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/.
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.
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
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.
Photo: Mike Scott
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Courtesy of MIT Vaulters
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."
With the turn of the New Year, check your USATF Membership to ensure it's current for 2017. Those members with a multi-year membership, or who joined after November 1 are good for the year and ready for our many programs and championships. Membership numbers remain the same as long as you renew.
You can renew online, or print and mail a form at membership page.
Aiden Cox, winner of the Boys 11-12 division.
Photo: Exclamation Services
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.
B.A.A. Women at the 2016 USATF Cross Country Club Nationals
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
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).
Following a poll of members and a meeting of 20 member clubs, the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series is set for 2017. The club meeting included clubs which scored in last year's series, and reviewed scheduling conflicts, geographic distribution, and calendar placement fitting with other association and national events.
The seven race series, picked from 21 bids, will cover three states and run from Feburary 26 through October:
February 26 -- Amherst 10 Miler, Amherst MA
March 19 -- New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford MA
April 1 -- Boston Tune-Up 15K, Upton MA
June 18 -- RibFest 5 Miler, Merrimack NH
September 17 -- Downtown 5K, Providence RI
September 24 -- Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester MA
October 22 -- Baystate Marathon, Lowell MA
The Boston Tune-Up is the only first time championships. The USATF-NE Grand Prix page is updated with specifics and website links to all series races. Thanks to the races which bid, and USATF-NE looks forward to another year of quality competition!
USATF New England had sixteen delegates and several individuals attend the USATF Annual Meeting in Orlando FL. Beyond conducting business of the sport in many committees, several New England reps attended a day long associations workshop to open the five days.
During the meeting's opening session, Vin Lananna was elected President of the national organization. Elected by acclamation, Vin served as head coach at Dartmouth for several years, and is currently president of TrackTown USA in Oregon and a U of O administrator; the association looks forward to working with him.
Honors for USATF-NE included the association winning the Outstanding Association award from the USATF Youth Committee (2016 award voted on at the end of 2015) for the growth of programs and hosting three quality Region I Championships in two years. NE Officials chair Laurie Boemker (RI TF Officials) was elected to the important position of Vice Chair for Rules in the Officials Committee.
Four masters road racers were picked as runner of the year for their age division; Jen Rhines (W40, BAA), Nat Larson (M50, Gr.Springfield Harriers), Jan Holmquist (W70, Whirlaway), and Bill Riley (NE65+, M80).
Several officials were selected to work major national meets. Those hard working officials include Joe Bullock, Nicole Bullock, Bob Gidari, Justin Kuo, Faye Lacourse, Pat Lavelle, and Pat Ronan.
New England states runners earned four starting line spots for Nationals with their runs in the 37th FootLocker Northeast Championships on the Van Cortlandt Park course in New York City on Saturday. In the girls race, Granite State Flash runner Jaqueline Gaughan (Exeter NH) and Grace Connolly (Natick MA) placed 2-4 for a trip to the finals in December, and Patrick O'Brien (Durham NH) was third in the boys race with Connecticut runner Drew Thompson (Trumbull) nabbing the final advancing spot.
The top 10 in each race qualified for the finals in San Diego CA on December 10. Results and stories.
At the Nike Cross National Northeast qualifier at Bowdoin Park NY, La Salle RI senior DJ Principe dominated the boys field to win by 33 seconds in a course record and advance as an individual with Tyler Marshall (Champlain Valley VT) third. Caroline Fischer (Bishop Guertin NH) took third in the girls race and likewise will move on to Nationals, as will Souhegan (Amherst NH) HS, which placed second as a team. NXN finals are in Oregon on December 3.
USATF Region I XC Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, NY
New England youth, making up a majority of participants, responded to challenging weather and course conditions to take a majority of scoring places at the USATF Region I cross Country Championship meet at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York on Sunday. Saturday's sunny 60 degree conditions changed drastically on Sunday with an inch of snow and continued rain for the first few hours of races.
New England clubs scored among the top 5 in all 10 divisions, as ten different teams earned at least one spot on the National starting line. Local squads swept the top 5 in three divisions (Girls 13-14, Boys 11-12, and Boys 13-14.)
Four individuals - Aidan Cox (NHThunder/11-12), John Pagliaro (Sentinel Striders/17-18), Una Treanor (SS/15-16), and Sydney Bagus (SS/17-18) - won individual races, with another 11 USATF-NE youth earning individual silver or bronze medals on the State Park course.
The top five teams and individuals in the top 30 qualified for the December 10 Nationals in Hoover AL. Region I Results
USATF-NE Junior Olympic XC Championship
photo: Courtesy of Green Mountain AA
Over 900 youth from age 7 to 18 contested 10 races over the challenging Freestyle Farm courses as Sunday's USATF-NE Junior Olympic Championship in Amherst, New Hampshire. Six different teams won age division titles, with Granite State Flash, Nashua PAL Striders, and Sentinel Striders each earning two wins on a sunny fall day at the working equestrian farm and conservation land.
The top five teams and individuals in the top 30 qualified for next Sunday's Region I Championship in Saratoga NY.
New England Results
Five New England athletes returned from a 10 day trip 'down under' with medals from the World Masters Association track and field championships in Australia. Mary Roman (W80, Mass Velocity) won five medals in the W80 throwing events; Weight (Gold), Shot and Throws Pentathlon (Silver), and Javelin and Discus (Bronze). Mary Harada (W80, Liberty AC) won a gold in the 8K cross country and bronze in the 800m.
Roger Busch (Thor's Stone) won the M75 discus, and two men won silver medals; Eugene Anton (Ashland MA) in the M55 short hurdles and Buzz Gagne (Twilight Throwers) in the M65 Javelin.
Masters Meet website.
Mike Galoob (B.A.A.) won the masters 8K race in 26:44.
( Photo: ScottMasonPhoto.com)
Liv Westphal (Boston) and Shane Quinn (Providence) took the New England titles at the USATF-NE Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The 3 races had 377 total finishers who ran under cool, damp, and breezy conditions.
Westphal, who won the Mayors Cup 2 weeks ago, repeated as NE champ in the women's 6k, bettering her 2015 time by a second. The past member of the French World Cross Country team had a 36 second gap on Rachel Sorna (The Heartbreakers) in second. Battle Road edged The Heartbreakers 32-42. Quinn, a recent Providence College grad who took sixth at the Mayors Cup, was third across the line after Brian Shrader (Arizona) and Thomas Curtin (Virginia). His 30:06 time the fastest NE winner since 2003, and Shrader's winning 29:56 was also the fastest overall time since 2003. B.A.A. bested The Heartbreakers 20-54 for the team win. Master Men's 8K race winner broke up a pack with 200 meters to go, leading the B.A.A. to the M40+ crown.
Full team and individual results at usatfne.org/cross.
Jim Spisak (NEDistance) led the men's race home in 23:37.
(Photo courtesy of the B.A.A.)
Local runners and clubs took top honors at the 26th Boston Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Both individiual winners in the championship races led from the first mile on a windy day over a damp course. The women's race saw international level competitors at the front, with Boston College grad and French National XC team member Liv Westphal holding a 4 second margin over Amy Van Alstine at the tape.
Men's race winner Jim Spisak (NEDistance) ran a fine 23:37 solo to give him a 24 second gap over Matt McClintock (ZAP Fitness NC). Repeating as winners of the Squires Cup for top teams were Battle Road TC women and NE Distance men.
Fastest in the Franklin Park 5K, which also served as the masters event in the USATF-NE GP, age age 40+ runners Mike Galoob (B.A.A., 16:41) and Kara Haas (GLRR, 19:02). Over 600 youth were entered in the meet's three races covering 1.1 miles, the largest fields ever. Fastest times were posted by Will Heenan (NHTracksters, 5:38) and Margo Lewis (Waltham TC, 6:30).
Thanks to the Boston Athletic Association and adidas for sponsorship of the event. Full team and individual results of all races at coolrunning.com.
Louis Serafini of The Heartbreakers (Brighton MA) is USA Track & Field New England's Athlete of the Month for September 2016. Serafini clinched the 2106 Road Race Grand Prix with a convincing win at the Lone Gull 10K USATF-NE Championship on September 25, leading The Heartbreakers to their first men's open team championship win. Two weeks earlier, he ran to a second place finish at the Seasons 20K /NE Championship in Acton MA.
A pair of New Hampshire runners headed to the west coast and returned with medals from the USATF Masters Half Marathon Trail Race Championships in Bellingham WA on October 16. Len Hall won the M60-64 division, and clubmate Bob Mulvaney took third in the same division on a course challenged by six inches of rain and high winds. Overall winner Andy Wacker of Boulder CO earned USATF Athlete of the Week for his performance.
CMS runners Leslie O'Dell and Tim Van Orden topped the lists in the 2016 USATF-NE Mountain Running Circuit which closed last weekend at the Bretton Woods Fells Run. Both won the series as masters (age 40+) runners, O'Dell besting Jamie Woolsey (aR) by 23 points, and Van Orden ahead of Matt Veiga (CMS) by 2.5 points; the series scores best 6 of 8 races on a percentage-of-time basis.
CMS won all three men's team divisions, and acidotic Racing swept women's results. Check the 2016 Scoring Summary provided by Dave Dunham.
The Tufts 10K was not the only USA Championship on the weekend, as the USA 10 Mile Championships ran on Sunday in Minneapolis MN. Tim Ritchie placed a close third in 47:33 behind winner Sam Chelanga's 47:25; Ritchie brought home $7000 for his effort. In the women's race, Emma Bates (B.A.A.) was 11th in her debut at the distance in 56:00.
At Saturday's Eversource Hartford Marathon, Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) led the field in a strong 2:17:56 for $3000. Over a minute back, Matt Pelletier (unattached) also broke 2:20 - 2:19:36 - while Scott Leslie (CMS, 2:24:00) and Jason Ayr (WMDP, 2:24:47) completed a USATF-NE runner sweep. Elizabeth Ryan (Gr.Boston TC) won the women's competition in 2:45:59.
Sunday's heavy rains in Boston made the 10th B.A.A. Marathon a challenge for runners and the many volunteers. At the finish in White Stadium, Daniel Salel clocked 1:03:13 to take the $10,000 first prize and led a Kenya sweep as Mary Wacera headed the women's field in 1:10:19. Chris Allen (B.A.A.) was top New Englander (4th US) in 13th, 1:08:58, and Heather Cappello (B.A.A.) placed fourth in 1:15:53.
In far better conditions 3 hours west, Tyler Andrews (CSU) took down a 32-year-old course record at the 34th Mohawk Hudson River Marathon on a point to point course from Schenectady to Albany, NY running 2:15:52 personal best for the win. Grand Prix leader Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers) also recorded a PB in 2:17:25 in a field of 1100 finishers
Start of the 2016 Tufts 10K/USATF Championship
Emily Sisson handled blustery winds and all challengers to win her first USA National Championship at the 40th annual Tufts 10K for Women on Monday in Boston. Moving up one place from last year, the Providence based New Balance athlete improved by 30 seconds to break the tape in 31:47, the 11th fastest time in race history.
Sarah Pagano (B.A.A.) was a step behind at the mile (5:02) and 3 seconds back at 2 miles, but Sisson ran efficiently and relentlessly from there to increase gap to 44 seconds at the finish. Pagano was likewise alone in second from the 2 mile mark on, finishing in 32:21.
The Boston Athletic Association was a three-peat team winner, the trio of Pagano, Jen Rhines (8th/ first master) and Margo Malone (26th) running a minute better than Hansons-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan. Craft Concept Racing, Dirigo RC, and Battle Road placed 5-6-7. Over 3800 finished the distance.
Results and USATF story.
New England clubs and individual runners returned from the USATF Masters 5K Road Race Championships in Syracuse NY on Sunday. Held in conjunction with the Syracuse Festival of Races, competition is strong across all ages for the age 40+ competitors.
The Greater Springfield Harriers trio of Nat Larson, Francis Burdett, and Ron Lombardi won the Men's 50+ team title, averaging 16:33. In M40+, CMS runners Greg Putnam, Tim Van Orden, Joe Shairs were second behind Atlanta TC, and New England 65+ RC (Milt Schumacher, Robert Knight, and Joe Noonan) completed the medal set with a bronze in M70+.
Individual medalists included one gold - George Tooker (Wrentham MA) M75, two silver - Greg Putnam, CMS, M45 and Tom Ryan, Dirigo, M60 - and two bronze - Nat Larson, GSH, M50, and Tim Van Orden, CMS, M45. Larson was also third in the overall age graded lists, scoring 95.39 with his time of 15:57.
The Millennium Running Club
photo: Jean Cann
The Heartbreakers took three of four open titles, including the club's first team win at any distance at Sunday's Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester, Mass. the sixth championship event in the 2016 USATF-NE Road Race Grand Prix. Louis Serafini led the field to the finish on a cool and breezy day that saw six men dip under 31:00. Coming from behind in the last half mile, Serafini repeated as event victor, overtaking 2014 winner Amos Sang to finish nine seconds ahead in 30:23, With that, he clinched his second straight USATF-NE GP title.
Minutes later, teammate Rachel Sorna broke the tape at her second championship in 34:31, just 4 seconds ahead of course record holder and 2014 champion Heather Cappello (B.A.A.).
Serafini led the strong Heartbreakers club contingent with 4 scorers in the top 15. Keely Maguire, fifth in the women's standings, led Millennium Running to the team win.
936 runners completed the scenic oceanfront 10K, including 91 year old Lou Peters (NE 65+). The Grand Prix concludes on November 6 at the City of Manchester Marathon in New Hampshire.
Overall Results. Final series rankings and age grading will be at the GP Page.
A pair of dedicated contributors to the sport in New England passed away in the past week.
Lance Turley of Laconia NH suffered a heart attack during medical procedure. Recognized as a Master level throws official with a great interest in the hammer (and an early supporter of the hammer/weight at the high school level), he had worked at this summer's Olympic Trials and officiated at all levels of the sport, youth to elite to masters. Lance also served terms on the USATF-NE Board as both Secretary and Youth Chair.
Al Porter of Dartmouth MA passed at age 82. Al coached Dartmouth (MA) High School through 52 seasons, was inducted into the Mass.State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1983, and served as vice principal at the school. He was also a long-time Mass.T&F Officials Association member, and among the country's top high school milers in his own high school careers.
Ten individuals were newly elected to serve on the USATF New England Board of Governors at the USATF-NE Annual Meeting held on Sunday.
Following Athlete of the Month presentations and opening remarks and reports, bylaw change discussion and elections took most of the meeting time.
Following a term as vice president, Chris Pasko (Wellesley Youth TF Club) was elected president of the organization. He will be joined by three new Vice-Presidents - Jason Ayr (Western Mass Distance Project), Sean Dever (Gr.Boston TC), and Amanda Wright (Sisu Project). Stephen Peckiconis returns as treasurer, and Maggie Fox (GBTC) will fill the Secretary position. All officer positions serve for two years.
Five new sports chairs will join the monthly meetings for 1 year terms. Scott Mindel (CMS) and Brielle Chabot (B.A.A.) will now head mens's and women's LDR, respectively, while Jan Holmquist remains as Masters LDR chair. David Watkins (Longmeadow MA) was elected Track & Field Chair, and Nicole Hamilton (HFC Striders) is the new Cross Country chair. Sean Duncan (Western Mass. Distance Project) is the new Youth Committee chair. Justin Kuo (Race Walking), Mike Travers (Masters TF), and Paul Kirsch (Mountain/Ultra/Trail) were unopposed to continue in their positions.
Returning Athletes Representative Jennifer Mortimer (Millennium Running) and Rich Hartnett (MassVelocity) will be joined by Alexandra Varanka Mindel (Battle Road TC).
The meeting moved to support the efforts of the Mass. State Track Coaches Association working on issues related to management and scheduling of the Reggie Lewis Center track facility. A collection of by-law changes were approved, with several tabled for a year. A slate of seventeen individuals was selected to represent New England at the USATF Annual Meeting in November.
Contact information on the new board members, updated bylaws, and meeting minutes will be posted in the coming week on the Board page.