B.A.A. Opens 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix with Double Wins at Jones Realty Group 10 Mile; Three Compete at U.S. Indoor Track Championships

26 FEB 2012
B.A.A. Opens 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix with Double Wins at Jones Realty Group 10 Mile; Three Compete at U.S. Indoor Track Championships
The 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix is off to a winning start for the Boston Athletic Association. On Sunday, February 26, 2012, the team traveled to Amherst, MA for the Jones Realty Group 10-Miler, the first race of the 2012 series. At the end of the day, both the Men's and Women's Open Teams had captured the New England Championship. The 10 mile distance was last contested in Amherst in 2010 and was also a part of the series in 2009 and 1999. For both the men and the women 2012 marked the fourth team championship at Amherst.

In the men's open race, it was no contest as the team packed six runners in the top ten and ten in the top twenty to post a six minute margin of victory. Eric Ashe ran with the leaders throughout the race and led the B.A.A. charge with his third-place finish overall. Nicholas Wheeler a recent addition to the B.A.A. roster, took fourth, just ahead of Patrick Moulton in fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Justin Fyffe in seventh, Colman Hatton in ninth, and Paul Ryan in tenth place.

The women also enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory with the team of Lindsay Willard, Kasie Enman, and Maria Varela all placing in the top ten. Willard was the first B.A.A. woman across the line and the only one to break the one hour mark. Enman, fresh off of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon last month, had a solid race to place fourth overall. Varela secured the victory with her tenth-place finish. Their combined time was over four minutes ahead of the runner-up.

The next race on the 2012 USATF New England Grand Prix is in less than a month. The B.A.A. will look to defend their 2011 Men's & Women's Open titles at the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18th. The race will also provide many club members an opportunity to test their fitness as they prepare to run the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012.

2012 USATF INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

In addition to being represented on the roads, the Boston Athletic Association had three runners competing at the U.S. National Indoor Track and Field Championship in Albuquerque, NM. On Saturday, February 25th, Brian Harvey ran 8:34 in the 3,000 meters and Brian Hill and Peter Najem both competed in the 800 meter run. All three had to meet a tough standard in order to qualify for the meet, which took place at altitude.

Hill posted the sixth fastest time in the 800m preliminaries, running 1:50:43 to place second in Heat 2. He narrowly missed making the final: six athletes advanced with the winner from each of the three heats and the runners with the next three fastest times going to the final. Unfortunately for Hill, the next three fastest times were run in Heat 3, bumping him from the final, despite having posted a faster time than the Heat 1 winner. For complete results, visit the USATF website.

AMHERST 10 MILE RESULTS
3. Eric Ashe 51:32
4. Nicholas Wheeler 52:13
5. Patrick Moulton 52:15
7. Justin Fyffe 52:24
9. Colman Hatton 53:10
10. Paul Ryan 53:12
13. Brad Mish 53:24
14. Dan Smith 53:31
15. Brandon Prindiville 53:40
16. Chris Magill 53:48
25. Jonathan Baker 54:50
30. Kyle Ormsby 55:06
42. Dave Brooks 56:04
55. Wayne Levy 57:01
73. Timothy Guerin 58:03
98. Lindsay Willard 59:55 (2nd Female)
103. Ben Schersten 1:00:35
105. Stephen Masterson 1:00:38
114. Kasie Enman 1:01:11 (4th Female)
118. Michael McGrane 1:01:40
149. Maria Varela 1:04:58 (10th Female)
160. Joe Kaiser 1:05:48
162. Dorothy Zirkle 1:05:57 (12th Female)
181. James Wilson 1:07:22
266. Sean Prior 1:12:42
406. John Stuart 1:22:08

WOMEN’S OPEN
1. Boston Athletic Association = 3:06:04
Lindsay Willard 59:55, Kasie Enman 1:01:11, Maria Varela 1:04:58, Dorothy Zirkle (1:05:57);
2. SRR = 3:11:57
3. GBTC = 3:13:04

MEN’S OPEN
1. Boston Athletic Association = 4:21:34
Eric Ashe 51:32, Nicholas Wheeler 52:13, Patrick Moulton 52:15, Justin Fyffe 52:24, Colman Hatton 53:10, Paul Ryan (53:12), Brad Mish (53:24);
2. GBTC = 4:27:35
3. CMS = 4:29:54

For complete results, visit the event website.

FROM THE ARCHIVES:

2010 Men's Open Team Results:
1. Boston Athletic Association = 4:22:21
Brendan Callahan 50:53, Mark Miller 51:49, Patrick Moulton 52:03, Brian Harvey 52:39, Eric Blake 54:57, Wayne Levy (56:01), Joshua Gordon (56:01)
2. CMS = 4:32:05
3. GBTC = 4:33:04

2010 Women's Open Team Results
1. Boston Athletic Association = 3:00:58
Jeannette Seckinger 59:04, Mariko Holbrook 1:00:25, Carly Shea 1:01:29 , Laura Smith (1:01:42), Emily Kroshus (1:04:45), Kristin Murphy (1:05:06), Lindsay Willard (1:05:19;
2. GBTC = 3:11:30
3. CMS = 3:16:35

2009 Men's Open Team Results:
1. Boston Athletic Association = 4:19:04
Patrick Moulton, Mark Miller, Brendan Callahan, Michael Chettle, Matthew Kerr, Andrew Hill, Bernie Muller;
2. CMS = 4:29:44
3. GBTC = 4:30:20

2009 Women's Open Team Results
1. Boston Athletic Association = 2:57:15
Heidi Westerling, Kasie Enman, Jeanette Seckinger;
2. CMS
3. Whirlaway

1999 Men's Open Team Results
1. Boston Athletic Association = 4:22:21
Christopher Magill 51:38, David Marcus 52:01, Jim Dandeneau 52:18, Keven O’Neil 52:55, Ted Fitzpatrick 53:29;

1999 Women's Open Team Results
1. Boston Athletic Association = 3:12:52
Christina Clifford 1:03:13, Joanne Scianna 1:04:32, Sara Mulligan 1:05:07;

B.A.A. Moment 5

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.