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.

Cross Country Grand Prix 2014: Here we go!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member


Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

Sunday, Sept. 7 marks the kickoff to the 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series, with the Greater Boston Track Club XC Invitational in Wellesley, MA. An updated list of the series scoring rules and awards structure can be found here.

Before jumping into the upcoming series, let’s remind ourselves of the 2013 series results. Starting with the women’s side, GBTC pulled out a decisive victory at the final, championship meet in Franklin Park last November to break a tie with Western Mass Distance Project and take the series title. Millennium Running burst onto the scene halfway through the season and made a decisive run, finishing a strong third place with only three races under their belts (singlets?). WMDP ran uncontested in the masters division for much of the season but scored a convincing win over six other teams at the championship meet to take the series title. In the senior division, Greater Derry Track Club scored the series win despite losing the championship to Cambridge Sports Union. Liberty AC stood alone atop the 60+ podium. Individual series winners were Sydney Fitzpatrick of New Balance Boston in the open division, Dana Parrot of WMDP in masters and Anne Hird of Ronald McDonald House of Providence in the 50+ division.

Many of last year’s competitors will toe the line this Sunday, and we asked them for their thoughts on what makes cross country (and this series) so special. It’s generally not hard to convince distance runners of the joys of cross country, but Anne Hird put it both succinctly and artfully: “It is running in its purest form. Times don’t matter, because each course is different; it is all about head-to-head racing.” That head-to-head racing is enhanced by the series format; as Anne points out, there’s a certain “camaraderie that comes from running against the same group throughout the series.” (This writer can attest to the special camaraderie of being passed by Anne at about the 2-mile mark of almost every race.)

Dana Parrot probably speaks for many of us when she says that her favorite memory of last year’s season was the final, championship race: “I was terrified and thrilled to be at the starting line with some of my former teammates (when I lived in New England almost 20 years ago).  My speed may be lacking compared to back then, but my heart is still in the game.”

If this still doesn’t have you digging through the mudroom for your spikes, GBTC would like to whet your appetite for cross country with. . . pie. That’s right, pie, at the first race of the series; not really much more to say. See you there!

Stay tuned for more updates and a men’s 2013 recap too!


Next Stop in the Road Racing Grand Prix: GMAA Labor Day 15k

Four races down and three to go in the USATF-NE Road Racing Grand Prix series. Next up: the Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) Labor Day 15k on August 31 at 9 am in South Burlington, VT. And if you’re not on this list, it means you haven’t registered yet. Online registration closes on August 29 and race day registration will be held at South Burlington High School between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 


Need to know a little more about the race? First, it’s a USATF-NE Grand Prix championship, as mentioned. Teams and individuals looking to maintain or move up in the standings only have a few opportunities to do so, and this is one of them. For reference, the Grand Prix team leaders are currently:

  • Men’s open team: Western Mass Distance Project
  • Men’s 40+ team: Central Mass Striders
  • Men’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
  • Men’s 60+ team: Greater Lowell Road Runners
  • Men’s 70+ team: Gate City Striders
  • Women’s open team: Millennium Running
  • Women’s 40+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
  • Women’s 50+ team: Whirlaway Racing Team
  • Women’s 60+ team: Gate City Striders

Individual open leaders are Whirlaway’s Ruben Sanca and GBTC’s Nicole Casey. However, the standings across the board are close, with leaders only ahead by a point or two.

For added incentive to trek up to the Green Mountain state, keep in mind the $3,400 available in cash prizes. Here is the break-down of team, individual and age group awards.

Lastly, if you’d like a course description before departing for the race this weekend, Level Renner published a detailed preview of the 15k course that offers views of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks and Lake Champlain.

Will we see you there?

Results: USATF National One Hour Race Walk Championships

2014 USATF National One Hour Race Walk

New Balance Track at Newell Stadium Gloucester, MA Sunday, August 10, 2014

New England Walkers (NEW) and USA Track & Field New England Association thank you for competing in the 2014 USATF National One Hour Race Walk. We were proud to offer this opportunity to compete in a race sanctioned by USA Track and Field and look forward to seeing you at our events in the future.

Complete Results

Distance covered in meters
           USA National One Hour Race Walk Championship - 8/10/2014
                   Newell Stadium, Gloucester MA

Men 1 Hour Walk (8:30 a.m.)
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1 Michael Giuseppe Mannozzi 28 Shore Athletic Club    12525m  1 US
* 2 Emerson Hernandez         25 unattached             12335m  * El Salvador
  3 Dave Talcott              54 Shore Athletic Club    11718m  2 US 1 M50
  4 Edward O'Rourke III       52 New England Walkers    10554m  3 US 2 M50
  5 Dan O'Brien               49 Pegasus A.C.           10486m  4 US 1 M45
  6 Bill Vayo                 50 Shore Athletic Club    10045m  5 US 3 M50
  7 Robert Keating            67 New England Walkers     9963m  6 US 1 M65
  8 Leon Jasionowski          69 Pegasus A.C.            9727m       2 M65
  9 Larry Epstein             55 New England Walkers     9659m       1 M55
 10 Bill Reed                 61 Pegasus A.C.            9447m       1 M50
*11 Stephan Mayeux            50 unattached              9309m  * France
 12 Jay Diener                66 New England Walkers     8972m       3 M65
 13 James Carmines Jr         71 So Cal Track Club       8718m       1 M70
 14 Charles Mansbach          69 New England Walkers     8450m       4 M65
 15 John Starr                86 Philadelphia            8009m       1 M85
 16 Gustave Davis             76 Connecticut             7329m       1 M75
 17 Richard Ruquist           76 New England Walkers     6896m       2 M75
 -- Thomas Knatt              74 New England Walkers        DQ
 -- Brian Savilonis           64 New England Walkers        DQ

1 - Shore AC  (Mannozzi, Talcott, Vayo) - 34,288 meters

2 - NE Walkers (O'Rourke, Keating, Epstein) - 30,176 meters

3 - Pegasus AC (O'Brien, Jasionowski, Reed) - 29,660 meters

Women 1 Hour Walk  (9:45 a.m.)
 One Hour Walk
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1 Maria Michta              28 Walk Usa               12210m
  2 Erin Taylor-Talcott       36 Shore Athletic Club    11728m
  3 Katie Burnett             25 unattached             11389m
  4 Meaghan Podlaski          17 unattached             10486m  1 Junior
  5 Kayla Allen               15 Auburn Parks            9664m  2 Junior
  6 Debbie Topham             61 Pegasus A.C.            9513m  1 60-64
  7 Pamela Allie-Morrill      51 unattached              9133m  1 50-54
  8 Valentina Vaitones        17 Golden Spike            8596m  3 Junior
  9 Kay Carmines              68 So Cal Track Club       7832m  1 65-69

Concurrent open 3000m
  1 Alana Zeidler             13 Sheffield,England      17:41.0

Officials included Judges included Maryanne Daniel, Ron Daniel, Tom Knatt, Rich McElvery, Tom Menendez, Steve Vaitones and Bill Harriman (recorder)

USATF-NE Club Spotlight: NE Distance

Many of you may have heard of the USATF-NE, Rhode Island-based club NE Distance. If you haven’t, you should know that

David Goodman competing at the 2013 USATF Outdoor T&F Championship in the 3,000m Steeplechase - Photo Credit:

David Goodman competing at the 2013 USATF Outdoor T&F Championship in the 3,000m Steeplechase – Photo Credit:

it was started by Nich Haber in 2012. Nich is the club’s President of the Board (on a Board that includes American Record Holder Molly Huddle!), but also serves as an acting Executive Director, managing business issues, fundraising, grant writing and maintaining relationships with partners. On top of this, Nich manages travel and race entries for the athletes, helps them obtain part-time work with their after-school partners in Woonsocket and coordinates their youth program with the Woonsocket public school system.

As you can tell, Nich wears several hats and has been working hard since 2012 to get NE Distance off the ground and growing to compete at a highly competitive level. It appears that his work has paid off by looking at the club’s current roster, which includes:

  • David Goodman— The 2012 NCAA DII National Champion in the Steeplechase and a three-time USATF-NE Champion
  • Henry Sterling — NE Distance’s newest athlete, he’s a Dartmouth grad who sees his potential best in the Steeplechase, but is interested in staying a well-rounded runner by competing in the mile and 5k as well
  • Katrina Spratford —  The 8-time All American from Shippensburg, is a 10k runner that is focusing on Cross Country in the fall and may do some road races
  • Lara Crofford — A Nebraska Cornhusker, has been a strong 10k runner but is looking to move up in distance and take to the roads

We caught up with Nich on how the club has grown, what they’ve been up to. To sum it up, Nich told us that “Every year has been better than the one before it, and I know that next year will be better than this one!” His optimism and excitement is great to hear. Check out our interview with Nich below to get up to speed on the community-based distance running project.

USATF-NE: How has NE Distance grown since its founding in 2012?

NH: We started with one athlete in 2012, added another at the beginning of 2013, two more in September of 2013 and we’re looking to have eight this fall.  We’ve doubled every year!  At this rate, in a few years everyone on earth will be an NE Distance athlete!

Seriously, it’s been a challenge to start a group like this from the ground up and the athletes that have joined us truly believe in our mission of blending athlete development with community building. We expanded this year to include athletes that are not full athlete-in-resident fellows.  They are committed to train at a high level, but do not need housing from us.  We are excited as the more athletes we have in our group, the more of a critical mass we hit and the better the program is for everyone involved – the other athletes, the community and our fans who are looking for more athletes to root for.

USATF-NE: Are you actively recruiting?

NH: We have three slots open for our non-resident members.  We are looking for folks who want to live in the Woonsocket/Providence area who want to compete at a high level.

USATF-NE: We saw that your team recently signed up 145 kids for a new middle school program. This is great! Any specific plans for this new program or anything in particular you’d like to share about it?

NH: This is probably our proudest achievement and is truly a culmination of what we are trying to do with the NE Distance program.  Woonsocket middle school sports were all but eliminated in 2009 due to budget cuts.  Our athletes moved into town and started to get everyone’s notice.  We were lucky to find Performance Physical Therapy of RI who was interested in sponsoring us to restart the middle school cross country team.  As soon as we announced it, a reporter from the local paper called me up and we were literally front page news.

For the public school system, they were absolutely thrilled.  They were getting high level athletes who had already spent at least a year working with Woonsocket youth to come in and coach the kids at the middle school.  The NEDi athletes went into the schools to sign up kids and were overwhelmed; 145 kids signed up. Lara has already started weekly runs with the kids in town and everyone will be back in Woonsocket in August gearing up to kick off the team at the end of the summer.

We are seeking a sponsor to help us continue this program for the kids into the indoor and outdoor seasons, so if anyone is interested in helping our team help these young people, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

USATF-NE: Are any USATF-NE hosted races a part of NE Distance’s upcoming race schedule – and if so, which ones, and why?  

NH: Our goal is to have our athletes compete on Team USA, so the USATF-NE races are great vehicles to get us to that level.  We will definitely be at the Cross Country races this fall, especially the Boston Mayor Cup and the USATF-NE Championship. The CVS Downtown 5k is in our backyard, so we’ll be there. USATF-NE hosts some of the best indoor meets in the country, so look for us at the BU Terrier & Valentine meets as well as the USATF-NE Championships. Outdoors, we’re big fans of the NBB Twilight Meets.

And be sure to look for our middle school kids to open up their season at the Ocean State XC meet in Goddard Park in Rhode Island on Friday Sept 26.

Results: USATF-NE Open & Masters Track & Field Championships

Regis College, Weston, MA – 6/29/2014

Team Scores


  • 1. Gr.Boston TC 81
  • 2. Sprinticity 35
  • 3. Dare2Dream 16
  • 4. Twilight Throwers 9;
  • 5. CMS, Mass Velocity, and CSU, 7
  • 8. Patriot PV and NEWalkers 6;
  • 10. HFC Striders and WMDP, 5
  • 12. Waltham TC 4
  • 13. NewBalance Boston and BAA 3
  • 15. MIT PV and Nitehawks 2
  • 17.  SISU Project and Somerville RR 1.


  • 1. Gr.Boston TC 42
  • 2. Mass Velocity 22
  • 3. New Balance Boston and Waltham TC 10
  • 5. Dare2Dream and Twilight Throwers, 8
  • 7. SiSU Project 6
  • 8. Wellesley Youth TF, Golden Spikes, MIT PV, Patriot PV, Seekonk Warriors and Providence Cobras 5
  • 14. Endurance Unlimited 3
  • 15. Whirlaway 2


Ribfest 5M (2014 GP Race #4)

Ribfest 5M – June 15, 2014 – 2014 GP Race #4

Plc  Name                  ClubName                GunTime  SAge DvPlPtsChipTime AG %    AGPl Bib   Town

1    Jeffrey Veiga         Team RUN                24:19.3  M23  1   10   24:20  87.67%  16   355   LOWELL MA
2    Brian Harvey          BAA                     24:26.5  M27  2   9    24:27  87.25%  18   1944  BOSTON MA
3    Nathaniel Jenkins     Central Mass Striders   24:36.5  M33  3   8    24:37  87.95%  14   195   NORTH ANDOVER MA
4    Eric Ashe             BAA                     24:53.4  M25  4   7    24:54  85.68%  30   1949  BOSTON MA
5    Sean Duncan           Western Mass Dist Proj  25:01.9  M24  5   6    25:02  85.22%  35   237   ARLINGTON MA
6    Justin Freeman        Team RUN                25:09.0  M37  6   5    25:09  88.14%  13   1960  NEW HAMPTON NH
7    Christopher Kibler    Greater Boston TC       25:19.5  M24  7   4    25:20  84.21%  47   245   TOWNSEND MA
8    Peter Omae            Team RUN                25:22.6  M36  8   3    25:23  86.51%  23   1962  LOWELL MA
9    Robert Gomez          Dirigo R.C.             25:24.9  M30  9   2    25:23  84.43%  44   179   PORTLAND ME
10   Daniel Barry          Western Mass Dist Proj  25:28.1  M27  10  1    25:28  83.77%  54   9948  SOUTHWICK MA
11   Brad Mish             BAA                     25:28.8  M27  11  0    25:29  83.72%  56   1943  BOSTON MA
12   Kevin Johnson         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:38.9  M25  12  0    25:37  83.28%  62   238   LEBANON NH
13   Paul Rupprecht        NB Boston               25:40.6  M30  13  0    25:41  83.41%  59   9934  CAMBRIDGE MA
14   Daniel Princic        Whirlaway Racing Team   25:41.8  M34  14  0    25:42  84.68%  42   9909  READING MA
15   Jesse Regnier         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:43.7  M26  15  0    25:44  82.90%  69   230   NORTHAMPTON MA
16   David Johnson         Western Mass Dist Proj  25:44.4  M25  16  0    25:42  83.01%  68   236   NORTHAMPTON MA
17   Adam Goode            Dirigo R.C.             25:45.0  M30  17  0    25:43  83.31%  60   174   BANGOR ME
18   David Metzger         Greater Boston TC       25:46.8  M28  18  0    25:46  82.81%  70   190   MEDFORD MA
19   Jason Ayr             Western Mass Dist Proj  25:50.3  M26  19  0    25:50  82.58%  72   231   NORTHAMPTON MA
20   Brandon Newbould      Whirlaway Racing Team   25:54.2  M32  20  0    25:55  83.19%  65   9906  NOTTINGHAM NH
21   Sean Hyland           BAA                     25:54.3  M29  21  0    25:53  82.59%  71   1954  CAMBRIDGE MA
22   Patrick Rich          Central Mass Striders   25:55.1  M37  22  0    25:54  85.74%  29   196   SOUTH HAMILTON MA
23   Scott Leslie          Central Mass Striders   25:58.4  M32  23  0    25:57  83.15%  66   199   RUTLAND MA
24   Mike Galoob           Westerly Track & AC     26:02.6  M40  1   10   26:02  86.94%  21   269   PEACE DALE RI
25   Nils Schallner        BAA                     26:04.6  M33  24  0    26:04  83.05%  67   1951  CAMBRIDGE MA
26   Christopher Magill    BAA                     26:07.4  M41  2   9    26:08  87.36%  17   1946  CUMBERLAND RI
27   Michael Carlone       Greater Boston TC       26:10.8  M22  25  0    26:11  81.48%  82   157   WALTHAM MA
28   Ian Nurse             BAA                     26:11.7  M36  26  0    26:12  83.97%  51   1957  BOSTON MA
29   Ethan Brown           Team RUN                26:13.0  M29  27  0    26:13  81.45%  83   1958  LOWELL MA
30   John Stanton-Geddes   Green Mountain AA       26:15.4  M32  28  0    26:13  82.19%  74   255   BURLINGTON VT
31   Dan Roarke            Team RUN                26:15.8  M24  29  0    26:13  81.37%  85   9968  DRACUT MA
32   Morgan Kennedy        Central Mass Striders   26:17.5  M26  30  0    26:16  81.22%  88   197   GRAFTON MA
33   Greg Putnam           Central Mass Striders   26:18.0  M44  3   8    26:17  88.95%  11   200   STONEHAM MA
34   Kent Lemme            Gr Springfield Harriers 26:25.7  M47  1   10   26:25  90.59%  4    295   WILLIAMSTOWN MA
35   Peter Gurney          Green Mountain AA       26:27.0  M25  31  0    26:25  80.76%  99   106   WINOOSKI VT
36   Philip Shaw           Millennium Running      26:32.3  M29  32  0    26:29  80.69%  102  2     MANCHESTER NH
37   Scott Vander Molen    Western Mass Dist Proj  26:35.9  M25  33  0    26:34  80.30%  104  241   MEDFORD MA
38   Andrew Downey         Greater Lowell RR       26:40.7  M30  34  0    26:40  80.21%  105  53    LOWELL MA
39   Louis Saviano         Millennium Running      26:43.1  M23  35  0    26:42  79.90%  110  8     SANDOWN NH
40   Michael Bunker        Dirigo R.C.             26:43.4  M32  36  0    26:44  80.43%  103  176   LIBERTY ME
41   Benjamin Coughlin     Team RUN                26:43.6  M24  37  0    26:44  79.80%  114  1959  WORCESTER MA
42   Josh Steffen          Millennium Running      26:49.1  M33  38  0    26:46  80.95%  96   7     NEW LONDON NH
43   Gregory Picklesimer   Somerville Road Runners 26:49.9  M47  2   9    26:48  89.52%  8    9059  NEWTON MA
44   Ryan Gough            Greater Lowell RR       26:52.0  M30  39  0    26:52  79.67%  118  61    LOWELL MA
45   Eric Ouellette        Greater Boston TC       26:53.5  M21  40  0    26:53  79.55%  121  246   ASHBURNHAM MA
46   Eric Williams         Whirlaway Racing Team   26:54.0  M49  3   8    26:51  90.54%  5    9914  CONCORD NH
47   Adrian Macdonald      Greater Boston TC       26:55.8  M25  41  0    26:55  79.26%  129  112   ALLSTON MA
48   Caleb Evanter         Greater Boston TC       26:56.7  M26  42  0    26:56  79.21%  132  258   DORCHESTER MA
49   Matthew Germain       SISU Project            26:57.0  M32  43  0    26:53  80.04%  106  45    ACTON MA
50   Eric Mendoza          Greater Boston TC       26:59.1  M29  44  0    26:58  79.31%  125  22    DORCHESTER MA

New England Cross Country 2014: Closer than you think!

By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

Summer’s heat has just started to creep over New England, but it’s not too early to start thinking about running during the crisp days of fall. The 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series will again feature five races from September through November. The series, a mix of old favorites and a couple new races, is listed below and on the main cross country schedule page, where you can also find a rich array of other New England cross country races to choose from.


June 29: USATF-NE Outdoor Track & Field Championships


Sunday, June 29, 2014



  • The top placing  eligible* performers in four divisions – male and female placer in both track and field events, based on IAAF scoring table points – will receive $100.
  • Any division winning performance that tops 1000 points earns an additional $100.
  • The overall top point winner by an eligible athlete from among all four divisions will receive an additional $100.
  • If the top performer has met the standard, but is not eligible to receive prize money, the next top eligible finisher in the event who has met the standard and is eligible will receive the prize.
  • All Prize Money will be mailed to winners within ten days of the meet after verifying eligibility


  • Eligible means being a current USATF member in the New England association, not being a current NCAA athlete, and having no future NCAA eligibility

For more information, visit:

12.5 Laps On The Outdoor Track, Are You In?

The men's 5000 meter field at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet on May 10 - Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

The men’s 5000 meter field at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet on May 10 – Photo Credit: Tom Derderian

The 5000 meter race is a popular event for distance track and field athletes. However, for runners who keep to the roads and trails, many haven’t tested their strength on the flat oval. Now is their chance.

With the USATF-NE All Terrain Runner (ATR) series, distance runners test themselves on varying surfaces and distances, including the track. In fact, many athletes competing in the new series tried the distance at the recent New Balance Boston Twilight meet at Bentley University. New Balance Boston’s Marguerite Cramer took the women’s title in an impressive time of 17:49.01. But it was the men’s 5000 meter field that saw some serious depth. Twenty-eight competitors came through in under 18 minutes, with the winner Austin Gilbert crossing the finish line in 14:57.61.

If you’ve already completed your 5000 meter track race and are looking to score it in the ATR series, be sure to submit your time through our web form.

As a reminder, USATF-NE members may submit their own 5000 meter result from any USATF sanctioned track meet between May 5 and July 20. A competitor may complete several outdoor 5000 meter races. However, only the fastest time will count in the final scoring.

Here is a list of some upcoming outdoor track meets on our website. While the next two NBB Twilight Meets don’t feature the 5000 meter event, the fourth meet in their series does on June 7th.

For more information on the 2014 ATR series, visit our website. Next up in the schedule: the Loon Mountain Race on July 6th.

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