Sunday, November 20, 2016

Randolph's Groner wins the Giralda Farms 10K

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, November 20, 2016


Sunny skies, a slight breeze.  It could not have been any better for a fast 10K on the challenging Giralda Farms 10K that was run this past Sunday in Madison.  Roberta Groner of Randolph handled the tough course with ease to finish first woman in 35:09 and amid the top ten men.

Sean Stetler of Quakertown PA was first overall in 32:32.  Jonathan Frieder, formerly of Randolph and now from Rye Brook NY finished in sixth place and was the first masters man to finish.  The race was the masters men’s USATF championship.  Frieder’s time was 34:05, which age graded to 84.89% PLP.

Karl O’Reilly was the first Morris area man to finish and Elena Rozhko the first masters woman and third woman overall.  Both O’Reilly [33:56] and Rozhko [38:30] are from Morristown.

Also from Morristown was the 61 year old Nora Cary whose finishing time of 43:27 earned her 90.69% on the age graded scale.  Beau Atwater, 58, of Bernardsville was the top age graded man at 88.00% for his 36:35.  Gary Leaman, 57, of Hardwick was next on the age graded scale with 86.79% for his time of 36:46, just eleven seconds back from Atwater.

Eleven M60 teams entered the race and twelve M50.   Both divisions were won by the Morristown based Garmin teams.   The Morris County Striders team placed sixth in the M40 division.

Fueled by the Baby Boomers, the largest division was the M60 with fourteen teams.  Reno Stirrat of Rockaway was on the winning Shore Athletic Club team in that division and Mark Washburne of Mendham lead his Do Run Running club team to third place.

Ricardo Garcia of Carteret won the 5K in 16:19 and Chelsea Callan of Westfield won the women’s race in 19:06.  A surprise entry in the 5K was 800 meter world masters champion Anselm LeBourne, 57, of Maplewood who finished sixth overall and whose 18:07 was age graded at 85.93%.


Only four more days and everyone can race again.  For the USATF competitors, the Horace Ashenfelter 8K in Glen Ridge will be the place to be on Thanksgiving morning.  A quick unofficial tally of the team grand prix with the addition of the Giralda Farms 10K and only two masters men’s teams can afford to stay away; the Shore Athletic Club’s M50 team and it’s M60 team have insurmountable leads in their divisions.  All the other masters men’s teams need to race to hold their position or move up. 

The Garmin open men’s team can take the day off, as can the Clifton Road Runners W40, W50, and W60 A teams. They can’t be caught.  On the other hand, some of those various squad members may need to make it to the race in order to improve their individual standings in the New Balance Grand Prix.

There is a plethora of races on Thanksgiving morning and many quite large and well organized.  The Flemington Turkey Trot, the oldest Thanksgiving Day race in New Jersey will attract over four thousand runners and some of those up front could be quite fast like last year’s winner Liam Boylan Pett who finished in 15:37, and the women’s winner Heather Wilson and Ashley Higginson whose times were a near tie at 16:47.   That trio of talent is with the NY/NJ track club. 

The upper Saddle River Run 5K will attract about 2,500 runners, and the Ashenfelter will have three thousand.  The Krogh’s Turkey Trot in Sparta will have over two thousand.   Closest to home will be the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers Turkey Trot 5K that will take place at the Ginty Field location in Morris Township that could have over 2,600 runners.   That means a lot of hungry runners Thanksgiving afternoon.


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