On Sunday, December 24, 2017
MORRIS AREA RUNNERS AMONG TOP THREE IN THEIR AGE DIVISION
Several local runners placed in the top three in their age divisions in the New Balance Grand Prix.
In the M45 division first place was taken by Gary Rosenberg of Morristown. Has Rosenberg ever finished out of top three in his division? Wesley Cole of Basking Ridge placed third.
Long time racing rivals placed first and second in the M55 division. Gary Leaman of Hardwick placed first with Beau Atwater of Bernardsville second.
All top three men in the M60 division were locals; Reno Stirrat of Rockaway placed first, Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany was second and James Button of Mendham took third.
Again, a trio from Morris area took the top three in the M65, with Carl Weaver of Morris Plains taking first, Bruce Langenkamp of Wharton was second and Peter Auteri of Pompton Lakes finished in third.
Old runners never die, they just keep on running. In the M85 division seven men duked it out for first. Nathaniel Finestone of Mountainside won the contest and Arch Seamans of Rockaway finished in second.
In the open women division Stacey Slaughter of Parsippany will move into third place when Karen Auteri and Lauren Jackson are moved out of the age division as they placed in the top three overall. It’s the same story in the W45 division. Hortencia Aliaga, 45, will be removed from the division and that will move Polly Harrison of Basking Ridge into second place.
In the W50 division, Susan Kinsella of Millington finished in third. Also placing third, in the W55 division is Lisa Davenport of Lake Hopatcong.
No surprise for the W60. It’s Nora Cary of Morristown in first. Roseanne Svihra of Gillette placed third in the W65 division. Shirley Pettijohn of Chatham placed second in the W80 division and Diane Stone, also of Chatham won the W85 division.
All the division winners and friends and family have been invited to the annual Awards Banquet that will take place on January 20th at the Pines Manor in Edison.
SOME SURPRISES IN THE 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP LINE-UP
Twelve kilometers is now in the Category Three division of the New Balance Grand Prix and that makes the distance attractive for a USATF championship. Look for information soon about the new 12K championship in Mercer County Park for all divisions on March 11, 2018.
The Indian Trails 20K on April 8th, will once again be the championship for all divisions, and the Clinton Country Run 15K on April 28, will return for all divisions.
The Newport 10K on May 5th returns to host the open men and women. Now here’s a twist. The Our House Four mile on May 19th is the championship for all divisions. Yes, four miles. Not the five miles that Our House once was when it was a championship.
Masters men and women will compete at the Ridgewood 10K on May 28th. The Lager Run 5K on June 24th will host open men and women.
The Midland Mile on August 19th is for all divisions, and the USATF hosted 5km cross country on August 26th is also for all divisions. Moving into September, the Liberty Newport half marathon for all divisions is on September 16th. The Little Silver 5K on September 30th is host for masters men.
October 21st is the date of the 8km cross country and the Harrington Park 5K on November 3rd will host masters women. The Horace Ashenfelter 8K on November 22, Thanksgiving will be the championship for all divisions.
NEW YEARS DAY RACE COMING TO LONG VALLEY
Look for information next Sunday about a new 5K on New Year’s Day.
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