Track & Field
Track & Field, including Masters Track & Field
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.
The USATF New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet was held Sunday, June 23 at Regis College in Weston, MA. There was a great turnout for the meet this year, which saw stellar performances from local athletes.
Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) took both the men’s and women’s open team titles. New Balance Boston and Dare 2 Dream were second and third place respectively on the men’s side. For women’s results, FAST Track came in second with New Balance Boston taking third.
In addition to the team results, there were several individual performances of note. On the men’s side, GBTC’s Nate Hunter recorded a throw of 18.49 m. in the shot put. Teammate Alex Angel completed the 400 m. race in 48.76 seconds, and in the same event, Daniel Stahelski of Western Mass Alliance came through in 49.41 seconds. Patriot Pole Vault’s Brad Lawrence cleared 5.00 m. in the pole vault and Alix Durand of Dare 2 Dream sprinted through the 200 m. race in a speedy 22.35 seconds.
The women’s results were just as impressive. In the 3,000 m. race, New Balance Boston led the way with teammates Diana Davis (1) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (2) both running 10:10. Also on the track, we had Dacia Taylor of GBTC who took the 100 m. race in 12.55 seconds. Her teammate Lisa Wilson recorded a 55.08 m. throw in the hammer.
Masters athletes came to compete as well. For instance, in the 45-49 year-old age group, we had Christopher Simpson of Eliot Track take the men’s 800 m. race in an impressive 2:02. In the 60-64 yearold age group for men’s javelin, Edward Hearn took the win with a 47.49 m. throw. Mass Velocity teammates Diane Pomeroy and Beth Clark ran 28.06 and 28.33 respectively in the 45-49 year-old age group 200 m. race.
For complete results, please visit the below links.
The winner of the men’s 2013 Outdoor Open Track and Field Grand Prix is Alexander Engel (Greater Boston Track Club) with points total of 3801.
The winner of the women’s 2013 Outdoor Open Track and Field Grand Prix is Joanna Murphy (New Balance Boston), with points total of 4159.
Congratulations to these athletes for a great 2013 outdoor season!