Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 4, 2016
SCHEID WINS STATE CROSS COUNTRY 5 KILOMETER
Justin Scheid of Sparta won the USATF New Jersey 5 kilometer cross country race last Sunday in Thompson Park in Monroe Township. Scheid finished in 15:36. His New Jersey Elite team placed second in the Open Men’s division with top masters finisher Todd Wiley of Pipersville PA next, followed by Elliott Frieder of Montville and then brother Jonathan Frieder of Rye Brook NY.
The top woman was Kristin Andrews of Manalapan, running for the Shore Athletic Club (SAC), which placed third in the Open Women’s division. Her time was 18:48. Yes, Andrews is the sister of Olympian Robby Andrews. Their father, Bob Andrews, also ran in the cross country race and was on a M40 and M50 team for SAC.
Open men was dominated by the adidas Garden State Track Club (aGSTC) with first place and third. Their C and D teams tied with 138 points for fifth and sixth. The Garmin racing team placed fourth. Sixteen teams competed in the open men division.
The M40 division was won by the aGSTC by one point over Garmin 30 to 31. Terry Davidson of Randolph brought in the Garmin team, finishing in 18th place in 17:16. Garmin’s M50 team also placed second but in this division to the SAC team.
On the men’s side of the ledger SAC teams were top three four times amongst all divisions.
On the women’s side the aGSTC were first and second place team in the open women’s division with the SAC team third. The Garmin women’s racing teams placed fifth but were third in the W40 and second in the W50 division.
Other local teams include the Do Run Runners that placed third in the W60. The Morris County Striders were fourth in W60 and took the sole spot in the W70 division.
The course at Thompson Park is familiar to any runners who raced at the park for their high school cross country team years back. It was not familiar to the senior runners who fell back and lost contact with the runner in front of them in the second and third miles. Several of those runners went off course and lost precious time getting re-routed.
No protests were filed as the affected runners appear to have maintained their positions through it all. They followed one another off course and though they ran longer the results were allowed to stand. Cross country is scored by place, not time so no harm done, except to have some very hot and tired runners cross the finish line.
MIDLAND MILE CORRECTION
In last week’s column you read that in the Midland Avenue Mile, the W40 race was won by Jennifer St. Jean of Darien CT and that Anne Balfour of Morristown was second.
That was incorrect although at press time it appeared to be correct. Hortencia Aliago of Garfield was second with a time of 5:49. Due to a mistake in the start of that race the runner had been dq’d, but it was decided that the mistake was through no fault of the athlete and she was re-instated.
This was important for her Clifton Road Runner club as with her back in the file the Clifton team placed first in both the W40 division and open women’s division. The Garmin racing team was moved to second.
LOCAL RACES CORRECTION
In last week’s column I said there were few local races coming up. One that I missed because it was not listed in the USATF race calendar was the Netcong Day 5K that is taking place on Sunday, September 11th. Races that are not sanctioned by the USATF do not get listed. Sanctions are usually done well ahead of a race but this time the Netcong race had not done so until this week. In 2015 the race was won in 16:11 by Justin Scheid, who just won the cross country race last Sunday. We can assume that Scheid is in top shape this year for the race.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.