Sunday, October 12, 2014

Big weekend for out of state races for New Jersey runners

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, October 12,  2014

Big weekend for out of state races for New Jersey runners

New Jersey runners left the state this past weekend to compete at national caliber races.

The Syracuse Festival of Races on Sunday again hosted the USATF national 5K masters championship.  Three New Jersey clubs sent teams to compete and all did very well.  In the M40 team division the Garmin team placed second out of a dozen clubs.  What is most remarkable about that is that two of the scoring members are not the most youthful in that division.  In fact, second man on the team was Mark Zamek of Lavallette who is fifty-one.  Zamek won the M50 age division in 16:27 and was eleventh master overall.  Not to be outdone was Brian Crowley of Hillsboro who finished in ninth overall, third in his division and if the race had taken place a few days later, he would have beat Zamek in the M50 division.  His time was 16:21.

Third on the team was Mark Williams, formerly of Lake Hopatcong and now of Columbia who finished in 16:50.  Only three runners are needed to score in national road races, but team captain, Gary Rosenberg of Morristown was next on the team in 16:55 and fifth on the team was Bill Bosman 64, of Rockaway who finished in 19:44.

Running for the Shore Athletic Club was Reno Stirrat also of Rockaway.  Stirrat lead his team to second place in the M60 division.  Stirrat finished in third in the M60 individual age division with his time of 18:33.  Also scoring for the team was Emmanuel Brody of Roselle and Harold Nolan of Navesink.

New Jersey runners truly had their way in the M70 team division.  The Shore team placed second to the always dominant Ann Arbor team.  The Clifton Road Runners with Craig Wunderly of Hackettstown leading them in finished in third, and the Clifton B team took fourth.

Richard Barretto of Morristown was on the Shore’s M50 team that finished in sixth place and Reno Stirrat’s wife Susan was on the Shore’s W50 team that placed fifth in that division.

In the national team grand prix the Garmin team is tied for 7th place with two other teams.  At this point in the series the team has only one race while the top six teams have two.  Opportunities exist for the clubs to run in more races and improve their standings.  The national cross country 5km is taking place in Indiana on November 8th; a 12K road race is in Alexandria VA on November 16th and the closest race will be the club cross country meet in December in Bethlehem, PA. 

The Shore’s teams are doing well in the team grand prix.  They are in third place in the M60 and their M70 team is in a tie for sixth.  The Clifton Road Runners M70 team is in third place in their division.  The Raritan Valley Road Runners were not able to field a team at the 5K.  Only Roger Price of Randolph was able to compete, but they are holding on to fourth place in the M60 division.   Price finished the 5K  in 20:55 for seventh place in the M65 individual division.

New Jersey club at the Paul Short meet on Saturday

On Saturday the Garden State Track Club took a large contingent of men to race in the Paul Short cross country meet at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.  They placed four of their men in the top eleven in their race that featured nearly five hundred runners.  The first man on their squad to finish was Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway who finished seventh in 24:52.


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