By Elliott Denman
Of members/teammates/friends/colleagues doing big things in our favorite sport,
as well as "in the real world" of academic/educational/professional success, etc.
Add Marvin Morgan to the list.
A Shore Conference and NJSIAA sprint champion for Neptune High School,
, and then the Heptagonal/Ivy League sprint champion for the University of Pennsylvania,
he is now making very major strides in the academic world !!
Marvin has just earned his BA with honors physics and astrophysics, along with
his Masters Cum Laude in physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania.
And now he has relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue his Ph.D. studies at the University of Texas' College of Natural Science.
Clearly, Mr. Marvin Morris is on the fast track to truly major achievements.
Way to go, Marvin and parents and family,
and all those who've played a role in his long list of successes along the way !!!
Elliott Denman and Shore AC teammates...
Steve Dolan Named Frank Dolson Director of the Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA – Steve Dolan, currently the James P. Tuppeny/Betty J. Costanza Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at the University of Pennsylvania, has also been named the Frank Dolson Director of the Penn Relays. Dolan will continue in his role leading Penn's track & field and cross country teams, which will further align the intercollegiate programs with one of the premier events in track & field, the Penn Relays. Dolan succeeds Dave Johnson, who announced his retirement as the Director in September, 2020.
"As the former long-time Executive Director of the Penn Relays, it gives me great pleasure to name Steve Dolan as our next director," said Alanna Shanahan, the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W'69 Director of Athletics and Recreation at Penn. "Steve has the vision and experience to take this nationally and internationally recognized event and make it even more impactful. By continuing in his role with Penn track & field, there will be greater alignment between the varsity programs and the Relays, benefitting both programs immensely."
"I also want to thank Dave Johnson for his decades of service to Penn and Penn Relays," Shanahancontinued. "The Relays are in a better place in 2021 due to Dave's leadership, care and love of this event for more than three decades in an official capacity, and many more as a fan and contributor."
Dolan has been guiding Penn's track & field and cross country programs since 2012, and intends to lead the Penn Relays by recruiting elite participants, creating a more entertaining experience for participants and fans, building upon the Penn Relays brand year-round and in the community, and hosting more track & field events at historic Franklin Field.
"I am honored by the opportunity to help lead the next chapter of the Penn Relays and humbled to follow Dave Johnson with this responsibility," Dolan said. "Dave did an outstanding job both developing and leading the Penn Relays over the last twenty-six years as the event director.
"As we look to the future, I am inspired to work with Alanna and Scott Ward (Senior Associate Athletic Director, Chief Operations Officer / Executive Director of the Penn Relays) to build on the incredible history of the event. Having attended the Penn Relays over the last three decades and as both a coach and a parent, I am keenly aware of the profound positive impact this event has on so many people."
Aligning the track & field and Penn Relays offices allows Penn Athletics to sync strategic goals and resources and will ultimately help both grow in the coming years. Penn has recently expanded its track & field and cross country coaching staff, and an associate director of Penn Relays will assist Dolan with meet management and promoting the sport of track & field in the local and regional community. The growth of future staffing will benefit both track & field and Penn Relays.
"The Penn Relays is a tradition like no other for our campus community, the City of Philadelphia and the track & field world at-large," Dolan said. "We are excited to host a great Penn Relays Carnival in 2022. I can't wait to see everyone in Franklin Field the last week in April!"
Dolan currently is in his tenth season as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country at Penn where he oversees all aspects of the men's and women's track & field and cross country programs and serves as the distance coach for the men's program.
One of the most highly regarded coaches in the country, Dolan has transformed the Quakers program in his time in Philadelphia. In each of his first eight seasons at the helm (pre-pandemic), Penn sent at least 11 NCAA Outdoor qualifiers, including 20+ men and women combined each from 2016-19, and produced at least one outdoor All-American each year.
Throughout his career, Dolan has coached five college Championship of America relay teams at the Penn Relays, including the women's distance medley relay and the men's 4 x mile at Penn, and two men's 4 x mile teams and one men's distance medley relay at Princeton.
In those first eight years, Dolan has led Penn to a total of seven team Ivy League championships (two men's cross country, three women's indoor track & field and two women's outdoor track & field). A total of 33 All-Americans, 81 individual Heptagonal champions, 190 All-Ivy honorees and 42 Academic All-Ivy recipients have competed for Dolan, who is a seven-time unanimous Ivy League Coach of the Year. More than 50 current program records, men's and women's combined, have come under Dolan's supervision.
Prior to Penn, Dolan spent eight years at Princeton where he served as the head men's cross country coach and assistant men's track coach. While at Princeton, Dolan was honored as NCAA Regional Coach of the Year on four occasions.
Before arriving at Princeton, Dolan was the Director of Men's and Women's Track and Cross Country at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) for 11 years. Under Dolan's tenure, TCNJ became a national power. Dolan's teams and top individuals were regularly among the best in the nation. Dolan coached 66 All-America award winners that combined for 126 All-America citations. This group includes five NCAA champions. Dolan was named as the NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year 12 times as the head of the track & cross country programs at TCNJ.
Dolan is a native of Bloomington, Minn. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in business administration in 1992. While at UST, he was the 1992 NCAA Division III national champion in the decathlon and was runner-up in the event in 1991. Dolan set school records in the decathlon, pentathlon and javelin while at UST and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He received his master's degree at TCNJ in athletic administration in 1994.
Dolan and his wife, Nicole, have two children, Tim, a senior track athlete at Penn, and Sean, a junior track athlete at Villanova. As part of the Hopewell Valley High School Boys Distance Medley Relay, Tim and Sean helped set a Penn Relays record in the event in 2018.
Link to Original Article - October 7, 2021
By Elliott Denman
Two-time USA Olympian (1976-80) Clark Todd Scully Jr. died tragically in a
trailer-truck accident in Big Island, Bedford County, Va. on Sept. 6th, 2021, a week shy of his 73rd birthday.
One of America's greatest stars in the racewalking discipline of track and field,
Todd Scully - as he was known to all in his sport - excelled at all distances from 1 mile to 50 kilometers (31.1 miles) but is often best recognized as "the Roger Bannister of racewalking,"for his historic feat of walking one mile in 5:55.8 at the 1979 Millrose Games at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Just as no runner had ever broken the "four-minute barrier" before Britain's Dr. Bannister ran 3:59.4 at Oxford in 1954, no racewalker had ever covered the mile in official circumstances under 6 minutes before Scully did it that epic night at
"the Garden." And he did this shod in his famed trademark "Hush Puppies," ultra-light street shoes.
Todd's greatest racewalking successes were at these "sprints" but he went on to place 29tth in the 20K walk at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games (after staying up with the lead pack much of the way) and then be named to the 20K team at the 1980 Trials but then sit out the Moscow Games in that boycott year.
Todd was born in Princeton, NJ, Sept. 13, 1948 and went on Somerville, NJ High School and Lynchburg College in Virginia. He joined the Shore Athletic Club of NJ in his high school days - first competing in the club's famed Lake Takanassee Summer Series - and remained a lotyal member of the club - which has produced an array of other Olympians - for the balance of his competitive career.
He also competed for the All-Army team and for Team USA in multiple international events. He earned National AAU individual gold medals eight times, at distances from 1 mile to 40 kilometers Twice a competitor in the Pan American Games, he placed fifth at the Mexico City 20K in 1975 and third at 20K at San Juan in 1979. Beyond all that, he represented his nation at five editions of racewalking's World Cup global team championship event.
After his competition days, Scully was a highly successful coach at Virginia Tech University. In his latter years, he worked the Big Island farm he'd acquired four decades earlier. For many years, too, Shore AC hosted the Reilly-Scully Day Road Races in Long Branch, NJ, honoring both Scully and Bill Reilly, the Long Branch High School alumnus and 1968 USA 3,000-meter steeplechase Olympian.
"To be certain, Todd was one of the greatest of Shore AC athletes, and we've had a lot of great ones, in all branches of
track and field," said Ray Funkhouser, the former Shore AC president and himself a national champion racewalker. "We've been totally saddened to hear of his passing,"
"Rest in peace, dear teammate Todd."
By Elliott Denman
Check it out, Shore AC teammates, fans and friends, check it out, the USATF.org national website...
Click on news...
And first thing you see is smiling and sensational Shore AC stalwart Roberta Groner, hands raised in the victory salute,
about to cross the the finish line in record time, as one of the many brilliant Shore AC team and indivdual performances in the
USATF Masters National Championship 12K road race last Sunday at Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook.
And keep on scrolling for full details of the entire Shore AC's magnificent day running to a tremendous day on the
national stage!! Truly well done, one and all!!!
But scroll down a bit and you'll see the tragic story of Shore AC Hall of Famer and two-time Olympian Todd Scully's
oh-so-very-sad death at age 72 in a trailer truck accident in Big Island, VA, With all he achieved in his magnificent career,
Todd is still perhaps best known for his 5:55.8. victory in the mile walk at the 1979 Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, thus making
Todd "the Roger Bannister of racewalking" as the first man to officially walk a mile in less than six minutes.
One newsbite so brilliant, one more the oh-so-sad goodbye to a brilliant Shore AC teammate.
Hello to new glories, farewell to a glorious guy,
Click Here to Read the USATF Article
To All Our Illustrious Shore AC Teammates:
It was my huge pleasure this morning to be at Gateway National Recreation Area/Sandy Hook in the capacity of Shore AC cheerleader!!
Let me say that all of you, one and all, guys and gals, all age brackets, were simply treeeee-mendous !!!
The parade of smartly-attired, smiling, super-enthused teammates as they completed the National Masters 12K race was a marvelous sight to behold!! You were all just amazing!!
Scoring as both individuals and in the several team categories, you were truly sensational...
I've seen a lot of great things by our Shore AC teammates over the past half-century-plus - everything from the Olympic Games and World Championships to kids races at Lake Tak and
Holmdel Park, etc.etc etc - but this day surely ranked right up there with all those earlier glory days..
It was a sight to behold. It added up to one of the brightest days in Shore AC history, and that history dates back to 1934 !!!
And best of all, we all know that even better things are just ahead...
With infinite pride,
By Murial Smith via Veni Vidi Scripto
SANDY HOOK – The Shore Athletic Club is inviting local businesses, restaurants, professionals and Highlands residents to join their sponsorship program for the Jersey Shore Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday Oct. 3 on Sandy Hook.
The Half Marathon is one of more than two dozen events hosted annually by the Shore Athletic Club, a more than 75-year old non-profit organization based in Monmouth County and designed to support running, walking, recreational and wellness events for youth through open and masters’ athletes.
David Friedman of Freehold, Erin O’Neill of Port Monmouth and Coach Joe Compagni of Highlands are the event directors for the race. They have invited local business from Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright to take advantage of the sponsorship offer and partner with the Club in presenting the event, which includes more than 700 athletes and spectators, as well as families and volunteers from the Sandy Hook area and beyond.
“This event draws athletes and spectators from throughout New Jersey as well as out of state,” said Compagni. “As a Highlands resident for more than 25 years, I know that our local businesses who are sponsors can benefit from the number of visitors who will be here that weekend looking for places to dine and relax. I’m sure they will appreciate an introduction to all the area offers in terms of business and professional services.”
Our communities have always been generous to our non-profit organization and to the programs we offer for youth in particular, the coach continued, so offering them a sponsorship of this major event is a way of saying thanks to them for their continued support.
The Short Athletic Club offers three levels of sponsorship ranging from $75 to $250 or more in gift certificates or merchandise. In return, the Shore A.C. will promote the contributing sponsors in their event flyers, e-mails, and social media posts which are seen by participants, club members throughout the Northeast, and event volunteers. Some sponsorships also enable the sponsor to set up a vendor table the day of the race (within Sandy Hook guidelines), and receive a free race entry, among other benefits.
“We want to let those outside the area know that our towns and the Sandy Hook area are not simply a great place to go in the summer,“ Compagni said. “Keeping visitors aware of the variety and plethora of businesses we have, we can extend the season for our local companies and let our visitors know of some of the events and activities that keep people coming back here throughout the year.”
Founded in 1934, the Shore A.C. has been overseen and directed for decades by Lifetime Trustee Elliott Denman, a 1956 Olympian and highly respected journalist with the Asbury Park Press. The Shore A.C. is dedicated to the vision of track and field as a lifetime sport and prides itself on being a club for all athletes and all seasons, with varsity and local men’s and women’s teams competing in every event within the sport and at every level from youth to Masters. Members have achieved in numerous levels, including Olympians and National and World Champions. The Club achieved numerous accolades during its first 30 years, and emerged as a larger and more vibrant club as it grew until today when there are more than 500 members. The Jersey Shore Half Marathon on Sandy Hook is one of the club’s signature events, the others being the popular George Sheehan Classic 5K the well-known Polar Bear Races, both in Asbury Park.
The Shore A.C. also supports training athletes to compete in certified USATF events and Long Distance Races nationally and internationally throughout the year. They have been recognized for their competitive and strong presence at the Millrose Games, Penn Relays, and National & State championship events. This past summer, the Shore A.C. was represented by 11 athletes at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon. In 2016, the club sent 19 athletes to the Olympic Trials.
For more information on how to become a sponsor of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon, contact Compagni at email@example.com or 908-616-0119.
MAJOR CHEERS FOR MR. ELLIOTT GINDI, FOR HIS BRILLIANT 4:11 CLOCKING AT THE FAMED FIFTH AVENUE MILE, 9/12/21.
and FURTHER CHEERS FOR THE FIVE STALWART RUNNERS WHO REPRESENTED SHORE AC "on the avenue, Fifth Avenue."
with THE FAMED HARRY NOLAN RUNNING 6;54 AT AGE 74 AND ONCE AGAIN STARRING IN THE DR. GEORGE SHEEHAN MASTERS MILE, THE EVENT NAMED FOR THE
LATE, GREAT AND GLOBALLY RENOWNED SHORE AC HALL OF FAMER.
THEY FINISHED AS FOLLOWS:
Thompson-Herah, Ingebrigtsen shine in Pre Classic's record-setting return to Hayward Field - from The Register-Guard
By Elliott Denman
Mr. Frank Ratti had been a truly terrific Shore AC marathoner. He had been a truly terrific Bradley Beach lifeguard and always a stalwart
in all his ventures into lifeguarding competitions - as rower, swimmer, and all that it took. And an outstanding graduate of Asbury Park
High School and Montclair State University.
But "the Pacific Northwest lifestyle" came calling and so Frank moved north and west and eventually to Eugene, Oregon.
Eugene, of course, is "Tracktown USA" and so Frank and dear wife Barbara were officially appointed as
"Shore AC Ambassadors to Tracktown USA."
As such, they are on the scene at almost all of "the big ones" at the wonderful new Hayward Field, most recently at the USA
Olympic Trials, Nike National Scholastics, followed by The Prefontaine Classic.
Frank reports as follows:
"Thompson-Herah, Ingebrigtsen shine in Pre Classic's record-setting return to Hayward Field" headlined our local Eugene Register-Guard
"The Pre Classic finally returned to Hayward Field after a three-year absence due to the stadium renovation and COVID-19."
(Lots of us saw it on TV, but Frank and Barbara were right there on the scene !)
Great "Pre Classic" Moments: "University of Oregon's Hayward Field, 08/21/21. Oregon’s favorite son, Ryan Crouser (Tokyo and Rio Olympic Shot Put Champion) is meet-record-setting (23.15m) winner at the Prefontaine Classic; with six throws greater than 73’4” (22.37m), and each better than second place. And 20-year-old Norwegian demi-god Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Tokyo Olympic 1500m Champion) is Bowerman Mile winner at Prefontaine Classic (in Meet Record 3:47.24). ..... both seen here during their very slow victory lap after the meet today.
"The women's 800m saw "the Pride of Trenton New Jersey," 19-year-old Olympic Champion Athing Mu win in 1:55.04,
the 2021 World Leader, National Record, Meet Record, and Personal Best.
Etc, etc, etc.
"The stadium appeared fuller with fans than the Olympic Trials in June, and certainly more than at the Tokyo Olympics.
"We are looking forward to the 2022 World Championships! "
Frank D. Ratti.
By ELLIOTT DENMAN
THE SMILES SAY IT ALL - Flanking Coach Frank Harrison (left to right) at NJ Intrnational Meet are rising young Shore AC stars Liam O'Hara, Will Seijas, Ethan Ferraiola and Andrew Colbert. Liam is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania. Will a sophomore at Villanova, Ethan a sophomore at Bryant University, and Andrew a junior at Penn. Best of all - they're all straight-A students. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Frank Harrison)
We want to say “thank you/thank you/thank you” to all who took part in the 34th annual New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, held Saturday, August 7, 2021 at The Peddie School Stadium in Hightstown, NJ, as athletes, coaches, sponsors, officials, volunteers and friends of a great event with a long, lustrous history.
The NJ International Meet, first staged by Shore Athletic Club as The Bob Roggy Memorial Meet in Holmdel, NJ in 1987, was back on the schedule after a year’s unfortunate delay necessitated by the ongoing Covid protocols. While the meet did not attract the numbers it had in previous years, as we regrouped from the effects of the pandemic, we did bring it back amid all the adversity and that was the main thing! The NJ International Meet was indeed back.!
All going well, we plan to stage a much bigger-faster-higher-stronger meet together with you in 2022. With your continued support, we’ll get it done !
MOST SINCERELY, MR. ELLIOTT DENMAN NJ NTL.MEET DIRECTOR EMERITUS
MR, DAVE FRIEDMAN, MEET DIRECTOR MR. TIM BRENNAN, SITE DIRECTOR
MR. JOE COMPAGNI, MEET COORDINATOR and ANNOUNCER
MR. MAURICE BELL, VIPER TIMING SERVICES
AND THE N.J. INTERNATIONAL GAMES COMMITTEE & SHORE AC TEAMMATES.
A Few Messages::::::
“I competed in the triple jump and thank you tremendously for a world-class run meet. Just sorry that I did not know about this meet sooner in my lifetime. Warmest Regards Nick Damal.”
“ Thank you for a great meet yesterday All of your hard work help make the meet just a great time. Thank you. Carol Harrison.“ (Head shot put official and Shore AC official of year honoree.)
“Once again, I’m very happy to support the New Jersey International Meet. Keep up the great work,” Joetta Clark Diggs, four-time USA Olympian, National Track and Field and NJ Hall of Fame inductee and NJ International Meet women’s 800 honoree.
“Just got back from Tokyo. Saw the results. Seems like a well-run meet, Warmly, Aliann Pompey.” Head coach St. John’s University, four-time Olympian and NJ International Meet women’s 400 honoree.
“The smiles say it all, Coach Frank Harrison.” (Smiling athletes Liam O’Hara, Will Seijas, Ethan Ferraiola and Andrew Colbert played starring Shore AC roles in their respective events.)
"Thank you very much for joining us at the 34th New Jersey International Meet , and congratulations on your performances!
"We wish you all the best for more success, and we hope to see you again at the 35th New Jersey International Meet. We are already making plans for a full-scale event next year, likely in June or July, 2022," Coach Joe Compagni.
OUR NEW JERSEY INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD MEET
CHAMPIONS CROWNED AUG.7, 2021 AT PEDDIE SCHOOL WERE:
Frank Budd Memorial Men’s 100 - James Bias, Jr. GSTC 10.66
Dr. Matt Brown Open/Masters 100 Luxon Glor, Next Level AC 10.83
Andy Stanfield Memorial Men’s 200 James Bias, Jr. GSTC 21.42
Larry James Memorial Men’s 400 Stefan Adams Zenith Velocity 48.74
Art Smith Men’s Open/Masters 400 Ethan Ferraiola Shore AC 49.99
Rich Kenah Men’s 800 Thomas Cooke Kingsway TC 1:53.83
John Kuhi Men’s Open/Masters 800 John Carroll Unattached 2:00.33
Harry Nolan/George Sheehan Men’s Open/Masters Mile
Gary Rosenberg Freedom/Garmin Runners 4:58.32
Elliott Denman Men’s 1-Mile Racewalk Christopher Renn NJ Striders 7:53.86
Herbert Douglas Jr. Men’s Long Jump Justin Kiefel, Pittsburgh 7.35
Norman Tate Men’s Triple Jump Justin Kiefel, Pittsburgh 14.87
Al Blozis Memorial Men’s Shot Put – Andrew Liskowitz, Middletown,NJ 18.99
Fred Thompson Memorial Women’s 100 Roxine Chambers, Baltimore 12.65
Andy Stanfield Memorial Women’s 200 Roxine Chambers,Baltimore. 25.85.
Aliann Pompey Women’s 400 Tyler Howard Schenectady,NY 59.97
Art Smith Open/Masters Women’s 400 Olivia Grace Unattached 1:01.40
Joetta Clark Diggs Women’s 800 Fawzia Kheir Zenith Velocity 2:19.04
John Kuhi Open/Masters Women ‘s 800 Christine Licata GSTC 2:20.61
Chrissy Alessandro Shaheen Memorial Women’s Mile/
Mary Conry Memorial Women’s Mile - Maria Paul Shore AC 10:37.22
Elliott Denman Women’s 1-Mile Racewalk - Maria Paul Shore AC 11:55.24
Herbert Douglas Jr. Women’s Long Jump Olivia Grace Unattached 5.19
Norman Tate Women’s Triple Jump Maya McDuffie Next Level AC 11.31
Al Blozis Memorial Women’s Shot Put Elizabeth Yodakis Unattached 11.38
TOP MEET PERFORMANCES (BASED ON W.A. INTERNATIONAL SCORING TABLES)
MEN Andrew Liskowitz 18.99 Shot Put 1061 Points
James Bias Jr. 21.42 200 1007 Points
Justin Kiefel 7.35 Long Jump 997 Points
WOMEN Roxine Chambers 12.65 100 867 Points.
Roxine Chambers 25.85 200 865 Points
Maya McDuffie 11.31 Triple Jump 845 Points
Tyler Howard 59.97 400 839 Points.