CHEERS AGAIN FOR SHORE AC ATHLETES, BOTH OUR ALUMNI GREATS AND CURRENT SHORE AC VARSITY STARS, AS WELL AS OUR H.S. AND COLLEGIATE FRIENDS AND MEMBERS, FOR THEIR MANY OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES AT USA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FEB. 22-24 2019 AT OCEAN BREEZE, STATEN ISLAND, NY. AND AN ARRAY OF OTHER MEETS THIS HUGE WEEKEND.
AT USA INDOOR NATIONALS:
WOMEN'S 1000 - Ms. Ajee' Wilson wins the 9th USA National Title of her brilliant career in 2:34.71, time that is meet record, personal best, and 2019 world leader !! Truly tremendous !!! 6th Place: Allie Wilson, Monmouth University, 2:41.76 PR after 2:42.51 PR in qualifying round !! Also: Brianna Stratz (Monmouth) 2:45.44 7th in trial.
SHORE AC VARSITY TEAM ATHLETES EXCELLED AS FOLLOWS: MEN'S PV - Scott Houston, 18-4 3/4, 2nd place. MEN'S HJ - Kris Kornegay-Gober, 7-1 1/2, 3rd place. WOMEN'S HJ - Amina Smith, 6-2, 3rd place. MEN'S 3000M Racewalk - Rich Luettchau, 13:18.49, 5th place. WOMEN'S 3000M Racewalk - Chelsea Conway, 14:26.74 PR, 5th place. Also: Darien Johnson, 7th in his 60m dash trial, 6.88. Je'von Hutchison, 5th in his 600m trial, 1:19.71. Kristin Andrews, 5th in her 600m trial, 1:34.13. Jill Marois, pole vault, missed her opening height of 13-11 3/4.
MEN'S MASTERS 60M DASH - Shore AC's Michael Kish 4th in 8.28.
MEN'S 1000 - Alumni great Robby Andrews 9th in 2:22.53 after 2:22:01 trial. RBC graduate Rob Napolitano 4th in 2:21.47 PR.
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY MEN EXCELLED AS FOLLOWS: Bryan Sosoo 5th in 60m dash semi in 6.79 after 6.76 trial. Corey Murphy 11th in shot put at 59-0. Monmouth alumnus Dylan Capwell 5th in 1000 final in 2:21.55.
OTHER NEW JERSEYANS CROWNED
AS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WERE: Ms. Athing Mu - age 16 of Trenton Track Club, women's 600m in 1:23.57, meet record (old record: Ajee' Wilson in 1:23.84, 2017) world and American junior record, 2019 world leader and number two all-time. Many cheers for Ms. Mu !! Ms. Keturah Orji - triple jump of 47-9, meet record, number two all-time mark !
ON THIS HUGE WEEKEND THAT ALSO SAW MANY OTHER MAJOR MEETS, WE SALUTE THESE GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS, TOO: NJSIAA MEET OF CHAMPIONS, Toms River. Boys 3200M - 1. Liam Murphy, Allentown, 8:54.22; 2. Devin Hart, Pt. Pleasant Boro, 8:54.65. A race for the ages !!! Boys Shot Put - 1. Brendan Loftus, Red Bank Regional, 56-7. AND MANY MORE BIG PERFORMANCES AT "THE BUBBLE."
HEPS/ IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT HARVARD Marvin Morgan of Penn (Neptune HS graduate) wins men's 60m dash in 6.78, 4th in 200 dash 21.86. C.J. Licata, Princeton freshman, wins SP at 59-11 1/4/ (with CBA grads Dan Mead 5th 54- 4 3/4 and Will Lutkewitte 9th 52-1 1/4 both for Cornell.) women's SP: Emma Vasen of Yale (Ocean Twp HS graduate) 4th at 48-3 1/2
and THESE GREAT PERFORMANCES BY CBA ALUMNI: BLAISE FERRO WINS 3000m Final in 8:28:90, leads Northern Arizona University to Big Sky Conference team title in Bozeman, Montana and is named Big Sky Meet MVP !! ANDREW LISKOWITZ of host team Michigan wins Big 10 SP Title at 64-6 1/2 (with St. Rose graduate Luke Grodeska of Penn State 13th at 55-5 and 9th in weight throw at 64-10 3/4.) PLUS THESE TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES BY RUTGERS AT BIG 10 MEET: Izaiah Brown wins Big 10 Indoor 400 for 4th straight year, 45.82, then anchors 3:08.94 4h place 4x400 relay. Rutgers teammates A'Nan Bridgett 3rd LJ at 23-10 1/4 and Perry Christie 4th HJ 6-11 3/4.
SHORE AC MEMBERS STAR FOR ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY AT BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ASPIRE INSTITUTE IN GENEVA, OHIO: SP: 1, Amarys Berry 14.57 , 6. Sam Morillo 13.57, 8th Bernadette MacGowan 9th Ashley Walsh. Wt Throw: 2. Jen Odoemene 17.85 5. Ashley Walsh 16.44, 7. Sam Morillo 16.17.
High-level achievers and major-meet medalists in all categories highlight the Honors List of awardees who will be saluted at the annual Shore Athletic Club Awards Banquet scheduled for March 10 at The English Manor catering facility, Ocean Township, NJ.
Michael Kish, double medalist in the M65-division sprints at the World Masters Championships in Malaga, Spain, has been named winner of the Johnny Hayes Memorial Award as the club's athlete of the year.
Newest members of the Shore AC Hall of Fame will be Tony Plaster, John Soucheck, Larry Scheid and Mike Geraltowski.
The complete list of honorees:
SHORE AC 2018 JOHNNY HAYES MEMORIAL AWARD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR MICHAEL KISH SHORE AC 2018 MEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NATIONAL INDOOR POLE VAULT CHAMPION SCOTT HOUSTON SHORE AC 2018 WOMEN’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR KRISTIN ANDREWS SHORE AC 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MR. TONY PLASTER SHORE AC 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MR. JOHN SOUCHECK SHORE AC 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MR. LARRY SCHEID SHORE AC 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE MR. MIKE GERALTOWSKI SHORE AC 2018 WISNE R BROTHERS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE SPORT OF TRACK AND FIELD MR. FRED DWYER SHORE AC 2018 MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR LARRY RAMIREZ SHORE AC 2018 WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR PARIIS GARCIA SHORE AC 2018 IRWIN BERNSTEIN MEMORIAL AWARD MASTERS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR RENO STIRRAT SHORE AC 2018 BOB ROGGY MEMORIAL AWARD FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR MIKE BRAZZEL SHORE AC 2018 BOB ROGGY MEMORIAL AWARD FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR ONEITHEA “NENI” LEWIS SHORE AC 2018 DR. GEORGE SHEEHAN MEMORIAL AWARD MEN’S DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR JUSTIN SCHEID SHORE AC 2018 MARY CONRY MEMORIAL AWARD WOMEN’S DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR KELLEE McEWEN SHORE AC 2018 CHRIS MALONE MEMORIAL AWARD MASTERS DISTANCE RUNNER OF THE YEAR BOB SKORUPSKI SHORE AC 2018 RODNEY CRAIG MEMORIAL AWARD YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR JESSICA ABBOTT SHORE AC 2018 RODNEY CRAIG MEMORIAL AWARD YOUTH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR KAI’LEEL JEFFERSON SHORE AC 2018 COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR ALLIE WILSON SHORE AC 2018 COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR DYLAN CAPWELL SHORE AC 2018 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR DEVIN HART SHORE AC 2018 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR JARED CONTE SHORE AC 2018 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR EMMA VASEN SHORE AC 2018 WILLIAM FUNKHOUSER MEMORIAL AWARD MEN’S RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR ANTHONY J. GRUTTADAURO SHORE AC 2018 WOMEN’S RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR CHELSEA CONWAY SHORE AC 2018 MATTHEW STUPER MEMORIAL AWARD YOUTH RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR SAM ALLEN SHORE AC 2018 MATTHEW STUPER MEMORIAL AWARD YOUTH RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR GRACE ENDY SHORE AC 2018 DON JOHNSON MEMORIAL AWARD MASTERS RACEWALKER OF THE YEAR ERIN TAYLOR-TALCOTT SHORE AC 2018 ELLIOTT DENMAN AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE OVER THE YEARS MR. PHIL HINCK SHORE AC 2018 TOM AND PHYLLIS FYFE AWARD TO THE FAMILY OF THE YEAR THE HILL FAMILY SHORE AC 2018 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TIMOTHY McQUEEN SHORE AC 2018 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR DR. IVAN BLACK SHORE AC 2018 “GET UP AND GO” AWARD MR. JOSEPH RENZELLA SHORE AC 2018 COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD MR. SCOTT LINNELL SHORE AC 2018 TEAM SPIRIT AWARD DAN CAMPBELL SHORE AC 2018 TEAM SPIRIT AWARD SUSAN STIRRAT SHORE AC 2018 TEAM SPIRIT AWARD NICHOLAS REID SHORE AC 2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD PENN RELAYS SHUTTLE HURDLES CHAMPIONS FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR ! SHORE AC 2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD MILLROSE GAMES WOMEN’S DISTANCE MEDLEY CHAMPIONS SHORE AC 2018 MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE AWARD DESMOND HOWELL SHORE AC 2018 PRESIDENT’S AWARD MR. LESTER WRIGHT, JR. SHORE AC 2018 KEN WILLIAMSON AWARD OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR MR. THOMAS HASSARD SHORE AC 2018 COURAGE AWARD MR. THOMAS ZARRA SHORE AC 2018 JOURNALISM AWARD MR. PAUL MULSHINE SHORE AC 2018 SERVICE AWARD ERIN O’NEILL SHORE AC 2018 SERVICE AWARD DAWN WILCOX SHORE AC 2018 DEPUTY’S AWARD DAVID GARRIDO
The USA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, SPONSORED BY TOYOTA, RETURN EAST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS AND IT WILL BE TERRIFIC SEEING OUR GREAT CLUB WELL REPRESENTED IN THIS MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET. ACTION IS SCHEDULED FOR THE OUTSTANDING OCEAN BREEZE FACILITY ON FATHER CAPPODANO BOULEVARD WITHIN SIGHT OF THE VERRAZZANO NARROWS BRIDGE, STATEN ISLAND, NYC, FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY, FEB 22-23-24, 2019..
MANY OF US COMPETED AT THIS GREAT LOCATION SUNDAY, FEB. 10TH, IN THE NEW JERSEY-NEW YORK USATF ASSOCIATION OPEN AND MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WE ALL DID FINE THINGS IN OUR RESPECTIVE AGE CATEGORIES. WE SEEMED TO BE REPRESENTED IN NEARLY EVERY EVENT and NUMEROUS AGE BRACKETS AND MAY HAVE ROLLED UP A ZILLION TEAM POINTS. WE ARE AWAITING FINAL TABULATIONS ON THIS. THIS WAS ONE DAY AFTER DOING VERY GOOD THINGS AT THE MILLROSE GAMES, AT THE ARMORY, AND THE DAVID HEMERY CLASSIC AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY.
THE USA INDOOR NATIONALS WERE LAST HELD IN THE NORTHEAST, AT BOSTON IN 2015. THEY WERE LAST HELD IN NYC, AT THE ARMORY IN 2002. PRIOR TO THAT, THEY WERE A TRADITIONAL FIXTURE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 1970 TO 1993, AND BEFORE THAT AT THE GARDEN, 1927 TO 1965.
NOW LOOKING AHEAD, AS OF MONDAY NIGHT, FEB. 11, THESE ARE OUR SHORE AC ENTRIES IN USA NATIONALS FEB. 22-24:
»Kristin E. Andrews women's 600. »Chelsea L. Conway, women's 3000m racewalk »Michael J. Cyphers, men's pole vault »Scott J. Houston, defending champion in men's pole vault. »Craig T. Hunter. men's pole vault »Je'von J. Hutchison, men's 300 »Kristopher P. Kornegay-Gober, men's high jump »Richard J. Luettchau, II, men's 3000m racewalk »Jill J. Marois, women's pole vault »Amina C. Smith, women's high jump
We hope all of our teammates are officially accepted into the meet and await final decisions by the USATF games committee.
If a non-scoring men's sprint medley event is included on the Friday program, we may be represented in that event, also. It remains a possibility.
And, of course/of course/of course. we will be rooting for our distinguished Shore AC Alumni athletes;;;;
We'll be cheering for these Monmouth University athletes, too: Allie Wilson, women's 1000. Brianna Stratz, women's 1000. Corey Murphy, men's shot put.
And our many/many/many friends from around the track and field universe. Several of us will be there officiating, too.
THIS WILL BE A GREAT MEET TO WATCH, TOO. WE ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO COME ON OUT TO THE MEET TO CHEER ON OUR TEAMMATES AS WELL AS THE NATION'S BEST. FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AS WELL AS TICKET INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE BY GOING TO WWW.USATF.ORG AND CLICKING ON TO TOYOTA USA INDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.
NEW YORK, January 26, 2019 – Both a world indoor men’s and national high school indoor girls’ record were broken during the 2nd annual Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge Saturday at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center.
Seattle-based Brooks Beasts 4x1mile men’s relay team blazed the “Fastest Track in the World” with a time of 16:03.68, taking down HOKA NJ-NY Track Club’s previous mark of 16:12.81 that also was set at The Armory in 2017.
North Rockland High School (NY) 16-year-old junior running sensation Katelyn Tuohy set the national high school mark in the women’s 3,000m with a time of 9:01.81. She bested the previous mark of 9:04.51 by Mary Cain (Bronxville High School, NY) in 2013 in Boston. It was the first opportunity for Tuohy, the 2018 national high school cross country champion, to compete against professionals.
“I was having a great time out there,” said Tuohy who finished third behind winner Amanda Eccleston’s 8:56.68. “I was so close to breaking 9 minutes, but that will give me motivation for the future.
“My goal was to see what it was like to race against professionals, but I had a time goal for a sub-9. It was a little intimidating, but I had a lot of fun. It was so much easier racing with girls who are better than me and I just worked off them.”
Next up for Tuohy is a return to The Armory to compete in the girls’ high school mile in the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on Saturday February 9th.
The Brooks Beasts Team of David Ribich, Henry Wynne, Brannon Kidder and anchor Izaic York ran much of the race toe-to-toe with HOKA NJ-NY Track Club until York took control midway through his mile anchor leg. HOKA NJ-NY finished at 16:16.05. “I love to have a stick in my hand because that stick represents all four of us,” an emotional York said afterward. “It fires me up. These guys are my best friends, they are like family.”
Brooks Beasts coach Danny Mackey told the four runners in October they would break the 4x1mile record.
York’s three teammates were on the track cheering him on as he headed for the finish line. The team was convinced before they stepped on The Armory track that the record was theirs.
“We had a confidence going into this,” said Kidder, who ran the third leg. “Our whole team is healthy right now. There were three other guys who could have been on this relay (team) right now. We knew we had great milers.
“We were so confident coming into this race. When you visualize a race like this over and over you replay that moment when you break away.”
U.S. Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs performed for the first time at The Armory and didn’t disappoint The Armory crowd as he won the shot put event with a 68 feet, 1.7 inches throw. He’ll return to The Armory for the NYRR Millrose Games where he’ll throw in the center of the 200-meter track against a strong field including 2016 USA Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser.
“Being able to be right in the center of the field you can’t beat that,” Kovacs said looking ahead to the shot put setting for the NYRR Millrose Games. “You can’t beat that – all the energy and all the spectators. I was a little bit quiet today, but two weeks from today I promise you I’ll turn the volume up.”
Outstanding USA miler Craig Engels also will return to The Armory in two weeks following an impressive victory. Engels won the men’s 1,000m with a 2:18.98, the fastest time in the world this season, a good tune-up for his NYRR Wanamaker Mile appearance.
“I felt really, really good,” Engels said. “That was a good race and it’s a cool distance and we don’t get to run it often. This track is awesome, and the crowd was awesome – this is one of the best in the world. (The NYRR Wanamaker Mile) will be a good level field with Yomif (Kejelcha) and (Edward) Cheserek and all the U.S. guys in there.”
Jamaica middle-distance star Natoya Goule, owner of the third fastest 800m in the world for 2018, turned in an outstanding performance with a 2:37.55 to win the women’s 1,000m.
Ajeé Wilson won the women’s 600m with a 1:25.91 time and will be back in two weeks to defend her women’s 800m American record. Interestingly, Wilson’s 600m was the fastest in the world this season, which is previously held by Goule. Wilson and Goule will be competing head to head in the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m at the NYRR Millrose Games.
Saturday’s meet included 14 professional events mixed in with The Armory’s signature college event. The former Armory Track Invitational was renamed last year in honor of longtime Armory president and founder Dr. Norbert Sander, who passed away in 2017. For more meet results from the 2nd annual Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge please click HERE and go to www.ArmoryTrack.com.
ASBURY PARK - Shore Athletic Club members, located far and wide, over the nation and beyond, mourn the sudden passing of teammate Thomas "Tom" Bazley.
Along with younger brother Bob, Tom was a charter member of the "new" Shore Athletic Club, and one of the first to sign up for the club, when it was reborn in the name of the "old" Shore AC that had been one of the nation's most prominent clubs, at the historic, founding meeting of the club at the Asbury Park YMCA IN 1964.
Tom, just as brother Bob, was a brilliant distance runner in track and cross country at Long Branch High School. He went on to an outstanding career at Rutgers University and went on to serve two years on the Rutgers coaching staff under Coach Les Wallack. He went on to earn Masters and Doctorate degrees and served our nation so well in the field of postal security.
Tom....you were the best and did so much...you lived life to the fullest and saw the world...You ran with the best and your memory will be with us forever...We fondly remember all those wonderful Long Branch beachfront 4-mile runs "for the whales" in the event created by the Bazley family. We saluted your memory at the start of the Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k on the boardwalk....You were truly with us in soul and spirit...
A moment of silence was observed before the start of the Polar Bear 5K. Wonderful memories flooded many of our hearts.
At this time, we also remembered many of our other dear friends, teammates and colleagues from our favorite sport. A short roll call of names was read. They'd all shared starting lines with us in past years. Or made the sport what it is today.
Stafford Thompson. Coach Kevin Attridge. Coach John Ward. Ralph Aquino. Larry Friedman. Bob Mimm, Don Johnson. Harry Drazin. Art Glass. John Leonard. Dr. George Sheehan. Dr. Prescott "Pete" Evarts. Dr. Daniel Marzano, Bernard Laufgas. Sanford "Sandy" Kalb. Alan Wood. Bob Falciola. Jeff Davis. James "Jim" Robbins, Jack Lucey, Tom Baum, Coach Mike Brady, Coach Les Wallack, Dr. Norb Sander. Frank Budd. Mike Peniston. Ken Feacher. Rodney Craig. Bergen King. Coach Hank Nonnenberg. Matthew Stuper. Coach Nick Merli. John Morton. Joe and Mary Goodspeed. Coach Jack Rafter. Coach Bud Siegmund, Larry James. Andy Stanfield. Mal Whitfield. Horace Ashenfelter. Coach Bill Bruno. Frank Litsky.
"And from distant lands, Dr. Roger Bannister, Bill Baillie, Dick Quax, Grete Waitz."
ASBURY PARK - After 55 years, new chapters keep adding to the lore of the Asbury Park Polar Bear Races.
The authors include such notable figures on the statewide running and racewalking circuits as Justin Scheid of Succasunna, Beth Marzigliano of Belmar, John Soucheck of Little Silver and Maria Paul of Long Branch.
Their triumphs Saturday in the Polar Bear event - Scheid and Marzigliano in the 5K run, Soucheck and Paul in the 10-mile racewalk - ensured their places in the annals of this longest-going event on the busy-busy, year-round Shore area calendar of footracing competition.
A year-end feature at Holiday time since their origin in 1964, the Polar Bear Racewalks have endured virtually every form of meteorological extreme over the years - everything from rain and snow to the blizzard of 2010 to the oncoming Superstorm Sandy of 2012. But after Friday's all-day rain, some 400-plus Polar Bear athletes welcomed the mild (temperatures in the 50's) but gusty conditions on the boardwalk Saturday.
Scheid, the former Georgetown University star, capped it all by racing off with over-all honors in the 5K and crossed the finish line just south of Convention Hall in 15:42, a clocking that moved him to sixth place on the all-time Polar Bear ranking list, a stellar roster still topped by mile great and USA Olympian Marty Liquori's 15:23 dating back to 1975. In the process, he relegated another USA Olympian, Bill Reilly of Oceanport, who'd run 15:45 in 1971, down to seventh all-time.
"The wind was a little rough at times, but that was not a huge problem, considering all the things that I know have happened here over the years," said Scheid, smiling, after his decisive decision over 2017 champion Joseph Amoresano of Hoboken (who ran 16:34) and third-placer Eric Laurel of Portland. Oregon (16:57.)
Marzigliano, meanwhile was running a brilliant race of her own. With an 18:13 clocking, she led all women and outran all but the top seven men. Just one previous Polar Bear women's titlist - ex-Villanova star Amanda Marino, who'd run 17:41 in 2016 - has ever been quicker on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Her leading challengers were Kiera Russo of Eatontown (18:43) and 8-year-old sensation Ava Johnson of Howell (20:42.)
The co-featured 10-mile racewalk had opened the program at 10 a.m. and multi-past champions Soucheck and Paul were the class of the field. Soucheck led the men with a 1-hour, 38-minute, 22-second performance and Paul outwalked all the women in 2:02:56. For both, it meant elevated positions in the Polar Bear archives.
It was an eye-opening 16th all-time Polar Bear walk win for Soucheck, and the fifth Polar Bear win for Paul. Soucheck now has a wide lead on former Toms River resident Ray Funkhouser (a 10-time past Polar Bear winner, dating back to 1983) while Paul shares the women's all-time Polar Bear lead with Panse Geer of Hazlet and Sherry Brosnahan of Bridgewater. All three have now walked to five Polar Bear wins.
Special Polar Bear honors were reserved for Middletown's Dr. Harold "Harry" Nolan, and Raritan resident Eliot Collins. Nolan, who placed 76th in the 5K at 24:42, added to one of the longest-running streaks anywhere in the sport. It was his 55th consecutive Polar Bear completion - he's never missed one - and some of his past finishes included return trips home from Nebraska, Utah and New Hampshire.
Noted journalist-author Marc Bloom - the former St. Rose High School cross country coach - was the only 70-up runner over the line (in 22:21) ahead of Nolan.
Collins won the Polar Bear "daily double" title, racewalking 10 miles in 2:15:10, then running 5K in 39:53.
Veteran runner Dave DeMonico - adorned as Santa Claus - was a big part of the event again, too. After his National Anthem trumpet solo at the 5K race's start, his mid-race serenades put added bounce in every runner's stride. And when it was over, he led a small corps of runners in taking a quick ocean dip - the equivalent of a three-meter freestyle.
"It wasn't so bad going in, but you really felt it when you came out," said DeMonico. "But that's a big part of the Polar Bear experience, too."
The races were again hosted and organized by Shore Athletic Club volunteers, led by Middletown's Erin O'Neill. Champions Scheid, Marziigliano, Soucheck and Paul. and super-vets Bloom and Nolan, are all Shore AC members.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
More pictures from the 2018 Asbury Park Polar Bear Races
LOS ALTOS, CALIFORNIA - The authoritative Track and Field News world and U.S. rankings for the 2018 season have been posted and once again Shore AC "alumni" and current Varsity Team athletes have earned prominent positions of honor.
Once again atop the USA women's 800-meter list is Neptune's own Ajee' Wilson, our distinguished Shore AC alumna.
Already an eight-time USA champion, a 2016 Olympian and past World Youth and Junior champion, Temple University graduate Ms. Wilson is ranked #1 in the nation at the two-lap distance and #3 in the world. Only her chief rivals on the global circuit, Caster Semenya of South Africa and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, are listed ahead of international star Wilson in the World rankings. Semenya was also named women's athlete of the year by Track and Field News, the publication called "the bible of the sport."
Seven current Shore AC Varsity Team athletes have gained U.S. top-10 rankings in their specialities.
With the wheels in motion - hopefully - to get the women's 50-Kilometer Racewalk onto the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program, 50K pioneer Erin Taylor-Talcott of Shore AC is ranked #2 in the nation and clubmate Susan Randall #3 over the ultra-tough 31.1-mile distance. Taylor-Talcott's promotional efforts over a long period of years are now paying off as the 50K seems destined to become the 24th Olympic event for women - matching the men's total - as the IAAF and IOC stride to their avowed goals of assuring total gender equity.
On the men's side of the sport, Shore AC pole vaulter Scott Houston, javelin thrower Mike Brazzel and racewalkers Anthony "A.J." Gruttadauro, Michael Mannozzi and Dave Talcott have all gained top-10 U.S. positions.
Houston, the USA national indoor champion, was ranked #3 in the pole vault, back only of World #1 Sam Kendricks and Chris Nilsen.
Brazzel, the former Georgian Court University star, made his Shore AC debut season a big one and ranked #8 in the javelin, on a USA list topped by another Jerseyan, Curtis Thompson of Florence and Mississippi State University.
The men's 50K racewalk list sees Shore AC's Gruttadauro as #3 and Talcott as #6. In the men's 20K racewalk rankings, it's Shore AC's Gruttadauro #7 and Mannozzi #9.
Donovan Catholic HS graduate and UCLA sophomore Alyssa Wilson of Howell Township gained a National #10 ranking in the women's hammer throw. Of course, she's always a triple threat in every major meet - having excelled in the shot put and discus, too at such major meets as the Pac-10, NCAA, USA 20-under and World 20-Under Championships.
Many other New Jerseyans feature prominently in the rankings. Among them are:
Mount Olive's Keturah Orji, World #4 and USA #1 in the women's triple jump, and USA #4 in the long jump.
Dunellen's Sydney McLaughlin, World #5 and USA #3 in the women's 400 hurdles. and USA #7 at 200 meters and #10 at 400 meters.
Montvale's Zack Bazile, World #10 and USA #4 in the men's long jump.
Princeton University alumna Imani Oliver, USA #3 in the women 's triple jump.
East Brunswick's Sam Mattis, USA #3 in the men's discus.
Rutgers grad Rudy Winkler, USA #3 in the men's hammer throw.
Edison's Monique Riddick, the Fairleigh Dickinson coach and former Monmouth assistant coach, USA #5 in the women's shot put.
Haddonfield's Marielle Hall, USA #5 in the women's 5,000 meters.
Deptford's Tim Van Liew, #6 in the men's javelin throw.
Old Bridge's Travis Mahoney, #8 USA in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase.
Dunellen's Taylor McLaughlin - Sydney's brother - USA #9 in the men's 400 hurdles.
Princeton University's Adam Kelly, #9 USA in the men's hammer throw.
Ajeé Wilson breaks the tape in World Record time during last February’s Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 4x800 Relay at the 111th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in Washington Heights. Photo by John Nepolitan
NEW YORK, November 26, 2018– The 112th NYRR Millrose Games are scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, and the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m race promises to be one of the highlights of the meet. Four competitors from last year’s world record-setting race in the 4x800m relay are set to return to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.
Highlighting the field is local superstar Ajeé Wilson, the 2017 world championship bronze medalist, and the hero of the American relay team that set the 4x800m world record. Wilson is the outdoor American record holder in the 800m, with a personal best of 1:55.61. Wilson will certainly have her eyes set on claiming the indoor American 800m record as her own. “I’m looking forward to a great race at Millrose,” said Wilson, of Neptune Township, N.J. “I know that it will be a tough race with the talent and strength of the other girls running.”
Victory will indeed not come easily for Wilson, as she will be challenged by Jamaican standout Natoya Goule. The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist had a tremendous 2018 season, running a Jamaican record of 1:56.15 at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco, a race where she bested Wilson. Goule will look to continue to establish herself as one of the best 800m runners in the world at Millrose.
Also in the field is Charlene Lipsey, who ran on the record-setting relay team, and is also Wilson’s training partner and the current indoor American record holder. Lipsey ran her record-setting time of 1:58.64 at Millrose in 2017, and built off that momentum to make the world championship final that summer, where she finished seventh. Another American name to look out for is 2018 breakout star Ce’Aira Brown. Brown ran a terrific third leg on the runner-up relay team at Millrose last year, and later went on to break two minutes for the first time, running 1:58.01 in Sweden.
The Rudin family has a long and distinguished history supporting the sport of running and New York City. During the 111th NYRR Millrose Games the Rudin family sponsored the women’s 4x800 relay which culminated in a world record. “We are excited to again be a part of this iconic sporting event in New York City, the 112th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory,” said Eric and Bill Rudin. “We believe the Jack & Lewis Rudin Women’s 800m in a few months will match the excitement of last February’s world-record breaking performance by a superb USA team.
“Our fathers were extremely devoted to New York City and the sport of running. What better way to add to their legacy than for their names to be associated with this prestigious indoor track & field meet.” “The Armory is delighted to announce the continued generous support by The Rudin Family- New York City's First Family of Running, for the Jack and Lewis Rudin Women's 800m featuring many of the most renowned runners in the world, during the 2019 NYRR Millrose Games,” Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel added.
The Jack & Lewis Rudin’s Women’s 800m is just one of many loaded events at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor track meet in the world. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs throwing from the center of the track. Top athletes for the Men’s 800m were recently announced, including the dynamic trio of Clayton Murphy, Michael Saruni and Donavan Brazier. The night’s signature events are the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.
Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9th NYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory. For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org. Follow The Armory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @armorynyc, or go to ArmoryTrack.com or Armory.NYC. About the NYRR Millrose Games With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.
About The Armory Foundation The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year's 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors. The Armory also runs NewYork - Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.
About the Rudin Family The Rudin family has long supported running in New York City and is best known for its Samuel Rudin Trophy, presented since 1976 to the winning male and female runners in the TCS New York City Marathon. Samuel Rudin was an accomplished runner and member of the Class of 1918 at City College, not far from The Armory in Washington Heights where the Millrose Games takes place. His sons, Jack and Lewis, honored their late father by becoming the first sponsors of the five borough New York City Marathon. Now their sons, Eric and Bill, along with their children and grandchildren, carry on this tradition by naming the Women’s 800m for Jack and Lewis Rudin at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games. The Rudin family’s real estate holdings are comprised of 16 office towers with more than 10 million square feet of Class A space, and 18 apartment buildings, all in New York City. -- Erin O'Neill