Sam Toolin wins in the 13-14 division.
USATF-New Engalnd youth used their home-course familiarity and large numbers to score well in the Region I Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held on the Bruce Ewart Cross Country Course at Deerfield Park in Smithfield Rhode Island. Six associations had their qualifiers represented among the 1119 runners who crossed the finish line in age group races from age 8-under to 17-18. Most of the meet's 12 races avoided the steady rain earlier in the day, and the course held up well in teh damp conditions.
New England association clubs fully filed their qualifying places from the previous week's USATF-NE Championship, and were the dominant teams in winning 10 of the 11 races, including a top 5 sweep of the girls 13-14 division. Teams on the top of the awards platform included host club Sentinel Striders with 3 wins, Nashua PAL Striders (3), Granite State Flash (2), NC Surge (1) and Team RUN (1).
The association had five individual winners. Girls won the older three age group races: 13-14 Caroline Fischer, Team Run; 15-16 Michaela Jones, Unattached; Carmen Bango, Unattached. Boys winners were 9-10 Aidan Cox, NH Thunder, and 13-14 Sam Toolin, Sentinel Striders.
The top 5 teams and runners in the top 30 qualify for the December 12 National meet in Albuquerque New Mexico. FULL RESULTS.
Congratulations to all participants and thanks to the Sentinel Striders for setting up and managing the course over the long day.
Nineteen races are bidding for the seven championship distances which will make up the 2016 USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix.
A committee of club representatives will review the race bids at a meeting on Monday, November 22, at Brandeis University, and compile several slates based on dates and event amenities. Voting will then take place online starting late next week for ten days, and the results will be announced in early December.
See the spreadsheet summarizing and comparing the bid races at the GP page.
Closing the USA Running Circuit (USARC) season, Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence) took her fifth USA title of the year at the .us 12K Championship. The win, her third straight at the 12K and 21st career USA crown, also secured the 2015 USARC title. As was the case in other recent wins, Huddle took the lead before the first mile, split 10-K in 32:19, and was never challenged in her 38:36 on the out-and-back course.
Behind her, a strong New England contingent followed, led by Sarah Pagano (B.A.A.) in seventh, followed by Liz Costello (New Balance/Newton, 9th) and Emma Bates (B.A.A./10th)
The men's race had the opposite settting with the top 4 within 2 seconds. USATF-NE October Athlete of the Month Jim Spisak ran 34:37 for fourth place, two ticks back of the winner, former NE resident Sam Chelanga. The placing gave Spisak ninth overall in the USARC men's column final standings.
See the story and standings at the race website.
Jim Spisak is USATF-NE Athlete of the Month
Photo: NE Distance
Jim Spisak (NE Distance / Woonsocket RI) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for October 2015. He had quality races on two surfaces. On October 4, he placed fourth at the US 10 Mile Championship in Minneapolis MN, clocking a fast 46:59. At the Boston Mayor's Cup on October 25, he was runner-up in the championship race in 23:20, second fastest time of the year by any runner on the Franklin Park course. In September, the former Duquesne runner was seventh in the USA 20K Championship in New Haven CT. Spisak also works with NE Distance in coaching their middle school cross country development program in Providence and Woonsocket.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
USATF-NE Masters 8K XC
Photo: Dave Dunham
New Balance Boston women and the B.A.A. men scored strong team wins at the USATF New England cross country championships at Franklin Park in Boston on Sunday. NBB completed a tough Mayor's Cup / NE sweep. Overall and New England Open winner in the women's Open/Masters 6K was Liv Westphal. The Boston College star is out of NCAA cross country eligibility, so ran unattached to a 39 second win over Katrina Spratford (NE Distance). Top master in 23rd place was Regina Loiacano (CMS). Men's winner Henry Sterling gave NE Distance their first individual NE XC title in the Open 10K. Leading the Masters 8K was Chris Magill, with his B.A.A. teammates sharing in the team victory 35-46 over CMS.
The meeting for bid presentations for the 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix will be held Monday evening, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. at Gosman Athletic Center, Brandeis University, South Street, Waltham MA. This is the same site as the past few years.
The meting is solely for bidding races to make presentation and for members to ask questions. Later that week, a committee will review all bids and present several slates of events to voted on online sometime after November 15; voting will be open for about a week.
New England Distance, Men's 8K Team Champions
New Balance Boston, Women's 5K Team Champions
Local runners and clubs took three of four top honors at the 25th Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The women's race saw international level competitors head onto the final field loop with a 40 second gap over fourth place, with Liz Costello (New Balance/Newton MA) taking home the Mayor's Cup bowl ahead of recent Boston College alum Liv Westphal (France) and 2014 World Junior 1500 meter Champion Mary Cain (Nike Oregon Project/NY). Men's race winner Trevor Dunbar (Nike/ had just 3 seconds on Jim Spisak (NEDistance/Woonsocket RI), who has scored well in three USA road championships this fall.
Winning the Squires Cup for top teams were New Balance Boston women with a perfect 15 point score, and New England Distance men winning their first major team title over Speed River of Canada.
Fastest in the Franklin Park 5K were Coby Horowitz (TF Academy oF PTI) and Sara Wild (Team NB). Full team and individual results of all races at at Coolrunning.com.
Finishers, in the age 6-10 Division
Youth fields grew again at Sunday's Mayor's Cup Cross Country Races, with more age 14 and under runners finishing than adult runners in the largest meet of its sort in New England. Most crowded field was in the age 10 and under race with over 250 entrants.
Individual winners over the 1.1 mile course were Brendan Wilder (Waltham TC) and Bridgett Cassidy in the age 10 and under race, Matthew Griffin (Londonderry MS) and Shea Brams (Waltham TC) in 11-12, and Evan Lemlein (Waltham TC) and Caroline Fischer in 13-14. Team winners were Londonderry MS (Boys 11-12), Team RUN (Girls 13-14), Town Track Club (Boys 10/U), Walpole MS (Boys 13-14), Waltham Track Club (Girls 10/U and Girls 11-12).
Full results at Coolrunning.com.
Reminder that entry for the November 15 Junior Olympics Meet is now available; find the information at usatfne.org/jo.
The Winning CMS Team
The Central Mass Striders 40+ team of Gregory Putnam, Tim Van Orden, Joshua Perks, Alan Bernier, Ben Nephew, Jim Pawlicki, & Joe Shairs won the USATF National Masters 5K Cross Country Championship in Saratoga Springs, NY, on Sunday. CMS placed 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 in the M40+ race.
Greater Springfield Harriers tood third in the M60 team ranks.
Individually, Mary Harada W80 (Liberty AC/W.Newbury MA) and Bill Dixon M65 (GLRR/Brattleboro VT) won individual age divisions, and Nat Larson (SMAC/Amherst MA) and Dixon placed 2-3 in the age graded standings.
2015 Tufts Health Care 10K for Women Champions
Molly Huddle took first at the 39th annual Tufts 10K for Women on Monday in Boston, but four was the operative number with her day's results. It was the fourth USA road title for the Providence runner for the year - and all coming since Labor Day, following wins over 20K, 5K, and 10 Miles. The win was also her fourth Tufts 10K title, with only Lynn Jennings having more Columbus Day wins in Boston.
Leading a small pack through the first mile in 5:00, and cutting the closest chasers to 3 with a 9:58 split, the Saucony runner methodically expanded her lead with every mile covered. Huddle's finishing time of 31:21 (15:37 5K split) had four distinctions including event record, US Championship record, fastest time in a women's only 10K in the US (and second only to Shalane Flanagan's US women's only record set last month), and a Personal Best.
Training partner Emily Sisson (New Balance) was with the early pack, and raced in second place from 2 miles on, recording 32:18. This year's team scores found clubs from six states in the top 7, and the Boston Athletic Association repeating as winner by 6 seconds over adidas Rocky Mountain Elite. Katie Matthews, Sarah Pagano, and Emma Bates in 10-15-16 averaged 33:35. Over 4500 runners took part.
Columbus Day weekend is becoming the biggest three days of diverse running excellence in Boston, and this year's B.A.A. Half Marathon again brought world level runners to town as Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera were winners over the out-and-back course from Franklin Park to the Fenway. Both were winners at this summer's B.A.A. 10K as well, and clocked 1:00:56 and 1:10:21, respectively.
The B.A.A.'s own Eric Ashe was the top American male, fourth in 1:05:48, and top local female (2nd US) was Madeline Duhon (Somerville MA) in 1:17:22. 6400 started the race. Story and results at baa.org
On Saturday at the Eversource Hartford Marathon, two New Englanders earned spots on the 2016 Olympic Trials starting line. Erica Jesseman (Dirigo RC) was the women's race winner for the fourth time in five years in 2:41:41, a minute-plus better than the OT standard, and Matt Pelletier achieved the needed sub-2:18 by just two seconds with his runner-up place time of 2:17:58
Boston College women and Boston University women took home team tiles in the New England Intercollegiate cross country championships held at Franklin Park on Saturday. Individual gold medals went to Laura Hottenrott (BC) and Robert Allen (UMass Lowell); Allen is UML's first ever NE Collegiate champion. Both were selected US Track & Field and Cross Country Association Division I athletes of the week. Spectator attendance was high on an ideal day at the park.
Full results at neicaaa.org.
Sarah Bard (Craft Concept Racing/Somerville MA) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2015. On September 12 at Winschoten, the Netherlands, Sarah finished fourth in the International Association of Ultrarunners 100K World Championships, completing the race in 7:29:01 and helping Team USA to the team gold medal. Her time is 5th best ever by a US women at the distance.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
The USA Masters 5K at the Syracuse Festival of Races always produces top times with tough competition across all ages for the 40+ competitors, and New Englanders regulalry bring home age group medals.
Three New Englanders were division winners in the 2015 race: Nat Larson (Amherst MA, M50, 16:10), Bill Dixon (GLRR/Brattleboro VT, M65, 18:33), and Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway, W70, 1, 22:15). Larson, Dixon, and Holmquist were also 2, 5, and 2, respectively in their age-graded scoring lists. Also medaling were Tim Van Orden (CMS/Bennington VT, M45, 3, 16:27) and Rick Stetson (NE65+/Duxbury MA, M70, 3, 22:30)
Full results at www.leonetiming.com
Following wins at the USA 20K and 5K in September, Molly Huddle (Providence RI/Saucony) pulled away from the field early and cruised to a new course record Sunday at the USATF 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. From the first mile, Huddle set a pace none of her competition could match. Reaching halfway in 25:55, she maintained an even pace over the final 5 miles to finish in 51:44, a course best by over 90 seconds.
The men's race had a large pack together through seven miles when the field strung out and the narrowed thorugh the remainder until Sam Chelanga won in a sprint finish (46:47). Jim Spisak (Woonsocket RI/NEDistance) completed one of his best races in fourth with a time of 46:59. and Tim Ritchie (Brighton MA/Saucony) closed well to place sixth in 47:19.
The next stop on the USATF Running Circuit is the Tufts 10K for Women, the USATF Women’s 10 km Championship, in Boston on Columbus Day.
Carly Muscaro receives the Athlete of the Month plaque from Dr. John Oleski.
At the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held at Brandeis University on Sunday, September 27, George Braun (HFC Striders) takes over as cross country chair, and Kevin Chu (Sprinticity) and Rich Hartnett join Jen Mortimer as athlete reps. Other board positions remain the same for 2016.
Athlete of the Month presentations started the meeting, followed by reports from officers and committee chairs selection of seventeen delegates to represent the association at the USATF Annual Meeting in Houston in December, and introduction of new initiatives following a year-long association planning and review process. Minutes will be posted shortly at usatfne.org/board/.
Kasie Enman (Huntington VT) contributed to Team USA's silver medal performance at last weekend's World Mountain Running Championship in Betws-y-Coed, Wales. Second at the US Championship race in the spring and a past champion at the World event, the Green Mountain AA runner was tenth overall in 40:11 for the 8.9 kilometer course. The USA squad had a tight pack finish with Kimber Mattox (Eugene, OR) sixth and Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID) eleventh For the first time, all four US women finished in the top 20. Thirty-two nations were represented in the meet that include junior and senior men's and women's races.
More event news at wmra.info.
2015 USATF-NE GP Prix Winners
With the 2015 USATF-NE Grand Prix final standings coming down to the order of finish in the 10K, Louis Serafini and Katie Misuraca underlined their series wins with victories at the ninth annual Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester MA on Sunday. It was the first series win for both runners, who topped all divisions in the 901 runner field.
Serafini pulled away from defending champion Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) in the closing stretch to secure the win in 30:25 as closest GP rival Matt Pelletier was a creditable fifth. Misuraca, running on familiar roads as Gloucester resident, was 8 seconds better than Laura Hagley - second in the standings - to take the 2015 race and GP crowns in 35:52. Hagley led her Millennium team to the win, and with it, the women's series team title. Greater Boston TC took team title but the B.A.A. men held on for the series top spot.
Chris Magill (B.A.A.) and Gloucesterite, Regina Loiacano (CMS) were top masters. A number of series division champions were determined by the final 10K placings.
Overall Results. Final series rankings and age grading will be at the GP Page.
Competing at her second USA Championship in September, Molly Huddle (Providence/Saucony) won her fifth USA title over 5K at the CVSHealth Downtown 5K on Sunday. The win came after a hard-fought competition against fellow World Championship teammate Shalane Flanagan which didn't end until crossing the finish, the winning time being 15:12. Emily Sisson (Providence) placed third and B.A.A. runners Elaina Balouris and Sarah Pagano in seventh and ninth to pace the blue-and-yellow to the National team win.
Miler David Torrence (Malibu CA) used his mile speed to lead the overall field home in a sprint finish over North Kingstown RI HS product Dan Huling (Portland OR) and Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein (Belmont MI), recording 13:56 on the newly redesigned course. HFC Striders placed third team.
The USATF 5K was the ninth stop on the USATF Running Circuit. Full results and race video can be found at RunRhody.com.
Vermonter Flo Meiler (MassVelocity TC) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for August 2015. Meiler, age 81, traveled to the World Masters Championships in Lyon France, during the month, winning ten medals in her age group - the highest total of any of the 8000 competitors. She won gold in the heptathlon, triple jump, pole vault, steeplechase, and on the 4 x 100 relay, silver in the high jump, long jump, 80 meter hurdles and 200 meter hurdles, and a bronze in the discus. Those marks were accomplished with three world W80 age group records and an additional US record.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
Molly Huddle (Providence/Saucony) was a repeat winner at the USA 20K in New Haven CT on Labor Day. She took the lead before mile 2 and wasn't challenged beyond that, as her 1:06:26 held a 1:02 margin of victory and was the fastest winning time in 12 years.
Also among the top finishers were Katie DiCamillo (Providence/New Balance Boston) 9th in 1:10:12, and Katie Matthews (B.A.A.), eleventh in 1:10:37.
USATF-NE men's performances were headed by New England Distance newcomer Jim Spisak (Woonsocket RI) in seventh at 1:00:12, followed in the top 25 by Tim Ritchie (Brighton MA/Saucony), 15th in 1:02:06 and NE 5 Mile champion Dan Lowry (B.A.A./Allston MA), 21st in 1:03:45. Men's winner Jared Ward Provo, UT, in 59:24, was one second ahead of Sam Chelanga.
The USATF 20K was the eighth stop on the USATF Running Circuit. The next two events are in the New England association - the USA 5K at the CVS/Downtown 5K in Providence on September 20, and the USA Women's 20K at the Tufts 10K for Women in Boston on Columbus Day.
Top 3 male finishers at the 2015 Acton 20K
(USATF-NE photo by Jean Cann)
Ethan Shaw and Erica Jesseman covered a rolling 20K faster than their New England challengers to win USATF 20K Championship titles at Sunday's Seasons 20K in Acton MA. A combination of continually rolling terrain between miles 2 and 10, and increasingly warmer temperatures added challenge to the distance of the first time championship event.
After jockeying for position in the opening miles, Shaw (B.A.A.) went on to the race win in 1:02:55, a half minute up on Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers), who assumes the overall GP lead after 6 races. With Brian Harvey in third, the B.A.A. had the frontrunning positions to collect the team win.
Women's medal positions were static after 3 miles, as race winner Sonia Samuels, visiting from Great Britain, was first in in 1:10:19. New England champion Jesseman was second overall in 1:13:54, 13 seconds up on Katie Misuraca (B.A.A.), as those two led their clubs to first and second place finishes, respectively. Top Master Sheri Piers (Dirigo) took the final podium position.
Underscoring the quality in New England road championships, the top 5 men's times and top 4 women's times would have been worthy of a top 25 placing at the USA National 20K a day later in New Haven CT, with the New England course covering much tougher topography. 373 finished the out-loop-back course utilizing mostly rural roads.
USATF NE Results link.
New England native Shalane Flanagan brought down the US women's best for 10K on the road to 31:03 in the Netherlands on Sunday. She improved Lynn Jennings' 25 year old US best by 3 seconds.
Four Twilight Throwers club members earned medals at the USA Masters Throws Championships in Seattle over the weekend.
Bob Arello (M55) and Bob Cedrone (M60) were divisional Weight Pentathlon winners and the same two also won their age groups' SuperWeight throw. Cedrone completed a hat trick with a win in the Ultra Weight pentathlon (those are Really heavy weight!).
Also medaling was Jim Burgoyne, taking second in the M55 Weight Pentathlon and George Castelli, third in the M60 Ultra Weight Pentathlon
The Annual Meeting of USATF-New England will take place on Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 PM at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham MA.
The business meeting will include Athlete of the Month presentations. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 who are age 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.
Elections in 2015 are for sports chairs and athlete reps. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office. Reports on past and future projects will be presented, as will early ideas on changes to the Road Race Championship Grand Prix for 2016. Delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.
The full meeting agenda and positions open for election are posted at USATF-NE board page.
The 2015 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix kicks off on Saturday, August 22, at the NH XC Festival in Manchester NH. The race covers one of the classic courses in the region - the 5K New Hampshire HS state meet course at Derryfield Park. The afternoon race is conducted by Millennium Running (race info).
This year's XC GP has five events. Check the schedule and rules.
A fun time had by all at Friday night's one hour.
Photo: Bill Mullen
Four pending US records were set at the Lynn 1 Hour Runs on Friday night in separate men's and women's races under the lights at Manning Field. Ninety year young Lou Peters (Methuen MA) started the list by covering 6247 meters (3.88 miles). Katie Misuraca (Gloucester MA/BAA) improved the women's best with 16632 meters, Regina Loiacano, (Gloucester MA/CMS), USATF-NE Masters 5 mile champ last Sunday, improved the W40 15,000 mark with her 59:46.5 split, and Jan Holmquist (Burlington MA/Whirlaway) got her W70 second record of the week with a distance of 12110 meters.
Pictures at the Lynn Woods Running website.
The first week of the World Masters Athletics Championships concluded with 24 USA gold medals, including several by Flo Meiler (Shelburne VT). The MassVelocity competitor won the W80+ Heptathlon, setting a in a new world record, and also won the age division's triple jump and placed second in the high jump. Mary Harada (Liberty AC/West Newbury MA) was third in the W80 800 meters.
More than 8,000 athletes from 99 countries are entered. Follow the results at Meet website.
Start of the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile.
Dan Lowry and Laura Nagel earned New England 5 Mile Championship titles in course record times at the Bobby Doyle 5 Miler in Narragansett RI on Sunday. Cool summer temperatures and overcast skies helped lead to fast times on the coastal circuit, as far south as any association championship has been held. Depth of the results was evident by several numbers; 16 finishers under 25:00, 58 under 28:00, and the first master not until 39th place. 663 finished the 5 Mile double loop coruse.
Lowry, representing the B.A.A., missed the overall win by once second as the final sprint to his 23:52 time left him a step behind Mousaab Hadout, a 28:21 10K runner out of Morocco. Providence College grad Nagel (unattached) recorded 26:40 at the tape to outdistance her closest rival, Heather Cappello (B.A.A.), by 1:14. The B.A.A. won both open team crowns. Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) set another W70-74 US record with her time of 36:41.
The event, which raises funds for state distance runner scholarships and a youth running fund, recognizes the late Bobby Doyle who was the state's premier distance runner for many years. His accomplishments included a 5th place Boston Marathon finish, all American honors in cross country, and representing the USA in the 1979 Pan American Games. Many legends of Rhode Island road running were on hand as part of the race committee.
The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced their High School coaches of the year today, recognizing coaches for successes during the 2015 season. From the four USATF-NE states, the honorees are, for boys teams, Peter Comeau (Andover, MA), Mike Lyford (Portsmouth, NH), Vincent McGinn (La Salle, RI), and Geoff Bennettt (South Burlington, VT).
State coaches recognized for girls teams include Jamahl Prince (Cambridge R&L, MA), Noah Pion (Bedford, NH), John Marchand (Smithfield, RI), and Chip Langmaid (St.Johnsbury, VT).
Read more at the ustfccca website.
Maria Michta-Coffey and Michael Mannozzi won the National One Hour Race Walk in Gloucester
As small but determined field contested the USA 1 Hour Race Walking Championship at Newell Stadium in Gloucester MA on Sunday, the race hosted by USATF-NE and New England Walkers. Leading the full entry list was 2012 Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (Walk USA/Long Island NY), in her final tune-up before the World Track & Field Championships later in the month. She covered 12,726 meters, barely a straightaway ahead of past internationalist Michael Mannozzi (Shore AC/Youngstown OH.
Another good day at the Junior Olympic Nationals, as USATF-NE athletes made it onto the awards podium in four events. Making the highest step among the group was Carmel Fitzgibbon (Weston MA) who placed third in the Girls 11-12 800, 2:18.37. Britney Johnson (NH Tracksters/Derry NH) earned her second medal of the week, placing fifth in the 15-16 3000 meters at 10:47.94, and Maxwell DiMuccio (Sentinel Striders, RI) matched that place in the highly competitive Boys 13-14 3000m, 9:31.52. Robyn Krafft (Milford NH) was seventh in the Girls 13-14 discus at 103-11.
All Results are listed event by event at adkinstrak.com.
Erin Dietz won the 3000 at the Pan American Juniors in Edmondton.
(Photo: courtesy Emerging Elite)
USATF-NE June Athlete of the Month Erin Dietz (Bedford MA) took the lead right out the gate and went on to win the 3000 meters at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton on Friday. Leading wire to wire and setting a commanding pace. Dietz extended her lead in the final two laps to finish in 9:37.51 for the gold medal. She was one of seven U1 winners on the first day of competition. Rhode Island hammer throwers Bobby Colantonio and Adam Kelly compete on Sunday
Results and story.
New Englanders earned another 1-2 finish at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville Florida.
Clare Martin (Waltham TC) and Britney Johnson (New Hampshire Tracksters) took gold and silver in the Girls 15-16 Steeplechase today with times of 7:18.55 and 7:35.73, respectively.
Thursday began with an 8th place medal showing in the Girls 15-16 Hammer by Megan Sieben (Portsmouth RI) at 112-04.
Event by event results are found at adkinstrak.com and watch event videos at usatf.tv.
Alessia Caira was 5th in the 3000m race walk.
(Photo: Luca Caira)
New England youth have earned a number of medals in the opening days of the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville Florida.
On Wednesday, Rhode Islanders dominated the hammer results. Boys age 15-16 took went 1-2-3-4; leading the parade to the podium was Jared Briere at 202-8, followed by Adrian Matos (182-6), Dilyn Cote (177-10) and Jacob Greenless (177-0). Later in the day, Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) won the 17-18 hammer at 222-06, and then Meagan Malloy (Sentinel Strider) and Tara Rochefort (Woonsocket) followed with 3-7 placings in the Girls 17-18 hammer. Also medaling was Nathan Sleiman (Quincy Stars), eighth in the Boys 13-14 Triple Jump, 37-3.
The meet began on Monday with the first local medalist; Alessia Caira (Waltham TC) placed fifth in the Girls 13-14 3000m race walk in 17:15.52. Temperatures are high and conditions are tough. Follow the daily results at USATF.org and watch event videos at usatf.tv. The meet runs through Sunday, August 2.
Kasie Enman, 2nd-place at 2015 USA Mountain Running Championships in Bend OR.
(photo: Mike Scott)
Kasie Enman (Green Mountain AA/Huntington VT) placed second at the USA Mountain Running Championships held in Bend OR on Saturday. Enman covered the two lap 8K course in 37:37, just over a minute behind winner Morgan Arritola (Ketchum ID). Each up-down lap had 900 feet of climbing over loose and off-road footing. The 2011 World Champion, she also qualified for a spot on the 4 women US team to run at the 2015 World Mountain Championship in Wales in September.
In the men's 12K, Todd Callaghan (CMS/Beverly MA) was M45-49 masters division winner. Story and results
Liz Costello (New Balance/Newtonville MA) ran to a fourth place finish in the 10,000 meters at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada last night. Winner Brenda Flores of Mexico established a new Pan Am Games record, and Costello's time of 32:53.25 - 12 seconds behind - also broke the old Games record. Desiree Davila of the US, a top finisher in the Boston Marathon, earned silver. Costello is the only New Englander on Team USA at the event.
Bobby Colantonio at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali Colombia.
Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) continued his summer to remember with a fifth place finish in the hammer at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali Colombia. His throw of 242'1" on his final attempt moved him up two places in the final standings; it's the second best finish ever by an American in the meet. After a week off, he'll be competing in the Pan American Junior Championships in Canada.
The rescheduled USATF-NE Open/Masters Championship is set for July 24-25 at Holy Cross in Worcester MA. Pole Vault and 5000 on Friday evening, July 24, and all other events on Saturday, July 25 starting 11:00 a.m.
Entry is re-opened until July 23. UPDATED ENTRY, INFORMATION, AND SCHEDULE.
All pre-entries from June need to declare for this meet by email to firstname.lastname@example.org - See the entry info link.
Online Entry is re-opened through Thursday July 23 at noon.
Boston University Director of Track & Field Robyne Johnson was named Assistant Coach for Jumps/Combined Events for the 2016 USA Olympic Team. Johnson is a former American record holder in the triple jump and participated in four U.S. Olympic Trials. She has also served as USATF development coordinator for the women's triple jump.
Head Coach for the USA women's team is Southern Illinois University head coach Connie Price-Smith, a 25 time US champion in the shot put and discus, and Team USA head coach at the 2011 World Championships. The full staff is announced at usatf.org
Results for last weekend's USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships are now posted at the JO page. Over 1000 entrants from ages 7-8 to 17-18 from six associations contested a full schedule of events over 4 days. Top 5 finishers qualify for Nationals. Thanks to the officials and Fitchburg State U staff for running a meet that was well received by all in attendance.
Jim Chamberas, Founder and President of Twilight Throwers, passed away peacefully on July 12. He was the person who decided that athletes needed a place to throw in New England and created his "Field of Dreams" at Chelmsford MA High School. He was a competitor, coach, official, meet director, father, husband and friend of track and field.
The USATF-NE Open and Masters Championship meet cancelled from June has been rescheduled to Saturday, July 25 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA, tentatively starting at noon. The order of events will be the same as the original date with two exceptions: the Pole Vault and the 5000 will be held on Friday evening, July 24, at the same location.
Entry will re-open for new entrants and for re-declaration of those entered for the original date, and will be available after Tuesday, July 14 and be open through July 22. The final schedule with other information will also be posted at the Track & Field Page after July 14.
Greater Boston Track Club’s Lisa Wilson and Andre Reid were the Female and Male Performers of the Meet at Saturday's USATF Club Nationals held in New York City. Wilson scored 24 points - nearly half of her team's 53 points - with a win in the hammer throw, a runner-up finish in the shot put and a third place discus performance. GBTC finished fourth in the women’s team competition.
Reid scored in the hammer (third), javelin (third), shot put (fifth), and discus (sixth) for a combined 20 points toward GBTC’s score of 70 - good for fifth in the men's standings.
New England women's club placings were: 4.GBTC 53; 27.Prov Cobras 2; 31.MassVelocity 1. Men's places were: 5.GBTC, 70; 20.Sprinticity 9; 24.SISU Project 6; 29.MassVelocity 4. Full meet results can be found at here.
Kim Nedeau, 2015 Loon Mountain Championship
Vermonters Josh Ferenc (Wild Endurance/Athens) and Kasie Enman (GMAA/Huntington) won USATF-NE Mountain Championship titles at the Loon Mountain race in Lincoln NH on Sunday. Ference had a winning margin of 19 seconds up the new, even more difficult 6.6 mile run to the top, while Enman's gap was 2:30 over her closest rival. Todd Callaghan (GCS/Beverly MA) and Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA), seventh and fifth overall, respectively, led the masters divisions, as 349 completed the vertical trek.
After five mountain series events, Callaghan leads the overall men's standings and Sarah Bard (craft Concept Racing) tops the women. Results and divisions
The 2015 Gatorade State High School Track & Field Athletes of the Year are announced. Selection is based on athletic impact in the 2014-15 season. as well as high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Winners from the USATF-NE states:
MA: Sean Caveney, Andover; Brianna Duncan, Cambridge Rindge & Latin
NH: Eli Moskowitz, Souhegan; Hannah Parker, Coe-Brown Northwood
RI: Jack Salisbury, La Salle Academy; Quashira McIntosh, Hope
VT: Alec Eschholz, Mount Mansfield; Kayla Gilding, South Burlington
Learn more about them at the Profiles page.
Bobby Colantonio of Barrington RI was named to the USA team for the IAAF World Youth Championships to take place July 15-19 in Cali, Colombia. He won the hammer on Monday at the USA team trial meet for athletes age 16 and 17 in 2015. Selection to the 41 athlete squad required a top place finish as well as meeting the rigorous World Youth Championships Standard.
It's been a busy and productive week for the high school senior-to-be, as he won the USA Junior championship and a berth on Team USA for the Pan American Junior (age 19 and under) meet on June 27, and earned a third gold medal on July 1 in the USA Youth Championships 17-18 division.
USA World Youth Trials Information
New England athletes earned two golds and a number of silver and bronze at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships last weekend in TrackTown USA - Eugene OR. Brown University freshman Josephine Natrasevschi won the discus in 175-7, while Barrington RI high school teammates Bobby Colantonio and Adam Kelly finished 1-2 in the hammer. Erin Dietz (Bedford MA/Emerging Elite) earned two medals running in unusually hot Oregon conditions - silver in the 3000 and bronze in the 5000 - and Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) took third in the javelin. A number of other top local athletes age 19 and under performed well at the championships.
With over 860 entrants, the USATF-NE Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships again grew in numbers and in quality. Thanks to the work of our hard working officials crew, the increased numbers were adequately handled within the time schedule.
The top 8 in each division in each advance qualify to compete in the Region I meet, also at Fitchburg State University, July 9-12. Entry will be open from June 25 through July 3.
Two individuals and two teams were winners at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships. Adam Kelly (Barrington RI) led a 1-2-3 NE sweep in the hammer, spinning 241'7", and Lucas Ribeiro (Belmont Hill, MA) took the discus with a 187'7" toss. Girls teams passed the baton ahead of the field in two events, as Needham (MA) won the Distance Medley in 11:51.09, and La Salle Academy RI won the 4 x 1 mile in 20:14.01.
Other top 3 finishers included Ariel Keklak (Lincon-Sudbury MA, Mile, 2nd, 4:49.27), Erin Dietz (Bedford MA, 5000, 3rd, 16:38.17), Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI, hammer, 2nd, 236'1"), Owen Russell (North Attleboro MA, hammer, 3rd, 220'9"), Makena Thomas (Narragansett RI, hammer, 3rd, 167'1"), Anthony DiNitto (Newton MA, decathlon, 3rd, 6291), Andover MA Boys 4 x 110 Shuttle Hurdles (58.31), and Peabody Boys 4 x 1 mile (2nd, 17:41.00). A number of other locals earned top 8 all-American honors.
One meet highlight was a new National High School and Junior (19 & under) record in the long jump by New England HS champ Kate Hall of Casco Maine, breaking the 39 year old standard with a leap of 22'5". Full Results
The USATF-NE Open/Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships scheduled for Sunday, June 21 at Regis College in Weston, has been postponed due to the pending soggy, thunder, windy and downright miserable forecast. The meet will be rescheduled for a later date. Check the USATF-NE web site for information.
Louis Serafini breaks the tape at the Hollis Fast 5K-
photo by Jean Cann/USATF-NE
Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers) and Laura Paulsen (GBTC) took home the USATF-NE 5K Championship titles at Thursday evening's Hollis Fast 5K in New Hampshire. An even 1500 completed the steadily downhill point-to-point course.
Serafini clocked 14:14 to outleg a pair better known for longer distance successes; 2014 NE marathon champ Dan Vassallo and 2015 champ Matt Pelletier placed 2-3 on the evening. Paulsen, who's focused on track 10,000m this spring, had 6 seconds on Lorna Young (Millennium), with the women having a separate starting stretch of about 300m before merging with the men.
GBTC ran to the men's and women's open team wins, the men by just 13 seconds. CMS (M40+), Greater Lowell (W40+, M60+), Whirlaway (M50+, W50+), and NE 65+ RC (M70+) were other team winners.
Overall results. Age graded scores are available on the USATF-NE LDR blog.
The series resumes on August 9 at the Bobby Doyle 5 Mile in Narragansett RI.