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 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.