With two of seven races behind us in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Racing series – the Jones 10 Miler and New Bedford Half Marathon – where do we stand?

Team Standings

Photo Credit: Scott Mason

Photo Credit: Scott Mason

In team results, Western Mass Distance Project is tied with the B.A.A. for the open men’s lead, while Somerville Road Runners

and Millennium Running are both holding the women’s open spot. Several teams are nipping at the leaders’ heels in both fields (including GBTC, Whirlaway, CMS and WMDP).  The men’s 40+ teams have a tight race right now with the B.A.A., Central Mass Striders and Whirlaway Racing Team coming in with 19, 18 and 17 points respectively. Whirlaway currently holds the men’s 50+ top spot, with Greater Lowell Road Runners coming out on top for men’s 60+ teams. We see Whirlaway yet again as a leader in the women’s 40+ and 50+ contingents. Gate City Striders may be the only 60+ women’s team, but they’ve fielded teams for both Grand Prix races thus far.

Individual Standings

For individual standings, Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca and Dirigo Running Club’s Erica Jesseman are currently in the first spots in the men’s and women’s open competition.  At 19 points, Sanca is followed closely by B.A.A.’s Eric Ashe and CMS’ Dan Vassallo, both taking in 16 points to date. And with 18 points, Jesseman has SRR’s Kath Hardcastle and GBTC’s

Nicole Casey in her rear view, each raking in 16 and 13 points respectively.

There are a number of other tight races in the age group competitions as well.

What’s Next?

Next up is the An Ras Mor 5k this Sunday in Cambridge.  If you haven’t registered for the race yet, online entries close today at 4 pm – or you can register in-person on race day before 9:15 am.