Ritchie's 3:58 Mile Highlights Stellar B.A.A. Performances at the Terrier Invitational

29 JAN 2012
Ritchie's 3:58 Mile Highlights Stellar B.A.A. Performances at the Terrier Invitational
The indoor track season is just underway and the B.A.A.'s Tim Ritchie wasted no time in posting a stellar performance in the mile. Ritchie placed second in the event at the Boston University Terrier Classic and broke the 4-minute mark to run 3:58.49. Even more impressive is the fact that Ritchie doubled, also running an 8:05 in the 3k, good for eighth place. Earlier this month, Ritchie ran an 8:24.88 to win the 3k and a 4:12:20 mile to place second in the event at the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Just ahead of Ritchie in the 3k was Brian Harvey who ran 7:59.76. His time earned him 4th place overall and a 12 second PR. In the 1k, Brian Hill, a recent Harvard graduate, took the title with his 2:23.30, edging out the runner-up by .35 seconds. Also competing for the men was Peter Najem who posted a 1:50.4 and David Chorney who ran 14:30 in the 5000 meter race.

Ritchie, Harvey and Hill all qualified for the 2012 USATF Indoor Nationals which will be held on February 25th & 26th in Albaquerque, NM. Hill came into the meet having already qualified in the 800m last week at the GBTC Invitational where he ran 1:49.95 to win the event. Najem narrowly missed the 1:50.2 qualifying mark but will have another chance at the standard at the Valentine Invitational in two weeks.

The women competed on Friday night and recent Boston College graduate Brielle Chabot ran 4:55.77 in the mile. Liz Hankinson ran 10:27 in the 3k while Melissa Nash posted a 17:25 in the 5k.

Click below to link to the men's results and women's results.
B.A.A. Moment 1

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.