June 24, 2018, Glen Ridge, NJ: Shore AC harriers savor their accomplishments at the Lager 5K race. Front row, L-R: Antonio Meza Soriano, Rob Neugass and Amanda Eller. Middle row, L-R: Jan Stofan, John Kuhi, Lindsay Ritchings and Jamie Reuter. Rear row,
Race Date: June 24, 2018 Results from CompuScore
SHORE AC TEAM RESULTS:
2 SHORE AC "A" OPEN WOM 1:33:39.23 AVERAGE: 18:43.85
62.Lindsay Ritchings New York,NY 30 F 336 U 675 17:55.12*
70.Brianna Feerst Brick,NJ 24 F 336 U 251 18:05.41*
93.Jamie Reuter Leonardo,NJ 32 F 336 669 18:40.47*
96.Amanda Eller Delmont,NJ 27 F 336 U 239 18:45.53*
164.Kellee Mcewen Howell,NJ 30 F 336 U 512 20:12.70*
403.Kendal Hand Howell,NJ 24 F 336 U 329 24:48.81
9 SHORE AC "A" OPEN MEN 1:29:05.00 AVERAGE: 17:49.00
2.Justin Scheid Succasunna,NJ 32 M 36 U 728 15:22.62*
59.Antonio M. Soriano Red Bank,NJ 34 M 36 U 536 17:45.68*
65.Jan Stofan Englishtown,NJ 46 M 36 U 788 17:56.94*
105.Terry Lusardi Madison,NJ 54 M 36 U 965 18:55.75*
109.Robert Skorupski Rockaway,NJ 45 M 36 U 760 19:04.01*
136.Reno Stirrat Rockaway,NJ 64 M 36 U 786 19:40.05
24 SHORE AC "B" OPEN MEN 1:55:55.61 AVERAGE: 23:11.12
132.Timothy Mcqueen Ogdensburg,NJ 46 M 37 U 523 19:33.06*
241.Emmanuel Brody Roselle,NJ 66 M 37 U 1048 21:51.99*
275.Przemek Nowicki Holmdel,NJ 73 M 37 U 579 22:25.95*
296.Rob Neugass Marlboro,NJ 57 M 37 U 569 22:43.92*
668.John Kuhi Oakhurst,NJ 74 M 37 U 424 29:20.69*
705.Dennis Tardio Bradley Bch,NJ 65 M 37 U 806 30:05.80
June 24, 2018, Glen Ridge, NJ: Emmanuel Brody toasts to his 65-69 age group victory with blessings from his wife Edith.
Shore AC Ladies Spice Up Lager 5K
Like beer streaming out of open keg taps, runners flowed fast across the finish line at the Lager Run 5K on June 24. After all, this race served as the USATF-New Jersey team championships for the men’s and women’s open categories. The teeming hordes of colorfully clad harriers included an impressive 34 men’s teams and 23 women’s teams. Within this mass, Shore AC partisans could spot 2 men’s open teams and 1 women’s open team sporting their classic navy blue singlets.
Though few in number, Shore AC ladies attracted lots of attention! They battled the much more numerous and perennially talented Garden State Track Club for top team honors. Shore AC supporters were hoping for a repeat of the 10K championships at Newport earlier this year, where the SAC women’s team won, in part because Garden State split their top talent between their A and B teams. But Garden State had obviously learned their lesson and instead concentrated their premier speedsters on the A team at Lager. The Shore AC lady rockets had to settle for second place this time -- despite a scorching average of 18:43 per runner!
Former Point Pleasant Beach High School standout Lindsay Ritchings led the charge for Shore AC. Lindsay fulfilled her pre-race challenge of running under 18:00 by crossing the finish line in a phenomenal 17:55. Hot on her heels came another Point Pleasant Beach star alumna: Brianna Feerst, registering a superb 18:05 as our number two lady. The hit parade continued when former Middletown South High School sensation Jamie Reuter (nee Liberti), in her Shore AC debut, ripped a terrific 18:40 as third team scorer. Welcome, Jamie! In the blink of an eye, Shore AC’s fourth scorer, high school track coach Amanda Eller, showed her students how it's done by dashing past the clock in a blazing 18:45. SAC veteran and former Howell High School heroine KelleeMcEwen (nee Hand) cemented the team’s silver medal when she sprinted home in 20:12 to complete team scoring. Younger sister Kendal Hand served as the squad’s all-important insurance runner with a solid 24:48 performance. Congratulations, ladies!!!
Shore AC assembled two high-spirited teams for the Lager 5K. Neither had expectations for high placement. However, the A team did manage to crack the top 10. They finsihed in ninth place, thanks to a tour de force performance by the incomparable Justin Scheid. Justin seared the pavement with an incredible time of 15:22. Folks, that equates to an average pace of 4:56 per mile. Can you say, "WOW!!!???" More than 2 minutes later, but still with a superb time, our second man Antonio Meza Sorianocrossed in 17:45. Shore AC fans barely had time to catch their breath before rookie phenomenon Jan Stofan flew down the finishing chute in 17:56. Our fourth place gentleman, Terry Lusardi, rose to the occasion by contributing a solid 18:55. Teammate Bob Skorupski wrapped up team scoring when he tripped the timing system in 19:04. National age-60+ sensation Reno Stirrat provided high-powered backup with his 19:40 measurement. Knowledgable readers might be asking, what happened to Reno? Painful side stiches compelled him to walk at 2.5 miles. Hey, it happens to the best!
Great perfomances highlighted Shore AC's men's open B team. Prized rookie Tim McQueen celebrated the participation of his wife and children in the race by spearheading his team in 19:33. Notching the number two spot was the indomitable road warrior Emmanuel Brody. Manny rallied his taped-up body to another 65-69 age group victory, this time in a laudable 21:51. Next across for the B team was the 70-74 age group champion, none other than the great Przemek Nowicki. His 22:25 signaled another positive milestone in Przemek's return to high-level competition. Encouraging news kept on coming when Rob Neugasstriggered the clock in 22:43. Rob keeps chopping off time as he rehabilitates hamstring, ankle and foot. Team scoring came to a close when Coach John Kuhi sailed triumphantly into port well below 30 minutes in 29:20. Knee pain does not sideline this stalwart! Finally, our honorary Captain of the Z team, the delightful Dennis Tardio, clanged the bell in 30:05 to add team insurance. Well done, team!
Like always, Shore AC athletes garnered glory for the club and themselves by placing high in individual competition.
One Shore AC athlete achieved fame by placing among the top 10 overall.
Numerous other Shore AC stars distinguished themselves by placing in the top 10 in their age groups. Three cheers to these hard-working harriers!
Shore AC Results for the 2018 USATF National Half Marathon Road Race in Ann Arbor, MI
Race Date: June 3, 2018 Results from USATF
SHORE AC TEAM RESULTS:
2. Shore Athletic Club A 4:35:11
1 RENO STIRRAT 64 1:26:44
2 KEVIN DOLLARD 62 1:31:07
3 SCOTT LINNELL 61 1:37:22
(4) PRZEMEK NOWICKI 73 (1:49:22)
SHORE AC INDIVIDUAL RESULT:
SUSAN STIRRAT 62 1:58:08
Ann Arbor Half Marathon: The Right Stuff
Save the day against all odds: it's what heroes do. Picture Tom Hanks in "Apollo 13". Fate punches him and his crew in the gut, but he stays calm and pulls the team through.
Something similar happened with Shore AC's men's 60+ team at the USATF National Masters Half Marathon competition in Ann Arbor. Key team memberKevin Dollard came down with a sudden gastrointestinal pain six days before the race. The searing agony almost compelled him to stay home and not attend the race. But with expert medical care, his condition stabilized enough that, by race day, the pain was gone. Quite remarkably, there he was standing on the starting line. And guess what? Our hero ran a magnificent race!
Yet it would take much more than Kevins's 1:31:07 result to counter the efforts of the other outstanding teams in the men's 60+ category, namely Boulder, Ann Arbor and Genesee Valley. Well, uh, correction: there was no countering Boulder. That team is absolutely loaded with unbelievable talent. They took first place by a mile. But, as assessed by USATF Running Professor Paul Carlin, the other three teams were evenly matched, and it would be anyone's guess which would take second place behind Boulder.
Enter Shore AC superman Reno Stirrat. Determined to fulfill his team front-runner role with fortitude and keep Ann Arbor's #1 guy Michael Young in sight, Reno pounded out a scorching 6:32 per mile average to cross in 1:26:44. This heroic achievement put Reno 11th on the age grading list in this tremendously loaded national race. Superb!
But a team's score is determined by its top three men, not its top two men. It was estimated that Shore AC's #3 crewmate, Scott Linnell, had to deliver better than a 1:40:00 performance for Shore AC to vie for second place. Scott started decently with a 7:00 per mile pace through 3 miles. However, fatigue gradually overtook his body. By Mile 9, Scott had slowed to a 7:45 pace. Scott knew that such a pace wouldn't cut it. There wasn't much energy left in his body, but Scott re-focused all of his remaining vim on picking up the pace. It worked. Scott's final time of 1:37:22 got the job done.
Septuagenarian Przemek Nowicki served as back-up runner for the M60+ team. Przemek notched a solid 1:49:22 to improve on the 1:50:xx clocking that he recorded at the Polish National Half Marathon competition in mid-May. Well done, Przemek!
Running individually in the Half Marathon, Susan Stirrat happily dipped under 2 hours with a 1:58:08 finish. Brava, Susan!
This article would not be complete without recognizing another one of our heroes: Kevin's wife Denise. We call her our "team mom" and for good reason. Dee collected our warm-up clothes before the race, drove to two spectator points along the race route to cheer us on, and was waiting for us at the finish line with a bright smile that brought sunshine on a cloudy day. Dee even researched restaurants and made reservations. Thank you, Team Mom!!!
This article will be updated with age grading information when it becomes available.
Did you know Global Running Day is this Wednesday, June 6th? The day serves as "a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.”
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