On Sunday, Nov 18, 2018
HORACE ASHENFELTER 8K IS THIS THURSDAY
As you know the Horace Ashenfelter 8 Kilometer race in Glen Ridge falls on the fourth Thursday in November, and this year the fourth Thursday is occurring on the earliest possible date, November 22nd. That may explain why runners are wondering why they feel like they haven’t had enough time to get in shape. The 8K is the last state championship of the season.
All divisions are competing and getting their last shot at improving their scores in the club grand prix and team divisions. Overall the Garden State Track Club New Balance is unbeatable in the club division. The Clifton Running Club is in second place and the Shore Athletic Club is in third with the Morris based Garmin club only eleven points back in fourth.
Garden State nails the open division races with their top three, A, B, C teams usually scoring high in the open men division. Those three teams have the top three spots.
Their open women A team is stellar and in the lead in that division. No contest for first but the next five teams are separated by a mere six points, with the Garmin women second and the Shore third. Clifton is trailing in fourth by only one point.
The only team that could beat Garden State in the M40 division is the Garmin Runners. If Garden State’s top guys, like the Frieder twins don’t show Garmin might have a chance to overcome their four point difference. The third place Shore team can’t move out of third and it can’t be caught by the Garden State B team. But the Clifton runners could pass Garden State and move into fourth. there’s two points between them.
In the M50 division it’s the Garmin team ahead and with a 16 point lead they will take the division. The Shore team is trailing Clifton by five points.
The Shore club has it sewed up in the M60 division with the real contest between Clifton and Fleet Feet Essex for second. Clifton’s M70 team will win their division and don’t need to show up at the Ashenfelter. But they will.
The Clifton W40 team has victory sewed up also, while the Garmin women need to maintain their leave of Garden State for second. Again, the tight contests are further down, with the Raritan Valley Road Runners having a one point lead over the North Jersey Masters.
The Clifton women have it again in the W50 and can’t be caught. Raritan Valley has only a four point lead over the North Jersey Masters and they have only a two point lead over the Garmin runners.
Morristown’s Nora Cary is the deciding factor in the North Jersey Masters ten point lead in the W60 divisions race. Raritan Valley is in a tie for second with the Clifton women.
And then there is the W70 and W80 divisions with only the Morris County Striders in position to win both. Team grand prix rules require a team to compete in at least three races to count and thus the Striders have to put a B team in the W70 division. Their W80 team has already won three races and are solid, but word is that the women will be running.
In fact, even those teams that have an insurmountable lead are sure to be racing. The Ashenfelter race, falling on, oh yes, on Thanksgiving morning, is a well-managed event, with a great course with only one short hill. All the rest are just grades and some are downhill grades.
CONGRATUALATIONS TO LOCAL YOUTHS IN JO MEET
Local young athletes did well at the USATF New Jersey Junior Olympic meet on November 4th at Deer Path Park in Readington, Hunterdon County. William Van Etten of Chester won the Boys 9 and 10 division with Cameron Sontz of Montville taking second place.
The following youths placed third in their divisions: Gabriella Pelov of Montville, 8 and under girls; Noah Pizzirusso of Mount Olive, 8 and under boys; Katherine Shaw of Chester, 9 and 10 girls; Albin Mullan of Parsippany, 13 and 14 boys.
In all, over four hundred young athletes competed on the still muddy cross country course. Congratulations to all. Remember that running is for life. Stay with it.
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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