On Sunday, Sept 2, 2018
MORRIS AREA MEN TOP FINISHERS AT CROSS COUNTRY ON SUNDAY
Colin Frost of Randolph outran all comers on Sunday to win the USATF New Jersey 5 kilometer cross country championship at Natirar Park in Somerset to finish in 15:34. Justin Scheid of Succasunna was not far behind, finishing in 15:40.
Erika Meling and Emily Rosario, both listed as living in North Brunswick placed first and second in 18:38 and 18:54 respectively. Both women were on the Garden State Track Club, New Balance A team to win that division. The Shore Athletic Club placed second and Raritan Valley Road Runners were third out of seven teams.
Frost led his Breakneck Track Club team to first in the open men’s division with the Garden State A team in second place and their B team in third. Scheid led in the Shore A team to fourth place. Twelve open teams competed in the division.
The Morris area Garmin Runners won the M40 division with Stuart Haynes of Chatham the first masters man in the race at 16:54. The Garden State team placed second and the Shore team was third out of six teams.
Eight teams competed in the M50 division with the Garmin men first, Garden State second and the Shore third.
The Shore Athletic Club was able to field four M60 teams with their A team taking first in the division and their B team in third, with the Clifton Running Club sandwiched in between in second place. Twelve teams competed in the M60 division.
The Shore M70 A team also won in that division with Clifton second and the North Jersey Masters third.
In the masters women’s division, the Clifton runners placed first in the W40 division, with the Bella N Motion team in second and the Garmin runners third out of nine teams.
The Clifton W50 team finished on top in that division with the Garmin women next and the Shore team in third. The Raritan Valley W60 team took first, Shore second and Clifton third. The Morris County Striders W70 team was the only team competing in that division.
Next up for the clubs is the newly minted By Hook or By Crook 12K at Sandy Hook National Park on Sunday, September 9th. The course is billed as being flat and fast and not many would disagree with that given the location. A study of the course map is interesting. The start and finish are in the same location at Parking Lot E and runs out and back into Fort Hancock at the northern end of the peninsula.
If a runner wants to strategize he or she will be out of luck as the out-and-back becomes a loop course in the fort. With a cone turn-around on an out-and-back course a runner can see who is ahead and who might be coming up from behind you. With the loop turn-around there is no way to see who is directly ahead of or behind you in the race. The pre- entry discounted fee ends on Wednesday, September 5th.
NEW JERSEY TEAMS AT NATIONALS
New Jersey masters teams did well last week at the road mile championship in Flint MI. The Garden State Track Club- New Balance is in first place in the national long distance running team grand prix with their win in the mile race. The team’s 5 point score from the club 5km cross country race is dropped and their 100 points for first in the mile gives them 480 points.
The team was lead in by Chuck Schneekloth of Franklin who finished in third place in 4:49, followed by Sam Teigen of Hawthorne in fourth and credited with the same time.
The Shore Athletic Club placed second in the M60 division. Laura DeLea of Sparta placed third in the W50 division in a time of 5:59.
Next up for individuals and teams competing at national championships is the 5km cross country in Buffalo NY on September 23rd.
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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