On Sunday, March 25, 2018
NEW JERSEY RUNNERS TOOK HOME MEDALS AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Can there ever be too much of a good thing? Well sometimes, in running, there is an abundance of events to choose from in which to compete. Such was the case last week when masters runners had to pick from two national championships.
In Landover Maryland the national masters track and field championship was held from Friday, March 16th to Sunday, March 18th. Just another state south in Virginia Beach the national 8 kilometer road championship was held on Saturday March 17th.
Most competitive runners are willing, even eager to do both track and long distance running, and the conflict made it hard for some to choose.
Peter Kashulines, Jr. of Mountain Lakes picked the track and it paid off for him with third in both the 800 meters and the 400 meters in his M50 division. He hit 58.52 in the 400 and 2:11.59 in the 800.
Mark Williams of Columbia placed second in his M45 400 meter race with a time of 55.52. Williams attempted to break the American M45 record (1:56.10) for the 800 meters. Running solo with the rest of the field trailing, he was well on his way until the proverbial piano landed on his back in the last 200 meters. He finished first in what was basically a time trial, but well off his previous time of 1:58.62, instead falling across the finish line in 2:07.67.
Fellow Garmin teammate Brian Crowley of Hillsborough took third in the 1500 meter race in his M50 division in 4:29.74. Garmin team captain Gary Rosenberg of Morristown finished just out of the medals, in fourth place in the 3,000 meters in the M45 in 10:03.99.
Other New Jersey medalists included Dianne DeOliviera of Brick who placed second in in the 1500 meters and the 800 meters, and third in the 400 meters in the W45 division. Harold Nolan of Navesink also took third in the M70 1500 meter run. Chuck Schneekloth of North Brunswick placed first in the M40 800 meter race and Tony Plaster of Neptune won his M50 division of the 800 meters.
VIRGINIA BEACH OFFERED PERFECT RUNNING WEATHER ON SATURDAY
While all that activity was taking place in Landover, down at Virginia Beach on Saturday, under sunny skies and perfect running weather, other New Jersey runners were looking for medals in their division in the 8 kilometer.
The Garden State Track Club’s M40 team did just that, placing first in their division with Sam Teigan of Hawthorne running 26:05 for third in the M40 division and Jonathan Frieder of Rye Brook New York second in his M45 division in 26:09 and Gary Leaman of Hardwick taking second in his M55 division in 28:25, and third scoring member of the team.
In the highly competitive M60 division the Shore Athletic Club took fourth place out of nine teams with Reno Stirrat of Rockaway one of the scoring members of the team. Wife Susan was dropped down to the W40 division where the team placed third with Christine Hill of Middletown leading them in and placing third in the W45 division.
The Clifton Road Runners W50 team placed second with Suzanne LaBurt of Greenwood Lake NY taking third in her division, and Laura DeLea of Sparta fourth and Kerry Monahan Gaughan of River Vale third in her W55 division.
In their respective divisions, the Clifton M70 team placed fifth and the Shore’s M50 team placed fourth. Like their women’s team that had older women drop down for the W40 division, the Shore M50 team had one man in his 50’s and two in their 70’s who dropped down to fill out the team. In national competition, just having a team finish garners points toward the year long team grand prix.
Not to be overlooked in all of the championship reporting, Randolph’s Roberta Groner placed first masters woman in the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on Sunday the 18th with a time of 1:15:14. And down in Virginia Beach, Justin Scheid of Succasunna placed second overall in the Shamrock half marathon with a time of 1:09.18.
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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