Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 29, 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014
Final championship races of the spring season are done
The final two races of the USATF Fast Five were run this past week; the Fitzgerald’s 1928 Lager 5K and the Sunset Classic 5 Mile.
The Lager run was the masters men’s championship and it showed with the up-front runners. Atilla Sabahoglu, 36, of Piscataway won the race in 15:49 with nineteen year old Michael Horowicz of Montclair second in 16:11, and after those two the rest of the top ten were all masters. Hector Rivera, 43, of Clifton was third in 16:22. Elliott Frieder, 43, of Montville was the highest scoring local. He finished sixth overall in 16:31.
Several local men finished in the top three in their age division. Three took first; Roger Price in the M65 in 20:12, Edward Smith of Mountain Lakes in the M70 in 22:48 and George Studzinski of Kinnelon in the M80 in 34:39. Beau Atwater of Bernardsville placed second in the M55 division in 17:56 and Kevin Higgins of Randolph took third in 18:49. Bill Bosman of Rockaway placed second in the M60 in 19:34.
The Morristown based Garmin Runners won the M40 team division with a combined time of 1:24:51.04 for the top five men.
Morris area women also did well. Susan Bessin of Madison placed third in the W45 in 20:32. Joyce Morgan of Boonton was second in the W50 division in 21:32 and Jane Parks of Morristown won the W60 division in 21:41. Patricia Tummey of Randolph now in her new W85 age division finished in 56:32 for first.
Both open and masters women raced in their 5 mile championship on Thursday evening in Bloomfield at the Sunset Classic. Sarah Pagano of Ringwood won the women’s race in 29:26. Maria Danna of Kenvil was third in 30:11. Catherine Smith of Wayne and Misa Tamura of Ridgewood finished seventh and eighth in a battle to be the first masters women. Smith finished first in 32:20 with Tamura just three seconds back.
Susan Bessin of Madison won her W45 age division in 35:15 and Joyce Morgan of Boonton won her W50 division in 36:12. Nora Cary of Morristown won the W55 division in 36:24 and Jane Parks also of Morristown won the W60 division in 36:47.
Danna led her Adidas Garden State Track Club open women’s team to first place in that division. Bessin’s Garmin team was second open team and first in the W40 division. Morgan’s Do Run Runners team placed second in the W40 and first in the W50 division. Cary was also a scoring member of the Do Run team.
Races coming up
Back to back races begin tomorrow with the Battle of the Business 5K hosted by ADP and Sobel and Company at the Green in Florham Park. The battle will draw more team runners than any other race in the area with the exception of the Verizon Wireless Classic in July. In 2013 643 runners and walkers finished the race. Well over 400 of those were in one of the various team divisions. This race offers divisions for large companies and small companies of less than 250 employees as well as a team division for non-corporate males and a non-corporate coed division. Corporations can enter three or three hundred but only the top three runners score. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. with the start at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday night is a far different race. The Morris County Striders will be hosting the first of their cross country 5k series races at Johanson Field off Powerville Road in Boonton Township. The series is part of the USATF cross country series as well. In addition to the Tuesday July 1st race, is one on July 15th, July 29th and the final on August 5th. Registration begins at 6:00 with the start at 7:00 p.m.
Of course next Friday is the Fourth of July and there are a small bunch of races for those who want to celebrate with a run. They include the 35th running of the Cranford Jaycees 4 mile Firecracker at 9:00 a.m.
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 email@example.com.