Monday, October 15, 2018

Cross country next Sunday at Deer Path Park

Published by the DAILY RECORD of Morris County, New Jersey
On Sunday, Oct 14, 2018


Cross Country racing is in high swing now.  This past Friday I drove over to Central Park to watch high school athletes  race in the Greystone Invitational.  The athletes prefer the new course that was first used in 2017, but I as a spectator I miss the old course that was easier to navigate.

Adult racing will take place in the New Jersey championship cross country 8 kilometer meet next Sunday at Deer Path Park.  The course is a triple loop of the park, which is considered by many to be a classic cross country venue.  The racers start on a baseball field and are quickly out on the paths that ring the former farm fields.  Because of the layout spectators can watch the start and finish, and twice during the race without even moving.

In 2017 the top men were an interesting mix with Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA in 24:52 running for the Garden State Track Club, with Brian Quilty of Glassboro next in 25:14 running for the Breakneck Track Club, and he was followed in by Justin Scheid of Succasunna, running for the Shore Athletic Club in 25:19.  Kristin Andrews of Manalapan was the women’s winner finishing over a minute ahead of any other woman in 29:12.

The team grand prix has been updated after the masters men’s 5k championship and the Garden State team leads in the M40 division with the Garmin Runners only six points back – 104 to 98 points.  The Shore AC is in third but well out of the race.  The real contest is between Shore and Garden State’s B team and the Clifton Road Runners separated by less than ten points.

Those four clubs are the leaders in the M50 division with Garmin Runners in first and fourteen points ahead of Garden State in second.  Clifton and Shore are well off in third and fourth respectively.
In the M60 division the Shore’s A team is leading Clifton 66 to 53, with the Fleet Feet Essex club in third with 48 points.  The Clifton M70 team has a probably insurmountable lead over the North Jersey Masters.

Masters women will have their 5K championship in November which means their scoring opportunities have not been all reached.  The masters women’s contests are very differint than on the men’s side.  The Clifton Running Club leads in the W40 with the Garmin Runners next and the Garden State New Balance team in third with the Raritan Valley Road Runners women in fourth place.

Clifton has the lead also in the W50 division with a tie for second between the Garmin women and the Raritan Valley club.   The North Jersey masters lead the W60 with another tie for second, this time between the Clifton runners and Raritan Valley’s A team.  The Morris County Striders crack W70 team cannot be beat but their W80 team must compete in one more race to have their place secured.  The grand prix rules require that a team must compete in a minimum of three races in order to score at the end of the series. 

There is not as much excitement in the open team divisions.  The Garden State Track Club New Balance has the top three spots with the Garmin Runners in fourth and the Freedom Running Club in fifth.  The Breakneck Track Club is returning and can be a spoiler by beating the Garden State team like they did in August at the 5km cross country meet.  Randolph’s Colin Frost will be ready to go for the win he told me, after having to pull out of his Steamtown Marathon debut, due to cramping at mile 19.  He will be well rested by next Sunday and ready to lead his team in.

 In the open women’s division  the Garden State’s team has a substantial lead over the Garmin Runners, who are flanked by the Garden State’s B team.  In the missed-opportunity category is  the Shore Athletic Club that has missed two championships where they might have scored big points and would be in second place instead of fifth.


The Long Distance Running Committee will meet Monday night, October 15 at the Madison Y at 7:00 p.m.  This is when people who believe there is a better way to do things present their suggested rule or operation changes for the coming year. 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Masters shine at Little Silver

On Sunday, Oct 7, 2018


Kyle Price of Milltown returned to Little Silver this past Sunday to win once more the 5K race that he won in 2017.  His win this year in 15:17 beat his own time of 15:23 in the 2017 race.   Aaron Leskow of Morristown was second in 15:38 and Mathew Slocum of Montclair was third in 16:10.

The race was the New Jersey masters men’s championship and it was fitting that Jonathan Frieder, age 47, of Rye Brook, NY, who is on a hot streak this season was fourth overall in 16:21.  His brother Elliott of Montville was the next master in 16:40.  Eight hundred meter specialist Mark Williams of Columbia rounded up the top three masters in 16:45.

Kristin Andrews of Manalapan finished in 17:48 for first place on the women’s side.  Kiera Russo of Eatontown was second in 18:28 and Robyn Evangelist of Egg Harbor Township was third in 18:45.

The Frieders lead their M40 Garden State Athletic Team New Balance to first place in their division, with Williams leading in his Garmin Runners team to second.  Garden State’s B team was third, followed by the Shore Athletic Club.

The Garmin Runners M50 team placed first in their division, lead in by Mark Zamek, 55, of Allentown PA whose 17:01 put him in first in the age graded file at 90.12%.  Jonathan Frieder was second with 88.21%.  Brian Crowley, 53, of Hillsborough finished in 17:12 for an 87.77% to place third.

The Shore AC team was second in the M50 and Garden State was third.  The Garmin Runners took first in the M60 division with the Shore’s A and B teams following.  The Shore team hit first in the M70 division with the Clifton Road Runners second and third with their A and B teams respectively.  In a first for this year, the Shore club fielded an M80 team.

Although the race was the masters men’s championship, prize money was also awarded to masters women and Lorraine McPhillips, 64, of Basking Ridge whose time of 23:55 was age graded at 81.49% will receive the top prize purse.  Dawn Wilcox, 45, of Little Silver who finished in 20:13 was next with a PLP of 77.72%.  Debbie Brathwaite, 59, of Garfield finished in 23:43 to round out the age grading top three at 77.22%.


We’d been watching him train on Facebook and reading his posts as he prepared for the WMA meet in Malaga Spain.  That hard work paid off for Mark Williams of Columbia in September.  Over eight thousand masters athletes from around the world gather together every two years to compete in a nearly two-week long masters track and field championship meet.

Williams, who grew up in Hopatcong, specializes in mid distance events, with the 800 meters being his prime target.  Williams first had to qualify for the event, which he did handily in 2:01.05 placing second in his heat.  Then came the final and running against the fastest men age 45 to 49 in the world, Williams finished in 2:01.26 for second place.

In the 1,500 meter final he finished in eighth place out of 16 runners in a time of 4:17.20.  On the last day of the meet his American team finished in fourth place in the 4 X 400 relay, finishing in 3:35.27.

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