Great article written by Jeff Benjamin on www.lifetimerunning.net on our very own, Harry Nolan. Train non-stop for close to 60 years and you pile up 145,000 miles of running. Race like a warrior, and you earn several national championships as well as world championship medals. Read the full article here.
Led by Shore Athletic Club "alumna" star Ajee Wilson's 1:58.29 800-meter clocking, Shore AC proudly announces that
nine Varsity Team and "alumni" members achieved USA nationally-ranked performances through the Covid 19-curtailed
2020 track and field campaign.
Indoor season action shut down the second week of March and the outoor season that followed provided only intermittent opportunities to
achieve top quality performances. And, of course, the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed to (optimistically) 2021 and such major
events as the Penn and Drake Relays, USA Olympic Trials and our own New Jersey International Meet were cancelled.
Nevertheless, many Shore AC athletes "found a way."
When Neptune Academy of Health and Science and Temple University graduate Ajee' Wilson won the 800 meters in the USATF Indoor National Championships,
staged Feb. 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it represented the 11th Senior National crown of her illustrious career, seven of them at Indoor Nationals and
four at Outdoor Nationals. And, at age 26, her best of all running years seem to be just ahead. Her best 800 time of 2020, 1:58.29, came at the Millrose Games at
New York's Armory Track Center on Feb. 8 and represented the only sub-2 clocking by a U.S. woman, indoors or outdoors, all year.
When Shore AC star Amina Smith cleared 6-3 1/2/ 1.92 meters, at the Terrapin Invitational Meet on Jan. 18, it was a mark topped only by Olympian Vashti Cunningham's
6-5 1/2 / 1.97 on the U.S. year list.
Shore AC's top-rated men's performance was A.J, Gruttdauro's 1:28:46 in the 20-kilometer racewalk, number two in the nation bested only by
Emanuel Corvera's 1:26:38. Gruttadauro also ranked fourth at the other Olympic distance of 50K, with his 4:42.32.
The women's U.S. 50K racewalk list saw Shore AC's Erin Taylor-Talcott in third place at 4:47.01. Her en-route time of 1:54.28 ranked ninth at 20K.
Also on the men's 50K list for 2020 were Shore AC teammates Michael Mannozzi (now on active Air Force duty after winning 15 National titles in previous years), sixth at 5:02:01;
and Masters stalwarts Dave Talcott, seventh at 5:06:52, and Barry Blake, 11th at 6:25:47.
Shore AC veteran Brandon Roulhac, a Nationally-ranked performer for over a decade, recorded a 54-1 1/4 / 16.49 mark at Indoor Nationals for the eighth best U.S. triple jump
performance of 2020.
Shore AC teammate Corey Murphy, the former IC4A and Penn Relays champion at Monmouth University, was 36th in the men's shot put at 63-1 /3/4 / 19.24 for his
Listed at 39th in the men's pole vault at 17-3 3/4 / 5.38 was Shore AC member Scott Houston, the 2018 USA National Indoor champion.
Monmouth University graduates Dylan Capwell and Allie Wilson, both now representing the Atlanta Track Club, gained National recognition at 800 meters.
Capwell's 1:47.68 put him 18th on the men's list; Wilson's 2:02.95 put her 23rd on the women's list.
Red Bank Catholic High School and Columbia University graduate Rob Napolitano of Brick Township and the Hoka One One team, posted the number five men's mile
in the nation, 3:56.56. He was also fourth at 1,000 meters at 2:18.36 and 19th at 1,500 meters at 3:38.03.
Also making the men's National lists were a pair of Christian Brothers Academy grads, Andrew Liskowitz and Tim Gorman. The rapidly-improving Liskowitz, now a senior at Michigan, had the nation's fifth best shot put mark, 68-11 3/4 / 21.02; Gorman, who competed collegiately at Dartmouth and Oregon, was listed 29th at 1,500 meters (3:41.45) and 46th at the mile (4:00.12.)
Surprise World Number One mark in the men's hammer throw was the late-season performance of 264-9 / 80.70 notched by former Cornell and Rutgers star Rudy Winkler;
Sam Mattis, his East Brunswick training partner and 2019 National champion, was second in the discus at 204-11 / 62.46.
Attached please find the RESULTS of the 57th Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k Run. As you know, this year was much different from the other 56 editions of the race due to COVID restrictions, but we were able to keep the tradition going as the oldest road race on the Jersey Shore, one which has never been canceled. Ironically, the eighteen participants was not much less than the number who ran in the first ever Polar Bear in 1964.
I especially want to thank all of the runners who turned out on a chilly morning, and Walter, Elliott and John Kuhi for helping to manage the event. Some of you who have been attending the event for many years like Elliott (the event founder in 1964) , John and Phil Hinck know that the event has been held from sub-zero up to eighty degree weather, in rain and snow storms, and ice covered boards, but it has always been held. Hopefully, in 2021 we will be back up to the 500 plus Polar Bear runners that Erin was able to attract in 2019.
Happy New Year.
A huge congratulations to Jess Abbott for becoming a National Champion again while Liliah Gordon snagged 5th place at the USATF Junior Olympics XC Championships! Phenomenal job, girls - we are so very proud of you!
Shore A.C. extends a huge congratulations to Beth for officially winning the 2020 virtual Boston Marathon! Beth ran away with a new PR of 2:45.54! That is a 6:19 pace for 26.2 miles! Impressive work - a truly incredible accomplishment!!
Matt Cola at St. John's send Elliott Denman this wonderful press release
Aliann Pompey Promoted to Associate Head CoachLongtime assistant and former Olympian elevated to new role
The St. John’s Athletic Department recently announced that four-time Olympian Aliann Pompey has been elevated to the position of Associate Head Coach.“I have to thank Mike Cragg and Coach Hurt for this honor and I am appreciative of them for their support and tutelage,” Pompey said.“They’re both part of the reason why I am able to continue doing what I love here at St. John’s University. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward working closely with our administration on continuing our tradition of success.”
Since joining the St. John’s track and field program as an assistant coach in 2014, Pompey has seen her athletes break the Red Storm’s indoor records twice in the 200 and 400 Meter Dashes while also eclipsing previous program bests in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 500 Meter Run and the 4×200 Meter Relay.
Pompey has also helped the Johnnies’ sprints and hurdles squad break outdoor records in the 100 Meter Hurdles, 800 Meter Run, the 4×200 Meter Relay and the 4×100 Meter Relay.
Most recently, Pompey guided Leah Anderson to three gold medals at the 2020 BIG EAST Indoor Championships, as she took first place in the 200, 400 and the 4×400 Meter Relay.
Anderson was named the conference’s most outstanding performer in track events and earned the BIG EAST High Point Performer Award, leading the field with 22.5 points. Pompey’s sprints and hurdles squad accounted for at least 60 percent of St. John’s total team points at the meet.
“I am very pleased and proud to have Coach Pompey become our associate head coach as she is exceptional in every way,” said Head Coach Jim Hurt.
“She is a great and winning coach, keenly intelligent and insightful, and a person of great character. She has made a significant impact on our program over the past six years and will continue to do so in the years to come.”
In 2017, Pompey assisted Adriana Wright in capturing the indoor BIG EAST High Point Performer Award after winning three gold medals in the 60 Meter Hurdles, 60 Meter Dash and the 200 Meter Dash. The following year, she helped Maya Stephens earn the conference’s Most Outstanding Co-Performer Award in track events accolade for her wins in the 200 and 400 at the 2018 indoor championships.
AS YOU SURELY KNOW, I HAVE FOREVER BELIEVED THIS ADAGE:
"Keep Walking New Jersey."
(New Jersey and everywhere else, too..)
So when the Johnnie Walker truck pulled up to Tim McLoone's Pier House, on the boardwalk in Long Branch, NJ,
this morning, it was the perfect occasion to advertise this point.
So here is the photo (attached above) attesting to all this..
Of course, my favorite beverage remains orange juice but if these challenging days continue for too long into the future, there's a possibility that Johnnie Walker may take a higher rung on my list of favored liquid refreshments.
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Douglas Friedman.)
AUGUST 17TH SAW THE CREW OF SAC PRESIDENT WALTER MACGOWAN, YOUTH XC DIRECTOR LESTER WRIGHT, HALL OF FAMERS HARRY NOLAN AND HOYLE MOZEE AT LAKE TAKANASSEE FOR A SYMBOLIC 2020 EVENT. HARRY AND WALTER TOED THE STARTING LINE TO KEEP THE LONG AND STORIED TRADITION OF THE SERIES RUNNING. HOPE WE CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL NEXT YEAR.
Atlanta Track Club Announces Common Ground Initiative
Club to Facilitate, Encourage and Provide Space for Conversations on Race
ATLANTA – July 21, 2020 −Atlanta Track Club, a non-profit with a mission of improving the health of Atlanta through running and walking, is asking Atlantans to slow down, pause their stopwatches and take a seat for a conversation on race. The Club on Tuesday announced its Common Ground initiative, a program designed to educate and inform its staff, leadership and members on issues of social justice and anti-racism.
Atlanta Track Club will give benches made from recycled water bottles used at the 50th Running of the AJC Peachtree Road Race to local non-profits, schools, parks, public institutions and partner corporations throughout the Metro Atlanta area. The benches – part of the Club’s existing efforts on environmental stewardship − will be used as a designated space for learning about the history and impact of systemic racism in the United States and listening to ways in which it might be dismantled.
“Following the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and far too many others, silence and complacency is unacceptable,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s Executive Director. “As runners ourselves, Arbery’s death here in Georgia undermines our core belief that no one should fear for their life when they step out the door for run. Today, we commit to being an anti-racist voice and that begins with listening.”
Kenah and other members of the Club’s Diversity & Inclusion Commission are embarking on a listening tour, engaging in conversations with leaders who run with a focus on Black members of the running community. These conversations will be posted on YouTube and offered as podcasts. The first conversation, with Bob Holmes, longtime Georgia legislator and founding member of the South Fulton Running Partners, was released today. Holmes told Kenah that running as a sport can lead the way in making the world a better place.
“I’ve never really had any problem with anybody that I have been running with that is a different color than I am,” said Holmes. “I don’t know what it is about runners, but it creates a neat feeling among people. We are all interested in health. We are all interested in sisterhood and brotherhood. And we are all interested in achieving the same goal of keeping us healthy and safe.”
Founded in 1979, the South Fulton Running Partners is the nation’s oldest Black running club. Atlanta Track Club hosts a 12K road race in conjunction with the organization each January.
You can watch the complete interview with Holmes here or listen to on Atlanta Track Club’s Soundcloud page or on iTunes or Google Play.
Atlanta Track Club will be contacting organizations and groups to offer the opportunity to place one of the benches on their properties. Organizations interested in receiving a bench can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. In total, the Club hopes to place more than 20 benches as part of its Common Ground initiative.
Atlanta Track Club has also announced updates to its diversity and inclusion statement, which can be found here.
About Atlanta Track Club
Atlanta Track Club is a nonprofit committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta. Through running and walking, Atlanta Track Club motivates, inspires and engages the community to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
With more than 30,000 members, Atlanta Track Club is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to the AJC Peachtree Road Race (peachtreeroadrace.org) – the largest 10K in the world, the Publix Atlanta Marathon, PNC Atlanta 10 Miler and Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Atlanta Track Club directs more than 30 events per year. Through the support of its members and volunteers, Atlanta Track Club also maintains a number of community initiatives including organizing and promoting the Kilometer Kids youth running program to metro Atlanta youth, honoring high school cross country and track and field athletes through Atlanta Track Club’s All-Metro Banquets and supporting the Grady Bicycle EMT program. For more information on Atlanta Track Club, visit atlantatrackclub.org.
MESSAGE FROM ELLIOTT DENMAN
I love track and field.
I love its total inclusiveness – there’s something in it for everybody.
It’s been that way seemingly forever.
It’s been the most democratic of pastimes in our nation virtually from Day One.
And I’m oh-so-proud to remind you that our own Shore Athletic Club has been doing it all so-very-well dating back to its own origins in the early 1930s.
While others – other sports, other athletic clubs – were brainlessly drawing ethnic boundaries and imposing participation limitations of one thoughtless kind or other, Shore AC was always there to take the opposite route, as a great shining example of what America really-truly/ oh-so-surely should be.
If ever there was an All-American track and field team, that was Shore AC then and that is what Shore AC is now.
That make me very-very-very proud and I hope it makes all of us just as
very-very-very proud as I am right now and will forever continue to be.
These, of course, are doubly challenging days.
We’ve been self-contained since mid-March. We still have no clear idea when we’ll be able to resume all our great activities – staging meets and races that provide huge opportunities to the whole world; fielding and supporting Varsity and Masters and Age-Group teams and then sending them out to compete against all their contemporaries, and setting one tremendous example to all of our communities.
We certainly hope you’ve been “hanging in there” best you can – one way or another.
We know how anxious you surely are to return to a degree of normalcy.
But until that great day comes, and our nation truly embraces the one-for-all, all-for-one view of all things, that our club and our sport represent so very well, let’s just continue doing all we can to weather the storm.
Yes, yes, yes, let's hope that the rest of the nation can do it as well as we have been doing all along.
Track and field metaphors seem to deliver this message best. This is not a sprint but a marathon. There are high hurdles to clear. All bars must be set high. And we can’t possibly do it alone. Life is a relay race forever. The baton is in your hands, and mine.
Run strongly, run bravely, dear Shore AC teammates.
Written from home, June 3, 2020