B.A.A. High Performance Team

B.A.A. High Performance Team

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

The B.A.A. High Performance Team is a professional athlete program of top American distance runners competing at national and international races. The High Performance Team is coached by Olympian Mark Carroll.

Since 1887, the Boston Athletic Association has played an integral part in the support and development of running throughout the United States. From the representation of B.A.A. athletes at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens to the annual running of the Boston Marathon, the pursuit of excellence in middle and long distance running has always stood at the forefront of our organization. The High Performance Team consists of a professional group of American runners that have the full support of the organization to pursue their ultimate athletic achievements.

The mission is to build and sustain, for years to come, a high performance racing team with the purpose of securing podium positions at future U.S. National Championships on the roads, track and cross country. Our ultimate goal will be to put B.A.A. athletes on World Championship and Olympic Teams so that they have the opportunity to represent themselves and their country at the highest level of competition in our sport.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

In building out the B.A.A. High Performance program, we are looking to recruit athletes that meet the following criteria:

  • Possess the talent and commitment to make national teams
  • Ability to train in a structured team environment
  • Must live and train in the Boston area for a majority of the year
  • Have a willingness to participate in B.A.A. Community Engagement initiatives
  • Meet one or more of the performance standards listed below
  • Have achieved NCAA All-American status in Cross Country, Indoor or Outdoor Track

WHAT ATHLETES RECEIVE

As a member of the B.A.A. High Performance team, you will receive the following training support:

  • Coaching
  • Training Stipend
  • Performance Bonuses
  • adidas Training & Competition Gear
  • Sports Therapy Assistance
  • Travel Expenses/Reimbursement
  • Warm Weather/Altitude Camps
  • Strength and Conditioning Training
  • Training Facility Use

HIGH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

EVENT MEN WOMEN
800m 1:46.50 2:00.50
1,500m 3:37.00 4:07.00
3,000m 7:50 9:00
3K Steeplechase 8:30 9:40
5,000m 13:30 15:30
10,000m 28:10 32:10
Half Marathon 1:02:15 1:12:15
Marathon 2:12:30 2:32:30

The above standards are used for consideration for entry onto the B.A.A. team, but do not presume an automatic qualification. High level performances and placings at the NCAA indoor, outdoor, and cross-country Championships, USATF Championships and major road race events will also be considered for selection to the team.

Athletes that have met any of the above performance standards and are interested in becoming a member of the B.A.A. team should send an email with their running resume to Mark Carroll, mcarroll@baa.org.

Meet the B.A.A. High Performance Team

Bethany Hasz

Bethany earned All-American honors in both cross country and track and field. Hasz was named NCAA All-American, USTFCCCA All-Region, First Team All-B1G Ten, and B1G Ten Athlete of the Year.

Megan Hasz

NCAA All-American, USTFCCCA All-Region, First Team All-B1G Ten, and Academic All-B1G Ten honors. Megan finished 3rd at both the indoor and outdoor B1G Ten Championship 5,000m races this year.

Annie Rodenfels

A Centre College (Kentucky) grad, Annie is a 3x NCAA Division III National Champion and a 7x All-American.

Abbey Wheeler

A Providence College grad, Abbey was a 4x All-American for the Friars.

EricHamer

A Colorado State University grad, Eric was an NCAA All-American and Runner-Up at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships 5,000m in 2021.

JoshKalapos

Josh placed 17th at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon in 2:14:26.

Barry Keane

Barry was an All-American at Butler University and has represented Ireland on the international stage.

Matt McDonald

Matt finished tenth at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in 2:12:19 and is a former Ivy League Champion in the 10,000m.

High Performance Team Coaches

The High Performance team is led by Head Coach Mark Carroll, two-time Olympian for Ireland, and Morgan Uceny, Assistant Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and 2012 Team USA Olympian.