Sunday, November 1, 2015

Beautiful running at Cross Country meet

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, November 1, 2015


The Adidas Garden State Track Club headed the open division of the state cross country 8 kilometer championship last Sunday in perfect running conditions.  Running for the Adidas club, Robert Nihen of Glen Rock established an impressive lead over his teammates and finished the race in 25:47 for the win.  Also running for the same club Elizabeth Sweeney of Philadelphia was the women’s winner in 30:13. 

Morris area masters runners dominated the age division spots including wins for these runners:  Joel Garrell, M55, Morristown in 31:55, Janice Morra, W55, of Morristown in 37:10, Reno Stirrat, M60, of Rockaway, M60, in 30:45, Nora Cary, W60, of Morristown in 35:53, Roger Price, M65, of Randolph, in 34:34, Shirley Pettijohn, W80, of Chatham in 1:34:49, Patricia Tummey, W85, of Randolph in 1:42:04.

The Adidas GSTC open men teams went 1, 2, 3, but they were shouldered out of a clean sweep with the Shore Athletic Club taking fourth and pushing the club’s fourth team into fifth place.  The Garmin Runners placed sixth.  Garmin won the M40 division but were knocked out of first in the M50 by a strong Shore team.  Shore took first in the M60 division helped by Stirrat, while the Raritan Valley Road Runners took second, lead in by Price.

The top women’s teams mirrored their male counterparts.  The Adidas women also went 1, 2, 3, followed in fourth by the Garmin Runners, who topped the W40 division and the W50.  In that division Cary lead her Do Run Runners to third.  The Raritan Valley team placed first in the W60 division with the Rose City Runners taking second.  Pettijohn and Tummey, along with Diane Stone of Chatham represented the Morris County Striders in the W70 and W80 divisions.

Thanks to the skilled services of David Siconolfi of CompuScore, the team grand prix has been tallied and posted.  The Adidas Garden State Track Club has the lead thanks to their open men and women’s teams. 

The rest fall into place as might be expected; Garmin, Shore, RVRR, Clifton, in the next four spots.  Garmin Runners lead the M40, M50, W40, and W50.  The Do Run Runners are third in the M40, and fourth in M50,

Coming up next Sunday is the Giralda Farms 10K and 5K at the Giralda Farms corporate campus in Madison, hosted by the Rose City Runners.  These are the races you love and hate.  If you like fast downhills you’ve got them and if you like a solid uphill climb, well you’ve got that too. 

On the 5K you have a downhill at the start, then a long climb up to the turnaround point, at which you get to descend the climb you just did.  You finish going part way up the hill you started down on and then finish with a short sprint to the finish line. 

The 10K starts out with the 5K, but continues uphill before reaching a slightly rolling section before plunging back down the hill that the start was on.  At the bottom the runners turn and run back up the hill and back out to continue on the rolling path.  Next is a downhill back to the bottom of the same hill and up to the first hill to get to the finish.  Seems  like you run up hill more than you run down.  No you don’t.  Both courses have a net drop.  The 10K drop is 1.22 and the 5K has a net drop of 2.13. 

The registration and finish line area will have a new look.  That location is where the new Loantaka Brook Reservation extension into the Giralda Farms property begins off Dodge Drive.  A loop through the new trail is about a mile and a quarter or maybe a mile and a half.  For those who want an off road warm-up, what could be better?

The 10K this year is the masters women’s championship race.  Both races start together at noon on Sunday.


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