Ruben Sanca’s Take on the 2014 Grand Prix

Yesterday, we heard from the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series female open winner Denise Sandahl of Millennium Running. Today, Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca shares with us his thoughts on the 2014 series and the role it serves in his overall racing goals.

After joining the Whirlaway Racing Team, Sanca says he developed a new approach on how to meticulously plan his racing schedule so that both his team and individual goals were maximized. “Thankfully, the Grand Prix bid selection committee did a great job in creating opportunities for mutual success,” he said.

While he sat out the 5 miler to recover from a shin injury and decided to opt out of the marathon as he was training for the Twin Cities Marathon instead, looking back at the Grand Prix races he competed in, Sanca reports that “By far, the New Bedford Half Marathon has been my favorite race on the circuit. Dan McCarthy and his staff have done an outstanding job of embedding the race into the culture of the city of New Bedford. From organizational and logistical standpoints, there are very few or almost no noticeable hiccups. Crowd support is amazing and even the city mayor is involved. The welcoming atmosphere in New Bedford is like no other I have seen in local New England races. From year to year, the race is consistently well organized and I personally make a note to run it every year.”

Photo Credit: Jimmy Shelton of Greater Lowell RR

Photo Credit: Jimmy Shelton of Greater Lowell RR

Throughout the series, Sanca says that he was challenged by various teams and individuals. However, the orange singlets from Team RUN kept him on his toes, as he learned to stay mentally composed to confront the unpredictability of that team’s athletes.  And while he hasn’t formalized his 2015 racing plans just yet, the Whirlaway athlete looks forward to seeing the 2015 Grand Prix series, hoping to populate his racing calendar with most of its events, as he states “the blend in race distances creates an intriguing year of racing for any athlete.”

Not too far from taking the open male team title in this year’s series (finishing a close third), Sanca says that Whirlaway is certainly looking to be an improved team and in contention again for the overall title in 2015. Sanca personally looks to maximize his performance in each Grand Prix race next year, even if it means getting an extra point for the team. While he will be racing all distances, his eye is on attaining the Olympic “B” standard in the marathon.

 

* Thank you, Ruben, for participating in the Grand Prix series and sharing your feedback. Best of luck as you work toward your 2015 racing goals!

 

 

Grand Prix 2014 conclusion

Earlier this month, at the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, a USATF-New England Championship, the top two runners apparently missed a turn late in the race and did not finish. Likely because of weather, the sign that had been placed at the turn before the race was not visible at the time the lead runners passed. We applaud the strong performances of the two runners affected–Jason Ayr, from Western Mass Distance Project, and Birhanu Mekonnen, a runner from outside of our Association–as well as that of eventual winner, Dan Vassallo of Central Mass. Striders. Manchester City Marathon has awarded Ayer and Mekonnen each $1,250, an even split of the first and second place prize money. This is in addition to the prize money already awarded to those who finished the race in prize money positions.

A complete list of series standings for teams and individuals is available on the Grand Prix section of our website. In addition, USATF-NE Long Distance Chair persons are looking into establishing additional guidelines for championship races to try to prevent any future mishaps at Championship events. We want to recognize and commend USATF members Jason and Dan for their outstanding sportsmanship throughout Manchester City Marathon’s deliberations.

With the conclusion of the 2014 Grand Prix series, a total of $8,000 in prize money will be distributed soon to teams accruing the highest point totals in their age categories for men and women. Voting will be available soon for the 2015 USATFNE Grand Prix Road Race series and we encourage all members to participate in selecting a great line up of races.

Sincerely,
USATF-NE LDR
Chairs, Lisa Doucett, John Barbour and Jan Holmquist

And the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix Winners Are…

The USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series came to a close in New Hampshire at the City of Manchester Marathon on November

Sandahl (left) picture with her Millennium Running teammates at the Ribfest 5 Miler after she and her team took the individual & team titles in the USATF-NE championship race.

Denise Sandahl (left) pictured with her Millennium Running teammates at the Ribfest 5 Miler after she and her team took the individual & team titles in the USATF-NE championship race.

2. When the points were tallied at the culmination of the seven race series – which included a 10 miler, half marathon, 5 miler, 5k, 15k, 10k and marathon – it was Millennium Running’s Denise Sandahl and Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca who came out on the top as the overall open winners.

The first-time series winners both competed in five of the seven races – Sandahl coming in 16 points ahead of teammate Jennifer Mortimer and Sanca, beating out second place runner Dan Vassallo of CMS by 18 points. To learn more about their journeys to success and future racing plans, we chatted with the Grand Prix champions.

Today, we’ll hear from the women’s champion. Stay tuned for our interview with the men’s champion tomorrow.

Flashing back to the beginning of the year, Sandahl didn’t think she had a chance to be competitive in the Grand Prix series. It wasn’t until after winning the Ribfest 5 miler that she realized capturing the individual title might be a possibility. And she was right.

While illness and a scheduling conflict prevented her from competing in the entire series, Sandahl says of her five Grand Prix performances, the Ribfest 5 miler was her favorite – where her team took all three podium spots. With Millennial Running managing the event, it was a good feeling for Sandahl and her team to win at home.

Not only did she take the overall series title from an individual perspective, but her team accomplished its goal of winning the open team championship as well. Millennium managed to field teams for six of the seven races, despite being a small team, beating out Whirlaway by nine points. A major contributing factor to their team success, Sandahl says is that many of the women train together regularly and worked with each other during the races.

Sandahl added that it was her own teammates who tended to give her the most competition throughout the series – perhaps leading to their success this year. Looking ahead to 2015, Sandahl says she and her team plan to compete in the Grand Prix series again, looking for the same success.

She also plans to race the Boston Marathon next April. “In my wildest dream, I hope to qualify for the trials,” she said. “A marathon PR is a more realistic goal. As for team goals, In hope to contribute to our continued success.”

Lastly, Sandahl noted, “I’d like to add how grateful I am to my family (especially my husband, Adam, and sons, Caleb and Ian), team and friends for all the support they provide.”

 

* We’d like to thank Denise for taking the time to share her story with us, and we wish her and Millennium Running the best of luck in future races. 

Mayor’s Cup Race Report

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

 

Toilet paper was in short supply, but talent and motivation were not, as USATF-NE athletes took to the fields and woods of Franklin Park on October 26 to contest the 24th Mayor’s Cup, presented by the Boston Athletic Association and Adidas.

In the women’s 5K Championship race, Rachel Hannah of Toronto, running for New Balance, took top honors with a time of 16:36. Hannah finished clear of a close pack of the second through courth place runners, with Juliet Bottorf of BAA finishing just ahead of teammate (and first masters runner) Jen Rhines. This was the first cross country race since 2005 for Rhines, the newly-anointed American masters record holder in the road 10K — who used a strong second half of the race to catapult her into third place over the final 100 meters. In fourth was 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country champion Abbey D’Agostino, making her professional debut. The top six BAA runners swept the team competition, finishing ahead of New Balance Boston (second) and Greater Boston Track Club (third). With their first appearance in this year’s Grand Prix series, BAA jumps into third place in the series standings, behind GBTC in first and the Western Mass Distance Project in second.

The men’s Championship 8K saw another close race, with Mitch Goose of The Manhattan Project finishing in 23:46, four seconds ahead of Robert Mack (Reebok). Ethan Shaw of the BAA took third to lead a victorious team effort, with BAA’s fourth and fifth scorers (Sam Alexander and Bo Waggoner) making the difference against the second place Manhattan Project. The BAA men also made their first mark on the Grand Prix series at their home event; their win vaulted them into fourth place in the standings, behind GBTC, SISU project and HFC Striders. Both the men’s and women’s championship races are covered in detail on the BAA website.

While top masters runners such as the BAA’s Rhines mixed it up with the younger generation in the open races, runners competing in the masters and seniors divisions of the USATF competition took on everyone from high school runners to novice harriers in the Franklin Park 5K. The race was won decisively by 22-year-old Bryan Marsh in 15:44, with top masters finisher Mike Galoob of the BAA taking third in 16:23, just ahead of his teammate and fellow masters runner Chris Magill. Galoob and Magill led a strong BAA contingent to both the first place masters team title and first place overall team title in the race, while GLRR held on to second place in the Grand Prix series with a second place team finish. The masters team from HFC Striders finished third to maintain their position on top of the Grand Prix masters leader-board. Mark Reeder continues to dominate the men’s 50+ competition, winning the individual title in that division and leading his GLRR senior team to first place as well.

On the women’s side, 26-year-old Ravenna Neville took top honors in the Franklin Park 5K with a time of 19:25. The top masters woman was also the top senior woman: Trish Bourne, 50, of Greater Lowell Road Runners was the ninth woman overall in 20:43, pacing her masters team to a second place finish. First place masters team honors went to Western Mass Distance Project, whose three scorers swept the next three places in the masters race, led by former high school state champion (1991, on the Franklin Park course) Maura McDonald. In a truly cross-generational clash, the masters women from WMDP finished second overall to the Phillips Exeter girls’ team in the Franklin Park race. WMDP moved into second place in the Grand Prix series with this win, just one point behind Greater Derry Track Club, whose members finished third in the masters team race with a split squad, as some team members competed in a NH Grand Prix event in the Granite State. GDTC still holds the lead in the 50+ women’s team competition, with GLRR right behind.

With two races left in the Grand Prix series, many team races are too close to call. Harriers in the hunt for individual and team glory will return to Franklin Park on November 9 for the USATF-NE Championship Race, with visions of emptied and restocked porta-potties in their heads.

Manchester City Marathon (2014 GP Race #7)

Anthem Manchester City Marathon – November 2, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #7
As of Monday, November 4, these are latest results processed from source results available at https://lottery.linmarksports.com/raceresults.aspx?guid=2d92b618-4700-483e-95cb-71dc7c2a16a8.
Included below are all USATF-NE members who are eligible to score points in the Road Racing Grand Prix series or become one of the 75 IronRunners for 2014.

Plc  Name                  Club                     GunTime  S Age DvPlDvPtsNE AG %    AGPl Bib
1    Dan Vassallo          Central Mass Striders    2:31:06  M 29  1   10   Y  82.67%  5    480
2    Jonathan Joyce        Western Mass Dist Proj   2:35:18  M 24  2   9    Y  80.44%  10   242
3    Jesse Regnier         Western Mass Dist Proj   2:36:46  M 27  3   8    Y  79.68%  15   388
4    Jim Johnson           Central Mass Striders    2:36:51  M 37  4   7    Y  80.17%  12   235
5    Louis Saviano         Millennium Running       2:38:24  M 23  5   6    Y  78.86%  17   415
6    Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders    2:38:59  M 33  6   5    Y  78.57%  18   287
7    Eric Mendoza          Greater Boston TC        2:39:30  M 30  7   4    Y  78.32%  19   321
8    Rob Bond              Greater Boston TC        2:39:40  M 25  8   3    Y  78.24%  20   47 
9    Samuel Fazioli        Whirlaway Racing Team    2:40:37  M 22  9   2    Y  77.79%  21   510
10   Alex Hall             BAA                      2:41:11  M 27  10  1    Y  77.50%  24   201
11   Matthew Germain       SISU Project             2:43:31  M 32  11       Y  76.39%  27   171
12   Kevin Alliette        Whirlaway Racing Team    2:43:44  M 33  12       Y  76.29%  28   512
14   Eric Flaman           Western Mass Dist Proj   2:44:39  M 24  13       Y  75.87%  31   151
15   Daniel Princic        Whirlaway Racing Team    2:45:12  M 35  14       Y  75.62%  34   514
16   Alan Bernier          Central Mass Striders    2:47:50  M 40  1   10   Y  76.41%  26   38 
17   David Gervais         Gate City Striders       2:48:01  M 23  15       Y  74.35%  42   172
18   Joe Lauer             Somerville Road Runners  2:49:00  M 33  16       Y  73.92%  46   279
19   Eric Williams         Whirlaway Racing Team    2:49:55  M 49  1   10   Y  82.05%  7    515
20   Jon Chesto            Greater Boston TC        2:50:01  M 43  2   9    Y  77.58%  23   73 
21   Eric Narcisi          Whirlaway Racing Team    2:50:11  M 34  17       Y  73.40%  49   513
22   Denise Sandahl        Millennium Running       2:51:02  F 34  1   10   Y  80.05%  14   412
23   Martin Tighe          Central Mass Striders    2:52:06  M 56  1   10   Y  86.07%  1    472
24   James Pawlicki        Central Mass Striders    2:53:15  M 40  3   8    Y  73.92%  45   357
25   Nick Taormina         Central Mass Striders    2:53:54  M 42  4   7    Y  74.93%  38   464
27   James Sullivan        Greater Lowell RR        2:56:10  M 29  18       Y  70.91%  63   459
30   Charlie Bemis         Gate City Striders       2:56:47  M 51  1   10   Y  80.26%  11   33 
31   Arthur Besse          Central Mass Striders    2:56:56  M 42  5   6    Y  73.66%  48   39 
32   Anthony Crudale       Greater Boston TC        2:57:18  M 37  19       Y  70.97%  61   100
33   E J Hrynowski         Greater Lowell RR        2:57:34  M 52  2   9    Y  80.09%  13   225
35   Christopher Hamel     Whirlaway Racing Team    2:59:10  M 30  20       Y  69.72%  73   511
37   Keith Eisenman        Somerville Road Runners  3:00:25  M 35  21       Y  69.28%  75   137
38   Scot Dedeo            Somerville Road Runners  3:00:45  M 34  22       Y  69.11%  76   110
39   Gregory Picklesimer   Somerville Road Runners  3:00:46  M 48  2   9    Y  76.00%  30   535
41   Ethan Dionne          Gate City Striders       3:01:09  M 23  23       Y  68.96%  78   118
42   Amanda Wright         SISU Project             3:02:15  F 26  2   9    Y  74.30%  43   498
44   Timothy Morin         Somerville Road Runners  3:04:56  M 31  24       Y  67.55%  90   329
45   Paul Davies           BAA                      3:06:41  M 47  3   8    Y  73.28%  50   106
46   Jim Garcia            Greater Lowell RR        3:07:00  M 56  2   9    Y  79.06%  16   166
47   Colin Loghin          Greater Lowell RR        3:08:51  M 39  25       Y  67.47%  92   293
50   Kris Francis          SISU Project             3:10:23  M 46  4   7    Y  70.95%  62   155
51   Kelsey Allen          Western Mass Dist Proj   3:11:08  F 31  3   8    Y  71.03%  59   13 
52   Douglas Martyn        Whirlaway Racing Team    3:11:56  M 54  3   8    Y  75.82%  32   516
55   Ian Wright            SISU Project             3:12:36  M 28  26       Y  64.86%  113  499
59   Erin Morin            Somerville Road Runners  3:14:42  F 33  4   7    Y  70.07%  71   328
61   John Singelais        Gate City Striders       3:16:11  M 55  3   8    Y  74.65%  41   434
64   Brandyn Naro          Gate City Striders       3:16:20  M 27  27       Y  63.62%  126  337
65   Michael Girouard      Greater Lowell RR        3:16:54  M 44  6   5    Y  67.74%  87   176
66   Emmet Clifford        Gate City Striders       3:17:29  M 45  5   6    Y  67.64%  89   80 
67   Craig Fram            Whirlaway Racing Team    3:17:35  M 56  4   7    Y  74.67%  39   518
70   Joshua Grzegorzewski  Somerville Road Runners  3:18:57  M 39  28       Y  64.06%  121  199
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An XC Grand Prix Update

By: Chris Canning,  USATF-NE XC Committee Member

 

wmdpxcA late location change brought the second leg of the Cross Country Grand Prix series to the flat gravel paths around Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA.  While this course may not have had the same cross country feel as Stanley Park, it provided harriers with an opportunity to run fast times around a very scenic location.

The open men’s race saw David Wilson and Sam Alexander (BAA) renew their battle for Grand Prix supremacy with Wilson reversing the result from last month’s GBTC Invitational to tie up the series at 29 points each.  HFC teammates and Milton neighbors Jason Cakouros and Justin Renz took the top two positions in the 40-49 men’s race, moving Renz (who ran 22 miles the day before the race) into the 40-49 men’s lead with 27 points.  Mark Reeder (GLRR) continued to stretch his 50-59 men’s lead with 30 points after another first place finish hours before his 55th birthday and Bruce Bond (GBTC) became the 60+ men’s leader with 28 points.

The open women’s race was won by Kerri Leonhardt (GBTC) while Apryl Sabadosa (WMDP) placed second.  A third place finish by Caroline Martin (GBTC) moved her into the open women’s lead with 27 points. Maura McDonald (WMDP) led six Lady Wolves finishers in the 40-49 women’s division, and teammate Dana Parrot continues to lead the series with 27 points.  Trish Bourne (GLRR) was once again victorious in the 50-59 women’s division and leads that division with 30 points.

The hosts from WMDP won the open men’s team race while GBTC’s second place finish ensured they would maintain their overall series lead.  GBTC’s 9 points lead both SISU and HFC who are tied for second with 6 points.  WMDP’s win moves them to fourth in the series with 5 points.  HFC’s first place finish in the 40+ men’s team division moved them into the series lead and GBTC’s 60+ men’s team gave that division its first score of the series.

The open women’s team race saw similar results as first Grand Prix series event with GBTC edging out WMDP.  GBTC leads the overall series with 10 points while WMDP is in second with 8 points.  SISU’s third place finish moves them into a tie with GLRR for 3rd in the series with 3 points each. WMDP won the women’s 40+ team competition to move into a tie with GLRR for second in that division.  Greater Derry Track Club, whose “Hot Flashes” team of 50+ women finished a strong 2nd in the 40+ race and won the 50+ team race uncontested, leads both the 40+ and 50+ women’s team competitions in the overall series.

 
Thanks go out from the WMDP to all who made the trip west, and from your non-WMDP blogger to the Wolves of Western Mass for putting on a terrific race. The Grand Prix series resumes on October 26th with the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park.

To view the updated XC Grand Prix standings, visit the USATF-NE website here.

 

 

XC Grand Prix, Round One!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

Your erstwhile cross country bloggers had to miss the opening race in the Grand Prix series due to family events both foreseen and unforeseen, but we were fortunate to get a recap from T. J. Unger of HFC Striders. T. J. had this to say about the GBTC Invitational on Sept. 7:

  • “The GBTC race was a great start to the XC season.  I think the real highlights were that the women’s race had 4 full scoring USATF teams and that SISU made their presence felt in the men’s Open race. . . . Mike Mahon gave a stunning rendition of the national anthem which was well received by the participants and Tom Derderian dazzled the crowds with his harmonica playing and ‘Call to the Post.’ Top runners and teams received pies that looked delicious (unfortunately can’t comment on the taste because neither I nor HFC got one).”

T.J. acknowledged that the host GBTC dominated the team competition, and he specifically called out Ethan Nedeau, Mark Reeder and John Barbour for strong performances in the men’s masters/seniors races (they won the 40+, 50+ and 60+ divisions, respectively).  T. J. also made some pretty serious accusations about the pie-handling skills of the GBTC and potential Board of Health violations, but it’s possible his own pie-lessness influenced his reporting skills at this point.

The Grand Prix scoring following the meet can be viewed here. GBTC did indeed dominate the open team competition, but Greater Lowell swept both masters and seniors team competition on both the men’s and women’s side. Sam Alexander of BAA won the open men’s race, while Alyse Rocco of GBTC finished first among the women.

wmdpxcThis coming weekend the Grand Prix series heads west of 495 (and in fact west of 84), out to the WMDP Cross Country Festival. This race has changed venues from the past few years—it will take place at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA. Rumor has it the change has something to do with the availability of non-pie-related refreshments post-race, but for now the vital piece of information for all runners is that the terrain here is more carriage roads than cross country trails, so road racing flats are recommended rather than cross country spikes. Hope to see many of you out here in the wilds of Western MA!

Lone Gull 10K (GP Race #6) – 2014 Results (by AG%)

Lone Gull 10K – September 14, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #6

Plc  Name                  Club                    GunTime  S Age DPlNE ChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Town
349  Jan Holmquist         LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB   45:47    F 70  1  Y  45:45   100.26%  1    232   Burlington MA
65   Mark Reeder           GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 34:21    M 54  1  Y  34:19    93.15%  2    779   Brighton MA
32   Peter Hammer          BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:39    M 48  1  Y  32:37    92.75%  3    1222  Needham MA
67   Robert Cipriano       SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 34:27    M 54  2  Y  34:26    92.55%  4    1055  Brighton MA
675  Carrie Parsi          LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB   54:48    F 75  2  Y  54:35    92.26%  5    414   Gloucester MA
81   Craig Fram            WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   35:03    M 55  1  Y  35:00    92.15%  6    1217  Derry NH
122  John Barbour          GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 36:40    M 60  1  Y  36:36    91.54%  7    787   West Roxbury MA
53   Francis Burdett       GREATER SPRINGFIELD HAR 33:49    M 49  4  Y  33:49    90.49%  8    1281  Worcester MA
55   Eric Williams         WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   33:54    M 49  5  Y  33:53    90.47%  9    1210  Concord NH
30   Greg Putnam           CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   32:38    M 44  2  Y  32:37    90.38%  10   1022  Stoneham MA
178  Maria Servin          WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   39:04    F 52  1  Y  39:01    90.36%  11   1195  Middleboro MA
50   Gregory Picklesimer   SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 33:40    M 48  3  Y  33:39    89.91%  12   1370  Newton MA
92   Douglas Martyn        WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   35:35    M 54  5  Y  35:31    89.70%  13   1213  North Andover MA
71   Rob Edson              Unattached             34:38    M 50  3  Y  34:36    89.44%  14   1147  Hanover NH
7    Justin Freeman        TEAM RUN                31:18    M 37  7  Y  31:18    89.29%  15   1244  New Hampton NH
4    Nate Jenkins          CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   30:34    M 33  4  Y  30:34    89.24%  16   1010  North Andover MA
5    Joseph Amenya         TEAM RUN                30:53    M 35  5  Y  30:53    89.23%  17   1246  Lowell MA
112  Martin Tighe          CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   36:22    M 56  2  Y  36:19    89.12%  18   1027  Providence RI
298  Elizabeth Cooney      SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 43:57    F 59  6  Y  43:55    88.98%  19   86    Somerville MA
263  Susan Hackney         GREEN MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC 42:47    F 57  2  Y  42:39    88.94%  20   988   Essex Jt VT
88   Michael Cooney        WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   35:23    M 52  4  Y  35:21    88.83%  21   1212  Chelmsford MA
1    Amos Sang             TEAM RUN                30:14    M 25  1  Y  30:14    88.81%  22   1250  Chicopee MA
2    Ruben Sanca           WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   30:17    M 27  2  Y  30:17    88.67%  23   1200  Lowell MA
274  Mary Lammi            CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   43:09    F 58  3  Y  43:05    88.63%  24   1158  Spencer MA
3    Glarius Rop           TEAM RUN                30:25    M 30  3  Y  30:25    88.59%  25   1249  West Springfield MA
168  Richard Larsen        SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN ATHL 38:44    M 62  2  Y  38:40    88.57%  26   290   Shelburne MA
48   Binney Mitchell       GREEN MOUNTAIN ATHLETIC 33:36    M 45  2  Y  33:34    88.48%  27   1000  Essex Jt VT
162  Mimi Fallon           BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 38:32    F 49  1  Y  38:32    88.42%  28   1237  Walpole MA
24   Mike Galoob           BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:24    M 40  1  Y  32:23    88.13%  29   1227  Peacedale RI
73   Heather Cappello      BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 34:45    F 34  1  Y  34:45    88.02%  30   1226  Arlington MA
105  John Sullivan         HFC STRIDERS            36:06    M 54  10 Y  36:04    87.99%  31   966   West Roxbury MA
288  Joan Miller           LIBERTY ATHLETIC CLUB   43:37    F 58  5  Y  43:27    87.87%  32   359   Chestnut Hill MA
43   Joseph Navas          WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   33:23    M 43  4  Y  33:22    87.69%  33   1208  North Eastham MA
76   Wayne Levy            BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 34:53    M 49  8  Y  34:51    87.54%  34   1220  Waban MA
35   Christopher Magill    BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 32:55    M 41  3  Y  32:54    87.50%  35   1221  Cumberland RI
97   Daniel Verrington     CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   35:48    M 52  6  Y  35:44    87.46%  36   1025  Bradford MA
83   Scott Anderson        WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   35:07    M 49  9  Y  35:05    87.34%  37   1209  Truro MA
19   Patrick Rich          CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   32:10    M 38  18 Y  32:09    87.09%  38   1014  South Hamilton MA
11   Peter Omae            TEAM RUN                31:52    M 36  10 Y  31:52    86.87%  39   1247  Lowell MA
6    Tyler Andrews         STRIVE RACING           30:57    M 24  6  Y  30:57    86.75%  40   614   Concord MA
142  Wolfgang Ketterle     SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 37:33    M 56  3  Y  37:28    86.75%  41   1045  Belmont MA
100  Charlie Bemis         GATE CITY STRIDERS      35:56    M 51  8  Y  35:55    86.71%  42   834   Derry NH
253  Jacqueline Shakar     CAMBRIDGE SPORTS UNION  42:28    F 55  1  Y  42:26    86.50%  43   912   Sutton MA
69   Joe Shairs            CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   34:31    M 46  6  Y  34:30    86.44%  44   1017  Peabody MA
99   Christopher Lawrence  BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 35:50    M 50  7  Y  35:48    86.36%  45   1223  Lincoln RI
233  Lisa Zappala          WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   41:50    F 53  3  Y  41:45    86.28%  46   1196  Derry NH
91   Katie Misuraca        BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIA 35:30    F 33  2  Y  35:27    86.09%  47   1236  Gloucester MA
114  Rory Fagan            SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 36:26    M 52  11 Y  36:21    85.90%  48   876   Somerville MA
149  Jim Garcia            GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 37:44    M 56  4  Y  37:41    85.75%  49   782   Westford MA
101  Dave Dunham           CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   36:01    M 50  9  Y  35:57    85.71%  50   1023  Bradford MA
280  Nancy Corsaro         WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   43:20    F 55  4  Y  43:16    85.58%  51   1197  Methuen MA
133  Regina Loiacano       CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   37:02    F 41  1  Y  36:59    85.45%  52   807   Gloucester MA
147  Christin Doneski      WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM   37:39    F 43  2  Y  37:39    85.36%  53   1190  Hopkinton NH
8    Dan Vassallo          CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS   31:33    M 29  8  Y  31:33    85.23%  54   1011  Peabody MA
10   Jonathan Charlesworth GREATER BOSTON TRACK CL 31:35    M 29  9  Y  31:35    85.22%  55   1109  Boston MA
127  E J Hrynowski         GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUN 36:44    M 52  12 Y  36:40    85.11%  56   775   Arlington MA
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USATF-NE Annual Meeting Election Results

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Sunday. In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of those elected to the USATF-NE Board of Governors, which includes a mix of incumbents and new individuals.

 

  • President: Tom Derderian
  • Secretary: Steve Viegas
  • Treasurer: Stephen Peckiconis
  • Vice Presidents: Jim Garcia, John Oleski, Chris Pasko
  • Men’s Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair: John Barbour
  • Women’s LDR Chair: Lisa Doucett
  • Masters LDR Chair: Jan Holmquist
  • Youth Chair: Alex Ivanov
  • Track & Field Chair: Zach Emerson
  • Masters Track & Field Chair: Mike Travers
  • Cross Country Chair: Chris Canning
  • Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Chair: Paul Kirsch
  • Race Walking Chair: Justin Kuo
  • Athlete’s Representatives: Eric Ashe, Jim Burgoyne, Jennifer Mortimer

 

In the coming week, you’ll be able to find information on the new board members, the various reports that were presented and distributed at the meeting, as well as the full meeting minutes on the Board page.

Cross Country Grand Prix 2014: Here we go!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

 

Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

Sunday, Sept. 7 marks the kickoff to the 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series, with the Greater Boston Track Club XC Invitational in Wellesley, MA. An updated list of the series scoring rules and awards structure can be found here.

Before jumping into the upcoming series, let’s remind ourselves of the 2013 series results. Starting with the women’s side, GBTC pulled out a decisive victory at the final, championship meet in Franklin Park last November to break a tie with Western Mass Distance Project and take the series title. Millennium Running burst onto the scene halfway through the season and made a decisive run, finishing a strong third place with only three races under their belts (singlets?). WMDP ran uncontested in the masters division for much of the season but scored a convincing win over six other teams at the championship meet to take the series title. In the senior division, Greater Derry Track Club scored the series win despite losing the championship to Cambridge Sports Union. Liberty AC stood alone atop the 60+ podium. Individual series winners were Sydney Fitzpatrick of New Balance Boston in the open division, Dana Parrot of WMDP in masters and Anne Hird of Ronald McDonald House of Providence in the 50+ division.

Many of last year’s competitors will toe the line this Sunday, and we asked them for their thoughts on what makes cross country (and this series) so special. It’s generally not hard to convince distance runners of the joys of cross country, but Anne Hird put it both succinctly and artfully: “It is running in its purest form. Times don’t matter, because each course is different; it is all about head-to-head racing.” That head-to-head racing is enhanced by the series format; as Anne points out, there’s a certain “camaraderie that comes from running against the same group throughout the series.” (This writer can attest to the special camaraderie of being passed by Anne at about the 2-mile mark of almost every race.)

Dana Parrot probably speaks for many of us when she says that her favorite memory of last year’s season was the final, championship race: “I was terrified and thrilled to be at the starting line with some of my former teammates (when I lived in New England almost 20 years ago).  My speed may be lacking compared to back then, but my heart is still in the game.”

If this still doesn’t have you digging through the mudroom for your spikes, GBTC would like to whet your appetite for cross country with. . . pie. That’s right, pie, at the first race of the series; not really much more to say. See you there!

Stay tuned for more updates and a men’s 2013 recap too!

 

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