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Posts by Jenny Gardynski
Sean Duncan (Western Mass. Distance Project) and Stephanie Reilly (Team RUN) were the individual winners at the Lone Gull 10K this past weekend, a USATF-NE Grand Prix series event, held in Gloucester, MA. In the team competition, Central Mass Striders won both the open and masters men’s scoring, with Whirlaway, Cambridge Sports Union and North Shore Striders winning 50+, 60+ and 70+ age divisions. New Balance Boston won the women’s open race, with Whirlaway taking the 40+ and 50+ age divisions, and North Shore Striders topping the 60+ clubs.
A number of spectators and photographers were onsite to capture photos of the event, which was run mostly along the oceanfront.
Some scenic photos of the competition can be viewed at the following sites:
Attention all USATF-NE members, our annual meeting is coming up, so don’t forget to pencil this into your calendars. The meeting will be held on Sunday, September 22 at the Westin Waltham Hotel, where there will be ample food and a cash bar. So join us, grab a beer and discuss the issues that are top of mind for you with fellow association members, teammates and friends.
The winding down of summer signifies a lot of things. For many, it means back to school time, no more beach weather or vacations. But for distance runners, it represents the start of cross country season – when people battle it out on Saturdays and Sundays through mud, in uneven terrain and up hills in a variety of weather conditions, over the course of anywhere from 3.1 to 6.2 miles. In New England in particular, this season is especially anticipated due to the number of great cross country courses in the region as well as strong team and individual competition.
During just the first two days of competition at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, NC, five New England association athletes earned medals.
Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree, MA) won the 15-16 heptathlon with 4698 points for the gold to date. Alva Hicks (Providence, RI) earned silver in the 15-16 hammer throw, 160’2″, and Owen Russell (Attleboro, MA) took bronze in the 15-16 hammer throw at 175’9. Also making the medal podium with 7th place finishes were Nolan Allen (Arlington, MA/Waltham TC) in the 3000m race walk, 17:53.80, and Kyle Faddis (Boxford, MA/BAA Masconomet) in the 13-14 pentathlon, 2586.
Over 5,000 athletes are entered at this year’s nationals, which continues through Sunday. The Junior Olympics includes a series of meets progressing in meets from association level to regional to national. Athletes compete in two-year age groups from 7-8 to 17-18.
A free live online broadcast of the Championships is available at www.USATF.tv
This past Sunday, July 21, marked the USA Mountain Running National Championships. With athletes hailing from Canada, Mexico and all across the U.S., New England runners made themselves known as they ascended Mount Cranmore in North Conway, NH.
Masters track and field athletes from across the country convened in Olathe, Kansas last week to compete in the national championship. The New England association had a strong presence at the meet, with a number of USATF-NE teams competing. While there were many highlights worth noting, the most impressive team performance came from Mass Velocity Track Club, which placed fourth out of 120 teams.
Lisa Wilson of Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) won three throwing events at the USATF Club Nationals, helping her club to a fourth place finish in the USA National Club Championship held at Icahn Stadium in New York. The UMass Amherst alumna took the shot put (13.88m), Discus (46.59m) and hammer (55.81m) for 30 of the club’s 85 points. The meet was won by Central Park Track Club (216.5) followed by Norfolk Real Deal (VA) in 153. Hope Rathnam (GBTC) was the second New England competitor to take home a title, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:46.00.
In the men’s results, Andre Reid (GBTC) was the only winner from the association putting the shot a strong 18.73m/61’5 1/2″. Teammate Bryan Powlen also scored an NE medal performance, with a third place discus throw at 60.98m. GBTC was top New England team in 7th (29 points) behind Garden State TC (277) and Central Park TC (150).
While these were the only event winners from USATF-NE, several other association athletes made their mark. In fact, some athletes doubled up in events (in some cases even competing in three, four or five events) to score points for their respective teams. Among these highlights, we saw New Balance Boston’s (NBB) Karen Roa take second place in a competitive 5,000 meter field, with a time of 17:13. Her teammates Zachary Lankow and James Weider took sixth and ninth respectively in the 1500 meter race, with times of 4:06 and 4:12. In the high jump, Brandon Palmer of Western Mass Alliance placed eighth, and his teammate Michael Hibert took seventh in the long jump. Additionally, Alyse Rocco and Aly Millett of GBTC placed sixth in their respective events, the 1500 meter and 5,000 meter races, each scoring three points for their team. Their teammate Stacy Connor took second in both the shot put and discus events. We also saw New England teams score points in many of the relay events. Overall, USATF-NE athletes represented their teams and the association well across a number of events in an exciting and highly competitive meet.
Complete results are at the USATF website.
The USATF New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet was held Sunday, June 23 at Regis College in Weston, MA. There was a great turnout for the meet this year, which saw stellar performances from local athletes.
Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) took both the men’s and women’s open team titles. New Balance Boston and Dare 2 Dream were second and third place respectively on the men’s side. For women’s results, FAST Track came in second with New Balance Boston taking third.
In addition to the team results, there were several individual performances of note. On the men’s side, GBTC’s Nate Hunter recorded a throw of 18.49 m. in the shot put. Teammate Alex Angel completed the 400 m. race in 48.76 seconds, and in the same event, Daniel Stahelski of Western Mass Alliance came through in 49.41 seconds. Patriot Pole Vault’s Brad Lawrence cleared 5.00 m. in the pole vault and Alix Durand of Dare 2 Dream sprinted through the 200 m. race in a speedy 22.35 seconds.
The women’s results were just as impressive. In the 3,000 m. race, New Balance Boston led the way with teammates Diana Davis (1) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (2) both running 10:10. Also on the track, we had Dacia Taylor of GBTC who took the 100 m. race in 12.55 seconds. Her teammate Lisa Wilson recorded a 55.08 m. throw in the hammer.
Masters athletes came to compete as well. For instance, in the 45-49 year-old age group, we had Christopher Simpson of Eliot Track take the men’s 800 m. race in an impressive 2:02. In the 60-64 yearold age group for men’s javelin, Edward Hearn took the win with a 47.49 m. throw. Mass Velocity teammates Diane Pomeroy and Beth Clark ran 28.06 and 28.33 respectively in the 45-49 year-old age group 200 m. race.
For complete results, please visit the below links.