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ERIN DROMGOOLE - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
December 29

Announcing just before the year ends, New England cross country champion Erin Dromgoole is the choice for November's USATF-New England Athlete of the Month.

The Brighton MA resident and Millbury MA native placed third overall and earned the New England crown at the November 6 championship at Franklin Park, and then placed fourth overall in the USA National Fall Cross Country Championships in Rochester NY on November 19, just two seconds out of the silver medal position. To top it off, she was also top female in the Gobble-Gobble-Gobble 4 Mile in Somerville which had 1600 finishers on Thanksgiving Day.

She'll be training to earn a berth on the 2006 USA World Cross Country team, and plans to run the Ras na hEireann in Dunleer Ireland in March. The full November AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

KING, MALONEY, FREEMAN TOP HS RANKINGS FOR 2005
December 21

Several New England athletes were ranked among the top 5 in the country for 2005 by Track & Field News magazine (trackandfieldnews.com), with 3 coming out at the top of the event lists. Ranking #1 in the country in the Girls Long Jump was Arantxa King (Medford MA), while on the boys side, Rhode Islanders John Freeman (Bp.Hendricken, Hammer), and Matt Maloney (LaSalle/Providence, Javelin) were pegged number one.

Other rankers included Megan Maloney (LaSalle/Providence RI, 2nd, Hammer), Chris Barnicle (Newton North MA, 2nd, 2 mile), Newton North HS (2nd, Distance Medley), and Dominique Worsley (Manchester Central NH, 3rd, 200 - a rare sprint ranking for New Englanders!)

 

Luke Babcock (#35, Lynx Elite/Exeter NH) earned a bronze medal in the Bantam Boys race. (Photo: Mike Scott)

Luke Babcock (#35, Lynx Elite/Exeter NH) earned a bronze medal in the Bantam Boys race.
Photo: Mike Scott

SNOW'S NO PROBLEM AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC XC IN RI
DiClemente, Wheating, Granite State Flash win National Titles December 10, Smithfield RI

The hopes maintaining the pleasant weather of three weeks ago was too much to ask for for Saturday's USA Junior Olympic National Championships in Smithfield RI. Friday's storm that escalated to white-out conditions had the status of the meet in question until less than 20 hours before the first race, but event director Ron Boemker was able to secure the Bryant University course, and a massive team effort by the host Sentinel Striders turned the site into a runable if not ideal course after when the snow stopped at 4pm. Paths on the turf and trails were narrowed due to snowpiles and the 5K was shortened since snow removal equipment couldn't negotiate all the back trails, yet Saturday turned out mostly sunny and footing on the slightly narrowed mix of snow and turf.

Large fields negotiated the challenging courses. (Photo: Mike Scott)

Large fields negotiated the challenging courses.
Photo: Mike Scott

Despite travel problems and some missing teams, over 2000 runners qualifying out of 16 regions of the country took to the starting line over 10 races. USATF-NE champions from 3 weeks earlier bookended the meet with individual race wins; Ashley DiClemente (North Kingstown Rec/Narragansett RI) won the opening Bantam Girls (10 and under) race, taking with less than 100 meters to go and striding through the tape. In contrast, Andrew Wheating (Norwich VT) had the lead for the final kilometer to take the Young Men's race (age 17-18). In the team standings, the Granite State Flash swept Midget (age 11-12) division team wins, boys and girls.
Three other New England individuals ran to medals, all bronze; Luke Babcock(Lynx Elite/Exeter NH, Bantam Boys), Victoria Godbillot (Liberty AC/Arlington MA, Bantam Girls), and Erin Lagasse (Sentinel Striders/Barrington RI, Young Women). Many others earned all-American status (top 25). Nashua PAL, North Kingstown Rec, and Sentinel Striders also took trips to the medal podium during the day. Full results are posted at the USATF JO XC Page.

 

LOCAL NAMES PROMINENT IN WEEKEND CROSS COUNTRY ACTION
December 10-11

At the Footlocker national scholastic races in San Diego on Saturday, December 10, the Taye brothers of Cushing Academy on Ashburnham MA ran solid races; junior Ayelew placed 17th (15:32) and sophomore Sintayehu took 23rd (15:43) among the elite 40 qualifiers from around the country; the boys race was won by AJ Acosta of Oceanside CA in 15:02; no New England women qualified for the final, won by California freshman Jordan Hassey.

USATF-NE championship race winner Mary Cullen of Providence College represented her native Ireland and placed a solid 11th to lead Ireland to 4th place; among those backing her were former BU ace Rosemary Ryan (29) and BAA member Orla O'Mahoney (35). In the men's competition, the local Irish connection was again prevalent, with Providence star Martin Fagan second for the green in 16th and PC alum Paul McNamara 72nd; 1998 and 2000 Mayor's Cup winner Francis Kirwa, now representing Finland, was 76th.

 

STATUE DEDICATED TO LOCAL OLYMPIAN
December 10

A statue of Harold Connolly, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist in the hammer throw, former world record holder, and a USA Track & Field Hall of Fame member, was dedicated at Boston's Taft Middle School (corner of Warren and Washington Streets in Brighton) on Saturday, December 10.

The statue is a larger-than-life sculpture in bronze that celebrates Harold Connolly's achievements and his remarkable story. A graduate of Brighton High School - where the hammer was not a scholastic event - his achievements were during the "Cold War" in the late 1950's and early 1960's when track and field achievements between the USA and USSSR were national topics of discussion. The Boston College grad set 6 World bests and took the measure of then-dominant throwers from the USSR in meets including the Olympic Games, this despite one arm being withered from birth.

 

NE Delegates Dave Cahill, Steve Vaitones, Lance Turley and Pat Lavelle pose with the 'River Runner' in Jacksonville at the USATF Annual Meeting (Marja Bakker photo)

NE Delegates Dave Cahill, Steve Vaitones, Lance Turley and Pat Lavelle pose with the "River Runner" in Jacksonville at the USATF Annual Meeting
(Marja Bakker photo)

LOCAL PARTICIPATION AT USATF NATIONAL ANNUAL MEETING
Local individuals and events recognized Nov 30-Dec 4

The USATF Annual Meeting in Jacksonville Florida brought together several hundred individuals who work with all aspects of the sport on the local and national levels. Meetings from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with several functions thrown in kept the New England delegation of committee representatives busy, but they left energized to work on programs over the coming year. Rules of the sport and legislation for organizational operations took center stage, with plenty of work in the sports committees and other support groups.

Marja Bakker, USATF-NE past president and administrator for the Boston Marathon, was presented with the Outstanding Contributor Award by the Women's Long Distance Running Committee. A pair of masters age 65-69 took age group honors for the year; Barbara Jordan (Green Mt. AA) for women's track, and Bill Borla (Moose Milers) for men's road running. Several National championships were awarded to be held in the association; the Masters Indoor Track will return in 2008, the CVS/Downtown 5K will be the men's and women's 5K National for 2 more years (06,07), and the USA 1 Hour Racewalk will be in the greater Boston area in 2006 and 2007.

Summaries of day-by-day activities can be found at www.usatf.org.

 

OFFICE CLOSED DECEMBER 1-4

The USATF New England office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, December 1-3, as the staff of one will be at the National USATF Annual Meeting in Jacksonville FL. New England events are up for championship consideration, key decisions about the sport will be made, and awards will be announced; you can follow what's happening at www.usatf.org.

 

TAYE BROTHERS 1-2 AT FOOTLOCKER QUALIFIER
November 26, New York City

Cushing Academy (Ashburnham MA) standouts Ayalew and Sintayehu Taye took the top 2 spots at Saturday's Footlocker Northeast qulifier at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. The brothers, attending Cushing for the first year, recorded strong performances in a race that included most of the top scholastic runners from Maine through the mid-Atlantic region. Senior Ayalew clocked 15:21 to soph Sintayehu's 15:29 (third was 15:32); the Ethiopian natives lived in Portland Maine for two years before coming south and were 4:10 milers last year.

The top 10 in the boys and girls races qualified for the elite National meet in 2 weeks in San Diego. Two other New England states runners to qualified, both from Connecticut; Tradelle Ward (Griswold) and Jay Koloseus (Guilford). No New England girls made the final this year as New York schools dominated the front end. First New England state runner was Connecticut champ Kelly Sorrell in 25th, with Jessica Barton (Newton MA) 27th. Full results (and all HS news) can be found at www.dyestat.com.

 

HEIDI WESTERLING - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR OCTOBER
November 27

Cape Cod Marathon Heidi Westerling is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for November 2005.

The Narragansett RI resident, a 2004 graduate of URI, won both New England road championships in the month. She began with a convincing win in the five miler at the Ollie Road Race on October 2, and then closed the month October 30 with a solid win at Cape Cod. Her time in Falmouth, 2:46:37, is better than the Olympic Trials standard but was before the qualifying period began.

The entire October AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY WEEKEND!
November 19-20, Smithfield RI

With National qualifying placings in 10 age groups at stake each day, perfect weather and a great course made for a great weekend of youth cross country at Bryant University in Smithfield RI this past Saturday and Sunday. Many man hours of work this fall have gone into prepping the course for the upcoming nationals JO meet to be held on the course in December, and the course provided competitors with a fair test of running.

On Saturday, the New England association championship meet saw 682 runners cross the line in 10 divisional races, the largest local field in many years. As the host association, New England will advance runners directly to Nationals, with the top 3 teams and individuals finishing in the top 20 getting a ticket to the December 10 event. Team winners included Granite State Flash (Bantam Boys, Midget Boys, Midget Boys), Nashua PAL (Youth Boys, Youth Girls), and Sentinel Striders (Intermediate Boys, Intermediate Girls, Young Women), and Liberty AC (Bantam Girls).

On Sunday, the five other USATF associations of Region I (covering Maine, Connecticut, and half of New York) drew about the same number of runners for the same number of spots.

So, the 'dry run' for the big day went without a hitch. Race results for both events can be found at www.usatfne.org/cross page. The National meet site is www.rijoxc.com.

 

LOCAL RUNNERS RUN WELL AT USA FALL NATIONALS
November 19, 2005, Rochester NY

Cross country brings out the widest range of basic competition with teams composed of milers through marathoners covering hill and dale, and the 2005 USA Fall Nationals returned to the East Coast for the first time since 2000, running in Rochester NY on Saturday, November 19. Among the earliest dates for the meet in recent years (in deference to historical snows in the area), the tight winding course offered many spots to observe the competition, and as usual, New Englanders were evident in the top results.

In the women's 6K race, New England champ Erin Dromgoole (Reebok Boston) turned in a stellar performance in fourth place, just 7 seconds back of the winner. Kasie Enman (BAA, 14) and Janelle Kraus (BAA, 23), cracked the top 25, with the latter two leading their BAA team to a second place finish with 101 points, 15 back of California's See Jane Run team. The men's 10K race found the BAA in 5th and Reebok Boston in 9th, behind winners Hansons-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan. Top locals were Patrick Moulton (19th, BAA), Mark Miller (35th, BAA), and New England champ Roland Lavallee (38th, Reebok Boston).

Masters ran the same distances in separate races, with NE clubs and individuals earning a plateful of medls with their performances in age groups. Team medalists in the 10 year divisions were Whirlaway (M40+, 3), Moose Milers and Marathoners (M60+, 2), Gr.Springfield Harriers (M60+, 3) and Liberty AC women (2nd, 60+). Dirigo Racing Team, 4th in the M40, were led by M50 individual winner Tom Ryan, and the Moose Milers had Bill Borla taking the M65 race; four other men were bronze medalists; Mike Payson (Dirigo, M40), Doug Martyn (Whirlaway, M45), Milt Schumacher (MMM, M60), and Jerry LeVaseur (MMM, M65). In the women's results, Cathy Utzschneider (unattached, W50), Carrie Parsi (Liberty AC, W65), and Mary Harada (Liberty, W70) won gold, with Elizabeth Szawlowski (Liberty, W70) taking silver.

For complete results, go to www.usatf.org/events/2005/USATFClubXCChampionships.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY WEEKEND!
November 17, 2005

Byant University in Smithfield RI will see over a thousand youth competing in Junior Olympic cross country racing this weekend, vying for spots in December's National Championship meet which will also run at Bryant.

On Saturday, the New England association championship meet begins at 10:30 with races in five age divisions for boys and girls. This meet is for NE members, those living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont only; top individuals and the top 3 teams in each race advance directly to the Nationals, as New England hosts the Nationals this year. The NE meet on Saturday will take day of event entry.

On Sunday, the Region I meet brings together runners who qualified from the Adirondack, Connecticut, Long Island, Maine, and Metropolitan associations looking for spots in the National meet.

Meet information for both events including schedules can be found at www.usatfne.org/cross page. Full results will be available there on Monday morning.

 

OFFICIALS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE
November 13, 2005

Nine certified officials from the New England association of USA Track & Field (USATF) have received the Outstanding Service Award in recognition of continued contributions to the sport on the local level. The awards, which are presented once per Olympiad by the USATF National Officials Committee, were announced by USATF New England Officials co-chairs Laurie Boemker and Pat Lavelle. While the individuals are representative of the general geographic areas served by their local officials' groups, they are all active in working throughout the four states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) served by USATF-New England.

Those recognized are Ron Boemker (Cranston RI/RI Officials Guild), Charles Butterfield (Rutland MA / Central Mass. Track & Field Officials Association), David DeInnocentis (Andover MA / Central Mass. Track & amp;Field Officials Association), David Kerin (Middlebury VT), Justin Kuo (Brookline MA / Mass. Track & Field Officials Association), Thomas Meagher (Duxbury MA / Mass. Track & Field Officials Association), David Post (Weymouth MA / Mass. Track & Field Officials Association), Janet Tetreault (No.Kingstown RI / RI Officials Guild), and Lance Turley (Nashua NH / New Hampshire Officials Association).

 

2006 GRAND PRIX SERIES SET
November 7, 2005, Waltham MA

The 2006 USATF-NE Grand Prix series will have a familiar look, as six of seven races return to the schedule from this past year. The seven 2006 Road Race Championships composing the Grand Prix series were selected Monday evening, and in the end, the 80+ USATF-NE members in attendance at Brandeis University.
Eleven races submitted bids for next year's series. And though the series will only have one new event - the Apple Harvest 10 Mile in Harvard MA - there were no runaway winners.

The 2006 schedule:

Mar 19 New Bedford Half-Marathon, New Bedford MA
June 4 Rhody 5K, Lincoln RI
June 25 Whirlaway 10K, Methuen MA
July 16 Stowe 8 Mile, Stowe VT
Sept 17 Ollie 5 Mile, South Boston MA
Oct 1 Apple Harvest 10-Miler, Harvard MA (wild card)
Oct 29 Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA

Other races submitting bids included the Marine Corps 10K (Milton MA), Northfield 10.3K Trail Run (Northfield MA), Bedford Rotary 12K (Bedford NH), and Bay State Marathon (Lowell MA). Full info with dates and contacts will be on the grand prix page by the end of the week.

 

LAVALLEE, CULLEN TAKE CROSS COUNTRY CROWNS
November 6, Franklin Park, Boston

Rolland Lavellee and Mary Cullen took the wins at the 2005 USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Frankln Park on Sunday. Thanks to a dry and breezey week before the races, the Franklin Park course had solid footing (though not entirely smooth) for the first time in weeks. A hearty crowd brought the open season to the end at the park with three exciting races.

Lavallee (Reebok Boston), who had raced little as of late, broke up a tight pack as he took the lead just before the 8K mark and strode to a 10 second win (30:25) over 2005 road Grand Prix titleist Nate Jenkins (GLRR). Reebok Boston won their third NE title in a close team battle over the B.A.A., 28-34,

Cullen, the red-shirt Providence College senior from Ireland who ran second to Kim Smith's phenomenal time in the Mayor's Cup, had the race as she pleased in the Women's 6k with her 20:06 - the number 3 winning time ever in the meet - over a minute ahead of Danette Doetzel (Canada). Just 3 seconds back, Erin Dromgoole (Reebok Boston) won the New England title. B.A.A. took the team honors for the fourth straight year led by Kasie Enman in fifth. Masters women ran the same event with division winners including Karen Smyers (40+), Lisa Doucett (CSU, 50+), Carre Parsi (Liberty AC, 60+), and Mary Harada (LAC, 70+).

The masters' men's 8K race started the day, with Eric Morse (CMS) running away from Mike Payson (Dirigo RC) over the second half of the race to take the gold. Payson and teammate Dan Franek in third led Dirigo to the team win. NE age group winners for individual and team were Ken Leinbach (BAA) and Greater Springfield in the 50+ division, and Bill Borla and his Moose Milers and Marathoners for the 60+.

Closing the full day of action was the NCAA Division II Regional Trials for the Nationals; UMass Lowell took Stonehill by a point in the women's race, and the placings reversed in the men's race where the Aero Hawks had all five scores in the top 10. Both advance to the Nationals on November 19.

Full results at www.usatfne.org/cross/.

 

MILLER 13th AT NATIONAL 10K
November 5, Mobile AL

Mark Miller (BAA) took a strong 13th place at the USA 10K Championship in Mobile Alabama on Saturday. The B.A.A. runner recorded a personal best 30:06 at the distance in a strong field. The winner of last month's NE 5 Mile Championship at the Ollie Road Race, he attended the race as part of USATF's Association Athlete Development Program.

2004 Olympian Kate O'Neill of Milton MA took fourth in the concurrent women's race in 34:28.

 

2006 GRAND PRIX MEETING NOVEMBER 7 AT BRANDEIS

The selection meeting for the 2006 USATF New England Road Race Champion Grand Prix series will be held on Monday, November 7, at Brandeis University in Waltham MA beginning at 7:00 p.m. Seven races from 5K to the marathon will be voted. Any individul with USATF memberhship is eligible to attend and vote for next year's schedule.

If you know of races that might make quality championship races, it's not too late to submit a bid; they're due by November 5 at the USATF-NE office.

 

GP SERIES COMPLETE, CHAMPIONS FINALIZED
Jenkins tops men, Taber and Haas share women's honors October 31

Sunday's Cape Cod Marathon brought the 2005 Grand Prix schedule to a close, and with it honors for the season. The race determined some places, with several unaffected by the 26.2 miler results. Nate Jenkins (GLRR) had the men's open division clinched before the race and did not compete. Tied after 6 events in women's open, Molly Taber and Kara Haas (GLRR) both chose not to run, as did their only possible challenger.

Dan Verrington (CMS) took 5th at the CCM and held onto the 40+ men's lead, as Paul Hammond (WRT) was only able to gain 1 point on the leader. Simonetta Piergentilli, after a PR in Chicago 2 weeks earlier, opted not to race as the lone challenger, teammate Cathy Pearce, also sat out the Cape. In the 50+ tier, USATF-NE athlete of the year John Barbour (GLRR) had fortunately clinched a repeat title as an injury has him sidelined. Women's counterpart Terri Martland, though, had the highest total points among women (59 pts), aided by her marathon win.
In the 60+ group, George Cunha (TVFR), second overall, beat Art Roberts by 2 places to give both the same total and a share of the crown. Not running but retaining their leads for division wins were now-two-time 60+ titleist Catherine Farrell (CSU) and first time men's 70+ leader Jack Kick (GCS).

In the team standings, the CMS men topped the open men's list for the first time in 4 years with their marathon win, while the Whirlaway masters men took their sixth straight crown. CMS also won the 50+ men (a three-peat), with Moose Milers and Marathoners first among the 60's.

Merrimack Valley Striders had a share of all three women's team golds, with an outright win in the open, and moving up to tie Whirlaway and CMS in the 40+ and 50+ divisions, respectively, on their marathon performance.

Find all standings at the GP Page.

 

O'NEIL, WESTERLING CONQUER CAPE COD
Falmouth MA, October 30

BAA runners Keven O'Neil and Heidi Westerling overcame the challenging course on a ultimately pleasant day to take wins the 28th Cape Cod Marathon sponsored by Sovereign Bank and directed by the Falmouth Track Club on Sunday.

The Rhode Island based duo were frontrunners for most of their tours of Falmouth; after running 2nd for much of the race, O'Neil took the lead around 19 miles and ran to a 2:33:27 win, while Westerling, winner of the NE 5 mile four weeks earlier, ran at the front almost from the gun in recording a 2:46:37 in her debut at the distance. Dismal weather conditions the night before gave way to mostly sunny skies on race morning. It was the largest finishing field in race history with 976 completing the course.

Divsion winners included Jason Cakouras (HFC - 40+), John Lee (CMS - 50+), George Cunha (TVFR - 60+), and Paul McDermott (NMC - 70+), with women's age group wins going to CMS runners Deb Barry (40+) and Terri Martland (50+).
Central Mass Striders dominated team scoring with wins in the men's open, 50, and 60 races and women's open race, with Whirlaway (men 40), MVS (women 40) and GMAA (women 50) the other winners.

Greater Boston TC won the accompanying Dunkin' Donuts Marathon Relay in both the men's and women's divisions; 163 teams passed the baton. 70 individuals earned the coveted Ironrunner jacket by completing all 7 GP championship races. The results can be found at capecodmarathon.com.

 

CAPE COD MARATHON ON SUNDAY CLOSES GP YEAR
October 26

Sunday's Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth MA will bring the 2005 Grand Prix road race championship series to a close. The event has reached its entry limit; no day of race registration will be accepted. Results will be found at the capecodmarathon.com on Sunday evening, with final Grand Prix standings posted here on Monday evening.

 

SHOEMAKER IS USATF ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
October 25

Jarrod Shoemaker (BAA) (Photo: FitzFoto/NERunner)

Jarrod Shoemaker (BAA)
(Photo: FitzFoto/NERunner)

Mayor's Cup cross country winner Jarrod Shoemaker was selected by USATF as the national Athlete of the Week. The B.A.A. runner from Sudbury MA won the 16th annual harrier race in difficult conditions, and is the second New Englander selected for this honor in 2005, with Amy Rudolph a previous selection. The full Mayor's Cup story at the New England Runner site.

Now in its fifth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport; selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

 

SMITH, SHOEMAKER TAKE MAYOR'S CUP TITLES
October 24

Kim Smith and Jarrod Shoemaker added their names to the Mayor's Cup trophy with convincing wins at Franklin Park on Sunday. Despite rain, 45 degree temperatures, and shoe-sucking mud, nearly 800 runners contested the five races on an increasingly sloppy course. The meet was sponsored by the B.A.A. and adidas, and run with the cooperation of the Boston Parks Department.

Smith, the 2004 NCAA cross country champion as a Providence College runner, is still training in the area. Coach Ray Treacy only decided to have her enter after a 85 mile week of training to run as a hard workout. The New Zealander completely dominated the field, clocking 16:35 for the 5K and solid footing would have surely given her both the meet (16:22) and course (16:12) records. Former PC teammate Mary Cullen, an all-American in her own right, was left 21 seconds back at the tape.
Shoemaker, a product of Lincoln-Sudbury HS and Dartmouth College, shadowed Westchester Track Club's Daniel Zegeye (a 2000 Olympian at 1500) for the first 5K before making his move. A professional triathlete and the current under-23 World Champ, Shoemaker originally planned to run the 5K, but cancellation of a tri in Mexico he was in training for let him move up to the championship 8K. His time of 24:23 beat runner-up Kyle King of ZAP Fitness by five seconds.

Both team titles were as close as could be, with Shoemaker's B.A.A. men taking the win by a point over Westchester TC 50-51, while the club positions were reversed by the same point margin for the women 44-45; Reebok Boston men and Central Park TC women were the bronze medalists.

The pair of youth races were larger than ever, with almost 300 total finishers. Winners were Meghan Krueger (Needham TC) and Philip Galebach (Lynx Elite), with Needham girls and Bay State Bullets boys the top clubs. The Franklin Park 5K - the open co-ed race - was won by Steve Czupryna (Chicopee MA) leading his Chicopee community team to the win, with Katherine Chwasciak (Webster NH/5 Star RC) the first female; Northeastern RC was the top team.

The event got front-web-page coverage on the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) website. All results can be found at the B.A.A.'s Mayor's Cup site.

 

MAYOR'S CUP CROSS COUNTRY THIS SUNDAY
October 18

Just a week until the region's premiere cross counntry event, the Mayor's Cup at Franklin Park in Boston. Join the expected 800 runners in one of the five races - youth boys and girls 1.1. mile, Franklin Park Open 5K, or the Women's 5K and Men's 8K Championship races. The course will be wet or damp - real cross country condition. Entry is available on-line until Friday, or at the race on Sunday. Info is at the Mayor's Cup site. (Please carpool to Franklin Park.)

 

NE MEDALS AT USA MASTERS 5K XC
October 17, Saratoga NY

A hardy group of masters harriers headed to Saratoga State Park in New York for the USA Masters National 5K cross country championships, and a handful of medals made their way east on a weekend that favored the mudders.
On the men's side, Jerry Learned (CMS/Hopkinton MA) won the men's 55-59 division by a second in 17:42, and Eric Morse (Berlin VT/CMS) was 2nd 40-44 (and 2nd finisher overall) in 15:18 to US XC Runner of the Year Brian Pope (15:11). Bob Matteson was the sole 85+ runner and got a gold for his efforts. Moose Milers and Marathoners were third among the 60+ men's teams.
Three members of Liberty AC won their divisions; Regina Wright 60-64, Carrie Parsi (65-69) and Liz Szawlowski (70-74); the teamed to give Liberty the women's 60+ division title.

Results at the USATF page.

 

NE HOUR RACEWALK TITLES DETERMINED
October 17, Waltham MA

A small group of dedicated racewalkers circled the Bentley College oval on Sunday for honors in the USATF-NE 1 Hour Championship. Leading the pack was former US Junior National champion Adam Staier (Farmington ME) who totaled 10,651 meters in the hour. He was closely followed by ageless (well, actually 60 year old) Bob Keating (Nashua NH) with 10,527 meters. Top female was Maine scholastic walker Sarah Adams, covering 8677 meters. Full results are at the Racewalk Page.

 

ROGER PIERCE - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER
October 14

World masters sprint champion Roger Pierce is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for October 2005.

Pierce brought home three gold medals from the World Masters Championship in Spain the first week of September. The 60 year old was the individual division winner in the 400, clocking a time of 55.96, and also contributed legs to the victorious USA 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. That bling gives the Essex, Mass., resident a total of 8 gold medals earned at four world masters meets.

He is the first two-time winner of a AOM award (previously in May 2005), The entire July AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

MCGREGOR RACES TO USA WOMEN'S ROAD TITLE AT TUFTS 10K
October 10

Minnesota's Katie McGregor matched her 2005 National title on the track with a strong win at the Tufts 10K for Women on Columbus Day. The USA team member (10,000 meters) for last summer's World Championships outlegged defending champ Marie Davenport down Charles Street, as the duo, who ran together the entire race, gradually dropped other challenges over the 6+ miles and sprinted down the final straightaway; two seconds separated the leaders (32:26/32:28). Top local runner was Amy Mortimer (West Roxbury MA) who finished sixth in 33:03 after running as high as fourth through 5 miles.

The team title went to the Reebok Boston trio of Erin Dromgoole, Joanie Bohlke, and Andrea Gillespie, as their 1:49:39 edged the BAA by just under a minute. Mimi Fallon (BAA/Walpole MA) was 4th master in 36:26.

The race was served as the USA Women's 10K Championship for the 11th time in the past 12 years. Over 4600 women finished the course, undetered by a morning's light rain and a mid-race shower; among them were over 20 women who have competed in all 29 editions of the Columbus Day 10K. Results

 

MILLER, WESTERLING LEAD SEA OF BLUE AT OLLIE 5
October 2

Mark Miller and Heidi Westerling took individual honors and led their BAA teams to wins at the Ollie/McCourt Classic 5 Miler, the USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship on Sunday. Nearly 800 finished the race, which ran in the Seaport section of South Boston.

Thorough 2 miles (4:47/9:42), Miller was among a lead pack of five that included current GP leader Nate Jenkins and 2004 seris winner Casey Moulton. While Ben Schmeckpepper forced the pace up G Street Hill, Miller made his move at the crest of the hill to break up the pack and had 10 seconds on all by the return to Broadway. He ran uncontested to the tape, with Moulton (preparing for a fall marathon) and Jenkins second and third, respectively. BAA's depth cancelled out the 2-3 Greater Lowell finish for team gold, though Jenkins clinched the 2005 individual series with his race.

The BAA women went one better than 2004 when they finished 1-2-3-4-5, as Westerling, a year out of URI, led a parade of 6 consecutive BAA finishers over the lines. Wayne Levy continued the blue dominance with a masters win, and Uta Pippig led the masters women in. John Barbour (GLRR) is now 6 for 6 in the M50 division, with Marge Bellise striding to the women's division win. Sumner Brown (CSU) and Jan Holmquist (HHS) were 60's division winners, and Jack Kick (GCS) led the 70+ crowd. Whirlaway masters 40+ men remain the only undefeated team for the year.

Most division team scoring is tight as the series comes to a close on October 30 at the Cape Cod Marathon. Those Ironrunners who plan to complete all 7 races this season should check the GP Page to see if they're included.

 

JOHN BARBOUR SELECTED AS USATF-NE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
October 1

Greater Lowell Roadrunner captain and to 50+ runner John Barbour is the inaugural USA Track & Field - New England association (USATF-NE) Athlete of the Year for 2005; the honor was announced at the USATF New England annual meeting on September 29.

Barbour is a model of consistency and an ambassador for the sport. Although he did not win an Athlete of the Month award, he has dominated long distance running in the age 50+ division in New England in the past 12 months. His performances began with wins in last fall's USA Masters 8K National Cross Country championship and in five straight 2004 USATF-NE Grand Prix races. He continued his mastery in 2005 with five more championship wins ranging in distance from 5K to the half marathon. (He made it 6 for 6 in 2005 with a convincing win and 50th overall placing at the USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship on October 2, clinching his second straight division title.) He also won this division and was among the top 5 40 year olds at the largest races in Maine (Bridgton 4 on the 4th) and Rhode Island (cvs/Downtown 5K) this year. And, in smaller local events, he always remains a threat to take the overall victory.

When not training or competing, Barbour has served as team captain and coach for the Greater Lowell Road Runners, works with Team Gloucester, and writes a column for New England Runner Magazine.

John will be honored at the Grand Prix Meeting to be held on November 7 at Brandeis University in Waltham MA.

 

BUSINESS AND RECOGNITION TIME AT USATF-NE BOARD ANNUAL MEETING
September 29

The USATF New England Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 29, was a mixture of recognition and business this year.

The meeting opened with presentations to the Athlete of the Month winners from May 2004 through August 2005. Moving to the business portion, report booklets (to be published on the website shortly) with summaries by all officers and sports chairs, were distributed and reviewed. President's, Treasurer's, and Director's reports preceded the elections, with only sports chairs and athlete representatives were up for vote in 2005, and no positions had contested elections.

Gordon MacFarland (CSU) will serve as women's LDR chair, joining incumbents Jim Garcia (GLRR/ Men's Long Distance Running), and Courtney Bird (Falmouth TC/Masters LDR), to oversee road running activities.

Dave Cahill (GBTC) and Lee Hess (MVS) continue as Open and Masters Track and Field Chairs, while Patrick Sweeney (HFC Striders/Dedham MA), past chair for women's LDR, will share Youth Committee responsibilities with Lance Turley for the coming year. Rich Bolt (Nashua NH/Mountain-Ultra-Trail Running), Justin Kuo (NEWalkers / Race Walking), and Dan Hart (HFC Striders/ Cross Country) round out the chair positions.

Athletes representatives complete the board with John Mortimer (unattached)and David Callum (GBTC) re-elected and Paul Kelly (HFC Striders) added to the board.

Fifteen delegates were voted to attend the USATF National annual meeting in Jacksonville Florida the first week in December (to be listed on the board webpage). John Barbour was announced as the USATF NE Athlete of the year. Courtney reported on a document being developed for race directors that explains prize money payment procedures, and Dave Cahill announced the plans for a new track and field grand prix circuit to start in 2006.

The Board meets monthly to review local issues and to carry out programs in the sport. Complete meeting minutes will be posted over the weekend at the Board page.

 

KUO NAMED TO TECHNICAL COMMITTEE POSITION
September 28

The USATF Road Running Technical Council named Justin Kuo USATF road course certifier for Massachusetts and Connecticut. His responsibilities will include the final review and approval of road race course measurement in those two states, and serving as a resource for measurement procedures. Ray Nelson who has handled the Massachusetts paperwork for close to 20 years, will retain the position of Rhode Island signatory.

For more on road race course certification, check out the Road Running Technical Committee page at usatf.org/events/courses/certification/.

 

NEW ENGLANDERS SCORE FOR USA AT MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
September 24

New Englanders contributed to the US team effort at Sunday's World Mountain Trophy competiton in Wellington New Zealand. Second scorer for the men's team, which placed 6th among 17 countries, was Eric Blake (CMS), who was 23rd overall, his best place for the team in several appearances. Fourth and final US scorer - 50th overall - was Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA); it was a tough race for the veteran squad member who was a great member to the younger team runners. Kevin Tilton was 6th American and 71st overall in his first international experience. The men's course was 13.5 kilometers on an up-and-down course.

The US team alternates Peter Maksimow and Kelli Lusk, along with team manager contested the open race with successes; Lusk was the women's winner, with Bolt and Maksimow taking 4th and 6th. The same championship courses were used (the women's race was a 2 lap 9.1 km circuit).

The full results are at the World Mountain website.

 

EMILY LEVAN - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR AUGUST
August 15

Marathoner Emily Levan (Wiscasset ME), who recorded a personal best in the marathon while competeing at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland, is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for August 2005.

A late addition to the Team USA roster (due to injury withdrawal by another runner), the Boston Athletic Association runner recorded a time of 2:38:32 and placed 35th in the field and third of five US competitors. Earlier this year, she was the first US finisher at the Boston Marathon, and then won the USATF-NE 8 Mile championship in Stowe VT in July.

Levan and all Athletes of the Month from the past year, will be recognized at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting on September 29. The entire August AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

RUDOLPH TAKES US 5K TITLE
August 15

Amy Rudolph of Providence won the USA women's 5K title in her home town as some of the top road runners in the country took to the streets of Providence on Sunday at the CVS/ Downtown 5K. The 2005 USA National 5K Championship for both men and women. The race was the 2005 men's US title event for the third straight year, as the women's added the women's challenge to the event.

The women's race was won by of Russian Olga Kravtsova in 15:43, a second up on countrywoman Alena Samokhvalova; defending champ Marie McMahon of Connecticut (and Ireland, via Providence College) was third in 15:46, followed by Rudolph, fourth overall, in 15:54, just edging Jenelle Deatherage who recorded the same time.

The USA men's championship field was topped by Adam Goucher, of Portland Oregon. Making his road racing debut, Goucher was third overall in a tight frontrunning pack; winner Mohamed Amyn (13:44) had less than a second on Shadrack Kosgei, with Goucher at 13:47 and Olympian Anthony Famiglietti just a step away from the national title. The race, with finishers offered both overall and US Championship prize money. There were nearly 3000 finishers in the 5K.

Besides the championship race, there were 17 races for youth from kindergarden through high school age over the morning; over 2000 participated in those events. See www.cvsdowntown5k.com for complete results.

 

US CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AT CVS/Downtown 5K SUNDAY
September 9

Some of the top road runners in the country will take to the streets of Providence on Sunday as the CVS/Downtown 5K hosts the USA National 5K Championship for both men and women. The race has been the men's US title event for three years, and adds the women's challenge to the event. There is also a morning of youth races - 19 in all - for kindergartners to high schoolers beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Entry is still open, though it must be done on site (online entry is closed), and teams must declare on race morning. See www.cvsdowntown5k.com for all the details.

 

PIERCE WINS AT WORLD MASTERS
Jordan earns four medals at event
September 6

Roger Pierce (Essex MA) won gold in the 400 meters at the World Masters Championships held in San Sebastian, Spain. The 60 year old, our Athlete of the Month earlier in the summer, took the measure of his age group competition by running 55.96 for the lap. During the 2 week meet, the sprinter also picked up a relay medal and placed fourth in the 100 and 200.

Four other New Englanders also made it to the awards podium. Barbara Jordan (S. Burlington VT) was the busiest, returning with four medals; silver in the triple jump, and bronze in the long jump, 80 meter hurdles, and 300 meter hurdles. She also ran in the 100 and 200. Dr.Ken Leinbach (Watertown MA/BAA) ran to silver in the 8K cross country race (age 50-54), following a 4th in the 5000, Mary Harada (West Newbury MA/Liberty AC) picked up a bronze in the 1500 (70-74) and competed in the 800 and 5000, and Bill Garrahan (Narragansett RI) was third in throws pentathlon (75-79).

 

NE ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
September 1

USATF New England was recognized at last weekend's national workshop as one of only eight of 58 associations across the country to achieve a set of service categories. Within that group, only the fact that membership numbers haven't reached a specific number-per-100,000 population kept us from reaching a "gold" standard (only 1 achieved this). The association leads the country in number of clubs and sanctioned events.

 

MEMBER BENEFITS GROW
September 1

If you haven't checked out the USATF Members' Only page lately at the National website, you will find an incresed number of offers and discounts available. Most will find several offers that easily cover the cost of membership. The New England association plans to add several local -only offers for 2006.

 

CROSS COUNTRY ENTRIES NOW ON-LINE
September 1

For those looking for the latest cross country material, entry forms and info for all of the association's major fall events - Harrier Classic, Mayor's Cup, NE Championships - are now posted at the cross country page. Also check out the links to the Fall National Club Championships which will be in nearby Rochester NY November 19.

 

FIVE FROM NE ON US MOUNTAIN RUNNING SQUAD
August 31

Five New Englanders, all members of Central Mass. Striders, were named to the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete in the 21st World Mountain Running Trophy in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, September 25. The locals, regular leaders in the NE Mountain Circuit, placed highly in the several qualifying races to earn their spots.

The women's team includes 6 athletes and an alternate, scoring 3; the men's team is the same size but scores 4. Alternates will run in the Open race or can replace a team member in the Trophy race.

Representing the USA will be:
Paul Low (Belchertown MA) (three-time USATF Mountain runner of the year and five time team member); Eric Blake (Plattsburgh NY) (2nd team appearance); Kevin Tilton (Conway NH) (three time NE GP runner-up); and Peter Maksimow (Springfield MA) ( alternate, first team appearance).
Kelli Lusk (Belchertown MA), a two time team member, is women's team alternate.

NE Mountain/trail chair Richard Bolt (Nashua NH) is team leader. The U.S. team is sponsored by Teva, the title sponsor and official footwear of the team.
The full press release can be found at the Mountain/Trail page, and the World race site is www.mountainrunning. org.nz.

 

throwers CLINIC ON SATURDAY in RI
Cranston RI

A clinic to help throwers put together their year round training program and to work on core strength Will be held Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cranston RI, directed by Tom Petranoff. Held in two sessions, the morning activities will be outdoors and the afternoon session will be indoors. The cost is $30 per person and includes a barbecue.

Please RSVP or contact Tom Petranoff at 401-440-0878 or email turbojav@aol.com.

 

personal BEST FOR LEVAN AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
August 15

Emily Levan (BAA) (Photo: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun)

Emily Levan (BAA)
(Photo: Victah Sailer/PhotoRun)

In her first competition as a member of a US team, BAA runner Emily LeVan (Wiscasset ME) placed 35th in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships. In a field that included Olympic and World Champions and current and former World Record Holders, her time of 2:38:32 was a personal best by over a minute. LeVan was the third American behind Turena Johnson-Lane and Jill (Gaitenby) Boaz, as the USA's women's team finished sixth place in the Marathon World Cup team scoring.

Levan was notified only three weeks ago that she would be competing in the August 14 World event after another runner withdrew due to injuries. Already preparing for the Twin Cities Marathon in October, she was able to adjust her training schedule with Coach Jeff Staab and produced excellent results.

Immediately following the race, LeVan said, "It was a great race for me, with a PR by almost a minute and a half. I felt pretty good the whole way. The Finnish crowd was amazing. I am so pleased to be here and represent the USA. I'll take home a lot of experience. This is my first international team, and I will use a lot of the experiences to help me in future races. I'm excited by my time, and feel that I can get even better."

Conditions in Helsinki were ideal for a marathon, with cool temperatures, overcast skies and moderate humidity. The race was won by world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of Great Britan, who led from start to finish; Radcliffe's time of 2:20:57 was a World Championship record.

 

ARANTXA KING - ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JULY
August 10

High school star Arantxa King, with two victories in major international competitions, is the USATF-New England Athlete of the Month for July 2005.

At the IAAF World Youth Championships in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Medford, MA resident beat the best of the globe's age 17 and under athletes in the long jump. Representing her native Bermuda, King bettered her personal best by nearly a foot, spanning 20'11 1/2" on July 17. Closing out the month, she won the Pan American Junior Championship meet Windsor, Ontario, Canada, in the same event, leaping 20'4 1/2" to beat the hemisphere's top age 19 and under competitors.

King, along with all Athletes of the Month from the past year, will be recognized at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting on September 29.

The entire July AOM press release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

ANNUAL MEETING TO RECOGNIZE ATHLETES
August 9

The USATF New England 2005 Annual Meeting, to be held at Boston College's Yawkey Athletic Center on Thursday, September 29, will include a recognition of USATF-NE's Athletes of the Month. The Athlete of the Month (AOM) program began in May of 2004 to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport, and award winners since the inception of the program are being invited to the Annual Meeting for a special ceremony to begin at 6:30 pm, prior to the business meeting.

Illustrating the richness and diversity of New England track & field, Athlete of the Month honorees have ranged in age from 12 year old youth cross-country runner Mari Littleton of Nashua NH (November 2004) to 70 year old masters pentathlete Flo Meiler of Shelburne VT (August 2004). Winners have included road racers, a mountain runner, a pair of high school middle distance stars, a javelin thrower, shot putter, a youth long jumper, pole vaulter, a masters sprinter, and a masters marathon team. Some are receiving their first major award while others are well known national orinternational competitors such as Jen Toomey, Amy Rudolph, Laura Gerraughty and Mark Carroll.

For more about our Athletes of the Month, click on the Awards and Honors Page.

 

MASTERS MASTERFUL IN HAWAII
August 4-7

Local masters said Aloha to gold medals at the USA Masters National track and field championships held in Hawaii last week.

Most prolific scorers were the Vermont duo of Flo Meiler (Huntington VT) competing in the 70-74 division, and Barbara Jordan (Burlington/GMAA) in the 60-69 division. Meiler won four events - 80 meter hurdles (bettering the US record), pole vault, discus, and pentathlon - and was runner-up in the high jump and long jump. Jordan matched that medal count with gold in the pentathlon, 80 hurdles, 300 meter hurdles and the long jump, and silver in the 100 and 200.

Mary Harada (Liberty AC) ran a race a day, taking the 70-74 gold in the 400 and 1500, along with silver in the 800 and 1500. Barbara Foster (MVS) won the 30-34 pentathlon.

In the men's results, Norm Bouthillier (Whirlaway RT) won the 40-44 steeplechase, and completed a full set of awards with a 10,000 silver and 1500 and 5000 bronze; Warren Graff (MVS) just turned 60 and celebrted with a win in the 300 hurdles, while Carroll Blake (Boston MA) was a narrow victor in the men's 55-59 800 meter.

East coast participation was smaller than usual, due to the long trip and the choice for some New Englanders to attend the upcoming World Masters meet in Spain instead.

The 2006 meet will take place in Charlotte NC; the 2006 Indoor meet returns to Boston.
All results can be accessed at the USATF home page page.

 

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT CLOSES AT CRANMORE
North Conway NH, August 7

The six race 2005 edition of the USATF New England mountain running circuit wrapped up in North Conway with the 18th annual Mount Cranmore race in New Hampshire on August 7. More than ninety runners from eleven states and Canada raced each other over the multi-loop up/down course which featured stretches of 20% grade; women raced two loops (8.8km), while men took on an additional loop for 13.2 km and 3321' of change. Victories, which ensured the final automatic berths on the USA team for September's World Mountain Trophy race, went to Julie Bryan (Jackson Hole WY) in 52:14, and Eric Blake (Plattsburgh NY/CMS) in 63:46.

The USATF-NE circuit champions were crowned after the event. Many of the age group victories were close, going down to the last race. Paul Low (CMS) took the overall victory with 488.48 points, while Suzy West (CSU) was the women's overall top point scorer as a master with 473.49 points. Other division winners: W-Open:Kathy Hurst; W50:Jacqueline Keith (NMC); W70:Barbara Robinson (MMM); M40:Dave Dunham (CMS); M50:Bob Chasen (TVFR); M60:Peter Orni (CMS); M70:Paul McDermott (NMC).

In the final tally, 21 runners completed all six races to earn the distinction of being dubbed "Mountain Goats". A total of 109 USATF members scored points in the 2005 circuit. Founder Dave Dunham (CMS) leads the career scoring with 3,166.92 points and Donna Smyth leads the women with 1,958.15.

Check out the complete scoring (on Thursday) at the Mountain Running page.

 

DOW WINS USA 15K WALK
Watertown MA, August 7

Joanne Dow (Manchester NE/adidas/NEWalkers) scored a solid win at the USA 15Km racewalk hosted by USATF New England in Watertown MA on Sunday. Dow covered the 10 laps in an easy-for-her 1:14:13 and took the lead in the 2005 USA Race Walk Grand Prix. Overall race winner was Mainer Benjamin Shorey out of U.Wisconsin-Parkside. The former multi-time Junior National champion won his first open championship, leading the field 1:11:00; local walker Patrick Collier (Athletics East) was just 47 seconds back, his best ever showing at a National meet.

You can find the summary and race info at the Racewalking page.

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
August 6

The 10th edition of the IAAF World Track & Field Championships opens on August 6 for a week of the best competition in the sport. Returning to the site of the first "Worlds" - Helsinki Finland - the USA women's squad has strong New England representation.

A pair of 5,000 meter runners will be at the starting line, Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA / UNC-Chapel Hill) and Amy Rudolph (Providence RI). The Marathon field includes Emily Levan (BAA / Wicasset ME) and recent Boston resident and MVS member Jill (Gaitenby) Boaz (now in Los Osos CA). Recent past New England association resident atheltes on the roster include Bates College alum and past New England collegiate champ Elizabeth Wanless (Gainesville FL) in the shot put, Blake Russell (past Acton MA resident) in the 10,000, and North Middlesex (MA) HS grad Bethany Hart in the hammer. Several athletes who finished in the to 3 at the US Championships missed a berth due to not meeting the qualifying standards.
The sole male with New England connections is two time Olympic shot put medalist and Dartmouth grad Adam Nelson (Athens GA).

As usual, there is minimal network television of this capstone of the sport; PAX network will have a daily one hour review at 4 p.m.

However, for a mere $4.95, one can get unlimited internet access to live and archived coverage of the championships. Of course, it requires high speed access, but will ensure fans can see every event of the championships. The quality is excellent, based on the coverage of the recent Bislett Games. Click to the USATF site to find out how to sign up for this package.

 

YOUTH SHINE OVER WEEKEND
July 26-31, Windsor CAN and Indianpolis IN

The past weekend was one for the elite youth of the country to shine as two major competitions were held in the midwest and Canada; the Pan American Junior Championships in Windsor, Ontario, Canada showcased the hemisphere's top under-20 athletes over the weekend, while in Indianapolis, the Nationals Junior Olympic brought together age group competitors from age 8 and under to 17-18 for a six day summit.

At the Pan Am meet, Massachusetts State champion Arantxa King (Medford MA) capped her banner season with the hemispheric crown in the long jump representing her native Bermuda.The 16 year old, who earlier in the month won the World Youth (under 17) gold, spanned 20'4 1/2" for the win. Also taking home a medal was John Freeman (E.Greenwich RI), the third in his family to compete for the US internationally in the hammer throw. He pushed his best out to 211'10" with the 6 kilogram ball-and-chain, which earned him the bronze medal. A pair of Ivy Leaguers also wore their national colors, as Harvard freshman-to-be Zac Pollinger finished 8th in the 10,000 meter walk (47:38.81), and King's sister Akilah King ( Medford MA/Brown U) was 16th in the 200 at 24.73

In the Junior Olympic championship held in Indianapolis, New England javelin throwers took center stage, scoring all the local top 3 placings; Leigh Petranoff (Throwing Zone, Cranston RI) won her third straight gold medal in the javelin, her 137'11 toss the best among Intermediate Girls (15-16), while third in the same event and division was Tara Karin ( Byfield MA), 132'10". Two more locals also earned a bronze medal; Lucas Hadden ( Waitsfield VT) with his 165'3" throw in the Intermediate Boys competition, and Erica Vendituoli (Amherst NH) with a 78'0" in the Bantam (10 and under) Girls Turbo-Jav.

Other New Englanders in the top 8 in an event included Chris Stuart (NE Walkers, 4, 3000 m race walk), John Burns (Nitehawks TC, 5, Young Men High Jump), Nich Chace (Chacers TC, 5, YM Hammer), Sid Griffin (No.Kingstown Rec, 6, Youth Boys 3000m), and Abbey Karin (Byfield MA, 8, YG Javelin). Congratulations to the many New England qualifiers and participants. A number of meet and national age group records were set by the more than 6000 competitors. Sorry if anyone was left out in our review of the six days of competition results. Complete results of both meets can be found at usatf.org.

 

NE MASTERS MEET - HARADA SETS US RECORD IN 3000
July 23, Springfield MA

Nearly 150 masters athletes took advantage of the best day of the summer to turn in quality performances at the USATF-NE Masters Track & Field Championships on Sunday.

One US masters record was set, that by Mary Harada (Liberty AC/West Newbury MA) in the 3000 meters, with a clocking of 14:41.60. Flo Meilor (Green Mt.AA/Huntington VT) bettered the existing W70 time in the 80 meter hurdles (18.31), but the wind was above the legal limit. The top "age graded" marks were turned in by 45 year old New Yorker Oneitha Lewis in the hammer, her 179'8" spin in the hammer worth 109.17%, and 69 year old Barbara Jordan (Green Mt.AA) in the 100, dashing 15.93 for a 94.85% mark.

Men's results saw hottest times in the dashes, with Sal Allah of New York just missing the M45 record in the 400, running 50.57 (good for 94.64%), and 60 year old Roger Pierce (Essex MA) running 24.99 (96.04%) in the 200 and 12.43 in the 100.

Results can be found at the track page.

 

DECATHLETE ABDUR-RAHIM MAKES INTERNATIONAL DEBUT
July 22-23, Bernhausen, Germany

Dartmouth College multi-event talent Mustafa Abdur-Rahim made his debut in a national uniform as part of the USA team competing in the annual dual match against Germany last weekend.

A Brookline MA HS grad, Abdur-Rahim was one of only 2 collegians on the seven man roster, and the only one without prior international experience. The 22 year old finished eighth of 13 competitors with 7453 points for the 10 events. Selection was based on performance at last month's USA Championships in California.

Full results at www.usatf.org.

 

LAST CALL FOR NEW ENGLAND MASTERS TRACK & FIELD MEET
July 18

The USATF-NE Masters Track and Field Championships takes place Saturday, July 23, at Springfield College. Pre-meet entries are due in the office by Thursday at 6 p.m., though entry is allowed on meet day with a late fee. the first event starts at 10:00 a.m. The entry form is at the www.usatfne.org/track page.

 

JENKINS, LEVAN LEAD AT STOWE 8 MILER
July 17, Stowe VT

Nate Jenkins (Amherst MA/GLRR) and Emily Levan (Wiscasset ME/BAA) handled the high humidity and hot competition to win at the 25th annual Stowe 8 Miler in Stowe VT on Sunday.

Jenkins made it two wins in a row, following his tough run at last month's 10K. Giving chase but falling 9 seconds short (42:10-42:19) was recent Clemson grad Matt Pimental, now back at home in Andover with the Merrimack Valley Striders. Jenkins has a commanding lead over Chris Magill, seventh at Stowe. Veteran runners of the race rated the conditions among the worst in the event's 25 years, with the overcast skies being the only plus. 744 finished the loop.

Masters series leader Dan Verrington (Bradford MA/CMS) won and placed eighth overall, one spot ahead of rival Craig Fram. John Barbour (Gloucester MA/GLRR) continues his dominance of the 50-59 division with his fifth straight win, local John Hackney (GLRR) was the only Vermont based champ of the day, taking 60-69 honors, and Jack Kick (Dunstable MA/GCS) topped the 70+ for the second time.

The Boston Athletic Association controlled the men's open team scoring with their five scoring finishers in the top ten. Other division winners were whirlaway (40+), CMS (50+) and Gate City Striders (60+).

In the women's action, Levan, a sub-2:40 marathoner last year, held off 10K champ Molly Taber for her first title; she became the fourth different BAA runner to win a championship this season (Taber being the only non-unicorn). Nina Caron (Andover MA/MVS) continued her strong running as the 4th overall and first master finisher. Kara Haas, in 7th place and third open runner, remains in the circuit leader, one point ahead of Taber.

Sydney Letendre scored her second New England 50+ crown ahead of teammate Terri Martland, Catherine Farrell (Newtonville MA/CSU) extended her lead in the 60+ division with the win, and Barbara Robinson (Franconia NH/Moose Milers) the sole 70+ competitor.

The BAA only brought 3 runners, but their times in placing 1-5-9 were good enough to match the men's tem performance. Whirlaway held on for a 16 second win over Merrimack Valley Striders for the masters team title and Central Mass Striders were again 50+ winners.

Grand Prix results and standings are updated at www.usatfne.org/gp. The series has not August or September races (head to the Downtown 5k on September 11 the USA National 5K for both men and women), so scoring is on hold until the October 2 Ollie / McCourt Classic 5 Miler. (Note too that the October 30 Cape Cod Marathon is well ahead of last year's entry numbers, so enter early.)

 

KING WINS WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD!
July 17, Marrakech Morocco

Medford (MA) High School sophomore Arantxa King will have an unmatchable summer vacation story after winning the long jump at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Marakkesh Morocco.

The Massachusetts state champion for 2005 and state record holder set a personal best by 25 centimeters to pull off a huge upset. Jumping for Bermuda, the 15 year old was unranked going into the meet but her jump of 6.39 meters - 20' 11.5"! - had legal wind and surpassed far more seasoned jumpers. It's the fifth best in the world this year for the age group. She backed that with an additional jump of 6.25 meters to win Bermuda's first ever gold in the World Youth Meet (the meet is for athletes age 17 and under (not turning 18 during the calendar year.)

King also leapt beyond 40 feet in the triple jump, but did not qualify for the final. She is the daughter of Tufts University Associate Athletic Director and former track coach Branwen King, a past Olympian herself in the shot put. Full results and stories can be at www.iaaf.org.

 

GREATER BOSTON TC TOPS TEAM TOTALS AT CLUB NATIONALS
July 15-16, New York City

Greater Boston TC won a hard fought battle for the overall team title at the USATF National Team Championships held at Icahn Stadium in New York City over the weekend. The women's team finished 2nd to Lemans Track Club (NJ) and the men's team finished 4th overall.

GBTC women won gold in the sprint medley and 4 x 800 relay and had three individual winners; Sherita Williams was the club's leading scorer, winning the triple jump (meet record) and scoring in the high jump, long jump, 100 hurdles, and 4 x 100, while Natalie Grant (hammer) and Kateema Riettie (javelin, meet record) also topped the podium. The only other winner from New England was Joanne Dow in the 5000 meter racewalk, clocking a meet record 22:54.73.

On the men's side, GBTC had 2 victories - Dan Olson who defended his high jump title by clearing 6'10" and Sean Furey who took the javelin in 224'9" (where the club placed 1-2-4. Francis Shen broke the 25 year old club record in the 400 hurdles and became the first club member to ever break 54 seconds in the intermediates, though, as a testament to the quality of the men's meet, Shen's record time landed him just 10th place.

Congratulations to Coach Dave Callum (also a USATF-NE board member) for his hard work in pulling the team together during the season. Full results at www.usatf.org.

 

STOWE 8 MILER ON SUNDAY
July 13

The USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series has its fifth stop of the circuit this Sunday at the 25th annual Stowe 8 Miler in Stowe VT. The fourth time championship provides the only New England championship in Vermont this year.Results and entry info are at www.stowe8miler.org page. Two races remain in the series, the Ollie 5 Mile the Cape Cod Marathon, both in October.

 

PIERCE NAMED ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JUNE
July 12

Masters Sprinter Roger Pierce was named USATF-NE Athlete of the month for June 2005. The Essex MA resident won three events and set a new meet record in the 400 meter for athletes age 60-64 at the USA Senior Games in Pittsburgh PA. He swept the spint events with wins in the 100 (13.08), 200 (25.69) and 400 in the record 57.19.

A multi-time US National Masters Champion in both the 50-54 and 55-59 divisions, he will be competing in his new age group at the World Masters Meet in Spain in August.

The entire release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

GOOD PERFORMANCES AT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cambridge MA, June 19

Overcast and less than seasonal temperatures were the order of the day at the New England open championships. Some events were undersubscribed (no entries in the men's steeplechase, one in the women's 400), but most had competitive fields.

Meet records were set in a pair of women's events - steeplechase (Hull/adidas Raleigh / 10:33.61) and 3000 meter walk (Lauren Forgues/Maine Racewalkers/ 14:58.60). Greater Boston Track Club won both team titles, 80-19-17 over Lincoln Tornado and Reebok Boston for women, and 93-26-17 ahead of Boston North and Reebok Boston on the men's side.

Athletes are invited to compete in the USATF East Region Meet July 2 in New Jersey (see website), and clubs should check out the opportunity to compete in the 4th annual Club Nationals to be held at New York City's Icahn Stadium on July 15-16.

New England results at www.usatfne.org/track.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Providence RI, June 18

Rhode Island College played host to the USATF-NE Junior Olympics on Saturday, the meet returning to the excellent venue in Providence after 5 years at other sites. A comparatively small number of entrants - 397 - competed (likely low due to our not securing the location until three weeks before the meet) to secure entry into the Region I Championship meet July 8-10 in Queensbury, New York.

If any individual qualifying for the July 8-10 meet has not yet entered, we can take entries until Wednesday. Contact the USATF-NE office immediately!

Results - www.usatfne.org/track.

 

MASTERS RECORD UP MT.WASHINGTON
Pinkham Notch NH, June 18

Coloradan Simon Gutierrez earned "King of the Hill" honors in the 45th annual 7.6 mile Mt.Washington Road Race. The two-time (2002-2003) winner clocked 1:00:54 in rainy conditions and a 39 degree reading at the summit; it got so bad that the roadway closed to auto traffic for the remainder of the day following the race. Central Mass Strider teammates Eric Blake and Paul Low were 2-3, Blake just 13 seconds off the pace. Matt Carpenter of Colorado lowered the masters record to 1:02:12 in taking fourth overall.

The women's race came down to a kick, as two time world mountain champion Melissa Moon (New Zealand) outlegged four-time winner Anna Pichrtova (Czech Republic) in the final staircase-steep 70 yards, her 1:10:11 just 3 seconds off the course record. Masters winner and first local was Cathy Pearce of Merrimack Valley Striders in fifth place, 1:20:15.

Results are at the Granite State Race Services site, www.gsrs.com.

 

MALONEY NAMED ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR MAY
June 13

Lasalle HS (RI) senior Matt Maloney was named USATF-NE Athlete of the month for May 2005. The Oregon-bound thrower set a new state and New England high school record in the javelin with a throw of 231'5" on May 15; it was also the third longest scholastic throw ever with the current implement. It was the second time this year that he broke both records, the first time being April 12. He went on to win the state and New England titles in the event in June.

The entire release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC, OPEN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS RUN THIS WEEKEND

A busy weekend for USATF track and field is coming up, with the New England Junior Olympics on Saturday at Rhode Island College in Providence (first event at 9:30 a.m.) and the New England Open Championship returning to M.I.T. in Cambridge on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Entry is still open for both events, with schedules and forms to be found at www.usatfne.org/track.

 

LOW, WEST FIRST UP ASCUTNEY
June 11

Paul Low (CMS/Amherst MA) and Suzy West (CSU/Putney VT) added wins to their 2005 Mountain Circuit season with victories at the Mt.Ascutney Hill Run on Saturday.

Low, taking his second win after Wachusett, was the only runner with a sub-8:00 pace for the race, a testament to the steepness. His clocking of 29:27 was 23 seconds up on second placer and masters winner Eric Morse. West, with her third seasonal win, was the sole female under 11:00 and placed 15th overall in the 81 runner field .

Full results and standings will be found at the Mountain-Trail page. Two races remain in the circuit; Northfield Mountain (MA) on June 28, and Mt.Cranmore (NH) on August 7.

 

NCAA DIVISION 1
June 8-11

The NCAA Division I Championships, held in Sacramento CA at the site used for last year's Olympic Trials, generally rivals the USA Championships for quality of performances, and this year was no exception. The majority of the qualifiers were selected at four regional trials, with fields also filled in by performance based qualifiers, and several New England athletes who made it to last weekend's finals brought home honors.

The women's 10,000 was a New England affair, as a local trio followed winner Sara Slattery (Colorado, 33:02.21); soph Caroline Bierbaum (Groton MA/Columbia) in 33:03.37, junior Mary Cullen (Providence) 33:12.32, and frosh Lindsey Scherf (Harvard) 33:19.37.

In the men's results, Mustafa Abdur-Rahim (Dartmouth/Brookline MA) was runner-up with a point total of 7739, and three NE products earned bronze medals; Sean Furey (Dartmouth/Methuen MA) 242'3", Jeff Chakouian (Kentucky/Seekonk MA) in the shot put, 64'8 3/4", and Ari Lambie (Stanford/Harvard MA) in the 1500, 4:13.64.

Others earning all-American honors were Fiona Crombie (Providence College), 6th in the steeplechase 10:08.36; Lindsey Donaldson (Yale/Sudbury MA) 6th in the 5000 at 16:45.84; Christine Moschella (Stanford/Hopkinton MA), 6th in the 4x400 relay 3:29.39; Samyr Laine (Harvard), 7th in the triple jump at 52'10".

Making the finals in their event were Russell Brown (Stanford/Hanover NH), 9th in the 1500 at 3:41.72, LaSalle freshman Sean Quigley (LaSalle/Archbishop Williams HS-Braintree MA) 20th in the 10,000 at 29:58.38, and Maria Cicero (Boston College) 15th in the 10,000 at 34:10.48.

Full meet results can be found at www.ncaachampionships.com.

 

BAA PERFECTA AT 5K
June 5

The Boston Athletic Association hit the daily double in two categories, earning both men's and women's team and individual winners at the Rhody 5k, the USATF New England championship, on Sunday. Separate men's and women's races ran a pancake-flat 2 loop course that finished on the dirt greyhound oval. Conditions were "dog day" like at Lincoln Park with temperatures hitting 90, but that didn't stop the blue men and women from Boston from dominating both races.

The men's race found Iona grad and BAA runner Joe McAlister first onto the track and finishing unpressed in 14:50, ahead of former North Carolina star Brian McGovern (14:59) and BAA's Adam Sutton (15:05). Somewhat unusual for the NE road racing scene, the top 9 finishers were all under age 30. Top master was Eric Morse (18th, 15:46), while John Barbour made it three for three in the 50+ divisionColin McArdle, better know for his track prowess, clocked 18:29 to win the 60 division, and Don Dayton earned his second GP seasonal victory among the 70+ crowd.

With six in the top 11 overall, the BAA had a three minute gap over CMS in the team results, with Greater Lowell taking third. Whirlaway, CMS, and Moose Milers took the 40+, 50+, and 60+, respectively.

A similar team spread was seen in the women's race as BAA runners Orla O'Mahoney, Mary Proulx (winner of the 12k two weeks ago), and newcomer to the masters ranks Mimi Fallon scored the trifecta up front. The unicorn ladies scored a third individual winner with Eileen Troy taking the 50+ title, while Jan Holmquist's win in the 60+ division put her 48th overall. The irrepressible Louise Rosetti, at 83, was the day's oldest finisher in 49:32.

With five of the top 8 finishers, the BAA had over 6 minutes on Merrimack Valley Striders and Greater Boston for the team win. Whirlaway' and CMS women matched their male counterparts for the masters and seniors team wins.

Standings are updated on the GP page; race 4 on the 2005 scheule is the Whirlaway 10K in two weeks on June 26 in Methuen MA.

 

HIGHLIGHT FOR THE WEEKEND
Saturday: High School state meets in each NE state - support your young athletes
Sunday: 5K Road Championship at Lincoln RI, 9:30 a.m
Sunday: Pack Monadnock Mountain Circuit Race, Wilton NH
Added event: NE OPEN Hammer Competition has been added at RI College with Jr.Oly Meet on June 18

Specific information on these events can be found in the appropriate location on this website.

 

TOOMEY BACK TO TOP TIMES AT USA GP EVENT
May 31

Though schools are already closing down their seasons, open athletes are just getting into a higher gear and ready to take advantage of better weather. US Indoor champ Jen Toomey (Salem MA) turned in a fast early season time at only her second outdoor meet of the season (the Home Depot Invitational the previous week being her opener). This week at the Payton Jordan Invite at Stanford CA (USA Grand Prix event), Toomey was fourth (first American) in the 1500 at 4:08.26. Amy Mortimer of West Roxbury also traveled west and placed e8th in 4:10.19, a big personal best. In the women's 10,000, Ethiopia's Werknesh Kidane blazed 30:19.39, the best ever run in the US.

For the men, Winnisquam NH HS (and American University) grad Sean O'Brien ran 9th in the 1500 in 3:40.42; we need find him a mile, as that equates to a sub-4:00, something a New Hampshire high school product has never achieved.

Full results for your enjoyment.

 

LOCALS SHINE at NCAA DIVISION 2 and 3
May 31

NCAA Championship events began this past weekend with the Division II and III Nationals (Division I ran regional qualifiers, and will run their finals this coming week). At the NCAA Division II Championships in Abilene Texas, top mark was turned in by Nicole Plante of U.Mass-Lowell who clocked 35:56.48 for 4th in the 10,000 to earn all-American honors.

Wartburg College in Waverly IA hosted the Division III championships, where the Amherst College women took fifth, helped by a pair of wins in distance events.

In the 10,000, Carter Hamill took the gold in 34:00.43, over a minute ahead of Caroline Cretti of Williams (35:09.34), and Shauneen Garrahan was the victor in the steeplechase at 10:33.21; all three also ran the 5000 final, with Hamill running to silver (16:39.02) behind the host school's double winner and US World XC team member Missy Buttry.

Bates College (Lewiston ME) ace Kelly Godsey won the hammer and placed second in both the shot and discus, and Tessa Donahue of Westfield State earned all-American honors in both the long and triple jumps.

On the men's side, field events took center ring. Defending champ in the discus, Dan Austin of Williams, spun the platter 196'1" to repeat and set a new Championships record. Middlebury junior Khristoph Becker was a winner in the javelin (205'7") as his final throw carried him past runner-up Bruce Zapasnik of U.Mass Dartmouth . Uzoma Orji of M.I.T. took a pair of seconds in the remaining two throws, the shot put (58'3") and the hammer (189'2")

Yudehwheh Gbaa a freshman at Lincoln University by way of Providence (Hope HS), was the triple jump winner (49'6 1/4", DIII Season Best ), ahead of Tufts sophomore Fred Jones(49-1 3/4) Best mark on the oval was by another Providence at Lincoln, Bobby Young (Mt.Pleasant HS). He scored a D3 season best and school record in winning the 400 in a blazing 45.95 and also contributed to 2 all-American relay performances; a third Providence-Hope alum, Augustine Schmader, contributed legs to the 2nd place 4x400 and 4th place 4x100.

Full meet results can be found at www.go-knights.net/ncaatrack.

 

JUNIOR OLYMPICS AT RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE ON JUNE 18
May 25

We finally have a location for the New England Junior Olympic TF Championship Meet.

RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE in Providence will be the site of the association championship on Saturday, June 18. The entry information will be mailed to all youth clubs and will be posted on the website by the end of the week.

The top 6 finisers in each event qualify for the Region I meet July 8-10 in Queensbury NY, north of Albany. Meet info is posted.

 

TILTON, WEST LEAD RACE UP MT.KEARSARGE
May 23

Kevin Tilton and Suzy West led the pack at the Mt.Kearsarge Hill Run on Sunday. The 7.5 miler opened the 2005 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit in Warner NH. Tilton (CMS), from Conway NH, topped an experienced field of Mountain Men, holding a 6:12 pace up the hill to reach the summit in 52:25. The 2004 circuit champ, Josh Fernec, was 9 seconds back, while defending champ Paul Low was over 2 minutes back in third (likely a bit 'flat' as he held the same position at Saturday's NE 12 K championship in Bedford NH).

West (CSU), 2000 open and 2003 masters circuit champ from Putney VT, had an easier time of the women's field, her 1:08 :06 giving a 4 minute margin on Ann Rasmussen in the results; the top 4 female finisher were all masters.

Mountain Circuit scoring is based on time percentage relative to the winner's performance. The full results and standings will be found at the Mountain- Trail page in the next day; all scorers must have USATF membership. The circuit continues this Saturday morning, May 28, at the Wachusett Mountain Run (Westminster MA).

 

MILLER, PROULX PACE 12K
May 21

A pair of former Keene State and current BAA teammates ran to convincing wins at the Bedford Rotary 12K on Saturday in New Hampshire. Mark Miller established a lead by 2 miles and slowly extended it to the finish, as both Nate Jenkins (Gr.Lowell RR) and Paul Low (CMS) had the same experience with the next two places. Master ace Craig Fram broke out of a large chase pack to take 4th overall and top 40+ honors. CMS was the Open Team champ, and Whirlaway continued atop the masters placings.

The ideal-for-racing conditions, a rarity at this event helped the front-running Proulx to establish a new course record of 43:03; visiting from California, Jill Boaz (nee Gaitenby), also bettered the old route standard. Simonetta Piergentilli emerged from the 2nd loop in third overall and first master (and is now 2 for 2 in the '05 series). Merrimack Valley Striders returned several long-injured runners to the squad and took home the team trophy, while Whirlaway matched the men's masters team successes.

Standings will be updated after a final review of team scorers; next on the schedule is the Rhody 5K on June 5.

 

'05 MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT STARTS UP ON SUNDAY
May 18

The popular USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit opens its six event 2005 series on Sunday at 10 a.m. with the 11th annual Mt.Kearsarge Hill Run in Warner NH. The race travels along rolling roads for the first five miles, followed by a mountainous 3.5 climb to the scenic summit at just under 3,000 feet.

Defending champs and USA World Mountain team members, Paul Low and Kelly Lusk from CMS are entered. Past circuit age group champ Eldon Birkinshaw is the sole runner to have completed the event all 10 years; 15 have finished 7 or more.

Check out the CIRCUIT INFO including event contacts, scoring details, and course descriptions. USATF membership is required to score and receive circuit awards. The 2nd race of the circuit will be the Wachusett Mountain Run (Westminster MA) on May 28.

 

PETRANOFF MEETS WORLD YOUTH STANDARD
May 18

Leigh Petranoff acheieved the qualifying standard for the IAAF World Youth Championships in the javelin at the Chariho (RI) HS Schomp Invitational on Tuesday. The freshman from Cranston West threw 43.00 meters (141'1"), bettering the needed mark for the global Under-Age-17 competition by an even meter. Petranoff was provisionally named to the team after winning her age group in both the Junior Olympics and USA Youth Championships. This summer's World meet will be held in Marakesh, Morocco, in July.

 

GRAND PRIX RESUMES AT BEDFORD NH SATURDAY
May 16

The USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix lines up for the second race of the season at the 12K Championship in Bedford New Hampshire on Saturday. The site of several national age group records in the past, the Bedford Rotary hosts the event.

Reminder that all individual and club scorers must have their 2005 USATF membership prior to the race. Entry info and directions can be found at the race website.

 

MALONEY JAV MARK LEADS HARTFORD HS INV
May 15

Last month, Matt Maloney (LaSalle HS RI) broke the state and New England mark for the javelin; this past Saturday, he pushed his personal best out to 231'5" - an almost 20 foot improvement - to become the third longest high school javelin thrower ever with the current implement. It also lands him among the top 10 Juniors (19 and under) all-time.

At the same meet, Samantha Gawrych (Westerly RI) was the girls' outstanding performer with her 56.39 win in the 400 and anchoring two winning relays. Chris Barnicle (Newton MA) took the mile in 4:11.10, and Cory Thorne (Portsmouth NH) won the 2 mile in 9:25.17. Full Results at dyestat.com.

 

WEEKEND NOTES ON THE TRACK AND ROAD
May 15

The New England Inter-Collegiate Championships ran at University of New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, with the University of Rhode Island edging Dartmouth on the men's side - the result coming down to the final relay - and Boston College easily outdistancing U.Mass-Lowell for women's team honors. The sole meet record was set by Boston College in the men's 4x800. Results at the NEICAAA website.

Brett Romano (BAA) ventured to Michigan to the USATF National 25K Championship, placing 10th overall and 7th American, in 1:33:01.

 

WHIRLAWAY MASTERS ARE APRIL ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
May 11

The Whirlaway Masters Mens Marathon Team took their third consecutive masters team win at April's Boston Marathon, and for that have been named USATF-NE April Athletes of the Month. The trio of Paul Hammond, Chris Spinney, and Mike Cooney averaged under 2:40 per man, and their total time of 7:58:00 ranked them fourth among all open men's teams as well.
Read the entire release at www.usatfne.org/news/aom.

 

US JUNIOR RECORD FOR SCHERF
May 9, New York City

League championships are seldom the venues for national records, but Harvard freshman Lindsey Scherf ran to a new U.S. junior record in the 10,000 meters at the "HEPS" - the Ivy League Championships - held at Columbia University in New York over the weekend.

The 10K on Saturday was a batle from the gun as Scherf and eventual winner Caroline Bierbaum (of Columbia U. and Groton MA) hit the 1600m split in 5:09 and the half-way mark in 16:23. With seven laps to go, Bierbaum surged on Scherf (8-K in 26:19) and finished in an Ivy League record 32:44.51. Scherf continued to focus on the winner and finished in a strong second place and the record time of 32:51.20; the previous under-age-20 best was 32:52.5 set back in 1979 by Mary Shea. The pair finished in the same positions in the 5000m on Sunday.

 

PAIR OF DEATHS MARK WEEKEND
May 9

A pair of passings dimmed the weekend's activities locally.

On Friday, former BAA coach Ed Sheehan died while on a training run in the Washington DC area. Sheehan, 47, was originally from Weymouth Mass., attended Boston College HS, and was an all-American distance runner at Harvard. A former New England champion in several events, Sheehan had a best of 2:13 in the marathon. He was head coach at the B.A.A. from December 1994 through September 1997, and also coached at Harvard University, Troy State and the Boston Running Club. He served several years as the USATF-New England Men's Long Distance Running chairman before moving to Silver Springs MD with his wife, national caliber runner Naoko Ishibe.

At the end of last week, past BAA Board of Governors president Tom Brown died in Yarmouth Maine at age 90. The former postmaster of Hopkinton, for whom the post office is named, served as the Marathon's official starter in the 1980's. He played an instrumental role for the B.A.A. in forging the marathon's position as it evolved from an amateur institution to one that received sponsorship and awarded a prize purse. From the mid-1930s until the late 1970s, the marathon was kept alive in large part by the efforts of the Brown family, a member of which has been the official race starter since 1905.

 

A WEEKEND OF QUALITY PERFORMANCES
May 3

Top weekend track and field performances by local athletes produced several records and list leading marks.

Amy Rudolph (Providence RI) was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after she ran a world-leading time during her debut performance in the women's 10,000m Sunday at the Cardinal Invitational California. The two-time Olympian ran 31:18.96 seconds to win, which also makes her the second-fastest American woman of all-time.

On the east coast, Newton North (MA) High School set a new Massachusetts and New England outdoor record in winning the distance medley relay at the venerable Penn Relays. The quartet of David Polgar (1200 meter leg), David Silfer (400), Jed Carpenter (800), and Chris Barnicle (1600) clocked 10:04.15. It's the best ever metric distance time, and is intrinsically better (but records can't be compared via conversions) than the 10:08.4 run in yards in 1971 by New Bedford (MA) HS. The all-time state and region best remains the indoor 9:59.94 by Gloucester (MA) in 2000.

On the field, freshman Leigh Petranoff (Cranston West) extended the Rhode Island state scholastic record in the javelin to 136'9", breaking the old standard of 135'3" from 2003. Her older sister had also held the state record at one time.

 

SBLI FALMOUTH ROAD RACE ENTRY OPENS
April 30

The SBLI Falmouth Road Race will conduct registration for the 2005 race online. Registration opens at 6 a.m. May 1 and lasts until 10 p.m. on May 9. All interested in applying for a race number must visit the race web site during the above time period and follow the online instructions.

Except for Falmouth taxpayers and year-round residents, everyone who registers by the May 9 deadline will be entered into the lottery, which will be held at the end of May. Multiple entries for the same person are not permitted - all such entries will be rejected with no refunds. Runners will be notified by e-mail after the lottery whether or not they have been accepted. The 2005 entry fee is $32.

The full procedure, and additional important information can be found at www.SBLIfalmouthroadrace.com.

 

National Distance Running Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2005
April

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame announced the seventh class of inductees on Boston Marathon weekend. The class of 2005 is Bob Schul, Greg Meyer and Don Kardong.

Schul is the 1964 Olympic Champion at 5,000 meters in Tokyo and held five American and one world record. Kardong finished fourth in the 1976 Olympic Marathon and founder of the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington with over 50,000 entrants. Meyer, a Boston area resident for many years, set ten American Road racing records in his career and was the last American man to win the Boston Marathon, running 2:09.00 in 1983.

The Hall of Fame will hold the 2005 Induction Ceremony in Utica, NY, on July 9, 2005 the evening before the Boilermaker 15K Road Race

 

MALONEY SETS NEW ENGLAND HS JAVELIN MARK
April

Over a week late, but worth reporting, Mike Maloney (LaSalle HS RI) set a new state and all-New England standard for the boy's javelin throw at a tri-meet April 12. His mark of 212'2" broke the 208'6" distance set by Brian Chaput of Connecticut in 2000 (Chaput later went on to win the NCAA championships). Matt and his twin sister Megan, both state champs in the weight indoors, will throw for the U. of Oregon next year.

 

109th BOSTON MARATHON - IT'S OFFICIALLY SPRING
April 19

The 109th B.A.A. Boston Marathon is now in the books, as the second largest field in race history took to the roads between Hopkinton and Boston on Monday to produce good stories, numerous honors, and race history.

Men's winner Hailu Negussie gave the always enthusiastic Ethiopian fans a reward for their support as he became the first from his nation since 1989 to earn the gold medal, his 2:11:45 a solid effort on a warm day hindered by dry winds. Kenya's Catherine "The Great" Ndereba clocked 2:25:13 in becoming the race's first four-time female champion, running down Elfenesh Alemu over the second half of the course.

Wheelchair winner Ernst van Dyk returns to South Africa with his fifth straight first place trophy (also a record) after pushing a 1:24:11, and Cheri Blauwet repeated as women's chair champ in 1:47:45, perhaps starting her own streak.

Top New England state runner - and top American - was Emily Levan (Wiscasset ME) in 2:43:14; the 2004 Maine Marathon winner was 12th overall. Local masters and Massachusetts women were led by Simonetta Piergentilli (Whirlaway/Wilmington MA), 3rd among 40+ and 19th in the standings, with a 6 minute PR of 2:51:35.

On the men's side, Matt Pelletier (Running Heritage/Warwick RI) led the six-state charge in 2;24:55, good for 22nd, and publican Paul Hammond (Whirlaway/Lexington MA) topped the NE masters' results, in 40+ money at 5th with his 2:33:19.

The other top finishers for each New England state:

Full searchable results, with 5K chip time splits, are at the BAA Website, bostonmarathon.org.

 

MARATHON TEAMS TOPPED BY GREATER BOSTON, WHIRLAWAY
April 19

Whirlaway's winning masters team at the Boston Marathon - Mike Cooney, Chris Spinney, Paul Hammond (Fitzfoto/NERunner)

Whirlaway's winning masters teamat the Boston Marathon - Mike Cooney, Chris Spinney, Paul Hammond
Photo by: Fitzfoto/NERunner

The Greater Boston TC open men and Whirlaway Racing Team masters men took home the crystal in winning team divisions at Monday's Boston Marathon. All members of a scoring team were required to be declared prior to the race, with an athlete eligible for only one team or division. Team times were totaled on net/chip time.

The GBTC trio of Marzuki Stevens (2:31:13), Josh Sohn (2;33: 34) and Ian Nurse (2:35:41) - totaling 7:40:27 - brought the win to the club for the first time since the glory days in 1979. Chasing them in within 3 minutes were Greater Lowell Roadrunners (7:42:14) and the B.A.A. ( 7:43:25) of the 50+ clubs.

The Whirlaway threesome of Paul Hammond (2:33:15, 5th overall master), Chris Spinney (2:36:10, 6th master) and Mike Cooney (2:48:37) - 7:58:00 - won their third straight divisional title, as local rivals Greater Lowell Roadrunners were a distant second (8:28:49) among the 60 teams.

Whirlaway's over-40 women were a repeat-runner-up to another 3-time champ, Forerunners of Florida, with Moose Milers & Marathoners third; the top women's open team was the B.A.A. in seventh.

 

SCHERF SELECTED ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR MARCH
April 8

Harvard freshman Lindsey Scherf is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for March 2005. The Scarsdale, New York native earned all-American honors by placing 7th the 5000 at the NCAA Divison I Indoor Championships on March 11 (16:09.38, #2 on Harvard's all- time list), and followed that with a strong performance at the World Cross Country Championships in France the next week. At the latter event, she led the USA Junior (age 19 and under) to a fourth place team finish, placing 18th overall and first American.

Scherf has not rested on her laurels, as she set a Harvard record in the 10,000 (33: 20.25) at the Crimson's season opener in Houston TX on April 2 weekend.

The entire release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

WEEKEND OF QUALIFYING AND RECORDS
April 3, various locations

Joanne Dow (Manchester NH) mastered the weather and the competition on Sunday, winning the USA Trials for the Pan American Race Walk Cup Competition on Long Island. Despite damp and windy conditions, the 41 year old clocked 1:37:04 over the 8 lap 20 kilometer course. Dow led from 5 kilometers to the finish, enjoying over a margin of over a minute at the tape.

Maine's Lauren Forgues was third in the junior 10K in a Personal Best 55:18 and qualified for her first US team, and Harvard freshman-to-be Zachary Pollinger won the Junior Men's 10K in 44:43.

After a narrow miss a week earlier at the USA 8K Championship, Deena Kastor (CA) brought the USA record down to 24:36 with her win at the LaSalle Bank Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago on Sunday. The Olympic medalist placed 20th overall, breaking Lynn Jennings' 14 year old mark by 26 seconds.

At Sunday's Carlsbad (CA) 5K, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba tied the World Record of Paula Radcliffe with her 14:51 winning time. She set the World Indoor 5K record at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games in January.

Kevin Curtin (Reebok Boston/Billerica MA) has been selected as USA Team manager for the team competing in the April 10 Beijing International Women's Ekiden relay in China. No New England athletes are on the 7 runner squad.

At the 37th K of C Relays at Bishop Hedricken HS in Warwick RI, New York high school sophomore hammer thrower Walter Henning set a new soph class record of 219'4" in the event, the second time this season he bettered the former record which had stood for 35 years up to this year. The old standard of 208'10" was held by Alvin Jackson (Classical High School, Providence, RI) and set in 1970.

 

KASTOR JUST MISSES RECORD AT USA 8K IN NYC
March 26, New York City

Running the second fastest women's 8 km in U.S. history, Deena Kastor dominated the women's field at the USA 8 km Championships in New York City, the inaugural event at the new Icahn Track and Field Stadium on Randall's Island.

Running on her own from the first kilometer, Kastor missed the record by 3 seconds with her 25:05 win. Amy Rudolph of Providence took third - and the accompanying $3000 - in 26:02, with local product Laura O'Neill (Milton MA, now in CT) seventh in 26:35, and Amy Mortimer, fresh off the World XC meet, ninth in 26:41.

Jorge Torres emerged with his first ever USA championship title in his debut pro road race. A main pack completed the first 3 km circuit before Torres took charge of a smaller group loopiig back into the stadium. He made his final push to break the field just before 5K. Former Brookline MA ace Jonathan Riley was ninth in 23:12; other locals in the elite 47 runner field included Matt Downin (NH native now in NJ), 14th in 23:24; Mike Donnelly (MA native via Oregon), 22nd in 24:00, Rob Wong (Whirlaway) 36th in 24:38, and Eric Blake (CMS) 40th in 25:02.

The USA 8 km was the third stop for the men and the second for the women on the 2005 USA Running Circuit; featuring nine events for men and eight events for women, the series will include the CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence in September, and the Tufts 10K for Women in October.

For more information on the USA 8 km Championships and current standings for the 2005 USARC, visit, www.usatf.org.

 

MERRIMACK TRAIL RUN POSTPONED
March 22, Andover MA

The Merrimack River Trail Run originally scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed until Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. Functions at the hotel at the start (Wyndham, at Rt 93 and River Rd)left that date as the only alternative. Contact Steve Peterson for an entry form.

 

NEW BEDFORD HALF MARATHON OPENS 2005 GP SERIES
March 20, New Bedford MA

The 2005 Grand Prix got underway in the Whaling City at the 28th annual New Bedford Half Marathon with tight team scoring the order of the day. A field of 1500 entrants experienced better than average race conditions for the March event.

The B.A.A. dominated the men's results, as the Unicorns took five of the first nine places, their 5:43:39 tally assuring the team title. Behind them, Central MA Striders and Greater Lowell clocked identical 5:58:26 totals for their five scorers, CMS getting the silver based on the tiebreaker of faster fifth man. Dirigo RC was just 24 seconds behind those two. The women's team battle found all three medal squads within 39 seconds; Merrimack Valley Striders (4:14:17) edged Whirlaway RT (4:14:26) and Greater Boston TC (4:14:56).

Individual New England champions were the BAA duo of Terry Shea (2nd overall, 1:08:06) and Kasie Enman (1:19:49). Whirlaway RT produced both masters winners, as Craig Fram continued his roll at age 46 (12th overall, 1:09:34), and Simonetta Piergentili (Whirlaway) clocked a big PR (1:20:41, 4th female). A pair of Ethiopians runners by way of New York's Westchester Track Club, took the overall honors; Kassahun Kabiso (1:06:45) and Alemtsehay Misganaw (1:18:48) both had top 3 finishes on Saturday at the Holyoke 10K.

Results will be found at the race website, www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com, and the Grand Prix standings will be posted, after full results review, by Wednesday.

 

SCHERF LEADS US JUNIORS AT WORLD XC
Senior Women's Team, local runners win bronze medals
March 19-20, St.Galmier, FRA

USA Women won the 4K team bronze medal. Locals Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA native), Blake Russell (recently from Acton MA), and Amy Mortimer (W.Roxbury MA) - the right three in picture - contributed to the performance.

USA Women won the 4K team bronze medal. Locals Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA native), Blake Russell (recently from Acton MA), and Amy Mortimer (W.Roxbury MA) - the right three in picture - contributed to the performance.
Photo: Sean Hartnett/TFN

Harvard freshman Lindsey Scherf placed 18th overall and led the USA Junior Women's team to a 4th place finish (118 points) at the IAAF World Cross Country Championshis this past weekend. Scherf, who earned all-American honors in the 5000 at the NCAA Championships the previous week, finished the 6K course in 22:12. Temperatures were in the 70's, a bit warm for New Englanders in particular. This marks the third consecutive year that the U.S. junior women's team has finished fourth at the World Cross Country Championships. Kenya won the team title Saturday with 16 points, with Ethiopia at 22 points and Japan with 56.

In the Senior Women's 4K "short course" race, Team USA took the bronze medal with 67 points. The American team was paced by Lauren Fleshman of Stanford CA (11th) and former New England resident Blake Russell, recently relocated to Monterrey CA, (15th). Shalane Flanagan (U.North Carolina/Marblehead MA) was 20th and 3rd US scorer, and Amy Mortimer (West Roxbury MA/Reebok), grad assistant coach at Boston College, was 52nd overall and fifth American. Ethiopia won with 18 points, and Kenya placed second with 19. This is the first U.S. women's short course team medal-winning performance since 1998.

Jean Cann, (Hopkinton MA), past Brandeis University head and BAA assistant coach, served as the junior women's team leader on the trip.

A pair of Ethiopians familiar to New England ran off with double victories; Tirunesh Dibaba, who set a world indoor 5000 meter record in January at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, won both the women's 4K and 8K races, and countryman Kenenisa Bekele, who placed 2nd at the ReeBIG, took an unprecedented fourth consecutive double win (4K and 12K). Go to www.iaaf.org for all the results, and a fine gallery of pictures can be found at www.trackandfieldnews.com.

 

MASS. HS COACHES HONORED BY PEERS
March 19, Marlboro MA

Four Massachusetts high school coaches were honored with induction into the Mass. State Track Coaches Hall of Fame Saturday during the MSTCA Coaching Clinic. The Class of 2005 quartet, with well over a hundred years of combined coaching experience, are Dwight Estey (North Attleboro), Ernie Goff (Chicopee), Bob L'Homme (Bishop Feehan), and Steve Sawyer (Hamilton Wenham). All have produced successful programs and all are still very much active in coaching the sport. Congratulations to them and thanks for their decades of work.

The MSTCA clinic itself included an all-star line up of presenters; open to all coaches, it is worth putting on your calendar for 2006.

Mass State Track Coaches Association

 

FOUR SCORE WINS AT SCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS
New England Athletes perform well at meets in NY and DC
March 8

A pair of national scholastic meets annually bring together many of the country's top indoor tracksters the second weekend in March, and this year four New England athletes returned with gold medals from their travels.

In New York, the older and larger of the meets is held at the Armory facility, and a local trio were winners. Chantelle Dron ended her indoor scholastic career with a win in the mile, the home-schooler from Candia NH clocking 4:55.46; Fellow Granite Stater Guor Majak (Concord NH) took the 2 mile (9:20.69), and Nick Ponomarenko ( Concord MA) scaled 6'9.75" for the high jump gold.

Snaring a silver medal was Brendan Lodge (Narragansett, RI) in the weight, 68'7.75", and earning bronze were Megan Maloney, (Barrington RI) in the weight (48'1.25"), Brian Gagnon (Lowell MA) in the 800 (1:52.55), and Vinny Olsen (Londonderry NH) in the 5000 (15:19.65).

Track athletes placing in the top 6 were headed by Samatha Gawrych (Westerly RI) who was 4th in the 800 in 2:08.84, and who anchored Westerly to 4th in the sprint medley (4:00. 84) and 6th in the Distance Medley (12:18.62). Waltham Track Club(Newton North MA) took 5th in the 4x800 (9:28.25) and Alexandra Krieg (Wellesley MA) ran 6th in the 2 mile (10: 54.50), with Paul Ahern (Londonderry NH) 4th in the mile (4:17.08) and Steve Chalanor ( Merrimack NH) 4th (9:22.41) and Tim Cunningham (Rutland MA) 6th (9:25.58) in the 2 mile.

On the field for the boys, Freddie Wills (Londonderry NH) doubled a 5th in the triple jump (44'11.5") and 6th in the Pentathlon (3455), with Nate Hunter (Gloucester MA) 5th (53'7.5") and Andrew Bettina (Hopkinton MA) 6th (52'10.75") in the shot put. Girls field performer placers were Sade Williams (Dorchester MA), 4th in the shot (41'7. 75"), and Meg Joyce (W.Kingston RI, 48'0") and Julia Broome (Providence RI, 47'1.5") 4th and 6th in the weight. Many other top performances were recorded.

At the Nike Scholastic Nationals in Maryland, John Freeman won the 25lb weight with a personal best throw of 72'7.75" - 3rd best in the US this year. Matt Maloney ( Barrington RI) was 3nd at 70'5.25", while Matt's twin sister Megan won silver in the girls' 20lb weight, 52'6" (4th best in the country).

Results of both meets will be found at dyestat.com.

 

JORDAN WINS 6 EVENTS AT MASTERS NATIONALS
Other New Englanders harvest medals in Spudland
March 11-13

Barbara Jordan of the Green Mountain AA won 6 events at the USA Masters Indoor Nationals held in Boise Idaho over the weekend. Competing in the age 65-69 division, the Vermonter earned golds in the 60 Meter (9.79), 200 (34.51), 60 Meter Hurdles (12.73), Long Jump (11'2.75"), Triple Jump (24'1.75") and Pentathlon (3414 points).

A pair of sixty year olds brought back significant hardware; Roger Pierce (Essex MA) scored a trio of dash medals in the 60 (3rd, 8. 26) 200 (1st, 25.83), and 400 (3rd, 58.95), and Colin McArdle (Brookine MA/Gr.Boston TC) was a winner in both the mile (5:14.59) and 3000 (10:30.65). Mary Harada (West Newbury MA/Liberty AC) won the W65 3000 (15:12.14) and took silver in the 800 (3:35.84) and mile (7:30.93), with Deke Conklin (NH/Int'l PV Consortium) the only other New England winner, clearing 10'0" in the M70 pole vault.

Over 500 athletes took part. The meet returns to Boston in 2006. Full results are posted at the USATF Website.

 

LOCALS SCORE IN COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 11-12

The three divisions of NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships ran over the weekend with familiar names found in the meet summaries.

The Divison I meet took place in Arkansas, and New Englanders were rare finds in the rarified results of this meet, but local products did make the finals results. On the men's side, Said Ahmed (Boston/U .Arkansas) was sixth in the mile, 4:03.32. Women's results found Arianna Lambie (Harvard MA/Stanford) ninth in the mile, 4:45.77. For the women, Caroline Bierbaum, (Groton MA/Columbia) was runner-up in the 5000, 15:52.53 with Lindsey Scherf (Harvard) 7th in the same event at 16:09.38; Lindsay Donaldson (Lincoln MA/Yale, was fourth in the 3000, 9:24.70; Laura Chmielewski (Northeastern), finished 6th in the pole vault 13-9.25, and Laura Gerraughty (Nashua NH/U.North Carolina) placed seventh in the weight in 69'.75".

The Division II meet was held in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, and U.Mass Lowell scored 12 points to place 15th. Junior miler Pat Morasse was third in 4:06.73, the 4x400 relay was fifth in 3:15.12, and the distance medley garnered seventh in 10:10. 83. Women's points were scored by Josette Pierre-Louis, seventh in the 400, 56.35.

In Division III competition in Illinois, MIT's Uzoma Orji set a meet record in winnig the 35 pound weight throw with a toss of 64'9.5", and then returned to place 4th in the shot at 56'3.75". Fred Jones of Tufts was runner-up in the long jump at 23'9". In the women's results, Carter Hamill (Amherst) and Caroline Cretti ( Williams) went 1-2 in the 5000, Tessa Donohue (Westfield State) medaled in both the long jump (2nd, 18'10") and triple jump (3rd, 39' 9.25"), Shauneen Garrahan (Amherst) broke the previous meet record with her 2nd place 4:54l78 in the mile, and Amherst and Williams went 2-3 the distance medley relay; those two teams were 3-4 in the overall team scoring

All NCAA Championship results can be found at ncaachampionships.com.

 

START TIME, COURSE CHANGES AT THIS WEEKEND'S RUN TO REMEMBER 5 MILE / HALF MARATHON
Boston
March 8

Because of large (8,500) numbers and safety concerns, this weekend's Run To Remember in Boston has announced both start time and course changes.

Both the 5 mile and half marathon races will now start at 8:00 a.m. instead of the original start time 2 hours later. The course has also changed, with the first five miles of the half the same as the 5'er. The longer race then winds out and back to South Boston's Castle Island.

More specifics can be found at the Boston's Run to Remember website.

 

TOOMEY IS ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR FEBRUARY
March 8

After defending her National Indoor 1500 title in her sole race of the season, Jen Toomey is the USATF-New England Atlete of the Month for February 2005.

The story can be found at the NE awards page.

 

TRACK AND FIELD SEMINARS SET
March 8

State high school coaches' associations in three states have their coaching clinic/seminars set for the coming weeks. These clinics are open to all coaches, not just those from high schools.

The largest of these sessions will be the Mass. State Track Coaches Association Clinc to be held March 18-19 in Marlborough MA. Starting at 4 p.m. on the Friday, all-star group of presenters are signed on. The entry flyer can be found at www.mstca.org.

On March 25 (6pm) and March 26, the Maine coaches association holds their sessions at the University of Southern Maine with a respected slate of instructors. And April 10, the Vermont Principals' Assocaiton Clinic and USATF Pole Vault Instruction and Safety Course will be at Middlebury College, Middlebury VT, with college coaches leading the presentations. The latter two flyers are available at our track and field page

 

TOOMEY REPEATS AS 1500 CHAMP AT NATIONALS
Boston
February 25-27

Jen Toomey, in her only race of the indoor season, won the 1500 meters at the USA Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center this weekend.

As defending champ, Toomey did not need to race a qualifying event to enter, and debated running up to two weeks earlier. The return to the track after letting 2004's injuries heal was a success, as she clocked 4:13.25 fo the win.

Other New Englanders earning medals included Joanne Dow (2nd, 3000 racewalk), Amy Rudloph (2nd, 3000m run), Jacob Freeman (2nd, weight throw), Joel Legare (3rd, 800m), and Amy Mortimer (4th, 3000). In the exhibition relays, Cambridge Jets swept the boys and girls 4x200 relays, while Massachusetts won both exciting scholastic 4x400 races.

Athletes were appreciative of the Boston crowd, which encouraged all athletes in the quest for the lead in the Visa Series; the final points totals found John Godina, with his new meet record of 71'7.5" in the shot put, and Angela Daigle, dash winner in 7.09, leaving with the jumbo checks and a thicker wallet.

Full results, stories, and quotes can be found at the USATF website.

 

SIX INDUCTED INTO MASS. HS HALL OF FAME
February 27

Spanning over a century of competition, the Mass. State Track Coaches Association inducted six past athletes into the organization's Athlete Hall of Fame located in the Reggie Lewis Center prior to last Friday's state indoor championship.

The individuals were recognized for their career successes in the sport as alumni of Massachusetts high schools. The six included the late James B. Connolly of Boston, winner of the first Olympic track and field medal - the triple jump - in 1896, and 1900 Olympian; the late Louise Stokes of Malden, 1932 and 1936 US Olympian in the 4x100 relay, George King, Boston English, all-American at NYU and part of a US record 4 x mile relay team; Art Dulong of Randolph, multi-time NCAA all-American at Holy Cross and past state mile record holder; Calvin Davis of Dorchester, 1996 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400 hurdles; and Mark Coogan, Bishop Feehan HS Of Attleboro, Olympian and Pan American Games medalist in the marathon as well as eight time World Cross Country team member.

 

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR USA NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tickets are still available for the 2005 USA National Indoor Track and Field Championships set for February 25-27 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

The Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College will host the 2005 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 25-27. The concluding event of USATF's Indoor Visa Championship Series, the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships is the world's oldest indoor track championship, with the first meet being held in 1888 in New York

Ticket information and meet schedule are at BostonTrackAndField.org.

 

NEW ENGLAND INDOOR CHAMP'S ON SUNDAY

The USATF-NE Indoor Track & Field Championships run this Sunday at Harvard University, with the first events off at 10:30. A full schedule of events will be contested, and entry is still open; see the track page for an entry form.

 

MORTIMER, SCHERF RUN TO WORLD XC TEAM BERTHS
February 14

Amy Mortimer (Reebok/West Roxbury MA), grad assistant at Boston College, earned a spot on the USA team for the World Cross Country Championships, finishing 6th in the 4K race at the USA Winter XC Chmampionships in Oregon. Winning that race, one of six selection races held over the weekend, was Marblehead MA native Shalene Flanagan (now living in North Carolina).

Joining that pair of experienced international runners will be Harvard freshman Lindsey Scherf out of New York who placed sixth in the Junior Women's 6K race to punch her ticket to France and her first appearance in a USA uniform.

New Englanders appeared in the results of each traial race; top locals in the other trials races were John "Now He's No Relation" Mortimer (Reebok/West Roxbury MA)in the men's 4K (12:17), Oscar Ponce (BAA / Boston MA) in the men's 12K (40:52), Kasie Enman (BAA / Huntington VT) in the women's 8K, and Adam Moitoso (Boston College / Warwick RI) 22nd in the Junior Men's 8K (26:46).

Former New England resident, Blake Russell, 4th in the women's 4K, will also be wearing the red, white, and Jonathan Riley, 7th in the men's 4K, has a good chance of making the team depending on the choices made by the runners ahead of him.
Serving as the junior women's team coach on the trip will be Jean Cann of Hopkinton MA and the BAA.

Full results are at USA Track & Field page.

 

RUDOLPH ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR JANUARY
February 12

Amy Rudolph of Providence RI is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for January 2005. The first honoree for 2005 won the New York Road Runners Club Midnight 4 Mile Run on New Year's Eve in Central Park, New York City in a record time of 21:17. At the Reebok Boston Indoor Games, she ran to a fift place finish in the 3000. The 2000 Olympian is looking forward to earning a spot on the US team for this summer's World Track & Field Championships. The entire release is at the Awards and Honors Page.

 

WEEKEND ACTION FINDS
BARNICLE WINNER AT MILLROSE GAMES

February 7

Newton North (MA) HS ace Chris Barnicle missed out on a quality race at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games a week ago, but was able to New York City, taking a bite from the Big Apple with a win in Friday's Millrose Games mile.

The tight 11 lap track at Madison Square Garden didn't offer the spacious straightaways of the familiar Reggie Lewis Center, but Barnicle took command midway through the race and clocked 4:17:01, almost three seconds ahead of his closest challenger. He joins Jonathan Riley and Jeff Cullinane as Bay State winners of the event.

Off the beaten track, but covering significant distance, the Go Vertical Stair Climb up 62 stories of the John Hancock Tower found the leader with a winning time of 7 miutes 46 seconds.

 

WORLD RECORD IN WOMEN'S 5000 HIGHLIGHTS REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES
January 29

New England track fans was treated to a great show of the sport at the 10th edition of the Reebok Boston Indoor Games Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center, as world leading performances were the order of the evening.

Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba's world record in the 5000 of 14:32.93 broke the existing mark by nearly 7 seconds and thrilled the capacity crowd, as the record earned her $25,000. The winner noted, "The money was not a major thought for me. The fans made me run faster. I will go home with some very good memories."
Countrywomen and Olympic 5,000m gold medalist Meseret Defar came within an eyelash of breaking the world record in the 3000 meter run. Defar sprinted to the finish in 8:30.05, just .90 seconds shy of the three-year-old world best.

In the field, two-time Olympic silver Medalist and Dartmouth College grad Adam Nelson put the shot 71' 3/4", the 2005 world leader, to win the unique "elimination" format competition and put him at the top of the list in the Visa Championship Series competition. In the long jump, Olympic heptathlon gold medalist Carolina Kluft of Sweden delighted spectators with her animated style, turning in the longest jump of the day - 21'9" - in her final attempt.

Full results can be found at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games website.
Many of the same US athletes will return for another round of action in three-plus weeks at the USA Indoor Nationals; order your tickets now!

 

More weekend action
January 29

The Reebok meet wasn't the only competition on tap over the weekend. At the Boston University Terrier Classic, US Olympian Alan Webb pulled off a strong double, finishing second to Irish Olympian Mark Carroll (7:46.60) in the 3000m in 7:47.19, and returning on Saturday afternoon to run 3:59.80 for the mile. Master Brian Pope of Mississippi cruised 8 :20.96 for 3000, breaking Craig Fram's old mark of 8:32.52.

Several hundred additional collegians representing 10 teams took over Reggie Lewis for a long Friday evening of competition in the Northeastern Husky Invitational (see www.gonu.com), and the bookends were complete with the Mass. State Coaches' Relays on Sunday at Reggie (mstca.org). Other local multi- team meets also populated the schedule, showing that indoor track is indeed alive in the region. Take in some of this live action yourself this winter.

 

REEBOK BOSTON INDOOR GAMES KICK OFF
2005 VISA CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES ON SATURDAY
January 25

Olympic Champions Carolia Kluft (Sweden) and Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) highlight an international field at this Saturday's Reebok Boston Indoor Games, the opening stop on the USA VISA Championship Series indoor tour. The 10th-annual Games will run at the Reggie Lewis Track from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on January 29 (and will be broadcast on ESPN from 5-6:30 p.m. on January 30.).

Check out the Meet Preview; limited tickets are still available.

The VISA Series will conclude 4 weeks later at the USA Indoor Championships, also at the Reggie Lewis Center.

 

CLUB DISTANCE MEDLEY AT USA NATIONALS
January 25

As in years past, there will once again be a USA club development distance medley relay at the 2005 USA Indoor Nationals. This event is open to USATF member clubs who meet (or project to) the time standards of 10:30 for men and 12:30 for women. The DMR will be on Sunday, afternoon February 27. For more details and eligibilty info, contact the office.

 

GREATER BOSTON TC INVITATIONAL WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED
January 24

Last weekend's Greater Boston TC Invitational, cancelled due to the blizzard, will NOT be rescheduled. Facility limitations as well as existing events combine to leave no available weekends.

The USATF-NE meet on Sunday, February 20, runs on the same fast Harvard track.

 

BLIZZARD CANCELS GBTC TRACK MEET
January 23

The Greater Boston Track Clubs meet, scheculed for Sunday Jan 23, at Harvard University, has been cancelled due to the blizzard. For additional, visit the GBTC web site at www.gbtc.org.

 

HOLTZ ATHLETE OF MONTH FOR DECEMBER
January 15

Brad Holtz, a senior at Barrington RI HS, is the USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for December. The final honoree for 2004 set an all-time New England scholastic record of 15'9" in the pole vault on and cleared 15' three other meets in December. He's headed for the University of Tennessee next fall. Unfortunately, an non-vault-related injury will keep him out of action for the rest of the year. Read the entire release - and the full 2004 slate at Awards and Honors Page.

Also added to that page is a new link to New England athletes and administrators honored by USATF National over the years.

 

2005 MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT SET
January 15

Mountain/Ultra/Trail Running Chair Rich Bolt announced the schedule for the 2005 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit. This will be the 10th year of the circuit, which is expanding to six events this year. Two of the races are serving as qualifying events for the World Mountain Running Association championships in the fall; one male runner will be picked for the US team from both the Northfield and Cranmore races.
The 2005 events and dates are as follows:

Check the Mountain and Trail Page for contact information.

 

RESULTS UP FOR BROWN / NE MASTERS
January 11

Results for the January 11 Brown Invitational / USATF NE Masters Championships are posted

 

STUART ON RACEWALK YOUTH HONOR ROLL
January 10

Chris Stuart, a member of the New England Walkers from Bedford NH, was recognized by USATF recognized among the top youth racewalkers in the USA by being named to the Race Walking Committee Youth Honor Roll for 2004. The Committee honored three individuals in each of the five youth age division for their efforts; the races used for the ranking were the Junior Olympic Nationals and the Youth Athletics Nationals. He is the first New England youth race walker ever so honored.

 

GOING UP - GO VERTICAL
JOHN HANCOCK STAIR CLIMB COMING UP

January 5

USATF-NE will be helping manage the "Go Vertical - Boston" John Hancock Tower stair climb on Sunday, February 6, and you're invited.

The event is a race - or just a good steady climb - up 62 floors, with funds raised going to the Damon Runyan Cancer Research Institute. Participants will start at timed intervals, and awards go to the top time finishers.

The entry info can be found at the organization's website.

 

USA INDOOR NATIONALS
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

January 5

Tickets are now available for the 2005 USA Indoor National Track and Field Championships set for February 25-27 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

The meet is the final stop on the 2005 VISA Tour, which also begins in Boston with the January 29 Reebok Boston Indoor Games. The best in the US will be competing for honors.

Ticket information, order form, and meet schedule are at BostonTrackAndField.org.

 

College coaching positions still open
January 4

There are still a handful of assistant coaching positions at local colleges (listed below with the area of concentration for each coach) for this school year. The positions vary in amount of time needed and in pay. If interested, please contact the office at office@usatne.org to be put in contact with the coaches at these schools.

 

RUDOLPH USATF ATHLETE OF WEEK
January 4, Indianapolis

Amy Rudolph of Providence RI has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after she set a course record at the New York Road Runners' New Year's Eve Midnight Run in New York City.

A two-time Olympian and two-time U.S. indoor 3,000m champion, Rudolph won the women's 4 mile race in 21:17, bettering the previous record of 21:55 set by Atalelech Ketema of Ethiopia. Rudolph finished 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Genet Gabrigioris of Ethiopia. Now in its fifth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
AND GOOD LUCK IN 2005

JANUARY 1, 2005

 

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