Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 8, 2014
Copyright, Madeline Bost, 2014
Road runners can get a crack at track and field next weekend, when the USATF New Jersey open and masters championship takes place at Georgian Court in Lakewood on Saturday, June 14th. Road runners can choose from a 10 kilometer race that is the first track event in the day’s lineup, or the 5,000 meter run that follows the 5,000 meter race walk.
In the afternoon are the 800 meter run and a 1,500 meter run for road runners who want to try those shorter more intense distances. Also in the afternoon are the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. Relays wrap up the day’s events.
More information can be found at http://usatfnj.org/tf/index.html
At the Stomp the Monster 5K in Marlboro this past Sunday Yousseff Rochdi of Rockaway hit the finish line in 15:07 to win the race. The race, which seeks to raise money to stomp out cancer, was the USATF championship for women. Elena Rozhko of Morristown finished in 17:44, for third woman overall and first masters woman.
Rozhko lead her Morristown based Garmin women’s team to third place in the team competition. The team competition was dominated by the Adidas Garden State Track Club that placed a team in first, second and fourth.
According to my unofficial score keeping of the teams, the Adidas Garden State Track Club’s A team now has a good lead over the other teams with 48 points with the Garmin team in second with 36 points and Raritan Valley in third with 26 points.
Roxbury records broken on Monday night
At the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K this past Monday 623 runners finished the race with Yousseff Rochdi of Rockaway the winner, setting a new course record of 15:19. Rochdi was in good company with Justin Schied of Sparta second in 15:44 and Collin Frost of Randolph, the 2013 winner in third in 16:49. Maria Dana of Kenvil was a repeat winner, finishing in 18:01 to lower her own course record of 18:13 set in 2013.
President's Cup Night Race will host Men's Championship next Monday
To break 15 minutes in a 5K, a runner must run at 4:49 per mile pace or faster. For the past three years that time has not been reached in what is considered possibly the fastest 5K in the state, the President’s Cup Night Race.
The race that is being held on Monday, June 16th in Millburn is the USATF men’s state championship and will draw the best of the best that is currently racing in New Jersey. Since 1999 only fourteen men have run under fifteen minutes with four men claiming that distinction twice. Only one of those men is currently racing in New Jersey. That man is Justin Scheid of Sparta whose fastest time of 14:42 was run in 2009. In 2010 he won the race with a 14:50. Scheid has been racing in 2014 but will need to knock some seconds off his mile pace to go under the magic 15 in eight days.
In 2013 the winner was Ken Goglas of Port Reading who finished nine seconds over the mark, in 15:08. Stephen Mennitt of Edison was second in 15:12 and Scheid was back in 15:24. Will the winner be Rochdi who won the Stomp the Monster on the 1st in 15:07? Are there other speedster ready to pounce?
The President’s Cup Night Race is a great spectator course for the quick footed spectator who can dash between the two parallel roads that are the main streets of Millburn; Essex Street and Millburn Avenue.
President’s Cup Night Race 5K performances
under 15 minutes since 1999
By fastest time
1 Gene Mitchell 14:34 2003
2 Mark Nichol 14:37 2003
3 Jackson Kipng’ok 14:38 2003
4 Chris Pannone 14:38 2009
5 Justin Scheid 14:42 2009
6 Stephen Ondieki 14:43 2003
7 Matt Ruhl 14:47 2003
8 Stephen Ondieki 1 14:49 2004
9 Justin Scheid 14:50 2010
10 Jeff Perrella 14:50 2011
11 Scott DeFilippis 14:51 2006
12 Stephen Ondieki 14:51 2005
13 Fouzi Aloui 14:53 1999
14 Gene Mitchell 14:54 2005
15 Anthony DeBenedictis 14:54 2004
16 Erick Too 14:57 2005
17 Nick Pellegrino 14:57 2005
18 Fouzi Aloui 14:57 2000
19 Michael Mykytok 14:58 2003