Sunday, September 7, 2014

Drama at the Jimmy D 5K

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 7, 2014


Stephen Mennitt of Edison won the Jimmy D 5K this past Sunday in New Brunswick with a comfortable margin of thirty-one seconds.  That margin forestalled any possible complaints that Mennitt did not run the exact course.  The race finishes on the track at Memorial Stadium off Joyce Kilmer Avenue.

Spectators saw the lead motorcycle cut into the sport complex at the first available gate and Mennitt followed it.  He then ran to the track and completed three quarters of the oval to the finish.  His time was 16:06 and it can be argued that rather than cutting the course he actually ran longer than any others.

The correct course continued up Joyce Kilmer to the second gate where the runners entered the complex and ran about one third of the oval.  Mike Soroko of Kinnelon was in second place and he also turned into the wrong gate. Rather than let him go, spectators called out to him and he dashed back out to Joyce Kilmer.  By that time Michael Daigeaun of Philadelphia who was running in third had reached the first gate, but Daigeaun eased off his drive, allowing Soroko to resume his place.  I have seen this kind of good sportsmanship happen in other races where the trailing runner does not take advantage of a mistake by the runner in front.  Soroko finished in second in 16:37 with Daigeaun third in 16:42.

While the race was a masters women’s championship there was other drama up front as well.  Mark Zamek who won the Midland Run 15K in the early 90’s and who is now 51 years old finished in fourth place in 16:57 for an 87.71 % PLP.

The women’s winner of the race was the “new kid on the block” Roberta Groner, 36, who recently moved to Randolph from outside the state.  She finished in 17th place in 18:22.

Misa Tamura of Ridgewood, now 48 years old finished second woman overall in 19:24.  Mary Christian, 51, of Flanders was fourth masters woman in 20:33 and Nora Cary, 59, of Morristown was eighth masters woman in 21:11 and tops in Age Grading at 89.03%.

The Shore Athletic Club women’s 40 team handed the Morristown based Garmin runners their first defeat this year with the North Jersey Masters bumping them out of second as well, thanks to Tamura’s outstanding performance.  Cary brought her Do Run Runners W50 team into victory in that division.

Next Sunday the teams from all divisions will be at Deer Path Park in Hunterdon County for the 5 kilometer cross country championship.  Cross country racing is where racing began but many present day runners started out on the roads and are reluctant to go onto dirt and grass.  In my opinion the Deer Path Park course is the best cross country course that I have ever run.  It has hills but nothing as brutal as can be found at Holmdel Park with its infamous Bowl.  The course is mowed grass with no rocks or roots to trip even the clumsiest runner.

Look for the Garden State Track Club to be out in force racing in the open men and women divisions.  Favorites in the M40 and W40 will be the Garmin team although the Shore Athletic Club proved last Sunday that they have the women who can match the Garmin women.  Men 50 is up for grabs with the Clifton Road Runners, Do Run Runners, Shore AC and the North Jersey Masters all contenders.


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