Three new USA Masters Age Group records were the highlight of the USATF New England and East Region Indoor Masters TF Championship held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy track facility on Sunday. On the track, Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) took down the W70 3000 meter record by with her time of 13:06.42 which age-grades over 100% (the meet's highest mark). On the field, Mary Roman (MassVelocity) established a new standard in the shot put for W80, 8.04m/26'4 1/2", and David Montieth (Unattached/Ridgefield CT) cleared 1.53m/5'1/4" for a new US best in the high jump for men age 70+; Here's a video of that jump.
The total of 198 entrants was the meet's largest field ever. Results
The Mass. State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2016 on Sunday, adding another stellar group to the hall. Athletes selected had outstanding Mass. high school careers and earned honors beyond graduation. New additions to the recognition wall at the Reggie Lewis Center are
Said Ahmed (Boston English 2001), state middle distance record holder and 4 time NCAA all-American;
Neal Cononor (Ayer 1991), state triple jump and 4x100 record setter (both still records)
Kathy Guiney (Needham 1971), sprinter and National JO champion
Karen Phillips (Norwell 1988) New England long jump and 300 hurdles champ and US Junior team competitor
Samantha Shepard (Weston 2002), National pole vault champion and record setter
John Silveira (New Bedford 1959), cross country titleist and 1000 yard national champ
and Al Porter (New Bedford Vocational 1953), state and three time National mile medalist and record holder - and a coach and official for 50 years
Congratulations to all.
The Aramco Houston (TX) Half Marathon on Sunday had a decidedly New England presence up front, as Jim Spisak (NE Distance) ran a stellar debut at the distance, clocking 1:02:26 to place sixth overall (2nd US). He hopes to be selected for this spring's World Half Marathon Championships based on the performance.
Four of the top 20 women's finishers were from the B.A.A. - Katie Matthews was 9th in 1:12:25, Sarah Pagano 10th in 1:12:27 (PR), Juliet Bottorff 14th in 1:14:07, and Jen Rhines (age 41/master winner) was 19th overall in 1:14:57, all times that bettered the USA Olympic Marathon Trial qualifier of 1:15:00 on the final day of qualifying (all had previously met the standard).
The overall winners were also familiar faces. Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa - the 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathon and Half Marathon champ - won the men's race in 1:00:37, while 2015 B.A.A. Half Marathon champ Mary Wacera (KEN) posted the fastest time ever run for the distance in the U.S. (1:06:29) to lead the women.
Whirlaway Racing Team is USATF-NE Club of the Year.
Photo: Laura Izzi
The fifth annual USATF-NE Long Distance Running Awards Banquet recognized top series finishers and others at a dinner in Waltham MA on Saturday. Top age group winners in the Road, Cross Country, Mountain Running, and Race Walking Grand Prix circuits were presented with glassware awards, and 2015 national award winners were recognized following the dinner.
Selections of "best of" 2015 year winners were also announced:
Runners of the Year - Louis Serafini (Heartbreakers/Brighton MA) and Katie Misuraca (B.A.A./Gloucester MA)
Club of the Year - Whirlaway Racing Team
Race of the Year - Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester MA
Guest speaker Tim Ritchie, Boston College assistant coach and Saucony runner who ran the tenth fastest ever US half marathon in December (1:01:24), presented his road of return from a year of injury and no racing to 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
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Who were USATF-NE's top distance runners for 2015? Submit your nominations for male and female runners of the year, including your reasons, in our Online Survey. Deadline is January 9 at midnight.
Winners will be recognized at the USATF-NE LDR Awards Banquet on January 16. Consider attending and celebrating a great year. Guest speaker is Tim Ritchie, Olympic Trials qualifier and Boston College assistant coach. Information and tickets available at the banquet page.
Sam Toolin of North Kingstown RI, who competes for the Sentinel Striders, is USA Track & Field - New England Athlete of the Month for December 2015. On December 12 at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, NM, Sam won the 13-14 year old boys race by 13 seconds in a field of 345 runners. Running in second place through 2 miles, Toolin finished stronger than his competition in 13:17.1 over the 4000 meter course. He was fifth in the division in 2014, and finished second in the 11-12 year old race in 2013.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
The 5th Annual LDR Awards Banquet and Social is fast approaching - Saturday, January 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waltham Mass. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm with a cocktail hour and appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speaker Tim Ritchie and awards presentations to follow.
The evening will feature awards for Road, Cross Country, Mountain/Ultra/Trail and Race Walking series and circuits. Series divisional winners will receive awards.
Individual tickets are $35 which includes hors d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment. Ten person tables may be reserved by clubs for $300.
Full banquet information and ticket order forms can be found at the awards page. Individual tickets and table tickets are available by mail using the banquet ticket request form. Reservations close on Monday, January 11, at 5:00 p.m.
We hope to see you all there. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twenty four runners, including two USATF-NE runners were new qualifiers for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with their finish times at the Jacksonville (FL) Bank Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. Times of 65:00 (men) and 1:15:00 (women) for the half marathon are needed to make the Trials, and the race was one of the last qualifying opportunities for the February 13 US Olympic Team selection race in Los Angeles.
Placing fourth and eleventh were KeelyMaguire (Battle Road TC-formerly New Balance Boston)/Newmarket NH) and Karen Roa (Boston) in personal bests of 1:13:49 and 1:14:35, respectively. Overall women's winner Stephanie Dinius (Brookline MA) who represents Strava in the USATF Pacific Associaton, clocked 1:13:41, In the men's results, Jake Sienko (NEDistance/Warwick RI) - who had previously qualified for the Trials - placed 7th in a pesonal best 1:04:26
With the turn of the year to 2016, USATF-NE will continue to offer competitive and developmental programs that serve our members and the sport as a whole; check the various sport specific web pages on this site for schedules and events.
If you haven't done so, it's also time to renew individual USATF membership for those not having multi-year memberships. A link for online application is found at usatf.org.
A trio of B.A.A. athletes will represent the United States at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet on Saturday, January 9, in Scotland. The meet, one of the most prestigious cross country competitions in the world, showcases athletes from around the globe.
Placing fifth and sixth at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships last weekend, Emma Bates and Sarah Pagano qualified to wear the Team USA uniform in Scotland. The women will race a 6 kilometer course featuring three challenging, hilly loops. Earning a spot on the men's 8 kilometer race starting line is Brian Harvey, who finished 12th at Club Nationals. Fellow B.A.A. team member Daniel Winn was eligible to race, but bypassed his selection to concentrate on the indoor track season.
For years, the Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet has drawn top athletes from both the track and roads, creating a thrilling competition. Double Olympic, World, and European champion Mo Farah (Great Britain) has already been announced as competing. The meet will be live-streamed on www.USATF.tv
Liberty AC W50 Relay Team breaks the American Record
Photo: Liberty AC
The Liberty AC 50+ relay team set a new US age group best for the 4 x 1600 meter relay at the 15th annual Lou's Relay on Saturday at Boston University. The quartet of Viki Bok, Jamie Henzy, Dru Pratt-Otto, and Pam Linov combined for a time of 26:04.08 to better the 26:17.8 run by a Liberty foursome in 2010; Pratt-Otto was part of the previous relay as well. Fifteen teams participated, the largest field since 2008. Full Results
As of January 1, 2016, all USATF youth club coaches and youth club administrators, as well as all coaches on the USATF Coaches Registry, are required to complete the US Olympic Committee SafeSport course to maintain active status in their roles. Check the USATF Website for specifics. The program can be completed online and there is no charge; it will need to be completed every 4 years. USATF-NE will be sending out a summary to all youth coaches, and will arrange for in-person group viewing of the instructional program (about 80 minutes).
USATF-NE cross country champion Liv Westphal placed 20th at the European cross country championships in Hyeres, France on Saturday. The Boston College senior, who still has collegiate track eligibility, ran 26:47 for the 8080 meters, and was third finisher for France which placed as second team behind Great Britain, 33-78.
Williams College NCAA Cross Country Champions
(Photo: Jim Harleen)
The Williams College women's cross country team is USA Track & Field - New England's Athlete of the Month for November 2015. The team won the NCAA Divison III Cross COuntry Championships in Oshkosh Wisconsin on November 21, scoring 81 points, 98 points ahead of SUNY Geneseo. The team was led by Hannah Cole who finished fourth over the 6000 meter course. The Williams men's team finished in second place., led by Bijan Mazaheri's bronze medal run.
Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.
The Boston Athletic Association women scored their second straight USA Cross Country Championship Team Title at today's USATF Cross Country Championships in San Francisco. Race fields were among the largest ever. Led by Emma Bates (5), Sarah Pagano (6), and Jennifer Rhines (8), all Unicorn scorers finished within 12 places and 30 seconds to record just 28 points, ahead of High Performance West (107). Keely Maguire (8) and Katie DiCamillo (24) were top finishers on the fifth place New Balance Boston squad. Also representing were New Balance Boston-B (27/740 pts), Greater Boston TC (29/805) and SISU Project (40/1165) among 41 teams.
Not to be outdone, the B.A.A. men finished as runner-up club in the 59 team field, scoring 106 points. Leading the charge was Daniel Winn with his 7th place finish, and backed by Brian Harvey (15) with all scorers in the top 45. Mayor's Cup winner Trevor Dunbar of Alaska was fourth in the A race which had 411 finishers. Other USATF-NE clubs in the standings were New Balance Boston (13/386), Greater Boston TC (28/831), Dirigo RC (40/1165), HFC Striders (51/1479), and SISU Project (54/1588).
There were 2 Men's masters races, 40-59 and 60+. B.A.A. men's 40+ team gave the club a complete set of medals in repeating their third place finish from 2014. Peter Hammer was at the front of the club, 11th overall and winning the M45 division. Greater Springfield and Greater Lowell took 10th and 21st in the 40+, and Greater Springfield was also 5th in the 50's.
In the 60+ contest, John Barbour (M60) was second overall, and Greater Lowell RR teammate Bill Dixon (M65) also won age division silver as GLRR finished a close second 38-43 to Club Northwest. Greater Springfield Harriers were 16th among 36 in the race.
National Champion Sam Toolin with Sentinel Strider coach Joe Bennett
(Photo: Sentinel Striders)
Sam Toolin (Sentinel Striders) was equal to some unfavorable conditions and won the boys age 13-14 4K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Toolin had an impressive 13 second gap by the finish over the 4000 meter course.
The altitude along with long travel times took their toll on all runners from Region I, and combining with heavy rain and winds through the first few races, most runners were a minute or more off of their Regional times.
Seven top 10 team placings were turned in by local clubs; 4th by NH Tracksters Boys 11-12, 6 and 7 by Team RUN and Nashua PAL Striders in the Girls 13-14, 4 and 7 by Nashua PAL Striders and Sentinel Striders Boys 13-14 and 10th by Granite State Flash 11-12 girls.
The 2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series has been selected by over 500 votes from USATF members. Here is the new schedule:
2016 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Races:
Mar 6, An Ras Mor, 5 km, Cambridge, MA
Mar 20, New Bedford Half Marathon, New Bedford, MA
Aug 14, Bobby Doyle 5 miler, Narragansett, RI
Aug 27, New Hampshire 10 miler, Auburn, NH
Sep 11, Seasons 20 km, Acton, MA
Sep 25, Lone Gull 10 km, Gloucester, MA
Nov 6, Manchester City Marathon, Manchester, NH
Check the Grand Prix web page with specifics and links for the entire race series.
New England athletes were honored at the USATF Annual Meeting for their successful 2015 competitive seasons. It was no surprise that five time National Champion Molly Huddle was selected as Women's Long Distance Running Runner of Year. Recognized as Masters Long Distance Running age group Runner of the Year were Jan Holmquist (W70-74, NE 65+ RC) and William Dixon (M65-69, Gr.Lowell RR).
Three Mass Velocity TC members were among the Masters Track & Field age group athletes of the year: Sue McCarthy (W50), Mary Roman (W75), and Flo Meiler (W80).
Two New England runners with long successful local and national resumes were added to the Masters Hall of Fame - Jan Holmquist and Joe Fernandez (Gr.New Bedford TC). Additionally, two of the three other individuals added have New England roots - Dennis Simonaitis, alum of Xaverian Brothers HS/UMass Lowell/HFC Striders, and Jane Welzel, Hopkinton MA native and UMass Amherst grad.
Ron and Laurie Boemker (Cranston RI) were honored during the Jesse Owens Award Banquet held at the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting. The couple received the Pat and Helio Rico Lifetime Achievement Award. They've for has served the sport over four decades across all levels of the sport from youth to elite to masters, at high school, college, and club activites locally to internationally, and from development programs to the Olympic Games as administrators and officials.
During the meeting's opening session, Bill Clark (Waltham MA), a founding officer of the New England association of USATF (The Athletics Congress at the time), coach and meet director since the 1970's, and current president of the US Meet Directors Association, was one of three President's Award recipients for career service to the sport. Laurie Boemker also received the Officials Committee's Charle Ruter Award as outstanding track official. Association managing director Steve Vaitones accepted the Doris Heritage Award for contributions to Cross Country, and the Associations Committee Chair Award for work with local association programs.
A number of USATF-New England certified officials were selected at the USATF Annual Meeting to work at major events in 2016, including the World Indoor Championships to be held in Portland OR in March. Those hard working officials and their assignments include Laurie Boemker (World Indoor Championships - Technical Official; USA Women's Olympic Marathon Trials - Referee); Joe Bullock (USA Juniors and Olympic Trials - Shot Put); Nicole Bullock (USA Juniors - Hammer; Olympic Trials, Throws-Alternate); Bob Gidari (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Shot Put; OT - Discus); Justin Kuo (USA Indoor and World Indoor, Electronic Measurement; OT - Electronic Measurement); Rick Lajoie (OT - Long/Triple Jump); Pat Lavelle (OT - Hammer); Tom Meagher (World Indoor - Starter; OT - Starter).
Online voting for the USATF New England 2016 Grand Prix Road Race series by USATF members (age 18 and older) is open December 1 through December 8, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Please review the Bid Comparison Sheet to read more about the outstanding races which are bidding for next year’s Grand Prix. Each bidder’s full application is also available for viewing. While on the website, please utilize the 2016 Selection Worksheet, as voting is by choosing individual races from groupings by distances this year.
The Worksheet will enable voters to see all races and the date conflicts with other bidding races on one form as well as the important balloting rules. Please use this as a guide while using the online ballot. Date conflict rules must be followed when voting or the voter’s ballot will not be counted. Current USATF membership is required and members (must be at least age 18) can vote only once.
Please use this link to vote.