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June 28

In its 32nd year of honoring the nation’s best high school track and field athletes, The Gatorade Company has announced their state honorees for the 2016-17 school year. Winners were selected based on athletic production and impact, and each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

The USATF-NE state winners:

Massachusetts: Clare Martin (Newton South), middle distance, state champ; Erick Duffy (North Andover), national pole vault champion / state record, state hurdles champ

New Hampshire: Kristie Schoffield (Merrimack Velley/Penacook), middle distance, NE 800 champ; Billy Powers (Winnacunnet), 110/300 Hurdles (junior)

Rhode Island: Nikki Merrill (Portsmouth), middle distance (soph); D.J.Principe (La Salle), distances

Vermont: Sonia John (Rice/So.Burlington), sprints, (junior); Tyler Marshall (Champlain Valley Union), middle distance (two time winner)

2016 Olympian and multi-time Junior record setter Sydney McLaughlin and 19' pole vaulter Armand Duplantis (Louisiana) are the national athletes of the year. The full list of state winners.


June 18, Merrimack NH

Amos Sang (24:33) and Holly Rees were first across the line at the USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship held with the Immediate Care Ribfest 5 Mile in Merrimack NH. Both Sang (Western Mass Distance Project) and Rees (Battle Road TC) led their respective teams to wins on fast the out-and-back course. The men's race saw the top 4 finish withing 6 seconds, while the women's runner-up was over a minute back.

Ginger Reiner (CCR) and David Bedoya (B.A.A.) turned in the top age 40+ placings, with highest age-graded marks run by John Barbour (63, GLRR) at 89.39 among the men, and Mimi Fallon (52, B.A.A.-87.16) and Karen Durante (66, Whirlaway) tied at 87.16 for women.

Full results can be found on Millennium Running. GP results will be posted on Wednesday at www.usatfne.org/gp.


June 17

Saturday's USATF-NE Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship at Fitchburg State University was a day of non-stop action, as young athletes age 7-18 took advantage of the relatively cool June temperatures to run, jump, and throw quality results. The more than 800 competitors made for more and larger sections than ever, and a dedicated crew of officials and volunteers moved the schedule along without any gaps for close to 10 hours.

The top 8 finishers in each individual event and the top 5 relays qualify for the Region I meet, also at Fitchburg State, July 6-9. Preliminary Results


Mass. HS Coaches honored (Photo: MSTCA)
Mass. HS Coaches Honored
Photo: MSTCA

June 4

The Mass. State Track Coaches Association welcomed four coaches into their Hall of Fame on Sunday. Long time coaches Jim Erker (Walpole), Tim Foley (Newburyport), Chuck Martin (Norwell), and Chris Woods (Fitchburg) were recognized for their service to the sport at the high school level.

Steven Keyes, official and long time Reggie Lewis Center supervisor, received the Lou Tozzi Distinguished Service Award. Other honorees and news at mstca.org.


Kasie Enman made Team USA by finishing third. (Photo: Mike Scott)
Kasie Enman made Team USA by finishing third.
Photo: Mike Scott

Enman, Patterson Earn USA Team Honors

June 3, North Conway NH

The largest field in the 31-year history of the Cranmore Mountain Race enjoyed excellent weather, as the 2017 USATF Mountain Running Championships covered the challenging up-and-down loops in North Conway. The men's and women's 10k races, and novice 5k totaled over 300 runners. The top three in each championship race qualified for Team USA going to the World Mountain Running Championships in Premena Italy on July 30.

The top three women over the 2 lap up-and-down course are all veteran international runners, and were led by Addie Bracy (Longmont CO). 2011 World Champion Kasie Enman (GMAA/Huntington VT) finished third and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Commons VT), a relative newcomer to mountain running but an accomplished nordic skier, claimed fourth place and the final USA team berth. Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA) was top master and eighth overall.

The men's race went to past champion Joseph Gray (Colorado Springs) with Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT/Nottingham NH) eighth and Dan Button (Sisu Project/Acton MA) tenth, with Jim Johnson (CMS/Madison NH) one place back for top 40+ finisher.

USATF President Vin Lananna was on site for the championship, and served as race starter and presented awards. Full story and results link.


May 25-27, Florida and Ohio

Carly Muscaro (Merrimack) and Wadeline Jonathas (U.Mass-Boston) were double winners at NCAA Championships over the weekend. At Division II in Bradenton FL, Muscaro, a senior, won the 200 in 23.40 and the 400 in 51.90 for her fifth and sixth career titles. In the Division III meet in Geneva OH, freshman Jonathas won the same 200/400 double, her times of 23.57 and 52.81 setting championship and all-time DII records in both events. The 400 time, better than second by almost 2 seconds, broke a 29 year old mark set by another UMB athlete, Genessia Eddins.

Three other student-atheltes from schools in the USATF-NE states also won national titles. Both high jumps were captured by local freshmen; Emma Egan (Williams) won the women's jump in 1.76m/5'9.25, and Justin Lewis (Worcester State) scaled 2.16m/7'1" in the men's competition. Senior Peter Hale (Williams) was the final NE winner, taking the 5000 in 14:15.38.

Full DIII results.


May 15

Brian Harvey (Boston MA) is USATF-New England's Athlete of the Month for April 2017. The B.A.A. distance ace was the first New England finisher at the 121st Boston Marathon, coming in 20th in 2:20:18 and leading his club to the team title. Two weeks later, he won the always competitive James Joyce Ramble 10K in a solid 30:51.

Harvey was the 2016 USATF-NE Runner of the Year. Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.


May 15, Keene NH

Long time official Dave Grant of Keene, New Hampshire, passed away on Monday. A USATF certified official, he was a regular at USATF-NE open, masters, and youth championships, usually working with his wife Hazel and daughter Sarah. Dave and his family were most interested in the throws, and they had worked a number of USA Masters Championships and Youth Nationals. Dave was a member of the New Hampshire Track Officials Association and Mass. Track & Field Officials Association, and a loyal supporter of our programs.


M80-84 medalists. (Photo: Dave Pember)
M80-84 medalists.
Photo: Dave Pember


Masters road runners enjoyed good racing weather at Sunday's the USATF Master 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the 34th annual James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA on Sunday. 232 USATF masters finishers covering 5 year age groups through 80-84 made it the largest in the five years with the Ramble.

Masters received the starting line spotlight with a five minute head start on the open field, and produced a spirited competition. Overall winner David Angell (Blue Ridge VA), 40, took control from the gun, and shook past winner (and M50 champ) Christian Blaich (GA) in the fourth mile to break the tape uncontested in 32:37. It was the second masters title for Angell in 2017, having finished first at the USA Masters 8K in Virginia Beach in March. Ryan McCalmon (B.A.A.) passed Blaich for 2nd overall in 32:55.

Women's overall winner was New England member Ginger Reiner, 40, (Craft Concept Racing) in 37:11, with an 18 second gap over second. One US record established, that in the Women's 60-64 division; Sabra Harvey (Houston TX) broke her own standard with a 42:05 at age 68.

Two more USATF-NE members were division winners; Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) in W70, and Bill Riley (NE65+ RC) in M80. A pair of USATF-NE clubs scored team titles results that saw clubs from ten associations win gold. Both the B.A.A. M40+ and Greater Springfield Harriers M50+ repeated as the clubs with the best three-runner time totals. Best local women's club ranking was the third place in W40+ by Dirigo RC.

B.A.A. teammates Brian Harvey and Eric Ashe led the open runners for a second straight year (30:51/31:30) and and Holly Rees (Battle Road TC) was first woman in 34:46.

Overall Results and links to teams and age grading.


April 29, Huntington VT

The 2017 Mountain Circuit kicked off in Huntington VT at the Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race with 267 finishers covering the challenging and not-always-dry "Dark Side" course at the Sleepy Hollow Inn in Huntington VT.

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT) repeated as overall winner and Leslie O'Dell (CMS) scored her second win in three years; O'Dell was also first among the W40+ finishers. Other division winners were Tim Van Orden (M40/CMS), Dave Dunham (M50/CMS), Paul Bazanchuk (M60/CMS), and Frank Holmes (M70/White Mountain Milers) for men, and Erica Khan (W50/Team Gloucester) and Karen Provencher (W60/Willow St-NY) for women. CMS swept the mens' team wins, with CMS (open) and acidotic Racing (40/50) topping women's teams.

Overall Race Results. Standings will be posted after 2 races. The series continues this Sunday at Pack Monadnock.


April 17, Boston MA

Among competitors from 50 states and around the globe, the top USATF New England association finishers placed high in the 121st Boston Marathon field. Liz Costello (Brighton/New Balance Boston), 18th, was top New England female in 2:38:21, and Brian Harvey (Boston/B.A.A.) was top local male, 20th, in 2:20:18. Here are the other top New England state finishers with town/club and time/place.

NH: Nick Aguila (Manchester/Millennium RC), 2:29:42, 49; Kristen Ramey (Peterborough), 3:02:14, 115
RI: Jason Reilly (East Greenwich/B.A.A.) 2:42:43, 224; Kelsi Chappell (Portsmouth) 3:03:24, 128
VT: Todd Smith (Bristol/GMAA) 2:44:07, 276; Emily Urquhart (White River Junction) 3:15:13, 430
ME: Chris Harmon (Portland/Dirigo RC), 2:43:57, 267; Christine Hein (North Yarmouth) 2:55:28, 53
CT: Chris Zablocki (Essex) 2:31:04, 57; Megan Jaswell (East Hampton) 2:57:48, 74

The B.A.A. trio of Harvey, Eric Ashe, and Joe Carpenter, all in the top 40, scored a decisive team win in 7:10:24, and Hansons-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan, including 4th placer overall, Desi Linden, combined for the fastest ever Women's team time of 7:36:27. The B.A.A. was runner-up in the Men's Masters Team finish and third in the Women's Open division, with Winners Circle RC taking the top NE Women's place, fourth, in Women's Masters.

Kenyans recorded a double win for the first time in several years, with Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat topping the podium; Americans Galen Rupp (2nd) and Jordan Hasay (third) were competitive through the distance.

The world best was set in the wheelchair division and it took a reading of the finish picture to separate winner Marcel Hug (Switzerland) from 10-time event champion Ernst Van Dyke (South Africa); both were timed in 1:18:04. Manuella Char's course record win gave the Swiss double gold. Check out all race stories and statistics at bostonmarathon.org.


April 14, Boston MA

Ben True (West Lebanon NH / Saucony) set his second US record at the 5K distance in winning his fourth B.A.A. 5K in Boston's Back Bay on Saturday. The traditionally fast and competitive appetizer to the Boston Marathon did not disappoint, as True outkicked Stephen Sambu (Kenya) down the home stretch on Charles Street to clock 13:20 for the American and course record, 2 seconds ahead of his rival - and 2 seconds better than his previous US standard on the same course in 2015.

In the women's results, Buze Diriba (Ethiopia) edged Molly Huddle (Providence/Saucony) by the same margin of victory as the men's race; Huddle was just 6 seconds off her own US best set here in 2015.

The 5K was a prelude to a day of activity, with the B.A.A. Mile featuring six middle school (kilometer), high school (mile), and professional races, and the Club 121 Youth Relays providing more street action for the weekend's large downtown crowds.

Find all results at baa.org.


April 13

DJ Principe (La Salle HS / Johnston RI) is USATF-New England's Athlete of the Month for March 2017. The senior capped an outstanding indoor season by racing to a New England high school record 8:47.40 in the two mile at the New Balance Scholastic Nationals in New York, making him the 8th fastest scholastic runner ever. The time also ranks as the number 12 indoor HS time at the distance.

In February, he won three events at the Rhode Island state championship, and at January's New Balance Games at the NY Armory, he brought the six-state region mile best down to 4:00.97, the third fastest all-time for the distance by a scholastic runner.

An alumnus of the USATF-NE Junior Olympic program, Principe has committed to attend Stanford University in September.

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


March 31, Upton MA

RACE UPDATE: While the Boston Tune Up 15K scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, is still scheduled to go on as planned, the race has been removed from the 2017 USATF-New England Road Race Grand Prix Series. Under the USATF-New England Road Race Grand Prix Series Event Cancellation Policy, if any government agency declares a travel emergency in any state within the Association on the date of a Grand Prix Road Race, the Grand Prix Road Race scheduled for that day will not be scored as part of the Grand Prix Series. According to the National Weather Service, there is a Winter Storm Warning in Vermont and New Hampshire for tomorrow. As a result, we have removed the Boston Tune Up 15K from the 2017 Grand Prix Series. The safety of our members is always our number one priority. If you do plan on still attending the race, please do so safely.

There will not be a replacement race for the 2017 series. Scoring will be based on 6 races, as will Ironrunner awards.


March 26, Kampala Uganda

B.A.A. harriers Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris placed for Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday. Pagano met her goal of a top 30 finish taking that 30th spot overall, fourth for Team USA, which earned fifth place with 90 points - Kenya scored a perfect 20, going 1-2-3-4. Balouris was fifth of the six American women in 48th place over the fast 10K course run in mid-80 degree temperatures.

The US men took fifth with 78 points, just 6 out of a medal spot. Check the full results and all the stats at iaaf.org and photo galleries (with more to come) at Mike Scott's Album.


March 19-25, Daegu, South Korea

Attending the World Masters Association (WMA) Championships in Daegu, South Korea, was a long trip for USA athletes, but several NE athletes traveled a half a world away to compete and earn medals against over 4000 international competitors age 35 through 100+.

Katrina Geurkink (Thors StoneAC/Lebanon NH/W55) won gold in the shot and discus, silver in the hammer and weight, and bronze in the javelin. Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Canton MA/M60) was silver medalist in both the Weight Throw & Hammer.

US competitors won 108 medals overall in the various age divisions. The US medal summary and other meet links.


March 19, Virginia Beach VA

Conflicting with the NE Half Marathon, the USA Masters 8K in Virginia had only three New Englanders in the results, but the trio from Greater Springfield Harriers represented well. Kent Lemme, Mark Hixson, and Nat Larson placed 2-4-5, respectively, in the M50-54 division, and Larson, Lemme, and Hixson were 2-5-6 in the men's age graded scoring - the first two at over 90.0. Those placings gave the threesome an easy win of the M50 team title with a time faster than the winning M40 team total.

Full Race Results.


Katie Moraczewski won NB Half-Marathon (Photo: Jean Cann/USATF-NE)
Katie Moraczewski
Photo: Jean Cann/USATF-NE

March 19, New Bedford MA

Louis Serafini and Katie Moraczewski took the individual wins at the New Bedford Half Marathon, the second race of the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix, on Sunday. Forecasted snow didn't materialize, but temps in the 30's and winds that gusting over 40 mph which stood runners up in miles 8-10 out to Fort Taber made finishing times all the more impressive.

After passing on the Amherst 10 Miler, Serafini (The Heartbreakers) broke from two time winner Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) amd Amos Sang (WMDP) after 10 miles to split the tape in 1:06:20 with a margin of 34 seconds. He'd previously placed fifth and third the past two years. Moraczewski, representing the B.A.A. for in a GP race for the first time, was never challenged for the women's win in 1:18:02, with teammate Emma Spencer second and 10 Mile champ Danielle Bessette (Battle Road) third.

The Boston Athletic Association swept the open team titles in the Whaling City, placing five men in the top ten, and womeon placing 1-2-6. The gold and blue also took the M40 team prize, and CMS women were W40 champions.

Full results can be found on the Full Race Results. GP results will be posted on Wednesday at www.usatfne.org/gp.


Nathan Sleiman (Quincy Stars) (Photo: Ally Sleiman)
Nathan Sleiman (Quincy Stars)
Photo: Ally Sleiman

March 11-12, Staten Island NY

Five USATF-NE youth won gold medals at the Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championships held at the beautiful Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island, New York City.
Two of those winners, both from Rhode Island and both in the weight throw, set meet records; Annika Kelly of Barrington, 15-16, 48'5.5", and Jared Briere of Woonsocket, 17-18, 72'6.25". Also coming home as National Champions were Gabrielle Portalla Haverhill Elite (8/under, Shot put), Aidan Cox NH Thunder (11-12 3000), and Nathan Sleiman Quincy Stars (15-16 Triple Jump - and 2nd in Hurdles).

Others earning a Top 3 finish:
11-12: 200 and 400, Kylee Bernard, Cambridge MA, 3rd in both;
13-14: 800: 2.Makayla Paige, Gr.Lowell RR; Hurdles: 2.Peyton Rollins, Cambridge Jets; 3000 M RaceWalk: 3.Will Smith, Waltham TC;
15-16: Weight Throw: 2.Jacob Furland, Providence RI; Weight Throw: 2.Sydney Polando, Barrington RI; 3.Cheyenne Figueroa, Providence

Full results can be found on the Ocean Breeze page


March 10-12, New York City

La Salle (RI) High School Senior DJ Principe shattered his own all-New England high school indoor 2 mile record at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the New York City Armory Track Facility. Principe clocked 8:47.40 to place third overall in the two mile, the 12 second personal best moving him to eighth fastest high schooler ever at the distance. The two runners ahead are now 5 and 7 all-time.

A number of high school records were broken in the season ending classic (including the Gloucester (MA) Distance Medley Relay mark that stood for 17 years). Even with the high quality of indoor track and field in New England, only three other association athletes recorded a top 3 placing, all earning silver medals; Daniel Renwick (Old Rochester/Mattapoisett MA) in the pentathlon, 3860; Gina Rao (Ponaganset,Scituate RI) in the weight, 59'7.75", and Milton HS (MA) in the 4 x 1 mile relay in 20:41.08 (also fourth in the DMR).

Full results along with videos and interviews are found at NationalScholastic.org.


March 9-10, Various sites

The collegiate indoor season closed last weekend with New England school competitors earning several National Championship titles. At the Division 2 Nationals in Birmingham Alabama, 2 time USATF-NE Athlete of the Month Carly Muscaro (Merrimack College) won both the 200 meter (23.57) and 400 meter (51.78) races, the latter in a championship record and all-NE collegiate record. She also anchored Merrimack's fourth place 4x400 relay. In Division 3 action, UMass Boston freshman Wadeline Jonathas won the 400 and placed second in the 200. Top Division I performance was turned in by another past AOM, New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier, who earned a silver medal in the mile in a time of 4:31.88, just .64 out of first.


Steve Mangan. (Photo: USATF-NE)
Steve Mangan is USATF-NE February Athlete of the Month.

March 9

Steve Mangan (NE Distance / Woonsocket RI) USATF-New England's Athlete of the Month for February 2017. At the USATF-NE Indoor Championship meet on February 19, Mangan won the mile by 16 seconds in in 4:00.97, the second highest IAAF Point Table performance of the meet, and came back the next week at the BU Last Chance Meet to clock 3:59.49 in a race that found 11 men finish under four minutes. The latter time qualified him for the USATF National Indoor Championships.

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


March 5, Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY

Two USATF-NE Masters won their age divsions at the USATF 50K Championship held at the Caumsett Park 50K on Long Island on Sunday. Brian Teason (Manchester VT) was the top M55 runner (and 14th overall), clocking 3:52:48 on the 10 lap course, and Phil Pierce (NE 65+ RC, Falmouth ME) won the M75 division in 6:01:10.

All Results


Tim Morse of Twilght Throwers presents awards to the girls' top three medalists. (Photo: Twilight Throwers)
Tim Morse of Twilght Throwers presents awards to the girls' top three medalists.
Photo: Twilight Throwers

February 22, Reggie Lewis Center, Boston

Peabody's Patrick Pang and Seekonk's Cameron Garabian won the seventh annual Massachusetts Scholastic Weight Throw Invitational hosted by USATF-New England at the Reggie Lewis Center as part of the USATF-NE Youth meet on Wednesday. USATF-NE and the Twilight Throwers club offer the opportunity to Bay State athletes, as the weight throw - 20 pounds for girls, 25 pounds for boys - is not an indoor high school track and field event in Massachusetts.

Garabian, a sophomore who won the MIAA Division 5 shot put, tossed the weight a personal best 37'6 1/4"; that was a foot beyond the best of silver medalist Abbie Mokwuah of Longmeadow. Pang, who has the season's best mark by a Massachusetts thrower, won his second consecutive title. The winning throw of 50'4" came on the last of his six attempts, besting Hayden Dillow of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood by just four inches.

Competition results and full youth meet results are at www.usatfne.org/track/.


February 19, Harvard University, Boston

Two meet records dating back over thirty years were bettered at the USATF-New England Indoor Championships held at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday. Over 600 open, scholastic, and collegiate athletes took advantage of the facility's banked 220 yard track and top field event areas.

Harvard's Myles Marshall ran a strong, mostly solo, race to win the 800 meters in 1:49.29, improving the standing 35 year old record of 1:49.4h. The women's shot found the second meet best put by Emmeline Berg, representing Shore AC of New Jersey. The former Mass. all-scholastic extended the 34 year old shot best to 54'2, removing the 52'11" mark of Sandy Burke of Taunton TC. The oldest individual meet record is now the men's shot put distance of 63'9.5" from in 1983.

The feature MunkPack 3000 meter races were captured by Calli Thackery of U.New Mexico in 9:09.77 and Caleb Hoover from asics Furman Elite in 7:52.07; the latter led the next 4 places under 8:00 as well. NE Distance's Steve Mangan flirted with a barrier breaking time, clocking 4:00.97 for the mile, and and Kendall Spencer was the first long jumper to span 25' in over 2 decades (25'.50"), narrowly missing that meet mark.

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


February 10, Southampton MA

Marathoner Nancy Conz of Southampton MA passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer. A world class runner in the growth decade of women's running in the 1980's, Conz came on the marathoning scene with minimal running background, and went on to record wins in a pair of international Avon Women's Marathons in London and Ontario, win Chicago in 1982 in her lifetime best 2:33:23, and set US records at 20K and 25K on the road, and 15,000m and 10 miles (still standing) on the track. She remained a Pioneer Valley resident, working at the Northampton Runner's Shop and Northampton Running Company from 1979 through 2016.

Read more about her accomplishments.


February 10

Lisa Mikkelsen of Holliston, Mass., is USA Track & Field (USATF) - New England's Athlete of the Month for January 2017. Competing unattached, Mikkelsen set a new Masters W50 age group record in the 400 meter run on January 29 at the USATF-NE Indoor Masters Championship in Providence. Clocking 62:24 for the two laps, she bettered the previous record of 62.82 which stood since 2004. She came close to the time in two other meets during the month, at the Greater Boston TC Invitational on January 22 and at the BU Mini-Meet on January 7.

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


John Mortimer, USATF-NE Race Director of the Year <Photo: Jennifer Mortimer>
John Mortimer, USATF-NE Race Director of the Year
Photo: Jennifer Mortimer

February 4, Waltham MA

Honors, good food, and good conversation were the order of the evening at the sixth annual USATF-NE Awards Banquet in Waltham MA on Saturday. As part of the dinner, five awards for excellence in 2016 were presented. Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) and Christin Doneski (Whirlaway Racing Team) were honored as the Male and Female Runners of the Year, respectively. Race of the Year went to the New Bedford Half Marathon, and John Mortimer (Millennium Running) was picked as Race Director of the Year. Finally, The Heartbreakers were awarded Club of the Year honors for their rise on the New England scene and quality performance at USA Club National Cross Country meet.

The 2016 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix age division winners were presented attractive plaques, and feature speaker Olympian Abbey D'Agostino gave the audience an inspiring talk on her career and handling injuries.


Elaina Balouris <Photo: Mike Scott>
Elaina Balouris
Photo: Mike Scott

February 4, Bend OR

Teammates Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris of the Boston Athletic Association qualified for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships with their their 5th and 6th place finishes at the 2017 USA Track & Field Winter Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on Saturday. The top six finishers were automatic selections for Team USA, which will compete on March 26 in Kampala, Uganda. Pagano was runner-up at the 2016 USATF Fall Nationals, and Balouris earned her second World XC roster, having represented the USA in China in 2015.

The women's race length increased to 10K this year to match the new distance to be run at the Worlds. Also running well were Liz Costello (New Balance Boston) in 8th and Katrina Spratford (NE Distance) in 13th. Both have a chance to be selected as alternates for the Worlds or for the North American /Central American/Caribbean Championships later in the month. Top New England male finisher was 2016 USATF-NE XC Champion Jim Spisak (Saucony/NE Distance), placing 17th.

Check the full results at usatf.org.


Bob Leddy
Bob Leddy

February 3, Providence RI

Sports reporter Bob Leddy of Rhode Island passed away over the weekend. Retired from the Providence Journal, Bob was the main man for track and field news in the state. A member of the RI Coaches Association and RI Interscholastic League Halls of Fame for his contributions to the sport, particularly high school level, Bob's writing in the weekly "Around the Oval" column on the Rhode Island Track & Field Coaches Association website all three seasons provided plenty of details to keep on top of the sport's news in the Ocean State.


Hurdler, Anne Jennings (Falmouth 1981)
Hurdler, Anne Jennings (Falmouth 1981)

January 29, Reggie Lewis Center, Boston

Seven new members were inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Athlete Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 29. This year's stellar class includes Olympic distance runner Abbey D'Agostino (Masconomet Regional 2010), World Champion jumper Arantxa King (Medford 2007), shot putter Heather Oldham (Woburn 1999), sprinter Karim-Ben Saunders (Cambridge R&L 1987), hurdler Anne Jennings (Falmouth 1981), distance runner Ron Wayne (Brockton 1967), and sprinter/jumper Frederick Lewis (Springfield Technical, 1960).

Check the full roster of Hall of Fame members at mstca.org.


January 29, Providence

Nearly 200 masters competed at the USATF New England and East Regional Indoor Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy facility on Sunday. One new US record was established, asLisa Mikkelsen (Holliston MA) stopped the clock at 62.24for a new W50 US record in the 400m.

Top age graded performances for men and women each earned $150. The best track marks were turned in by Manny Garcia (Deering NH, M50 60m, ) and Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT / Burlington MA, W70 Mile, and best field mark came from David Montieth (Ridgefield CT, M70 High Jump, and Oneithea Lewis (Oakland Gardens NY, W55 Weight Throw, ). Lewis also won the Jim Chamberas Award for Meet's Outstanding Thrower for winning all three throws, the weight distance being just 2 centimeters short of the age division record.

Plenty of photos, as usual, at scottmasonphoto.com, and full results at www.usatfne.org/track.


January 28

A World Best/US Record time highlighted the New Balance Grand Prix meet at Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday. The IAAF World Indoor Tour event featured a schedule of international starts competing.

Closing the meet (following an exciting mile win by Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Centrowitz), a US team of Olympians - Emma Coburn, high schooler Sydney McLaughlin, Brenda Martinez, and Jenny Simpson - ran the 1200/400/800/1600 in 10:40.31, cutting 3 seconds off the previous time in front of a loud capacity crowd.

The winning time in men's 300 was the fastest ever run in New England; Noah Lyles covered teh lap and a half in 32.67, bettering a 25 year old mark. Meet summary and results at iaaf.org.


January 9

Aidan Cox of Northwood, New Hampshire, is USA Track & Field (USATF) - New England's Athlete of the Month for December 2016. Cox, representing NH Thunder, won the National championship in the age 11-12 division at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama, on December 12; his winning margin was 10 seconds over the 3000 meter distance. The age 11-12 boy's race had the day's largest field with over 400 competitors from around the country. Cox qualified for the Nationals by winning the USATF-New England and Region I Championship meets in November.

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


Mass. Track & Field Official, Frank Ronan (Photo: Courtesy of MIT Vaulters )
Frank Ronan
Photo: Courtesy of MIT Vaulters

January 8, 2017

Well-known USATF official Frank Ronan passed away Sunday after a year of health issues. Track and field was a passion of the 2015 USATF-NE Official of the Year, who still holds the city of Boston HS pole vault record. Frank was recognizable with his handlebar mustache and usually found at the pole vault working all levels of meets. MIT alum vaulter Nate Ball speaks for many in noting, "Competing, coaching or just watching, it's always been the best feeling to walk into a meet and see that Frank was officiating. He was a cornerstone of my experience as a vaulter in New England."


January 1

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Aiden Cox, winner of the Boys 11-12 division. (Photo: Exclamation Services)
Aiden Cox, winner of the Boys 11-12 division.
Photo: Exclamation Services

December 10, Hoover AL

Aidan Cox (NH Thunder) won the boys age 11-12 3K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama. Though held in the deep south, temperatures at race time were below freezing.

Cox, winner of the New England and Region I meets, took the lead near halfway and finished in 10:36.49 with an impressive 10 second gap over the runner-up. There were 401 finishers in his race. Other NE individuals with top 10 finishes included Torin Kindopp (9th, 11-12, Elm City), Gavin Schaaf (10th, 11-12, Green Mt.AA), and Celia Jessiman (6th, 15-18, Waltham TC). Noteworthy, too, was Sean Kay (North Shore Striders) taking 12th place in the boys 13-14 race, the day's largest with 429 finishers.

Local clubs scored in every division. with four top-5 finishes. Green Mountain AA placed fourth of 33 teams in the boys 11-12 division, Nashua PAL Striders was fourth in the girls 9-10, and Granite State Flash earned two fifths - girls 11-12 and 13-14.

Full Results


B.A.A. Women at the 2016 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals (Photo: B.A.A.)
B.A.A. Women at the 2016 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals
Photo: B.A.A.

December 10, Tallahassee FL

The Boston Athletic Association women ran to their third consecutive USA Cross Country Championship Team Title at the USATF Cross Country Club Nationals in Tallahassee Florida on Saturday.

The Unicorns had four runners in the top 10 led by runner-up Sarah Pagano and closely followed by Emily Lipari (5), Elaina Balouris (7), and Emma Bates (9). Their 33 points gave them a comfortable margin over High Performance West (81), who took repeated as second place team. Also representing were Battle Road TC (14/372 pts), Greater Boston TC (16/414), and SISU Project (24/677) among 24 teams.

The B.A.A. men were top NE team, finishing fifth in th 36 team field, scoring points. Leading the local charge again was Daniel Winn with an 8th place finish. Other local clubs from the 301 finisher / 36 club races included The Heartbreakers (11th team/305 pts), Battle Road TC(18/510), Greater Boston TC (25/738), SISU Project (34/985), and HFC Striders (35/1028).


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