Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, October 30, 2016
OCEAN CITY MAN WINS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
Sean Stether may have been the runner who traveled the farthest to race in the USATF state cross country 8 kilometer Championship on Sunday. If his goal was to win the race then the trip up from Ocean City paid off as he finished the tough Natirar Park course in 25:41 ahead of the 268 other racers. Evan Ward of Princeton was next in 25:56 and Matthew Eder of East Brunswick was third in 26:00.
Kristen Andrews of Manalapan was the first woman to finish. Andrews finished in 30:06 followed by her Shore Athletic Club teammate Brianna Gess of Haddonfield in 30:31. Aimee Chegwidden of Hamburg was third in 30:44. Her adidas Garden State Track Club placed second to Andrews Shore team.
The adidas Garden State Track Club was at the race in full force with their open men’s teams taking first, second, third before the Shore club wedged in at fourth. Another Garden State team was fifth and then the local Garmin team took sixth. The Garmin team took second in the M40 division. While other Morris based teams competed none made it into the top three in any men’s division.
On the women’s side the Garmin club took fifth in the open division and second in both the W40 and W50 division. The Do Run running team took third in the W50 division. The Morris County Striders placed third in the W60 division and first in the W70 and W80 divisions.
Forty-nine men’s teams and 36 women’s teams competed.
SENIOR RUNNERS WILL BE FEATURED IN NEW BOOK
It is not often that senior athletes are involved in a photo shoot, but that is just what happened on Sunday at the race site. Several senior New Jersey runners over age eighty will be featured in a book that is close to being completed, written by John Silver of White Plains.
Silver interviewed the runners in their homes recently, and the group photo and others will be used with their profiles. Athletes who will be featured include Diane Stone and Shirley Pettijohn, both of Chatham and Melva Murray of Hillsborough. Those three were on the Morris County Striders W80 team along with Carolyn Weaver of Rockaway.
Others who will be featured include Joe LaBruno of Bayonne, Nathaniel Finestone of Mountainside and Bill Welsh of Staten Island.
TEAM GRAND PRIX UPDATE
The Investors Bank Foundation club and team grand prix standings have been updated with the cross country race results included. The Clifton Road Runners are still in first place with more than a one hundred point lead. They have 619 to 503 for the second place adidas Garden State Track Club. The Shore Athletic Club is not far behind with 494 points. The Garmin team is fourth with 366 points.
Other local clubs include the Morris County Striders in 8th place, the Do Run club in 9th, Geezers in 11th, Rose City Runners in thirteenth and the New Jersey Racing Project in 14th place.
NEW YORK CITY MARATHON NEXT SUNDAY
With the New York City Marathon next Sunday there are not a lot of races taking place in New Jersey. This always seems counterintuitive. After all, not every runner in the state is a marathoner and of those not all make it into the race. There is a 5K race in Livingston next Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Runners can DVR the marathon coverage and go off and run a quick 5K and then come home and watch New York. Of course keep the car radio off on the ride home.
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.