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The Mile, Franklin Park-Style

By Owen Kendall

The goal of the Franklin Park Mile is bigger than you can imagine. The aim is to transform the world, changing the way people experience their lives. The world today is a global one; it is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic, multi-gender mosaic with more connectivity than anyone ever imagined possible.  And though community is sometimes forgotten with the possibility of faraway connections, it is essential for everyone.  A strong community can produce wellness in a way that almost nothing else can and yet many people are becoming less and less connected to those around them.

The Franklin Park Mile’s role is to raise awareness for community running and community development through running that a new movement of free community running is making a reality. Free community running supports the natural development of communities that revolve around common activities, supporting a population that is both empowered and capable of empowering those around them.

In its first year, the Franklin Park Mile drew well over 200 people to an incredible day in Franklin Park.  Many of them had never raced before, while others were winners of prestigious races, and yet it appeared that every person walked away from the event with a bit more bounce in their step and a feeling that the Franklin Park Mile was onto something.

There were only winners at the first annual Franklin Park Mile.  Everyone who toed the line tested themselves.  There were incredible races for the tape, with the women’s race decided over the last forty meters, Kim Lockwood out-kicking Forest Hills Runners’ own Jennifer Flynn (who’d already raced a 5k that morning), and Alyssa Charney of Vassar College charging at the end to round out the top three.

Pat Fullerton bested the men’s field, floating over the distance in 4:25, after which he only said, “that was a tough course” with a bit of a smile. Andrew Rotz cruised through in 4:37 with a big smile on his face.  Dave Moyer, a steepler who ran for Penn State’s club team until graduating this past summer, came in third.

The best part of the day came with the 16-and-under race. Some amazing young athletes showed up since every kid ran free.  Even with a slight mixup with the start and an unnecessarily long warmup, 14-year-old Isaiah Sealy flew over the hilly one mile course in 6:15 with Maya Freifeld, the top 16-and-under girl for the day, pushing him to the tape in an amazing photo-finish.  Freifeld barely nosed Sealy out to become the top 16-and-under finisher overall.  Francisco Fernandez and Brandon Tejada finished in second and third for the boys, while Angelise Santos and Paola Sepulveda took home the prizes for the girls.  These young runners have a bright future ahead of them, especially considering that this was the first race any of them had run. Most importantly, we hope they won’t forget the great feeling that came from competing, from pushing themselves, and from seeing how much more they could give if they reached down deep enough.

Running is possibly the greatest metaphor for life.  Some days, every step you take will be incredibly difficult; other days, every step of your run will feel light and joyful. But if you stick with it and you do a little every day, you will improve.  Unlike most parts of life, where you’re never quite sure if you’re progressing or not because it’s difficult to define what better is, the clock doesn’t lie.  You will see your improvement and that will help you to see that if you put a little time every day into the things that matter to you, you will improve.  Giving more people, from diverse backgrounds, the opportunity to experience this is one more reason the Franklin Park Mile is an important event for Boston, but even more for the people from the neighborhoods surrounding Franklin Park.

Results from this first year event can be found here.

Mayor’s Cup: Women’s 5k

Stilled mired in some technical difficulties, but we were able to get one video done before the mayhem ensued. Jennifer Bergman of Mizuno DC won the competition in 17:10. This was a talented field that drew from much beyond the borders of Boston. Just behind Bergman was Sarah Groff of NYAC in 17:13. Jillian King (17:18) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (17:23) of New Balance Boston were first of the locals to represent and they finished 3-4. In 5th and 6th were a couple of members from their ‘sister club’, Central Park Track Club: birthday girl Rolanda Bell (17:36) and Cat Beck (17:39).

Mayors Cup start Mason

From the start, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Although Katrina Spratford isn’t exactly a local, she is newly representing the region (and Legion?) as one of the newest members of NE Distance. The Shippensburg alumn finished 7th in 17:43.

As you can see, lots of visitors in the race. A cross country race that bring out the best in your area and from outside the region…why would’t you want to compete there? Anyway, here’s some raw footage from the women’s race:

Coach On Saturday, Race On Sunday

Steph Reilly is all too familiar with Franklin Park. The PC grad (class of 2001) ran her share of big races there back in her days competing as a Friar. Now, she coaches the Bulldogs of Bryant University. In running around from point to point at the New England’s last weekend, it was hard to not notice all of the competitive post-collegiate runners that were also coaching in some role with teams competing that day. Just to name a few besides Steph:

Eric Ashe – UMass Boston
Katie Matthews – Boston University
Tim Ritchie – Boston College
Eric Blake – Central Connecticut State University
Sam Alexander – CCSU

Those are just the ones that were seen, there were most likely others. It was cool to see so many runners who are typically the subjects of post-race interviews at local road races out there coaching the next generation.

As far as Steph and what she’s doing with her program at Bryant, we had a few questions for her:

Where does New England’s fall on your schedule in terms of importance and focus? It seems a lot of other schools don’t place much importance on it anymore.

New England’s has always been and will remain an important race for us. It is a great regional tradition and we are proud to be a part of it. Although our focus is on our conference Championships, this race comes right in the middle of the season where it gives my athletes the chance to test themselves on a fair course.

How big of a boost is it to see Eimear finish 2nd (highest ever for a Bulldog)? What has her progression been like from frosh to senior seasons?

That was a huge boost for Eimear. I am not surprised though. I always knew she had that kind of ability in her. Eimear has had her fair share of ups and downs when it comes to running. From frosh year to now, she has made significant improvement. As a frosh she came in with injuries, and had lost all belief in her own ability, and that year was a rough one. There was a lot we had to figure out and make right, and piece by piece things started to come together. I was confident in her talent and ability. She has learned so much from her experiences over the last three years that now she is in such a great place with understanding her running. We have made adjustments to her training and each time she has come back stronger.

Next up is the CCSU mini meet, right? Why go to a mini meet so late in the season?

Yes, we do the mini meet eight days before the NEC meet. Think of it like a track race – your goal is a 5000m at the end of a season, and more than likely the week before you will jump in a 1500m to fire the engine, and do a faster race. The same kind of logic applies for this: a 5000m/3000m XC the week before their 8000m/5000m championships. It won’t beat them up, but at the same time it will give them a really good workout.

What exactly is this Bulldog workout that you floated out there to the team?

Haha – The Bulldog Workout is a workout we have been doing every XC season for the last 5 years or so. It is our signature workout, and we typically do it right around the middle of the season after New England’s. It is the men’s little piece of tradition and they look forward to it each year. It involves a combination of track and XC terrain intervals. The details – you might have to ask them.

How confident are you about the conference championships?

I am very confident, and very excited for the conference championships. If you look at our season of racing and training from the summer to now, it has been very consistent. Consistency leads to confidence for us all, and that’s what we take into a meet like the conference championships. The one bad workout or that one bad race you had at some point throughout the season does not define the season. The NEC championship will be a great opportunity to showcase the work we have put in.

Reilly Kozlosky Lone Gull

Reilly charges to the finish at Lone Gull, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Steph had a successful day of coaching on Saturday, then the next day she was competing herself at the Wayland XC Festival (part of the USATF-NE XC Circuit). Although she didn’t win, Steph still ran an 18:14 for the 5k and finished second. We also had a few questions for the Olympian about how she did and what she’s been up to:

You ran the Wayland XC Festival…and lost! What gives?

Cross country has never been my forte for a number of reasons. I am a lot better on the track and the roads. Wayland XC was something for fun, although as you know, runners sometimes have a quirky idea of fun! The only reason I went is because my 7 year old son Marcus ran in the kids 3k race. As a parent, it is a lot of fun watching your kids compete and to try new things. [Note: Marcus came in 46th in the 10 & Under race, running 15:15 for 3k. Not bad for a seven year old. Salazar may be getting a room ready for him in Oregon.]

When last we spoke (at Lone Gull) you were a little uncertain about the near future as far as target races went. Any updates?

Honestly, still no updates and have made no plans. I am enjoying time with family, going to soccer games, movies, and lots of other good stuff. As always, I love working at Bryant and continuing to build our teams. It is an exciting time working with our current students and also Alumni who are getting more connected with our program. Those things keep me very busy, but in the next month I will map out a plan for running goals in 2014.

Reilly Kozlosky Lone Gull II

Another shot from the final stretch at Lone Gull, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Were you planning on running at Wayland? Or did you get all amped up for it while watching the college kids run around Franklin Park?

I had no plans to do XC or even Wayland for that matter. Until we noticed the kids races, and thought Marcus would have fun doing it. He loved it, and I enjoyed watching him. In regards to Franklin Park, I always get pumped up watching my Bryant teams race, and they are a big reason why I am still running competitively. They motivate and inspire me daily.

Would you give any thought to really going for it in somethign like the BAA Distance Medley (try to give Kim Smith a run for her money), or does your schedule not leave room for it?

Yes I think I would be interested in doing something like the BAA medley. I think the timing of it would be fine. I would do it as a personal challenge more than anything. I am not at that level to be competitive for top prizes in the medley event. But that is not a deterrent for me. I do something because I want to, and because I enjoy the challenge it offers.

Will you be doing said Bulldog workout with the team?

I didn’t do the workout with them. Much more enjoyable watching them do it.

With only one event to go (the City of Manchester Marathon), Steph has locked up the road racing grand prix title. After her race on Sunday, she also has some cross country points. Not a bad year for the coach.

New England XC Championships Footage

It’s finally here…the raw race footage from the NEICAAA XC Championships held at Franklin Park yesterday. Up first is the women’s 5k race. Includes our interview with Eimear Black (senior, Bryant) who took second overall in the 5k race with her 17:27. Rosa Moriello of Boston University won it in 17:13.

Then the men, where Mike Biwott (AIC) dominated, beating out Rich Peters (BU) and Wes Gallagher (Northeastern). Includes a portion of our interview with Rich Peters and BU assistant coach/Saucony athlete Katie Matthews:

More to come on this. For now, be sure to check out the interviews we posted yesterday. Besides the ones mentioned above, there was also an interview with the men’s team champions CCSU. Coaches Eric Blake and Sam Alexander have done a remarkable job with that group.

CCSU Men Win Their First Ever NEICAAA XC Title

The Central Connecticut State University men’s cross country team placed three in the top eleven and surprised a few people today. They edged Northeastern by a score of 54-79. The team is coached by a couple of dominant runners on the New England scene: Eric Blake and Sam Alexander. Blake is a force nationally on the mountain scene while Alexander was the subject of a recent Level Dossier (Sept/Oct 2013 issue).

Rich Peters Runs a 24:05, Leads BU to 4th Place Finish

Rich Peters ran a solid race, especially for a rust-buster. The Boston University junior looked pretty good in finishing second at the NEICAAA XC Championships. Afterwards, he ran back to campus with grad assistant coach Katie Matthews. Matthews, who competes for Saucony, will be running the BAA Half Marathon tomorrow and wanted a sneak peak at the course.

Eimear Black Leads Bryant Women With A 2nd Place Finish at NEICAAA XC Championships

Eimear Black, a senior harrier for Bryant University, led the Bulldogs with her 17:27 5k performance. That was good enough for second overall, not too far back of winner Rosa Moriello of Boston University.

Coast to Coast Battle

You may have heard by now about a certain cross country race that took place in Franklin Park on Friday. The Boston College women’s cross country team hosted some of the top teams in the country with their Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown. You can get the full results to it here and if you want to see the rest of our coverage on it, including interviews with some of the top local runners (and a certain coach with local ties named Andy Powell), you can just click here.

If you want to see some great pics from the races, be sure to check out Scott Mason Photo. Credit for the feature image on the site today goes to Scott once again.

Wrapping up our coverage, we have our complete raw footage of the women’s race from various points out on the course:

And lastly we have the same from the men’s race:

Triumphant Homecoming & An Inspirational Finish

Andy Powell returned to Massachusetts with a few Ducks in tow for some cross country action. The former Oliver Ames standout and Stanford stud is now an associate head coach with the University of Oregon. Andy helped lead the Ducks to their first ever competition at Franklin Park in Boston, the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown. The “O” men won their race handily. Oregon was paced by two true freshmen, overall placing six in the top nine (and their seventh runner was 18th). Cheserek and Leingang finished 1-2 (both running 24:11) and Ryan Pickering was just three seconds back of them in fourth place (24:14). Here’s a quick interview we did with Andy after he was all done coaching and spending time with kids from his old school:

During the women’s race, we were in position to see all the finishers. Amongst them was one woman who showed a tremendous amount of heart, guts, courage…whatever you want to call it, she gutted it out and found a way to make it across the line. It would’ve been easy to just accept the help and call it a day but she brushed off the help and crawled across the line. We give a tip of the cap to an effort like that.

BC Invite: Gallagher

The Boston College women’s cross country team hosted some of the top programs in the country today at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. Dubbed the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown, there was quite a bit of buzz about it. Wesley Gallagher, a sophomore on the Northeastern squad, placed 11th overall and was the third east coaster. Wesley ran a 24:23 for the 8k cross country race  and was just eleven seconds behind winner Edward Cheserek of Oregon.

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