Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Goglas wins the half marathon in Jersey City

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 28, 2014

Goglas wins the half marathon in Jersey City

Ken Goglas of Port Reading and formerly of Randolph is on a roll.  Goglas won the state cross country 5 kilometer championship two weekends ago and last Sunday proved that he has as much staying power as speed when he easily won the BATS Global Markets Newport Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon in Jersey City in 1:11:26.   Goglas was all alone when he crossed the line having dropped three other men along the way from a four pack that had passed the two mile mark together. 

Cheyenne Ogletree of Port Reading placed second to Jodie Robertson of Melville New York who finished in 1:18:35 but was the first New Jersey woman to finish.  Ogletree’s time was 1:21:33.

The first local runner was also the first masters man to finish.  Gary Rosenberg, 43, of Morristown finished in 1:17:29 and was 12th overall.

Roberta Groner, 36, of Randolph was the first local woman to finish and the fourth woman overall.  Her time was 1:24:39

Lauren Gregory of Denville finished in ninth place overall with her time of 1:27:36 but the most remarkable performance on the women’s side  was Jeanne Pare of Chester who at age 53 finished in 1:28:24 in tenth  place overall.  That earned her a spot on the top of the list of fastest age graded times with an 87.54%.   Second went to Nora Cary, 59, of Morristown whose 1:39:24 was age graded at 84.34%.

On the men’s masters side Rodrigo Caceres, 53, of Elizabeth whose time of 1:19:02 age graded at 86.87% was at the top of that list.  Next on the list was Beau Atwater, 56, of Bernardsville who scored 83.93% for his 1:24:01.

Cary lead her Randolph based Do Run running team to second place in the W50 division.  Atwater went one better than his women’s teammates and his Do Run M50 team took first place.  In the M40 division the Do Run runners placed second and the Morris area Sneaker Factory team placed third.

The Morristown based Garmin runners held their own in the open women’s team division by placing third to the Adidas Garden State Track Club that has been dominating the open divisions.  They moved up one spot in the W40 division
Close to twenty-eight hundred runners filled the streets in Jersey City and at Liberty State Park.   Last to finish was eighty-five year old Bill Welsh of Staten Island whose time was 4:47:28.  Welsh is a fixture on the racing circuit with his cheerful spirit as he fights to continue in the sport he loves.  Welsh races for the Central Jersey Road Runners on their M80 team.

Closer to home, the Cheshire Home 5K in Madison that was also run last Sunday was won by Ted Mussano of Wayne in 18:07.  Clovis Ribeiro of Madison was second in 19:42.  Christine Kimak of Pequannock won the women’s division in 21:44.  Just seventy runners finished the race, demonstrating how dominant the draw of the Jersey City race with its high level of competition.


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