Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, May 20, 2018
OUR HOUSE WAS A WASH BUT NOT A WASH-OUT
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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