Granite State Flash (GSF) is a southern NH based Cross Country and Track & Field club for youth ages six through eighteen. The focus of the Flash program is teaching running as a life long pursuit, increasing athletic skills and personal fitness levels, team competition, and sportsmanship and friendships. Flash athletes compete in the USATF Junior Olympics competitions as well as various local races and meets throughout the year. Our seasons focus on Cross Country in the Fall/Winter and Track & Field in the Spring/Summer.
The Flash began in 2001 with just two teams and twenty one runners. The program has grown since 2001 to include runners from more than 50 towns and cities throughout New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Over the past ten years more than 800 youth runners have participated in the program with multiple teams advancing to the New England, Regional and National competitions.
Through 2010, Flash teams have won four National team championships, three bronze medal titles as well as numerous Regional, New England team and individual titles. Twenty Flash runners have earned individual All-American honors (top 25 individually in the U.S.).
Flash runners have also gone on to success at the high school and collegiate levels capturing 46 State of New Hampshire high school titles (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), setting 11 Class and/or State records as well as winning three individual New England High School Championships. More than 27 Flash runners have gone on to compete at the Division I, II and III collegiate level. Flash runners have competed for such schools as Dartmouth, Keene State, UNH, Penn, Columbia, Yale, Quinnipiac, Brown, Tufts, West Point, William & Mary, MIT, Bentley, Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson College.
2014 USATF Junior Olympics
Track & Field
Preliminary Program Information
Who: This program is for youth runners and/or field athletes ages 7-18 interested in learning and/or competing in track and field events, or would like to participate in a structured program to continue running through an off-season. For athletes involved in their school’s T&F program, you are encouraged to join and participate after your season ends or as your school coach allows.
What: Flash coaches will lead twice-weekly workouts designed to prepare Flash runners for the USATF Junior Olympic T&F championships beginning in June. We will participate in a series of optional preliminary meets prior to the qualifying meets in June. There will also be instruction provided for additional training between coached sessions.
When: Practices begin early April- final schedule TBD. Optional preliminary meets will be scheduled on some Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays prior to the first USATF qualifying meet on 6/21.
Time: Practices will begin at 6:00pm and will last approximately 1.5-2 hours. Coaches will provide more details when the season opens.
Where: TBD but expected to be at Merrimack High School (38 McElwain Street, Merrimack, NH) with some at other local tracks or locations as needed. We’ll work to accommodate runners that can’t always make practice due to commuting distance.
Cost: $77 for a new Flash athlete, which includes 2014 USATF membership, Flash program registration, and a Granite State Flash racing singlet. Cost will be less for existing Flash athletes that already have a singlet and/or current USATF membership.
USATF membership is good for the calendar year, so payment during the T&F season will also cover USATF membership for the cross country program beginning in October. Flash singlet is USATF required uniform.
As the costs of meet registrations is variable depending on the number of meets and events an athlete participates in, they are not included here and must be submitted by the family at each meet registration.
Questions and next steps?
Send an email to Coach Justin Platt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to confirm interest, including athlete’s first name, gender, town and date of birth. Further information and next steps will be emailed once schedule and locations have been finalized, as well as posted online at www.granitestateflash.com.
2013 USATF Junior Olympics
Cross Country Season
12/14/13 National Championships, San Antonio, TX
December 14, 2013 -
Saturday Dec. 14, Granite State Flash
had 49 youth runners attend USA Track
& Field’s 2013 Junior Olympics Cross
Country National Championships at the National Shooting
Texas. Having qualified to
attend by racing against the best runners in Region 1- MA, NH, VT, ME, CT and
NY- these New Hampshire and
Massachusetts athletes competed amongst more than 3,000 athletes from all across the US
to determine the top cross country athletes in each age division. The weather was just
about perfect for racing- sunny and low
50's- but a strong headwind into the
finish made each race a challenge. Still,
Flash runners showed their strength and determination in achieving great success against the nation as well as their competition from the
Highlighting the day, 9 Flash runners
achieved All-American status by coming in top-25 in their respective
races. After a smart race and gutsy last 25
meters Caryn Ojemann of Sandown ran a season PR and came in 25th in the 17-18 Girls
5K. Ryan Young of Londonderry came in 24th in the 9-10 Boys 3k.
Finishing 20th in their races and both from Amherst, Mason Silk ran a season PR in
the 9-10 Boys 3K race and Masho Primmer in the 7-8 Girls 2K. Heidi Ntengeri of Nashua finished with a season PR for 17th in the 15-16 Girls race. Madison
Clark of Contoocook also finished 17th in the 13-14 Girls 4K. Violet Sullivan of Brentwood earned her 3rd consecutive All-American award
with her 16th place finish and season PR in the 11-12
Girls 3K. Little sister Charlotte Sullivan also of Brentwood came in 15th place in the 7-8 Girls 2K. And the
back-to-back top Flash finisher and earning her 3rd
consecutive All-American award was Caroline Fischer of Merrimack, coming in 4th in the 11-12 Girls
In addition, 2 Flash
teams also earned hardware and a trip to the podium with their top-3 finishes in
their divisions. The 7-8 Girls team finished a strong 3rd place
out of 7 teams and just 20 points out of the win. And the 9-10
Boys team finished an amazing 2nd place out of 24 teams. Amazing as
they also finished 2nd at Regionals so maintaining that place at Nationals
required some of the boys to step it up- see PR's below. And for overall
improvement, Victoria Smith of New Ipswich had the greatest improvement, slashing 1:16 off her previous PR set at NY's regional
Full results are below, but some
With the rule change increasing advancing runners to
top-30 individuals and top-5 teams, this year's National meet had over 50% more
runners than last year (3,200 finishers this year compared to 2,100 last year).
But there was no change to achieving podium at at Nationals- still top-25
individually or top-3 teams. With more runners and more teams competing the
likelihood of medaling was much tougher. But our Flash runners jumped at the
challenge, going from 3 All-Americans and 0 top-3 teams in 2012 to 9
All-Americans and 2 top-3 teams this year!
Flash really represented Region 1 well! As a proud
representative from Region 1 I was hopeful all our clubs would have had
more success, but in the end Flash made the biggest
Across all divisions, Flash had 2 of the 3 teams that
made the podium by finishing top-3. The other 7 clubs from our region that
fielded teams had 1 team total that finished top-3 (congrats to Sentinal
Strider's 1st place in the 11-12 Boys). And with 2 Flash teams that finished in
4th (11-12 Girls A team and 13-14 Girls), Flash in total had 4 of the top 6 team
finishes from our region.
As for individual top-25 finishes, Flash had 9 that
earned All-American while the other 13 clubs had 16 runners total that
made All-American, with the Sentinel Striders having the next largest number
Both individually and as teams Flash runners really
gave their all, achieveing all this success with just the 3rd largest team from
are the results of the Granite State Flash athletes, including Place, Time and
Town. * indicates a season personal record (PR) was set. Top
25 individuals earned All-American status:
Girls 2K (194 runners):Charlotte Sullivan (15,
8:25, Brentwood), Masho Primmer (20, 8:31, Amherst),
Ashereka Primmer (80, 9:26, Amherst), Amelia Smith (106, 9:42, New Ipswich),
Kylie Donoghue (109, 9:42, Amherst), Linsey Gregoire (153, 10:21,
Londonderry). Team earned bronze medal with 3rd place team finish of 7
3K (308 runners): Morgan Nault (30, 12:00, Manchester), Kathryn Craig (131,
13:04*, Manchester), Sophia Lunati
(154, 13:21, Amherst), Katie Boucher (191, 13:46, Chester), Cailey Stockwell
(245, 14:44*, Hopkinton), Victoria
Smith (301, 16:53*, New Ipswich). 15th place team finish of 20 teams.
Boys 3K (329 runners):Mason
Silk (20, 11:12*,
Amherst), Ryan Young (24, 11:17, Londonderry), Ryan
Fischer (40, 11:37, Merrimack), James Sullivan (110, 12:13, Brentwood), Zak
Jones (150, 12:29*, Durham), Mike
Riccio (151, 12:29*, Chester), Cole
Borovicka (197, 12:48*,
Londonderry), Carl Joas (241, 13:26, Candia). Team earned silver medal
with 2nd place team finish of 24 teams. I've attached the picture I shot
at the awards ceremony. On the right is USA Olympian and Texas native Leo
Manzano, who among other highlights won the silver medal in the 1500m at the
Girls 3K (405 runners):
Team- Caroline Fischer (4, 10:53, Merrimack), Violet Sullivan (16, 11:05*, Brentwood), Ciara April (37, 11:21*, Auburn), Taylor Clark (55, 11:30*, Amherst), Jordan Vaillancourt (87, 11:43,
Manchester), Sydney Stockwell (87, 11:48, Hopkinton), Maggie Lyles (103, 11:50,
Brentwood), Sophie Campbell (128, 12:01, Tyngsboro, MA). 4th place team
finish of 37 teams.
Wyeth Joas (150, 12:11*, Candia),
Katelyn Pepin (180, 12;21, Manchester), Sarah Howard (184, 12:23, Windham),
Keegan Pepin (202, 12:29, Manchester), Taylor Clark (212, 12:31, Contoocook),
Cailin Borovicka (284, 12:58, Londonderry), Grace Castonguay (291, 13:01,
Durham), Gianna Miskovic (293, 13:03, Manchester). 21st place team
finish of 37 teams.
Boys 3K (391 runners): CJ
Ganim (77, 11:03, Londonderry)
11/17/13: New England Championships, Smithfield RI
After a long, wet
and really great day congratulations to all the families that
participated today in Rhode Island at the Association Meet. With over 900 youth
runners registered- a record by 50% for the New England Association meet- Flash
had one of it's most successful days ever.
Overall we had 4
race winners in Masho Primmer- G 8 and Under, Caroline Fischer G 11-12, Madison
Clark G 13-14, and Heidi Ntengeri G 15-16. For the teams we had 5 that came in
1st- G 8 and Under, G 9-10, G 11-12, G 13-15 and B 9-10. Other qualifying teams
were G 11-12 B team 2nd place, G 11-12 C team 4th place, and G 15-16 2nd place.
We also had individual qualifiers in G 17-18, B 8 and Under, B 11-12 and B
15-15. I'm still doing the math but in all we had about 60 kids qualify for the Region
1 Championship this coming Sunday in NY. While there were so many great
individual and team successes and breakthrough races, we also had some
challenges and disappointments. Coming away from the day every Flash runners
should be proud of the work they put in, the heart and sportsmanship they
displayed in competition, and their support of others on their teams and in
their race. Think about what went well and what didn't so you can make your next
race even more of a success.
Finish of Girls 8 and Under Race- Masho and Charlotte take 1 and 2!
Caroline, Violet and Sophia in the lead pack
10/27/13: Mayor's Cup Races
Congrats to all 47
Flash runners that came out to run at the Mayor's Cup races at Boston's Franklin Park today. Full results can be
found here. All six Flash age group teams made the podium today, with
many individual top-10 finishes. Caroline Fischer (Girls 11-12) and Kalin
Gregoire (Girls 13-14) were the overall winners of their races, earning the
Mayor's Cup trophy. Other runners receiving trophies for top-3 in their race
were DJ Turner (3rd in 13-14 boys), Sophia Campbell (2nd 11-12 girls), and Ryan
Young (2nd 6-10 boys). Team Scoring (with top-7 scoring
6-10 Girls: 3rd Place: Delaney Facques, Kathryn Craig, Masho Primmer, Kylie Donoghue, Ashereka Primmer, Linsey Gregoire, Kayla Correll Boys: 1st Place: Ryan Young, Ryan Fischer, Joseph Ntengeri, Cole Borovicka, Andrew Young, Alif Primmer
11-12 Girls: 1st Place: Caroline Fischer, Sophia Campbell, Ciara April, Sydney Stockwell, Sophie Kim, Emma Pyles, Sarah Howard Boys: 2nd Place: Zena Primmer, Ethan Desmarais, Christian Garcia, Connor Donoghue, Dylan Hotter
13-14 Girls: 1st Place: Kalin Gregoire, Grace Corbett, Rebecca Ntengeri, Taylor Kane, Neutrino Rioux, Rachel House, Emily Gill Boys: 2nd Place: DJ Turner, Declan Hotter, Nick Garcia, Logan Thibault, Robert St. Laurent, Jacob Howard
Competing in the New England, Regional and National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship competitions, GSF has a proven record of success founded on the nurturing and development of runners. The focus of the Flash XC program is teaching running as a life long pursuit, increasing athletic skills and personal fitness levels, team competition, and sportsmanship and friendships. To avoid conflicts in training, runners in middle or high school seasons should join us after their school season ends, or with their school coaches approval.
Highlights of the Season
Experienced coaches with proven results
Close interaction with coaches and teammates
3x per week group practices with planned workouts for off-days
Opportunity to travel to 4 USATF races as a team
Periodic “fun” races throughout the year
Training on complementary skills such as Eating and Hydration, Core Strengthening, and Visualization
End of season banquet
Memories that will last a lifetime!
Signups for the 2013 XC season will be held on Sunday Oct 20, 2013 on the track at Livingston Park in Manchester between 2-4pm. Please bring completed Flash registration form and a COPY of the runner's birth certificate or passport for USATF age verification. Email Coach Justin ASAP with intention of registering so we can plan accordingly, or with any questions.
Practice will begin Tuesday October 22, 2013 at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH and continue every Tuesday and Thursday at Derryfield Park from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM and weekend mornings at Livingston Park in Manchester, NH unless otherwise noted. See full schedule here.
2013 USATF Junior Olympics
Track & Field
Granite State Flash's spring Junior Olympics Track & Field Program will be starting up in early April. This program is for new or existing Flash runners (ages 18 and under) who are interested in learning and/or competing in track and field events, or would like to participate in a structured program to continue running through an off-season. For runners enrolled in middle or high school seasons, participation is encouraged once the school season ends. We anticipate participating in several optional practice meets (to be scheduled) leading up to the USATF qualifying meets. Our primary focus in competition is on the New England and Regional meets.
Click here for preliminary information on the program and the registration form. Practice locations and days will be communicated shortly. Please print out and complete the registration form including all information, and bring to the first practice. Note that 2013 USATF membership and a Flash singlet are required. If you need to renew- or need new membership- for 2013 USATF simply include the $20 and Flash will have this processed. If you already have a singlet you do not have to buy a new one. Please bring payment (checks made out to “Granite State Flash”) when you come to register, and please email Coach Justin (email@example.com) with your intent to register so we can get the planning going. Any questions on the program please email Coach Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2/5/13: Flash Relay Team Competes at Reggie Lewis Arena
Starting the year off in a grand way, 4 Flash runners went to Boston this past Saturday to represent the club at the famous New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet. Held every year at the Reggie Lewis Arena, this meet is know as a kickoff for the professional indoor season, and each year attracts some of the sport's top athletes.
Jessica Ewing, Keelan MacKenzie, Mollie Simpson and Declan Hotter (not picture) following their 3rd place 4x200 finish at Reggie Lewis
At the invitation of USATF New England, Flash fielded a team to go up against top NE youth track clubs in a 4x200 mixed (boys and girls) relay. In a time of 1:56.66 they came in a close 3rd place, less than 4 seconds off top team Cambridge Jets in 1:52.94. This was the first time Flash has fielded a mixed team in this event, and the closest the team has ever come to the top time. Congrats to Mollie, Declan, Jessica and Keelan and their families on a fantastic night!
After such a successful XC season we're all looking forward to a little "down" time until our Track & Field season starts up in early April. Until then, we hope Flash runners and families can join us for some Fun Runs through the winter. These are not official Flash events so parents must be there to be responsible for your child(ren), although there's no need to run if you don't want to. Flash coaches may not be at every race but we should be at most. Be sure to wear your Flash singlet!
Tue, Jan 1 - Millennium Mile - 2pm, Londonderry High School, NH. A Flash tradition- 1 mile downhill, with age-group awards every age through 12. Free for kids 11 and under with discount code STA. http://www.millenniumrunning.com/millenniummile
Sat, Jan 5- Winter Wild series- Various ski hills in NH, MA and VT. Run/ski/snowboard up and then back down ski trails- very challenging but lots of fun, and great giveaways. Free for kids 17 and under. School with highest percentage of participation across series win $5000 for local PTA. Many resorts offer discount for those that want to ski afterwards.http://www.winterwild.com/
Granite State Flash Runners Earn All-American Status at Nationals
December 8, 2012 Balloon Fiesta Park - Albuquerque, New Mexico
On Saturday Dec. 8, Granite State Flash had 38 youth runners attend USA Track & Field’s 2012 Junior Olympics Cross Country National Championships at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Having qualified to attend by racing against the best runners in Region 1- MA, NH, VT, ME, CT and NY- these New Hampshire athletes competed amongst 2,100 athletes from all across the US to determine the top cross country athletes in each age division. While the sunny and cool weather was perfect for XC, at 5,100 feet the near mile-high elevation made breathing difficult for most, and was a hurdle rarely faced by runners from the Northeast. Still, Flash runners showed their strength and determination in achieving much success against the field as well as their competition from the region.
Highlighting the day, a trio of Flash girls achieved All-American status by coming in top-25 in their respective races. Violet Sullivan of Brentwood came in 25th in the Midget Girls 3K race with a time of 11:43, earning back-to-back All-American status while just in her first year as a Midget. Madeleine Hunt of Amherst raced a personal record 14:59 in the Youth Girls 4K race to garner 8th overall and 1st from Region 1. And Caroline Fischer of Merrimack came in 1st for the region and 2nd overall in the Bantam Girls 3K race, running an 11:44.63 and just .06 seconds off the winning time of 11:44.57. With her 2nd place finish Caroline was a repeat All-American and also the overall top finisher from not just New Hampshire, but also from all of Region 1. And while Flash did not have any top-3 teams this year, the club did have the most first-from-region team finishes (3).
Flash girls earn All-American Status at Junior Olympic XC Nationals. (From left: Violet Sullivan, Madeleine Hunt, Caroline Fischer)
Full results from the the National meet can be found at the USATF website. Following are the results of the Granite State Flash athletes, including Place, Time and Town. * indicates a personal record (PR) was set. Top 25 individuals earned All-American status:
Sub-Bantam Girls 2K (8 and Under): Charlotte Sullivan (61, 9:06*, Brentwood), Masho Primmer (62, 9:07*, Amherst)
Sub-Bantam Boys 2K: Garrett Vaillancourt (107, 9:27, Manchester)
Bantam Girls 3K (9-10):Caroline Fischer (2, 11:44, Merrimack), Morgan Nault (45, 12:49, Manchester), Gillian Gallagher (64, 13:00, Litchfield), Keegan Pepin (65, 13:00, Auburn), Katelyn Pepin (93, 13:22, Auburn), Kaylee L'Etoille (114, 13:47, Litchfield), Lilly Law (141, 14:16, Londonderry), Taylor Clark (170, 15:00, Contoocook). 5th Place overall team finish.
Bantam Boys 3K: Zack Allen (61, 12:22, New Ipswich), Joseph Ntengeri (69, 12:26, Nashua), Ryan Fischer (80, 12:36, Merrimack), Matt Bernier (117, 13:03, Rindge), James Sullivan (144, 13:26, Brentwood), Connor Donoghue (156, 13:46, Amherst). 5th Place overall team finish.
Intermediate Boys 5K: James Busi (71, 18:14, Plaistow), Christian Parenteau (83, 18:31, Hollis), Dan McColley (91, 18:35, Brentwood), Sam Richmond (135, 19:45, Bedford)
11/27: GRANITE STATE FLASH HAS STRONG SHOWING AT REGION I JUNIOR OLYMPIC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
November 18, Eisenhower Park-Long Island NY
Last weekend 71 Granite State Flash youth runners ages 6-16 traveled down to the hurricane-hit, very flat course on Long Island to participate in the Region 1 USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. Coming from 19 towns across New Hampshire and competing in 9 divisions, our athletes competed against the top youth runners across New England, Maine, Connecticut and NY (Metro, Long Island and Adirondack). The conditions were perfect for fast races- sunny, cool, and very flat grass fields- and Flash had very strong results. We had two 1st-place teams- Youth Girls and Bantam Girls- as well as 2 overall race winners in Caroline Fischer (Bantam Girls) and Ben Platt (Intermediate Boys). In the end Flash had 25 athletes medal by finishing top-20 in their respective races and automatically qualify on to Nationals. In addition, 5 of our 6 teams also qualified on to Nationals by placing top-3 teams in each race.
Even with some athletes deciding to focus on their quickly-approaching indoor track school seasons, in all 38 Flash runners are packing their bags for Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete at the Junior Olympic National Championships on Dec 8th!
Following are the results of the Granite State Flash athletes in the Region 1 meet, including Place, Time and Town.
Top 20 individuals and top 3 teams (min. 5 runners) automatically qualify for Nationals:
Bantam Girls 3K (9-10): Caroline Fischer (1, 10:44, Merrimack), Morgan Nault (11, 11:23, Manchester), Katelyn Pepin (12, 11:27, Auburn), Keegan Pepin (19, 11:43, Auburn), Kaylee L'Etoille (20, 11:48, Litchfield), Gillian Gallagher (24, 12:10, Litchfield), Taylor Clark (37, 12:35, Contoocook), Lilly Law (45, 12:53, Londonderry), Cailin Borovicka (46, 12:55, Londonderry), Emma Pyles (51, 13:05, Amherst), Lily Sabol (52, 13:07, Hopkinton), Alexandra Roy (57, 13:15, Manchester), Madison Carrillo (73, 13:41, Merrimack), Victoria Smith (86, 12:53, New Ipswich)-TEAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS WITH 1ST PLACE FINISH
Bantam Boys 3K: Zack Allen (17, 10:53, New Ipswich), Joseph Ntengeri (19, 10:55, Nashua), Ryan Fischer (20, 10:59, Merrimack), Christian Garcia (40, 11:46, Amherst), Matt Bernier (41, 11:47, Rindge), James Sullivan (42, 11:48, Brentwood), Connor Donoghue (47, 11:55, Amherst) -TEAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS WITH 3RD PLACE FINISH
Midget Girls 3K (11-12): Violet Sullivan (9, 10:32, Brentwood), Kalin Gregoire (14, 10:43, Londonderry), Mollie Simpson (25, 11:00, Manchester), Marley Sullivan (28, 11:02, Manchester), Rebecca Ntengeri (29, 11:04, Nashua), Bailey Carrillo (33, 11:07, Merrimack), Jordan Vaillancourt (37, 11:10, Manchester), Alexandra Seeley (49, 11:24, Londonderry), Taylor Clark (67, 11:45, Amherst), Kimberly Fountain (68, 11:45, Bedford), Rylee Ducharme (69, 11:50, Manchester), Arielle Zlotnick (73, 12:00, Amherst), Shauna Kimura (74, 12:03, Merrimack), Julia Pascucci (79, 12:10, Amherst), Sloan Facques (81, 12:12, Amherst), Emma Desmarais (125, 13:41, Chester) - TEAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS WITH 2ND PLACE FINISH
Midget Boys 3K: Joseph Gagnon (25, 10:13, Hooksett), Zena Primmer (35, 10:24, Amherst), Nick Garcia (45, 10:37, Amherst), DJ Turner (60, 10:51, Greenville), Mitch Nault (65, 10:58, Manchester), Nathan Seeley (70, 11:02, Londonderry), Ethan Desmarais (78, 11:14, Chester), Simon Doneski (86, 11:23, Hopkinton)
Youth Girls 4K (13-14): Madeleine Hunt (2, 15:03, Amherst), Madison Clark (4, 15:10, Contoocook), Ariel Vaillancourt (9, 15:13, Manchester), Heidi Ntengeri (14, 15:30, Nashua), Katie Valin (17, 15:32, Wilton), Molly Power (19, 15:35, Hampton), Erica Lane (25, 15:46, Merrimack), Jessica Ewing (26, 15:48, Amherst), Taylor Lacey (31, 15:56, Chester), Isabela Fast (53, 17:04, Windham)- TEAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS WITH 1ST PLACE FINISH
Intermediate Boys 5K: Benjamin Platt (1, 15:42, Amherst), Sean Munnelly (12, 16:14, Litchfield), Christian Parenteau (15, 16:25, Hollis), James Busi (18, 16:40, Plaistow), Dan McColley (19, 16:42, Brentwood), Tyler DeChane (21, 16:50, Danville), Byrne Cronin (22, 16:51, Goffstown), Sam Richmond (30, 17:51, Bedford)- TEAM QUALIFIED FOR NATIONALS WITH 2ND PLACE FINISH
Congratulations to all the Flash athletes that competed, their talented and caring coaches, and the families that have supported them all season. Also, congratulations to the other New England clubs and coaches that have competed and qualified on to Nationals! In total, New England made up 21 of the 25 teams from Region 1 that are advancing to the National meet!
10/22- If you missed yesterday's signups for the XC season- no worries! Just bring your runner along with the completed paperwork, copy of birth certificate or passport, and required fees to practice tomorrow at Derryfield Park. Please also email email@example.com so we can expect you. Try to come around 3:15 so we can get the paperwork out of the way before 3:30 start time.
Competing in the New England, Regional and National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship competitions, GSF has a proven record of success founded on the nurturing and development of runners. The focus of the Flash XC program is
running as a life long pursuit, increasing athletic skills and personal fitness levels, team competition, and sportsmanship and friendships.
To avoid conflicts in training, runners in middle or high school seasons should join us after their school season ends, or with their school coaches approval.
Highlights of the Season
Experienced coaches with proven results
Close interaction with coaches and teammates
3x per week group practices with planned workouts for off-days
Opportunity to travel to 4 USATF races as a team
Periodic “fun” races throughout the year
Training on complementary skills such as Eating and Hydration,
End of season banquet
Memories that will last a lifetime!
Signups for the 2012 XC season will be held on SundayOct 21, 2012 on the track at Livingston Park in Manchester between 2-4pm. Please bring completed Flash registration form and a COPY of the runner's birth certificate or passport for USATF age verification. Email Coach Justin ASAP with intention of registering so we can plan accordingly, or with any questions.
Practice will begin Tuesday October 23, 2012 at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH and continue every Tuesday and Thursday at Derryfield Park from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM and weekend mornings at Livingston Park in Manchester, NH unless otherwise noted. See full schedule here.
7/31- This past Sunday brought the end to this year’s Junior Olympics National Championship meet, as well as the top Flash performance of the meet. Caroline earned a 4th place finish in an unbelievably competitive BG 1500 race. The video is a must see, and Caroline’s mental and physical strength stands out as she ran with the lead group from 200 meters into the race. Caroline also finished 11th overall in the BG 800 on Friday.
Elise, Rebecca, Bailey and Mollie just missed podium in Thursday’s MG 4x800 relay, finishing in 9th and 1.01 seconds behind the 8th place team from NY. With such a fast start the girls had a lot of work to do moving up, and they surely did make up ground during the race.
And Kevin had the busiest week, qualifying and competing in the Decathlon as well as high jump and triple jump. He, Shawn and Keith were there all week in order to compete in their events. And while they and Connor were only with us this one season, they gave us plenty of great memories as they competed together as teammates and friends. We wish them all the best as they head off to study and continue competing in college.
Elise, Rebecca, Bailey, Mollie
Congratuations to ALL the Flash athletes that competed and gave it their all. This year's meet had the most athletes EVER and was well represented by the eastern track clubs, so the level of competition was tremendous.
7/24- The Nationals are underway for Flash, with the 2-day decathlon finishing up today. Kevin came in 12th with 5695 points and Shawn 22nd with 4886 points. Cummulative results can be found here.
Opening Ceremonies were held tonight after competition, and Ryan and Caroline were there with COach Danielle proudly holding the Flash banner. Good luck to Caroline in tomorrow's first round of the 800!
7/11- What a meet! 33 youth athletes from Granite State Flash competed in the USATF Junior Olympics Region 1 Track & Field Championships, held July 6-8 in Uniondale, NY. With 100+ degree temperatures on the track and late days throughout the weekend, Flash athletes faired very well, with many PR’s set. 21 Flash Athletes earned top 5 in their age divisions (top 2 in multi-events) and qualified for the National Championships being held in Baltimore, MD July 23-29.
Top results were earned by Amherst’s Savannah Behn, Merrimack’s Caroline Fischer, Londonderry’s Starlin Ortiz, and Nashua’s Kevin Shea. Savannah’s 57’ 8” Turbo Javelin throw, Caroline’s 5:18 1500m run, Starlin’s 5’ 11.5” High Jump, and Kevin’s 6’ 4.75” High Jump earned them all 1st place gold medals. Kevin also earned gold in the Decathlon, scoring 5,566 points in the 10 event competition.
PLYMOUTH: Veronica Scott (3rd Heptathlon 3403, 4th 400 1:00)
Congrats to all!!
Kevin, Shawn, Connor and Keith Mollie, Elise, Bailey and Rebecca
podium at Regionals in Decathlon earn 3rd in 4x800. Woo Hoo!
Yorgelis qualified to Nats in Aaron and Amherst Rec Track buddy
both 100 and High Jump Peter finish 2nd and 3rd in High Jump
5/14-Congratulations to the 26 Flash athletes and families that came out to Milford HS yesterday to compete in our first meet of the season. It was a hot and busy day with many athletes participating in 4 or more events. Thanks to all the parents that helped out keeping the kids on track and the Flash tent area organized. The day gave a great opportunity for all the new families to experience the organized chaos of a track and field meet. Results from the meet director which can be found at
Congratulations to Flash Midget runner Brendan Magee, who was the OVERALL WINNER in Manchester's inaugural running of the Fisher Cats Mother's Day 3K yesterday. His time of 12:19 was more than 30 seconds faster than the next runner, and the story behind his race is even more special. Take a few minutes and read about the special mom he worked so hard for. We're all proud of Brendan and wish Melissa all the best.
Reminder- anyone that wants to order FLASH GEAR please complete an order form and return to Coach Justin. Orders received by this weekend's Milford meet should be filled in early June.
4/15- Thursday's first practice went great. For those signed up or planning on signing up our next practice is Monday 4/16 6pm at Souhegan High School. Directions can be found here.
Granite State Flash's spring Junior Olympics Track & Field Program is starting up April 12, which is just around the corner. This program is for new or existing Flash runners (ages 7-18) who are interested in learning and/or competing in track and field events, or would like to participate in a structured program to continue running through an off-season. For runners enrolled in middle or high school seasons, participation is encouraged once the school season ends. We anticipate participating in several optional practice meets (to be scheduled) leading up to the USATF qualifying meets. Our primary focus in competition is on the New England and Regional meets.
Click here for the summary of the program and the registration form. The calendar of practice dates/locations is still pending finalization but will be most Mondays and Thursdays. Please print out and complete the registration form including all information, and bring to the first practice 4/12 6pm at Merrimack HS. Note that 2012 USATF membership and a Flash singlet are required. If you need to renew- or need new membership- for 2012 USATF simply include the $20 and Flash will have this processed. If you already have a singlet you do not have to buy a new one. Please bring payment (checks made out to “Granite State Flash”) when you come to register, and please email Coach Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your intent to register so we can get the planning going. Any questions on the program please email Coach Justin at email@example.com.
12/13- Granite State Flash Earns Strong Results at Cross Country Nationals
Congratulations to the 52 youth runners from Granite State Flash that travelled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to compete at the USA Track & Field Cross Country Junior Olympics National Championships on December 10th. These athletes competed against other qualifying runners from 16 regions across the nation in 12 different divisions based on gender and age. Sub-Bantam (7-8) race a 2K (2000 meter) course, Bantam (9-10) and Midget (11-12) race 3K, Youth (13-14) race 4K, and Intermediate (15-16) and Young Adult (17-18) race 5K. The races were held under overcast, 50 degree skies at Whispering Pines Golf Course, a winding, flat layout that resulted in very fast races and many individual PR’s.
In all Flash had 5 runners make All-American status by finishing in the top-25 in their respective races, as well as one team earning a podium finish as the third-place team. Flash also finished as the top team from the New England, New York, and Connecticut region in 3 of the 5 divisions full teams competed in. Granite State Flash is a Manchester-based youth program consisting of athletes from across mostly Southern NH. Congratulations also go to Nashua PAL Striders, the other NH club qualifying teams to the national meet.
All Americans; Morgan Nault (Manchester)- Sub-Bantam Girl - 8:19 - 9th, Ryan Fischer (Merrimack) – Sub-Bantam Boy – 8:10 – 19th,, Caroline Fischer (Merrimack) – Bantam Girl – 11:17 – 3rd, Violet Sullivan (Brentwood) – Bantam Girl – 11:40 – 24th, Eli Moskowitz (Amherst) – Youth Boys – 13:11 – 20th
3rd Place Team; Bantam Girls- Caroline Fischer, Violet Sullivan, O’Neill Galinson (11:55-32nd place-Amherst), Jordan Vaillancourt (12:39-83-Manchester), Taylor Clark (12:40-84-Mont Vernon), Anissa Sroka (13:09-121-Londonderry), Keegan Pepin (13:14-126-Auburn), Katelyn Pepin (13:20-132-Auburn)
Other Flash results:
Jessica Ewing (11:33 - 79/Midget Girls - Amherst), Elise Lambert (12:06 - 135/Midget Girls - Amherst), Eli Moskowitz (13:11 - 20/Youth Boys - Amherst), Madeleine Hunt (15:03 - 49/Youth Girls - Amherst), Kate Bermingham (15:19 - 68/Youth Girls - Amherst), Benjamin Platt (17:07 - 68/Intermediate Boys - Amherst), Brett Quinn (17:47 - 121/Intermediate Boys - Amherst), Gwenyth Winship (14:47 - 31/Youth Girls - Bedford), Dave Delahunty (20:20 - 95/Young Men - Bedford), James Sullivan (9:24 - 99/Sub-Bantam Boys - Brentwood), Dan McColley (13:49 - 80/Youth Boys - Brentwood), Sean Flannery (17:37 - 72/Young Men - Brookline), Mark Lorden (17:42 - 73/Young Men - Brookline), Kyle Lorden (18:28 - 145/Intermediate Boys - Brookline), Gabe Coville (8:58 - 65/Sub-Bantam Boys - Chester), Taylor Sheley (13:12 - 210/Midget Girls - Chester), Madison Clark (11:16 - 46/Midget Girls - Contoocook), Tyler DeChane (14:26 - 164/Youth Boys - Danville), Carlos Turner (14:09 - 118/Youth Boys - Dunbarton), Justin Carbone (13:48 - 78/Youth Boys - Exeter), Margaret Coogan (15:30 - 86/Youth Girls - Exeter), Shannon Glidden (22:04 - 120/Intermediate Girls - Greenfield), Kelly Arsenault (11:27 - 67/Midget Girls - Hampton), Meaghan Kacmarcik (12:10 - 142/Midget Girls - Hampton), Molly Power (15:53 - 122/Youth Girls - Hampton), Casey Hecox (15:38 - 101/Youth Girls - Henniker), Nick Page (18:55 - 159/Intermediate Boys - Hollis), Sarah Nadeau (15:18 - 65/Youth Girls - Hopkinton), Luke Gomes (12:18 - 119/Bantam Boys - Litchfield), Sean Munnelly (14:14 - 130/Youth Boys - Litchfield), Kalin Gregoire (11:57 - 124/Midget Girls - Londonderry), Nicholas Brown (14:30 - 175/Youth Boys - Madison), Garrett Vaillancourt (10:06 - 114/Sub-Bantam Boys - Manchester), Ariel Vaillancourt (16:00 - 129/Youth Girls - Manchester), Shawn Dunphy (17:09 - 72/Intermediate Boys - Manchester), Mitchell Ripka (17:22 - 87/Intermediate Boys - Merrimack), Michael Casey (18:40 - 149/Intermediate Boys - Mont Vernon), Rebecca Ntengeri (12:20 - 166/Midget Girls - Nashua), James Busi (13:47 - 74/Youth Boys - Plaistow), Peter Saviano (17:34 - 107/Intermediate Boys - Sandown), Caryn Ojemann (21:29 - 100/Intermediate Girls - Sandown), Alexandra Ojemann (24:40 - 71/Young Women - Sandown).
Bantam Girls Earn Podium Finish at Nationals!
Final list of Teams and Runners Going to Nationals. Good luck to all! If you haven't sent your coach (cc Justin as well) information yet on when you are arriving in SC please do so as walks need to be scheduled.
Sub Bantam Boys- Gabe,
Youth Boys (TEAM)- Carlos,
11/20- We're happy to report that this past weekend of the Regional races was perhaps the most successful Flash has ever had! We had 76 runners across 9 teams compete today, and in the end we qualified 7 teams and 3 individuals making up 57 runners eligible For the National meet. For those that didn't qualify to compete this weekend, you were very much in the thoughts of your coaches and teammates this weekend, which really pushed the teams over the top. Of the 7 teams that qualified, 4 of them finished in first place, with the Youth Girls team actually moving up from second last week to first place even with the stiffer competition this weekend. We had 3 individual race winners- Caroline (Bantam Girls), Jessica (Flash's first ever Midget Girls Regional winner) and Gwenyth (Youth Girls). I'm hoping families got some pictures of these race finishes as they were truly exciting right to the very end!
For all runners on teams that qualified, as well as the few individuals, please make sure your coach knows ASAP whether you are able to go to Nationals.
11/14- Flash would like to congratulate it's coaches and the 126 Flash runners that toed the line Sunday at the USATF New England Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. We had runners in all 12 age divisions qualify on to the Regional meet 11/20 in Queensbury, NY, also qualifying teams along in all 9 divisions we fielded a team in. Three teams earned New England Champion- Bantam Girls, Midget Girls, and Intermediate Boys. And we had 3 individual New England Champions- Morgan (Sub Bantam Girls), Caroline (Bantam Girls), and Jess (Midget Girls). Full results can be found here. Other team results:
2nd Place Teams: Sub-Bantam Boys, Youth Boys, Young Men, Youth Girls
3rd Place Teams: Bantam Boys
4th Place Teams (Qualifying): Midget Boys
For those Flash runners that have qualified, please confirm for your coach your ability to attend. Teams need to be finalized by Wed. 11/16.
Congrats to the 21 Flash runners that ran in the Mayor's Cup. All 4 teams scored podium finishes, with top-10 finishes by O'Neill, Violet, Mitch, Morgan, Jordan, Hannah and Heidi. Great way to start off the XC season!! More pics on the Facebook page.
O'Neill with Mayor's Cup. She and Violet finish 1-2 girls in bantam race
10/1- Cold, wet and MUDDY day today at the21st Annual Woods Trail Run in Thetford VT. A good group of Flash runners from Exeter, Timberlane, Souhegan, Winnacunnet, Manchester Memorial. I know I missed a few so feel free to email Coach Justin with any more pics.
A pre-season training (PST) program is available for all registered Flash runners that are not in a full-time school XC programs . PST is targeted for elementary school-aged youth, or others that do not have school seasons or do not train 5 days per week. There is no additional cost for this program, although early registration for the 2011 XC season is required. Practice generally runs 2-3 times per week and begins Wed. 9/7- see full schedule here. Email Coach Jan with any questions.
When: Each Mon, Wed and Fri beginning 9/7 through 10/24. See schedule.
Where: Amherst Middle School, 14 Cross Road, Amherst, NH. Meet at back parking lot in front of baseball field.
In support of Flash's Alex Hansen and other kids with cancer, please consider this 5K this Sunday, with proceeds going to the Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire. When: Sunday, September 11, 2011 Where: Margaritas in Salem, NH. Cost: $20 Entry Fee.
9/6- Great day yesterday at the St. Charles race! The weather was a little warm and muggy, but at least the rain held off. We met some new families, got to see Jono race in a Flash singlet again, and spent some time catching up. A bunch of kids set PR's and placed in their age groups. See the results at http://coolrunning.com/results /11/nh/Sep5_15thAn_set1.shtml, and some pics:
8/24- Flash is now on Facebook! For those that would like to friend us, you can link (friend request?) here
8/29- Flash runners after last night's final Mine Falls Trail race. Lots of age-group winners!
2011 USATF Junior Olympics
XC Practice Began 10/25
Practice began Tuesday 10/25 at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH, and continues every Tuesday and Thursday at Derryfield Park from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM and weekend mornings at Livingston Park in Manchester, NH unless otherwise noted. See full schedule.
If you would still like to sign up for the program please come to practice with completed registration form, applicable fees, and a copy of your birth certificate (new to program only). Please also email Coach Justin, and include runners name and date of birth.
Signups for the 2011 XC season will be held on SundayOct 23, 2011 on the track at Livingston Park in Manchester between 2-4pm
Pre-Season Training** New this season**
A pre-season training (PST) program is available for all registered Flash runners
that are not in a full-time school XC programs
. PST is targeted for elementary school-aged youth, or others that do not have school seasons or do not train 5 days per week. There is no additional cost for this program, although early registration for the 2011 XC season is required. Practice generally runs 2-3 times per week and begins Wed. 9/7- see full schedule here. Email Coach Jan with any questions.
When: Each Mon, Wed and Fri beginning 9/7 through 10/24. See schedule.
Where: Amherst Middle School, Amherst NH. Meet at back parking lot in front of baseball field.
Practice will begin Tuesday October 25, 2011 at Derryfield Park in Manchester, NH and continue every Tuesday and Thursday at Derryfield Park from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM and weekend mornings at Livingston Park in Manchester, NH unless otherwise noted.
Granite State Flash's spring Junior Olympics Track & Field Program
8/1/11- Congratulations and thanks to Nick Brown (3000m), Maggie Barrie (100m, 200m) and Eli Moskowitz (1500m) in competing at the National Chamionships in Wichita! In the 100+ degree heat, these 3 athletes gave their very best while providing strong representation for Flash and all of Region 1. Thanks too to their parents and families for supporting them in their preparation and throughout their seasons. See the full results here.
7/11/11- Flash had tremendous results competing among the best track and field youth athletes at the Region 1 meet, held 7/8-7/10 at RPI in Troy, NY. Of the 20 athletes that qualified, 17 qualified for the National meet in 28 events. Additionally, there were 12 PR's set at this meet. Full results can be found here. Congratulations to everyone that gave their best efforts against some of the top youth athletes in the country!
Some highlights of the meet include Veronica's heptathlon, in which she won the High Jump and 800 on the way to her 4th place finish. In one of the MOST exciting finishes of the meet, Veronica held 4th place for much of the 800, but powered past the leaders in the last 150 meters to take the victory! While she didn't qualify on, as the first Flash multi-event athlete she set the bar very high for others in the future. Also of note, O'Neill and Caroline took 1st place in the 800 and 1500 respectively- the two 1st place finishes for Flash. And kudos to Hannah, Heidi, Helen and Madeleine for earning 4 of the 5 qualifying spots in the Youth Girls 3000. Talk about a dominating performance!
Congratulations to ALL the athletes that competed and gave their very best this weekend, making their family, Flash and themselves very proud. And a big thank you to the parents that brought food and drinks to the meet, helped clean up each day, kept the kids on track and took pictures. I am very happy to say that NOBODY missed any events! And a final thank you to all for welcoming our friends from Amherst Rec Track and Gate City Striders under our tents.
Alex Peck with Coach Jan, after helping his Exeter 4x800 team break the 10 year old school record by 18 seconds and qualifying for the New Englands. Congrats Alex!
USATF Preliminary Meet - Amherst - 6/11/11
Aiden White and Ryan Fischer staying warm during the cold, rainy meet held by Amherst Track Club
Practice Meet - Coe-Brown - 5/29/11
Elise Lambert warming up for triple jump, with sister Amy on deck. Both girls won their age group in the event. See all resultshere.
Developmental Track Meet - Milford H.S. - 5/22/11
Developmental Track Meet - Milford H.S. - 5/15/11
Southern NH Medical Center 6K- 5-8-11
Flash kids after running great times on a warm and hilly Mother's Day morning. Congratulations to Caroline Fischer (F12 and Under- 27:36) and Heidi Ntengeri ( F13-15 - 27:32) on winning their age groups, with siblings Ryan Fischer (32:54), Joe Ntengeri Jr. (32:32), Rebecca Ntengeri (32:06) and Helen Ntengeri (28:19) all finishing in the top of their age groups.
Flash T&F Practice- 5/5/2011
Team picture taken at the May 5th practice. The team wore pink in support of Alex Hansen on her surgery. We're all thinking of you Alex!
Congrats to Justin Carbone (18:13), Connor Murray (20:01) and Jacob Dumont (24:06) on racing the Margaritas 5K in Exeter. They all finished in the top 15% of the over 800 finishers, and Justin and Connor finished 1-2 in the 19 and under age group.
4/17/2011-19th Newton Heartbreak Hill Int'l Youth Race
The Ntengeri kids at the 19th Annual Newton Heartbreak Hill International Youth Race- April 17, 2011. Helen (6:46) and Heidi (6:54) finished 4th and 5th in the Girls 1997-1998 division, with Rebecca (6:55) finishing 6th in the Girls 1999-2000 division, and Joseph Jr (7:32) finishing 2nd in the Boys 2002 division. Congrats to them all in this fun 1 mile race run up and down the world-famous "Heartbreak Hill" of the Boston Marathon.
3/27/2011- Manchester Shamroch Shuffle
Granite State Flash runners, parents and coaches at the Manchester Shamrock Shuffle- March 27, 2011. Madeleine Hunt and Jessica Ewing placed 1st and 2nd in the F12 and Under category, Jake Scafidi and Spencer Stanium placed 1st and 2nd in the M12 and Under category, and Costa Routos and Ben Platt placed 1st and 3rd in the M13-20 age category. In all Flash had 27 Flash runners plus coaches and parents running at this innaugural event. While it was bone-chilling cold with the pummeling winds, much fun was had by all! Click for results and pictures.
1/1/2011- 12th Annual Millennium Mile
Dozens of Flash runners, alumni, coaches and parents started 2011 off with a traditional fast mile run in Londonderry. Above are some of the current runners and coaches that toed the line at the 12th Annual Millennium Mile- January 1st, 2011. Congrats to youth age-group medalists Jake Scafidi and Joe Gagnon in the M10, Mollie Simpson and Melissa Brown in the F10, TJ Furlong in the M11, and Carlos Turner in M12. Scoring top 5 in the 13+ age categories, Jono Vinnenberg and Edward Glidden in M13-19, Alexandra Conway (4th woman overall!), Casey Hecox, Michaella Conery and Elizabeth Conway in F13-19, Holly Banaian in F20-29, and parents/coaches Darin Brown (1st M40-49), Jim Robinson (4th M50-59), and Cathy Merra (1st F50-59). Congratualtions to all!! Click for full results and pictures.
2010 USATF Junior Olympics
Strong Results at Regionals for Granite State Flash Runners!
It was a cool and sunny day yesterday in Burrillville as our Association qualifiers ran at the Regional meet on the rocky, hilly trails and winding fields of Burrillville Middle School. Facing the highest levels of competition from New England and now Long Island, Adirondacks, NY Metro, Maine and Connecticut, with almost 900 runners registered, Flash again had a very successful day. Runners in every category we competed in have qualified for the National Championships on December 11th at Veterans Park in Hoover, Alabama. We had25 top-20 medal winners and 7 teams and 5 individuals that qualified for the national meet! Congratulations to all that participated! Full results are available here. In summary:
Bantam Girls- Qualified for National meet with 3rd place team finish and 2 top-20 qualifiers
Bantam Boys- Qualified for National Meet with 1st place team finish and 4 top-20 qualifiers
Midget Girls- Qualified for National Meet with 2nd place team finish and 3 top-20 qualifiers
Midget Boys- for National Meet with 2 top-20 qualifiers
Youth Girls- Qualified for National Meet with 2nd place team finish and 4 top-20 qualifiers
Youth Boys- Qualified for National Meet with 2nd place team finish and 2 top-20 qualifiers
Intermediate Girls- Qualified for National Meet with 2nd place team finish and 1 top-20 qualifiers
Intermediate Boys- Qualified for National Meet with 2nd place team finish and 4 top-20 qualifiers
Young Women- Qualified for National Meet with 3 top-20 qualifiers
Results From the New England Championship Race Are Available
Results from the 11/14 New England championship race in Burrillville, RI can be found on our Results page. Facing the highest level of competition the New England Association has ever shown- the most runners and most teams across the Bantam, Midget and Youth classes in particular- Flash posted truly remarkable results, including 46 individual top-15 medal winners and 8 teams and multiple individuals that qualified for the Regional Championship meet on 11/21!
NH State Meet Results
There were 61 middle school Flash runners that participated at the State Meet Sat 10/23. Of those, 16 runners medaled (top 10 finish) in their respective races. You can find all the results at
Congratulations to all the middle school Flash runners that participated at the Tri-County meet Sat 10/16. There are too many runners and details to list, but the very sunny and very windy day was a big success, with many Flash runners PR'ing the course and/or coming in Top 10 in their respective races. You can find all the results at http://coolrunning.com/results/10/nh/Oct16_TriCou_set1.shtml.
If anyone has pictures from the meet, or details/pics of Flash runners from other school season meets that they'd like to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Season Pictures
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Flash Runner Medals at Hershey Nationals
Congratulations to Mollie Simpson, who came in 3rd place in the Bantam Girls 400M Dash, running a PR of 1:09.04! The Hershey's Track & Field Games Final was held on Aug 7th, and is held annually in PA for top atheletes that win their local Hershey qualifying events. All results can be found here.
2010 USATF Junior Olympics Track & Field
Congratulations to the 22 Flash athletes that participated in the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field season this summer. While this program was intended to be informal, Flash had great success at all levels of the competition. The Flash coaches thank the parents and families for your support and encouragement.
7/27-8/1/10 National Championships - Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA
Of the 8 Flash athletes that qualified for the Nationals in one or more events, Justin Trott and Katie Ho Sang were the two athletes to travel the 3000 miles to represent the team in Sacramento, CA. Justin had another superb 3000 performance, knocking off another few seconds to finish 14th in the nation in a PR time of 10:8.06. And not to be out done, Katie also PR’d 2 of her 3 events, finishing the 200 in a PR 27.57 (24th nationally), the 400 in a record 1:01.34 (24th nationally), and the High Jump in 4’ 11” (17th nationally). Congratulations to Justin and Katie on their nationally ranked performances, and to all the Flash athletes that competed, improved, and had a good time throughout the season.
6/26-27/10 Regional Meet - Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine
On June 26 and 27th, 12 of the 17 qualifying Flash athletes competed at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine. Only top 3 in each event qualify to go on. With 8 of the 12 earning marks that qualified them for the National meet (and many season PRs), it was a very successful weekend.
For the Bantam Girls, Elise Lambert had great performances but narrowly missed qualifying in the 400 (1:18.73, 5th) and Long Jump (PR- 11’ 5.5”- 4th), as did Mollie Simpson in the 200 (31:54, 5th). Mollie did qualify in the 400 (PR- 1:11.42- 2nd) and Long Jump (PR by over a foot- 11’ 11.75”, 3rd). For the boys, Max Syversen PR’d both the 200 (34.30- 4th) and the 400 (1:17.57- 7th). Owen Creed qualified in both his events, finishing 3rd in the 100 (PR- 14.85 prelim, 15.74 final) and 1st in the High Jump (3’ 5.25”).
For the Midget teams, Jessica Ewing ran the 800 in a PR 2:39.17, which qualified her in 3rd place. Sven Syversen ran very strong as well, finishing 1st in the 80 meter hurdles with a time of 16.96, and 5th in the 800 (2:54.19- 5th).
As the lone Youth Boy, Justin Trott crushed his 3000 time from the week before, again finishing 2nd with a PR time of 10:12.27. For the girls, Carol Syversen finished 4th in the 100 meter hurdles with a PR time of 19.55, and earned a qualifying 3rd place in the 200 meter hurdles finishing in 33.22. And in a feat only 8 other athletes in the New England region achieved, Katie Ho Sang won 2 events (400 in a PR 1:2.20 and High Jump in an almost 2 inch PR 4’ 11.5”), as well as earning a 3rd place finish in the 200 in a PR time of 27.93.
For the Intermediate Girls, Courtney Gabinetti qualified in both the 400 (1:1.50- 1st) and the High Jump (4’ 9”- 2nd), and also finished the 100 hurdles in PR time (17.76- 4th). Mikaela Rowell PR’d her discus by 6 feet (79’ 8”- 6th) and Javelin (75’ 3”- 4th) events, and also had a strong performance in the Triple Jump (26’ 7.25”- 7th). Our lone Intermediate Boy, Sam Gray ran a PR 2:12.03 in the 800, earning him a 5th place finish.
Katie at T&F Regionals at Bowdoin College. She qualified for the National meet in 3 events, placing 1st in the High Jump and the 400, and 3rd in the 200. Katie is one of only nine athletes in New England that had 2 wins in Maine.
6/19/10 Association Meet - Amherst, NH
Of the 22 Flash athletes that participated throughout the season, 19 competed at the 6/19 Association meet in Fitchburg, MA. Of those, 17 qualified to compete in an impressive 35 events at the Region 1 championships at Bowdoin College in Brunswick Maine.
At Fitchburg and for the Bantam (10 and under) girls, Elise Lambert qualified 2nd in the 400 (1:18.55) as well as Long Jump (10’9.5”), and Mollie Simpson qualified 2nd for the 200 (31.64), and 1st for the 400 (1:14.43) and Long Jump (10’11.25”). As for the boys, Cameron Flecchia finished a strong 12th in the 100 (20.03)- very strong for his first season. Max Syversen qualified 5th in the 200 (34.50), 3rd in the 400 (1:22.91), and 3rd in the Long Jump (12’4.5”). Owen Creed qualified 3rd in the 100 (15.10), 4th in the 800 (3:12.73) and 1st in the High Jump (3’10”).
In the Midget (11-12) girls group, Amy Lambert had strong 400 (1:21.70) and Long Jump (9’8.25”) marks that just missed qualifying. Hannah Gillis had a seasons-best Long Jump mark of 11’ 5”, and qualified 1st to advance in the 3000 (12:6.80). Additionally, Jessica Ewing also qualified 1st in the 800 (2:40.63). For the boys, Ethan Platt qualified in 6th place in the turbo jav (73’6”) and Sven Syversen qualified 2nd in both the 800 (2:48.60) and the 80 meter hurdles (16:32).
For the Youth (13-14) girls, Carol Syversen finished 14th in the 100 (14.50) and 11th in the 200 (30.45), and qualified in 3rd for the 100 meter hurdles (20.01) and 1st in the 200 meter hurdles (32.52). Katie Ho Sang qualified 3rd in both the 200 (27.77) and 400 (1:2.42), and 1st in the High Jump (4’9.75”). For the boys, Jake Rowell finished 14th for the 1500 and qualified 4th for the 200 meter hurdles (35.96). Justin Trott qualified 2nd in the 3000 (10:33.52) and Tyler DeChane finished 8th in the 800 (2:30.28) and qualified 5th in the 3000 (11:26.22).
And in the Intermediate (15-16) girls group, Courtney Gabinetti qualified 2nd in the 400 (1:1.68), 5th in the 100 meter hurdles (18:43), and 2nd in the High Jump (4’4”). Mikaela Rowell qualified 1st for the discus (66’8”), 2nd for the javelin (72’4”), and 5th for the triple jump (28’4.5”). The Intermediate boys had Sam Gray qualifying 1st in the 800 (2:12.51) and 3rd in the 3000 (10:43.05).
FLASH SUCCESS AT NASHUA'S
'FREEZE YOUR BUNS’ SERIES
A group of Flash runners participated in the Gate City Striders’ Freeze Your Buns series, a five race 5K series run in Nashua that wrapped up March 7th. On the boys side, Andrew Davy took 1st place overall in the Male 13-16 category. In the Female 1-10 category, Jessica Ewing finished first overall, with Mollie Simpson coming in a close second. In the 11-12 category, Hannah Gillis earned 1st place overall, with Natalie Howes finishing in second place. And in the 13-16 category, Meghan Gillis took 1st followed by Gabby Richardson’s 2nd place finish. Congratulations to all our Flash runners!
As an additional highlight, of the 192 runners that competed in the series, Hannah finished as the series’ overall points leader- male or female- with 4,440 points. She was followed closely by the runner-up points leader- her sister Meghan!- with 4,292 points. A maximum of 5000 total points is possible based on finish order and number of races run.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches on another very successful year of cross-country running. Of the 97 runners that entered 9 of the 10 age categories in Amherst's Association race, 8 teams and 5 individuals qualified for the Regional meet. At the Regionals in Maine, Flash qualified 6 teams and 5 individuals for the National meet in Reno, Nevada.
In total, 35 runners made the trip to Reno to compete in 8 age categories. It was cold in Reno, with at least six inches of old snow on the ground before the races even started, with fresh snow falling by late morning and continuing all day long. The start of the races were delayed by an hour as most people weren’t able to even drive to the course.
Despite the course conditions, weather, and high elevation (4600 ft at the course) all our runners made their families, their coaches, Granite State Flash and the New England region very proud. In addition to the strong team and individual results, we had 1 runner make All-American status (top 25 finisher). Congratulations to Gwenyth, who finished in 5th place for the Midget Girls.
Complete results and event pictures and videos can be found at the USATF website or our Results page. Check back here for pictures from Flash photographers and families. Thanks go to all the families that supported the Flash runners all season!
Mark ran half his race after losing his left shoe, and still managed to medal. At the halfway point he got his shoe back on, and moved up from 38th place to finish 16th!
11/8/09 Preliminary Race
Congratulations to all the middle and high school runners that competed over their season. You make your families, teams, communities and coaches very proud, and never fail in giving us all some very exciting races to cheer for!
Some pictures from the season
Patrick wins Tri-County Boys "A" Race
Alum Alex getting muddy at the Mt Epic Challenge
Flash Runner Presented Award at USATF NE Annual Meeting
On September 17th 2009, Jack Collopy was recognized as the November 2008Athlete of the Month at the USATF New England annual meeting. Family, friends, and Flash athletes and coaches were in attendance to celebrate the presentation. Here is a link to the USATF write-up.