The fourth annual USATF-New England Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham MA. The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and passed appetizers, followed by dinner with guest speakers and awards. USATF-NE President Tom Derderian called up a few of Olympic Trials qualifiers from the association for a fun Q&A. And of course the program featured the much-anticipated awards presentation recognizing the Runners, Road Race, Off Road Race, Club and Race Director of the Year for 2014. Special awards also included acknowledgment to some of the top participants and contributors to the association and sport.
The following 2014 Award Winners were announced:
- Dan Vassallo, Central Mass Striders – Male Runner of the Year
- Denise Sandahl, Millennium Running – Female Runner of the Year
- Central Mass Striders – Club of the Year
- Boston Marathon – Road Race of the Year
- Loon Mountain Race – Off-Road Race of the Year
- 24 Hour Ultra Around the Lake – Ultra Race of the Year
- Glenn Stewart, Baystate Marathon – Race Director of the Year
Congrats to all and thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for candidates! Check out the photos below, courtesy of USATF-NE Treasurer Stephen Peckiconis.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Sunday. In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of those elected to the USATF-NE Board of Governors, which includes a mix of incumbents and new individuals.
- President: Tom Derderian
- Secretary: Steve Viegas
- Treasurer: Stephen Peckiconis
- Vice Presidents: Jim Garcia, John Oleski, Chris Pasko
- Men’s Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair: John Barbour
- Women’s LDR Chair: Lisa Doucett
- Masters LDR Chair: Jan Holmquist
- Youth Chair: Alex Ivanov
- Track & Field Chair: Zach Emerson
- Masters Track & Field Chair: Mike Travers
- Cross Country Chair: Chris Canning
- Mountain, Ultra, Trail (MUT) Chair: Paul Kirsch
- Race Walking Chair: Justin Kuo
- Athlete’s Representatives: Eric Ashe, Jim Burgoyne, Jennifer Mortimer
In the coming week, you’ll be able to find information on the new board members, the various reports that were presented and distributed at the meeting, as well as the full meeting minutes on the Board page.
The 5000 meter race is a popular event for distance track and field athletes. However, for runners who keep to the roads and trails, many haven’t tested their strength on the flat oval. Now is their chance.
With the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner (ATR) series, distance runners test themselves on varying surfaces and distances, including the track. In fact, many athletes competing in the new series tried the distance at the recent New Balance Boston Twilight meet at Bentley University. New Balance Boston’s Marguerite Cramer took the women’s title in an impressive time of 17:49.01. But it was the men’s 5000 meter field that saw some serious depth. Twenty-eight competitors came through in under 18 minutes, with the winner Austin Gilbert crossing the finish line in 14:57.61.
If you’ve already completed your 5000 meter track race and are looking to score it in the ATR series, be sure to submit your time through our web form.
As a reminder, USATF-NE members may submit their own 5000 meter result from any USATF sanctioned track meet between May 5 and July 20. A competitor may complete several outdoor 5000 meter races. However, only the fastest time will count in the final scoring.
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!
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.
“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:
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.
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.