Jenny Gardynski

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A Big Weekend for Indoor Track in Boston

If you’re a track & field fan, you know that Boston is the place to be during the indoor season. Whether you’re competing or spectating, the Boston area hosts several competitive meets at the Reggie Lewis Center and Boston University. This past weekend was a prime example of that.

Photo credit: http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/ - taken by Andrew McClanahan of Photo Run

Photo credit: http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/ – taken by Andrew McClanahan of Photo Run

At the nineteenth edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet, we witnessed two world records at the Reggie Lewis Center, among a number of other spectacular performances. A USA team of Richard Jones, David Torrence, Duane Solomon and Erik Sowinski passed the baton in the 4×800 relay in 7:13.11, breaking the 14 year-old mark also set by a US select team on the same track back in 2000 by .83 seconds. Second place in the race, also breaking the old world mark and getting credit for the US record as a club team (in 7:13.22) was the New Jersey/New York TC, which included Lowell High School and UConn alum Brian Gagnon. The meet, which was part of the USA VISA Championship Series, also saw a new World Junior record of 2:35.80 in the 1000 meters by Mary Cain of New York. This bettered her own pending mark set last month at Boston University, and puts her at #3 all-time in the US.

A variety of Junior, scholastic and open events included dozens of international competitors, and junior and scholastic relays all

Photo Credit: Joe Navas

Photo Credit: Joe Navas

provided exciting competition and new meet records. The top six finishers in the men’s mile ran 4:00.00 or better, Mike Galoob of Wakefield, RI won the masters mile in 4:23.48 over 1992 Olympian John Trautmann, and Cambridge Jets ran from the front to win the youth 4×200 relay. Full results of the meet can be viewed here.

The same weekend saw some exciting results on the other side of the city at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Tim Ritchie of the B.A.A. hit the qualifying standard for the USATF Indoor Championships in the 3000m. Ritchie ran 7:56.16 for third place, clearly hitting the qualifying mark of 8:03. Harvard’s Maksim Korolev took the title in the event in 7:51.52, setting school and Ivy League records in the process.  

The New Jersey/New York TC’s Mike Rutt won the 800m race in a time of 1:46.71. This performance, coupled with his relay race at the New Balance meet in the same weekend, landed the former UConn standout as USATF’s Athlete of the Week. Additionally, the top eight in the men’s mile went sub-4, with BU’s own Rich Peters taking the win in a time of 3:57.27. And on the women’s side, Amanda Winslow of Oiselle won the women’s mile in 4:26,28, moving her up to the sixth fastest American ever. In a competitive 3000m field, Emily Sisson of Providence briefly took the US lead in the event with her time of 9:00.76. For complete results, visit Lancer Timing.

Mass Velocity Wins Team Titles at Regional Masters Championship

If you attended the USATF East Region and New England Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships late last month, then you saw the crowd it drew. The meet actually had its largest entry list in the four years it’s been held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy track complex in Rhode Island.

The well-attended championship meet was a success, seeing a number of impressive marks from competitors, including two record-setting performances. Two throws records were broken on opposite ends of the age ranges. Gloria Krug of Philadelphia Masters TF Association threw the 16 lb weight an age 80-84 best distance of 6.16 meters/ 20’2.5″. Competing as a guest in the men’s weight throw, high school senior Gabriel Arcaro of Burlington, MA spun the 25 lb ball 20.17m / 66’2.25″ for a new Massachusetts state scholastic best. It bettered the 14 year-old previous mark by a foot and ranks in the top 10 nationwide for the year.

In the team standings, Mass Velocity took first place for both the men’s and women’s teams. Results can be viewed by age division and by section/heat.

MSTCA Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2014

MSTCAThe Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame inducted their Class of 2014 this past Sunday, adding a stellar group to the hall. Athletes selected had impressive Massachusetts high school careers and earned honors beyond graduation.

The following names of recognition will be added to the wall at the Reggie Lewis Center this year:

  • Ari Lambie, the NCAA all-American distance runner hailing from The Bromfield School in Harvard
  • Melody Johnson of North Attleboro whose 28 year-old state shot put record still stands
  • Joe LeMar, the Brockton middle distance athlete, who went on to win a Paralympic gold medal
  • Paul Neves, Jim MacKinnon, Mike Suillivan and Dennis Doucette, all members of Brockton’s national record-setting  4×440 relay team in 1979
  • Andy Powell and Maurica Carlucci Powell, middle distance runners from Oliver Ames and Franklin respectively, both now coaches at the University of Oregon
  • Brooks Johnson, the Plymouth sprinter who earned a gold medal in the Pan American Games and has coached an Olympic athlete in every Olympic Games from 1972 through 2012

Congratulations to these newest additions to MSTCA’s Hall of Fame!

USATF-NE Awards Banquet Recap

The USATF-NE Annual Awards Banquet was held this past Saturday at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA. If you missed the event, here is recap, highlighting many of our well-deserved award winners.

Scott Mason received the Marja Bakker Volunteer Award for his photography work at New England-wide races, including our championship events.

The Youth Program Contributor Award went to Jim Clayton, founder of the Sugarloaf Mountain AC Youth Track and Field Program, which celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013.

Our much anticipated Athlete and Club of the Year Awards were also announced, following an open nomination and online voting process that took place earlier in the month — where more than 300 votes were cast in just three days.

The winners for each category were: Tim Ritchie, B.A.A. (Male Athlete of the Year), Stephanie Reilly, Team RUN (Female Athlete of the Year) and Greater Lowell Road Runners (Club of the Year). The complete list of nominees – with their key accomplishments in 2013 – included the following:

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees (L-R): Sean Duncan, Tim Ritchie, Joe Navas

Three of the nominees for Male Athlete of the Year (L-R): Sean Duncan, Tim Ritchie, Joe Navas

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees:

Sam Alexander – Boston Athletic Association, age 23: Finished 9th in 31:27 at the National Cross Country Championship in Oregon last month and was selected for the U.S. National team, representing the U.S. at the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country in Scotland.

Sean Duncan – Western Mass. Distance Project,
age 24: Won the open male division of the Grand Prix by eight points over the next competitor, placed first at the Lone Gull 10 km in September 2013, and was 2013 USATF-NE Cross County Grand Prix winner in the open male division.

Andrew Junas – Eliot Track Club, age 45: National 400 m in 51.74 (3rd place), 51.97 in his first indoor meet at B.U. at the end of 2013.

Joe Navas – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 43: Finished in top three spots in age division in every Grand Prix race and was an Ironrunner in 2013, crushing his competition.

Tim Ritchie – Boston Athletic Association, age 26: 2:14 at the Twin Cities Marathon; top ten at Falmouth; winner, Hollis Fast 5km (13:48) and the Carver Cranberry 5 miler (23:59).

 

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees:

Christin Doneski – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 42: Not only a Grand Prix Ironrunner, winning three of the seven races and top finisher in all, she was also a Mountain series age group winner, completing five races to take the title there.

Sarah Prescott – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 47: An Ironrunner for the 14th consecutive year, Sarah has run every Grand Prix race since 1999 and races distances on roads, mountains and trails up to the 50 km.

Stephanie Reilly – Team RUN,
age 35: Top USATF-NE finisher at the Jones 10 miler, New Bedford Half Marathon, Carver 5 miler and at the Lone Gull 10 km, clinching the open women’s division in the 2013 Grand Prix.

Club of the Year Nominees:

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (second from right) with Club of the Year nominees (L-R): Oliver McMahon of Gate City Striders, Liane Pancoast of Greater Lowell Road Runners, and Larry Berman of Cambridge Sports Union

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (second from right) with Club of the Year nominees (L-R): Oliver McMahon of Gate City Striders, Liane Pancoast of Greater Lowell Road Runners, and Larry Berman of Cambridge Sports Union

Cambridge Sports Union: CSU embarked on its 51st year in 2013, a unique club of runners, cross country skiiers and orienteers. In addition to supporting many top finishers in the Grand Prix and Mountain series, CSU is known for its volunteerism in the community and has assumed responsibility for the legendary Fresh Pond Races.

Gate City Striders:
With over 600 members, GCS is a presence at all Grand Prix races and hosts the famous Mill Cities Relay as well as the Pack Monadnock 10 miler. They have been conducting Fitness University for children ages 3 -14 in the Nashua, NH area since 1989.

Greater Lowell Road Runners: The club with the most amount of participants (42) earning points in the 2013 Grand Prix, GLRR supports runners of all ages and abilities. Host club of the beloved Fudgcicle Series and the Bay State Marathon.

 

 

Open Call for Nominations: Athlete & Club of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Club of the Year. The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, January 3, 2014. USATF-NE members may submit a nomination by email (Awards@usatfne.org) or by posting a comment on the USATF-NE Facebook page. Which USATF-NE athletes and clubs impressed you most in 2013? Let us know who you think is most deserving of these honors and why.

The top nominees for each category will be announced on January 4, when you will have the opportunity to vote for your athletes and club of choice. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming days, including a link to cast your votes.

Winners will be announced at our annual Awards Banquet on January 11 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA. If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase your ticket! The event will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, dinner, a featured guest speaker, awards presentation, and a night packed full of music and dancing.

In addition to the athletes and club of the year presentation, age group winners from the Grand Prix will also be recognized with a special gift.

Time to cast your nominations – and we look forward to seeing you at the banquet!

HFC Striders’ Race Report: USATF Club Cross Country Championships

TJ Unger of HFC Striders at the USATF Club National Championships

TJ Unger of HFC Striders at the USATF Club National Championships

As previously reported, 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.

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian, who raced the masters 10k race at the championships, described the race course, noting that it “pushed the limits of cross-country racing right up to the edge of trail and mountain racing. Half the repeated 2km loop was up hill and half downhill with the downhill full of twists turns, rocks, reverse camber turns, snow, ice, and mud. It took strength and skill to race this course. It was vastly different from any road race or track race.”

Below, find a recap from HFC Striders Coach, Jimmy Fallon, where he details the process to physically and financially get the team to compete in the national championship.

“When we started thinking about our participation early in 2013, our vision was to field full teams in all divisions. However, since we started with two in 2010 and six in 2012, this was going to be a challenge. However, stocked with the grant awarded by USATF-NE, prize money won from the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix, and funding garnered from hosting the Wayland Grand Prix events, we felt confident on giving it a try.

As soon as we announced to our club members that we wanted to field teams in Bend, we received several strong commitments to compete, some were hesitant due to the expense (recent college grads), and others who would have made it if the event was closer to home. Charged with the positive response, the club focused our weekly sessions around XC and held specific XC training on several Saturdays.

After a successful XC season in New England, we fielded a Men’s open team in the National Club Championships for the first time ever. HFC also fielded a masters team for the first time ever. One of our masters drove nine hours each way from San Jose, CA where he currently works, demonstrating the commitment of our team.

You have probably all seen the results and noticed we did not win, but we were finally on the score board as a TEAM from New England. Despite the tough course and being beat up afterwards, the prominent theme in emails and club blogs in the days after focused on how members are looking forward to the event in 2014. There were at least five other athletes that did not compete this year that are on board to compete in Lehigh.

So, while we did not achieve our stretch goal of 26 members, thanks to the support from USATF-NE we were able to help cover the airfares of several members of our team, place us on the scoreboard, and generate excitement for 2014 where we will strive to field men’s and women’s open teams, men’s and women’s masters, and a senior men’s team.”

In addition to HFC Striders, several other New England clubs brought teams to compete. These results highlights are noted below.

12.   374  Boston Athletic Association                        (  33:18  2:46:27)
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  1     24  Eric Ashe                         25 28   32:09
  2     36  Brian Harvey                      26 43   32:32
  3     69  Colman Hatton                     26 79   33:11
  4     99  Dan Harper                        23 113   33:49
  5    146  Ryan McCalmon                     38 172   34:46
27. 723 New Balance Boston ( 34:40 2:53:20)
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  1     95  Andrew Combs                      29 108   33:44
  2    123  Stephen Polito                    23 145   34:18
  3    126  Daniel Kramer                     24 148   34:20
  4    136  Andrew Pitts                      28 159   34:27
  5    243  Chris McCann                      27 288   36:31
  6   (252) Max Jack                          25 298   36:47
  7   (283) John Drago                        23 333   37:31
  8   (291) Daniel Lounsbury                  31 342   37:45
36. 1014 Greater Boston Track Club ( 35:44 2:58:39)
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  1    183  Ryan Irwin                        29 215   35:21
  2    189  Robert Espinosa                   29 222   35:28
  3    199  Anthony Gonsalves                 23 234   35:34
  4    218  Michael Carlone                   22 259   36:05
  5    225  Matthew Haringa                   30 267   36:11
  6   (310) Caleb Evanter                     26 368   38:27
  7   (316) Daniel Hall                       30 381   39:40
48.  1394  HFC Striders                                       (  37:55  3:09:35)
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  1    241  Tj Unger                          35 286   36:31
  2    249  Mark McDermott                    29 294   36:44
  3    285  Christopher Lotsbom               23 336   37:34
  4    299  Kenny Rayner                      23 356   38:14
  5    320  Chris Canning                     24 388   40:32

 5.   163  New Balance Boston                                 (  23:11  1:55:51)
=================================================================
  1     16  Jillian King                      23 20   22:36
  2     17  Sydney Fitzpatrick                24 22   22:44
  3     40  Erin Dromgoole                    34 55   23:20
  4     42  Joanna Murphy                     29 59   23:31
  5     48  Karen Roa                         23 67   23:40
  6   ( 63) Katie Dicamillo                   27 86   23:56
  7   ( 67) Alexandra Varanka                 28 95   24:02
  8   ( 75) Jessica Minty                     29 104   24:12
19.   642  Greater Boston Track Club                          (  25:49  2:09:04)
=================================================================
  1     58  Kerri Leonhardt                   24 81   23:52
  2     93  Alyson Millett                    25 126   24:42
  3    147  Elizabeth Ryan                    23 197   26:07
  4    150  Alyse Rocco                       24 201   26:13
  5    194  Alee Rowley                       25 251   28:10

 20.   646  New Balance Boston B                               (  25:38  2:08:08)
=================================================================
  1     91  Diana Davis                       28 123   24:35
  2     94  Katherine Rosettie                22 127   24:43
  3    136  Karina Johnson                    30 181   25:40
  4    152  Fiona Moriarty                    25 205   26:16
  5    173  Erin Ballard                      29 228   26:54
  6   (183) Sarah Brassard                    26 239   27:26

Indoor Track Performance List – through 12/7

We’ve compiled the indoor track performances through 12/7. In addition to the college, open and unattached athletes, a number of USATF-NE club athletes have already kicked off their seasons with strong performances. Find yourself below in your respective event, and check back for updated lists.

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New England Athletes to Compete at USATF National Club XC Championships in Bend, Oregon

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!

 

SCHOLASTIC XC QUALIFY FOR NATIONAL EVENTS

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.

 

Photo credit: http://www.footlockercc.com/

Anoush Shehadeh of  Phillips Academy Andover places second at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Qualifier. (Photo credit: http://www.footlockercc.com/)

 

Nov.19 Hearing for Pedestrian Bridge Proposal & Implications for the Boston Running Community

Sketch of proposed pedestrian bridge and Boston Marathon memorial

Sketch of pedestrian bridge and Boston Marathon memorial, proposed by USATF-NE President Tom Derderian.

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.

 

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