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  SHORE AC VARSITY MEN ARE CROWNED USA CHAMPIONS;

   SHORE AC VARSITY WOMEN PLACE THIRD IN
    CLUB NATIONALS AT ICAHN STADIUM, N.Y.C. !!!!
    ALL ARE NAMED SHORE AC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
    FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 12, 2015.
  
   

By ELLIOTT DENMAN
 
   

NEW YORK - When all returns were in from the 15th edition of the USATF National Club Championships, we sent out this message:
   "TO ALL SHORE AC MEMBERS, FANS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ....WHO ARE THE "SHORE AC NATION" ...
    "WE ARE ALL BURSTING WITH SHORE AC PRIDE AT THIS MOMENT !!
     "OUR SHORE AC MEN AND WOMEN HAVE TRULY DONE US PROUD !!
    "THEY  'STEPPED UP' AND DID A SUPERB JOB UP AND DOWN THE LIST OF EVENTS 
AT THE USA TRACK AND FIELD NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY, JULY 11TH, 2015 AT ICAHN STADIUM ON RANDALL'S ISLAND, N.Y.C.
     "THEY RANGED IN AGE FROM 17 TO 64 !!  THEY WERE VETERAN MEMBERS AND THEY WERE NEW MEMBERS.  THEY RAN, THEY WALKED, THEY JUMPED, THEY THREW TO GREAT PERFORMANCE AFTER GREAT PERFORMANCE AFTER GREAT PERFORMANCE, ON A VERY LONG AND HOT  DAY  THAT BEGAN AT 8.30 AM AND FINISHED UP AT 6 PM..
   "THEY WERE ALL WONDERFUL. !!.."
   And so we are proud to honor all members of the Shore AC Varsity Track and Field Teams as our  Shore AC Athletes of the Week for the week ending July 12, 2015.
   Shore AC men scored 140 points to beat out defending champion Central Park Track Club-New Balance (119), Kansas City Smoke (77.5) and 26 other teams from around the nation.
   Central Park Track Club-New Balance won the women's title by scoring 188 to second-place Norfolk Real Deal's 161,  third-place Shore AC's 67 and 28 more teams from all corners of America.
   There were 22 events for men and 22 for women and Shore AC wound up winning 11 of them !
   Our men's gold medalists were Emanuel Mayers (with a 49.80 SAC record 400 hurdles), Rich Luettchau (5000-meter racewalk), Kristopher Korney-Gober and Justin Frick (high jump), James Plummer (discus), Wilfredo DeJesus (hammer), Barry Krammes (javelin) and the 4x800 relay team of Kevin Mazella, Nicholas Reid, Isaac Clark and Jacob Clark.
   Winning women's golds were Shore AC's Mariah Toussaint (high jump), Meg Jamerson (pole vault), and Emmaline Berg (shot put and discus.)
   Here is the full Shore AC rundown with places listed indicate scoring positions; unattached athletes were thus excluded:::
  Ramaan Ansley      10.81Q and 10.75   100m    6th place     21.70 200m    9th place. 

Nickolie Mahlung     10.90Q and 10.76 100m 7th place.
Christopher Harrison      47.73 400m 4th place
Marquis Cox      17:25     5000m    16th place.
Emanuel Mayers     49.80    1st place 400m hurdles
Kelton Cumberbatch     52.32   400m hurdles    4th place.
Alan Laws Jr.     55.41    400m hurdles     7th place.
Adam Garcia       12:11.52     6th place 3000m steeplechase.
Richard Luettchau      23:11.47    first place 5000m racewalk.
John Soucheck      27:42.02    second place, 5000m racewalk.
Tom Quattrocchi      30:57.03    sixth place   5000m racewalk.
Barry Blake        32:10.72      seventh place    5000m racewalk.
4x100m Relay     44.69    9th place  
 (Ramaan Ansley, Nickolei Mahlung, Kevin Mazzella, Marquis Cox)
4x400m Relay    3:20.30    3rd Place
(Kelton Cumberbatch, Nickolei Mahlung, Jacob Clark, Isaac Clark) 4x800 Relay     7:46.25    1st Place
(Kevin Mazzella, Nicholas Reid, Jacob Clark, Isaac Clark)
Distance Medley Relay     12:00.11    8th Place
(Shawn Bender, Alan Laws Jr., Nicholas Reid, Adam Garcia)
Kristopher Kornegay-Gober     2.20 High Jump
Justin Frick      2.20    High Jump   1st Place
Rafael Craig    1.95 HJ   6th Place,   4.15   Pole Vault 3rd Place.
Tuan Wreh      14.80     3rd place Triple Jump.
Errol Jeffrey      17.46 shot put 2nd place,    50.30 discus throw, 4th place.
James Plummer      59.09    discus throw, first place.
Wilfredo DeJesus       58.28 hammer throw    first place.
Barry Krammes      71.63   javelin    first place.
Paul Caplan        50.65    javelin    6th place.
 
Maurelhena   Walles       61:14    8th place 400m
Tia Livingston     14.59Q and 14.54   third place 100m Hurdles
  and 24.51    7th place javelin.  
Katherine Salke      14.98Q and 15.00   7th place 100m Hurdles.
Mariah Toussaint    1.75 (PR)   1st place high jump and 5.71 6th place LJ.
Megan Jamerson     4.00m    1st place pole vault.
Shameka Marshall     third place long jump     6.12m
Emmaline Berg      15.10 1st place shot put and 47.18 st place discus. Sylvia Galarza       45.76    2nd place discus.
 
LEADING TEAM SCORES WERE:
Men:       1. Shore AC     141;   2. Central Park NB     119;    3. Kansas City Smoke 77.5; 4. Norfolk Real Deal    71.5; 5. (29 teams scored.).
Women:   1. Central Park NB     188; 2. Norfolk Real Deal     161;    3. Shore AC    67;    4. Greater Boston TC     53    (31 teams scored.).
Combined Score Leaders:    Central Park NB      307; 2. Norfolk Real Deal    232.5;   3. Shore AC     214;    4. Greater Boston TC    123.
 
THIS WAS SHORE AC'S 7TH ALL-TIME VICTORY IN THE USA NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS !!
PREVIOUSLY:     2009 Men    (199 points);   2009 Combined   (246 points);   2007 Men    (153 points);
     2007 Women   (123 points);    2007 Combined (226 points);     2005 Men  (140 points).    (Shore AC also shared men's title in 2011, but this title was later rescinded.)
 
SHORE AC ATHLETES NOW HOLDING USATF NATIONAL CLUB RECORDS ARE:
Rhuben Williams      19.04     shot put    2009.
James Plummer      62.76   discus throw    2013.
Aliann Pompey      51.61     400m     2007.
Stacy-Ann Grant        1.83 high jump     2001.
Sylvia Galarza        48.78     discus throw    2011.
 
MEET RECORDS SET AT 15TH ANNUAL   USATF NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2015 WERE:
Tahesia    Harrigqan-Scott         Tru-Fit Athletics         11.14 100m
Maria Michta-Coffey     Walk USA    22:18.40    5000m Racewalk.
Mesfin Ferede       Denver Track Club     3:50.24   1500m.
Andrew Springer     NJNYTC      14:05.60     5000m
Central Park Track Club   NB     39.75    4x100 Relay.
 
SINCERE CONGRATS TO ALL !!!!    CHEERS TO ALL   !!!!  

Shore A.C. "veterans" (L-R) Wally Morales, John Kuhi, Hoyle Mozee, Skip Pierce, Elliot Denman, and Ed Halper pose for a picture following the Lake Takanassee 5-K Race in Long Branch, July 6th.
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Heres's Ajee' Wilson finishing 3rd at the USA Outdoor Championships, still qualifying for the World Championships after losing a shoe!

Watch Robby Andrews' monstrous kick to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing

Watch a video of Shore AC alum Ajee Wilson after her victory in the 800 meters at the Adidas Gran Prix

Lake Takanassee

Races Back For 52nd Year

(Repinted courtesy of Mr. Jack Kearns/ Word On The Shore)

 

LONG BRANCH: The Shore Athletic Club's 52 nd Annual Lake Takanassee 5K Run/Walk, and the 1500M Kids' race is "Back at Lake Tak" for another summer season of Monday night racing.

This past Monday 28 young runners, ages 4 to 13 ran the 1500 meters contest around Lake Tak with Nolan Kus ( 5 minutes, 40 seconds ) taking First Place for the boys and Lucy Jackson (6:48) cruising to First for the girls. "Great job," said Time keeper / finish line official Hoyle "Mo" Mo zee, a long time SAC runner and volunteer for this historic event.

A happy round of applause went up for the valiant 1500m finishing efforts by 4-year old Gavin Cavanaugh and 5-Year old Addison McGrade, the boy / girl finishers, under the watchful eyes of their Dad and Mom.

Greg Lowing, a top performer in 2014, won the 5K for the men at 18:08.4. Second and Third were Andrew Rumph and A ndrew Dombrowiecki under a minute behind.

Amber Hart led the women runners with a 20:44.0 finish, three minutes ahead of the next three, Corina Cidol, Danielle Hayes and Dawn Ciccone in the 23-minute grouping.

For the racewalkers, Tom Quatrocch i led all the way, finishing first for the men, with Panse Geer the taking the winning wom en's title for the evening.

Newly Officiating for the 2015 Lake Tak events will be Kendal Hand, a senior at Monmouth U niversity

. where she competes in track and field and is a star member of the Hawks' championship 4x800 relay

team  She also coaches for the MU All Sports Camp for the T&F sessions. Lake Tak originator Elliott Denman was missed o n this Day One s he was away on "Nationals business "

in Oregon but will be back for next week. As ever, distinguished Shore AC president

Walt McGowan was on the scene lending his all-important

.  SAC leadership role Lake Tak is back for the summer !!. Welcome from Word on the Shore!

The Lake Tak season will run  for 9 straight Mondays. Come on down! Just be there ! 

     Join us for the 52nd annual Lake Takanasse Race Series!

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.        

 

INGRAM, SOUCHECK
LEAD WAY IN 50TH ANNUAL
CAPTAIN ZINN MER
MOIAL 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.
(1:30:08.)
   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.)

SHORE AC'S MASTERS 60-UP RELAY RUNNERS link up at Millrose Games. Left to right are Rick Lapp, Spider Rossiter, Harry Nolan and Mark Chiusano. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Rick Lapp.)
RICK LAPP GIVES SHORE AC early lead in Masters 60-up 4x400 at Millrose Games and prepares to hand-off to teammate Spider Rossiter.

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:  elliottden@aol.com, 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:  tbshoreac@aol.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: elliottden@aol.com)

  (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  / elliottden@aol.com / 732-222-9213.

 

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