Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rain and Wind for USATF NEs

New Balance Boston placed 2nd for both the men's and women's team rankings at the 2009 USATF Outdoor New England's Championships held on June 21 at MIT's track facility.

The race was held on a gray, misty day where winds from the Charles were a difficult challenge on the finish straight of the track.

Even still, hard efforts were laid down. Laura Kennedy ran a strong start in the 5km, fighting the conditions by the end. Cailtin Malloy ran a 2:17.08 in the women's 800m, with a possible infection of the "dreaded" H1N1 (swine) flu. Yvonne Green and Jen Hegarty competed in the 1500m.

On the men's side, the 800m race had Tim Kaijala, Philip Mainwaring and Chris McCann, finishing 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively. Roland Lavallee, Jeff Paterno, Ari Zamir and Tony Orth competed in the 1500m. The exciting race of the day was the men's 3k Steeplchase where Ryan Carrara came out of a long time steeple retirement to rabbit Justin Lutz. No injuries were incurred and Justin won the event.

Despite the weather, the team support was strong and much appreciated.

Race Results

Check back for race results of the upcoming USATF Outdoor Nationals Championships.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Brad summits Mt. Washington

NBB member Brad Klinedinst climbed 4727 feet over 7.6 miles to finish 29th in the Mt. Washington Road Race. Benefitting from a near-perfect day at the "home of the world's worst weather," Brad quickly left spitting rain and temps in the 50s behind him at the base of the mountain. Averaging 9:44 per mile (fewer than 35 of the 600+ finishers averaged under 10:00 per mile), Brad ran through the cloud layer to emerge at the summit, where he was welcomed by sun, temps in the high 60s, and an appreciative crowd. Congratulations to Brad on his 3rd climb to the top!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Juliano, Donovan Qualify for Nationals!

The third and final meet of the New Balance Boston Twilight Series was a testament to what the series is all about. The atmosphere was electric with attempts at qualifying standards in many events. Personal bests were taken down and standards were conquered.

The meet volunteers, the athletes and the available pacers made it all happen. Friends and family gave their support, while the athletes gave a show by putting it all out there.

Here's the recap.

Catherine Regan started the meet with an amazing, gutsy race in the women's 800m. Her hard efforts gave her a time of 2:10.10, clipping on the heels of Jennifer Metz. The men's and women's 400m were blazing with winning times of 47.38 and 57.34, respectively.

The women's 1500m seeded heat was filled with talent as New Balance Boston's Rebecca Donaghue ran a smart and fast race, winning in a sub-USATF 'A' Qualifying time of 4:13.78. Maureen McCandless (Team NB) and Delilah DiCrescenzo also ran under the qualifying standard.

The men's 800m had three men who finished under the USATF Qualifying Standard, with the winner at 1:46.47, nearly a full two seconds under the standard.

The large men's 5000m field had great performances, with Roland Lavallee make a hard run at the win, coming in second and a great 8 second PR, finishing in 14:15.51.

Laura Kennedy paced the women's 5000m race, where Molly Huddle ran a comfortable and strong win in a time of 15:53.91, coming in under the USATF 'B' Standard.

Tim Kaijala (NBB) and Gered Burns came back from their 800m races to help pace four men under the 1500m USATF Standard of 3:45.00. NBB's Dave Juliano finished second for an amazing 3:43.18.

The final event of the night showed the crowd a world class performance and two women achieving the USATF Standard for the women's 3000m steeplechase. DiCrescenzo came back from her 1500m race to pace Japanese, Jamaican and Kenyan athletes. Shauneen Garrahan also returned from her 1500m race to set the pace for the US athletes. Under the twilight night, Minori Kayakari won the race in 9:55.27, and Kristen Anderson and Jenn Donovan (NBB) fought the clock to acquire the USATF 'A' Qualifying Standard.

Congratulations to all the athletes. Thank you all the volunteers, New Balance, New Balance Boston, family, friends, and supporters.

See you next year at the next New Balance Boston Twilight Series!

Meet #3 Results
Meet #3 Photos
Meet #3 Video Footage

Friday, June 12, 2009

Staged for Standards - NBB TM3

On Saturday June 13, the third New Balance Boston Twilight Meet will take place at Bentley Univeristy's track in Waltham, MA.

The last meet of the series is expected to culminate with many great performances with attempts at the Women's 3k Steeplechase World 'A' Qualifying Standard as well as the USA 'A' Qualifying Standard. The women's 1500m is also well stacked with talent.

The list of entrants are available at the meet website.

Day of meet entries will be available.

Come watch these amazing athletes test their strength and will. Against each other and against the clock.

Monday, June 8, 2009

NBB TM2 - Keeps on Getting Better

The New Balance Boston Twilight Meet #2 continues the success from the first meet of the series.

The meet, hosted by New Balance Boston at the Bentley University Track on Saturday June 6, 2009, had over 160 athletes compete with PRs and National (both USA and Canada) Qualifying Standard attempts abound.

Full results can be found at the meet website.

Flotrack videos are being posted as we speak and race photos (courtesy of NBB) are available.

Thank you again to all the volunteers that helped make this meet possible and thank you to the athletes for providing us with the excitement of your performances.

Leave a comment and tell us about your race experience!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Entries for NBB Twilight #2

The current entries lists are available for both the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet #2 and Meet #3.

Visit the Twilight Series website for the lists.

Online pre-registration for Meet #2 will be open until Thursday 6:00p EST. Be sure to sign up!

Monday, June 1, 2009

"A" Standard Attempts @ NBB Twilight #3

Mark your calendars for June 13th, the third New Balance Boston Twilight Meet.

The Women's 3000m Steeple has been added for attempts at both the World (9:40.00) and USATF National (10:12.00) 'A' Qualifiers.

The current field includes:
Minori Hayakari (Japan)
Kristin Anderson (Riadha/USA)
Lesley Higgins (NYAC/USA)
Irene Kimaiyo (Riadha/Kenya)
Mardrea Hyman (Jamaica)
Jenn Donovan (New Balance Boston/USA)
Laura Kennedy (New Balance Boston/USA)

Pace runners:
Delilah DiCrescenzo (target is World Championships "A" standard through the 2k)
Shauneen Garrahan (target is USA Outdoor Championships "A" standard through the 2k)

Reigster for the meet at

Registration is currently open the NBB Twilight Meet #3.