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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.

Morgan Uceny Looks Ahead to Outdoor Season After Placing 7th in U.S. Indoor Championships Mile

By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE

Morgan Uceny of Boston, running for adidas, raced from the front in the Women’s 1 Mile Run at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Running slightly to the outside, she shared the lead through the first 6 laps as she clocked 1:12.2 at the quarter mile and 2:26.1 at the half. Over the last 300 meters, Uceny progressively slipped and ultimately dropped to 7th place, finishing in 4:38.13.

Afterwards, she was unhappy with her race. She said she hadn’t necessarily planned to run from the front but she felt the pace was slow. She questioned whether she should have responded more aggressively to Shannon Rowbury’s move to the lead, saying “once you get behind, it’s harder to make it up.” She stated that she is coming out of an injured phase, is finally healthy and is optimistic about the outdoor season.

adidas athlete Morgan Uceny

adidas athlete Morgan Uceny

Merrimack College’s Muscaro Places 8th in USATF Indoor Championships 300 Meter Dash

By: John Oleski, Vice President, USATF-NE

Carly Muscaro of Merrimack College

Carly Muscaro, a 19 year-old sophomore at Merrimack College, ran in the first heat of the Women’s 300 Meter Dash at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center earlier today.

Going against professional runners, Natasha Hastings of Under Armour / NYAC and Jernail Hayes of Brooks, Carly ran well. She was out fast, showed good drive throughout the race and finished 3rd in an impressive 39.12. Overall she was 8th as the top 6 made finals.

Carly ran at Ashland H.S. and in the year and a half since high school her improvement has been amazing. At Ashland she barely ran 60 seconds to the 400m, yet last year as a freshman set Merrimack’s 400m outdoor record with a blazing 53.43. She also qualified for both the NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor championships – the first Merrimack athlete ever to qualify for nationals.

She says that every race is nerve-wracking and it is a fight to stay focused and confident, especially as a self-described “baby” on the big stage of a USA national championship.

Nonetheless, she displays strong desire and ambition as she declares that she is going after a win in two weeks at the NCAA DII championships at University of Alabama at Huntsville.


Muscaro was up against professional athletes, including Jernail Hayes (left) and Natasha Hastings (right) at the US Indoor Championships

Muscaro competed alongside professional athletes, including Jernail Hayes (left) and Natasha Hastings (right), at the USATF Indoor Championships

HFC Striders’ Race Report: USATF Club Cross Country Championships

TJ Unger of HFC Striders at the USATF Club National Championships

TJ Unger of HFC Striders at the USATF Club National Championships

As previously reported, 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.

USATF-NE President Tom Derderian, who raced the masters 10k race at the championships, described the race course, noting that it “pushed the limits of cross-country racing right up to the edge of trail and mountain racing. Half the repeated 2km loop was up hill and half downhill with the downhill full of twists turns, rocks, reverse camber turns, snow, ice, and mud. It took strength and skill to race this course. It was vastly different from any road race or track race.”

Below, find a recap from HFC Striders Coach, Jimmy Fallon, where he details the process to physically and financially get the team to compete in the national championship.

“When we started thinking about our participation early in 2013, our vision was to field full teams in all divisions. However, since we started with two in 2010 and six in 2012, this was going to be a challenge. However, stocked with the grant awarded by USATF-NE, prize money won from the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix, and funding garnered from hosting the Wayland Grand Prix events, we felt confident on giving it a try.

As soon as we announced to our club members that we wanted to field teams in Bend, we received several strong commitments to compete, some were hesitant due to the expense (recent college grads), and others who would have made it if the event was closer to home. Charged with the positive response, the club focused our weekly sessions around XC and held specific XC training on several Saturdays.

After a successful XC season in New England, we fielded a Men’s open team in the National Club Championships for the first time ever. HFC also fielded a masters team for the first time ever. One of our masters drove nine hours each way from San Jose, CA where he currently works, demonstrating the commitment of our team.

You have probably all seen the results and noticed we did not win, but we were finally on the score board as a TEAM from New England. Despite the tough course and being beat up afterwards, the prominent theme in emails and club blogs in the days after focused on how members are looking forward to the event in 2014. There were at least five other athletes that did not compete this year that are on board to compete in Lehigh.

So, while we did not achieve our stretch goal of 26 members, thanks to the support from USATF-NE we were able to help cover the airfares of several members of our team, place us on the scoreboard, and generate excitement for 2014 where we will strive to field men’s and women’s open teams, men’s and women’s masters, and a senior men’s team.”

In addition to HFC Striders, several other New England clubs brought teams to compete. These results highlights are noted below.

12.   374  Boston Athletic Association                        (  33:18  2:46:27)
  1     24  Eric Ashe                         25 28   32:09
  2     36  Brian Harvey                      26 43   32:32
  3     69  Colman Hatton                     26 79   33:11
  4     99  Dan Harper                        23 113   33:49
  5    146  Ryan McCalmon                     38 172   34:46
27. 723 New Balance Boston ( 34:40 2:53:20)
  1     95  Andrew Combs                      29 108   33:44
  2    123  Stephen Polito                    23 145   34:18
  3    126  Daniel Kramer                     24 148   34:20
  4    136  Andrew Pitts                      28 159   34:27
  5    243  Chris McCann                      27 288   36:31
  6   (252) Max Jack                          25 298   36:47
  7   (283) John Drago                        23 333   37:31
  8   (291) Daniel Lounsbury                  31 342   37:45
36. 1014 Greater Boston Track Club ( 35:44 2:58:39)
  1    183  Ryan Irwin                        29 215   35:21
  2    189  Robert Espinosa                   29 222   35:28
  3    199  Anthony Gonsalves                 23 234   35:34
  4    218  Michael Carlone                   22 259   36:05
  5    225  Matthew Haringa                   30 267   36:11
  6   (310) Caleb Evanter                     26 368   38:27
  7   (316) Daniel Hall                       30 381   39:40
48.  1394  HFC Striders                                       (  37:55  3:09:35)
  1    241  Tj Unger                          35 286   36:31
  2    249  Mark McDermott                    29 294   36:44
  3    285  Christopher Lotsbom               23 336   37:34
  4    299  Kenny Rayner                      23 356   38:14
  5    320  Chris Canning                     24 388   40:32

 5.   163  New Balance Boston                                 (  23:11  1:55:51)
  1     16  Jillian King                      23 20   22:36
  2     17  Sydney Fitzpatrick                24 22   22:44
  3     40  Erin Dromgoole                    34 55   23:20
  4     42  Joanna Murphy                     29 59   23:31
  5     48  Karen Roa                         23 67   23:40
  6   ( 63) Katie Dicamillo                   27 86   23:56
  7   ( 67) Alexandra Varanka                 28 95   24:02
  8   ( 75) Jessica Minty                     29 104   24:12
19.   642  Greater Boston Track Club                          (  25:49  2:09:04)
  1     58  Kerri Leonhardt                   24 81   23:52
  2     93  Alyson Millett                    25 126   24:42
  3    147  Elizabeth Ryan                    23 197   26:07
  4    150  Alyse Rocco                       24 201   26:13
  5    194  Alee Rowley                       25 251   28:10

 20.   646  New Balance Boston B                               (  25:38  2:08:08)
  1     91  Diana Davis                       28 123   24:35
  2     94  Katherine Rosettie                22 127   24:43
  3    136  Karina Johnson                    30 181   25:40
  4    152  Fiona Moriarty                    25 205   26:16
  5    173  Erin Ballard                      29 228   26:54
  6   (183) Sarah Brassard                    26 239   27:26

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!


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—Calendar/2013/USATF-National-Junior-Olympic-Outdoor-Track—Fiel.aspx

A free live online broadcast of the Championships is available at

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