Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, September 17, 2017
GARMIN CLUB AND TEAM GRAND PRIX STANDINGS
The USATF Garmin sponsored club and team grand prix was updated this week. To no one’s surprise the Garden State Track Club has a substantial lead, thanks in part to the mile championship in August as well as the cross country championship at Natirar Park where they fielded several strong open teams.
The club has 470 points with the Clifton Road Runners next with 395 and the Shore Athletic Club in third with 351 points.
The Garden State open men and women’s teams also have the lead in those divisions. Their men’s B, A and C teams have the top three spots in that order. The women are in first in their division but the Shore team is in second and Clifton third.
The Clifton women are on a roll with their W40 and W60 teams in first place and tied with the North Jersey Masters women in the W50. The Garmin Women are second in W40 and third in W50.
Thanks to the merger for racing purposes with the Morris area Do Run Runners, the North Jersey Masters club is second in W60 and First in the W70 division. The Morris County Striders that had until this year been unchallenged in the W70 division have been pushed down to second and third in the W70 division. They still reign supreme in the W80 division.
The Garmin M40 team is in first place with the Garden State team in second. The places are reversed in the M50 division with the Garden State team holding first place while the Garmin team is tied with the North Jersey Masters for second. The North Jersey Masters are in second place in the M60 division with the Shore club in first. Clifton is first in the M70 while the North Jersey Masters are in second place.
Local clubs like the Morris County Striders, the Rose City Runners and the Geezers are competing but are not in the top five in any of the divisions. Counting B and C, and in the case of Garden State even below C teams, a total 26 teams so far year this have competed in at least one championship race.
This morning all of the clubs are racing at the Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon in Jersey City. How they do will determine how the numbers will change. The preregistered number of runners as posted on Friday is down slightly from 2016 when 3,140 runners had registered. This year’s number is 2,957, although a handful of duplicate entries had been spotted in the list.
The Morris County Striders club may not be the fastest in the state, but what they lack in speed they possess in team spirit. It has been reported that the club was the largest club to compete in Sparta on Labor Day weekend and again at the Netcong 5K this past weekend as they have been in previous years at Netcong.
David Lerman of Hopatcong won the race in 17:41 while Corine Macaluso of Hopatcong won the women’s race in 21:12. Both also won the 2016 race.
Randolph’s Roberta Groner showed she has quite a range this month. Groner placed tenth in the National 20K in New Haven CT on September 4th in 1:10:05. Last Sunday she finished the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York in 4:51.
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.
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