GBTC Men take 2nd, Women take 3rd at the New Bedford Half Marathon


The GBTC men’s and women’s teams kicked off the USATF New England Grand Prix Series with strong performances by both squads at the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The men’s team, led by David Metzger (1:09:06), finished 2nd overall out of the 12 men’s teams competing.  Ryan Woolley also posted a sub-1:10 performance, finishing in 1:09:40.  Teammates Eric Mendoza (1:10:54), Shaun Dever (1:11:17), and Bobby Giuliani (1:11:50) rounded out the team score.

The women’s team, led by Shannon Trant (1:24:19), finished in 3rd place overall out of the six women’s teams competing.  Teammates Erin Lohrenz (1:24:30), Caroline Turner (1:28:59), Jenna Castro (1:29:18), and Taylor Krajewski (1:29:21) rounded out the team score. 

The next USATF New England Grand Prix race is the Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Upton, MA.

#GOGBTC

Photo taken by Coach Tom Derderian

Caroline Turner Receives the 2019 Margaret Bradley Award

The Greater Boston Track Club is pleased to announce that Caroline Turner is the 2019 recipient of the annual Margaret Bradley Award. Caroline joined the club in the summer of 2017 and quickly became an integral part of the women’s distance squad. Caroline competed in the 2017 USATFNE Cross Country Grand Prix series where GBTC tied for first, and then at USATF Club Nationals. After that, she turned to the roads and debuted in the marathon in 3:00:27. Caroline was the only GBTC member to compete in the entirety of the 2018 USATFNE Road Grand Prix and led the team to a 2nd place finish out of 26 teams. In the fall of 2018 she was elected to the Board of Directors by her teammates and serves as the Women’s Team Captain. In the spring of 2019 she will be taking on the Boston Marathon with many of her teammates. 

Prior to joining GBTC, Caroline competed for Needham High School, a perennial cross country and track powerhouse in the Bay State. She then ran for Davidson College, where she lowered her PRs to 17:57 and 37:14. While she enjoyed the warmer climes, Caroline was thrilled to return to the Boston running scene and excited to find GBTC where she could learn from, and train with, so many accomplished runners. Coach Tom Derderian says, “Caroline is ubiquitous at practices, team events, and races. She personifies the NASA motto, ‘Teamwork is what makes the dream work.’”   

Margaret L. Bradley was a member of GBTC who died while on a trail run through the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. An accomplished marathoner, Margaret led the GBTC women to a team victory at the 2004 Boston Marathon. GBTC established the Margaret Bradley Award in honor of Margaret. The intent of the award is to select one GBTC female runner annually to compete in a domestic event of her choosing for which GBTC will cover some or all of the expenses. The selected recipient must be a club member in good standing who shares Margaret’s enthusiasm and dedication toward both personal and team goals. 

Caroline Turner (fourth from left) alongside teammates (from left to right) Lauren Opachinski, Allison McCabe, Cynthia Hastings, and Kyle Feldman.

GBTC Invite 2019 Cancelled due to Weather!

Unfortunately, but understandably, Harvard University for only the second time since 1980 has cancelled the GBTC Invitational on Sunday January 20th 2019. Safety is obviously a top priority for Harvard and for GBTC, and considering the weather conditions Harvard felt compelled to close the facilities. The potential ice in this storm during and after the track meet is presenting significant concern.

Sincerely,
-Your Meet Director, David Callum

GBTC Seeking Sprints & Field Coach

After two successful seasons under the guidance of Coach Elaina Zizza, the Greater Boston Track Club is seeking a new leader for the Sprints & Field group. Coach Zizza will be leaving the club to pursue a graduate degree. Ideal candidates are experienced individuals seeking a part-time position with the club, and are qualified to provide training to post-collegiate and masters athletes in the Greater Boston area.

Job Description & Expectations

The primary responsibilities of this position will be to:

Provide a long term plan and workouts for sprinters and jumpers, attend and administer two workouts per week between September and July, attend meets that have been chosen as focal points of the season, and distribute discretionary funding to maximize club performance. Sprint Coach will report to the Head Coach and work closely with all other coaches to develop an indoor and outdoor track schedule, culminating in championship meets.

Additionally, the Sprint Coach will be expected to perform administrative duties associated with meet entry, provide weekly recaps to social media coordinator throughout the competition season, act as an ambassador for the club in interactions with college coaches and athletes in order to develop and maintain recruiting relationships, and contribute expertise to other club activities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

Preferred qualification:  USATF Coaching Certification

Additional Information:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience.

  • Coach will serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors

  • Subject to a CORI test.

Please send all application materials to greaterbostontc@gmail.com

Feldman Wins 2018 Bradley Award

The Greater Boston Track Club is pleased to announce that Kyle MacQueen
Feldman is the 2018 recipient of the annual Margaret Bradley award. Kyle
joined GBTC back in 2009, and immediately became an integral member of
the women’s distance squad, often scoring for the Club at the Grand Prix road
races. After joining the Club, Kyle excelled on both the roads and on the
track, running PRs in every event from the 1500m up to the Marathon. At one
point in 2012, Kyle held three club records at the same time: 1500m (4:24.66),
Mile (4:49.74), and 3000m (9:32.30). Two records have since been broken,
but she still holds the 1500m record to this date.

Kyle and her husband, GBTC team member, Will Feldman moved out of state
from 2013 to 2017, but immediately re-joined the Club, once they were back in
Boston. “There’s no running scene greater than Boston’s,” said Feldman. “I
really missed the Club and my teammates when we moved away. I am
thrilled to be back again and representing GBTC.”

Prior to joining GBTC, Kyle had run at the University of Connecticut where she
met current club member and 2011 Margaret Bradley award winner, Allison
McCabe. During her junior year, Kyle transferred to Simmons College in
Boston, which did not have a running program at the time. When Allison
learned that Kyle was living in Boston, she encouraged her to join the
team. Kyle joined the Club in the spring of 2009 after qualifying for the 2009
Boston Marathon at the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon. Her time at the
Philadelphia Marathon was 3:21:35. After joining the Club, and training more
consistently, Kyle improved her marathon time to a speedy 2:49:14. Kyle now
has dreams of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials, a dream that was
also shared by Margaret Bradley.

Margaret Bradley was a member of GBTC who died while on a trail run
through the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. GBTC
established the Margaret Bradley Award in honor of Margaret. The intent of
the award is to select one GBTC female runner annually to compete in a
domestic event of her choosing for which GBTC will cover some or all of the
expenses. The selected recipient must be a club member in good standing
who shares Margaret’s enthusiasm and dedication toward both personal and
team goals.

Kyle (center), with Mary Jo and Keith Bradley

2018 GBTC Invite – Results

Click here for complete meet results.

Post Edit (02/01/18): A short message from the GBTC Board of Directors – Another year of the annual Greater Boston Track Club Indoor Track & Field Invitational has come and gone. Many thanks to those who competed, volunteered and spectated.

Extra special thanks to longtime Event Director Dave Callum, who has dedicated himself to creating high quality track and field opportunities for athletes throughout Greater New England. 

This year’s GBTC Invite was one of the highest attended events in club history. Club and event records were challenged, and a full event recap will be posted soon!

Go to http://ma.milesplit.com for event by event “live” results!

Red Team in the Bluegrass State

For the third time since 2009, GBTC made the trek to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2017 edition of the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. Featuring a course of rolling hills in Masterson Station Park, this year’s events were contested on a cold December Saturday (12/9/2017). Snowflakes fell throughout the final races of the day, and the course’s most challenging hills were a mere afterthought when compared to the cold and wind.

Led by Shelby Cuddeback (88th – 21:41 for 6k), GBTC’s Women’s Open team placed 24th among 30 complete teams. David Metzger (133rd – 32:10 for 10k)  led the men’s squad as they placed 34th among 49 teams. Celebrations are in order for GBTC Women’s 60+ squad: Claire McManus, Cynthia Hastings and Margaret Champion, who finished their first complete team in club history.

Open Women – 6k
88 Shelby Cuddeback 21:41
148 Abbey Murphy 22:34
169 Shannon Trant 23:04
194 Margaret Fox 23:40
207 Molly Sords 23:56
224 Caroline Turner 24:49

Open Men – 10k
133 David Metzge 32:10
217 Alex Rockhill 33:09
257 Eric Mendoza 33:38
288 Shaun Dever 34:00
293 Riley Pihl 34:02
305 David Moyer 34:16
338 Ben Jarrett 35:10
345 Eric Wyler 35:23
361 Scott Burger 35:43
373 Josh Brodin 36:15
374 Jeffrey Ragazzini 36:15

Masters Women – 6k
79 Claire McManus* 28:45
83 Wendy Newsham 29:11
107 Cynthia Hastings* 33:28
115 Margaret Champion* 41:12
*60+ complete team

Masters Men (60+) – 8k
106 Tom Derderian 50:58

Masters Men (40+) – 10k
248 Bill Newsham 43:53
257 Harris Hardy 45:38

For complete results, visit USATF.org