Track & Field
Track & Field, including Masters Track & Field
USATF-New England is seeking to fill a new position of Sports Marketing Coordinator.
The position which reports to the President and Board will be responsible for generating new programs and reinforcing existing ones in a positive revenue environment, with the intention of enhancing the reputation and public awareness of USATF-NE, with the goal of increasing association membership, increasing membership in member clubs, and seeking sponsorships. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable history of understanding the sports governed by the association, designing, promoting, and implementing programs for a non-profit organization or the equivalent. A recent degree in sports management preferred. Salary will range in the $15-20/hr range, commensurate with experience and qualifications. A health care stipend will be provided. Much of the work will be spent attending Association events during the weekend. Please send resume and cover letter to Employment@usatfne.org.
Sports Marketing Coordinator- Half Time
Duties: The successful candidate will perform a number of the following…
-Develop and enhance the quality and growth of USATF-NE initiatives
-Work to enhance the experience of those attending USATF-NE events
-Help market each USATF-NE Division marquee event
-Generate, manage and promote materials for USATF-NE initiatives
-Coordinate Association merchandise sales
-Build relationships with race directors, clubs, members, and sponsors
-Work to attract sponsors for USATF-NE events and to support USATF-NE overall.
-Attend championship events and ensure events maintain USATF-NE standards
-Ensure that the Championship Policy is adhered to at Association events
-Maintain USATF-NE social media policy and increase interactions with membership
-Design Web and multimedia marketing materials as needed
-Produce recaps of USATF-NE events for use on Association website and dispersal to regional media sources
-Work remotely, with regular office and event attendance
-Perform other duties as assigned by the USATF-NE board of governors
Qualifications: The successful candidate should meet a number of the following criteria:
-A degree in a field related to the position, or the equivalent work experience
-Proficiency in Microsoft office
-Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
-Experience working with events
-Experience with a focus on marketing and promotion.
-Basic graphics, web and photographic skills
-A proven ability to multitask in a fast paced environment
-Regular access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to travel evenings and weekends
-The ability to pass USATF and CORI background checks
Experience: The successful candidate should meet a number of the following criteria:
-Experience directing or working sport/recreation events
-Experience reporting on events using standard journalistic practices and social media
-Past examples of involvement in marketing/promotional strategies
-Experience in marketing and application of business principles
-Experience with website development
-20-24 hr/week – with some work on weekends, usually attending Association events.
-$15-20/hr – commensurate with experience/qualifications
-$167/month towards employee’s health insurance
Application will be accepted until position is filled. All candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and references to Employment@usatfne.org for consideration.
By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE
The USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships came to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston last weekend. Full results can be found here. We were able to catch up with several athletes, many of them local, post-race. See below for the photos and recaps we caught live at the event.
Christian Blondin, age 41 from Ipswich, MA, finished 5th in the Masters Invitational Men’s 1500 Meter Run with a time of
4:06.34. Chris competes for the Greater Boston Track Club. After the race, he said he did his best to stay with the leaders. With 200 meters left, he was still with the chase pack in 4th place, but said the last 200 was “really rough.” Nonetheless, he was enthused by his experience, saying that it was a great meet and an awesome race.
Former University of Virginia star, Taylor Gilland, now living and working in the Boston area, ran an unusual race in the Men’s Two Mile Run. Through the first few laps, Taylor paced in 11th place of 13 as the leaders went through the half mile in 2:07.6 and the mile in 4:17.4. Taylor worked his way up to 9th place as the field neared the 1.5 mile mark. The pack was slowing and beginning to compress as Taylor made a bold move, surging all the way to the lead. It was not a place or pace he
could hold, and ultimately the pack came back on him as he slowly slipped back to 10th place and an 8:45.43 finish. After the race, he indicated that he just decided to take a shot at it – not knowing whether he would be able to hold on.
2012 Olympic finals. The race itself was tactical, with none of the runners approaching their PR. Dan finished 12th in 4:06.69 and Steve was 13th in 4:07.05. Dan expressed disappointment in his result, but noted that he had placed 6th in the Men’s 2 Mile the day before. Afterwards, both runners were interviewed by a Boston 2024 video team, and expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of an Olympic Games in Boston.
in 2:48.16. Emily, one of the top middle distance and cross country runners in the history of Villanova, was also interviewed after her race by the Boston 2024 group.
John Trautmann, age 46 from New York City won the Masters Invitational Men’s 1500 in 3:59.47. On Feb. 14 at the B.U. Valentine Invitational, John broke the indoor M45-49 world record in the mile
with a 4:12.33 and, in the masters invitational race, was taking aim at the M45-49 1500m world record of 3:57.91. Trautmann led from the start and ran hard. In the last 400 meters, he broke away from the chase pack. Although he fell short by just over 1.5 seconds in his record attempt, he said that breaking 4 minutes was also a goal. He further stated that it was an honor to run against so many outstanding masters milers and that he hoped “everyone in the race got PRs.” Trautmann ran in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials 5000m in 13:40.30.
Anselm LeBourne, age 55 of Maplewood, NJ, competed in the Master’s Invitational Men’s 1500 and
though he was 7th overall, his time of 4:13.77 destroyed the M55-59 indoor world record of 4:19.80 that he set this January. After the race, he said he had gone out so hard he thought he was done with three laps (600m) to go. He somehow managed to force himself through it and came away with an extraordinary new age group mark. He states that he wants to be the first man over age 55 to go under 2 minutes in the 800 meters.
By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE
Morgan Uceny of Boston, running for adidas, raced from the front in the Women’s 1 Mile Run at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Running slightly to the outside, she shared the lead through the first 6 laps as she clocked 1:12.2 at the quarter mile and 2:26.1 at the half. Over the last 300 meters, Uceny progressively slipped and ultimately dropped to 7th place, finishing in 4:38.13.
Afterwards, she was unhappy with her race. She said she hadn’t necessarily planned to run from the front but she felt the pace was slow. She questioned whether she should have responded more aggressively to Shannon Rowbury’s move to the lead, saying “once you get behind, it’s harder to make it up.” She stated that she is coming out of an injured phase, is finally healthy and is optimistic about the outdoor season.
By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE
Carly Muscaro, a 19 year-old sophomore at Merrimack College, ran in the first heat of the Women’s 300 Meter Dash at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center earlier today.
Going against professional runners, Natasha Hastings of Under Armour / NYAC and Jernail Hayes of Brooks, Carly ran well. She was out fast, showed good drive throughout the race and finished 3rd in an impressive 39.12. Overall she was 8th as the top 6 made finals.
Carly ran at Ashland H.S. and in the year and a half since high school her improvement has been amazing. At Ashland she barely ran 60 seconds to the 400m, yet last year as a freshman set Merrimack’s 400m outdoor record with a blazing 53.43. She also qualified for both the NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor championships – the first Merrimack athlete ever to qualify for nationals.
She says that every race is nerve-wracking and it is a fight to stay focused and confident, especially as a self-described “baby” on the big stage of a USA national championship.
Nonetheless, she displays strong desire and ambition as she declares that she is going after a win in two weeks at the NCAA DII championships at University of Alabama at Huntsville.
Five College Realtors 10M – February 22, 2015 – 2015 GP Race #1
These age-graded results of USATF-NE members utilize the new 2015 tables published by the WMA in late January 2015. There are considerable changes on the women’s side, especially over age 55 and for the 5K and marathon, which will bring down some values by up to 5%.
Changes on the men’s side are in the 1% range. Corollary is that open runners will now appear higher in the rankings than the past five years.
Over 350 USATF members competed in this race and a good number of pre-entries did not get to the start due to the weather (and injuries).
At bottom of these results are those non-members scoring over 70%. If you see someone in that section who you believe is a member, let them know they probably haven’t renewed for 2015.
Plc Name Club GunTime S Age DvPl ChipTime AG % AGPl Bib 354 Jan Holmquist Whirlaway Racing Team 1:21:41 F 70 1 1:21:36 91.45% 1 551 157 William Dixon Greater Lowell RR 1:05:16 M 67 1 1:05:11 89.14% 2 438 59 Robert Cipriano Somerville Road Runners 58:48 M 55 1 58:47 87.54% 3 592 225 Susan Hackney Green Mountain AA 1:11:25 F 58 1 1:11:17 87.13% 4 218 1 Eric Ashe BAA 50:34 M 26 1 50:34 87.00% 5 664 2 Ruben Sanca Whirlaway Racing Team 50:35 M 28 2 50:35 86.99% 6 557 4 Matt Pelletier UNATTACHED 51:24 M 35 3 51:24 86.35% 8 729 42 Christopher Lawrence BAA 57:43 M 51 1 57:43 86.30% 9 670 11 Christopher Magill BAA 54:10 M 42 1 54:10 85.20% 10 673 278 Elizabeth Cooney Somerville Road Runners 1:15:50 F 60 1 1:15:45 84.38% 11 583 5 Dan Vassallo Central Mass Striders 52:16 M 29 4 52:16 84.19% 12 321 112 Craig Fram Whirlaway Racing Team 1:02:01 M 56 2 1:01:58 84.10% 13 568 52 Wayne Levy BAA 58:30 M 49 5 58:27 84.00% 14 671 106 Douglas Martyn Whirlaway Racing Team 1:01:44 M 54 7 1:01:43 83.35% 16 566 40 Joe Shairs Central Mass Striders 57:36 M 46 2 57:35 83.21% 17 325 79 Charlie Bemis Whirlaway Racing Team 1:00:22 M 52 3 1:00:20 83.20% 18 564 221 Lisa Zappala Whirlaway Racing Team 1:11:11 F 54 2 1:11:06 83.09% 19 549 96 Michael Cooney Whirlaway Racing Team 1:01:05 M 53 5 1:01:02 83.00% 20 718 149 Norm Larson Green Mountain AA 1:04:31 M 59 6 1:04:29 82.87% 21 257 69 Laura Paulsen Greater Boston TC 59:35 F 25 1 59:35 82.82% 22 520 92 Daniel Verrington Central Mass Striders 1:00:54 M 52 4 1:00:52 82.80% 23 329 70 Kerri Leonhardt Greater Boston TC 59:45 F 25 2 59:42 82.67% 24 172 135 Patrick Stumbras BAA 1:04:11 M 57 5 1:04:02 82.51% 25 696 37 Greg Putnam Central Mass Striders 57:24 M 45 1 57:24 82.48% 26 326 7 Jeffrey Veiga Team RUN 53:27 M 24 5 53:27 82.32% 27 734 17 Patrick Rich Central Mass Striders 54:44 M 38 12 54:44 82.15% 28 366 75 Alexandra Varanka NB Boston 1:00:08 F 29 3 1:00:08 82.09% 29 730 8 Aliaksandr Leuchanka Millennium Running 53:37 M 23 6 53:37 82.07% 30 607 119 Paul Hammond Whirlaway Racing Team 1:02:50 M 55 3 1:02:46 82.01% 31 567 256 Jacqueline Shakar Cambridge Sports Union 1:13:28 F 55 2 1:13:24 81.96% 32 310 49 Binney Mitchell Green Mountain AA 58:19 M 46 4 58:17 81.87% 33 300 138 Christin Doneski Whirlaway Racing Team 1:04:17 F 43 1 1:04:16 81.87% 34 546 80 Laura Hagley Millennium Running 1:00:25 F 30 4 1:00:25 81.75% 35 384 77 Alejandro Heuck Gr Springfield Harriers 1:00:21 M 50 2 1:00:21 81.73% 36 530 9 Jose Ortiz Whirlaway Racing Team 53:52 M 26 7 53:52 81.68% 37 554 124 Tony Bates Green Mountain AA 1:03:29 M 55 4 1:03:27 81.64% 38 641 10 Brad Mish BAA 53:58 M 27 8 53:58 81.54% 39 697 48 Todd Callaghan Central Mass Striders 58:12 M 45 3 58:10 81.50% 40 328 44 Joseph Navas Whirlaway Racing Team 57:50 M 44 3 57:50 81.19% 42 562 93 Elizabeth Ryan Greater Boston TC 1:00:54 F 24 5 1:00:51 81.10% 43 108 13 Mathew Weissinger Western Mass Dist Proj 54:16 M 28 9 54:16 81.09% 44 294 94 Nicole Casey Greater Boston TC 1:00:55 F 29 6 1:00:53 81.06% 45 255 107 Joseph Mcnamara Green Mountain AA 1:01:49 M 51 8 1:01:47 81.06% 46 371 14 Scott Leslie Central Mass Striders 54:28 M 33 10 54:28 81.04% 47 322 104 Katie Misuraca BAA 1:01:32 F 34 8 1:01:27 80.93% 49 676 58 Jason Porter BAA 58:44 M 45 6 58:39 80.72% 51 678 326 Sidney Letendre Central Mass Striders 1:19:28 F 60 2 1:19:23 80.71% 52 467 16 Drew Best acidotic RACING 54:39 M 32 11 54:39 80.65% 54 353 97 Scott Anderson Whirlaway Racing Team 1:01:14 M 50 6 1:01:14 80.58% 55 563 100 Christine Shaw Millennium Running 1:01:20 F 29 7 1:01:19 80.48% 56 386 193 James Wilson BAA 1:08:44 M 62 1 1:08:36 80.45% 57 684 71 Joseph O'leary Somerville Road Runners 59:53 M 47 7 59:51 80.39% 58 582 105 Meagan Nedlo Craft Concept Racing 1:01:41 F 32 9 1:01:41 80.26% 59 749 220 Trish Bourne Greater Lowell RR 1:11:07 F 50 1 1:11:02 79.94% 60 403 122 E J Hrynowski Greater Lowell RR 1:03:02 M 52 9 1:02:58 79.90% 61 427 (more…)
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The 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix wrapped up on November 30 with the Warrior Run at Larz Anderson Park. This race was a fitting cap to the season—a little mud, a little ice, and yet more toilet drama (locked bathrooms). Full individual and team results are here.
David Wilson, running unattached, put his stamp on the series with a decisive 31-second win over Jonathan Charlesworth of Greater Boston Track Club. David ran all five races in the series and won 2 of them en route to his 2014 title. In the open men’s team race, GBTC took 6 of the 7 top spots to score a convincing win that secured their overall series championship. T. J. Unger of HFC Striders was the only team runner to break up that GBTC pack, leading his men’s team to 2nd. The men from SISU Project, in their first year of fielding a full team in this division, took 3rd in this race but ended up 2nd in the overall series, 2 points ahead of HFC. I smell a rematch in 2015.
On the women’s side, Elizabeth Ryan of GBTC led her team to a near sweep, finishing the 2.8 miles of fun in 17:52. Seven
seconds behind Elizabeth was her teammate Caroline Martin, who with 2nd place in this event rounded out her decisive win in the overall series. Greater Boston won the Grand Prix decisively, finishing ahead of Western Mass Distance Project in all five races in the series. The women of WMDP echoed their 2nd place series finish with a 2nd at the Warrior Run as well, this time led by newcomer Joanna Johnson in 4th place. The women of SISU Project followed team leader Amanda Wright (6th) to a 3rd place finish, ending up 5th in the Grand Prix behind teams from the BAA and New Balance Boston, both of whom contested only the Mayor’s Cup and the USATF-NE Championship.
Jason Cakouros of HFC Striders finished first among the masters men to lead his team to the 40+ win, no doubt inspired by the cheering he did during his warm-up as the women rounded the “egregious” hill on the large loop. HFC claimed the Grand Prix series win in this division as well. The 40+ men of GBTC took 2nd place at the Warrior Run but placed 4th in the overall series, as Greater Lowell held onto a 2nd place tie with BAA in the series despite not fielding a scoring team at this final race.
As previously predicted in this blog, Mark Reeder of Greater Lowell showed up to put the icing on his Grand Prix series title in the 50+ division, even though no teams fielded a full team in this category, perhaps because Greater Lowell already had the series sewn up. The 60+ men from GBTC won that team race uncontested and claimed a decisive Grand Prix victory; the only race they didn’t score in (and win) was, ironically, their own meet at the start of the season. Bruce Bond of GBTC stands atop the 60+ podium in the Grand Prix series after scoring in all 5 races; Bruce finished 2nd in this division at the Warrior Run to James Wilson of the BAA.
Trish Bourne of Greater Lowell also passed up the chance to savor her 50+ series win from the warmth and comfort of home, leading all Masters women at the Warrior Run as her Greater Lowell team took 2nd in the 40+ division and won the 50+ team race as well. The 40+ women from WMDP followed the lead of Dana Parrot, who finished as the 2nd masters woman 26 seconds behind Trish, to win the 40+ team race and secure their Grand Prix title in that division. Dana successfully defended her individual 2013 Grand Prix title in the 40+ division as well. The women from Greater Derry Track Club, led by Cathy Merra, came in 3rd in the 40+ competition and 2nd in the 50+ team race to cement their Grand Prix title in the 50+ division and a runner-up position in the 40+ division.
Full team and individual results for the entire Cross Country Grand Prix series can be found here.
The Cross Country Committee, chaired in the early part of the year by Jason Cakouros (HFC) and now captained by Chris Canning (HFC), would like to thank all who participated. Comments and feedback on the series are always welcome, and we look forward to seeing you next fall!
In 2014, USATF-NE launched a new sort of series, the All Terrain Runner (ATR) series. And it’s pretty much what it sounds like; it challenges runners to compete on a variety of terrain – the roads, mountains, trails, cross country courses and the outdoor track.
The series was the brainchild of Eric Narcisi, the 2014 USATF-NE secretary, Whirlaway Racing Team member and web producer over at Level Renner. Following the culmination of this new series, Narcisi feels it was a “huge success,” stating that “I had so many people tell me that they were experiencing different disciplines for the first time.” For instance, the series winner on the women’s side, Christin Doneski, told him that she had never run a track or cross country race before. “Yet because of this series, there she was, in unfamiliar territory but in a familiar position (in front of the pack),” he added. The men’s series champion, Nate Jenkins, is known for his road dominance, said Narcisi, “but there he was back in May trudging the Vermont mud at Sleepy Hollow.” And at the Loon Mountain Race in July, Jenkins went head to head with some of the finest mountain runners not just in the region, but in the nation.
Ultimately, Narcisi said that the series is all about getting people out of their comfort zones and experiencing more of what the association has to offer. “We anticipate many more people stepping out of their comfort zones and putting themselves to the ultimate test in 2015,” he added. “I, for one, can’t wait to line up with the rest of the All Terrain hopefuls this winter on the indoor track to kick off the new series.”
As many runners prepare for the second edition of the ATR series, which will include an indoor track and a snowshoe race, we caught up with the 2014 series champions.
Jenkins of Central Mass Striders, who made it a goal to win the first annual series and plans to compete again in 2015, said the series was fun and unique, adding that “it is a great way to try and draw together the very varied and often very separate areas of USATF-NE.” While he’s not all that excited about the snowshoe race in the second series, Jenkins admits “that is kind of the point of the series, isn’t it?” Who knows? Maybe he will excel at snowshoeing just like he did at mountain running in 2014, something he doesn’t consider himself the biggest fan of.
Doneski of Whirlaway Racing Team reported that the series pushed her to try new things all while enjoying the company of the series participants, which she described as “a really supportive, genuine group of runners who wanted to race hard but also laugh and have some fun.” While she wasn’t expecting to win this year and doesn’t expect to win next year either, Doneski shared that she’s in an interesting point in her running career. “My road race PRs are most likely behind me, but I feel I can still get better, stronger and faster in the endurance and adversity-based races: mountains, trails and ultras.” Her ultimate goal is to grow old still running races and pushing herself to try new things and to keep setting new goals.
Both runners had a tough time picking their favorite series race; though the men’s winner enjoyed the mountain and track racing the most. The women’s winner said her initial favorite that comes to mind was Sleepy Hollow. “It’s so hard in so many ways; the course is super challenging (which I love) and the conditions are so unpredictable (2013 was dry and fast and 2014 was very wet and muddy and really tough), and it’s right after Boston,” she said. “However, I also loved Loon. Again, it’s a challenging course, but I spent a full year from 2013 to 2014 regretting that I did not run all the way up Upper Walking Boss. I was looking forward to racing this year and redeeming myself.” Doneski happily reported that she did not walk a single step this year.
So, where can we expect to see these two competing in 2015? Jenkins shared with us that he has fortunately made some progress in fixing his long-standing coordination issues in his right leg, so his top goal for next year is to continue that progress all the way to a return to the marathon – something he hasn’t done since the World Championships in 2009. His second goal is to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier, with a third goal of achieving a personal record at any distance. “I haven’t set one since back surgery in early 2011,” he added. Jenkins’ final two main goals will be to win the ATR series and the USATF- NE Grand Prix.
Doneski currently has her 2015 calendar clear, but knows she’ll be looking to run the USATF-NE Grand Prix as well for Whirlaway, noting those dates will go on the calendar first. Then she will look to the Mountain Series and the ATR and see how those dates match up with her other races and her family plans. “And of course there is still that desire to run an ultra, but that might need to wait for my children to need me less and I am in no hurry for that,” she said.
Lastly, Jenkins shared that the ATR series represents something he’d like to see more of from USATF-NE – trying new things. “Will everything be a hit or a win?” he asked. “Heck no, but anything is better than nothing.”
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.
it was started by Nich Haber in 2012. Nich is the club’s President of the Board (on a Board that includes American Record Holder Molly Huddle!), but also serves as an acting Executive Director, managing business issues, fundraising, grant writing and maintaining relationships with partners. On top of this, Nich manages travel and race entries for the athletes, helps them obtain part-time work with their after-school partners in Woonsocket and coordinates their youth program with the Woonsocket public school system.
As you can tell, Nich wears several hats and has been working hard since 2012 to get NE Distance off the ground and growing to compete at a highly competitive level. It appears that his work has paid off by looking at the club’s current roster, which includes:
- David Goodman— The 2012 NCAA DII National Champion in the Steeplechase and a three-time USATF-NE Champion
- Henry Sterling — NE Distance’s newest athlete, he’s a Dartmouth grad who sees his potential best in the Steeplechase, but is interested in staying a well-rounded runner by competing in the mile and 5k as well
- Katrina Spratford — The 8-time All American from Shippensburg, is a 10k runner that is focusing on Cross Country in the fall and may do some road races
- Lara Crofford — A Nebraska Cornhusker, has been a strong 10k runner but is looking to move up in distance and take to the roads
We caught up with Nich on how the club has grown, what they’ve been up to. To sum it up, Nich told us that “Every year has been better than the one before it, and I know that next year will be better than this one!” His optimism and excitement is great to hear. Check out our interview with Nich below to get up to speed on the community-based distance running project.
USATF-NE: How has NE Distance grown since its founding in 2012?
NH: We started with one athlete in 2012, added another at the beginning of 2013, two more in September of 2013 and we’re looking to have eight this fall. We’ve doubled every year! At this rate, in a few years everyone on earth will be an NE Distance athlete!
Seriously, it’s been a challenge to start a group like this from the ground up and the athletes that have joined us truly believe in our mission of blending athlete development with community building. We expanded this year to include athletes that are not full athlete-in-resident fellows. They are committed to train at a high level, but do not need housing from us. We are excited as the more athletes we have in our group, the more of a critical mass we hit and the better the program is for everyone involved – the other athletes, the community and our fans who are looking for more athletes to root for.
USATF-NE: Are you actively recruiting?
NH: We have three slots open for our non-resident members. We are looking for folks who want to live in the Woonsocket/Providence area who want to compete at a high level.
USATF-NE: We saw that your team recently signed up 145 kids for a new middle school program. This is great! Any specific plans for this new program or anything in particular you’d like to share about it?
NH: This is probably our proudest achievement and is truly a culmination of what we are trying to do with the NE Distance program. Woonsocket middle school sports were all but eliminated in 2009 due to budget cuts. Our athletes moved into town and started to get everyone’s notice. We were lucky to find Performance Physical Therapy of RI who was interested in sponsoring us to restart the middle school cross country team. As soon as we announced it, a reporter from the local paper called me up and we were literally front page news.
For the public school system, they were absolutely thrilled. They were getting high level athletes who had already spent at least a year working with Woonsocket youth to come in and coach the kids at the middle school. The NEDi athletes went into the schools to sign up kids and were overwhelmed; 145 kids signed up. Lara has already started weekly runs with the kids in town and everyone will be back in Woonsocket in August gearing up to kick off the team at the end of the summer.
We are seeking a sponsor to help us continue this program for the kids into the indoor and outdoor seasons, so if anyone is interested in helping our team help these young people, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
USATF-NE: Are any USATF-NE hosted races a part of NE Distance’s upcoming race schedule – and if so, which ones, and why?
NH: Our goal is to have our athletes compete on Team USA, so the USATF-NE races are great vehicles to get us to that level. We will definitely be at the Cross Country races this fall, especially the Boston Mayor Cup and the USATF-NE Championship. The CVS Downtown 5k is in our backyard, so we’ll be there. USATF-NE hosts some of the best indoor meets in the country, so look for us at the BU Terrier & Valentine meets as well as the USATF-NE Championships. Outdoors, we’re big fans of the NBB Twilight Meets.
And be sure to look for our middle school kids to open up their season at the Ocean State XC meet in Goddard Park in Rhode Island on Friday Sept 26.
Regis College, Weston, MA – 6/29/2014
- 1. Gr.Boston TC 81
- 2. Sprinticity 35
- 3. Dare2Dream 16
- 4. Twilight Throwers 9;
- 5. CMS, Mass Velocity, and CSU, 7
- 8. Patriot PV and NEWalkers 6;
- 10. HFC Striders and WMDP, 5
- 12. Waltham TC 4
- 13. NewBalance Boston and BAA 3
- 15. MIT PV and Nitehawks 2
- 17. SISU Project and Somerville RR 1.
- 1. Gr.Boston TC 42
- 2. Mass Velocity 22
- 3. New Balance Boston and Waltham TC 10
- 5. Dare2Dream and Twilight Throwers, 8
- 7. SiSU Project 6
- 8. Wellesley Youth TF, Golden Spikes, MIT PV, Patriot PV, Seekonk Warriors and Providence Cobras 5
- 14. Endurance Unlimited 3
- 15. Whirlaway 2