Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, October 13, 2013
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2013
NATIONAL MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY NEXT SUNDAY AT DEER PATH PARK
National championships are not all alike and even national cross country races are not all alike. Most masters cross country races separate the men and women into two races. The New Jersey hosted race has four masters races and one race for open runners and non USATF members.
That race is the first on the schedule and will start at 10:00 a.m. A large contingent of Garden State Track Club runners have entered. The club has dominated the open division all year and will make for exciting racing.
The course is a double loop of Deer Path Park with opportunities for spectators to view the action four times in the race. Spectators can position themselves on the park access road west of the start and then run about two hundred meters up the road where the runners will be about a half mile into the race. An easy jog back to the original viewing point and they can see the runners at about half way into the race. Another quick jog to the second spot and they will see the runners on their second time out on the course. Another easy jog back to the original location and they can watch the runners race to the finish.
Next up is the masters women’s race that will feature superstar Kathy Martin of Northport, Long Island, NY. Martin missed by two seconds the 5K road mile age division record at the Syracuse Festival of Races on the 6th. Martin finished in 19:06 and age graded at 103.14% PLP. Ironically the record that she missed was her own that she set two years ago at the same race.
North Jersey Masters runner Erika Campbell, 64, of Ridgewood will be another strong contender in that division. Campbell placed third in the W60 at the Syracuse race in 21:24 and took home some prize money in the age grading division where she scored 94.75% for fifth age graded.
The Men 40+ race is the first of three masters men race. Ray Pugsley of the Baltimore Washington Track Club should be heading the lead pack. Pugsley was third in the national cross country club championships last December, where he finished the 10K in 33:16. Eric Stabb and Chad Newton of Atlanta Track Club should be up front as well. Stabb finished the club 10K in 34:07 and Newton in 34:17. Newton won the masters division of the Syracuse Festival of Races 5K last Sunday in 15:25. New Jersey’s Hector Rivera of Clifton placed fourth at Syracuse in 15:37, but his name has not appeared on the entry list for the masters cross country race.
Kristian Blaich of the Atlanta Track club was fourth overall in Syracuse and easily won the M45 division in 15:29. Hillsborough runner Brian Crowley, 48, was third in Syracuse in 16:25 helping his Garmin Runners to second place in the M40 team division.
The Men 50+ race will be no less exciting with Running Times columnist Peter McGill of the Cal Coast team the headliner. He will have competition from Mark Hixson from the Hartford Track Club who was fifth at the club race in 2012 in 34:26 in the M45 race. Gary Droze of the Atlanta Track Club was third in that division in Syracuse in 16:49. Mark Zamek who runs for the Raritan Valley Road Runners was a late entry last week who can be expected to put in a good effort. Zamek was the Midland Run winner in 1992.
Ken Youngers of the Atlanta Track Club won the club 10K in 2012 in the M55 division in 37:11 and in the Syracuse race last Sunday he was second in 17:02.
Ronville Gravesande of Union New Jersey placed fourth in the M60 division at the 5K in Syracuse in 18:47, a few seconds ahead of Kirk Larson of the Atlanta Track club. They’ll have competition from Roger Price, 64, of Randolph who runs for the Raritan Valley Road Runners and Emmanuel Brody from Roselle who runs for the Shore Athletic Club
Price’s RVRR teammate Terry Delph could be the pick for the M65 division although Jerry Learned of the Atlanta Track Club could give him a good run. Learned finished in Syracuse in 19:31.
Ed Smith, 71, of Mountain Lakes and the Shore Athletic Club has to be the favorite in his division. He placed second to Doug Goodhue of Ann Arbor in 21:29. Goodhue is not coming to New Jersey and that leaves the race wide open, although Charles Patterson of the Atlanta Track Club has entered the Deer Path race. He was first in his division at the club nationals last December.
Notable by their absence in the registration list is the Genesee Valley Harriers. The Harriers are always late entries and their coach has told organizers that they will have between 30 and 40 runners at the race. As of mid afternoon on Friday the status of entry page at the national website showed 374 runners entered. Add in the Genesee team and the entries will jump to over 400.
Tonight at 11:59 p.m. the entry fee will go from $30.00 to $40.00 so it is time for the procrastinators to fire up their computers and get in their entries. Thirty dollars is a snap when you throw in the long sleeve technical shirt and the chance to watch some exciting racing.
They will have until Wednesday to register at $40.00 and after that the online option is closed and they will have to enter in person at the meet hotel, the Holiday Inn in Clinton, Saturday afternoon/evening and pay another extra tenner. There is no race day registration.
The national entry can be done at the New Jersey race calendar. Click on the link and have your USATF membership number handy as well as your credit card.
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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