FALL SEASON IS HERE AND
            SHORE AC EVENTS AND TEAMS
          ARE AGAIN OFF AND RUNNING.


  Greetings to all!

   Lake Tak and the Summer Track series are behind us and fall is here!

   Shore AC has our XC series both for the adults and kids off and running.

   The Shore AC XC League opens at 9 a.m. Saturday morning Sept. 30 at Thompson Park in Middletown and continues, on a rotating schedule, for six weeks until the final on Nov. 4 at Holmdel Park.

 The kids series runs every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at Holmdel Park.

  Our own Shore AC team has won the adult series team title for the last five years but there are teams gearing up for the six-race series that are looking to knock us off. HOHA, FARC, JSRC and the Bella teams are getting stronger every every year and have sent out alerts to be ready.

 Lester Wright has the kids series started and reports things are going smoothly.

  Good news on the XC front is that three of our best women runners over the last few seasons, Kellee Hand, Jess Foran and Shannon Gillespie are all on maternity leave, best to all of them and hope to see their kids at Lake Tak in a few years.

   Scott Linnell and his state and national USATF-ranked and renowned Shore AC teams continue to excel; the Masters are as strong as ever and the open teams are getting better each year. Congrats also to SAC friends Robby Andrews and Ajee Wilson. Both are now prominent players on the world stage. For years they attended our annual awards dinner as their careers progressed and continue to be outstanding ambassadors of the NJ Shore Area.

   Welcome also to Erin O'Neill. Erin has stepped forward as race director of both the Adult XC Series and the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races (set for Saturday Dec. 30.)  Please come out and support these SAC events and continued good running to all!.

 

  Walter MacGowan

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BRING OUT THE BEST AT

LONDON'S OLYMPIC STADIUM

   By ELLIOTT DENMAN

 

I consider myself pretty darn lucky.

   I found a way to get to the first World Championships of Track and Field at Helsinki, Finland in 1983, and I've found a way to get to each of the World Championships held around our planet since then.

  Where there's a will there's a way and I've found a way to get to all of them over the years, as a free-lance writer, trying to keep within budget but rarely succeeding in balancing these books.  But bottom lines are never the most critical factor.

 Just being there has been the big thing ... because of all the greatness, all the fireworks, all the drama, all the joy, along with all the heartache any World Championships is certain to produce.

  Being in the mixed zone or the press box at all these stadiums over all these years has been a pure delight. The Olympic Games, of course, are in a category all their own - but to those who truly love our sport the World Championships rank on a pedestal nearly as high - and without all the distractions that all the other sports bring to the table.

  And so it was in London, Aug. 4-13, 2017.

  London Olympic Stadium, site of the widely successful Olympic Games of 2012, and home of the West Ham FC of the Premier League since then, was spruced up, ready to host another huge event and certainly up to the task of hosting a grand show.

 This was the 16th edition of the World Championships, staged by the International Association of Athletics Federations, and crowds were amazing - nearly 60,000 virtually every night for 10 successive nights, Along with five morning sessions at the stadium that packed 'em in, too.Along with the two of days of free action, marathon day with men's and women's races run as loop-course events through Central London, and the "festival of racewalking" day at Green Park, up and down a 2K loop framed by Buckingham Palace at one end and Admiralty Arch at the other.

  As you've surely heard, there was great stuff going on constantly.   Over all these years, special joy to me at all these big events has been seeing either our own Shore AC athletes taking part, or some dear friends we've  come to know through our years of traveling the track world, all doing their darndest against the planet's best.

   And so we got to see "our own" facing the best of all the rest in London.

    Pride of place certainly belongs to Ms. Ajee' Wilson.

   Not only has Neptune's Ms. Wilson lowered the American outdoor records for 600 and 800 meters (along with the indoor 800, until it was taken away by an unfortunate technicality) this year, but she's now a bronze medalist at the World Championships.

      She did it with a magnificent race on the final Sunday night of the Championships,only beaten by Caster Semenya of South Africa and Francine Niyonsaba of Burdundi, athletes who brought issues not of their own making to the table.

   Ajee' was truly marvelous at London, and we know for sure the years just ahead will see her demolishing all kinds of other records and successfully taking on every kind of challenge the sport will offer.

   Manalapan's Robby Andrews - like Ajee' Wilson a reigning USA Outdoor National champion in his specialty - looked strong advancing out of the first round of the men's 1500 meters.  But a most unfortunate and painful calf injury that hit just as he seemed ready to make a big move in the semifinals put him on the sidelines.   Fortunately it was not a serious injury and Robby rebounded to run some quality late-season races, including a 3:54.2 Fifth Avenue Mile.  We all know Robby is destined for huge things, 2018 and far beyond.

  History was made when the women's 50K racewalk became a World Championships event for the very first time.

  It could not have happened without the amazing and courageously pioneering efforts of Shore AC's Erin Taylor-Talcott in getting the women's 50K into the Worlds, along with the men's 50K.

   Were feathers ruffled and feelings jarred by some of the sport's higher-ups as Shore AC's own ETT battled so hard to get it done?  Yes, for sure, but the battle was won and that was biggest victory of all.

  With all this achieved, Erin's emotions took a u-turn with her unfortunate DQ after the first hour of the race. Might it have been politically motivated,activated by those who objected to all the heavy lifting - and barrier-breaking - she'd done in getting her lifetime dream achieved?

 Certainly so, but we can never know for sure.   That's life - and human nature, perhaps.   ETT's next goal becomes the 2018 National 50K in Santee, California, the qualifying  event for the World Team Championships in Taicang, China.

  With Shore AC's Susan Randall - the Pan Am Cup champion - joining ETT in London, two thirds of this historic first women's Worlds 50K team consisted of Shore AC teammates!   Even though Susan wasn't allowed to complete the full 50K (31.1miles) - due to time limitations imposed on the event - she will still be credited with a sixth-place Worlds finish !

  When Grace Claxton  joined the Shore AC women's 4x400 relay team - and turned it into a gold-medal foursome at the Penn Relays in April, we extended the warmest of  welcomes.

  And Grace gave us a whole lot more to cheer in London.   Running for Puerto Rico, Grace ran tremendously in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles and advanced impressively into the World semifinals.  She ran another strong race in the semis but was unable to make the final eight.  But it was a great showing against the very best, and indicative of so many better things sure to come just down the road.

  All told, London 2017 was a sensational happening.   Hope you got to watch much of it at home, and followed all the results closely.  The next Worlds are booked for Doha, Qatar in 2019, then come to the USA for the very first time, at Eugene, Oregon in the summer of 2021.   My strong suggestion: start mapping your travel plans now. 

 

The Winter 2017-2018 Pacesetter is now out; 28 pages of great info, fotos, stories and listings..

   Just click on Pacesetter to read it all - Elliott Denman/Pacestter editor..

Brian Hill wins

final Lake Takanassee race

(Reprinted courtesy of The Link News, Long Branch, NJ)

By Skip Pierce

 

It might appear as though 49-year-old Brian Hill has discovered the fountain of youth. Hill has been competing on a regular basis at the Lake Takanassee Summer Series for 37 years. Prior to the 2016 rendition it had been several years since Hill had won a race.  However, Brian crossed the line first in the final Lake Tak run of the summer (Aug. 21) for his third win of the 2017 season.

So how does a nearly fifty-year-old runner seemingly peak at this age?  For the answer I put that question to Hill.  “I am training for my first ever marathon and basically have doubled my workout regimen in preparation,” explained Brian. Hill further disclosed that he plans to run in the

   Brian Hill leads the pack early in the final Lake Tak race of the summer.

One Day Marathon at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on November 12. He further revealed that he was inspired to run the marathon by his older brother Kevin, who has competed for years as an ultra-marathoner.

    Success in distance running seems to be a trademark of the Hill family.  Just days after his Lake Tak win Brian and wife Christine raced for the Shore AC in the USATF XC state championship. Christine finished first in her age group.  Their 12-year-old son Kyle won two of the Lake Tak 1500 meter juvenile races this summer and older brother Brian Jr. competes for the Christian Brothers Academy cross country team and track teams. There are five children in the Hill family and all are runners. Completing the Hill roster are Troy, a 14-year-old-incoming freshman at CBA, nine-year-old Rhiannon and six-year-old Liam.

Hill is owner and founder of ErgoDynamics Inc., based in Eatontown since 1997.  The company markets ergonomic solutions to Fortune 1000 companies that help prevent related injuries and illnesses. Being his own boss affords Brian the flexibility to schedule his workouts and continue his preparation for the upcoming marathon.  “I’m looking forward to the 26 mile challenge,” exclaimed Hill.

“By Skip Pierce
    It might appear as though 49-year-old Brian Hill has discovered the fountain of youth. Hill has been competing on a regular basis at the Lake Takanassee Summer Series for 37 years. Prior to the 2016 rendition it had been several years since Hill had won a race.  However, Brian crossed the line first in the final Lake Tak run of the summer for his third win of the season.

So how does a nearly fifty-year-old runner seemingly peak at this age?  For the answer I put that question to Hill.  “I am training for my first ever marathon and basically have doubled my workout regimen in preparation,” explained Brian. Hill further disclosed that he plans to run in the

    Brian Hill leads the pack early in the final Lake Tak race of the summer.

One Day Marathon at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on November 12. He further revealed that he was inspired to run the marathon by his older brother Kevin, who has competed for years as an ultra-marathoner.

Success in distance running seems to be a trademark of the Hill family.  Just days after his Lake Tak win Brian and wife Christine raced for the Shore AC in the USATF XC state championship. Christine finished first in her age group.  Their 12-year-old son Kyle won two of the Lake Tak 1500 meter juvenile races this summer and older brother Brian Jr. competes for the Christian Brothers Academy cross country team and track teams. There are five children in the Hill family and all are runners. Completing the Hill roster are Troy, a 14-year-old-incoming freshman at CBA, nine-year-old Rhiannon and six-year-old Liam.

Hill is owner and founder of ErgoDynamics Inc., based in Eatontown since 1997.  The company markets ergonomic solutions to Fortune 1000 companies that help prevent related injuries and illnesses. Being his own boss affords Brian the flexibility to schedule his workouts and continue his preparation for the upcoming marathon.  “I’m looking forward to the 26 mile challenge,” exclaimed Hill.

   (Congratulations to now-veteran journalist Lester (Skip) Pierce for his outstanding journalism and photography.  "Skip" provided great coverage of the Lake Tak Races Series all summer long and we are truly appreciative of all his efforts.   "Skip," of course, was a terrific runner himself just a few years ago - it seems that way, anyway - at Long Branch High School and then Monmouth College/now University. He starred in many Lake Tak races himself for many years.  As did brother Gary, one of our finest of Shore AC marathoners and a Shore AC Hall of Famer.  As did brother Wayne.   In fact, all three Pierce brothers were members of the Shore AC that set the world record for the 100-runner, 100-mile relay, and was so recognized in the Guiness Book of World Records !!  Cheers again.)

 

SHORE AC HOSTS USATF
NATIONAL 10,000-METER RACEWALK
AT MANALAPAN HIGH SCHOOL
 
ANNUAL 10,000-METER USATF NATIONAL RACEWALKING CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY JULY 30, 2017 AT MANALAPAN HIGH SCHOOL, MANALAPAN, NJ.
TWENTY-FIVE LAPS.  HOSTED BY SHORE AC.
 
     MEN’S ORDER OF FINISH:
1.       1. Anthony J. Gruttadauro, Shore AC               45:27.34
2.     2.   Richard Luettchau, Shore AC                         46:55.91.
3.    3.   Dave Talcott, Shore AC,                                  51:22:00
4.   4.   John Soucheck, Shore AC                                56:36.73.
5.       (guest competitor)  Yyascheslav Troshkin, Park Walkers USA  1:01:29.50.
6.   5.    Bruce Logan, Park Walkers USA                    1:03:51.64
7.     6.  Barry Blake, Shore AC                                     1:08:01.52
8.   7    Fred Linkhart, Freehold Area Running Club  1:09:39.15
9.   8    Dr. Patrick Bivona, Freehold Area Running Club, 1:14:44.25.
19.   Ronald Salvio, Freehold Area Running Club, 1:14:45.38
110..   Ross Miano, Freehold Area Running Club,    1:20:56.80
 
 
WOMEN’S ORDER OF FINISH
1.       Maria Michta-Coffey, Walk USA                        45:31.40.
2.       Meaghan Podlaski, Fleet Feet                            55:03.95
3.       Kayla Torres, Walk USA                                       55:10:28.
4.       Dorit Attias, Walk USA                                         1:10:37.33
 
WOMEN’S 5000-METER RACEWALK
1.        Grace Endy, Westfield Flyers                              27:21.39
2.       Melissa Endy, Westfield Flyers                           28:30.07.
1.       Maryanne Daniel, Connecticut Racewalkers   29:42.76.
 
MEN’S 10,000-METER TEAM SCORES
1.       Shore AC  (Gruttadauro, Luettchau, Talcott)   2:23:46.05
2.       Freehold Area Running Club  (Linkhart, Bivona, Salvio)  3:39:09.18
 
WOMEN’S 10,000-METER TEAM SCORES
   1.Walk USA   (Michta-Coffey, Torres, Attias)       2:51:29:41.
 
DQ’S:    Susan Middaugh, FARC;   Maria Paul, Shore AC.
CO-MEET DIRECTORS,   Wayne Baker, Elliott Denman
 
JUDGING PANEL:  Ron Daniel (chief), Gary Westerfield, Bill Pollinger,Marcia Shapiro, Avram Shapiro.
 
TIMING SYSTEM:  Mr. Maurice Bell, Viper Timing Systems
 
CHIEF SCORER:  Mr. Ray Somers
 
 
SITE DIRECTOR:  Mr.R. Taylor, Athletic Director, Manalapan High School.
 
WATER STATION COORDINATORS:  Barbara Friedrich Parcinski, Cliff Parcinski
 
MANALAPAN HOST COMMITTEE:  Mr. Bob Andrews
 
CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER:  Mr. Ronald Crocker (recrocker@verizon.net)
THANKS TO ALL, CHEERS TO ALL !!! 

MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE SHORE AC

DELEGATION TO THE 2017
USA OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

JUNE 22-25 AT HORNET STADIUM,
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA.

 

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.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY SHOWCASE MEET, WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ.

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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

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 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 !!!!

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SATURDAY, JULY 1ST, THE 31ST ANNUAL NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD  MEET AT THE PEDDIE SCHOOL STADIUM, HIGHTSTOWN, NJ… DETAILS TBA.

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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 !

                     

 Succasunna CPA repeats as winner of Spring Lake Five  

 Elliott Denman

(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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
Phone  732-776-8558.

 

100-meter hurdle sensation Brianna Rollins is one of 11 gold medalists from last year’s Summer Olympics in Rio who will compete in the 110th NYRR Millrose Games on February 11 at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center. Photo by Victah Sailer

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.

 

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