Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, June 21, 2015
PRICE WINS PRESIDENT’S CUP, ROCHDI SECOND
Monday night presented some challenges for runners trying to reach Millburn for the President’s Cup Night Race 5K. Showers off and on all day began to move away but it seemed like every major highway had traffic stalled because of the bad weather. Having the police close the roads of the course at 7:15 did not help the already frazzled runners who had to park a good distance away and then hustle to the race location at Charlie Brown’s.
Although the race was the open men’s championship there were plenty of masters men and women and fast open women as well. But the focus was on the young open men and they promised a great fight for first place.
When the starting gun was fired seven or eight men immediately took to the lead in a fast moving pack. Clearly it was going to be a tight race. Passing a spectator check point just over a mile into the race, the pack was still tightly packed with Youssef Rochdi of Rockaway appearing to be in the lead with Kyle Price of North Brunswick close by with Justin Scheid of Sparta and Stephen Mennitt of Edison forming the leading arrow in the pack.
At that point the racers head out to the Millburn High School for the quick turnaround in the school’s front driveway. When the racers reappeared on Millburn Avenue two of the four had separated from the others. Rochdi and Price were running side-by-side as they headed up Millburn about two and a half miles into the race. The spectators on Essex Avenue eagerly began straining to see who would be the first coming down the hill to the finish line. It was the easily recognizable Price with his spiked Mohawk who came flying toward them and the finish line. The winner of the duel would be Price who finished in 14:49. Price had pulled away from Rochdi at the top of the hill and he fell ten seconds back to finish in 14:59, with 2010 winner Scheid third in 15:03. Stephen Mennitt of Edison was fourth in 15:07 and Chris Heibell of Hillsborough rounded out the top five with his 15:23.
Alyssa Douma of Millburn was the women’s winner in what may have been a personal record time of 18:06.Second place was Erika Meling of North Brunswick in 18:49. The top Morris area woman was fifty year old Mary Christian of Flanders who finished tenth in 20:05.
As has become commonplace now in open competition the Adidas Garden State Track Club dominated. Price was on the B team that finished first and Rochdi was on the A team that was second. The D team finished in third place. Sandwiched in between the C team that finished fifth was the Pearl Izumi Mid-Atlantic team that benefitted with having Scheid leading the team in, followed by Elliott Frieder of Montville in 16:20 and Jonathan Frieder of Hartsdale NY in 16:25. Last scoring man on the team was Rich Burke of Morristown in 16:56.
The Morristown based Garmin team finished in sixth place with Mike Soroko of Kinnelon first to score in 16:03.
Next up and finishing up the championship spring season is the Fitzgerald’s Lager Run 5K next Sunday evening in Glen Ridge. For the first time since it has been a championship it is hosting the Masters Women.
SUNSET CLASSIC AND MORRIS COUNTRY STRIDERS RACES
Tradition has the Sunset Classic five mile race on a Thursday in June. But don’t miss it, the Bloomfield race is tomorrow night, Monday June 22nd. It’s not a bad move. Beginning with the Roxbury Community Benefit 5K each Monday night in June had a race. Two of those races have dropped out, leaving just the Roxbury race and the President’s Cup race. Putting the Sunset Classic in one of those slots is a smart move. The race will start at 7:30 p.m. on Broad Street with the finish on the track in Foley Field.
Another slight change in the calendar is the earlier date for the first race of the Morris County Strider’s summer series cross country races. The first is this Tuesday night, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Johanson Field in Boonton. The series will have two races in July, the 7th and the 21st and one on August 4th.
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.