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
ALL-AMERICA THROWER ALYSSA WILSON
IS NAMED SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE
WEEK FOR WEEK OF JUNE 21, 2015.
Alyssa Wilson already had been named an All-Shore athlete by virtue of her victorious performances in Shore Conference and Ocean County championship meets.
The Monsignor Donovan High School (Toms River) sophomore had already been named an All-State athlete by virtue of her triumph in the discus throw and her second place in the shot put at the NJSIAA's season-concluding Meet of Champions at South Plainfield.
And now she's an All-America athlete too, after taking third place in the hammer throw and sixth place in the shot put at the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation's all-star New Balance Outdoor Championships at Belk Stadium at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.
For all this, the Donovan honor student and new Shore AC member has been named Shore Athletic Club Athlete of the Week for the week of June 21, 2015.
The New Balance Outdoor Nationals attracted the USA's best and Alyssa proved she can compete with the best of them, gaining All-America recognition with her 162-1 hammer throw (which is an event not on the NJ program, but one she has mastered nevertheless) and 48-2 3/4 shotput.
At the NJSIAA Meet of Champions, Alyssa took the gold in the discus at 150-6 and the silver in the shot put at 49-7 3/4. Her 2015 season's best are 153-4 in the discus, the state sophomore shot put record of 49-7 3/4, plus the 164-5 in the hammer, an all-time best for New Jersey athletes of all student classes.
A top student who does as well in the classroom as she does in the throwing circles, Alyssa has already attracted the attention of almost all the nation's top college track and field programs. By the time she's a senior, she'll obviously be weighing a long array of scholarship opportunities.
Bringing great pride to her parents, her school and the entire sport of track and field, Alyssa - who starred in Shore AC All-Comers Meet last summer - now brings added pride to the entire Shore AC membership.
And more big things are just ahead. She'll next compete in the USATF's World Youth Championship Trials, and has been invited to the all-star Chicagoland Throwers event July 11-12. Quite clearly, her future is full of amazing promise
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.