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PRESIDENT OF USA TRACK & FIELD’S NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION ISSUES A CHALLENGE TO BOSTON 2024 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Brookline, MA – April 16, 2015USATF-NE, the New England association of track & field’s national governing body, USA Track & Field (USATF), today announces a public challenge from its President, Tom Derderian, for the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee. A former Olympic Trials competitor, running historian and author, Derderian issues the following challenge to those organizing the potential Olympic Games to be held in Boston in 2024:

“The Olympics originated as a track & field meet to demonstrate cooperation between nations, so here is our challenge to the academic, business and government communities to test the concept of cooperation. Boston has many colleges and many high schools and many tracks, but none of them are suitable for a full championship meet within a stadium. Spectators cannot sit in one place and watch an entire track meet but have to move to an adjacent field for the throwing events. New York has a stadium at Randall’s Island that seats 5,000 and can hold all Olympic events within sight of seated spectators. If New York City can have one, why not Boston? If we can’t make a small stadium for a single sport, how can we build a large stadium and the other facilities for all Olympic sports? Show us that you all can really work together on a small thing first. This proof of concept would go a long way toward earning the trust of at least the track & field community and maybe the rest of Massachusetts.”

Further explaining the basis for his challenge, Derderian says the 5,000 or so seat stadium allowing all spectators to view all events from their seats would prove that the disparate entities – business, academics and government – can get along and build something as big as the modern Olympic Games requires.  A small permanent track & field stadium in the Greater Boston area that can be used for big high school meets, college meets, national championships, Olympic Trials and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) events would serve as a sound practice strategy, he says.

Derderian also observes that “None of the large Division I colleges in Boston—Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University or Harvard University— have a suitable track. Boston has three world-class indoor tracks, but no world-class outdoor track.” He again states his challenge by questioning: “Can the business community work with the schools to make this small stadium a reality? Can the government expedite all the permit work and get local high schools to share the stadium as much as they already share the indoor track at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, which is managed with grace and precision?”

How can the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee meet this challenge? Derderian advises they first find a place for the new track which would require the same list-making as for all Olympic venues. By meeting this challenge and organizing the location, design, building and management of a small quickly-built, permanent track & field stadium, Boston 2024 would garner support from and leave a legacy for the track & field community.

To learn more about Derderian’s Boston 2024 challenge, email him at tderderi@ix.netcom.com.

 

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A Few Highlights: USATF Indoor Championships

By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE

Christian Blondin of Greater Boston Track Club

Christian Blondin of Greater Boston Track Club

The USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships came to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston last weekend. Full results can be found here. We were able to catch up with several athletes, many of them local, post-race. See below for the photos and recaps we caught live at the event.

 

Christian Blondin, age 41 from Ipswich, MA, finished 5th in the Masters Invitational Men’s 1500 Meter Run with a time of

Taylor Gilland following the Men's 2-Mile

Taylor Gilland following the Men’s 2-Mile

4:06.34. Chris competes for the Greater Boston Track Club. After the race, he said he did his best to stay with the leaders. With 200 meters left, he was still with the chase pack in 4th place, but said the last 200 was “really rough.” Nonetheless, he was enthused by his experience, saying that it was a great meet and an awesome race.

Former University of Virginia star, Taylor Gilland, now living and working in the Boston area, ran an unusual race in the Men’s Two Mile Run. Through the first few laps, Taylor paced in 11th place of 13 as the leaders went through the half mile in 2:07.6 and the mile in 4:17.4. Taylor worked his way up to 9th place as the field neared the 1.5 mile mark. The pack was slowing and beginning to compress as Taylor made a bold move, surging all the way to the lead. It was not a place or pace he

B.A.A.'s Dan Lowry & Steve Mangan

B.A.A.’s Dan Lowry & Steve Mangan

could hold, and ultimately the pack came back on him as he slowly slipped back to 10th place and an 8:45.43 finish. After the race, he indicated that he just decided to take a shot at it – not knowing whether he would be able to hold on.

Dan Lowry and Steve Mangan of the B.A.A. competed in the Men’s 1 Mile Run. Both runners had posted 3:58 qualifying times for the national championships. The star-studded field included Leonel Manzano, Olympic silver medalist in the 1500m at the 2012 London Olympic Games and Matt Centrowitz, 4th in the

Emily Lipari, also of B.A.A. is interviewed by Boston 2024

Emily Lipari of B.A.A. is interviewed by Boston 2024

2012 Olympic finals. The race itself was tactical, with none of the runners approaching their PR. Dan finished 12th in 4:06.69 and Steve was 13th in 4:07.05. Dan expressed disappointment in his result, but noted that he had placed 6th in the Men’s 2 Mile the day before. Afterwards, both runners were interviewed by a Boston 2024 video team, and expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of an Olympic Games in Boston.

Emily Lipari, who lives in Boston and runs for the B.A.A., raced in the finals of the Women’s 1000 Meter Run. Though she was excited to make the finals, she was disappointed by her 9th place finish

New Balance Boston's Joanna Murphy

New Balance Boston’s Joanna Murphy

in 2:48.16. Emily, one of the top middle distance and cross country runners in the history of Villanova, was also interviewed after her race by the Boston 2024 group.

Joanna Murphy of New Balance Boston placed 15th in the women’s 2-Mile with a time of 10:18.54.

John Trautmann, age 46 from New York City won the Masters Invitational Men’s 1500 in 3:59.47. On Feb. 14 at the B.U. Valentine Invitational, John broke the indoor M45-49 world record in the mile

John Trautmann of NY-NJ Track Club

John Trautmann of NY-NJ Track Club

with a 4:12.33 and, in the masters invitational race, was taking aim at the M45-49 1500m world record of 3:57.91. Trautmann led from the start and ran hard. In the last 400 meters, he broke away from the chase pack. Although he fell short by just over 1.5 seconds in his record attempt, he said that breaking 4 minutes was also a goal. He further stated that it was an honor to run against so many outstanding masters milers and that he hoped “everyone in the race got PRs.” Trautmann ran in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials 5000m in 13:40.30.

Anselm LeBourne, age 55 of Maplewood, NJ, competed in the Master’s Invitational Men’s 1500 and

New Jersey Masters Athlete Anselm LeBourne

New Jersey Masters Athlete Anselm LeBourne

though he was 7th overall, his time of 4:13.77 destroyed the M55-59 indoor world record of 4:19.80 that he set this January. After the race, he said he had gone out so hard he thought he was done with three laps (600m) to go. He somehow managed to force himself through it and came away with an extraordinary new age group mark. He states that he wants to be the first man over age 55 to go under 2 minutes in the 800 meters.

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

Regis College, Weston, MA – 6/29/2014

Team Scores

MEN

  • 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.

WOMEN

  • 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

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June 29: USATF-NE Outdoor Track & Field Championships

USATF-NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD OPEN and MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sunday, June 29, 2014

REGIS COLLEGE, WESTON MA

PRIZE MONEY AWARDS BASED ON PERFORMANCE

  • 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

*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: http://usatfne.org/track/entry/2014-outdoorchamps.pdf

Updates from the National Junior Olympic T&F Championships

Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon (photo: Kikki)

Emma Fitzgerald in the heptathlon (photo: Kikki)

During just the first two days of competition at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, NC, five New England association athletes earned medals.

Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree, MA) won the 15-16 heptathlon with 4698 points for the gold to date. Alva Hicks (Providence, RI) earned silver in the 15-16 hammer throw, 160’2″, and Owen Russell (Attleboro, MA) took bronze in the 15-16 hammer throw at 175’9.  Also making the medal podium with 7th place finishes were Nolan Allen (Arlington, MA/Waltham TC) in the 3000m race walk, 17:53.80, and Kyle Faddis (Boxford, MA/BAA Masconomet) in the 13-14 pentathlon, 2586.

Over 5,000 athletes are entered at this year’s nationals, which continues through Sunday.  The Junior Olympics includes a series of meets progressing in meets from association level to regional to national. Athletes compete in two-year age groups from 7-8 to 17-18.

Follow the results at http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2013/USATF-National-Junior-Olympic-Outdoor-Track—Fiel.aspx

A free live online broadcast of the Championships is available at www.USATF.tv

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