On Sunday, May 13, 2018
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS HERE
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.
RACES BLOOMING ALL OVER
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.
NEW JERSEY ELITES SCORE VICTORIES AWAY FROM HOME
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.
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