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The USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series came to a close last month with the New England Championship race at Franklin Park in Boston. Throughout the five race series, we saw several strong performances, from individuals and teams in both the open and masters competition.
In final results, GBTC took the women’s open team competition, with WMDP and Millennium coming in second and third respectively. The GBTC men’s squad also came in first for their open competition. HFC was second, with BAA in third. Sean Duncan of WMDP was the individual winner in the men’s open series and NBB’s Sydney Fitzpatrick was the women’s open overall winner. Full results of the Grand Prix standings, including all team and individual scoring can be viewed here.
With all of this New England racing behind us, there is still one more cross country race on the horizon for many of these athletes – the USATF National Club XC Championships, which will be held on December 14th in Bend, Oregon at River’s Edge Golf Course. According to the USATF website, the championships “will feature the top clubs from across the United States as they vie for honors and bragging rights as the nation’s top cross country team. More than 100 teams and 1,200 competitors are expected to compete.” For a sense of the competition at these championships, the 2012 results are here.
A number of New England athletes are entered to compete, including those from GBTC, NBB, HFC Striders and Greater Springfield Harriers. Best of luck to these teams and runners as they prepare for their races next Saturday!
Local scholastic runners turned in impressive performances at the recent Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Northeast Qualifier at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, NY. The meet was one of the eight qualifiers, and included the six New England states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The top two teams and several at-large teams from around the country, plus the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the final on December 14th in Oregon.
Four top ten finishes in the girls race came from the following New Engalnders: Race runner-up Abbie McNulty (Bishop Feehan – Attleboro, MA), fourth place finisher Autumn Eastman (Champlain Valley Union HS, VT), Fifth-place Emma McMillan (Barrington, RI) and Hannah Parker who came in at 10th place (Coe-Brown – Northwood, NH). Additionally, three New England teams placed in the top five: Black Bear XC / Coe Brown Northwood, NH (3rd); Rocks XC / Bishop Feehan, Attleboro, MA (4th); and Eagles / Barrington, RI (5th).
The boys race saw Christian Stafford of Pembroke, MA come in 4th place and Nick Carleo of Newburyport, MA in 10th, with Titans of Pembroke being the top New England team in 7th place.
At the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, Anoush Shehadeh, a junior at Phillips Academy Andover, placed second — the sole New England association runner to advance as a top 10 finisher. Three runners each from Connecticut and Maine will also go to the 35th annual National meet in San Diego, CA on December 14.
Tomorrow, November 19th, there will be a public hearing held by MassDOT to discuss a proposed deck replacement of bridge #B-16-056, Cambridge Street over I-90, which includes the preservation of bridge #B-16-057, Lincoln Street Pedestrian overpass over I-90 project in Boston-Allston, MA.
As MassDOT plans to rebuild the Cambridge Street bridge, local residents, including much of the Boston running community, have begun to voice their opinions and thoughts surrounding the proposal — all with the intention of making the bridge safer for pedestrians, whether they’re walking, running or biking over it.
Making this bridge repair even more relevant for the Boston running community, is the fact that this is the same location which USATF-NE President Tom Derderian marked for a Boston Marathon memorial. His proposal, which can be viewed here, dovetails with what the local residents want.
“A safe way for runners to go from BU, Common Ave. to Harvard and the river is part of our promoting and fostering of athletics,” said Derderian.
For those interested in attending the hearing, it will be held Tuesday, November 19th at Jackson Mann Community Center located at 500 Cambridge Street in Allston, MA.
For some cross country athletes in our association, their season still has some time to go, as many are planning to race at the USATF National Club XC Championships in Bend, Oregon next month. However, the USATF-NE Grand Prix series is coming to a close on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston with the USATF-NE XC Championship race.
After four events, who is leading the series? Our highlights are below, but the full XC Grand Prix standings to date can be found on our website here. Join us on Sunday at Franklin Park to see how the series plays out. Looking at how close many of the individual/team competitions are in the standings, it should be an exciting race. More information on Sunday’s race can be found here.
The women’s open team competition shows the tightest race, where Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) and Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) are tied for first with 45 points each. Millennium Running, a club that just emerged for the last two races, is in third with 25 points.
While the competition isn’t quite as close in the men’s open team scoring, there are still just 15 points separating the first through third place teams. GBTC is in first with 42 points, HFC Striders is in second (32 points) and WMPD rounds out third place (27 points).
Masters – Age Group Teams
The 40+, 50+ and 60+ age group teams also have seen team scoring in the series. WMPD is leading the women’s 40+ teams with 57 points, with Greater Lowell Road Runners (GLRR) and Greater Derry Track Club trailing in second and third respectively. The men’s 40+ teams have a strong top three with HFC, GBTC and GLRR (in that order). Moving up to men’s 50+ teams, we see those same three teams yet again, but in a different order — GLRR leads, with GBTC and HFC trailing.
Looking at individual performers, GBTC’s Alyson Millett leads the open women competitors — but Caroline Bjune of Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) is just 14 points behind, and Sydney Fitzpatrick of New Balance Boston (NBB) trails by just three points.
On the men’s open side, WMDP’s Sean Duncan leads with 295 points, despite missing the Mayor’s Cup race. He is followed by the only two male runners over 200 points, both of GBTC – Ryan Irwin and Jonathon Charlesworth.
Masters – Age Group Athletes
HFC Striders is dominating the men’s 40-49 age group athletes, with Jason Cakourus (also USATF-NE XC Chair) leading the group in 355 points. His teammates Phil Parks and Justin Renz follow in second and third in the standings.
The men’s 50-59 age group has three individuals between 300-345 points. While Bob Collins of B.A.A. is currently leading, Dan Verrington of Central Mass Striders (CMS) is on his heels just five points back. GLRR’s Mark Reeder stands strong in third place.
GBTC is claiming the top three spots in the men’s 60+ age group. Bruce Bond (395 points), USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (370 points) and Joel Bargmann (180 points) lead this group.
The women’s 40-49 group has a tight race to the top. Trish Bourne of GLRR and Dana Parrot of WMPD are currently tied for first with 290 points. Karin George of WMPD is in third, not far behind with 270 points.
Anne Hird has a significant lead in the women’s 50-59 age group, with 135 points separating her from the closest runner. GLRR’s Mary Casey-Gorman and WMDP’s Leann Cerpovicz round out the top three in this group.
Mary Sharkey of CMS is the lone 60+ participant, though she has completed all four races in the series thus far.
“After the recent Mayor’s Cup cross-country meet, several elected athletes representatives came to the monthly USATF-NE board meeting with observations and suggestions about what happened as the lead pack in the men’s championship race ran loops in a different order. The athletes reps had gathered information from participants about what had happened and their complaints and compliments. The rule book states that runners can be disqualified if they run short of the official course but nothing about mixing up the order of loops. For the future a decision process will be used that will include some of the provisions in the rule book such as a designated meet director, referee, course marshall, and games committee to adjudicate any unforeseen occurrences.” – Tom Derderian, USATF-NE President
Refer to page 148 of the rule book for the section mentioned above:
The Mayor’s Cup Cross Country race began in 1990. According to the B.A.A. website, the event has “become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship.”
Tomorrow, teams and athletes from all over will toe the start line at Franklin Park in Boston for the Mayor’s Cup races. The event features six different races for various ages and abilities, which take off between 10 am and noon ET. There are more than 850 runners entered already, and more than half of those are youth.
The women’s and men’s championship races will look to provide some exciting competition from the club teams participating, as the Mayor’s Cup serves as the fourth of five races in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Cross Country series. The entries so far show a mix of teams from New England and New York coming to race. On the men’s side we expect to see teams on the course from: BAA, GBTC, HFC Striders, New Balance Boston, Community College of RI, Bryn Mawr RC, Central Park TC-New Balance, Pacers/New Balance and Manhattan Aeronauts. The women’s championship race will feature teams from BAA, GBTC, Cambridge RC, Millennium Running, New Balance Boston and Central Park TC -New Balance.
Looking at the teams entered, it will be interesting to see how the New York teams fare at the New England event. Will they outrace the New Englanders on their home turf? And on the women’s side, we’ve recently seen Millenium Running come into the mix, as the New Hampshire based club took the team title at the last USATF-NE Grand Prix race, Wayland XC Festival, beating out WMDP and GBTC.
Any predictions for which teams and individuals will take the top spots tomorrow? We’ll know soon enough. Hope to see you out on the course!
This month, USATF-NE awarded HFC Striders with a grant for the cross country season to assist the team in sending members to compete in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on December 14.
Thanks to all of our members who attended the USATF-NE Annual Meeting at the end of September. As our Managing Director Steve Vaitones said, we are a “club of clubs.” And it’s great when we can come together, from various clubs and event backgrounds, to share ideas, spur discussions on ways to improve the association and increase competition within the sport locally, and elect people to lead the charge on these initiatives.
When we gathered at the Weston Hotel in Waltham, MA, those named for Athlete of the Month were recognized and updates were given by Sports Chairs, Board Members and association employees. Positions for Sports Chairs, Athlete Representatives and Delegates to the USATF National Meeting were voted in.
Six new individuals were voted onto the Board: Alison Wade (Unattached) will serve as Track & Field Chair and Alex Ivanov (Nitehawks Sports Club) is the new Youth Athletics Chair; Brennan Bonner (Greater Boston Track Club) and Larissa Park (Somerville Road Runners) were elected as Men’s and Women’s Long Distance Running Chairs, respectively, with Lisa Doucett (Cambridge Sports Union) moving from Women’s Chair to Masters LDR Chair. Continuing in their positions are Jason Cakouros (HFC Striders) as Cross Country Chair, Paul Kirsch (White Mountain Milers) as Mountain/Ultra/Trail Chair, Justin Kuo (New England Walkers) as Race Walking Chair and Mike Travers (Mass Velocity Track Club) as Masters Track and Field Chair. Returning Athletes Representative Jason Ayr (Western Mass Distance Project) will be joined by Eric Ashe (Boston Athletic Association) and Amanda Wright (Sisu Project).
Visit the Board of Governors page on our website for more information on our officers and how to contact them if you have an idea or would like to get more involved.
Cheryl Cleary of Central Mass Striders (CMS) has more than 15 years of running under her belt, but not until recently did she start running her all-time best. This past weekend, for example, at the Nahant 30k, she took the women’s title in the USATF-NE Grand Prix race, setting a major PR in the process and breaking the course record. Her time of 2:01:05, a 6:30 per mile pace over the course of more than 18.5 miles, is impressive in itself — but what may be most impressive is that Cheryl will be turning 40 in January and has four kids.
So, what has been the key to her success? We got the inside scoop from Cheryl herself. Here’s what she had to say.
On her…Recent Racing Successes
- “Winning the USATF-NE Grand Prix Nahant 30k was the greatest moment in my running career to date. After 15+ years of running, my training has jumped to a new level since I decided to accept coaching from Kevin Beck in June. I’ve done everything he has told me to with adjustments along the way and his brilliance and specificity in workouts has obviously done the trick. My goal this summer was to break 18 in a certified 5k, which I did at Canal Diggers 5k, running 17:40 to win and take the course record there in early September. I’ve also set PRs in the 5 mile and 10K. Coming up next is the Hartford Half Marathon and Manchester Marathon.”
…Training and Diet
- “I’ll be 40 years old in January and have four kids ages 7, 5, 3 and 23 months. A lot of my training is on my treadmill with long runs done outside with my training partner Arthur Besse. We’ve hammered out 18 milers with the last 12 around 6:45 per mile pace average, sometimes bringing the final two miles down to under 6:30 pace. I also do two other quality speed sessions per week. In my opinion, the biggest key to my recent success and ability to stay injury free is diet. I don’t eat anything special but have made changes in the direction of ‘clean eating.’ It helps in recovery and I include a lot of raw foods in my diet each day like nuts and avocados and lots of grilled chicken.”
…Pack Racing with the Guys
- “During the Nahant 30k, I joked with a group of guys around mile eight that I was running with, and said ‘so, you guys going to help pace me to win this?’ (I was in third place at the time but could see the two ladies in front of me slowing). I heard some chuckles, but it was those guys that led the way for me, and I thank them dearly. Working together in a race is key and I do not wear a watch but run by feel in races. By mile 15, the group broke up but I managed to catch Justin Soucy of Gate City Striders with a couple miles to go and he talked me through to the finish, keeping me relaxed as I envisioned the feeling of what was about to be mine. It was extremely emotional to capture the victory. A Grand Prix race. All that I have worked for, one moment.”
We congratulate Cheryl on her well-deserved victory and wish her the best of luck in her upcoming races, including the Manchester City Marathon on November 3rd, the final race in the 2013 USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series.
Full results below are from the Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) XC Meet, the second race in the USATF-NE Grand Prix XC series. WMPD won both the men’s and women’s open races, and Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) took second in both.
Western Mass Distance Project XC Meet – 9/8/2013
Stanley Park Westfield, MA
2013 USATF-NE Grand Prix #2
Event 1 Women 5k
Name Age Team Avg Mile Finals Pts 40+
1 Rocco, Alyse 23 Greater Bost 5:45.9 17:54.53 1
2 McGilpin, Julie 23 Unattached 5:56.0 18:25.79
3 Lesnhardt, Kerri Greater Bost 6:00.8 18:40.70 2
4 Mathews-Hegarty, Meaghan 31 Whirlaway Ra 6:11.0 19:12.45
5 Bjune, Caroline 39 Boston Athle 6:11.4 19:13.79
6 Mahoney, Abby 35 WMDP 6:12.4 19:16.80 3
7 Krause, Ashley 36 WMDP 6:15.8 19:27.47 4
8 Chviruk, Cat 26 Boston Athle 6:16.7 19:30.23
9 Sabadosa, Apryl WMDP 6:19.6 19:39.36 5
10 Cardin, Rachael 22 WMDP 6:24.9 19:55.58 6
11 Rusiecki, Amy 34 WMDP 6:27.4 20:03.45 7
12 Bittermann, Sarah 21 Unattached 6:27.7 20:04.29
13 Bisceglia, Megan Greater Bost 6:28.6 20:07.14 8
14 Bourne, Trish 49 Greater Lowell RR 6:30.6 20:13.44
15 Christoph, Laura 31 WMDP 6:33.3 20:21.68 9
16 Parrot, Dana 43 WMDP 6:37.0 20:33.20 10
17 Sisson, Meghan WMDP 6:50.7 21:15.99
18 Jacobs-Townsley, Sophia 12 WMDP 7:00.8 21:47.17
19 Cohen, Danielle 24 Greater Bost 7:00.9 21:47.56 11
20 Hird, Anne 54 Rmhp 7:08.4 22:10.82
21 Aronson, Janet WMDP 7:10.3 22:16.64 1M
22 Alban, Brianna Greater Bost 7:12.2 22:22.70 12
23 Mirti, Michelle WMDP 7:15.3 22:32.34
24 Queeney, Kate 43 WMDP 7:19.3 22:44.70 2M
25 Diana, Vanessa 43 WMDP 7:27.8 23:11.04 3M
26 Cerpovicz, Leeann 51 WMDP 7:43.1 23:58.76
27 Mogan, Lindsey Waltham Track Club 7:50.6 24:21.86
28 Sharkey, Mary 63 Central Mass 7:51.6 24:25.12
29 Hastings, Cynthia Greater Bost 9:13.1 28:38.16 13
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7
1 Western Mass Distance Proj 25 3 4 5 6 7 9 10
Total Time: 1:38:22.66 Average: 19:40.54
2 Greater Boston Track Club 34 1 2 8 11 12 13
Total Time: 1:40:52.63 Average: 20:10.53
1 Western Mass Distance Project 6 1 2 3
Event 2 Men 8k Run CC Varsity
Name Age Team Avg Mile Finals Pts 40+ 50+
1 Duncan, Sean WMDP 5:05.5 25:18.25 1
2 Quadrozzi, Kevin WMDP 5:11.4 25:47.91 2
3 Irwin, Ryan 29 Greater Bost 5:16.8 26:14.36 3
4 Allan, Charly Greater Bost 5:18.6 26:23.37 4
5 O’Connell, Ryan 22 Unattached 5:20.1 26:30.91
6 Erskine, Andrew New Balance Boston 5:21.9 26:40.13
7 Brandon, Kevin 23 Unattached 5:22.2 26:41.44
8 Weissigner, Mathew 26 WMDP 5:23.7 26:48.96 5
9 Unger, TJ 35 Hfc Striders 5:25.5 26:58.10 6
10 Regnier, Jesse 26 WMDP 5:27.0 27:05.29 7
11 Lewis, Daniel Greater Bost 5:29.4 27:17.05 8
12 Evanter, Caleb Greater Bost 5:31.1 27:25.54 9
13 Carlone, Mike Greater Bost 5:32.7 27:33.74 10
14 Gough, Ryan 29 Greater Lowe 5:33.2 27:36.09
15 Rayner, Kenny Hfc Striders 5:33.5 27:37.58 11
16 Danforth, Lee 35 Hfc Striders 5:35.4 27:47.02 12
17 Reeder, Mark 53 Greater Lowe 5:37.1 27:55.34 1S
18 Kopcsay, James Greater Bost 5:37.5 27:57.36 13
19 Chalmers, Andrew 23 Greater Bost 5:39.4 28:06.75 14
20 Frissora, Anthony WMDP 5:39.5 28:07.65 15
21 Cordero, Ivan 26 WMDP 5:40.5 28:12.39 16
22 Hegarty, Joseph 29 Whirlaway Ra 5:40.9 28:14.50
23 Nedeau, Ethan 40 Central Mass 5:42.0 28:19.81
24 Mahoney, Tim 34 Central Mass 5:43.7 28:28.39
25 Gingras, Philip 26 WMDP 5:46.6 28:42.82 17
26 Burger, Scott 22 Unattached 5:52.4 29:11.52
27 Cakouros, Jason 48 Hfc Striders 5:54.5 29:21.89 18 1M
28 Lynch, Brendan 35 Hfc Striders 5:56.4 29:31.36 19
29 Parsley, Will 51 Hfc Striders 5:57.8 29:38.28 20 2M 2S
30 Canning, Chris 24 Hfc Striders 5:58.2 29:40.48 21
31 Coolong, Adam 21 Unattached 5:59.6 29:47.45
32 Verrington, Dan 41 Central Mass 5:59.8 29:48.31
33 Regan, Patrick WMDP 6:01.3 29:55.94
34 Uzenski, Matthew 31 Greater Bost 6:01.5 29:56.99
35 Haryasz, Daniel 24 Unattached 6:01.7 29:57.72
36 Landry, Rob 44 Greater Spri 6:01.9 29:58.61
37 Collins, Bob 52 Boston Athle 6:04.5 30:11.92
38 Fallon, Jimmy 53 Hfc Striders 6:07.2 30:25.33 3M 3S
39 Lynch, Bob Empire One 6:07.5 30:26.87
40 Parrot, Edward 43 Greater Spri 6:11.9 30:48.46
41 Parks, Phil 47 Hfc Striders 6:12.3 30:50.37 4M
42 Gilfeather, Steven 22 Unattached 6:15.4 31:05.91
43 Barbour, John 59 Greater Lowe 6:27.9 32:07.88 4S
44 Urquiola, Michael 46 Greater Bost 6:30.1 32:18.77
45 Menard, Dave 47 Boston Athle 6:30.7 32:22.14
46 Dixon, William 66 Greater Lowe 6:33.1 32:33.68 5S
47 Mitchell, Chas 24 Greater Bost 6:36.1 32:48.59
48 Ross, Ken 51 Greater Bost 6:42.2 33:18.94 6S
49 Emmendorf, Joe 48 Unattached 6:48.5 33:50.55
50 Bond, Bruce 61 Greater Bost 6:53.6 34:15.77 7S 1V
51 Auskern, Barry 53 Greater Spri 7:02.4 34:59.43
52 Kakos, Pete Unattached 7:11.7 35:45.87
53 Bargmann, Joel 61 Greater Bost 7:20.5 36:29.66 8S 2V
54 Fuller, John 26 Unattached 7:32.2 37:27.81
55 Stocker, Wayne 59 Greater Spri 7:33.0 37:31.47
56 Swistak, Julian 52 Unattached 7:33.4 37:33.69
57 Derderian, Tom 64 Greater Bost 7:43.6 38:24.45 9S 3V
58 Lynch, Matt 54 Hfc Striders 8:00.6 39:48.96 5M 10S
59 Pitoniak, Steve 42 Unattached 8:10.4 40:37.69
60 Guiel, Jeff 47 Unattached 8:16.5 41:08.08
61 Brady, Benjamin 34 Unattached 9:15.3 46:00.00
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7
1 Western Mass Distance Proj 30 1 2 5 7 15 16 17
Total Time: 2:13:08.06 Average: 26:37.62
2 Greater Boston Track Club 34 3 4 8 9 10 13 14
Total Time: 2:14:54.07 Average: 26:58.82
3 Hfc Striders 66 6 11 12 18 19 20 21
Total Time: 2:21:15.95 Average: 28:15.19
1 Hfc Striders 15 1 2 3 4 5
50+ (3 score)
1 Gr.Lowell Roadrunners 10 1 4 5
2 HFC Striders 15 2 3 10
3 Greater Boston TC 21 6 7 8 (9)
60+ (3 score)
1 Greater Boston TC 6 1 2 3