Cross Country

New England Athletes to Compete at USATF National Club XC Championships in Bend, Oregon

The USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series came to a close last month with the New England Championship race at Franklin Park in Boston. Throughout the five race series, we saw several strong performances, from individuals and teams in both the open and masters competition.

In final results, GBTC took the women’s open team competition, with WMDP and Millennium coming in second and third respectively. The GBTC men’s squad also came in first for their open competition. HFC was second, with BAA in third. Sean Duncan of WMDP was the individual winner in the men’s open series and NBB’s Sydney Fitzpatrick was the women’s open overall winner. Full results of the Grand Prix standings, including all team and individual scoring can be viewed here.

With all of this New England racing behind us, there is still one more cross country race on the horizon for many of these athletes – the USATF National Club XC Championships, which will be held on December 14th in Bend, Oregon at River’s Edge Golf Course. According to the USATF website, the championships “will feature the top clubs from across the United States as they vie for honors and bragging rights as the nation’s top cross country team. More than 100 teams and 1,200 competitors are expected to compete.” For a sense of the competition at these championships, the 2012 results are here.

A number of New England athletes are entered to compete, including those from GBTC, NBB, HFC Striders and Greater Springfield Harriers. Best of luck to these teams and runners as they prepare for their races next Saturday!



Local scholastic runners turned in impressive performances at the recent Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Northeast Qualifier at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, NY. The meet was one of the eight qualifiers, and included the six New England states, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The top two teams and several at-large teams from around the country, plus the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the final on December 14th in Oregon.

Four top ten finishes in the girls race came from the following New Engalnders: Race runner-up Abbie McNulty (Bishop Feehan – Attleboro, MA), fourth place finisher Autumn Eastman (Champlain Valley Union HS, VT), Fifth-place Emma McMillan (Barrington, RI)  and Hannah Parker who came in at 10th place (Coe-Brown – Northwood, NH). Additionally, three New England teams placed in the top five: Black Bear XC / Coe Brown Northwood, NH (3rd); Rocks XC / Bishop Feehan, Attleboro, MA (4th); and Eagles / Barrington, RI (5th).

The boys race saw Christian Stafford of Pembroke, MA come in 4th place and Nick Carleo of Newburyport, MA in 10th, with Titans of Pembroke being the top New England team in 7th place.

At the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Qualifier at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City, Anoush Shehadeh, a junior at Phillips Academy Andover, placed second —  the sole New England association runner to advance as a top 10 finisher. Three runners each from Connecticut and Maine will also go to the 35th annual National meet in San Diego, CA on December 14.


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Anoush Shehadeh of  Phillips Academy Andover places second at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Qualifier. (Photo credit:


XC Grand Prix – Big Finish On Sunday

Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

For some cross country athletes in our association, their season still has some time to go, as many are planning to race at the USATF National Club XC Championships in Bend, Oregon next month. However, the USATF-NE Grand Prix series is coming to a close on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston with the USATF-NE XC Championship race.

After four events, who is leading the series? Our highlights are below, but the full XC Grand Prix standings to date can be found on our website here. Join us on Sunday at Franklin Park to see how the series plays out. Looking at how close many of the individual/team competitions are in the standings, it should be an exciting race. More information on Sunday’s race can be found here.


Open Teams

The women’s open team competition shows the tightest race, where Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) and Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) are tied for first with 45 points each. Millennium Running, a club that just emerged for the last two races, is in third with 25 points.

While the competition isn’t quite as close in the men’s open team scoring, there are still just 15 points separating the first through third place teams. GBTC is in first with 42 points, HFC Striders is in second (32 points) and WMPD rounds out third place (27 points).

Masters – Age Group Teams

The 40+, 50+ and 60+ age group teams also have seen team scoring in the series. WMPD is leading the women’s 40+ teams with 57 points, with Greater Lowell Road Runners (GLRR) and Greater Derry Track Club trailing in second and third respectively. The men’s 40+ teams have a strong top three with HFC, GBTC and GLRR (in that order). Moving up to men’s 50+ teams, we see those same three teams yet again, but in a different order — GLRR leads, with GBTC and HFC trailing.


Open Athletes

Looking at individual performers, GBTC’s Alyson Millett leads the open women competitors — but Caroline Bjune of Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A) is just 14 points behind, and Sydney Fitzpatrick of New Balance Boston (NBB) trails by just three points.

On the men’s open side, WMDP’s Sean Duncan leads with 295 points, despite missing the Mayor’s Cup race. He is followed by the only two male runners over 200 points, both of GBTC – Ryan Irwin and Jonathon Charlesworth.

Masters – Age Group Athletes

HFC Striders is dominating the men’s 40-49 age group athletes, with Jason Cakourus (also USATF-NE XC Chair) leading the group in 355 points. His teammates Phil Parks and Justin Renz follow in second and third in the standings.

The men’s 50-59 age group has three individuals between 300-345 points. While Bob Collins of B.A.A. is currently leading, Dan Verrington of Central Mass Striders (CMS) is on his heels just five points back. GLRR’s Mark Reeder stands strong in third place.

GBTC is claiming the top three spots in the men’s 60+ age group. Bruce Bond (395 points), USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (370 points) and Joel Bargmann (180 points) lead this group.

The women’s 40-49 group has a tight race to the top. Trish Bourne of GLRR and Dana Parrot of WMPD are currently tied for first with 290 points. Karin George of WMPD is in third, not far behind with 270 points.

Anne Hird has a significant lead in the women’s 50-59 age group, with 135 points separating her from the closest runner. GLRR’s Mary Casey-Gorman and WMDP’s Leann Cerpovicz round out the top three in this group.

Mary Sharkey of CMS is the lone 60+ participant, though she has completed all four races in the series thus far.


A Statement from USATF-NE President Tom Derderian

“After the recent Mayor’s Cup cross-country meet, several elected athletes representatives came to the monthly USATF-NE board meeting with observations and suggestions about what happened as the lead pack in the men’s championship race ran loops in a different order. The athletes reps had gathered information from participants about what had happened and their complaints and compliments.  The rule book states that runners can be disqualified if they run short of the official course but nothing about mixing up the order of loops. For the future a decision process will be used that will include some of the provisions in the rule book such as a designated meet director, referee, course marshall, and games committee to adjudicate any unforeseen occurrences.” –  Tom Derderian, USATF-NE President

Refer to page 148 of the rule book for the section mentioned above:

Race Preview: Mayor’s Cup XC

The Mayor’s Cup Cross Country race began in 1990. According to the B.A.A. website, the event has “become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship.”

Tomorrow, teams and athletes from all over will toe the start line at Franklin Park in Boston for the Mayor’s Cup races. The event features six different races for various ages and abilities, which take off between 10 am and noon ET. There are more than 850 runners entered already, and more than half of those are youth.

The women’s and men’s championship races will look to provide some exciting competition from the club teams participating, as the Mayor’s Cup serves as the fourth of five races in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Cross Country series. The entries so far show a mix of teams from New England and New York coming to race. On the men’s side we expect to see teams on the course from: BAA, GBTC, HFC Striders, New Balance Boston, Community College of RI, Bryn Mawr RC, Central Park TC-New Balance, Pacers/New Balance and Manhattan Aeronauts. The women’s championship race will feature teams from BAA, GBTC, Cambridge RC, Millennium Running, New Balance Boston and Central Park TC -New Balance.

Looking at the teams entered, it will be interesting to see how the New York teams fare at the New England event. Will they outrace the New Englanders on their home turf? And on the women’s side, we’ve recently seen Millenium Running come into the mix, as the New Hampshire based club took the team title at the last USATF-NE Grand Prix race, Wayland XC Festival, beating out WMDP and GBTC.

Any predictions for which teams and individuals will take the top spots tomorrow? We’ll know soon enough. Hope to see you out on the course!




HFC Striders Awarded Grant to Compete at USATF Club XC Nationals

This month, USATF-NE awarded HFC Striders with a grant for the cross country season to assist the team in sending members to compete in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on December 14.


Western Mass Distance Project XC Meet – Full Results

Full results below are from the Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) XC Meet, the second race in the USATF-NE Grand Prix XC series. WMPD won both the men’s and women’s open races, and Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) took second in both.

Western Mass Distance Project XC Meet – 9/8/2013
Stanley Park Westfield, MA
2013 USATF-NE Grand Prix #2

Event 1 Women 5k
Name Age Team Avg Mile Finals Pts 40+
1 Rocco, Alyse 23 Greater Bost 5:45.9 17:54.53 1
2 McGilpin, Julie 23 Unattached 5:56.0 18:25.79
3 Lesnhardt, Kerri Greater Bost 6:00.8 18:40.70 2
4 Mathews-Hegarty, Meaghan 31 Whirlaway Ra 6:11.0 19:12.45
5 Bjune, Caroline 39 Boston Athle 6:11.4 19:13.79
6 Mahoney, Abby 35 WMDP 6:12.4 19:16.80 3
7 Krause, Ashley 36 WMDP 6:15.8 19:27.47 4
8 Chviruk, Cat 26 Boston Athle 6:16.7 19:30.23
9 Sabadosa, Apryl WMDP 6:19.6 19:39.36 5
10 Cardin, Rachael 22 WMDP 6:24.9 19:55.58 6
11 Rusiecki, Amy 34 WMDP 6:27.4 20:03.45 7
12 Bittermann, Sarah 21 Unattached 6:27.7 20:04.29
13 Bisceglia, Megan Greater Bost 6:28.6 20:07.14 8
14 Bourne, Trish 49 Greater Lowell RR 6:30.6 20:13.44
15 Christoph, Laura 31 WMDP 6:33.3 20:21.68 9
16 Parrot, Dana 43 WMDP 6:37.0 20:33.20 10
17 Sisson, Meghan WMDP 6:50.7 21:15.99
18 Jacobs-Townsley, Sophia 12 WMDP 7:00.8 21:47.17
19 Cohen, Danielle 24 Greater Bost 7:00.9 21:47.56 11
20 Hird, Anne 54 Rmhp 7:08.4 22:10.82
21 Aronson, Janet WMDP 7:10.3 22:16.64 1M
22 Alban, Brianna Greater Bost 7:12.2 22:22.70 12
23 Mirti, Michelle WMDP 7:15.3 22:32.34
24 Queeney, Kate 43 WMDP 7:19.3 22:44.70 2M
25 Diana, Vanessa 43 WMDP 7:27.8 23:11.04 3M
26 Cerpovicz, Leeann 51 WMDP 7:43.1 23:58.76
27 Mogan, Lindsey Waltham Track Club 7:50.6 24:21.86
28 Sharkey, Mary 63 Central Mass 7:51.6 24:25.12
29 Hastings, Cynthia Greater Bost 9:13.1 28:38.16 13

Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7
1 Western Mass Distance Proj 25 3 4 5 6 7 9 10
Total Time: 1:38:22.66 Average: 19:40.54
2 Greater Boston Track Club 34 1 2 8 11 12 13
Total Time: 1:40:52.63 Average: 20:10.53

1 Western Mass Distance Project 6 1 2 3
Event 2 Men 8k Run CC Varsity
Name Age Team Avg Mile Finals Pts 40+ 50+
1 Duncan, Sean WMDP 5:05.5 25:18.25 1
2 Quadrozzi, Kevin WMDP 5:11.4 25:47.91 2
3 Irwin, Ryan 29 Greater Bost 5:16.8 26:14.36 3
4 Allan, Charly Greater Bost 5:18.6 26:23.37 4
5 O’Connell, Ryan 22 Unattached 5:20.1 26:30.91
6 Erskine, Andrew New Balance Boston 5:21.9 26:40.13
7 Brandon, Kevin 23 Unattached 5:22.2 26:41.44
8 Weissigner, Mathew 26 WMDP 5:23.7 26:48.96 5
9 Unger, TJ 35 Hfc Striders 5:25.5 26:58.10 6
10 Regnier, Jesse 26 WMDP 5:27.0 27:05.29 7
11 Lewis, Daniel Greater Bost 5:29.4 27:17.05 8
12 Evanter, Caleb Greater Bost 5:31.1 27:25.54 9
13 Carlone, Mike Greater Bost 5:32.7 27:33.74 10
14 Gough, Ryan 29 Greater Lowe 5:33.2 27:36.09
15 Rayner, Kenny Hfc Striders 5:33.5 27:37.58 11
16 Danforth, Lee 35 Hfc Striders 5:35.4 27:47.02 12
17 Reeder, Mark 53 Greater Lowe 5:37.1 27:55.34 1S
18 Kopcsay, James Greater Bost 5:37.5 27:57.36 13
19 Chalmers, Andrew 23 Greater Bost 5:39.4 28:06.75 14
20 Frissora, Anthony WMDP 5:39.5 28:07.65 15
21 Cordero, Ivan 26 WMDP 5:40.5 28:12.39 16
22 Hegarty, Joseph 29 Whirlaway Ra 5:40.9 28:14.50
23 Nedeau, Ethan 40 Central Mass 5:42.0 28:19.81
24 Mahoney, Tim 34 Central Mass 5:43.7 28:28.39
25 Gingras, Philip 26 WMDP 5:46.6 28:42.82 17
26 Burger, Scott 22 Unattached 5:52.4 29:11.52
27 Cakouros, Jason 48 Hfc Striders 5:54.5 29:21.89 18 1M
28 Lynch, Brendan 35 Hfc Striders 5:56.4 29:31.36 19
29 Parsley, Will 51 Hfc Striders 5:57.8 29:38.28 20 2M 2S
30 Canning, Chris 24 Hfc Striders 5:58.2 29:40.48 21
31 Coolong, Adam 21 Unattached 5:59.6 29:47.45
32 Verrington, Dan 41 Central Mass 5:59.8 29:48.31
33 Regan, Patrick WMDP 6:01.3 29:55.94
34 Uzenski, Matthew 31 Greater Bost 6:01.5 29:56.99
35 Haryasz, Daniel 24 Unattached 6:01.7 29:57.72
36 Landry, Rob 44 Greater Spri 6:01.9 29:58.61
37 Collins, Bob 52 Boston Athle 6:04.5 30:11.92
38 Fallon, Jimmy 53 Hfc Striders 6:07.2 30:25.33 3M 3S
39 Lynch, Bob Empire One 6:07.5 30:26.87
40 Parrot, Edward 43 Greater Spri 6:11.9 30:48.46
41 Parks, Phil 47 Hfc Striders 6:12.3 30:50.37 4M
42 Gilfeather, Steven 22 Unattached 6:15.4 31:05.91
43 Barbour, John 59 Greater Lowe 6:27.9 32:07.88 4S
44 Urquiola, Michael 46 Greater Bost 6:30.1 32:18.77
45 Menard, Dave 47 Boston Athle 6:30.7 32:22.14
46 Dixon, William 66 Greater Lowe 6:33.1 32:33.68 5S
47 Mitchell, Chas 24 Greater Bost 6:36.1 32:48.59
48 Ross, Ken 51 Greater Bost 6:42.2 33:18.94 6S
49 Emmendorf, Joe 48 Unattached 6:48.5 33:50.55
50 Bond, Bruce 61 Greater Bost 6:53.6 34:15.77 7S 1V
51 Auskern, Barry 53 Greater Spri 7:02.4 34:59.43
52 Kakos, Pete Unattached 7:11.7 35:45.87
53 Bargmann, Joel 61 Greater Bost 7:20.5 36:29.66 8S 2V
54 Fuller, John 26 Unattached 7:32.2 37:27.81
55 Stocker, Wayne 59 Greater Spri 7:33.0 37:31.47
56 Swistak, Julian 52 Unattached 7:33.4 37:33.69
57 Derderian, Tom 64 Greater Bost 7:43.6 38:24.45 9S 3V
58 Lynch, Matt 54 Hfc Striders 8:00.6 39:48.96 5M 10S
59 Pitoniak, Steve 42 Unattached 8:10.4 40:37.69
60 Guiel, Jeff 47 Unattached 8:16.5 41:08.08
61 Brady, Benjamin 34 Unattached 9:15.3 46:00.00
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7
1 Western Mass Distance Proj 30 1 2 5 7 15 16 17
Total Time: 2:13:08.06 Average: 26:37.62
2 Greater Boston Track Club 34 3 4 8 9 10 13 14
Total Time: 2:14:54.07 Average: 26:58.82
3 Hfc Striders 66 6 11 12 18 19 20 21
Total Time: 2:21:15.95 Average: 28:15.19

1 Hfc Striders 15 1 2 3 4 5

50+ (3 score)
1 Gr.Lowell Roadrunners 10 1 4 5
2 HFC Striders 15 2 3 10
3 Greater Boston TC 21 6 7 8 (9)

60+ (3 score)
1 Greater Boston TC 6 1 2 3


Don’t forget, the USATF-NE Annual Meeting is September 22

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.


New England Cross Country Season is Upon Us

Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

The winding down of summer signifies a lot of things. For many, it means back to school time, no more beach weather or vacations. But for distance runners, it represents the start of cross country season – when people battle it out on Saturdays and Sundays through mud, in uneven terrain and up hills in a variety of weather conditions, over the course of anywhere from 3.1 to 6.2 miles. In New England in particular, this season is especially anticipated due to the number of great cross country courses in the region as well as strong team and individual competition.


Athlete of the Year Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2012 Male and Female Athlete of the Year as well as Club of the Year. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 1st, 2013. USATFNE members may submit a nomination by email to the Board of Directors, by posting a comment nomination on the USATF-NE Facebook page, or by tweeting your nomination to us with our handle in the tweet (@usatfne).

Who impressed you in 2012? What stories really stick out in your mind? There were outstanding performances by association members from high school through college and on up to the pros, so don’t be afraid to go beyond the Grand Prix standings for your nominations. Speaking of the Grand Prix, you can find final standings for road racing, MUT and cross country on the USATF-NE website to help you jog your memory.

The final 5 nominees for each category will be announced January 3rd and YOU will have the opportunity to vote for your athlete and club of choice.

Stay tuned for more information in upcoming days, including a link to where you can vote.

In the meantime, make sure you purchase your tickets to the USATFNE Awards Banquet in advance here:

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