillClimb at "Eagle's Nest" is 10,350 feet for a total elevation gain of 2,200 feet over the 7.5 mile trail. Such heights gave an advantage to the altitude-trained locals.
Peter DeLaCerda, 2002 USA Half Marathon champion from Alamosas Colorado, took the win in 47:42. The attending New England squad of CMS runners put up strong marks behind Low's 50:10 time. NE Circuit winner Eric Morse was 14th (53:24), NE Mountain Chair Rich Bolt 18th in 54:27, and the ultimate NE mountain goat Dave Dunham was 21st in 55:11. Dan Verrington was 8th master and 35th overallin 58:36. Nearly 400 runners took part, with the average time being over 1:23:00.
JUNIOR OLYMPIC REGION I A SUCCESS
New England hosted the Region I Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Worcester Polytech this past weekend, where close to 1000 youth from age 8 to 18 competed over three days for spots in the USA National Junior Olympic Championship; the top 3 in each event is eligible to advance to the National meet in Miami at the end of July. (see the host website .
Highlighting the many fine performers was Leigh Petranoff (Throwing Zone, Cranston RI) who set a National Youth Girls record in the javelin with a toss of 125'2" !
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HINGA, CARMEAN TOPS AT 20K CHAMPIONSHIP
A week of miserable running conditions ended with the Lions Sizzler 20K from Amherst to Bedford NH, third event on the 2003 Grand Prix series. David Hinga (Whirlaway RT, 1:06:24) and Seana Carmean (MVS, 1:14:48) led 440 runners over the rugged point-to-point course and their respective clubs to the team titles. The duo also have the individidual series leads. Craig Fram (Whirlaway) and Dan Verrington (CMS) were the first master and 2-3 overall, with Nina Caron (MVS) recording her tenth straight GP series race masters win.
Grand Prix standings have been updated; please report any corrections to the office.
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MORSE, WEST AT SUMMIT OF MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT
Vermonters Eric Morse (CMS) and Suzy West (CSU) clinched the gold medal spots in the 2003 Mountain Circuit with wins at Saturday's Mt. Ascutney (VT) Hill Run. It was the fourth straight circuit win for Morse, and fifth overall, while West also topped the masters list with her second over win (last in 2000).
Short but steep, the 3.7 mile long circuit finale drew 80 finishers, and had the slowest average pace of any of the races, above 8:00 per mile for Morse. The best 4 of 5 performances scored for the standings and participation in 4 of 5 earned "Mountain Goat" status; 34 runners received special awards for that challenge.
The Mountain Page will be updated with standings and summaries on Tuesday.
TOOMEY EARNS TICKET TO WORLDS
The World Championships will be saying bon jour to Jennifer Toomey (Reebok Boston/Salem MA) as she placed third in the 800 at the USA National Championships to get a spot on the US Team for this summer's World Championships. Two years ago, Toomey had the right place but not the qualifying time; however, she nailed down a sub 2:00 "A" standard earlier in the season and will be on the starting line come August.
Joanne Dow (adidas/Manchester NH) and Laura Gerraughty (U.N.C./Nashua NH) will have to wait on the status of other competitors before their ticket is punched. Dow, second in the 20 kilometer racewalk, has a "B" standard, as does winner Michelle Rohl who broke Dow's US record in the process. With just the "B" standard, only one US athlete will compete in Paris and Rohl has not decided if she will be go. Joanne's time of 1:34:57.79 was just 12 seconds off her own best for the distance. Gerraughty, third in the shot, has the A standard, but will have to wait until another US thrower hits the A mark before she goes, as only the winner - with a "B" - is currently in line to go.
Other top placers at the meet include a fine double by Shalane Flanagan (U.N.C./Marblehead MA) with a second in the 5000 (15:20.54) and fifth in the 1500 (4:13.64) to close her spring season, and a fourth in the 10,000 by Blake Russell (New Balance/Acton MA) at 32:38.25. On the mens' side, top local finalist was Jacob Freeman (Manhattan College / E.Greenwich RI), whose fourth in the hammer (229'11") was his best showing in the senior meet. Full results are at the USATF website.
Junior Nationals -
FREEMAN and MICHALSKI SPIN TO WINS, LAMBIE LEADS FAST 1500
The Junior Nationals, for athletes not turning 20 during the year, were held in conjunction with the US Championships at Stanford, and had spots on the USA Junior Pan American Team up for grabs. A handful of New Englanders will be on that squad later this summer led by a pair of Rhode Island high school products.
Michael Freeman (Manhattan College/E.Greenwich RI) broke the meet record to win the 6K hammer in 222'0.
Kristen Michalski (Syracuse/W.Warwick RI) took the gold in the women's hammer at 187'10". The top 2 in each event will wear the USA uniform at in Barbados in July.
The 1500 featured a match-up that included this year's National Scholastic winner Ari Lambie (Bromfield/Harvard MA) and Golden West Invitational victor Chantelle Dron (Manchester NH/Lynx Elite). Lambie led from the gun with Dron the only runner in the field to give chase. The future Stanford runner did not falter and raced to a time of 4:20.20, just a second off the meet record; Dron's 4:26.08 is the fastest ever by a Granite State prep, and with Catherine Bryson (Hanover NH) sixth (4:35.58), New England atheltes made a strong impression in the event.
Also running to a silver medal was Williams College freshman Caroline Cretti, who ran 16:29.70 in the 5000 behind the winner's meet record. Bringing home bronze medals were Adam Hamilton (U.Iowa/Milford NH) in the men's hammer (212'2") and Russell Brown (Hanover NH) in the 800 meters. The latter made the first appearance on his future college track a successful one, running 1:50.15, a personal best and new New Hampshire HS record.
Danielle Dufresne (W.Warwich RI, hammer, 177'6) in fourth, and fifth place finishers Tiana Riel (Hopkinton MA, heptathlon, 4774), Amber Sayer (Amherst MA, 5000, 17:07.77), and Dan Godin (hammer, 199'5"), were named USA Verizon All-Americans.
Full results at the USATF website.
GBTC TAKES OUTDOOR TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TITLES
The Greater Boston TC took both the men's and women's team titles at the USATF-NE Outdoor Track & Field Championships at MIT on Sunday. A sunny day found nearly 250 competitors at Steinbrenner Track where meet records were set by Stanley Egbor (200, 20.70), Breeda Willis (5000, 15:43.64), Nolle Graham (Long Jump, 6.41m).
Click for complete Results and Photos (courtesy of Stanley Hu.)
JUNIOR OLYMPICS DRAW CROWD IN NH
The first of the Junior Olympic Track and Field Championship meet to New Hampshire, as over 400 youth took part in the day's events at at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday.
Click here for complete results.
JUNIOR OLYMPICS RUN SATURDAY JUNE 14
RAIN OR SHINE - NO RAIN DATE June 14
The New England Junior Olympic meet will run on Saturday, June 14 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham NH come rain or shine. There is NO rain date.
KELLY, PROULX SET THE PACE AT 5K CHAMPIONSHIP
Keith Kelly (Providence RI/New Balance) and Mary Proulx (Keene NH), a pair of former NCAA Champions, took the USATF-New England 5K crowns at the Rhody 5K at Lincoln Park in Rhode Island on Sunday. The second race in the 2003 NE Grand Prix, the course at Lincoln Park runs two loops on roads and finishes on the dog track, providing an exciting finish venue for spectators and teammates.
Kelly, on the rebound from a year's worth of injury, had a solid margin over former Providence College teammate Paul Reilly (GLRR) to win the men's run. The men's team scoring has never been tighter, with the BAA just one second better than Greater Lowell Roadrunners after totalling up the top five times for each club. Craig Fram and his Whirlaway teammates took the masters crowns.
In the women's race, Proulx - this year's NCAA Division 3 10K track champion, and Amy DeCamp (BAA) entered the track together, but the recent Keene State grad pulled away around the clubhouse turn to take home her first post-collegiate paycheck. DeCamp led five BAA runners with times of 18:00 or better to a strong team win over the Merrimack Valley Striders. Nina Caron mastered her second win in two GP starts this season and also headed the MVS trio that took the masters team award.
Results can be found at the Race Site. GP series standings will be updated on Tuesday.
LOW, LUSK TOP OF THE HILL AT NE MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) and Kelli Lusk (Manitou Springs CO) raced to berths on the Teva USA Mountain Running Team at Saturday's USATF-NE Mountain Running Championships at Northfield Mountain. Low took command during the second loop of the 8.2 mile off-road circuit and won in . Lusk battled Nikki Kimball (CMS) over the trails which featured 1600' of climb and descent, and had 53 seconds over the NE Champion. Masters winners were Dan Verrington (CMS, 3rd overall) and Suzy West (CSU, 5th woman). The course closely resembled the profile of this fall's World Trophy course in Girdwood, Alaska.
There were 84 finishers, with 9 states represented and 9 former US team members running, great conditions, lots of biting insects, and 350 flags marking the trail. The Northfield race was also the 4th of 5 races in the USATF New England Mountain Running Series; 19 runners have finished 4 races and 28 have completed 3 of 4.
Results. and Circuit Standings have been updated and posted.
LAMBIE - 4:37 !
Ari Lambie (Bromfield, Harvard MA) ran the third fastest HS girls mile time ever by a US scholastic runner at the Massachusetts state championships, clocking 4:37.23 for the classic distance. She - and a number of New England competitors - will head to North Carolina this weekend for the National Scholastic Invitational. She'll then run in the USA Junior Nationals in Palo Alto CA.
US MOUNTAIN TEAM SPOTS UP FOR GRABS ON SATURDAY
Top US mountain runners will converge on Northfield (MA) Mountain on Saturday, June 7 to vie for a spot on the 2003 Teva US Mountain Running Team.
The hill and harrier specialists will race in the USATF New England Mountain Running Championships. Expected to toe the line are seven New Englanders who are past members Teva US Team members; Eric Morse (VT), Paul Low (MA), Dave Dunham (MA), Richard Bolt (NH), Dan Verrington (MA), Nikki Kimball (NY) and Suzy West (VT).
Like the World Mountain Trophy race being held this September in Girdwood, Alaska, the Northfield race uses an up-and-down format; it includes over 1500' of climb and descent over 8.2 miles.
The top male and female runner will earn automatic berths on the 2003 Team. On the same day, the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff in Vail, CO will attract several hundred runners with two more spots up for grabs.
Entry is still open and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. You can find an Entry form here.
RHODY 5K HOSTS NE CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY
The second race in the 2003 NE Grand Prix hits the road - and track - at the Rhody 5K in Lincoln RI. The course at Lincoln Park runs a loop course on roads around the facility, and finishes on the park track. Separate races for women and men start at 9:30 a.m with healthy team awards and with a large barbeque to follow.
The Race Website has the details. Clubs should review the championship team scoring guidelines.
RUSSELL THIRD AT FREIHOFER'S / USA 5K
Blake Russell (Acton MA/New Balance) ran third at the Freihofer's Run For Women in Albany NY on Saturday, the USA 5K Road Championshp. Russell, who clocked 15:43, was 18 seconds behind winner Marla Runyan, who won her second straight US 5K title. Amy Lyman (BAA/Belchertown MA) was 12th in 16:49, and Seanna Carmean (MVS/Amherst MA) was 17th in 17:07, the only other New Englanders in the top 20 in the field of over 3500. Greater Boston TC was 2nd place team.
In other action over the weekend, a pair of Mountain Running Circuit events took place in New Hampshire - the Mt. Kearsarge 8.5 mile on Saturday and Pack Monadnock 10 Mile on Sunday. 22 runners did the grueling double as the circuit passed the halfway point with Rich Bolt and Suzy West enjoying leads in the series.
Several national class times were recorded at the Boston High Performance meet at Bentley College on Saturday evening before the rainstorms, including Lubert Lewis (Reebok Boston) who recorded a 1:48 for 800 meters.
It was qualifying weekend for NCAA Division I track and field in the new regional format. Local colleges had two winners in the east; Rosin McGettigan of Providence College in the steeplechase (10:03.55) and Vika Rybalko of Maine in the long jump. Two New England products now at North Carolina also won their events - Shale Flanagan (5000, 15:45.94) and Laura Gerraughty (shot, 57'). The top 5 plus 'wild cards' in each event qualify and will head to the Nationals in two weeks. See www.ncaachampionships.com
In high school action, Russell Brown (Hanover NH) won the 400, 800, 1600, and 3200 at the New Hampshire Class I/M meet, Jean Morisset (Quincy MA) scaled 7'0" in the high jump at the Massachusetts Class B Meet, and Ari Lambie continued her middle distance mastery, clocking 4:44.03 (her 2nd sub 4:45 this year!) in winning the Central Mass. girls' mile.
TOOMEY SUB 2 OVER 800M
In a meet where much of the attention was on high schoolers attempting sub 4 minutes for the mile, one New Englander caught the attention of the national running community. Jen Toomey (Salem MA) ran 1:59.75 for 800 meters, the fastest ever run by a New England resident, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene OR. Her effort placed her fifth in the race won by Olympic Champion Maria Mutola, and also gained her a World Championship "A" standard.
Also running an impressive 800 meter on Saturday was Russell Brown (Hanover NH HS). Running in his home town at the Hanover Invitational, the Stanford-bound Brown won in 1:50.85, smashing the 17 year old meet record by over 4 seconds; it ranks 5th on the 2003 US HS lists.
Earlier in the week, another Stanford bound local, Ari Lambie (Bromfield, Harvard MA), broke the existing Mass. state outdoor record in two mile at the Mid-Wachusett league meet with a 10:11.9 solo effort; that's among the top 10 all time.
Wheaton College, bolstered by wins in the 200 and 400 from Amber James, won their third straight NCAA Division III team title.
The USATF-NE Mountain Circuit opened at Mt.Wachusett with Paul Low (CMS) and Suzy West (CSU) leading the way up the foggy mountain road.
Race winners in Sunday's Vermont City Marathon in Burlington were Greg Wenneborg (AZ, 2:24:02) and Heather Gardiner (CMS, 2:45:31).
USATF-NE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP DATES AND SITES SET
Dates for the USATF New England Open Track and Field Championship is on Sunday, June 15 starting at 12:00 noon, and will again be held at M.I.T. in Cambridge.
The New England Junior Olympic meet will run on Saturday, June 14 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham NH. This will be the first time that the event will be held in the state of New Hampshire.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE TF CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
For the first time in over 40 years, the New England Collegiate Track and Field Championship will be held at the University of New Hampshire. The two day meet begins at 1:00 p.m. this Friday, May 9, and continues on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. This will be the first time the men's and women's meets will be run together at the same site.
WALTER CHILDS MARATHON TURNS 41
4 May - Holyke MA
Boston is recognized as the oldest marathon in the world, but were you aware that the 10th oldest in the US - and 19th oldest in the world - is the Walter Childs Marathon in Holyoke MA organized by the Greater Springfield Harriers? The race completed its 41st edition on Sunday with Mike Carroll (Hopedale MA, 2:49:50) and April Lynn Marko (Cheshire MA, 3:19:16) taking the wins. Race Summary.
BOB SEVENE NAMED TEAM USA MONTEREY BAY COACH
May 1 -- Seaside, CA
Bob Sevene, head coach with Reebok Boston and a long-time coach of U.S. distance-running runners, will assume the position of Head Coach and Director of Athlete Development for Team USA Monterey Bay in California. He will play a key role in the development of the Team USA Monterey Bay Center, which will provide a year-round home for the next generation of American distance running stars.
Sevene is perhaps best known as the coach who guided American standout Joan Benoit Samuelson to a gold medal in the first-ever women's Olympic marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. Besides Benoit, Sevene has coached U.S. Olympic distance runners Cathy O'Brien and Gwyn Coogan. A club coach since 1974, he first rose to world prominence during the early 1980s as the head coach for Nike's Athletics West.
A long-time New England resident, Sevene will give up the reins of Reebok Boston to relocate to Monterey in time for the July 15, 2003 opening of the center. He has also coached with Athletics West, Greater Boston TC, Boston Athletic Association, Boston University, and Bowdoin, and was a coach for U.S. world cross country teams three times.
The Team USA program, created by Running USA and USA Track & Field, is dedicated to developing and promoting U.S. distance runners. There are currently four Team USA Training Centers. More info on Team USA Monterey Bay, a Pacific Association/USATF member club, can be found at their website www.csumb.edu/teamusa.
LAMBIE, GERRAUGHTY HIGHLIGHT PENN RELAYS PERFORMANCES
A number of New Englanders turned in top performances at last weekend's Penn Relays, the spring's oldest and most prestigious relay meet.
Bromfield School (Harvard MA) senior Ari Lambie clocked the eighth fastest high school mile in history with her 4:42.21 in the scholastic mile race. It was the fastest high school mile in over 10 years. Behind her in the race were Jess Flinn (Timberlane HS-NH) in 4:57.90 (6th) and Carolyn Yates (Toll Gate HS-RI) in 5:02.94 (9th).
Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH/ U.North Carolina) won athlete of the meet honors with her meet record 60'6" in the shot put and win in the college division hammer throw at 205'8" (4th overall), both personal bests. Local collegiate winners included Mary Proulx (Keene State) in the 10,000 (33:21.80), Jennifer Donovan (Boston College) in the steeplechase (10:18.88), and Kate O'Neill (Milton MA/Yale) in the 5000 (15:51.86). Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA/ UNC) contributed to three championship relay wins with her leg in the 4x1500 timed at 4:10.5. Said Ahmed (Boston MA) led off the victorious Arkansas 4x1600 relay.
BC assistant coach John Mortimer took gold in the Olympic Development section of the steeplechase in 8:51.24, Cain Williams (BAA) was fifth in the OD 5000, 14:28.52. and Stephane O'Reilly (Gr.Lowell RR) and Sarah Dupre-Healy (B.A.A.) were 2-3 in the women's 5 (16:13.57/16:15.61). Belmont MA HS junior Victor Gras (4:12.69) and Hanover NH senior Russell Brown> (4:15.69) placed third and fifth, respectively in the boys' mile. Greater Boston TC won the Club Develoment 4x400 (3:16.48) and won their section of the 4x100 (41.91) for 4th overall.
The full results can be found at the Penn Relays website.
LOCAL NOTES ON BOSTON MARATHON
April 24 -- Boston
The Boston Marthon deceptively warm and a headwind for most of the race made for tough conditions not conducive to personal bests.
Whirlaway's Ken Pliska (2:30:12) was first New Englander, first from Massachusetts, and second American, while Jill Gaitenby (Providence RI) was 9th overall woman in 2:38:19, and third American.
New England clubs won three of the four team bowls available (scoring on the combined times of three runners). Greater Lowell Roadrunners took both the Open Men (7:47:45 - Eric Beauchesne, Mark Reeder, and Brian Crane) and Open Women's (9:16:05 - Christine Reaser, Nicole Wilkerson, Marjorie Shearer) wins. Whirlaway Racing Team of Paul Hammond, Chris Spinney, and Bob Dabrieo won the masters men's division in 8:02:54 and placed second among the masters women.
Tops by state from USATF-New England:
Massachusetts: Pliska; Simonetta Piergentilli (Whirlaway) 2:58:51. New Hampshire:
Mike O'Brien, 2:36:22; Miae Jacobs (WRT) 3:12:27.
Vermont: Jim Miller, 2:42:56; Amy Chekos, 3:02:17. Rhode Island: Matt Pelletier (TNT) 2:33:22; Gaitenby.
All you could want to read about the race including individual and team results, are at www.bostonmarathon.org.
POLE VAULT CLINIC AT MIDDLEBURY VT ON SATURDAY
The Coaching Education Committee of USATF has designed and implemented a course in Pole Vault Safety and Instruction, and one will be held at Middlebury College on Saturday, April 19, at 4 p.m. This is a three hour course, with a short written take-home examination and topics include Equipment Specifications and Rules, Basic Pole Vault Technique, Teaching Progressions for the Pole Vault, Safety Considerations for Teaching the Vaults, Common Pole Vaulting Misconceptions and Errors, and Pole Choice.
Contact Dave Kerin at Middlebury, 802-443-2420.
JAVELIN CLINIC IN LOWELL ON APRIL 23
Former World Record holder and USATF-NE Board member Tom Petranoff will lead a throws clinic focusing on the javelin on Wednesday, April 23. The session, presented by USATF New England and hosted by UMass Lowell track and field, will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and cover early season training and throwing technique for the javelin. The fee will include a TurboJav training implement.
For full information and a flyer, send a message to email@example.com.
POLE VAULT CLINIC AT HOLY CROSS ON APRIL 22
April -- Worcester
For the ninth year, USATF-NE and coach John Hoogasian will conduct a pole vault clinic at Holy Cross College in Worcester MA.
The clinic runs on Tuesday, April 22 (Mass. school vacation week) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is geared to the beginning and intermediate vaulter. It will begin with event safety and procede to conditioning and competition drills, and on to some vaulting. For a flyer, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW ENGLAND RUNNERS TAKE TO SNOW
March 30 -- Utah
Central Mass Striders led the East to an impressive haul of medals at the 3rd annual United States Snowshoe Association National Championships. The field of 74 runners from 22 states covered 10K on a two loop course that was at 8000' elevation and included 1200' of climb.
Not surprisingly, those with mountain running successes achieved high placings in the race. Highest overall finisher was Dave Dunham, (Central Mass Striders) fourth in 49:23, missing a chance to complete his set of medals after placing first and second the past two years. Winners of the two East Regional qualifiers, NE Mountain/Trail Chair Richard Bolt and Paul Low (both CMS) were close behind in eigth and tenth, respectively, with Ethan Hemphill (Dirigo RC) 12th and masters champion Dan Verrington (CMS) took 13th overall (53:29).
In the women's race, Nikki Kimball (CMS) ran 59:32 for the silver medal. Behind her, Merrimack Valley Strider teammates Jennifer Rapaport and Angie DeFillipi took fifth and eighth; all but the last All but Hemphill, Rapaport, and DeFillipi have been members of the Teva USA Mountain Running team in the past.
MASTERS ON RECORD RUN AT NATIONALS
March 28-30 -- Boston
The National Masters Indoor Championships returned to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility for the seventh consecutive year, and the more than 700 competitors filled the three days with non-stop action and dozens of US and World Record breaking performances.
From novices to past Olympians, you can check out their performances from the meet at the meet website.
MASTERS NATIONALS RUN AT REGGIE LEWIS TRACK THIS WEEKEND
March 27 -- Boston
The National Masters Indoor Championships returns to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Facility this weekend for the seventh consecutive year. Over 750 athletes from ages 30 to over 100 are entered.
The abilities range from newcomers to the sport up to former Olympic medalists. In Friday's 3000 meter races, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers highlight the fields, while later in the weekend, Sunder Nix, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4 x 400, and Willie Gault, 1983 World Championship medalist in the hurdles will be on the oval. Once again, Everett Hosack of Chagrin Falls OH will be the oldest competitor at age 101.
Friday's schedule has the pentathlon taking place in the morning and early afternoon, with several field events set for 3 p.m. and the 3000 meters going off at 4 p.m. On both Saturday and Sunday, events begin at 9:00 a.m. There is no admission charge to watch, and results will be posted here at the end of each day.
SCHOLASTIC ATHLETES SHINE NATIONALLY
March 14-16 -- New York City and Maryland
A pair of scholastic national meets closed the books on the high school season over the weekend, and six gold medals made their way back to the New England association. Most local competitors picked the closer of the two meets, but one runner and several throwers and vaulters continued down the interstate for successes.
The National Scholastic Indoor Championship is the 'original', and runs at the New York City Armory Track Center with packed fields. Tiana Riel (Hopkinton) and Kate Sherman (Dennis), top multi-eventers from Massachusetts, went 1-2 in the pentathlon, reversing their state placings. Chantelle Dron (Lynx Elite/Candia NH) won the mile in a photofinish 4:51.35, with Samantha Gawrych/b> (Westerly RI) third in 4:54.17.
Amber Sayer (Amherst MA) was runner-up in the 5000, and Kelly Reynolds (Warwick RI) took silver in the weight. Bronze medals went to Ari Lambie (Harvard MA) in the 800 - her 2:08.33 only bettered in New England by legends Johanna Forman and Darlene Beckford - and Anna McFarlane (Concord MA) in the pole vault (12'1.25").
On the boy's side, Yudehweh Gbaa of Providence added to Rhode Island's list of winners in the triple jump, spanning 46'6" after a 4th in the hurdles. Dan Godin of Warwick RI twirled the weight 69'4.75" for first with Zach Thomas (Wakefield RI/67'11.75") one place behind New England HS 2 mile champ Sean Quigley (Braintree MA) moved up in distance and won the 5000 in 15:06.77, and NE mile champ Victor Gras improved his PR to 4:10.18 for second. All details can be found at the Armory Track and Field site.
Travelling further south to the Nike Scholastic Meet in Maryland, Russell Brown of Hanover NH won 800 in 1:53.09. Brown had run the second fastest ever schoolboy time in the 600 earlier in the season.
Anna McFarlane also medaled there, earning a silver medal in the vault at 12'5.5". You can find results and plenty of pictures at the premiere scholastic site, Dyestat.com.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSE COLLEGIATE SEASONS
March 14-15 --
Local teams and individuals had an impact on aall three divisions of the NCAA Indoor Championships this past weekend.
In the Division I meet in Arkansas, three locals were on the top step of the victory podium. Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH) was gold in the shot put, her 59'3" toss smashing her personal best by over a foot; she followed that with 7th in the weight (64'6.5"). Her U.North Carolina teammate, Marblehead MA's Shalane Flanagan was first among 3000 meter runners, clocking 9:01.05, and went on to anchor the winning distance medley relay. Jacob Freeman (Kingston RI) won the weight for Manhattan at 71'2.5".
Boston's Monique Tubbs, at Jacksonville, took bronze in the 60 meters (7.26), and Medfield Mass. native Chi-Chi Aduba, now at Penn State, scored twice the jumps, long (20'8") and triple (43'10.75"). Other placers included Kate and Laura O'Neill of Yale and Milton MA, 2-5 in the 5000, Roisin McGettigan of Providence was 4th in the mile, and Julie Spolidoro of Boston College who ran both long distances, 10th in the 3000 and 11th in the 5000.
Vin Tortorella of Northeastern earned all-American standing with a his 67'11" spin for 7th in the weight, and top track placing for the men was Nephi Taylor of Fairhaven MA, now at Utah. He was 11th in the mile at 4:09.46, after a 4:06.52 in the semi-final.
The Division II meet was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, and UMass Lowell used the home track to secure six all-American awards, with their highest placers being Heather Oldham (Burlington MA), third in the shot put at 49'1.75" and Bryan Stenquist, fourth in the 400 at 48.19.
Wheaton College women picked up their unprecedneted fifth straight Division III title at Depauw University in Indiana. The Lyons were led by wins from Aquilla Williams-Judge in the long jump and hurdles, Amber James in the 400, and a meet record time in the 4 x 400 relay (3:45.01). Healy Thompson (Williams, SP) and Jenna Flateman (Wesleyan, 55) also scored individual wins. On the men's side, Mark Miller (Keene State) won the 1500, Dan Olsen of Wheaton took the high jump, and Ryan Bak of Trinity (CT) won the 5000.
Full results of the meet can be found at the NCAA Championship site.
WEEKLY TRAINING GROUP BEGINS
March 12 -- W.Warwick RI
USATF-NE Vice President and throws development coordinator Tom Petranoff will be conducting strength and speed cross-training sessions twice a week for the next few months. They are geared toward youth 14-18, but open to all. The sessions will be held at the Mill, 618 Main St, West Warwick RI, with a fee of $10 per session.
The schedule for March is as follow: March 13, 20, 27 from 4:30 to 6pm
March 16, 23 from 12 noon - 2 pm
There is also a session at Assumption College in Worcester focusing on the throws on March 18 at 3 pm.
For further info, contact Tom at Turbojav@aol.com or 401-823-5803.
DECKER, LANDRETH OPEN GRAND PRIX WITH WINS AT HALF MARATHON
March 9 -- Wakefield MA
Byrne Decker and Susannah Landreth overcame blustry conditions to take wins at the Law Enforcement 1/2 Marathon, the first USATF-NE road race championship of the year.
Decker, representing the Dirigo RC, had a time of 1:08:33 and a 20 second cushion over Derek Holland of the BAA. Holland, who was running his first race longer than 12K, led the Unicorn squad to the win, as they finished five runners within a minute and thirteen seconds.
An Olympic Trials marathon qualifier last fall, Landreth crossed the mats in 1:19:12, and was the first of the three Merrimack Valley Striders grouped in the top seven overall which totaled the low time for women. Following Landreth's lead role, MVS teammates Nina Caron (W40) and Linda Jennings (W50) were also individual age group winners.
There were 1988 finishers, up from 2002. The results can be found on the Runner's Edge site. Next on the GP schedule is the Rhody 5K on June 8 in Lincoln RI
USA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BOSTON WOWS FANS AND ATHLETES
February 28, March 1-2 -- Boston
WOW! World, USA, Meet, and Facility Records highlighted the USA Indoor National Championship this past weekend. The event, hosted by the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, was an unqualified success, as the meet sold out both Saturday and Sunday.
Local crowd favorites Stacy Dragila and Regina Jacobs seem to have adopted the building as their east coast home away from home; Dragila followed her US pole vault record set her earlier in the month with a World record on Sunday, and Jacobs won both the 1500 and 3000, qualifying for the upcoming World Indoor Championships in both events. Gail Devers also set a new US record in the hurdles.
Local athletes had an impact on the weekend's schedule; Joanne Down (Manchester NH) won her sceond consecutive title in the 3000 meter racewalk, and Jonathan Riley, who won National Scholastic titles at both 1 and 2 miles while competing for Brookline MA HS in 1997, used the hometown crowd to his advantage in winning his first USA senior title, the 3000 meters, as spectators' cheers propelled him along after his move into the lead.
Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH) came north from school at North Carolina, and earned the bronze medal in the shot put, one place away from a World Team berth.
Reebok Boston won the club distance medley relay, and a number of other local atheltes were qualifiers and finalists in the crowning meet of the indoor season. Many local officials and club and scholastic athletes volunteered and helped make the event a technical success. The meet is likely to return to the facility in 2004.
Full results of the meet are at the USATF website.
GBTC TAKES NE INDOOR TITLES AGAIN
February 23 -- Boston
Greater Boston TC repeated their men's and women's wins at Sunday's USATF-New England Indoor Championships at Harvard. They edged Boston International on the women's side 38-34, and scored 47 on the men's side ahead of Reebok Boston (28) and Athletics East (27).
Full results and team scores are at the TF page.
NE INDOOR CHAMPS THIS WEEKEND
February 20 -- Boston
The USATF-New England Indoor Championships run at Harvard on Sunday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entry is still open, info at the track page.
2003 GRAND PRIX OPENS MARCH 9 AT LAW ENFORCEMENT 1/2 MARATHON
February 20 -- Boston
The Law Enforcement 1/2 Marathon in Wakefield MA will open the USATF New England Grand Prix series for the fourth time. The race starts and finishes at in Wakefield MA. Entry material can be found at www.runedge.com. The full series schedule is at the Grand Prix page
NEW BEDFORD 1/2 MARATHON IS USA MASTERS CHAMPS
February 20 -- Boston
After another race "returned" the title, the New Bedford 1/2 Marathon was picked to serve as the USATF National Championship at the distance. The race is Sunday, March 16, in New Bedford MA. And though it is just a week after our NE 1/2 in Wakefield, it offers a good quality event and chance for national honors. Entry and masters info is at www.gnbtc.org.
WHIRLAWAY MASTERS 4x1600 LOWERS RECORD
February 15 --
The Whirlaway Racing Team set their third 4 x 1600 record in the past two years, lowering their own mark to 17:43.31 at the Boston University Valentine's meet on Saturday.
Mike Cooney led off with 4:27.49, .16 behind his leadoff of a year ago. Paul Hammond followed with 4:27.61, but the total fell .44 off pace. Last year's anchor Doug Martyn carried 4:24.62, but that was 1.8 second slower than 2002, and the total was now 2.24 higher after three legs. A very fit Craig Fram took the baton for the anchor leg and responded with a 4:23.61 and the record by 1.04 seconds. He was still almost 2 seconds off with 2 laps to go, but his 64.79 pulled down a new standard. The Methuen MA based club finished third overall of four teams.
Other top performances at the meet included Chantelle Dron's US leading high School 800 mark of 2:09.22 in second place, Tasha Downing qualifying for the USA 200 in a personal best, and Reebok Boston and Greater Boston TC qualified for the US National Distance Medley Relay. Full results at www.bu.edu/track.
Moose Milers Seek Coach
February 10 --
The Moose Milers and Marathoners are seeking a coach to design weekly track/speed workouts year round. The team has approximately 95 runners, male and female of varying ages, but the majority men 20-45. They meet in several different groups and have 2-3 different workouts for each week depending upon upcomig races and season (ie: cross country, indoor track, 5K-10K, marathon).
The coach does not have to attend the weekly workouts, as individual team captains can oversee the workouts. If interested, contact Michael Amarello at email@example.com.
PLISKA 16th at USA MARATHON CHAMPS
February 8 -- Birmingham AL
Ken Pliska (WhirlawayRT/Marblehead MA) ran 16th at the USA National Marathon Championship in Birmingham AL. He was the only New Englander to finish, clocking 2:25:13, second best time of his career. Winning the race was Ryan Shay in 2:14:29; the route was run over the same course to be used for the 2004 US Olympic Trials.
WORLD RECORD FOR JACOBS AT adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
February 1 -- Boston
Regina Jacobs has a habit of setting records when she comes east from her home in Oakland, and it was more of the same at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center. The four time Olympian became the first women to duck under 4:00 for 1500 meters as she ran from the front and stopped the clock at an historic 3:59.98. Only two other American (Mary Slaney, Suzy Hamilton) have ever bettered that time outdoors.
Not to be outdone, pole vault ace Stacy Dragila bettered her own US record in clearing 4.71m/15'5.5". Alaister Cragg of Arkansas won the 3000 and set a college record of 7:45.22, beating Olympic 1500 champion Noah Ngeny in the process. Boston English HS alum Said Ahmed, also at Arkansas, led off the Razorbacks' winning distance medley relay which set a new facility record. Stories and results of the opening Golden Spike Tour event at USATF website.
OLYMPIANS IN TOWN FOR adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES SATURDAY
January 30 -- Boston
A world-class field including nine Olympic gold medalists will take to the track at Saturday's adidas Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center. With the first gun at 5 p.m., athletes including pole vault record setter Stacy Dragila and sprinter Maurice Greene will try to add to the total of two World and seven US records set at the meet over the years. Tickets are still available, from $15 to $25. The meet will be televised live from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2. Schedules, fields, and records at Global Athletics.
2003 WORLD MASTERS MEET ENTRY AVAILABLE
January 29 -- Indianapolis
Entry information for the 2003 World Masters Championships in Puerto Rico is now available. Set for July 1 through 13 and expecting over 8,000 competitors from 130 countries, the meet is open to all men over 40 and women over 35. Note that all entries must be validated through the National USATF office, and the on-time deadline is March 7 to avoid the local organizer-imposed late charges. (addtional late entry deadlines are April and May 7). The World Masters Championships page has the entry, and the USATF National page has more specific entry info.
VERMONT CITY MARATHON FIELD FULL
January 23 -- Boston
Vermont City Marathon has once again filled their race field in record time. The 600 relay slots went in 2 days and the 3500 marathon slots in just under 6 weeks.
PAST BAA MARATHON DIRECTOR CLONEY DIES
January 20 -- Boston
Will Cloney of Duxbury MA, who oversaw the growth of the Boston Marathon from a race of under 200 men into an international event drawing thousands, died Thursday at age 91. He directed the race for 35 years (through 1982), and led it through many changes in operation and philosophy. His tenure saw the opening of entry to women, the growth through the running boom, the establishment of qualifying times, and the first steps to commercial sponsorship.
The passing of Cloney closes an era in the sport; the triumverate of he, BAA trainer Jock Semple, and sportswriter Jerry Nason ushered the event through many decades of meager support to the sport of road running, and are why the Boston Marathon - and marathons in general - could reach the popularity they have today.
NEW ENGLAND HS TRIO PICKED FOR MILLROSE GAMES RACES
Three New England association high schoolers were selected to compete in the High School Invitational Mile at the prestigious Millrose Games on February 7. David Murphy will be the sole local representative in the boys' race. The RI state XC champ was winner at the Brown HS Invitational selection race and has a season best of 4:18.50. In the girls' race, Dartmouth Relays winner (4:59) Jessica Flinn from Timberlane HS and Plaistow NH, and all-around middle distance ace Ari Lambi of Bromfield School in Harvard MA will line up on the Madison Square Garden boards during the 96th running of the world class indoor meet.
adidas BOSTON INDOOR GAMES BRINGS ELITE TO TOWN IN 2 WEEKS
January 16 -- Boston
The February 1 adidas Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center will showcase the strongest indoor international field in the country this season, including a 60 meter match that pits European record holder Dwain Chambers of Great Britain and World 100 meter champion Maurice Greene.
The kick-off event to the 2003 "Golden Spike Tour", the meet has over 40 Olympians and a variety of World Record Holders on the entry lists already, including Olympic Gold Medalist Stacy Dragila and 1500m Bronze Medalist Bernard Legat. An action preview and ticket information can be found at the Global Athletics webpage.
INDOOR TRACK ENTRIES AVAILABLE
January 16 -- Boston
Both the USATF New England (February 23) and National Masters (March 28-30) Indoor Championship entry forms are now on our website.
Also, the Greater Boston TC meet takes place at Harvard on Sunday, January 19, with over 700 entrant already.
LOCAL OFFICIALS SELECTED
TO WORK 2003 USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
December 30 -- Boston
A dozen New England association officials will be working at the Indoor Nationals in March at the Reggie Lewis Track. They were selected at the recent USATF annual meetings from over five hundred officials who applied to work at either the indoor or outdoor championship meets.
Selected for the Indoor Nationals were: Tom Meagher (Starter), Gerry Cantor (Head Throws Official), Janel Paquin, Jim Wilcox (clerks), Paul Smith, Justin Kuo, Laurie Boemker (Track/Finish), Dave DeInnocentis, Jim McCollum, Tom Knatt (Horizontal Jumps), Paul Croft, and Rich Hickey (Throws). Knatt and Kuo will also officiate the racewalk. Several alternates from the association were also selected, and may well get the call to work.
Officials selected for the USA Outdoor Championship meet were Jim McGloin, Lance Turley (both multi-events) and Pat Lavelle.
More information on officiating can be found at the NE officials page.
TIME TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP FOR 2003
December 27 -- Boston
USATF membership is by the calendar year, and all memberships obtained after November 1 (basically, cross country season) must be renewed after December 31 for 2003. It will be a few weeks (sorry!) before the newsletter and renewal go out, so take care of this at our Membership Page. You can either renew on-line, or print out the application form and mail it in.
Club membership renewal is due as well; these forms went out to clubs at the beginning of December.
TICKETS GOING FAST FOR INDOOR NATIONALS
December 27 -- Boston
Over 500 tickets have already been sold for the USA National Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on March 1-2, 2003. On site sales at the Reggie Lewis Center will be done next week, but the best way is to order on-line at usatf.org and click on the box in the upper right. All seats are reserved (you can pick your location), and the meet is going to sell out, so order your choice of seats now. Discount for 2003 USATF members.
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