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June 18, Fitchburg MA

Over 700 competitors recorded performances at the USATF-New England Junior Olympic meet at Fitchburg State on Saturday. The full day of competition in good weather conditions was run with the support of Fitchburg State University track and field, and two dozen certified officials.

RESULTS are found at www.usatfne.org/track. The top 8 placers in each event qualify for the Region I JO Championship July 7-10 in Albany NY. Entry for New England athletes will be available by Wednesday. Clubs and unattached athletes all enter through their accounts at athletic.net; the link will be posted on the track page.


Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon
Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon.

June 17-19, Greensboro NC

Three USATF New England athletes topped events at the 2016 New Balance National Scholastic Track & Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, last weekend. Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) scored 5464 to win the heptathlon, the best high school mark in the country for 2016. She also placed fourth in the javelin. In the boys results, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) moved up a place from 2015 to win the hammer, spinning 240'1", and junior DJ Principe earned gold in the 5000 meters with a frontrunning 14:37.09.

Other USATF-NE girls in the top three included: Mile - 2.Maegan Doody (Lee NH) 4:42.45; Hammer - 3.Courtney Jacobsen (E.Greenwich RI) 175-1; and 4 x Mile Relay - 2.La Salle Academy RI, 20:23.95. Boys medalists included: 2 Mile - 2.Viraj Deokar (Middlesex/Concord MA) 9:04.71, and 3.Thomas D'Anieri (Wellesley MA) 9:05.16; 2000m Steeplechase - 2.Nicholas Steele (Bromfield/Harvard MA) 5:55.80; and 1000 Sprint Medley Swedish Relay - 3.Central/Providence RI, 1:54.93 (and 7th 4x100, 4th 4x200).

Full results, with many local athletes, are found at NationalScholastic.org and videos of events can be found at their Facebook page.


Women's 5000 at the Martinez Classic (Photo: Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
Women's 5000 at the Martinez Classic
Photo: Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly


Concord-Carlisle (MA) HS senior Thomas Ratcliffe established a new state and New England High School mile record at the Hoka One One Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord MA on Thursday. Running against an elite field on his home track, the Stanford bound Ratcliffe clocked a 4:01.50 for eighth overall, breaking the previous state and New England prep standard of 4:01.89 set by Garrett O'Toole of the Middlesex School of Concord at the same meet in 2014. It's the fourth best by a US high schooler this season.

The usually frontrunning scholastic runner (he won the MA Division II 2 Mile by 25 seconds on Sunday) was able to take advantage of an experienced field that could pull him along to a fast time. Speaking with Chris Lotsbom of Race Results Weekly, Ratcliffe noted the unique nature of the Martinez Classic and the crowd support. "Honestly, unbelievable. I've never really seen anything like that before for track and field, let alone just a high schooler like me."

The meet also featured a USA leading women's mile of 4:32.72 by Brie Felnagle with the B.A.A.'s Emily Lipari second in 4:33.83. Dozens of other national caliber times and personal bests were turned in during the multiple sections of 800, mile, and 5000 meter races on the cozy 6 lane oval in Concord center.

Stories and results at martinezclassic.com.


May 15, Huntington VT

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT) and Leslie O'Dell (CMS) took the NE wins at the Sleepy Hollow in Huntington VT, the kick-off event of the 2016 USATF-NE Mountain Circuit.

Newbould had won the USATF-NE Trail Championship three weeks earlier, and the fully off-road course at Sleepy Hollow was to his liking as well, winning by over a minute in 43:03 for the about 6.4 mile circuit, modified in 2016. Tim Van Orden was top master in 4th. O'Dell, finishing in 54:28, was top NE open and master runner, second women overall, 1:43 behind Emily Hanna of Steamboat Springs CO. There were 242 finishers this year.

Results and great photos at scottmasonphoto.com .


May 10

Two long time USATF-NE members passed away in the past week.

H.Oldham "Harry" Brooks died in Amherst MA at age 82. A past USATF-NE Vice President, national meeting delegate, and long time member of Sugarloaf Mountain AC as a runner and a board member, Brooks was also a loyal official who was a regular at open, masters, and youth track meets.

Barbara Robinson (Franconia NH) also passed at age 82. A mountain runner and Mt. Washington Road Race competitor well into her 70's, Robinson was a member of the B.A.A. and lived in Nahant MA until retiring to New Hampshire and joining White Mountain Milers.


April 30, Columbus OH

Two USATF-NE runners placed top 10 at the USATF National Half Marathon Championships in Columbus OH. NE GP leader Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers) placed 10th in the men's race at 1:04:17 (winner - Christo Landry, 1:02:52), and Katie DiCamillo (Battle Road TC) matched that position in the women's race with a 1:14:27 (winner - Tara Welling, 1:10:25).

Results and video at usatf.tv


Meagan Allen (Photo: Metropolis-Brookline)
Olympic Silver Medalist from Jamaica, Johan Blake
Courtesy PhotoRun.net

World Record Holders to Highlight Boston Games

April 25, Boston

Elites in the sport will take to the track - and the streets - at the new adidas Boost Boston Games festival June 17-18. Presented by Global Athletics and Marketing, the two days will start with a 400 meters-and-up focused track meet at Dilboy Stadium in Somverville on Friday evening, June 17. Then on Saturday, June 18, a street festival with sprints and jumps will take place on a Mondo track surface rolled out on Boston's Charles Street. The event will incorporate the adidas Dream Mile and Dream 100 formerly held at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City.

Read the full press release at at runblogrun.com


World Record Holders to Highlight Boston Games

April 25, Boston

Elites in the sport will take to the track - and the streets - at the new adidas Boost Boston Games festival June 17-18. Presented by Global Athletics and Marketing, the two days will start with a 400 meters-and-up focused track meet at Dilboy Stadium in Somverville on Friday evening, June 17. Then on Saturday, June 18, a street festival with sprints and jumps will take place on a Mondo track surface rolled out on Boston's Charles Street. The event will incorporate the adidas Dream Mile and Dream 100 formerly held at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City.

Read the full press release at at runblogrun.com


Meagan Allen (Photo: Metropolis-Brookline)
Meagan Allen
Photo: Metropolis-Brookline

April 24

Maegan Allen (Arlington MA / New England Walkers) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for March 2016. A race walker who is home schooled, Maegan placed fourth in the mile walk at the New Balance National Scholastic Indoor Championships in 7:22.43, the best ever by a New England high schooler. Two days later at the USATF Hershey Youth Indoor Championship, she won the age 17-18 division 3000 meter walk in a new youth record of 15:20.26. She'd placed 7th at the Millrose Games Open 1 Mile Walk in February.

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


Start of 2016 USA Masters 10K Championship at the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA. (Photo: USATF-NE)
Start of USA Masters 10K Championship

April 24, Dedham MA

Masters road runners enjoyed good racing weather and at the USATF Master 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA on Sunday. A field of 200 USATF masters - the largest in the four years with the Ramble - earned a five minute head start on the open field and time in the race spotlight in a fast and competitive run.

Mark Andrews (Rochester NY), 45, in 32:45 and 52 year old Melissa Sutera Strange (Pleasant Vally NY), 36:47 were overall winners; the latter was also the top age-graded performance of the day. Top finishers from New England were a family affair; the race silver medal went to Peter Hammer (B.A.A./Needham MA) in 32:47, just two seconds back of the winner, and wife Diana Bowser (Craft Concept Racing) was sixth female and third W40-44 in 38:16. While no US Masters records were set this year, thirteen runners scored over 90.00 in age grading, considered world class in an age division.

Three USATF-NE clubs were team champions in results that saw clubs from ten associations The three-runner time totals for B.A.A. M40+, Greater Springfield Harriers M50+, and New England 65+ RC M70+ took home gold. Best womens' club rankings were a pair of seconds by Western MA Distance Project W40+ and CMS W50+.

Winners of the open division were B.A.A. runners Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) in 30:12 (leading 3 others under 31:00), and Rachel Hyland in (34:50.)

Overall Results and links to teams and age grading.



April 18, Hopkinton to Boston MA

Deceptively warm temperatures and headwinds for the competitors contrasted with a superior sunny day for spectators at the 120th B.A.A. Boston Marathon. Ethiopia swept the victors' trophies, the first time they'd done so in the same year.

With second-half winds removing any thoughts of records, there was excitement as the men's field which started slow and jockeyed for position through 25K. Following the fast downhill into Newton Lower Falls at 16 miles, the pack suddenly shed down to two. With two runners nearly shoulder to shoulder through the 40 kilometer mark, it was 21 year old Lemi Berhanu Hayle who made a breakaway move to run away from two-time champion Lelisa Desisa just before 25 miles to record 2:12:45 at the tape.

Top American Zach Hine (Dallas), tenth overall, has a local connection as Massachusetts state cross country champion from South Hadley MA.
Atsede Baysa made up a gap of 37 seconds between 35 km to 40 km and raced on to gap the competition by 42 seconds to win her first B.A.A. Marathon in 2:29:19 in the 50th year of women's participation in Boston.

Wheelchair competitions primed the finish line crowd, as three men led by defending champion Marcel Hug finished within a chair-length. Shortly after, the world's dominant female wheeler and popular athlete with Boston fans, Tatyana McFadden won her fourth straight title, pushing in solo from the halfway point.

Four New Englanders were on stage as a top 3 age group placer, led by Men 55-59 division winner Robert Cipriano (Somerville Road Runners) in 2:46:09. The other award winners were Sheri Piers (Dirigo RC), Women 40-44, 2nd, 2:52:25, Nancy Corsaro (Whirlaway RT), W55-59, 2nd, 3:23:19, and Karen Durante (Whirlaway), W65-69, 3rd, 3:51:25.

Over 96 percent of the 27,491 starters completed the traditional Patriots Day trek, which began the 2016-2017 Abbott World Marathon Majors series; the elite series will conclude at next year's Boston.

Al the results and details at bostonmarathon.com and some in-depth stories at www.runblogrun.com.



Among competitors from 50 states, and citizens from 99 countries, the first USATF New England association finishers placed high in the 26,000+ finisher field. Hilary Dionne (Craft Concept Racing/Charlestown MA), 23rd overall, three-peated as top New England female in 2:50:56, and Joseph Carpenter (Cambridge) was top local male, 23rd, in 2:27:48. Here are the top New England state finishers with town/club and time/place
MA: Joseph Carpenter (Cambridge) 2:27:48, 23; Hilary Dionne (Charlestown/Craft), 2:50:56, 23
NH: Aliaksandr Leuchanka (Newmarket/Millennium RC), 2:32:37, 41; Laura Hagley (Hanover/Millennium), 2:52:45, 30F, 10 US
RI: Bronson Venable (Wyoming/Team RUN) 2:39:19, 111; Megan Jaswell (Wakefield) 3:03:40, 128
VT: Turner Zamore (South Hero) 2:47:07, 320; Leah Frost (Glover) 2:56:28, 43
ME: Chris Harmon (Portland/Dirigo RC), 2:38:22, 97; Sheri Piers (Falmouth/Dirigo), 2:52:25 29, 4 master
CT: Michael Stadolnik (Plainfield) 2:42:02, 155; Amy Steffen (Madison) 3:00:53, 99

New England clubs won three of the four team titles: Men's Open - Greater Boston TC, Women's Open - B.A.A., and Masters Women - Dirigo RC. Scoring 2-3 in the Masters Men's race were Somerville Road Runners and B.A.A., and GBTC was third in Women's Open.

Check and track runners at baa.org.


Four members of the Wellesley Youth Track & Field Club were part of the B.A.A. Middle School 1K, including winner Allison Sibold of Wellesley. (Photo: Wellesley Youth TF Club)
Four members of the Wellesley Youth Track & Field Club were part of the B.A.A. Middle School 1K, including winner Allison Sibold of Wellesley.
Photo: Wellesley Youth TF Club

April 16, Boston

Boston Marathon weekend got rolling on Saturday with the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. mile races. A stiff wind from the east kept times modest in all event and prevented matching the records turned in last year. in the 5K. The 5K field of nearly 9000 finishers was led home by Dejen Gebremeskel (Ethiopia), the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters. His time of 13:39 put him 2 seconds up on defending champ Ben True (Hanover NH). Molly Huddle (Providence / Saucony) was successful in repeating her top step podium position; her 15:14 gave a 14 second margin of victory.

Next on the agenda was the B.A.A. Mile and Kilometer on a multi-loop course utilizing the marathon finish line. A number of USATF-NE club members and program participants are found in the middle school kilometer and high school mile results, where each city and town along the marathon was represented by two youth residents. Professional miles for men and women closed the competition, and Chris O'Hare (B.A.A.) gave the hosts a winner in the wind-buffeted and tactical races at 4:10.6. Brooke Handler (Ann Arbor MI) won the women's run in 4:49.6 over three time US Road Mile champion Heather Kampf.

Saturdays's activities ended with the "Club 120" relays serving hundreds of youth age 8-15.

All the results and details at baa.org.


April 9, 2016, Andover MA

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT) and Kim Nedeau (acidoticRacing) won USATF-NE Trail Championship titles at the 25th edition of the Merrimack River trail race in Andover MA on Saturday. Newbould became on the fifth repeat winner in race history, and Nedeau set a new women's course record for the 10 mile out-and-back circuit. The field of 220 saw the most men's runners ever in race history under 1:05 and most women under 1:20

Men's age division champions were Mike Galoob M40-49 (BAA, and 8th overall), Dan Verrington M50-59 (CMS), and Len Hall M60-69 (Upper Valley RC) and George Gilder M70+, and women's champs were Regina Loiacano W40-49 (CMS, new masters record), and Marcy Schwam W60+ (acidoticRacing).

Full results


USATF-NE Champs at New Bedford (Jean Cann photo)
USATF-NE Champs at New Bedford
Jean Cann photo


March 20, 2016 MA

Louis Serafini (The Hearbreakers) and Erica Jesseman (Dirigo RC) were equal to brisk temperatures and traditional course breezes in winning New England championship titles at the 39th New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday.

Serafini made it 2 for 2 in the 2016 USATF-NE GP, finishing third overall in one of the event's closest races. A lead pack whittled down from 9 to 3 from miles 4 on, with William Sanders (Weathersfield CT) coming from behind to edge Jonny Wilson (Flagstaff AZ, formerly of Maine) by one second in 1:06:12, with Serafini at 1:06:27. Jesseman had a different competition, leading from the start and gaining a personal best with her 1:14:43 winning time, almost three minutes up on second place.

Team scoring was close again, the B.A.A. was only 44 seconds better than CMS to take the men's title and Greater Boston TC won over the B.A.A. by just 39 seconds with Craft Concept Racing another 44 seconds back in third. Another large city crowd cheered the 30+ scoring clubs over the traffic-free course, as the city of New Bedford was again a great host.

The series goes into hibernation until the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile in Narragansett RI on August 13. Overall results, with USATF-NE results and age grading to be posted on the GP page after review this week.


March 11-13, Staten Island NY

Three New England youth took home gold medals at the Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championship meet at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island NY.

Metropolis-Brookline athlete James Wreh won the 9-10 400 in 1:03.03, teammate Anjoli Mathew was winner of the 13-14 55M hurdles in a record 8.33, and Maegan Allen of New England Walkers led the entire field in winning the 17-18 3000m race walk in 15:20.26, another Youth indoor record.

Full results


March 12, Jacksonville FL

The B.A.A.'s Katie Matthews (51:34) and Sarah Pagano (52:04, PB) placed 4-5 at the USA 15K at the Gate River 15K in Jacksonville FL on Sunday. Katrina Spratford (NE Distance) was seventh in 53:47 PB. In the men's competition, Tim Ritchie was 9th (45:21). Results and an interview with Tim Ritchie at USATF Running Circuit site.


March 11-12, Portland OR

New Balance Boston runners Abbey D'Agostino and Cory McGee ran to second place finishes at the USA Indoor Championships this weekend, and spots on Team USA for next weekend's World Indoor Championships. D'Agostino, USATF-NE Athlete of the Month for November 2013, placed second to Shannon Rowbury in the 3000 meters in 8:57.31 and earned her spot on the starting line for Worlds. McGee made her first USA Team by placing second in the 1500 meters in 4:09.97 behind Brenda Martinez.

Race videos and interviews can be found at usatf.tv.


Black, McGuffie, Virdi win in Division III

March 11-13

Carly Muscaro and American International College won NCAA Division II championships at Pittsburgh State University in Kansas this weekend. Muscaro, a junior at Merrimack College and May 2015 USATF-NE Athlete of the Month, moved up a place from last year to win the 400 meters in 52.34 and become the first-ever national championship from the school. She also ran a leg on the 6th place 4x400 team (3:44.37). Springfield's A.I.C. ran to victory in the men's distance medley relay in 9:48.02, as the top 6 teams finished within 2.21 seconds.

In Division III action at Grinnell College in Iowa, Cimran Virdi of M.I.T. won her third consecutive national crown in the pole vault, clearing 4.13m/13'6.5". Hulerie McGuffie won UMass Boston's first national title since 1988, leading the 400m field in 55.80 (also placing fourth in the 200, 25.06), and Mitchell Black (Tufts) ran down the men's 800 crown in 1:52.48. Check the full results.

Three New England athletes earned bronze medals at the Division I meet in Alabama, annually the country's premiere indoor championship meet. Placing third were Elinor Purrier (U.New Hampshire) in the mile, 4:38.42, Nikki Okwelogu (Harvard) in the shot put, 17.66m/57-11.25, and Katrina Coogan (Georgetown/Phlips Exeter Academy) in the 3000, 9:07.74. Coogan, along with Andrea Keklak (Lincoln-Sudbury MA HS) ran legs on Georgetown's victorious Distance Medley Relay, 10:57.21.

Enjoy all the results at the www.ncaa.com website.



March 11-13

There's a busy schedule of national indoor track and field championship meets around the country this weekend. The USATF Open Championships in Portland Oregon will select Team USA for next weekend's World Indoor Championships. Age group competitors will get their chance for national medals at the USATF Hersey Youth Indoor meet at Ocean Breeze Track in Staten Island NY, and a few miles away, the New Balance Scholastic Indoor meet will have good representation by athletes from association schools.

All meets are being steamed, with event on demand option, at no charge at usatf.tv.

On the collegiate level, all three divisions of NCAA Championships run this weekend at various sites. Follow those competitions at www.ncaa.com. (click the box in the upper left to go to Divisions I/II/III)


Louis Serafini wins the An Ras Mor 5K (Jean Cann photo)
Louis Serafini wins the An Ras Mor 5K
Jean Cann photo

2016 Grand Prix Series kicks off with 5K

March 6, 2016 MA

2015 GP champion Louis Serafini and women's runner-up Laura Hagley won tight races in the lead-off races of the 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix series at the An Ras Mor 5K in Cambridge MA on Sunday.

The Heartbreaker's top runner clocked 14:44 over Aliaksandr Leuchanka and Andrea Sorgato, as 9 runners ran the course in 15:00 or better, and 51 were under 16:00. Top master was Mike Galoob (B.A.A.) in 22nd.

Hagley (Millennium Running), finished in 17:00, 16 seconds ahead of Rebecca Hammond (Battle Road). At fifth overall, Amory Salem (CSU) was top 40+ finisher.

With the close Team scoring was close In the team scoring, the top four men's teams out of 21 scoring clubs finished within 39 seconds of each other by 5 runner total time. CMS led the way over the B.A.A. and Battle Road TC in the open standings. The top 2 swapped spots in the 40+ standings - B.A.A/CMS - and Whilraway, Greater Lowell, and NE 65+ won the remaining divisions.

Craft Concept Racing was 20 seconds better than Greater Boston TC among Women's teams, with Whirlaway RT (40+, 50+) and CMS (60+) picking up the other titles.

The race had 954 finishers, and over 500 USATF members. Thanks to host club Somerville Road Runners (with director Joe O'Leary placing 99th). Preliminary overall results. Team and individual standings will be posted on Monday.


2016 New England Intercollegiate Championship at BU (Photo: Mike Scott)
2016 New England Intercollegiate Championship at BU.
Photo: Mike Scott


February 26-28, Boston MA

The University of Rhode Island men and Northeastern University women won the team championships at the 48th annual New England Intercollegiate Championship at Boston University held Friday and Saturday. It was the third straight win for the NU women, while URI earned their first shield since 2005. NEICAAA Meet Results.

The B.U. Last Chance Meet on Sunday found athletes from colleges, clubs, and countries looking for a variety of qualifying standards. Among those competing were five individual past Olympic medalists, including Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel who ran a world leading 3000 meter time of 7:38.03, and Jamaica's Asafa Powell who blitzed a World qualifying 6.54 in the 60 meter. Many others achieved USA or NCAA qualifying marks.


Hurdles competition at the USATF-NE Indoor Championship. (ScottMasonPhoto.com)
Hurdles competition at the USATF-NE Indoor Championship.

February 21, Boston MA

The USATF-NE Indoor Championship at Harvard University found club, college, and prep athletes taking advantage of the facility and bringing the local open indoor season to a close. Greater Boston Track Club won both the men's and women's team titles, 57 to 25 for Sprinticity in the men's scoring, and 32 to Battle Road TC's 15 in the women's totals. Three athletes achieved US national qualifying performances: Toyin Augustus (Exeter NH) in the 60m hurdles, 8.40, Emmaline Berg (Shore AC of NJ) throwing 16.25m / 53'3 3/4" in the shot put, and Ronald Woodley (Garden State AC) bouncing 16.17 / 53' 3/4" in the triple jump.

Full Meet Results.


Patrick Pang (Peabody HS) won the 6th Annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw invitational at the Reggie Lewis Facility. Photo: Justin
Patrick Pang (Peabody HS) won the 6th Annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw invitational at the Reggie Lewis Facility.
Photo: Justin

February 17, Boston MA

In conjunction with the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and Boston Parks and Recreation, USATF-NE again offered youth a vacation week competition for youth at the RLTAC. The event drew over 200 competitors for the first time.

For the sixth year, the association continued the weight throw development program by hosting the sixth annual Mass. Scholastic Weight Throw invitational. Winners were Patrick Pang (Peabody) in a state leading 53'5.5" and Natalia Phillip (New Mission/Boston) with her third meet of the year over 37'.

The Weight Invitational is sponsored by the Twilight Throwers who provide trophies and plaques to the top 6 placers. USATF-NE and Twilight Throwers also offer clinics in Massachusetts and Vermont, instruction in the latter state leading to the event being a full scoring event in the high school season this year.

Link to Full Meet Results.


February 14, Boston MA

The New Balance Grand Prix moved dates this year, but retained the full arena and world level competition in the 21st annual meet at the Reggie Lewis Center. A US record went to Natasha Hastings in the 300 meter with a 36.25, fifth fastest in history, with Boris Berian missing a US men's 600m record by .2 seconds in a world leading 1:15.51 (also #5 AT).

Popular two time Olympic gold medalist Meseret Defar returned from birth of a daughter and an injury to run a world leading time in the 3000, 8:30.83, one of five additional World Leader marks in the contest. Other new 2016 list leaders are Nick Willis in the men's mile (his fifth NBGP win) in 3:53.27, Dawit Seyaum in the women's 1500 (4:01.86), Kurt Roberts (21.57m) in the shot, and Vernon Norwood at 300m, 32.70.

Rhode Island's Jack Salisbury won the exciting boys' mile in 4:08.33 over Thomas Ratcliffe (concord MA, 4:08.74).

Find full results at the NB GP website online.


February 13, Los Angeles

The first selection event in track and field for the US Olympic Team, the marathon, ran Saturday, February 13, in Los Angeles with a strong local presence.</ br> In the men's race, 2012 Olympic 10,000m medalist Galen Rupp (Oregon Project) led most of the way over the 4-and-some lap course to win with minimal challenge in 2:11:12. Top local-connection runners in the results were Archbishop Williams (MA) HS alum Sean Quigley, now in Colorado, 9th (2:15:52), Boston College assistant coach Tim Ritchie (Saucony), 25th (2:22:15), and Brian Harvey, B.A.A., 32nd (2:23:17), as the temperatures rising to 75 degrees during the race took a toll on the 166 starters and 105 finishers.

The women's race, won by former New England resident Amy Hastings Cragg in 2:28:20, had more drama, with Cragg pulling teammate and training partner Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead MA HS, now in Oregon) through some rough final miles to allow Flanagan to secure third place and a team berth. A tight group of New Englanders were in the top 25 - Katie DiCamillo (Providence/Battle Road TC), 21st/2:42:01, Keely Maguire (Newmarket NH/Battle Road TC) 24th/2:43:06 (PB), and Laura Hagley (Hanover NH/Millennium Running), 25th/2:43:11 among the 195 starters and 149 finishers.

The remainder of the men's USA team behind the winner is 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, and Jared Ward for men; the women's team is rounded out by past Boston runner-up Desiree Linden who was second. Full results can be found at USATF.org.


February 12

Coby Horowitz (Stow MA / Track & Field Academy of PTI) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for January 2016. Running the mile at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University on January 30, Coby ran his first career sub-4:00 mile, clocking 3:59.55; that followed a solo 4:01.97 effort a week earlier at the Greater Boston TC Invitational. The Nashoba Regional HS alum holds the record for fastest mile ever run by an NCAA Division III athlete, 4:00.41, set in 2014 while a student at Bowdoin College.

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


January 31, Providence RI

Three new USA Masters Age Group records were the highlight of the USATF New England and East Region Indoor Masters TF Championship held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy track facility on Sunday. On the track, Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) took down the W70 3000 meter record by with her time of 13:06.42 which age-grades over 100% (the meet's highest mark). On the field, Mary Roman (MassVelocity) established a new standard in the shot put for W80, 8.04m/26'4 1/2", and David Montieth (Unattached/Ridgefield CT) cleared 1.53m/5'1/4" for a new US best in the high jump for men age 70+; Here's a video of that jump.

The total of 198 entrants was the meet's largest field ever. Results


January 24, Boston MA

The Mass. State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2016 on Sunday, adding another stellar group to the hall. Athletes selected had outstanding Mass. high school careers and earned honors beyond graduation. New additions to the recognition wall at the Reggie Lewis Center are

Said Ahmed (Boston English 2001), state middle distance record holder and 4 time NCAA all-American;
Neal Cononor (Ayer 1991), state triple jump and 4x100 record setter (both still records)
Kathy Guiney (Needham 1971), sprinter and National JO champion
Karen Phillips (Norwell 1988) New England long jump and 300 hurdles champ and US Junior team competitor
Samantha Shepard (Weston 2002), National pole vault champion and record setter
John Silveira (New Bedford 1959), cross country titleist and 1000 yard national champ
and Al Porter (New Bedford Vocational 1953), state and three time National mile medalist and record holder - and a coach and official for 50 years

Congratulations to all.


January 17, Houston TX

The Aramco Houston (TX) Half Marathon on Sunday had a decidedly New England presence up front, as Jim Spisak (NE Distance) ran a stellar debut at the distance, clocking 1:02:26 to place sixth overall (2nd US). He hopes to be selected for this spring's World Half Marathon Championships based on the performance.

Four of the top 20 women's finishers were from the B.A.A. - Katie Matthews was 9th in 1:12:25, Sarah Pagano 10th in 1:12:27 (PR), Juliet Bottorff 14th in 1:14:07, and Jen Rhines (age 41/master winner) was 19th overall in 1:14:57, all times that bettered the USA Olympic Marathon Trial qualifier of 1:15:00 on the final day of qualifying (all had previously met the standard).

The overall winners were also familiar faces. Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa - the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathon and Half Marathon champ - won the men's race in 1:00:37, while 2015 B.A.A. Half Marathon champ Mary Wacera (KEN) posted the fastest time ever run for the distance in the U.S. (1:06:29) to lead the women.


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Whirlaway Racing Team is USATF-NE Club of the Year.
Photo: Laura Izzi

January 16

The fifth annual USATF-NE Long Distance Running Awards Banquet recognized top series finishers and others at a dinner in Waltham MA on Saturday. Top age group winners in the Road, Cross Country, Mountain Running, and Race Walking Grand Prix circuits were presented with glassware awards, and 2015 national award winners were recognized following the dinner.

Selections of "best of" 2015 year winners were also announced:
Runners of the Year - Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers/Brighton MA) and Katie Misuraca (B.A.A./Gloucester MA)
Club of the Year - Whirlaway Racing Team
Race of the Year - Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester MA

Guest speaker Tim Ritchie, Boston College assistant coach and Saucony runner who ran the tenth fastest ever US half marathon in December (1:01:24), presented his road of return from a year of injury and no racing to 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

Check out the photos at our Facebook gallery.


January 7

Who were USATF-NE's top distance runners for 2015? Submit your nominations for male and female runners of the year, including your reasons, in our Online Survey. Deadline is January 9 at midnight.

Winners will be recognized at the USATF-NE LDR Awards Banquet on January 16. Consider attending and celebrating a great year. Guest speaker is Tim Ritchie, Olympic Trials qualifier and Boston College assistant coach. Information and tickets available at the banquet page.


January 4

Sam Toolin of North Kingstown RI, who competes for the Sentinel Striders, is USA Track & Field - New England Athlete of the Month for December 2015. On December 12 at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, NM, Sam won the 13-14 year old boys race by 13 seconds in a field of 345 runners. Running in second place through 2 miles, Toolin finished stronger than his competition in 13:17.1 over the 4000 meter course. He was fifth in the division in 2014, and finished second in the 11-12 year old race in 2013.

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


January 4

The 5th Annual LDR Awards Banquet and Social is fast approaching - Saturday, January 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham Mass. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker Tim Ritchie and awards presentations to follow.

The evening will feature awards for Road, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits. Series divisional winners will receive awards.

Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300.

Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form. Reservations close on Monday, January 11, at 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to awards@usatfne.org.


January 3, 2016

Twenty four runners, including two USATF-NE runners were new qualifiers for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with their finish times at the Jacksonville (FL) Bank Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. Times of 65:00 (men) and 1:15:00 (women) for the half marathon are needed to make the Trials, and the race was one of the last qualifying opportunities for the February 13 US Olympic Team selection race in Los Angeles.

Placing fourth and eleventh were KeelyMaguire (Battle Road TC-formerly New Balance Boston)/Newmarket NH) and Karen Roa (Boston) in personal bests of 1:13:49 and 1:14:35, respectively. Overall women's winner Stephanie Dinius (Brookline MA) who represents Strava in the USATF Pacific Associaton, clocked 1:13:41, In the men's results, Jake Sienko (NEDistance/Warwick RI) - who had previously qualified for the Trials - placed 7th in a pesonal best 1:04:26


January 1, 2016

With the turn of the year to 2016, USATF-NE will continue to offer competitive and developmental programs that serve our members and the sport as a whole; check the various sport specific web pages on this site for schedules and events.

If you haven't done so, it's also time to renew individual USATF membership for those not having multi-year memberships. A link for online application is found at usatf.org.


December 21

A trio of B.A.A. athletes will represent the United States at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet on Saturday, January 9, in Scotland. The meet, one of the most prestigious cross country competitions in the world, showcases athletes from around the globe.

Placing fifth and sixth at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships last weekend, Emma Bates and Sarah Pagano qualified to wear the Team USA uniform in Scotland. The women will race a 6 kilometer course featuring three challenging, hilly loops. Earning a spot on the men's 8 kilometer race starting line is Brian Harvey, who finished 12th at Club Nationals. Fellow B.A.A. team member Daniel Winn was eligible to race, but bypassed his selection to concentrate on the indoor track season.

For years, the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet has drawn top athletes from both the track and roads, creating a thrilling competition. Double Olympic, World, and European champion Mo Farah (Great Britain) has already been announced as competing. The meet will be live-streamed on www.USATF.tv


Liberty AC W50 Relay Team breaks the American Record. (Photo: Liberty AC)
Liberty AC W50 Relay Team breaks the American Record
Photo: Liberty AC

December 19, Boston MA

The Liberty AC 50+ relay team set a new US age group best for the 4 x 1600 meter relay at the 15th annual Lou's Relay on Saturday at Boston University. The quartet of Viki Bok, Jamie Henzy, Dru Pratt-Otto, and Pam Linov combined for a time of 26:04.08 to better the 26:17.8 run by a Liberty foursome in 2010; Pratt-Otto was part of the previous relay as well. Fifteen teams participated, the largest field since 2008. Full Results


December 16

As of January 1, 2016, all USATF youth club coaches and youth club administrators, as well as all coaches on the USATF Coaches Registry, are required to complete the US Olympic Committee SafeSport course to maintain active status in their roles. Check the USATF Website for specifics. The program can be completed online and there is no charge; it will need to be completed every 4 years. USATF-NE will be sending out a summary to all youth coaches, and will arrange for in-person group viewing of the instructional program (about 80 minutes).


December 12, Hyeres France

USATF-NE cross country champion Liv Westphal placed 20th at the European cross country championships in Hyeres, France on Saturday. The Boston College senior, who still has collegiate track eligibility, ran 26:47 for the 8080 meters, and was third finisher for France which placed as second team behind Great Britain, 33-78.


Williams College NCAA Cross Country Champions (Photo: Jim Harleen)
Williams College NCAA Cross Country Champions
(Photo: Jim Harleen)

December 14

The Williams College women's cross country team is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for November 2015. The team won the NCAA Divison III Cross COuntry Championships in Oshkosh Wisconsin on November 21, scoring 81 points, 98 points ahead of SUNY Geneseo. The team was led by Hannah Cole who finished fourth over the 6000 meter course. The Williams men's team finished in second place., led by Bijan Mazaheri's bronze medal run.

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


December 12, San Francisco

The Boston Athletic Association women scored their second straight USA Cross Country Championship Team Title at today's USATF Cross Country Championships in San Francisco. Race fields were among the largest ever. Led by Emma Bates (5), Sarah Pagano (6), and Jennifer Rhines (8), all Unicorn scorers finished within 12 places and 30 seconds to record just 28 points, ahead of High Performance West (107). Keely Maguire (8) and Katie DiCamillo (24) were top finishers on the fifth place New Balance Boston squad. Also representing were New Balance Boston-B (27/740 pts), Greater Boston TC (29/805) and SISU Project (40/1165) among 41 teams.

Not to be outdone, the B.A.A. men finished as runner-up club in the 59 team field, scoring 106 points. Leading the charge was Daniel Winn with his 7th place finish, and backed by Brian Harvey (15) with all scorers in the top 45. Mayor's Cup winner Trevor Dunbar of Alaska was fourth in the A race which had 411 finishers. Other USATF-NE clubs in the standings were New Balance Boston (13/386), Greater Boston TC (28/831), Dirigo RC (40/1165), HFC Striders (51/1479), and SISU Project (54/1588).

There were 2 Men's masters races, 40-59 and 60+. B.A.A. men's 40+ team gave the club a complete set of medals in repeating their third place finish from 2014. Peter Hammer was at the front of the club, 11th overall and winning the M45 division. Greater Springfield and Greater Lowell took 10th and 21st in the 40+, and Greater Springfield was also 5th in the 50's.

In the 60+ contest, John Barbour (M60) was second overall, and Greater Lowell RR teammate Bill Dixon (M65) also won age division silver as GLRR finished a close second 38-43 to Club Northwest. Greater Springfield Harriers were 16th among 36 in the race.

Complete Results


National Champion Sam Toolin with Sentinel Strider coach Joe Bennett (Photo: Sentinel Striders)
National Champion Sam Toolin with Sentinel Strider coach Joe Bennett
(Photo: Sentinel Striders)

December 12, Albuquerque NM

Sam Toolin (Sentinel Striders) was equal to some unfavorable conditions and won the boys age 13-14 4K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Toolin had an impressive 13 second gap by the finish over the 4000 meter course.

The altitude along with long travel times took their toll on all runners from Region I, and combining with heavy rain and winds through the first few races, most runners were a minute or more off of their Regional times.

Seven top 10 team placings were turned in by local clubs; 4th by NH Tracksters Boys 11-12, 6 and 7 by Team RUN and Nashua PAL Striders in the Girls 13-14, 4 and 7 by Nashua PAL Striders and Sentinel Striders Boys 13-14 and 10th by Granite State Flash 11-12 girls.

Full Results


December 11, 2015

The 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by over 500 votes from USATF members. Here is the new schedule:

2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Races:
Mar 6, An Ras Mor, 5 km, Cambridge, MA
Mar 20, New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
Aug 14, Bobby Doyle 5 miler, Narragansett, RI
Aug 27, New Hampshire 10 miler, Auburn, NH
Sep 11, Seasons 20 km, Acton, MA
Sep 25, Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA
Nov 6, Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, NH

Check the Grand Prix web page with specifics and links for the entire race series.


December 2-6, 2015

New England athletes were honored at the USATF Annual Meeting for their successful 2015 competitive seasons. It was no surprise that five time National Champion Molly Huddle was selected as Women's Long Distance Running Runner of Year. Recognized as Masters Long Distance Running age group Runner of the Year were Jan Holmquist (W70-74, NE 65+ RC) and William Dixon (M65-69, Gr.Lowell RR).

Three Mass Velocity TC members were among the Masters Track & Field age group athletes of the year: Sue McCarthy (W50), Mary Roman (W75), and Flo Meiler (W80).

Two New England runners with long successful local and national resumes were added to the Masters Hall of Fame - Jan Holmquist and Joe Fernandez (Gr.New Bedford TC). Additionally, two of the three other individuals added have New England roots - Dennis Simonaitis, alum of Xaverian Brothers HS/UMass Lowell/HFC Striders, and Jane Welzel, Hopkinton MA native and UMass Amherst grad.


December 2-6, 2015, Houston TX

Ron and Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) were honored during the Jesse Owens Award Banquet held at the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting. The couple received the Pat and Helio Rico Lifetime Achievement Award. They've for has served the sport over four decades across all levels of the sport from youth to elite to masters, at high school, college, and club activites locally to internationally, and from development programs to the Olympic Games as administrators and officials.

During the meeting's opening session, Bill Clark (Waltham MA), a founding officer of the New England association of USATF (The Athletics Congress at the time), coach and meet director since the 1970's, and current president of the US Meet Directors Association, was one of three President's Award recipients for career service to the sport. Laurie Boemker also received the Officials Committee's Charle Ruter Award as outstanding track official. Association managing director Steve Vaitones accepted the Doris Heritage Award for contributions to Cross Country, and the Associations Committee Chair Award for work with local association programs.


December 2-6, 2015, Houston TX

A number of USATF-New England certified officials were selected at the USATF Annual Meeting to work at major events in 2016, including the World Indoor Championships to be held in Portland OR in March. Those hard working officials and their assignments include Laurie Boemker (World Indoor Championships - Technical Official; USA Women's Olympic Marathon Trials - Referee); Joe Bullock (USA Juniors and Olympic Trials - Shot Put); Nicole Bullock (USA Juniors - Hammer; Olympic Trials, Throws-Alternate); Bob Gidari (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Shot Put; OT - Discus); Justin Kuo (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Electronic Measurement; OT - Electronic Measurement); Rick Lajoie (OT - Long/Triple Jump); Pat Lavelle (OT - Hammer); Tom Meagher (World Indoor - Starter; OT - Starter).


December 1, 2015

Online voting for the USATF New England 2016 Grand Prix Road Race series by USATF members (age 18 and older) is open December 1 through December 8, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Please review the Bid Comparison Sheet to read more about the outstanding races which are bidding for next year’s Grand Prix. Each bidder’s full application is also available for viewing. While on the website, please utilize the 2016 Selection Worksheet, as voting is by choosing individual races from groupings by distances this year.

The Worksheet will enable voters to see all races and the date conflicts with other bidding races on one form as well as the important balloting rules. Please use this as a guide while using the online ballot. Date conflict rules must be followed when voting or the voter’s ballot will not be counted. Current USATF membership is required and members (must be at least age 18) can vote only once.

Please use this link to vote.


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