On Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
GARDEN STATE SWEEPS THE CLUB GRAND PRIX
The Garden State Track Club New Balance finished on top in the Garmin Club Grand Prix. This despite missing some team declarations at the Ashenfelter 8K in November.
Garden State is credited with 990 points to 716 points for the Clifton Running Club. Only three points separate third place Shore Athletic Club at 560 points from the Garmin Runners at 557 points. Raritan Valley Road Runners placed fifth with the North Jersey masters sixth and the Fleet Feet Essex club in seventh and the Morris County Striders finishing in eighth place and the last club to finish with more than one hundred points.
A total of 19 clubs competed in the year long grand prix that combines points at all championship races. Some clubs competed in only a few races and some in only one race.
The Garden State club garnered much of their points in the open men and open women’s divisions although they also had good showings in some of the masters divisions.
Their open men A, B, C teams place one, two, three followed by the Garmin Runners in fourth place. On the women’side, the Garden State team placed first with a commanding lead over the teams that followed. But the scores were very tight for those “also ran” clubs. The Garmin women placed second with 74 points and the Clifton team and the Shore team tied at 71 for third place.
Garden State won the M40 division over the Garmin Runners by a six-point margin with the Shore Athletic Club finishing in third. The M50 division was a flip with Garmin on top and Garden State in second.
The Shore Athletic Club won the M60 division by nearly 20 points, but it was close for second and third, with the Fleet Feet Essex team second and Clifton in third separated by one point.
The Clifton Running Club was never challenged in the M70 division. The North Jersey Masters claimed second and the Central Jersey Road Runners team took third, but only one point ahead of the Shore AC.
The Clifton runners dominated the W40 division, taking first by well over 25 points. The Garmin runners were a clear second place with Garden State trailing in third. The really close contest in the W40 division was the North Jersey Masters in fourth place with the Raritan Valley Road Runners just two points back.
The Clifton club also dominated in the W50 division and then the next three teams were separated each by only one point. Raritan Valley finished in second with 54 points, followed by the Garmin women with 53 points and the North Jersey Masters fourth with 52 points.
It is not quite that close in the W60 division, with the North Jersey Masters getting 39 points while the Raritan Valley team took second with 35 points and the Clifton women third with 33 points.
In what could be a national record, the Morris County Striders were able to complete the grand prix with two W70 teams. Their A team scored 26 points and the B team scored 14.
Their W80 team was the sole team in that division.
All teams must complete at least three races in order to have their final numbers count in the final standings.
CLUB CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS IN SPOKANE ON SATURDAY
The Garden State Track Club New Balance put both an A and B open men’s team on the line at the national club cross country championship meet in Spokane Washington this weekend. They also had an open women’s team.
The club also sent their strong M40 team to compete in the M40, M50 and the Shore Athletic Club entered their M60 team in that division race.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR TO NEW JERSEY RUNNERS
Two local athletes received high honors at the USATF annual meeting that took place last week in Columbus Ohio. Mark Williams of Columbia was named Age Division Athlete of the Year in the M45 division by the Masters Track and Field Committee. Roberta Groner of Ledgewood was named Athlete of the Year in the W40 division by the Masters Long Distance Running Committee.
A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.org or at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.
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