<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2013 XC NE Regionals

New England Regional Championships

At USM on Nov 16th, 2013

Conditions - footing good though some slippery spots in woods but weather ideal

Full Results

Team Score - 8th with 216 points

Dan Crowley
NCAA Qualifier
Greg Turissini
Charlie Reighard
KC Fussell
Raymond Meijer
Alvaro Morales
Steven Lucey

Picture Link from Renee Turissini


Meet Recap:

Runner of the Meet - Dan Crowley

The guys headed back to Maine for the New England Regional Championships hosted by USM, looking to compete against the best teams and runners in the region. While the trail sections of the course were slippery in some spots due to frost melting, the course was in great shape and conditions ideal for some great racing. Focusing on keeping things simple - strategy was to get into good position early and then race and compete - the guys did a great job of doing that. A fast opening mile saw everyone running around the positions they were hoping to be battling at, and while the pace slowed a little bit in the 2nd mile they had established themselves well. KC Fussell and Dan Crowley were around 15-20th, while Greg Turissini and Charlie Reighard were right around 35 or so, with Raymond Meijer and Alva Morales back around 50-60th and Steve Lucey about 20 seconds off of them. Coming out of the woods after the 2nd mile and running around the open fields again, Dan maintained his position while Fuss had dropped back towards Greg and Charlie who had made contact and started to work with each other, while Ray and Alva were still relatively close together. The pace was hot but the guys were handling it pretty well as they entered the woods loop for the 2nd time, and there was movement - both up and down - as they came out of the woods back to the field loop again. Dan was around 25th while Greg and Charlie were about 10-15 seconds behind him but working great together in the low-mid 30's. Meanwhile Fuss was battling bravely but simply wasn't his day as he was fighting to keep hold of Top 50 and Ray and Alva were getting closer to Fuss. As the finished the field loop and headed back into the final woods loop that cut-off midway and headed back to the finish, Dan was still about 24th - a few steps off of a pack of 8-10 guys including several potential individual qualifiers - while Greg and Charlie were right on the bubble of Top 35 and racing strongly together, pushing to close a gap to the next pack of runners. In the final 1000, Dan started a big finishing move, going from behind the large chase pack to surging to the front of it and then using his patented finishing kick in the final 100 to move all the way up to 18th - grabbing an additional spot by .01 at the line - and finishing in 25:12. Greg opened up a bit in the last 400 moving up to 32nd in 25:29 while Charlie kicked in with the 35th and final All-Region spot, in 25:31. Fuss finished in 63rd in 26:08 while Raymond, despite just getting over a sinus infection raced well to a 68th place finish in a 8k PR of 26:12. Alva, likewise was battling some health woes, and came across the line 10 seconds later in 26:22 while Steve Lucey finished in 27:11. With New England being one of the deepest regions, and certainly the largest in terms of teams, attaining one of the coveted berths for NCAA's would be a challenge but they went after it with everything that they held, and while falling short of making the trip they raced with courage and conviction, and came away with an outstanding 8th place finish. When the NCAA Qualifiers were announced - 6 teams came from New England - we got official word that Dan had qualified as one of the seven individuals, so he will be making his first appearance at the national Championships in Hanover, Indiana on Saturday.