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Start of the 2016 Tufts 10K/USATF Championship (photo: USATF-NE)
Start of the 2016 Tufts 10K/USATF Championship
photo: USATF-NE

October 10, Boston

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.


October 2, Syracuse NY

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.

Full Results.


The Millennium Running Club (photo: Jean Cann)
The Millennium Running Club
photo: Jean Cann

September 25, Gloucester MA

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.


Lance Turley (Facebook photo)
Lance Turley
(Facebook photo)

September 22

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.



September 17, Newton MA

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.


September 15, 2016

Reminder that the Annual Meeting of USATF New England will take place this Saturday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Marriott in Newton MA.

All USATF-NE members as of August 1 and who are 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. This year, all board positions are up for election - Officers are President, Vice-President (3), Secretary and Treasurer, along with all sports chairs and athlete reps positions.

A number of by-law changes will be presented for review. The full meeting agenda, positions open for election, and by-law change proposals are posted at USATF-NE board page.


September 3 2016

It's September and cross country season is ready to run. The 2016 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix kicks off on Sunday, September 11, at the Greater Boston TC XC Festival at Elm Bank Park in Wellesley MA. Separate 5K races for women, men, and masters men, along with a youth race will fill the morning. Race Info.

The second race follows a week later in Northampton MA where Western Mass Distance Project will host a pair of 5K (women/men) on the Smith College course. WMDP race info.

Check for the 5 race series info and rules, as well as the full XC season schedule.


Women's podium at the New Hampshire 10 Miler (USATF-NE photo)
Women's podium at the New Hampshire 10 Miler
(USATF-NE photo)

Grand Prix Series passes halfway in New Hampshire

August 27, Auburn NH

Amos Sang and Heather Cappello handled double the distance of the championship two weeks ago to double their season USATF-NE Championship wins and lead the fields at the New Hampshire 10 Miler on Saturday in Auburn NH. Temperatures which crested 80 were tempered a bit by the shaded course around Lake Massabesic, but hills created additional challenges. Clubs fully supported the event, shown by just 1 unattached runner appearing among the top 50 men.

Sang (Western MA Distance Project) set a new course record in 50:31, and led from the five mile split to the finish, holding off Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) by 9 seconds over the second half. Harvey was first scorer for the winning Unicorn men's open team. Greg Putnam (CMS) led all age 40+ competitors to the end and remained perfect over 4 races in the M45-49 division.

Cappello (B.A.A) also had the top spot from halfway in, clocking 58:13 and moving into first in the USATF-NE GP standings. Rachel Sorna (Heartbreakers) ran a negative split to take the runner-up spot in 59:30. seconds back. Cappello, backed by Rachel Hyland (4) and Emma Spencer (5), earned the B.A.A. to a matching women's team title. Masters winner Diana Bowser (Craft Concept Racing) recorded 1:05:04.

Preliminary overall results. Thanks to our friends at Millennium Running for hosting the well attended event, which had 1215 finishers. Announced last week, the same group will now be operating the Manchester City Marathon, the USATF-NE Championship, on November 6.

Full updated team and individual standings will be posted on Tuesday at usatfne.org/gp. The series continues in two weeks at the Seasons 20K in Acton MA.


Start of 2016 Bobby Doyle 5 Miler (photo: USATF-NE)
Start of 2016 Bobby Doyle 5 Miler
(photo: USATF-NE)

Grand Prix Series restarts with 5 Miler

August 14, Narragansett RI

Both temperatures and competition were hot in Rhode Island, as Amos Sang and Heather Cappello led the racing at The Bobby Doyle 5 Miler on Sunday. Condition at the start were heading toward a heat advisory warning later in the day, and race tactics ranged from caution to hammer and fade.

Sang, gaining Western MA Distance Project's first individual win of the season, was part of a lead trio at 5K, but moved ahead to clock 24:05 and an 11 second margin at the finish; the top 10 runners at the split were within one place of that ranking at the finish. Greg Putnam (CMS) led all age 40+ competitors to the end. Whirlaway RT open men took the overall club honors, and CMS masters men won the division.

The B.A.A.'s Cappello was 24 seconds back at the 5K split, but early leader Salome Kosgei of New York succumbed to the conditions and was more than a minute slower over the final 3K. The winner's 27:59 was just one of two times under 29:00 on the day. Greater Boston TC, with Elizabeth Ryan and Laura Paulsen in the top 7, won the team title. Masters winner Regina Loiacano placed ninth overall, as her CMS masters team matched the club's men's team victory.

Preliminary overall results. CMS men move to the head of the series standings and GBTC women retain the top spot after three races, with full updated team and individual standings posted as soon as our scorers fit into vacation travel later this week at www.usatfne.org/gp.

Nearly half of the 679 finishers were USATF members. The running community in RI again came together to put on this event honoring one of the state's legends in the sport, Bobby Doyle. The series reaches the halfway point in a little more than a week at the New Hampshire 10 Miler.


August 10, 2016

The Annual Meeting of USATF New England will take place on Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Newton Marriott in Newton MA .

Athlete of the Month presentations are at 3:00 p.m. with the business meeting beginning at 3:30 p.m. All USATF-NE members as of August 1 and who are 18+ on the meeting date are eligible to vote. We hope all clubs will have at least one representative at the meeting.

This year all board positions are up for election - Officers are President, Vice-President (3), Secretary and Treasurer. The office of president is open as Tom Derderian has completed his 2 term limit. All sports chairs and athlete reps are also open, with some incumbents running again. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office.

A large number of by-law changes will be presented for review. This is the first comprehensive review of the association bylaws in a decade. The proposals appear at www.usatfne.org/board.

Reports on past and future projects will be presented, and delegates to the national meeting will also be selected.

The full meeting agenda, positions open for election, and by-law change proposals will be posted by August 15 at USATF-NE board page.


August 5

Roge Busch (Greenwich CT / Thor's Stone AC) is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for July 2016. A discus throw who is 75 years old, Busch bettered the US M75 record twice in the month in the event. At the USATF Masters Championship July 14-17, he threw 42.30m and 42.85m (140'7"), both improving the previous mark of 42.18m. He again bettered the old mark at the USATF-NE Open and Masters Championship at Holy Cross on July 30 with a throw measuring 42.35m/138'11". M75 throw the 1kg discus.

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


Melissa Lambert scored in 3 events, winning points for Project HHGH (photo: Zach Emerson)
Melissa Lambert scored in 3 events, winning points for Project HHGH
(photo: Zach Emerson)

July 29-30, Worcester MA

A new US record in the M75 discus was among the highlights of the USATF-NE Open and Masters Track & Field Championship at the College of the Holy Cross last weekend. The two day meet drew its largest entry in several years, and enjoyed a reprieve from the week of 90 degree days.

Friday's 5000 and pole vault finished just before a torrential rain; the vault produced a 16' jump by Mass. HS junior Eric Duffy. Saturday's full schedule utilized the full complex, including multiple field event venues. 75 year old Roger Busch (Thor's Stone) bettered the pending US best in the discus which he'd set 2 weeks ago at the USA Masters Nationals, spinning the platter 42.35 meters / 138'11".

Top open performances based on the IAAF scoring tables were turned in by Kameron Ulmer (BAA) in the 1500, his 3:49.69 worth 1205 points, and Stephen Headley (Boston-North) scoring 1011 points with a 10.59 100 meters. Top women's marks were by scholastic sprinter India Johnson (Waltham TC), 925 for her 25.63 200 meters, and past Olympian Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN), earning 906 for her 17:21.01 5000 meters. Team champions were won by Sprinticity men (80) over Boston-North (22), and Waltham Track Club women (23) over Mass Velocity (15).

Thanks to Coach John Hoogasian and the Central Mass TF Academy for sharing the facility and managing facility logistics. Full Results


July 27

Thirteen USATF-NE coaches complete the USATF Level II Coaching School last week. The 8 day school includes four days of common sports science curriculum and four days of specialty area instruction. We'd like to recognize those earning their Level II diplomas (with specialization areas)

Cheryl Aley (Colchester VT/GMAA Youth), Michele Bartlett (Loudon NH, Endurance), Michael Baugh (Stoughton HS/Mass Velocity, Youth), Alfred Blaisdell (Millbury MA, Throws), Chris Blondin (Gr.Boston TC, Endurance), Matthew Dyer (Elms College, Sprints/Hurdles), Ryan Haggerty (Merrimack NH, Endurance), Timothy Irish (Sunrise Striders, Endurance), Brian McNeiece (Narragansett RI, Endurance), Jacky Mendes (Merrimack College, Jumps), Matthew Miller (Somerville MA, Endurance), Thomas Santa Maria (Winchester MA, Sprints/Hurdles), Thomas Smith (Bridgewater State, Endurance), Desiree Strickland (Concord MA, Sprints/Hurdles).

Find more on Coaching Education at usatf.org.


July 22, Cambridge MA

The second annual Friday Night Lights 10K served as the USATF-NE title race at the 10,000m distance through four sections of the 25 lap race. Co-hosted by Western MA Distance Project and Greater Boston TC, the night under the lights changed from a sunny 90 degrees for the first unseeded section to a breezy 80's (just missing a passing thunderstorm) under the lights for the seeded section.

Overall winner Amos Sang clocked a solo 29:37.01 in the final race of the night, with Ruben Sanca (2, 30:37.86), Matt Pelletier (3), and Glarius Rop (5) taking the USATF-NE medals. The women's race had several lead changes before Holly Rees (Battle Road TC) took control and the win in 35:24.70; following her to the finish were Laura Paulsen (GBTC) and Erica Jesseman (Dirigo) for the NE placings, as Sheri Piers (Dirigo) ran an exceptional 36:51.14 for fourth - and W45 division win.

The top 4 open NE members scored the first points in the 2016 Outdoor TF Championships, running July 29-30 at Holy Cross. Full Results.


July 14-17, Grand Rapids MI

Eleven New England athletes and a relay team won age division gold at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships last weekend in Grand Valley, Michigan. The meet included a full schedule of events in 5 year age groups.

Multiple event winners included Flo Meiler (W80 100, 80 hurdles, 200 hurdles, LJ, TJ, PV, discus, steeple, pentathlon), Mary Roman (W80, Shot hammer weight), Tim Morse (M60 hammer, weight), Bob Ariello (M55 hammer, weight), Vic Desmarines (M50 shot, weight) and Dennis Branham (M85 400, 800). Also taking gold were Bill Spencer (M80 800), Francis Burdett (M50 5000), Warren Graff (M70 300 hurdles), and Mass Velocity (M55 4x100) on the track, and Roger Busch (M75 discus) and Buzz Gagne (M65 javelin) in the field.

Full Results.


July 15, Indianapolis IN

Local collegians will compete in the North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, this weekend. Included on the USA roster are Harvard runners Autumne Franklin (400 Hurdles) and Paige Kouba (steeplechase), and Merrimack's Carly Muscaro (Ashland MA, 4x400 Relay). Dage Minors (Franklin Pierce University) will represent Bermuda in the 800 and 1500. From neighboring associations, Isaiah Harris (Lewiston ME/Penn State, 800 meters), Henry Wynne (Westport CT/Virginia, 1500 meters), and Patrick Corona (Fairfield CT/USAFA/5000m) will also compete.

Meet site: athleticsnacac.org


July 7-10, Albany NY

Many New England association youth scored well at the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships held at the University at Albany, NY, July 7-10. The facility proved to be a good location for a JO Regional, and athletes in 6 age groups were able to handle the varied weather conditions which ranged from 90's, humid, and storms, to 60's and showers.

Among the wins and impressive performances by New England association athletes were Monadnock Athletics girls placing 2-3-4 in the 17-18 heptathlon, wins by Patriot Pole Vault jumpers in all three girls division, and three fast times by Peyton Rollins (Cambridge Jets) in winning the Girls 11-12 100, 200, and 80 meter hurdles.

Results are found at the track page. Finishers in the top 5 qualify for Nationals in Sacramento, California at the end of the month.


July 1-10, Eugene OR

Molly Huddle (Saucony/Providence RI) and Abbey D'Agostino (New Balance/Brighton MA) will pack their bags for Rio, making the US Olympic Team in the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively, as the Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon concluded over the weekend. They join a pair of MA HS alum on Team USA, Sean Furey (Methuen) in the javelin, and Shalane Flanagan (Marblehead) in the marathon.

Huddle won both the 5000 (15:05.51) and 10,000 but is opting to run only the 10 - as has Emily Infeld, 4th in the 5000). Those decisions move Masconomet HS and Dartmouth alum D'Agostino, 5th in the 5000m, into the event's final team spot; she clocked 15:14.04. Watch the race finish at nbcsports.com, where you can also find links to other event video.

Other New Englanders making finals in the closing days of the Trials included: 400 hurdles- 6. Autumne Franklin, Harvard, 54.65; Pole Vault- Mary Saxer (Boston), NH; Javelin- 9. Leigh Petranoff (Cranston West RI HS alum) 168'8"; 1500- 6. Johnny Gregorek, (Seekonk MA HS alum) 3:38.76; 8. Daniel Winn, B.A.A., 3:39.22; 12. Andrew Wheating (Kimball Union Academy VT alum) 3:41.22; 5000- 4. Eric Jenkins (Portsmouth NH HS alum), 13:35.98; 5. Ben True (Saucony/Hanover NH), 13:36.40.

Full results can be found at usatf.org


Starter Tommy Meagher (Mark Heckel photo)
Starter Tommy Meagher
(Mark Heckel photo)

July 1-10, Eugene OR

Along with a number of New England athletes, six local certified officials are among the select number working at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon this week.

Those on the track and in the field from the New England association include Laurie Boemker (RI-Technical Official); Joe Bullock (MA-Throws), Bob Gidari (NH-Throws); Justin Kuo (MA-Electronic Measurement); Pat Lavelle (MA-Throws); and Tom Meagher (MA-Starter).


July 3, Lincoln NH

A high quality national field ascended Loon Mountain in quest of National Awards and USA Team berth at the USA Mountain Running Championships in Lincoln NH on Sunday. Many more runners with fast "flat" track times and marathon times were entered in this year's event.

Leading the crowd to the summit in 49:11 and earning another Team USA roster spot was eight time US Mountain Running Team member Joe Gray (Colorado Springs/Club Northwest); best New Englander was Eric Blake (unattached) in seventh in 51:28. Women's winner Addie Bracy (Longmont CO) had nearly a gap on her competition with a 57:24. Kim Nedeau (acidoticRacing/Leverett MA) in third, earned her first spot on a USA team, clocking 59:03.

Central Mass Striders swept the team titles, with the men's fivesome of Todd Callaghan, Matt Veiga, Kevin Tilton, Tim Van Orden, and Scott Leslie, and the women's trio of Regina Loiacano, Jenn Brooks, and Leslie O'Dell Host club acidoticRacing was second men's and third's team. The race was also the USA Masters championship as well. Check the full results at millenniumrunning.com.


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