The 2015 USATF Indoor Championships will return to Boston February 27-March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, USATF announced Wednesday. “The Reggie”, on the campus of Roxbury Community College, was the site of the 2003-2009 USA Indoor Championships.
“We’re excited to have the USATF Indoor Championships return to the Reggie Lewis Center, and to continuing our great collaborative relationship with USATF and Global Athletics,” said Keith McDermott, director of the Reggie Lewis Center. “With our new Mondo Super X 720 surface, we expect more great performances than ever.” The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center will be celebrating its 20th season in 2015.
The 38th annual Tufts 10K for Women found over 5000 runners completing the traditional scenic urban course on Columbus Day. The race served as the USATF Club Team National Championship, and the gold medals stayed in the hometown with the Boston Athletic Association. The trio of Katie Matthews, Jen Rhies, and Juliet Bottoroff finished within 15 seconds from 32:23 to 32:38 in places 9-13 to win by over 2 minutes. Teams from 5 states took the top 5 positions with 12 clubs scoring.
One of the deepest fields in recent years found 51 runners under 38:00 and 70 under 40:00. A lead pack of 25 at one mile whittled down to four in the final mile and then two around the final turn when Jordan Hasay of Oregon outlegged Caroline Rotich by 2 seconds in a stellar 31:39, just 6 seconds off the course record, and the third fastest time in race history. Top new England finisher was Emily Sisson of Providence College in fifth; the Lady Friar is out of cross country eligibility but still has a collegiate track season remaining.
In 12th place, Jen Rhines set a new pending USA masters record of 32:33, breaking the previous mark by 17 seconds.
The usually busy Columbus Day weekend produced lots of quality of running in the association and beyond.
Saturday's 102nd running of the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park - celebrating the 100th anniversary of cross country meets in the park - found New Hampshire women repeating at the top of the rankings, and cross-town rivals Providence and Brown tied for the men's win with 72 points. Junior Mike Biwott (American International) made it three NE championships in a row, running unchallenged after the first mile, and sophomore Elinor Purrier of UNH confidently led the women's field. Results at neicaaa.org.
On a picture perfect Sunday for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1:08:20, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, the first male to ever win the race twice.
Stephen Sambu, champion of this year's B.A.A. 10K, took home the B.A.A. Distance Medley series title for the second consecutive year, with lowest cumulative time for the B.A.A. 5K (13:27), 10K (27:25), and Half Marathon (1:02:00).
The top American finisher was Ethan Shaw of the B.A.A. in eighth in 1:05:10, and Molly Huddle (Providence) third in 1:09:23. Results at baa.org.
In Chicago on Sunday, Amy Hastings
(Providence) was first American and fifth overall at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, matching her PR of 2:27:03.
B.A.A teammates Brian Harvey (Boston) and Eric Ashe (Boston) recorded personal bests and top 10 finishes at Sunday’s USATF Marathon Championships, hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis. Harvey clocked 2:17:05 and Ashe 2:17:56 while placing 8th and 10th, respectively.
Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC/Falmouth ME) won the USA Women's Masters Marathon title in 2:42:46, with teammate Kristin Barry taking third in 2:52:16; they were 12 and 19 overall in the open women's ranks.
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Just 2 weeks after placing 8th in the USA Open 5K Championship, Jen Rhines (B.A.A./Lexington MA) won the USA Masters 5K Championship held at the Syracuse Festival of Races in Syracuse NY on Sunday. Her 15:58 today was 3 seconds better than her time at the CVS Downtown 5K on September 21.
Winning the W70 division was Jan Holmquist (Liberty AC/Burlington MA) with a 22:16, leading her Liberty team to 2nd place in the W60+ standings. Also on that team were Sue Gustafson (2nd overall W65) and Lenore Webber. Joan Miller (Liberty/Chestnut Hill MA) also brought home a medal, running second W55.
The only New England men's medalist was Milt Schumacher (GCS/N.Scituate RI), third M70 in 21:05.
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Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI/RI TF Officials Guild) will be one of five inductees for the 2014 class entering the USATF National Officials Hall of Fame. The honor is based not only expertise in officiating but making contributions to the promotion of our sport, all inductees having donated time and talents to improving officiating across the country. Laurie, who started officiating while still competing (a USA team member at the Pan American Games), has nearly 40 years of experience in New England and her native Ohio. She's worked from the local youth level to the NCAA Championship and World Championship level and is a National Technical Official.
The induction dinner will take place at the USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim CA in December.
Seven individuals were newly elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the association's Annual Meeting held on Sunday in Newton, Mass. Athlete of the Month presentations opened the afternoon, and following general remarks and short committee meetings, elections took most of the meeting time.
President Tom Derderian won re-election for a second term. Chris Pasko (Wellesley Youth TF Club) will join incumbents Jim Garcia and John Oleski as Vice Presidents. Stephen Peckiconis returns as treasurer, and past president Steve Viegas was elected to fill the Secretary position. All officer positions serve for two years.
Four new sports chairs will join the monthly meetings for 1 year terms. John Barbour (GLRR) and Jan Holmquist (NE 65+ RC) will now head mens's and Masters LDR, respectively, while Lisa Doucett returns to the Women's LDR chair. Franklin Pierce University head coach Zach Emerson earned votes for Track & Field Chair, and Chris Canning (HFC Striders) , who has worked on the sport's programs this fall, is new Cross Country chair. Alex Ivanov (Youth), Paul Kirsch (Mountain/Ultra/Trail), Justin Kuo (Race Walking), and Mike Travers (Masters TF), andwere unopposed to continue in their positions.
Returning Athlete Representative Eric Ashe will be joined by Jim Burgoyne (Twilight Throwers) and Jen Mortimer (Millennium Running). Joel Bergeron (Manchester NH) was named as new Coaches Education Committee coordinator.
There were no by-Law change proposal this year, and a slate of individuals was selected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in December. Information on the new board members, the various reports presented and distributed at the meeting, and full meeting minutes will be posted in the coming week on the Board page.
Molly Huddle (Providence RI/Saucony) won her third straight and fourth overall USA 5K Championship at Sunday's 25th annual CVSHealth Downtown 5K in Providence. Running on familiar hometown roads with quick early splits among the lead women, Huddle made her decisive move just before 3 miles and up the steep Francis Street hill, turning in a time of 15:10, more impressive given the stiff breezes over the first half of the course. She smartly pulled away from runner-up Jordan Hassay (Oregon Project) for a 15 second margin. Led by Katie Matthews 6th place finish (15:50), the B.A.A. was the convincing team winner. Teammate Jen Rhines was first master, 9th in 16:00.
Leading the field home in RI's largest race (3195 finishers) and winning the USA men's title in a more tactical race was Diego Estrada (Salinas CA). He laid down the best kick for a 13:56.4 time as the top 6 had just a four second spread. Top New England finisher was Julian Saad (Providence) in 9th/14:09. New York AC won the team title with HFC Striders third
More news and results at www.runrhody.com
Entry is still open for Sunday's 25th annual CVSHealth Downtown 5K in Providence, the USA 5K Road Race Championship for both men and women. Leading the women's field is hometown runner and defending champ Molly Huddle, who won national titles in 2010, 2012, and 2013 at the race. Last year's men's champion Andrew Bumbalough will also return to the starting line. There is three places of team money as well.
News and information at www.cvsdowntown5k.com/usatf/
Team RUN convincingly won the men's team race
(Photo: Mark Coddaire)
Amos Sang (Team RUN/Chicopee MA) and Heather Cappello (BAA/Arlington MA) ran to the titles in the USATF-New England 15k Championship held at the Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA. Seasonally cool temps made for an excellent racing day despite stiff onshore breezes that were head on in the final mile.
Sang outlegged Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) by three seconds in the final stretch, recording a time of 30:14, one of the fastest in the New England association this year. With runners finishing 1-3-5-7-11, Team RUN took club honors. Cappello, finishing in 34:45, had 45 seconds on teammate and hometown favorite Katie Misuraca, but that 1-2 finish only contributed to a second place for the BAA as Millenium continued their dominance in the women's team results; the Granite Staters went 3-5-6-8-10 for another victory.
Mike Galoob took another 40+ title in 32:24 and, now with the BAA, led the Unicorns to the age division win. Women's masters winner Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA) was 9th overall and her club's top scorer.
The 1261 finishers was a record number for the race. Results and preliminary scores by North Shore Timing Co. can be found at coolrunning.com before final scores are posted at our usatfne.org/gp.
Several New Englanders visited Austria to take part in the 2014 Masters Mountain Running World Championships last weekend. The M35-M50 started in the town of Telfes and covered a 11.5 km (7.1 miles) course that climbed 1,200 meters (3,900’), while he M55-M75 age groups covered a 7.2km course with 760 meters of climb (4.4 miles and 2,500’ of climb). Each 5 year age group started 15 minutes apart.
Eric Blake (W.Hartford CT/La Sportiva) won the M35 division, running 59:31 with no other runner finishing within 3 minutes of that time. The performance bodes well for Blake as he heads to Italy for the (Open) World Mountain Running Championships.
In the M45 competition, Francis Burdett (Gr.Springfield Harriers) finished tenth, running a 1:10:18, Dave Dunham (CMS) finished in eighth place among M50 in 1:10:50, and Len Hall (Gate City Striders) took 34th place in the M60 running 55:38.
Past USATF-NE Mountain Running Chairman Richard Bolt, now in California, finished in 26th in the M40 in 1:15:20. He is serving as manager for the US team at the World Championships. (And current Mountain Running Chair, Paul Kirsch is team manager for the World Junior team.)
In all, over 800 runners from 29 countries contested the event.
GBTC XC Festival
Sam Alexander and Alyse Rocco won their respective races at the GBTC XC Festival, the first event of the 2014 USATF New England Cross Country Grand Prix. After several days of heat and oppressive humidity. Sunday morning's races at Elm Bank Park in Wellesley, home of the Mass. Horticultural Society, were cool and dry under sunny skies. Five races, including a youth 1.2 mile, citizens 5K, and men's / women's / masters men's 5K made up the morning's schedule.
First placers all had comfortable leads at the tape; Alexander (BAA) had a 9 second margin in the men's race, Rocco (GBTC) was 44 seconds up at the tape in the women's event, and masters race victor Ethan Nedeau (acidotic Racing) was 16 seconds ahead of second. Womens masters gold went to Trish Bourne of Greater Lowell, running 12th overall in the combined open/masters run. Greater Boston TC took the team pie for both men and women in open scoring, as did Greater Lowell for the men and women 40+ divisions.
Results will be found at gbtc.org and GP scoring will be posted at www.usatfne.org/cross.
Bob Arello of North Oxford MA and Lakewood Ranch FL, and the Twilight Throwers, USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for August 2014. At the USA Masters Throws Championship held at Holy Cross in Worcester on August 2-3, Bob won three gold medals. His national titles were in the M55-59 throws pentathlon in which he scored 3962 points, the superweight throw, which he tossed 9.12 meters, and the ultraweight pentathlon in which he scored 4120 points. He ranks first in the world in his age group this year in the throws pentathlon and superweight, and is in the world top 5 the shot put, weight throw, and hammer throw as well. Bob runs a multi-state business that has him commuting between branches in Massachusets and Florida, and the company poured one of the new throwing circles used at the meet.
Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Start of the 15K
photo: Jean Cann
Ruben Sanca and Laura Paulsen ran to the titles in the USATF-New England 15k Championship held at the second annual GMAA 15K in South Burlington VT. It was the first NE title race held in the Green Mountain state since the Stowe 8 Miler several years ago.
Sanca clocked 47:10 in wet conditions on the newly certified course, leading his Whirlaway Racing Team to victory, with runner-up Nate Jenkins (47:28) pulling his CMS-men to the second team place. Paulsen, recently moved from Minnesota and representing Greater Boston TC, had 11 seconds on runner-up Denise Sandahl, first of a Millennium Running 2-3-4-5 finish as the New Hampshire squad strengthened their hold on the series lead.
In the masters competition, Mike Galoob continued his perfect record, 55 seconds up on Chris Magill; GMAA won team trophies at 40+ and 50+, with Greater Lowell edging them in 60+. The women's 40+ were led by Kim Loeffler of GMAA, and while the host club had 4 in the top 10, Whirlaway had a better three runner time total. The same teams matched those places in W50, and Gate City was top W60+.
Results were produced by and preliminary scores can be found at 802timing.com before final scores are posted at our usatfne.org/gp.
Hour Record Setter Katie Misuraca
photo: Bill Mullen
Records were made to be broken; some just take a bit more time. On Monday evening at Manning Field in Lynn, Katie Misuraca (B.A.A./Gloucester MA) broke the US record for the one hour run - in a women's only race - by covering a distance of 16,021 meters (9.95 miles) in sixty minutes. Overall, the top 7 women bettered the previous mark of 13,792 meters set in 1985. (Long distance US track records are kept separately for both women's only and co-ed races; the overall record, set in a mixed men/women race in 1981, is 17,273 meters by Nancy Conz of Amherst MA.
Long a staple of summer running, the hour was more popular through the late 1980's, when the growth of road running and the 'challenge' of running long distances on a 400 meter track led to the event becoming a rare contest. Illustrating the fact is that all open and masters age group records except one for both men and women were set in 1986 or earlier. The New England revival has come courtesy of the Lynn Parks Department summer track series, which hosted two hour runs this summer.
Also etching a pending mark into the record boards was Jennifer Rapaport (Somerville Road Runners/Melrose MA) who improved the overall women's age 50-54 record with a 14,440 meter performance. And while missing the hour mark, Regina Loiacano (Team Gloucester/Gloucester MA) looks to have improved the 40-44 mark at 15,000 meters (separate records for road and track at long distances).
In the men's race that followed, Somerville Road Runners teammates Chris Smith and Joe O'Leary went 1-2, Smith covering 15,897 meters; that, though, was far off the US record set by New England's own Bill Rodgers back in 1977 in Boston - 20,547 meters. Thanks to directors Joe Abelon and Bill Mullen for bringing the event back, and to the clubs that supported the record run; hour runs will return to Lynn next summer.
Winner Maria Michta-Coffey (left) with the top 3 Juniors at the One Hour Championships
photo: Jonathan McElvery
A pair of US National team members walked to wins at the uSA National One Hour Race Walk Championships at Newell Stadium's New Balance Track in Gloucester, Mass. on Sunday. The meet was hosted by USATF-NE and New England Walkers.
Women's race winner and USA Champion was 2012 Olympian and US 20K Record Holder Maria Michta-Coffey (Walk USA/Nesconset NY) gathering 12,210 meters around the facility's year old seaside oval, outdistancing Erin Taylor-Talcott (Shore AC / Owego NY) by 500 meters. Junior champion honors went to Meaghan Podlaski (Niskayuna NY), who finished fourth overall.
Covering the most distance in sixty minutes in the men's race was Michael Mannozzi (Shore AC / Youngstown OH) with 12,525 meters. He was closely followed most of the way by El Salvadoran Olympian Emerson Hernandez.
The meet also served as the New England Championship race. Local titles went to Ed O'Rourke(Groton MA / New England Walkers) at 10554 meters, and Valentina Vaitones (Derry NH / Golden Spikes TFC) at 8596 meters./p>
Complete race results at the race walk page. A photo gallery will be linked there as well.
Bobby Colantonio is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month.
Photo courtesy of Bob Colantonio
Bobby Colantonio of Barrington, RI, is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for July 2014. On July 23 at the National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Humble, Texas, Bobby won the national title in the hammer throw for the age 15- 16 Boy's Division with a toss of 215-01 (65.56m). This set a new Junior Olympic championship meet record by more than 7 feet, and won the competition by more than 30 feet over the second place thrower.
On July 11, at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at Fitchburg State University, Colantonio won the hammer with a mighty throw of 219-07 (66.93m), and in June, he won the New England Junior Olympic meet as well as the Rhode Island State High School Championships, only the second sophomore to do so.
Check out the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
USATF NE Road Mile champions Larissa Park and Pat Fullerton.
photo by Jean Cann
Pat Fullerton and Larissa Park ran to the titles at the first ever USATF-New England Road Mile Championship at the 24th annual High Street Mile in Newburyport on Sunday morning. Four separate races filled the card, which consisted of a youth mile, open mile, and women's and men's championship races on a certified point-to-point course along the town parade route.
Fullerton (Unattached/Haverhill MA) won the men's event for the second year in a row, clocking 4:03.1, 2+ seconds ahead of new Georgetown grad Andrew Springer of Westerley RI. Masters winner was Christian Blondin (GBTC) in 4:27.8. Host Winners Circle RC was the top club to total 5 finishers. Visiting New York runner Alice Kamunya (Adirondack AC) was a runaway winner of the women's race in 4:40.2. Park (Somerville Road Runners/Marblehead MA) was third overall in 5:25.7, with masters champ Kelly Bradbury (Winner Circle) clocking 5:47.6
Thanks to the Winners Circle for hosting the first of what should become an annual association championship. Results
Four New England high school alumni athletes performed well at the World Junior Track & Field Championships in Eugene Oregon last week. Elinor Purrier (Montgomery VT/UNH) set a personal best of 10:08.33 in the 3000 meter steeplechase trial round and returned for a ninth place in the final (10:21.59).
Charles Ionata (Barrington RI/Wake Forest) added seven feet to his best hammer throw ever with the 6kg international implement with a 69.93m/229-5 throw that ranked him 20th overall, And Clarence Gallop (Providence RI/Charleston) threw a strong 65.95m/216-4 for 24th. Jon Green (Shrewsbury MA/Georgetown) placed 24 (31:15.69) in the 10,000, and hammer throwers.
Harvard University soph-to-be Jade Miller won a bronze medal in the 400 hurdles in a personal best time of 56.22, and Crimson teammate Nikki Okwelogu, representing Nigeria, threw in the discus and shot put, making the final in the latter. See summaries at iaaf.org.
Nine New England states officials worked the meet at competition officials: Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI - Video Review), Joe Bullock (Swansea MA - Shot Put - Head), Nicole Bullock (Swansea MA - Hammer), Bob Gidari (Deering NH -Discus - head) Justin Kuo (Brookline MA - Electronic Measurement - Head), Tom Meagher (Duxbury MA - Starter), Lance Turley (Laconia NH - Hammer), along with Don Berry (Searsmont ME - Umpire) and Ron Daniel (Clinton CT - Referee).
Eighty-year-old Masters athlete Florence Meiler (Shelburne VT/Mass Velocity TC) was named USATF’s Athlete of the Week after her impressive 14-event weekend at the USA Masters National Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem NC July 17-20. She broke several world and US age group records in the competition.
Molly Huddle (Providence RI/Saucony) was in Monaco for one reason, re-setting the American 5000m record, and at the "Meeting Herculis" Friday, she achieved that goal in a time of 14:42.64, almost two seconds better than her previous mark. That was good for sixth overall in a star-filled field, with the race won by Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in a world leading 14:28.88. During most of the race, Huddle had the company of Shannon Rowbury who followed her every move as she had at last month's US Championship; Rowbury finshed in 14:48.58. (Story from RunningNetork)
To open the four day USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, Caroline Bjune (Boston Athletic Association) won the W40 10,000 meter race in 40:17.30. Caroline had received a national travel grant to compete in the meet and took advantage of the opportunity; she's also entered in the 5000 later in the meet.
Other NE winners on Day 1 were Len Rosen (Twilight Throwers, M80 Shot Put 10.31m and Discus 27.37m) and Flo Meiler (Mass Velocity TC, W80 pentathlon 4319, hammer, and pole vault 1.65m). Silver medalists were Katrina Geurkink (Thor's Stone. W50 hammer 33.24m), Bob Keating (NE Walkers M65 5000m Race Walk), Diane Pomeroy (MVTC, W45 800 2:34.20), and Susan Weimer (MVTC, W45 Pentathlon 2271), and bronze medalists Carl Wallin (Thor's Stone, M70 Shot Put 12.77m) and Jerry LeVasseur (NE65+ RC M75 10,000 1:07:51.57)
Check the complete list of New England Entries
Follow results and see video at USATF.TV
Girl's High Jump at 2014 JO's in Fitchburg.
photo by Steve Vaitones
A national Junior Olympic record was set at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at Fitchburg State University last Friday through Sunday. The meet, hosted by the New England association, found over 1100 competitors from 6 USATF associations contesting a full schedule of events for ages 7-8 through 17-18.
On Friday, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) twice bettered the age 15-16 Junior Olympic record in the hammer, spinning a best 66.93 meters / 219'7", improving the mark he set at the New England meet 3 weeks ago. Many outstanding age group performances were achieved over the course of the meet.
The event was one of the largest Region I meets ever, and had great support from over 50 certified officials and from the Fitchburg State track and field coaches, team, and support staff. The top 5 in each event (top 3 combined events) can advance to the National meet July 21-27 in Houston TX.
Complete meet results are at the Track Page. Photo galleries are at FrankPoulinPhotography.smugmug.com
Charlie Ionata (Barrington RI) and Elinor Purrier (Montgomery VT), and Jonathan Green (Shewsbury MA) won their events at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships on Sunday in Eugene Oregon. The meet was the qualifier for the World Junior (not turning 20 in the calendar year) Championships which will also be held in Eugene July 22-27.
Ionata, the 2013 Rhode Island state champion in the hammer and a freshman at Wake Forest, won the 6kg hammer in 222'1". He noted, "It’s been a dream of mine for a while and it feels great to finally (get the chance to) compete at a world event.” Placing second by an inch and also making the US team is Clarence Gallop of Providence, a freshman at Charleston Southern. The Rhode Island presence continued down the results as Mahlik Handley (Providence/URI) and Adam Kelly (Barrington RI) were fourth and fifth; all competed in the NE Junior Olympic program.
A University of New Hampshire freshman, Purrier took honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 10:24.46. A USATF-NE athlete of the month for cross country in 2012, she had won the steeplechase at last weekend's USATF-NE championship as a tune-up.
Green, a mulit-time Massachusetts state champ out of St.Johns-Shrewsbury now at Georgetown University, won the 10,000 meter race in a personal best 30:54.62 and also advances to the Worlds.
Full results and links to video
Colorado Springs residents Joseph Gray and Allie McLaughlin led the races up Loon Mountain to take USA Mountain Running titles on Sunday. Gray had almost 6 minutes on his nearest challenger over the approximately 7 mile route, while McLaughlin had a minute gap on her nearest challenger over the 4.8 miles; both races had over 2000' of gain from bottom to top. Separate races were held this year to accommodate the championship/selection and the record field of 156 women and 340 men.
Third placers in both runs were the top New Englanders and both Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) and Eric Blake (West Hartford CT) secured a spot on the USA team heading to the 30th World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on September 13.
The race also served as the fourth eent in the USATF-NE Mountain Running circuit. Results
Garrett O'Toole with Olympian and 2014 USA Champion Leo Manzano after the Adrian Martinez Mile.
photo by Chris Lotsbom
Middle distance runner Garrett O'Toole is winner of the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for June 2014. The graduating senior at the Middlesex School in Concord MA. At the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord On June 5, the Weston Mass. resident ran 4:01.89 for the mile. That performance not only set new Massachusetts and New England High School records for the mile, but it also put him among the top 10 all-time U.S. high school milers. Garrett has excelled at distances ranging from the 800m to the 3000m this outdoor season. He'll enroll at Princeton University this fall.
Our awards page of this website has information on all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
NE 65+ Club member (and member of many other running clubs) Louise Rossetti of Saugus Massachusetts passed away this week at age 93. She started her running career late in life, but still completed more than 25 Tufts 10K for Women races, and had age-group ranking performances through her 70's and 80's, though her plain enjoyment of road running was her primary goal. The 21st annual women's race in her honor just took place on June 18.
Over 200 athletes enjoyed good competition at the USATF-NE Open and Masters Track & Field Championships on a warm day at the top quality facility at Regis College.
The top male and female championship performances by eligible England association athletes in track and field events using IAAF scoring tables for their best marks were Nate Hunter (shot, 18.93m/1057 pts), Cyrstal Bourque (hammer, 65.35m/1002), and the 10,000m winners from the championship run on 5/17, Dan Vassallo (CMS, 29:42.9/979), and Melissa Nash (NBBoston, 34:36.9/1005) Those top New England scorers earned $100, with Hunter taking an extra helping with the overall top score. (Top overall track marks were run by non-eligible performers - Amadou Gueye (Adirondack Assn, 110 hurdles, 14.10/1049) and Elinor Purrier (U.New Hampshire, Steeplechase, 10:24.3/1038).
Greater Boston TC repeated as team titlists for both men and women, with newcomers Sprinticity of Vermont taking second in the men's standings. Results by heat/flight and by 5 year age groups are posted at usatfne.org/track. Team scores will be added after full review of results. Thanks to the officials who made the meet an enjoyable experience for all participants.
Over 600 youth from the association contested a full schedule of events at the USATF-New Engalnd Association Junior Olympic Championships at Fitchburg State on Saturday. The six age divisions from 7-8 to 17-18 (based on year of birth) ran, jumped, and threw to qualify for the Region I meet - that will also be held at Fitchburg - on July 11-13.
Highest quality event was the final field event of the day. In the boys hammer, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington) broke the age 15-16 Junior Olympic National record in the event with a spin of 66.72 meters - 218'11" - as five boys age 15-18 bettered 200', a feat never achieved in a NE JO meet before.
The top 8 placers in each event advance to Region I; that signup begins on Wednesday, June 25. Thanks to the officials and workers who spent the day ensuring a quality experience for all participants.
Preliminary results can be found at usatfne.org/track.
Long time local rivals - and good friends - Dave Dunham (CMS / Bradford MA) and Craig Fram (Whirlaway RT/Plaistow NH) were inducted into the Mt.Washington Road Race Hall of Fame on June 21 during the race awards ceremony. The Hall recognizes outstanding performers in the history of the race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern US.
Only 15 other runners have been inducted to the Hall since its founding in 2010. Both are past open winners, age group winners, and record setters. Fram broke the M40+ and M50+ records in his career, the 40 having previously lated for 40 years before him. He's also the oldest runner to break 1:10 for the climb.
Dunham has 24 finishes and his 1988 win was the first clocking under 1:01:00. The three-time winner also has the most top 5 finishes in the history of the race, 15. Additionally, Dave is the author of the definitive book on the race history, "Only One Hill". Neither ran this year due to injuries. Here is more race history information.
Saturday's race had 1300 entrants, and multi-time US Mountain Running Team member Joe Gray (Club Northewest/Colorado Springs) won the battle over last year's winner and local runner Eric Blake. Gray ran a 59:09 with Blake at 1:00:01, just missing a coveted sub-hour clocking. Shannon Payne (Colorado Springs) won over Italian national team member Velentina Belotti 1:10:12-1:11:58, with Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) top New Englander in fourth. Team winners were Team Colorado over CMS for men, and Team Gloucester repeating as winners for women. More at mountwashingtonroadrace.com.
The winning Millennium Running team at the 5 Miler.
Jeff Veiga (Team RUN) and Denise Sandahl (Millennium Running) outran quality fields at the St.Joseph Healthcare Ribfest 5 Miler, the USATF-NE Championship on Sunday. After a winter of injury recovery, Veiga made it two championship wins in a row following his 5K victory. Wind was stiff on the out-and-back course, but the pace picked up as the tape neared, and Veiga (24:20) held off the charges of Brian Harvey (24:27) and Nate Jenkins (24:37) on the final downhill and sprint to the finish. The BAA took team honors over Team RUN and Western Mass DP, all three squads of five finishing within 49 seconds
The women's race saw a rarity for any championship event in recent history, one club's runners taking the first three places. Sandahl (28:40), with her first NE Championship win, led the Millennium Running trio, as she was followed by Laura Hagley (28:48) and Christine Shaw (29:05). This gave the local clubd to a dominant team 8+ minute win over Gr.Boston TC and solidified their series lead; no NH based team has won the open Grand Prix series.
In the age division scoring, Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) continued her hot year, placing fourt overall while winning the masters division, and Mike Galoob is now 4 for 4 among the 40+ crowd.
The first championship event hosted by Millennium Running was well received by clubs and many competitors enjoyed the accompanying "Ribfest". Results are found at MillenniumRunning.com. Series standings are being reviewed and totaled, and will be found at the GP page. A summer break follows, with the next series race the GMAA 15K on August 31 in South Burlington VT.
Events for the 2014 fall cross country grand prix are set and announced; the five races can be found at the cross country page. There will be some changes to individual and team scoring for the coming season; those new rules will be announced shortly on the same page.
Entry material for the June 21 USATF-New England Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship is up and posted. Youth born from 1996 through 2007 can compete in 2 year age groups in a full schedule of events at Fitchburg State University. Individuals must have USATF membership, and date of birth must be verified before the entry process can be started.
Find Junior Olympic information at usatfne.org/jo and entry link at usatfne.org/track.
Eric MacKnight and Kim Nedeau led a field of 299 over the new 10K up-and-down course at Wachusett Moutain on Saturday, the third stop on the 2014 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit. The top group was unusually spread out for a mountain race, as MacKnight, from Fleet Feet in Balston Spa NY, was almost a minute up on first New England association runner Justin Freeman (Team RUN), with Jim Johnson (CMS) another 40 seconds back. Nedeau (Acidotic RACING) had just 18 seconds on the 2013 NE Road Race GP champion Steph Reilly (Team RUN), with 2013 Circuit Masters champ Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) third overall. A pair of clubs swept the team titles, with Central Mass Striders Men and Acidotic RACING Women taking the open, 40+, and 50+ divisions.
Following Saturday's Mt.Wachusett Race, Jim Johnson (CMS) and Christin Doneski (WRT) lead the series, the latter also topping W40+ lists. Age division leaders include Todd Callaghan (M40, CMS), Dave Dunham (M50, CMS), Len Hall (M60, GCS), Ashley Krause (39/under), Jaqueline Shakar (W50, CSU), and Elaine DIll (W60, acidotic). Full series standings and all-time series stats compiled by Dave Dunham are found at his blogsite. Following a week break, the series resumes at Mt.Ascutney VT on June 8. Follow the series on Facebook.
Collegians from the New England states made a number of trips to to the awards podium at the NCAA Divison II and III Championship meets last weekend. Winners at the Division III meet held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware OH, were Jana Hieber (Tufts) in the 400 Hurdles, 58.63, Naomi Bates (Amherst) in the Long Jump, 19-9, and Amina Avril (Williams) in the hammer, 192-0, along with Michael LeDuc (Connecticut College) in the steeplechase, 8:45.77, and Jamie Ruginski (Southern Maine) in the triple jump, 49-7.75 (he also placed second in the long jump, 24-0.25.
Indoor 400 champion Ashante Little (Wheaton) was second in the 400, 54.17, and third in the 400 hurdles, 59.38, and ran on the Wheaton all-American 4x400 relay. Also winning silver were Julie Eagle (WPI), High Jump, 5-9.25; Cimran Virdi (MIT), Pole Vault, 13-5.25; Mitchell Black (Tufts), 800, 1:51.30; and Steven Vazquez (RI College), High Jump, 6-10.25. Bronze medalists included Hulerie McGuffie (UMass Boston), 400, 54.24; Travon Godette (Westfield State), Javelin, 213-1; Jacob Ellis (Bowdoin), 800, 1:51.37; and Adam Scalesse (Coast Guard), 110 Hurdles, 14.34. Full results
In the Division II meet held at Grand Valley State in Michigan, three second places were won by local sudent-athletes; Michael Biwott (American International) in the 10,000 in 29:43.41, Carly Muscaro (Merrimack) in the 400 in 53.43, and Ada Udaya (New Haven) in the 100 in 11.63; she was also third in the 200 in 23.55. Full results
Dan Vassallo (CMS) and Melissa Nash (New Balance Boston) won USATF-NE 10,000 meter championships titles in the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet #2 race held at U.Mass-Lowell on Saturday night. Vassallo recorded one of the faster open times in recent years with a 30:16.3, placing second overall to Iona's Jake Byrne (29:42.9). In the NE Championship, he was followed by Chris Kibler (GBTC, 31:07.4, 4th overall) and Anrew Erskine (NBB, 31:18.5, 5th). Nash moved up to NE Champion after placing third last year. She clocked 34:36.9, finishing second overall in the women's race won by Andie Cozzarelli (34:15.2). Jessica Minty (NBB, 34:48.7) and Molly Rouillard (Unattched) finished 2-3 in the NE medal standings, 3-4 overall.
The race finished in the dark, as power and lights were lost at the UML track facility just as the 10,000m runners took to the starting line; running conditions were excellent as 18 runners completed the 25 lap contest. Full 10,000m results, and Twilight Meet 2 complete results
Runners earned the first team points for their clubs for the USATF-NE Championship meet, the remaining events in the full meet being Sunday, June 20, at Regis College. Schedule and online entry are available at the Track page.
Kara Haas (Greater Lowell Road Runners) was awarded the "first timers" travel award from USATF-NE to compete at the 2014 USA Outdoor National Masters Track and Field Championship July 17-20 in Winston-Salem NC. A regular on the New England Road Race Championship Circuit who has turned in some quality track times in the past, this will be her first time competing in a USA Masters TF Meet. She plans to compete in the 1500 and 5000.
The opportunity is funded by the USATF Masters TF Committee, and the meet is open to all individuals age 30 and up. Find information at the USATF website.
Two New Englanders moved to the top of the 2014 US Rankings with their performances at the Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University over the weekend.
In ideal distance running conditions, Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH) won the 5000 by just 6/100 of a second in a time of 13:02.74. Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) placed second in the 10,000 in a personal record 30:47.59, the second fastest time ever by an American. Winner Sally Kipyego clocked a 2014 World leading 30:42.26. Former U.Maine miler Riley Masters moved to the US lead for 1500 with a 3:38.42 clocking.
The USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit kicked off at the Sleepy Holllow Mountain Race in Huntington VT. The long and late winter left the primarily trail course with significant mud that slowed the 10 kilometer trek. Leading the record 215 runner field to the finish line were B.A.A. runners Josh Ferenc (Saxtons River VT) and event director Kasie Enman (Huntington VT), both having 2 minute-plus winning margins. Age division winners were Todd Callaghan (CMS, 9th overall) and Christin Doneski (Whirlaway) for 40+, Mountain Circuit founder Dave Dunham (CMS) and Jacqueline Shakar (CSU) for 50+, Len Hall (Gate City Striders) and Margaret Hedstrom (Liberty AC) for 60+, and Peter Orni for 70+.
The first round of Circuit Standings are posted. The next race is this Sunday, May 11 at the Pack Monadnock 10 Miler. Check the Mountain/Trail page for the full schedule and scoring. There is team scoring in this season's circuit. The event was also the first event in the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner series.
Boston Athletic Association distance runner Pete Hammer (Needham MA) is the USATF - New England Athlete of the Month for April 2014. On April 21 in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, Hammer ran a time of 2:33:02 to place 2nd in the 45-49 division (8th overall among all age 40+ competitors). Six days later, he was the overall runner-up at the USA Masters 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA on April 27, recording a time of 32:41 that was just 4 seconds behind overall winner Mike Galoob. In both races, he led his B.A.A. club to the Masters (age 40+) team titles.
Check out the list of all USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Mike Galoob (Westerly TC/Peace Dale RI) continued his successful first year as a 40 year old, running to the USA Masters 10K championship title at the James Joyce Ramble 10K in Dedham MA on Sunday. Galoob held off Peter Hammer (BAA/Needham MA) by 4 seconds, with Hammer first M45. Women's overall winner Melody Fairchild of Boulder CO had a 2+ minute winning margin with her 35:15.
USATF-NE recorded eight age division winners: M40 Galoob, M45 Hammer, M50 Rob Edson (Upper Valley AC/Hanover NH), M65 Bill Dixon (GLRR/Brattleboro VT), W70 Charlene Francis (Liberty AC/Hyde Park MA), W75 Carrie Parsi (Liberty AC/Gloucester MA), M75 Bill Riley (NE65+/Centerville MA), and M80 Lawrence Cole (Cape Cod AC/Harwich MA).
The day's top age graded performance was turned in by 62 year old Kathrine Martin of New York, her 40:10 topping 100% on the charts.
The BAA trio of Hammer, Chris Magill, and Wayne Levy won M40+ title by three seconds - one tick per scorer. Hammer and Levy were back just 6 days after being part of a Boston Marathon masters team win. Also winning top team honors were New England 65+ RC M70+, and Tri-Valley Frontrunners W60.
All the results.