SHORE A.C. ALL-COMERS MEETS
WILL RESUME AT
The Shore AC All-Comers Track and Field Meet Series will resume at Long Branch
High School today (Wednesday, July 12) and will continue for three more
Wednesday evenings thereafter (July 19 and 26 and August 2, 2017.)
Athletes in all age divisions, men and women, boys and girls, are cordially
invited to these popular events. Events will vary at each of the sessions.
Events tonight (July 12) will be the 200, the 1500, the 800, the 400 racewalk and
4x100 relay, plus the shot put, javelin throw and triple jump.
Again, all athletes invited. Registration desk will open at 5 pm,
competition will start after 6 p.m.
(All-Comers Meets previously scheduled at Neptune High School have been cancelled.)
For information: email@example.com.
Johnny Gregorek leads Robby Andrews to World Championship qualifying time.
THE 31ST ANNUAL NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD MEET WAS HELD ON SATURDAY, JULY 1ST AT THE PEDDIE SCHOOL STADIUM, HIGHTSTOWN,
NEW JERSEY....THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS MEET A SUCCESS AND GREAT JOB TO ALL THE ATHLETES!
VENA’S SHOT PUT RECORD
IS FEATURE PERFORMANCE AT
31ST ANNUAL N.J. INTERNATIONAL MEET
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
(Reprinted courtesy of Asbury Park Press.) (For full results, go to www.milesplitnj.com, or
“Wait till next year,” Nick Vena tells you.
As the former Morristown High School and University of Georgia standout continues breaking shot put records, it’s not his 2017 results that are his primary focus, but what he’s sure will come
in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“All this is just the beginning,” said Vena, after breaking his own meet record with a toss of 65 feet, 8 ¼ inches, in the A L Blozis Memorial Event at the New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, staged last Saturday (July 1, 2017) at The Peddie School, Hightstown.
“I’m still working on a lot of things; it’s all going to come together. Next year, and the year after that.” And the year after that will be Olympic year 2020, so the Vena timetable has already been set in motion.
This was the 31st edition of the New Jersey International Meet, which was first staged as the Bob Roggy Memorial Meet at Holmdel High School in 1987. And, hosted by the Shore Athletic Club in cooperation with Peddie officials, it again lived up to is name by attracting representatives of 18 nations, many of them hoping to compete at the IAAF World Championships, scheduled for August 4-13 at the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Events were again named after New Jersey and National notables of track and field.
Vena didn’t attend the recent USA National Championships staged in Sacramento, the meet that selected the 2017 American team bound for London. Instead, he’s been “staying local” and building for the future.
He was America’s best scholastic thrower in his days at Morristown
And one of the SEC’s and NCAA’s best in his days at Georgia. Now Teaching at Frelighuysen Middle School in Morristown,
Two years past his last college meet, Vena continues to put up Performances that keep him on the national ranking lists. His 65-8 ¾ Topped his own 64-10 2016 New Jersey International best which, in turn had erased the 1992 63-9 meet mark set by Manhattan College grad Tony Harlin.
Sprint and middle distance results again sparkled at the New Jersey International Meet.
Brigham Young University star Tatenda Tsumba of Zimbabwe sped to a 20.91 win in the Andy Stanfield Memorial 200-meter dash after Melique Garcia of Honduras (10.59) edged Aleigh McIntyre of Grenada (10.63) in the Frank Budd Memorial 100.
A hotly competitive Rich Kenah 800-meter race saw Columbia graduate Connor Claflin (1:51.25) nose out ex-Monmouth star Alex Leight (1:51.54) and Illinois grad Joe McAsey (1:51.73.) Georgetown’s Spencer Brown claimed the Eamonn Coghlan mile title in 4:05.58.
Both men’s hurdles titles went to Shore AC representatives – Rowan graduate David Benjamin of Freehold in the Renaldo Nehemiah 110 highs (14.77) and Manhattan College alumnus Kelton Cumberbatch in the Kevin Young 400 intermediates (54.35.)
Hampton graduate Breana Norman was a double winner on the women’s side, taking the Dawn Bowles-Fitch 100 hurdles (13.46) and Wilma Rudolph Memorial 200 dash (23.97.) Ex-Seton Hall star
Sophia Smellie claimed the Aliann Pompey 400 in 52.87.
Shore AC’s Kristin Andrews ran off with the Chrissy D’Alessandro Shaheen Memorial Mile in 4:56.53; Susan Aneno, University of Connecticut junior from Uganda (2:03.66) nosed out Kimarra McDonald of Jamaica (2:03.86) in the Joetta Clark-Diggs 800.
Shore AC’s Emmaline Berg, the former Dartmlouth star, doubled in the women’s shot put (51-9 ¼) and discus (153-10.)
A feature of the meet’s Open and Masters Division was Brad Barket’s 5:20.93 win in the Harry Nolan/George Sheehan Mile. He’d set the still-standing Peddie School mile record over two decades ago before going on to Seton Hall University.
Priscilla Frederick, who represents Antigua and Barbuda internationally, won the Mike Pascuzzo women’s high jump Event – which is named for her coach - with a 5-10 ¾ clearance. Xxxxx
The Shore area’s longest-running weekly racing series is up and running. Zach Kudlak (17:55) and Marge O’Connor (26:01) were winners at the first session of the Takanasssee Lake 5K Monday evening races in Long Branch.
THE ANNUAL SHORE AC ALL-COMERS TRACK AND FIELD MEET SERIES WILL OPEN ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 5TH, AT THE EXCELLENT NEPTUNE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD FACILITY. ALL ARE INVITED !! SUBSEQUENT MEETS WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY EVENINGS
JULY 11, 18, 25 AND AUGUST 1ST.
FOR FULL DETAILS, CLICK ON APPLICATIONS.
54th ANNUAL LAKE TAK RACES
ARE OFF AND RUNNING !!
The 54th Annual Lake Takanassee Road Races in Long Branch are off and running.
We have a new Lake Tak Series Director in Ms. Amanda Marino, who will be there with
all our Shore AC volunteers and friends as the series rolls along. Join Amanda and All for the summer fun! Next session at Lake Tak is on Monday July 10 at 6:30 pm and the Lake Tak races roll right along each Monday through August 21st. Just be there! No advance entries ever needed. For Opening Day results June 26, just click on results.
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE SHORE AC
DELEGATION TO THE 2017
USA OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
JUNE 22-25 AT HORNET STADIUM,
YOU MADE US ALL SO-VERY PROUD!!
LEADING THE WAY, OF COURSE, WERE THE TRULY
TREMENDOUS TRIUMPHS BY OUR PAIR OF
RIO 2016 OLYMPIANS AND
DISTINGUISHED SHORE AC "ALUMNI"
MS. AJEE' WILSON WINS THE WOMEN'S 800 METERS IN 1:57.78.
MR. ROBBY ANDREWS WINS THE MEN'S 1500 METERS IN 3:43.29.
WAY TO GO, AJEE' AND ROBBY !!!
SEE YOU AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LONDON !!!
(Robby, for sure, will soon get his 1500m qualifying time.)
(Read all about Ajee' and Robby in the Asbury Park Press, www.app.com)
TWELVE ATHLETES REPRESENTED SHORE AC AT HORNET STADIUM.
EVERY TIME THEIR NAME AND OUR NAME, "SHORE AC," FLASHED ONTO
THE BIG VIDEO SCREENBOARD IT REPRESENTED A BIG WIN FOR
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR IN THE OLYMPIC
FLAGSHIP SPORT OF TRACK AND FIELD .!
HERE'S THE RUNOWN:
Scott Houston, 5th Men's PV, 5.65
Erin Taylor-Talcott, 5th, Women's 20KRacewalk, 1:42:49.
Kristopher Kornegay-Gober, 5th Men's HJ, 2.24.
Anthony Joseph "A.J." Gruttadauro, 6th Men's 20K Racewalk, 1:34:08 (PR)
Brandon Roulhac, 7th Men's TJ, 16.37.
Andrew Fahringer, 7th Men's Javelin, 72.29
Cameron Hall, 8th Men's 110HH, 13.63 (after 13.60 in semis.)
Tim Wunderlich, 9th Men's Decathlon, 7502 points.
Faith Blamon, 13th Women's Javelin, 45.67.
Dave Talcott, unfortunately unable to finish, men's 20K racewalk.
Chelsea Conway, unfortunately DQ, women's 20K racewalk.
Jill Marois, unfortunately, NH in women's PV.
Summary Super Job: Three in Top Five; Four in Top Six; Six in Top Seven;
Seven in Top Eight; Eight in Top Nine; Nine in Top Thirteen.
ALL HAD GREAT STORIES TO TELL,
For Brandon, it was his 13th straight year among National leaders !!
For Scott and Tim, staying in super shape while also being super college coaches !!
For Erin, great walk but too short for this globally renowned 50K pioneer.
For Kristopher, very big breaktrough!!
For Andrew, tremendous return from injury !!
For Cameron, great job against best hurdlers in world!!
For A.J., young collegian PRs on the national stage in nation's biggest 20K..
For Faith, recent Monmouth U. alumna moves up to 13th in America !!
So once again, congrats to one and all, and keep up the verrrrrry-verrrry good work !!
Oh....and congrats as well to the several who represented their colleges at Sacramento and will be invited to compete for Shore AC in the years ahead...) And to our many/many friends with other affiliations...
SHORE AC IS GEARING UP FOR BIG-BIG SUMMER SEASON !!!
COMING EVENTS …..
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 10-11, USATF NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT ICAHN STADIUM, RANDALL’S ISLAND, NYC. ENTRIES NOW OPEN THROUGH JUNE 5.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY SHOWCASE MEET, WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ.
JUNE 16-17- USATF NJ ASSOCIATION JUNIOR OLYMPIC TRACK AND
FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, 15-18 AGE GROUPS, Peddie School, Hightstown.
JUNE 16-17 – USATF NJ ASSOCIATION OPEN AND MASTERS
TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP AT PEDDIE SCHOOL,
HIGHTSTOWN. DETAILS FROM WWW.USATFNJ.ORG
MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 26, THEN JULY 10, 17, 24, 31, AUGUST 7, 14, 21 AT 6:30 PM, THE 54TH ANNUAL LAKE TAKANASSEE ROAD RACES, LONG BRANCH, NJ. KIDS 1500-METER RUN, OPEN 5K RUN, OPEN 5K WALK/RACEWALK. NO PRE-ENTRIES EVER NEEDED!! COME ON DOWN TO HISTORIC LAKE TAK !!!!
SATURDAY, JULY 1ST, THE 31ST ANNUAL NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD MEET AT THE PEDDIE SCHOOL STADIUM, HIGHTSTOWN, NJ… DETAILS TBA.
ANNUAL SHORE A.C. ALL-COMERS TRACK AND FIELD MEET SERIES AT NEPTUNE HIGH SCHOOL, 6PM ON WEDNESDAY JULY 5, THEN TUESDAYS JULY 11, 18, 25 AND AUGUST 1ST. COMPETITION FOR ATHLETES IN ALL DIVISIONS, KIDS TO MASTERS!!! ALWAYS FUN. Just Be There !
Coach Bob Andrews Announces His:Summer Track
Camps at Manalapan High School.
Staffed by Shore AC Members.
(for details click on Track Camps/Coaching at left.)
Succasunna CPA repeats as winner of Spring Lake Five
(Reprinted Courtesy of Asbury Park Press)
SPRING LAKE - Just as expected, all of Certified Public Accountant Justin Scheid’s numbers added up.
One year after he’d turned his debut in the Spring Lake Five into a winning performance of 25 minutes and 29 seconds, the 31-year-old Succasunna resident and Shore Athletic Club member returned to New Jersey’s biggest road racing event and won it all again Saturday morning, this time in 25:21.
After a slowed start – several others surged ahead in the first few blocks after Scheid waited for a starting gun that he never heard; the racers were sent off by air horn – the former Georgetown University track and cross country star quickly regained lost ground.
He surged back into the lead pack and went on to win by more than 300 yards over runner-up Mike Mazzacaro of Red Bank, the former Christian Brothers Academy and Princeton University distance star who ran it in 25:47.
Nicolette Mateescu’s numbers were impressive, too.
The 22-year-old Rider University graduate from Kendall Park, who’d won a string of Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference gold medals as a collegian, and is now making her mark on the national racing scene, took the Spring Lake Five women’s championship in 28:12.
Running a strong second back of Mateescu in 28:31 was Shore AC's Amanda Marino of Bradley Beach, the former Jackson Memorial High School star who’d been a top competitor at Villanova, the lead runner on an NCAA championship cross country team and the 2013 Spring Lake winner.
Scheid averaged 5:05 for each of his miles, Mateescu, 5:39.
With more than 12,500 official entries, the 41st annual Spring Lake Five again topped all the participation charts on the ultra-busy and year-round New Jersey road racing scene. And, on a perfect-weather racing day, the giant field gathered on Ocean Avenue for this traditional “unofficial opening day of summer” rite responded with all the usual enthusiasm.
Cheered on by the throngs lining the route, and by several bands spaced around the course, the racers seemed to enjoy every step of the experience, and specially so the winners, who earned handsome glassware bowls for their triumphs.
“Conditions were just excellent today,” said Scheid. “There really wasn’t much wind. I just ran my race. I was running with a couple of other guys,
and was a little nervous that somebody might stick with me and outkick me. But I kept my pace, kept my own rhythm and reeled them all in.
"I made my big move just before four miles and that was it.
“Spring Lake, this is a really great race. I love coming here. There were fans all the way down. That was awesome. It’s just a great way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. “
Mateescu was a Spring Lake rookie and enjoyed every step of the new experience.
“I was trying to run 5:30 pace, but wound up a little bit slower,” she said.
“I guess I didn’t do the math right in my head. But it didn’t matter. I loved the course, I loved the crowds.
“I ran for Rider all four years, have about five school records, and just ran 1:15 for the half-marathon. Two weeks ago, I placed seventh in the U.S. 25K (15.5-mile) Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“That’s been my biggest post-collegiate highlight, but now I can add Spring Lake to my list.”
This race began in 1977, when Bob Bazley and Steve Ross tied for the men’s title and Tracy Van Dyke led the women. Both course records are long-standing, Gene Stacha’s 23:16 for men in 1984, and Alicia Kelly’s 26:57 for women in 1995.
Just back of Scheid and Mazzacaro in the men’s field were Brick’s Brian Quilty, third in 25:55; Metuchen’s Jimmy Gorman, fourth in 26:04; Delaware’s Alex Giacco, fifth in 26:11; Middletown’s Justin Lippert, sixth in 26:42, and Rumson’s Brian Dengler, seventh in 26:57.
On the women’s side, back of Mateescu and Marino, were Fair Haven’s Rachel Lehnert, 29:08; Middletown’s Hannah Eckstein, 29:25; New York’s Marisa Cummings, 30:11; Brick’s Brianna Feerst, 30:20, and Washington, D.C.’s Lindsay Ritchings, 30:22.
With the huge field and the Ocean Avenue human traffic jam, some of the runners were just getting to the starting line when the leaders were well into their second mile.
And on and on they surged around the town, with finish-line announcer Bill Huntley providing encouragement for many.
“You’re all doing a great job, you look fantastic,” said Huntley, as the finish line clock reached 42 minutes.
"I see Villanova out there, Shore AC, Seton Hall, Fordham ... Come on, Giants, Red Bank Catholic, Team Freedom, Bucknell, UMass. ... All right, let’s get them all in there, Boston College, Michigan...
“And here’s our first American flag runner. Let’s have a special cheer for him; remember it’s Memorial Day, everybody. A special cheer for him.
“Everybody’s looking good, folks.”
Looking specially good were Harry Papirman of Manchester and Mary Sheridan of Berkeley Heights.
Running a 1:21:32 at age 86, Papirman was the race’s most senior senior citizen.
He ran it with his wife, Dolores, who clocked 1:21:44. Checking in at 1:32:28 was Sheridan, at 85 the senior woman finisher.
The Papirmans placed 9,526th and 9,532nd, respectively. Sheridan was 9,839th. And, behind them, on and on and on, there were lots more.
For the 41st consecutive year, there was glory in the Spring Lake Five for all.
SHORE AC WINS 3 EVENTS
AT 123RD ANNUAL PENN RELAYS !!!
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
PHILADELPHIIA – The 123rd edition of the classic University of Pennsylvania Relay Carnival – universally known as the Penn Relays – concluded a brilliant three-day run at Franklin Field on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and saw Shore Athletic Club athletes produce a brilliant run of their own.
Five Olympic Development relay races were on the Penn program and Shore AC sensationally won three of them, a huge achievement !
It began in the men’s 4x120-yard shuttle hurdles relay, where the SAC quartet of Enest Asante, Josue Louis, Mikhail Williamson and Brian Richards won in 59.30 seconds. It represented Shore AC’s fourth consecutive win in this event, a streak that began in 2014, and was Shore AC’s record 10th win in the event dating back to 1985.
Next up was the women’s 4x100 relay and Shore AC foursome of Racquel Ricketts, Pariis Garcia, Shenika King and Courtney Clark won it in 47.91 seconds. And then it was the women’s 4x400 relay. Where Shenika King, Racquel Ricketts, Pariis Garcia doubled back and teamed with Grace Claxton to win it 3:41.99. On top of everything, these were the first wins by a Shore AC women’s team at Penn Relays.
Moving right along, Rich Luettchau was a top Shore AC individual performer with his strong 46:15.7 fourth place in the 10K racewalk. Ernest Asante added a fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (54.71.)
Shore AC Masters runners excelled at Penn Relays, too.
SAC’s Michael Kish clocked a fine 13.10 to run third in the men’s
age 65-up 100-meter dash. The Phil Bujalski-Rick Lapp-David Gritz-Michael Kish team was fourth (53.63) in the M60 4x100. Another SAC foursome clocked 4:09.76 for fifth in the M50 4x400. Mass.
Velocity edged Shore AC for the M60 4x400 crown, 4:31.28 to 4:34.17. SAC’s Terry Charles-Philip Watson-Curtis Fitzpatrick-Devante Smith ran 43.47 for second in their section of the Open 4x100 and 8th over-all.It was SAC’s Ernest Asante-Joe Martello-Philip Watson-Terry Charles 11th in the Open 4x400 (3:31.53.)
All of this, of course, was on top of the many sterling performances
by Shore AC members and friends for their respective college and high school teams.
With the three big 2017 wins, the Shore AC all-time total of Penn Relays Olympic Development relay wins has now reached a great 17, with these earlier triumphs: men’s 4x100 (1984), 4x200 (2003), 4x400 (1990-1991) , distance medley (1998) and shuttle hurdles(1985-2002-2004-2007-2009-2010-2014-2015-2016.) Great going!
Shore AC also recorded two big wins at The College of New Jersey’s Lions Invitational Meet staged Saturday, April 29 in Ewing, N.J.
SAC’s Kristin Andrews ran off with the women’s 800-meter title in an excellent 2:10.58.
Teammate Amanda Eller ran off with top honors in the women’s 1500-meter race, clocking 4:41.89. Ms. Eller also had a 2:18.93 for 10th in the 800 back of teammate Andrews.
Pole vaulter Scott Houston was Shore AC’s top delegate to the Drake Relays and placed second in the Mall PV competition with a SAC-record clearance of 18-4 ½, back only of National Champion/ Olympic medalist Sam Kendricks’ winning flight of 18-8 ¼.
History Note: On May 1st, 1954, NYU graduate Stanley Lampert, competing for the NY Pioneer Club team, against the Fort Monmouth Army team, in a meet at Asbury Park HS Stadium, broke the world shot put record with a heave of 18.13 meters (59 feet, 5 7/8 inches.) For reasons still unknown, it was never ratified as an IAAF world mark.
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.