Cross Country

Polls show a dead heat going into Nov. 6. . .

. . . for the open women’s Cross Country Grand Prix, that is!

But let’s back up. Way back on Oct. 9 the HFC Striders hosted the 3rd race of the USATF-NE XC series at the Wayland XC Festival. In a year when most of the region has suffered from drought, Mother Nature served up a deluge for this race. Runners of all ages shrugged off the conditions and enjoyed a classic cross country day on the grass and trails. Ryan O’Connell of SISU was the first USATF finisher, coming in 2nd behind Dan Crowley, a 23-yr-old from Boston. (Get this man on a cross country team!). Kara Haas of GLRR was the 1st USATF finisher on the women’s side and the first masters woman, in 2nd place overall behind unattached Laura Morrison of CT. Arguably the most impressive result of the day was the overall winner of the 3K race in the under-10 crowd, Leilani Gibson from New Haven, who came within 6 seconds of the course record for her age group on an incredibly muddy and slippery day. Full results are posted here.

Two weeks later the grand prix competition moved east to the Mayor’s Cup in Franklin Park, where the weather was calendar-perfect, especially if you ignored the roughly 25 mph winds in your face as you headed by the finish line (which one does, cruelly, multiple times before actually finishing). Good write-ups on the top finishers in both the men’s and women’s championship races can be found here and here. As usual, several USATF-NE teams who do not race the grand prix series came out in force and dominated these races. Laura Paulsen of GBTC was the first USATF-NE finisher and led her team to 2nd place behind the dominant running of the women from Battle Road Track Club. On the men’s side NE Distance dominated as a team with a strong pack behind overall winner Jim Spisak, with BAA edging out the men of Battle Road for 2nd place. The masters competition played out among 300 runners aged 15 and up in the all-comers Franklin Park 5K. Mike Galoob of BAA continued his dominance by finishing first overall; he was finally joined by enough BAA teammates to pull of the 40+ team victory as well, and the BAA men also took first in the 50+ team division. The 60+ men of GLRR won that division. For the women it should not surprise anyone that Kara Haas was the first masters runner; you might also not be surprised that she was the first woman runner overall in this race that contained a fair number of college club runners. But even if you’re not surprised, you should be impressed. WMDP edged out Liberty by 1 point to take the women’s 40+ team title, while Liberty took the 50+ team race more decisively over the Westchester TC. Full results for the Mayor’s Cup are posted here.

khaas-mayors-cupAs the title of this post suggests, though, the real story in the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix is the team competition. This coming Sunday the final race of the season, the USATF-NE Championships, will be held at Franklin Park. And on the open women’s side, the top three teams are all tied in the series right now with 13 points apiece. SISU claimed their share of the lead at Mayor’s Cup with the return of Caitlyn Germain, who led a 1-2-3 punch with Sumner Fletcher and Amanda Wright close behind to finish ahead of both WMDP and HFC Striders. This is the first time in recent years (maybe ever?) the HFC women have fielded an open women’s team throughout the series, and they have used strong pack running and some age-defying masters performances from Eileen Cakouros to stay in the hunt for the open series crown. At New England’s this year we return to pre-2015 rules where masters women can score down for the open teams and score for their age group teams, so Sunday’s race should be interesting. Will SISU take their first cross country series title? Which squads have to split their talent to cover the marathon in the road race grand prix? Show up to find out!

While the other team races are not as close–with the exception of the race for 2nd place in the open men’s division, where SISU and HFC are tied for 2nd–there is money on the line BOTH for the series places and for the New England meet itself. In the individual races the tightest series competition looks to be in the Men’s 50+ division, where former XC Chair Jason Cakouros lurks just one point behind Alejandro Heuck, with Jason apparently coming on strong as the season progresses. Online registration for Sunday’s meet is available for all USATF-NE members, and there will be raceday registration as well for the undecided. See you all there!

Photo credit: Granite State Race Services

Halftime in New England

No, not THAT kind of halftime–this weekend marks the halfway point in the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix Series, with the upcoming Wayland XC Festival. Register here by Friday, October 7; raceday registration is also available onsite.

The second race of the series took place on Sunday, Sept. 18 on the cross country course of Smith College, hosted by the women of the Western Mass Distance Project. A number of teams made the trek west, lured by the promise of Atkins cider donuts and the clean air out beyond the Boston suburbs. Rain held off for the race, making for humid but otherwise decent conditions, and volunteers from the Smith College cross country team provided enthusiaswmdp-men-mile-1tic directions and encouragemen
t around the 5K course.

The men’s race went off first, and GBTC scored a decisive victory with 21 points to HFC’s 51, with men in red Michael Carlone and Braden Becker going 1-2. Mike Galoob of BAA led all masters men with a 7th place overall finish. The 40+ and 50+ teams from HFC Striders won the team race in both categories. Special props to outgoing XC Chair George Braun, who still showed up to race despite having technically moved to CO. George was so entranced by the surroundings on his warmup that he missed the start of the men’s race but jumped in anyway; he reports that the last mile of his warmup was his fastest split on the day. Charles Kaufman of Dirigo in Maine gets a special shoutout for winning the 60+ individual title in his first ever cross country race.hfc-at-wmdp

In the women’s race hometown girl Apryl Sabadosa of WMDP crossed first. Hot on her heels were teammate Kelsey Allen and GLRR’s Kara Haas, who was the first masters runner. WMDP rode the home course advantage to sweep the women’s team titles in open, 40+ and 50+, with Sisu taking 2nd in the open team competition and Greater Derry finishing 2nd in both 40+ and 50+. Many teams retired post-race to the Northampton Brewery to sample some of the 413’s finest refreshments before the long (or short, if you’re on WMDP) ride home. wmdp-womens-start

With two of the five series races complete, it’s time to start looking at series standings. On the women’s side, the open, 40+ and 50+ individual races are led by Amy Rusiecki (WMDP), Kara Haas (GLRR) and Virginia Nichols, respectively. In the team competition WMDP has a slim lead over HFC in the open division and maintains a similarly tenuous gap over GDTC in 40+ and 50+.

For the men the individual leaders are currently Mike Carlone (GBTC, open), Mike Galoob (BAA, 40+) and Alejandro Heuck (GSH, 50+). The aforementioned currently-unattached George Braun sits atop the 60+ standings, which raises the question of whether or not 2 time zones will prevent him from holding that lead over Richard Molloy and John Barbour of GLRR. GBTC leads the open team standings, with HFC currently sitting atop the series in both 40+ and 50+. If you’d like to plot your upcoming strategy for cross country dominance, full standings can be found here.

And we’re off!

The good news is, fall arrived last weekend just in time for the first race of the Cross Country Grand Prix series. The bad news is, it arrived with a violent weather event in the middle of the men’s masters race. To our knowledge, though, no masters men were harmed in the making of your favorite season, and the seasons-spanning GBTC XC Festival was a successful and, indeed, festive kickoff. Full results are here.


The day started with a humidity-choked race for the combined open and masters women. Victoria Barnaby took the win for GBTC in 19:07, followed by Kara Haas of GLRR as the first masters woman in 19:23. GBTC won the women’s team race in dominant fashion with 19 points to HFC Striders’ 88 points in 2nd. The women of WMDP won both the 40+ and 50+ team categories, with the women of GLRR and GDTC trading places in 2nd and 3rd.


Next off were the masters men, who survived gusting winds and torrential downpours midway through their race. Mike Galoob of the BAA won the race in 17:21, with Arthur Besse of CMS second in 17:36. HFC Striders gutted out two close team victories, over GBTC in the 40+ race and GLRR in the 50+.


Skies cleared for the open men (at least by the end of the race—it might have still been raining at the start). Mike Carlone of GBTC came home the winner in 16:07, with Ryan O’Connell of SISU Project 5 seconds behind. Their finishes paralleled the team race, where GBTC took first with 30 points to SISU’s 58.


In a bit of series foreshadowing, the famed winners’ pies handed out by GBTC were from Amherst, MA—just a few miles away from the site of this week’s race, which is being hosted by the women of WMDP at Smith College in Northampton on Sunday, Sept. 18. Team registration is open online through 5 pm this Friday; onsite registration is for non-team affiliated individuals only. See you in the 413!


(photo credits: Tom Derderian for race photos, Kristin Tetreault for pie)

2016 Cross Country Season

Did you all feel that tinge of fall in the air last weekend—sunny days, cool nights, crunching underfoot? Ignore the fact that the crunching was probably from drought-starved grass, not leaves, and ignore also the return this week of summer-like humidity, and you might believe fall is right around the corner. And you know what that means: CROSS COUNTRY!

The USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix kicks off this weekend on Sunday, Sept. 11 with the GBTC  XC Invitational in Wellesley. This is a great course that mixes grass and trails, and they give out pies to the winners. Details about the race and a link to registration can be found here.

The 2nd race in the series follows the next weekend, on Sunday, Sept 18th, at the WMDP XC Invitational hosted by the women of the WMDP on the Smith College cross country course (mostly trails). Inspired by the pies of GBTC, they are offering cider doughnuts to the winning teams. Info and registration for that race are here

Rules for the 2016 series remain the same as for the 2015 series, with the exception of women’s scoring at the New England Championship meet, which has been returned for this year to the previous model (see the rules page for details. The most important rule to highlight is probably the fact that all teams must score in at least 4 of the 5 series races to compete for the overall series win in their age division. And since all 5 races are counted, teams who score in all 5 have the obvious advantage. (Plus they are likely to accrue pie, doughnuts, and glory along the way.)

Last year on the men’s side, GBTC took the open series title and settled for the bronze in 40+. GLRR claimed both the 40+ and 50+ titles over HFC, with the latter title decided by only 2 points after HFC pulled a bit of an upset at the Mayor’s Cup.  In the women’s competition, WMDP scored the open victory with SISU 2nd after the GBTC women failed to score in a 4th event. WMDP went back and forth with GDTC at the 40+ level for most of the season, with WMDP coming out on top by 3 points at the end. Meanwhile, since most of the GDTC team was 50+, they took that division running away (so to speak). Team competition in the series of recent years has been in many cases close between the top teams, but in many cases also relatively sparse in terms of the number of teams competing. The XC committee would like to take this opportunity to remind all our teams that there is actual money up for grabs here—see the rules page for amounts, and start rallying your teams now. See you on Sunday!

Heading into the XC Grand Prix Finale

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

As visions of turkey, a possible winter storm and Mass Pike traffic dance in the heads of runners across the region, New England’s harriers are gearing up for the final race in the 2014 Cross Country Grand Prix series, the Warrior Run on Sunday, Nov. 30 at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, MA.

At the fourth race in the series, the USATF-NE Championships at Franklin Park on Nov. 9, the men and women of the BAA showed that unicorns aren’t afraid to get their hooves dirty. Team and individual results from this race are nicely summarized on the USATF-NE website.

A look at both team and individual standings in the Grand Prix shows that some races will indeed come down to this final contest—or, as Patty Smyth once put it, “And heart to heart you’ll win, if you survive the warrior.” On the men’s side, GBTC has a healthy lead, but should the unicorns or the team from New Balance Boston choose to race outside Franklin Park, things could get interesting. Right now 2nd through 6th places (BAA, SISU, NBB, WMDP and HFC) are each separated by 1 point. In the open women’s team competition, GBTC holds a healthy lead over 2nd place WMDP and 3rd place BAA. The women of GBTC have won every head-to-head contest with WMDP during the series, these two teams being the only ones to have scored in all 4 events so far.

At the masters level, both the men’s and women’s races are too close to call. The men of HFC hold a 2-point lead over the masters squad from GLRR, with BAA again making an appearance in the top 3 by virtue of only two (dominant) team performances at Mayor’s Cup and the New England Championships. On the women’s side, WMDP took the series lead after winning a squeaker over Liberty at the New England Championships, but both the Hot Flashes of GDTC and the masters women of GLRR are still in contention for the series. Both the 50+ (GLRR) and 60+ (GBTC) men’s team competitions appear to be settled already, and while GDTC leads the 50+ women’s competition, GLRR is still a serious contender in 2nd place. Individual leaders Mark Reeder (50-59) and Trish Bourne (50-59), both of GLRR, have sewn up their respective divisions and could choose to stay home Sunday, though we suspect they won’t. In all other divisions the title could come down to who chooses to stay safe and warm this Sunday, and who chooses to get up early and make the drive to Brookline, knowing that a trip home with a few thousand other Commonwealthers awaits.

If the prospect of forgoing other Turkey Trots and couch-dwelling doesn’t entice you, perhaps this description of the Larz Anderson course—courtesy of HFC’s Jason Cakouros, former XC Committee Chair—will:

“. . .brutally hilly. The grass always seems really high too. . . The first loop is rolling to fast. The other loop has a big grass uphill, grass downhill, an egregious hill around a row of trees and monument thingy seemingly run just to torture us and then a gradual grass climb back to the fun loop.”

If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, you’re reading the wrong blog. Happy Thanksgiving from the USATF-NE Cross Country committee, and we look forward to seeing you in Brookline, where unicorns, wolves, chickens and mascots of unknown identity will seek to answer Patty Smyth’s plaintive query: “Who’s the hunter, who’s the game?”

Jenkins & Doneski Excel on All Terrain, Coming Out on Top in First Annual ATR Series

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.

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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.

Photo Credit: SNAPacidotic

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.”


Mayor’s Cup Race Report

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member


Toilet paper was in short supply, but talent and motivation were not, as USATF-NE athletes took to the fields and woods of Franklin Park on October 26 to contest the 24th Mayor’s Cup, presented by the Boston Athletic Association and Adidas.

In the women’s 5K Championship race, Rachel Hannah of Toronto, running for New Balance, took top honors with a time of 16:36. Hannah finished clear of a close pack of the second through courth place runners, with Juliet Bottorf of BAA finishing just ahead of teammate (and first masters runner) Jen Rhines. This was the first cross country race since 2005 for Rhines, the newly-anointed American masters record holder in the road 10K — who used a strong second half of the race to catapult her into third place over the final 100 meters. In fourth was 2013 NCAA Division I Cross Country champion Abbey D’Agostino, making her professional debut. The top six BAA runners swept the team competition, finishing ahead of New Balance Boston (second) and Greater Boston Track Club (third). With their first appearance in this year’s Grand Prix series, BAA jumps into third place in the series standings, behind GBTC in first and the Western Mass Distance Project in second.

The men’s Championship 8K saw another close race, with Mitch Goose of The Manhattan Project finishing in 23:46, four seconds ahead of Robert Mack (Reebok). Ethan Shaw of the BAA took third to lead a victorious team effort, with BAA’s fourth and fifth scorers (Sam Alexander and Bo Waggoner) making the difference against the second place Manhattan Project. The BAA men also made their first mark on the Grand Prix series at their home event; their win vaulted them into fourth place in the standings, behind GBTC, SISU project and HFC Striders. Both the men’s and women’s championship races are covered in detail on the BAA website.

While top masters runners such as the BAA’s Rhines mixed it up with the younger generation in the open races, runners competing in the masters and seniors divisions of the USATF competition took on everyone from high school runners to novice harriers in the Franklin Park 5K. The race was won decisively by 22-year-old Bryan Marsh in 15:44, with top masters finisher Mike Galoob of the BAA taking third in 16:23, just ahead of his teammate and fellow masters runner Chris Magill. Galoob and Magill led a strong BAA contingent to both the first place masters team title and first place overall team title in the race, while GLRR held on to second place in the Grand Prix series with a second place team finish. The masters team from HFC Striders finished third to maintain their position on top of the Grand Prix masters leader-board. Mark Reeder continues to dominate the men’s 50+ competition, winning the individual title in that division and leading his GLRR senior team to first place as well.

On the women’s side, 26-year-old Ravenna Neville took top honors in the Franklin Park 5K with a time of 19:25. The top masters woman was also the top senior woman: Trish Bourne, 50, of Greater Lowell Road Runners was the ninth woman overall in 20:43, pacing her masters team to a second place finish. First place masters team honors went to Western Mass Distance Project, whose three scorers swept the next three places in the masters race, led by former high school state champion (1991, on the Franklin Park course) Maura McDonald. In a truly cross-generational clash, the masters women from WMDP finished second overall to the Phillips Exeter girls’ team in the Franklin Park race. WMDP moved into second place in the Grand Prix series with this win, just one point behind Greater Derry Track Club, whose members finished third in the masters team race with a split squad, as some team members competed in a NH Grand Prix event in the Granite State. GDTC still holds the lead in the 50+ women’s team competition, with GLRR right behind.

With two races left in the Grand Prix series, many team races are too close to call. Harriers in the hunt for individual and team glory will return to Franklin Park on November 9 for the USATF-NE Championship Race, with visions of emptied and restocked porta-potties in their heads.

An XC Grand Prix Update

By: Chris Canning,  USATF-NE XC Committee Member


wmdpxcA late location change brought the second leg of the Cross Country Grand Prix series to the flat gravel paths around Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA.  While this course may not have had the same cross country feel as Stanley Park, it provided harriers with an opportunity to run fast times around a very scenic location.

The open men’s race saw David Wilson and Sam Alexander (BAA) renew their battle for Grand Prix supremacy with Wilson reversing the result from last month’s GBTC Invitational to tie up the series at 29 points each.  HFC teammates and Milton neighbors Jason Cakouros and Justin Renz took the top two positions in the 40-49 men’s race, moving Renz (who ran 22 miles the day before the race) into the 40-49 men’s lead with 27 points.  Mark Reeder (GLRR) continued to stretch his 50-59 men’s lead with 30 points after another first place finish hours before his 55th birthday and Bruce Bond (GBTC) became the 60+ men’s leader with 28 points.

The open women’s race was won by Kerri Leonhardt (GBTC) while Apryl Sabadosa (WMDP) placed second.  A third place finish by Caroline Martin (GBTC) moved her into the open women’s lead with 27 points. Maura McDonald (WMDP) led six Lady Wolves finishers in the 40-49 women’s division, and teammate Dana Parrot continues to lead the series with 27 points.  Trish Bourne (GLRR) was once again victorious in the 50-59 women’s division and leads that division with 30 points.

The hosts from WMDP won the open men’s team race while GBTC’s second place finish ensured they would maintain their overall series lead.  GBTC’s 9 points lead both SISU and HFC who are tied for second with 6 points.  WMDP’s win moves them to fourth in the series with 5 points.  HFC’s first place finish in the 40+ men’s team division moved them into the series lead and GBTC’s 60+ men’s team gave that division its first score of the series.

The open women’s team race saw similar results as first Grand Prix series event with GBTC edging out WMDP.  GBTC leads the overall series with 10 points while WMDP is in second with 8 points.  SISU’s third place finish moves them into a tie with GLRR for 3rd in the series with 3 points each. WMDP won the women’s 40+ team competition to move into a tie with GLRR for second in that division.  Greater Derry Track Club, whose “Hot Flashes” team of 50+ women finished a strong 2nd in the 40+ race and won the 50+ team race uncontested, leads both the 40+ and 50+ women’s team competitions in the overall series.

Thanks go out from the WMDP to all who made the trip west, and from your non-WMDP blogger to the Wolves of Western Mass for putting on a terrific race. The Grand Prix series resumes on October 26th with the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park.

To view the updated XC Grand Prix standings, visit the USATF-NE website here.



XC Grand Prix, Round One!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

Your erstwhile cross country bloggers had to miss the opening race in the Grand Prix series due to family events both foreseen and unforeseen, but we were fortunate to get a recap from T. J. Unger of HFC Striders. T. J. had this to say about the GBTC Invitational on Sept. 7:

  • “The GBTC race was a great start to the XC season.  I think the real highlights were that the women’s race had 4 full scoring USATF teams and that SISU made their presence felt in the men’s Open race. . . . Mike Mahon gave a stunning rendition of the national anthem which was well received by the participants and Tom Derderian dazzled the crowds with his harmonica playing and ‘Call to the Post.’ Top runners and teams received pies that looked delicious (unfortunately can’t comment on the taste because neither I nor HFC got one).”

T.J. acknowledged that the host GBTC dominated the team competition, and he specifically called out Ethan Nedeau, Mark Reeder and John Barbour for strong performances in the men’s masters/seniors races (they won the 40+, 50+ and 60+ divisions, respectively).  T. J. also made some pretty serious accusations about the pie-handling skills of the GBTC and potential Board of Health violations, but it’s possible his own pie-lessness influenced his reporting skills at this point.

The Grand Prix scoring following the meet can be viewed here. GBTC did indeed dominate the open team competition, but Greater Lowell swept both masters and seniors team competition on both the men’s and women’s side. Sam Alexander of BAA won the open men’s race, while Alyse Rocco of GBTC finished first among the women.

wmdpxcThis coming weekend the Grand Prix series heads west of 495 (and in fact west of 84), out to the WMDP Cross Country Festival. This race has changed venues from the past few years—it will take place at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA. Rumor has it the change has something to do with the availability of non-pie-related refreshments post-race, but for now the vital piece of information for all runners is that the terrain here is more carriage roads than cross country trails, so road racing flats are recommended rather than cross country spikes. Hope to see many of you out here in the wilds of Western MA!

USATF-NE Annual Meeting Election Results

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.

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