On Sunday, Sept 23, 2018
LOCAL MASTERS HAD THEIR DAY AGAIN AT THE HALF MARATHON
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.
GRONER IN TOP THREE AT PHILLY
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.
RACES CLOSER TO HOME
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.
MASTERS MEN WILL RUN 5K CHAMPIONSHIP IN LITTLE SILVER
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.
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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