Standout Performances for the B.A.A. at B.U. Valentine Invitational, NB Indoor Grand Prix

08 FEB 2014
Standout Performances for the B.A.A. at B.U. Valentine Invitational, NB Indoor Grand Prix
On a weekend when Boston transformed into the Hub of the track universe, B.A.A. runners posted performances that placed them among the stars. Katie Matthews donning the B.A.A> singlet for the second time, kicked off the weekend for the club on Friday February 7th, running away with the women's 5k at Boston University's Valentine Invitational. With a pacer for the first 1200m, Matthews easily separated herself from the pack. For the next 2k, she held pace before tiring slightly over the last mile, feeling the effects of her training. With goals of tapering and running faster later in the year, Matthews posted a solid 16:01 for the solo effort.

A B.U. grad, Matthews was excited to return to a track that she knows well. A four-time All-American for the Terriers, Matthews joined the B.A.A. in December. Last week, she posted a personal best time in the 3k at the Harvard Invitational, winning the race in 9:11 just ahead of three-time Olympian and B.A.A. teammate Jen Rhines who finished in 9:16. Both women bested the 9:27 qualifying standard for the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be contested in Albuquerque, NM on February 21-23, 2014. In addition, Matthew's 5k this weekend also qualifies her for the US Championships in that distance.

On Saturday, February 8th the men were on the track at B.U. and the versatile Tim Ritchie took third in the 3k. Ritchie's 7:56 was also well-under the US Championship qualifier of 8:03. Having spent most of the last year concentrating on longer road distances, his sub-8 minute performance was impressive.

In the 5k, Brian Harvey was the club's top finisher, crossing the line in 5th with 14:15 on the clock. Eric Ashe came across in 12th in a time of 14:24 in the same heat. On Friday night, Hilary Dionne also ran the 25-lapper, posting her second sub-17 minute effort this season.

Across town on Saturday, Chris Magill raced in the Master's Mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix held at the Reggie Lewis Center. Magill ran 4:36:19 to place 8th overall in the prestigious event.

For most of these athletes, their focus will shift back to the roads as they look toward the US Road Race Circuit. With fast track times already in hand this year, the stars are aligning to make 2014 one for the record books for the B.A.A.

RESULTS

Women's 5k:
1. Matthews, Katie 16:01.7
8. Dionne, Hilary 16:56.3

Men's 5k:
5. Harvey, Brian 14:15.9
12. Ashe, Eric 14:24.9
21. Hatton, Colman 14:36.3
46. Harper, Dan 14:59.0
61. Bedoya, David 15:09.4

Men's 3k:
3. Ritchie, Tim 07:56.2

Women's 3k:
46. Nash, Melissa 09:55.7
B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.