Amherst, MA – Sunday marked the official start to the 2014 USATF-NE Grand Prix with the New England 10-Mile Championship, the 40th running of the Jones 10-Mile Road Race held in Amherst, Mass. A few warm days leading up to the staple Western Mass road race thawed the course just enough for the runners to leave their snowshoes at home and dust off the racing flats.
Defense of last year’s title was not meant to be for the Men’s Wolfpack as the Blue would ultimately be defeated by the Blue and Gold of the Boston Athletic Association, led by overall race champion, Eric Ashe. Leading the charge in Blue was Wolf Jesse Regnier in 53:27, good for 11th Overall in the competitive field of New England runners.
“I was a bit nervous of the icy conditions going into the day, but I don’t feel it had much of an effect”, says Regnier on the race. “I played it conservative through the dirt road, but when I was still feeling good at that point I just let it rip.” It looks like Jesse’s new training partner, Gus, has been keeping Mr. Regnier on his toes this winter.
Jesse led in the train of Jason Ayr (14th, 53:46), Sean Duncan (16th, 54:01), Jon Joyce (18th, 54:08), and Andy Messer (20th, 54:13) to round off the top 20 Overall and the Men’s scoring team.
In the Women’s Battle the Lady Wolves would go on to claim 4th, with Dirigo taking the Female Overall Team title. The Blue was led in by Apryl Sabadosa in 64:10, good for 15th Overall Female.
“I was well rested for this one and felt very confident going into the race”, says Apryl on the race day. “This race is sort of my two year running anniversary as I started really running to prepare for this race two years ago. It’s a really challenging and scenic local race with great crowd support! It’s a running goal of mine to one day master this course.”
Rounding out the scoring squad for the Blue were Annie Paredes (19th, 1:05:04) and Ashley Krause (21st, 1:05:33). The race was won in a very strong effort by Megan Hogan, breaking a 28 year old course record by over 90 seconds in 55:28. “Amherst is such a great event every year to see so many familiar faces in the running community, especially to break up this brutal winter”, says Annie of the 10-Mile event. “These hills are always killer, but pulling off a four minute course PR made it all worth it!”
In the Master’s competition the Ladies in Blue also pulled off 4th, led by Dana Parrot in 1:09:56, good for 8th Women’s Master Overall. Dana led the charge for teammates Vanessa Diana (14th, 1:11:36) and Karin George (23rd, 1:14:32).
So here we are again, at the door step of a fresh season of Grand Prix racing. The Pack has left this hunt a little hungrier than desired, but there is work to be done. It is all part of the Process.
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