---- — New ultra-marathoner
Running in his first ultra-marathon, Jack Toscano of Salem, N.H., completed a 50-mile race in Brownville, Vt., recently. He finished 29th out of 70 in the 40-49 age group with a time of 9:51. The race was held in a steady rain that slowed down the times considerable.
A pair of Whirlaway Racing Team runners fared well in weekend marathons. Karen Durante, 61, ran an 11-minute personal best 3:23 at the Chicago Marathon and finished second in her age group. Also, Cathy Pearce, who recently turned 50, ran the Twin City Marathon with a time of 3:16 and finished fifth in her age group.
Basiliere on the mend
In case you hadn’t heard, former Sanborn standout Lexie Basiliere is on the mend from a health problem and is unable to run cross country at the University of New England, where she attends on an academic scholarship. However, she hopes to return at full strength next year.
Former Everett star Jonathan DiBiaso separated his shoulder in Phillips Exeter’s second game of the season, a 23-16 win over Choate, but he is expected back for the Nov. 11 game at Phillips Academy. In his first game, DiBiaso had thrown for three touchdowns in a 34-13 win over Worcester Academy.
Another former high school quarterback of note, Billerica’s Nick LaSpada has been used at wide receiver for Taft. He scored the game-winning TD pass in a 27-26 victory over Deerfield.
Space in Boston
As of 10 days ago, there were still 2,000 slots available for qualified runners in the 2013 Boston Marathon. In recent years, the field has filled up quickly and many qualified runners were unable to register. However, the standards have been toughened and the process made fairer for all involved.
Dual tourney revived
Details still need to be worked out, but the Mass. State Coaches Association are planning to hold an elite state dual-meet tournament Feb. 2 to replace the dual-meet tourney that the MIAA has decided to drop.
There will be 16 teams in each of three divisions and a committee will meet Jan. 27 to determine the field and pairings. However, all teams must decide this fall in they’re interested in competing.
Tentatively, Division 1 will be held at Chelmsford, Division 3 at Cohasset and, if all goes well, Division 2 at North Andover. A third-place match will be held in each division.
Red Sox tickets
According to “Ace Tickets,” re-sale tickets to Boston Red Sox tickets in September were 30-50 percent of their usual value and the average resale price of a ticket was $48, the lowest for any month of the season in many years. Obviously, this was not a surprise.
As detailed in a Boston paper last week, a 24-year-old Franklin man has been designated by the folks responsible for the Guinness Book of World Records as having the biggest biceps in the world. Moustafa Ismail, who moved from Egypt, has biceps 31 inches around and they’re getting bigger all the time.
Ismail, who claims he doesn’t use steroids, grew his biceps by five inches in the last year. By comparison, Arnold Schwarzenegger had 22-inch biceps in his prime.