Emerging Elites at MIAA All-State Championships!

On Saturday, June 6 at Fitchburg State College, 10 Emerging Elites athletes competed at the MIAA All-State meet.

Camille Murphy represented Framingham High School in a fast mile, finishing 3rd in 4:56.74.  This follows up Camille’s impressive indoor season where she earned All-American status in the mile.  Emily Lanois of Hamilton-Wenham finished 6th in the same race, accomplishing her long-time goal of breaking the 5-minute mark with a PR of 4:59.66! Emily will be running at outdoor nationals, looking to add to her All-American status in the indoor 5000 meters.

In the girls 2-mile, Lindsay Walsh ran a strong race, coming in 7th in 11:07.21. Alison Lanois finished 16th in 11:27.62. Alison and her sister Emily both came back to compete in the 4x800 relay for their team, which finished 14th in that event.

On the boys side, Tyler Moules of Billerica and Luke Vance of Hamilton-Wenham finished neck-in-neck at 5th and 6th place, respectively, making for a suspenseful 800-meter race. Tyler finished with a time of 1:55.54, and Luke ran 1:55.55, both marking new PRs. Jeff Brown of Medfield finished 16th in a solid 2:00.13 and Andy Stillman of Xaverian finished 17th in 2:00.22.  Nathaniel McGough, a junior at Hamilton-Wenham, placed 9th in the 400m with a time of 50.51.

In the boys 2-mile, Brendon Aylaian of Nashoba secured 6th place with a time of 9:24.65. John Bleday of Xaverian wasn’t far behind, placing 10th with a time of 9:26.05.

Jenny Donnelly and Lee Milne both competed in the 1500-meter race at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet held at Bentley College on Saturday. Jenny ran a smart race, landing a huge PR of 4:46.84 and qualifying for nationals! Congratulations, Jenny! Lee ran one of the best races of her career for a huge PR of 4:52.27.  John Jantz brought his game face into the 3000m race, finishing in 9:02.44.


Emerging Elites at ISTA Outdoor Track Championships!

Saturday, May 9, 2009 – ISTA Outdoor Track Championships

Jenny Donnelly wins 1500m and 3000m
Tom Finneran wins 800m
ISTA Team Champions: Belmont Hill’s Will Gibbons and Steven Izen

On Saturday, May 9 at the Governor’s Academy, 8 athletes who have trained in the Emerging Elites program competed in the ISTA Outdoor Track Championship Meet.

Will Gibbons and Steven Izen paced Belmont Hill to yet another Independent School League Championship. Seniors Will and Steven factored into 43 points of Belmont Hill’s 102 points.

Will Gibbons finished 3rd in a great 1500m race with a PR of 4:08.06 with Emerging Elites teammate Tom Finneran of Thayer Academy finishing 2nd in 4:06.04. Henry Russell, a sophomore at Milton Academy converting from ice hockey, ran a very respectable 7th place in 4:23.56. Nate Dick from Roxbury Latin was 16th in 4:37.7.

Steven Izen anchored the Blemont Hill 4x100m relay to a 2nd place finish with the relay team scoring 8 points. In the 100m prelims, Steven had the 3rd fastest qualifying time with 11.39 and finished 3rd in the 100m finals with a time of 11.17. Steven returned in the men’s 200m and finished 2nd with a time off 23.27.

Jimmy O’Keeffe, a junior from Milton Academy, finished 4th in the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 16.39 and came back in the 300m hurdles finishing 5th place with a time of 45.03.

In the men’s 800m, Tom Finneran won the race with a time of 1:57.69! Will Gibbons was 3rd with a time of 2:00.08 and Nate Dick finished 15th.

Senior Captain Will Gibbons ran lead off leg for Belmont Hill’s 2nd place 4x400m team running 51.8.

In the men’s 3000m Henry Russell finished 6th with a time of 9:44, while iron-man Tom Finneran, who had already run the 800m and the 1500m finished 4th with a time of 9:40.99. Tom had 22 individual points of Thayer Academy’s 88 points!

On the women’s side, Jenny Donnelly of Noble and Greenough competed in the women’s 1500m. Racing after Emerging Elites alumna (Winsor 04, Harvard 08) Eliza Gardner’s meet record (4:46.75), Jenny ran a very strong, tactical race to capture 1st place in 4:56.83 while holding off Winsor and St. Paul’s challengers on the final straight-away. Junior Bridget Freeley of Middlesex finished 12th in 5:32.

Kate Nimmo finished 7th in the women’s 200m for Milton Academy. She also ran leadoff leg for Milton Academy’s 2nd place 4x400m relay team.

Jenny Donnelly’s distance double included a convincing win in the women’s 3000m with a time of 10:59.84. Jenny, the sole competitor from Nobles, scored 20 points individually- enough for Nobles to place 7th out of 13 teams!

Congratulations to all Emerging Elites who competed in the 2009 ISTA Outdoor Track Championships!

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Two Emerging Elites athletes named High School All-Americans!

Thank you to all parents, friends, extended family members and athletes who ventured to Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center this weekend and supported our athletes who competed with distinction against America’s best high school track athletes!

We are extremely proud of all the performances this weekend, with special mention to:
    • Two High School All-Americans - Emily Lanois and Camile Murphy
    • Will Gibbons 7-second PR in the 800m

Emily Lanois, 5000m
Emily Lanois ran a great race of 17:45 in her first track 5k for 6th place. Emily did much of the work early in the race ensuring that the first mile was a respectable 5:31. By virtue of her sixth place finish, she earned All-American status. Emily took the winter off from competitive running to reenergize for spring and next fall at Columbia. This was only Emily’s second race since Footlocker Northeast Regionals in Cross Country in which she placed 14th and earned second team all Northeast in Cross Country. Congrats Emily!

Brendon Aylaian, Distance Medley Relay
Brendon Aylaian ran a season pr in anchoring the Nashoba boys in the DMR with a 4:27 mile to win the heat. They finished 17th overall out of 38 teams. Great run!

Camille Murphy, one-mile
Camille, only two years into the sport of running, entered the championship mile seeded 11th of 11 girls in an absolutely stacked race which included the number 2,3,4,5 and 6 girls in the country.
Camille finished 4th, with a big PR of 4:52 (previous indoor PR was 4:57, while last year she ran a 5:13 indoors and a 5:07 outdoors). After two scorching opening laps, the race split into two groups: a group of 4 and a chase pack. It never altered over the next 6 laps. When the race pace slowed at the 800m, Camille took over and got it going. (The meet director later came to Camille to tell her that her run was courageous and thanked her for making it go-that without her move, none of the athletes would have run as fast as they did.)
Camille finishes the indoor season ranked 5th in the 1000m nationally, 5th in the mile nationally and the fastest girl in our state in both the 1000m and the mile. Yeah Camille!

Will Gibbons, 800m
Will was seeded 90th of 90 athletes and finished 2nd in his heat and 42nd overall in 2:00.69. Will’s previous best was 2:07 and had qualified in the 800 with a PR in the 1000 earlier this season. The young man who has never competed beyond an ISL or NE prep school championship came up big in his 8AM race. Will prepared by getting up early all week long so that he would be adjusted to the early start and it paid big dividends.

Jeff Brown, 800m
Jeff had never qualified for a state meet or All-Class meet until this season. Prior to this year, Jeff had only competed in the hurdles! He has adapted amazingly well to his new event, making it to the All-Class State Championship and qualifying for Nike Nationals. Jeff ran with Will in the early 8:00am race and finished steps behind Will in 2:01.71. Jeff’s overall place was 48th. Jazzy Jeff has a big future in this event.

John Bleday & Andy Stillman, 4x800m relay
aka "Connor O'Brian TC"
21st of 27 teams; not a great day for the team that won the All-Class meet, as they were running a bit on fumes. Andy Stillman tried to get it going for the team with a 1:59 leadoff, but it was just a challenging day. John Bleday anchored with a 2:02. A well-deserved rest is coming up for the boys who lead the Xaverian Brothers team all season long. Congratulations on an incredible indoor track season!


Massachusetts All-Class State Chamionships

Congratulations to Camille Murphy of Framingham High School and John Bleday of Xaverian Brothers for their outstanding performances at the MIAA All-Class State Championships!

Murphy edged out a win in one of the most competitive fields in the history of Massachusetts girls track, with ten girls finishing in 3:00 or better and three girls registering among the top ten national times. Camille's 2:51.99 placed her as the 5th fastest 1000m girl in the nation.

Bleday took off from the gun in a race that came down to five-hundreths of a second and a lean that earned him 1st place and an All-State Championship. Bleday ran a time of 4:20.79, a four-second PR. More impressively, Bleday returned to anchor the Xaverian Brothers 4x800 relay with teammate Andy Stillman. Stillman led the relay with a strong 1:58 to put Xaverian into contention and Bleday anchored, moving the baton from 5th place into a sprint on the final stretch for a State Championship win!

Congratulations to New England qualifiers, including Camille Murphy, John Bleday, Lindsay Walsh, Andy Stillman and Alison Lanois!

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MIAA All-State Indoor Track Championship HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, February 27, 2009

COMING SOON: Video footage of individual races.



MIAA Divisional State Indoor Track Championship HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, February 19-22, 2009

COMING SOON: Video footage of individual races.



Emerging Elites have record day at Reggie Lewis, Camille Murphy and John Bleday capture individual D1 state titles!

Emerging Elites started the afternoon session at Reggie Lewis at the Division 1 Indoor State Championship with John Murphy, a senior at Acton-Boxborough, running in the 300m trials. John ran a very strong 36.68 to qualify for the 300m finals. Sporting a distinguished blue mohawk, John was one of the fastest and clearly the most spirited athlete at Reggie Lewis. He is waiting for the final list of qualifiers in the 300m to be announced for the All-States Championship to see if he has qualified. Congratulations John!

Three Emerging Elites athletes qualified for the boy's mile at Division 1 with sophomore Ben Halpin of St. John's, junior Tyler Moules of Billerica and junior John Bleday of Xaverian all toeing the line.

Typically running the 2-mile and occasionally the 5000m indoors, Ben Halpin has shown his versatility in the long distance events and decided to drop down and run the mile at Division 1. Ben ran in the unseeded heat to a 4:47 mile and looks forward to some active rest before heading outdors for the spring. Well done this winter Ben!

Tyler Moules ran in the deeply talented seeded mile and ran a strong 4:40, taking 11th place overall. Tyler ran a sound race after he missed considerable training time after being sick. Look for Tyler to drop his mile time outdoors this spring on a track near you!

Xaverian junior John Bleday entered the Division 1 seeded mile as a serious contender to take the state title and that is exactly what happened over the course of the 8 lap race. Running a strong 4:24.92, John captured his first individual indoor state championship! John will race in the mile at the All-State Championship on Friday night! Congratulations John on your hard work and dedication!

Next on the track was the girls 1000m race and two Emerging Elites athletes were in the 9-athlete seeded section, featuring senior Camille Murphy of Framingham High School and sophomore Kathleen Mello of Boston Latin. Running in the deepest field in the girls 1000m in Division 1 history, the race was considered by many coaches to be the race to watch at the meet. The race lived up to the hyped billing as Camille Murphy ran a blistering 2:53.68 to win the race, running the fastest time in the state and the 7th fastest time in the country this winter! Congratulations to Camille on earning her first individual indoor state championship! Camille will race in the 1000m at the All-State Championship on Friday night!

Kathleen Mello continues to lower her PR in the 1000m at every race she enters. Starting the season with a personal best of 3:26 in the 1000m, Kathleen committed herself to lowering her time in the 1000m and attacking her PR. Racing to a 3:05.64 at the Division 1 meet to capture 6th place, Kathleen has dropped over 20 seconds off her PR in one season! Congratulations to Kathleen on her tremendous efforts this season and her focused dedication. Kathleen will race in the 1000m at the All-State Championship on Friday night!

In the boys 1000m race, senior Andy Stillman of Xaverian Brothers ran a very strong race from the gun and nearly pulled off the wire-to-wire victory in a thrilling race. Running a very strong 2:33.19, Andy captured second place and moves onto the All-State Championship on Friday night! Congratulations Andy!

In relay action, the Camille Murphy anchored the 4x 800m for Framingham and brought the team from ninth to fifth in the last leg to help Framingham secure the fifth and final automatic selection for the All-State Championship with a 9:44.28! Xaverian teammates John Bleday and Andy Stillman teamed up with former Emerging Elites John Fisher and Pete Dolan to take second place in the 4x 800m running a solid 8:05.03! Congratulations to the Xaverian boys! Amy Dao helped the Acton-Boxborough 4x 800m to a 9:57.6 finish, good enough for 7th place in Division 1.

Emerging Elites rocking Reggie Lewis at Division 4, Lindsay Walsh takes D4 mile!

Emerging Elites took to the Reggie Lewis Indoor Track looking to make a statement with their performances and they didn't disappoint!

Action started early Saturday mornng in the girl's seeded mile with junior Lindsay Walsh of Swampscott answering the starter's call. Lindsay ran a strong 5:18 to win the girl's mile, finishing with a 70.1 final quarter to capture her first individual indoor state championship! Lindsay will race in the mile at the All-State Chamionship on Friday night. Congratulations Lindsay!

Alison Lanois, a sophomore at Hamilton-Wenham, ran the seeded two-mile and placed fifth in a time of 11:48, qualifying for the All-State Championship on Friday night! Despite not sleeping much the night before, Alison found the strength to finish strong and move on to the next round. Alison will compete in the two-mile on Friday, looking to break the Hamilton-Wenham school record (11:28). Good luck Alison!

Ursuline teammates Molly McFadden and Mikaela Prego both ran on relays, with Molly in the 4x 800m team and Mikaela on the 4x 200m. Molly's 4x 800m took sixth place, narrowly missing qualifying for the All-States by .6 seconds. Mikaela ran a solid 400m and looks forward to continuing her improvement in the 400m outdoors. Well done Molly and Mikaela!

Emerging Elites roll at Division 3 State Championships

Emerging Elites athletes started off the State Divisional Championship weekend with a solid showing at Division 3 on Friday, February 20. With some great racing, three of the four Emerging Elites athletes qualified for the All-State Championship!

Brendon Aylaian, a junior at Nasoba Regional, ran 4:34 in te seeded mile, taking fourth place. Brendon's place qualified him for the All-State Championship at Reggie Lewis on Friday, February 27! Brendon aso ran the third leg of the Nashoba 4x 800m relay, aiding the team to a first place and the Division 3 title! The 4x 800m will also race at the All-State Championship next Friday. Congratulations Brendon!

John Williamson, a sophomore at Wellesley, ran a 4:45 mile, chopping off 5 seconds off his mile PR. Wellesley teammate and fellow sophomore, Jessie Kaliski bypassed the girl's mile to have fresh legs in the 4x 800m relay. Running a 2:29.8 split on the relay, Jessie helped power the team to a fourth place finish, qualifying for the All-State Championship! Well done to both John and Jessie!

Jeff Brown, a junior a Medfield, ran a strong 1:25.96 in the 600m, a new event for Jeff. Moving up from the 55m hurdles, Jeff managed a fifth place finish in the seeded heat, narrowly missing advancement to the All-State Championship! Jeff came back to anchor the Medfield 4x800m, which placed fifth and qualified for the All-State Championship. Well done Jeff!

Emerging Elites are back at Reggie Lewis on Saturday for Division 4 and Division 1! Check back here on Saturday night for an update on the racing action at Reggie Lewis or come visit us at the track!

Championship Weekend Schedule of Events

Good luck to all Emerging Elites athletes competing this weekend at the MIAA Divisional Meets (Reggie Lewis) and the USATF-NE Championships (Harvard).

Download a PDF schedule of all athletes competing this weekend!

Feb 11: Camille Murphy elevates her game

Camille Murphy has turned a lot of heads the past two weeks. At the MSTCA Elite Meet on February 1, Camille ran a 4:57.88 in the seeded mile, taking second behind Emily Jones of Bromfield (4:54). Camille’s time was the second fastest mile in the state this year and Camille’s first sub-5:00 mile, shaving over 14 seconds off her previous indoor mile PR and 10 seconds off her mile PR. Camille ran on Framingham’s 4x800m and DMR teams at the MSTCA McIntyre Elite Relay Meet and came back with two impressive races, running 2:16.4 (hand-time) in the 800m and 5:01 for the mile in the DMR. Camille followed these impressive performances up by taking down the Bay State Conference league record in the 1000m with a #1 in the state 2:54.56, dropping her PR by nearly 4.5 seconds. Next up for Camille: MIAA Division 1 Championships at RLTAC on Saturday, February 21.


Feb 8: John Bleday and Andy Stillman making it happen...

Xaverian Brother’s junior John Bleday and senior Andy Stillman have carried the Xaverian team this winter in the middle distance and distance events. John is frequently seen doubling in the 1000m (2:37.69) and mile (4:26) for Xaverian in the Tri-County League meets. John has also run a 9:41.31 in the 2-Mile. Likewise, Andy usually doubles in the 600m (1:26.67) and 2-mile (9:56.15). Andy has also posted a 2:34.91 in the 1000m. At the MSTCA McIntyre Elite Relay Meet, John and Andy ran on the Xaverian DMR team, which took first place at the meet with Andy running the 1200m (3:07) and John running the mile (4:26). Congratulations to both John and Andy on outstanding winter performances. Next up for John and Andy: MIAA Division 1 Championships at RLTAC on Saturday, February 21.

Feb 6: Emma Mahony takes down school record in 3000m

Emma Mahony, a freshman at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Pennsylvania and Emerging Elites athlete, ran to a new school record in the 3000m, running a 11:31 in her first indoor track season. Emma has continued to improve over the course of the season, primarily concentrating on the distance events. Congratulations Emma!



Dec 16: Eight Emerging Elites athletes commit to colleges

College acceptance letters for the class of 2013 are in! Early admission was offered to eight Emerging Elites seniors at their first-choice institutions.

Jenny Donnelly to Yale

Tom Finneran to Wake Forest

Will Gibbons to Middlebury

Katie Grossman to Michigan

Brett Hayes to William & Mary

Steven Izen to Cornell

Emily Lanois to Columbia

Camille Murphy to Columbia

For the fourth year, continuing what has evolved into a tradition for Emerging Elites athletes, all eight seniors who were recruited were accepted into their top-choice schools. Congratulations to Jenny, Tom, Will, Katie, Brett, Steven, Emily and Camille for all their hard work in the classroom and on the track (even on the water: Katie!).

Jenny Donnelly, Tom Finneran, Will Gibbons, Emily Lanois and Camille Murphy will run and compete for their respective institutions as three season athletes (cross-country, indoor and outdoor).

Steven Izen will run indoor and outdoor track for Cornell, focusing on the shorter distances (100m & 200m).

Katie Grossman, one of the top rowing recruits in the nation, will take to the water for Michigan. Michigan released this press release upon Katie’s signing in November.

Brett Hayes, one of the premier lacrosse players on the east coast, will play for the College of William & Mary.

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Dec 14: Five Emerging Elites named Fall 2008 Boston Globe All-Scholastics; 18 earn All League honors

Five Emerging Elites athletes were named Fall 2008 Boston Globe All-Scholastics, including four first-time winners. Emerging Elites including Emily Lanois, a senior at Hamilton-Wenham; Camille Murphy, a senior at Framingham; John Bleday, a junior at Xaverian; Tom Finneran, a senior at Thayer Academy, earned the high honors from the Boston Globe for their performances this fall on the cross country courses across New England.* All five athletes trained in the 2008 Emerging Elites Summer Program located in Chestnut Hill.

*One Emerging Elites athlete who earned All-Scholastic withheld by request.

“It’s a testament to the commitment of each athlete and their parents’ support of their athletic goals,” remarked Emerging Elites head coach Fred Treseler. “To have five Emerging Elites named All-Scholastics, including four first-time winners, in one season is truly remarkable. I congratulate them and their high school coaches on their cross country performances.”

In addition to announcing the All-Scholastics, the Boston Globe also tallied the All League honors in eastern Massachusetts.  This fall eighteen Emerging Elites earned All League honors.

“Having eighteen athletes as All League honorees speaks largely to the depth of talent and the collective dedication to training within the Emerging Elites program,” commented head coach Fred Treseler. “In June, each Emerging Elites athlete committed to their goals for the fall cross country season and I’m happy that eighteen athletes were recognized by their league coaches for their cross country performances and achievement of those goals.”

“Massachusetts has a great tradition of talented high school runners and I’m fortunate to have coached some of them in the Emerging Elites program,” said Fred Treseler. “This winter could be very exciting in terms of performances as the Emerging Elites athletes transition from cross country into the indoor track season. I wish all Emerging Elites athletes a fun, fast and rewarding indoor season.”

All League Honorees

Independent School League (Preps)**

Dan Burnett, BB&N

Nathaniel Dick, Roxbury Latin

Tom Finneran, Thayer Academy

Jenny Donnelly, Noble and Greenough

Katie Grossman, St. Mark’s

** One Emerging Elites athlete who earned All League withheld by request.

Bay State League

Jessie Kaliski, Wellesley

Camille Murphy, Framingham

John Williamson, Wellesley

Cape Ann League

Alison Lanois, Hamilton-Wenham

Emily Lanois, Hamilton-Wenham

Catholic Conference

John Bleday, Xaverian

Ben Halpin, St. John’s Prep

Andy Stillman, Xaverian

Dual County League

Amy Dao, Acton-Boxboro

John Jantz, Arlington

Kathy Mello, Boston Latin

Northeastern Conference

Lindsay Walsh, Swampscott

Dec 11: Jessie Kaliski named Athlete of the Week

Sophomore Jessie Kaliski was named Athlete of the Week for the Wellesley girls cross country team. Jessie helped lead her team to a Bay State Conference win and continued with a strong 11th-place finish at the Eastern Mass Championships. Congratulations Jessie! Read about it in the Wellesley Townsman.

Nov 29: Footlocker Championships- Northeast

Footlocker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York November 29, 2008

Girls Championship 119 finishers

14 Lanois, Emily 12 Hamilton MA 18:36.1
52 Murphy, Camille 12 Framingham MA 19:34.9

Boys Championship 210 finishers
43 Aylaian, Brendon 11 Stow MA 16:29.5
68 Jantz, John 12 Arlington MA 16:46.4
134 Finneran, Tom 12 Scituate MA 17:19.8
150 Bleday, John 11 Westwood MA 17:33.2

Sophomore Boys 189 finishers
94 Russell, Henry 10 Norwell MA 19:03.5

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