Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cross Country featured sixty seven teams at the national championship

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, October 27, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013


Cross country racing was at its best on Sunday at Deer Path Park in Readington when masters athletes from around the country but most heavily from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania came to compete in the USA national masters 5 kilometer championship.

The Atlanta Track Club with members scoring first, second, third, fifth, and sixteenth easily won Gold in the M40 race.  Chad Newton of the Atlanta team finished in 15:34 for first overall.  Second man on the team was the M45 winner, Kristian Blaich who finished in 15:41.  The Baltimore Washington Athletic Club was second and the newly formed New Jersey team, Pearl Izumi – Mid Atlantic took Bronze.  Their top runner was Dave Slavinski of Point Pleasant who finished fourth overall in 15.49 for the Bronze in the M40 division.

The Garmin Runners finished in fifth place with Brian Crowley of Hillsborough leading the team in with a 16:20, followed by Mark Williams of Columbia and Gary Rosenberg of Morristown.

To no one’s surprise in the M50 to 59 race, Peter Magill of the Cal Coast Track Club was the runaway winner in 15:57.  Raritan Valley Road Runner Mark Zamek of Macungie PA was second, finishing in 16:49.  Zamek’s team finished in seventh place while the Shore Athletic Club took sixth.

This is the first year that the M60 teams needed five men to score but the Shore Athletic Club appears to have had no problem in fielding a full team.  They earned the Gold with 40 points over Genesee Valley Harriers who took second.

In a heartbreaker the Raritan Valley Road Runners were two places away from third, when they scored 113 points while the Greater Philadelphia Track Club had 112 points.

The M70 division was won by Ed Smith of Mountain Lakes in 22:10, with Bill Hagman of Morris Plains second in 22:5.  The Clifton Road Runners won the M70 division and the Central Jersey Road Runners took first in the M80 division, although George Studzinski of Kinnelon who runs for the Fleet Feet Essex club won that division in 30:28.  In all, thirty eight men’s team competed.

Elena Rozhko of Morristown, a citizen of Ukraine, won the masters women’s race finishing in 18:09.  Rozhko’s performance was one of many outstanding performances by New Jersey women in the race that had twenty nine teams competing from age forty through eighty.

Nora Cary of Morristown, running for the Do Run Running club won the W55 division in 21:19.    Erika Campbell, 64 of Ridgewood, running for the North Jersey Masters team finished second in the W60 division.  She was outrun in that division by the incomparable Kathryn Martin of Northport Long Island who finished tenth overall in 19:46 for a top age graded score of 99.6%. 

Other local medal winners include Mary Ann Murphy who runs for the Do Run Runners who took third in the W70 division in 32:05 and the Morris County Strider women who dominated the older age divisions.  Shirley Pettijohn of Chatham took home Gold in the W75, Diane Stone of Basking Ridge Gold, Patricia Tummey of Randolph Silver and Melva Murray of Bedminster Bronze in the W80 Division.

In the women’s team divisions, Runner’s High placed second in W40 with their top scoring woman Diane DeOliveira of Brick finishing in 19:51.  Jill Evarts of Middletown was the second woman to score for the team in 19:56 which gave her third in the W45 division.

The Garmin Runners placed third with Susan Bessin of Madison bringing the team home in 20:30.  Running for the Raritan Valley Road Runners was Karen Pearlman of Branchburg who finished second in the W45 division in 19:33.

In the W50 team division the Shore Athletic Club placed second with Lauren Rhatigan of Ship Bottom their first woman in 21:17.  The Rose City Runners took third in the W60 division with Cande Olsen of Chatham fastest in 25:25.  The Morris County Striders W80 women rounded out the team division.  There were no W70 teams competing.

Starting off the day of races was the Garden State Classic for the open runners competing for New Jersey honors.  Ken Goglas of Randolph won the race in 15:13.  Cheyenne Ogletree of Garfield was the first woman over the line in 17:21.  Both Goglas and Ogletree compete for the Garden State Track Club that fielded eight open men’s teams and four women’s teams.
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