B.A.A. High Performance athletes Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris qualify to represent the USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship to be held on March 26th in Uganda.
The Super Bowl weekend proved to be a successful weekend for both Patriot fans and the B.A.A. Last week, a fun and friendly wager was placed between the Boston Athletic Association and our southern rival, the Atlanta Track Club. With the amazing comeback win by the Patriots, the B.A.A. will enjoy seeing images of the Atlantic Track Club Elite team parading around their city posing with the Patriot’s jersey. If the Patriots lost, the B.A.A. High Performance team would be running around Boston with the Atlantic Falcons jersey.
While many Boston fans were looking forward to the big game, B.A.A. High Performance athletes were focused on getting the job done at the USA Cross Country Championships. The B.A.A. sent two athletes to compete the meet in Bend, Oregon with their sights on qualifying for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. On a challenging course designed with a repeat of five 2K loops that included plenty of mud and hills, Sarah Pagano and Elaina Balouris got the job done earning their spots on the 6 member team. Pagano finished 5th overall in the 10K in 35:43.1 while Balouris trailed by just one place in 6th finishing in 36:18.3. Pagano and Balouris will travel to Kampala, Uganda to compete for Team USA on March 26th.
On the same day in Boston, several B.A.A. middle distance athletes competed in the BU Scarlet & White Invitational track meet. Christian Harrison and Guillaume Adam had good races at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet the week prior and we’re looking to fine tune their racing at the half mile distance. Harrison moved up from the 600m distance from the previous week to run 1:49.08 placing third overall and just off his indoor personal best mark of 1:49.01. After breaking four minutes in the mile the previous week, Adam ran a new personal best for the indoor 800m in 1:50.11 good for 6th place. Also competing and notching a new personal best in the mile was Connor Reck finishing in 4:05.34 and 6th overall. Reck’s previous best indoor mile was 4:05.60. In the women’s event, B.A.A.’s Margo Malone tested her fitness in the 3000m running 10:04.42.
While some B.A.A. athletes were racing on the oval in Boston, three of the B.A.A. High Performance team members competed at the Armory Track Invite in NYC. Daniel Winn competed in the 3000m race setting a new personal best in 7:52.27 and placing 4th overall. In the women’s 3000m race, Emily Lipari and Emma Bates also raced to new personal best in the indoor 3000m with Lipari placing runner-up in 8:57.24 and Bates 4th in 9:08.7. Both Winn and Lipari earned automatic bids to the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 3rd-5th in Albuquerque, NM. The B.A.A. athletes are primed to finish the indoor season with high expectations.
Next up for B.A.A. track athletes will be the BU Valentine’s meet on Friday and Saturday February 10th and 11th.
BU Scarlet & White Invite meet results, click below:SEE RESULTS
Armory Track Invite meet results, click below:SEE RESULTS
USA Cross Country Nationals results. click below:SEE RESULTS