Wingfoot Express, March 1998

Twenty-four Years & Still Running

The Wingfoot Express

Newsletter of the Greater Boston Track Club
March 1998

Table of contents:


Greater Boston TC Wins New England Indoor Championship!

Three Gold Medals for Kevin Russell, Ten for GBTC

Providence, RI, February 8, 1998, Brown University

In a stunning upset the GBTC men’s team outscored the defending champion Boston Athletic Association team 31 to 26. The GBTC victory rode on the flying heels of Kevin Russell and his relay teammates as they won both the distance medley and the 4X400. Russell won the championship 400.

Jesse Darley took third in the 3000 meters with his season1s best time of 8:43.01 matching his personal best for the distance. New club member Steve Keyes, holder of the GBTC Invitational meet record in the long jump of 241, leaped 211 72 to win the maximum number of points in that event. Keyes ran a 51.8 leg in the 4X400 for his second gold of the meet.

In the distance medley relay John Blouin ran a caution first couple of laps in his 1200 meter leg then seized the lead to pass the 800 in 2:11. At 3:15 he handed his baton to Kevin Russell. If any other teams dreamed they had a chanced, Russell squashed them with his opening 25 second 200 on the way to his 51.8 leg. Russell gave the baton and a big lead to Eric Sherry who ran 2:06 and on to Deon Barrett who blasted off with a 65 opening 400. Barrett brought home a neat set of 4 gold medals with his 4:39 mile.

In the Championship 400 Kevin Russell took his place in the blocks next to five behemoths. Kevin knew that on the tight turns he had to arrive at the break point ahead of their flailing bulks. Tense in the blocks Russell nervously sucked on the beads he wore around his neck. With his beads still in his teeth Russell exploded from the blocks, made up the staggers but the 170 meter mark and raged past the break point with the lead held as firmly as the beads in his teeth. None of the behemoths could catch him. He ran 49.64.

In the Championship 3,000 meters Jesse Darley passed the mile in 4:35 racing for the top three. A day after climbing Mt Washington, Darley showed no sign that he had climbed a mountain from sunrise to sunset. Dennis Floyd ran his personal best of 8:59.61 out kicking Jim Pawlicki who followed with a 9:01.01.

But perhaps the happiest runner of the day was Jim Reardon. Reardon ran his personal best of 15:48.62. Then he came back to run his best ever mile in 4:37.94. John Blouin ran a mile in 4:30.96. Ben Pease ran 800 in 2:03.77 and Adrien Grise ran 800 in 2:04:14. Ted Bowen ran 200 meters in 26:32.

In the 4X400 relay Pease led taking an early lead with a 55 passing to Steve Keyes who opened with a 25 second 200 for a 51.8. Keyes passed the baton and the lead to Adrien Grise who ran a 55-56 and on the Kevin Russell with relaxed walk through 53.2 for another set of 4 gold medals. Our lone woman in the meet Joanna Veltri won a silver medal for herself and the club in the 5,000 meters. She ran 17:37.41.

The 1998 New England Indoor Championships provided a great day for the men of the Greater Boston Track Club. GBTC is back! The USA Track & Field New England 1998 Indoor Track and Field Champions! Congratulations and thank you to all.

Thanks to Mark Tuttle, the GBTC web page has moved to We will probably start making the new location known outside the club in a week or so after it is clear that the new server is adequate, and after we have cleaned up a few comments on web pages here and there. In the meantime, check it out. In particular, check out the pictures taken by Tom Derderian and Frank Monkiewicz of last month’s GBTC Invitational at

Be sure to thank Mark when you see him. He deserves alot of thanks for his dedication to the GBTC web page!


Ron Glennon hired as new GBTC coach

At the GBTC Board of Directors meeting on February 18 Mike Urquilo made the phone call and Ron Glennon accepted the position and joins Tom Derderian as a GBTC coach. A profile on Ron is found on page 10 of this issue of the Wingfoot. Ron will be at Thursday track workouts so please say hello and make him feel welcome.


President’s Column

Gary Snyder

EXCITEMENT!!!!!!! Excitement and activity everywhere.

The 1998 GBTC Invitational Meet was a tremendous success. Congratulations to Meet Director, Jim O’Brien, for providing the leadership for our club to host a truly outstanding event for the New England running community. I am still astonished by how calm our Mr O’Brien was on meet day. I was more nervous waiting for my event. All aspects of the meet were HIGH QUALITY, planning, application, program, volunteers, events , even the cleanup. My personal thanks to the members who worked and/or competed. If you missed it this year don’t miss it next year.

Hats off to Coach Tom for being everywhere; a two headed coach at twice weekly practice, at weekend track meets, at the Board of Director meetings, at USATF meetings. While on the subject, welcome to our new coach, Ron Glennon, who joined the club effective March 1st. .Ron’s specific area of coaching has not been finalized. When you see him stop and introduce yourself.

The agenda at the recent BOD meeting was again packed with EXCITEMENT, its nice to spend nearly the entire meeting discussing positive issues and planning for club events. The BOD was fortunate to get a preview of the slick new logo that Moulay Essakalli is designing to commentate the 25th anniversary of GBTC. Look for it soon!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone will want to order new gear to display the logo. Plans for a gala anniversary celebration event in the f all are in full swing.

As I sit at my computer writing this column on February 26, 1998 it is nearly 50 degrees and no snow in the forecast, the mild weather should provide all members who want to achieve Ironman status for the 1998 Road Race Grand Prix Series an excellent start!

Although we continue to gain a few new members each month I am personally frustrated at the lack of a comprehensive new member program. As you know I believe the club needs 200 members to support our plans. I will present my ideas to the BOD at our next meeting but I can use help. If you have a notion, an inspiration, a pet plan, etc., I would encourage you to contact me so I can bring to the meeting.


Club Happenings

GBTC and Niketown Boston Co-Sponsor Marathon Training Run

Training for Boston? Than mark your calendar for Sunday April 5th and join the fun.

On Sunday morning April 5th the Greater Boston Track Club and NikeTown Boston will co-sponsor a training run. The run will start at the 16.5 mile mark at the Woodland MBTA station in Wellesley and follow the Boston Marathon course approximately 10 miles ending at the NikeTown store on Newbury street. One water stop will be planned along the route. Support vehicles and staff will follow the runners and baggage will be transported to the store. Changing facilities will be available.

You’ll be motivated to reach Boston as runners will be greeted with an abundance of yummy baked goods, fruit, and beverages followed by a seminar by one (possibly Uta Pipig) of Nike’s sponsored athletes. Details are still being worked out so keep an eye on your mail box and listen to the GBTC Hotline for more information.

If you can’t/ don’t want to run than plan to volunteer by contacting Susan Richards at 617-437-6557.

1998 USATF-NE Grand Prix Road Race Series

You must have a valid USATF card to represent GBTC in these races. The cost is $15/ year. An application is enclosed with this Wingfoot.


3-15-98 Law Enforcement Half Marathon Melrose, MA
5-2-98 CHIPS Challenge 5K Manchester, N.H.
6-13-98 Market Square Day 10K Portsmouth, NH
7-28-98 Newburyport 10M Newburyport, MA
9-7-98 Around Cape Ann 25K Gloucester, MA
10-4-98 Ro-Jacks 8K Attleboro, MA
10-25-98 Cape Cod Marathon Falmouth, MA

Hotline for Members

Please note that in addition to using the club’s hotline for new member recruiting, it will also be used as a means of updating members on special notices such as long run schedules, upcoming Grand Prix events, changes in practice location (moving to the indoors), special events (Members’ night at the Thirsty Ear Pub), and other club business.

The GBTC Hotline is 617-499-4844.

National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships

The 1998 National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track March 27 – 29.GBTC needs 4 volunteers for each day (they may assign us to finish line work, as we have experience). In exchange for that GBTC will get some publicity.

GBTC volunteers should call either Gary Snyder or Sandy Miller: Sandy days (617) 796-6476, Gary days (617) 796-6301.

Long Run Schedule

Compiled by Frank Monkiewicz

Please contact Frank if you are willing to sponsor a Sunday morning long run. or 617-868-9000, or 617-547-3434


Mar 8 Sean Mullan 926-5346
OR Stu’s 30K (18.6 miles) Road Race
Mar 15 Frank Monkiewicz 547-3434
Mar 22 Sara Smith 868-6711
Apr 5 Michelle Parks (617) 787-8926
Apr 12 Elizabeth Golluscio 864-0207

Track Workouts

As of April 7, GBTC track workouts will be held on Tuesdays at 7 pm on the MIT outdoor track. There is no charge for the outdoor track.

Indoor Track Workouts

GBTC club members are encouraged to attend the track workouts held at the M.I.T indoor track on Vassar Street in Cambridge, every Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome at the track. Afterwards we socialize with pizza and beer at the Thirsty Ear pub. Bring a friend who is interested in running. It is a great way to entice them into joining the club.

NOTE: To attend the indoor track workouts you must inform Gary Snyder of your intent and mail a $40 check to the GBTC. The club is charged $40 per person by MIT for the use of the indoor track. When the check is received your name will be added to the track roster and you will be admitted on Thursday nights. There will be a guest pass available if you would like to invite a friend.

NOTE: GBTC is only allowed on the track at 7:30 pm. Please be warmed-up before 7:30. Be ready to run on the track at 7:30.

NOTE: There is an alternative track workout at the Reggie Lewis track at Roxbury Community College, (Roxbury Crossing T- stop on the Orange Line) on Tuesday nights at 7:00. To attend these workouts you must notify Coach Tom Derderian, (617) 846- 2902. The fee for use of this track is $60 for 3 months. The entrance pass may be obtained at the track on Tuesday by seeing Keith McDermott before 7 pm. Cards can also be bought on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 8 pm at the track office. This card allows you to use the track 6 days a week, 7am-10pm with some exceptions. There are lockers and showers. To use Reggie Lewis you must also have a USATF card ($15.00 / year). An application is enclosed with this Wingfoot or available from the USATF office, 617-566-7600.

GBTC Embroidered Sports Tops for Sale

Summer is coming…
you are going to want one of these!

I have the GBTC embroidered sports tops in hand. Any woman in the club who is interested could have one on a “first come, first served” basis. I do have one extra medium top, and I could end up with 3 others. The tops are red and embroidered with the GBTC initials in white. They are Speedo brand. The cost is $15. Anyone interested should email me at or call me at 781-224-8057 (work), or contact me at the track workouts. Thanks, Jennifer Rapaport

GBTC Warm-Ups

You will be green with envy when you see GBTCers wearing the new warm-ups. The suits are Bill Rogers-style nylon running outfits. They are windproof and water resistant (not waterproof.) The pants are black. The jackets are black with the red and white GBTC logo and colors. The jackets have detachable hoods.

The whole outfit costs only $55!!

You’ll be looking sharp in these threads and of course you’ll go much faster, too. Don’t be the last member to get one!

If you are interested or want more information call Mike Turmala@ 617-354-3454

City Runs

(Note change of night)

Not interested in track work outs? Training for a marathon? Then join the City Run group that runs from the MIT indoor track every Thursday night.

The City Run is offered as an alternative for those members not interested in doing a track workout but still desiring the fellowship of the club. Runs are on the river and through Boston, usually taking 45-65 minutes (moderate pace) and cover 6-8 miles. Afterwards we socialize with pizza and beer at the Thirsty Ear pub.

If you’re interested, meet at the MIT indoor track at 6:45 pm. If you have any questions call Susan Richards at (617) 437-6557.

Members Night

While there is indoor track, the second Thursday of the month is Members Night. When workouts switch to Tuesday nights at the MIT outdoor track, Members Night will switch to Tuesday nights. New and old members are encouraged to come and work out at the MIT track or take a run around the river, then join your fellow runners at the Thirsty Ear for pizza and beer for a mere $3.00. GBTC merchandise will be for sale and board members will be available to hear your much needed input on the club. If you are a new member use this night as an opportunity tomeet other club members and introduce yourself to the coaches. For veteran members use this night to introduce a friend to the club or re-new old friendships. If you can only come to the track one night a month make it MEMBERS NIGHT!


Club track performance list

GBTC 1998 Indoor Season-to-date Track performance List
Men and women after NE Limited, 2/22/98

200 meters

  • Kevin Russell, 22.35, Ist place, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Kevin Russell, 22.8??Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Ted Bowen, 26.32, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Gary Snyder, 29.05, GBTC, 1/18/98

400 meters

  • Kevin Russell, 48.36, GBTC, 4th, 1/18/98
  • Kevin Russell, 48.83, Commonwealth, 1/24/98
  • Kevin Russell, 49.64 USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Eric Sherry, 52.74, open, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Adrien Grise, 53.73, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Ted Bowen, 57.79, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Ted Bowen, 57.95, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Ted Bowen, 58.65, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Jim Reardon, 58.70, Brandeis, 1/3/98

500 meters

  • Kevin Russell, 1:04.13, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98

600 meters

  • Ben Pease, 1:27.20, Brandeis, 1/3/98

800 meters

  • Kevin Russell, 1:57.38, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
  • Eric Sherry, 1:59.91, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
  • Eric Sherry, 2:00.85, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Adrien Grise, 2:01, Brown, 1/6/98
  • John Blouin, 2:01.29, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
  • Ben Pease, 2:02.24, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Eric Sherry, 2:02.39, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Eric Sherry, 2:03.64, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Ben Pease, 2:03.77, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Adrien Grise, 2:04.14, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Bill Newsham, 2:04.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Bill Newsham, 2:05.12, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Eric Sherry, 2:07.05, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Adrien Grise, 2:09.17, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97

1000 meters

  • Adrien Grise, 2:37.84, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Ben Pease, 2:38.27, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98

1500 meters

  • Tom Derderian, 4:34.60, Brandeis, 1/5/98


  • John Blouin, 4:21.1, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • John Blouin, 4:26:07, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Adrien Grise, 4:28.2, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • John Blouin, 4:28.53, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Adrien Grise, 4:29.40, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Andy Rogovin, 4:29.3, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Andy Rogovin, 4:29.54, GBTC, 2nd masters, 1/18/98
  • Andy Rogovin, 4:29.75, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Jim Reardon, 4:30.1, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 4:30.1,Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • John Blouin, 4:30.96, USA Track&Field Chps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Andy Rogovin, 4:31.04, Commonwealth 1st Masters, 1/24/98
  • Adrian Grise, 4:32.28, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 4:32.59, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 4:33.76, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 4:36, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Deon Barrett, 4:36.22, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Reardon, 4:37.94, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Jim Reardon, 4:40.77, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jay Ouellette, 4:47.1,Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Bill Newsham, 4:47.58, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Brian Beaulieu, 4:47.59, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Tom Derderian, 4:56.07, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Jay Ouellette, 5:01.31, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim O’Leary, 5:02.79, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Dino Konstantopolus, 5:30.98, GBTC, 1/18/98

3,000 meters

  • Jesse Darley, 8:43.01, 3rd, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Jesse Darley, 8:49.62, 11th GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 8:53.02, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
  • Deon Barrett, 8:55.07, NE Limited meet, 2/22/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 8:59.61, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 9:00.08, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Deon Barrett, 9:00.87, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 9:01.01, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 9:01.32, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 9:05.12, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 9:09.76, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Deon Barrett, 9:11.75, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Jim Reardon, 9:13.24, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Dennis Floyd, 9:14.77, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Bill Newsham, 9:22.36, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Jim Reardon, 9:22.43, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • Chris Hussey, 9:32.69, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Bill Newsham, 9:54.0, Brown Open, 12/16
  • Brian Beaulieu, 9:58.46, GBTC, 1/18/98
  • Tom Derderian, 10:06, Harvard Invitational, 12/13/97
  • Tom Derderian, 10:26:14, Brandeis, 1/3/98

5,000 meters

  • Jesse Darley, 14:41.42, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Jesse Darley, 14:58.35, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Jim Pawlicki, 15:48.31, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98
  • Jim Reardon, 15:48.62, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • Jim Reardon, 16:03.45, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98

4X400 relay

  • 3:29.63, Sherry, Pease, Grise, Russell, GBTC, 11th, 1/18/98, (440)
  • 3:35.34, Pease, Steve Keyes, Grise, Russell, 1st, USA T&FChps, Brown 2/8/98
  • 3:35.45, Sherry, Pease, Grise, Russell, Brandeis, 1/3/98
  • 3:56.99, Russell, Sherry, Grise, Derderian, Harvard, 12/13/97 (440)

Distance Medley Relay (1200, 400, 800. 1600)

  • 10:50?, Blouin, Russell, Sherry, Barrett, 1st, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98

4X800 relay

  • 8:09.7, Sherry, Grise, Pease, Blouin, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98

Long Jump

  • Steve Keyes, 2117?SA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98


200 meters

  • Sandy Miller, 35.72, Brandeis, 1/3/98

1000 meters

  • Dara Zall, 3:28.37, Brandeis, 1/3/98

1500 meters

  • Joanna Veltri, 4:47.70, Brandeis, 1/3/98


  • Joanna Veltri, 5:02.17, GBTC, 9th, 1/18.98
  • Joanna Veltri, 5:10.07, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98

3,000 meters

  • Joanna Veltri, 10:09.13, Terrier Classic, 2/1/98
  • Adeline Azrack, 10:30.18, Valentine-BU, 2/14/98
  • Adeline Azrack, 10:43, Terrier Classic, 2/1/98
  • Dara Zall, 10:54.65, GBTC, 1/18/98

5,000 meters

  • Joanna Veltri, 17:37.41, USA T&F-NEChps, Brown 2/8/98

Distance Medley Relay

  • 12:48.35, Adeline Azrack, Dung Nuguyen, Joyce Dendy, Joanna Veltri, Terrier Classic, BU, 1/31/98


Race Results

The complete results of the GBTC Invitational are available on the web courtesy of New England Runner magazine, and links to these results are now on the GBTC home page at

IAAF points

1/18/98 Just to let everyone know that at the GBTC meet , Kevin Russell and Joanna Veltri broke the records for the most points for an individual performance. Kevin earned 970 points for his 48.36 400m and Joanna earned 912 points for her 5:02.17 mile. To earn 1000 points, Kevin will need to run 47.85 and Joanna would need 4:49.24 for a mile or 4:26.28 for 1500m.

2/3/98 Joanna Veltri broke her 13 day old record for highest T&F GP performance at BU’s Terrier Classic. Her 10:09.13 for 3000m earning 921 points eclipsed her 912 points for a 5:02.17 mile at the GBTC Invite.

Joanna Veltri’s 17:37.41 5000m performance on Sunday , 2/8/98 is worth 925 points, up from her record 921 points for a 10:09.13 3000m performance last weekend.

I keep the book of tables in my office so if anyone is interested what a performance equates to, they can drop me a line. There are separate tables for Men and Women with all the events as recognized by the IAAF.

Jon Berit,

Guerini Leads GBTC Men On The Roads

from Tom Derderian

Lynn, Mass, February 6th 1998

Tom Guerini wearing the colors of GBTC turned in the club’s first road performance of the year. While his teammates have been running themselves loopy on the indoor track circuit Guerini has been logging the miles. In his first race since the Ocean State Marathon Guerini placed 18th in the prestigious and delicious Great Stew Chase 15 kilometer in 54:57.

Mike Urquiola ran to 32nd place in 57:52. Both are training for the Boston Marathon.

Erin Cullinane placed 160th, 8th in her age group with a time of 1:10:51. Her recruit, Alyssa Duffy ran 1:14:27. Everyone enjoyed hot beef stew after the race. Nice shirts. Umbrellas for prizes. Flat course.

Commonwealth Meet

GBTC master runner Andy Rogovin masterfully won the master’s mile in the prestigious Commonwealth meet. Leading from the gun with a 33 second first 200, nobody challenged Rogovin who passed 800 in 2:13 when on to win in 4:31.04. In the open 400 Greater Boston’s Kevin Russell ran 48.88 (unofficial) for second place.

Foxboro 10 miler

GBTC runners ran well:


8 55:25 Andy Rogovin
13 Bill Newsham
14 Chris Elgar, 58:00
35 1:01:10 Michael Urquiola

Terrier Classic at Boston University

By Tom Derderian

I am sooo happy that we fielded a women’s team in the Distance Medley Relay. Crowds filled the armory at BU leaving no seats in the stands and crowds 2 and 3 deep around the track. The press of screaming track fans terrified Joyce Dendy. The quality of the competition astounded her. She looked to one side and saw a runner from Alabama and on the other side one from UCLA. Young Adeline Azrack, a high school senior off to Stanford next fall, led our GBTC team with a 1200 meters in 3:52. She runs upright with a low arm action that reminds seasoned track fans of the great Joan Benoit. Addy handed the baton to Dung Nguyen who blazed a 59 sec 400 meters. Dung had not raced on the track since her days at Colorado State 4 years ago. She said it felt good to get the spikes back on. Then, with all those people watching, Dung handed the baton and responsibility to Joyce Dendy. Joyce burst into the occasion with a 34 second 200 meters following a Yale runner and a Wisconsin runner. This was indeed the big time: national level competition. But Joyce had not run but one other track race in her life. That was in high school. Joyce is 33. Her next 200 went in 38 to deliver her in a respectable 72 for 400. Then it seemed that a gorilla jumped on her back. She ran 44. She finished her 800 meter leg with a 46. She felt as if her head were about to explode. After running for 2:42 she passed the baton to Joanna Veltri. She started to hunt down the college girls ahead of her. She ran 69 sec for her first 400. Joanna ran a 5:08 1600 meter anchor leg. (splits of 69. 2:27, 3:50)

The men ran well too. John Blouin again looked ferocious winning his section of the mile. He followed the old and cunning Andy Rogovin for the early laps, then in a burst of youth ran a 30 second last lap. Eric Sherry and Ben Pease ran aggressive races from the front of their sections. It was a great meet for us…a flurry of red.

Terrier classic at Boston University on 1/31-2/1/98


Women’s 3000 Joanna Veltri 10.09.11 Fifth place in the unseeded race
Distance Medley 12.48.35 26 th overall
Men’s 800 Eric Sherry 2.00.89 second in his section
Men’s 1000 Ben Pease 2.38.27
Men’s Mile John Blouin 4.26.07 won his section
Andy Rogovin 4.29.75
Adrien Grise 4.32.29
Bill Newsham 4.47.58
Men’s 3000 M Dennis Floyd 9.01.32
Deon Barret 9.11.75
Men’s 5000 M Jesse Darley 14.58.35 fifth in the unseeded heat
Jim Pawlicki 15.48.31
Jim Reardon 16.03.45
4 X 800 Relay 8.09.7

New England Limited Meet

After Friday nights glory on ESPN at the New Balance Indoor Games where he rabbited the 1000 meters with 27- sec 200s for 600 meters, Kevin Russell decided he wanted to go all the way. For this 100-200 meter man, converted to 400 and drafted into the 600, the 800 was a leap.

At the New England Limited meet at Boston University on Feb 22 Russell jumped into the 800. He looked lovely until the final 200. Then the lactic acid built up to painful levels. He struggled in in 1:57.38 still topping the GBTC 800 meter performance list.

Young Eric Sherry ran 1:59.91 for his season best. Muscular John Blouin ran 2:01.29.

In the 3000 Dennis Floyd ran his lifetime best of 8:53.02 and Deon Barrett ran his season best of 8:55.07.

Greater Boston Track Club Athletes Leap to Victory

Tom Derderian

Salisbury, MA, 2/22/98.

It seems that winning was not enough for GBTC athletes Jesse Darley and Jim Pawlicki. After three states, a wrong turn, and 20 miles of hard road Darley and Pawlicki approached the long awaited finish line. But they seemed to be in no hurry. A surge by Pawlicki at 17 miles disposed of their only challenger, the BAA1s Ron Moreau, so on a day perfect for a February beach run, Darley and Pawlicki dallied. As the cheers of the finish line crowd greeted them and the public address system in Salisbury, MA, blared out their names, the two red-clad runners chatted. Although they had run all the way from Kittery, Maine, through the seacoast region of New Hampshire, they plotted mischief at the finish line.

Either Pawlicki challenged Darley or the other way around, but suddenly as the two runners faced the finishing area lined with wooden traffic barriers facing them they began hurdling the barriers. They laughed and leaped into victory seemingly unfazed by having run 20 miles, each in about 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Their old coach stood by beaming at their glee. Jim Reardon, despite wearing a dopey hat and silly mittens, moved through the masses to ninth place. In the first mile the runners ran a minute off course.


Darley 1:51:40
Pawlicki 1:51:44
Reardon 1:57:26
Sean Mullans 2:56
Rob Giddings
Bob Ward 3:08

National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships

Sandy Miller

The 1998 National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track March 27 – 29. This is open to all folks 30 years of age and older (5 year age group competition). Entry deadline is March 8th, but late entries will be accepted up to 3/20 (with a hefty additional $10 surcharge for each event entered).

Friday the meet starts at 3 p.m. for registration. The only track event is the 3000m at 4:30 p.m. The order of competition is women followed by men, oldest to youngest age groups. Age groups may be combined. Friday’s field events are the pole vault, weight, triple for women and for 60+ men only. Field events start at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s track events start at 9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.) with60 meter trials and finals, the mile (at 11:45 a.m.), 400m, 60 m hurdles, 4 x 800 relays. Field events include the shot put, long jump, pole vault for men under 60, high jump and weight for men under 60.

Sunday’s events start on the track at 9 a.m. with the 3000m race walk. Then 200 m at 11 a.m. and the 800 m at 1 p.m. and the 4 x 400 relays. Field events start at 10 a.m. and include the triple jump, high jump,superweight.

Fee for spectators is $5 (but each entrant gets 2 guest passes).

GBTC needs 4 volunteers for each day (they may assign us to finish line work, as we have experience). In exchange for that GBTC will get some publicity, and I believe we will be able to set up our banner at a booth or table.

Amherst MA, 2/22/98

Rick Jones

A crew of four GBTC racers ventured west to Amherst to run on the tough ten mile course set by GBTC coach Tom Derderian a couple of decades ago. This is almost as hard as a road race can get.


?? Judy Romvos, GBTC, 78:44
301. Richard Jones, GBTC 81:45
428. Stephanie Alphonso, GBTC 91:16
498. Lisa Frank, GBTC 1:40:05

GBTC Invitational Track Meet

Our 25th Anniversary year got a good start with the Annual GBTC Invitational track meet held at Harvard on Sunday, January 18. Over 750 runners and assorted jumpers and throwers helped continue the GBTC traditions. The athletes were comprised of a mixed bag of College, clubs, and Masters..all competing in the same meet. This is unusual. A number of meet records were broken like Men’s Pole Vault, Drummey 18.00.50, Men’s weight throw, Mark Gehearty, 20.66 and Masters 800, Rick Smith BRC, 2.01.11. One of the more exciting races was the men’s mile with High School star Abdirizak Mohamud from Boston running fourth in 4.10.65 Our own club performances were the best in many years with Kevin Russell, 400..48.36 and Joanna Veltri, mile 5.02.17 leading the list. Some of the colleges present were: Villanova, Seton Hall, Boston Univ.and Northeastern.

In spite of the snow conditions, many gbtc members volunteered to help out at the meet. Mike Urquiola was the Head volunteer person, and he did a great job recruiting the volunteers this year. Tom Richardson and AnnKing did a great job slaving away compiling the computerized results. Many of the board members were on hand to help out as well as new members. I think the club made a significant contribution to the local track and running community by sponsoring this meet. Jim O’Brien , Meet Director

GBTC runners at the GBTC meet

Tom Derderian

I am so proud of our athletes performances at the GBTC meet! Twenty-one athletes raced. The numbers and quality were the highest of the club1s modern era. I1ll mention just a few moments.

Andy Rogovin raced for victory in the Master1s mile. He challenged for the win on the last lap of what proved to be a tactical race. His time puts him third on the club season list. Andy will be a contender in the master1s Nationals at Reggie Lewis in March.

Kevin Russell ran three 400 meter races each in about 48 seconds. He placed 4th in the open 400 and ran anchor on our 4X440 relay. His teammates, Eric Sherry ran 53.37, Ben Pease 53.95, Adrien Grise, 53.0 and Kevin, 48.28.

Our only two women competing in the meet ran very well. Dara Zall, running in only her second track race ever, placed 10th in the 3,000 with a 10:54.65. She ran last in the seeded section but posted a faster time than all but a few runners from the other sections. 26 women competed in the 3,000. Joanna Veltri placed 9th in the mile with a personal record of 5:02.17. Her season quest is to break 5.

John Blouin looked ferocious as he powered to victory in his section of the mile with a 4:28.53 personal record and moved into position as club leader and running the 18th fastest mile of the meet. His kick was so sudden and strong that Jim Pawlicki who ran next to him during the race laughed out loud at the inevitability of Blouin1s burst carrying him to victory.

Jesse Darley placed 11th in the 3,000 with a 8:49.62 to make him club leader in that event.

The numbers of club members helping conduct the meet may have been larger than the number competing. Such enthusiasm is heart warming. I think we demonstrated to all competitors and spectators that we are a formidable organization. Congratulations to all, especially meet director Jim O’Brien.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

While philosophy tells us that a job well done is its own reward, I would like to personally thank the volunteers at the GBTC relays. Many of the jobs were not glamorous or well situated, but essential none the less. The events took place without a hitch, people took there assignments with good cheer. Even when selected for “special assignments” (i.e. trash duty). I apologize for not being able to remember something witty for everyone, but this is what I do remember. Mike U. (the volunteer guy)

  • Bill Fine
  • Bob Ward
  • Bruce Bond – Whose experience and hard work in numerous areas, wherever it was needed most made everything run a little more smoothly.
  • Cynthia Derderian and Kids – I’m not sure if they ever did get to put up the pole vault bar, but Jane and Haddie (sp?) do a great back hand spring.
  • Dick Nikerson – Who took on the tedious, but valuble assignment of guarding the athetes enterance.
  • Dino Konstantopolous – Who despite competing, took on numerous tasks including shoveling snow prior to his event.
  • Dottie Fine – Whose expertise in handling registration along with Sandy Miller with good cheer made a sometimes trying task a little more pleasant. She proved to be worthy to the task despite the packets “Not being in Alphabetical order!!”.
  • Doug Burdi – whose experience, and organization of the finish line was exceptional and invaluable. And whose quickly fraying nerves under the tirade of angry coaches never did break. I also did drag Doug out for a slushy run after the race, only to discover that to be in his back kick in the slop was a challenging if not pleasant experience.
  • Elizabeth A. Golluscio – Whose master selling techniques, nearly cleaned out our merchandise table.
  • Erin Cullinane – (See Kerry Donovan)
  • Frank Monkiewicz – who was the master of pleasantly telling people to not sneak in.
  • Gary Snyder – who was everywhere at one time or another (it is fun to tell the president what to do)
  • Hugh Jessup
  • Jane Fiordalisi
  • Joyce Lyons
  • Karen Krounse – Whose typing skills were the difference between timely results and disgruntled athletes.
  • Kay McDonald – Whose dog provided an effective deterrent to anyone trying to sneak by without paying the 5$
  • Kerry O’Donovan – Who accepted all assignments with a smile.
  • Kristen McDermott (Michelle Parks’ athlete) –
  • Lauren Campo (Michelle Parks’ athlete) – Kristen, and Lauren effectively collected money without help from 8 – 12 and are a credit to their coach.
  • Mark Hickman – Who unfortunately (for him) was always the closest volunteer to me so got any job that needed to be done “now”.
  • Michael Wyatt – Who was much to my delight always asking what else needed to be done.
  • Michelle Parks – Who was responsible for providing Kristen and Lauren and (see Michael Wyatt).
  • Russ Miller – Who got his wish and worked the finish line.
  • Sandy Miller – (see Dottie Fine)
  • Mike Olivio – Who put in a full day, and joined Doug and myself for the slop run.
  • Joanna Veltri – Who was napping pleasantly next to the donuts until rudely awakened to the thump, thump of hungry officials.
  • Jim Reardon – Who after doubleing in the 3000, and Mile agreed to pick up garbage, what a trooper.

Susan Richards and Mike Turmela thanks for your assistance.


What Athletes Need to Know About Nutrition

by Nancy Clark

Facing the fats ……and enjoying them in good heath.

“I’m so confused about dietary fat. Do I eat it or not…?”

“Which is better: butter or margarine?”

“What about olestra, that new fat replacer in chips. Is it safe?”

When it comes to defining the role of dietary fats in your nutrition game plan, you may be confused about whether or not you should be eating fat- containing foods. A whirlwind of conflicting advice has suggested if you eat fat,you’ll gain body fat and have clogged arteries OR (depending upon your source of advice) if you eat fat, you’ll lose body fat and improve your health. If you are floundering in the fat confusion, the following information defines some facts about fats.

Are fats fattening? Too many calories of any kind-from fat, protein, or carbohydrate-are fattening. For weight control, your best bet is to count your total calorie intake, not just fats. But take note: Excess calories of fat are deemed most fattening because they are- 1) easy to overconsume (fatty foods taste good!) 2) easy for your body to convert into body fat. To lose body fat, you need to create a calorie deficit by eating fewer calories than your body burns. Some diets suggest you cut calories from fat, others say cut carbs. The bottom line is: cutting any type of calories can create a calorie deficit and result in weight loss.

Should I avoid fat? Fat is an important part of a balanced diet, needed to absorb certain vitamins and food components such as the health protective beta- carotenes and Vitamin E that reduce your risk of cancer. A reasonable amount of fat (20 to 30calories; 50 to 80 grams fat per day) can add to the joy of eating-and still be part of a healthful diet for most active, healthy people. Fat enhances food’s flavor and texture and adds to the joy of eating. For example, most people agree full-fat cheese tastes better than low-fat or fat-free cheeses. Fat-free muffins lack that nice crumbly texture found in regular muffins. And those fat- free chips-why bother? In terms of health and sports performance, your best bet is to limit your fat intake by eating just a little fat at each meal. Too much fat displaces carbohydrates in the diet and results in poorly fueled muscles. Too much fat also contributes to heart disease and cancer.

Are some types of fats better than others? Yes! Without question, eating too much saturated fat, such as the animal fats in hamburgers, pepperoni, bacon, and gravies, as well as the dairy fats in cheeses and butter, is associated with heart disease. Saturated fat also comes in the form of trans fats. These are found in commercially processed foods with “hydrogenated oils” listed in the ingredients, such as margarine, commercial peanut butter, crackers. Because of concerns about trans fats, the question is Which is better: butter or margarine? Excesses of either butter and margarine contribute to health concerns. The tricks are to sparingly use either one (both are calorie laden); choose the softer tub or liquid margarines that have less “hydrogenated” (hardened) oils; and use more olive oil.

Are some types of fats health protective? Yes. From day one of the Fat is Bad campaign, the olive oil industry has claimed olive oil is health protective. That ‘s why (in part) the native Mediterranean diet-olive oil, seafood, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables- is associated with longevity. Although about 40health -protective monounsaturated fat. In comparison, the standard American diet abounds in too many calories of saturated animal and trans fats. Choke!

What about Olestra, the new fat alternative? Olestra (or Olean, the brand name) is a welcome fat alternative used in some “fat free” versions of Pringles, Doritos, Tostitos, and Lay’s chips. Olestra is a fat replacer made from a combination of soy bean or cotonseed oil and table sugar that makes the oil too “fat” for digestive enzymes to break it down. Hence, olestra passes through the body without becoming a source of calories. To your mouth and your mind, you are eating “real” chips. But to your heart and waistline, you’re eating no fat. The products are becoming available nationally in the first half of 1998. They have been test- marketed in a few cities with very high consumer acceptance. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try the snack products made with olestra, you have a treat in store for your taste buds. You may have heard controversy surrounding olestra. A very few people report olestra contributes to digestive effects (cramping, loose stools). Procter & Gamble (the makers of olestra) is carefully monitoring any consumer complaints. To date, they have tested 98 people who claimed to experience GI discomfort after eating olestra chips. Not one of the people had problems when challenged with olestra a second time. Their complaints have not held up to scrutiny.

Clearly, fruits and whole grains remain more nutritious snack choices than chips. But if you are destined to eat chips, ones made with olestra are a choice worth trying. When they arrive on your grocer’s shelves, feel safe giving them a try. Here’s a chance for you to enjoy a little “junk food” in good health-no trans or saturated fats; just the taste of savory snacks but no fat calories.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, nutrition counselor at Boston-area’s SportsMedicine Brookline, is author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 2nd Edition ($20) and The NYC Marathon Cookbook ($23). For your copy, send a check payable to Sports Nutrition Materials, 830 Boylston St., Brookline MA 02167.


Member Profiles: Claire McManus

Karen Crounse

Without a doubt, Claire McManus is my running mentor. A member of the track club long before me, I always remember her from the very beginning, a speck in the distance, ahead of me on the track and at road races. In fact, I still know that if I am running with Claire at the beginning of a race, then I am running too fast. Although she often “goes out easy,” she finishes very fast. She speaks quite eloquently about the balance between competitive and non-competitive and ha rd and easy running. As with many long distance runners, her goal is to run for her whole life.

Although she always dabbled in various sports, including high jumping, relay running and basketball, soccer became her true love, and she played competitively in college.Her interest in road running didn’t happen until later, at age 26, when she found herself in Saudi Arabia, where she worked after her post doctorate experience. As a woman in Saudi Arabia, Claire trained with the men’s soccer team, but there was no women’s team. To satisfy her competive side, she started running. She soon became hooked. Her enjoyment of running lead her down the marathon route. She began to spend her vacations in places where there were marathons. Her first marathon was in 1984 in San Francisco. Since then, she has run 13 marathons. She believes in the benefits of cross training and swims, uses the rowing and ski machines as well as regularly lifts weights. She has also recently embraced a macrobiotic diet, eating only whole grains and vegetables.

Born in Ireland, Claire came to the U.S. for her doctorate, studying in Minnesota and continuing with her post-doctorate in San Francisco. After her post-doctorate, she worked in the Middle East for four years. It was after this that she returned to the U.S., this time to Boston. She currently works as a clinical pharmacist for the Veteran’s Hospital in Jamaica Plain. In addition, she teaches part-time at Northeastern University at the School of Nursing. In 1991, she bought her house in Jamaica Plain, followed by a house on the Cape. Needless to say, between working, running and home ownership, Claire leads a very hectic life!

Claire is very modest (she kept leaving impressive things out of her story, forcing me to truly be a reporter!), but I managed to get her to reveal some of her very inspiring personal bests in running. Her records include 2:57 for the marathon, 37:50 for a 10km and 18:30 for a 5km. Although she originally ran to satisfy her competitive side, she now appreciates the relaxation and freedom that running provides. She is very active and loves the sport.

As a member of the Jamaica Plain community, Claire is helping to organize the Doyle’s 5 Miler on April 5, 1998. She invites everyone from the club to join her for the run.


GBTC Hires Ron Glennon as New Coach

The GBTC Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Ron Glennon has joined the coaching staff of the Greater Boston Track Club.

Ron is both an experienced coach and seasoned runner. Ron started his running career as a freshman at Boston College high school in 1967, competing in track and as a sophomore in cross-country. He later went on to be an assistant coach at BC High in 1978 and spent several years there as the head cross- country coach. Currently Ron coaches the Duxbury Girls cross-country team after 3 years as the boy’s coach. In 1991 he was named cross-country coach of the year by the Boston Globe. Ron also holds an outdoor track coaching position at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham.

Ron describes himself as an “average” runner in high school. He started with track, but fell in love with cross-country. He competed in all three seasons of running for three years. Ron took a bit of a break from running in college as he focused on academics and career decisions.

When asked how coaching adults will be compared to high school students Ron responded ” I don’t think it will be that different. I’m looking forwarded to working with adults. I enjoy coaching people with a wide range of abilities. I just love running and like to see other people get both joy and fun out of running”. Ron is also very excited to be joining the GBTC and knows many of the clubs original members. ” I remember the GBTC as the premiere club on the running scene in the 70’s and I’m looking forward to being a part of such a great club” he said. When he’s not coaching, Ron is busy working on his masters degree in education. He hopes to teach high school English upon completing his degree and certification.

So please come by the track or plan to join the club at the Thirsty Ear pub to welcome Ron Glennon as the newest member of the GBTC coaching staff.


“A Regular Day’s Run”

Mike Urquiola

I was not looking forward to my daily run this day. The weather was not inviting, 40 degrees, raining and, I was sore, from my previous nights workout, neither of which would typically have mattered, except I just plain didn’t feel like it. In short, I was grumpy. Eventually after some personal mental combat, I was challenged, unintentionally, into going by an unsuspecting co-worker.

“Jeez, you don’t go running in lousy weather like this do you ?” said the co-worker.

“Umm…Hell yes, this is when it counts the most.” I replied in my most heroic tone.

I sighed and hit the roads. I began easily, while trying mentally to be somewhere else, and thus reduce the unpleasantness of the cold soaking rain. I groaned under my breath for the first few miles, the loop around fresh pond now so familiar that the little in the way of mental stimulation the course offered had long since vanished. I could hear the sound of heavy foot falls just around the corner, a fitness runner carrying a few extra pounds I thought.

As I closed the sound became louder and louder, until clearly this was not the sound of a runner, as I closed to within sight I gasped at the sight of an adult Giraffe wounded galloping away. I glanced to my right and left, men carrying spears, stride for stride with me. Wait, I also had a spear, and we were clearly in pursuit of our dinner. I kept pace with my companions over the grassy plains, my bare feet having long since become callused to the sharp rocks and sticks underfoot. My lungs huffed and puffed with the rhythm of the chase. I watched my cohorts, the objective seemed to be not to catch the animal in a dead sprint, as even in its wounded state this was impossible, we were instead just trying to wear it out. Our pace reflected our intent, just to keep the animal moving without rest. We continued to pursue for miles, never over extending ourselves, but pushing the animal to exhaustion. My adrenaline rushed with the excitement of the hunt, I felt pain but also exhilaration, legs which burned and a heart which pumped hard. I grinned with anticipation, and the camaraderie which comes with such a shared experience. Eventually the animal slowed and finally stopped, as we closed we became more cautious. I could see by the demeanor of my companions that the wounded beast was not to be taken lightly. I circled until I had a good target at the animal’s hind quarters, I readied my spear and with a primal yell thrust.

I looked up as Gore-Tex clad runner passed on an opposite course, with a glance that implied a cautious interest in my person, apparently my exploits on the African plains had resulted in an unintended vocalization on Fresh Pond. I looked away with an embarrassment that can only be experienced in the company of strangers, who quite rightly view you as someone of questionable mental stability. Another mile cured whatever lingering humiliation I had sustained, and I began to become more aware of the frigid rainfall which had now long since passed the layers of polypropylene to run down my back. I tried to let the rhythm take over and not think too much, “Squish..squish..squish” my Asics protested. Puddles, mud…deep mud, loud banging sounds.

“That’s odd I’m carrying something “, I thought. My right hand was clenched around a rolled up piece of paper extending a few inches beyond the fist. “Private…you know what to do !!”, an Army Lieutenant yelled, barely 6 inches from my face. “Yes !”, I replied. It seemed an appropriate response. “Then go !”, he responded, “You have to get through, the telegraph is down !”. I turned and began to run opposite the direction of large columns of blue clad soldiers, passing horse dragged artillery and wagon trains with supplies. I ran with the knowledge that the distance of my destination required that I be cautious with speed and the importance of my message required that I be reckless. The wool uniform scratched my torso, my slacks soaked from a river crossing chafed against my thighs. I could hear the not too distant sounds of battle raging in between my gasps for more air. I hurdled logs and ducked under low branches, swerved around trees and kept pace. “Look a Yankee !”, I heard behind and to my left, this was perhaps the last thing I wanted to hear. I glanced quickly to see a small scouting party of 4 gray clad troops beginning to pursue. My pace quickened considerably, “BANG”, “BANG”, gun fire rang out behind me. I grimaced with the pain of what might have been. My face flushed red with fear, and exertion, I gripped the message in my hand tightly as if it were a defense against the pursuit of mini-balls. Adrenaline replaced whatever lactic acid was present in my muscles. I could hear the hunters, begin to fade further back. Not wishing to chance even a glance I continued at my furious pace until I clearly could not maintain it, a quick look determined that I was in the clear. A few more miles at a steady pace and I was at my destination, I headed directly for the General’s tent. I looked down to the message now soaked with my perspiration. “Bleep”.

45:12.5 the Timex Ironman indicated. I looked up at the door back to work. I entered, a passing co-worker inquired, “So how was your wet run ?”. I replied, “Oh fine….you know, nothing exciting.”


GBTC Turns 25!

Susan Richards

The Greater Boston Track Club is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year of being on the roads in and around Boston. Plans are in the works to celebrate through out the year including;

  • An anniversary T-shirt , designed by our own Moulay Essakalli
  • A limited edition singlet for racing in and showing your club pride to the Competition.
  • Special races at the GBTC Relays in June, including a 25 lap relay race (5 laps x 5 people).
  • An Anniversary party in September/ October with food, beer, music and perhaps a fun run for those feeling competitive.

These are just a few of the ways the GBTC plans to celebrate. Anyone with other fun or interesting ideas (especially party location ideas) or a desire to volunteer and help with events should contact Susan Richards of the PR committee at 617-437-6557.

Here’s to another WINNING 25 years for GBTC.


The Puzzler

Karen Crounse

Students often forget to include units with their calculations, so this puzzle was created with them in mind. Can you figure out what units would make these equations true?

  1. 10 + 20 = 1
  2. 45 + 1/4 = 1
  3. 50 + 336 = 1
  4. 1 – 1/2 = 30
  5. 3 + 6 = 3
  6. 13 + 24 = 2
  7. 90 + 2 = 1
  8. 11 + 30 = 1
  9. 14 + 60 = 1/4
  10. 365 + 99 = 1

Answers to the Puzzler:

  1. 10 km + 20 miles = 1 marathon
  2. 45 minutes + 1/4 hour = 1 hour
  3. 50 weeks + 336 hours = 1 year
  4. 1 hour – 1/2 hour = 30 minutes
  5. 3 feet + 6 feet = 3 yards
  6. 13 days + 24 hours = 2 weeks
  7. 90 pennies + 2 nickels = 1 dollar
  8. 11 months + 30 days = 1 year
  9. 14 minutes + 60 seconds = 1/4 hour
  10. 365 days + 99 years = 1 century


Welcome New Members


Eric Sherry Woburn, MA MO
Arnold Seto Cambridge, MA MO
Brenda Smith Brighton, MA FO
Mark Hickman Brookline, MA MO
Alex Barnett Cambridge, MA MO
Garrett Tingle Cambridge, MA MM
Leslie Roux Framingham, MA FM
Jim Reardon Somerville, MA MO
Dara Zall Boston, MA FO
Kofi Aidoo Cambridge, MA MO
Jane Fiordalisi Boston, MA FO
Mary Carey Watertown, MA FM
Ben Pease Andover, MA MO
Stefanie Alfonso Cambridge, MA FO
Peter DiMarzio Boston, MA MO
Jacqueline Nieto Laro Charleston, SC FO
Peter Diaferia Lexington, MA MO
Elizabeth Spelman Boston, MA FO
Diane Jean Coard Boston, MA FO
Bruce Schwartzman Winchester, MA MO
Debbie Brendemuehl Arlington, MA FO
Rachel Sears Boston, MA FO
Jonathan Ives Arlington, MA MO
Adeline Azrack Lexington, MA FO
John Carey Newton, MA MO
Payal Parekh Cambridge, MA FO
Brad Yoder Brighton, MA MO


Kevin Russell: Hero of Harvard

Tom Derderian

During 1997 Greater Boston had teams in all the Grand Prix road cross-country races for this first indoor meet I wanted a track relay team, but from the outset, I knew there were problems. First, one of the five potential members defected to the BAA. That left four men capable of racing 440 yards in the mile relay. They were Kevin Russell, a long-time GBTC runner making a revival with a plan to move up to the 800 meters, young Eric Sherry,18, of Woburn, Adrien Grise who had won the mile in the Bay State Games, and Ben Pease, a recent graduate of Miami Ohio. I worried about each guy, but for a different reason.

Russell, last competed in the Bay State Games where he placed 3rd in the 100 meters, but pulled up lame in the 200 semi and could not continue. At Harvard I worried that he might do the same in the 200. Sherry is young and plagued with all the blessings and problems of being young. Grise is strong and dependable having come off a reasonable cross-country season, but unused to running a 4X4 relay. Would he drop the baton, run out of his zone, or flub the hand off? I worried. All I wanted is for a GBTC team to finish and appear in the final results.

At the track Eric ran well in the open 400 with a 52 and Adrien Grise ran what for a miler off a cross-country season is zippy, 53. Kevin won the 200 meters looking splendid in his Greater Boston singlet. It was heartwarming to see a GBTC runner winning. Kevin Russell seemed to do so with ease and grace. He made a 22 sec 200 look easy. show?

But where was Ben Pease? Time passed. The relay was the last event of the meet, but no Ben. Eric Sherry had seen Ben in line at the movies to see Scream II. Was he too frightened to show? The meet moved along with smoothness and got 45 minutes ahead of schedule. The announcer called for relay teams to check in. You have to have 4 different runners present to check in. No one else from the team remained to fill in but me. So for the first time in my life, I entered a 4×4 relay. During my 30 years running track for good reason no one had ever asked me to run on a relay team. But I hoped Ben would arrive like the cavalry to save me. I hoped to the last second. Kevin ran lead off leg in the fastest second. He snatched the immediate lead. Clearly he was the class of the field. He handed the baton and a big lead to Eric Sherry. Eric kept the lead and handed off the Adrien Grise.

I had a fit. I did not want to get the baton in the lead of the entire race! I hadn’t realized that our team was so good. I looked to the door for Ben Pease to rescue me from humiliation. (I had to do it because I am so cheap that I didn1t want to waste the $10 entry fee) I got the baton in the thick of things.

Runners flew by at the speed of light. I didn1t go 100 meters before I ran in last place. On my second lap I saw Ben Pease come in the door. As I finished people politely applauded. GBTC went from first to last. We did actually officially finish a team. So we accomplished that goal. But I would rather have done it with a real sprinter instead of a gray hair old coot who never was a sprinter, and never will be, a sprinter.


Personal Notes

  • The Newshams have moved. Bill, Wendy and Emilie have moved to Millis, Ma Our new house/address is

    43 Heritage Path
    Millis, Ma 02054

    I am now busily trying to map out new running loops. My first day took me down a street which ended abruptly in thetown dump.Not a good start. The map was wrong. Really.


  • From: Wayne Fisher <>

    Thanks. I would appreciate it if you would forward this to the newsletter. I am now livingin Charlotte, NC – since last July. I enjoy the e-mails, especially seeing that it appears GTBC now has some sprinters again aka Kevin and others. I enjoyed my experience with GTBC and miss the opportunities to compete in the Boston area. There isn’t much in Charlotte for master sprinters. I will continue to be active in masters track and I am training to compete in my first decathalon this fall. I am an assistant coach at the high school where I teach physics, so I have a chance to train and also learn those events where I have little or no experience – pole vault, high jump, shot, hurdles.Thanks.Wayne

  • From: (Paul Williams)
    Subject: Running research

    My name is Paul Williams and I am a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I conduct the National Runners’ Health Study, which was started in 1991 and currently includes 55,000 runners. Results from this study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and other scientific journals (Feature articles on this research appear in the March issues of Good Housekeeping and Conde Nast Sports for Women (page 82)).I am launching a national health study on the Internet in order to identify foods, dietary supplements, exercises, and medical practices (traditional and alternative) that could increase life expectancy and reduce chronic diseases in runners. Participants who enter their data will receive an automatic on-the-spot analysis of their diet, physical activity, and weight. There is no obligation to join our survey to take advantage of the features the site (I believe that runners will join when they see what the site has to offer).I would very much appreciate your taking to this survey and providing me feedback on the survey. Because this is a new survey and a new way of doing epidemiological research, I am sure there is much room for improvement.

    Paul Williams, Ph.D.
    The URL for the survey is

  • The club received the following race announcement via email. -Mark Tuttle
    From: Ina JACKSON <>
    Subject: 1998 National Capital Race Weekend
    Hi From Ottawa Canada. We have our annual race weekend coming up on May 9th and 10th. We were wondering if there would be interest from your members to get info on our event. We have a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K fun run and 2K family run, wheelchair marathon, in-line marathon and 8K in-line skate. Our race weekend is the premiere event in Eastern Canada. It is held every year on Mother’s day weekend and raises money for Breast Cancer Research. The course is a two-loop falt, fast, scenic run along the historic Rideau Canal lined by Tulips from the Tulip festival which coincides with our weekend. For more info contact Jim Robinson GM National Capital Marathon Inc. at (613) 234-2221 or fax us at (613) 234-5880.Hope to hear from you soon and keep running!
  • Hello-My name is Deborah Sternlight and I am a senior (undergraduate) at harvard university. I am doing a study on what sets top speed in human running as my honors thesis and I was wondering if you could help me recruit some runners for my research. I didn’t come across any list of members on > your web page, but if such a list exists, and you coudl email this to them, i’d be much obliged. thanks for your help, Deborah Sternlight (dsternl@fas.harvard.edu0″What sets top speed in human running?” This question is being investigated at Harvard University’s Concord Field Station in Bedford, MA. We are looking for male and female volunteers, aged 18-36, who are in good aerobic shape and have been running regularly for at least the past six months ( 3 times/week). We are looking for runners of all abilities, so sprinting ability is irrelevant. The study will be carried out at the Concord Field Station, located in Bedford, MA, and will take roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes of your time (actual running time will only be about 10 minutes). Hours are flexible-can be afternoons/evenings or weekends. Subjects will be provided with data on the mechanics of their running (including stride lengths, frequencies, and contact times at different speeds).If you are interested in participating, please email or call DeborahSternlight (e-mail: or phone: (617) 493-1344). Please include the following information: name, phone number, email address, age, running experience, specialization for short or long races, how much running and sprinting you are currently doing, and why you would like to participate.


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The Wingfoot Express
a publication of Greater Boston Track Club


Editor in Chief and Publisher
Betty Bourret
Associate Editor
Karen Crounse

Board of Directors

  • Gary Snyder, President, (617) 536-6797,
  • Bruce Bond, Vice President, (617) 275-4982,
  • Sandy Miller, Clerk, (617) 923-0745,
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  • Mike Urquiola, (617) 933-3924,

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