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 1:48 2:02
1,500m 3:39 4:12
3,000m 7:52 9:00
3K Steeplechase 8:35 9:45
5,000m 13:40 15:45
10,000m 28:30 33:00
Half Marathon 1:03:00 1:13:00
Marathon 2:14:00 2:34:00

The above standards are used for consideration for entry onto the B.A.A. team, but do not presume an automatic qualification.

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

Meet the B.A.A. High Performance Team

Erika Kemp

A national champion, Erika won the USATF 15K Championships in 2019. She was runner-up at the 2018 USATF 5K Championships, and has qualified for the Olympic Trials on the track.

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, Annie was a 4x All-American for the Friars.

Jonas Hampton

A University of Hartford grad, Jonas place 8th at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon and 15th at the 2018 Chicago Marathon.

Jerrell Mock

A four-time NCAA All-American, Jerrell finished 10th at the 2019 Chicago Marathon in 2:10:37.

Paul Hogan

A Massachusetts native and UMass Lowell grad, Paul placed 11th at the 2019 NCAA Championships 10,000m.

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.

Eric Hamer

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.

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.