Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, December 14, 2014
Figures in for Grand Prix finals
As they say in the movie industry. It’s a wrap.
The final figures for the USATF New Jersey New Balance Grand Prix have been posted on the association website. In the overall men’s results, the point spread was a mere eleven points. Atilla Sabahoglu of Piscataway won with 5,689 points out of a possible 5,700. Ken Goglas, former Randolph standout, now of Port Reading was second with 5,681 points. Close behind him was previous grand prix winner Michael Dixon of Fanwood with 5,678 points.
Cheyenne Ogletree of Port Reading who could have won the women’s grand prix in 2013 but for lacking a Category three race made sure she made it to all the needed races this time around. Her score was 5,699, just one point off of perfect. Misa Tamura, the outstanding masters runner from Ridgewood was second with 5,672 points. Karen Auteri of Bloomingdale was third with 5,652 points.
A good number of local runners hit the top three in their age divisions. Gary Rosenberg of Morristown won the M40 division and Robert Skorupski of Rockaway placed third.
In the M45 David McLaughlin of Rockaway placed third. Lawrence Czaplewski of West Caldwell placed first in the M50 division but only with a five point margin over runner-up Antonio Massa of Budd Lake.
Beau Atwater of Bernardsville, who had a great year this year won the M55 division with Gary Leaman of Hardwick next and Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany rounding out the top three.
Bill Bosman of Rockaway placed first in the M60 division and Lou Grunfelder of Florham Park took third. Bruce Langenkamp of Wharton placed third in the M65 division and George Studzinski of Kinnelon placed second in the M80 division. And by the way there were five men in that age division and two in the M85.
The W80 division matched the men with Diane Stone of Chatham taking first and Shirley Pettijohn also of Chatham in second. Pat Tummey of Randolph had the W85 all to herself to win that division.
Sherri Landolfi of Lincoln Park placed first in the W40 division with Sue Bessin of Madison first in the W45 division. Mary Christian of Flanders won the W50 division with Joyce Morgan of Boonton in second. Lorraine McPhillips of Basking Ridge also placed second, in the W65.
Nora Cary of Morristown won the W55 division and Jane Parks, also of Morristown is a repeat winner in the W60 division. A repeat winner in her respective age divisions for 21 years. What an awesome record.
All the grand prix winners will be invited to the annual Awards Banquet in January.
Super Santa 5K next Saturday in Morristown
The folks that bring you those Super races have one for Morris area runners next Saturday, December 20th at the oft used Ginty Field course. That’s the course that has you chugging up hill in the second mile so that you can sail down the same grade in the third mile.
In 2013, the first year for the race, 664 runners finished so it was obviously a success from the start. Unless weather interferes we can look for the same numbers or even greater. Pre-race sign up and packet pickup will take place at the Morristown Running Company from
Wednesday, December 17th to Friday, the 19th. On race day all activities will be at the Morris Township Fire Department building at 2 Dwyer Lane, next to Ginty Field.
Oh, run in costume for a chance to win the best costume division. Awards will also be given to the top overall men and women and to the first three in ten year age divisions.
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.