Monday, May 8, 2017

Good turnout for the Newport 10K on Sunday

Published by the Daily Record of Morris County
on Sunday, May 7, 2017
 By MADELINE BOST, 973-584-9302
As expected the national elite and international elite grabbed the headlines at the Newport 10,000 in Jersey City on Saturday.   Craig Lutz of Flagstaff AZ won the race in 29:46, while Rosa Moriello of Brighton MA was the women’s winner in 34:17.
But the New Jersey elites were there also, including elite local runners.  Roberta Groner of Randolph finished third woman in 35:27. Elena Rozhko, 44, of Morristown was the first masters woman to finish.  Her time was 38:32.
 Brian Crowley, 52, of Hillsborough was the first masters runner to finish.  His 34:32 topped the age grading at 88:45%.  The first local masters man was Terri Davidson, 45, of Randolph who finished third masters man in 35:35.  Beau Atwater, 59, of Bernardsville finished seventh master and his 37:51 age graded at 85.84% for third in that ranking.  In between was Reno Stirrat, 63, of Rockaway who finished in 38:39 for an 87.23% PLP.
The race was a championship for open men and women.   Twenty-one full teams competed on the men’s side with the Garden State Athletic Club taking first, second and third in their alphabetical order.  The Morristown based Garmin team placed fourth and the Garmin women took fifth in their division.  Twelve full women’s teams competed with three others missing their fifth runner and thus coming up short of a point.
The Clinton County Run 15K team results were sorted out after last weekend’s race.  Two teams had somehow become merged into several large teams last Saturday.  They now reveal a very interesting phenomenon -  a tie between two teams from the same club, so close they are separated by less than a tenth of a second.
The Garden State Athletic Club put two teams in the open division that were so closely matched in talent that a tie could have been predicted.  But this goes way beyond anything the team captain could have imagined.
The B team’s first five runner’s times totaled 4:44.27.68.  The A team’s time was 4:44.28.38.  A difference of 7 tenths of a second.
Local teams finished out of the medals for the most part except for the Garmin club whose teams placed third in M40 and M50.  The Do Run Running Club has merged with the North Jersey Masters club for racing purposes and the North Jersey W60 team placed first with the help of new member Nora Cary of Morristown.  Their W50 team placed second thanks to Cary also.

The numbers and places will change with the addition of Saturday’s team places in the USATF club and team grand prix
The Shore Athletic Club was leading the overall club grand prix but with the Garden State teams racking up impressive places that lead surely has evaporated. 
By my unofficial count, Garden State is now in the lead in the grand prix with the Shore team very close -  167 to 162.   Other things to keep in mind is that the results posted on the internet at CompuScore are not considered official until they have been verified.

The Whippany Fireman’ race is this morning.  The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m.    Next Saturday the Girl’s on the Run 5K and the Run Around Lake Mohawk in Sparta will start at 8:00 a.m. 
I’ve long ago stopped trying to keep up with all the races going on in the area.  At one time CompuScore and Best Racing were the predominant race timing companies in this area.  Now, with an increase in timing companies, and some of the races not getting into any race calendars it is nigh impossible to be assured of complete accuracy.  All USATF sanctioned events are in the association’s web calendar, and Race Forum does a good job of including both sanctioned and non-sanctioned races. 

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