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MSTCA asks help on Reggie bills

posted Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 9:09 AM ]


Reggie Lewis Center House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 are ready to go to public hearing with a joint House & Senate Committee on Higher Education on June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILLS!
Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA is asking all letters to be mailed by this Friday.

You can also send emails. However, a good old-fashioned letter campaign gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

Any questions, contact Frank Mooney or Rick Kates. 

You can also write to the State Representatives and Senators who will hosting the public, open meeting at the State House on June 29 on the RLTAC Bill to create a Board of Directors. 
The members of the Joint Committee on High Education Committee are:
Senator Michael Moore-Chair Shrewsbury
Senator Eileen Donoghue Vice Chair First Middlesex

Senator Adam Hinds Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hamsphire
Senator Erick Lesser 1st hampsire, hampden
Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives 1st Essex
Senator Richard Ross Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex
Rep. John Scibak Chair 2nd Hampshire
Rep. Sean Garballey Vice Chair 23rd Middlesex
Rep. Denise Provost 27th Middlesex
Rep. Aaron Vega Holoke
Rep. Rady Mom Lowell
Rep. Stephan Hay 3rd Worcester
Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose 3rd Hampshire
Rep. Natalie Higgins 4th Worcester
Rep. Susannah Whipps 2nd Franklin
Rep. Timothy Whelan 1st Barnstable

President's post: New officers, dues

posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:00 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:01 PM ]

Presidents Message:

 As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of you for your dedication to the sport and to the high school and collegiate student-athletes of Massachusetts.  Track and Field and XC have grown enormously over the past few years, with many more meets and opportunities for student athletes to display their talents.  We are a huge part of that growth, and our role is vital to future growth as well.

At the Spring Meeting/ Annual Dinner a new slate of officers was approved by the membership.  I would like to congratulate and look forward to working with:

President:  Peter Meagher

Vice President:  Steve Keyes

Secretary/ Treasurer:  Don Kirkland 3rd

A few things to consider for the summer:  Dues for the 2017/2018 year of $73.00 will be due October 1st.   Anyone sending in dues this summer  can send them to Don Kirkland 2nd at PO Box 372  Derry NH 03038.

With the new officers commencing their positions at the October General Membership Meeting, there will be a new address for the  Secretary/ Treasurer at that time.

 I hope you all enjoy your summer with family and friends.



Images from 2017 banquet/BBQ

posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:54 PM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 2:59 PM ]

Images from the 2017 MTFOA banquet/BBQ, courtesy Beth Malone.

MSTCA seeks action on Reggie bills

posted Jun 12, 2017, 11:37 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated Jun 12, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

House Bill #3001 and Senate Bill #687 concerning the future of Reggie Lewis Center are ready to go into public hearing with a joint House & Senate hearing before the Joint Committee on Higher Education June 29, 2017.

MSTCA needs your help to remind your State Representatives and State Senators of the importance of these bills passing to create a Board of Directors to take over control of the Reggie Lewis Center.

A quick WRITTEN note to your State Representative and State Senator is urgent before the June 29 hearing to support the BILL!

Mail to 
24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133

MSTCA encourages athletes and parents to send a notes to show support across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Letters should be mailed by this Friday. 

You can also send email. However, an old-fashioned letter gets the most immediate attention and IMPACT.

President's message

posted Jun 5, 2017, 3:58 PM by Paul Williams

I hope to see many of you Thursday night. This is a general membership meeting as well as the Annual Dinner.
There will be a vote on the slate of officers put forth by the Nominating Committee.  This will be a paper ballot election and will take place at the beginning of the meeting/ dinner.
If you are not attending the dinner, but would like to take part in the meeting and vote on the officer positions, please join us at 6:30.

Killdeer on hold...

posted Jun 5, 2017, 3:57 PM by Paul Williams

As a youth track coach/senior competitor, AND a birdwatcher, I was quite pleased with MTFOA’s cooperation with Bridgewater State University in protecting the killdeer nesting site adjacent to the shot put area during Saturday’s event.  I enjoyed the State track meet, while seeing the nest area roped off and protected.

Thanks to all involved in this decision.

Sam Baumgarten

Bridgewater, MA

Banquet reservation deadline nears

posted May 25, 2017, 7:54 AM by Paul Williams

Presidents Message:


The General Membership Meeting/ Banquet is quickly approaching.  It will be Thursday June 8th at the Old Colony Yacht Club.  We hope you can join us for a fun filled, relaxing night.  It starts at 6:30pm and it is $40.00.

If you are interested in attending please email Peter Meagher at

We need to have our final numbers to the Old Colony Yacht Club soon.   

I hope to see you there.  Personally, I think it is a great experience to be able to socialize with members without a clipboard and stopwatch in my hand.




DMSE Sports Classic special offer

posted May 22, 2017, 8:37 AM by Paul Williams

Hello MA Track & Field Officials Association!


As you may know, the 2nd Annual DMSE Sports Classic will be held at Merrimack College in two months. Below are a couple special offers for members of the association — we hope you can run and check out our summer running festival! Please share and let me know if there is anything else we can do to ensure you have a great race-weekend. Below is some information about the event. 



Run the beautiful and historic streets of Andover, MA, at the 2nd Annual DMSE Sports Classic (formerly known as the Runner’s World Classic). A DMSE Sports production, there’s a race for everyone. After the race enjoy a traditional post-race party at Merrimack College with music, food, and beer. 


The DMSE Sports Classic at Merrimack College, Andover, MA

A Summer Running Festival 

Half Marathon • 10K • 5K • Kids • Celebrity Mile


Up for a Challenge? 

Run the Five & Dime (5K + 10K) - 2 races, 3 medals, 9.3 miles

Or Make It a Hat Trick (5K + 10K + Half-marathon) - 2 days, 3 races, 5 medals, 22.4 miles


Meet Sports, Media, Political, and Personality Celebrities

Cheer on the likes of Dick Hoyt, Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso, Boston Marathon Survivors Jeff Bauman and Adrianne Haslet, and more during the Celebrity Mile. To see the full list, visit


Host a Party at the Festival

The more runners registered as a part of your group, the more opportunities you have to host a party at our post-race party at the mid-summer running festival.


As runners from your organization (and their family and friends) identify themselves as a part of your organization when they register; we will be happy to provide the following:

  • 20+ runners = a space to set up your own 10x10 hospitality tent at the post-race party
  • 50+ runners = a space and a 10 x10 tent, table and chairs from us
  • 100+ runners = a space and a 10x20 tent, table and chairs and catered refreshments

We will share information about your organization at the start and during the races, shout outs on social media, and make sure our photographers stop by to get some group shots after the race. We want to make this running festival your organization’s easiest event this summer, maybe the year!


Special Offer

As a friend of DMSE Sports, use CLASSICRUN17 for $5 off. Limited time only. Good until May 31, 2017.


Register Today

David Grant passes at 63

posted May 19, 2017, 6:43 AM by Paul Williams   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:43 AM ]

MTFOA regrets to inform you of the passing of David A. Grant. As a valued official, David could always be counted on to give his very best to every officiating assignment. Our condolences are offered to his family and friends. 

Grant, 63, a resident of Keene, NH passed away peacefully at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, on Monday, May 15, 2017.  

He was born December 31, 1953 in Dover, NH, the son of Clarence and Helen (Garland) Grant. He was a 1973 graduate of Oyster River High School and went on to earn an Associate's Degree from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Mechanical Engineering, in 1975. On December 2, 1978, he married the love of his life, Hazel Knowlton.  

For more than 37 years, he worked for Markem-Imaje in Keene. He also worked as an Official for Track and Field Events, not only in New England but all over the United States. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching stock-car racing and hockey. He was also an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In his younger years he enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, especially with his brothers and his Dad. Above all, he was a loving father and devoted husband and was willing to do whatever it took to provide for his family and support them, no matter what. 

He is survived by his wife Hazel Grant of Keene, his daughter Sara Grant of Keene, his mother Helen Grant of Exeter, NH, two brothers, Dr. Philip Grant and his wife Pattie of Windham, NH, and Steven Grant and his wife Cheryl of Jamesburg, NJ, five sisters-in-law Claire, Sheila, Lorraine, Iva and Sue and several nieces, nephews and extended family members. 

A Celebration of his life was held at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SME Scholarship Fund at Keene State College, Chapter 124, PO Box 3, Keene, NH. 03431.

Haverhill Elite seeks officials

posted May 1, 2017, 7:39 AM by Paul Williams

Haverhill Elite Track Club is seeking officials for its meet on Saturday,  May 6, at Innovation Academy in Tyngsboro.  

Primary needs are a starter and starting line clerk. Needs are below:

A starter
Starting line clerk
Long Jump
Shot Put

Stephanie M. Crapsey
Co-Founder & Treasurer
Haverhill Elite Track Club, Inc.
PO Box 166
Atkinson, NH 03811
P: 978-994-9835

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