Sunday, November 18, 2018

Horace Ashenfelter 8K is this Thursday

On Sunday, Nov 18, 2018


As you know the Horace Ashenfelter 8 Kilometer race in Glen Ridge falls on the fourth Thursday in November, and this year the fourth Thursday is occurring on the earliest possible date, November 22nd.  That may explain why runners are wondering why they feel like they haven’t had enough time to get in shape. The 8K is the last state championship of the season.

All divisions are competing and getting their last shot at improving their scores in the club grand prix and team divisions.  Overall the Garden State Track Club New Balance is unbeatable in the club division.  The Clifton Running Club is in second place and the Shore Athletic Club is in third with the Morris based Garmin club only eleven points back in fourth.

Garden State nails the open division races with their top three, A, B, C teams usually scoring high in the open men division. Those three teams have the top three spots.

Their open women A team is stellar and in the lead in that division.  No contest for first but the next five teams are separated by a mere six points, with the Garmin women second and the Shore third.  Clifton is trailing in fourth by only one point. 

The only team that could beat Garden State in the M40 division is the Garmin Runners.  If Garden State’s top guys, like the Frieder twins don’t show Garmin might have a chance to overcome their four point difference.  The third place Shore team can’t move out of third and it can’t be caught by the Garden State B team.  But the Clifton runners could pass Garden State and move into fourth.  there’s two points between them.

In the M50 division it’s the Garmin team ahead and with a 16 point lead they will take the division. The Shore team is trailing Clifton by five points.

 The Shore club has it sewed up in the M60 division with the real contest between Clifton and Fleet Feet Essex for second.  Clifton’s M70 team will win their division and don’t need to show up at the Ashenfelter.  But they will. 

The Clifton W40 team has victory sewed up also, while the Garmin women need to maintain their leave of Garden State for second.  Again, the tight contests are further down, with the Raritan Valley Road Runners having a one point lead over the North Jersey Masters.

The Clifton women have it again in the W50 and can’t be caught.  Raritan Valley has only a four point lead over the North Jersey Masters and they have only a two point lead over the Garmin runners.
Morristown’s Nora Cary is the deciding factor in the North Jersey Masters ten point lead in the W60 divisions race.  Raritan Valley is in a tie for second with the Clifton women.
And then there is the W70 and W80 divisions with only the Morris County Striders in position to win both.  Team grand prix rules require a team to compete in at least three races to count and thus the Striders have to put a B team in the W70 division.  Their W80 team has already won three races and are solid, but word is that the women will be running.
In fact, even those teams that have an insurmountable lead are sure to be racing.  The Ashenfelter race, falling on, oh yes, on Thanksgiving morning, is a well-managed event, with a great course with only one short hill.  All the rest are just grades and some are downhill grades.

Local young athletes did well at the USATF New Jersey Junior Olympic meet on November 4th at Deer Path Park in Readington, Hunterdon County.  William Van Etten of Chester won the Boys 9 and 10 division with Cameron Sontz of Montville taking second place.
The following youths placed third in their divisions:  Gabriella Pelov of Montville, 8 and under girls; Noah Pizzirusso of Mount Olive, 8 and under boys; Katherine Shaw of Chester, 9 and 10 girls; Albin Mullan of Parsippany, 13 and 14 boys.
In all, over four hundred young athletes competed on the still muddy cross country course.  Congratulations to all.  Remember that running is for life.  Stay with it.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Giralda Farms 5K at noon today in Madison

On Sunday, Nov 11, 2018


If you haven’t yet registered for the Giralda Farms 5K today, it’s not too late as long as you haven’t slept in.  The race starts at 12 noon.  The gates to the Giralda Farms complex on Madison Avenue in Madison will close at 11:45 am.   Talk about making it easy for the procrastinators.

What’s interesting about the Giralda Farms 5K is that the race was once a 10K with no 5K.  The 5K was added in 2000 and drew only 178 finishers while the 10K finished 396.  Ten years ago, the races had grown to 571 in the 5K and 617 finishers in the 10K.

The 10K was the masters men’s championship in 2016 and drew 501 finishers and 371 ran in the 5K.  Last year the 5K was the masters men’s championship and it drew 530 finishers.  In the respective top ten were five masters men and five masters women.

That makes you understand why the prize money is going to be going eight places deep in the masters age grading and only three deep for the open runners.  It looks like the target market for the 5K is the masters runners.

This year the race is not a championship for either gender, but instead is a part of the co-ed series for the USATF New Jersey teams.  The concept is much like the corporate team structure, but these teams are composed of the top three scoring men and the top three scoring women.  That’s six runners on the team, which is larger than corporate teams that usually score only the top three while including at least one person of the opposite gender.  That’s usually two men and one woman, but not always and sometimes the fastest corporate runner is a woman.

The scoring is pretty straightforward for the open teams as they are scored by fastest combined times, but here’s where it gets interesting for the masters teams.  The top three men and top three women are scored, but not by their time.  They use their masters age grading score.  The club with the highest combined Performance Level Percentage is the winner.  

For example, at the Sunset Classic five mile race this past June that was a Coed event, the Fleet Feet Essex club placed first masters team with their 444.13%.  The Clifton running club was second with 437.14% and the North Jersey Masters were third with 435.01%.

This concept requires a strong club effort to have at least six masters runners who age grade in the 70’s and 80’s PLP. 

Runners who lack races in their grand prix scores have only a few chances to fill in those zeros with numbers.  Most everybody has managed to get to at least three 5K races, but for those who lack a Category Two there is not much to chose from.  Of course, there is the Ashenfelter 8K that will take place on Thanksgiving morning.  It is a 700 point race. 

The only 500 point Category Two race that I see is the Westfield Five miler that is the following Saturday, November 24th.  That’s pretty quick after running 8K two days previous but it looks like the only one left.  Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Category Three races are usually hard to find by the end of the year too.  The Great Swamp Devil 15K on Sunday, November 18th is an old standby.  It is flat and features double back turns so is fun to see who is racing ahead of you and who is chasing you.  The race starts at eleven am, along with a 5K that starts at the same time.
Thanks to the Super Hero folks there is a new Category Three race on Sunday, December 2nd, starting from Giralda Farms.  The Super Santa Ten miler will be a scenic course passing pastoral scenes as well as running through part of the Loantaka preserve. 


Roberta Groner, who was featured here last Sunday, finished the New York City Marathon in 2:31:00, in twelfth place and first masters woman.  Awesome running Roberta!


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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Groner will run with the elite women today

On Sunday, Nov 4, 2018


Roberta Groner moved from Pittsburg to Randolph in 2014 and began racing here in 2015.  She stood out immediately and when she inquired about the Randolph based Do Run Runners she was welcomed into the club.
Club member Beau Atwater of Bedminster became her solid training partner as they prepared for Boston following the Hanson Training Plan created by the Michigan running store group that has turned out elite runners.

In October of 2016 Groner was introduced to Hector Matos of Rutherford who had begun to coach some very good New Jersey runners.  Under his coaching Groner was dropping her times at each race.

Life does not move in a straight line, and after winning the Ashenfelter 8K in November 2016 in 27:16, a minute and a half ahead of any other women, Groner realized that she needed to break with her New Jersey friends.  She joined the New York Athletic Club, where she would be around other women of her ability.   That has proved to be a good move and Groner continued to get faster.

With Matos coaching, Groner had hoped to make the US marathon qualifying time of 2:37 at the California International Marathon in December 2017.  Not only did she qualify, she finished in 2:30:38 in second place overall behind professional runner Sara Hall.

After the marathon she switched to shorter distances on the advice of her coach and PR’d the 5K and 10K and the half marathon.  When she wasn’t running and taking care of her three boys, and working a full-time nurse’s job, she finished her Bachelor’s degree.  Can we say Achiever?

Groner was invited to start with the elite women in the New York City marathon after her 2:30.38 California International Marathon last year. 

She has been training up to the mid 90’s and then in the mid 80’s for three weeks.  The week leading up to the marathon she was at 65 miles, and this last week - her taper week has put in about 25 miles, including a 30 minute run on Saturday.

In September Groner opened a few more eyes with her third place at the Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon where she shared the podium with Desi Linden.  Linden finished in 1:11:48, just 32 second ahead of Groner whose time was 1:12:20.

In a recent interview, Linden was asked who she thought might be around her in the marathon, and she named Groner as one of those women.

“I guess my name is out there a little bit,” said Groner who is enjoying the new notoriety.

But her feet are clearly on the ground and she sees it as just a bunch of competitors who just happen to be very fast.

“Us competitors, we know who we are running against,” said Groner.  “They get to know who I am and I get to know who they are.”

“Even though I don’t see myself anywhere near Desi Linden that day, it’s nice to know the feel.”

Her “tribe” of supporters in New Jersey as they have come to call themselves, have a different view and do see their athlete as capable of being in the lead pack with Linden and others.

Lest anyone forget, Groner, who is now 40, may be the fastest masters woman marathoner now competing.   

In a recent post Facebook Groner concluded,
“No matter the outcome on Sunday I have held onto the vision and have trusted the process! It’s game time! 

While Groner is running her second New York City Marathon, other local runners can claim a different fame.  Catherine Shott of Hopatcong will be running in her 31st consecutive New York City marathon.  Kevin Higgins of Randolph will be running his 28th and Joe Sikora of Succasunna will be running his 26th.  Shott’s best time was in 1988 at age 28 when she finished in 3:51:30.  Higgins did a 2:52:59 in 2001 when he was 42 years old and Sikora’s best time was done at age 26 when he finished in 2:47:46.

We wish all of the runners a fast time and good running.


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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Thriller at Deer Path Park

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, Oct 28, 2018


The rivalry this past Sunday at Deer Path Park in the New Jersey cross country 8 kilometer championship was evident on the faces of the top runners as they sped to the finish line.  There was no masking the intensity as the Breakneck team and the Garden State Track Club New Balance top men put the hammer down.

That it was going to be a contest between those two teams was well known after the 5 kilometer race at Natirar in August where the Breakneck men beat the Garden State A team by 20 points.  Garden State usually splits their huge roster up with their best men scattered among the several teams they field.  It cost them the win in August when their seventh and eighth man was on the B team.  All of the Breakneck men were on their one and only team in August.

It wasn’t going to happen again.  The top men were on the Garden State club’s A team.  Breakneck was back and with Colin Frost of Randolph back in racing shape after his short layoff following his dnf marathon debut.

Nothing was going to stop them from a fine performance.  Nothing perhaps except the weather.  After a beautiful Saturday, Sunday’s dawn was marred by a cold front that had come in overnight.  Deer Path Park was once a farm with wide open fields that provided no resistance to the whipping winds. 

The game runners set out to do a warm up on the course that they would run three times.  Coming back from the far field they discovered the Mud Pit had returned.  Heavy and persistent rains had restored the infamous low spot back to its famed condition.  Run through it or to either side of it, there would be no escaping the sucking mud.

In more benign conditions the runners will begin to assemble at the start early to find their position and to do a few strides.  Not on Sunday.  Only reluctantly did the runners shed their outer coverings and line up for the start.  The smoke from the starters pistol dissipated with the wind and the race was on.  The two rival squads quickly went to the lead with a pack of the best men seeking to reach the end of the field and onto the path in a good position.

The course at the park can handle two running abreast but it is not easy to pass slowing runners so a good position is important here.  Each loop of the course is roughly 2.5 kilometer, with the last half a kilometer made up in the run to the finish.  The lead pack emerged from the low-lying field to complete their first loop and spectators could see that the pack had settled into a pace that was keeping them bunched.  No need just yet to test one another. 

Spectators also noticed that the runners were displaying entire backsides splattered with mud from the Mud Pit.  None had managed to evade it.

Slower runners were trailing the field, and very slow runners were being lapped by the pack that was now going into their final tour of the course.  The lead pack had thinned now as some had not managed the quickening pace as they disappeared on their final lap.

Spectators craned to see who would emerge from the distant low-lying field.  The lead pack was completely scattered now, strung out and in the lead was Frost, followed by fellow Breaknecker Brian Quilty of Pitman.  In third was Justin Scheid of Succasunna, running for the Shore Athletic Club.  After Scheid was another Breaknecker, Eric Dubois, also of Pitman.  Finally, in fifth place was the first Garden State runner, Stephen Rathbun of Springfield.  Nick DeSantis of Wanaque finished as the fifth Breakneck runner.  Breakneck took it with 27 points to Garden State’s 37.

The Garden State’s open women’s team had no trouble winning for the club.  Lead in by Shelby Goose of Englewood, the team finished the top four women before Clifton’s Hortencia Aliaga of Garfield finished in fifth place.  The Shore Athletic Club took second and the Raritan Valley Road Runners were third.

The masters team divisions had the Garmin M40 and M50 teams in first place with Garden State in second in both of those divisions.  The Shore AC took third in both divisions with the lesser players making up the ten M40 teams and the seven M50 teams.

In the M60 division, the Shore club finished their A and B teams in first and second place with the Garden State team finishing in third out of twelve teams.   The Shore also placed first in the M70 division.

Aliaga, who is 47, brought her Clifton W40 team into first place over newcomer Bella N Motion with the North Jersey Masters in third.  Clifton also won the W50 division, but the Shore club took first in the W60 division.

Local runners with fine performances include Reno Stirrat of Rockaway who scored third in the masters men age grading with his 83.40% PLP, Terry Davidson of Randolph with a 79.19%, and Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes with a 78.17%.

Local women were Nora Cary of Morristown who was first in the age grading with an 86.59%, Laura DeLea of Sparta, fourth at 77.64%, and Susan Stirrat of Rockaway in eighth place with 75.53%. 

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Masters Women at Harrington Park 5K for the next championship

On Sunday, Oct 21, 2018


Three years ago, the Harrington Park 5K Fall Spectacular stepped in as the open women’s 5K when the Little Silver 5K was cancelled due to unsafe roads after a huge ‘nor’easter hit the coast.  

This year the race is not a substitute but a full-fledged championship, taking place on Saturday, November 3rd.  Although this is the first year as a selected championship, the race is no newcomer.  This is the 17th year for the race in northeastern Bergen County, just a few miles south of the New York state border.

Amenities count for a fall race and runners will appreciate that the pre and post race activities take place in what the race website describes as a” large warm gym” and” clean indoor restrooms (no portable units)”.  That alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion.  Actually, the price of admission is not hefty.  If postmarked by October 26th the cost to register is $ 25.00 and USATF NJ members will pay only $22.00.  The fun run is even cheaper. 

The website shows the course map with ten turns.  All those turns are somewhat offset by the very flat course as seen in the video also on the website.   There will be plenty of opportunities to run the tangents as long as runners are allowed to use both lanes of the road.

In 2015 the female winner was Kristin Andrews who set the course record of 18:09.  Andrews is still in her twenties so that doesn’t give us a hint of who is in contention for first masters woman overall and more importantly the first age graded woman. 

Best Racing does the timing for the race and Best generally does not calculate age grading.  It will be necessary this time as the prize money of $ 300.00, $200.00 and $ 100.00 goes to the top age graded masters women.  That fact has not been apparent on the website, but look for an update this week.

The top contenders in the age grading competition are Nora Cary of Morristown, Laura DeLea of Sparta, Misa Tamura of Ridgewood, Hortencia Aliaga of Garfield, Suzanne LaBurt of Greenwood Lake NY, Mary Christian of Flanders, Erika Campbell of Ridgewood and Susan Olesky of Mendham.

All of these top women will be running on teams like the Garmin Runners, Clifton, Raritan Valley and the North Jersey Masters and local clubs like the Rose City Runners and the Morris County Striders.

At the USATF New Jersey Long Distance Running committee meeting this past Monday, the handling of the Mile race was under scrutiny again.  The race is the shortest distance raced and some runners are not fans of the race, considering the distance to be of the track and field genre.  The most recent host of the race has been the Midland Mile in Montclair.  In 2018 the race had 568 finishers, running in several heats.  That was a big jump from 2017 with 492 finishers, and one hundred more than in 2016. 

So what seems to be the problem?   The race is a championship and that means that it is also in the team grand prix.  And that is a problem for some team members who would like to sit it out and not be pressured to compete in it for their teams. 

John Sabatino of Morris Plains, and a member of the Garmin Runners proposed that the race remain a championship but that the results would not be part of the team grand prix.   Such a change would surely reduce the number of participants which in turn would hurt the race’s drawing power. 

The team grand prix, and the number of championships being held creates a problem of over-racing according to Chuck Schneekloth of the Garden State Track Club.  He proposed that the number of championships be reduced from 14, which is what was on the schedule for 2018, to only seven.

Although he presented this as a proposed change to the rules, the committee saw this as an administrative issue.  The executive committee, which is made up of chairs and vice chairs of the open women, open men and masters divisions will look at how to reduce the number of championships being required of the individual runner.  A reduction to seven is unlikely and would undercut the funding of the grand Prix’s as those races chosen for championships pay an extra fee for the privilege.

Karen Auterie of Belvidere suggested some of the races be asked to host both the open and masters division championship for the same gender.  For instance, a race could be the championship for the open and masters women, and another for the open and masters men.  This would make it possible for masters to compete on their clubs open team and their own masters division team. 

Not all races would seem conducive to this structuring, but some combining could be done it was thought.  Most of the long distance races are already host to all divisions.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Cross country next Sunday at Deer Path Park

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, Oct 14, 2018


Cross Country racing is in high swing now.  This past Friday I drove over to Central Park to watch high school athletes  race in the Greystone Invitational.  The athletes prefer the new course that was first used in 2017, but I as a spectator I miss the old course that was easier to navigate.

Adult racing will take place in the New Jersey championship cross country 8 kilometer meet next Sunday at Deer Path Park.  The course is a triple loop of the park, which is considered by many to be a classic cross country venue.  The racers start on a baseball field and are quickly out on the paths that ring the former farm fields.  Because of the layout spectators can watch the start and finish, and twice during the race without even moving.

In 2017 the top men were an interesting mix with Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA in 24:52 running for the Garden State Track Club, with Brian Quilty of Glassboro next in 25:14 running for the Breakneck Track Club, and he was followed in by Justin Scheid of Succasunna, running for the Shore Athletic Club in 25:19.  Kristin Andrews of Manalapan was the women’s winner finishing over a minute ahead of any other woman in 29:12.

The team grand prix has been updated after the masters men’s 5k championship and the Garden State team leads in the M40 division with the Garmin Runners only six points back – 104 to 98 points.  The Shore AC is in third but well out of the race.  The real contest is between Shore and Garden State’s B team and the Clifton Road Runners separated by less than ten points.

Those four clubs are the leaders in the M50 division with Garmin Runners in first and fourteen points ahead of Garden State in second.  Clifton and Shore are well off in third and fourth respectively.
In the M60 division the Shore’s A team is leading Clifton 66 to 53, with the Fleet Feet Essex club in third with 48 points.  The Clifton M70 team has a probably insurmountable lead over the North Jersey Masters.

Masters women will have their 5K championship in November which means their scoring opportunities have not been all reached.  The masters women’s contests are very differint than on the men’s side.  The Clifton Running Club leads in the W40 with the Garmin Runners next and the Garden State New Balance team in third with the Raritan Valley Road Runners women in fourth place.

Clifton has the lead also in the W50 division with a tie for second between the Garmin women and the Raritan Valley club.   The North Jersey masters lead the W60 with another tie for second, this time between the Clifton runners and Raritan Valley’s A team.  The Morris County Striders crack W70 team cannot be beat but their W80 team must compete in one more race to have their place secured.  The grand prix rules require that a team must compete in a minimum of three races in order to score at the end of the series. 

There is not as much excitement in the open team divisions.  The Garden State Track Club New Balance has the top three spots with the Garmin Runners in fourth and the Freedom Running Club in fifth.  The Breakneck Track Club is returning and can be a spoiler by beating the Garden State team like they did in August at the 5km cross country meet.  Randolph’s Colin Frost will be ready to go for the win he told me, after having to pull out of his Steamtown Marathon debut, due to cramping at mile 19.  He will be well rested by next Sunday and ready to lead his team in.

 In the open women’s division  the Garden State’s team has a substantial lead over the Garmin Runners, who are flanked by the Garden State’s B team.  In the missed-opportunity category is  the Shore Athletic Club that has missed two championships where they might have scored big points and would be in second place instead of fifth.


The Long Distance Running Committee will meet Monday night, October 15 at the Madison Y at 7:00 p.m.  This is when people who believe there is a better way to do things present their suggested rule or operation changes for the coming year. 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Masters shine at Little Silver

On Sunday, Oct 7, 2018


Kyle Price of Milltown returned to Little Silver this past Sunday to win once more the 5K race that he won in 2017.  His win this year in 15:17 beat his own time of 15:23 in the 2017 race.   Aaron Leskow of Morristown was second in 15:38 and Mathew Slocum of Montclair was third in 16:10.

The race was the New Jersey masters men’s championship and it was fitting that Jonathan Frieder, age 47, of Rye Brook, NY, who is on a hot streak this season was fourth overall in 16:21.  His brother Elliott of Montville was the next master in 16:40.  Eight hundred meter specialist Mark Williams of Columbia rounded up the top three masters in 16:45.

Kristin Andrews of Manalapan finished in 17:48 for first place on the women’s side.  Kiera Russo of Eatontown was second in 18:28 and Robyn Evangelist of Egg Harbor Township was third in 18:45.

The Frieders lead their M40 Garden State Athletic Team New Balance to first place in their division, with Williams leading in his Garmin Runners team to second.  Garden State’s B team was third, followed by the Shore Athletic Club.

The Garmin Runners M50 team placed first in their division, lead in by Mark Zamek, 55, of Allentown PA whose 17:01 put him in first in the age graded file at 90.12%.  Jonathan Frieder was second with 88.21%.  Brian Crowley, 53, of Hillsborough finished in 17:12 for an 87.77% to place third.

The Shore AC team was second in the M50 and Garden State was third.  The Garmin Runners took first in the M60 division with the Shore’s A and B teams following.  The Shore team hit first in the M70 division with the Clifton Road Runners second and third with their A and B teams respectively.  In a first for this year, the Shore club fielded an M80 team.

Although the race was the masters men’s championship, prize money was also awarded to masters women and Lorraine McPhillips, 64, of Basking Ridge whose time of 23:55 was age graded at 81.49% will receive the top prize purse.  Dawn Wilcox, 45, of Little Silver who finished in 20:13 was next with a PLP of 77.72%.  Debbie Brathwaite, 59, of Garfield finished in 23:43 to round out the age grading top three at 77.22%.


We’d been watching him train on Facebook and reading his posts as he prepared for the WMA meet in Malaga Spain.  That hard work paid off for Mark Williams of Columbia in September.  Over eight thousand masters athletes from around the world gather together every two years to compete in a nearly two-week long masters track and field championship meet.

Williams, who grew up in Hopatcong, specializes in mid distance events, with the 800 meters being his prime target.  Williams first had to qualify for the event, which he did handily in 2:01.05 placing second in his heat.  Then came the final and running against the fastest men age 45 to 49 in the world, Williams finished in 2:01.26 for second place.

In the 1,500 meter final he finished in eighth place out of 16 runners in a time of 4:17.20.  On the last day of the meet his American team finished in fourth place in the 4 X 400 relay, finishing in 3:35.27.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Local runners close to the top in grand prix

On Sunday, Sept 30, 2018


You’ve got to love it when a 55 year old is leading in the New Balance Grand Prix.  Jorge Lopes of Linden has the lead with all races in.  But lookee’ here - Fifty-three-year-old John Hogan of the township of Washington is in second place with all his races counted. 

The first man who is younger than masters age is 27-year-old Aaron Leskow of Morristown in fourteenth place with Michael Dixon, 36, of Highland Park in 16th place and just 23 points behind.  When those two men run in another championship and a non-championship Category Two race they will fly past Lopes and Hogan and the other masters men currently ahead of them.

On the women’s side of the chart it is a different story.  Aya Leitz of Jersey City has a 128 point lead over Stacy Slaughter, 26, of Parsippany.  Slaughter has all nine races posted, as does Leitz, but Slaughter has to replace a non-championship Category One race a with 700 point championship.  Slaughter has two more opportunities to add a minimum of 200 points by racing in today’s Little Silver 5K, the masters men championship or the Harrington Park in November that is the masters women’s race.  When head to head Slaughter is the faster of the two while Leitz has the points advantage with two non-championship wins.

The sleeper though is Karen Auteri of Belvidere who is hiding in eleventh place needing a championship Category Two race.  Only two more are on the schedule; the 8km cross country race in October, and the Ashenfelter 8K in November.  She also needs to be racing today or the Harrington Park race to replace a non-championship Category One race.  Auteri is training for a fall marathon and that could complicate things for her.

Take a look at the cross country grand prix and who do we see in the lead in the women’s side?  None other than Nora Cary, 63, of Morristown.


Runners who are looking to enhance a low score in the Category Three division will have their chance next Sunday.  They will be able to select the point value of the Shades of Death Half Marathon; 500 points or championship value of 700 points.  Hosted by USATF New Jersey it is the sole wild card race in the year.  The race is also one of the co-ed team series races. 

The course is a beautiful six-plus mile double loop in Allamuchy Township.  The sister race is a 6.6 mile Devils Run that is a 500 point non-championship event.


In Buffalo this past Sunday Jonathan Frieder hit the medal podium* at the national masters cross country 5km championship.  Frieder, formerly of Randolph and now living in Rye Brook NY, but still a member of the local association, finished in 17:46 for third in the M45 age division and seventh overall.   

The Shore Athletic Club M60 team finished in fourth place just one scoring point off third.  Reno Stirrat of Rockaway and Roger Price of Randolph were on the Shore team, along with Kevin Dollard and Scott Linnell.  Morris county runners Susan Stirrat and Madeline Bost were the two sole New Jersey women who competed.

*medal podium  -  Some national races actually do have a podium, or at least a stage where the medal winners have their medals placed around their necks, and then a pause for a photo shoot opportunity.  At Sunday’s race the “medal podium” reference was tongue in cheek.  The announcer, who was clearly not familiar with many of the names nor of championship protocol, read your name and a volunteer unceremoniously handed you your medal, so that you could quickly fade back into the crowd.  Fame is sometimes fleeting.


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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Local masters had their day again at the half marathon

On Sunday, Sept 23, 2018


Kyle Price, 30, of North Brunswick won the Newport Liberty Waterfront half marathon this past Sunday in Jersey City.  Price’s time of 1:12:53 was well ahead of his 2017 time of 1:14:04 when he placed seventh.  The bigger story is that three masters age men place in the top eleven in a race generally dominated by younger runners.
Stuart Haynes, 42, of Chatham placed second in 1:13:25, and the 47-year old Frieder twins, Elliott of Montville and Jonathan of Rye Brook, NY, finished in 1:17:48 and 1:17:54 respectively.

On the women’s side, Brianna Feerst, 24, of Brick was first in 1:25:00 with Allison Goldstein, 32, second in 1:25:57.  Fifty-two-year-old Misa Tamura of Ridgewood was third in 1:28:11.  Surprisingly her time was good for only third in the masters age grading with an 86.13% PLP. 

The top spot in age grading was taken by Morristown’s Nora Cary whose 1:38:27 at age 63 scored at 89.15% PLP.  Suzanne LaBurt, 55, of Greenwood Lake NY hit 87.58% with her time of 1:30:02.
Feerst helped to put her Shore Athletic Club in Second place in the open women’s team scoring, which was won by the Garden State Athletic Club New Balance.  The Garmin Runners were third.

It was a see-saw for places in the men’s divisions with the Garden State teams taking the top two places and fourth and fifth, with the Garmin Runners sandwich in between in third.  In the M40 division Garden State was first with Garmin second and Shore AC third.  Those places were repeated in the M50 but with the Clifton Road Runners in third.  Clifton had their revenge in the M60 division with Garden State in Second and the Fleet Feet Essex runners in third.  Clifton also won the M70 division and the North Jersey Masters in second out of two teams competing.

The Clifton women’s teams fared better than their male counterparts.  They won the W40, W50 and placed second in the W60 divisions.  In a reverse of sorts, the North Jersey Masters placed second in the W40 and W50 and won the W60 division pushing the Clifton women to second.


Another half marathon was run this past weekend down in Philadelphia.  Randolph’s Roberta Groner finished the race with a time that would have put her in first place overall in the Jersey City race - in 1:12:20. It is not a fair comparison however, as the Jersey City race has numerous turns while the Philly race has very few.  Groner finished third overall with national caliber Desiree Linden the winner in 1:11:48. Lest we forget, Groner is now forty years old and I would venture to guess that her time puts her in an exclusive masters woman category. 

Runners looking for a race to run next weekend can check out the 5K in Mountain Lakes hosted by the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Saturday.  In Mendham Borough on Saturday is the Harvest Hustle 5K

You don’t have to jump over any obstacles at the Steeplechase Runs on Sunday.  Both the 5K and 10K in Hillsborough are run on local roads.   Up in Franklin Lakes, run in the “Scenic” Half Marathon on Sunday.  Given the locale it’s a sure bet that the course route is very scenic and probably features some scenic hills.

With only a two-week rest after the half marathon, the USATF masters men will be running their 5K championship in the Little Silver Classic next Sunday, September 30th.  

New Jersey masters men and women are racing today at the national cross country meet in Buffalo New York.  We will be looking for the Garden State TC New Balance team to win the M40 division and the Shore Athletic Club to score in the top three in that tough division.


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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Chatham man in top three, first master at 12K

On Sunday, Sept 16, 2018


Stuart Haynes of Chatham didn’t let the young runners from the Garden State Track Club New Balance intimidate him.  The forty-two-year-old, running on the open Garmin team placed third overall in the 12K at the first annual by Hook or by Crook at Sandy Hook this past Sunday.  The Garden State club with well balanced squads took first through fourth place with the Shore Athletic Club in fifth and Haynes’ Garmin team in sixth place.

Haynes finished in 40:30, behind Kyle Price of North Brunswick, who finished in 40:10, and Matt Gillette of Orefield PA who topped the field in 39:50.

Erika Meling of North Brunswick won the women’s race in 46:45, with Kiera Russo of Long Branch next in 46:57.  Karen Auteri of Belvidere was third in 47:06.

Meling was on the winning open women’s Garden State Track Club New Balance team, while Russo was on the third place Shore Athletic Club team, behind the second place Garden State B team.

The Garden State club had winning teams in the M40 and M50 and W40 divisions.  Clifton women won the W50 division and their M70 team won that division.  Raritan Valley Road Runners won the W60 division and the Shore AC won the M60 division.
These same clubs are competing this morning in Jersey City running in the Newport Liberty Half Marathon.

While the clubs and individuals were enjoying their taste of running the unfamiliar 12 kilometers, which translates into seven and four tenths of a mile, others were running faster and much shorter at the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan.  Several New Jersey runners had excellent races.

 Suzanne LaBurt of Greenwood Lake won the W55 division in a time of 5:40. Peter Kashulines of Mountain Lakes was first in the M55 division in 4:51.  Erika Campbell of Ridgewood placed second in the W65 division in 6:51 and Harry Nolan of Navesink also placed second, in his M70 division in 6:12.
Diane DeOliveira of Brick placed third in the W45 division in 5:29 and John Killduff of Middletown also took third, in his M65 division in 6:00.

Going even further from home, Mark Williams of Columbia    took second in the 800 meter run at the World Masters Athletics championship in Malaga Spain last week.  Williams’ time was 2:01.26.  As of press time on Friday his 1,500 meter race had not been run.


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon opens fall road racing championship season

On Sunday, Sept 9, 2018


While the 5km New Jersey cross country championship opened the fall cross country season, the first fall road championship of the season is the Newark Liberty half marathon that will be held next Sunday in Jersey City.  Blessed with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, and flat, flat, flat, it can still be a challenging course due to the many turns and changes of surfaces to run on.

Nevertheless, the race draws a huge field of runners with 2017 topping out at 2,514 finishers.  Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA won the race in 1:11:46. The women’s race was won by Sairi Maeda, whose hometown was listed simply as Japan.  She finished third overall in 1:12:48, one second ahead of her countryman Takashi Kakimoto.

The half marathon will play a big role in the club and team grand prix.  The Garden State Track Club New Balance has a huge lead in the club grand prix thanks to their abundance of open men and women’s teams.  The Clifton Running Club is in second with the Garmin Runners third and the Shore Athletic Club in fourth place.  The open men’s division has three teams taking first through third followed by the Freedom Running Club with the Garmin Runners a close fifth.
On the open women’s side, the Garden State club’s A team has a 31 point lead over the Garmin women followed by the Garden State B team.  Clifton is in fourth place.

There is a tie between Garden State and the Garmin team in the M40 division with both teams holding 68 points.  There is a triple tie for the next three places at 39 points for the Garden State’s B team, the Shore club and Clifton.  
There are no ties in the Women’s 40 division with Clifton in first place over the Garmin runners with the Garden State team in third.

The Garmin M50 team has a 14 point lead over Garden State at 70 points to 56 with Clifton in third with 49 points in their division.  The Clifton women are also in first in the W50 division with the Garmin team in second and the North Jersey Masters third.

In the M60 division the Shore’s A team has a twelve point lead over Clifton with the Fleet Feet Essex men only three points back.  The Shore’s B team is in a tie at 21 points with the North Jersey Masters for fourth place.  The North Jersey Masters lead the W60 division with the Raritan Valley Road Runners next and Clifton in third.

 Clifton is in the lead in the M70 division with the North Jersey club in second and the Central Jersey Road Runners in third.  The Morris County Striders have the lead in the W70 division over the North Jersey Club.  The Striders W80 team is the sole contender in that division.


The standings will be posted on the new New Jersey USATF website.  It has been a bumpy ride as the website has undergone a makeover and not without mishap.  Some files were lost temporarily during the transition and some pages are still missing and some pages are incomplete.

However, information is now available that had never been before.  In a changing montage New Jersey athletes are pictured with their accomplishments lauded on the home page.  The results of recent events are now available on the home page, including long distance running championships.  The long distance running calendar is now a click away on the home page as are the two grand prix and the individual New Balance grand prix standings.


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