RICK LAPP IS NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 10, 2016.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Rick Lapp was truly phenomenal at the USA Masters National Track and Field Championships, staged July 14-17 at the outstanding Grand Valley State University Stadium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The veteran Shore AC star - actually Masters athletes (age 30--and-up) in many nations of the world continue to be called "veteran" athletes - was amazing/treee-mendous/incredible in every one of his events.
We are thus delighted to name Rick Lapp the Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the week ending July 17, 2016.
Here's a rundown of all that Rick (competing in the men's 65-69 division) achieved:
Day One: First place in pentathlon (with marks of 4.63 in long jump,
25.60 in javelin, 28.31 in 200, 28.69 in discus and 6:14.53 in 1500 meters.)
( Everybody Note: we are not going to convert those marks to feet and inches; from now on, let's encourage everyone to go metric, just like the rest of the world. Metrics are simpler and easier; if you're still a feet-and-inches person, just get one of the many metric conversion books out there.)
Well, all that added up to 3,238 points for this five-event test of all-around, speed, strength and stamina, that and was a world number one mark
for a gentleman his age bracket anywhere on this planet. Does that make Rick the fittest 65-69 year-old in the universe? Our vote is a resounding "yes." !!!
But the pentathlon was just the beginning of Rick's exploits in Michigan.
Day Two: Rick wins the 100-meter hurdles in 18.74.
Day Three: Rick wins the long jump at 4.62.
Day Four: Rick wins the 300-meter hurdles in 51.0, and is a member of
the gold medal-winning team in the non-club shuttle hurdles relay.
As we said, amazing/treee-mendous/incredible !!
(And all part of a great Shore AC team performance at Nationals; even with just our relatively small group out there (just a fraction of our real talent), Shore AC still ranked 10th over-all in a National field of at least 120 teams !! We'll post other details of our other starring Shore AC performances on www.shoreac.org sometime soon.
Rick's modest summation of all this: "definitely a fun weekend."
Well, Rick (67) came home for some well deserved rest on Day Five, along with the plaudits of many of his teammates.
Said Tony Plaster (tongue in cheek): "Well done Rick, I think if you stick with it you just might have some success with track and field. That 1500 will be my poster for when i don't want to go to the track."
Said Bob Andrews (58): "Rick, you are incredible. Thank God you are 10 years older than me." (actually nine.)
Said Harry Nolan: "Great job all around. What a difference a year makes. Sorry I had to miss the Nationals, but there was a biathlon my son and I have done for 20 years since he was 10 on Saturday (2 mile run/400 meter ocean swim) and could not miss it. Looking forward to next year's track season when like Tony and Spider, I also move up to the 70-74 group. Hope that I am running then as great as you are now."
Said Michael Kish: "I wrote Rick before the meet that he had to be Superman to compete in all those events. Well, now he’s Superman and Batman ! "
Said Fred Monesmith: "Congratulations to Rick and all the other SAC team members. I wish I could have joined you guys this year."
Said Spider Rossiter: "Well, Fred (Monesmith) and all, the one thing we couldn't pull off was to have 4 guys in the 60-69 there so we could run National relay championship races...so maybe you can join us in Albuquerque next March 3-5! I will be there for sure, since I join a new age group at 65...and I assume King Rick. Sincerely, Da Spider."
Said Noah Perlis: "Congrats to Rick and his all his gold-medal accomplishments. I even got to shake his hand during the competition, but forgot to get his autograph on my running shirt. Make sure you sign it when we meet again. See what practice can do!
"And congrats to you, too, Michael (Kish) - going up against the very two fastest in the world in the 100 and 200. The 400 is still yours to claim! - not pushing, gently suggesting,...again. Forgetting the all-star relays which are not really clubs, I think it fair to say Shore AC may have the best 4x 60s and soon 4x65 relays for any club nationally in the 4x 1, 2, 4, and 8?? And depth. Wish we would field more B teams at major meets, especially with a few health issues resolved."
So there we have it. Great job, Rick. Great job, everybody. Great going, Shore AC !
OLYMPIAN AJEE' WILSON IS NAMED SHORE AC
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR JULY 4 WEEK 2016.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
EUGENE, OREGON - We've all been in awe of Ajee Wilson's track and field talents for years and years.
We've all admired her speed and grace and modesty as she ran her way to achievement after achievement, in events staged all over New Jersey, all over the nation, and all over the globe.
And now she is a USA Olympian!
And the Shore AC athlete of the week for Fourth of July week 2016, too !!
Ajee' no longer actually runs for Shore AC - that's because she's a professional athlete under contract to the Adidas Co. and training under the astute tutelage of Coach Derek Thompson of Juventus Track Club in Philadelphia. But we will nevertheless call her a Shore AC athlete forever !!
She can be seen now - in full racing stride - on boxes of Kellogg's Corm Flakes and Frosted Flakes on the shelves of supermarkets everywhere.
Next stop for Neptune's own Ajee Wilson will be the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
The following article, reprinted courtesy of The Asbury Park Press, tells the story of Ajee' Wilson's Run to Rio:
EUGENE, OREGON – Neptune’s Ajee Wilson is going to Rio. This is official. Repeat, official.
In a frenzied women’s 800-meter final featuring the Fourth of July program at the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials,the former Neptune High School star, now a Temple University senior, hung on for second place in 1:59.51 – back of long-shot winner Kate Grace’s 1:59.10 to clinch her trip to August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
“My dream has come true,” said the delighted Wilson.
“I’ve been thinking of this moment for a long, long time.
“At last it’s really happened.
Grabbing the the third Rio ticket was Arkansas graduate Chrishuna Williams (1:59.59) as the event’s other top choices (all but Wilson) suffered the worst kind of racing luck.
Six-time national champion Alsyia Montano was tripped up on the second lap and dropped to the track, then saw the pack race off around the last turn. She literally crawled home in 3:06.67.
“This race has been my goal for so very long,” said Montano, fighting back tears. “To see it cut short like this is difficult to take. It’s very hard to describe my emotions at this time.”
Two-time NCAA champion Raevyn Rogers of Oregon, a hometown favorite, wound up an unhappy fifth in 2:00.50 and another top contender, Brenda Martinez, was relegated to seventh in 2:06.63 – after launching the series of events that saw Montano topple to the track. Traffic problems had clearly wrecked the Olympic dreams of all but the top three USATF spokesman Jill Geer insisted that the results would stand, there would be no chance of a re-run.
"Certainly I feel sorry for all the others," said Wilson. "I know how they must feel right now. I've had some tough luck of my own in the past. But that's this sport, that's track."
DISCUS STAR SYLVIA GALARZA
NAMED SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF MAY 22, 2016.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
When she steps into the discus ring, Sylvia Galarza is all speed, style and power.
She can whirl the one-kilogram (2.2-pound) platter with the best of them and has enjoyed a tremendous spring 2016 campaign, going from triumph to triumph to triumph
Latest big win for Shore AC star Galarza came at the USA Track and Field New Jersey Association Championships, staged May 22 at the totally renovated and now first-class facility at Newark Schools Stadium. Capping a big six-throw series, she unleashed one of 53.30 meters (174 feet, 10 inches) that was one of the best of her outstanding career that started at Millville High School, continued at Rutgers University and has now being going full blast for many post-graduate years as a proud Shore AC member.
She'd earlier won meets at St. John's, Princeton, Stockton and Widener universities as well as The College of New Jersey. Standing 5 feet, 4 1/2 inches, Sylvia is often one of the shorter throwers in the field, but continually outthrows her bigger rivals.
Years of success, rising up each step of the ladder, have put Sylvia at the top of her game. "I missed almost all of last year (2015) with injuries, but everything's fine now and I'm really looking ahead to some break-out throws; 54, 55, 56 meters, and up, they'e all within my range now," she said after the USATF-NJ victory (in a meet that also saw her post a 45-4 1/2 shot put, as a National Club Championships June 25 qualifier.)
For all these brilliant performances, Sylvia Galarza is saluted as the Shore AC
Athlete of the Week for the week of May 22,2016.
With her Puerto Rico heritage, Galarza is the discus record-holder for the
Commonwealth and headed for this weekend's Puerto Rico Championships in
Sam Juan, the meet that will serve as the qualifier for all the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Zone championship meets just ahead. "And, maybe just maybe, and I know I'm still a longshot, the Olympic Games," she tells you with a wide smile.
Still a record-holder at Rutgers University, Galarza and teammate Emmaline Berg continue Shore AC's long array of women's throwing event stars. (Berg, the former Dartmouth star, also had a big day at USATF-NJs, winning the shot put at 53-6 and taking second in the disc at 157-8.)
A notable spectator at USATF-NJs was Sue Piekarz Rodriguez, once a nationally-ranked discus star at TCNJ and Shore AC. For good reason - her daughter, Katie Rodriguez, a freshman at Peddie School and new Shore AC member, has a brilliant future in the throws, too, and placed right behind Galarza and Berg in the shot and discus.
Another major target for Galarza - and all Shore AC Varsity Team members - will be the USATF National Club Championships, which is scheduled for the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, and its state-of-the-art Moon Mondschein Throwing Center, on Saturday, June 25.
The more recent exploits of Galarza and Berg, as well as Donovan Catholic High School "pheenom" Alyssa Wilson, add more lustrous chapters to the Shore AC throwers history, a history that includes the great deeds of Barbara Friedrich Parcinski, Maren Seidler, Sue Piekarz Rodriguez, Gina LoMonaco, Sarah Stevens Walker, Oneithea "Neni" Wilson, and so many more.
Galarza is the reigning meet record-holder for the National Club Championships and has every intention of adding to her meet mark of 48.78 meters (160-0) set in 2011.
And obviously, that 48.78's status as a meet record is on the endangered list.
TIA LIVINGSTON IS NAMED SHORE AC'S
ATHLETE OF WEEK FOR WEEK
OF APRIL 30, 2016.
It's obvious that the University of Pennsylvania has been making major strides in both men's and women's varsity track and field in recent seasons and it's also obvious that this progress will continue in the seasons ahead.
The arrival of Tia Livingston at Penn in the fall of 2016 will be one more indicator of Penn's plans to rank with the best in Ivy League, Eastern Collegiate and NCAA National competition.
The Union Catholic High School graduating senior, and distinguished Shore AC member, is an outstanding all-around athlete with talents in virtually all the events of the track and field spectrum. A top student at UCHS, Tia chose Penn over several other Ivy League schools and many other leading schools around the nation.
Last weekend at the Penn Relays, she ran the 57.8 leadoff lap as her Union Catholic HS team claimed third place (as top USA entry and behind only Jamaica powers Edwin Allen and St. Elizabeth Tech) in the featured Girls 4x400 Championship of America title race at Franklin Field.
Teammates Amari Onque-Shabazz (56.4), Cassandra Lamadieu (57.59) and the renowned Sydney McLaughlin (a blistering 52.12) completed UC's solid 3:42.59 performance.
Now, Ms. Livingston hopes to complete her high school career in a blaze of glory in the many major championship meets just ahead, all the way through to the USA Junior Nationals in California. She's been a Shore AC member for quite a while now - running in such meets as the 2015 Millrose Games and Larry Ellis Memorial for our SAC teams - and we honor her now as Shore AC's Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 30, 2016.
Her Mom, Mrs. Phyllis Smith, has been a Shore AC stalwart, too. And both have found time in their busy schedules to serve as officials at numerous major collegiate and USATF meets.
A major competition earlier in April saw Tia compete in the heptathlon at the famed Arcadia Invitational Meet in California. There she totaled 4559 points to place third back of California's Laize Canovan (4898) and Wyoming's Lauren Taubert (4729.)
At March's New Balance National Scholastic Indoor Championships at New York's Armory Track Center, Tia rolled up 3,674 points to place second in the pentathlon, trailing only Canadian star Alyssa Huggins, who netted 3,885. And she was a key member of the UC 4x400 gold medal team that won in the state-record time of 3:40.28, which now ranks second-best all-time in the nation.
She also ran a personal-best 8.05 to win the 55-meter high hurdles at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in Toms River.
Improving in all her individual specialties, her dream is to emulate the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee and make her mark as an internationally-recognized multi-event standout.
Tia Livingston's Shore AC and UCHS teammates and friends know that she has the talent and potential to reach the highest echelons of her sport.
BY ELLIOTT DENMAN
Anthony Joseph (best known to friends and teammates as A.J) Gruttadauro has reached a dream goal of every athlete. The 17-year-old Shore Athletic Club member has earned a place on the USA National Team.
He will represent our nation in the IAAF World Racewalking Team Championships, to be held in Rome, Italy, May 7-8. He'll race it out with the best young walkers of the world over the 10-kilometer distance on the historic streets of The Eternal City.
A.J. is improving so rapidly and at such an early age that no possibility now seems beyond him as one of the most talented and dedicated young racewalkers in the nation. Unlike most other events in American track and field, racewalking is rarely included in high school track meets. It's only a standard event in the state of Maine and (but only for girls) New York State.
So that makes his emergence as a young racewalking star - through the USATF ranks, Junior Olympic programs, and the encouragement of Shore AC and its championship racewalking team - all the more noteworthy. He's coming of age as an international-level athlete at a time the nation greatly lacks depth on its roster of young racewalk prospects.
A.J. attends Brockport, N.Y. High School and after graduation in June will enroll at Spring Arbor University in Michigan, which is a member of the NAIA, which includes racewalking as a standard scoring events in its championship meets, as contrasted with the NCAA, which does not. An Eagle Scout with a 3.80 GPA, he's already been taking college courses at The College at Brockport.
A win in the USATF Niagara Association meet last June, going 3000 meters in 16:24.1, was a major encouragement. As Caurie Putnam, writing in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, put it, "this was only AJ's fourth race, and his first race over a mile; it was a fantastic time from AJ and we look forward to seeing how he progresses. His future is indeed bright!"
It surely is.
He's gone from achievement to achievement.
Last Oct. 25, competing for Shore AC, he won the USATF Junior National 20K title at Valley Cottage, N.Y. This 2016 indoor season has seen him improve every race out. His 6:51.82 PR earned sixth place in the Susan Rudin Mile Walk at the Millrose Games (a race won by SAC teammate Jon Hallman in 6:13.66 with Rich Luettchau fifth in 6:37.62.)
Competing in a pair of NYC races the weekend of March 12-13, he won the gold medal in the Hershey USATF Youth Championships 17-18 division 3000-meter walk in the meet record time of 13:41.11 at the Ocean Breeze track on Staten
Island, after placing second in the New Balance National Scholastic Championships at Manhattan's Armory Track Center, lowering his mile PR to 6:39.88 and bowing only to Ohio's Cameron Haught's 6:15.77.
Now, it will be Haught, A.J. and Alexander Bellavance who'll form USA's team for the Junior 10K at Rome. The World Team Trials, held April 3 in St. Louis, saw Haught (43:54), Gruttadauro (47:58) and Bellavance (47:58) place 1-2-3 to
claim their tickets to Rome.
(Already on the Rome team are Shore AC's Michael Mannozzi, who'll walk the senior 50K, and a World team candidate, too, is SAC's own Erin Taylor-Talcott, a global leader in promoting women's 50K opportunities, and totally delighted now that the IAAF has ruled, with much credit to her perseverence, that the 50K is an event open to both men and women.)
AJ's Mom, Sharon Gruttadauro, has coached and encouraged AJ. from his earliest days in racewalking. As she put it, "AJ has always been a kid who identified what he wanted and moved forward with it."
Erin Taylor-Talcott's guidance has been a key factor in his progress, as well.
She told interviewer Putnam, "he's got the mentality, the work ethic, the drive and the sight to be an Olympian. There’s nothing I’m going to say AJ can’t do. He’s already accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.”
JUSTIN FRICK LEAPS TO FIFTH
IN USA INDOOR NATIONALS,
IS NAMED SHORE AC'S
ATHLETE OF WEEK FOR
WEEK OF MARCH 13, 2016
Justin Frick is a New Jersey guy, of course, as a graduate of Freehold High School and Princeton University.
But he feels right at home in Oregon, too, proving it once again with his solid fifth place in the high jump at the USA Indoor National Track and Field Championships, staged March 11-12 at Portland's sparkling new Convention Center venue, which will host the IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 17-20.
Justin cleared two bars, with a best of 2.18 meters (7- 1 3/4) , back of Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard's winning leap of 7-6, and was one of several Shore AC athletes excelling in the Indoor Nationals . He is named the Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 13, 2016.
iHe's been a Shore AC member since his days at Freehold High School and twice played a key role in helping the club win the team title at the USATF National Club Championships at Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, New York City.
After graduation from Princeton in 2010 with a degree in English, Justin used his remaining year of collegiate eligibility to gain a Masters Degree and as a member of the University of Oregon Ducks, helping the famed U of O. team win the Pac-10 team title.
He'd been a four-time Heptagonal/Ivy League champion as a Princeton Tiger, and a six-time NCAA qualifier, as well, helping Coach Fred Samara's team dominate the Ivy ranks.
Based in Eugene, Oregon in 2012, and training with past world champion Jesse Williams, Justin cleared the PR height of 7-4 1/4 to place fifth in the USA Olympic Trials. He was also named winner of the Johnny Hayes Memorial Award as Shore AC's athlete of the Year for 2012. Stats-wise, he ranks third on both the Princeton and Oregon all-time lists.
Returning to New Jersey, after the Trials, Justin started his career as a teacher and doubling as assistant coach for the Princeton men's team, focusing on the jumps. While guiding the young and promising Tiger leapers, he's also training under Shore AC Hall of Fame coach Mike Pascuzzo, and planning to reach the heights of his sport. Tops on those plans surely will be the USA Olympic Trials, back at Eugene's Hayward Field in early July..
Shore AC "Alumni" competed brilliantly at Indoor Nationals with Ajee' Wilson winning the women's 800 in 2:00.87 and Robby Andrews running second in the men's 1500 in 3:44.40, just inches back of champion Matthew Centrowitz. Both advance onto Team USA for the World Indoor Championships.
Other strong placings by Shore AC men at Indoor Nationals included: Lavon Allen, fourth in the long jump at 25-5 1/4; Brandon Roulhac, seventh in the triple jump at 52-6 3/4, and Paul Wagner eighth in the 35-pound weight throw at 68-7.
Chelsea Conway, seventh in the 3000-meter racewalk at 14::40.70, was highest placing Shore AC women's athlete in Indoor Nationals. Dominique Booker ranked 15th in the 60-meter dash in 7.49; Emmaline Berg was 15th in the shot put at 51-4 1/4, and Evonne Britton ranked 19th in the 60 hurdles at 8.24. Kris Kornegay-Gober also competed in the men's high jump.
SHORE AC RACEWALKING TEAM
NAMED AS OUR CLUB'S
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 21, 2016.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
WHAT AN AMAZING and GREAT WEEKEND IT WAS
FOR OUR SHORE AC RACEWALKERS !!!!!!
SUNDAY MORNING FEB. 21, IN SANTEE, CALIFORNIA::::
USA Men's 50K Olympic Trial: Michael Mannozzi third (4:31:47),
Jonathan Matthews seventh (5:03:26) and David Talcott ninth (5:21:29.)
USATF Women's National 50K Championship: Erin Taylor-Talcott first
SATURDAY AFTERNOON, FEB. 20, THE 109TH NYRR MILLROSE GAMES, AT THE ARMORY TRACK & FIELD CENTER, NYC.
Susan Rudin Men's USATF National Championship 1-Mile:
Jonathan Hallman first in 6:13.66, Richard Luettchau fifth in 6:37.67. A.J. Gruttadauro sixth in 6:51.82.
Susan Rudin Women's USATF National Championship 1-Mile: Chelsea Conway
sixth in 7:35.69.
THESE RACES, A LONG ONE AND A SHORT ONE, WERE HELD ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE NATION LESS THAN 24 HOURS APART !!!YOU MAKE US SO VERY-VERY-VERY PROUD!!! TRULY WELL DONE!!
And for all these feats, our Shore AC Racewalking Team members have been named the Shore AC's Athletes of the Week for the week ending Feb. 21, 2016.
CHEERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU FROM OUR SHORE AC TEAMMATES !!!!
Furthermore, be it known that:All the 50K racewalkers (in this longest and toughest of Olympic events, 31.1 miles) did a superb job in warmer-than-expected conditions over challenging, repeat 1.25K loops. Mike Mannozzi was outwalked only by three-time Olympian John Nunn (4:03:21) and Nick Christie (4:22:31) and has until early May to reach the Rio Olympic standard of 4:06. It was a great start for Our Mike, the three-time USATF Racewalk Grand Prix champion. Erin Taylor-Talcott continued proving herself the best women's racewalker in American history by taking her third consecutive National 50K crown. Just five men finished ahead of Erin.
At 59 years and 235 days (thus just 130 days away from his 60th birthday) veteran Jonathan Matthews was the oldest man ever to qualify for an Olympic Trials event! Still high up on the all-time USA lists with his 1:24:50 20K in 1999 and 4:01:36 50K in 1993, hewalked a superb race after battling injuries in recent years.
It was a tough race for Dave Talcott, who endured a rough final 10K but one more tribute to Dave's guts and grit!
All this, of course, following the NYRR Millrose Games in NYC the afternoon before.
With a sensational final lap (42.60) of the Armory 200m track, Shore AC's Jonathan Hallman overhauled John Cody Risch, who had seized the lead on lap six, and went on to win the event for the third time in four years. Actually, he is the USA champion for a fourth straight year since he walked home third behind Sweden's Andre Gustafsson and Ireland's Robert Heffernan in 2013. Jon and his Dad annually drive up from South Carolina for this event, and drive back home. This is incredibly tough, but also evidence of Jon's incredible and typically-Shore AC toughness. A great full-page photo of Jon (with former National chairman Vince Peters) appeared on page 13 of the excellent Millrose program.
With Todd Scully (1978-79-80), Michael Mannozzi (2012) and Jon Hallman (2013-15-16), Shore AC has now won seven all-time Millrose one-mile walk titles!
Rich L did a great job placing fifth and high schooler A.J.was a solid sixth as he looks ahead to the National Scholastics and National Youth Championships races.
Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (6:30.16) outdueled Miranda Melville (6:35.25) in the women's mile walk with Shore AC's Chelsea Conway a fine sixth (and less than two seconds out of fourth.) Bottom Line: Truly great job by one and all.
DR. PAT BIVONA NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING JAN. 10, 2016
Dr. Patrick "Pat" Bivona is an amazing athlete.
Competing in the Masters Division, he has been turning in Master-ful performances for Shore AC for years and years and years.
He'll be 75 on March 11th and keeps going and going and going long distances, and even longer
ones. And then going some more.
A busy-busy-busy professional man who juggles dual careers - as a professor at New York University School of Dentistry, and as a financial advisor - he also juggles racewalking assignments over distances as short as 3000 meters -which he did winning his division of the USATF-NJ Indoor Championships Jan. 10 at the Toms River "Bubble," and as long as 100K/ 100-Mile or 24-hour races.
For all that he has done at all distances over the years - and all the big performances he plans to
continue to notch in the years ahead, Shore AC is delighted to honor Dr. Pat Bivona as its
Athlete of the Week for the week of January 10, 2016.
And he was delighted this week to reveal this good news: "I am the unofficial NY Grand Prix Ultra Running champion for 2015."
Wow - and an especially loud "wow"....because Dr. Pat has done it as a racewalker competing
head-to-head with runners. As the miles go on, the walk/run differential often disappears and he frequently walks home a winner over runners in these long tests of body and mind.
"The last (Grand Prix Ultra Running) event has not been entered in results, but I am positive I won it since I passed the person that was in second place in my age group during the race," he reports.
"I was winning the age group going into last race so that helped me to push at end."
The NY Grand Prix series consists of seven events starting with the Caumsett 50K National Championship and finishing with the Trail Mix-Up 50K. You must complete at least two events to be considered in the standings. To "complete," means doing at least the marathon distance in 6-hour races , or 40 miles in 12 hour races, or 50 miles in 24-hour races. I try to only racewalk and attempt to keep a steady pace , but the difficulty is that some event courses are not easy to race walk. especially the trail courses."
"The toughest 2015 Ultra was the first one, last March 1st of 2015 at Caumsett Park overlooking the Long Island Sound," he said. "The day was overcast, then after completing five 5K loops, it started to snow flurry. Well the flurries turned into a big snowstorm.
"On each remaining loop , the snow got deeper and deeper, very difficult to racewalk. When I finished in 7 hours and 19 minutes, the snow was five inches deep. Still, it was very quiet and peaceful as I walked. So that day I finished second in my in age group for the race that is the 50K National Running Championship (31.1 miles.)
" The most difficult race, as far as courses go, was the last race of season, The Fat-Ass Trail Mix-Up at the Alley Pond Park in Queens. The first four loops were half trail /half road. They have rolling hills on the road, and that would get you to the 18K mark.
"Then you do four more loops only on the road course for remainder of 50K. Points are gained only if you do the course under eight hours.
"I finished in 7 hours and 36 minutes, in the dark, but thankfully I made it and was
first in my age group.
"The real challenge of Ultras is that each event has its own uniqueness."
Obviously, it takes a uniquely determined/dedicated/disciplined athlete to
do these things.
That obviously describes Shore AC's own Dr. Pat Bivona.
ANDREW BRODEUR NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING JAN. 3, 2016
Andrew Brodeur has already completed one notable four-peat - winning at the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races for the fourth consecutive year - and now he's going for another four-peat, and this one is of the international variety.
The 25-year-old Brick Memorial High School and Duke University graduate will be a top choice once again to lead the way in the High Mountain 10K race coming up in Mandeville,Jamaica on Sunday, January 31st.
He'd won Polar Bear titles (either 5-milers or 5Ks) in 2012-13-14-15 and that was the first time any runner was able to achieve the feat in the venerable/traditional/historic event, first staged in Asbury Park in 1964, the event that is surely one of the longest continually-run races in New Jersey.
And now he's re-setting his sights on the trip to Jamaica, where as the official Shore AC delegate, he hopes to re-enact his wins there in 2013-14-15.
For all his distance running achievements, including his many triumphs on the JSRC Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix circuit (Spring Lake, George Sheehan Race in Red Bank, Belmar, Asbury Park and Long Branch) and his past silver-medal winning 10,000-meter race for Shore AC at the National Club Relays, and a whole lot more, Andrew Brodeur has been named the Shore AC athlete of the week for the week ending January 3, 2016.
The High Mountain 10K and its founding father/race director, Mr. Jackie Minott, and Shore AC, our club that dates its own history back to 1934, are long-standing friends.
(And Shore AC and Jamaica are great friends, too; two-time Jamaica Olympian Herb McKenley,
who later served as president of Jamaica's national federation and annually spearheaded Jamaican athletes' appearances at the Penn Relays, was a proud competing member of the "old" Shore AC
The Shore AC invitations, to send a leading male and female distance runner each year, are eagerly awaited and most gratefully accepted.
Each of the Shore AC ambassadors to the event each year have been met with very warm welcomes and outstanding hospitality. In turn, we are delighted, too, that the Shore AC runners have done so well over the challenging High Mountain course and have built so much goodwill for our club.
Ms. Kristin Andrews will be our Shore AC women's delegate to the 2016 High Mountain 10K and hopes to return with top honors - and fond memories, too.
Brodeur once described the High Mountain course this way: "Slightly downhill" for the first kilometer. But "the next 2.5Ks are uphill, totaling a 1,200-foot climb."
"The next 3Ks are descending and thus the toughest part, with all that shock on the quads, hamstrings and quads.:
"The last 2K is flat but your body just feels super busted after the climb and descend."
In short, the High Mountain 10K lives right up to the very-old expression, "when the going gets
tough, the tough get going."
Brodeur now lives in Bethesda, Md.., where he teaches and coaches at Blake High School, and he's seen his runners make major strides against their state's best.
As a Maryland resident, we also share his talents with the Pacers Track Club, and he's been a frequent high-placer in many major events on the Maryland-Virginia-District of Columbia circuit, too.
A good warmup for Brodeur's Polar Bear win on Dec. 27 came in the Born to Run five-miler in Freehold
the morning after Thanksgiving Day 2015. Other big wins in recent seasons have come in the
Ashenfelter 8K in Glen Ridge, and the Open 5-Miler at the Lehigh University-hosted Paul
Short Invitational XC Meet.
A common lament in the sport is that too few runners continue in it after excelling in their high school or collegiate days. Too many simply disappear from competitive racing just as they approach what could be their peak years.
Andrew Brodeur and his Shore AC teammates are delighted that he is one of the happy exceptions to that situation. They hope to see him winning and winning for many years to come.
MARIAH TOUSSAINT NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 13, 2015
The Olympic Year 2016 indoor track and field season is nearly here and Shore AC athlete Mariah Toussaint is already off to a brilliant start to the winter campaign.
Two meets into the season, the Monmouth University graduate student,
who is pursuing her Masters Degree in the health sciences field,has quickly registered three victories and one third place in a pair of season-launching meets, one in New York, one in New Jersey.
The Metro Holiday Invitational Meet at the brand new state-of-the-art Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex facility on Staten Island, December 5th,saw Toussaint win the women's long jump at 18-4 and place third in the 400 meters at 58.96. She will thus go down in history as one of the first winners on the first day of major action at the world-class Ocean Breeze venue.
Six days later, at the Dec. 11 New Year's Invitational Meet at Princeton University's Jadwin Gymnasium, Toussaint came through with a pair of triumphs, first winning the long jump (taking an abbreviated run-up) at 19-1 1/2 and then winning the high jump at 5-8 (and barely missing out at 5-10.)
So before 2016 is even here, Toussaint is already doing big things, hopefully leading up to the USA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships and the USA Olympic Trials.
For all this, she is honored by her teammates as Shore AC's Athlete of the Week for the week ending December 13th, 2015.
As a collegian at Monmouth, Toussaint became the first Hawks' female athlete ever to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships and recorded a long jump best of 20-8. Her brilliant Monmouth career was featured by multiple NEC titles and all-conference selections,as the Hawks dominated conference competition, and she was honored as Shore AC's college athlete of the year at the club's 215 banquet..
Shore AC placed third in women's team scoring at the 2015 USATF National Club Championships at NYC's Icahn Stadium and Mariah was a key to it with a victory in the high jump (5-8 3/4) and a 6th in the long jump (18-8 3/4.)
Mariah's hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma and she came East, after starting at Midland University, seeking greater opportunities. She found just that at Monmouth and blossomed out as both a star Hawk athlete and in the academic realm, too. After gaining her Masters at Monmouth, she hopes to begin doctoral work at Rutgers University in nutrition and dietary studies.
In the meantime, she's training hard on the Monmouth campus with MU jumps coach Devin Barry - himself the 2006 Penn Relays decathlon champion for Mount St. Mary's and then a Penn Relays gold medalist with the Shore AC shuttle hurdles team. With her multiple skills, the pentathlon and heptathlon might seem to be future targets. For the meantime, though, said Toussaint, "I'm going to focus on the jumps and working hard to reach the Olympic Trials."
Other top marks at Princeton's New Year's Invitational included Jeff Milliron's
70-6 1/2 weight throw, and Nick Vena's 65-2 1/4 and Jon Kalnas' 61-4 in the shot put.
Alan Laws Jr. opened his season with a 1:25.82 600 meters and Darawan Khonvay made his Shore AC debut with a 9.05 60 high hurdles.
ERIN TAYLOR-TALCOTT IS NAMED
ATHLETE OF WEEK (NOV. 22, 2015)
FOR BOTH THE NATION
AND FOR SHORE AC !!!
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Shore Athletic Club member-athletes keep making history in all the divergent branches of track and field, the sport we all embrace.
Erin Taylor-Talcott, with her many superb performances in the USA as well as in some of the far corners of the world, had already proven herself the greatest women's long-distance racewalker in American history.
And now she has earned a Daily Double of major honors, yet another big first to her credit.
She has been named "Athlete Of The Week" by both USA Track and Field, the national governing body for the sport, and her club, Shore AC, for the week ending November 22, 2015.
With her persevering and pioneering efforts, Erin is a world leader in the drive to bring full
equity to the longest and toughest event now on the Olympic and World Championships program. That, of course, is the 50K racewalk (31.1 miles, thus nearly five miles longer than the marathon run), which has been a standard event on the men's Olympic schedule of events since 1932, but never staged as a women's championship event - yet - on the world stage.
But "ETT" did get to walk the 50K (with the men and with her Shore AC teammate Susan Randall, too) in last May's Pan-Am Racewalk Cup in Chile, and this in turn has spurred the IAAF's recent announcement that the 50K will be - from here on out - listed as an official event for both men and women on all the IAAF's charts.
Thus, even though she's walked the 50K as fast as 4:33:23 (at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials), Erin's performance of 5:03:34 last Sunday, Nov. 22, winning the USA National title in Santee, California will be listed as the first "official" world record for the women's 50K.
After a delayed start, conditions turned brutal in Santee. Temps soared into the 80s and neared the 90s. All walkers suffered and saw their expected times lag. But the show went on.
Erin won the women's race easily with teammate SAC Michael Mannozzi (4:44:03) third in the men's event and Erin's husband/teammate Dave Talcott (5:06:14) sixth over-all and second in men's Masters 50-59 scoring. Teammate Jonathan Matthews, still one of the fastest-ever 50K Americans and now on the comeback after a long series of injuries, went over halfway before calling a halt.
Two-time Olympian John Nunn won it over-all in 4:03:40.
"Thanks (for the congratulations)," she wrote after the race. "It was pretty miserable out there. I'm happy we all made it through the race safely. Looking forward to a few days rest before regrouping and hitting it again! "
(The 50K Olympic Trials will be held, back in Santee, on February 21,
This was the 11th USATF National title in Erin's brilliant career - she's now won the 50K in 2010-11-13-14-15, the 40K (hosted by Shore SAC at Joe Palaia Park) in 2004-09-11-13-15, and the 30K in 2015. (Plus another win at the National Club Champs. 5000-meter walk.)
With all this happening, Erin is recognized as Shore AC's and USATF's unofficial "Ambassador The Racewalking World."
She has competed on five (of the six habitable) continents and earlier this year made a return trip to China. Here is Erin's story of that journey:
"When I was younger, I dreamed about places I would visit around the world. I dreamed of exotic places, places far away, places with castles (I love castles) and places with people who I couldn't understand. But in all my dreaming, I never thought about going to China.
"China just seemed too foreign to me, too far away, the people too difficult to understand. I would've never imagined in the span of two years I would compete there three times! Besides being excellent for my United Mileage Plus account, it has given me many insights into life, training, and racing.
"This past September, I was invited back to the race around Taihu. It's a four-day stage race, each day starting in a different location. Race walkers are used to doing one race and then having time to recover, so four races in four days is something out of the ordinary. As each day progressed, you could see the athletes get a little more sore and a little more tight and a little more tired.
"I'm fortunate that being a 50K walker I'm strong, so each day was a welcome challenge, not something to dread like it became for some athletes. One thing that helped me prepare for each day was knowing the festivities that awaited us at the races.
"The first day in particular was a party, with literally thousands of community walkers/racers participating in the fun walks and people lining the streets watching and cheering. It was impossible for me to do a cooldown after the race as there were constantly people coming to get their picture taken with me. I felt like a celebrity!
"It should go without saying that I love to race and to compete. However, a very close second are the people I meet and the friends I make. I give a number of clinics to high school kids and youth about racewalking, and one of the things I always like to talk about are the friends you make around the country. When youngsters start racing, they travel all over the US and see people again and again, and many have forged lifelong friendships.
"I am so fortunate that not only have I made lifelong friends throughout the U.S.,
I also have a network of friends all over the world! Race walking was how I met my husband!
"Since this was my second year at this race I was reunited with many friends. One night I had three groups of people invite me to come to dinner with them! This is in direct conflict with my high school years where I was never one of the popular kids. I was a bit of a loner, not interested in the usual things high school girls were. My time was spent training and practicing my music. I was always standing on the outside looking in.
"But in race walking circles I fit in, I have common ground with other walkers. We all can relate to the struggles we face and endure. It seems no matter what country you come from, what culture, what religion, what beliefs you may have, sport unifies people.
"My races in China may not have gone quite how I wanted them; I could've been faster, placed higher, done better. But the trip renewed me in so many ways. It reminded me that it's not only about your finishing time or your place, it's about the people you meet, the bonds you forge, the experiences you have that change you and give you a different perspective on life.
"It's seeing that people from a foreign country are people just like you, with the same wants, desires, hopes and dreams. It's realizing that racing isn't just about the medals, it's about trying your best every day, striving to better yourself and about never giving up. "
Bottom Line: "Way to go, Erin, and all best wishes for
continued success from your
Shore AC teammates !"
NATIONAL CHAMPION SHORE AC 70'S
ARE CLUB'S ATHLETES OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15, 2015.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Let's hear it for our starring, speedy, sizzling, sterling, sensational, stamina-laden Septuagenarians !!.
IOHO (In Our Humble Opinion) they are the best around, the best at what they do, the best racers in our immediate vicinity, and the best in our nation, too.
They are our Shore AC 70-up racers who keep winning and wining and winning and beating everybody in sight.
They are Masters of their universe, reeling off one Masters title after another, and and another, and another.
The SAC Masters roster lists seventh-decaders Przemek (Prez) Nowicki, JL Seymore, Roland Cormier, Ed Smith, George Kochman, John Kuhi & Co. and they are our Shore Athletic Club athletes of the week for the week of November 15, 2015.
Shore AC teammate (but out injured for a while) Spider Rossiter was a delighted spectator at the Septuagenarians' most recent sizzle - the National Masters 12K Championship on the roads in Arlington, Va.
Said our own Spiderman: "You guys are awesome! I spent most of the race chasing the soles of Przemek's shoes. He truly is a Pegasus."
Added Spider, "Shore-ites, I can confirm that Przemek was setting an alarming pace. I thought I would jog along with the old guy to encourage him....but I joined him at one mile and had lost him by 1.2 (miles); 52 minutes on that course is superb for any human being...Our Pegasus is in a different league! "
And now the full scoop from SAC LDR captain Scott Linnell:
"It was a day to remember for the Shore AC men’s 70+ team at the USATF National 12K race in Alexandria, Va. today. They made it three victories in a row, having won previously at Saratoga (5K XC) and Tulsa (15K).
"Moreover, their cumulative Grand Prix score of 480 points cements them as overall NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!
" Even though one race remains on the USATF Grand Prix schedule, no other team can catch them."
"Our boys were led once again by Przemek Nowicki. He set an ambitious sub-7:00 per mile pace from the start and kept it going almost to the end. His finishing time of 52:41 topped all other runners in his 70-74 age group. This group included perennial national age group champion Doug Goodhue, who sat out Tulsa and was running somewhat injured today.
"Extraordinary SAC veteran JL Seymore crossed second for the team in navy blue with a 1:00:24 clocking. "
"The remarkable 75-year-old Roland Cormier completed our team’s scoring with an excellent 1:03:15. Providing all-important insurance was fellow 75-year-old George Kochman, who came home in 1:26:25."
"Our squad edged out Atlanta by a thin margin of 55 seconds, while third-place Ann Arbor trailed by a cumulative 4 minutes.
One week earlier, our guys trekked to Oklahoma for the USATF National Masters 15K and won there, too, per Scott's report:
"Exciting news from Tulsa, our men’s 70+ team emerged victorious! They are on roll, having won two weeks ago at Saratoga Springs, NY, in the USATF 5K Cross Country National Championships. Today, these gallant Septuagenarians galloped through the USATF 15K national championships to make it two triumphs in a row. They now lead the USATF Masters National Grand Prix in the 70+ age group with 440 out of a possible 500 points.
"This morning’s race featured a showdown with the highly talented Ann Arbor 70+ squad. Misfortune befell them, however, as injuries to their top two athletes – Doug Goodhue and Monte Piliawsky – put Ann Arbor at a disadvantage. Their remaining three runners put up a fight but were unable to match our terrific trio.
"Shore AC stallion Przemek Nowicki led our charge with an outstanding 1:10:54. Przemek nudged out Paul Carlin, a.k.a. “The Running Professor”, by a mere 4 seconds to claim first place in the 70-74 age group. Crossing second for the boys in navy blue was decorated SAC veteran JL Seymore in 1:19:05. JL trailed Ann Arbor’s first-place runner by a mere minute. Roland Cormier completed our team scoring with a fine 1:23:18, missing first place in the 75-79 age group by only 7 seconds. Roland handily beat Ann Arbor’s second and third harriers to seal our victory."
First of the three straight National wins came in the 5K XC at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Scott (as he does so very-very well) tells the story:
"What a thoroughly exciting team competition!! Hats off to our M70+ team of Roland Cormier, Przemek Nowicki and JL Seymore in edging out Atlanta for the win. How sweet it is to earn a victory. " Prez ran 21:55, JL 23:49, Roland 24:23 for a total of 1:10.07. Points-wise,they went 1-3-6 and edged out Atlanta, 10-11.
Of course, our men's and women's teams in the other age brackets have been doing super things on the circuit, too.
Bottom line: IOHO, they are all, every last teammate, making us oh-so-verry-verrry proud.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 30K
RACEWALKING TEAM ATHLETES ARE NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETES OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 25, 2015
The annual USATF National Championship 30-Kilometer Racewalk was held on Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, NY, and what a tremendous success it became for our Shore AC racewalkers!!
With winners in both the men's and women's individual categories (Michael Mannozzi and Erin Taylor-Talcott) as well as the men's National team titlists (Mannozzi, Dave Talcott, John Soucheck,backed up by Tom Quattrocchi and Barry Blake), and the Junior National 20K (new member A.J. Gruttaduaro) along with an array of other Open and Masters honors, all Shore AC members had a lot to be proud of.
For all these achievements, the Shore AC racewalking team members have been named Shore AC athletes of the week for the week ending Oct. 25, 2015.
With his personal-best 2:31:13 clocking over the 18.6 miles, Mannozzi both regained the 30K national title he held in 2013 and clinched the over-all USATF Racewalking Grand Prix crown. It was the 11th National title of his life.
This was the first 30K title for Taylor-Talcott, who clocked a 2:44:57, and the 10th career National win, all told. She's won the 50K four times and the 40K four times. In addition, both Erin and Mike have been National Club Championships winners in past years.
Dave Talcott hit 2:45:52 in fourth place (as top M 55-59) and gutted out a solid 4:49:08 50K. John Soucheck showed excellent form in placing fifth in 2:53:37 as first M50-54. Tom Quattrocchi notched a 3:23.50 for ninth spot and second in M60-64. Third in 60-64 and 13th over-all in 3:47:48 was teammate Barry Blake.
Susan Randall, winner of the recent National 40K as well as the Masters National 5K, walked home second in 2:48.03 as first in W40-44.
A.J. Gruttaduaro made a sensational debut as a Shore AC member by taking the Junior National 20K in an excellent 1:55:06. Melissa Endy showed brilliant form with a 1:00:20 in the Junior Women's 10K.
Walking a fine 1:36:12 at 20K, Shore AC's Jonathan Hallman bounced back from hospitalization just three days earlier and came within 12 seconds of gaining an auto-qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
And with a 1:41:37 past the 18.33K post (and just a single lap of the 1.66K course to go) Shore AC's Chelsea Conway continues moving a lot closer to the Olympic 20K Trials, too.
Guest athletes from Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada quickened the pace for all and made it a big day in the racewalking game
---- Elliott Denman
ROLAND CORMIER IS NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK OF OCTOBER 18TH, 2015.
WHEN THE GOING got rough in the USATF Masters National 5K Cross Country Championships, staged October 18th at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York, our tree-mendous Shore AC masters runners really got going.
Team-wise, Shore AC ran off with the USA National title in the men's 70-79 age bracket as well as placing second and fifth in the 60-69 division and fifth in the women's 50-59 category, all achieved running against the very best in the nation.
For Shore AC's Roland Cormier, it was yet another great day at the races in a great racing year, as he placed third individually in the 75-79 category (with a 24:23 clocking worth a fine 76.93 age grading) and thus anchored Shore AC's winning threesome. It was Prez Nowicki leading the way in 21:55 (for second in 70-74) backed up by JL Seymore at 23:49 and Cormier at 24:23. That stellar showing gave Shore AC a team total of 1:10:07 for a 23:23 average and a decisive team win over AtlantaTrack Club (1:11:22), Clifton Roadrunners (1:21:17) and Adirondack AC (1:26:56.) (One more huge SAC performance: Reno Stirrat's 18:14 individual win in 60-64...wow!)
" What a spectacular race today!," said SAC captain Scott Linnell when it was over.
"Congratulations to each and every one of you on your outstanding performances. The age grading values that we achieved were impressive. " All on a course toughened by tree roots, street curbs and streams.
For this race, as well as all he's achieved this year, Shore AC honors Roland Cormier as its Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18th, 2015.
The Jackson resident, who marked his 75th birthday on Jan. 16, has truly been a man for all seasons, ever since his growing-up days in Springfield, Mass.
His sporting credits include top performances in wrestling (both freestyle and Greco-Roman), triathlon, cycling, orienteering and cross country skiing. Plus distance running, of course, in all forms, track, roads and cross country.
A truly modest guy, this father of two and grandfather of five (he and wife Diane, who first met while skiing, have been very happily married for 43 years), often says "I always run hard, I always do the best I can."
Does he ever.
At Springfield College, he was a fine 5000-meter runner with a best of 14:45. And then his athletic adventures really got rolling. He won the classic Mount Washington 8-mile road race (up-up-and-up);he set a New Hampshire masters marathon record of 2:35, plus all those feats in other sports.
He was a New England AAU freestyle wrestling champion and qualified for the Olympic Trials. While in the Army stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was a triathlon champion (running, swimming, pistol shooting.)
He taught, coached (track, wrestling, basketball, soccer on the middle school level) and served as a guidance counselor in the Springfield school system for many years.
One of the best moves he ever made was, following retirement, however, was to New Jersey in 2006. It brought Roland and Diane closer to family, and also brought him into membership in Shore AC.
Ever since, he's been a stalwart of all our outstanding Masters distance teams, and a proud team man for our club and adding to its long, distinguished history.
He loves the sport as much as ever and loves the chance to see the world doing it, too. Venturing to Lyon, France in August for the World Masters Championships, he was the top USA 75-79 division finisher in both the 2000-meter steeplechase (fourth over-all in 10:56.60) and 8000-meter XC run (12th in 41:39.)
Never a man at self-promote, he tells you "I enjoy the honor of being the athlete of the week, but I don't want to come off as a celebrity.......I hope you understand."
Well, Shore AC certainly does understand.
The honor is all ours. You've done us proud.
Cheers again, Mr. Roland Cormier.
-----By ELLIOTT DENMAN.
Shore AC was represented by a small but dedicated delegation of eager runners who medaled in the 4x110 and 4x440 relays but, best of all, drove the 400-plus miles home from
Buffalo as most happy winners of the DMR.
The venerable New York Athletic Club - a force in the sport dating back to the 1860s - was again the heavy favorite to run off with the DMR title and had a lineup featuring Tom Farrell, already a 1964 Olympic 800m finalist and destined to win the bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics, running the leadoff 880, and Bob Zieminski, the Georgetown star, to run the anchor mile.
Shore AC countered with Lakewood's John Kuhi on the leadoff 880, Neptune's Bill Findler in the 440, Lakewood's Milt Matthews in the 1,320, and Oceanport's Bill Reilly on the anchor mile. Theirs was a race of destiny.
Kuhi battled Farrell all the way and kept it close. Findler and Matthews ran superbly and kept Shore AC in contention. And Reilly - destined to be a 1968 USA Olympian, too - capped it all by running down Zieminski and giving Shore AC the upset golds.
It was an enthralling and historic triumph. It proved to all that the "new" Shore AC had truly arrived.
Well, the years have flown, and John Kuhi, who enjoyed a standout career in both track and field and football, has been doing truly great things for Shore AC and the whole sport of track and field in the half-century that has followed that huge win in Buffalo.
John excelled at all the distances in track - the steeplechase, too - and has starred for his club in individual and relay races, as well as cross country and road events, at every step along the way. Moving up through the age-group categories, he has continued doing great things in competition against all his contemporaries.
Travel is a very big part of Masters track and John has trekked to many interesting locales around the globe for World Masters and other championship meets - most recently to Lyons, France, this August.
John contributes to the sport and to his club in so many ways. While serving as a distinguished teacher in the Middletown system for years, he was also the superb head coach of the Monmouth College (now University) varsity team for eight years. He's brought his digital timing gear, expertise and announcing skills to many hundreds of races in the Shore area and beyond. He lends his experience and knowledge back to the club, which he serves as a lifetime trustee.
Most importantly, he's never stopped enjoying the thrill of donning his Shore AC singlet, lacing up his track shoes, and stepping to the line of a big race. Once again, John came through for Shore AC in a big way on Sunday, October 4th.
This time, it was the National Masters 5K Championship in Syracuse, N.Y. and Shore AC - and John Kuhi - again came through big-time. As a power-packed Ann Arbor, Mich. team took the gold team medals in the 70-79 category, Shore AC ran superbly, too, and won the silver medals.
John Kuhi (at 26:06) was the team's anchorman, after teammates Prez Nowicki (21:15),
JL Seymore (23:57) and Roland Cormier (23:59) did the job up front.
SAC Hall of Famer John Kuhi is one of our greatest and most enduring treasures. We could
write on and on and on about what he has meant to our club and our sport. For all of the above, we are happy to announce that Mr. John Kuhi has been named Shore AC's Athlete of the Week for the week of October 4, 2015.
DR. TOM CAWLEY NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING SEPT. 20, 2015
The full-page, full-color, full-grit-and-glory photo on the cover of the September 2015
issue of National Masters News told it all.
There, on the left, digging in, gutting it out, driving full-blast and dipping into the
finish line to claim a narrow victory in the M55 800-meter final of the USA National Senior Games staged July 7-15 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was Shore AC's own Dr. Tom Cawley.
At his right, settling for a gallant second place, was Kevin Paulk of Oregon.
As the National Masters News inside caption read, "in probably the most exciting race of
the 2015 National Senior Games, Thomas Cawley of New Jersey barely, just barely, outleaned Kevin Paulk of Oregon to win the M55 800 by just .06 of a second! Their times: 2:14.58 and 2:14.64.
Of course, Dr. Tom, the Hazlet resident and noted certified chiropractic sports physician
with offices in Iselin, NJ, has been running great races for Shore AC for many years,
and has long been one of the nation's best and the world's best in his age group at all the middle distance events.
Formerly a collegiate star at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Dr. Tom has also been a key contributor to an array of age-group relay record-breaking performances.
In his professional capacity, Dr. Tom has enabled thousands of fellow citizens (among them many athletes) get back on the path to full, vibrant health and mobility through the magic touch of his talents as a certified chiropractic sports physician.
For all these reasons - and more - his teammates are proud to salute Dr. Tom Cawley as
the Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the week ending September 20, 2015.
It was a great National Senior Games for an array of other Shore AC athletes, too.
Frank Haviland scored a rousing triple in M80 action, taking home golds in the 400 meters
(1:23.07), 800 (3:22.85) and 1500 (7:29.97.)
The race walks saw Shore AC's Jonathan Matthews - whose career bests still rank high on the all-time American charts - emerge from a long series of injuries to win the M55 1500-meter race in a quick 6:59.17. Placing second in W65 at 1500 meters was Shore AC's Panse Geer in 9:36.53.
Placing third in the M65 shot put with a 12.82-meter toss was many-time world champion
Charley Roll of Shore AC.
Cheers, as ever, to one and all !!
ROBBY ANDREWS NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK OF SEPT. 6, 2015
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Officially speaking, Robby Andrews doesn't run "for us" these days.
Robby is a professional athlete and competes on the national and international circuits these days as a representative of Adidas and Team USA. And he has done truly super things in recent weeks, months and years.
Nevertheless, we all know that Robby will be running "for us" forever!!!
Robby - and the whole wonderful Andrews Family - are truly "our guys" and "our people."
Robby has done amazing things as one of the world's finest young middle distance runners and we have all cheered - and very loudly, from whatever our locations! - at each of these achievements.
We've all seen great-great-great things! And we all are certain that even greater-greater-greater things are just ahead !!
We are all cheering as loudly as ever these days for Robby, who has been named our Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the Week of September 6, 2015.
Robby ran brilliantly at the USA National Championships in late June at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, placing second to Matthew Centrowitz and just ahead of Leo Manzano, a pair of Olympians, in the 1500-meter final.
Days later, at the Portland Twilight Meet, he clinched his ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, and then warmed up for the Worlds by running a 3:57.15 mile in Massachusetts and a 3:35.52 1500 meters at the historic Stockholm Stadium, site of the 1912 Olympic Games.
On to Beijing and he ran superbly three straight times - 3:38.52 in the first round, 3:35.88 in the semifinals, and 3:38.29 in the final to rank 11th in the world. All in all, three truly testing races in just four days.
Invited to the classic Weltklasse Meet in Zurich, Switzerland, he again ran terrifically against the world's best and netted an eighth in 3:38.78 in cold, rainy conditions as the first USA finisher.
Back in early May, he'd powered Team USA to a record 7:04.84 win in the 4x800 relay at the second edition of the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas.
One of our fondest memories dates back to the 2005 USATF National Club Championships at Icahn Stadium, NYC. Two father-and-son teams, the Andrews and Dolan duos, represented Shore AC proudly, scoring key points as our SAC team netted its first over-all victory against USA's best club teams.
Of course, Robby's great deeds at Manalapan HS (national indoor 800 and 1000 records, etc.) and the University of
Virginia (two NCAA 800 titles, etc.) are still in the books for all of us to applaud.
At 24, and coached these days by Jason Vigilante and Dad Bob) he has already made all of us oh-so-very proud. And we're all getting to cheer his efforts as he phases into preparations for the run to the 2016 OlympicTrials and the chance to run in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Cheers again, Mr. Robby Andrews! Cheers again for the wonderful Andrews family !
NICHOLAS REID IS NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF AUGUST 16, 2015
Nicholas "Nick" Reid has certainly stepped up - big-time - for the Shore Athletic Club varsity track and field team this 2015 season.
With his own outstanding performances in the middle distances - running anything from the 400 meters up to the 1500 meters and the mile, and occasionally up to 5K - Nicholas Reid has been a key contributor to the Shore AC track and field cause.
And he's been more than just an athlete.
He has stepped up - typically, in big-time fashion here, too - as the Shore AC varsity track and field team's all-important team captain.
Doing all kinds of important things in this capacity - contacting teammates, helping coordinating our relay team lineups, even helping provide transportation and providing home hospitality for teammates when needed, he has done it all for our club and his teammates.
For all this, Shore AC is delighted to name Nicholas Reid as its Athlete of the Week the week of August 16, 2015.
Typical for him was the USA National Club Championships at Icahn Stadium in NYC on July 11th, our club's biggest team meet of the year,
He'd won the men's individual 800-meter title at this meet the two previous years, at Tacoma, Wash. in 2014 and at Icahn Stadium in 2013.
This year, with an ankle injury still causing problems, he took another course. Relinquishing defense of his 800 crown, Nicholas focused on a pair of relays to score vital team points.
Teaming with Kevin Mazzella, Charles Clark and Isaac Clark, this Shore AC foursome won the 4x800 relay in 7:46.25; the first time Shore AC had won this event at Club Nationals.
Then, he teamed with Shawn Bender, Alan Laws Jr. and Adam Garcia to place eighth in the distance medley.
And when final team scores were announced soon after, and Shore AC was determined the winner, he was able to celebrate with all his teammates.
There were, literally, miles and miles of smiles at this happy moment.
This indoor season, Nicholas Reid set a Shore AC record in the 1000 meters, and outdoors he ran the 800 in the 1:51s even with that nagging injury. With his Jamaica heritage, he ran the 1500 meters at the Jamaica Nationals and placed third.
A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he was a top performer for the Knights. An outstanding photographer with talents in many directions, Nicholas Reid is now considering an array of career options. He'd certainly like to get involved in track and field organization and management activities, too, and a very fond wish would be to help Shore AC continue its long progress into the major leagues of the sport.
As he's proven time and time again, he's ready to do "whatever it takes."
Cheers again to Shore AC's Nicholas Reid.
ELLIOT GINDI WINS "DOWN UNDER"
AND IS NAMED SHORE AC'S
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK FOR
WEEK OF AUGUST 2, 2015.
Elliot Gindi's running career began with a surprise visit to the tradition-laden Takanassee Lake Road Races in Long Branch.
Sure, the lanky young man had shown plenty of athleticism before that but he'd never trained for a race or actually run in one.
Amazingly enough, he not only completed the 5K - or four circuits around "Lake Tak" - with no physical distress but went on to win the race. It was one of the most stunning performances in the 52-year history of the Shore AC-staged "Lake Tak" series.
Well, one thing quickly led to another.
Running with his Ocean Township High School varsity cross country team, he performed well in all the big meets of the 2014 autumn season and continued excelling through both the 2015 indoor and outdoor seasons for the OTHS Spartans under Coach Mark DeSomma..
The Shore Track and Field and XC Coaches Association named him one of its sophomores of the year and he was a winner at the USATF-New Jersey Indoor Championships at Toms River, too.
Now, look for Elliot Gindi continuing to do very big things as he starts his junior year at OTHS.
Actually, he's already off to some big performances - and these came in international races staged half a world away.
Traveling to Australia with a group of other promising young American runners organized by the International Sports Specialists group, Elliot excelled in a pair of races staged in the Northeast Australian state of Queensland.
First came the Suncorp Bank 5.7K Challenge in the famed Gold Coast area. The race was a division of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, which attracted a field of 3,735 runners, and Elliot placed third in the good time of 18:04, or 5:10 mile pace over the 5.7K.
Leading young Aussies Brodie Modini and Jack Tiernan went 1-2. Of course, they had a huge home-course advantage.
As Modini, a five-time Aussie junior 1500-meter champion who was warming up for the Commonwealth Games Youth Championships, put it, "it was a ‘great feeling’ to win the 5.7K; coming down the last kilometer it was just lined with people screaming your name”
Days later, Elliot turned his attention to a Brisbane race called the "All-American 5K" and he won it in 16:50.
The whole trip can be classified as an "excellent adventure" and the experiences gained and new friends made will surely stay with him for many years to come.
For these achievements, Shore AC has named Elliot Gindi as its Athlete of the Week for the week of August, 2, 2015. As such, he's the latest club member to be so honored in the "AoftheW" series that debuted in March.
Elliot Gindi is now in serious training for the upcoming scholastic XC season, in which he hopes to make his mark against the best in the state and region.
His Shore AC teammates, of course, wish this promising young runner all the best in the events just ahead.
After one of his outstanding races, he was congratulated by a Shore AC lifetime trustee.
"Very well done, Elliot," said Elliott Denman. "Thanks so much, Elliott," responded Elliot Gindi.
Some Elliott history: An almost this-can-never-happen-again bit of history took place at the 1981 US
Olympic Sports Festival in Syracuse, N.Y. The men's 200-meter dash final saw Elliott Quow of Rutgers, the NCAA champion, run to a tie for a medal-winning position with Eliot Tabron of Michigan State, the Big 10 champion. Amazing but true - Elliott/Eliot ran the exact same time down to the hundredth of a second.
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 !!!!
Bobby Grace has been a Shore AC member for just a few months but he has lost little time making his mark in many, many ways.
With his mighty shot put performance of 67 feet, 3 1/2 inches (or 20.51 meters) the Youngstown State University of Ohio graduate all at once achieved several things.
First, it placed him an outstanding eighth in the USA Outdoor National Championships, which enjoyed a spectacular four-day run at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field June 25-28.
Second, it was the longest throw of his life and that PR performance also set an all-time Shore AC record.
For that outstanding accomplishment, Bobby Grace has been named Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the Week ending June 28, 2015.
A former Horizon League champion and NCAA medalist,Grace was invited to join Shore AC this winter by fellow Youngstowner and SAC racewalk star Michael Mannozzi.
After placing second in the USA Indoor Nationals in Boston, Grace continued to prove he can compete with the best in his big day at Oregon. The 20.51 puts him 28th on the IAAF World List for the year, a list headed by Penn State grad Joe Kovacs of Bethlehem, Pa., who tossed 71-8 for the gold at Oregon.
We are very-very proud of all our Shore AC athletes who "carried the flag" for our club in the Nationals. Without a corporate sponsor, Shore AC - somehow - continues proving itself one of the best clubs in the nation. Our men and women are true miracle workers.
Our 10-athlete entry at Nationals was likely one of the largest delegation from a "real club" at Hayward Field.
Cheers to all of them!
Here's the rundown:
Erin Taylor-Talcott was fifth in the women’s 20K racewalk at 1:47:51; Michael Mannozzi, sixth in the men’s 20K racewalk, 1:35:21; Brandon Roulhac, 10th in the men’s triple jump at 52-4 ¾ despite an injury, and LaRon Bennett was a 400-meter hurdles semifinalist in 50.40, barely missing a spot in the eight-man final by 2/100ths of a second. He'd advanced through the first round in 50.40.
Also, Barry Krammes placed 12th in the javelin (223-3), Ryan Loughney 15th in the hammer throw (217-5), and Tyrone Harris 16th in the long jump (23-8 1/4.)
Chelsea Conway continues her excellent progress in racewalking and was headed to a solid performance through 16K and was nearly there. We know she'll be back among the nation's best shortly.
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
MONIQUE MORGAN NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF JUNE 7, 2015
Blazing over the 100-meter hurdles in 12.89 seconds at the 29th annual
edition of the New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, staged June 6 at Monmouth University's Kessler Stadium, Shore AC's Monique Morgan bettered her own meet record, the 12.93 she'd run at
the meet in 2012.
It was a brilliant piece of running that was later determined to be the top performance in the entire meet, a mark that registered 1166 points on the IAAF scoring tables and earned her the top prize on the meet's athlete-rewards list; plus a bonus since it also topped the "A" qualifying standard listed for the USA Outdoor National Championships.
The N.J. International Meet, with Mr. Nick McDonough serving as meet director, was staged at Monmouth University for the first time and most successful. Morgan's 12.89 was one of many strong performances in the meet that attracted athletes from over 20 nations. No less than 41performances in the meet topped the 1000-point level on the IAAF tables.
"Well done," said Villanova coach Anthony Williams, her mentor, and so said all the fans at the Shore AC-staged meet and her Shore AC teammates. "Well done, indeed," and we are now proud to honor Monique Morgan as our Shore AC athlete of the week for the week of June 7, 2015.
"Thanks for the congratulatory note," she told NJ International meet director emeritus Elliott Denman, afterward. "I kind of surprised myself in that race too!
"There were so many outstanding performances at the NJ International Meet - it gets better every year! I'm honored to be ranked among these top performing athletes.
"And thanks so much for the honor of being named Shore AC athlete of the week! I've seen so many amazing stories in these (previous Athlete of the Week) recognition e-mails; this is an absolute honor!"
Monique Morgan grew up in Kingston, Jamaica with two very
supportive parents. While at Villanova University, she garnered many accolades in major championships including the NCAA championships, developed into a national-caliber hurdler and competed for her
home country, Jamaica.
Since leaving Villanova, Morgan has advanced her professional career in marketing management, as well as mentored up-and-coming Villanova athletes. Her passion for athletics has brought Morgan back to the track to take care of business. After making a comeback in 2012, Morgan continued to represent her country, Jamaica, in the 100-meter hurdles and in 2014 she earned the title of National Champion in that event.
In 2014, she represented Jamaica at both the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, and the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Now, Monique Morgan has her eyes set on the making the Jamaican national teams to compete in the 2015 World Championships and in the 2016 Olympic Games. Needless to say, all her Shore AC teammates wish her the very best as she pursues these loftiest of goals.
KEVIN MAZZELLA of SHORE REGIONAL HS
IS NAMED THE SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK OF MAY 24, 2015.
WEST LONG BRANCH - Long-term buildups and steady progress are the keys to any athlete's success story in the great Olympic sport of track and field.
It's certainly true in Kevin Mazzella's success story.
The lanky Shore Regional High School senior from Oceanport has been building-building-building and progressing-progressing-progressing since his earliest days as a member Shore Regional coach Mel Ullmeyer's varsity track and field team.
And it's all coming together so incredibly well as Mazzella strides down the homestretch of his scholastic track career.
A brilliant 1:54.54 victory in the 800 meters at the NJSIAA Group I Championships at Egg Harbor Township last Saturday was the latest major Mazzella achievement this spring. It sent him on to the NJSIAA Meet of Championships this Wednesday at South Plainfield as one of the state's five top seeds in the two-lap race.
And it also clinched his designation as the Shore Athletic Club athlete of the week for the week of May 24th, 2015.
The Mazzellas are "Shore AC people" all the way - volunteers, officials, coordinators and a whole lot more at the venerable Takanassee Lake Races, and others. They were appropriately honored as the Shore AC "family of the year" at the club's annual banquet on March 15.
SRHS Blue Devils coach Ullmeyer, of course, was a superb 800-meter runner himself at Raritan High School, Monmouth University, and with Shore AC, and is a member of the Shore AC Hall of Fame.
Just as you'd expect, the Mazzellas and all Blue Devils fans are bursting with pride with Kevin's series of big races. In order, he's won the 800-meter final at the Monmouth County, Shore Conference, Central Jersey Group I, and State Group I meets on successive weekends.
In the State Group I win, he unleashed his usual blistering kick around the final turn to beat out Luke Petela of Haddon Township, who happens to be the reigning NJSIAA Meet of Champions cross country and Indoor 1600-meter champion, as well as the state's fastest runner at 1600 this outdoor season.
"When you have to respond. you do big things," Mazzella told Asbury Park Press writer Josh Newman after the big win. "Pressure makes us, that's what I always say."
Manasquan senior Shane McNamara (at 1:53.67, the state's best Group Meet time) was another big winner (in Group II) in the Group stage of the state title meet.
So the stage is now set for a classic duel of top 800-meter runners in the Meet of Champions. As ever, Kevin Mazzella promises to do "whatever it takes."
ERIN TAYLOR-TALCOTT NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK OF MAY 17, 2015
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
Erin Taylor-Talcott continues walking her way into the track and field history books.
With her four-hour, 50-minute, 26-second performance in the 50-kilometer event at the 17th edition of the Pan American Racewalking Cup, held in Arica, Chile, Shore Athletic Club member TaylorTalcott marked yet another milestone in her distinguished career.
This was the first time women athletes got to compete in a major international championship event in the 50K discipline, and so she will be recognized forever for her winning performance.
She is also recognized now as Shore AC's athlete of the week for the week ending
May 17, 2015.
There are 24 official events for men on the Olympic and World Championships track and field programs, but just 23 for women. Lone male event without a female equivalent is the 50K. Taylor-Talcott has been battling to end that discrepancy for years and her victory in Chile will be known as a major stepping-stone to that long-sought ambition.
Remarkably, there were four total USA racewalkers taking part in the Arica 50ks, and three of them were Shore AC members! First American man to finish the 50K, placing 17th in the PR time of 4:46:07, was Shore AC's Michael Mannozzi. Placing second to Taylor-Talcott in the women's 50K - and thus making history, too - was SAC clubmate Susan Randall in 4:56:42.
En route home (Owego, N.Y.) from Arica, she went to the USATF National 15K Championship race in Riverside, California and placed fourth in 1:20:44 (the event also saw husband Dave place third of the men in 1:17:32 and Shore AC's Dr. Patrick Bivona third 70-up finisher in 1:58:08.)
"How exciting," the Rutgers graduate said on learning of the club's Athlete of the Week designation. "I was out celebrating my (37th) birthday when I saw the news." Major honors, of course, are not new to Taylor-Talcott, who has twice been named Shore AC's women's athlete of the year.
In her biggest previous groundbreaking endeavors, Taylor-Talcott fought - and won - battles with USATF for the right to compete in the 2012 USA Olympic 50K Trial, and to be awarded equal prize money with the men's winner.
She is the club's most traveled athlete, too, collecting major honors, setting club and American records, competing tirelessly, and notching fast times in Australia, China, Colombia, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, and many more,
Top to bottom, her PR list includes:
The 100K racewalk in 12:29:13, the 50K in 4:33:32, 20K in 1:41:03, 5K in 23:57, 3K in 13:48, and the one-mile in 7:14. Plus many great marks en route to her several national title wins in the 40K (hosted annually by Shore AC at Joe Palaia Park in Ocean Township, once beating all the men.)
"Arica, Chile was fantastic," she reported. "It was the first time there was an international 50K for women as part of a qualifying event. Even though it was in South America, it was the NACAC women's 50K championship that was held at the same time as the men's 50K Pan Am Cup. So we were on the start line with all the best 50K walkers of North and South America.
"After fighting for years to be able be on that same starting line, it was such an amazing feeling. My Spanish isn't great, but I can get through very basic conversations. All weekend in the hotel, I'd be in the elevator and people would ask me my 20K PB. I'd respond to them that I'm not doing the 20K, I'm doing the 50K.
"I was met with a lot of different reactions, from surprise, disbelief, awe, and surprise. One group of girls from Bolivia, when they overheard the conversation, all gasped at exactly the same time, it was very funny. Many people, once they knew I was doing the 50K, would ask me questions; my best time, how many I've done. In all cases when I told them my best time everyone was impressed and some of the guys couldn't believe I've done ten 50Ks.
"There was no one that was negative about having women in the (50K) race. Everyone that I heard was super supportive.
"During the race was awesome. Susan (Randall) and I raced together for about the first 30K. We had so many people from other countries cheering for us and supporting us. There were times I felt as if I was one of the Mexicans or part of the Bolivian or Colombian team. Other 50K competitors (men), when they lapped us, would cheer for us. I felt supported the entire race!
"About 40-42K, the sun came out from the clouds and it got pretty warm. I did end up slowing down the second half of the race, which I usually don't do, but I'm still quite happy with my performance.
"I think Chile was my fourth fastest (50K) time and it set the NACAC area record. Since the race I've had many women from around the world contact me thanking me for doing the 50K and telling me that they want to do it, too. One woman has asked how I approached USATF because she wants to approach her federation, as well. I am deeply indebted to (IAAF senior vice president) Bob Hersh (of USA) for helping make this happen. He has fought and worked hard for women's equality in race walking and it is in large part due to him that Susan and I were able to race in Chile.
"The next thing I'll work towards is that, by the rules, all winners of area championships (NACAC is an area championship) get automatic entry into the World Championships. There is no women's 50K at the world champs (next coming to China in August) but I'm going to ask them to make a case to be allowed to compete with the men. I don't expect it to work, but I've got to try.
PANSE GEER EARNS
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
RECOGNITION FOR MAY 10TH
With 19 USA National and World Championships gold medals to her credit in her distinguished Masters racewalking career, Panseluta "Panse" Geer of Hazlet has notched one of the truly outstanding records in her branch of the sport.
The honors keep piling up for the distinguished Shore AC member who is off to a brilliant 2015 start and looking ahead to even bigger things just ahead.
On April 12, "our Panse" walked off with top honors in the women's 65-69 division of the Pan Am Cup Trials/USATF Masters National Championship 20K racewalk at Harry Wright Lake Parkin Whiting/Manchester Township, NJ.
She covered the 12.4-mile course in 2:28:00 to not only lead the way in her Masters age category but "anchor" Shore AC to the women's state USATF team title. Erin Taylor-Talcott and Susan Randall were the top two Shore AC women to cross the finish line and Panse then
completed Shore AC's winning trio.
We are thus happy to salute Panse Geer as Shore AC's Athlete of the Week for the
week of May 10th, 2015.
Erin and Susan were soon flying off to the Pan Am Cup competition in Arica, Chile (where they would make history as entrants in the first truly international 50K championship race for women) but Panse will soon be off to distant places for the races, too.
Journeying with husband Gene, her dedicated coach, trainer, stats keeper
and of course/of course/of course number one fan, Panse will be signed up for the USATF National 5K walk in Albany, NY; the USATF Masters National Championship meet in Jacksonville, Fla; the National Senior Games in Minnesota; the World Masters Championships in Lyon, France, and the 5K National Masters Walk in Kinsgport, Tennessee.
And, almost surely, an array of other racing opportunities that will include the USATF-New Jersey 5000-meter walk in Edison, NJ; the Shore AC-hosted weekly Takanassee Lake 5K walks in Long Branch, and the Shore AC's biggest walk of the year, the National 40K Sept. 13 at Joe Palaia Park (oh, Panse may not go the full 40K but will surely aim for some record performances at intermediate distances along the way,)
She is delighted to be a grandma and she delights us all with her winning smile and friends-to-all winning personality. Her presence on the starting line is forever a light to all friends, rivals and fans.
Panse has been regstering major honors in racewalking since 2003 - the detailed stats compiled by Gene tell us.
She's walked to wins at distances as short as 1500 meters and as challenging as 20K. On the track or on the road, she keeps on winning....and winning.. All the while, working to perfect that is the special key to any racewalker's success story.
The higher the stakes the higher the opportunity and she's always risen to the occasion.
The 2007 World Masters Outdoor Championships in Riccione, Italy saw Panse place third in the 60-64 5K and 10K and lead USA to the world 10K team title.
At the 2014 World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Panse placed sixth in the 65-69 division of the 5000-meter walk, and helped power USA to second place in team competition at the 10K distance.
With all this, Panse forever scores high into the mid-80 percent range on the world age-graded performance tables Her best mark of all: the 88.98 percent score she notched with a superb 2:09:38 performance at 20K in the 2011 40K National Walk at Joe Palaia Park, Ocean Township.
In recent years, Panse has battled back from assorted injuries, with the usual scenario seeing her coming back to walk faster than ever.
It takes a special kind of dedication to find success in the racewalking game. That's obvious because Panse Geer is a very special Shore AC athlete.
PENN RELAYS SHUTTLE HURDLES
CHAMPIONS ARE NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
FOR MAY 3, 2015.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
It took them only 57.02 seconds for them to write another chapter in the Shore Athletic Club tradition of excellence.
That was the time recorded by the foursome of Gerkenz Senesca,Emanuel Mayers, Josue Louis and Brian Richards in winning the 4x120-yard shuttle hurdles relay at the 121st edition of the classic Penn Relays at Franklin Field, and earning them "Athletes of the Week" honors for their club.
All four are college graduates who continue to train and compete at world-class levels as they proudly represent our club.
Senesca is an alumnus of St. Augustine's University, Mayers of Mississippi State University, Louis of Temple University, and Richards of Long Island Univesity.
For three of the four legs of the shuttle hurdles - beforehe big Franklin Field Friday crowd - Shore AC faced a serious challenge by the hurdlers of the New York-based Executives Track Club.
But while the fourth Executives hurdler faltered,Shore AC's Richards blazed home the winner.The victory came in the Olympic Development Division of theclassic Penn Relays and Shore AC's team time was bettered by just one collegiate team, South Carolina - in the "Championship of America" division of the Penn meet.
Through family heritage, all four Shore AC athletes compete internationally - Senesca and Louis for Haiti,Mayers for Trinidad and Tobago, and Richards for Canada.The Pan American Games, slated for Toronto in July, is a principal objective for each of the Shore AC athletes.
While Senesca's primary event is the 110 high hurdles, Mayers and Richards now concentrate on the 400 hurdles, while Louis is a young man of many talents aiming for major success and high point totals in the decathlon.
All four showed tremendous club spirit in gathering for this victory; Senesca particularly as he rehabbed from a sprained ankle suffered during the indoor season.
The Olympic Development Shuttle Hurdles has been on the Penn Relays program each year since 1985 and a quick review of the roster of winners in the wonderful and history-filled Penn Relays program reveals that 2015's 57.02 represented the eighth all-time shuttles win for our club at the Penn Relays.
Shore AC's previous triumphs came in 1985 (58.1), 2002 (57.13), 2004 (58.55), 2007 (58.90), 2009 (1:02.21), 2010 (58.63) and 2014 (56.95.) Note: that's also four of the last seven.
No other club has won the Penn shuttle hurdles this many times. The NY Pioneer Club won six from 1996 to 2001, the Karamu Flyers four from 1986-89, and The Executives Track Club, Greater Boston and the US East Coast All-Stars two each. East Coast's 54.22 in 1995 remains the fastest-ever time by an official club foursome at Penn.
Shore AC's shuttle hurdles champions also represent the first time a club unit has been honored as SAC athletes of the week.
Their A of W predecessors have been Frank Haviland, March 22; Jason Gers, March 29; Brandon Roulhac, April 5; Rich Luettchau, April 12; Dick Hill, April 19; and Reno Stirrat, April 26.
RENO STIRRAT NAMED
SHORE AC'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
FOR WEEK OF APRIL 26, 2015
JUST 4 SECONDS separated Shore AC's Reno Stirrat from a gold-medal performance in the 60-64 division of the USATF National Championship Masters 10K Race in Dedham, Mass. on April 26th. John Barbour of Greater Lowell got to the finish line a few down-to-the-wire strides ahead in 37:01, with Shore AC stalwart Reno Stirrat hard on his heels in 37:05.
It was another superb race by a runner who has been running superb races for Shore AC every time out. And, best of all, he led our outstanding Shore AC team to one more USATF National team title.
With teammates Patrick Gaughan running 41:28 in fifth in 60-64, Michael McHale sixth in 41:28 and Mark Chiusano seventh in 43:36, Shore AC was the decisive National team winner in 60-69.
Shore AC is thus proud to name Reno Stirrat as its Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 26, 2015.
Back in mid-December, Shore AC's Stirrat clocked a quick 38:51 over the rugged Lehigh University cross country course for second over-all in 60-64 and as first team scorer for Shore AC in the 10K Masters National XC championships.
At Shore AC's gala awards banquet held on March 8th, we were proud to present Reno with the Chris Malone Memorial Award as Shore AC's Masters Distance Runner of The Year for 2014.
We'll let Madeline Bost, star Masters runner, USATF-NJ official, and noted running writer, tell the whole Reno Stirrat story. She authored the following excellent story which ran in the Morristown-based Daily Record. Headlined "Stirrat Has Come Home to New Jersey," she wrote:
"There’s an old saying in running, “He came out of the woodwork” and for runners in New Jersey they may have thought that of Reno Stirrat.
"Stirrat, who moved to Rockaway last fall from Massachusetts, actually has done no such thing. He’s been an elite runner all his life, just not here. Stirrat began his running in Morris County beginning his sophomore year at Morris Hills high school. The now-61-year old was by his own admission too small to be playing the sport he loved, football. In his freshman year on the team, he was always the fastest boy to finish the warm-up mile prior to practice. He caught the eye of the cross country coach who teamed up with the football coach to see just how fast this kid was.
"The football coach pulled Stirrat off to the side and said to him, “We’re going to see if you can really run, really run.”
"Stirrat was held back for 30 seconds after the other boys took off. “Let’s see if you can catch them.” And he did, he beat them all.
"In his sophomore year, while the other boys had grown bigger, Stirrat remained slight and after a few sessions of practice, he realized he wasn’t going to be a football player. He quit. The cross country coach asked him if he wanted to run.
"I said 'sure, why not?' said Stirrat.
"Two days later, Morris Hills had a cross country meet against Blair Academy. Stirrat was in the JV race. He was told to follow a particular runner who was expected to win the race.
“I ended up coming in first place,” said Stirrat. “It came that easy. I won the next JV race and I was put on the varsity team after that.”
"His coach was Tom Skutka, who in 1955 was the first high school runner to run under 4:14 in the mile. Skutka would put his best athletes in the mile but he told Stirrat, “Reno, you’re not a miler, but you are the best athlete in your graduating class. You’re going to be a great distance runner. But the mile is not your event. I’m just putting you in there so you learn how to run fast.”
"After high school, Stirrat spent one semester in college and dropped out to join the Marine Corps. His first marathon was the Marine Corps race in the first year it was held. He didn’t know anything about training for a marathon. He ran three ten milers to train for it, and still finished the marathon in 2:44 on only 30 miles a week.
“That kind of debunks the theory that you have to do the long run,” he said.
"After the Marine Corps, Stirrat attended Iona College on a full scholarship on both cross country and track. His time of 29:52 for 10,000 meters set a then school record.
"Stirrat is in a unique position in the sport. He is the only American who has run a marathon in five decades in under 2:45, and one of only two people in the world who have done so.
"Not surprisingly, the first three he ran were well under 2:45. Here are his stats: 1979–Rocket City (Alabam) 2:19:17, 1987–Rocket City, 2:20:49, 1990–Rocket City, 2:25:17, 2007–Boston, 2:44:46, 2010-Boston, 2:42.27.
"In 2020, Stirrat will be 66 years old. While he may not hit sub 2:45, if he goes under three hours he will be in an exclusive club; running sub three hours in six decades !! No one has ever done it !!
"Stirrat doesn’t just run marathons, though, as New Jersey runners have noticed. At the Miles for Music 20K on March 22nd he won his M60 division in 1:17:49.92 and topped the age grading list at 86.79 percent.
"Stirrat was coveted by several New Jersey clubs but chose Shore Athletic Club, and an
important reason was that the club competes nationally. He will be focusing his racing on the National Masters racing series. He competed at the 8K in Brea, California in late February
and next was the 10K in Dedham.
"In order to maximize his USATF Grand Prix score, he will need to compete in five of the races offered. His tentative list includes the Syracuse Festival of Races 5K in which he won his M55 division in 16:52 in 2010. Others could be the mile race in Flint, Mich., the 5K XC in Saratoga, the 12K in Alexandria, Va. and possibly a trip to San Francisco for the USATF National Club XC Championships in December." (Thanks again, Madeline, for the great story.)
In seconding Reno Stirrat's nomination as Shore AC Athlete of the Week, Masters LDR team captain Scott Linnell wrote: "After Reno led our men’s 60+ team to first place in the USATF National Masters 10K race this past Sunday, in Dedham, Mass., at age 61, Reno completed the hilly course in 37:05 for a pace of 5:58 per mile across the 6.2 miles. His stellar age grading of 89.31 ranked eighth among masters men and women at this national race. To my knowledge, it is the highest PLP achieved by a Shore AC athlete in a road race in at least two years. "
"That was a great performance," agreed Shore AC teammates Dave Friedman and John Kuhi.
Earlier, team captain Scott Linnell provided these further details:
"Dear Shore AC LDR Enthusiast: Every year in a town outside Boston, they pay homage to a famous author by holding a 10K race called “The James Joyce Ramble”. Why? Back in 1983, while a Martin Hanley of Dedham was wallowing through Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake”, he observed that the novel was as difficult to plod through as a road race. This notion led him to start a quirky 10K competition that blends literature with athleticism. Thirty years later, the event serves as one of 9 races in the USATF National Masters Team Grand Prix.
"Shore AC sent two teams to compete in the Ramble. Our guys are obviously speed readers because they tore through the course. In fact, the SAC M60+ squad leaped to the top of the podium with a magnificent gold-medal performance! And, in the 70+ category, our graying gentlemen nailed second place by a wide margin over two other teams. Feast your eyes not only on the great team accomplishments but also the superb individual performances!"
Already listed are the M60s performances, and here are the M70s results:
Shore AC placed second in team scoring with 1) "Prez" Nowicki 46:40 and 3rd M70-74; 2) Roland Cormier 49:49 and 2nd M75-79; 3) John Kuhi 53:33 and 9th 70-74.
And in another great family performance, Susan Stirrat (running without a complete W50+ team) finished third in the W55-59 age group."
With three races now in the books, the 2015 USATF National Team Grand Prix standings now show Shore AC atop the list in 70-79 and tied for third in 60-69.
Truly well done, one and all !!
DICK HILL NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF
WEEK FOR WEEK OF APRIL 19TH
With Richard (Dick) Hill, running has always been "all about the family."
At age 79, the Middletown runner is a former National Masters 15K champion, continues doing big things on the roads, tracks and cross-country at all distances, and regularly places high in his age group. And, to be sure, the enjoyment of running withthe extended Hill & Co. family runners adds even more to it each time he steps to the starting line.
Most recent Hill start came in the Capt. Ronald Zinn Memorial 5K at the Wall Township Recreation Complex on Sunday, April 19. He came through with a 41:20 clocking in the Shore AC-staged event, which honored the
late 2-time Olympian Zinn, as well as all Vietnam veterans, and it was good for second place of all 75-79s.
For this performance, as well as his incredible body of work over the years, Dick Hill has been named Shore Athletic Club's athlete of the week for the week of April 19, 2015.
We'll let son Kevin, himself one of the Shore area's busiest runners, the men's winner of the RunAPalooza Full Marathon just a day before running the Zinn 5K with his Dad, tell has his Dad's lustrous story:
"Dick Hill has been running competitively in the Shore area since 1975," wrote Kevin. "He ran competitively at Rutgers University, participating in cross country and track and field up until his graduation in 1957.
"The business world soon beckoned and he served as an executive at Prudential for over 40 years, and trained as an actuary.
"When the family moved from Minnesota to Holmdel in 1975, Dick opened up Prudential's Holmdel location and started running competitively in the Shore area.
One of his first signature accomplishments was breaking 40 minutes at age 40 at the inaugural PruPac 10K in 1977.
"From then on, he has averaged running over 20 competitive races a year ranging from the 800 meters to the marathon. When he's not racing, he has been busy organizing many informal runs at the great parks in
Monmouth County, including the infamous "Tuesdays at Thompson" run for many years.
"When he retired at age 59 in 1995, he picked up his competitive racing and dedicated many many weekends to the Shore Athletic Club. He raced internationally many times with many of his good friends and also raced domestically in national championships (including his 15K National title win in Florida) - all the while proudly sporting his Shore Athletic Club jersey.
"To this day, he loves to race. He leaves it 'all out there' every time and always has a great kick.
"He has been blessed with his wife Patricia, four children and 11 grandchildren, who also love to run.
"His two sons, Brian and Kevin, both live in Monmouth County and have been running races with their Dad for over 20 years.
"Brian races like his father, taking the races pretty seriously and giving it his all every time. Kevin is much more social runner who enjoys relaxed races from the half marathon up to 50 miles, usually followed by a post-race beer celebration.
"Last year alone,Dick ran about 20 races supporting the Shore Athletic Club and usually had a handful of family
members with him
"He's had miles and miles of fun through the years, trying to out-kick grandchildren down the finish, and has had a fun, competitive rivalry with his daughter-in-law Carolyn for many, many years. They laugh about it all the time and enjoyed running the Spring Lake 5-Mile Run, the Belmar 5, and the Falmouth Road race together last year.
"However, Dick is his proudest when watching his grandchildren run. He has had had three grandchildren run for Rumson Fair-Haven Regional High School, three run at Ridge High School; all five of Brian's children ran grammar school and now in one high school at Christian Brothers Academy. (That's grandson Brian, who won an array of freshman cross country high school championships last fall, was recognized as one of the state's most promising young runners, and was honored as Shore AC boys youth athlete of the year.)
"At all of these meets, the very proud grandfather can be seen running all over the course with the youngsters, just enjoying the true passion of the sport.
"He has joked many times that not enough races have a 'three generation award.' ( Although the last thing he needs is more awards).
"As an example, for the last 10 or so years, he has been fortunate enough to run local races such as Spring Lake, Lake Tak(anassee in Long Branch) and the George Sheehan Classic (in Red Bank) with Brian and Kevin, their wives
Christine and Carolyn, and at any given time three to six grandchildren.
"Dick's 2015 racing season kicked off at the Captain Ronald Zinn Memorial 5K Run last Saturday. As usual, he had a ferocious sprint to the finish and was smiling the entire way. He hopes to see many more of his good friends as he continues to race throughout 2015."
So congratulations once more to Dick and the whole outstanding Hill & Co. family team. See 'ya at the races, everybody.
Dick Hill becomes the fifth Shore AC Athlete of the Week. His predecessors have been Frank Haviland, March 22; Jason Gers, March 29; Brandon Roulhac, April 5, and Rich Luettchau, April 12.
To all: Please send us your Shore AC Athlete of The Week nominees each week.
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With his personal-record 1:34:52 performance, good for seventh place in the USA Track and Field Pan Am Cup 20-Kilometer Racewalking Trials, held Sunday morning, April 12, 2015, at Harry Wright Lake Park in Manchester Township, Ocean County, N.J., Richard "Rich" Luettchau punched his ticket to the 2016 USA Olympic Trials.
And with that sterling finish - one of many fine Shore AC performances in the 20K event that attracted the cream of the crop of American racewaling,Luettchau also earned the Shore AC's Athlete of The Week designation for the week ending April 12, 2015.
"That was a PR for me by 12 seconds and my best for four years," said thesmiling Luettchau when it was over. He'd come into the race with knee issues but the knee held up and he walked his fastest-ever time over the 20K (12.4-mile) Olympic distance. His prior best had been his 1:35:04 at the 2011 USATF Nationals.
For much of the way, Luettchau and Shore AC teammate Michael Giuseppe Mannozzi,well known in the sport as "The Italian Stallion," walked in tandem and helped each other notch solid performances.
Led by Luettchau's 1:34.52, Mannozzi's 1:34:53 right behind in eighth place, and SAC Racewalk Team Captain John Soucheck's 1:51:52 in 13th place, Shore AC captured the USATF-NJ men's team title that was at stake.
Shore AC's women's team triumphed, too, in USATF-NJ scoring, with Erin Taylor-Talcott in sixth place in the concurrent women's 20K (1:44:12),Susan Randall making an excellent debut for Shore AC in ninth (1:47:50) and Panse Geer anchoring the winning threesome in 16thplace (2:28.48.)
Shore AC also took the USATF-NJ men's Masters team title with Soucheck, Tom Quattrocchi (21st over-all in 2:17:41) and Barry Blake (23rd in 2:19:46.) But it was Pegasus AC of Michigan winning the USATF National Masters team crown.
Panse Geer's 2:28:00 also gave her yet another gold medal - as tops in the 65-69 division - in her distinguished career in USATF National Masters women's individual scoring. She has now won 19 golds in World and USA National competition !
Congratulations go to Mr. Ron Salvio and Freehold Area Running Club for staging a truly outstanding event, likely destined to be the top walk event in the nation all of 2015 !
Taylor-Talcott also won the women's National 35-39 Masters title.
She will soon fly off to the Pan Am Cup race in Arica, Chile, where
(pending official team announcement) Shore AC teammates Randall and Mannozzi are expected to join her on the 50K starting line. The women 's 50K in Chile will be recorded as the major international 50K ever held for women!
Other Shore AC places in 40-up National Masters scoring were: Men: Soucheck, 2nd in 45-49; Quattrocchi, 2nd in 60-64; and Blake, 3rd in 60-64;Women: Susan Randall, 2nd in 40-44.
Luettchau continues to be one of the busiest of all Shore AC athletes.
In addition his racewalking feats - he is a past USATF National 5K Champion, a multi-USATF-NJ state champion, and a member of many title-winning Shore AC teams - the 30-year-old Stockton University graduate is an outstanding distance runner with road racing wins in such events as the Big Chill 5K, the New Brunswick 5K, the Brick 5K and Green Brook Turkey Trot.
He, too, was the sole Shore AC standard-bearer in the Open Men's Division of the 2014 USA National Club 10K Cross Country Championships at Lehigh University.
Good news, too, is that Rich and Ms. Kristen Casabona of Mt. Olive recently announced their engagement. In "real life," Rich is a Geographic Information Systems Specialist
for the MacDonald-Hatchmott Co. of Iselin. Kristen is a ninth-grade English teacher.
At Stockton, Rich was both an outstanding runner with bests of 27:48 for 8K and 33:33 for 10K cross country. But he learned to be a racewalker, too,as a collegian and was fortunate to have Mr. Bill Preston - once a former racewalk star - as his head coach with the Stockton Ospreys. Racewalking was a scored event in many of the Ospreys' meets and thus he got plenty of encouragement and top-class coaching.
Next major Luettchau starts will include the USATF-NJ 5000-meter walk at Edison on May 29 and the USATF National 5K walk in Albany, NY on May 31.
Luettchau becomes the fourth Shore AC Athlete of the Week. His predecessors have been Frank Haviland, March 22; Jason Gers, March 29, and Brandon Roulhac, April 5.
To all: Please send us your Shore AC Athlete of The Week nominees each week.
BRANDON ROULHAC NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 5TH, 2015.
Veteran triple jumper Brandon Roulhac has been named Shore Athletic Club's Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 5, 2015, after his outstanding second-place finish in the Pepsi Florida Relays with a performance of 16.51 meters / 54 feet, 2 inches.
It was a superb early-season mark this outdoor campaign and put the long-time Shore AC leaper seventh on the world list thus far into 2015. Only Omar Craddocks, at 54-9 1/2, finished ahead of Roulhac.
Roulhac, 31, has been a brilliant triple jumper for years and owns a career best (PR) of 17.44 / 57-2 3/4 which puts him in the world top 75 all-time in his event.
As a student at Albany (Ga.) State University (where he gained a degree in computer science and had the top GPA in his graduating class), he was the 2005 NCAA Division II champion and a five-time All-American. After placing fifth in the 2006 USA Outdoor Nationals, he was fifth in the 2008 USA Olympic Trials, then had a major breakthrough year in 2009, when he won the USA Indoor and Outdoor titles, and advanced to the World Championships in Berlin, where he placed 13th.
Continuing his run of top finishes every year since, he's had a big 2015 thus far and placed fourth in the USA Indoor Nationals at Boston March 1 with a span of 53-1.
The 6-2, 160-pound Shore AC member has high hopes for the balance of the 2015 season, and beyond, and will again be an Olympic Team candidate in 2016.
"That was a tremendous performance by Brandon," said Shore AC varsity team coach Tim Brennan. "He is definitely headed to a big season."
Elsewhere at Florida Relays, Shore AC's George Fields placed fifth (24-6 1/4) and Tyrone Harris sixth (24-5 1/2) in the long jump, while in the 400 hurdles, Emanuel "Manny" Mayers clocked 50.63 and Brian Richards 51.40 in their sections. Mayers hopes to run for Trinidad and Tobago and Richards for Canada in major upcoming events including the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.
Shore AC "friend" Najee Glass, a Woodbridge resident and U. of Florida junior, won the Open 400 in 45.19 (as fastest American this year) and a leg on the Gators' winning 4x400 relay team, that ran a world-leading 3:01.78.
Brandon Roulhac is the third Shore AC Athlete of the Week for 2015, following Masters star Frank Haviland (week of March 22) and distance great Jason Gers (March 29.)
All Shore AC members and "friends" are eligible for the honor, and Shore AC invites members to send us their weekly candidates.
By Elliott Denman (email@example.com)
JASON GERS NAMED
SHORE AC ATHLETE OF WEEK
In the long run - or swim or bike - Jason Gers keeps proving himself
one of the best of the best
The 41-year-old Monmouth Beach resident led all Shore AC finishers
and ran sixth of all men in the 40-up bracket with an outstanding 1:16:22
performance in the New York Road Runners' United Airlines NYC
Half-Marathon on March 15th. In cold, windy conditions, over 20,000
ran and Jason outran at least 19,900 of them !!
Way to go, Jason, said all his friends and teammates, who now
salute him as Shore AC Athlete of the Week for the week of March 30th.
(He is the second Shore AC Athlete of the Week honoree, a process we hope to continue throughout the year. Very first Shore AC Athlete of the Week
honoree was Frank Haviland, with his three gold-medal performance in the USA Masters Indoor National Championships.)
Despite the tough conditions, Jason was just 2:03 off his all-time best
half-marathon (13.1-mile) performance, a 1:14:19 at Philadelphia in 2012.
Over the full marathon route (26.2 miles) Jason owns a best of 2:48, set at
Philadelphia in 2007.
Then again, some of his top performances have come in even more challenging situations. Jason has completed no less than 10 Ironman
Triathlon events - an amazing stat. Wow, 10 full Ironman finishes !!
Six of those came at Lake Placid and others at Hawaii (the grand daddy of them all), Cozumel, Louisville and St. George, Utah.
He obviously knows what it takes to do these long ones, and the feeling that's there when he crosses the finish line: "They are very humbling."
He'd been a star distanceman at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City before heading to Penn State.
But in 2001, his life reached a crossroad. Liver trouble worsened and he eventually underwent surgery for a liver transplant.
All worked out for the very best.
"I felt like a completely different person, full of energy" he said. "I was eager to get back to my career in the financial services industry and missed only five weeks of work."
He laced up his running shoes once again and it's been one good thing after another ever since.
He's run Shore AC XC League Races and hopes to run more events with the
SAC Masters Team captained by Scott Linnell. And on the first of November, he'll line up with some 48,000 others for the TCS NYC Marathon.
Jason and Loretta Gers are the parents of Jenna, a promising young age-group swimmer with Central Jersey Aquatic Club.
He's an inspiration to all of us and now he's our Athlete of the Week !!!
--- Elliott Denman.