Shore AC Cheers Its New World Record M60 4x800 Relay Team. Left to right are Tony Plaster, Ronville Gravesande, Harry Nolan and Spider Rossiterwho ran a great 9:55.96 to break the previous world record of 9:58.80 set by Central Park Track Club 12 years ago  They did it at the USATF-NJ IndoorChampionships in Toms River.   Truly well done, one and all !!!



  You’d think it would be enough just to be able to watch your son compete at the US National Championships, but Janet Wagner had even more than that in store at the 2014 USATF Meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 21-24th.

  After enrolling in the USATF Rewards Program, Janet was selected as an “All-Access VIP”.  The itinerary read like a track and field fan’s dream: A Nike outfit of her choice, a tour of the facility, and meetings with many world class athletes like Aretha Thurmon, Doc Patton, Curt Roberts, AG Kruger, Jenn Suhr, John Carlos and Dan O’Brien just to mention a few.  Janet also got a back scene tour of the “Athletes Only” area and the NBC Broadcasting trailer.  She had a trackside perch from which she could watch the entire meet, and at one point found herself and her son Paul, who placed 8th in the weight throw, sharing it with Alberto Salazar during the action-packed 3000m races!

  Janet was then invited back on Sunday to participate in the events scheduled for the second set of Super Fans, which was somewhat of a surprise.  She had a personal meeting with USATF CEO, Max Siegel, in which she extolled the phenomenal spirit of both fans and spectators at the throwing venues during the meet. 

  To cap off the VIP experience, Janet and her fellow super fans were given a name of a hurdler in the finals race.  Whoever had the winning athlete would win additional track prizes.  With Omaghu   Osaghie winning the race, Janet was also the winning fan and was caught on television hugging and congratulating the new National Hurdling Champ.

  To say that this was a dream-come-true for this Shore AC Masters Thrower would be an understatement. She will definitely have stories from this experience for years to come.







    The USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships returned to the Reggie Lewis Center in    Boston (March 14-15-16, 2014) and Shore AC athletes returned to the podium, time after time after time.

  All told, Shore AC athletes collected eight gold medals, seven silvers and twelve bronzes, to register 129 team points, thus placing their team in 11th over-all in final team scoring, arrayed against a total of 89 clubs gathered from around the nation.

  The meet saw 27 USA national records established and pride of place here goes to Shore AC's Marilyn Coleman for her two winning and USA national record-breaking performances - 28 feet, 7 inches in the Women's 35-39 division super weight throw, and 45 feet, half an inch, in the (lighter) weight throw. Competition

was organized in men's and women's 5-year divisions and competitors ranged in age from 30 to 100.

  Taking golds of their own were Shore AC teammates Charley Roll, Gerry Donini, Maurelhena Walles and Panse Geer.   Roll added to his long list of national titles with a 12.76 (41-10 1/2) M65 shot put win. Donini won the M45 shot put with a toss of 13.95 (45-9 1/4) with teammate Pat Toland a close second at 13.61 (44-8 3/4.). Toland kept it a busy weekend with a second in the super eight (8.71/28-7)) and a third in the weight (13.36 / 43-10.)

  After repeating as National champion in the W35 400 meters (1:00.51), Walles added a third in the W35 200 (217.52.) SAC's multi-national titled Panse Geer breezed to the W65 3000-meter racewalk crown in 20:10.80.

    Shore AC welcomed Fred Monesmith to its lineup and Fred proved to be the busiest of all our club athletes - taking a second in the M65 pentathlon (2792 points) and super weight (6.40), fourth in the shot put (10.65) and weight throw (11.71), fifth in the long jump (3.36.) and 12th in the 60 dash (9.17.)

   Claiming a pair of silvers in the M65 800 and 1500-meter races was Shore AC's Harry Nolan (2:37.61 and .5:35.78.) edging him each time (by mini-margins of 1.60 and 1.22 seconds) was nemesis Gary Patton of So Cal TC. The M60 800 went to famed musician-runner Nolan Shaheed of So Cal in 2:16.79 with Shore AC's Ronville Gravesande second (2:20.72) and Tony Plaster fifth (2:24.37.) It was Shaheed (5:13.49) and Gravesande (5:15.53) a close 1-2 in the M60 mile.     Greg Foster leaped 5.49 for fourth in the M50 long jump; Matt Wallack ran ninth in the M50 400 (58.24) and 11th in the 200 (26.57.) Phil Luccarelli was 14th in both the M50 60 (8.39) and 200 (27.78) John Kuhi was 10th in the M65 800 at 3:35.61. Keith McQuitter ran eighth in the M50 60-meter hurdles (10.97) and 15th in the 200 (28.35.) Brian Hanlon clocked 2:27.77 for seventh place in the M50 800 meters.

   The M60 4x200 relay saw the Shore AC quartet of Monesmith-Spider Rossiter-David Gritz-Noah Perlis take fourth place in 2:06.59 despite a baton mishap. Earlier, Rossiter ran 9th in the M60 800 (2:31.90); Perlis was 10th in the M65 60 at 9.02 and Gritz ran 14th in the M60 60 (8.60.)

  Shore AC member Paula Dickson-Taylor ran off with golds in the W60 200 (32.82) and 400 (1:12.44) and placed fifth in the 800 (3:03.14.) Wendi Glassman clocked 1:18.03 for fourth in the W55 400.    Next big ones for Masters athletes will be the World Indoor Championships in late March in Budapest, Hungary, and the USA Outdoor National Championships in July in Winston-Salem. NC.








   Shore AC's Liz Pasquale set a splendid American W60 record in the one-mile race walk with her 9:25.20 clocking at the USATF New York Association Championships Feb. 28, 2014 at theArmory Track and Field Center.

   Liz went on to win the 3000-meter walk event, too, in 18:07.94, and so let's all congratulate Liz for these great performances.

   Shore AC had many other winners and medalists in this big Armory meet.    A triple gold medalist was SAC's Raffael Craig (4.47 PV), (1.88 HJ) and (8.43 60H).   Striking double gold was SAC's Jason Lattimore (5.30 LJ and 1.72 HJ.)

    Bill Vayo (15:48.14) and Panse Geer (20:17.12) took their walk division titles, too.    Pole vault gold medalists included SAC's Duncan Littlefield and club Hall of Famer Carl Huff.

    Other Shore AC winners included Masters World SP champion Charles Roll,Janet Wagner (weight throw), Al Cestero (LJ), and John Saarmann and Mike Karr (400.)   SAC Masters medalists and high place-winners included Maurelhena Walles (400), NedeniaWest (sprints) and Bill Indek (sprints)

   Excelling in Open Division events were SAC's Aziz Smith, Tyler Cooper and Anthony

Baskerville (sprints), Antoinette Padilla (sprints) and Joan Wagner (throws.)

    Very well done, everyone !!






  A three-man delegation carried the flag for the Shore AC at the annual USATF National Indoor Track and Field Championships,February 22-23 at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Convention Center.

  And a pair of great Shore AC friends did super things in theirrespective 800-meter races at Indoor Nationals.

  Taking the women's 800-meter title for the second year in a row and earning a trip to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland was Ajee' Wilson of Neptune, NJ.   Her 2:00.43 clocking was the best in the world this year,

   Placing second in the men's 800 for the second year in a row to friendly rival Erik Sowinski was Robby Andrews of Manalapan, NJ.  Robby's season best of 1:47.07 barely missed gaining a place at the World Indoor Championships.

   Shore AC's Michael Mannozzi placed fifth in the 3000-meter racewalk with a PR clocking of 13:00.66.

   SAC's Paul Wagner snared eighth place in the 35-pound weight throw with a mighty toss of 67 feet even.    SAC's Javon Young clocked a 6.78 running fourth in his opening-round section of the 60-meter dash.   Errol Jeffrey of Monmouth University took 12th place in the shot put at 59-1 1/4.   Once again serving as a key official at Indoor Nationals was former

Shore AC president Ray Funkhouser.






            In an epic display of true fortitude, competing in rough weather and wintery conditions, Dr. Pat Bivona of Shore SAC walked to the Men's 70-up title in the USATF National Championship 50K Run event held at Caumsett Park, Long Island, on Sunday, March 2, 2014. 

   In walking his way past all the runners in his age bracket, Dr. Pat "hung tough" all the way and came home in a terrific performance of 7 hours, 12 minutes, 55 seconds,

a truly remarkable achievement.


   Way to go, Dr. Pat !!








    WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Triumphs by Kelly Fisher and Monique Morgan led the way for

Shore AC in a series of excellent performances at the Monmouth University Winter Collegiate

Meet at the MU Multi-Purpose Activity Center facility, Feb. 8, 2014.

    Fisher,. the former Monmouth Regional High School and St. Augustine's University star,

won the men's 200-meter dash in 22.20 seconds and nearly won the 500-meter final, too.

In a 500 race that went down to the final strides, ex-Seton Hall star Tyrone Ross nosed out

Fisher, 1:04.64 to 1:04.81.

   Morgan, the Villanova University alumna who won the Central American and Caribbean Games

100 hurdles title for Jamaica last summer, won the women's 60-meter hurdles in 8.37.

   Placing 3-5 in the 200 final were Shore AC's Jamal Roberts (22.72) and Alan Laws, Jr. (23.24.)

  Laws also ran a solid 1:06.93 500, placing third back of Ross and Fisher.

   The women's 500 produced a photo-finish decision, Rider University's Madeline Hummel edging out Shore AC's Maurelhena Walles by the narrowest of margins, 1:20.47 to 1:20.48.

  Shore AC's Antoionette Padilla ran sixth in the women's 200 (27.92) and eighth in the 60 (8.41.)

In the 200, SAC's Shemayne Williams ran 30.21 with Nedenia West just behind at 31.34.

   SAC's Ernest Eusebio ran 8.11 in the 60 and 26.97 in the 200.

  Masters star Paul Dickson-Taylor ran 1:17.47 in the 400 and 3:07.16 in the 800.

   West Long Branch's Rob Cavanaugh won the Community Mile race at 4:54, with Shore AC's Dave Patterson, running his first race in over two years, clocking 5:54.80; Marybeth McDonnell 6:24.38; Frank Kus 6:36.62, and John Kuhi 7:47.61.

ASBURY PARK POLAR BEAR SCENES - Seen at the 50th Annual Asbury Park Polar Bear Races are (left to right) Santa Claus/Musical Director/Swim Leader Dave "Double D" DeMonico; Mike McDonnell, Shore AC Masters star and patriarch of the famed Team McDonnell; Joe Compagni, head coach of the many-time championship Monmouth University Hawks, and Frank Kus, top Masters distance man and proud youth-stars Team Dad.  (Elliott Denman photos.)



(Reprinted courtesy of

  ASBURY PARK - Last Saturday was de-lightful and de-lovely at the Jersey Shore.
Moderate mercury readings and plenty of sunshine.
  Monday's forecast is for further moderation. Not too hot, not too cold.  And very dry.
  But that didn't help the 250-or-so brave souls who turned out for the City of
Asbury Park's 50th Polar Bear Races on the day between - Sunday (December 29th, 2013.).
    It was goshawful on the Asbury Park beachfront - from clear and simply cold at 9 a.m. to soaking wet and windy at 10 a.m. when the 50th Polar Bear event kicked off, to downright, totally miserable and drenching when it was all over in early afternoon.
  Anyone tuned in to the Giants-Redskins game could see what the weatherman was dishing out to New Jersey on Sunday.  But whatever the NFLers had to deal with in East Rutherford was nothing compared to the far-worse conditions that the Polar Bear racers had to endure some 60 miles south.
 Thus, history - which has a history of doing such things - again repeated.   
 First staged in 1964, and ever since on the last weekend of the year, the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races have dealt with an array of weather situations - everything from blizzards to driving rainstorms to temperatures just above zero and, yes, to temps well into the 60's over all those years.
  But in true show-biz tradition, this 50th Polar Bear show rolled right on.
   There has never been a postponement or cancellation in Polar Bear history
and there was never even a mention of such action once again.

   The leaders - and all who followed them over the part-boardwalk, part-road course - proved themselves worthy successors to all their Polar Bear predecessors.

   Carrying right on regardless were the champions, Andrew Brodeur of Bethesda, Md. (25:13.67) and Caitlin Dorgan of Red Bank (30:33.62) in the 5-mile run, and John Soucheck of Little Silver (1:36.29) and Maria Paul of Long Branch (1:58.07) in the always co-featured 10-mile racewalk.

   They toughed it out in true Polar Bear tradition.

   "You guys were awesome," 5-mile run director Shannon Gillespie told the competitors

at the post-race awards ceremony. She was so right.

    Brodeur, the former Brick Memorial High School and Duke University star now teaching school in Maryland,

repeated his 2012 victory, when the course was shortened to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy conditions. And it was a perfect warmup for the Shore AC member's next big start - he's headed to the High Mountain 10K in Mandeville, Jamaica, Jan. 26, as its defending champion.

   "I'm sure the weather will be a little different down there than it was in Asbury Park," said

Brodeur, 23, chilled but smiling as he downed a cup of hot bean and bacon soup provided all the racers by McLoone's Asbury Grille.

  Dorgan, 25, placed ninth over-all as she outran Amanda Tripoli of Englishtown (31:43.36) for the women's title.

   One more time, loudest applause of the day was reserved for Harold Nolan of Middletown,

"the original Polar Bear," as he finished 27th in 33:40.36. as an easy winner of the men's 60-69 division.

  Nolan ran  his first Polar Bear race as a

Middletown High School student in 1964 and has been here every year since - yes, 50 straight, sometimes coming back from Utah, Nebraska and New Hampshire to compete.

  On Polar Bear Day 27 years ago, Mrs. Janet Nolan was giving birth to their son Chip.

  But Chip - perhaps thinking of his father's dedication to the Polar Bear cause - delayed his arrival in the world to much later that day. Harry, his dad, got to run the race once again, streak still alive.

  So as Dad was leading all his Masters Division colleagues in this one - there was Chip. obviously off the family's old block - placing 65th in 37:50.

  A nine-time winner, and many times a medalist in USA and World Masters running,

Harry Nolan is still at the top of his game at age 66.

  "This actually was one of my best races in quite a while,"
 said Nolan. "I'm over the injuries and running well again. Of course, you know I wouldn't miss this race no matter what.

   "The weather? If you're a true Polar Bear, you learn to deal with whatever you get."

   Nolan is also the Polar Bear Races' official historian.

   To mark the occasion, he published the booklet outlining the event's notable history.

   Among the inclusions: 

   (a) The story of wins by John McDonnell and Ron Daniel in 1964.  McDonnell was the first Polar Bear run champion, before heading south and west and eventually to Fayetteville, Ark. where he became the winningest coach in NCAA track and cross country history as chief of all those superb Arkansas Razoback teams.  Daniel continues to serve his sport and is now chairman of the USATF's National Racewalk Committee.

  (b) The win by local lad Joe Lynch over Milt Mathews and Bill Reilly in 1965.  Lynch went on to stardom at Georgetown and IC4A triumphs, and would run to the heights as a member of the Mihaly Igloi-coached Santa Clara Youth Village team.  Matthews would excel at Maryland and for Shore AC and rise to the vice presidency of The Hershey Corporation. And Reilly, the man they beat, and a Shore AC member, too, would make the 1968 Olympic team and run the

3000-meter steeplechase at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

  (c) Wins by Milt Matthews and John Kelly in 1966.  Two years later, Kelly would become Ireland's first Olympic racewalker, and would do such incredible things as walk through Death Valley in record time.

  (d) The 1975 win by Marty Liquori, who outdueled Vince Cartier (long-time holder of the

national scholastic indoor 1-mile record)....and Harry Nolan.

  (e) And so on and so on and so..

   It's quite an historical document and now Brodeur and Dorgan, Soucheck and Paul,

will become a big part of next year's edition.

  Oh, there's one more phase to the Polar Bear tradition.

  The hardiest of the hardy Polar Bears took it another step - by taking a post-race dip in the frigid Atlantic Ocean.

   Some call this the 10-meter freestyle.

   But that's asking a lot. Some cut it to the one-stroke freestyle.

   "It's not as bad as it looked; it's just psychological," said Polar Bear Dave DeMonico of Ocean Township, who saw triple duty as the race's designated Santa Claus, star trumpeter, and leader of the runners' spirited pre-race singing of the National Anthem.

   "This race is never easy," said Soucheck, a frequent Polar Bear racewalk winner over the years, and like DeMonico a Rutger grad.

   "This year was one of the toughest," Soucheck conceded. "But it wouldn't be the Polar Bear if people weren't talking about the weather."

  "Weather is weather to all runners; doesn't matter, they'll all come out regardless," philosophized Adam Schneider, the mayor of Long Branch and  a long-time in-shape public figure and supporter of the sport. He ran 170th in 47:42 and called it "better than I expected."

  Two athletes couldn't get enough of the Polar Bear festivities - so they competed in both races.  Bruce Logan of New York and Eliot Collins of Raritan did both the 10-miler and the 5-miler.

   The 1974 Polar Bear run winner was Phil Hinck, who had a celebrated running career at Christian Bothers Academy and then collegiately at Aquinas and Toledo and now is one of the busiest men in the sport as director of the George Sheehan 5K, the Spring Lake 5 (mile) and the Belmar 5 (mile.).

   And Hinck was back on the boardwalk again Sunday, this time organizing the finish line along with his wife Penny, mom-in-law Marilyn Ryder, and other Jersey Shore Running club members.

  The races were once again hosted by the Shannon Gillespie-led team of Shore AC volunteers and friends, and staged in cooperation with City of Asbury Park officials and the support of local merchants. A post-race awards ceremony at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel gave competitors the chance to restore body heat, dry out and collect their commemorative Polar Bear trophies.
  By Monday, for sure, they were telling warm-and-fuzzy stories of their Polar Bear adventures.


For full results, go to To view a few pictures, click photos on the left side.





      "If you would be a marathoner, study William James," Dr. George Sheehan advised readers

in his best-selling 1978 classic, "Running and Being."

    "Man must be stretched," William James told us. "If not in one way, then another.

   "The marathon is one way. Running 26 miles is a feat that truly stretches a human being."

   Dr. Sheehan, "the Running Doc," studied James and Ortega and Barrett, along with Plato and

Joyce and Melville, and so many more, as he trotted the highway of life. In effect,

a marathon.

   And as he proceeded, he formulated the personal observations and life-views that identified this singular man as a major philosopher of his day, just as the others were of their own.

   Running - and all of sport - became the milieu he immersed us in as he applied his analyses to

all the rest of life.  

  In "Running and Being" and "This Running Life" and "Personal Best" and the five other books he wrote,

and in the thousands of columns he authored for the Red Bank, N.J. Register and Asbury Park, N.J. Press newspapers, and for Runner's World Magazine, Dr. Sheehan helped to "stretch" us all.

   He "stretched" us regularly with a myriad supply of advice on topics both mundane and existential.

   He got us deep-thinking as we ran and walked and proceeded down the avenues of daily existence.

He got us to examine ourselves and our surroundings and our universe.

  He did all this in a second career as a journalist that he took up beyond his first one as a noted

cardiologist. He did all this starting at age 45 as he resumed the running life he'd given up after intercollegiate middle-distance stardom.

   The by-then noted man of medicine, husband and father of 12, and soon-to-be standout Masters division runner at distances up to the marathon, did all this for the 30 years before his death to prostate cancer in 1993.

   Still, two decades after his passing, "the Running Doc" lives on.

   Just off the Rodale Press presses is "The Essential Sheehan," 312 pages of the best "the Doc"

gave to us. These excerpts from his books and columns can help provide the renewal many of us

may be able to put to excellent use when we "hit the wall" of life.

  The Sheehan Family -son Andrew served as editor, daughter Nora as illustrator and their siblings as contributors - along with Runner's World Magazine editor-in-chief David Willey - have done the

job for us.

  Call it a world-class "stretch" and a gold-medal read.

  Dr. George Sheehan's words are timeless - especially those guiding us through life

beyond "the wall."


   Elliott Denman, a U.S. Olympic Team racewalker, was Dr. Sheehan's writing colleague at the Asbury Park Press for many years. And, too, his Shore Athletic Club teammate, fellow participant in Masters track events, and occasional travel companion, in "The Doc's" road-weary but ever-reliable

VW beetle sedan, to races hither, yon and elsewhere.





  Shore AC's Bill Vayo led the way in 1:30:13 to win the USATF-NJ State Championship 15K racewalk title on Saturday, November 2nd, at Harry Wright Lake, Whiting (Manchester), NJ. 

   Together with teammates Tim Chelius and Dr. Pat Bivona, the Vayo-led Shore AC team also won the USATF-NJ team title.

    The event was hosted in great style by the  Freehold Area Running Club and directed in championship fashion byMr. Ron Salvio.

   It was the fifth and final race of the 2013 New Jersey Race Walk Series and most importantly served as a major warmup for the next USA World Cup 0K Trials for men and women which will be held at Harry Wright Lake on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

  Weather: partly cloudy, 50 degrees at start, 55 degrees at finish, no wind. Order of finish: 1. Bill Vayo M49 1:30:13  SAC; 2. Vlad Haluska M61 1:34:43, NYC;  3. John Fredericks M65 1:35:35, Brick, NJ; 4.  Tim Chelius M57 1:41:02  SAC;5. John Morrison M65 1:53:07  PVTC; 6. Dr. Pat Bivona  M72 1:54:47  SAC; 7. Ben Ottmer M79 2:02:58 FARC  Team: 1. Shore A.C. (Vayo, Chelius, Bivona) 5:06:02
  Race Director: Mr. Ron Salvio.  Judges: William Pollinger (Head) - IAAF;  Avram Shapiro - Master; Marcia Shapiro - Master;  William Eisenring, Larry Kalb - Association; Sandi Kiefer, Barbara Tupper,  Steven Tupper - Cadet;  David Friedman (Recorder) - Cadet
   Volunteers: Eugene Geer,  Stu Kugelmas,  Ron Salvio (Race Director);  Fran Kugelmas, Janet Bergum, Joan Laurie,  Katrin Haeberle,  Mike Bergum, Harry Paipirman, Dolores Paipirman.


 Freehold Area Running Club and directed in championship fashion by Mr. Ron Salvio.


  It was the fifth and final race of the 2013 New Jersey Race Walk Series and most importantly served as a major warmup for the next USA World Cup 20K Trials for men and women which will be held on Sunday,March 30, 2014.

 Weather: partly cloudy, 50 degrees at start, 55 degrees at finish, no wind. Order of finish: 1. Bill Vayo M49 1:30:13  SAC; 2. Vlad Haluska M61 1:34:43, NYC;  3. John Fredericks M65 1:35:35, Brick, NJ; 4.  Tim Chelius M57 1:41:02  SAC;5. John Morrison M65 1:53:07  PVTC; 6. Dr. Pat Bivona  M72 1:54:47  SAC; 7. Ben Ottmer M79 2:02:58 FARC. Team: 1. Shore A.C. (Vayo, Chelius, Bivona) 5:06:02
  Race Director: Mr. Ron Salvio.Judges: William Pollinger (Head) - IAAF;  Avram Shapiro - Master; Marcia Shapiro - Master; William Eisenring, Larry Kalb - Association; Sandi Kiefer, Barbara Tupper,

  Steven Tupper - Cadet;  David Friedman (Recorder) - Cadet
   Volunteers: Eugene Geer,  Stu Kugelmas,  Ron Salvio (Race Director);   Fran Kugelmas, Janet Bergum, Joan Laurie,  Katrin Haeberle,  Mike Bergum, Harry Paipirman, Dolores Paipirman.








    By Scott Linnell


   READINGTON, N.J. - There is so much to report about our club’s many, many achievements   Sunday, October 20th, at the 2013 USATF Masters National 5K and USATF-NJ State 5K XC race!

   Three of our Masters teams medaled in the national event.  The 60’s men won a national championship in dramatic fashion, staging a ferocious charge to pass runners from second-place Genesee Valley. 

    Our 50’s women shocked the field with a silver medal finish, edging a talented Westchester team by one point.  Our eldest runners, the 70’s men, also stood tall on the podium as bronze medalists. 

   Ed Smith was crowned national champion in the men’s 70-74 age group, while Diane Rothman took the silver medal in the national women’s 55-59 age group.

   What a great day for one and all!

   Shore AC practically ran the table in the concurrently staged state meet. 

   We piled up a phenomenal 101 points, with contributions from nearly every age group, from men’s open to 70+ and from women’s open to 50+.  All in all, we had 42 club members competing on 12 teams.  We were state champions in men’s 50’s and 60’s and in women’s 50’s. 

    Individual state age group champions included Lauren Rhatigan, Mike Mooney, Ronville Gravesande, JL Seymore, Ed Smith and Dick Hill.  Wow, just tremendous!

   A more detailed report is pending. Full details now at

   The bottom line is that Sunday's SAC attack vaulted us clear into third place in the 2013 USATF-NJ Club Grand Prix!  We passed by Clifton and closed the gap significantly with second-place Raritan Valley.  Unofficially, the top four teams in the Grand Prix are as follows:

  1. Garden State Track Club 391

2. Raritan Valley RR       302

  3. Shore Athletic Club     251

  4. Clifton RC              234




Michael Mannozzi named USATF Athlete of the Week



INDIANAPOLIS - Michael Mannozzi has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 40k Race Walk Championships held Sunday, October 13 at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township, N.J.

  ""I went into this race with a plan of negative splitting, as my coach Michael Rohl and I planned in the weeks prior when I prepared for the race," said Mannozzi.  "I had executed a similar plan en route to winning the 30k National Title last month. Both races were used to help me develop and race effectively for an optimal performance for the upcoming USA 50k National Championships next month in Coconut Creek, Fla."
  Shore AC's Mannozzi led the men's field over the 40K (24.8-mile) route with a clocking of three hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds.  It was the fastest winning time in the past six years and set Mannozzi's total of national titles at three - he'd previously won crowns at 30K (a month ago in Valley Cottage, N.Y.)  and one-mile (at New York's Armory in 2012.)
  Now in its 12th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
  2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr; March 13, Tia Brooks; March 20, Bridget Franek; March 27, Ben True; April 3, Darvis “Doc” Patton; April 10, Octavious Freeman; April 24, Erik Kynard; May 1, Queen Harrison; May 8, Tyson Gay; May 15, Jon Olsen; May 22, Mary Cain; May 29, Michael Tinsley; June 5, Mary Cain; June 12, Brianna Rollins; June 26, Brianna Rollins; July 3, Thomas Burns; July 10, Ryan Whiting; July 17, William Bell. Sr.; July 24, Jenny Simpson; July 31, Tia Jones; August 14, Brittney Reese; August 21, LaShawn Merritt; August 28, Megan Glasmann; September 4, Matt Tegenkamp; September 11, Mandy Ortiz; September 18, David Oliver; September 25, Molly Huddle; Desi Davila, October 3, Kathryn Martin, October 10; Michael Mannozzi, October 17.







   OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Shore Athletic Club teammates Michael Mannozzi and

Erin Taylor-Talcott added to their portfolios of USA Track and Field National

Championship racewalking titles with decisive victories in the 75th edition of

the U.S. National 40-kilometer event at Joe Palaia Park on Oct. 13.

   Shore AC's Mannozzi led the men's field over the 40K (24.8-mile) route with a clocking

of three hours, 28 minutes and 49 seconds.  It was the fastest winning time in the

past six years and set Mannozzi's total of national titles at three - he'd previously won crowns at 30K (a month ago in Valley Cottage, N.Y.)  and one-mile (at New York's Armory in 2012.)

  Teammate Taylor-Talcott kept building her reputation as the nation's' finest women's distance

walker by taking the 40K crown in 3:39:20.  It was her fifth 40K title, as well as her third straight and fastest of all.

   Shore AC's Dave Talcott - Erin's husband - claimed second in 3:35:00, while teammate Maria Paul was second woman over the line in 5:24:39.

  International guests - although not eligible for U.S. national honors - played key roles in the event, too.

  After Bruno Carriere of Canada led the entire field through 20 kilometers in 1:33:34,

Colombia's Jorge Armando Ruiz and Rodrigo Moreno took over the pace-making roles.  Ruiz went on to reach 40K in 3:13:14, while Moreno, age 48, circled the 2K loop five more times for a 50K

clocking of 4:06:22, one of the fastest times in Masters walk history.

   Starring, too, was USA Olympic ace Maria Michta -  the nation's top women's walk athlete at both the

2012 London Olympic Games and the 2013 Moscow World Championships.  Michta cruised through 25K in 2:19:13 after helping sister Katie cover 15K in 1:24:53.

   Shore AC's threesome of Mannozzi, Talcott and Bill Vayo captured the U.S. men's team title while the Pegasus AC of Michigan trio of David Swarts, Mark Green and Leon Jasionowski won the men's Masters team crown.

   The 40K has been hosted by Shore AC 49 times in the past 50 years.






1. Michael Mannozzi, Shore AC   3:28:49;

2. Dave Talcott, Shore AC, 3:35:00 (1st 50-54);

3. David Swarts, Pegasus AC,3:56:18 (1st 45-49);

4. Mark Green, Pegasus AC, 4:13:55 (1st 55-59);

5. Leon Jasionowski, Pegasus AC, 4:33:42 (1st 65-69);

6. Vlado Haluska, unattached, NYC, 4:38:37 (1st 60-64);

7. Bill Reed, Pegasus AC, 4:42:41 (2nd 60-64);

8. Bill Vayo, Shore AC, 4:46:39 (2nd 45-49);

9. Bruce Logan, Park Racewalkers USA, 4:49:08 (3rd 45-49);

10. Tom Quattrocchi, Shore AC, 5:12:32 (3rd 60-64);

11. Eliot Collins, Shore AC,5:43:45 (4th 45-49) ;

12. Robert Newhouser, NY Walkers Club,6:19:13 (3rd 45-49).


1. Erin Taylor-Talcott, Shore AC, 3:39:20  (1st 35-39);

2. Maria Paul, Shore AC, 5:24:39  (1st 45-49).

Also Competed

40K and 50K

Rodrigo Moreno, Colombia (guest)   3:14:40 and 4:06:22.

40K, Jorge Armando Ruiz,  Colombia (guest),3:13:14.


Bruno Carriere, Canada, 1:33:34.

James Carmines, Potomac Valley, 2:24:42.


Panse Geer, Shore AC, 2:22:43.

Kay Carmines, Potomac Valley, 2:28:50.

Diner Nydia Moreno, Colombia (guest)    1:45:53.

20K and 25K

Maria Michta, Walk USA   1:52:26 and 2:19:13.


Katie Michta, Walk USA, 1:24:53


Irene Fletmeyer, Racewalk Maryland.  1:10:55.


Ray Robertson, Freehold Area RC,  33:38;

Nicholas Toocheck, Mid-Atlantic, West Chester, Pa., 38:46.


1. Shore AC (Mannozzi, Talcott, Vayo) 11:30;28;

2. Pegasus AC   (Swarts, Green, Jasionowski)  12:43:55.


1. Pegasus AC   (Swarts, Green, Jasionowski)  12:43:55;

2. Shore AC  (Talcott, Vayo, Quattrocchi)  13:34:12.





   SYRACUSE, NY, Oct. 6, 2013. - Our Shore AC runners performed with great distinction in the USATF 5K National Championship Road Race in Syracuse.  Feast your eyes on these outstanding Shore AC PLP rankings!


   23 Ronville Gravesande       63 Union              NJ   87.68     18:47  

   25 JL Seymore                68 Somerset           NJ   86.79     19:53  

   30 Michael Mooney            57 Jackson            NJ   85.80     18:14  

   32 Thomas Cawley             54 Hazlet             NJ   85.54     17:49

   49 Edward Smith              71 Mountain Lakes     NJ   83.11     21:29  

   50 Carl Gensib               54 North Brunswick    NJ   82.95     18:22  

   60 Harold Nolan              66 Navesink           NJ   81.68     20:44  

   64 Przemyslaw Nowicki        69 Holmdel            NJ   81.43     21:25  

   75 Scott Linnell             57 Colts Neck         NJ   79.93     19:34  

  117 Richard Hill              77 Middletown         NJ   71.22     27:37  

  124 Joseph Cudia              75 Lakewood           NJ   65.09     29:07  


Wow, 8 of 11 guys with a rating of over 80%!  (Yes, Carl, if I had kicked harder, I would have made it 9 of 11.)  What makes this more impressive is that, while some of us achieved 2013 PRs, others actually had off days. 

  Three cheers to Ed Smith for earning a silver medal in his 70-74 age group!!!  FANTASTIC RACING, ED!!!!

  Race officials did eventually disqualify Manny (Brody) for the loving assistance that he received from his dear wife after he collapsed 100 meters from the finish.  The adjusted results promoted Genesee Valley ahead of us into third place.  Manny, we hope your hurting hamstring heals quickly. 

   Here are the results of our teams.  Kudos to us all of us for competing in a USATF national race.  It helps advance the sport.


Men’s 50+:

   1.   51:19 GENESEE VALLEY HARRIERS                 (  17:07)

  2.   51:36 ATLANTA TRACK CLUB                      (  17:12)

  3.   53:17 HFC STRIDERS                            (  17:46)

  4.   53:47 GENESEE VALLEY HARRIERS B               (  17:56)

  5.   54:25 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  18:09)

  6.   55:40 SYRACUSE TRACK CLUB                     (  18:34)

  7.   58:49 GENESEE VALLEY HARRIERS C               (  19:37)


  5.   54:25 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  18:09)


  1    17:49  Thomas Cawley         54 Hazlet               NJ

  2    18:14  Michael Mooney        57 Jackson              NJ

  3    18:22  Carl Gensib           54 North Brunswick      NJ

  4 (  19:34) Scott Linnell         57 Colts Neck           NJ


 Men’s 60+:

   1.   57:29 ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB                    (  19:10)

  2.   58:12 ATLANTA TRACK CLUB                      (  19:24)

  3.   58:57 GENESEE VALLEY HARRIERS                 (  19:39)

  4.   59:24 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  19:48)

  5. 1:05:38 GENESEE VALLEY HARRIERS B               (  21:53)

   4.   59:24 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  19:48)


  1    18:47  Ronville Gravesande   63 Union                NJ

  2    19:53  JL Seymore            68 Somerset             NJ

  3    20:44  Harold Nolan          66 Navesink             NJ

  4 (  21:25) Przemyslaw Nowicki    69 Holmdel              NJ


Men’s 70+:

   1. 1:07:05 ANN ARBOR TRACK CLUB                    (  22:22)

  2. 1:12:55 CLIFTON ROADRUNNERS CLUB                (  24:19)

  3. 1:14:36 ATLANTA TRACK CLUB                      (  24:52)

  4. 1:18:13 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  26:05)

  5. 1:18:49 SYRACUSE CHARGERS TRACK CLUB            (  26:17)

   4. 1:18:13 SHORE ATHLETIC CLUB                     (  26:05)


  1    21:29  Edward Smith          71 Mountain Lakes       NJ

  2    27:37  Richard Hill          77 Middletown           NJ

  3    29:07  Joseph Cudia          75 Lakewood             NJ


The USATF National Grand Prix bandwagon comes to New Jersey next.  The 5K XC race on October 20 at Readington Park presents a wonderful opportunity for us to battle great teams on our home turf.  Let’s ATTACK!!!







 To all Shore AC LDR Enthusiasts, here's the good news:

The second annual Ocean Avenue Mile in Long Branch Sept. 14 delivered spectacular performances, and Shore AC athletes contributed mightily to the scoreboard fireworks.  Most of the SAC action burst forth from our masters men, yet outstanding highlights from our younger members also lit the sky.  And what a thrill all race attendees felt while watching the finale, when Girma Gebrebebele of  Ethiopia blazed across the boardwalk to an astounding event-record 4:03.49 finish.

   The event consisted of seven heats.  Dave Zurheidewarmed up the audience in the first race by handily winning the Excel Travel Charity Challenge in 5:54.  Dave deserves kudos not only for his fine run but for the many hours of volunteer work that he invested in helping to organize the race.  Hooray, Dave!!!  Several heats later, rookie sensation Antonio Meza Sorianostreaked past the 20-foot tall gorilla balloon that towered over the finish line in 5:02, thus capturing the Jersey Pump Open Men’s Mile title.

  The second-to last race featured Masters men in the Mizuno Mile.  Luminary names leaped off the heat sheet, promising a hotly contested showdown.  That’s exactly what the crowd got.  Shore AC stallions Chuck Rogers(age 45) and Tom Cawley(54) sped through the halfway mark neck-and-neck with North Jersey Masters ace William Zink, while the burning rubber of SAC Ferrari Mike Mooney (57) rose close behind.  Zink put the hammer down in the second half-mile to reign in 4:53.  Rogers and Cawley nailed second and third places in 4:56 and 4:57, respectively, while Mooney punched through to score a 5:06 for fourth.  Hats off to these superb race horses!!!

   But we’re not done trumpeting the successes of our SAC Masters men!  Dashing across the threshold not far behind the leaders was Bob Andrews(55) in 5:22.  Immediately on his tail came Emmanuel Brody(61), ripping a 5:23.  The hit parade kept coming, with Ray Castellano(55) breaking the plane in 5:31.  Track ace Tony Plaster(61) notched 5:35, while Scott Linnell(57) registered a 5:37.  Shore AC newcomer Walter Cuje (54) ran an impressive 5:56 in the first mile race of his life.  Congratulations, Walt!  Coach John Kuhi(69) continued his recovery from injury in clocking 7:39.

   The day’s excitement reached a climax in the final event: the Colonial American Bank Elite Open Mile.  Young SAC star Kristin Andrews(24) sparkled here, carrying on a family tradition by vanquishing her female competition with a blazing 5:12. 

  The many big-name shore area talents in this Elite Open race boosted its quality to lofty heights.  Old Bridge legend and NCAA star Travis Mahoney wowed the crowd with a 4:12.  Denny Waite of Little Silver roared through in 4:19.  Last year’s winner, Kyle Price, matched his 2012 time of 4:22 but finished in fifth place.  Ace masters triathlete Dave Slavinski crushed the course in 4:34, while Tim Mulligan continued his recovery from injury with a solid 4:38. 

   Dianne DeOliveira prevailed among Masters-age women with an outstanding 5:20.  Jen Found turned in a fast time of her own with a 5:36.  Also worth noting was Barbara Brennan’s second-place finish in the Jersey Mike’s Women’s Masters Mile, where she topped all 50-and-over women with a rocketing 5:50.  Susan Sarn placed fifth in this same race, registering a very respectable 6:25.


Team Competition: USATF-NJ declared the Ocean Avenue Mile to be a team championship event, though not a component of the Grand Prix.  Shore AC entered men’s teams in the Open, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s categories.  We won every category!  OK, it must be admitted that only one other club entered men’s teams.  Nevertheless, our guys combined to produce impressive outcomes.  Here are the unofficial team results.


Men’s Open:  1. Shore AC A    5:10.0 {Charles Rogers    45      4:56.52,  Antonio Meza Soriano         30      5:02.24,  Raymond Castellano           55      5:31.38)

Men’s 40-Plus: 1. Shore AC A              5:00.0( Charles Rogers               45      4:56.52,   Tom Cawley                54      4:57.28,  Michael Mooney               57      5:06.07)

2. Shore AC B              5:38.7 ( Bob Andrews     55      5:22.50,   Scott Linnell      57      5:37.51, Walter Cuje    54    5:56.19)

   Men’s 50-Plus: 1. Shore AC A              5:14.4  (Tom Cawley  54      4:57.28,      Bob Andrews    55      5:22.50,   Emmanuel Brody               61      5:23.40,    Walter Cuje     54      5:56.19)


2  Shore AC B              5:25.0 (  Michael Mooney  57  5:06.07,  Raymond Castellano    55   5:31.38,  Scott Linnell   57  5:37.51   John Kuhi     69   7:39.64)

 Men’s 60-Plus:  Shore AC A      6:12.8 (  Emmanuel Brody    61      5:23.40*    Tony Plaster  61      5:35.49,  John Kuhi    69      7:39.64)





   Shrewsbury, NJ resident and Shore AC star Pat Toland, a former Middletown North and University of Virginia multi-sport standout, last weekend won two national throwing titles at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Toland, named the Shore Athletic Club’s 2012 Comeback Athlete of the Year, won the M45 ultraweight throws pentathlon (35, 56, 98, 200 and 300 pound weight throws for distance) and was named the M45 superweight (a 56 pound weight) national champion with a throw of 9.52 meters.

  Toland’s total point score for the pentathlon was 3926, which was the second-highest total recorded score in the history of the event and only 54 points shy of the American record.

  Toland, a member of the Middletown Lion Hall of Fame and a relative newcomer to the sport of Masters Heavy Weight Throwing, said that while his previous athletic experiences, especially with track and field, helped somewhat prepare him for this event, it’s a whole different animal throwing 300 pound weights at the age of 47.

“The fundamental skill sets are the same - but the body and weights are not”, said Toland. “You have to compensate for that. You may remember the basic drills and body positioning, but it's not like riding a bike - you must practice and train smart, using good technique if you want to improve.”

  “I have done this event for 3 years now. I remember the first time lifting the 300 pound weight - I could only throw it inches. I trained really hard for this particular event starting 5 weeks out - changed my diet to eliminate fast food, didn't have any alcohol and hit the weights with an intense focus, going very heavy with inclines, squats, t-bar swings, dead lifts and shrugs. I also took many sports supplements, such as protein powder, amino acids and creatine which helped me recover between my workouts very fast.”

  The weight throws are especially high in the pentathlon – maxing out at 300 pounds. What does it feel like to throw a 300 pound weight and what kind of mindset do you have to be in to do that?

  Toland said, “You don't use a lot of technique like you would in the 35, 56 and 98 pound weights... those are rotational while this is more of a squat/lift/swing/throw. That being said, you try to explode the weight off the third swing between the legs while extending the hips and arms out. I like to get psyched up by sniffing ammonia, something I learned from my football strength coach at Virginia (world strongman John Gamble). I also liked to get slapped and hit in the face to "go into a crazy zone" but my fellow competitors won't hit me as much as I would like so I no longer ask them to do that.”

  “Prior to the actual competition though there is a lot of preparation that goes into it”, said Toland. “You need to be ready physically - you must be strong in the overall scheme of things or you can only do so well. You must also be athletic, as you really need that in the lower weights. You must also be prepared mentally - you only get 3 throws in each, and if you foul your first one, you must not let the pressure get to you in order to get a good second throw. If all three throws of any event are foul, you are done.”

One of the bonuses of these types of competition is the overall camaraderie that is developed amongst competitors throughout the country.

  “(The camaraderie) is awesome. Everyone tries to help each other and root each other on. The current national record holder, who I just competed with, has always given me technical tips that help me improve. We all strive to help each other, and being spread out all over the country, it's great to compete against each other when we do get together,” said Toland.

  Going forward Toland’s immediate goal is to notch the American record in the ultraweight pentathalon in 2014 – he fell 4 inches short in 2013 - but in the meantime, Toland has some words of wisdom to offer anyone considering jumping back into the world of competitive sports after a substantial layoff.

  “Just do it,” said Toland. “I started this as I thought it would be fun - I did so and realized you need to train if you want to excel. It sparked my competitive juices flowing, and it has probably extended my life span in the process. I was 330 pounds, eating fast food 2 times a day and I hardly worked out for 20 years. Once I got the masters track and field bug, I am now below 300 pounds and strong as heck. I'm probable stronger now than when I played college football 25 years ago. And there are meets everywhere - every state has them. There are national and world championship competitions as well, so depending on your goals there is something in it for you.”

  --- By Mr. Rich Toland...