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World Class Oakley, Mann First Sub-4

Members of Ocean State AC were in action again over the last two weekends both locally and internationally, with some fine performances and PB’s to show for it. Including a sub-4 minute mile and a top-10 performance at the World Indoor Championships.

IAAF World Indoor Championships

Ocean State AC’s star athlete Julian Oakley headed off to Birmingham, England to compete for his native New Zealand at the World Indoor Championships. Julian proved that he truly is a world class athlete now with a fantastic ninth place finish in the final there. On Friday March 2nd Julian finished fourth in a very competitive heat two in a time of 7:55.92 to qualify automatically for Sunday’s final. The final would prove to be a far more tactical affair with the leaders coming through 1km in 3:08, but Julian proved that he can mix it with the best in the world, and as the pace winded up he got stuck in. He closed in 2:27 for his last 1km to finish in a time of 8:18.6 for ninth place, just four seconds off the winner, and taking a few major scalps along with it.

Temporary Ocean State AC member Harvey Dixon also competed at these championships, for Gibraltar, in the men’s 1500m, often the most competitive event at any athletics championships. Harvey put in a very solid performance in heat two, running a national indoor record of 3:49.89 off a slow pace. Unfortunately this was not enough to qualify him for the final. However with more performances like these we may be looking to make Harvey a permanent signing, for what could be a club record transfer fee.

BU Last Chance Meet

A number of Ocean State AC athletes competed up in Boston on Sunday 25th February in what was the last open indoor race of the season. Jordan Mann, Harvey Dixon, and Kevin Cooper all competed in the mile, which was an excellent event including fourteen sub-4 minute miles. One of those sub-4’s was by our very own Jordan Mann, who finished seventh in heat one in a time of 3:58.94 to dip under the four minute barrier for the very first time. Shortly afterwards, in heat three we had two more very strong performances in the colours of Ocean State. Harvey ran a great race to win the heat in a time of 4:03.34, and Kevin Cooper put in what was arguably the best Ocean State performance of the day to finish fourth in a time of 4:05.66, ambushing some quality athletes in the process.

Later in the night, Hugh Armstrong ran in the 5km, finishing third in a time of 14:18.18. The time was still a bit off his best but he raced well over the last three laps to finish third.

Upcoming Races

The rest of this month will see racing slow down a little bit for the Ocean State AC lads, as we have the gap between the indoor and outdoor track season. Some of the team plan to hop into some road races in the meantime, while others will wait to late March or early April to make their outdoor track debuts.

OSAC Dominant at USATF New England Championships


On Sunday Nov. 5, the Ocean State Athletic Club competed in the USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. The club posted a perfect score of 15 points to win the USATF-NE title. With the win, the club moved to 3-for-3 in USATF-NE competitions.


Julian Oakley, Shane Quinn, and Jordan Mann (L-R) leading the field early on.

Ocean State established a dominant presence from the beginning of the race, with Shane Quinn and Julian Oakley setting the pace from the start. With Hugh Armstrong, Jordan Mann and Trevor Crawley also a part of the lead pack, OSAC was primed for a low score. The lead pack passed through the halfway mark in around 15:45.

At Coach Ray Treacy’s instruction, the pace began to ratchet up as the group entered into the Wilderness section for the second time. The field quickly began to string out as the team continued to push the tempo over the second half of the race.  Julian Oakley, the team’s top runner in the BAA Mayor’s Cup 8k two weeks prior, pulled away over the final 2,000 meters to finish first, completing the 10k course in 30 minutes and 25 seconds. Fellow Rhode Islander, NE Distance’s Henry Sterling  would finish a distance second to Oakley but, as his team had fewer than five finishers, his place did not count towards team scoring. Jordan was next across the line in third (30:45), followed closely by Trevor (fifth, 30:49), Hugh (sixth, 30:51) and Shane (seventh, 30:53).

Stephen Robertson and Kevin Cooper were the sixth and seventh finishers on the day for OSAC. Robertson was 10th in 31:24, while Cooper was 28th in 32:43.

Full Results: 


Two weeks prior, on Sunday, Oct. 22,  the New Balance Ocean State Athletic Club competed in the BAA Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass.  The race marked the club’s second team performance and second team win in a USATF New England competition.

Led by an impressive third-place finish from Julian Oakley, who completed the 8k cross country course in a blazing 23:57, OSAC won the event with 25 points, 47 points ahead of the second-place team. The club placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 15 of the race. Jordan Mann was the second club member to finish, as he took seventh overall with a time of 24:29. Shane Quinn also finished in the top ten as he took ninth place with a time of 24:42. Hugh Armstrong and Trevor Crawley rounded out the team scoring for OSAC as they took 13th (24:52) and 15th (24:58), respectively.

Full Results:

Other news from the month of October includes:

Hugh Armstrong made his debut in the half marathon with a top five finish at the Hartford Half Marathon. Armstrong ran the 13.1 miles in an impressive time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 54 seconds despite developing a stitch in mile 8. He expects to run even stronger in his next attempt at the distance. 

Julian Oakley and Shane Quinn posted a 1-2 finish at the Molly Huddle Fall-Comers 5k XC, opening up the cross country season with strong performances. 

Jordan Mann competed in Japan as part of the Ivy Select team in the Izumo Ekiden against some of the top collegiate competition in Japan. The team posted a top-10 finish, coming in behind a strong anchor leg from Ben Rainero, who completed his 10.2 kilometer leg faster than all but two competitors in the race.