DR. PAT BIVONA NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING JAN. 10, 2016
Dr. Patrick "Pat" Bivona is an amazing athlete.
Competing in the Masters Division, he has been turning in Master-ful performances for Shore AC for years and years and years.
He'll be 75 on March 11th and keeps going and going and going long distances, and even longer
ones. And then going some more.
A busy-busy-busy professional man who juggles dual careers - as a professor at New York University School of Dentistry, and as a financial advisor - he also juggles racewalking assignments over distances as short as 3000 meters -which he did winning his division of the USATF-NJ Indoor Championships Jan. 10 at the Toms River "Bubble," and as long as 100K/ 100-Mile or 24-hour races.
For all that he has done at all distances over the years - and all the big performances he plans to
continue to notch in the years ahead, Shore AC is delighted to honor Dr. Pat Bivona as its
Athlete of the Week for the week of January 10, 2016.
And he was delighted this week to reveal this good news: "I am the unofficial NY Grand Prix Ultra Running champion for 2015."
Wow - and an especially loud "wow"....because Dr. Pat has done it as a racewalker competing
head-to-head with runners. As the miles go on, the walk/run differential often disappears and he frequently walks home a winner over runners in these long tests of body and mind.
"The last (Grand Prix Ultra Running) event has not been entered in results, but I am positive I won it since I passed the person that was in second place in my age group during the race," he reports.
"I was winning the age group going into last race so that helped me to push at end."
The NY Grand Prix series consists of seven events starting with the Caumsett 50K National Championship and finishing with the Trail Mix-Up 50K. You must complete at least two events to be considered in the standings. To "complete," means doing at least the marathon distance in 6-hour races , or 40 miles in 12 hour races, or 50 miles in 24-hour races. I try to only racewalk and attempt to keep a steady pace , but the difficulty is that some event courses are not easy to race walk. especially the trail courses."
"The toughest 2015 Ultra was the first one, last March 1st of 2015 at Caumsett Park overlooking the Long Island Sound," he said. "The day was overcast, then after completing five 5K loops, it started to snow flurry. Well the flurries turned into a big snowstorm.
"On each remaining loop , the snow got deeper and deeper, very difficult to racewalk. When I finished in 7 hours and 19 minutes, the snow was five inches deep. Still, it was very quiet and peaceful as I walked. So that day I finished second in my in age group for the race that is the 50K National Running Championship (31.1 miles.)
" The most difficult race, as far as courses go, was the last race of season, The Fat-Ass Trail Mix-Up at the Alley Pond Park in Queens. The first four loops were half trail /half road. They have rolling hills on the road, and that would get you to the 18K mark.
"Then you do four more loops only on the road course for remainder of 50K. Points are gained only if you do the course under eight hours.
"I finished in 7 hours and 36 minutes, in the dark, but thankfully I made it and was
first in my age group.
"The real challenge of Ultras is that each event has its own uniqueness."
Obviously, it takes a uniquely determined/dedicated/disciplined athlete to
do these things.
That obviously describes Shore AC's own Dr. Pat Bivona.
SEVEN SHORE AC ATHLETES GAIN
TRACK AND FIELD NEWS
TOP 10 USA RANKINGS
FOR 2015 SEASON !!!
Mountain View, California-based Track and Field News - with its well-deserved title, "The Bible of the Sport Since1948"- has once more published its authoritative World and USA Rankings for the 2015 season and the very good news is that seven of our Shore AC active member-athletes, along with a trio of most distinguished "Alumni"competitors, along with several good friends of the club, figure prominently in these rankings.
The Shore AC Seven gaining these high honors are (alphabetically):
Bobby Grace, Jonathan "Jon" Hallman, Richard "Rich" Luettchau, Michael Mannozzi, Susan Randall, Dave Talcott and Erin Taylor-Talcott.
Let's go down the list:
Bobby Grace ranked ninth of all U.S. men in the shot put.
Jonathan Hallman ranked ninth of all U.S. men in the 20K racewalk.
Richard Luettchau was ranked seventh of all U.S. men in the 20K racewalk.
Michael Mannozzi was one of the few elite athletes listed in two events, ranked third of all U.S. men in the 50K racewalk (behind only John Nunn and Nick Christie) and eighth in the 20K racewalk.
Susan Randall was ranked 10th of all U.S. women in the 20K racewalk.
Dave Talcott was ranked sixth of all U.S. men in the 20K racewalk.
Erin Taylor-Talcott was ranked sixth of all U.S. women in the 20K racewalk.
(Take note: There were no T&FN listings for the new international event of the women's 50K racewalk. Had there been, Shore AC's Taylor-Talcott and Randall surely would have been ranked 1-2.)
And now let's continue.
The distinguished "Alumni" are Ajee' Wilson, Robby Andrews and Ashley Higginson.
Ajee' Wilson, despite missing the whole summer season to injury, was ranked sixth of all world women in the 800 meters and number one in the USA.
Robby Andrews was ranked second (behind only Matthew Centrowitz) of U.S. men in the
Ashley Higginson was ranked fifth of all U.S. women in the 3000-meter steeplechase and
10th in the 5000-meter run.
The "friends" include Andres Chocho, Sam Mattis, Najee Glass, Donn Cabral, Travis Mahoney, Craig Forys, Sydney McLaughlin, Tim Van Liew and Christina Epps.
Andres Chocho, of Ecuador, twice the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races 10-mile champion,
earned eighth place in the world men's rankings for the 50K racewalk.
Sam Mattis, Penn's NCAA champion from East Brunswick and N.J. International Meet winner,
was ranked sixth of all U.S. men in the discus throw.
Najee Glass, the University of Florida star from Woodbridge, was ranked eighth of all U.S.
men in the 400 meters.
Donn Cabral, the 2012 Olympic finalist and former NCAA champion for Princeton now of NJ-NY TC, was ranked third of all U.S. men in the 3000-meter steeplchase.
Travis Mahoney, the Old Bridge High School and Temple University graduate now of NJ-NY TC,
was ranked ninth of all U.S. men in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Forys, the Colts Neck High School and University of Michigan alumnus now of NYAC, was ranked tenth of all U.S. men in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Sydney McLaughlin, the sensational Union Catholic High School junior and World Youth
champion, was ranked eighth of all U.S. women in the 400-meter hurdles.
GSTC's Tim Van Liew was ranked sixth of all U.S. men in the javelin throw.
GSTC's Christina Epps, U.S. national champion, was ranked first in the women's triple jump.
For the complete World and U.S. listings, go to www.trackandfieldnews.com.
Congratulations to all, and best wishes for major success in Olympic Year 2016 !!
--- Elliott Denman.
DONOVAN'S WILSON SHATTERS
STATE RECORD IN SHOT PUT AND
CLIMBS HIGH ON NATIONAL LISTS
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
The indoor track and field season was just one weekend old but Donovan Catholic High School junior Alyssa Wilson when got it off to a record-breaking start.
With her shot put victory at 54 feet, 5 inches at the 62nd annual Bishop Loughlin High School
Games Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, Staten Island, New York,
Shore AC member Wilson (1) added over two feet to her own personal best; (2) demolished the meet record; (3) broke the national junior-year record; (4) set an all-time New Jersey indoor record; (5) rose to third all-time in indoor track history, and (6) to fourth best-ever, indoors and outdoors.
It was a brilliant 2015-2016 opener and Wilson beat three Shore Conference rivals
to do it. Jackson Liberty's Danielle Notafrancesco placed a distant second (41-11), with St. Rose's
Alexandra Preckajlo third (38-9) and Jackson Memorial's Alexis Schuldes fourth (34-10 1/2.)
The all-time U.S. indoor track lists will now show South Carolina's Raven
Saunders (with a 56-7 1/4 toss in 2014) on top, with Texas' Michelle Carter (54-9 1/2 in 2003) second and Wilson third. Saunders also owns the outdoor record (56-8 1/4 in 2014)
with Carter again second (54-10 3/4 in 2003) but just one other athlete,Minnesota's Maggie Ewen (54-8 1/2 in 2013) better than Wilson on the
"absolute" (indoor or outdoor) charts.
To complete a busy day in Staten Island, Wilson also placed second in the weight throw, with a 50-10 whirl, back of winner Lysah Russell of Rhode Island (52-0 3/4.)
St. Rose's Luke Grodeska won the boys shot put at 58-4 with teammate Andrew Huisman second (52-1 1/2.) On the track, Jackson Liberty's Emanuel
Flores won the 600 (1:25.64) and Jackson Memorial's Ryan Rafferty the mile (4:21.24.)
CBA's Mike Zupko took his section of the 300 final in a Monmouth County-record 35.34.
Giant Great Blozis Named to Track's Hall of Fame
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
(Reprinted courtesy of Asbury Park Press.)
Early in his brilliant two-sport career, they called Albert Charles Blozis "The Hoya Hercules."
Soon, that changed to "The Human Howitzer."
And then he became "a Giant of Giants."
He was voted a member of the National Football League's all-decade team for the 1940s,even though he played just two full seasons and a bit of a third for the then-Polo Grounds-based Giants. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his All-America deeds at tackle for the Georgetown Hoyas of 1939-40-41.
Now, the late Al Blozis can properly be called a Track and Field Hall of Famer, too.
The mighty 6-foot-6 1/2-tall Blozis, a graduate of Jersey City's Dickinson High School,was the greatest shot putter of his day and would surely have been a leading Olympic gold medal candidate if the 1940 Games had not been cancelled by the onset of World War II.
"The Big Guy," as he was called, of Lithuanian-American heritage, won everything in sight - IC4A, NCAA, Penn Relays, National AAU championships - in 1940-41-42 in the shot put and was a champion discus thrower, too. His best "official" shot put performance was 57-0 3/4 and only technicalities prevented some of his other performances from being recognized as world records.
"One of his greatest marks didn't count because he did it off the pitcher's mound at the Polo Grounds," remembers famed track historian Ed Grant of Madison. "Another didn't count because he did it from a discus circle on a rainy day when the shot put ring was all mud."
While few ever doubted this athlete's amazing abilities, it still took long years for him to be elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, located at New York's Armory Track and Field Center.
Justice was at last done with the announcement Tuesday that Blozis - along with such notables as Allen Johnson, Hollis Conway, Ralph Mann, Jack Torrance and Harry Gill - were voted into the Hall by a nationwide panel of experts, and will be duly inducted at a gala "Black Tie and Sneakers" ceremony at the Armory on Thursday evening, Oct. 29.
With no Olympic Games to aspire to, Blozis gave up his Olympic eligibility to sign with the Football Giants in the fall of 1942 and enjoyed two stellar all-pro seasons at tackle.
Early after the start of World War II, he attempted to join the Army, but was rejected
for his excessive height. At last, though, the military relented and he accepted an Army lieutenant's
commission in the 28th Infantry Infantry Division.
He still was able to play three games for the Giants while on furlough in 1944, before
being sent off to action. In January 1945, just six weeks after his arrival in
Europe, with his platoon scouting enemy lines in France's Vosges Mountains, two of his men, a sergeant and a private, failed to return from a patrol. Seeking them out, Lt. Al Blozis never returned, either.
First listed as missing, his death in action was not confirmed until April 1945. His body was at
last found and is now buried with full honors at the Lorraine American Military Cemetery in France.
His "32" jersey has long been retired and the Giants' Mara family has forever
cherished his memory, along with that of Jack Lummus, another Giant - and one of the NFL's 20 - killed in WW II.
His memory is also kept alive by the staging of the Al Blozis Memorial Shot Put event at the New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, hosted by the Shore Athletic Club, each June.
MANNOZZI, RANDALL WIN 40K RACEWALK TITLES
Shore AC teammates Michael Mannozzi (3:31:05) and Susan Randall (3:59:21) cruised to decisive victories in the 77th annual USATF National 40-Kilometer Racewalking Championship last Sunday at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township. For Mannozzi, it was his third straight 40K crown and 10trh national title over-all; for Randall, it was her first National walk victory.
Second places in the 24.8-mile event went to Shore AC's Dave Talcott (3:53:11) and Tennessee's Amanda Prince (4:29:17.) Host Shore AC won both the men's Open and Masters team titles, with Tom Quattrocchi (4:41.51) and Tim Chelius (4:51:11) joining Mannozzi and Talcott. For Quattrocchi, it was his 20th consecutive completion of the 40K.
Guest walker Jorge Pineda of Colombia sped to a world-class 4:10.37 50K performance.
SHORE RACING SEASON CONTINUES BUSY
The Jersey Shore continues as one of the nation's busiest racing locales with an array of events every weekend.
Ex-Villanova star Amanda Marino (19:12.4) and Temple grad Jenna Dubrow (19:46.5) went 1-2 in Jersey Shore Running Club's Saturday in the Park women's 5K at Holmdel.
Recent winners have included Howell's Jon Smolenski (17:12) and Toms River's Carolyn Rogers (22:25) in the Eatontown Recreation Labor Day 5K; Jeff Propert, Wall (36:24) and Beth Marzigliano, Lake Como (40:14), in the Brielle Challenge 10K, and Smolenski (16:46) and Barnegat's Jenn Nelson (19:23) in the Jersey Shore University Medical Center 5K.
NEW JERSEYANS POWER TEAM USA
The DecaNation seven-country scored team meet at Charlety Stadium in Paris last Sunday saw three New Jersey athletes register key team points for winning Team USA. Princeton grad Donn Cabral of Clinton won the men's 3000-meter steeplchase (8:25.67); Manalapan's Robby Andrews (1:48.96) ran a close second to Russia's Kontantin Tolokonniyov (1:48.26) in the men's 800, and Colts Neck High and Princeton alumna Ashley Higginson took third (9:45.63) in the women's steeplechase.
Team USA netted 131.5 points to win the meet, with Russia second (120.5), host France third (80) and Ukraine, China, Japan and Italy next in line.
PLUMMER, MOZIA, JEFFREY
AND THE WILSON FAMILY
EXCEL IN ALL-COMERS SERIES OPENER
The annual Shore AC All-Comers Meet Series got off to a strong start with some
excellent performances on Sunday, July 5, 2015. The USATF-sanctioned series opener put some of America's best on display.
Here's the rundown:
Shore AC's James Plummer won the men's discus throw with an outstanding toss of 60.44 meters (198 feet, 3 inches.) He has also had throws of 195-7191-7, 187-11, and 180-10.
Plummer, the Rutgers graduate who had a spectacular career with the Scarlet Knights (multiple IC4A, Big East and Penn Relays titles), is now assistant coach at Wagner College while completing his Master's degree work. He'd placed third in the 2013 USA National Championships.
Second place in the discus was guest thrower Steve Mozia of Hackensack,the former Cornell University star and IC4A champion who represents Nigeria in international competition. Mozia took the lead in the fifth round with his 60.02 (196-11) throw, only to see Plummer move ahead moments later. Mozia also had tosses of 192-5, 189-7, 185-5 in his excellent series.
Taking third place was Shore AC's Errol Jeffrey, the former Monmouth University star (and IC4A shot put champion for the Hawks) with his best of 51.24 (168-1.)
Meanwhile, leading the way in the women's division was Donovan Catholic High School rising junior Alyssa Wilson,
whose spectacular sophomore season had included winning the NJSIAA Meet of Champions discus title, and an array of top placings in all her NJ meets, along with the New Balance National Scholastics in North Carolina and the USATF Youth Nationals in Illinois.
Wilson won her division with a best of 44.02 meters (144-5.)
And readying to follow in her big sister's footsteps is 11-year-old Byanna Wilson, winner of the youth division
at 18.54 (60-10.)
Then, the spotlight moved to the shot put ring, where Mozia led the way with his first-round toss of 17.97 meters (58-11 1/2.)
He is already a young shot put internationalist, having represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Indoor Championships in Poland and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jeffrey wound up second with a best of 17.10 (56-1 1/2.) In women's division action, Alyssa Wilson led the way
at 14.05 (46-1 1/4.) Taking the youth girls division at 6.70 (22-0) was Bryanna Wilson.
Winning the men's Masters title at 11.45 (37-7) was Jamie Wilson.
The series will get going full blast with a complete schedule of events starting 6:15 pm Tuesday July 7 at Neptune High School. The series will then roll on with meets on Tuesdays July 14, 21 and 28.
All at athletes in all divisions are cordially invited.
To pre-register, go to: www.vipertiming.com/regsac But day-of-meet sign-ups are always welcome. All athletes are asked to check-in at registration desk (which opens at 5:45 pm) before each meet.
JOETTA CLARK DIGGS ANNOUNCES TRACK CAMP;
FOUR-TIME USA OLYMPIAN'S EVENT WILL START
ON JUNE 29TH AT SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL.
We are pleased to announce that Johnson & Johnson and the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation, Inc will present their annual track and field camp for boys and girls up to 18 years old starting June 29 at Somerville High School.
For full registration information, click on Track Camps category on the left. We all cheered her exploits as one of the greatest of all middle distance runners and then cheered her induction into the
National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Last March, we heard her inspirational and enlightening talk when she was presented the "Humanitarian of the Year" award at the annual Shore AC Awards Banquet. We continue to applaud all her efforts in promoting fitness, scholarship, education and community involvement.
The camp's goal is to reach out to all athletes "Determined to Reach Your Destiny XV" It will feature Olympians, Olympic Coaches, Certified Coaches, Speed and Agility Coaches, Long, Triple and High Jump Coaches, Sprint/Hurdle Coaches, Middle Distance and Distance Coaches June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 2015, Monday thru Friday, and be staged at Somerville High School, 222 Davenport Street, Somerville, NJ 08876.
Again, click on "Track Camps" at left for full information.
LEAD WAY IN 50TH ANNUAL
CAPTAIN ZINN MERMOIAL RACES
WALL TOWNSHIP - Walter Ingram and John Soucheck used identical scripts to score decisive victories in the 50th annual Captain Ronald Zinn Memorial Races at the Wall Township Recreation Complex on April 19th.
Both raced out to early leads and were never headed in the traditional event that again honored Capt. Zinn, the two-time USA Olympian and West Point graduate who lost his life in Vietnam combat in 1965, as well as all Vietnam veterans.
Ingram, 22, a Somerville resident, physics teacher at Hunterdon Central High School, and former track and cross country standout at The College of New Jersey, sped off with the Zinn 5K Run title in 16:30.0, which is 5:18 mile pace over the 3.1-mile route.
The co-featured Zinn 10K Racewalk went to Soucheck, 49, a Little Silver resident who captains the national-champion Shore Athletic Club racewalk team. He walked the 10K route (which is 6.2 miles) in 56 minutes, 12 seconds.
Ingram went two laps around the 2.5-kilometer Wall Recreation Complex course, while Soucheck covered four laps.
Women's winners were runner Annalise Giuliano of Jackson (23:54) and walker Jessica DeMarco of Barnegat.
The Zinn Races, which began in 1966, were again staged by Shore Athletic Club volunteers and sponsored by the New Jersey Natural Gas Co.
"We had a great, improved turnout (81 runners and 16 walkers) on a terrific day," said Dave Hoch, the veteran Shore AC runner and coach and Bradley Beach resident who served as race director. "This is the oldest race in the nation honoring Vietnam veterans and everyone who took part joined in the spirit of the occasion."
Once again, local runners Joe Renzella of Neptune City and Tom Resch of Eagleswood Township made it a personal expedition. Both are Vietnam veterans who also veterans of many past Zinn races.
Carrying an American flag throughout, Renzella, a Purple Heart winner, ran his 5K in 33:21.
"A lot of my comrades never came back from Vietnam," said Renzella. "This was my tribute to them; the race honors all of them, and all their service to our nation."
Runners ranged in age from 8 (Noah Wilcox of Little Silver) to 75 (Fred Howlett of Brick.) But the senior competitor of all was racewalker Ben Ottmer, 81, of Freehold. Young star Nolan Kus of Jackson, age 12, again outran the majority of his elders, placing 10th in 21:47.
Hoch has already set the date for the 51st edition of the Zinn Memorial Races - April 17, 2016.
The Top 10 Finishers:
Men's 5K - 1. Walter Ingram, Somerville, 16:30; 2. Jeff Propert, Wall, 17:55; 3. Zachary Kudlak, Long
Branch, 17:56; 4. Ryan DeGregorio, Manalapan, 17:59; 5. Chris Whitehead, Eatontown, 19:03;
6. Frank Durkin Sr., Whiting, 19:32; 7. Nolan McCarty, Princeton, 19:46; 8. Ian Anderson, Bradley Beach, 20:24; 9. Scott Linnell, Colts Neck, 20:37; 10. Nolan Kus, Jackson, 21:47.
Women's 5K - 1 Annalise Giuliano, Jackson, 23:54; 2. Lauryn Burnett, Somerville, 24:41; 3. Emily Kudlak, Long Branch, 25:26; 4. Fabiola Zaconeta, Brick, 25:51; 5. Donna O'Donaghan, Tinton Falls, 27:05; 6. Karen Gregory, Bradley Beach, 28:45; 7. Alianna Garrison, Jackson, 29:42; 8. Gina Scuorzo, Marlboro, 29:45; 9, Sandra Etlinger, Howell, 30:20; 10. Marilyn Ryder, Eatontown, 30:23.
Men's 10K Racewalk - 1. John Soucheck, Little Silver, 56:12; 2. Tim Chelius, Northfield, 1:04:15; 3. Ron Slvio, Whiting, 1:07:20; 4. Fred Linkhart, Ocean, 1:08:19; 5. Ray Robertson, Ocean, 1:12:54; 6. Dr. Pat Bivona, Clifton, 1:17:49; 7. Ben Ottmer, Freehold, 1:18:43; 8. Frank Bergson,.Whitehouse Station, 1:21:06; 9. John DeMarco,
Barnegat, 1:30:08; 10. Clarence Harris, Wall, 1:31:09.
Women's 10K Racewalk - 1. Jessica DeMarco, Barnegat, 1:30:08; 2. Kathy Aurelio, Carteret, 1:44:51.
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.