Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, March 17, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013
MILES FOR MUSIC 20K HAD A TWIST
The weather did not live up to its billing this past Sunday for mid fifties temperature. There was a chill in the air, but runners at the Miles for Music 20K were quite comfortable running through Johnson Park in Piscataway in the first USATF New Jersey championship.
Ken Goglas of Port Reading was the eventual winner in 1:06:23. Goglas was shadowed by Stephen Mennitt of Edison who finished second in 1:06:32 and Mike Dixon of Highland Park who took third in 1:06:41.
Cheyenne Ogletree of Garfield had no trouble winning the women’s side of the race. She finished in 1:17:15. Elena Rozhko of Morristown was second overall and the first forty plus woman in 1:19:19. Catherine Smith of Wayne, also in the W40 division was third in 1:20:10. Elliott Frieder of Montville was the first master man to finish. His time was 1:12:01.
Goglas was running on the Garden State Track Club A team that was initially listed as placing first in the open men’s team division. But one of the team’s members was disqualified as not having current membership in USATF- New Jersey. The team was removed from the results as an incomplete team.
Just last month the LDR committee affirmed that the team designations stand, regardless of how they finish. In an even more bizarre twist, the Garden State C team finished ahead of its B team; scoring 5:54:45 to 5:56:26. Now, in the open men’s team division in the grand prix the Garden State Track Club C team holds the lead after one race, the B team is second and the A team has no score. What a way to start the season!
The club fared better in the open women division with Ogletree leading her Garden State TC team to first with the club’s B team taking third. Sandwiched in between was the Morris area based Garmin Runners.
The Garmin team won the W40 division with Sneaker Factory taking second place and the Raritan Valley Road Runners taking third.
The Morris area Do Run Runners women’s team won the W50 division, with the Clifton Road Runners in second and the North Jersey Masters in third. The Madison based Rose City Runners W60 team was first and the Central Jersey Road Runners placing second.
Raritan Valley took the top spot in the M50 division with the Do Run Runners in second and the Shore Athletic Club in third. The M60 division was won by the Shore team with Raritan Valley in second and the Clifton team in third. Clifton won the M70 division and the Central Jersey club was second.
In a 20 kilometer race you would not expect close calls in the team scoring, but it happened. The Clifton M60 team had a combined time for the three scoring members of 5:00:08. Right behind them getting fourth place was the Morris County Striders in 5:00:13.
BROTHERS DUKE IT OUT IN THE ST. PATTY’S 5K ON SATURDAY
On Saturday at the St. Patty’s 5K in Morris Township, the Scheid brothers, Justin and Jeremy took first and second with Justin, 27 or Morris Plains beating his Jeremy, 24 of Hoboken by over a minute, 15:26 to 16:31. Jeremy Garrell of Morristown was third in 16:46.
Some people used the 5K as a tune-up for the next day’s race in Johnson Park. Elena Rozhko was one of those, winning the race in 18:18 on the women’s side. Lia Bella, also of Morristown was second in 19:29 just a few ticks ahead of Jessica Byrnes of Pompton Plains who finished in 19:32. Over 1,200 runners finished the race that took place prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that took over the streets of Morristown at noon.
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.
Contact Madeline Bost at firstname.lastname@example.org.