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The 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!
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:
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:
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.
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!
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)
================================================================= 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
================================================================= 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
================================================================= 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) ================================================================= 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
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.
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: