Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 15, 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014
College Avenue Mile races were a success
Without a doubt, the College Avenue Mile races in New Brunswick this past Saturday, June 7th was a success. Yes, some road racers shied away, fearful that they might get hurt trying to speed through a mile, but two hundred and ninety nine raced.
Of course not all at once. There were several divisions based on either ability or age divisions. The fastest runner was Chris Johnson of New Providence who finished first in 4:21 in the Elite men’s mile. To no one’s surprise, Cheyenne Ogletree of Port Reading won the Elite women’s mile in 5:02. What may have surprised others is the third place finish of Maria Danna of Kenvil who finished in 5:10. Danna recently won the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K.
Danna runs for the Garmin racing team along with Elena Rozhko of Morristown who won the W40 race in 5:16, and Sue Bessin of Madison who won the W45 division race in 5:48.
Although Ogletree’s Adidas Garden State Track Club team won the open division and placed three other teams before the Garmin women’s team took fifth place, the Garmin team won the W40-49 team division. The Randolph based Do Run Runners were third, and their team won the W50 to 59 division.
Mark Williams of Columbia won the M40 division in 4:40. Brian Crowley of Hillsborough, at age 49 was at the top of the age division yet finished third in the race in 4:47 and first in the M45 division. Both men run on the Garmin team and along with Gary Rosenberg of Morristown, Mark Zamek of Lavallette and David Small of Hoboken nailed the M40 to 49 team division.
Zamek finished in 4:56 for second by a nose over Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes who is credited with the same time in the M50 division. William Zink of Wyckoff won the division in 4:54.
Kashulines headed his Do Run team to first in the M50 -59 team division. Other notable local performances included Mary Christian of Flanders who won the W50 division in 6:01, and 59 year old Nora Cary of Morristown who finished in 6:25 to win the W55 division. The indomitable Jane Parks of Morristown won the W60 division in 6:50. Roger Price of Randolph won the M65 division in 5:56 and Ed Smith of Mountain Lakes won the M70 in 6:21.
From all accounts the runners had fun. Some had raced a mile before but most had not. They should be able to report back to their friends that they didn’t get hurt and they enjoyed the experience.
The most popular event may have been the relay that took place after the serious racing was done. That could be misnaming the event. Some teams were husband and wives or boyfriend and girlfriend. Others were people who compete on the same team and they got quite serious about racing against their near competitors.
President’s Cup Night Race tomorrow night, Lager next Sunday
President’s Cup Night Race 5K will go off at 8:00 pm tomorrow night in Millburn. A week from today, on Sunday, June 22 will be the Fitzgerald 1928 Lager Run in Glen Ridge. Both are part of the Fast Five series
You’ve got to be in it to win it. After two Fast Five race, the just completed Mile and the Stomp the Monster, leaders are emerging. Joshua Neyhart of Port Reading is in the lead with 1,394 points on the men’s side and Ogletree on the women’s side with a perfect 1,400.
What is interesting is that many in the top eight are also in the top eight masters file. They include locals like Rosenberg who is fourth in open men, and fourth in masters men which is being scored through highest PLP percentage scores. Rozhko is third overall woman and first master. Bessin is in eighth place open women and fourth masters.
Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany and Joyce Morgan of Boonton are both in the seventh spot in their respective masters list.
The best four scores out of a possible five races will determine the winners. Expect to see most masters racers bumped out of the open file after tomorrow’s President’s Cup race which is the Open men’s championship.
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.