Regionals competition started this past Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston. No – we did not miss the NCAA Regional meet – that is this Friday (which we will provide more information on how to follow the action later). This past Sunday was the USATF New England Club Championships, featuring cross country club teams from across the New England area.
There was a heavy Ivy presence in the men’s 10km championship. In the image above, how many Ivies do you recognize?
Third from the right is former HepsXC champion Ethan Shaw (D ’12), with Boston Athletic Association teammates James Leakos (H ’14) and Steve Mangan (D ’14) to the right of him. Shaw added another championship title to his running resume by winning the individual title on Sunday in 30:06.89. Shaw was in 3rd place after the 1st mile, where the leader Dan Lowry (B ’12 – also a BAA runner but not in the picture above) went through in about 4:45, but ultimately broke away from this leading pack and ran the last 70% of the race alone. Lowry held on for 2nd place with a time of 30:28.56. Two Dartmouth runners from the Class of 2014 also finished in the top 5 – John Bleday (running unattached as he finishes his NCAA eligibility at Northeastern) finished in 4th place with a time of 30:33.09, and Henry Sterling (making his professional debut in a New England Distance singlet) crossed the line in 5th place with a time of 30:41.82. Leakos and Mangan finished 13th (31:15.21) and 39th (32:43.02), respectively, helping BAA to clinch the team championship.
Erin Dromgoole (D ’01) was the lone Ivy name we recognized in the women’s 6km championship on Sunday, where she finished 21st in 22:03. Dromgoole was New Balance Boston’s fifth runner, helping the team finish 2nd with 53 points behind BAA, who earned a perfect score of 15.
We will see a lot of these athletes in action again on December 13th, when they will compete at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Bethlehem, Penn. (at Lehigh University, where the Paul Short Invitational takes place).
If you know of any other HepsNation person who has competed in a regional club cross country championship (either in New England or any other region), let us know so we can recognize them accordingly!
photo by BAA’s Tom Derderian