U.S. GRADUATES JOIN B.A.A.
ÛÓ Four outstanding, female distance and middle distance runners have
joined the Boston Athletic Association, the organization has announced.
Elaina Balouris, Juliet Bottorff, and Emily Lipari completed their
collegiate eligibility in June, and they will reside
and train in Boston, representing the B.A.A. These athletes will join
Katie Matthews, another recent graduate who has been training and racing
with the B.A.A. since the beginning of this year
when she completed her collegiate eligibility. All four women are part
of the B.A.A.’s new high performance team and will be coached by the
B.A.A.’s Terrence Mahon.
U.S. Olympian Jen Rhines (2000,
Sydney, 10,000 meters; 2004, Athens, marathon; and 2008,
Beijing, 5,000 meters) was the first athlete to become part of the high
performance team when the B.A.A. announced the launch of the program
last Autumn. She is among the most accomplished female
distance runners in U.S. history.
objective of the B.A.A.’s high performance group of athletes is to
support American runners on their
way towards making international teams and to compete at the Olympic
and world championship level,” said
Mahon. “Each of these talented women is capable of transitioning from a
U.S. collegiate career to a successful professional career, and we look
forward to providing them with a complete infrastructure with which to
meet this goal.”
adidas, the long-time sponsor of the Boston Athletic Association and B.A.A. events ÛÓ including the Boston
Marathon®, provides essential financial support and equipment for the B.A.A.’s high performance initiative.
The athletes announced will begin representing the B.A.A. immediately at races.
Newly-joined B.A.A. athletes (in alphabetical order):
College: William and Mary
Hometown: Allison Park,
Recent highlight: Fifth place at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at 10,000 meters.
2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Champion (10,000 meters); third
place at 10,000 meters and 5th
place at 5,000 meters at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field
Championships; fourth place at the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor
Championship (10,000 meters).
Recent highlights: 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Champion (mile); fourth place at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor
Track & Field Championship (1500 meters).
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Conn.
Highlights: Fifth place at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at 10,000 meters; fifth place
at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship at 5,000 meters.
Highlights: (U.S. Olympian in 2000, 10,000 meters; U.S. Olympian in 2004, marathon; and U.S. Olympian in
2008, 5,000 meters);
Five-time NCAA individual champion; multiple-time USA Track & Field track and road race champion.
Boston Athletic Association and its high performance team:
in 1887, the B.A.A. is a non-profit organization committed to running
and has played an integral
role in the support and development of the sport throughout the
United States since its inception. From fielding athletes who competed
at the first modern Olympic Games in
Athens in 1896 through the 118th Boston Marathon in April 2014 and the
B.A.A. 10K last month, the pursuit of excellence in middle and long
distance running has stood at the fore of the organization.