Sunday, May 20, 2018

Our House was a wash but not a wash out

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 20, 2018


Rain or no rain, the Our House Four mile championship was going to take place.  Races seldom cancel due to rain and the race in Summit was no exception. 

With a small field of just a bit over 300 runners the race was on in the pouring cold rain.  The Boston Marathon this year may have set the standard for miserable races but at least the Summit race lasted for only those four miles.

Rob Albano of Mahwah crossed the finish line in 19:55 with Matt Gillette of Orefield PA just behind him in 19:58. Stephen Mennitt of Brooklyn NY was third in 20:18 with Aaron Leskow of Morristown in fourth place.

Albano recently joined the Freedom Running Club and along with Mennitt, Steven Lange of Stanhope, team captain Atilla Sabahoglu of Franklin Park, and Daniel Bier of Short Hills, placed first in the open team division.

The next three spots were taken by the Garden State Track Club teams, followed by the Garmin Runners in fifth place.  The Garmin team was made up solely by masters men with Stuart Haynes, 42, of Chatham their first man to finish.  He was 10th overall with his time of 22:04.

Garden State’s M40 A team won that division in a squeaker ahead of the Garmin squad by only ten seconds of the combined total times of the first five me to score.   Their M50 team captured first again, over the Garmin Runners.  The Shore Athletic Club placed first in the M60 division with Reno Stirrat, 64, of Rockaway first in his division and tops in the team.  He was also the top age graded man with an 85.87%.

On the women’s side, Laura Cummings of HoHoKus placed first in 23:53, with 45 year old Elena Rozhko of Morristown in second place with a time of 24:12.  Cummings lead in her Garden State team to first in the open women’s division and Rozhko was first on the third place Garmin Runners team.  The Garmin team was made up of all masters age women and they took the W40 Division. 

In the W50 division the North Jersey Masters team, lead in by Nora Cary, 63, of Morristown, with Debbie Brathwaite of Hawthorne and Diane Washburne of Mendham placed third.  Raritan Valley Road Runners were first.  Cary finished in 28:42 to top the age grading at 87.69% PLP.

The Morris County Striders had the sole teams in the W70 and W80 divisions.

In all, 78 teams competed in the rain with the last finishers the Striders W80 women; Diane Stone, Shirley Pettijohn, both of Chatham and Melva Murray of Hillsborough.  The three women poke fun at the idea of aging and are probably more active racers than the younger runners in the field. Saturday’s race was the third race in seven days for the trio.

Next up for the runners will be the Ridgewood Run 10K that this year will be the masters men and women’s championship.  The race, which takes place on Memorial Day will also offer a 5K and a road mile. 


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Our House four next week

On Sunday, May 13, 2018


The state championships seem to be tumbling off the calendar nonstop this month.

Last weeks Newport 10,000 followed the previous weeks 15K in Clinton, and with just a one-week gap, the newest championship in the line-up is arriving in Summit on the 19th of this month.  Although it is new, it is also an established race, redrawn from a five mile to a four mile.  The setting for the Our House is at the Village Green in Summit with parking for all in a nearby municipal parking garage.  When it was a five mile race, the course was challenging.  Did they eliminate the hills with this re-draw? 

Last year, when the four miler was not a championship, Stephen Mennitt of Brooklyn and Atilla Sabahoglu of Manville raced each other to the finish line in 22:29 and 22:30 – at 5:37 pace.  Neither time even came close to 80% PLP, which might tell us what the course was like.  Or, were the two just taking it easy with no other challengers chasing them. 

This year will be quite different.   The Garden State Track Club with its overflowing stable of open runners will likely capture the top spots down through the clubs C, D, E teams on the men’s side.

Nothing is certain though.  At last week’s 10,000 in Jersey City, Garden State took first and second place, but third went to the growing Freedom Running Club, with Mennitt and Sabahoglu the first two men on the team.

Mennitt’s 32:00 put him at the head of the New Jersey elite list, followed by Morristown’s Aaron Leskow in 32:13.  The race was won by Abinet Adraro of Albuquerque in 29:52 and on the women’s side, Kaitlin Goodman of Providence RI in 34:12.  The second woman finisher was Amanda Marino of Asbury Park, who scored on the winning women’s team, the Shore Athletic Club.  The Shore team won by the slim margin of four seconds over second place Garden State; 3:23:02 to 3:23:06.

Seventeen complete men’s teams competed and thirteen women’s teams, with an impressive 1,632 finishers.


Runners can find a race in just about every town this month and plenty close to home in Morris County.  There is almost always a link at the end of this column where runners can find race calendars. 

Two local races of note are of note for two different reasons.  The first race to mention is the Mind Maters 5K in Madison.  It is the first race to take place this season on a weekday evening.  It is this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and is run through and around the Giralda Farms corporate campus.

The other race is nearly four times as large when including the number of runners doing the relay in the Super Hero Half Marathon.  It features an early 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning start at Ginty Field in Morris Township, with a finish at Loantaka Park off South Street.


While New Jersey was hosting the 10,000 meters with invited elites from around the country, some of our own runners traveled outside the state to compete.  Randolph’s Roberta Groner placed 7th woman overall in the Pittsburg Half Marathon last weekend.  Her time of 1:12:35 put her first masters woman and age graded at 92.9%.

Johnathan Frieder, formerly of Randolph, and now of Rye Brook NY placed first in the M45 division, and third of all men over 40 at the Blue Cross Broad Street ten mile run, in 53:58.


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Contact Madeline Bost at