Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Jersey's Julie Cully wins the Newport 10,000

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 11, 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014


The Newport 10,000 that took place last Saturday in Jersey City is always interesting.  One never knows what elite runners from around the country will be showing up to run for the prize money that is offered.  On the women’s side, our own New Jerseyan, Julie Cully, who grew up in Lebanon, and now lives in Virginia, won the race in 33:47.  Cully won the 5,000 meter US Olympic Trials in 2012 in 15:13. 

On the men’s side the race was won by Haile Mengesha who currently resides in New York.  His winning time was 29:59.49 – a somewhat pedestrian time given the quality of the field. However, although the course is dead flat it is plagued with numerous sharp turns that are hard to navigate.  The faster the runner, the more difficult the turns. 

Cheyenne Ogletree of Port Reading finished in 35:52, fifth overall and the first New Jersey USATF woman.  Finishing in seventh overall and first masters woman was Elena Rozhko of Morristown whose time was 37:43. 

Jeanne Pare, 53, of Chester scored the highest on the Age Grade table with her 39:48 that scored at 89.62% PLP.  Jane Parks, 61, of Morristown was second in the age grading at 86.59% for her time of 45:54.

Christopher Johnson of New Providence finished in fifth place and was the first New Jersey man in 31:28.  Locally, Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway finished eighth in 31:47 and rounding out the top ten was Justin Scheid of Sparta who finished in 32:58.

Sixteen men’s teams competed with many of the slower teams made up entirely of masters age men.  The Garden State Track Club took the first three spots with their C, B, and A teams, in that order.  On the women’s side there were nine complete teams with Garden State taking first.  The Morristown based Garmin women’s racing team was second and their men’s team was fifth in their division.  The Do Run Runners women’s team was sixth in their division and their men’s team was seventh.


At the Payton Jordan Invitational meet last Sunday night, Lauren Penney of Roxbury, who was featured here last week, made good on her promise to have a big PR when she finished the 5,000 meters in 15:30.3.   Her previous best time at the distance had been 15:56.   Amy Van Alstine of Midland Park finished in 15:22.9 and Ashley Higginson of Colts Neck finished in 15:34.8.

It’s a new course this year for the Super Hero Half marathon that takes place next Sunday in Morris Township.  The site location has changed slightly with the start on Southgate Parkway just off South Street.  The runners will do five miles in a lollipop out-and-back that will bring them back past the start and then off in another direction for an eight mile loop course, with the finish in Loantaka Park off South Street.

From its inception the race has drawn over a thousand runners, with the highest number, 1,237, in 2012.  Prizes will be awarded for overall and age division winners but the fun for the racers is wearing their super hero costumes for the best costume division. 


The USATF New Jersey long distance running committee quarterly meeting is taking place this Thursday evening, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the offices of Parette Somjen Architects in Rockaway.  The main topic on the agenda is the election of the sports committee chairs and vice chairs.   The address and directions are on the USATF website, under the link for associations meetings.

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