By Elliott Denman
The 43rd annual Spring Lake Five was another major success story and many cheers once more to all the great people who made it happen !!!...
Major salutes to one and all !!
The Friday evening kids races were again wonderful and the presence of "our" Olympians Ajee' Wilson and Robby Andrews was a special treat for one and all...They signed a zillion autographed photos and hopefully some future Olympians will emerge from all those talented youngsters who took part. Hopefully, Ajee' and Robby incurred no writers' cramp impacting their upcoming performances on the world circuit. Ajee's next start will be at the Stockholm Diamond League meet and let's look ahead to very big things !!
On Saturday morning, lots and lots of Shore ACers were out there, proudly wearing their singlets and doing a great job in the race. Listed below are the club members' names on Page One of the men's and women's results lists.
Special cheers to women's champion Lindsay Ritchings of Shore AC and men's third placer and past Spring Lake champion. Justin Scheid, our club leaders...
On a personal level, having covered the SL5 for the Asbury Park Press from the very beginnings of this incredible event
Cheers once more to one and all,
SHORE AC LEADERS 2019
FROM FIRST PAGE OF RESULTS LISTS..
1.Lindsay Ritchings 28.28.8
4. Brianna Feerst 30.11.2
5. Jamie Reuter 30.43
21.Reese Fahys 32/46
38. Kellee McEwen 33.53
45. Dawn Wilcox 34.12
49. True Fahys 34.31
3. Justin Scheid 25.09.4
19. Nolan Kus 27.57
22. Jon Smolenski 28.20
24. Antonio Meza Soriano 28.25
29. Kyle Hill 28.39
32. Mike O'Dowd 28.43
BY ELLIOTT DENMAN
EDISON, NJ - They were small in number but they produced an array of large results.
In a meet at Thomas Edison Park, named for the man who lit up the world, they really lit it up, too.
That's the story of the Shore AC varsity team quartet - Je'von Hutchison, Chidi Okezie, Brandon Jones and Larry Ramirez - who represented the
club with major distinction at the fifth annual Garden State Track Club Twilight Meet on Saturday evening, May 25, at the
Thomas Edison Park track and field facility in Middlesex County.
Okezie and Hutchison clocked two of the best times in club history in claiming their triumphs.
Okezie dashed off with the 200-meter title in 20.81 seconds with Hutchison fourth in 21.37.
But Hutchison had already run off with the 400 crown in an outstanding 46.28. This was one more major highlight to Hutchison's brilliant spring season. He'd anchored Team USA to a big win in the
4x400 USA vs the World relay at the Penn Relays and is just back from his appearance with Team USA at the World Relay Championships in
Jones claimed the triple jump title by a large margin with a performance of 51 feet, 3 1/2 inches / 15.63 meters. He completed his successful day with a
a 21.92 win in his section of the 200, good for sixth-place over-all. Looking ahead, this 2016 Olympian for Belize will be a top candidate for August's Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Ramirez, rounding into top form, ran one of his best-ever 800-meter races and his quickest of
the 2019 season with his strong fourth place in 1:52.00. This was a race won by Derek Holdsworth in 1:49.70 with the fast-closing
Ramirez just 0.51 out of second.
The Masters Mile saw Shore AC's Brad Barket take second place in 5:01.84 back of winner Phil Reilly's 4:53.56. Barket, now an outstanding professional
photographer, had been a brilliant scholastic runner in his days at The Peddie School, Hightstown. He now looks forward - along with a long list of other
outstanding athletes - to a return performance at The Peddie School for the 33rd annual NJ International Meet, hosted by Shore AC,
on Saturday, July 6.
The open 1500 meters went to John Dove in 3:55.85 as Princeton University varsity athlete Drake Anzano of Toms River ran 4:01.18 in
A huge THANK YOU to Joe Renzella for his ongoing dedication and support to our country, running, the Shore A.C. and last but not least the Capt Zinn Memorial Races!! You are a true inspiration and it was a honor to have you with us for yet another year at this very special event!
Capt Zinn Memorial Races pays a tribute to all veterans and military personnel. Local American hero and runner Joe Renzellla joined us at the Zinn Races Sunday morning, running with his flag and patriotic attire. Anyone that knows Joe know his ind spirit and dedication to our great country. Joe was drafted into the Army in 1965 and served 10 years, doing 3 tours of Vietnam. He earned a total of 35 decorations for his bravery and valor under fire.
Joe is a very active in the local running community and a member of the Jersey Shore Running Club. He's always proudly running at the Capt Zinn Memorial Races. The Zinn races have been hosted by the Shore A.C. for over 5 decades and were originally held at the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Ron Zinn walked those early races, including 1964, before the Olympic Trials, which got him to the Tokyo Olympics,
Capt Zinn was a two-time Olympian in the race walk (1960 and 1964). He graduated from West Point, served in the Vietnam War, and was sadly killed in action in July of 1965.
COLONIAL RELAYS. WILLIAMSBURG, VA.
(in difficult, rainy conditions)
Wins by Okezie and Jones !!
Men's 100 - 2. Chidi Okezie, Shore AC, 10.73
7. Je'von Hutchison, Shore AC, 10.91.
Men's 200 - 3. Je'von Hutchison, Shore AC, 22.24
400 - 1. Chidi Okezie, Shore AC, 47.52
TJ - 1. Brandon Jones, Shore AC, 15.49/ 50-10.
SAM HOWELL MEMORIAL MEET,, PRINCETON, NJ.
Women's 800 1. Raevyn Rogers, Nike, 2:01.04
2. Allie Wilson, Monmouth University, 2:03.81.
Women's 1500 - 1. Ajee' Wilson, Adidas, 4:13.85.
2. Nicole Hutchison, Villanova, 4:14.01.
LIONS INVITATIONAL, AT TCNJ, EWING, NJ
Women's HJ - 1. Amina Smith, Shore AC, 1.85/, 6-0 3/4.
Men's 800 - 2. Larry Ramirez, Shore AC, 1:54.65.
Also, Xavier Fraction, Shore AC.
CHEERS TO ALL !!!
ALL INVITED TO THE 54TH ANNUAL CAPT. RONALD ZINN MEMORIAL RACES,
SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH AT WALL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL COMPLEX.
10kRACEWALK AT 8 AM, 5k RUN AT 9 AM.
CHEERS AGAIN FOR SHORE AC ATHLETES, BOTH OUR ALUMNI GREATS