The Bronze Age: Men's Masters Team Takes 3rd in USATF National Club Cross Country Championship; Alexander Places 9th

14 DEC 2013
The Bronze Age: Men's Masters Team Takes 3rd in USATF National Club Cross Country Championship; Alexander Places 9th
The 2013 cross country season was a heavy medal year for the B.A.A. Men's Masters Team. Determined to earn a spot at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship in Bend, OR on Saturday, December 14, 2013, a group of masters men dedicated themselves to training and racing together throughout the fall. Their dedication to the team and to their goal was rewarded with a third-place finish at the national championship meet.

The team of Harry Stants, Keven O'Neil, Peter Hammer, Chris Magill, Pat Callahan, and Wayne Levy combined for an impressive third-place finish and a spot on the podium. Stants was the first finisher for the B.A.A. in 20th place overall. The top four runners kept a tight pack, all finishing within 19 seconds of one another. Hammer, the USATF 2013 New England Cross Country Master's Runner-up and the 2011 Champion, was fourth in the 45-49 age group. Chris Lawrence who had a role in getting the team to the championship, was forced to drop-out with a pre-existing calf injury.

The race capped-off a decorated season for the masters; the road to the USATF National Club Cross Country Championship was paved with gold as the masters claimed the top spot at the Mayor's Cup Cross Country Championship in October and the USATF New England Cross Country Championship in November. That's a medal a month for three consecutive months. The team will have time to rest and recover as they enter 2014. Look for them to make their mark again in April as most plan to compete in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

The B.A.A. Men's Open Team had a very solid performance in a race that is arguably the most competitive non-collegiate cross country championship in the U.S. in terms of depth of team competition. The field is full of former NCAA and USATF National Champions and All-Americans as well as Olympic-level athletes. The B.A.A. took twelfth in the team competition, breaking their streak of four consecutive top ten finishes. But results can be deceiving. Due to a residence technicality governing athlete eligibility, Sam Alexander was able to represent the B.A.A. but could not score as a member of the team. His 9th place finish, had it been factored into the results, would have moved the team up three places to 9th overall. Eric Ashe, the 2013 New England Cross Country Champion, was the second B.A.A. runner across the line, cracking the top twenty-five in 24th-place.

Alexander's performance has put him in contention to be selected for a U.S. cross country team. The club championship served as the selection meet for both the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country on January 11, 2014 and the North America, Central American, & Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships in Trinidad & Tobago on February 22, 2014. The top six finishers are automatically eligible. If any of the top six elect not to compete, USATF goes down the list to select alternates. The teams are expected to be named within the next week.

The 16th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships featured America’s top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. More than 1,200 competitors and 100 teams competed in the event, which featured a 10-kilometer men’s race and a 6-kilometer women’s race.

Men's Masters Results (297 finishers, 22 teams):
20.(17) Harry Stants 35:59
22. (19) Keven O'Neil 36:01
26. (23) Peter Hammer 36:14 (4th, 45-49)
27. (24) Chris Magill 36:18
57. (42) Pat Callahan 37:42
69. (58) Wayne Levy 38:02
DNF Christopher Lawrence

Men's Masters Team Results:
1. Atlanta TC 66
2. Bowerman AC 67
3. Boston Athletic Association 130


Men's Open Results (50 teams, 409 finishers):
9. Samuel Alexander 31:27
24. (28) Eric Ashe 32:09
36. (43) Brian Harvey 32:32
69. (79) Colman Hatton 33:11
99. (113) Dan Harper 33:49
146. (171) Ryan McCalmon 34:46
DNS Justin Lutz


Men's Open Team Results:
1. Champions League Athletic Performance 127
2. ZAP Fitness Reebok 128
3. Team Run Flagstaff 152
4. Hansons-Brooks Distance Project 165
5. Bryn Mawr Running Club 173
6. Asics Aggie Running Club 176
7. Boulder Running Company/adidas 213
8. Playmakers Elite/New Balance 229
9. The Georgetown Running Company 311
10. Club Northwest312
11. Boulder Track Club 333
12. Boston Athletic Association 374

Women's Open:
58. Kasie Enman 23:29

(Parenthesis indicate place used for team scoring. Individuals not competing as part of a team are removed from the results and participants are reordered in order to determine the team score)

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