High Performance Team

Since 1887, the Boston Athletic Association has played an integral part in the support and development of running throughout the United States. From the representation of B.A.A. athletes at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens to the annual running of the Boston Marathon, the pursuit of excellence in middle and long distance running has always stood at the forefront of our organization. As we move forward, we are looking to raise the bar once again in our support of American distance running. To go along with our existing 400-member B.A.A. Running Club, we now have a B.A.A. High Performance component. This consists of an elite group of American runners that have the full support of the organization to pursue their ultimate athletic achievements.

The mission is to build and sustain, for years to come, a high performance racing team with the purpose of securing podium positions at future U.S. National Championships on the roads, track and cross country. Our ultimate goal will be to put B.A.A. athletes on World Championship and Olympic Teams so that they have the opportunity to represent themselves and their country at the highest level of competition in our sport.

In building out the B.A.A. High Performance program, we are looking to recruit athletes that display the following characteristics:

  • Possess the talent and desire to make national teams
  • Work well training with others in a structured team environment
  • Will live and train in the Boston area for the majority of the year
  • Have an interest in connecting with local running outreach programs
  • Meet one or more of the performance standards listed
  • Have achieved NCAA All-American status in Cross Country, Indoor or Outdoor Track
As a member of the B.A.A. High Performance team, you will receive the following training support:

  • Coaching
  • Training Stipend
  • Performance Bonuses
  • adidas Training & Competition Gear
  • Housing Assistance
  • Sports Therapy Assistance
  • Travel Expenses/Reimbursement
  • Warm Weather/Altitude Camps
  • Training Facility Use
  • Medical Support
  • Sports Science Testing

B.A.A. High Performance Team Standards

EVENT Elite Men Elite Women
800m 1:48 2:02
1,500m 3:39 4:12
3,000m 7:52 9:00
3K Steeplechase 8:35 9:45
5,000m 13:40 15:45
10,000m 28:30 33:00
Half Marathon 1:03:00 1:13:00
Marathon 2:14:00 2:34:00

The above standards are used for consideration for entry onto the B.A.A. team, but do not presume an automatic qualification.

Athletes that have met one of the performance standards listed and are interested in becoming a member of the B.A.A. team should send an email of their running resume to: Michael Pieroni | pieroni@baa.org

Current Team

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Elaina
Balouris

College:
William and Mary
Hometown:
Allison Park, PA

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Matt
Hillenbrand

College:
University of Kentucky
Hometown:
Louisville, KY

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Lauren
Johnson

College:
Huntington University
Hometown:
Huntington, IN

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Katie
Matthews

College:
Boston University
Hometown:
Rocky Hill, CT

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Sarah
Pagano

College:
Syracuse University
Hometown:
Ringwood, NJ

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Photo: Kevin Morris