Track & Field
Track & Field, including Masters Track & Field
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.
During just the first two days of competition at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, NC, five New England association athletes earned medals.
Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree, MA) won the 15-16 heptathlon with 4698 points for the gold to date. Alva Hicks (Providence, RI) earned silver in the 15-16 hammer throw, 160’2″, and Owen Russell (Attleboro, MA) took bronze in the 15-16 hammer throw at 175’9. Also making the medal podium with 7th place finishes were Nolan Allen (Arlington, MA/Waltham TC) in the 3000m race walk, 17:53.80, and Kyle Faddis (Boxford, MA/BAA Masconomet) in the 13-14 pentathlon, 2586.
Over 5,000 athletes are entered at this year’s nationals, which continues through Sunday. The Junior Olympics includes a series of meets progressing in meets from association level to regional to national. Athletes compete in two-year age groups from 7-8 to 17-18.
A free live online broadcast of the Championships is available at www.USATF.tv
Masters track and field athletes from across the country convened in Olathe, Kansas last week to compete in the national championship. The New England association had a strong presence at the meet, with a number of USATF-NE teams competing. While there were many highlights worth noting, the most impressive team performance came from Mass Velocity Track Club, which placed fourth out of 120 teams.
Omar Abdi, a UMass Lowell graduate and greater Boston resident, has been selected by his native Somalia to represent that federation at the 2013 IAAF World Track & Field Championship in Moscow.
Congratulations and good luck to this New England Athlete.
Two Summer Track series have been added to the Outdoor Track and Field Schedule.
Manchester Running Company Thursday Nights Under the Lights
Thursdays July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1
Manchester High School Track – 134 Middle Tnpk. East; Manchester, CT
Events: vary from meet to meet
Western Mass Alliance Summer Open Series
Fridays August 2, August 9
Northampton High School – 380 Elm St.; Northampton, MA
Open events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, Mile, 5K, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus
Kids events:50m, 100m, 400m, Mile, Long Jump, Softball throw
Lisa Wilson of Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) won three throwing events at the USATF Club Nationals, helping her club to a fourth place finish in the USA National Club Championship held at Icahn Stadium in New York. The UMass Amherst alumna took the shot put (13.88m), Discus (46.59m) and hammer (55.81m) for 30 of the club’s 85 points. The meet was won by Central Park Track Club (216.5) followed by Norfolk Real Deal (VA) in 153. Hope Rathnam (GBTC) was the second New England competitor to take home a title, in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:46.00.
In the men’s results, Andre Reid (GBTC) was the only winner from the association putting the shot a strong 18.73m/61’5 1/2″. Teammate Bryan Powlen also scored an NE medal performance, with a third place discus throw at 60.98m. GBTC was top New England team in 7th (29 points) behind Garden State TC (277) and Central Park TC (150).
While these were the only event winners from USATF-NE, several other association athletes made their mark. In fact, some athletes doubled up in events (in some cases even competing in three, four or five events) to score points for their respective teams. Among these highlights, we saw New Balance Boston’s (NBB) Karen Roa take second place in a competitive 5,000 meter field, with a time of 17:13. Her teammates Zachary Lankow and James Weider took sixth and ninth respectively in the 1500 meter race, with times of 4:06 and 4:12. In the high jump, Brandon Palmer of Western Mass Alliance placed eighth, and his teammate Michael Hibert took seventh in the long jump. Additionally, Alyse Rocco and Aly Millett of GBTC placed sixth in their respective events, the 1500 meter and 5,000 meter races, each scoring three points for their team. Their teammate Stacy Connor took second in both the shot put and discus events. We also saw New England teams score points in many of the relay events. Overall, USATF-NE athletes represented their teams and the association well across a number of events in an exciting and highly competitive meet.
Complete results are at the USATF website.