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USATF-NE ANNUAL MEETING DERDERIAN ELECTED PRESIDENT, NEW BOARD MEMBERS September 23, Waltham MA
Tom Derderian (Greater Boston TC) was elected president of USATF-New England at the organization’s annual meeting on Sunday. All positions—officers, sports chairs, athlete representatives—were up for election to serve on the USATF NE Board of Governors. The meeting began with recognition of Athletes of the Month from the past 12 months. General organizational reports and a presentation by the New England Distance Project of Rhode Island followed. In voting for officers, returning vice presidents Jim Garcia (GLRR) and John Oleski (MassVelocity) will be joined by first-time board member Victoria Barnaby (GBTC). Eric Narcisi (Whirlaway) was elected secretary, while Stephen Peckiconis (CSU) remains as treasurer. For sports committees, six new chairs move onto the board: Jason Cakouros (HFC Striders/Cross Country), Gary Circosta (GBTC/men’s Long Distance Running), Yvonne Green (New Balance Boston/Track & Field), Joe Navas (Whirlaway/Masters LDR), and Leigh Petranoff (Turbojav AC/Youth). Relected to their positions were Lisa Doucett (CSU/Women’s LDR), Paul Kirsch (White Mtn Milers/Mountain-Ultra-Trail), Justin Kuo (NEWalkers/Race Walking) and Mike Travers (Mass Velocity/Masters Track & Field). Voting for athletes representatives completed elections: Holdover Will Feldman (GBTC) will be joined by Jim Burgoyne (Twilight Throwers) and Jason Ayr (Western Mass Distance Project). The meeting concluded with voting for the 16 delegates to represent New England at the national annual meeting in December. Information on the new board members, the various reports distributed at the meeting, and full minutes of the meeting will be posted at the website.
The President A New England native now living in Winthrop, Tom Derderian has a long history in the sport in New England. He won New England individual and team titles while running for North Medford Club and Sugarloaf Mountain AC (of which he was one of the founders) back into the early 1970s and still scores on the masters team for Greater Boston TC, where he is the current distance coach. A two-time Olympic Trials competitor in the marathon (1972, 1976) with a Boston Marathon best of 2:19:04, he wrote a history of the first 100 years of the Boston Marathon, and writes for New England Runner and other publications. Tom served as USATF-NE vice president from 1990–1996 after a stint as cross country chair. You can reach Tom at email@example.com
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Cross Country Shoes Fall 2012 Cross country is elemental in its simplicity: You and your teammates run as fast as you can over hills and valleys against worthy opposition. We’ve taken a look at six newly released or updated cross country shoes that will help you do just that. After all, footwear designed to provide traction and protection is your most essential piece of equipment. Differences in fit from one brand (or model) to the next allow most runners to find a racing shoe best suited for their particular foot type. Two key factors should influence your selection of a cross country racing shoe: how well it fits you and how it feels when you run in it. For more tips on choosing your cross country shoes, see the next page.
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The XCS series takes its performance cues from the adidas track and field line, here mirroring the profile and features but adapted to the natural surfaces of cross country. The upper is a closed mesh with synthetic suede overlays and is close-fitting like a track spike. The midsole is a thin, full-length layer of foam with a slight (4mm) drop from heel to toe. The outersole has a grid-like tread on the heel that works well on dirt, grass, tracks, or pavement. The spikeless version features rubber nibs in place of spikes. Sizes Men 7–13,14,15; Women 6.5–12 Weight Men’s 6.6 oz./6.3 oz. (size 11 w/6 spikes/spikeless); Women’s 5.3 oz./5.0 oz. (size 8 with 6 spikes/spikeless) Fit snug throughout
.( ) (#$ % ** In this update to its long-running spikeless cross country workhorse, ASICS incorporates some advances to the Hyper XC. The upper is a closed mesh with a thin tongue that’s padded only at the top. HF-welded film overlays offer a close fit that’s smoother than previous versions and add support without restricting the upper’s flexibility. With just a bit of cushioning, the midsole retains its low profile as a testament to what works. The proven outersole affords effective traction on all surfaces, thanks to its full-length rubber sole. Sizes Men 4–13,14,15; Women 5–11,12 Weight Men’s 7.0 oz. (size 11 spikeless); Women’s 5.3 oz. (size 8 spikeless) Fit snug heel, close forefoot
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The Mach 14 lengthens an already-impressive legacy. As with other shoes, here the midsole and outersole have been retained, as its effective grip and touch of cushioning have been vetted through previous cross country seasons. The upper shows a flair for dramatic change, however, adopting the radical asymmetrical lacing of its road racing sibling, the T8 Racer, that rakes toward the little toe instead of medially. It securely anchors the shoe to the foot thanks, in part, to the closed, grid-like mesh. The versatile Mach 14 is suited for roads, tracks, and natural surfaces. Sizes Men 6–13,14,15; Women 6–12 Weight Men’s 6.3 oz./6.1 oz. (size 11 w/5 spikes/spikeless); Women’s 5.0 oz./4.8 oz. (size 8 w/5 spikes/spikeless) Fit snug heel, close forefoot
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The XC900 enters the New Balance line as its premier cross country offering. The upper is a thin, soft, and closed stretch mesh supported by laser-cut–welded overlays that give a barely-there feel while supplying just enough structure. The midsole is a low-profile, compression-molded EVA foam that provides enough cushioning for hard or rocky courses, but not so much that it adds unnecessary weight. The outersole features an array of tiny lugs through the heel and center of the forefoot, with six spikes (or rubber nibs on the spikeless version) providing traction in the mud. The XC900 is a well-designed cross country racer. The spikeless version is versatile on all surfaces, while the spiked version takes natural courses in stride. The combination of soft and supportive materials, light weight, and effective design earned the XC900 our Best New Shoe award for Cross Country.
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Victory is an appropriate name for Nike’s top-end cross country shoe, as the company takes its name from the goddess of winged victory. The upper is a close-fitting micromesh with a saddle of welded film reinforced with Flywire. The thin tongue and flat laces secure the foot effectively, and the foam ankle lobes are plush while anchoring the heel securely. The midsole is Flashlon foam—light, resilient, and flexible—that protects unobtrusively. A mini-waffle pattern covers the outersole with rubber nibs in place of spikes, providing effective traction on all surfaces. Sizes Men 4–13,14,15
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Round 3 of the Shay XC sports some improvements to the shoe’s proven strengths. The upper is a closed, ripstop mesh with synthetic suede at the heel. A full-length Flexfilm matrix provides support, while lightening the shoe a bit. The midsole uses the same tooling—compression-molded EVA—with no more cushioning than necessary. The outersole continues with the same six-spike setup and whimsical foot-shaped pattern in the rubber, while its triangular-shaped lugs assist with the traction. The spikeless version manages road, trail, and track with equal ease, while the spikes work best on natural surfaces and muddier environs. Sizes Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11,12 Weight Men’s 6.8 oz./6.5 oz. (size 11 w/6 spikes/spikeless); women’s 5.3 oz./5.0 oz. (size 8 w/6 spikes/spikeless) Fit snug throughout
While cross country racing shoes are more alike than they are different, we can’t emphasize enough that the differences in fit and cushioning are crucial to individual comfort and performance. Try on shoes from a variety of shoe companies. Differences in fit from one brand (or model) to the next allow most runners to find a racing shoe best suited for their particular foot type. Two factors should influence your selection of a cross country racing shoe: how well it fits you and how it feels when you run in it.
Choosing between spiked or spikeless models should be based on the racing surfaces you’ll encounter during your season. Cross country spikes are slightly better than spikeless shoes at gripping muddy or soggy ground, but they are limited to use on all-natural courses. In California, they are not allowed for cross country at the high school level; however, they are permitted during track season. Spikeless models work almost as well as traditional spiked shoes in the mud. In addition, they can manage pavement, sidewalks, and rocky surfaces, as well as indoor and outdoor tracks.
Wear your racing shoes before the actual race, since the low profile of the shoe coupled with the intense effort of racing can be tough on your soft tissue if you haven’t prepared well.
CREGG WEINMANN is footwear and running products reviewer for Running Network LLC. He can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright © 2012 by Running Network LLC. All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be stored, copied, or reprinted without prior written permission of Running Network LLC. Reprinted here with permission.
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2012 OLYMPIC GAMES Two athletes living and training in Providence RI made the US Olympic Track & Field Team and showed their prowess in London’s Olympic Stadium in August. Molly Huddle finished 11th in the 5000 meter final, and Craig Kinsley was 23rd in the javelin qualifying round.
Bryant University coach Steph Reilly ran for Ireland in the steeplechase. Four athletes wearing the Greater Boston TC singlet this year were in
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the results; Samyr Laine, a Harvard grad representing Haiti, was 11th in the triple jump. Ruben Sanca, Dorchester MA and U.Mass Lowell, competed in the marathon for his native Cape Verde. Alaya Alexander (Trinidad and Tobago) was 13th in the triple jump trial round. Hector Cotto (Puerto Rico) ran the 110 hurdles. Methuen MA and Dartmouth College grad Sean Furey, now based in California, competed in the javelin (37th). Several other athletes with New England connections represented their native countries, and a number of US and foreign competitors have made appearances at track meets and road races in New England in recent years. Congratulations to all for their achievements.
At the Olympic Games in Stockholm 100 years ago, Springfield High School student Howard Drew was a favorite in the 100 meter dash. Drew won the Olympic Trials meet held at Harvard Stadium, tying the world record in the process: 10 4/5 seconds. At the Olympic Games, Drew pulled a muscle while leading his semifinal and still won the heat, but could not start in the final nor in the 200. An allaround athlete, he also was part of the 1912 Olympic baseball team with legend Jim Thorpe. Drew continued to compete at indoor and outdoor meets for 8 more years. World War I prevented a second try at an Olympic medal in 1916, and he was unable to make the 1920 team. He held world and US sprint records at a number of distances contested in the day, includ-
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ing the 100 yard dash in which his 9.6seconds time was a world record for 15 years. Drew was the first person to be given the title of “World’s Fastest Human.” He went on to be a national champion and earn All-American honors at the University of Southern California. His career found him in positions as an attorney, scholar, judge, and civil rights activist, always respected by his peers. Howard Drew was selected for inclusion in the Massachusetts High School Hall of Fame in 2012. See www.HowardDrew.com for his interesting story. Drew’s history was researched by current Springfield resident Larry Libow.
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JOHNSON, ENCARNACION TOP MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT The 2012 USATF New England Mountain Circuit included six races in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, opening and finishing in the Green Mountain State. In a not uncommon occurence, a masters was also the overall winner in the women’s circuit. Karen Encarnacion (Somerville RR) ran the full six-race circuit (scoring best 5), followed by Jackie Shakar (CSU). Joanie Bohlke (Waltham MA) ran only four events, but with two wins, was strong enough to take the open division. Jim Johnson (CMS) topped the USATF-NE Mountain Circuit for the second straight year.
WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN RUN May 26, Westminster MA The winners in the event’s 20th running had different levels of competition. Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT) led Albany NY’s Eric MacKnight by only 3 seconds, while Joan Bohlke (Waltham MA), venturing off the track for her first mountain circuit event, had a convincing 1:23 margin. The 2012 course was again a mixed road/trail route of two up-down segments over 4.7 miles, as the mountain road was unavailable.
DIVISION WINNERS: Women Open Joan Bohlke 33, Una 371.95 40–49 Karen Encarnacion 46, SRR 444.86 50–59 Jackie Shakar 52, CMS 427.95 60+ Elaine Dill 63, GSH 343.21 Men Open 40–49 50–59 60–69 70+
Jim Johnson 35, CMS 487.96 Todd Callaghan 42, GCS 470.88 Martin Tighe 54, CMS 420.44 Rich Miller 61, WMM 365.78 Frank Hurt 75, WMM 273.07
Complete series standings and history are posted at the Mountain/Ultra/Trail page.
SLEEPY HOLLOW MOUNTAIN RACE Huntington VT, May 13 A new event opened the Mountain Circuit, as 135 finishers conquered the multiple loops of the Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race. Directed by 2011 World Mountain Running champion Kasie Enman, the race replaced the traditional opener at Northfield Mountain, which stopped after a 10-year run. First over the 6-mile mostly grass circuit was Josh Ferenc (BAA), whose 39:17 gave him a 1:07 margin over Kevin Tilton. Women’s winner Bridget Ferrin-Smith, running 52:17, also had over a minute gap on 2nd, Ashley Krause (53:46).
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PACK MONADNOCK RUN June 3, Wilton NH Brandon Newbould and Joan Bohlke took their second straight Circuit race wins at the Pack Monadnock 10 Mile in Wilton NH. A gradual rolling uphill course led the final mile up Pack, steeper than Mt.Washington at points. Newbould, in 1:02:03, edged Justin Freeman by 27; Bohlke clocked 1:16:47, 35th overall, and almost 4 minutes ahead of Kelsey Allen.
CRANMORE MOUNTAIN RUN June 24, Conway NH Six-time World Mountain Running champion Marco De Gasperi of Italy dominated the field at the 25th annual Cranmore Hill Climb. Staying a week after the Mt. Washington Run, De Gasperi won by almost 3 minutes over Jim Johnson in 38:46. Women’s winner Kelsy Allen ran 52:43, ahead of Joan Bohlke in 53:54. The 2012 event featured a new course with a shorter first lap and longer second lap, both equally as tough as in the past.
LOON MOUNTAIN July 8, Lincoln NH In possibly the most competitive field in US Women’s Mountain Running ever assembled, three new USA team members and one
multi-time team member earned spots for the World Championship as Loon hosted the US women’s trial race. The race saw a record 300 competitors in the open race, a 30% increase in the field.
ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN RUN July 21, Brownsville VT The Circuit came to a close at the all-uphill Ascutney Mountain Run, with Jim Johnson securing his second straight Mountain Circuit title with a race win. The CMS ace had an even minute on runner-up Dave Dunham, the top M40+. Women’s winner Carolyn Stocker (Westfield MA) was 12th overall at 35:29. John Parker (East Hampton NH) became the oldest finisher in a 2012 series race at age 80.
MUT HIGHLIGHTS Eric Blake (BAA) ran on the 4th-place US team at the 28th WMRA World Mountain Running Championships in Temu Pontes, Italy on Sept. 2. Blake was the fourth scorer for the US squad on the all-uphill course. The USA women’s team won the team gold. Kasie Enman (BAA) placed a close 2nd in the Pikes Peak Marathon in Colorado Aug. 19. The race included a 2,300-meter climb to the top on a rocky trail and then back down. Temperatures varied from the 80s to the 40s. Enman was 19 seconds behind the winner with her 4:28:28. Local runners returned from the US 10K Trail Championship in Maryland with a variety of medals. Overall winner on the challenging course, which crosses the Eastern Continental Divide twice, was David Roach of North Carolina, who clocked 41:21. Todd Callaghan (GCS) placed 3rd 40+ and 8th overall, just 52 seconds out of the first master spot. One place behind, Dave Dunham (CMS) won the M45 division. Len Hall (GCS) was 3rd M50, and adding Bill Newsham, Chuck Landry and Bob Mulvaney, the Gate City Striders placed as third open team and 2nd masters team.
USATF-NE ULTRA CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, WARWICK RI The Rhode Island Ultramarathon is Rhode Island’s only ultramarathon and celebrates its fourth year as the USATF-NE Ultrarunning Championship on Nov. 11. The race is a timed ultra in which runners run as many loops of the 2.7 mile paved circuit as they can within the 6-hour time limit. The top three men and women covering the most miles will be given cash awards to celebrate their day’s work. Other runners who complete at least the marathon distance will go home with a finisher’s award. The Warwick RI course has great views of the Narragansett Bay. For more information, check out www.better-pace.com/ri-6-hour/
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HALL OF FAME 6 members added to Mass. State Track Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame
Howard Drew–Springfield HS 1912–1912 Olympian, 100yd and 220yd world record holder Florence MacDonald–Roxbury Girls HS 1928–1928 Olympian, 800 meters US record holder Olive Hasenfus-Sparkes–Needham HS 1930—1936 Olympian (also in Coaches Hall of Fame) Mark Lech–Palmer HS 1974—national champion, currently coach at the University of Maine Eleena Zhelezov–Needham HS 1991–8 time NCAA Division III triple jump champion at Brandeis Mary Cobb–Pittsfield HS 1995–NCAA All-American 4 coaches inducted into MSTCA Coaches Hall of Fame Michael Glennon, Brookline; Phil Maia, Lowell; Mark Thornhill, Greater New Bedford Voke; and Dr. Mulazimuddin Rasool, Amherst Regional. Glennon and his Brooklne HS team were the USATF-NE Marja Bakker Volunteer of the Year award recipient in 2010. Gate City Striders Add 3 to their Hall of Fame Steve Doyle, 20-year race or course manager, past president, and marathoner. Shu Minami, race, newsletter and Fitness University for youth volunteer, team captain, and finisher of 41 marathons. Bill Spencer, 20-year club member, NH state and national masters record setter and champion, and youth division coach for Gate City and Nashua PAL. RI Track Coaches Association Adds 9 Members to Hall in 2012 Entering as athletes were Mark Strawderman, three-time All-American and URI’s only 17-foot pole vaulter and Phil Kane, All-American at Villanova (Chariho and Rogers HS grads, respectively). Official Matt Hird, journalists Carolyn Thornton (Providence Journal) and Steve Mazzone (The Call), and coaches Kevin Mulligan (Lincoln), Jim Caron (Ponagansett), and posthumously, Ed Warnock and Joe Foley (Tolman). Service awards went to admin-
istrators Ray Dwyer and Charley Sweeney. The Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall induction included two from the state’s track family. The late Bobby Doyle earned athlete honors not only in the state, in New England and as an All-American at Texas-El Paso, but as a top-10 finisher in the Boston Marathon and as a member of the 1979 USA Pan American Game team. Kevin Jackson, founder of the Providence Cobras youth program, is also a multi-term city council member in Providence and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Providence scholastic indoor track facility. He was an all-state cross country runner out of Pilgrim HS. He guided Hope HS for 6 years, and is in his 11th year as head coach at Rhode Island College. The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) added former Tufts University student-athlete Vera Stenhouse to their Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall. Stenhouse was a sprint-jump legend in Division III, capturing 23 total All-American honors. At the 1991 outdoor championships, she won the 200 meters, 400 meters, and triple jump.
ADDITIONAL HONORS Justin Kuo was named the East Region chair for the USATF Road Running Technical Committee. Robyn Johnson was assistant coach for the DecaNation meet in France, a competition comprising national teams of athletes competing in one of 10 events with a team score kept to determine a winner. Central Vermont Runners honored Roger Cranse as the 2011 Spirit of the Club Award winner. Race director for the Leaf Peepers races since 2005, Cranse took on extraordinary problems with the 2011 event in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, working through them, staying positive throughout the process, and plugging away to make the races happen. Congrats to USATF-NE athlete rep Will Feldman and USATF-NE track champion Kyle Linn MacQueen, married in August. Rod Hemingway
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TRACK & FIELD USATF-NE CHAMPIONSHIPS Regis College, Weston MA, June 17 Greater Boston TC continued their string of team victories; The women were led by Dacia Taylor who won three events. Performance bonuses were available in five events, as well as for the top-ranked individual performance from IAAF tables. Kyle Linn MacQueen won the event performance in the 1500 and overall top women’s mark in the 5000. Top men’s scored result was Brian Freitas in the 400 hurdles.
New England Walkers and HFC Striders 11; 6. Mass Velocity 6; 7. New Balance Boston, Waltham TC, Patriot PV, Eliot TC, BAA, Nitehawks 5; 13. CMS and Gate City Striders, 3; 15. Turbojav 1
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David Kennedy GBTC 11.12 ** Hafiz Greigre GBTC 22.00 Christian Tirella GBTC 50.32 Jamie Ross Un 1:58.93 Chris Brown Un 3:57.81 ** Chris Kibler BAA 9:01.01 TJ Unger HFC 15:36.30 ** Continued on page 12
WOMEN Teams 1.Gr.Boston TC 81; 2. New Balance Boston 22; 3. Dare 2 Dream 9; 4. MassVelocity 8; 5. Turojav, Golden Spikes, Patriot PV, New England PV 5; 9. CSU and Nitehawks 3; 11. Emerging Elite 1 100 200 400 800
Dacia Taylor GBTC 12.45 ** Dacia Taylor GBTC 26.35 Jessica Klett GBTC 59.84 Allison McCabe GBTC 2:14.98 ** 1500 Kyle MacQueen GBTC 4:38.26 ** 3000 Diana Davis NBB 10:23.98 5000 Kyle MacQueen GBTC 16:56.10 ** 3000 Walk Valia Vaitones GS 19:54.85 3000 Steeple Roisin McGettigan NB 10:34.0 ** 4x100 Gr Boston TC 53.46 4x400 Gr Boston TC 4:17.59 HJ Lauren Hultzman Un 5-2.25 PV Stephanie Brown NEPV 11-0 LJ Dacia Taylor GBTC 18-0.25 ** SP Stacey Connor GBTC 38-7.75 DT Stacey Connor GBTC 144-2 HT Victoria Flowers UConn 199-4 JT Katima Riettie Jamaica 166-2
MEN Teams 1. Greater Boston TC 90; 2. Twilight Throwers 16; 3. Dare 2 Dream 14; 4.
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The National Masters Meet in Lisle IL Aug. 2–5 had a strong New England presence among the 1,000 competitors. Conducting all events in 5-year age groups from 30–34 to 95+ scheduling is a challenge, as is trying to pick
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out all local competitors. Here’s what we have: GOLD Bob Cedrone, Twilight Throwers M55 Hammer, Weight Buzz Gagne, TT M65 Javelin Mary Harada, Liberty AC W75 800m/5000m Art McDermott, Andover, MA M50 DT Flo Meiler, Mass Velocity W75 200m hurdlles, HJ, PV, LJ, Pentathlon Mary Roman, MVTC W75 Hammer, Weight Susan Wiemer, MVTC W50 Shot Put Mass Velocity TC Women 40–49 4x100 Mass Velocity TC Men 40–49 4x800 SILVER Ocean Eversley, MVTC W50 400, 800 Sue McCarthy, MVTC W45 100, 200 Flo Meiler, MVTC W75 Discus, Hammer, Javelin, Wt Tim Morse, TT M55 Hammer, Weight Linda Swenson, Gilford, NH W70 Weight Chris McConnell
3000 Walk Bob Keating NEW 16:38.25 110H Jonathan Garcia Un 14.77 400H Brian Freitas GBTC 52.99 3000 Steeple Eli Bucher NH 13:04.5 4x100 Gr Boston TC 43.22 ** 4x400 Gr Boston TC 3:17.16 ** HJ Andrew Reigstad Un 6-6 PV Kdon Samuels 16-4.75 ** LJ Andrew Reigstad Un 22-3 TJ Chris Flynn GBTC 44-8.75 SP Nate Hunter GBTC 55-2.75 DT Richard McNeil GBTC 148-11 HT Michael Lauro LSU 213-1 JT Mark Johnson Un 205-1
Dan Verrington, CMS M50 5000 Carl Wallin, Thor’s Stone M70 Shot BRONZE Dave Dunham, CMS M45 5000m Ken Effler, MVTC M60 Pentathlon Ocean Eversley, MVTC W50 200m Thomas Foley, Plymouth MA M50 HJ Katrina Geurkink, Hanover NH W50 DT Gail Johns-Rees, MVTC 100m/200m Sarah Lawson, GBTC W45 400m Flo Meiler, W75 Shot Francesca Moravecsik, S. Burlington VT W75 HT Dave Neumann, MVTC M50 400m James Paige, Morrisville VT M50 10,000m Mary Roman, MVTC W75 JT Len Rosen, M75 Shot, Discus Ralph Souppa, MVTC M65 400m Continued on page 14
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TRACK & FIELD SUB-4 MILE IN SOUTH COUNTY RI! W.Greenwich RI, August 7 Olympic Trials steeplechase finalist Corey Leslie (Ohio State) gave over 600 fans and youth participants the result they were looking for with the first outdoor sub-4:00 mile run ever recorded in Rhode Island. A field of six runners toed the start at the 2-year-old Exeter-West Greenwich track in an attempt to break the classic time barrier. With no rabbit, the group shared pacing through splits of 59, 1:59, and 2:59. A strong stretch run found Leslie stopping the clock at 3:58.98, followed by Northeastern senior Eric Jenkins in 4:00.13. The event, which will become an annual event and add women in 2013, was put together by Charlie Breagy and Bob Rothenberg. They hope it will be part of a summer mile series in New England.
Tracking NE Athletes ... Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Stoughton MA) won the super weight throw in the 55–59 division at the USA Masters Weight Throw Championships in Seattle Aug. 18–19. He also won the ultra weight pentathlon and was 3rd in the weight pentathlon. Others competing in the meet were Jim Burgoyne (Twilight Throwers) M60, 3rd, Ultra Weight Pentathlon, 4th Super Wt and Wt Pentathlon, and Dennis Chandler (Danby VT), M60, 4th, Wt Pentathlon. The MIAA Tournament Management Committee voted to increase the number of divisions in indoor track to five starting in 2013. The number of schools with indoor track programs has increased by 78 since 2001. At the Indoor National Scholastic meet in March, Chariho RI set a US HS record in the 4xmile relay in 17:20.20. Harvard’s Nico Weiler shattered his own school record in the pole vault at the NCAA championships, placing 4th with a clearance of 18’0.5” (5.50m). Cayla Hatton, 2012 grad of Phillips Andover Academy, placed 4th in the 5000 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Spain in July. Winner of the USATF-NE cross country championship last November, she was the only New Englander on the team. Hatton’s time of 15:50.32 was a personal best, and 14 seconds out of the medals. Two Boston University athletes, both Olympic Trials qualifiers, won bronze medals at the North America/Central America/ Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 championship meet in July in Mexico. Allison Barwise was 3rd in the high jump, and Katie Matthews 3rd in the 10,000. Longtime Northeastern University head coach Sherman Hart has retired. Besides success at NU, he won multiple NCAA D3 championships at U.Mass. Boston and was at the forefront producing nationallevel women’s track talent when he was coaching Boston International (founded as the Cooper Striders) before many scholastic and college programs had women’s track. Former Dartmouth coach, past national masters TF chair, and masters thrower Ken Weinbel passed away at age 84.
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Boys MA Josh Lampron, Mansfield, Distance ME Matthew McClintock, Madison, Distance NH Romario Bailey, Stevens, Sprints/Jumps RI Joe Velez, Classical, Throws VT Jacob Ellis, Brattleboro Union, Middle Distance CT Jake Scinto, Cheshire, Jumps Girls MA Carla Forbes, Newton North, Jumps/Sprints ME Bethanie Brown, Waterville, Distance NH Hillary Holmes, Exeter, Jumps/Hurdles RI Maddy Berkson, Classical, Middle Distance VT Mollie Gribbin, South Burlington, Jumps/Sprints CT Precious Holmes, Hillhouse, Sprints Chris McConnell
Results: 1. Corey Leslie 3:58.98 2. Eric Jenkins 4:00.13 3. Daniel Clark 4:00.29 4. Sean Brosnan, 4:07.06 5. AJ Acosta 4:07.36 6. Christian Hesch 4:28.36
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5345 look across the landscape of running shoes for Fall 2012 reveals more product diversity than in any season of the past decade. The potential for confusion points to the need for education, and we cannot stress this message enough: Runners need to know what their feet are like and get the shoes that meet those needs. This knowledge is not static. Rather, it’s a constantly changing equation where factors such as fitness, injuries, aging, and weight gain/loss, among other things, affect where you are on the running continuum. And you must monitor the role your shoes play in that equation.
Two trends continue, both related to shoe weight. First, 20% of the shoes in this Review are new shoes—all of them in the Performance category—so we know that lightweight shoes are readily available. Second, more than 85% of the updated shoes are both lighter and a bit more expensive than the shoes they replaced. The maxim of the lightweight trend is apparently true: Less is more. That is, less weight costs more. The up-side is that the efforts to lighten these shoes have not compromised performance. Some of the new shoes follow the path of lower-profile geometry, allowing even more running footwear choices. It has never been more important to know the characteristics of your feet and what footwear choices will work for your current fitness level and your biomechanics. It’s our hope that this Review will help you make great choices! —Cregg Weinmann, Running Network Footwear Reviewer
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LONG DISTANCE RUNNING NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP 10K, Newton MA, June 10 A first-time championship event drew a record field. Ruben Sanca (GBTC) and Brett Ely (BAA) led the fields in the USATFNE 10K Championship held at the Newton 10K in Newton MA. Sanca, who competed for Cape Verde at the Olympics later in the summer, outkicked Kevin Johnson (WMDP), winning in 30:16. Johnson, who had won two championship races in 2012, was 1 second back in 30:17. Ely, 2011 USATF-NE Runner of the Year, clocked 35:32. A first-time championship, the Newton 10K had 988 finishers, the largest field in race history and was well received by competitors and clubs. Western Mass. Distance Project, founded in 2012, won its first-ever team title by placing 5 in the top 15. Ely led a 1-2-3 BAA finish to give them a comfortable gap in winning the women’s division. Whirlaway took four team titles—men’s and women’s 40+ and 50+—and Greater Lowell Road Runners was best team among M60. Division Winners MEN Joseph Koech (RUN) 40+; Mark Reeder (GLRR) 50+; Bill Dixon (GLRR) 60+; Denny Leblanc (GLRR) 70+ WOMEN Christin Doneski (Whirl) 40+; Karen McGahie (CMS) 50+; Karen Durante (Whirl) 60+
5 MILE Carver MA, July 28 Brian Harvey (BAA) and Kyle Linn MacQueen (GBTC) were leaders of the pack at the 5 Mile Championship at the Carver Cranberry Classic. The 582 finishers were 144 more than the 2011 edition. Harvey led six runners under 25:00 for the 5 miles, clocking 24:21, as BAA teammate Colman Hatton edged defending champ Kevin Johnson (WMDP) by 1 second for the silver medal. MacQueen, coming off a PR-filled track season, ran 28:39 for
the women’s win, 29 seconds up on Lory Gray (adidas NE). Lindsey Willard (BAA), in 7th, added to her commanding 2012 series lead. Whirlaway repeated their team double double wins, taking men’s and women’s 40+ and 50+, with CSU winning the men’s 60+ team. Division Winners MEN Joe Navas (Whirl) 40+; Robert Cirpriano (SRR) 50+; Gordon MacFarland (CSU) 60+ WOMEN Maria Servin (Whirl) 40+; Karen McGahie (CMS) 50+; Karen Durante (Whirl) 60+
TRUE, HUDDLE WINNERS AT USA 5K CHAMPIONSHIP September 16, Providence RI Ben True (Hanover NH) and Molly Huddle (Providence RI) led a fast field through downtown Providence to win the 2012 USA National 5K Road Championships at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K. The race had one of the deepest US fields in race history, with the men’s race not decided until the final 100 meters when True, 6th in the Olympic Trials 5000m, surged by Andrew Bumbalough for the win by a fraction of a second. Seven of the top 10 recorded Personal Best road 5K times behind True, who defended his title, the first time since 1981 that there was a repeat winner in the USA 5K. Olymipan Huddle, who lives just over a mile from the course, had a more comfortable margin of 4 seconds on Neely Spence in the women’s contest, where there were also 7 PBs among the first 10. She was also victorious here in 2010. The New York AC outran the BAA for the men’s team win by 49 seconds, and the New Balance Silicon Valley women were a minute better than Greater Boston TC. The 23rd edition of the race had 4,444 finishers, and included 21 well-attended youth races. Full results at www.cvsdowntown5k.com
NEW ENGLAND RUNNERS IN TOP 25 MEN 1. Ben True (Hanover NH), 13:52, $8,000, 17. Tim Ritchie, BAA, 14:352, 20. Eric Ashe, BAA, 14:46 TEAMS 2. Boston AA, 4. Greater Boston TC, 5. New Balance Boston, 6. HFC Striders, 7. HFC Striders B, 8. Ronald McDonald House Providence WOMEN 1. Molly Huddle (Providence), 15:30, $8,000, 8. Mary Kate Champagne (Providence), 16:13, 10. Katie Matthews (Boston), 16:16, 16. Kyle Linn Feldman, GBTC, 16:49, 20. Jess Minty, NBB, 17:39 TEAMS 2. Greater Boston TC, 3. New Balance Boston Tom Derderian
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LONG DISTANCE RUNNING OTHER NATIONAL NOTES MASTERS MEDAL AT NATIONAL 8K Williamsburg VA, May 19
Several New England masters passed on the NE 12K to race at the USA Masters 8K in Williamsburg VA, and all made the awards platform. Vermont men took medals back to the state, with Bill Dixon (Gr.Lowell RR/Bennington) winning the M65–69 division in 30:46. Green Mountain AA’s Norm Larson (Burlington) placed 2nd in the M55 division in 27:27. His age-graded performance of 92.91 was the best among the men’s times. On the women’s side, Linda Jennings (Going the Distance/Tewksbury MA) was 3rd in the W55 standings in 35:10.
New Haven CT, Sept. 3 The highly competitive USA 20K held at New Haven had a few local runners in the top 20. Behind the course record time of winner Matt Tegenkamp (OR) 58:30, Tim Ritchie (BAA) was 14th among the men in his debut at the distance in 1:01:47. Tireless master Sheri Piers (Dirigo) was 15th in the women’s list at 1:12:01, followed by Heidi Westover (BAA) in 17th in 1:13:05. NE high school alums Sean Quigley (6th, 1:00:02) and Chris Barnicle (13th, 1:01:27) raced well. Also on Labor Day, Linda Jennings (Go the Distance) was 60+ winner at the USA Masters 15K championship, clocking 1:07:30.
In the USATF 100 Mile Trail Championship on July 29 in Cleveland, James Gawle (Webster MA) was silver medalist in the M60–64 division, 26:04:24. Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his BAA 10K title on June 24, running away from a stellar field on the streets of Boston. Winning in 27:29, the time was the fastest road race 10K in the world in 2012 to date. Women’s winner Kim Smith (Providence), a New Zealand Olympic marathoner, set a new course record of 31:36. 4,560 competitors finished the second leg of the BAA Distance Medley series. Brett Ely (BAA) won the Kaua’i Marathon (Hawaii) on September 2 in a course record 2:46:05. The Boston Athletic Association announced that Guy Morse has retired from the organization after 28 years of service. He has served as race director for the Boston Marathon (1985–2000), BAA executive director (2000–2010) and BAA director of external affairs (2010–2012). Many of the major developments within the BAA’s brand and with the Boston Marathon have come under Morse’s guidance. Morse noted, “I have been delighted to contribute to the BAA as we have moved towards a highly professional model, and I cannot be more pleased that the BAA and its many events, especially the Boston Marathon, stand on solid ground.” President Joanne Flaminio echoed those thoughts: “The BAA brand has never been stronger, and the Boston Marathon has never been more popular or experienced greater demand than it has in recent years. Guy’s expertise and leadership have played a key role in that.”
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GRAND PRIX S • T • A • N • D • I • N • G • S COMPLETED RACES FEBRUARY 26 Jones Realty 10 Mile, Amherst MA MARCH 18 New Bedford (MA) Half Marathon MAY 19 Bedford (NH) Rotary 12K JUNE 10 Newton (MA) 10K JULY 28 Carver (MA) Cranberry 5 Mile REMAINING RACES SEPTEMBER 30 Kerouac 5K, Lowell MA OCTOBER 28 Cape Cod Marathon, Falmouth MA Full schedule, results, scoring, and 2013 GP info at www.usatfne.org/gp STANDINGS AS OF SEPTEMBER 20 MEN’S OPEN Central Mass Striders Gr.Boston TC Team RUN Boston A.A. Somerville RR Whirlaway RT West.MA Distance Project Cambridge RC Gr.Springfield Harriers Gate City Striders Gr.Lowell RR Cambridge Sports Union Green Mountain AA Winners Circle RC
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2012 USATF NE Road Race Grand Prix After 5 events MEN OPEN Kevin Johnson Nate Jenkins Colman Hatton Brandon Newbould Eric Ashe Daniel Hocking Patrick Moulton Matt Pelletier Rueben Sanca Brian Harvey
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MEN 50–54 Robert Cipriano Paul Hammond Martin Tighe Paul Doe MEN 55–59 Dennis Donoghue Norm Larson Tim Blouin Reno Stirrat MEN 60–64 Michael Cryans Marshall Randolph Tom Derderian Rich Stockdale MEN 65–69 Stavros Kanaracus Rick Stetson Milt Schumacher Joe Noonan
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WOMEN 60+ Karen Durante Moira Durnin Annajean McMahon Ann Kucharski Jan Holmquist
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JUNIOR OLYMPICS Steve Vaitones
Junior Olympics runs in 2-year age groups based on year of birth/age at the end of the year, advancing to higher levels by place. Divisions are Sub Bantam (7–8), Bantam (9–10), Midget (11–12), Youth (13–14), Intermediate (15–16) and Young Women/Men (17–18) The New England Association Junior Olympic meet at Fitchburg State University had the largest field ever with more than 600 entrants covering all events. The top eight in each event qualified for the Region I meet at Mitchel Field in Long Island NY. That three-day meet found many New Englanders among the top placers, five in each event in each age group who were eligible to advance to the nationals.
REGION I CHAMPIONSHIP Juy 6–8, Mitchel Field, Long Island NY
Temperatures were high, and the sun was bright. Three New Englanders won three events against strong competition: Emma Fitzgerald, Dominic Cirillo and Jordan Samuels.
New England Winners GIRLS Sub-Bantam Peyton Rollins, Camb. Jets, 100 15.71; 200 33.74 Bantam Caroline Fischer, Granite St, 1500m 5:18.98 Maya Whitcomb, Camb.Jets, high jump 3’10.75” Savannah Behn, Granite St, mini-javelin 57’8 Midget Michaela Jones, Waltham TC, 1500 5:15.98; 3000 11:25.47 Kathleen Collins, NHThunder, discus 79’9” Youth Amy Hunter, Waltham TC, triple jump 32’9” Rachel Solomon, Waltham TC, javelin 90’7” Intermediate Quashira McIntosh, Prov.Cobras, 100 12.02 Maya Halprin-Adams, Camb.Jets, 800 2:21.29; 1500 5:00.95 Innovation Academy Charter, 4x400 relay 5:00.31 Emma Fitzgerald, long jump 16’1.75”; javelin 131’0” heptathlon 4,042
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Victoria Ebert, shot put, 34’3” Lisa Mistowski, hammer 145’11” Young Women Kaitlin McCauley, Waltham TC, 1500 5:39.58 Jacilyn Briggs, PatriotPV, pole vault 12’6” Sabrina Silva, shot put 37’6.5”; discus 106’7” Maggie Dufault, hammer 159’7” BOYS Sub Bantam Artha Tavshikar, Waltham TC, 400 1:21.27 Noah Kress, Elm City, long jump 10’1” Vincent Cirillo, shotput, 23’2.75”; mini-javelin 69’2” Bantam Stephen Irving, long jump 13’5” Midget Quinn Gangaharan, Camb.Jets, 800 2:28.86 Samuel Toolin, Sentinel Str, 1500 4:55.48 Louis Galligan, mini-javelin 89’0” Nolan Allen, Waltham TC, 1500 race walk 9:14.85 Youth Matt Bouthillette, Sentinel Str, 3000 9:44.70 Connor Sheridan, pole vault 8’6” Cedric Nsilo-Swai, Innovation, triple jump 36’9” Dominic Cirillo, shot put 44’2.5”; discus 123’11”; javelin 124’8”
Intermediate Adam Petti, 3000, 9:45.06 Jordan Samuels, Camb.Jets, 110 hurdles 15.00; 400 hurdles 59.76; triple jump 43’10.75” Innovation Academy Charter, 4x400 3:43.33; 4x800 8:54.12
Starlin Ortiz, Granite State, high jump 5’11.5” Jacob VanReet, long jump 20’5” John Pietro, shot put 41’1’5”; discus, 133’7” Gabriel Arcaro, hammer 183’5” Ethan Wright, javelin 160’3” Matthew Fischetti, Nitehawks, decathlon 5,014 Young Men Brandon Legendre, Green Mt AA, 3000 9:39.35 Kevin Shea, Granite State, high jump 6’4.75”; decathlon 5,566 Carl Whitham, Waltham TC, shot put 52’6.5” Charlie Ionata, hammer 209’3” TJ Noonan, Waltham TC, javelin 187’8”
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JUNIOR OLYMPICS NATIONAL JUNIOR OLYMPICS July 22–29, Baltimore
Nineteen New England youth brought their summer season to a close with medal winning placings at the USATF JO Nationals. The sole local winner was Charlie Ionata (Barrington RI) in the Young Men’s hammer. Three locals came home with two awards. Jordan Samuels (Cambridge Jets/Medford MA), Intermediate division, placed 4th in the triple jump (44’11.75”) and 5th in the 110 hurdles (14.87). Thrower Kathleen Collins (NH Thunder/Strafford NH), Midget, was 4th in the discus (87-3) and 7th in the minijavelin (96-4), and Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree MA) added a bronze in the javelin to her heptathlon 4thplace medal. Sentinel Striders runners brought home 3 medals in distance events David Principe (9:14.33) and Matthew Bouthillette (9:18.90) went 2–5 in the Youth 3000, and Samuel Toolin (4:45.07) was 6th in the Midget 1500. Waltham TC matched that club total with 3rd-place finishes by Michaela Jones, Midget 3000, 10:47.76, and TJ Noonan, Young Men javelin, 189-7, to go with Nolan Allen’s 5th in the Midget 1500 meter race walk (8:39.92). The hammer had six medalists total: Young Men Charlie Ionata (1), Carlos Magnum (2) and Clarence Gallup (6), as well as Intermediate Girls Leia Mistowski (2), Young Women Maggie Dufault (3), and Intermediate Boys Gabriel Arcaro (4). Additional local medal winners Jacilyn Briggs (PatriotPV), 3rd, YW pole vault, 12-03.5 Innovation Academy (Lee DiMattia, Hendel Laurole, William Paulo, Nicholas Scarsdale), 5th, IB 4x800 relay 8:32.33 Vincent Cirillo 7th, SBB shot put, 24-5.75 Eli Shearer (Colrain MA), 8th, Youth triple jump, 37-5 The 2013 New England meet is planned for June 23 at Fitchburg, the Region I meet will be at Icann Stadium in New York July 5–7, and the nationals at Greensboro North Carolina at the end of July.
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OLYMPIC TRIALS 10 SPECIAL MOMENTS
A Daily Journal from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials / Track & Field By Dave Hunter, Photos by PhotoRun.net If you reflect on the recently completed Olympic Trials, it is difficult— but nonetheless entertaining—to select 10 special moments from the cornucopia of memorable performances—some exhilarating, some heartbreaking, some frustrating—that highlighted 10 marvelous days of track & field. It’s tough to limit the list to only 10. I was forced to leave out some stunning moments (e.g., Brittany Borman’s final-round javelin throw—a PR “A” standard heave that won the event and placed her on the Olympic team). Here are my 10 picks, 5 from the women’s events and 5 from the men’s events. TOp 5 WOmen’S mOmenTS #5: Chantae McMillan’s ‘A’ Standard Performance in the Heptathlon Knowledgeable track & field fans wrote off McMillan’s chances for an Olympic berth when, in the heptathlon’s fifth event, she turned in an 18’1½” subpar performance in the long jump. McMillan, who lacked the all-important Olympic “A” standard of 6,150 points, rallied to score 1,720 points over the last two events, finishing with 6,188 points to snare 3rd and secure her ticket to London. #4: The Electrifying Conley–Lucas Finish in the 5000 In one breathless moment during the chaotic finish to the women’s 5000, Kim Conley, who had lacked the “A” standard, out-leaned a wobbly Julia Lucas at the line for the final Olympic spot. Conley’s dramatic rush over the final lap allowed her to beat Lucas by 0.04 seconds and to achieve the essential “A” standard by 0.21 seconds. Ironically, it was Lucas’ selfinitiated drive over the final 1200 meters, which left her defenseless and unable to respond on the final straightaway, that provided the essential up-tempo race pace over the final three laps and allowed Conley to secure her “A” standard. Both elements—basically provided by Lucas—were essential to put Conley in 3rd with a qualifying mark and send her to the Olympic Games. #3: Career-Spanning High Jumpers The women’s high jump provided a unique opportunity to see four athletes who represent the evolution of a high jumper: (1) the emerging, young, record-breaking talent (Gabrielle Williams, who tied the 15-year-
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old age group world record); (2) the likely next great up-and-coming high jumper (Brigetta Barrett, who set two PRs on her way to clearing 2.01 and making her first Olympic team); (3) the dominant reigning indoor world champion in her prime (OT winner Chaunte Lowe) and (4) the aging, legendary athlete who is able to summon up the talent and the effort to make a fifth Olympic team (high-jumping icon Amy Acuff ). #2: Allyson Felix’s Spectacular 200 Meter Win After enduring a week of distraction and hubbub that resulted from the quirky dead heat 3rd-place tie with Jeneba Tarmoh in the 100 meters, the poised Allyson Felix came out for the Trials 200 final, dominated the race from the gun, and won in a dazzling time of 21.69—the third-fastest time ever run by an American and the fastest 200 ever run by a woman on American soil. Only Florence Griffith-Joyner, Marion Jones and Merlene Ottey have ever run faster. In securing her 2012 Olympic team position (first), Felix soundly defeated a world-class field that included world championship gold medalists Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross. #1: The Felix–Tarmoh 100 Meter Tie In future years when track & field fans reflect on the 2012 Olympic Trials, one memory will not be of exhilarating athletic success or a lastminute winning race surge, jump or throw. It will be about the improbability, the bewilderment, the covert meetings, the agonizing and often-inexplicable delays, the announced-and-then-altered resolution process and, finally, the disappointing and downright sad outcome that was born out of the down-to-the-one-thousandth-of-a-second 3rd-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women’s 100 meter final. With Tarmoh surprisingly withdrawing from the highly anticipated match race to settle the issue, the matter was resolved, not on the track, but covertly, which may never be completely known or fully understood. Some point out that Tarmoh is still eligible to serve as an alternate for the 100 and to participate, if selected, on the USA 4x100 relay team. But that would have been the case even if she had participated in the match race and lost. For a growing segment of the track & field community, the apparent absence of any motivation for Tarmoh to withdraw unexpectedly only fuels unfortunate speculation that some sort of nefarious and unde-
tectable consideration was provided to Tarmoh to throw in the towel. For Felix, destined to be recognized as one of the greatest sprinters in track & field history, she will compete in the 100 meters in London and her 2012 Olympic dream of winning possibly four Gold medals remains alive. For Tarmoh, a solid competitor who heretofore has never made an Olympic team, she is destined to be a footnote to the 2012 Trials. The track & field community will speculate about this for many years. TOp 5 men’S mOmenTS #5: George Kitchens’ Long Jump Magic Unheralded, unattached George Kitchens began the long jump final without an “A” standard mark and against a strong field that included Will Claye, Christian Taylor and Dwight Phillips—all of whom have won Olympic or World Championship medals. Undaunted, Kitchens uncorked a third-round jump of 8.21m “26’11¼” to achieve the “A” standard, capture 3rd place, punch his ticket to London and deny reigning triple jump world champion Christian Taylor an Olympic long jump berth. #4: 110 Hurdle Final So much happened in less than 13 seconds: Aries Merritt won in a superb world-leading time of 12.93. Jason Richardson, 2nd in 12.98, became the first American to post two sub-13 clockings in the same Olympic Trials. Third-place finisher Jeff Porter, in a move reminiscent of Christian Smith’s desperate lunge in the ‘08 OT 800 final, dove his way onto the Olympic team. And the subpar performance of David Oliver fueled further speculation about his ability to regain his former dominant position in this event. #3: Lance Brooks’ Storybook Throw Not unlike many U.S. discus athletes, unheralded discus thrower Lance Brooks came to Eugene lacking the 65.00m mark that would give him the coveted “A” standard. Veteran discus fans were frankly surprised this virtual unknown even made it into the finals. Leading after every round of the finals, Brooks still lacked the “A” standard mark that several of his trailing competitors had already secured. In a finish that defied belief, Lance Brooks, down to his sixth and final throw, and exhorted onward by the frenzied Hayward Field crowd, dropped a bomb by spinning the platter 65.15m—just surpassing the “A” standard mark he needed to secure his appearance in the London Games. This fairy tale finish took on
added luster when Brooks’ podium remarks suggested he did not fully appreciate that, notwithstanding an OT discus win, his “A” standard sixth throw was essential to permit his Olympic participation. #2: Galen Rupp’s Dramatic 5000 Win Galen Rupp is beloved by the Hayward Field faithful. But even his most ardent fans have occasionally entertained doubt about his closing leg speed and his gritty determination against the most elite competitors over the final 200. He erased any lingering doubts at these Trials when, as expected, he was mano a mano against his nemesis Bernard Lagat over the final 400 of the 5000 final. This time Rupp possessed that extra gear he needed over the final 80 meters to better Lagat at the line by 0.15 seconds. Rupp’s winning time of 13:22.67 took down the 40-year-old Olympic Trials 5000 record held by Rupp’s idol, the legendary Steve Prefontaine. The win allowed Rupp to complete an extremely rare Olympic Trials 5000/10,000 double—last completed 60 years ago in the ‘52 Olympic Trials by Curt Stone. #1: Ashton Eaton’s Decathlon World Record You could feel the electricity in Hayward Field when Ashton Eaton began Day 1 of the decathlon by setting decathlon world records in the first two events. With Eaton having amassed 2,164 points after the 100m and the long jump, both the athlete and the fans sensed that something special might be unfolding. Competing on the 100th anniversary of the decathlon and of Jim Thorpe’s victory in the inaugural Olympic decathlon, Eaton appeared unchallenged by his competitors and battled only with the swirling winds and periodic cloud bursts that plagued the 10 events. Undaunted, Eaton soldiered on by winning six of the first nine events. With 8,189 points entering the final event—the 1500—Eaton and the Hayward Field fans had been advised that a time of around 4:17 would allow him to surpass the 11-year-old record of 9,026 held by Roman Sebrle. With all of the living American Olympic decathlon Gold medalists in attendance in the stands, Eaton ran an evenly-paced 4:14.48 to win the 1500, to post 9,039 points, and to set a new world record. No one who witnessed this record-breaking display of athletic prowess will ever forget it. s
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TRACK & FIeLD SCHeDULe For a complete schedule of open, collegiate, and scholastic events, see www.usatfne.org/cross
** NE GP EVENT ** OCTOBER 2012 NO meets at Franklin Park this year Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 Attleboro YMCA youth races, Norton Outdoor Center, Norton MA, 5 pm Ed Poirier 508-222-7422 x124 email@example.com 6
21 USATF Development XC Runs Larz Anderson Park, Brookline MA, 9:30 am Youth 14/under 1 Mile, Open 2.8 mile usatfne.org/cross 27 Larch Hill English Style XC Classic Bramble Hill Farm, Amherst MA firstname.lastname@example.org 413-586-8002, www.bramblehillfarm.com
USATF Maine Open Championship/Craig Cup 5K Twin Brooks Park, Cumberland ME craigcup.blogspot.com email@example.com 207-729-6180
27 Vermont State HS Championships Thetford Academy
** Wayland XC Challenge Wayland HS, Wayland, MA. 9:30 am 3K Youth to age 14, 5K Open www.waylandxc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 508-397-1261
28 Amherst NH Youth XC and Open Race Freestyle Farm, Amherst NH Youth 2K/3K/4K/5K races, Open 5K Junior Olympic course preview www.amhersttrack.org
New England Collegiate Championships (100th running), Stanley Park, Westfield, MA. www.neicaaa.org
28 MAYOR’S CUP CROSS COUNTRY RACES WILL NOT BE HELD IN 2012 due to course construction
13 NH Thunder Youth XC meet Coe Brown Academy, Northwood NH Ages 7–14, 2K–4K. 4 pm Karyn Fisher email@example.com
NOVEMBER 2012 3
14 USATF Development XC Runs Larz Anderson Park, Brookline MA, 9:30 am Youth 14/under 1 Mile, Open 2.8 mile www.usatfne.org/cross
17 Mass HS All-State Meet Northfield Mountain, Northfield MA 18 ** USATF-New England Championship Stanley Park, Westfield MA (NEW SITE IN 2012 due to Franklin Park construction) Masters Men 8K, Open and Masters Women 6K, Open Men’s 8K www.usatfne.org/cross, firstname.lastname@example.org 18 USATF Region I Junior Olympics Eisenhower Park, Long Island, NY Qualify from New England Meet November 11 www.long-island.usatf.org 18 Little Rhody Runaround 8 Miles, Burlingame Park, Charlestown RI 401-596-8612, www.westerlytrackclub.org 22 Wild Turkey Trot Maudsley State Park, Newburyport MA www.runthecircle.org 23 Gabe’s Run, Hamilton MA
3 14 Ravenswood Trail Race Gloucester MA, 9 am 4.1 mile www.teamgloucester.com email@example.com
Massachusetts Middle School Invitational Championship, Tewksbury MA Hosted by USATF New England 3K, MA middle schools grades 5,6,7,8 usatfne.org/cross Sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association
11 USATF-NE JUNIOR OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIP Freestyle Farm, Amherst NH MA, NH, VT, RI only. 2K/3K/4K/5K Race in 2-year age groups, Teams and Individuals advance to Regional Meet, November 18 www.usatfne.org/cross, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hampshire High School Meet of Champions Mine Falls Park, Nashua NH
Rhode Island State HS Champs Ponaganset HS, No.Scituate RI, www.ritca.com
14 USATF Adirondack Open XC Championships Saratoga Springs NY, www.usatfadir.org
NCAA Division I Northeast Qualifier Hammonasset Park, Madison CT
20 ** Western Mass Distance Project XC Invitational Stanley Park, Westfield MA 5K women, 8K men Site of NE XC Championship on 11/18 www.westernmassdistanceproject.org email@example.com
10 New England NCAA Division III Championship Stanley Park, Westfield MA 10 New England High School Championships Twin Brook Recreation Area, Cumberland ME
24 Footlocker HS East Qualifier Van Cortlandt Park NY City www.footlockercc.com 24 Nike HS Cross Nationals Northeast Qualifier Wappinges Falls NY. www.runnerspace.com/nxn 25 Warrior Run 2.8 miles, Larz Anderson Park, Brookline MA firstname.lastname@example.org DECEMBER 2012 1
Nike HS Cross Nationals Portland, OR runnerspace.com/nxn
USATF Junior Olympic Nationals Albuquerque, NM www.usatf.org/events/2012/
USATF Fall National XC Championships Louisville KY National Club Championship, Open & Masters 10K men, 6K women www.usatf.org/events/2012/
Footlocker HS Finals, Balboa Park San Diego CA
Jack Fleming, BAA
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New eNglaNd opeN and cross couNtry champioNships Sunday, November 18, Stanley Park, Westfield MA 11:00 a.m. Masters Men 8K 11:50 a.m. Open and Masters Women 6K 12:30 p.m. Open Men 8K Medals and team and individual prize money Two time New England Champion Tim Ritchie
Sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association Entry info at www.usatfne.org/cross
New eNglaNd JuNior olympic cross couNtry champioNships Vera Vaitones
Sunday, November 11 Freestyle Farm, Amherst MA, 10:00 a.m. Races in 2-year age groups 2K Sub-Bantam born 2004–2005 3K Bantam born 2002–2003 3K Midget born 2000–2001 4K Youth born 1998–1999 5K Intermediate born 1996–1997 5K Young Men/Women born 1994–95 Top 3 teams and individuals in top 25 qualify for Regional meet on November 18 Details on entry at www.usatfne.org/cross
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