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Shanlane sets American Record at B.A.A. 10K (Photo: Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly)
Shanlane sets American Record at B.A.A. 10K
Photo: Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly

FLANAGAN NEW US RECORD AT B.A.A. 10K
Boston, June 26

Massachusetts native Shalane Flanagan tuned up for this summer's Olympic Games marathon by setting a new US road record at the B.A.A. 10K on Sunday in Boston. Her time of 30:52 broke her own mark of 31:03 set last fall. Flanagan, a Marblehead H.S. grad now living in Portland, Oregon, is the first American winner in the race's six year history.

Training partner and Olympic teammate Amy Cragg had a solid race, placing third in a personal best 31:31. Leading local was internationalist Kim Smith of Providence in seventh, 32:47.

The men's race was led home by the sixth Kenyan in as many years, as David Chebii broke the tape in 27:55 with Dathan Ritzenhein top American fourth - 28:12 - and Brian Harvey (B.A.A.) top New Englander 11th in 30:34.

The IAAF Bronze Label rated event, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, drew its largest field ever number of finishers (7,805). More details and results at www.baa.org.

 

GREATER BOSTON TC TOP NE TEAM AT CLUB NATIONALS
Philadelphia, June 26

Greater Boston TC placed 4th women's team and 5th men's teams at the USATF Club Nationals on Sunday in Philadelphia PA. Lisa Wilson gave GBTC their only individual winner, taking the hammer in a Olympic Trials qualifying 63.92/209'8". She was also second in the shot. The men's team was led by Andre Reid, who scored in all 4 throws.

Results at www.usatf.org.

 

THREE NEW ENGLANDERS MAKE USA TEAM FOR WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
June 24-26, Clovis CA

Three USATF-New England athletes competing at the USA Junior Championships earned berths on Team USA to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland in July.

Bobby Colantonio (Barrington RI) and Adam Kelly (Barrington RI/Princeton) placed 1-2 in the hammer throw, Colantonio's 74.12m/243-2 spin is the fourth best ever by a US Junior. And a sidelight - third placer Mike Alvernaz completed a unique and likely unprecedented sweep of any event at this championship as all three medalists are graduates of Barrington RI High School (under the tutelage of coach Bob Gourley). .

Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) scored entry positions in two events. On Friday, she placed second in the javelin to assure her ticket to Bydgoszcz, and over the next two days, scored 5451 points to win the heptathlon; over a nine day period, she twice achieved the World qualifying score in the grueling multi-event competition.

The two highest placing finishers having achieved the World Championship qualifying standard earned team roster spots. Juniors are at least 14 years old and cannot turn 20 during the year. Eight meet records were set as temperatures in the Fresno CA area reached 108F and a track temperature of 138F on Sunday. Other USATF-NE athletes competing in the high level meet: 5000M: 6.Erin Dietz (Bedford MA/Emerging Elites) 16:51.91; 3000M: 6.Dietz, 9:41.77. Hammer: 7.Alva Hicks (Providence/Wake Forest), 188'3"; 8.Courtney Jacobsen (E.Greenwich RI), 185'4"; 9.Carly Timpson (Narragansett RI/Quinnipiac) 168'9". High Jump: 10.Annika Hibbard (Merrimack NH/SUNY Albany) 5'5.75". 5000M: 6.Eli Moskowitz (Amherst NH/Brown) 16:32.22. 800: Peter Garmon (Burlington MA/UConn) 6-heat 1:54.91

Full results, at usatf.org and follow the IAAF World Junior/U-20 Championships at iaaf.org.

 

USATF-NE SPORTS MARKETING POSITION OPEN
June 25

USATF-New England is looking to fill a Sports Marketing position for the association. This is a half-time position in the Boston area. See the posted Job Description.

 

USATF-NE JUNIOR OLYMPICS - STRONG PERFORMANCES
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.

THREE WINNERS AT NATIONAL SCHOLASTICS
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

RATCLIFFE SCORED NE HS BEST IN MILE AT MARTINEZ MEET July 2, 2016

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.

 

NEWBOULD, O'DELL TOP NE RUNNERS AT MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT OPENER
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 .

 

USATF-NE LOSES TWO CONTRIBUTORS IN PAST WEEK
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.

 

TOP 10 FOR 2 NE RUNNERS AT USA HALF MARATHON
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

"STREET MEET" To DEBUT IN BOSTON
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

 

"STREET MEET" To DEBUT IN BOSTON
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

MAEGAN ALLEN IS MARCH ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
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
Photo: USATF-NE

USA MASTERS WIN TITLES AT JAMES JOYCE RAMBLE 10K
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.

 

ETHIOPIAN SWEEP AT BOSTON MARATHON
FOUR NEW ENGLANDERS ON AGE GROUP PODIUMS

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.

 

TOP NEW ENGLAND FINISHERS AT BOSTON MARATHON April 18, Boston MA

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

5K and MILES KICK OFF BOSTON MARATHON WEEKEND
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.

 

NEWBOULD, NEDEAU TRAIL NONE IN TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIP
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

 


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