By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member
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!
Four races down and three to go in the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series. Next up: the Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) Labor Day 15k on August 31 at 9 am in South Burlington, VT. And if you’re not on this list, it means you haven’t registered yet. Online registration closes on August 29 and race day registration will be held at South Burlington High School between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Need to know a little more about the race? First, it’s a USATF-NE Grand Prix championship, as mentioned. Teams and individuals looking to maintain or move up in the standings only have a few opportunities to do so, and this is one of them. For reference, the Grand Prix team leaders are currently:
- Men’s open team: Western Mass Distance Project
- Men’s 40+ team: Central Mass Striders
- Men’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Men’s 60+ team: Greater Lowell Road Runners
- Men’s 70+ team: Gate City Striders
- Women’s open team: Millennium Running
- Women’s 40+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Women’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
- Women’s 60+ team: Gate City Striders
Individual open leaders are Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca and GBTC’s Nicole Casey. However, the standings across the board are close, with leaders only ahead by a point or two.
For added incentive to trek up to the Green Mountain state, keep in mind the $3,400 available in cash prizes. Here is the break-down of team, individual and age group awards.
Lastly, if you’d like a course description before departing for the race this weekend, Level Renner published a detailed preview of the 15k course that offers views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks and Lake Champlain.
Will we see you there?
2014 USATF National One Hour Race Walk
New Balance Track at Newell Stadium Gloucester, MA Sunday, August 10, 2014
Distance covered in meters USA National One Hour Race Walk Championship - 8/10/2014 Newell Stadium, Gloucester MA Men 1 Hour Walk (8:30 a.m.) ================================================================ Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Michael Giuseppe Mannozzi 28 Shore Athletic Club 12525m 1 US * 2 Emerson Hernandez 25 unattached 12335m * El Salvador 3 Dave Talcott 54 Shore Athletic Club 11718m 2 US 1 M50 4 Edward O'Rourke III 52 New England Walkers 10554m 3 US 2 M50 5 Dan O'Brien 49 Pegasus A.C. 10486m 4 US 1 M45 6 Bill Vayo 50 Shore Athletic Club 10045m 5 US 3 M50 7 Robert Keating 67 New England Walkers 9963m 6 US 1 M65 8 Leon Jasionowski 69 Pegasus A.C. 9727m 2 M65 9 Larry Epstein 55 New England Walkers 9659m 1 M55 10 Bill Reed 61 Pegasus A.C. 9447m 1 M50 *11 Stephan Mayeux 50 unattached 9309m * France 12 Jay Diener 66 New England Walkers 8972m 3 M65 13 James Carmines Jr 71 So Cal Track Club 8718m 1 M70 14 Charles Mansbach 69 New England Walkers 8450m 4 M65 15 John Starr 86 Philadelphia 8009m 1 M85 16 Gustave Davis 76 Connecticut 7329m 1 M75 17 Richard Ruquist 76 New England Walkers 6896m 2 M75 -- Thomas Knatt 74 New England Walkers DQ -- Brian Savilonis 64 New England Walkers DQ Teams 1 - Shore AC (Mannozzi, Talcott, Vayo) - 34,288 meters 2 - NE Walkers (O'Rourke, Keating, Epstein) - 30,176 meters 3 - Pegasus AC (O'Brien, Jasionowski, Reed) - 29,660 meters Women 1 Hour Walk (9:45 a.m.) ================================================================ One Hour Walk Name Age Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Maria Michta 28 Walk Usa 12210m 2 Erin Taylor-Talcott 36 Shore Athletic Club 11728m 3 Katie Burnett 25 unattached 11389m 4 Meaghan Podlaski 17 unattached 10486m 1 Junior 5 Kayla Allen 15 Auburn Parks 9664m 2 Junior 6 Debbie Topham 61 Pegasus A.C. 9513m 1 60-64 7 Pamela Allie-Morrill 51 unattached 9133m 1 50-54 8 Valentina Vaitones 17 Golden Spike 8596m 3 Junior 9 Kay Carmines 68 So Cal Track Club 7832m 1 65-69 Concurrent open 3000m 1 Alana Zeidler 13 Sheffield,England 17:41.0
Officials included Judges included Maryanne Daniel, Ron Daniel, Tom Knatt, Rich McElvery, Tom Menendez, Steve Vaitones and Bill Harriman (recorder)
it was started by Nich Haber in 2012. Nich is the club’s President of the Board (on a Board that includes American Record Holder Molly Huddle!), but also serves as an acting Executive Director, managing business issues, fundraising, grant writing and maintaining relationships with partners. On top of this, Nich manages travel and race entries for the athletes, helps them obtain part-time work with their after-school partners in Woonsocket and coordinates their youth program with the Woonsocket public school system.
As you can tell, Nich wears several hats and has been working hard since 2012 to get NE Distance off the ground and growing to compete at a highly competitive level. It appears that his work has paid off by looking at the club’s current roster, which includes:
- David Goodman— The 2012 NCAA DII National Champion in the Steeplechase and a three-time USATF-NE Champion
- Henry Sterling — NE Distance’s newest athlete, he’s a Dartmouth grad who sees his potential best in the Steeplechase, but is interested in staying a well-rounded runner by competing in the mile and 5k as well
- Katrina Spratford — The 8-time All American from Shippensburg, is a 10k runner that is focusing on Cross Country in the fall and may do some road races
- Lara Crofford — A Nebraska Cornhusker, has been a strong 10k runner but is looking to move up in distance and take to the roads
We caught up with Nich on how the club has grown, what they’ve been up to. To sum it up, Nich told us that “Every year has been better than the one before it, and I know that next year will be better than this one!” His optimism and excitement is great to hear. Check out our interview with Nich below to get up to speed on the community-based distance running project.
USATF-NE: How has NE Distance grown since its founding in 2012?
NH: We started with one athlete in 2012, added another at the beginning of 2013, two more in September of 2013 and we’re looking to have eight this fall. We’ve doubled every year! At this rate, in a few years everyone on earth will be an NE Distance athlete!
Seriously, it’s been a challenge to start a group like this from the ground up and the athletes that have joined us truly believe in our mission of blending athlete development with community building. We expanded this year to include athletes that are not full athlete-in-resident fellows. They are committed to train at a high level, but do not need housing from us. We are excited as the more athletes we have in our group, the more of a critical mass we hit and the better the program is for everyone involved – the other athletes, the community and our fans who are looking for more athletes to root for.
USATF-NE: Are you actively recruiting?
NH: We have three slots open for our non-resident members. We are looking for folks who want to live in the Woonsocket/Providence area who want to compete at a high level.
USATF-NE: We saw that your team recently signed up 145 kids for a new middle school program. This is great! Any specific plans for this new program or anything in particular you’d like to share about it?
NH: This is probably our proudest achievement and is truly a culmination of what we are trying to do with the NE Distance program. Woonsocket middle school sports were all but eliminated in 2009 due to budget cuts. Our athletes moved into town and started to get everyone’s notice. We were lucky to find Performance Physical Therapy of RI who was interested in sponsoring us to restart the middle school cross country team. As soon as we announced it, a reporter from the local paper called me up and we were literally front page news.
For the public school system, they were absolutely thrilled. They were getting high level athletes who had already spent at least a year working with Woonsocket youth to come in and coach the kids at the middle school. The NEDi athletes went into the schools to sign up kids and were overwhelmed; 145 kids signed up. Lara has already started weekly runs with the kids in town and everyone will be back in Woonsocket in August gearing up to kick off the team at the end of the summer.
We are seeking a sponsor to help us continue this program for the kids into the indoor and outdoor seasons, so if anyone is interested in helping our team help these young people, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
USATF-NE: Are any USATF-NE hosted races a part of NE Distance’s upcoming race schedule – and if so, which ones, and why?
NH: Our goal is to have our athletes compete on Team USA, so the USATF-NE races are great vehicles to get us to that level. We will definitely be at the Cross Country races this fall, especially the Boston Mayor Cup and the USATF-NE Championship. The CVS Downtown 5k is in our backyard, so we’ll be there. USATF-NE hosts some of the best indoor meets in the country, so look for us at the BU Terrier & Valentine meets as well as the USATF-NE Championships. Outdoors, we’re big fans of the NBB Twilight Meets.
And be sure to look for our middle school kids to open up their season at the Ocean State XC meet in Goddard Park in Rhode Island on Friday Sept 26.
Regis College, Weston, MA – 6/29/2014
- 1. Gr.Boston TC 81
- 2. Sprinticity 35
- 3. Dare2Dream 16
- 4. Twilight Throwers 9;
- 5. CMS, Mass Velocity, and CSU, 7
- 8. Patriot PV and NEWalkers 6;
- 10. HFC Striders and WMDP, 5
- 12. Waltham TC 4
- 13. NewBalance Boston and BAA 3
- 15. MIT PV and Nitehawks 2
- 17. SISU Project and Somerville RR 1.
- 1. Gr.Boston TC 42
- 2. Mass Velocity 22
- 3. New Balance Boston and Waltham TC 10
- 5. Dare2Dream and Twilight Throwers, 8
- 7. SiSU Project 6
- 8. Wellesley Youth TF, Golden Spikes, MIT PV, Patriot PV, Seekonk Warriors and Providence Cobras 5
- 14. Endurance Unlimited 3
- 15. Whirlaway 2
Ribfest 5M – June 15, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #4
Plc Name ClubName GunTime SAge DvPlPtsChipTime AG % AGPl Bib Town 1 Jeffrey Veiga Team RUN 24:19.3 M23 1 10 24:20 87.67% 16 355 LOWELL MA 2 Brian Harvey BAA 24:26.5 M27 2 9 24:27 87.25% 18 1944 BOSTON MA 3 Nathaniel Jenkins Central Mass Striders 24:36.5 M33 3 8 24:37 87.95% 14 195 NORTH ANDOVER MA 4 Eric Ashe BAA 24:53.4 M25 4 7 24:54 85.68% 30 1949 BOSTON MA 5 Sean Duncan Western Mass Dist Proj 25:01.9 M24 5 6 25:02 85.22% 35 237 ARLINGTON MA 6 Justin Freeman Team RUN 25:09.0 M37 6 5 25:09 88.14% 13 1960 NEW HAMPTON NH 7 Christopher Kibler Greater Boston TC 25:19.5 M24 7 4 25:20 84.21% 47 245 TOWNSEND MA 8 Peter Omae Team RUN 25:22.6 M36 8 3 25:23 86.51% 23 1962 LOWELL MA 9 Robert Gomez Dirigo R.C. 25:24.9 M30 9 2 25:23 84.43% 44 179 PORTLAND ME 10 Daniel Barry Western Mass Dist Proj 25:28.1 M27 10 1 25:28 83.77% 54 9948 SOUTHWICK MA 11 Brad Mish BAA 25:28.8 M27 11 0 25:29 83.72% 56 1943 BOSTON MA 12 Kevin Johnson Western Mass Dist Proj 25:38.9 M25 12 0 25:37 83.28% 62 238 LEBANON NH 13 Paul Rupprecht NB Boston 25:40.6 M30 13 0 25:41 83.41% 59 9934 CAMBRIDGE MA 14 Daniel Princic Whirlaway Racing Team 25:41.8 M34 14 0 25:42 84.68% 42 9909 READING MA 15 Jesse Regnier Western Mass Dist Proj 25:43.7 M26 15 0 25:44 82.90% 69 230 NORTHAMPTON MA 16 David Johnson Western Mass Dist Proj 25:44.4 M25 16 0 25:42 83.01% 68 236 NORTHAMPTON MA 17 Adam Goode Dirigo R.C. 25:45.0 M30 17 0 25:43 83.31% 60 174 BANGOR ME 18 David Metzger Greater Boston TC 25:46.8 M28 18 0 25:46 82.81% 70 190 MEDFORD MA 19 Jason Ayr Western Mass Dist Proj 25:50.3 M26 19 0 25:50 82.58% 72 231 NORTHAMPTON MA 20 Brandon Newbould Whirlaway Racing Team 25:54.2 M32 20 0 25:55 83.19% 65 9906 NOTTINGHAM NH 21 Sean Hyland BAA 25:54.3 M29 21 0 25:53 82.59% 71 1954 CAMBRIDGE MA 22 Patrick Rich Central Mass Striders 25:55.1 M37 22 0 25:54 85.74% 29 196 SOUTH HAMILTON MA 23 Scott Leslie Central Mass Striders 25:58.4 M32 23 0 25:57 83.15% 66 199 RUTLAND MA 24 Mike Galoob Westerly Track & AC 26:02.6 M40 1 10 26:02 86.94% 21 269 PEACE DALE RI 25 Nils Schallner BAA 26:04.6 M33 24 0 26:04 83.05% 67 1951 CAMBRIDGE MA 26 Christopher Magill BAA 26:07.4 M41 2 9 26:08 87.36% 17 1946 CUMBERLAND RI 27 Michael Carlone Greater Boston TC 26:10.8 M22 25 0 26:11 81.48% 82 157 WALTHAM MA 28 Ian Nurse BAA 26:11.7 M36 26 0 26:12 83.97% 51 1957 BOSTON MA 29 Ethan Brown Team RUN 26:13.0 M29 27 0 26:13 81.45% 83 1958 LOWELL MA 30 John Stanton-Geddes Green Mountain AA 26:15.4 M32 28 0 26:13 82.19% 74 255 BURLINGTON VT 31 Dan Roarke Team RUN 26:15.8 M24 29 0 26:13 81.37% 85 9968 DRACUT MA 32 Morgan Kennedy Central Mass Striders 26:17.5 M26 30 0 26:16 81.22% 88 197 GRAFTON MA 33 Greg Putnam Central Mass Striders 26:18.0 M44 3 8 26:17 88.95% 11 200 STONEHAM MA 34 Kent Lemme Gr Springfield Harriers 26:25.7 M47 1 10 26:25 90.59% 4 295 WILLIAMSTOWN MA 35 Peter Gurney Green Mountain AA 26:27.0 M25 31 0 26:25 80.76% 99 106 WINOOSKI VT 36 Philip Shaw Millennium Running 26:32.3 M29 32 0 26:29 80.69% 102 2 MANCHESTER NH 37 Scott Vander Molen Western Mass Dist Proj 26:35.9 M25 33 0 26:34 80.30% 104 241 MEDFORD MA 38 Andrew Downey Greater Lowell RR 26:40.7 M30 34 0 26:40 80.21% 105 53 LOWELL MA 39 Louis Saviano Millennium Running 26:43.1 M23 35 0 26:42 79.90% 110 8 SANDOWN NH 40 Michael Bunker Dirigo R.C. 26:43.4 M32 36 0 26:44 80.43% 103 176 LIBERTY ME 41 Benjamin Coughlin Team RUN 26:43.6 M24 37 0 26:44 79.80% 114 1959 WORCESTER MA 42 Josh Steffen Millennium Running 26:49.1 M33 38 0 26:46 80.95% 96 7 NEW LONDON NH 43 Gregory Picklesimer Somerville Road Runners 26:49.9 M47 2 9 26:48 89.52% 8 9059 NEWTON MA 44 Ryan Gough Greater Lowell RR 26:52.0 M30 39 0 26:52 79.67% 118 61 LOWELL MA 45 Eric Ouellette Greater Boston TC 26:53.5 M21 40 0 26:53 79.55% 121 246 ASHBURNHAM MA 46 Eric Williams Whirlaway Racing Team 26:54.0 M49 3 8 26:51 90.54% 5 9914 CONCORD NH 47 Adrian Macdonald Greater Boston TC 26:55.8 M25 41 0 26:55 79.26% 129 112 ALLSTON MA 48 Caleb Evanter Greater Boston TC 26:56.7 M26 42 0 26:56 79.21% 132 258 DORCHESTER MA 49 Matthew Germain SISU Project 26:57.0 M32 43 0 26:53 80.04% 106 45 ACTON MA 50 Eric Mendoza Greater Boston TC 26:59.1 M29 44 0 26:58 79.31% 125 22 DORCHESTER MA (more…)
By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member
Summer’s heat has just started to creep over New England, but it’s not too early to start thinking about running during the crisp days of fall. The 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series will again feature five races from September through November. The series, a mix of old favorites and a couple new races, is listed below and on the main cross country schedule page, where you can also find a rich array of other New England cross country races to choose from.
USATF-NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD OPEN and MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunday, June 29, 2014
REGIS COLLEGE, WESTON MA
PRIZE MONEY AWARDS BASED ON PERFORMANCE
- The top placing eligible* performers in four divisions – male and female placer in both track and field events, based on IAAF scoring table points – will receive $100.
- Any division winning performance that tops 1000 points earns an additional $100.
- The overall top point winner by an eligible athlete from among all four divisions will receive an additional $100.
- If the top performer has met the standard, but is not eligible to receive prize money, the next top eligible finisher in the event who has met the standard and is eligible will receive the prize.
- All Prize Money will be mailed to winners within ten days of the meet after verifying eligibility
- Eligible means being a current USATF member in the New England association, not being a current NCAA athlete, and having no future NCAA eligibility
For more information, visit: http://usatfne.org/track/entry/2014-outdoorchamps.pdf
The 5000 meter race is a popular event for distance track and field athletes. However, for runners who keep to the roads and trails, many haven’t tested their strength on the flat oval. Now is their chance.
With the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner (ATR) series, distance runners test themselves on varying surfaces and distances, including the track. In fact, many athletes competing in the new series tried the distance at the recent New Balance Boston Twilight meet at Bentley University. New Balance Boston’s Marguerite Cramer took the women’s title in an impressive time of 17:49.01. But it was the men’s 5000 meter field that saw some serious depth. Twenty-eight competitors came through in under 18 minutes, with the winner Austin Gilbert crossing the finish line in 14:57.61.
If you’ve already completed your 5000 meter track race and are looking to score it in the ATR series, be sure to submit your time through our web form.
As a reminder, USATF-NE members may submit their own 5000 meter result from any USATF sanctioned track meet between May 5 and July 20. A competitor may complete several outdoor 5000 meter races. However, only the fastest time will count in the final scoring.
Team RUN’s Jeff Veiga was the winner of the third race in our Road Racing Grand Prix series, the An Ras Mor 5k on March 30 with a time of 14:39. The recent UMass Lowell graduate has been hitting some impressive times post-graduation, even after considering “hanging up the spikes” this past fall due to some nagging injuries. How has he managed to continue this success?
Learn about his strategy and international racing goals in our exclusive Q&A with Jeff.
Q: What was your strategy for the An Ras Mor 5k? Walk us through your race.
JV: Going into the race I didn’t really know much about the course. I hadn’t run it or even had a chance to look at a map. Strategy wise, I was just planning to go out with the lead group and hang on as long as I could because I hadn’t really tested myself beforehand and didn’t have the best idea where I was with my fitness. But once the race started, I felt good so I just tucked in behind the lead group and tried to stay as relaxed as possible.
From early on, the lead group of Nick, Ruben (both of the Whirlaway Racing Team) and myself separated from the rest of the field. I believe shortly after 1.5 miles, Ruben and I started to pull away from Nick. After that, the two of us just went back and forth a few times until right before the 3 mile mark, where I threw in a surge to pull slightly ahead and then kick it in towards the finish line.
Q: How did you feel about your race result? (We’re impressed). How did it match up to your expectations?
JV: I didn’t really expect much going into the race. I thought I would definitely come away with a top five finish and maybe crack the top three if I was lucky. So to come away with the win and a good time I was definitely happy and surprised.
Q: Why did you decide to compete in the An Ras Mor 5k and can we expect to see you at any of the other upcoming Grand Prix series races?
JV:I decided to run the An Ras Mor 5k because it was part of the USATF-NE Grand Prix series and I wanted to represent Team RUN, as we had a chance to place very well in the team standings – which we did with a third place finish.
I do plan to compete in more of the Grand Prix races as long as they fit into my racing schedule, which is mainly targeted at running a fast 5K and possibly a 10k on the track.
Q: What is your training like right now – and is there anything in particular you’re training for?
JV: My training is going very well right now. I was hurt throughout the entire fall season and strongly considered hanging up the spikes if I couldn’t get healthy by the end of January. But after a few visits with Dr. John Donovan of Advantage Chiropractic, I was healthy again and running pain-free. Since then, I have been steadily increasing my mileage, in hopes of continuing my career and competing at a high level. Right now I am running about 95 miles per week, with one long run, one long workout and a little bit of speed here and there.
Having recently received my Portuguese citizenship, I am currently training to hopefully compete in and place well at the Portuguese National Champions in Lisbon, Portugal on July 26 and 27.
Q: Lastly, we know you’re a member of Team RUN. Tell us what it’s like being on the team and what aspects of the team compelled you to join?
JV: I’ve been a member of Team RUN for almost a year now. It’s really fun and we have a great group of guys, some which I actually train with on a regular basis – and we are all well supported by our sponsor Marx Running & Fitness in Acton, MA. I had been working with the team’s coach Mark Coddaire, as he’s also the owner of the Marx Running & Fitness store, so I knew about the team and everything associated with it. It just seemed like the best fit for me at the time, and I feel like I definitely made a good choice.
*Thanks to Jeff for taking the time to share his story with us. We wish him continued success on all levels – from local to international!