HUDLAK, MAYER LEAD CAPT. ZINN 5K RUN;
LUETTCHAU, PAUL PACE 10K RACEWALKERS.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
WALL TOWNSHIP - The late-great Captain Ronald Zinn was both an outstanding racewalker
and runner in his days as a West Point cadet.
Best known for his racewalking deeds - appearances in both the 1960 (Rome) and 1964
(Tokyo) Olympic Games, and topped by his sixth-place in the 1964 20K - Zinn was also an excellent runner, good enough to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
And so it is that both runners and walkers honor the memory of Zinn, who as an infantry
officer, died in Vietnam combat on July 1965.
The Shore Athletic Club, itself a proponent and supporter of high-level achievements in all
track and field disciplines, has thus staged the Capt. Zinn Memorial Races since 1966.
As well, fields gathered for the 52nd annual Capt. Zinn Memorial Races on April 9, 2017,
honored all Vietnam veterans.
It was Staff Sergeant Joe Renzella of Neptune City, himself a Purple Heart and additional medal-winning veteran of three Vietnam tours of action, who said it best before the start of the 5K run.
"We can never forget what so many who served did for all of us," said Renzella. "They served and they served gallantly. Many never returned. It's our duty to remember their service."
Thus, all the participants did exactly that, with Renzella carrying an American flag around the
course in his run, to spur them on.
Zach Hudlak of Long Branch repeated his 5K victory in 2016, covering the Wall Municipal
Complex 5K course in 17:27, outdueling Neptune City's Pat Ford (18:27) and Ocean Gate's
Tom Patchett (18:56) in the process.
Beth Mayer of Lake Como led the 5K women's field in 19:01, beating out
Middletown's Barbara Donelik (24:11) and Ocean Township's Julie Kidd (25:12.)
A notable eighth over-all in the 5K men's division was veteran star Harold Nolan of Middletown, marking his recent moved into the 70-79 division by leading all the 70s and using his run as a warmup for his upcoming trip to the World Masters Games in New Zealand.
The program had opened with the Zinn Memorial 10K racewalk, where top honors went to Metuchen's Richard Luettchau (47:57) and Long Branch's Maria Paul (1:14:04.). Taking home second-place awards were Little Silver's John Soucheck (56:09) and Brick's Susan Middaugh (1:15:20.) Claiming thirds were Manchester's Ron Salvio (1:10:49) and Hazlet's Panse Geer (1:16:08.)
The races were again staged by Shore AC, organized by the club's volunteers, and sponsored by the New Jersey Natural Gas Company. In addition to trophies presented to leading finishers, all participants brought home Capt. Zinn Memorial t-shirts.
SHORE AC TO HONOR FAMED COACH
FRANK "GAGS" GAGLIANO AT MARCH 12 BANQUET
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Shore Athletic Club is delighted to announce that famed
coach Frank "Gags" Gagliano has been named 2017 winner of its Wisner Brothers Memorial Award for "distinguished service to the sport of track and field" and will be honored at the annual Shore AC Awards Banquet,scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at The English Manor
in Ocean Township.
"Coach Gagliano is one of the most celebrated coaches in track and field history, and has touched the lives of thousands of athletes over the years, from his first coaching days at Roselle Catholic High School, to subsequent positions at Manhattan College, Rutgers University and Georgetown University, and then coaching teams of elite, post-graduate runners in the District of Columbia, California,
Oregon, and now with the Hoka One One New Jersey New York Track Club," said Shore AC president Walter MacGowan.
"And his athletes continue rising to the biggest occasions, with the NJNYTC's recent world record performance in the indoor four-mile relay the latest evidence."
The banquet will see the club honor its own finest and fastest athletes and among them are members of the Shore AC Varsity Team that sent 18 athletes to the 2016 USA Olympic Trials, the Masters Distance Team that played dominant roles in National events for 50 and 60-year-olds, the racewalking team that was the nation's best, along with top performers from the youth, high school, college and Open divisions.
The Awards Banquet is open to all, and friends, past and present athletes for Coach Gagliano, and track fans, are specially invited.
"Gags has done so much, all over the nation, and internationally, but it all started right here in New Jersey so this will be the perfect occasion to honor him in his home state," said MacGowan.
"I'll certainly be there, and we certainly hope to see a lot of others there, to honor Coach 'Gags,' " said Ron Speirs of Wall Township, the Rutgers alumnus who was the first - of the now many - milers who have broken four minutes under Gagliano's tutelage.
For the full list of honorees on March 12, go to www.shoreac.org.
Banquet tickets are $35 per person and reservations may be sent to Shore AC, Post Office Box 381, West Long Branch, N.J. 07764. For information: 732-222-9213.
The English Manor is located at
One English Lane,
Ocean Township, NJ 07712.
SCHEID, MARINO LEAD WAY
IN 53rd POLAR BEAR 5K RACE
(Reprinted courtesy of Asbury Park Press, Jan.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
ASBURY PARK - The paths of Justin Scheid and Amanda Marino keep crossing.
Both were top competitors in their New Jersey scholastic track and cross country days, Scheid at Pope John XXII High School in Sparta, Marino at Jackson Memorial. Both went on to collegiate stardom at Big East Conference schools, he at Georgetown, she at Villanova.
And both keep on excelling in their sport years after their undergraduate careers.
Yesterday, for instance, in the 53rd annual Asbury Park Polar Bear Races on the boardwalk, the traditional Shore Athletic Club-staged event that closed down another busy year of action on the New Jersey racing circuit.
Scheid, 31, now a Succasunna-based accountant, led home a record Polar Bear five-kilometer field - 369 finishers - with a 16:15.74 clocking over the out-and-back, two-loop course that started and finished just south of Convention Hall.
Marino, 27, a Bradley Beach resident and eighth-grade teacher in the Point Pleasant Beach system, paced all the women and all but six of the men with a 17:41.62 performance.
The co-featured 10-mile racewalk saw
John Soucheck of Little Silver stride to his 12th Polar Bear men's crown, breezing home in 1:36:52, while Maria Paul of Long Branch was taking her third women's walk title, in 2:03:10..
(Editor's Note: Very good news is that all four feature-event winners are Shore AC members.)
For Scheid and Marino, these were smashing debuts for them in the Polar Bear event that has been going on since 1964 and has attracted many name performers in past years. The very first Polar Bear men's winner, for example, was John McDonnell, then newly arrived from Ireland. After an outstanding
record as a distanceman, McDonnell went on to a Hall of Fame coaching, NCAA champion-building career at the University of Arkansas.
"My dad (Larry Scheid) used to run all the Shore races and told me all about the Polar Bear races," said Justin Scheid. "So it was about time that I ran it, too."
He made it look like a breeze, leading from the outset and winning by over 350 yards over visiting Oregonian Eric Laurel, who clocked a 17:03.40, with a pair of Ocean Township runners,
Greg Lowing (17:07.16) and Andrew Dombrowiecki (17:08.29) right behind.
Two Lake Como residents - Beth Mayer (19:44.34) and Christen McCafferty (20:11.62) - were Marino's closest challengers.
Just off a strong performance in the Philadelphia Marathon, Marino sees many bright running days ahead. "I'm enjoying the sport as much as ever," she said.
"This was certainly a fun experience. I'm truly glad I was invited to run it (by Shore AC president Walter MacGowan."
The Polar Bear Races' most enduring figure continues to be veteran Harold Nolan of Middletown. After a 21:29.77 performance that ranked him 24th over-all and second in the 60-69 age bracket, Nolan has stretched his Polar Bear-finishing streak to 53 years.
"The turnout today was incredible," said Nolan. "It was our biggest ever, even more than some of the big ones we had back in the 1980's.
"I guess the weather had a lot to do with it, relatively mild, in the low 40's with some wind but absolutely no signs of the extremes we've had in the past, everything up to blizzards. I actually an my best time of the year. The post-entry line was huge, I guess a lot had to do with continuing the Polar Bear tradition, and a lot more had to do with the good weather."
The size of the field posed a problem for the Shore AC organizers - they ran out of the t-shirts and finishers medals guaranteed to all. Rush orders for replacements will be quickly placed.
New Yorker Bruce Logan, the 2015 Polar Bear racewalking champion, again had a busy afternoon.
After finishing second to Soucheck in 1:47:30, he ran the 5K in 35:40, then rushed home to do the New York Road Runners' Midnight Race in Central Park.
Hazlet's Panse Geer, the two-time defending women's walk winner, was second this time, doing 2:06:28.
In another Polar Bear tradition, a small group of the runners - led by Dave DeMonico, the former Rutgers star - took a brief post-race dip in the Atlantic.
"It's always a cool thing to do," said DeMonico, toweling
down and fighting off the shivers.
(And before that, Dave "Double D" DeMonico played an another key role; clad as Santa Claus, he led all the 5Kers in a spirited pre-race trumpet rendition of the National Anthem.)
THIS JUST IN FROM SHORE AC LDR TEAM CAPTAIN
THE 2017 USATF-NEW JERSEY CHAMPIONSHIP RACE SCHEDULE::
NEW YORK, January 4, 2017 – Eleven Olympic gold medalists from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games are among the confirmed entries for the 110th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center on Feb. 11.
“USATF had a history-making performance in Rio," USATF CEO Max Siegel said. "It is only fitting that so many medalists from our 2016 team compete at the most historic indoor meet in the world.”
One of the best fields in the history of the NYRR Millrose Games promises to once again to be a hot ticket and a rare New York City opportunity to see so many stars from Rio as they begin building up to the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
Three reigning Olympic hurdles champions -- Americans Brianna Rollins (100 meters) and Dalilah Muhammad (400 meters) and Jamaican Omar McLeod (110 meters) -- lead the parade of champions. Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas, who dove across the finish line to win gold in the women's 400 meters final, is also entered.
Long jump champions Jeff Henderson and Tianna Bartoletta, both of the U.S., men's high jump champion Derek Drouin of Canada, and women's pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece all come to Millrose riding a wave of Olympic glory. Sprinters Courtney Okolo, Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings were teammates on the U.S. women's gold-medal winning 4x400 relay.
“Eleven gold medalists, with a surprise possible 12th committing, must make this year’s NYRR Millrose Games a world record in itself,” Armory Foundation President Dr. Norbert Sander said. “The Olympic Games is the feature story of this, the 110th edition of the world’s most historic indoor track & field meet.”
Media requesting credentials need to click on 2017 NYRR media credential request form and fill out respective forms. Deadline is Monday, February 6.
Go to NYRRMillroseGames.org to learn more about the NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets to the February 11th meet scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Follow The Armory on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @armorynyc or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC.
About the NYRR Millrose Games
With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—feature track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is hosted by the Armory Foundation.