GBTC Uses Home Turf Advantage to Take Early Lead in XC Grand Prix

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The Greater Boston Track Club hosted their newly renamed GBTC XC Festival (formerly known as the Topsfield XC Festival) last Sunday after having to cancel last year due to a confliction with a grand prix event. But this year, it came back in style as it kicked off the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix Series. Traditionally, the meet has been an 8k for men and 5k for women, but meet directors Brennan Bonner and Matt Haringa decided it was in best interest to host 5ks for all since it’s early in the season. There were also youth 2k races and a community 5k for those not seeking the competitive aspect of the championship heats.

On the men’s side, BAA stud Sam Alexander broke the tape in 15’25” with LVL 10k Bronze Medalist David Wilson snagging second in 15’33”. GBTC’s Jonathan Charlesworth led the hosting red team to a clear victory with his third place finish of 15’39”. There was also a separate master’s championship for the men, which was won by Acidotic Racing’s Ethan Nedeau in 16’48”. The Greater Lowell Road Runners came in numbers to clinch the master’s team title.

For the women, GBTC’s Alyse Rocco won by a long shot in 18’30” to capture her second ever USATF-NE XC title. Teammates Caroline Martin (19’14”) and Meghan Sommerkamp (19’31”) completed an impressive top 3 sweep for Greater Boston. The master’s race was combined with the open race for the women, but why not give a shoutout to Angry Chicken Trish Bourne for edging out CSU’s Sue Lachance for the Master’s (and Senior’s) title in 21’21” and also to the Greater Derry Track Club for taking home the master’s team prize.

Enjoy videos of the championship races courtesy of GBTC’s own Mike Giberti:

Men’s Open:

Women’s Open and Masters:

Men’s Master’s:

Overall Results:    Men   Women   Men’s Masters

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