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The Annual Meeting of the USATF New England association will take place on Sunday, September 24, at 4:00 p.m. at Brandeis University in Waltham MA.

This year, only sport committee chairs and athlete rep positions are up for election (officers are elected in even numbered years) with some incumbents running again. Anyone interested in running for these spots can contact the office.

Reports on past and future projects will be presented, and delegates to the National annual meeting (Nov 29-Dec 3) will be selected.

The full meeting agenda, positions open for election, and by-law change proposals are posted at USATF-NE board page; candidates for positions will be updated regularly through the meeting date.

After several months of work, the new USATF-New England website is fully up and running. The general link will shortly go directly to the updated site, newengland.usatf.org.

The new page will allow more photos, active updates, and complete event based webpages. This "old" site www.usatfne.org will remain active as well, and will serve as an historic archive for results and general information (did you know we have track and field championship results as old as 1890?). Check and bookmark the new site newengland.usatf.org.

Those recognized from the four USATF-NE states were:


  • Massachusetts: Jim Blackburn (Boys, Newton North); Dion Crichlow (Girls, Milton)

The nationwide list of coaches of the year can be found at the USTFCCCA website.

July 29, Worcester MA

Boston North men won their first team title at Saturday's USATF-NE Open/Masters Track and Field Championship meet at Holy Cross. Strength in the short sprints and contributors in jumps and middle distance races put them comfortably ahead of Sprinticity in the point totals 38-26, with 22 clubs scoring. The Vermonters were able to top the women's results 55-21 ahead of Twilight Throwers among 22 women's team in the standings.

Top individual performances based on IAAF scoring tables were turned in by Laura Rose Donegan (Battle Road TC) in the steeplechase and Nathaniel Meade (Gr.Boston TC) in the triple jump. Top masters age-graded scorers were Nat Larson (M55, Gr.Springfield Harriers) with his 4:21.22 1500, and Katharine Montstream (W55, Sprinticity) with her 69.21 400m.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS CONCLUDES WITH MORE NE HONORS

Junior Olympic Nationals in Lawrence, Kansas, finished up a seven day run Sunday, and the weekend added more All-Americans to the New England results. Brittney Johnson (Derry NH, 17-18) added a second in the 3000 and fifth in the 1500, Michaela Jones (Waltham TC, 17-18) earned a bronze medal in the 1500, Sam Walsh (Twilight Throwers, 17-18) was fourth in the discus, and Sam Burgess (Waltham TC, 11-12) placed sixth in the 3000. Find all New England performances at newengland.usatf.org.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS OPENS WITH NE MEDALISTS

Day 1 at the Junior Olympic Nationals produced one National Champion and 3 All-Americans from the New England association.

Despite temperatures and humidity both in the 90's, Britney Johnson (NH Tracksters/Derry NH) won the girls 17-18 steeplechase in 7:15.93, 8 seconds up on second place. Age 17-18 hammer throwers Dilyn Cote (192'8") and Katrina Kurowski (150'0") from Woonsocket RI added a pair of fourth place medals to the New England count, and Will Smith (Waltham TC) earned his first JO All-American honor placing sixth in the 13-14 3000m race walk in a personal best 19:25.01.

The meet continues through Sunday. Follow the Live Results every day.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS OPENS WITH NE MEDALISTS

Day 1 at the Junior Olympic Nationals produced one National Champion and 3 All-Americans from the New England association.

Despite temperatures and humidity both in the 90's, Britney Johnson (NH Tracksters/Derry NH) won the girls 17-18 steeplechase in 7:15.93, 8 seconds up on second place. Age 17-18 hammer throwers Dilyn Cote (192'8") and Katrina Kurowski (150'0") from Woonsocket RI added a pair of fourth place medals to the New England count, and Will Smith (Waltham TC) earned his first JO All-American honor placing sixth in the 13-14 3000m race walk in a personal best 19:25.01.

The meet continues through Sunday. Follow the Live Results every day.

July 22, Wellesley MA

Boston-North men and Wellesley Youth Track and Field Club women took home the gold batons as team winners in the first annual USATF-NE Relay Championship at Wellesley on Saturday evening. Both teams finished first in each of the four events contested on the Wellesley College track - 4x100, 4x400, 4x800, 4xmile.

The meet was a final tune-up for this weekend's USATF-NE Track and Field Championship at Holy Cross.

He raised the state vault record multiple times through the spring season. Find the full list of USATF-NE Athletes of the Month.

FLEMING PROMOTED TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT B.A.A.

The Boston Athletic Association has promoted Jack Fleming to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Starting in the organization as a press liaison, the Natick MA resident steadily increased his responsibilities up to Media Director, and has been involved in the development of new programs at B.A.A. from new events to youth and community outreach. And - while a student at Boston College, Jack served an internship at USATF-NE. Full Press Announcement

FLEMING PROMOTED TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AT B.A.A.

The Boston Athletic Association has promoted Jack Fleming to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Starting in the organization as a press liaison, the Natick MA resident steadily increased his responsibilities up to Media Director, and has been involved in the development of new programs at B.A.A. from new events to youth and community outreach. And - while a student at Boston College, Jack served an internship at USATF-NE. Full Press Announcement

REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPICS SEES LARGE FIELDS AND QUALITY COMPETITION

Over 1400 entrants advancing from six USATF association meets converged on Fitchburg State University to contest the USATF Region I Junior Olympic Championships over the four day weekend.

Rain on Friday and a 90 minute storm delay on Saturday did not take away from the experience. A dedicated crew off officials kept the meet on time and provided a quality experience for the participants at 6-18, and the Fitchburg State University track and field program were supportive hosts to the event. The top 5 individuals in each event in each age group are eligible to advance to the National meet in Lawrence, Kansas at the end of July.

GATORADE HS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED

Massachusetts: Clare Martin (Newton South), middle distance, state champ; Erick Duffy (North Andover), national pole vault champion / state record, state hurdles champ

New Hampshire: Kristie Schoffield (Merrimack Velley/Penacook), middle distance, NE 800 champ; Billy Powers (Winnacunnet), 110/300 Hurdles (junior)

Rhode Island: Nikki Merrill (Portsmouth), middle distance (soph); D.J.Principe (La Salle), distances

Vermont: Sonia John (Rice/So.Burlington), sprints, (junior); Tyler Marshall (Champlain Valley Union), middle distance (two time winner)

June 18, Merrimack NH

Amos Sang (24:33) and Holly Rees were first across the line at the USATF-NE 5 Mile Championship held with the Immediate Care Ribfest 5 Mile in Merrimack NH. Both Sang (Western Mass Distance Project) and Rees (Battle Road TC) led their respective teams to wins on fast the out-and-back course. The men's race saw the top 4 finish withing 6 seconds, while the women's runner-up was over a minute back.

Ginger Reiner (CCR) and David Bedoya (B.A.A.) turned in the top age 40+ placings, with highest age-graded marks run by John Barbour (63, GLRR) at 89.39 among the men, and Mimi Fallon (52, B.A.A.-87.16) and Karen Durante (66, Whirlaway) tied at 87.16 for women.

Full results can be found on Millennium Running. GP results will be posted on Wednesday at www.usatfne.org/gp.

Saturday's USATF-NE Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship at Fitchburg State University was a day of non-stop action, as young athletes age 7-18 took advantage of the relatively cool June temperatures to run, jump, and throw quality results. The more than 800 competitors made for more and larger sections than ever, and a dedicated crew of officials and volunteers moved the schedule along without any gaps for close to 10 hours.

The top 8 finishers in each individual event and the top 5 relays qualify for the Region I meet, also at Fitchburg State, July 6-9. Preliminary Results

The Mass. State Track Coaches Association welcomed four coaches into their Hall of Fame on Sunday. Long time coaches Jim Erker (Walpole), Tim Foley (Newburyport), Chuck Martin (Norwell), and Chris Woods (Fitchburg) were recognized for their service to the sport at the high school level.

Steven Keyes, official and long time Reggie Lewis Center supervisor, received the Lou Tozzi Distinguished Service Award. Other honorees and news at mstca.org.

CRANMORE HOSTS USA MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

June 3, North Conway NH

The top three women over the 2 lap up-and-down course are all veteran international runners, and were led by Addie Bracy (Longmont CO). 2011 World Champion Kasie Enman (GMAA/Huntington VT) finished third and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Commons VT), a relative newcomer to mountain running but an accomplished nordic skier, claimed fourth place and the final USA team berth. Regina Loiacano (CMS/Gloucester MA) was top master and eighth overall.

The men's race went to past champion Joseph Gray (Colorado Springs) with Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT/Nottingham NH) eighth and Dan Button (Sisu Project/Acton MA) tenth, with Jim Johnson (CMS/Madison NH) one place back for top 40+ finisher.

USATF President Vin Lananna was on site for the championship, and served as race starter and presented awards. Full story and results link.

May 25-27, Florida and Ohio

Carly Muscaro (Merrimack) and Wadeline Jonathas (U.Mass-Boston) were double winners at NCAA Championships over the weekend. At Division II in Bradenton FL, Muscaro, a senior, won the 200 in 23.40 and the 400 in 51.90 for her fifth and sixth career titles. In the Division III meet in Geneva OH, freshman Jonathas won the same 200/400 double, her times of 23.57 and 52.81 setting championship and all-time DII records in both events. The 400 time, better than second by almost 2 seconds, broke a 29 year old mark set by another UMB athlete, Genessia Eddins.

Three other student-atheltes from schools in the USATF-NE states also won national titles. Both high jumps were captured by local freshmen; Emma Egan (Williams) won the women's jump in 1.76m/5'9.25, and Justin Lewis (Worcester State) scaled 2.16m/7'1" in the men's competition. Senior Peter Hale (Williams) was the final NE winner, taking the 5000 in 14:15.38.

OFFICIAL DAVE GRANT OF NH PASSES

Long time official Dave Grant of Keene, New Hampshire, passed away on Monday. A USATF certified official, he was a regular at USATF-NE open, masters, and youth championships, usually working with his wife Hazel and daughter Sarah. Dave and his family were most interested in the throws, and they had worked a number of USA Masters Championships and Youth Nationals. Dave was a member of the New Hampshire Track Officials Association and Mass. Track & Field Officials Association, and a loyal supporter of our programs.

USA MASTERS WIN TITLES AT JAMES JOYCE RAMBLE 10K April 30, Dedham MA

Masters road runners enjoyed good racing weather at Sunday's the USATF Master 10K Road Race Championship held in conjunction with the 34th annual James Joyce Ramble in Dedham MA on Sunday. 232 USATF masters finishers covering 5 year age groups through 80-84 made it the largest in the five years with the Ramble.

Women's overall winner was New England member Ginger Reiner, 40, (Craft Concept Racing) in 37:11, with an 18 second gap over second. One US record established, that in the Women's 60-64 division; Sabra Harvey (Houston TX) broke her own standard with a 42:05 at age 68.

Two more USATF-NE members were division winners; Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT) in W70, and Bill Riley (NE65+ RC) in M80. A pair of USATF-NE clubs scored team titles results that saw clubs from ten associations win gold. Both the B.A.A. M40+ and Greater Springfield Harriers M50+ repeated as the clubs with the best three-runner time totals. Best local women's club ranking was the third place in W40+ by Dirigo RC.

B.A.A. teammates Brian Harvey and Eric Ashe led the open runners for a second straight year (30:51/31:30) and and Holly Rees (Battle Road TC) was first woman in 34:46.

MOUNTAIN CIRCUIT OPENS AT SLEEPY HOLLOW

Brandon Newbould (Whirlaway RT) repeated as overall winner and Leslie O'Dell (CMS) scored her second win in three years; O'Dell was also first among the W40+ finishers. Other division winners were Tim Van Orden (M40/CMS), Dave Dunham (M50/CMS), Paul Bazanchuk (M60/CMS), and Frank Holmes (M70/White Mountain Milers) for men, and Erica Khan (W50/Team Gloucester) and Karen Provencher (W60/Willow St-NY) for women. CMS swept the mens' team wins, with CMS (open) and acidotic Racing (40/50) topping women's teams.

Overall Race Results. Standings will be posted after 2 races. The series continues this Sunday at Pack Monadnock.

April 17, Boston MA

Among competitors from 50 states and around the globe, the top USATF New England association finishers placed high in the 121st Boston Marathon field. Liz Costello (Brighton/New Balance Boston), 18th, was top New England female in 2:38:21, and Brian Harvey (Boston/B.A.A.) was top local male, 20th, in 2:20:18. Here are the other top New England state finishers with town/club and time/place.

RI: Jason Reilly (East Greenwich/B.A.A.) 2:42:43, 224; Kelsi Chappell (Portsmouth) 3:03:24, 128

VT: Todd Smith (Bristol/GMAA) 2:44:07, 276; Emily Urquhart (White River Junction) 3:15:13, 430

ME: Chris Harmon (Portland/Dirigo RC), 2:43:57, 267; Christine Hein (North Yarmouth) 2:55:28, 53

CT: Chris Zablocki (Essex) 2:31:04, 57; Megan Jaswell (East Hampton) 2:57:48, 74

The B.A.A. trio of Harvey, Eric Ashe, and Joe Carpenter, all in the top 40, scored a decisive team win in 7:10:24, and Hansons-Brooks Distance Project of Michigan, including 4th placer overall, Desi Linden, combined for the fastest ever Women's team time of 7:36:27. The B.A.A. was runner-up in the Men's Masters Team finish and third in the Women's Open division, with Winners Circle RC taking the top NE Women's place, fourth, in Women's Masters.

Kenyans recorded a double win for the first time in several years, with Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat topping the podium; Americans Galen Rupp (2nd) and Jordan Hasay (third) were competitive through the distance.

The world best was set in the wheelchair division and it took a reading of the finish picture to separate winner Marcel Hug (Switzerland) from 10-time event champion Ernst Van Dyke (South Africa); both were timed in 1:18:04. Manuella Char's course record win gave the Swiss double gold. Check out all race stories and statistics at bostonmarathon.org.

April 14, Boston MA

Ben True (West Lebanon NH / Saucony) set his second US record at the 5K distance in winning his fourth B.A.A. 5K in Boston's Back Bay on Saturday. The traditionally fast and competitive appetizer to the Boston Marathon did not disappoint, as True outkicked Stephen Sambu (Kenya) down the home stretch on Charles Street to clock 13:20 for the American and course record, 2 seconds ahead of his rival - and 2 seconds better than his previous US standard on the same course in 2015.

In the women's results, Buze Diriba (Ethiopia) edged Molly Huddle (Providence/Saucony) by the same margin of victory as the men's race; Huddle was just 6 seconds off her own US best set here in 2015.

The 5K was a prelude to a day of activity, with the B.A.A. Mile featuring six middle school (kilometer), high school (mile), and professional races, and the Club 121 Youth Relays providing more street action for the weekend's large downtown crowds.

DJ PRINCIPE IS MARCH ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

In February, he won three events at the Rhode Island state championship, and at January's New Balance Games at the NY Armory, he brought the six-state region mile best down to 4:00.97, the third fastest all-time for the distance by a scholastic runner.

An alumnus of the USATF-NE Junior Olympic program, Principe has committed to attend Stanford University in September.

March 31, Upton MA

March 26, Kampala Uganda

B.A.A. harriers Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris placed for Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday. Pagano met her goal of a top 30 finish taking that 30th spot overall, fourth for Team USA, which earned fifth place with 90 points - Kenya scored a perfect 20, going 1-2-3-4. Balouris was fifth of the six American women in 48th place over the fast 10K course run in mid-80 degree temperatures.

The US men took fifth with 78 points, just 6 out of a medal spot. Check the full results and all the stats at iaaf.org and photo galleries (with more to come) at Mike Scott's Album.

March 19-25, Daegu, South Korea

Attending the World Masters Association (WMA) Championships in Daegu, South Korea, was a long trip for USA athletes, but several NE athletes traveled a half a world away to compete and earn medals against over 4000 international competitors age 35 through 100+.

Katrina Geurkink (Thors StoneAC/Lebanon NH/W55) won gold in the shot and discus, silver in the hammer and weight, and bronze in the javelin. Bob Cedrone (Twilight Throwers/Canton MA/M60) was silver medalist in both the Weight Throw & Hammer.

US competitors won 108 medals overall in the various age divisions. The US medal summary and other meet links.

March 19, Virginia Beach VA

Conflicting with the NE Half Marathon, the USA Masters 8K in Virginia had only three New Englanders in the results, but the trio from Greater Springfield Harriers represented well. Kent Lemme, Mark Hixson, and Nat Larson placed 2-4-5, respectively, in the M50-54 division, and Larson, Lemme, and Hixson were 2-5-6 in the men's age graded scoring - the first two at over 90.0. Those placings gave the threesome an easy win of the M50 team title with a time faster than the winning M40 team total.

SERAFINI, MORACZEWSKI SCORE STRONG WINS AT NEW BEDFORD HALF MARATHON

After passing on the Amherst 10 Miler, Serafini (The Heartbreakers) broke from two time winner Ruben Sanca (Whirlaway) amd Amos Sang (WMDP) after 10 miles to split the tape in 1:06:20 with a margin of 34 seconds. He'd previously placed fifth and third the past two years. Moraczewski, representing the B.A.A. for in a GP race for the first time, was never challenged for the women's win in 1:18:02, with teammate Emma Spencer second and 10 Mile champ Danielle Bessette (Battle Road) third.

The Boston Athletic Association swept the open team titles in the Whaling City, placing five men in the top ten, and womeon placing 1-2-6. The gold and blue also took the M40 team prize, and CMS women were W40 champions.

Full results can be found on the Full Race Results. GP results will be posted on Wednesday at www.usatfne.org/gp.

5 USATF-NE ATHLETES WIN AT HERSHEY YOUTH INDOOR NATIONALS

Five USATF-NE youth won gold medals at the Hershey USATF Youth Indoor Championships held at the beautiful Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island, New York City.

Two of those winners, both from Rhode Island and both in the weight throw, set meet records; Annika Kelly of Barrington, 15-16, 48'5.5", and Jared Briere of Woonsocket, 17-18, 72'6.25". Also coming home as National Champions were Gabrielle Portalla Haverhill Elite (8/under, Shot put), Aidan Cox NH Thunder (11-12 3000), and Nathan Sleiman Quincy Stars (15-16 Triple Jump - and 2nd in Hurdles).

11-12: 200 and 400, Kylee Bernard, Cambridge MA, 3rd in both;

13-14: 800: 2.Makayla Paige, Gr.Lowell RR; Hurdles: 2.Peyton Rollins, Cambridge Jets; 3000 M RaceWalk: 3.Will Smith, Waltham TC;

15-16: Weight Throw: 2.Jacob Furland, Providence RI; Weight Throw: 2.Sydney Polando, Barrington RI; 3.Cheyenne Figueroa, Providence

PRINCIPE SETS NE HS 2 MILE RECORD

La Salle (RI) High School Senior DJ Principe shattered his own all-New England high school indoor 2 mile record at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at the New York City Armory Track Facility. Principe clocked 8:47.40 to place third overall in the two mile, the 12 second personal best moving him to eighth fastest high schooler ever at the distance. The two runners ahead are now 5 and 7 all-time.

A number of high school records were broken in the season ending classic (including the Gloucester (MA) Distance Medley Relay mark that stood for 17 years). Even with the high quality of indoor track and field in New England, only three other association athletes recorded a top 3 placing, all earning silver medals; Daniel Renwick (Old Rochester/Mattapoisett MA) in the pentathlon, 3860; Gina Rao (Ponaganset,Scituate RI) in the weight, 59'7.75", and Milton HS (MA) in the 4 x 1 mile relay in 20:41.08 (also fourth in the DMR).

Full results along with videos and interviews are found at NationalScholastic.org.

March 9-10, Various sites

The collegiate indoor season closed last weekend with New England school competitors earning several National Championship titles. At the Division 2 Nationals in Birmingham Alabama, 2 time USATF-NE Athlete of the Month Carly Muscaro (Merrimack College) won both the 200 meter (23.57) and 400 meter (51.78) races, the latter in a championship record and all-NE collegiate record. She also anchored Merrimack's fourth place 4x400 relay. In Division 3 action, UMass Boston freshman Wadeline Jonathas won the 400 and placed second in the 200. Top Division I performance was turned in by another past AOM, New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier, who earned a silver medal in the mile in a time of 4:31.88, just .64 out of first.

STEVE MANGAN IS FEBRUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

March 5, Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY

Two USATF-NE Masters won their age divsions at the USATF 50K Championship held at the Caumsett Park 50K on Long Island on Sunday. Brian Teason (Manchester VT) was the top M55 runner (and 14th overall), clocking 3:52:48 on the 10 lap course, and Phil Pierce (NE 65+ RC, Falmouth ME) won the M75 division in 6:01:10.

GARABIAN, PANG WIN MA SCHOLASTIC WEIGHT THROW

Peabody's Patrick Pang and Seekonk's Cameron Garabian won the seventh annual Massachusetts Scholastic Weight Throw Invitational hosted by USATF-New England at the Reggie Lewis Center as part of the USATF-NE Youth meet on Wednesday. USATF-NE and the Twilight Throwers club offer the opportunity to Bay State athletes, as the weight throw - 20 pounds for girls, 25 pounds for boys - is not an indoor high school track and field event in Massachusetts.

Garabian, a sophomore who won the MIAA Division 5 shot put, tossed the weight a personal best 37'6 1/4"; that was a foot beyond the best of silver medalist Abbie Mokwuah of Longmeadow. Pang, who has the season's best mark by a Massachusetts thrower, won his second consecutive title. The winning throw of 50'4" came on the last of his six attempts, besting Hayden Dillow of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood by just four inches.

Competition results and full youth meet results are at www.usatfne.org/track/.

TWO MEET RECORDS BROKEN AT USATF NE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Two meet records dating back over thirty years were bettered at the USATF-New England Indoor Championships held at Harvard University's Gordon Track on Sunday. Over 600 open, scholastic, and collegiate athletes took advantage of the facility's banked 220 yard track and top field event areas.

Harvard's Myles Marshall ran a strong, mostly solo, race to win the 800 meters in 1:49.29, improving the standing 35 year old record of 1:49.4h. The women's shot found the second meet best put by Emmeline Berg, representing Shore AC of New Jersey. The former Mass. all-scholastic extended the 34 year old shot best to 54'2, removing the 52'11" mark of Sandy Burke of Taunton TC. The oldest individual meet record is now the men's shot put distance of 63'9.5" from in 1983.

The feature MunkPack 3000 meter races were captured by Calli Thackery of U.New Mexico in 9:09.77 and Caleb Hoover from asics Furman Elite in 7:52.07; the latter led the next 4 places under 8:00 as well. NE Distance's Steve Mangan flirted with a barrier breaking time, clocking 4:00.97 for the mile, and and Kendall Spencer was the first long jumper to span 25' in over 2 decades (25'.50"), narrowly missing that meet mark.

February 10, Southampton MA

Photo: Jennifer Mortimer

February 4, Waltham MA

Photo: Mike Scott

February 4, Bend OR

February 3, Providence RI

Sports reporter Bob Leddy of Rhode Island passed away over the weekend. Retired from the Providence Journal, Bob was the main man for track and field news in the state. A member of the RI Coaches Association and RI Interscholastic League Halls of Fame for his contributions to the sport, particularly high school level, Bob's writing in the weekly "Around the Oval" column on the Rhode Island Track & Field Coaches Association website all three seasons provided plenty of details to keep on top of the sport's news in the Ocean State.

MASSACHUSETTS HS TF HALL OF FAME GROWS

Seven new members were inducted into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Athlete Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 29. This year's stellar class includes Olympic distance runner Abbey D'Agostino (Masconomet Regional 2010), World Champion jumper Arantxa King (Medford 2007), shot putter Heather Oldham (Woburn 1999), sprinter Karim-Ben Saunders (Cambridge R&L 1987), hurdler Anne Jennings (Falmouth 1981), distance runner Ron Wayne (Brockton 1967), and sprinter/jumper Frederick Lewis (Springfield Technical, 1960).

MIKKELSEN BREAKS MASTERS RECORD AT EAST REGIONAL MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nearly 200 masters competed at the USATF New England and East Regional Indoor Championships at the Providence Career and Technical Academy facility on Sunday. One new US record was established, asLisa Mikkelsen (Holliston MA) stopped the clock at 62.24for a new W50 US record in the 400m.

Top age graded performances for men and women each earned $150. The best track marks were turned in by Manny Garcia (Deering NH, M50 60m, ) and Jan Holmquist (Whirlaway RT / Burlington MA, W70 Mile, and best field mark came from David Montieth (Ridgefield CT, M70 High Jump, and Oneithea Lewis (Oakland Gardens NY, W55 Weight Throw, ). Lewis also won the Jim Chamberas Award for Meet's Outstanding Thrower for winning all three throws, the weight distance being just 2 centimeters short of the age division record.

A World Best/US Record time highlighted the New Balance Grand Prix meet at Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday. The IAAF World Indoor Tour event featured a schedule of international starts competing.

Closing the meet (following an exciting mile win by Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Centrowitz), a US team of Olympians - Emma Coburn, high schooler Sydney McLaughlin, Brenda Martinez, and Jenny Simpson - ran the 1200/400/800/1600 in 10:40.31, cutting 3 seconds off the previous time in front of a loud capacity crowd.

The winning time in men's 300 was the fastest ever run in New England; Noah Lyles covered teh lap and a half in 32.67, bettering a 25 year old mark. Meet summary and results at iaaf.org.

FRANK RONAN, RESPECTED OFFICIAL, PASSES

Well-known USATF official Frank Ronan passed away Sunday after a year of health issues. Track and field was a passion of the 2015 USATF-NE Official of the Year, who still holds the city of Boston HS pole vault record. Frank was recognizable with his handlebar mustache and usually found at the pole vault working all levels of meets. MIT alum vaulter Nate Ball speaks for many in noting, "Competing, coaching or just watching, it's always been the best feeling to walk into a meet and see that Frank was officiating. He was a cornerstone of my experience as a vaulter in New England."

Photo: Exclamation Services

December 10, Hoover AL

Aidan Cox (NH Thunder) won the boys age 11-12 3K race at the USATF Junior Olympic National Cross Country Championships in Hoover, Alabama. Though held in the deep south, temperatures at race time were below freezing.

Cox, winner of the New England and Region I meets, took the lead near halfway and finished in 10:36.49 with an impressive 10 second gap over the runner-up. There were 401 finishers in his race. Other NE individuals with top 10 finishes included Torin Kindopp (9th, 11-12, Elm City), Gavin Schaaf (10th, 11-12, Green Mt.AA), and Celia Jessiman (6th, 15-18, Waltham TC). Noteworthy, too, was Sean Kay (North Shore Striders) taking 12th place in the boys 13-14 race, the day's largest with 429 finishers.

Local clubs scored in every division. with four top-5 finishes. Green Mountain AA placed fourth of 33 teams in the boys 11-12 division, Nashua PAL Striders was fourth in the girls 9-10, and Granite State Flash earned two fifths - girls 11-12 and 13-14.

December 10, Tallahassee FL

The Boston Athletic Association women ran to their third consecutive USA Cross Country Championship Team Title at the USATF Cross Country Club Nationals in Tallahassee Florida on Saturday.

The Unicorns had four runners in the top 10 led by runner-up Sarah Pagano and closely followed by Emily Lipari (5), Elaina Balouris (7), and Emma Bates (9). Their 33 points gave them a comfortable margin over High Performance West (81), who took repeated as second place team. Also representing were Battle Road TC (14/372 pts), Greater Boston TC (16/414), and SISU Project (24/677) among 24 teams.

The B.A.A. men were top NE team, finishing fifth in th 36 team field, scoring points. Leading the local charge again was Daniel Winn with an 8th place finish. Other local clubs from the 301 finisher / 36 club races included The Heartbreakers (11th team/305 pts), Battle Road TC(18/510), Greater Boston TC (25/738), SISU Project (34/985), and HFC Striders (35/1028).

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