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USATF-NE Awards Banquet Recap

The USATF-NE Annual Awards Banquet was held this past Saturday at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA. If you missed the event, here is recap, highlighting many of our well-deserved award winners.

Scott Mason received the Marja Bakker Volunteer Award for his photography work at New England-wide races, including our championship events.

The Youth Program Contributor Award went to Jim Clayton, founder of the Sugarloaf Mountain AC Youth Track and Field Program, which celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013.

Our much anticipated Athlete and Club of the Year Awards were also announced, following an open nomination and online voting process that took place earlier in the month — where more than 300 votes were cast in just three days.

The winners for each category were: Tim Ritchie, B.A.A. (Male Athlete of the Year), Stephanie Reilly, Team RUN (Female Athlete of the Year) and Greater Lowell Road Runners (Club of the Year). The complete list of nominees – with their key accomplishments in 2013 – included the following:

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees (L-R): Sean Duncan, Tim Ritchie, Joe Navas

Three of the nominees for Male Athlete of the Year (L-R): Sean Duncan, Tim Ritchie, Joe Navas

Male Athlete of the Year Nominees:

Sam Alexander – Boston Athletic Association, age 23: Finished 9th in 31:27 at the National Cross Country Championship in Oregon last month and was selected for the U.S. National team, representing the U.S. at the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country in Scotland.

Sean Duncan – Western Mass. Distance Project,
age 24: Won the open male division of the Grand Prix by eight points over the next competitor, placed first at the Lone Gull 10 km in September 2013, and was 2013 USATF-NE Cross County Grand Prix winner in the open male division.

Andrew Junas – Eliot Track Club, age 45: National 400 m in 51.74 (3rd place), 51.97 in his first indoor meet at B.U. at the end of 2013.

Joe Navas – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 43: Finished in top three spots in age division in every Grand Prix race and was an Ironrunner in 2013, crushing his competition.

Tim Ritchie – Boston Athletic Association, age 26: 2:14 at the Twin Cities Marathon; top ten at Falmouth; winner, Hollis Fast 5km (13:48) and the Carver Cranberry 5 miler (23:59).

 

Female Athlete of the Year Nominees:

Christin Doneski – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 42: Not only a Grand Prix Ironrunner, winning three of the seven races and top finisher in all, she was also a Mountain series age group winner, completing five races to take the title there.

Sarah Prescott – Whirlaway Racing Team, age 47: An Ironrunner for the 14th consecutive year, Sarah has run every Grand Prix race since 1999 and races distances on roads, mountains and trails up to the 50 km.

Stephanie Reilly – Team RUN,
age 35: Top USATF-NE finisher at the Jones 10 miler, New Bedford Half Marathon, Carver 5 miler and at the Lone Gull 10 km, clinching the open women’s division in the 2013 Grand Prix.

Club of the Year Nominees:

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (second from right) with Club of the Year nominees (L-R): Oliver McMahon of Gate City Striders, Liane Pancoast of Greater Lowell Road Runners, and Larry Berman of Cambridge Sports Union

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian (second from right) with Club of the Year nominees (L-R): Oliver McMahon of Gate City Striders, Liane Pancoast of Greater Lowell Road Runners, and Larry Berman of Cambridge Sports Union

Cambridge Sports Union: CSU embarked on its 51st year in 2013, a unique club of runners, cross country skiiers and orienteers. In addition to supporting many top finishers in the Grand Prix and Mountain series, CSU is known for its volunteerism in the community and has assumed responsibility for the legendary Fresh Pond Races.

Gate City Striders:
With over 600 members, GCS is a presence at all Grand Prix races and hosts the famous Mill Cities Relay as well as the Pack Monadnock 10 miler. They have been conducting Fitness University for children ages 3 -14 in the Nashua, NH area since 1989.

Greater Lowell Road Runners: The club with the most amount of participants (42) earning points in the 2013 Grand Prix, GLRR supports runners of all ages and abilities. Host club of the beloved Fudgcicle Series and the Bay State Marathon.

 

 

Open Call for Nominations: Athlete & Club of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Club of the Year. The deadline to submit nominations is this Friday, January 3, 2014. USATF-NE members may submit a nomination by email (Awards@usatfne.org) or by posting a comment on the USATF-NE Facebook page. Which USATF-NE athletes and clubs impressed you most in 2013? Let us know who you think is most deserving of these honors and why.

The top nominees for each category will be announced on January 4, when you will have the opportunity to vote for your athletes and club of choice. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming days, including a link to cast your votes.

Winners will be announced at our annual Awards Banquet on January 11 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, MA. If you haven’t already, be sure to purchase your ticket! The event will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, dinner, a featured guest speaker, awards presentation, and a night packed full of music and dancing.

In addition to the athletes and club of the year presentation, age group winners from the Grand Prix will also be recognized with a special gift.

Time to cast your nominations – and we look forward to seeing you at the banquet!

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