by Mike Giberti
This past Sunday, for those who did not go out west, there was still a great opportunity to get in a race. The USATF-NE Club Indoor Championships took place at Harvard University’s Gordon Track and Tennis Center and you bet the house was rockin’ with fast performances.
The biggest race of the day was the men’s mile as Harvard and Dartmouth each had a pace rabbit in the race trying to drag as many people under four minutes as possible. The pacing job was done perfectly, but the field fell just short as Dartmouth’s Steve Mangan took the win in 4:00.52. Six other athletes were under the 4:10 mark. For the women’s side, Brown University’s Lucy Van Kleunen ran her first ever sub 5 mile to win in 4:57.76 over New Balance Boston’s Caitlin Fahey. New Balance Boston as a team proved to be quite a force in the middle distance and distance events as Steve Polito, Jillian King, Jess Minty, and Andrea Sorgato all took home victories for the green and gray in the 800m, 3k, and 5k. And last but not least, you can’t not mention the pending new Women’s Masters 55-59 age group world record that was set by Maryanne Daniel (Connecticut Race Walkers) in the 3000m race walk in 16:02.41. Here is a video highlighting the most exciting parts of the meet and a few select interviews to break down the bigger races of the day: