Sunday, November 6, 2016

Giralda Farms to host masters men in 10K

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, November 6, 2016



Masters men are returning to the Giralda Farms 10K in Madison next Sunday where they raced for the championship title two years ago.  A quick look at the team results in the 2014 race is a poignant look at how things have changed in only two years.

The winning M40 team in 2014 was the Sneaker Factory with Rich Burke of Morristown Leading the squad in.  In second place was the Garmin team with Brian Crowley of Hillsborough leading that team in.  Third place went to the Do Run Runners.  All three teams were Morris area clubs.

Now with the Sneaker Factory having folded in 2015 the men have dispersed into other teams, many of them absorbed into the Garmin club, making it the most dominant of the M40 teams.

Not all have moved from the Sneaker Factory to Garmin however.  Gary Leaman of Hardwick now runs for the adidas Garden State Track club as does Karl Leitz of Jersey City.  John Hogan of Washington Township is now with the North Jersey Masters.

Other men have also switched clubs since 2014, like Robert Skorupski and David McLaughlin both of Rockaway who are now on the Shore Athletic Club team.

It will be interesting to see how these changed clubs do on Sunday as compared to 2014.  Both the 5K and 10K start together at 12 noon.  The Giralda Farms website advises runners to plan to arrive prior to 11:00 a.m. to avoid the traffic and parking delays that often occur.  The gate into the complex will close at 11:45 a.m. and late arrivers will have to find parking in the neighborhoods nearby.


Robert Skorupski of Rockaway who battled with Drew Pennyfeather of Highland Park all summer at the Morris County Strider summer series 5Ks conceded the title of first in the USATF cross country series with the final postings of the grand prix.  Head to head the two were well matched with each taking a win at the Morris County race. 

Tipping the scale to Pennyfeather was running in the USATF 8km that Skorupski missed.   Those extra 200 pts in the grand prix scale cost Skorupski.  The top score for first in a championship is 700 points while a non championship race starts at 500 points for first.

David McLaughlin of Rockaway placed third in the series. Others in the top dozen were Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany who won his M60 division and Bruce Langenkamp of Wharton who won the M65 division.   Warren (Arch) Seamans of Rockaway won his M80 division.

Debbie Brathwaite of Hawthorne won the women’s grand prix, with Christine Prorock-Rogers in second.  Lisa Davenport of Lake Hopatcong finished in third with only seven points keeping her from second. 

Nora Cary of Morristown took her W60 age division and Eva Fisher of Rockaway moves up to first in the W55 division once Braithwaite is removed from the age divisions.

The series features the two USATF cross country championship cross country races and races hosted by the Raritan Valley Road Runners and the Morris County Striders.


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