Eric Ashe, B.A.A. Men's Open Team Kick-Off 2014 USATF New England Grand Prix with Wins

23 FEB 2014
Eric Ashe, B.A.A. Men's Open Team Kick-Off 2014 USATF New England Grand Prix with Wins
As the lead runner goes, so goes the team. In the first race of the 2014 USATF New England Grand Prix Championship Series, the B.A.A. Men's Open Team took home top honors, following the lead of Eric Ashe who earned the individual title. Similarly, the Men's Masters Team claimed the runner-up spot as did the club's top masters' finisher Chris Magill.

In spite of relatively warm temperatures, the roads were icy in spots which made sections of the course (i.e. the section of dirt road) challenging underfoot. The men were unphased, taking three of the top six spots, to put the team in solid position. Ashe led the charge, battling throughout with 2012 Olympian Ruben Sanca. "He would push the uphills and I would push the downhills," stated Ashe. Finally, at about 7.5 miles, Ashe moved into the lead and pushed the pace through the finish. Coming into the homestretch, Ashe had built himself a comfortable eight-second lead. Behind Ashe, Brian Harvey was fourth and Brad Mish was sixth overall. For Harvey, the race was part of his preparation for the 2014 Boston Marathon and he met his goal of running steady at marathon pace. Magill and Dave Brooks rounded out the scoring for the team. In the master's race, Magill led a team of Wayne Levy, Chris Lawrence, Kevin Hill and John Barrett to a second-place finish.

And far from the ice-covered roads of Amherst, Jen Rhines headed south to compete in the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon on Sunday, February 23, 2014, where she was third in 1:14:38.

One day prior, Tim Ritchie didn't have to worry about the weather - only the altitude, when he competed in the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championship in Albuquerque, NM. With a qualifying time of 7:57, Ritchie ran 8:25 and placed 14th in a loaded field. Far from being conservative at altitude, the leaders pushed the pace early, taking it out in 60 seconds for the first quarter and passing through the mile in 4:10. At the finish line, US Champion Bernard Lagat would post the meet's fastest time by an American.

Also taking refuge on the oval this weekend, several B.A.A. members posted top ten finishes at the USATF New England Indoor Track Championship at Harvard University on Sunday, February 23rd. David Chorney and Colman Hatton shifted down from their Boston Marathon training to compete in the 3000m race. Chorney finished 4th in 8:24 and Hatton was 6th in 8:29. In the men's masters 800m, Dave Menard was 5th with a time of 2:33.

Click here for Amherst 10 Mile Results.

Click here for USATF Indoor Track & Field Championship Results.

Click here for USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship Results.

Click here for Gasparilla Distance Classic Results.
B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.