Entering its 20th year, the 2015 Amherst Invitational is shaping up to be one of the finer editions in recent history. Taking place on the rolling grass fields of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, this meet has always served as a telling early season test for New England runners.
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There was something in the air at Coakley Middle School on Saturday. Maybe it was the moisture-free course that runs around the fields and woods of Norwood. Maybe it was the perfect temperatures in the low 50's. Maybe it was the pre-race meals everybody ate. Or maybe it's just that the Bay State Conference is becoming just that good.
Weymouth High School girls’ cross-country continues to steady improve as the Wildcats prepare for the final leg of the dual meet season hosting highly competitive Newton North today, squaring off against Wellesley and Framingham next Wednesday at Elm Bank and winding up the season at home against Natick on Oct. 23.
Weymouth Coach Mike Miller gave a fantastic speech on "the building of a team " at the recent MSTCA Cross-Country Coaches Clinic.
Shepherd Hill Senior Stella Worters won the varsity race at the Amherst Invitational. Worthers, a senior, won with a time of 18:47 over Carmon Bango of Woodstock Union in Vermont. Stella Worthers was the runnerup in the 2012 race. In the team competition, Pomperaug High School (133 points) of Connecticut edged out Weymouth High School (140 Points). Shepherd Hill Senior Stella Worters won the varsity race at the Amherst Invitational. Worthers, a senior, won with a time of 18:47 over Carmon Bango of Woodstock Union in Vermont. Stella Worthers was the runnerup in the 2012 race. In the team competition, Pomperaug High School (133 points) of Connecticut edged out Weymouth High School (140 Points).
Last Call for the MSTCA Coaches Cross-Country Clinic. The clinic will be this Sunday at Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
When tragedy strikes, the community answers. That is exactly what thousands of people around the country did for those affected by the Boston bombings. For Weymouth sophomores Kacie and Kelly Higgins the event happened in their backyard and they wanted to do something to help the victims. Kacie says that is when they came up with the idea of marathon bracelets.
Jen Kimball from Weymouth won todays State Pentathlon at Reggie Lewis Center.
This weeks Marathon Sports Athlete of the Week is awarded to Nolan Parsley of Weymouth High School. Nolan won the MSTCA Twilight Invitational Division I race. In the closest battle of the evening, his time of 15:49 edged out Owen Gosner of King Phillip by 1 second. A few weeks earlier, Parsley finished fourth place at the Frank Kelley Invitational (16:07). He will certainly be one of the favorites for the MIAA Division I Championships in November. He has a personal best times of 9:26 ( 2 mile) and 4:25 (1 Mile).
Hingham’s Julie McConville found the limelight to her liking at Saturday night’s enormously popular MSTCA Twilight Cross Country Invitational. McConville shook Bishop Feehan’s Abbey McNulty by the mile mark in the small school division and it was a clear route to the finish over the fast, 3.1-mile Barnstable Fairgrounds layout. Her blazing 17:30.6 finish put her well ahead of Tyngsboro runner-up Kerri Keohane (18:06.03) and Renee Caps of Narragansett (18:18.04). McNulty finished fourth in 18:22.11 and Hopkinton’s Shelby Aarden rounded out a solid top five with an 18:34.13. The races were held under the lights on the fairground layout and attracted more than 2,700 harriers from Massachusetts
A year ago, Miller’s girls put forth a grand effort. “[It} was an excellent fall for us. We won the Bay State League, kept our unbeaten streak going at 25 straight meets, and won our second straight Eastern Mass. Title,” said Miller. “Coming into last season, our third goal was to win another All State title, but injuries caused us to end up third, not that there's anything to be disappointed about. I think it was an overall success, and the kids that are still here feel we have set the bar high and we have more to achieve.” To continue the level of excellence that Weymouth girls’ cross-country has attained will be difficult, but not insurmountable.
"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
Dominance. How can one school with different coaches produce two dominating performances on the same day at the same meet? Perhaps it was a fluke coincidence. Perhaps it was something in the water. Or, perhaps it's the tradition of track and field at a school with three Hall of Fame Coaches and dozens of state meet trophies in the trophy case. That school is Newton North. And to the surprise of virtually nobody at Durfee High School on Sunday, that double was performed by Jim Blackburn's Tigers (64) and Joe Tranchita's Lady Tigers (95.5). Acton-Boxboro, meanwhile, took runner-up in both meets (55 for the boys, 62 the girls), with Lincoln-Sudbury (45 boys, 56 girls) taking 3rd in both as well.
Eventually, one of these days it has to happen. Newton North’s Carla Forbes will come up short in a track meet. Forbes showed yesterday at the MIAA Div. 1 Track & Field Championships that it’s not bound to happen any time soon. The Tiger standout erased the meet records in both the triple jump (41-2) and the long jump (19-3-½) on the way to leading Newton North to its second consecutive team title. Joe Tranchita’s crew was nothing short of devastating, putting up a whopping 95.5 points to leave runner-up Acton-Boxboro a distant second with 62 points. With the medals from the Div. 1 meet collected, Forbes can now concentrate on state meet and the nationals on June 9, where she’ll be looking to add the outdoor title in the triple jump after capturing the indoor title in March.“I definitely think I’m ahead of last year experience wise,” said Forbes. “Our training has been just as consistent as last year. It’s (nationals) going to be a little scary, a little more nerve racking. I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot people who weren’t there (at indoor nationals).
Newtonsportphotography.com has another fantastic slideshow from this weekends South Shore Principals Meet in Norwell.
Milesplitmass would like to introduce a new series called "Athlete of the week" sponsored by Marathon Sports. Marathon Sports and Milesplitmass will be working together over the next year to help expand our coverage of Track and Cross-Country for Massachusetts.
Four teams arrived at Newton North's now famous $200 million complex on Tuesday undefeated and looking for a league title. Somehow, three of those teams left undefeated, and having won a league title. And for the first time in my coaching career, a local TV news crew from Fox 25 even covered the meet for their 6:00 and 10:00 broadcasts, perhaps a sign that track and field might soon move off of the periphery in this state.
Newtonsportsphotography.com put together this beautiful recap of the Division 1 State Relays in images. We are hoping to make this a familiar feature in the future. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of the recap. Our special thanks to Newtonsportphotography.com for their incredible work.
Every event in a state championship provides excitement and drama, but this year the relays may decide the team title. But don't expect to see the same line-ups from last week. Some additional fresh legs --courtesy of athletes that did not qualify in an individual event-- may help the common man become the hero. We watched it happen on Sunday at the Division 1 Championships, and those same teams remain in the hunt this week.
The energy was palpable Saturday night at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Massachusetts as a handpicked field of elite athletes from all levels of the sport thrilled the capacity crowd with photo finishes and mid-race drama. But, you are bound to get some amazing races when you take a group of high school athletes, put them in a room with their idols, pack a building full of over 4,000 fans, and then turn on the TV cameras.
A stacked field has been assembled for both mile races, and the addition of the boys 4x800m and girls 4x400m has given high school track fans even more to cheer for. The Reggie Lewis Center track is considered a relatively fast surface, and if athletes get after it early, we may see some jaw dropping times.
Meet officials at the New Balance Grand Prix announced the Massachusetts teams scheduled to compete in the newly added 4x400m and 4x800m relays. The format of the competition will pit six schools from New York against six schools from Massachusetts in a head-to-head competition for state bragging rights. The New York teams will qualify from the CHSAA Conference Meet at the Armory.
The Dartmouth Relays runner-up Newton North team, winners of last year's Indoor Track division I and All State Meets and Outdoor Track divisional and All State Meets, faces it's toughest dual meet. Weymouth does not have the resume that North has, but it has proven in past years that this doesn't mean anything.
The cameras were rolling Saturday at Franklin Park and nobody was safe; that included fans, coaches, and athletes. Beyond the races takes a look at the lighter side of our sport and demonstrates why so many are willing to wake-up on a Saturday morning and stand in the mud for six hours. Thanks to Coach Rooney for always being at the right place at the right time. Enjoy!
The pressure was on the Weymouth girls in Saturday’s Div. 1 EMass Championship race, but Mike Millers’ Wildcats were primed and ready to turn away their competition over the 3.1-mile Franklin Park course.
Weymouth's unity extends beyond the race course and is fostered by a desire to prove their detractors flat wrong. Coach Connolly explains that the path to their ultimate goal is not guided by individual accolades like personal best times; rather, it's the byproduct of a group of young men weathering the inherent ups and downs of championship racing……together.
Watching the Weymouth program is like taking a step back to a different era. Not because what they do is archaic, but rather, because the values they display are akin to simpler times. Weymouth operates as an extended family; where accountability, support, and work-ethic are the defining traits. These character traits are woven into the fabric of the disciplined and organized system that has been so successful for Coach Mike Miller.
Check for the latest scores and highlights each week as we gather information from around the state.
Catarina Rocha and Aisha McAdams enter Saturday's race with a wealth of credentials, but the pair will have plenty of company and a sea of maroon jerseys may envelop the two as the team battle rages in the front pack.
Whitman-Hanson makes a statement by going 1-2-3 in the Division 2 Varsity Girls race at the Bay State Invitational.
41 of the 80 state ranked teams are scheduled to compete at the Bay State Invitational.
As a senior, Jaklitsch has emerged as the pack leader for the defending Division 1 All-State champion girls’ cross-country squad. (via www.boston.com)
Check for the latest scores and highlights each week as we gather information from around the state.
Each week MileSplitMass will look at the top 20 teams from each of the two state divisions.
The invitational season kicked-off with an interesting format and gave us our first race at Franklin Park.
Some of the smallest schools in Massachusetts are defying the odds and creating tremendous depth.
Multi event athletes rule the class of 2012. (Photo by John Keklak)
Josh Lampron wins the mile and Wachusett smokes another distance relay. (Photo by Vic Sailer)
The Lincoln-Sudbury girls posted a US#8 time of 9:01.78 and the Wachusett boys posted a US#5 time of 7:36.37 in their respective 4x800m relays.
Many events are wide-open as the seniors take one last shot at glory.
Andrea Keklak scorches a 2:08.78 to win the 800m, while Moira Cronin leaps to US#3 in the high jump.
Dual meet season in underway and the state rankings are starting to fill-up.
Newton North, Bishop Feehan, and Randolph all win close battles.