FRANK HAVILAND NAMED
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...
ATTENTION: ALL SHORE
A.C. MEMBERS, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND ALUMNI....
LONG DISCUSSED, WE ARE FINALLY STARTING OUR SHORE A.C. ATHLETE OF THE WEEKnHONORS PROGRAM.....EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WE WILL SALUTE A SHORE AC ATHLETE (OR TEAM) (OR COLLEAGUE OR FRIEND) FOR AN EXEMPLARY PERFORMANCE...THAT PERFORMANCE CAN COME IN OUR SPORT AT ANY LEVEL, FROM YOUTH TO H.S. TO COLLEGE TO OPEN TO MASTERS....EACH WEEK AS WE PROCEED, WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS....THEY WILL KEEP THIS GREAT HONORS PROGRAM ROLLING ALONG!!
PLEASE GET THEM TO US BY THAT MONDAY MORNING...IF YOU HAVE A PHOTO TO GO WITH IT, SO MUCH THE BETTER... WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU....EMAIL ALL NOMINATIONS TO:
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AND SO, THE SHORE AC PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK.
HONORED FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 22, 2015
IS MR. FRANK HAVILAND, TRIPLE GOLD MEDALIST AT THE USATF
NATIONAL MASTERS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, HELD MARCH 20-21-22
IN WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA..
TRIPLE GOLDS FOR HAVILAND
IN WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.
Harry Nolan should know.
The Shore AC charter member (and that encompasses 52 years of club history!) has "been there, done that," just about everything there is to do in our sport.
And so when Harry speaks of an historic Shore AC performance, we all need to listen.
" Congrats to Frank (Haviland) on his hat trick - three races, three golds; it does not get any better than that," said Shore AC teammate, colleague and Hall of Famer Nolan.
Yes, indeed Mr. Frank Haviland sure did us all proud in the USATF Masters Indoor National Track and Field Championships, which completed a 3-day run in Winston, Salem, North Carolina last Sunday, March 22.
We are delighted to salute Mr. Frank Haviland as our first Shore AC Athlete of the Week, in a program we continue to keep rolling all year long.
Now that he's reached octogenarian status, Wall resident Frank Haviland keeps reaching out to new track and field exploits.
Haviland had starred as a varsity athlete at Murray State University, then was a top performer for years in Shore area adult baseball, softball and basketball leagues.
But once he turned to track and field as a youthful and never energy-lacking senior citizen, his array of honors has steadily soared to new heights.
Born Jan. 8, 1935 - "same day as Elvis Presley," he reminds people - Haviland marked his new eligibility in the 80-84 division of the Masters track circuit by running off with three gold medals in the USA Track and Field National Masters Indoor Championships, staged March 21-22-23 at the JDL Fast Track facility in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Elvis and his "blue suede shoes" have been gone since 1977, but Haviland and his track spikes keep racing right along. Haviland entered one event per day in Winston-Salem, and won them all - all by big margins over his rivals who came to North Carolina from all over the nation.
First up was the 80-84 400 meters and Haviland took it in 1:20.69.
Next came the mile and Haviland led the way in 7:56.01. To cap his huge meet, he ran off with the 800 in 3:18.44.
"Thanks for your congratulations and support of my endeavors" he told his applauding friends and Shore AC teammates. "Being able to run my age again in the 400m (he ran 80.69) was something I never thought I could do again." Pushing him to the victory was runner-up William Kaspari of the Houston Elite in 1:21.86.
Hazlet's Dr. Tom Cawley, Shrewsbury's Pat Toland and Jackson's Roland Cormier, all of Shore AC, claimed golds, too. Dr. Cawley - whose son, Raritan High School senior Joe Cawley is the state indoor Group II 800 champion - won the men's 55-59 800 in a quick 2:14.11. Toland claimed the 45-49 shot put title, and placed third in the weight throw. Cormier won the 75-79 3000 in 14:26.86, and ran second in the mile.
Shore AC netted a total of 97 points to place seventh in men's team scoring, in a field of 62 clubs gathered from all areas of the U.S. Other Shore AC men's scorers included Fred Monesmith (who medaled in five 65-69 field events and the 60 hurdles); John Kuhi (fourth in the 70-74 800; sixth in the 400); Carl Huff, third in the 55-59 pole vault; Keith McQuitter, fourth in the 55-59 60 hurdles, and Tony Plaster, fifth in the 60-64 800.
"High-fives to Tony Plaster on his excellent time in the 800 (2:35.06), a great comeback after his medical situation (a brief hospitalization with symptoms of a stroke) of five weeks ago," said Nolan.Shore AC's Panse Geer took the silver medal in the 3000 racewalk.
MONMOUTH SEASON OPENER MEET
Over 30 colleges and several top club teams are entered in Monmouth University's 20th Annual Season Opener Meet, where action begins with the hammer throw (1:30 p.m.) and open mile (6 p.m.) on Friday and resumes with a full, day-longprogram of action at Kessler Field on Saturday. All are invited and there is no admission fee.Coach Joe Compagni's Hawks excelled in a trip to the Wake Forest Open Meet in North Carolina last weekendwith Casey Sturts (5-3 high jump) and Taylor Johnson (156-8 discus) taking women's event golds, andAhmier Dupree (10.87 100), Jalen Walker (14.43 high hurdles) and Zach Torrell (209-10 javelin) netting thirds in men's events.
TOLAND WINS JOHNNY HAYES TROPHY
The multi-talented Pat Toland, winner of National, Regional and State USATF titles in the Masters throwing events, was presented the Johnny Hayes Memorial Award as Shore AC's athlete of the year for 2014 at the club's annual banquet, held March 8.
Inducted into the Shore AC Hall of Fame were Marc Bloom, George Kochman and Mike Pascuzzo. Saluted ashigh school athletes of the year were Union Catholic's celebrated sister-brother pair of Sydney and Taylor McLaughlin.
Special presentations went to four-time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs, as humanitarian of the year, andSeton Hall coach John Moon, who will be head USA men's coach at July's Pan American Games, as winner of the Wisner Brothers Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport over the years.
McGOVERN, GERS EXCEL AT NEW YORK HALF
James "Jay" McGovern of Atlantic Highlands (1:15.20) and Jason Gers of Monmouth Beach (1:16:22) were our top finishers in the United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon on March 15. Wall's Charles Rogers ran 1:23:27, Oceanport'sMatthew Coleman 1:31:43 and Little Silver's Dawn Wilcox 1:34.44.
SHORE AC WILL HONOR ITS FINEST AS WELL AS TRACK AND FIELD NOTABLES
AT ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET SUNDAY MARCH 8TH
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - The gala annual Shore AC Awards Banquet is set for 2 pm on Sunday March 8th and will feature the presentation of awards in many categories, including the Johnny Hayes Memorial Award to the Shore AC's club's athlete of the year, multi-Masters weight throwing champion Pat Toland, and induction of the newest Shore AC Hall of Fame members, Marc Bloom, George Kochman and Mike Pascuzzo.
Another feature will see four-time Olympian and New Jersey Hall of Fame member Joetta Clark Diggs saluted as Humanitarian of the Year.
The celebrated Clark Diggs, also a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, ranks as one of the greatest middle distance runners in American track history. For many years, too, she has actively pursued an array of humanitarian efforts, which include the hosting of her annual Sports Extravaganza, and many scholarship. educational and fitness programs which have given many thousands head starts to more productive and successful lives.
"We are proud to honor Joetta Clark Diggs in this way," said Elliott Denman, Shore Athletic Club trustee, member of the banquet committee, and a USA Olympian himself.
Winner of the Wisner Brothers Memorial Award, for outstanding contributions to the sport of track and field over the years, is veteran Seton Hall University coach John Moon.
The Shore AC Awards Banquet is open to the public and all track and field enthusiasts are invited to attend. Tickets are $35. For further information, send email requests to: Elliottden@aol.com, or call 732-222-9213.
The complete array of honorees is listed below:
The Shore AC Honors List - The English Manor, Ocean Twp, NJ
March 8, 2015.
JOHNNY HAYES MEMORIAL AWARD
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MR. PAT TOLAND
SHORE AC WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MRS. ERIN TAYLOR-TALCOTT
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB
HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2014
MR. MARC BLOOM
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB
HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2014
MR. GEORGE KOCHMAN
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB
HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2014
MR. MIKE PASCUZZO
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB
WISNER BROTHERS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE SPORT OF TRACK AND FIELD PRESENTED MARCH 8, 2015 TO SETON HALL UNIVERSITY'S
MR. JOHN MOON
SHORE AC TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MR. NICHOLAS REID
IRWIN BERNSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD TO SHORE AC MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MR. PRZEMYSLAW NOWICKI
BOB ROGGY MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC FIELD EVENTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MR. DUNCAN LITTLEFIELD
DR. GEORGE SHEEHAN MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC MEN'S DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR - 2014 -
MARY CONRY MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC WOMEN'S DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR - 2014-
MS. KELLEE HAND
MARY CONRY MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC WOMEN'S MASTERS DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR
2014 - DAWN WILCOX
CHRIS MALONE MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC MEN'S MASTERS DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR - 2014-
MR. MIKE MOONEY
CHRIS MALONE MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC MEN'S MASTERS DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR - 2014 –
MR. RENO STIRRAT
RODNEY CRAIG MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014 –
MS. TIA LIVINGSTON
RODNEY CRAIG MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014 –
MR. BRIAN HILL JR.
SHORE AC COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MS. MARIAH TOUSSAINT
SHORE AC COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MR. CRAIG HUNTER
SHORE AC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - 2014
MS. SYDNEY McLAUGHLIN
SHORE AC HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF YEAR - 2014
MR. TAYLOR McLAUGHLIN
WILLIAM FUNKHOUSER MEMORIAL AWARD
SHORE AC RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR - 2014
MATTHEW STUPER MEMORIAL AWARD TO
SHORE AC YOUNG RACEWALKER OF YEAR 2014-
MS. MELISSA ENDY
DON JOHNSON MEMORIAL AWARD
TO SHORE AC MASTERS RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR - 2014 –
MR. TOM QUATTROCCHI
ELLIOTT DENMAN AWARD
FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO SHORE AC - 2014
MR. MAURICE BELL
TOM AND PHYLLIS FYFE AWARD
TO SHORE AC FAMILY OF YEAR - 2014
THE MAZZELLA FAMILY
SHORE AC ROOKIE OF YEAR - 2014
MR. FRED MONESMITH
SHORE AC ROOKIE OF YEAR - 2014
SHORE AC TEAM CAPTAIN OF YEAR AWARD 2014
MR. SCOTT LINNELL
FRIEND OF SHORE AC AWARD 2014
MAYOR ADAM SCHNEIDER
FRIEND OF SHORE AC AWARD 2014
ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH
THE REV. DANIEL GOWEN
SHORE AC TEAM SPIRIT AWARD
2014 - MR. RAFFAEL CRAIG
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB
TEAM OF YEAR AWARD - 2014
MEN'S 60'S RACING TEAM
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB TEAM OF YEAR AWARD - 2014
SHORE AC RACEWALKING TEAM
SHORE AC MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE OF YEAR AWARD 2014
SHORE AC HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2014
MRS. JOETTA CLARK DIGGS
SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB - 2014
MRS, ISABEL LEWIS
SHORE AC COMEBACK ATHLETE OF YEAR AWARD 2014
MR. KEITH McQUITTER
SHORE AC COMEBACK ATHLETE OF YEAR AWARD
MRs ONEITHEA "NENI" LEWIS
KEN WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING TRACK AND FIELD OFFICIATING
MR. BOB DELAMBILY - 2014.
SHORE AC - 2014
MEDIA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MR. JIM LAMBERT
SHORE AC - 2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD –
MR. WALTER STEIN
Shore AC's Antoinette Padilla passes baton to teammate Maurelhena Walles, and Maurelhena brings it in for anchor Tia Livingston at Millrose Games, as Shore AC leads all club teams in women's 4x200 relay at The Armory Track and Field Center. (Photos courtesy of Antoinette Padilla.)
BIG DAY FOR SHORE AC
AT MILLROSE GAMES 2015...
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
NEW YORK - Saturday (Feb. 14 2015) saw the 108th edition of the famed NYRR Millrose Games come to the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center for the fourth straight year and it was a dazzling meet from start to finish.
And we are proud to report that our Shore Athletic Club athletes and friends were a very big part of this Millrose success story.
First we'll backtrack. Shore AC athletes have been coming to the Millrose Games since the early 1930s and a short list of these celebrated teammates would include world record-breakers John Borican and Todd Scully, and an array of winning Open and Masters relay teams.
Well, 2015 was a terrific Millrose Games for Shore AC, too. One of the best, in fact.
Top of the heap, for sure, is teammate Jonathan "Jon" Hallman, champion of the Susan Rudin
men's national-championship 1-mile racewalk. Not only did he break 6 minutes for the first time but his brilliant 5:53.38 win beat out Olympians Trevor Barron and Andreas Gustaffson and set an all-time Shore AC record for the event.
When Shore AC's Todd Scully struck gold at the 1979 Millrose Games in 5:55.8, he became "the Roger Bannister of racewalking" as the first man to officially "break 6." But Jonathan Hallman's 5:53.38 supplants Scully as club record-holder and puts him "right up there" with the elite of American sprint racewalking.
Jonathan and his wonderfully dedicated Dad, Tom Hallman, drove all the way up to New York from Liebrty, SC for the meet, then drove right back (even as a snowstorm loomed) at its end. How proud they were to do it all in the Shore AC cause, and carrying the Shore AC flag, and how proud we were of them! We can't really tell you how much this Millrose win meant to all of us.
Shore AC teammates Emerson Hernandez (6:37.89) and Rich Luettchau (6:44.74) placed 5-6 behind teammate Jon and Chelsea Conway walked a fine 7:25.74 in the women's race. And to do it all in the events honoring Susan Rudin made it even more of a special occasion.
Shore AC's mighty Paul Wagner had won the Millrose weight throw in 2012 and was in top form once again with his 66-7 second place back of veteran Jake Freeman. Paul now serves as throws coach at Franklin & Marshall, so we know for sure we'll be seeing some great throwers emerging from the F&M program. Teammate Wilfredo DeJesus was fourth at Millrose on a good whirl of 62-1 1/2.
Shore AC teammate Justin Frick has been a brilliant high jumper throughout his whole Freehold High, Princeton University and U. of Oregon career and he's still leaping with the very best. Justin, now a stellar coach at Princeton, was a late entry to Millrose and came through with a solid 7-2 1/2 leap for sixth place. He had three good cracks at 7-4 before calling it a day.
Now, back to the track.
Shore AC's women's foursome of Bianca Marten, Maurelhena Walles, Antoinette Padilla and Tia Livingston ran a super 1:44.31 to lead all club teams and bow only to top college squads St. John's and Monroe in the 4x200 relay. All thanks to Mrs. Phyllis Wilson for "stepping up" to coach the team to excellence - as well as to secure their attractive new uniforms. And this was a race won by the fine St. John's team where Shore AC Hall of Famer and four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey is proving her prowess as a brilliant sprint and relays coach on the Red Storm staff.
Oh, and that was a wonderful, smiling photo of our Maurelhena - readying to take the baton and give it a quick trip around the track - seen in the upper lefthand corner of page 10 of the official Millrose program. "Smiles are infectious," the caption read, and as Maurelhena keeps proving every time out, Shore AC team spirit is
infectious, too. It was a brilliant program, too, listing all those past Millrose champions, going way-way-way back. Best of all, this program was free to all Millrose-goers.
Meanwhile, in the men's open relays, the Shore AC four of Kareem Mickens, Da'Ron Jones, Brian Slater and Nicholas Reid clocked a 3:38.20 to place fourth in the club sprint medley, and it was Matt Bernardo-Jones-Mickens-Slater running 1:34.62 for fifth in their section of the 4x200 (where the 2014 Shore AC team continues to hold the meet record at 1:27.01.)
Then the Shore AC Masters runners took the baton to continue the club's big meet.
A 3:58.18 peformance gave the Shore AC quartet of Scott Clark, Tom Cawley, Pat Dolan and Matt Wallack fourth place (after a tumble at the start, requiring a re-start) in the men's 50-up 4x400 race won by the renowned Southwest Sprinters of Texas.
Next, the Shore AC foursome of Rick Lapp, Spider Rossiter, Mark Chiusano and Harry Nolan ran a 4:36.92 as the third men's club team in the 60-up 4x400, a race won by the Syracuse Chargers.
This was an emotion-charged Shore AC men's 60-up lineup. Yes, they "did it all for Tony."
Teammate Tony Plaster - always a man at prime fitness level - had been slated to key this team but endured a mild stroke just two days beforehand. Shore AC Hall of Famer Nolan - the consummate team man - gamely stepped up to fill in for Teammate Tony.
It was a performance of pure poignancy and will go down in the club archives as yet another where teammates stood tallest when needed to do just that.
All reports were that Teammate Tony was making rapid progress and, knowing Tony, we all expect to see him back on the track, back "carrying the flag" for Shore AC a lot sooner than later.
Cheers for Coach Bob Andrews for organizing our Shore AC Masters relays and Dave Friedman for his valiant support (and great Millrose officiating, too.)
And, of course, our Shore AC "alumni" were doing big things on the track, as well.
We have all cheered Ajee' Wilson as she moved up through all the ranks of the sport and now she was the world's fastest women's 800-meter runner of 2014.
Now that 2015 is here, Ajee' is ready for even bigger and better things. Her 2:01.57 win in the Emblem Health Women's 800 was a portrait of consistency and poise. Her laps were 30.02, 30.29, 30.58 and 30.68 - remarkable.
The 2:01.57 was the fastest by an American this year and held off the bid of Charlene Lipsey (2:02.05) to score a major upset.
Robby Andrews was brilliant, too, in the Mel Sheppard men's 1000 meters.
His amazing final sprint - the patented move that carried him to two NCAA titles, and a lot more - nearly did it again, but just fell short.
The race went to Iowan Erik Sowinski in 2:21.18; Robby's 2:21.23 was just 5/100ths of a second shy.
But it did prove one thing - "Robby is definitely back."
After his sprint medley anchor carry, Shore AC's Nicholas Reid was back in action for the 1000. Given his first major assignment as a pace-setter, Nicholas handled the assignment well, leading through a 1:25.61 600.
Members of the big press corps at Millrose were Shore AC teammates messrs. Marc Bloom, George Kochman and E.Denman. Marc did a fine job as Masters splits-taker and all three are well-honored gentlemen with more good news to report.
At a Track and Field Writers of America gathering at Coogan's Feb. 12, Marc was saluted by TAFWA colleagues for all his years of journalistic excellence and the many, thoroughly insightful books he has authored. George (along with Staten Island Advance partner Derek Alvez) will receive the Stan Saplin Award for their years of terrific writing and coverage; following a ceremony at the March 3 Easterns, their names will be put on a plaque for all to see (along with predecessors Bloom and E.D.) n the Armory's Stan Saplin Media Room. On March 15, at the New Balance Nationals, E.D. will be presented the Alan Dawson Memorial Award for his years of service to the sport.
And here's great news, too - George and Marc will be inducted into the Shore AC Hall of Fame at the annual
Shore AC Awards Banquet on March 8 at The English Manor, Ocean Township, NJ.
Special cheers go to Millrose Games director Ray Flynn, Armory Track Foundation president and CEO Dr. Norbert Sander, and NYRR president Mary Wittenberg, along with all Millrose officials and committepersons. They joined forces and surely made the 108th Millrose Games one of the best. ////////////////////
Meanwhile Saturday, in Boston, Shore AC's Monique Morgan was winning the women's 60-meter hurdles at the Valentine Invitational meet in a quick 8.21 seconds.
Bottom line: WHAT A WEEKEND !!
SHORE AC LOOKS FORWARD TO
BUSY 2015 INDOOR TRACK SEASON
WITH MANY OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO ALL !!
Dear Shore AC athlete: January 1, 2015.
Well, 2015 is here and it's time to get rolling on the new year's season.
The 2014 season was first-rate and saw a long list of major achievements by our Shore AC athletes in all categories of the sport. We did great things as both individuals and as a team. (Just as an example, the Track and Field News rankings are now out and no less than eight Shore AC athletes have gained USA top-10 positions for 2014. Very well done, indeed.)
Well...on to the 2015 season...
(1) First off, we call this meet to your attention: The USATF-New Jersey Indoor Championships, Sunday, Jan. 11th at the Bennett Center "Bubble" facility on Hooper Avenue in Toms River....Full information is available at www.usatfnj.org, time schedule, etc...We strongly urge you to enter for
this meet to support both Shore AC and USATF-NJ...Entries can be made online at www.usatfnj.org and the entry deadline is at midnight on Weds. Jan. 7. So please go ahead and do so..There will be no post-entries..
(2) Of course, you are required to be a member of USATF to be eligible for this meet, so please go ahead and take out your 2015 USATFNJ membership right now...and be sure to list Shore AC (we are Club #07-0101) as you do so...That would be great and once you have your USATFNJ membership in place for 2015, you are eligible to compete in all USATF meets for the balance of the year....So, this bottom line: just do it. Note, if any questions about this process, just get back to Elliott Denman at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll work out the answers.)
(3) Very good news, too, is that Monmouth University is hosting five different Showcase Meets at its excellent Multi-Purpose Athletic (MAC) facility in
West Long Branch, NJ (easily accessible by car from Exit 105 of the
Garden State Parkway.) Track is a flat but fast 200m oval. These are low-key meets but designed as excellent opportunities to get ready for the other bigger meets ahead. Good news also is that while pre-entries are encouraged, day-of-meet entries will be accepted for these meets, too. Registration desk each meet opens at 6 pm for each meet and competition begins at 6:45 pm. Each meet has slightly different list of events and they are as follows:
(a) Weds Jan. 7th - shot put, pole vault, 200m, mile, 55m hurdles, 55m dash.
(b) Weds Jan 28th - shot put, pole vault, 400m, 800m, 55m hurdles, 55m dash.
(c) Weds Feb. 4th - shot put, pole vault, 200m, mile, 55m hurdles, 55m dash.
(d) Weds Feb. 11th - shot put, pole vault, 400m, 800m, 55m hurdles, 55m dash.
(e) Weds March 4th - shot put, pole vault, 200m, 1500m, 55 hurdles, 55m dash.
So let's support these meets and let's support the good coaches and staff at
Monmouth University who are providing these excellent opportunities for all of us.
(4) As ever, Shore AC plans to be out in force at the classic NYRR Millrose Games at the NYC Armory Track Center, coming up on Saturday Feb. 14th. We hope to see several Shore AC athletes competing in the individual invitation events and we plan to compete in these Open Club Relays at Millrose:
(a) Men's 4x200 relay; (b) Men's Sprint Medley Relay (400-200-200-800.)
(c) Women's 4x200 relay; (d) Women's Distance Medley Relay
(1200-400-800-1600.) We did a great job in these races last year and previous years and let's do it again. We will choose our Shore AC teams based on members' performances in the earlier meets.
(Shore AC will also be well represented in Millrose Games men's and women's Masters events, for those 40-up. We did great in these events last year, too. Moral of the story...track and field is a true lifetime sport, and Shore AC is a team for everyone...There is never-ever-ever a reason to retire from track and field or from Shore AC !)
(5) More good news is that the USA Senior National Indoor Championships will be returning to the East Coast after several years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2015 USA Indoor Championships take place Sat-Sun Feb. 28th and March 1st at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Interesting developments here see championship races at the 300m, 600m, 1000m, 1-mile and 2-mile distances
(rather than the standard 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m distances.) This will surely lead to many record-setting performances, so let's be part of it.
Shore AC Varsity Coach Tim Brennan will again coordinate all Shore AC
entries, etc. for Indoor Nationals. Get your qualifying performances in and
contact Coach Tim at: email@example.com.
(6) And there will be many more meet opportunities beyond these, and
among them Shore AC can request entries in these college meets for those
who have demonstrated their fitness. The meets will include (a) The Tiger Open at Princeton, Saturday Jan. 24; (b) The Monmouth University Winter Classic, Saturday Feb 14 (which is same day as Millrose Games); (c) Princeton Invitational Meet, Sunday Feb. 22; (d) a long list of college-hosted and/or
Armory-hosted meets at the Armory Track Center in NYC. etc etc etc.
(7) So now we ask this of you, all part of being a good Shore AC citizen: (a) Register with USATF-NJ for 2015, as mentioned earlier. (b) pay your
Shore AC dues for 2015, full info. at www.shoreac.org.
ost importantly, keep in touch! Let us know how you're doing and what your competition plans are. Since we are so far-flung, we cannot really train together like a college or HS team. But we do encourage local training groups wherever possible. Just let us know your situation and we'll do our best to get you going on the way to success.
(And should you NOT be available to compete for Shore AC, for whatever reason, please do us another courtesy by letting us know that, too...Just email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(For those who need Shore AC vests, shirts, etc, Mr. Denman will be there with a supply for all members at those Monmouth meets, and others.)
Also, we just emailed the latest edition of The Pacesetter, our terrific Shore AC newsletter with 20 pages of good info.. to all on our Shore AC email list.
If you have not yet received your copy of The Pacesetter, please let us know and we will email it right out to you.
So there, we've covered a lot of ground and hopefully answered many of your questions. Hope to see you soon as we set sail on another big Shore AC year.
Very best to all, Elliott Denman / email@example.com / 732-222-9213.
SHORE AC MEMBER ANDREW BRODEUR TAKES EARLY LEAD ON WAY TO DECISIVE 25:01.6 VICTORY IN FREEHOLD AREA RUNNING CLUB'S 5-MILE BORN TO RUN RACE ON NOV. 28TH, 2014. RUNNER-UP WAS ROBBY ANDREWS IN 25:49.7. CONGRATS TO ANDREW AND ROBBY AND ALL WHO TOOK PART ON THIS ICE-COLD DAY, AND CONGRATS TO FREEHOLD AREA RUNNING CLUB FOR PUTTING ON ANOTHER TERRIFIC EVENT !! (Photo courtesy of Freehold Area Running Club.)
SHORE AC MOURNS PASSING OF LIFETIME TRUSTEE/HALL OF FAMER SANFORD "SANDY" KALB
Shore AC has lost one of its greatest and most dedicated members, with the passing
of Mr. Sanford Kalb, one of the club's three lifetime trustees and a member of the Shore AC Hall of Fame.
We were saddened to receive this message on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from Mr. Larry Kalb, Sandy's son and himself one of the state's most notable track and field officials.
Larry wrote us as follows ---
"It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that I regretfully inform you of the passing of my father, Sanford "Sandy" Kalb, 87, of Howell Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.
"Dad's Track & Field Officiating avocation spanned five
decades. He served with the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union), NJ-TAC (New Jersey chapter of The Athletics Congress) and then USATF-NJ (the New Jersey Association of USA Track and
"In that time, he officiated many Penn Relays and served as a Technical Official for both the 1988 Olympic Trials Marathon in Jersey City's Liberty Park and several NYC Marathons. Additionally, he officiated at three editions of the World Masters Championships, meets staged throughout the nation.
"He was a "regular" at meets staged at Princeton University and Monmouth College/Monmouth University, the IC4A/ECAC Championships, at Ocean County College for the Garden State Games and The Schmertz Games and meets hosted by OCC itself.
"He was a charter member of today's Shore Track & Field Officials Association, Inc. which dates its incorporation with the state back to 1967, when he served with the association's founding father, John "Jack" P. Rafter, Sr. of Red Bank Catholic H.S.
"A multi-year track and field letterman for Lakewood High School, Class
of 1947, he was the Piners' star miler, school record holder with a clocking a 4:42 as a sophomore in 1945, then placing sixth in the NJSIAA Group Championship Meet, and then second in the Shore
Conference Championships Also, he played running back for Lakewood's football team, until he broke an ankle his sophomore season.
"Kalb joined the Shore Athletic Club as a Lakewood student and would stay active in Shore AC affairs his whole life. He is one of the club's three lifetime trustees and a member of both the Shore AC and Lakewood High School halls of fame.
"His Lakewood mile record lasted until 1959, when it was broken by Mauro Altizio (later a star runner at the University of Nebraska and famed coach.) Also, it was Altizio who succeeded Kalb as president of the Shore Track & Field Officials Association.
"After service in the United States Army, Kalb became a self-employed businessman and resumed competing in track and field, becoming a medal-winning U.S. racewalker.
"In 2004, Sanford Kalb earned the respect of his peers when he was selected
recipient of the Shore Chapter's Henry "Hank" J. Nonnenberg, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award and the NJTFOA Executive Board's Jay Dakelman Lifetime Achievement Award.
"The Sanford "Sandy" Kalb 9-Mile Walking Race and has been held in his honor for many years each May at Lake Carasaljo in Lakewood and he competed in it many times himself. Later, he became a noted judge of racewalking events.
"Sanford Kalb is survived by his wife of 64 years, Roslyn Kalb; daughters Linda of Franklin Park, NJ; Kathy of Pennsylvania, son Larry Kalb, Brick (who also is a certified NJTFOA-Central Chapter and USATF-NJ Official) and, a 93-year old brother Gerald, of Connecticut.
"The funeral is private. Shiva will be Saturday, Nov. 29, at Kalb's home, 22 Addison Road, Howell Township, N.J. Telephone is 732-363-5426. Evening Shiva Minyan Prayer Service is at 4:30 p.m. sharp."
SEVEN SHORE AC ATHLETES
GIVE SOLID PRFORMANCES
AT USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT SACRAMENTO'S HORNET STADIUM
As Shore AC "alumna" Ajee' Wilson was running her way to the women's 800-meter title in 1:58.70 and adding this crown to her two already acquired Indoor National titles, seven members of Shore AC were delivering solid peformances in "carrying the flag" for the club at the annual USA National Outdoor
Championships, June 26-29, 2014 at Sacramento State
University's Hornet Stadium.
Just seven weeks past her 20th birthday, former Neptune High School star Wilson now a Temple
University sophomore representing the adidas co., raced like a veteran pro in running away from the best of the rest of thenation. With 300 meters to go, Wilson made a big move away from her pursuers and won it going away in front of the 9,601-fan audience.
It wasn’t the fastest two laps of her life – she ran 1:58.21 placing sixth in the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow – but it was one of her most impressive and one more stepping stone,
hopefully, to the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“Ajee’, she’s so young and she gets better every time out," said US rival Brenda Martrinez. "We’ll definitely have to work a lot harder if we ever expect to beat her.”
“I didn’t worry about the pace,” said Wilson. “I knew I had the strength, I knew I had the endurance.
I came through and still kept going.”
Next stops for Wilson – races in Glasgow and Monte Carlo on the European circuit. Rutgers junior star and Shore AC member Corey Crawford wound up sixth in the long jump with a span of 25-10 ¼, as the gold went to Jeffrey Henderson at 27-11 ½.
The seven-athlete Shore Athletic Club delegation turned in a series of solid place-winning erformances, topped by club Hall of Famer Barry Krammes’ sixth in the men’s javelin final at 247-8. Rutgers sophomore and Shore AC member Tom Carr was 13th in the spear event at 219-5.
In other throws finals, Shore AC’s Ryan Loughney claimed an eighth in the men’s hammer throw
at 227-0 and SAC clubmate James Plummer 12th in the discus.
“It was just my third meet of the year,” said Plummer, now in graduate school and coaching at Wagner University. “I didn’t have that snap. I know I can do a whole lot better.”
The Sunday morning men’s 20K racewalk – where former Toms River resident and Shore AC president Ray Funkhouser served as event director – saw the gold medal go to two-time Olympian John Nunn of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program in 1:27:57, with Shore AC’s Michael Mannozzi (1:36:05) Rich Luettchau (1:38:21) and Jonathan Hallman (1:39:33) placing 7-8-9.
Saturday’s women’s 20K racewalk went to Olympian Maria Michta in 1:35:55 with Shore AC’s Erin Taylor-Talcott sixth in 1:43.42. Monmouth University graduate Ford Palmer was a brilliant fifth in the men's 1500-meter final for his first National medal.
WE CONGRATULATE ALL WHO TOOK PART IN THE 28TH ANNUAL N.J.
INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD MEET
at COLTS NECK HIGH SCHOOL ON
SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014.
ON A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING, WE HAD MANY EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES. WE EXTEND OUR SINCERE THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, INCLUDING:
1. The many outstanding athletes from numerous clubs, colleges
and schools, who came from near and far.
2. Shore AC, the host club, and its many volunteers who pitched in, in many capacities.
3. Colts Neck High School and the Freehold Regional HS Board of Education.
4. The many excellent officials of USA Track and Field of New Jersey and the USAT-NJ state office..
5. Our several dedicated sponsors who appreciate our dedication to the great Olympic sport of track and field, our ongoing determination to promote the sport, and our .wish to continue recognizing many greats of our sport's history.
6. Timing service, www.njraces.com.
7. Meet director Mr. Nick McDonough and meet director emeritus Elliott Denman.
FOR COMPLETE RESULTS, GO TO:
STILL TO COME: MONDAY JUNE 9 AT MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY,
Oneithea (Neni) Lewis women's hammer throw at 3 pm followed by the
August Zilincar men's hammer throw.
CHEERS TO ALL !!
BIG ACHIEVEMENTS BY SHORE AC
MANY BIG EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES JUST AHEAD...
To Our Shore AC Teammates, Friends, Families and Fans..
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
BULLETIN: Shore AC continues doing outstanding things !
This just in from the Swarthmore College Last Chance Meet, Monday evening May 12th::
The "SWAT" meet saw truly top-notch wins by Shore AC's Paul Wagner (217-2 men's hammer throw), Aaron Braxton (163-11 men's discus) and Monique Morgan (12.96 women's 100 hurdles.)
SAC's Nicholas Reid continued his improvement with a 1:50.65 fourth in the 800. We welcome Nick back to SAC membership.
Ajee Wilson, Shore AC "alumna" and two-time Naitonal indoor 800 champion, lowered her 1500-meter best by a huge nine seconds with a solid 4:12.10, as SAC member Amanda Eller ran fourth (4:29.91.)
Very good news is that both Ajee' and Robby Andrews (1:46.35 800 last Saturday at the Occidental College meet) have been named to Team USA for the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships
to be held May 24-25 at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, the Bahamas. Both are slated for 4x800 relay duty.
The World Relays - sure to be a crowd-pleaser - will include 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 and 4x1500 events for men and women. Check your local TV listings for this one.
SAC's Brian Richards scored a decisive 14.3 110HH win and clocked a 21.7 200 second place in the Georgian Court University Last Chance Meet May 9th.
We now call these three great USATF-New York Twilight Series meets to your attention. All are Thursday evenings starting 6 pm at the world-class Icahn Stadium and easily-accessible facility on Randall's Island,
(Note that Icahn Stadium has been a great place for Shore AC in recent years -here's where we won USATF National Club Team Championships in 2005-07-09-11 !! )
Events vary each meet and a very good thing is that while these meets are pre-entry only, the entry process is open until 11:59 p.m. the day before each meet.)
Here are the details:
Twilight Series Meet #1 Thurs May 15::::
Track events in order (women and men) are 1500, 400, 100, 800.steeplechase, 200 and 5000. Field events are LJ and SP.
Twilight Series Meet #2 Thurs May 29::::
Track events are 400 hurdles, 1500, 100, 400, 4x400, 10,000 meters. Field events are TJ, DT and HJ.
Twilight Series Meet #3, Thurs, June 5::::::
Track events are 100 and 110 Hurdles, 1500, 100, 200, steeplechase, 800, 5000 meters. Field events are SP, LJ and PV.
For further info on these meets: Lauren.Primerano@newyork.usatf.org, 609-915-3039.
Moving right along, the 28th annual New Jersey International Meet will be held on Saturday, June 7th at Colts Neck HS in Colts Neck, NJ. This is "our meet," meaning it's a Shore AC hosted and organized meet in all respects. That means we expect all of you who possibly can be there to do just that - be there, ready to compete against many of the very best in a high level meet.
Or if not competing, helping or volunteering any way you can..Remember, this is "our meet."
Quite soon, the entry process will be open for the NJ International Meet on www.direct athletics.com. Just be here !!
Meet director is Mr. Nick McDonough, head coach at NYU. Meet director emeritus is Elliott Denman.
The spotlight moves right back to Icahn Stadium on Randall's Island, NYC, on Saturday, June 14th.
Coming to Icahn are many of the world's highest-level elite athletes for the Adidas Grand Prix Meet, the only East Coast stop on the worldwide Diamond League circuit. Want to be a candidate for an
individual event here? That would be treemendous - but your name would have to be high up on the 2014 world list.
Very good news, though, is the meet will include both men's and women's 4x400 relays, early on the program. Shore AC has entered A and B teams in the men's 4x400 and one women's 4x400 team.
We've won it before and sure would like to do it again . So be ready to roll !!
For those not running those 4x400s at Icahn Stadium, also June 14 is the annual USATF-NJ Championships at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ.
On Sat June 21 it's the USATF Eastern Regional Championships at the Unversity at Albany, NY..Held at Icahn Stadium the past few years,the meet moves north to Albany this year. Let's try to work out car pools or whatever it takes to be well represented in Albany.
Then - for those who've reached the stringent qualifying standards - it's the annual USATF Nationals in Sacramento, California. Very good news is that several Shore AC teammates have already posted qualifying marks. Check with Shore AC Varsity Coach Tim Brennan about Nationals details.
Originally, we thought the USATF Club Nationals would be returning to Icahn Stadium in 2014. But that was changed and the meet was awarded to Tacoma, Washington, and the dates are Fri-Sat July 11-12. It's an expensive trip but Shore AC does plan to be there, even if it's a small group.
We'll do our best to get our best people there.
We also have been invited to some July meets in Canada. Details still pending, so stay tuned.
Know potential Shore AC sponsors for any of this??? That would be just great. Check around and let us know.
Most important also: Be sure you are (a) registered in USATF-NJ for 2014 and (b) have paid your 2014 Shore AC dues.
So that's where we stand at the moment.
Train hard, be well, be strong, be ready.
Cheers again from Elliott Denman and your Shore AC teammates. And most important,
keep in touch !!
SHORE A.C. MOURNS PASSING
OF ASBURY PARK'S/ VILLANOVA'S FRANK BUDD,
USA OLYMPIAN AND "TRUE GENTLEMAN"
(This article reprinted courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer.)
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
In just 9.2 seconds on June 24, 1961, Francis Joseph "Frank" Budd proved himself the fastest man on earth. Winning the gold medal in the 100-yard dash in the National AAU Championships at Downing Stadium on Randall's Island in New York, the Villanova junior took a tenth of a second off the world record that had been in the books for more than 14 years.
It was the singular moment in the celebrated career of the athlete who died at age 74 Tuesday night at Virtua Hospital in Marlton. In recent years, Mr. Budd had been slowed by the effects of multiple sclerosis and renal failure. He often got around in a motorized wheelchair but was forever remembered as the onetime "world's fastest human."
Mr. Budd was an Olympic sprinter as a Villanova sophomore (placing fifth in the 100-meter final at the 1960 Rome Games); a world-record dash man (at both 100 and 220 yards); and a three-time NCAA champion and seven-time IC4A winner as a star performer on coach Jumbo Elliott's powerful Wildcats teams. However, he was gone from track and field after his Villanova graduation in 1962.
He never played football in college but became an NFL wide receiver with the Eagles and the Washington Redskins. He also played for three years in the Canadian Football League.
At Villanova, the former star at Asbury Park (N.J.) High was honored as a member of the Wildcats' inaugural Wall of Fame. Mr. Budd was remembered by 'Nova track coach Marcus O'Sullivan as "a wonderful man and wonderful gentleman. He truly loved Villanova, the education and opportunities he got here and the friends he made, and Villanova truly loved him.
"In his last visit to the campus last winter, he was introduced at halftime of a basketball game, and the reception he got was unbelievable. In a matter of seconds, everybody in the building was standing and cheering. It was all spontaneous - and overwhelming."
Mr. Budd is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children, Frank Jr. of Mount Laurel, Kimberly Arzillo of Willingboro, and Anitra Spreight of Acookeek, Md.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at St. Thomas Church on the Villanova campus
SHORE A.C. ATHLETES COLLECT TWO TITLES
AND PLAY MANY STARRING ROLES
AT 120TH ANNUAL PENN RELAYS CARNIVAL
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
PHILADELPHIA - Once again, Shore AC athletes proved themselves among the best in the nation and the world with starring performances in the tradition-laden University of Pennslvania Relay Carnival at historic Franklin Field.
The 120th Annual Penn Relays, staged the final weekend of April 2014, saw Shore AC men collect two titles in the men's Olympic Development Division, and do other big things as well.
SAC's men easily ran off with the classic Penn champions wrist watches by winning the 4x120-yard shuttle high hurdles relay, as teammates Gerkenz Senesca, Devon Hill, Josue Louis and Brian Richards combined for a triumph in 56.95 seconds. Their time was faster than every college team and one of the best in the world this year. And it would have been faster if third man Louis not had to avoid a fallen barrier that had toppled into his lane.
It was history revisited. The shuttle hurdles has been on the Penn Relays program since 1985 and Shore AC has now won it seven times. The previous wins came in 1985 (58.1), 2002 (57.13), 2004 (58.55), 2007 (58.90), 2009 (62.21) and 2010 (58.63.) No team has won the shuttle hurdles at Penn more times than Shore AC's seven.
Hill (13.78), Senesca (13.87) and Richards (14.38) came back on Saturday at Penn to place 1-2-3 in the men's invitational 110-meter high hurdles. It marked the fifth time a Shore AC runner had won the event - following Kerry Bethel (13.78 1984), Dudley Dorival (13.67 2003), Jacoby DuBose (13.63 2009) and Senesca (13.84 2013.)
Shore AC's Rich Luettchau was the number one USA finisher in the men's Olympic Development 10,000-meter racewalk, clocking 46:35.61 in a race won by Emerson Hernandez of El Salvador in 42:17.56.
Twenty-four teams ran the men's 4x100 relay and Shore AC Team A (Senesca, Kelly Fisher, Louis and Ramaan Ansley) claimed seventh in 41.97 and Team B (Tyrie Webb, DaRon Jones, Richards and Derrhyl Duncan) took its section in 43.13 and
was ninth over-all. Led by Trinidad Olympic medalist Lalonde Gordon, the Zenith Velocity team won it in 40.53.
Two hours later, with conditions now cold, raw and wet, two Shore AC foursomes took to the track for the 4x400. Shore AC A (Fisher, Isaiah Gill, Jamal Roberts and Duncan) ran third in 3:17.50 and Shore AC B (Chris Harrison, Louis, Alan Laws Jr. and Webb were 12th in 3:26.62.
The men's Masters 100-meter dash 65-up division saw Shore AC's Fred Monesmith run fourth in 13.86, back of veteran star Charles Allie's winning 12.55. In Masters 4x100 relay events, Shore AC's 50s four of Keith McQuitter-Spider Rossiter-Dave Friedman-Harry Nolan ran 1:02.01 for eighth in 50-up, and Monesmith-Dave Gravesande-Rick Lapp-Ronville Gravesande did 1:12.56 for 16th in 60-up. Later, the McQuitter (63.06)-Pat Dolan (59.26)-Tom Cawley (58.01)-Matt Wallack
(58.15) 50s four took sixth in men's 50-up 4x400 in 3:58.46, with a Shore AC unit of Rick Lapp (63.01), Tony Plaster (67.15), Rossiter (70.43) and Nolan (74.55) 14th in 4:35.80 but placing high in 60s.
Shore AC "alumna" Ajee' Wilson, sixth placer in the women's 800-meter final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, ran another superb race, anchoring USA with a scintillating 1:59.60 two laps to a come-from-behind victory over Jamaica in the women's sprint medley race in the USA Vs. The World Series that thrilled the crowd of over 49.000 and the global TV audience.
Monique Morgan was Shore AC's delegate to the Drake Relays and ran a strong leg for the Jamaica all-star squad that placed second to Team USA (50.93 to 52.01) in the invitation women's 4x100-meter shuttle hurdles.
Shore AC had a pair of winners in the Lions Invitation Meet at The College of New Jersey Saturday as Justin Frick won the
men's high jump with a clearance of 7 feet, half an inch; and Wilfredo DeJesus led the hammer throwers at 198-9.
Nicholas Reid ran second in the 1500 (3"58.46) and fourth (49.69) in the 400.Aaron Braxton put the shot 45-9 1/4 in fourth place; Marilyn Coleman netted seventh in the women's hammer throw at 138-8.
SHORE AC ATHLETES CLAIM PAIR OF GOLDS
AT 16th ANNUAL LARRY ELLIS INVITATIONAL MEET
AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY'S WEAVER STADIUM
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Newly-inducted Shore AC Hall of Famer Barry Krammes opened his 2014 season with a 229-9 victory in the javelin throw at the 16th Annual Larry Ellis Invitational Meet Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Princeton University's Weaver Stadium. "It was a good way to start and I know I'll be out there much further as the season goes on," said Krammes, the third-placer in the 2013 USA Nationals.
Another winner was first-year Shore AC athlete Brian Richards with a clocking of 14.17 in the 110 high hurdles.
Isaiah Gill of Shore AC turned in a pair of impressive sprint performances, running 10.86 for third in the 100 and 21.67 for fourth in the 200. Other marks by Shore AC sprint athletes included Kelly Fisher's 10.91 100 and
Da'Ron Jones' 11.47 100 and 23.36 200. Antoinette Padilla of Shore AC ran 12.98 and 27.03 in the women's sprints.
Syteek Farrington of Shore AC opened his season with a 21-9 11th place long jump and an 11.11 100. Junior heptathlon champion Tia Livingston of Shore AC won her section of the women's 100 hurdles in 14.61, while other excellent Shore AC women's marks were Nicole Leach's 55.75 400, Dashera Richardson's 2:25.50 800 and Marilyn Coleman's 139-6 hammer throw. Chelsea Cox anchored Georgetown to a 3:46.90 win in the women's 4x400 relay.
Friday night elite racing action saw Shore AC "alumni" Ajee' Wilson win the women's 800 in 2:03.81, Robby Andrews take the men's 1500 in 3:42.54 and Ashley Higginson lead the women's 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:35.72. Monmouth University freshman star Dylan Capwell lowered his MU 800 record to 1:49.40, running fourth back of winner Jesse Garn's 1:47.74. Princeton senior George Galasso of Holmdel won his section of the men's 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:08.20.
Ivy League internationalists in the spotlight included Princeton's Julia Ratcliffe with a New Zealand-record 70.28 / 230-7 hammer throw, and Cornell's Bruno Hortelano of Spain with a 20.91 200 win.
Shameka Marshall of Shore AC, the 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist, now coaching at Temple University, continued progressing down the comeback trail with a 6.45-meter/ 21-2 win in the women's long jump at the Temple University Alumni Meet in Philadelphia.
Shore AC's Josue Louis, a decathlete with the National Team of Haiti, had a busy day that included wins in the 110 hurdles (14.76) and high jump (6-6 3/4), and seconds in the LJ (22-5 3/4) and javelin (161-9.) SAC's Derrhyl Duncan clocked 11.15 and 22.11 in the sprints.
Shore AC's Justin Frick, assistant track coach at Princeton and fifth-placer in the high jump at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, leaped 2.23 meters/ 7-1 3/4 for seventh place at the Mount San Antonio College Relays in California. It was just his second meet of the year. Third place in the event was Trevor Barry of the Bahamas, another Shore AC member, at 7-3 3/4. Canadian star Michael Mason won it at 7-5 3/4.
The Morgan State University Legacy Meet in Baltimore saw Panama internationalist Yvette Lewis edge Shore AC's Monique Morgan in the women's 100 hurdles, 13.14 to 13.23, with SAC's Shericka Ward seventh in 14.56.
Monmouth University athletes dominated the Greyhound Invitational meet at Moravian University in Bethleham, Pa. paced by such national-level winners as McLean Lipschultz (238-0 men's javelin) and Mariah Toussaint (20-9 3/4 long jump.) Ben Boyd added two more MU firsts with a 21.82 200 and 48.06 400.
ALL SMILES AT PENN RELAYS are (left to right) famed coach/USA Olympian/decathlon great Irving "Moon" Mondschein, noted/award-winning New York Times sports writer Frank Litsky, and Penn alumnus/decathlon great Frank Harrison of Shore AC at ceremonies dedicating the Irving "Moon" Mondschein throwing complex at the University of Pennsylvania.(Elliott Denman photo.)…
PENN HONORS "MOON" MONDSCHEIN
IN BEST POSSIBLE WAY WITH
DEDICATION OF THROWING COMPLEX
(This story reprinted courtesy of www.armorytrack.com)
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Check out the New York University archives and you'll see that Irving "Moon" Mondschein is still the Violets' school record-holder in the outdoor high jump.
He did it with his 2.02-meter/ 6 feet, 7 3/4 clearance at the IC4A Championships at Randall's Island's Triboro Stadium on May 28, 1949.
Even Mondschein finds it hard to believe that his best-ever HJ performance took place nearly 65 years ago. Not only that, but it remains the school record for his alma mater,
then a leading NCAA Division I track and field power, now doing quite well in Division III.
"The only thing I clear these days is my throat," he tells you, kiddingly, by phone from
his Hershey, Pa. home.
He marked his 90th birthday on February 7th and, kidding aside, continues in excellent shape for a nonagenarian.
The sport of track and field - and he's played a zillion roles in it - has obviously kept him young at heart
Name a role in the sport and he's been there, done it.
As a star all-arounder, he was the National AAU decathlon champion (1944, 1946,1947) for the NY Pioneer Club; NCAA high jump champion (1947 outright, 1948 tied with Dwight Edleman of Illinois), and Olympic decathlete (eighth at the London Games of 1948.) Oh, and in his spare time as an NYU student, he found time to star on the Violet football team.
As a track and field coach, he left his collegiate mark at Lincoln University, Penn, Villanova, LaSalle, Kutztown and Haverford. He also had stints as a high school coach in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, served as head coach of Israel's Olympic team at the 1952 Games, and as assistant with Team USA at the 1988 Games in Seoul.
In 1973, he was a coach on the USA Junior Team that included such future world champions/record-breakers as Craig Virgin, Ben Plucknett and Terry Albritton.
The Mondschein track and field touch has spanned generations. While he was still coaching at Haverford until quite recently, second and third-generation Mondscheins were making their own marks in the sport. Sons Brian (at the University of Washington) and Mark (at Penn) were star decathletes, too.
Brian followed Dad into coaching and is now an assistant at Princeton where his top athletes include hammer thrower Julie Ratcliffe and triple jumper Imani Oliver.
Mark took to the skies and is a veteran pilot for US Airways. Mark's son, also named Brian, emerged as one of the nation's top-ranked collegiate vaulters at Virginia Tech and, now training under Earl Bell in Jonesboro, Ark., continues vaulting at the elite level.
"They've all done great things," says the senior member of the Mondschein clan, who has forever been nicknamed "Moon," or at least since his days at Boys High School in Brooklyn.
He says that with infinite satisfaction. The "kids" have obviously done the name Mondschein proud. Still, they've not surpassed the family patriarch.
Much of the best "Moon" coaching took place at Penn, where he joined head coach Jim Tuppeny's staff as an assistant in 1965; took the head coaching job on Tuppeny's retirement in 1979, and stayed with the Quakers until 1987.
They loved him at Penn where his biting sense of humor was always on the mark, and his vast knowledge of the sport and spirited leadership produced an array of top stars.
Perhaps his best pupil at Penn was Fred Samara - a graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, like "Moon" a Brooklynite - who went on to win the USA National decathlon title in 1975, then competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, placing 15th.
Now Samara is continuing the Mondschein legacy - as the head coach of the powerful Princeton men's team since 1978.
"Moon" Mondschein hasn't been in the news for quite a while and headline-making was never his style, anyway.
But the very good word out of Philadelphia is that they'll be raising salutes to
Mondschein all over again on Saturday, April 26th, the climactic day of the 120th Penn Relays.
Dedication ceremonies that day will inaugurate the Mondschein Throwing Complex area, complete with state-of-the-art facilities for the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer.
Named for "Moon," and presented by "his athletes, colleagues and the University of Pennsylvania," as the signage there now tells you, the upgraded venue is expected to produce national and world-class performances by many of the best gathered for the Penn Relays, as well as serving as a first-class area for Penn's own throwers.
With sophomore Sam Mattis, the former East Brunswick star, now moving into the national rankings in the discus, and junior Jim Tully leading an improved javelin group, the Quaker tossers are already taking expert advantage.
The Mondschein Throwing Complex becomes the home turf of Tony Tenisci, the Penn throws coach for nearly three decades.
"Irv was one of a kind, and my early mentor at Penn," said Tenisci. "Standing next to him while coaching was a fantastic experience. He knew his athletes inside and out. He knew how to teach, guide and motivate them. All this was done with a great sense of humor and relaxation. His athletes loved him and would do anything for their coach.
"Irv embodied all of the great qualities of a coach and his tireless dedication to his athletes and Penn is deserving of the wonderful recognition of having his name put on the new state-of-the-art throwing venue at Penn."
Penn head coach Steve Dolan seconds that motion.
" 'Moon' is a legend here at Penn and in the entire track and field community," says Dolan.
"His competitive accomplishments as an athlete and coach are astonishing achievements. Even more impressive is the positive impact that he has had on so many lives. 'Moon' is recognized as a man of great character and an inspiration to all coaches."
That part was confirmed with his 2007 induction into the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
Like "Moon," like the Mondschein sons, like Samara, Steve Dolan is a decathlete. At Minnesota's University of St. Thomas, he was the 1992 NCAA Division III decathlon champion.
It stands to reason that deca-men - who do all the events, who know all the events - make great coaches.
"Steve improved all his teams, at every place he's been," said Mondschein.
"Just look at his record - at College of New Jersey, at Princeton, now at Penn, all his teams got better and better and better."
So he knows the Quaker program is on solid ground and headed to a brightening future.
Then again, it's had a solid run of past success, too.
And that's why Penn is saying its thanks to "Moon" in the best possible way - call the Mondschein Throwing Complex a living legacy.
ANOTHER BIG WEEKEND FOR SHORE AC APRIL 4-5-6 2014.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Last weekend (April 4-5-6, 2014) was one more big one for Shore AC athletes.
Competing in events in four different states, Shore AC's competitors came through
with big performances in each of them.
Shore AC made its debut as a team in the historic Florida Relays in Gainesville and
delivered outstanding clockings in both the men's 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
In the 4x200, the quartet of Jamal Roberts, Derrhyl Duncan, Christopher Harrison and Kelly
Fisher (20.8 anchor) ran 1:25.92. In the 4x400, Shore AC's foursome of Duncan, Fisher, Isaiah
Gill and Harrison ran 3:11.63. Both were the best times by Shore AC relay teams in a few years.
Other performances in the Florida Relays included Devon Hill's 13.76 and Gerkenz Senesca's
13.83 in the men's 110 high hurdles, and Emanuel "Manny" Mayers' 49.86 in the 400 hurdles.
At the famed Colonial Relays in historic Williamsburg, Va., Shore AC's James Plummer won the discus throw at 190-3, over 30 feet ahead of his leading rival. It was his 2014 season debut, and
a season that he hopes to improve on his third-place national ranking in 2013.
In addition to being one of the nation's best in his specialty, James is helping other
young throwers reach their potential as an assistant coach at Wagner College.
At the Nyack, N.Y. Racewalking Festival, Shore AC's Bill Vayo led all men's Masters entries with
a 27:45.8 5,000-meter performance, while Shore AC teammates Elizabeth Pasquale (30:51.1) and Panse Geer (334:28.6) were setting the pace in their respective age-group divisions. A top performer in the high school girls 5,000-meter race was Shore AC member Melissa Endy at 28:53.6. Lucy Vayo clocked 11:10 for one mile.
Meanwhile, on New Jersey home turf, at the 25th annual Sam Howell Memorial Meet at
Princeton University's Weaver Stadium, Shore AC's Justin Frick - the fifth-place finisher in
the high jump at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials - opened his 2014 campaign with
a clearance of 7 feet 0 1/4 inches, an excellent jump in the tough wind conditions.
Princeton alumnus Frick is now an assistant coach at his alma mater. Relegated to
second at 6-9 1/2 was Penn star Maalik Reynolds.
Former Rowan University star Ali Ejaz made his 2014 Shore AC debut with 200-400 clockings of 22.40 and 49.91. The javelin throw, another event buffeted by tricky winds, saw Shore AC
members Jim Tully, competing for Penn, win it at 203-8 with Phil Ragan, competing for
Manhattan College, fourth at 198-5. In fifth was Shore AC's Gary Zack at 196-8.
Sam Mattis added a 196-8 discus win for Penn. In her first start since the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, two-time National indoor champion Ajee' Wilson of Neptune, NJ was an 800-meter winner in 2:04.40.
Besting a field of nearly 300 rivals, Shore AC member Jason Gers, a leading Masters National triathlon star, cruised over the challenging, hilly Middletown course to win the annual
Indian Trails 15K race Sunday in 53:40, nearly three minutes ahead of the second-placer.
Major events the April 12-13 weekend will include The College of New Jersey's
Lions Invitational Meet in Ewing, NJ on Saturday, and the 49th annual Captain Ronald Zinn
Memorial 5K Run and 10K Racewalk on Sunday at the Wall Township Recreation
Complex. The Zinn Races are again hosted by Shore AC volunteers and sponsored by
the New Jersey Natural Gas Co.
"I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M THIS LUCKY" SAYS SHORE AC'S JOAN WAGNER AFTER EARNING MVP-VIP RECOGNITION AT USA INDOOR NATIONALS IN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. By JOAN WAGNER...
You’d think it would be enough just to be able to watch your son compete at the US National Championships, but Janet Wagner had even more than that in store at the 2014 USATF Meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 21-24th.
After enrolling in the USATF Rewards Program, Janet was selected as an “All-Access VIP”. The itinerary read like a track and field fan’s dream: A Nike outfit of her choice, a tour of the facility, and meetings with many world class athletes like Aretha Thurmon, Doc Patton, Curt Roberts, AG Kruger, Jenn Suhr, John Carlos and Dan O’Brien just to mention a few. Janet also got a back scene tour of the “Athletes Only” area and the NBC Broadcasting trailer. She had a trackside perch from which she could watch the entire meet, and at one point found herself and her son Paul, who placed 8th in the weight throw, sharing it with Alberto Salazar during the action-packed 3000m races!
Janet was then invited back on Sunday to participate in the events scheduled for the second set of Super Fans, which was somewhat of a surprise. She had a personal meeting with USATF CEO, Max Siegel, in which she extolled the phenomenal spirit of both fans and spectators at the throwing venues during the meet.
To cap off the VIP experience, Janet and her fellow super fans were given a name of a hurdler in the finals race. Whoever had the winning athlete would win additional track prizes. With Omaghu Osaghie winning the race, Janet was also the winning fan and was caught on television hugging and congratulating the new National Hurdling Champ.
To say that this was a dream-come-true for this Shore AC Masters Thrower would be an understatement. She will definitely have stories from this experience for years to come.
SHORE AC MASTERS STAR
AT USA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT BOSTON'S REGGIE LEWIS CENTER.
8 GOLD MEDALS, 7 SILVERS, 12 BRONZES.
The USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships returned to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston (March 14-15-16, 2014) and Shore AC athletes returned to the podium, time after time after time.
All told, Shore AC athletes collected eight gold medals, seven silvers and twelve bronzes, to register 129 team points, thus placing their team in 11th over-all in final team scoring, arrayed against a total of 89 clubs gathered from around the nation.
The meet saw 27 USA national records established and pride of place here goes to Shore AC's Marilyn Coleman for her two winning and USA national record-breaking performances - 28 feet, 7 inches in the Women's 35-39 division super weight throw, and 45 feet, half an inch, in the (lighter) weight throw. Competition
was organized in men's and women's 5-year divisions and competitors ranged in age from 30 to 100.
Taking golds of their own were Shore AC teammates Charley Roll, Gerry Donini, Maurelhena Walles and Panse Geer. Roll added to his long list of national titles with a 12.76 (41-10 1/2) M65 shot put win. Donini won the M45 shot put with a toss of 13.95 (45-9 1/4) with teammate Pat Toland a close second at 13.61 (44-8 3/4.). Toland kept it a busy weekend with a second in the super eight (8.71/28-7)) and a third in the weight (13.36 / 43-10.)
After repeating as National champion in the W35 400 meters (1:00.51), Walles added a third in the W35 200 (217.52.) SAC's multi-national titled Panse Geer breezed to the W65 3000-meter racewalk crown in 20:10.80.
Shore AC welcomed Fred Monesmith to its lineup and Fred proved to be the busiest of all our club athletes - taking a second in the M65 pentathlon (2792 points) and super weight (6.40), fourth in the shot put (10.65) and weight throw (11.71), fifth in the long jump (3.36.) and 12th in the 60 dash (9.17.)
Claiming a pair of silvers in the M65 800 and 1500-meter races was Shore AC's Harry Nolan (2:37.61 and .5:35.78.) edging him each time (by mini-margins of 1.60 and 1.22 seconds) was nemesis Gary Patton of So Cal TC. The M60 800 went to famed musician-runner Nolan Shaheed of So Cal in 2:16.79 with Shore AC's Ronville Gravesande second (2:20.72) and Tony Plaster fifth (2:24.37.) It was Shaheed (5:13.49) and Gravesande (5:15.53) a close 1-2 in the M60 mile. Greg Foster leaped 5.49 for fourth in the M50 long jump; Matt Wallack ran ninth in the M50 400 (58.24) and 11th in the 200 (26.57.) Phil Luccarelli was 14th in both the M50 60 (8.39) and 200 (27.78) John Kuhi was 10th in the M65 800 at 3:35.61. Keith McQuitter ran eighth in the M50 60-meter hurdles (10.97) and 15th in the 200 (28.35.) Brian Hanlon clocked 2:27.77 for seventh place in the M50 800 meters.
The M60 4x200 relay saw the Shore AC quartet of Monesmith-Spider Rossiter-David Gritz-Noah Perlis take fourth place in 2:06.59 despite a baton mishap. Earlier, Rossiter ran 9th in the M60 800 (2:31.90); Perlis was 10th in the M65 60 at 9.02 and Gritz ran 14th in the M60 60 (8.60.)
Shore AC member Paula Dickson-Taylor ran off with golds in the W60 200 (32.82) and 400 (1:12.44) and placed fifth in the 800 (3:03.14.) Wendi Glassman clocked 1:18.03 for fourth in the W55 400. Next big ones for Masters athletes will be the World Indoor Championships in late March in Budapest, Hungary, and the USA Outdoor National Championships in July in Winston-Salem. NC.
CHEERS FOR LIZ PASQUALE
AND OTHER SHORE AC STARS
AT USATF NEW YORK ASSOCIATION
CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE ARMORY
Shore AC's Liz Pasquale set a splendid American W60 record in the one-mile race walk with her 9:25.20 clocking at the USATF New York Association Championships Feb. 28, 2014 at theArmory Track and Field Center.
Liz went on to win the 3000-meter walk event, too, in 18:07.94, and so let's all congratulate Liz for these great performances.
Shore AC had many other winners and medalists in this big Armory meet. A triple gold medalist was SAC's Raffael Craig (4.47 PV), (1.88 HJ) and (8.43 60H). Striking double gold was SAC's Jason Lattimore (5.30 LJ and 1.72 HJ.)
Bill Vayo (15:48.14) and Panse Geer (20:17.12) took their walk division titles, too. Pole vault gold medalists included SAC's Duncan Littlefield and club Hall of Famer Carl Huff.
Other Shore AC winners included Masters World SP champion Charles Roll,Janet Wagner (weight throw), Al Cestero (LJ), and John Saarmann and Mike Karr (400.) SAC Masters medalists and high place-winners included Maurelhena Walles (400), NedeniaWest (sprints) and Bill Indek (sprints)
Excelling in Open Division events were SAC's Aziz Smith, Tyler Cooper and Anthony
Baskerville (sprints), Antoinette Padilla (sprints) and Joan Wagner (throws.)
Very well done, everyone !!
SHORE AC THREESOME COMPETES
IN USA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO.
A three-man delegation carried the flag for the Shore AC at the annual USATF National Indoor Track and Field Championships,February 22-23 at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Convention Center.
And a pair of great Shore AC friends did super things in theirrespective 800-meter races at Indoor Nationals.
Taking the women's 800-meter title for the second year in a row and earning a trip to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland was Ajee' Wilson of Neptune, NJ. Her 2:00.43 clocking was the best in the world this year,
Placing second in the men's 800 for the second year in a row to friendly rival Erik Sowinski was Robby Andrews of Manalapan, NJ. Robby's season best of 1:47.07 barely missed gaining a place at the World Indoor Championships.
Shore AC's Michael Mannozzi placed fifth in the 3000-meter racewalk with a PR clocking of 13:00.66.
SAC's Paul Wagner snared eighth place in the 35-pound weight throw with a mighty toss of 67 feet even. SAC's Javon Young clocked a 6.78 running fourth in his opening-round section of the 60-meter dash. Errol Jeffrey of Monmouth University took 12th place in the shot put at 59-1 1/4. Once again serving as a key official at Indoor Nationals was former
Shore AC president Ray Funkhouser.
DR. PAT BIVONA WALKS TO 50K TITLE
COMPETING AGAINST RUNNERS IN
USA NATIONAL EVENT AT CAUMSETT PARK.
In an epic display of true fortitude, competing in rough weather and wintery conditions, Dr. Pat Bivona of Shore SAC walked to the Men's 70-up title in the USATF National Championship 50K Run event held at Caumsett Park, Long Island, on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
In walking his way past all the runners in his age bracket, Dr. Pat "hung tough" all the way and came home in a terrific performance of 7 hours, 12 minutes, 55 seconds,
a truly remarkable achievement.
Way to go, Dr. Pat !!
FISHER, MORGAN LEAD WAY
FOR SHORE AC AT
WINTER COLLEGIATE MEET
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Triumphs by Kelly Fisher and Monique Morgan led the way for
Shore AC in a series of excellent performances at the Monmouth University Winter Collegiate
Meet at the MU Multi-Purpose Activity Center facility, Feb. 8, 2014.
Fisher,. the former Monmouth Regional High School and St. Augustine's University star,
won the men's 200-meter dash in 22.20 seconds and nearly won the 500-meter final, too.
In a 500 race that went down to the final strides, ex-Seton Hall star Tyrone Ross nosed out
Fisher, 1:04.64 to 1:04.81.
Morgan, the Villanova University alumna who won the Central American and Caribbean Games
100 hurdles title for Jamaica last summer, won the women's 60-meter hurdles in 8.37.
Placing 3-5 in the 200 final were Shore AC's Jamal Roberts (22.72) and Alan Laws, Jr. (23.24.)
Laws also ran a solid 1:06.93 500, placing third back of Ross and Fisher.
The women's 500 produced a photo-finish decision, Rider University's Madeline Hummel edging out Shore AC's Maurelhena Walles by the narrowest of margins, 1:20.47 to 1:20.48.
Shore AC's Antoionette Padilla ran sixth in the women's 200 (27.92) and eighth in the 60 (8.41.)
In the 200, SAC's Shemayne Williams ran 30.21 with Nedenia West just behind at 31.34.
SAC's Ernest Eusebio ran 8.11 in the 60 and 26.97 in the 200.
Masters star Paul Dickson-Taylor ran 1:17.47 in the 400 and 3:07.16 in the 800.
West Long Branch's Rob Cavanaugh won the Community Mile race at 4:54, with Shore AC's Dave Patterson, running his first race in over two years, clocking 5:54.80; Marybeth McDonnell 6:24.38; Frank Kus 6:36.62, and John Kuhi 7:47.61.
ASBURY PARK POLAR BEAR SCENES - Seen at the 50th Annual Asbury Park Polar Bear Races are (left to right) Santa Claus/Musical Director/Swim Leader Dave "Double D" DeMonico; Mike McDonnell, Shore AC Masters star and patriarch of the famed Team McDonnell; Joe Compagni, head coach of the many-time championship Monmouth University Hawks, and Frank Kus, top Masters distance man and proud youth-stars Team Dad. (Elliott Denman photos.)
LEAD WAY IN 50TH ASBURY PARK POLAR BEAR RACES
IN DIFFICULT COLD, RAINY CONDITIONS
(Reprinted courtesy of www.Armorytrack.com)
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
ASBURY PARK - Last Saturday was de-lightful and de-lovely at the Jersey Shore.
Moderate mercury readings and plenty of sunshine.
Monday's forecast is for further moderation. Not too hot, not too cold. And very dry.
But that didn't help the 250-or-so brave souls who turned out for the City of
Asbury Park's 50th Polar Bear Races on the day between - Sunday (December 29th, 2013.).
It was goshawful on the Asbury Park beachfront - from clear and simply cold at 9 a.m. to soaking wet and windy at 10 a.m. when the 50th Polar Bear event kicked off, to downright, totally miserable and drenching when it was all over in early afternoon.
Anyone tuned in to the Giants-Redskins game could see what the weatherman was dishing out to New Jersey on Sunday. But whatever the NFLers had to deal with in East Rutherford was nothing compared to the far-worse conditions that the Polar Bear racers had to endure some 60 miles south.
Thus, history - which has a history of doing such things - again repeated.
First staged in 1964, and ever since on the last weekend of the year, the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races have dealt with an array of weather situations - everything from blizzards to driving rainstorms to temperatures just above zero and, yes, to temps well into the 60's over all those years.
But in true show-biz tradition, this 50th Polar Bear show rolled right on.
There has never been a postponement or cancellation in Polar Bear history
and there was never even a mention of such action once again.
The leaders - and all who followed them over the part-boardwalk, part-road course - proved themselves worthy successors to all their Polar Bear predecessors.
Carrying right on regardless were the champions, Andrew Brodeur of Bethesda, Md. (25:13.67) and Caitlin Dorgan of Red Bank (30:33.62) in the 5-mile run, and John Soucheck of Little Silver (1:36.29) and Maria Paul of Long Branch (1:58.07) in the always co-featured 10-mile racewalk.
They toughed it out in true Polar Bear tradition.
"You guys were awesome," 5-mile run director Shannon Gillespie told the competitors
at the post-race awards ceremony. She was so right.
repeated his 2012 victory, when the course was shortened to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy conditions. And it was a perfect warmup for the Shore AC member's next big start - he's headed to the High Mountain 10K in Mandeville, Jamaica, Jan. 26, as its defending champion.
"I'm sure the weather will be a little different down there than it was in Asbury Park," said
Brodeur, 23, chilled but smiling as he downed a cup of hot bean and bacon soup provided all the racers by McLoone's Asbury Grille.
Dorgan, 25, placed ninth over-all as she outran Amanda Tripoli of Englishtown (31:43.36) for the women's title.
One more time, loudest applause of the day was reserved for Harold Nolan of Middletown,
"the original Polar Bear," as he finished 27th in 33:40.36. as an easy winner of the men's 60-69 division.
Nolan ran his first Polar Bear race as a
Middletown High School student in 1964 and has been here every year since - yes, 50 straight, sometimes coming back from Utah, Nebraska and New Hampshire to compete.
On Polar Bear Day 27 years ago, Mrs. Janet Nolan was giving birth to their son Chip.
But Chip - perhaps thinking of his father's dedication to the Polar Bear cause - delayed his arrival in the world to much later that day. Harry, his dad, got to run the race once again, streak still alive.
So as Dad was leading all his Masters Division colleagues in this one - there was Chip. obviously off the family's old block - placing 65th in 37:50.
A nine-time winner, and many times a medalist in USA and World Masters running,
Harry Nolan is still at the top of his game at age 66.
"This actually was one of my best races in quite a while,"
said Nolan. "I'm over the injuries and running well again. Of course, you know I wouldn't miss this race no matter what.
"The weather? If you're a true Polar Bear, you learn to deal with whatever you get."
Nolan is also the Polar Bear Races' official historian.
To mark the occasion, he published the booklet outlining the event's notable history.
Among the inclusions:
(a) The story of wins by John McDonnell and Ron Daniel in 1964. McDonnell was the first Polar Bear run champion, before heading south and west and eventually to Fayetteville, Ark. where he became the winningest coach in NCAA track and cross country history as chief of all those superb Arkansas Razoback teams. Daniel continues to serve his sport and is now chairman of the USATF's National Racewalk Committee.
(b) The win by local lad Joe Lynch over Milt Mathews and Bill Reilly in 1965. Lynch went on to stardom at Georgetown and IC4A triumphs, and would run to the heights as a member of the Mihaly Igloi-coached Santa Clara Youth Village team. Matthews would excel at Maryland and for Shore AC and rise to the vice presidency of The Hershey Corporation. And Reilly, the man they beat, and a Shore AC member, too, would make the 1968 Olympic team and run the
3000-meter steeplechase at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
(c) Wins by Milt Matthews and John Kelly in 1966. Two years later, Kelly would become Ireland's first Olympic racewalker, and would do such incredible things as walk through Death Valley in record time.
(d) The 1975 win by Marty Liquori, who outdueled Vince Cartier (long-time holder of the
national scholastic indoor 1-mile record)....and Harry Nolan.
(e) And so on and so on and so..
It's quite an historical document and now Brodeur and Dorgan, Soucheck and Paul,
will become a big part of next year's edition.
Oh, there's one more phase to the Polar Bear tradition.
The hardiest of the hardy Polar Bears took it another step - by taking a post-race dip in the frigid Atlantic Ocean.
Some call this the 10-meter freestyle.
But that's asking a lot. Some cut it to the one-stroke freestyle.
"It's not as bad as it looked; it's just psychological," said Polar Bear Dave DeMonico of Ocean Township, who saw triple duty as the race's designated Santa Claus, star trumpeter, and leader of the runners' spirited pre-race singing of the National Anthem.
"This race is never easy," said Soucheck, a frequent Polar Bear racewalk winner over the years, and like DeMonico a Rutger grad.
"This year was one of the toughest," Soucheck conceded. "But it wouldn't be the Polar Bear if people weren't talking about the weather."
"Weather is weather to all runners; doesn't matter, they'll all come out regardless," philosophized Adam Schneider, the mayor of Long Branch and a long-time in-shape public figure and supporter of the sport. He ran 170th in 47:42 and called it "better than I expected."
Two athletes couldn't get enough of the Polar Bear festivities - so they competed in both races. Bruce Logan of New York and Eliot Collins of Raritan did both the 10-miler and the 5-miler.
The 1974 Polar Bear run winner was Phil Hinck, who had a celebrated running career at Christian Bothers Academy and then collegiately at Aquinas and Toledo and now is one of the busiest men in the sport as director of the George Sheehan 5K, the Spring Lake 5 (mile) and the Belmar 5 (mile.).
And Hinck was back on the boardwalk again Sunday, this time organizing the finish line along with his wife Penny, mom-in-law Marilyn Ryder, and other Jersey Shore Running club members.
The races were once again
hosted by the Shannon Gillespie-led team of Shore AC volunteers and friends, and staged in cooperation with City of Asbury Park officials and the
support of local merchants. A post-race awards ceremony at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel gave competitors the chance to restore body heat, dry
out and collect their commemorative Polar Bear trophies.
By Monday, for sure, they were telling warm-and-fuzzy stories of their Polar Bear adventures.
For full results, go to Eliteracingsystems.org. To view a few pictures, click photos on the left side.
"THE ESSENTIAL SHEEHAN"
BOOK REVIEW by ELLIOTT DENMAN
"If you would be a marathoner, study William James," Dr. George Sheehan advised readers
in his best-selling 1978 classic, "Running and Being."
"Man must be stretched," William James told us. "If not in one way, then another.
"The marathon is one way. Running 26 miles is a feat that truly stretches a human being."
Dr. Sheehan, "the Running Doc," studied James and Ortega and Barrett, along with Plato and
Joyce and Melville, and so many more, as he trotted the highway of life. In effect,
And as he proceeded, he formulated the personal observations and life-views that identified this singular man as a major philosopher of his day, just as the others were of their own.
Running - and all of sport - became the milieu he immersed us in as he applied his analyses to
all the rest of life.
In "Running and Being" and "This Running Life" and "Personal Best" and the five other books he wrote,
and in the thousands of columns he authored for the Red Bank, N.J. Register and Asbury Park, N.J. Press newspapers, and for Runner's World Magazine, Dr. Sheehan helped to "stretch" us all.
He "stretched" us regularly with a myriad supply of advice on topics both mundane and existential.
He got us deep-thinking as we ran and walked and proceeded down the avenues of daily existence.
He got us to examine ourselves and our surroundings and our universe.
He did all this in a second career as a journalist that he took up beyond his first one as a noted
cardiologist. He did all this starting at age 45 as he resumed the running life he'd given up after intercollegiate middle-distance stardom.
The by-then noted man of medicine, husband and father of 12, and soon-to-be standout Masters division runner at distances up to the marathon, did all this for the 30 years before his death to prostate cancer in 1993.
Still, two decades after his passing, "the Running Doc" lives on.
Just off the Rodale Press presses is "The Essential Sheehan," 312 pages of the best "the Doc"
gave to us. These excerpts from his books and columns can help provide the renewal many of us
may be able to put to excellent use when we "hit the wall" of life.
The Sheehan Family -son Andrew served as editor, daughter Nora as illustrator and their siblings as contributors - along with Runner's World Magazine editor-in-chief David Willey - have done the
job for us.
Call it a world-class "stretch" and a gold-medal read.
Dr. George Sheehan's words are timeless - especially those guiding us through life
beyond "the wall."
Elliott Denman, a U.S. Olympic Team racewalker, was Dr. Sheehan's writing colleague at the Asbury Park Press for many years. And, too, his Shore Athletic Club teammate, fellow participant in Masters track events, and occasional travel companion, in "The Doc's" road-weary but ever-reliable
VW beetle sedan, to races hither, yon and elsewhere.