Articles Archive

  • Salute to Our Seniors: Ryan Talanian, Marshfield

    Salute to Our Seniors: Ryan Talanian "Ryan has been the leader of our sprinters for the past few years. He has shown great versatility by competing in any event needed to help the team. His toughness and consistency is unmatched. He has been a great role model for the younger sprinters and will only continue to improve in college."   ----Coach Sheppard

    - July 31, 2012 - Comment
  • Olympic Track and Field Schedule

    During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the primary image most of us associated with the event was the swimming pool and Michael Phelps displaying his numerous gold medals. We tend to focus on the events that are generating the most headlines and creating the most buzz, but the heart of the Olympics has always been in track and field.Dating back to the ancient beginnings of the Olympics, the sprints and the races were key, and they remain the focal point of today's Olympic games. We'll witness star power, such as Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay, but we'll also get a look at the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. If you want to follow the action, read on for viewing dates and times, as well as key events to keep an eye on.

    - July 29, 2012 - Comment
  • Total Preparation: Flanagan Ready for Olympic Marathon

    The official motto for this month’s Summer Olympics in London is simple: “Inspire a generation.”If each of the athletes had their own personal slogan, Shalane Flanagan’s would be a little more direct and to the point: “Leave nothing to chance.”The pride of Marblehead leaves the United States today for Europe, where she and her fellow U.S. Track & Field teammates will settle in the Netherlands before eventually making their way to London. Flanagan will be running her first Olympic Marathon (and only her third marathon ever) on Sunday, Aug. 5, and has left absolutely no stone unturned as she prepares for the biggest race of her life.“When I step on that starting line, I want to have absolutely no regrets about my preparation,” said Flanagan, who celebrated her 31st birthday on July 8. “If anything is within my control and I can control it this time, I will. I’m taking full responsibility for everything that I do.” To illustrate her point, Flanagan will not be taking part in the Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies this Friday night. It’s not because she’s done it twice already (2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing) or that she wouldn’t liketo do it, but more because it’s the smartest choice to make in terms of her marathon preparation.“Most of my teammates will, but Kara (Goucher, a close friend of Flanagan’s and fellow U.S. marathoner and training partner) and I won’t. Being on our legs for six to seven hours that night doesn’t sound like a lot of fun,” the former Marblehead High and University of North Carolina superstar admitted

    - July 26, 2012 - Comment
  • Olympic dreams fulfilled, without a country !

    Guor Marial won't be wearing a South Sudanese uniform, but he will be running in the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee announced yesterday that it will allow Marial, a 2005 Concord High graduate, to compete in the Aug. 12 marathon as an Independent Olympic Athlete. "I was shocked when I heard, and very grateful," Marial said from his home in Flagstaff, Ariz. Marial, 28, had been petitioning the IOC since he ran an impressive qualifying time in October. But the newly formed country of South Sudan, where he was born, doesn't have a national organizing committee so isn't allowed an Olympic team. He can't compete for the United States because he's not a full citizen. And he politely declined an invitation to run for Sudan, the nation that shattered his childhood with civil war. But now Marial can represent, and inspire, all of his people, no matter where life has thrown them.

    - July 24, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors : Chanel Mazzone, Ursuline Academy

    I  was at a cross country conference this past week and one of the college coaches presenting was describing how athletes are remembered years after their careers are over. He explained how people won't necessarily remember you for the championships and awards that you have won but they will definitely remember you for the person that you were. This couldn't be more true of an athlete than it is with Chanel. A simple example is how she switched events this past season. She was a mediocre 200m runner last year and at the recommendation of the coaching staff moved up to the 800m and 400m. Chanel did not flinch when we suggested this. Instead she trusted her coaches completely and gave it all she had. The switch worked and Chanel finished her career in style as a member of the Div IV Champion 4x400m relay team. The level of selflessness, work ethic and sportsmanship that Chanel brought to our team everyday is what allowed her the opportunity to be on that team. These are some of the many reasons she was an amazing and responsible captain. Chanel can never be replaced but she WILL be missed and remembered for the amazing human being and role model that she is. Coach TShaw

    - July 22, 2012 - Comment
  • Bay State Games Coverage

    Although many athletes are getting ready for the upcoming Cross-Country Season, others decided to extend the Track and Field Season by competing in the Bay State Games. The hard work of captured the highlights of this great summer classic.

    - July 19, 2012 - Comment
  • Meet the Olympian: Molly Huddle

    Don't blink, or you might miss Olympic long-distance runner Molly Huddle. (via Metro New York)

    - July 17, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Ramzi Bechara, Norton H.S.

    One difficult obstacle that I feel like most of all trackless had to overcome was getting that perfect balance of school, fun and track to work together Track is an individual sport, but after the race, after the meet is over, you are part of a team of people, accomplishing something so much more than just winning a single race.

    - July 17, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Alex Sullivan, Northampton

    First of all my whole coaching staff. I honestly think I had some of the best coaches in the state which made all the difference in the world. Not only the coaching itself and how knowledgeable they were about the sport, but people like Coach Kraft, Coach Clayton, and Coach Frodema always kept me motivated and excited about running. Even though I wasn't a field athlete the jumping and throwing coaches were just as amazing. Also my family for coming to just about every home/away meet, and for a ridiculous amount of trips to Reggie over the years. 

    - July 16, 2012 - Comment
  • Her Biggest Fan

    Her Biggest Fan The starting line was ready for the women who would soon run heat 2 of the 800 meters.  There was a slight drizzle falling from the Oregon sky as the athletes did their final strides on the track of Hayward Field.  The anticipation was mounting for the athletes who had just watched heat 1 tear down the track, officially determining who would compete in the final at the 2012 Olympic Trials.  Those that qualified to toe the line on this cloudy Saturday afternoon were fighters, women battling to represent the United States at the greatest track meet... (via )

    - July 15, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Cayla Kalinowski - Ursuline Academy

    When I look back on Cayla's high school career the first thing that will always come to my mind is how she EARNED the honor of being a Catholic Conference All Star during Cross Country. It's the kind of simple success story one never grows tired of hearing about. It's a story about hard work being rewarded. Cayla's summer training log was full of consistent daily runs for the entire summer. As a result the team was able to rely on her to consistently give quality performance after quality performance throughout the entire season. There were times when other runners were injured or sick but no matter what happened to the other runners on the team I knew we could always rely on Cayla to come through. As a result she was one of our strong Captains that led Ursuline Academy to their first CCL title and first ever appearance at the All State meet. Needless to say I'm confident I will be talking about Cayla for years to come. I will be using her example to help impress upon younger runners the value summer training and hard work can have on your success in running and life. Finally it is only fitting that her final race in an Ursuline uniform was a tough gutsy battle from start to finish with her pr twin Emma Lugten. She finished her high school career the same way she ran it for as long as I have known her; with character, grit and pride. Thank you Cayla for all that you have given to Ursuline's track and xc programs. We will miss you! - CoachTShaw

    - July 14, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Joel Hubbard

    Joel has been the face of our team for the last 4 years. He is a strong competitor that you can never count out of a race. He has helped our team in so many ways over the years, running anything from the 300m to the 5k. Nothing proved how much he means to his team then then anchor leg of the DMR at Nationals. It will be tough to replace an athlete of his Joel's ability. The best has yet to come with this young athlete, at age 17 the future is very bright. ------Coach Sheppard

    - July 12, 2012 - Comment
  • Cayla Hatton 4th at World Juniors !

    Today at the World Jr. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Cayla Hatton, the recent Phillips Andover Academy graduate and Farmington, Conn. native, established a New England High School record, finishing fourth in the 5,000 meters championship race. Hatton's time, 15:50.32, betters the previous New England record of 16:00.4, set by Dover, New Hampshire's Cathy Schiro at the Boston College Relays in '85. Schiro's record had stood for 27 years.

    - July 11, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Joe Vercollone

    "Joe has been An outstanding runner for us for the last four years, but his leadership skills were more impressive.  His ability to lead both physically and vocally always impressed us as a coaching staff. Joe also showed incredible resilience thoughout his 4 yrs, whenever something didn't go well, he always seemed to rise to the occasion the very next chance he had. It was a pleasure to be a part of joes career over the past four years, I am going to miss him."---Coach Zopatti

    - July 10, 2012 - Comment
  • The Battle to Bring Back America's Distance

    On a windy day in Oxford, England, one man and one distance were elevated to a level of fame previously unattained by any track athlete. In 1954, when Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, the world was inspired to achieve the impossible and "The Mile" gained a romantic luster that remains to this day. (via )

    - July 09, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Emma Lugten

      It goes without saying Emma "biglug" Lugten's presence has had a profound impact on the daily life of every girl that has been a distance runner at Ursuline Academy this past year. This is not just because of her amazing sense of humor, sense of style that compares only with the duchess of Cambridge or her ability to talk louder and longer than anyone on the track team. It is also because she has been a reliable role model and captain for Ursuline's Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track teams throughout the 2012/2013 seasons. Her peers respect her because of her dedication, team spirit and desire to achieve. Emma's last race as an Ursuline athlete was one of my favorite races of the year because it reminded me of all the reasons I love coaching the sport of track and field. Our sport is about setting seemingly unachievable personal goals and then developing the fortitude, discipline and confidence required to make our dreams come true. She did not break a meet record, she did not have the fastest mile time of the day nor did she qualify for the divisional meet but she did run HER fastest time ever AND pushed her body to it's limit from start to finish. It is a race she can look back and be proud of for the rest of her life because she knows her finishing time was earned through hard work, dedication and sheer will power. These are the qualities that draw all of us to the sport of track and these are the reasons we love Emma and will miss her. Best of luck Biglug you will be missed ! ------Coach TShaw

    - July 08, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Grace Barter

    "Grace Barter is someone who I will never doubt.  Ever.  She's going to be one of the people who I cannot wait to see in 10 or so years from now because I know that whatever she wants to do, she'll be successful.  She was our team "Mom", and gave everything to the sport.  I'm most proud not of her running success, but more of how she inspired others and gave endlessy to the cause of our self-funded indoor team. Grace set up numerous fund-raisers and was consistently an athlete whom I trusted more than any other to get the rest of the team together to organize certain meetings and fundraisers.  The fact that she worked so hard on and off the track made it that much more special for Coach Lavers and I to celebrate her success of qualifying for the state meet in the spring, which had been a long time goal of hers. Her patience, understanding and genuine kindness makes her a very special athlete." Coach Infascelli

    - July 07, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Derek Tata

      Senior Salute: Derek Tata,  I want to thank my coach, Kevin Maloney.  He got me into running, and without his support I would not be this confident leaving high school.  I also want to thank my co-captain Evan Vadenais for putting up with me and making the miles fun.  If we weren't pushing each other every day I don't think either of us would have stuck with the sport, Coach Maloney would have probably retired without starting the middle school program, and no one at BMR would get to enjoy distance running anymore.  But Coach was there for us, we got the young guys excited about the sport, and now none of us want it to end.  

    - July 06, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Kris Horn

    Kris is the hardest working athlete I have ever coached. His national championship in the decathlon started with his training in the summer and fall. He really bought in and did all the little things it takes to be a great athlete. He was always the first to practice and last to leave. Kris set his goals extremely high and always displayed the confidence needed to achieve them. He took extra time to help teach his teammates and always put the team goals ahead of his personal goals.-----Coach Rooney  

    - July 05, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Julie Tevenan

    "Coaches of distance runners hope that they will come in as freshman with some talent, improve each year, and ultimately run their best during the spring of their senior years. For a large number of reasons (physiology, injuries, motivation) that doesn't always happen. But when it does, you stop and think about why, and you usually realize it's because an athlete does exactly everything she's expected to do during that period. Julie Tevenan is that athlete for Weymouth HS. Julie came in as a freshman and made an immediate impact, running 5:35 that spring and showing quite a bit of promise. She got better literally every season she ran, stayed away from injuries, and pushed herself to the limits each day. Her work on the trails, on the track, and in the weight room is trumped only by her work in the classroom. When it was all said and done, Julie left WHS behind a 5-time All Star, a 2-time All Scholastic, a 3-time captain, and the most improved runner in the program over her four years. She will be missed."-- Coach Miller

    - July 04, 2012 - Comment
  • Adrian Martinez Classic Set For July 7th, 2012

    The evening begins with youth races for ages 5 and up, includes a “First-timers mile” for those who have never raced on the track before, and progresses through the age groups to the seniors races. (At the 2010 Adrian Martinez Classic, Mary Harada of the Liberty Athletic Club broke the world mile record in the 75+ age group.) The evening culminates with a set of elite races offering prize money and a bonus for the first male to break 4:00 and first female to break 4:30. Thanks to the generous sponsorship by New Balance, the 2012 edition will expand to include an elite 800m and 3000m.  

    - July 04, 2012 - Comment
  • Now What !

    The Olympic Trials got you all excited. Maybe you saw MIAA record-holder and Methuen grad Sean Furey make the Olympic the javelin team, along with Brown graduate Craig Kinsley. Or you watched Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan earn her spot on the 10,000m team, though it’s not clear she’ll run it since she’s already in the marathon.

    - July 04, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Shayna Nolan

    Massachusetts would like to give our seniors a send off.........they are moving on to bigger adventures and we would like to salute as many as we can before the end of the summer. Send Request to Chuck Martin at

    - July 02, 2012 - Comment
  • Best Oregon Runner Ever: Pre, Alberto, Rupp....Bill McChesney???

      A few years ago Alberto Salazar introduced a skinny kid he was coaching at Portland’s Central Catholic High School to the parents of his late Oregon teammate Bill McChesney. “He’s got the same stuff Pre and Billy had,” Dr. Bill McChesney this week recalled Salazar, the former American record holder at 5,000 and 10,000 meters and the marathon, saying. The kid was Galen Rupp.

    - July 01, 2012 - Comment
  • Salute to Our Seniors: Katie Knox

    Massachusetts would like to give our seniors a send off.........they are moving on to bigger adventures and we would like to salute as many as we can before the end of the summer. Send Request to Chuck Martin at

    - July 01, 2012 - Comment