Track & Field
Track & Field, including Masters Track & Field
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.