Women Flex Muscles in 5k Championships
Women Dominate 5k Road Championships
New Brunswick- The GSTC open women put on their greatest display of depth Sunday morning, as twenty-six members comprising five teams participated in the Grand Prix 5k Open Women's Championship. Out of fifteen scoring teams, the ladies finished 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th, and 12th—racking up thirty total team points. While extending their perfect, unbeaten streak in 2013, they set club records both for number of women, and number of teams, competing in one team event.
In addition, their passionate team effort closed the gap in the USATF-NJ Overall Grand Prix Series. Down twenty points prior to the race, the GSTC is now down just one point with four open and five masters team championship races remaining: the half marathon (9/22), 5k cross country (10/20), 8k cross country (10/27), Giralda Farms 10k (master's women only, 11/10), and Ashenfelter 8k (11/28).
The GSTC has never won the overall team title, as it requires a delicate balance of both open and masters runners. It also just takes a massive number of participants, much like the open women did yesterday, as the top ten teams score points of 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 respectively. So, every runner on every team counts in such a tight team race.
The club would have taken the lead by six points had it not been for a last-minute injury, fifteen minutes before the race. The team of Danielle Czohla (18:42- GSTC#9), Erika Meling (18:49- GSTC #10), and Jess Byrnes (19:58) would have finished third overall and completed the 1-2-3 team sweep had they had a fourth and final scoring team member.
Cheyenne Ogletree shattered her club 5k record by twelve seconds, as she won the women's race in 17:27. Teammates Alyssa Douma (18:36), Angela Dunn (19:06), Robyn Evangelist(19:19) and Meghan DeCarlo (20:44) comprised the winning team, as the top four scoring women averaged 18:37 for the dubya.
Katie Chaput, making her Grand Prix debut, was the GSTC's second finisher in 17:56- creating a three-way tie for the third fastest time in club history. Joining her was Erin Higgins (19:24), Tiffany Schwartz (20:13), Courtney Stanton (20:45), and Shanna Beairsto (22:27).
The old adage "every second counts" really mattered with the team of Danielle Stanton (20:34), Sandi Kapszyk (21:04), Christina Chafos (21:54), and Kelly Polisin (23:13) who finished an impressive fifth place overall. Their total team time of 1:26:46 was just two seconds shy of RVRR's A-Team of 1:26:44 team time. Three more seconds would have been fourth place, not fifth, giving the club a one point lead in the overall standings.
Team co-captain Cathy Stutzman (21:15) was the top finisher for the team that finished 9th, squeezing in two more team points. Joining her was Nicole Callaghan (23:42), Brianne Teichmann (25:14), Vanessa Chafos (26:22), and Joan Darnsteadt (26:54).
The GSTC's final team averaged 29:44 per runner. They included Christine Mockenhaup(27:49), Prudence Jones (27:55), Ana Garcia (31:18), and Amy Denholtz (31:54).
Several men hopped in, as well. Steve Mennitt brought home the overall win, averaging 5:06 pace, dominating the field by about a minute in 15:50. Other men who ran were Woody Kongsamut (19:30), Kyle Flyer (19:30), Ruscel Kirkland (20:43), and Rob DeCarlo (20:44).
Belmar- The GSTC won the first annual "Belmar Chase Club Contest" this weekend, awarded to the club with the most participants, flooding Ocean Avenue with 68 athletes. For the first time in club history, the WIG outnumbered the MIG in a team event...and it wasn't even close. 39 women raced for the gold, as 29 men laced up in full uniform. Men's captains Ken Walsh and Ken Goglas couldn't be reached for comment after being.....out-captained by Alyssa Douma, Karen Auteri, and Cathy Stutzman, who were somehow able to round up ten more runners....despite having a smaller pool to work from.
In the first GSTC Enclave Brouhaha, whereas any combination of the top three men/women finishers among club members are tallied during the inner-team competition, the Princeton Enclave came out impressively and shockingly victorious. In a surprise performance, Ashwin "Curry in a Hurry" Anantharaman was the second team finisher, running 15:52 (GSTC #10 all-time list) and cracking 16:00 for the first time in his career. Also crossing second was Katie Chaput for the women, running a very solid 17:59 (GSTC #5 all-time list) in her GSTC debut after just arriving in NJ days ago. Peter Bolgert, rolling in at 16:07, was the men's #3 finisher, resulting in a 2+2+3=7 point score.
While only the top three finishers were used to compute team scores this time, future grand prix races will use five.
Coming in second place with 10 points was the Central Jersey Enclave. Riding the wave of the #1 finish of Kenny Goglas, Rob Marczydlo's #4 finish (16:07) and Erika Meling's #5 (18:46) just wasn't enough muscle to overthrow the Princeton Enclave. Rumor has it that PE's Jeff Blough, also the GSTC master's captain, plans on celebrating their win this week with a Kyle Price Mohawk cut after their Wednesday enclave run.
The North Enclave finished a close third with 13 points, grabbing the final spot on the podium, as three women shouldered the scoring here: #1 Cheyenne Ogletree (17:40), #4 Alyssa Douma (18:46), and #8 Erin Higgins (19:08). Ogletree's time was just one second off the club record--Lindsey Lambert's 17:39 at last year's Flemington Turkey Trot.
The Jersey City Enclave, a group that has actually yet to meet but does has a Facebook page (so yes, it is Facebook official) squeaked in at the 4th position with 32 points. William Appman (#7,16:31), Andy Gallagher (#10,16:58), and Shanna Beairsto (#15, 21:30) were the three scoring members. Just four points behind, with 36, was Da Beach Enclave, lead by Shawn Donohue (#6, 16:30), Erine O'Connor(#14, 21:11), and Shawn McGeever (#16, 17:32). The final scoring enclave was the Morristown Enclave, with 43 points, that included Sarah Schillaci (#10, 19:53), Tom Visicaro (#14, 17:18), and Sam Harris(#19, 18:20).
The South Jersey Enclave was incomplete.
Randall's Island, NYC- After two days and nineteen individual events, the USATF Club National Track and Field Championships had just five relays remaining. And, if the crowd at Icahn Stadium wasn't convinced who the best team was by then, the relays sure showed which team wanted it the most.
In perhaps the greatest display of teamwork and synergy all weekend, the Garden State Track Club won four of the final five relays by a combined time of 1.02 seconds, as the Distance Medley, Sprint Medley, 4x800, and 4x400 all were won by gold uniforms on finish line leans. These four victories helped the club stockpile 277 points, a record number in meet history, outdistancing the three-time defending champions, Central Park Track Club (CPTC), who tallied just 150.
It was a classic David vs Goliath storyline, as CPTC (1972) and Shore AC (1934) have been mainstays in the sport for generations, dwarfing the relatively fledgling life of the GSTC (2010). Despite the lack of history, membership, and money when compared to their two primary rivals, this didn't stop the upstart blue-collar club from New Jersey to top the sixty other clubs from across the country that entered athletes.
This is the first national title for the GSTC, who finished 7th at this meet in 2011. The Gold was down 15-7 after the first event, the hammer throw, but then took the lead for good after event two, the javelin. Matt Tholis, Brian Florek, Tyler Yee, Patrick Mulrooney, and Dillon Rodgers went 1-2-4-6-7 respectively in that event, as only the GSTC triple jumpers dominated an event more over the weekend, as Isaiah Harris, Myles Hartsfield, Steve D'Aiutolo, Steve Brown, and David Njoku went 1-2-3-4-8. Overall, there were fifty-two athletes who contributed points to the team's final score, also a meet record.
Individually, the GSTC had five national champions: Tholis in the javelin (213-8), Stephen Mozia in the shot (60-7), Lutalo Boyce in the long jump (24-8), Isaiah Harris in the triple jump (49-7), and Montez Blair in the high jump (7-3). All five marks were club records, and Blair's leap was a meet record. But again, it was the relays that stole the show in the meet's final hour.
In the 4x800 relay, Mike Saparito set the tone for the relays as he stormed into the lead after the first leg, blowing past the CPTC lead-off who earlier beat him in the open 800m. From there, training partners Kyle Price and Ricky Garcia kept the relay close, but anchor Tony Harris got the baton 20m behind in second. After a hard opening 100m, he closed the gap, sat on the orange CPTC jersey for another 400m, and then took the lead with 300m to go. The two anchors of the cross-river rivals battled the entire final stretch, with Harris winning with a gutsy final 50m push. See it right here, and watch their interview on RunnersSpace here. The margin of victory here, a mere .49 seconds, was the largest margin out of the four wins.
In the sprint medley, Julius Frederick, Chris Turner, and George Erazo put together three sprint legs that put anchor Jared Hanko a step behind the leader, Norfolk Real Deal TC from Virginia. However, the NRD anchor set a blistering pace in the first 700m, leaving Hanko several seconds behind. As he tied up in the final 100m, Hanko surged, resulting in a stride-for-stride battle with NRD diving across the finish line in futility, as Hanko had crossed just .18 before him. Watch their race here, and their post-race interview here.
The GSTC won the distance medley by .10, an unusually close race for the 2.5 mile distance. Peter Bolgert handed off in 2nd after a strong 1200m leg, Mike Brito opened up a huge lead in the 400m leg, but the Kansas City Smoke and CPTC closed the gap and ran up on half miler Mark Parisen on the relay's third leg. Anchor Chris Heibell, who pulled off a huge upset in the 1500 a day earlier with his silver medal, ran yet another tactically perfect race. With two teams stalking him from behind, he pulled the group through a fast opening 400m, 61 seconds. He then settled in and continued to control the race for the next 1000m, whereas CPTC dropped off but Kansas City had moved to the lead. Heibell remained patient and covered the move, making his final push to the finish line with 50m to go. His win capped off, arguably, his biggest weekend in black and gold. See the entire race unfold here, along with the post-race interview here,
The meet's final event, the 4x400 relay, was equally as exciting, as the GSTC battled CPTC the entire race. Ali Ejaz handed off in second, but teammate Demetrius Rooks stormed back and pushed the gold back to the front. Tyrone Ross, the founding father of the GSTC Sprint Group, held onto the lead, handing off a touch in front of the orange jersey. Anchor Selasi Lumax let CPTC take the lead, coasting behind him for the first 300m. On the final stretch, Lumax put on a huge surge, ran up on CPTC's shoulder, and for a fourth time in the meet's final hour, a GSTC relay battled for gold in the final 50m. The half miler from Franklin prevailed, making a final push in the final 20m that brought the GSTC fans to their feet for one final time, victoriously holding up the baton upon crossing the finish line. Watch this incredible race here, and the interviews here.
Several athletes won prestigious USATF National Championship medals for finishing in the top three. Those included Mozia (2nd/discus), Ken Goglas (2nd/5k), Myles Hartsfield (2nd/triple jump), Brian Florek (2nd/javelin), Nafee Harris (2nd/long jump), Peter Bolgert (3rd/steeple), Chris Heibell (2nd/1500m), Eugene Asimou (3rd/shot), Steve D'Aiutolo (3rd/ triple jump), and Mike Fonder (3rd/10k). Just as impressive were the small group who scored in two individual events: Goglas (steeple/5k), Mozia (shot/discus), Harris (HJ/TJ), Eric Masington (shot/discus), Paul Matuszak (10k/5k), and special props goes to John Wlasuk- who scored in the shot, discus, and hammer--an incredibly impressive accomplishment at the national level.
Oh wait, one more thing. Dan Teichmann got DQed in the 5k racewalk, joining the prestigious ranks of Tim Morgan to get the red paddle of doom in this event. That said, one of his new-found friends from Shore AC did give him two CDs on how to racewalk, so perhaps Mr. Teichmann will come back next year hungry....to simply finish the race.
Women Finish 5th at Nationals
4x800, DMR, Ogletree, Czohla, Peacock, Douglas Medal for WIG
Randall's Island- In an equally impressive display of effort, the women finished 5th at the USATF Club National Track and Field Championships this weekend. To put this achievement in perspective, the men debuted at this meet in 2011 in 7th place. Two years later, they won it all.
Shauntierah Douglas and Jena Peacock recorded the highest finishes for the Women in Gold, as they both earned silver medals. Douglas finished second in the javelin with a 47.61m toss, while Peacock finished the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:49.76. Cheyenne Ogletree ran an very tough 10k and finished in 36:39.70 for the bronze, as Danielle Czohla snagged bronze in the 3k steeple with her 11:53.27 effort.
Alyssa Douma impressively medaled in the 800m and 1500m just hours apart, finishing 5th in both the 800m (2:16.17) and 1500m (4:50.43). The only other WIG who pulled off such a feat was Erin LaCosta, who scored both in the 400IH (7th/68.98) and high jump (7th/1.54m). Also picking up individual points were Erika Meling in the 5k (8th/18:33.01) and Allyson
In the relays, both the 4x800 and Distance Medley medaled in third place. Douma, Chelsea Callan, Czohla, and Ogletree were on the former relay, with Ogletree running an incredible 2:13 anchor leg while fighting Club Northwest (Seattle, WA) on the final stretch. The latter relayed was comprised of Meling, Douma (yes, Douma ran four events!), Callan, and Allie Dublinski anchored in the mile. Their respective times of 12:51.33 and 9:26.08 are both outdoor club records.
The GSTC men (1st) and women (5th) combined to score 336 points, second only behind Central Park TC's 366.5.
Millburn- For one final time this spring racing season, Ken Goglas sent a strong message to the USATF-NJ grand prix road running scene: he's the guy to beat.
The big man in gold hit the tape in 15:08, averaging 4:52 a mile, for his first career President's Cup win. A few strides behind him was his teammate and training partner Steve Mennitt, who finished in 15:12 for the silver. The two opened their first mile in 4:30, then hit 9:38 for mile two, and shortly thereafter, Goglas slowly pulled away for the dubya.
Goglas and Mennitt lead a tidal wave of gold in the state's most competitive 5k race, as they became the first club is race history to sweep the top two team spots with eight finishers in the top twelve. Those included Tim Morgan (5th/15:33), Chris Schneider (8th/15:54), Steve Jackson (9th/15:55), John Welsh (10th/15:56), Paul Matuszak (11th/15:58), and Mike Anis (12th/16:01).
James Lothian (17:44) was the six-man for the A Team that averaged 15:42 for its top five scoring runners. The B Team, who averaged 16:09, had Chuck Schneekloth (16:29), Tim Paziora (17:11), and Shaun McGeever (18:07) round out their scoring team.
The C Team squeaked two points for their 7th place finish. Edsel Flores (16:57) lead the charge, followed by David Fett (17:07), Kyle Flyer (17:53), Marty Doherty (18:15), Ken Walsh (18:24), Rob DeCarlo (20:43), and Jeff Blough (26:18).
A few ladies hopped in and did darn good, as well. Allison Dublinski (18:11) averaged 5:51 pace for second woman overall, and Sarah Schillaci (18:30) ran a fantastic race for third woman overall. The Stanton twins celebrated their birthday in style, as Danielle (21:31) and Courtney (21:43) both fought off the humidity with the team. Mark Minervini, sitting his 90 days out for a club transfer, made his uniform debut as well, as he ran 18:06 in the black and gold, while ultra-marathon man TJ Zablocki ran an even 6:00 pace for an 18:37 finish. He would have been added to a team, but somehow we didn't learn he was racing until a few minutes before the gun went off!
Results are here.
GSTC Wins USATF East Region Championship
Men, Women Combine to Outscore Defending Champ Central Park TC 125-106
Randall's Island, NYC- Twenty-five of the best clubs on the East Coast assembled at the USATF East Region Track and Field Championships yesterday, including defending national champions Shore AC (men) and Central Park TC (women), at storied Icahn Stadium- the home track of the CPTC. However, history and home field field advantage played no role in the final outcome, as the upstart Garden State Track Club racked up a massive 125 points, outscoring CPTC's distance 106. Individually, the men walloped the competition with 85 points, as CPTC scored 43 and Shore AC scraped together just 34. The women were 3rd out of 14 teams.
This is the first USATF East Region Title for the GSTC, setting the stage for one final showdown at Icahn in two weeks at the USATF Club National Championships. In 2011, the GSTC men finished 7th at the national championships. Suddenly, despite finishing just two full years as a club, the team is in very unfamiliar territory: fighting for the chance to hold up the USATF's most prized team trophy: the track and field national championship.
The GSTC won 15 gold medals yesterday, including Alyssa Douma (1500m--sweet scoreboard video), Haisha Bisiolu (100m), Selasi Lumax (800m), Kyle Price (steeplechase), Demetrius Rooks (400IH), Isaiah Harris (HJ), Craig Van Leeuwen (PV), Lutalo Boyce (LJ), Eric Masington (discus), Matt Tholis (javelin), Eugene Asimou (shot put), and men's 4x400 (Kevin Persson, Rooks, Lumax, George Erazo).
All gold medals were won in club record performances. Other club records were set by Chris Turner (10.85/100m), Ali Ejaz (21.64/200), Bisiolu (24.17/200m), Jamel Presley(14.85/110HH), Erika Meling (18:31.56/track 5k), Shene Davis (5.53m/LJ and 11.78m/TJ), Steve Brown (14.16/TJ).
The men were particularly dominant in the pole vault, shot put, javelin, and long jump. Andres Giglio and Matt Stuck helped the club go 1-3-4, Masington and John Wlasuk enabled a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot, Dillon Rodgers and Tyler Yee teamed up with Tholis to go 1-3-4 in the javelin, while Nafee Harris and Isaiah Harris helped Boyce go 1-3-4 in the long jump.
All results can be found here.
Runners Swarm to College Ave Mile
NJ's Biggest Road Mile Adds a Relay....and 102 Participants in 2013
New Brunswick- Although the parking lot festivities were cancelled on Thursday due to the fast approaching Tropical Storm Andrea, the fast times and the big turnout certainly wasn't.
Overall, there were ten individual races, two relays, four carnival games, and 252 runners that made up the 2013 College Ave Mile. Thanks to a generous youth grant, nearly half of all competitors were youth runners, and many competed as members of the RRCA Grand Prix. The 900 pictures in three albums that captured the event are available here, the starts and finishes of all races are on this YouTube channel, and the results are here.
The top three male and female finishers received, respectively, $100, $75, and $50 gift certificates to The Running Company.
Price Wins, Sets Course Record, Awarded Andrew Capizzi Trophy
Kyle Price, running with the winds of a late teammate and dear friend to his back, captured the 2nd Annual College Ave Mile Saturday night in 4:22.60. His inspired efforts, captured in the attached picture, also resulted in a new course record, breaking last year's mark of 4:22.94 set by Jeff Perrella. For his efforts, race officials awarded Price the First Annual Andrew Capizzi Trophy for winning the elite men's mile race.
Just a stride behind him was Ken Goglas, who was the race leader after the first circuit, finishing in 4:23.80. Half-miler Tony Harris was third in 4:24.80, steepler Peter Bolgert was fourth in 4:26.00, and club nationals qualifier Dennie Waite was fifth in 4:29.70. In total, 22 men broke the 5:00 barrier, a difficult feat on the roads.
Anantharaman Wins Sub-6:00 Race
Ashwin Anantharaman won the sub-6:00 race, as after his first lap, he took it home in 4:58 here. Can anyone say "sandbagger"? If you're up for a laugh, it's kinda funny watching GSTC sprinters Curtis Scafe and Carson Keers-Flood, the finish line tape holding volunteers, wildly scramble after the finish line tape after every winner runs away with it wrapped around their chest. Also in this race were teammates Kyle Flyer (5:09), Rob DeCarlo (5:29), and Dan Siegel (5:32).
Harris, Garcia Win Rumble Relay....and Lap Several Teams
Tony Harris and Ricky Garcia rolled to victory in the fist annual One Mile Rumble Relay. They tagged up to run 4:10, outrunning the team of Mark Parisen and Jaris Rousseau who finished in 4:13, and Denny Waite and Adin Mickle who finished 3rd overall in 4:17. The Pow Cats, consisting of Cheyene Ogletree and Erin Higgins, won the women's relay race in 5:12. Watch the later part of the finish video, and you'll see Harris finishing before some teams have even exchanged the baton. Wow! Check out the crazy start here, and take in the even crazier exchange and finish here.
Sub-7: Cust, Chong Finish 2-4
Rutgers finished 2nd in 5:39, and student Sean Cust and Grace Chong ran an impressive 5:49 to highlight the sub-7 finishers for the GSTC. Cathy Stutzman ran 6:04, Meghan DeCarlo 6:10, Shanna Bearisto 6:13, Erin Blum 6:17, and Andres Ortiz 6:41. Watch the finish here to Gangnum Style.
Doherty Wins Masters Mile
Using an incredible final kick, Marty Doherty won the Master's Mile in 5:15.60. Nick Van Langen set an early blistering pace and lead nearly the entire way, until Doherty closed hard and nipped him at the line, edging him by .4. This is what this sport is all about, and this is one finish certainly worth watching! Brian Harris (5:51), Kenny Huryk (6:10), Larry Saparito (6:56), Jeff Blough (7:26), and Prudence "PR Machine" Jones (7:50). The start is here, lap one here, and the finish is here and here
Sub-8 Race: Stringham Gets 3rd
Samantha Stringham, the lone GSTC'er in the race, ran very well, finishing 3rd overall in 6:11. Check out the finish here
Lacosta, Itietie Go 3-4 in Sub-10 Heat
Erin Lacosta and Tejiri Itieie finished together in 7:25, good for 3rd and 4th in the sub-10 race. Ana Garcia ran 8:44 for 14th, and Amy Denholtz was 9:05 for 19th. See the start here, lap one here, finish here and here
Tuchol Wins Sub-13 Heat!
Michele Tuchol won the Sub-13 heat in.....7:37. Perhaps she belonged in a different heat, but regardless----she won it! The start is here, lap 1 here, and the finish here and here.
Jersey City- When $15,000 in prize money is on the table, big things tend to happen. And, despite the heavy rainfall and some heavy competition, the Garden State Track Club made some very big things happen Saturday morning.
For the first time in USATF-NJ history, a team swept the top two open spots for the men's and women's divisions in a USATF-NJ Grand Prix Race. The women swept the top two teams places for the first time in club history, winning their 8th straight grand prix race. The men, who have gone 1-2 in all three grand prix races this spring, extended their winning streak to 14-also a USATF-NJ record.
A Club First: Golden Girls Go 1-2-8
Last year, the GSTC women averaged 41:19 for their top four women, winning the team title by a mere seven total seconds over RVRR. This year, they finished 1st and 2nd, averaging 38:45 and 39:07, respectively, with RVRR finishing a distant fourth with a 44:31 average.
What a difference a year can make.
Cheyenne Ogletree continued her hot streak, finishing in 36:47 (5:55/mile), placing her 9th women finisher, and the 5th American Elite. For being 5th ($100) and 1st USATF-NJ finisher ($600), Ms. Ogletree had a nice payday of $700--or $112.90 per mile! Greta Sieve ran another incredible race in her first season in Gold and Black, finishing in 36:56. As the third USATF-NJ finisher, Greta pulled in $300. Alyssa Douma (37:23) and Allyson Dublinski (37:53), the 4th and 5th place USATF-NJ finishers, collected $200 and $100, respectively, for their strong performances.
In an effort to finish 1st and 2nd, the teams were split evenly, and the lineup worked perfectly. The Gold Team that finished first included Sieve, Dublinski (who made her GSTC debut, it must be noted), Karen Auteri (40:03; 42:49 last year), Erika Meling (40:07), Cathy Stutzman (46:10; 49:36 last year), and Amy Denholtz (71:03). The Black Team that finished second included Ogletree, Douma, Alexis Patrick (40:54), Sarah Schillaci, and Meghan DeCarlo (41:52).
Ogletree's time broke her own club record from last year of 38:50, lowering it by more than 2:00.
This was also the first time the ladies in gold had three scoring teams, as the White Team of Shanna Beairstro (44:17), Courtney Connelly (44:31), Monika Juzwiak (47:20/ GSTC debut), Brianne Teichmann (55:34), Michelle Tuchol (57:50), Christine Mockenhaupt (58:36), and Arezoo Imani (72:53).
Men Dominate Up Front, Finish 1-2-5 In Team Scoring
The Men in Gold swept the top five USATF-NJ places Saturday, helping the team go 1-2 in the men's team scores. Leading the way was TCNJ alum Rob Nihen whose31:13, while just shy of Jeff Perrella's club record of 31:13, won $600. Former Rider standout Paul Matuszak was the second man in at 31:39, with Steve Mennitt (31:49), Ken Goglas (31:58), and Tim Morgan (32:03PR) bringing home $400, $300, $200, and $100, respectively.
Like the women, the men spread out the talent evenly. The winning team averaged 33:14 for their top scoring five, and it consisted of Mennitt, Goglas, Morgan, Chuck Schneekloth (34:59), John Welsh (35:23/ GSTC debut), and Nick Waclawski (43:12). The silver medal winning team had a top-5 team average of 33:48 and included Nihen, Matuszak, Fonder, Adin Mickle (34:11), Ken Walsh (38:54), and Rob DeCarlo (41:52).
The C Team also ran well, as "Timmy Terrific" Paziora (we love this guy's Facebook name) led the charge in his GSTC debut, rolling to a 35:52 finish, as two Rutgers students, David Fett (36:40) and Robert Klnk (37:20) finished shortly in his wake. Marty Doherty (37:35), Dan Teichmann (37:48), and TJ Zablocki (38:45) rounded out the squad's finishers., as he group finished with a 37:03 average time.
Team results can be found HERE.
Philadelphia, PA- Last year, the Gold and Black won their heat of the Olympic Development 4x400 by almost three seconds. How does a team return the next year and do better than that?
In a symbolic final 50 meters, two gold uniforms surged past the Shore AC, despite a huge gap going into the final leg. Anchors Mike Brito (49.3) and Julius Frederick (49.8) gobbled up the rival East Coast club that, over the years, has struggled to remain relevant on the regional and national scene. While one race is hardly a complete dethroning, it may be a foreshadowing of what's to come in two months at the USATF Club National Championships in NYC's Icahn Stadium.
The toughest 4x400 assignment on the East Coast, leading off the 4x400 at Penn Relays, was handled well by half milers Tony Harris and Kyle Price. Harris made a powerful move down the backstretch, moving from 7th to 2nd riling up the already rowdy Philly crowd, with Price following his lead. Second legs Ricky Garcia and Kaseem Jackson worked hard to get away from the typical Penn traffic, leaving third legs Joe LaFleur and Mark Parisen chasing after the gold medal. Unable to make up much ground, it came down to Brito and Frederick, who both worked hard in the opening 200m, putting them in striking distance of the leader.
Men & Women Sweep 15k Team Titles
Goglas, Belgiovine, Price Go 1-2-3 as Men Go 1-2 in Team Scores
Middletown- The Garden State Track Club didn't let a few hills, and the state's least enjoyable race, get in the way of business.
Ken Goglas, Mike Belgiovine, and Kyle Price swept the top three spots at the 15k Team Grand Prix Championships today, helping lead the team to yet another 1-2 team sweep of the top two team spots. The win gave the men's team their 14th straight victory- the longest winning streak in USATF-NJ history for any team in any division. See the video of the start here.
The "A Team" finished with an overall team time of 4:28:24, and it consisted of Goglas (50:38- $300 prize money), Price (50:40, $100 prize money), Andrew Capizzi (52:32), Stephen Comanto (55:31), TJ Zablocki (59:01), Francis Beideman (71:07), and Peter Auteri (72:28).
The "B Team" finished second overall in a total team time of 4:35:34, over 28 minutes in front of Sneaker Factory, the third place team. Belgiovine (50:39) was the top man, with teammates Stephen Mennitt (51:59), Chuck Schneekloth (54:13), Edsel Flores (58:45), Marty Doherty (59:57), and Eric Davis (66:18) rounding out the rest of the team scoring.
Ogletree, Sieve, Douma Go 1-2-4 as Women Win Big
It was "Sun's out, gun's out" for the GSTC ladies this morning, as they flexed their muscles under the crisp Jersey beach air to roll to a huge win at the Indian Trails 15k team championships.
The quartet of Cheyenne Ogletree (56:27), Greta Sieve (56:59), Alyssa Douma (61:05), and Shanna Beairsto (69:02) straight wholly-whopped the competition, finishing in an overall team time of 4:03, an incredible 18 minutes faster than the second place team. GSTC's top two ladies demolished the course record set by Catherine Smith in 2011 of 60:19.
Ogletree won $300 for finishing 1st, and Sieve, making her gold and black debut, took home $200 for her silver medal efforts. Beairsto, who just has way too many vowels for us to handle right now in her last name, had a fantastic debut for the GSTC as well, coming in as the fourth and final scoring women.
Rounding out the team's other runners were Danielle Stanton (73:09), Cathy Stutzman (73:09), Erin Blum (73:56- GSTC debut), Christine Mockenhaupt (89:36- GSTC debut), Prudence Jones (100:05- one minute PR)
"We Love What You are Doing In New Jersey"
GSTC One of Twenty-Three Clubs Selected Nation-Wide for Prestigious Team Status
Indianapolis, IN- Every four years, the national governing board of American track and field, the USATF, has a Herculean task of wading through a multitude of applications from running clubs across the country. Based on rosters, prior successes, organizational infrastructure, club national performances, and growth potential, the Elite Development Committee selects the small number of applicants that fit all criteria which includes, in the 2013-2016 Olympic Quadrennium, "an ability to qualify and compete athletes at the national championships and Olympic Trials." The GSTC submitted their lengthy aplication and $100 application fee in late August of 2012, the opening of the application window.
On Thursday, the Garden State Track Club headquarters got the phone call from USATF headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"The committee has selected your club to be a part of the EDC program. We absolutely love what you guys are doing in New Jersey. We have been frustrated with many clubs because they are being more a 'sponsor' that just pays for race entries than a 'team' that trains together. With sponsors, athletes train alone and fizzle out after a year or two. In a team-based model, athletes improve. And, what you guys have accomplished in just a few years is also really impressive. Most teams needs a decade or two to get where you guys are in three."
In all, there are twelve East Coast clubs, five from the West Coast, and six from the Mid West. See the list of the country's twenty-three Elite Development Clubs HERE.
The USATF will be mailing further information about program benefits next week.
Goglas, Mennitt Lead Golden Phalanx to 1-2-3 Team Sweep
Ken Goglas continued to win gold for the GSTC, as he dropped the last two miles in 10:15 to win in 66:23. Despite a slow opening three miles, Goglas averaged 5:21 for the 12.4 mile race to win the $150 purse. It was the #2 time in club history at this distance, behind Tom Poland's mark from 2012. Training partner and teammate Steve Mennitt finished second overall, running stride for stride with Goglas for the entire race, finishing just ni ne seconds behind him...which all came in the final mile. Mennitt's effort was good for #3 GSTC all-time, bringing him $100 for second overall. Paul Matuszak was fourth overall in 66:42, falling just two seconds shy of completing a complete GSTC sweep of the top three spots.
The other ten runners who rounded out the top eleven were Mike Belgiovine (67:27), Mike Fonder (66:47), Adin Mickle (69:25), Mike Anis (69:39), Tim Morgan (70:26), Chuck Schneekloth (71:27), and Ashwin Ananharaman (71:55). Filling out the top three scoring teams were Kyle Price (72:35), Andrew Capizzi (72:35), Stephen Comanto (73:57), Edsel Flores (74:09), TJ Zablocki (78:37), and Rob DeCarlo (84:14)
The D Team finished 7th overall, good for two team points. Zak Martins (75:19), Dan Teichmann (76:01), David Fett (80:39), Marty Doherty (80:42), Mark Parisen (84:01), Nick Waclowski (88:05), Joe Dugandzic (88:07), and Eric Davis (88:26) rounded out the group's top seven.
Below are 2012 vs 2013 results, as each team has five scoring runners.
|A Team||68:34 average (5:31/mile)||68:50 average (5:33/mile)|
|B Team||71:04 average (5:39/mile)||70:57 average (5:38/mile)|
|C Team||none||71:18 average (5:45/mile)|
|D Team||none||79:21 average (6:23/mile)|
The former Garfield HS and Rutgers standout ran away from the women's field, averaging 6:13 a mile and finishing with a time of 77:15, almost two full minutes in front of second place. Alyssa Douma, much like Matuszak above, ran a fantastic race and finished forth- just one place outside the prize money.
The group split the squad hoping for a 1-2 finish, but instead went 1-3 as two key players were unable to compete at the last minute. The Gold Team comprised of Karen Auteri (82:24), Meghan DeCarlo (83:04), and Erin Higgins (83:24). Last year, DeCarlo ran 86:23 (3:19 difference) and Higgins ran 104:22 (20:58 difference)...yeah, those are some sweet improvements!
The Black Team finished third, as Erika Meling (84:48), Sarah Scillaci (88:08), and Alexis Patrick (89:10) rounded out the scoring four. For both Schillaci and Patrick, this was their GSTC debut as they helped muscle the team's second squad to its highest ever overall finish.
Also very exciting: for the first time in club history, the women had a third scoring team. This consisted of Nicole Callaghan (97:17), Jo Ann Coffee (1:49:44), Amanda Rolph (1:50:45), Kati Petrikonis (1:57:27), and Prudence Jones (2:14:25).
Here is the average time, and average pace per mile, for the top four runners of each scoring team.
|A Team||1:24:27 (6:48/mile)||1:21:32 (6:34/mile)|
|B Team||none||1:25:47 (6:55/mile)|
|C Team||none||1:48:49 (8:46/mile)|
GSTC First: We Have a Scoring Women's Master's Team!
Another highlight of the 20k Team Championships: we have a master's team! However, the timer's somehow missed our team declaration, so we are awaiting for them to fix this. Regardless of time and place, congratulations to Sandi Kaspszyk, Jo Ann Coffee, Prudence Jones, and Patricia Butcher for filling out the club's first ever masters women's team!
Master's Men Grab 7th in Competitive 40s Field
The master's men, lead by Marty Doherty's swift 80:42, finished 7th out of a competitive 12-team men's 40's field. Joe Dugandzic (88:07) and Brian Harris (88:22) both made their GSTC debut, as Eric Davis (88:26) and Jeremy Stratton (89:24) filled out the squad.
Results can be found here.
Club Records Break in Beantown
4x400 Ends in a CR and Three Wins for the Black and Gold
Boston, MA: Despite the coldest week in years, the Girls in Gold and Boys in Black had plenty of heat this weekend as they competed in the Terrier Invitation at Boston University. Twenty-two athletes competed as six club records and myriad personal bests shattered on the BU banked track, known as one of the fastest in the country.
Chelsea Callan set CR #1 on Friday evening, hitting the tape at 10:19.44 for 3,000m. On Saturday, the ageless wonder and 400 hurdler Mike Brito set an indoor PR and the 400m CR in 50.43 despite a near fall at the 250m point, and his training partner Amr Gharseldin broke the club 200m CR in 22.45. In the distance events, Tony Harris lowered his own club record in the mile to 4:19.64, while Chris Heibell set a new GSTC standard in the 1000m, as he finished in 2:28.87.
The final club record broken was the men's 4x400 of Mike Brito (49.9), Ricky Garcia(49.6/indoor PR), Joe Lafleur (49.9/PR), and Tony Harris (50.2). Their time of 3:20.36 chopped off two seconds from the old record set last year when defeating Zenith Velocity at the Thursday Night at the Races in the Armory. Check out the record-setting relay and the GSTC props on Flotrack's coverage here.
It was an exciting day for the club's 4x400s, as the other three teams won their respective heats: B Team (Mark Parisen, Kevin Parker, Julius Samuel, Kaseem Jackson) in 3:27.36, C Team (Gharseldin, Tyler Foss, Jason Romsak, Jaris Rousseau) in 3:27.66, and the D Team (Ira Ford, Norbert Kuter, Zak Martins, Jibril Beamon) in 3:33.74. Romsak had a huge day, running two life time PRs in the open 200m (22.93) and the 4x400 (50.9).
It ain't easy breaking club records--and it's also not easy running the fastest time of your LIFE, either. Parisen lead a large group of those setting personal bests, as he PR'ed in the 800m by three seconds with his 1:57.57, while Erin LaCosta had a huge drop for the women, shaving two seconds off her 400m time in the 4x400 on Friday. For their efforts, both have been named GSTC Athlete of the Week (see below).
Full results here.
Lexington, Kentucky- Masterton Station Park was the confluence of America's forty best clubs, and when the mud settled after a rainy, sloppy day in Kentucky, New Jersey's Garden State Track Club finished 9th overall in combined men and women scoring. Many teams, like the overall men's champions Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, had just a men's teams--while a few, like theImpala Racing Team from San Francisco, brought just women. However, out of the hundreds of clubs in America, the GSTC cracked the top ten in the combined score--a incredible feat for a group celebrating just its second birthday this month. The overall winner was the Boulder Running Company with five points, as their men finished third and women were second.
1- Boulder RC (5/ Colorado)
2- Boulder TC (11/ Colorado)
3- NB Boston (15/ Massachusetts)
4- NB Silicon Valley (21/ California)
5- Run n Fun (24/ Minnesota)
6- Club Northwest (26/Washington)
7- Central Park TC (27/New York)
8- Georgetown RC (28/Washington DC)
9- Garden State TC (34/New Jersey)
9- Columbus RC (34/ Ohio)
11- West Valley TC (36/California)
12- Greater Boston TC (39/Massachusetts)
13- Genesee Valley (40/New York)
14- Team Nebraska (42/Nebraska)
15- Playmakers (48/Michigan)
16- Atlanta TC (50/Georgia)
17- Bull City TC (53/North Carolina)
18- Berry TC (64/ Georgia)
The coming out party will have to wait until next year when Oregon hosts the 2013 national championships.
The GSTC men, despite severely underperforming, had the best finish of the GSTC's three teams as they finished 20th of 42 scoring teams. The disappointing performance really had nothing to do with the muddy course, the missing teammates at home due to injury, or the ten hour van ride. It simply had to do with race execution.
Most everyone on the A-Team got caught up in an ambitious first mile. The always reliable Ken Goglas went out in 4:41, in 50th place, and this cost him 50 places over the next five miles--as he finished 100th overall. Tony Harris, whose 15:01 5k weeks ago had him projected to finish around 33:00, went out in 4:53, resulting in finishing at 34:04.
However, for the second straight year, Chris Heibell was the team's #1 man, finishing in 32:28 for 94th place. Thirty seconds ahead of the top finisher for cross-river rival Central Park Track Club, the GSTC edged them out by one point, 563-564. Also running well was Steve Mennitt, who finished as the team's #3 in 33:13, and Rob Nihen, who crossed in 33:28 after a very conservative first 5k. Kyle Price was the team's fifth and final finisher, coming in at 33:55.
After a dominating fall season, the GSTC ladies finished 14th of 24 teams at the national championships. While not everyone had the races they were hoping for, it was the icing on the cake for an otherwise great season. It also sets the stage for a potential top-ten finish next year in Bend, Oregon.
As she has done all year, Cheyenne Ogletree led the team with a first overall finish in the 6k race, coming in 64th with a 22:00. Not too far behind her was Alyssa Douma, who is normally the team's #4, who finished second for the team in 22:14. Lindsey Lambert was just a few steps behind in 22:29, while Chelsea Callan, nursing a week-long cold, finished fourth in 22:54. Kristin Cupido was the final scoring member of the squad, coming in at 23:38 as the team's #5 runner. Erin Higgins ran perhaps the best race of her fall, coming in as the #6 runner at 24:01, while Meghan DeCarlo filled out the top seven, finishing at 24:30.
Karen Auteri finished eighth in 24:44, and Liz Bissell closed the scoring at 25:01.
Adin Mickle, last year's #3 man, came into this race as a dark horse himself, finishing a disappointing fall as the club's #7 man. Consequently, he was placed on the B Team, despite his incredible performance last year in Seattle. Well, that didn't stop him from yet another clutch performance at the USATF XC National Championships.
Slowly grinding through the middle miles, Mickle finished as the team's #5 finisher in 33:43, holding off CPTC's Matthew Lacey by .1 to help the B Team finish 32nd in the 42-team field. Tim Morgan ran a strong race, coming in as the #2 man at 34:02, holding off his dear old pal Mike Anis (34:32) by thirty seconds. Ashwin Anatharaman had an off-day as the #4 man (34:54), and both Andrew Capizzi (35:44) and Dave dos Santos (36:55) struggled home as the mens' final finishers.
Women Clinch First USATF Title
"Gold Team" Finishes 1-2-3-4-7 For Near-Perfect Sweep
Deer Path Park- The Garden State Track Club women's team dominated the field yesterday at the USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country Championships, racking up a mere 17 points for the win and the $500 club nationals stipend. With the victory, the women clinched the 2012 USATF-NJ Open Women's Title with a year's total of 80 points. RVRR, the three-time defending champ who finished fourth yesterday, finished second overall with 69 points.
Cheyenne Ogletree closed out a very impressive 2012 with a convincing 1:00 win over second place Elena Rozhko, 29:14 - 30:14--a time nearly 3:00 faster than her 32:07 of 2011. Her time was the fastest ever recorded in the event's twelve year history, and it marks the first time any woman in the USATF-NJ has broken 30:00. She broke the event record of Jodie D'Ariano, from Asics Club East, of 30:10 from 2002.
From there, her teammates rolled in: Chelsea Callan (30:53), Alyssa Douma(31:01), Lindsey Lambert (31:26), Meghan DeCarlo (32:50), and Karen Auteri (33:13). Special props go to Lambert, who not only drove from East Stroudsburg (PA) to race....but she ran with a stomach-churning food poisoning.
Higgins Leads "Black Team" to Third Place Finish
The GSTC "Black Team" finished third overall, holding back RVRR and falling just short of Garmin for second. Erin Higgins ran the best race of her season, coming in as the team's top finisher at 33:44. Liz Bissell, in just her second GSTC race, was #2 at 34:10, Courtney Stanton was third in 34:58, Rutgers frosh Courtney Connelly- in her GSTC debut- was 4th in 35:33, and Cathy Stutzman was #5 at 36:16--quite an improvement over last year's 38:58 finish. Rounding out the GSTC finishers were Sara Douma (37:07), Nicole Callghan (38:31), Michelle Tuchol (46:20), and Prudence Jones (50:22).
Men Close Out First Perfect Season in USATF-NJ History
Teams Go 1-2-3-4 as Nihen Wins First USATF-NJ Title
Deer Path Park--In 2002, Fleet Feet almost did it-but they got 2nd at the Our House 5 Miler. The Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon got in the way of the Running Company's flawless season in 2003. Very recently, RVRR was oh-so-close in 2009, but settled for a silver at the Ashenfelter 8k.
Yesterday, the Garden State Track Club once again made USATF-NJ history, this time becoming the first men's team to rack up 84 points--or a perfect season--with six road wins (10pts) and two xc wins (12pts) under their 2012 belt. Not only did they win yesterday, they did it in convincing fashion--sweeping the top four team spots--finalizing their bid as the strongest men's club to ever compete in the USATF-NJ Grand Prix.
This was the 12th straight USATF-NJ Grand Prix team victory for the GSTC men. For their win on Sunday, they picked up a $500 team stipend for the upcoming national championships in Kentucky.
Rob Nihen lead a sweep of the top six spots for the Gold, hitting the tape in 25:46.41--working together with teammates Stephen Mennitt (25:46.65) and Ken Goglas (25:47.00). Kyle Price ran an outstanding race, coming in fourth in 26:03. The Milkman Adin Mickle was 5th in 26:44, and the bearded badboy Mike Anis was sixth in 26:53.
Finishing in the top twenty were Tim Morgan (10th/27:22), Ashwin Anantharaman (11th/27:24), Charlie Koontz (12th/27:46), Chuck Schneekloth (13th/27:51), David dos Santos (14th/27:56), Edsel Flores (16th/28:29), and Zak Martins (20th/28:52). It must be noted: Z-Mart, who hasn't had a TMA Nomination in weeks, shaved off 2:00 from his 2011 performance (30:56), while Flores perhaps ran his best race of his career, dropping a minute from his time last year (29:28). The 18-year-old New Brunswick HS senior would have beaten two Rutgers runners at the Big East 8k Championships this Friday afternoon...just sayin'.
Fett Leads Rutgers Runners; Breaks Teichmann's Record
In his first USATF-NJ race for the GSTC, Rutgers freshmen David Fett was the first RU finisher, rolling through in 29:00--breaking Dan Teichmann's RU record of 29:15 from last year. Fett, a Delaware resident, is a pharmacy student at Rutgers. Overall, the Scarlet Knight contingent ran exceptionally well, includingTyler Foss (29:43), Robert Klink (30:18), Kevin "The Russian Rocket" Ivanov (30:14), Kyle Flyer (30:16), Wilfredo Benitez (30:20), Mark Parisen(31:19), Mohamed "Mo Money, Mo Problems" Bahri (33:14), Sean Cust(34:04), Akhil Sankar (34:32),and Keith "Keith" Anacker (35:24).
1st (31pts)- Nihen, Mennitt, Goglas, Mickle, Foss, Benitz
2nd (53pts)- Price, Anis, Anantharaman, Koontz, Klink
3rd (80pts)- Schneekloth, dos Santos, Martins, Jaris Rousseau (29:35), Franco Guevara (29:46), Ivanov
4th (99ps)- Morgan, Flores, Fett, Wismith "Bill Willy Style" Francois (30:25), Mark Parisen (31:13)
5th (119pts)- RVRR
6th (164pts)- Sneaker Factory
7th (189pts)- Flyer, Bahri, Woody Kongsamut (33:31), Cust, Sankar, Anacker
8th (217pts)- Nick Waclawski (33:19), Pete Klapsogeorge (34:26), Norbert Kuter (33:23), Corey Smith (34:09), Kapil Sathyukumar (32:57)
9th (226pts)- Shore AC
10th (267pts)- Clifton RC
11th (292pts)- Do Run Runners
12th (317pts)- Morris County Striders
GSTC Men Rock CPTC in Elite 5 Miler
Goglas Dominates Field, Scorches Course in Record Time 25:05
New Brunswick- During the 2012 track season, the GSTC sprinters defeated the country's best track club in several relay events, including the Penn Relays, the US Open, and the Millrose Games. However, the distance group has always come up short. Most recently, Central Park Track Club handidly beat the men at both the 2011 Gorilla Elite 8k and the 2011 national championships.
2012, indeed, brought about different results. Not only did the A Team defeat them...so did the B Team. In perhaps the club's greatest team effort and display of depth, CPTC was only able to squeak one runner inside the GSTC's top 5, resulting in an 18-37 win for the Gold; the B team's top five also handed the visiting team a loss, edging them out 54-60 during yesterday's Get the Gorila Elite 5k/5m Championship Race.
Ken Goglas gapped the group after about a mile, and ran the final four uncontested for the huge victory. Rob Nihen, the TCNJ star fresh off an incredible half-marathon two weeks ago, finished second, ahead of CPTC #1 man Carlos Jamieson. The group's next three all ran strong races, as #3 Chris Heibell's 25:34 shaved a full minute off last year's 26:31 effort, #4 Steven Mennitt dropped an incredible 25 second PR, and #5 man Tom Poland, in his first race since April, averaged 5:09 miles for a 25:44. Incredibly, the entire A-Team ecliped the course and club record of 25:57 set by fellow compatriot Jeffrey Perrella in 2011.
The next five GSTC finishers were all ahead of CPTC #4 and #5 men, resulting in the six point win. Anthony Harris's 26:10 was a whopping 2:06 faster than 2011, as #8 man's Adin Mickel's 26:13 shaved off 29 seconds from last year, too. Andrew Capizzi, the #7 man between the these two, finished in 26:13. Rounding out the top five were Mike Anis (26:16) and Tim Morgan(26:34), improvements of 1:58 and 1:47, respectively, from 2011.
The final four finishers for the Gold were Ashwin Anantharaman in 26:58 (27:53 in 2011), Craig Donnelly in 27:16, Peter Bolgert in 27:59, and James Lothian in 29:20; Anantharamanananmanandadmancan and Donnelly both edged out CPTC's #5 man.
CPTC Women Sweep Top 3 Spots in Win Over WIG
Ogletree Blitzes Club 5k XC Record 17:34 as Gold Come Up Short
New Brunswick- Described by Coach Devon Martin as perhaps "the best women's team we've ever had," the Central Park TC put on an impessive show in Buccleuch Park yesterday, handing the Women in Gold a 19-36 loss. But first, the silver lining. Believe it or not, this loss could be an indicator of a top 10 finish at club nationals in December. Let us explain.
Last year, CPTC finished 10th in Seattle's national championships. If you place last year's CPTC times with this year's GSTC times from the Gorilla race, they would have a tied score 28-28. Factor in that last year's race was a month later, so the WIG have another four weeks of developing fitness, and consider that team star Jamie Liberti missed yesterday with a calf still on the mend, you easily have a 2012 GSTC team that is better than a 2011 CPTC....that finished 10th. You dig?
Anyway, Cheyenne Ogletree set the trails on fire yesterday finishing in 17:34, yet only finished fourth behind a very tough CPTC top three. Just behind her was Chelsea Callan, who ran a huge PR of 18:03 and outleaned CPTC's Christina Argueta for 5th. Lindsay Lambert finished 8th, running a season-best time of 18:21, while teammate Alyssa Douma finished 10th in 18:58. The next three all dipped under 20:00 for the first time this year, a big step in the 2012 season for Karen Auteri (19:42), Megan DeCarlo (19:47), and Erika Meling (19:52).
Elizabeth Bissell, in her GSTC debut, was next for the GSTC in 20:02. The final four finishers all ran season bests: Erin Higgins (20:14), Danielle Stanton (20:26), Courtney Stanton (20:56), and Jill Zablocki (21:24). In fact, when comparing them to the USATF-NJ XC 5k race in early September, Danielle ran 58 seconds faster, Courtney ran 48 seconds faster, and Jill shaved off five seconds.
Open 5k: Men Put 14 in Top 20
Koontz, Martins Go 3-4 as Personal Bests Abound in Race Before Elite Dual Meet
New Brunswick- For once, Zak Martins grabs a GSTC headline that isn't in the Tim Morgan Award section.
While finishing fourth overall and just a second behind teammate Charlie Koontz, the scrappy collegiate sophomore broke 17:00 for the first time and dropped a 21 second PR, finishing in 16:45. Also finishing in the top 20 wereKevin Ivanov (16:58), David Fett (17:03), Edsel Flores (17:06), Ricardo Garcia (17:11/PR), Jon Karrlson (17:26), Wismith Francois (17:28), Jaris Rousseau (17:28/PR), Franco Guevara (17:30/PR), Tyler Foss (17:40),Wilfredo Benetiz (17:50/PR), Mark Parisen (18:07/PR), and TJ Zablocki(18:07).
Quite honestly, the GSTC had so many people run in the open 5k, we aren't really sure how to weave it into a cohesive story. So, for lack of a more creative approach, here are the rest of the performances by club members: Scott Miglore (18:23), Kenny Huryk (18:50), Paul Fromholtz (18:51), Marty Doherty (18:53), Norbert Kuter (19:04), Nick Waclawski (19:19/PR), Zach Spiegel (19:27), Mike Obsuth (19:27), Kyle Flyer (19:27), Mike Gurzo (19:31), Alex Pires (19:34), Jason Chee (19:36), Kenny Sorrell (19:51), Peter Klapsogeorge (20:00/D'oh!), Woody Kongsamut (20:09), Kapil Sathyajumar (20:15/SB), Corey Smith (20:26/SB), Rob DeCarlo (20:32/GSTC 5k record carrying boogie board), Sean Cust (20:39), Keith Anacker (21:24), Lauren Haynes (21:32), Cathy Stutzman (21:43), Ken "Gorilla" Walsh (21:43), Sara Douma (22:20), Brian Dennis (23:12), Nicole Callaghan (23:15), Amanda Rolph (24:35), Larry Saparito (25:40), Christian Sylvester (25:51/ran in a suit! and dress shoes!), Shridhar Kamat (26:32), Sara Gursky (26:45), Prudence Jones (30:01), Michele Tuchol (29:57), and Lindsay Capone (30:14).
Golden Girls Win by 19 Minutes in LWHM
Ogletree Sizzles 6:15 Pace; Top 3 Run Fastest Team Time in Decade
Jersey City- Just a few months ago, the WIG were fighting for a USATF-NJ Open Women's Team Championship. Now, they may be one of the best open women's team in the history of the USATF-NJ.
Today, the women's scoring four (Cheyenne Ogletree, Chelsea Callan, Alyssa Douma, Karen Auteri) had a team time of 5:43:09 at the Liberty Waterfront USATF-NJ Half Marathon Championships. How good is that? Consider past results from this long-contested race: RVRR's scoring four was 6:16 in 2011; before that, only the top three were scored. Comparing GSTC's top three today (4:09), it was the fastest in a decade: RVRR 2010 (4:34), RVRR 2009 (4:30), Running Company 2008 (4:24), Running Company 2007 (4:19), 2006 link broken, 2005 Warren Street Open Women (4:21), 2004 Saucony Runner's High (4:19), 2003 Asics Club East (4:12), and 2002 Asics Club East (4:06). One word: WOW.
History lessons aside, Ogletree (81:57) pocketed the $200 for first, with teammates Callan (84:45), Douma (85:21) and Auteri (91:05) in her wake. All four PR'ed, with fellow "Gold Teamers" Danielle Stanton (96:26), Jill Zablocki (97:56), Erika Meling (99:04), and Nicole Corre (1:20:14) following shortly behind. Thanks to their efforts, the WIG have now opened up a commanding six point lead in the race to the open women's USATF team title.
The Black Team repped just as well, finishing 5th in stacked women's field of twelve teams. Erin Higgins (96:06) and Courtney Stanton (97:03) lead the way in 97:03, as Cathy Stutzman (99:19), Sarah Fairbrook (99:40), and Sara Douma (1:20:18) rounded out the scoring four. Making her GSTC debut was Brianne Teichmann (1:54:53), a PR, as did Prudence "The PR Machine" Jones (2:14:56), and big props to Shawnee Naught, who finished her first half in 2:29:10!!
Now the ladies turn to 10/7, when they will lace up their shoes next at the Get the Gorilla 5k. While some will run the Elite 5k vs. Central Park TC, others will run the open 5k that same morning. They will close out the regular season with the USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country Championships on 10/28 before preparations for the national championships in Kentucky.
Goglas Wins USATF-NJ HM Title
Perrella Gets 2nd; Harris' Surge Lifts Gold to Team Win as "Team Fancypants" Gets Second
Jersey City- Anything can happen in a half marathon. And today, everything seemingly did.
At the eight mile mark, the Gold Team was losing. The usually reliable Adin Mickle and Mike Anis, both members of the 2011 club nationals team, were having off-races. Tony Harris was rolling conservatively through 5:40s, but was well behind. Ken Goglas and Jeff Perrella were fighting it out with a group of four others in the lead pack. Things were not looking good--truly.
But then, perhaps we can say, tradition took over.
Goglas and Perrella soon pulled away, finishing 1-2 overall. "Pacman Polite" Harris also put on a huge surge, running his last three miles in 5:10-5:07-5:08 to gobble up dozens of runners in the final (Editor's note: don't believe us? Wait until you hear what he did at the 5th Ave Mile, below). As the team won by four minutes, it was the final gutsy push of these three that truly put the club into the "w" column in the eleventh hour. And when we say eleventh hour, we mean....this race was won, lierally, in the final mile.
Big Ken ran an 80 second all-time PR of 69:11, the #3 all-time performance for the GSTC behind only Perrella and Tom Poland. DJ Jazzy Jeff ran 69:21, his #2 all-time effort for the distance.
"Team Blold" (a combination of gold and black- this confused some), officially re-named "Team FancyPants" by Andrew Capizzi, squeezed out a well-earned, very impressive second place team finish. Rob Nihen and Stephen Mennitt, both making their half marathon debuts, ran quite wonderfully, as they finished in 71:21 and 72:39 respectively. Really, this whole team just ran out of their minds, as Timmy Morgan (74:05), Ashwin Anantharaman (74:21/ HM debut), andCapizzi (74:59) just absolutely NAILED it, with GSTC-Rutgers captain and #6 man Dan Teichmann also running a 2:00 PR in 78:56. Of course he did. That's how Team FancyPants rolls.
The "Black Team" picked up a fourth place, one place ahead of RVRR's A Team. Shawn D'Andrea made his fall debut in 75:40 to lead the group, withChuck Schneekloth (76:30), Alex Fowlie (77:04), Rich Angelillo (77:36), Ken Walsh (78:57), Edsel Flores (84:05), and Jason Chee (89:49). Highlights from the group: Walsh PR'ed by several minutes, and Chee broke 90:00 for the first time in his career.
Finally, the "Rutgers Team" finished in 7th of 13th teams scoring 2 team points for the club. Leading the charge was our homeboy James "I'll have a chocolate frosty" Lothian, who ran 80:59 as the group's #1 man. Rutgers PhD candidate Jason Gulya rolled in next at 82:42, despite losing to his twin brother (ouch!) with TJ Zablocki, who evidently has a great view of mile 12 from his Jersey City office window, just behind him in 83:55. Steve Bonica was the team's #4 man in 85:02, with just 20 seconds separating the next three: Mark Parisen (86:23), Adam Nalven (86:26), and Rob DeCarlo (86:43). Nick Waclowski (1:31) and Sean Crust (1:42) wrapped up the finishers for the mighty gold and black.
Like the women, now the men begin preparations for the Gorilla 5k on 10/7, which for the elite men will be 8k. From there, the USATF-NJ 8k cross country championships will be on 10/28, one of the final determinants for the national championship team in Kentucky.
While the open men and men made plenty of noise, so did one other group: the masters men. For the first time in GSTC history, a complete master's team finished aUSATF-NJ Championship race, as the men finished 5th in the M-40's competition. Spotswood Sensation Kenny Huryk lead the historic finish as the #1 man, rolling home in 88:40, as Jeremy "The Legend" Stratton came in as #2 in 90:21. Just twenty seconds later Eric Davis finished, with team captainMarty Doherty (96:14), Peter Auteri (1:41:30), and Francis Beideman(1:41:50) rounding out the top six finishers. Congratulations to our masters men, and a special thanks to Marty for all his effort in helping with the organization here!
Koontz Leads 1-2-3 Sweep in Wounded Warrior 5k
The GSTC-Rutgers Boys Roll Deep in Campus Race
Piscataway- Not to be out done by the club elders, the Boys on the Banks flexed their muscles yesterday in the 5th Annual Wounded Warrior 5k held on the Piscataway Busch Campus of Rutgers University.
Charlie Koontz, fresh out of Hunterdon Central HS, took gold in his second race in gold, averaging 5:16 for a solid 16:19 victory. David Fett, a second year pharmacy student making his GSTC debut, finished second in 16:53--nearly a 1:00 PR. Half miler Tyler Foss, an ROTC member who organized the team effort, ran a season best of 17:32 for third. Kyle Flyer, the 2011 leadoff for the GSTC 4x800 at club nationals, also ran a SB of 17:47 for 5th. Robert Klink hit 18:42 for 7th, and recent RU grad Woody Kongsamut hammered his first sub-20:00 5k, finishing 9th in 19:31.
New York City- Just the day before saving the day for the half marathon Gold Team, Tony Harris scorched 5th Avenue in the yearly 5th Ave Mile hosted by NYRR. Hitting the tape at 4:15.5, the #2 road mile in club history, he finished five seconds ahead of road mile club record holder Chris Heibell, who ran 4:20.
GSTC Women Dominate USATF-NJ 5k Championships
Douma, Liberti Debut as Women Take 2-Point Lead in USATF-NJ Open Team Title Race
Livingston, NJ: Half-way through the race, Cheyenne Ogletree was in a very unfamiliar place: she wasn't the GSTC front runner. In fact, thanks to the early, hard-pressing race tactics by newcomers Alyssa Douma and Jamie Liberti, she wasn't even #2. And no- she wasn't running poorly.
In reality, Liberti and Douma both went out in 5:45, setting a blistering pace even Ogletree couldn't match. By mile two, the savvy front-runner took over her front-running duties, pushing hard the final mile to finish in 18:30.55, a new club record. Finishing second overall women, averaging 5:57/mile, she brought home a $200 purse for her efforts.
On her heels were Douma (18:37/4th) and Liberti (18:48/5th), both of whom ran brilliant races despite the overly hot conditions and their hard early pace. They are both similar in time and career: they are currently both educators. Douma is an elementary school teacher and HS coach; Liberti is an instructor at Rutgers as she finishes her PhD.
Kristin Cupido, coming off a minor foot injury, rolled in at 19:34 to seal the win for the Lady GSTC'ers, who averaged 18:52 for their scoring four runners. Second place RVRR, who now falls two points behind GSTC in the open women's team race, averaged 19:45.
In total, ten women competed in the team's best road race showing in team history. They included Karen Auteri (20:25), Meghan DeCarlo (20:45), Nicole Corre (20:54), Erin Higgins (21:17), Cathy Stutzman (22:10), and Michelle Tuchol (27:44).
Big Breakthroughs in the Final Hour
Brito, Harris, Lucas, Heibell Shine at Final Meet, NJ International Invite
Holmdel- Recent St. Peter's graduate Aaron Lucas is fitting into his new team well. Real well, actually.
In just his second meet wearing Gold and Black, not only did he smash two club records, he finished in the top four at the prestigious NJ International Invitational on Sunday. Running back and forth between the long and high jump, first Lucas uncorked a 23'4" long jump in the trials. Ten minutes later, he soared over 6'8". Three jumps later, we was well over 6'10", but clipped the bar with his heel--a clear sign of fatigue after six jumps in twenty minutes. His 6'8" finished second overall, earning him a top-three watch; his long jump finished 4th.
Two of GSTC's most loyal sprinters finished the season with all-time PRs and new club records. Tony Harris, using perfect tactics and energy distribution, won heat two of the Elite 800m in 1:52.69. After sitting on two Central Park TC athletes with an 54.5 opening circuit, he uncorked a furious kick in the final 150m, holding off NYAC/NJ-NY TC's Deon Bascom for the biggest win--and fastest time--of his career.
Mike Brito also saved the best for last, running an all-time PR of 52.97 in the 400IH. A decorated long hurdler in high school (bronze medal, Meet of Champs) and college (Kean), Brito 15-stepped the entire race to take 9th in a stacked elite field. Despite not competing for seven years, this all-time PR highlighted a banner season for him, whereas he ran on the record-breaking GSTC relays at Madison Square Garden, Penn Relays, and the adidas Diamond League Grand Prix. He also broke 49 twice this year- a feat never accomplished in his collegiate glory days.
"These are well-earned breakthroughs for Mike and Tony," GSTC sprint coach Chuck Schneekloth said. "These guys make profound sacrifices three times a week to attend our sprint practices, and they've stayed loyal to the plan. They define the vision of our club: if you're willing to commit, this club will make you faster. I'm proud of everyone who finished the long season, and I'm particularly proud of these two."
Numerous other athletes had notable performances. For the first time in club history, the women won back-to-back races, as Camiesha Pierson, making her GSTC debut, won the first 400m heat, and Haleigh Simon won the second 400m heat, nipping teammate Quanisha Booker in the final 10m. Marquis Cole (49.88) and Ricky Garcia (50.06) went 1-2 in the third elite 400m heat, and Chris Heibell stormed back on strong 1500m elite field to finish at 3:51.01, outkicking CPTC indoor national qualifier Carlos Jamieson. Half miler Tahlief Jackson ran a season best in the 800m elite race (1:54.76), with Mark Parisen shaving off .74 from his old 400IH personal best, as he ran 54.52 to finish 10th in the elite race, with teammate Alan Broussard (54.73) just a step behind.
New Brunswick- In its inaugural year, nearly two hundred runners pounded the streets of New Brunswick--including athletes from New York City, Philadelphia, Maryland, New Foundland, and Delaware. The fastest time of the day, 4:22.15, was from Christian Hesch--a Californian who ran 3:58.68 at Falmouth last year.
In total, 6 runners broke 4:30, 17 broke 4:50, 25 broke 5:00, and 80 broke 6:00.
In the elite women's race, GSTC's Jamie Liberti outran teammate Cheyenne Ogletree by a slim 5:15.23 - 5:16.75 margin, with Alyssa Douma just two steps behind in 5:20.32. In the elite men's race, GSTC legend Jeff Perrella was outleaned by Hesch, 4:22.19 - 4:22.94. Just behind them was a thrilling finish, as one secod separated three GSTC'ers: Chris Heibell (4:25.10), Tony Harris (4:25.18), Ken Goglas (4:25.28). After MIG Tahlief Jackson (4:28.76) and Princeton native Cole Crosby (4:32.28) rolled in, yet another pack of gold were separated by one second: Andrew Capizzi (4:35.35), Tim Morgan (4:35.73), and Adin Mickle (4:35.85).
Several GSTC athletes won their heat, including:
Karen Auteri (5:46)
Nicole Corre (6:04)
Edsel Flores (4:46)
Nick Waclowski (5:36)
Ricardo Garcia (4:56)
A legion of GSTC'ers ran, including Chris Schneider (4:36), Tyler Foss (4:48), Zak Martins (4:52), Norbert Kuter (4:58), James Lothian (5:00/ GSTC debut), Jeremy Stratton (5:15/3rd Master's Elite), Kristin Cupido (5:43/4th Elite Women), Mike Habib (7:54), Megan McGlynn (7:58), Prudence Jones (8:15), Amy Denholtz (8:22), Mike Gurzo (6:02), Pete Klapsogeorge (6:04), Brian Dennis (5:54), Cristella Larosa (6:20), Hedolis Jaquez (5:07), Jaris Rousseau (5:07), Alex Fowlie (5:09), Joe Ambrosio (5:11), Mark Parisen (5:14), Ashwin Anantharaman (5:16), Ken Walsh (5:20), Rob DeCarlo (5:19), Ken Huryk (5:22), Steve Bonica (5:26), Jason Gulya (5:25), Arvid Pansanjan (5:34), Keith Anacker (5:38), Meghan DeCarlo (5:56)
Swarthmore, PA: Finally, hurdler Mike Brito broke the 54 second barried, running 53.49 and finishing second at the Swarthmore Last Chance Invitational on a drizzling Monday evening. Hours later, he broke 49 for the first time in his career, splitting 48.81 as the 4x400 team of Tony Harris, Ricky Garcia, and Duval Sewer lowered their own club record by several tenths, hitting the tape at 3:17.48. This was followed by the B team (3:25.24), C team (3:26.54), D team (3:30.77), E team (3:39.72), and the F team (3:48.85). Watch the club record here.
Numerous athletes finished high, including Alan Broussard's big PR in the 110HH (14.69/2nd) along with a 5ht in the 400IH (55.35), and Marquis Cole placing 6th in 400m with a PR of 49.87.
Other notable performances were Arvid "The Flying Hawaiiian" Pansanjan winning two races (11.44/22.68), winning his 800m hear (1:53.49), and Garcia in the 400IH (7th/ 56.01). Jaris Rousseau (56.61/7th) and Eric Weber (58.01/14th) ran season-bests in the 400IH. The half mile was particulary strong for the GSTC, as Sam Jenssen (1:54.74/debut), Michael Saparito (1:56.37/ debut), Tahlief Jackson (1:56.68), Tyler Foss (1:57.12/season best/picture), Duval Sewer (1:59.70), Mark Parisen (2:00.71/PR), Norbert Kuter (2:01.40/SB), Zak Martins (2:01.81).
Auteri Makes the Difference as GSTC Women Squeak Out Team Win by 7 Seconds
Jersey City- Last weekend, at the USATF-NJ 5 Mile Championships, the GSTC women were about 30 seconds short of a win. Despite a significant lead after three finishers, they lost by a slim margin after the fourth and final scoring finisher.
This weekend, enter Karen Auteri.
The GSTC top three, like last week, ran a very solid race up front at the Newport 10k. Cheyenne Ogletree continued to wallop the USATF-NJ, as her 38:50 finish put her 1:15 faster than the next team scorer, Kavitha Manley. For being the top USATF-NJ finisher ($500) and 5th American ($100), Ogletree brought in $600 of total prize money for the day. Kristin Cupido and Meghan DeCarlo rolled in together, averaging 6:43/mile to come in at 41:48.30 and 41:48.63, respectively. After the first three women finished, the GSTC ladies were up by 35 seconds. When the RVRR #4 came in at 42:21, the real clock started. If Auteri came in within the next 35 seconds, they would win and tie up the Grand Prix Open Women score; if not, they would fall four points back at second place. Sure enough, Auteri came in at 42:49...28 seconds later, locking up the GSTC win by a mere seven total seconds: 2:45:16 - 2:45:24. That's 1.7 seconds per woman. And who says every second doesn't count? Other 10k finishers included Erin Higgins (49:36), Cathy Stutzman (49:36), Amy Denholtz (64:46), and Prudence Jones (65:02). We aren't sure what Prudence is drinking, but we'd like to have some. She has PRed in every distance thus far in 2012: 5k, 10k, 15k, and half marathon. Wow.
Perrella Storms Back, Leads GSTC Men to Spring Sweep in Final USATF-NJ Race
It's been a rough stretch for team captain Jeff "Quiet Storm" Perrella. In December, he struggled through the 10k national cross country championships, grimacing in hip pain. Through January and February, he was went from one injury to the next; during the first USATF-NJ Grand Prix Championship race, the 20k, he was working a water station instead of working the competition. Running 40 minutes without pain was a success.All that said, yesterday's 10k showed one thing: The Q-Storm is back. Averaging 5:01.4 a mile, Perrella finished in 31:13 to finally end the half-year of injury-induced frustration. This was 8th overall, top NJ finisher, top USATF-NJ finisher, and 3rd American Elite finisher. $750 in 31 minutes of running...not a bad day at the office.The MIG won the team race by ten minutes over second place Sneaker Factory: 2:47:44 - 2:57:22. Like the women, this first place finish brought in $150 of prize money, which will most likely go to buying Chuck some new Air Jordans for the summer. Finishing second was team ironman Ken "Kenny G" Goglas in 33:13; KG was also 2nd man in the Five Mile Championship just six days earlier. Team legend Timmy Morgan was the #3 man (33:20), workhorse Mike Anis (three races in ten days?!) was the #4 man (34:05), teenage phenom Edsel "The Pretzel" Flores was #5 (35:51), and Germany-bound, Rutgers sehr gut sophomore Dan Teichmann was the #6 man (36:02).
Washington Hits Olympic Trials Mark
Goglas Leads Team Effort with Double Gold & Club Record in 3k Steeplechase
Long Branch- Any veteran of the sport knows two things about track and field: anything can happen, and championship meets usually comes down to the relays.
The 2012 USATF-NJ Track and Field Championships were no different, as the GSTC clung to a delicate 80-72 lead over the Shore AC with just the three relays remaining: 4x100, 4x800, and 4x400. Shore AC, the heavy favorite as the USATF National Champions in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011, would win 89-80 if they won all three.
However, in a major shift in New Jersey club running, the Gold and Black swept all three relays, securing a 95-72 upset team win--the first in club history.
In addition to the relays sweep, the MIG swept the top four spots in the 800, 1500, 3k steeplechase, and 5k-- a huge swing of 44 points. SAC did a similar thing in the throws, as they swept both the shot and discus, along with sweeping the top three in the 400IH and top two in the 110HH.
Jason Staggers (HJ, LJ) and Ken Goglas (10k, steeplechase) were double winners, as Goglas' 9:47 steeple broke the club record by twenty seconds, formerly held by Mike Anis. Speaking of the Bearded Badass, he picked up a gold in perhaps a newly-found love: the 5,000m racewalk. Jason Marti, in his GSTC debut, broke the club record in the hammer throw, while Tony Harris, Chris Schneider, and Chris "Handoff Expert" Heibell picked up five points gold medals.
Ish Robbins picked up a clutch silver in a loaded 100m field in a club-record 10.87, while Harris and Mike Saparito sandwiched 3:52 miler Robbie Andrews for 550m in the 800m.
Icahn Stadium, NYC- Hours before competing in one of the world's most competitive track and field meets, the IAAF Golden League adidas Grand Prix, the Garden State Track Club saw and met numerous American Olympians soon to compete, including 100m American record holder Tyson Gay.
However, the race was marred with controversy, as the eight team field was lined up for an in-lane start until the Shore AC team jumped on the track just minutes before the gun went off. They missed the final call due to only having three athletes, and a SAC coach was asking high school and college coaches for one final athlete to complete their relay. They finally found someone, and jumping on the track without hip numbers, forced race officials to make it a scratch, shoulder-to-shoulder start with nine teams now lining up.
This did not bode well for GSTC lead-off Marquis Cole, as he only mustered a 51.3 lead-off due to the heavy bumping at the start. Once free from the crowd, the MIG ran well: Ricky Garcia (48.5/PR), Mike Brito (49.3), and Tony Harris (48.8/PR). They finished 6th of 9 teams in 3:18.89.
Princeton- At Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, GSTC superstar hurdler Asia Washington ran an all-time PR of 56.78, placing second and dipping under the USA Olympic Trials "B Standard" of 57.00. Her herculean effort fell just short of the Trials "A Standard" of 56.00, and the actual IAAF "Olympic B" Standard of 56.65. What this means, for Asia, is that the USATF will take the fastest 28 athletes who have run under the "B" standard. However, to ensure a lane at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, she must hit the "A Standard."
Piscataway- Tom Poland lead a very strong pack of Gold and Black in the Unite Half Marathon, as he finished second in 68:38. Averaging 5:14 a mile in his debut half marathon, Poland pulled in $500 of prize money for his second place effort- a time just off Jeff Perrella's club record of 68:12 from last year's Philly half marathon. Just behind him, in his GSTC debut, was Brandon Smith. A former Rutgers standout and current grad student, Smith finished his first half in 71:59, good for sixth overall (5:29/mile). Finishing 7th overall was Mark Del Monaco, averaging 5:33 a mile for a 72:51 finish.
As part of her Jersey Shore Half Marathon build up, GSTC woman's co-captain Claire Tafelski finished third in the 8k race, running 34:19. Amy Denholtz also ran the 8k, squeaking under 10:00 pace as she ran 49:41, or 9:59/mile.
Marlboro- There was plenty of pre-race hype: Gold, Black, and Ugly Teams fighting for a team title. Morgan vs Polite. Bonica vs DeCarlo. When the dust finally settled, all that was left was one big, wet mess of gold charging the finish line. The Men in Gold put 7 in the top 11, and 14 in the top 26, to once again dominate the third of nine USATF-NJ Grand Prix Championship races.
The Black Team edged the Gold Team, averaging 16:29-16:31, respectively, for a narrow victory by just six total seconds. Leading the black team was Jeff Perrella (15:15/2nd), who entered his first race after a long winter of nagging injuries. Filling out the self-proclaimed "Italian Team" was Tim Morgano (15:36), Luis Romero (15:42), Jeremy Stratton (17:53), and Tyler Foss (17:59). Just behind them was the Gold Team, lead by Adin Mickle (15:38), Tony Harris (15:46), Edsel Flores (16:56), Mike Obsuth (17:05), and Zak Martin (17:06). Finishing a disappointing fourth, thus spoiling hopes for a 1-2-3 GSTC sweep, was the Ugly Team of Ashwin Anantharaman (16:08), Chuck Schneekloth (16:16), Dan Teichmann (17:07), Zach Spiegel (17:16), and Mark Parisen (19:06).
Also racing for the Gold were Norber Kutert (18:15), Wilfredo Benitez (18:21/debut), Steve Bonica (18:45), Paul Fromholtz (18:46/debut), Rob DeCarlo (18:47), Woody Kongsamut (20:15/debut), Meghan DeCarlo (20:20), Keith Anacker (20:43/debut), Nick Waclowski (20:43), William Herring (21:43), Michelle Tuchol (27:53), Prudence Jones (27:58/ 1:00 PR)
Lawrenceville, NJ: Asia Washington had a huge day on the oval, dominating both the 200m (24.99) and 400m (54.92). While a few tenths slower than yesterday, she dominated the fields, racing the majority of both races alone up front. Read more about the former Hokie below as the selected Athlete of the Week. Meanwhile, watch her crush the 200m field HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxNDIQXD_1k. Shay Warren, Ataysia Ingram, Alexis Mbakwe, and Quanisha Booker added a third place in the 4x100 relay (see picture).
The men had another solid day, as Mike Brito placed second in the 400IH in 54.25. Alan Brussard ran his second fastest time over 110HH, grabbing 2nd in 15.06. Tony Harris finished 3rd in a very hot 800m race in 1:54.12, and teammate Ricky Garcia took 4th in the open 400m in 50.03, a lifetime PR. Others scoring points in the top eight were Mark Parisen (5th, 400IH, 55.30), Simon Vuong (7th, PV, 12-6), and Marquis Cole (8th, 200m, 22.75).
The foursome of Brito (50.5), Garcia (49.6), Duval Sewer (49.7), and Harris (48.9) finished a close 2nd to Monmouth in 3:19.51. Not only is this a new GSTC club record, it marks the first time the club broke 3:20 for the mile relay.
Princeton, NJ: Asia Washington had a great day at the races, placing 2nd in the 200m (24.18) and 3rd in the 400m (54.71) yesterday at the Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton University. While both races were club records, her 400m race also broke the previous meet record of 54.90.
Tony Harris continues his outstanding season, as he won heat four in a PR and GSTC record 1:53.12. The former record holder of 1:54.15, Chris Heibell, couldn't be reached for comment last evening (sulking maybe?). Harris also anchored the 4x400 relay in 49.7, which won the second heat in 3:22.69; this placed fourth out of nineteen relays. He teamed with Mike Brito (51.2), Ricky Garcia (49.6), and Duval Sewer (51.5).
All four relay members came off a race within 90 minutes of the relay, so the 3:22 was on tired legs. Brito crept closer to the club record of 53.33, as he ran 54.01 and finished third overall. Just behind him was Alan Brussard, who finished fourth in 54.28. Garcia ran 55.45 to place third in the second heat, and Sewer ran 1:58.22 to also grab third in his heat of the 800m.
The B Team of Alan Broussard, Marquis Cole, Mark Parisen, and Ish Robbins ran 3:29.77 for the win in heat three, with the C Team of Antonio Gaines, Tyler Foss, Jaris Rousseau, and Daniel Brathwaite just behind them in 3:31.24. The D team ran 3:35.58, falling just .02 short of outleaning the CPTC A team. Felix Osorio, Norbert Kuter, Zak Martins, and Eric Weber all made their first Princeton University appearance, teaming up for the effort.
Middletown- GSTC superstar Tom Poland landed his first career USATF-NJ Championship this morning, as he sizzled to a 48:18 victory and $300 pay day for the win. Running stride for stride with Mike Rolek, Poland actually fell a few strides back at mile 8, only to open up a six second lead in he final mile. His time, a swift 5:12 pace over one of the hilliest and most challenging courses in the state, crushed the course record by a blistering 90 seconds.
Meanwhile, the men's A Team and B Team went 1-2, putting an impressive eight finishers in the top thirteen spots. Running his best race in gold, Mark Del Monaco was the team's #2 man in 50:30 (6th), with the always steady Adin Mickle (7th) just behind him in 50:33. A minute behind was the ever reliable Ken Goglas (51:31/8th), and next was Shawn D'Andrea, a 2:32 marathoner from Philadephia University making his black and gold debut (52:00/9th). Closing out the men's scorers were the Blomfield College upstart Luis Romero (52:08), old man Chuck Schneekloth (52:53), Dan Teichman (54:55), Edsel Flores (56:33), and Zach Speigel (59:37). The top seven GSTC runners would have won the race in 2009 (Luciano De Olivera won in 54:38). The remaining men all ran very solid races, including 51 year old and 2000 and 2005 Indian Trails Champion Jeremy Stratton (59:39), NYC facial hair king Steve "This Course Was Easy, from what I remember, in 2003" Bonica (59:47), Rob DeCarlo averaged 6:36 pace en route to a fine 61:20 finish, and Kenny Huryk finished in 65:31.
The GSTC women also won the 15k team title. Once again, Cheyenne Ogletree lead the way, running yet another big race on the USATF-NJ circuit. Finishing second overall, Ogletree averaged a very impressive 6:26 per mile finshing in 59:48. In second, running her best race for the GSTC, was Erin Higgins, who dipped under 7:00 pace to hit the tape at 64:29, with Meghan DeCarlo right on her heels at 64:55 and Karen Auteri finishing up the scoring four in 66:24. Rounidng out the team was Claire Tafeski (69:27), Cathy Stutzman (76:23), and Prudence Jones (1:42:22). It appears they placed second, but team results have yet to be published.
West Long Branch, NJ-- The GSTC opened up their spring track season yesterday at the Monmouth Opener against forty-one teams, and despite windy and colder conditions, came away with some big performances.
Alan Broussard, making his hurdling debut of 2012, had an incredible day. First, he placed fourth overall in the 400IH in 54.59; hours later, he thundered to his first collegiate invitational victory, capturing the 110HH gold while fighting a +2.5 headwind (see attached picture). Check out his win here.
The intermediate hurdle crew had a dominating day, placing 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th overall. Mike Brito (54.50) lead the charge, followed by Broussard, Ricardo Garcia (55.02), and Mark Parisen (56.18). These were all career-best season openers...a great sign for the 2012 season.
Other top ten finishes included Matt Sunga (4th/LJ), Jibril Beamon (8th/LJ; 5th/TJ), and Tony Harris (10th/1500).
Harris anchored the 5th place SMR in 1:56.2, teaming with Brito, Broussard, and Marquis Cole to finish in 3:34.81. 3:33.76 was 2nd, with ESU winning in 3:31. Click here to watch Tony Polite go to work in the final 100m, catching and nearly passing the entire field.
Highland Park- GSTC's Cheyenne Ogletree dominated today's 20k USATF-NJ 20k Championship, winning it over Delaware's Sara Rusk by two minutes and thirteen seconds. She averaged an impressive 6:23/mile for the 12.4 miles, which is actually 2:47 marathon pace, the Olympic Trials qualifying standard.
The women were second by 1:42 after the top four scorers finished. However, three key runners weren't able to attend, and after GSTC's top three finishers, the Gold was winning by over a minute. Indeed, things look promising once at full strength, as they should challenge for the 2012 Open Women's Team title.
Ogletree was joined by teammates Kristin Cupido (84:05), Meghan Decarlo (86:23), Lindsey Michaliszyn (94:51), Cathy Stutzman (104:02), and Erin Higgins (104:02).
The Black and Gold picked up where they left off in 2011, dominating the USATF-NJ's first championship grand prix race of 2012.
Perhaps what's most impressive, however, is that they did it without several of their top weapons: Jeff Perrella, Nicolai Naranjo, Patrick Lestarnge, Dan Teichmann, Zack Spiegel, Mark DelMonaco, Steve Mennitt, and Alex Fowlie. This group, at full strength, would have given today's "A Team" an honest run for their money.
Regardless, it was a battle of experience vs. youth for the men's individual title, and Mike Dixon (5:15/mile average) prevailed over Tom Poland (5:16/mile) by 14 seconds. Stride for stride for nearly 11 miles, after dropping Fleet Feet's Justin Scheid and Sneaker Factory's Mike Rolek around mile 9, the seasoned marathoner pulled away from the former Columbia star in the final mile stretch. It was Poland's GSTC grand prix debut--and his longest career race to date.
The A and B teams cleaned up, putting 10 in the top 15, all averaging 5:43 pace or faster. These included Ken Goglas (68:30), Adin "Milkman" Mickle (68:59), Mike Anis (69:06), Tony Harris (69:08), Luis Romero (69:35), Ashwin Anantharaman (70:12), Tim Morgan (70:54), and Chuck Schneekloth (71:01).
Numerous other men ran solid races, including Ken Walsh (6:05/mile), Edsel Flores (6:10), Jeremy Stratton (6:24), Steve Bonica (6:41), and master Kenny Huryk (6:59).
Total team times of the top three teams were GSTC A (5:42), GSTC B (5:55), and RVRR (6:00).
New Brunswick- Myriad meet records fell this weekend, as great weather and big numbers resulted in some fast times all around.
In the open division, it was two GSTC teams of Nicole Corre/Erin Higgins (42:01) and Chris Heibell/Adin Mickle (31:23) winning the women's and men's titles, respectively. The former won by 49 seconds, breaking the meet record by nearly 3:00, while the latter handily defeated the GSTC teams of Mike Dixon/Mike Anis (by 1:00) and Tony Harris/Chuck Schneekloth (by 1:33), lowering the former record by 1:13.
Team Nalven was able to hold onto their Co-Ed Rutgers Alumni title, and Cheyenne Ogletree/Steve Mennitt teamed for an incredible 34:32 to destroy the former meet standard. GSTC'ers Ashwin Anatharamn/Elena Tous and Ken Goglas/Claire Tafelski went 2-3 in that division.
Not to be outdone, our GSTC-Rutgers duo of Zach Spiegel/Dan Teichmann ran away with the college men's title, finishing in 34:54- a bit off from last year's record of 34:07 set by Teichmann/Kyle Flyer. GSTC members actually swept this event, with Rutgers' Keith Flyer/Mike Obsuth taking second, and Kean's Jaris Rousseau/Ricardo Garcia grabbing bronze.
Congrats to GSTC's half miler Tyler Foss, who teamed with his sister Hannah to take gold in the sibling co-ed division.
There has been some Facebook chatter that the course was a hair long, but this is coming mostly from Chris Heibell- who is still upset he had to work so hard for so long to finally catch his nemesis/hero, Chuck, in the second leg of the race. There was similar chatter about Harris coming from way back to snatch up Anis in the third leg, but that is for another time and place.
NYC- The GSTC men finished second overall in the nine-team Millrose Games Club Relay Championships, closing out an impressive 2012 indoor season. Zenith Velocity, despite not scoring in the distance medley, picked up two wins (and 20 points) in the 4x200 and sprint medley relays to win the team title. GSTC was second (16 points), followed by Shore AC (12), Central Park TC (10), New Balance- Silicon Valley (10), Westchester TC (8), Greater Philadelphia TC (6), Gotham Spark TC (3), and DC Capitol (0).
In the distance medley, Chris Behre (3:07.4) lead-off, followed by two huge indoor PRs by Mike Brito (49.6) and Tony Harris (1:54.8). Running in third after Harris' leg, NYAC hunted down anchor Chris Heibell (4:18.3) as the Gold settled for fourth overall for four points. In the 4x200, half-miler Duval Sewer started things off in 22.9, followed by three collegiate freshman: Andre Sylvester, Daniel Brathwaite, and Arvid Pansanjan. Despite poor handoffs and lots of traffic, the group was able to muster a third place, with Pansanjan holding off a hard-charging Shore AC by .02. At this point, both GSTC and Zenith were tied at 10-10 going into the final event, the sprint medley relay. Unfortunately, the race had nine teams in it- resulting in a chaotic start in the 400m lead-off leg. Despite being in an early box, Ricky Garcia surged hard in the final stretch and handed off in 50.1, an indoor PR. Alan Brussard (22.4) and Ish Robbins (22.5) hammered the 200m legs, but anchor Harris was left in no-man's land in third place. He finished in 1:55.6, crossing in 3:31.40- resulting in the group falling four points short of the team title.
NYC--Asia Washington impressed in her Gold and Black debut at the Millrose Games, leading off both sprint relays and setting two club relay records in the process. In the sprint medley, she lead-off in 56.8 and handed off in second place. Teammates Quanisha Booker(26.5) and Shay Warren (26.7) carried the baton for the next two legs, and anchor Cheyenne Ogletree (2:16.9) brought the team across the finish line in 4:08.15, good for sixth place--just .25 away from 4th place. In the 4x200, Washington opened up a huge lead, dominating the field with a 24.2 leg of of blocks. Booker, Warren, and Ataysia Ingram took it from there, finishing in 1:47.37- good for fourth overall.
Arlington, VA--Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) president William Dyson announced that it has selected the Garden State Track Club's website as the "National Running Club Website of the Year." GSTC web designer Nicole Schneekloth received an email from Dyson on Friday, 2/10/12, with the news and $400 stipend offer to attend the 2012 RRCA National Conference in Memphis, TN., where she will be presented with the national award.
NYC- Several club records fell during the afternoon Millrose Collegiate Invitation prior to the Millrose Games. In the 4x800 relay, Tyler Foss (1:58.8), Reggie James (1:59.6), and Zak Martins (2:01.9) all ran indoor PRs, with Mark Parisen (2:04.2) rounding out the team that ran 8:05.55 to place fourth overall. Luis Romero broke a year-old 3k club record held previously by Mike Obsuth, as Romero ran 8:57.60. Matt Sunga (6.61m) added a 7th place in the long jump, as did the 4x400 relay.
Morristown- Wearing the Gold and Black for the first time, Tom Poland crushed the 1,000 person field of the Super 4 Miler last weekend, a race held the day of the Super Bowl. Tuning-up for March 11's USATF-NJ 20k Championship, Poland averaged 5:14/mile, cruising through the finish line at 20:59.02--with second place a full minute behind him.
Men in Gold Hold Off Zenith by .01 at US Open
New York City- Isaac Newton's now-famous adage "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" comes to mind when Tony Harris stood on the starting line on the historic oval at Madison Square Garden at 7:06pm on January 28th. To his left and right were some of America's best, most storied track clubs.
Past accolades disappeared with the starter's pistol firing, and after four laps, Harris handed off in second place with an 80.2 split, just two strides behind Shore AC's Charles Cox.
Duval Sewer, running three laps, immediately got to work. Smelling blood early, the seasoned half miler from New Brunswick seized the lead, and despite a hard push from Zenith in the final turn, he handed off to Ricky Garcia clinging to a one-stride lead.
After two legs, it was now a two-team battle between GSTC's black and gold and Zenith's red and black. Gotham TC, Central Park TC, Greater Philadelpia TC, and Shore AC had fallen out the back; only two legs of two laps each remained, and just a few inches separated the two. Garcia covered his two laps in 35.3, handing off exactly where he got it- a stride ahead- setting the table for anchor Mike Brito to battle with Zenith's anchor, a rematch of last weekend's 4x400 in NYC's Armory.
Brito surged hard in the first stretch to stragetically keep the lead, settling in on the first turn--thus forcing Zenith to settle for the second position. The two ran stride for stride for the next 1.5 laps, until Zenith pulled on Brito's shoulder in the final turn. The final 40 meter straightaway came down to a lean at the finish line, with neither team knowing the outcome. Seconds later, the Garden's famed four-way jumbotron fashed the results indicating GSTC had won by .01: 3:28.04-3:28.05.
NYC- The Gold dropped a bomb on the national club scene Thursday night, upending America's #1 ranked club 4x400 relay, Zenith Velocity TC. This sets the stage for a final showdown in Madison Square Garden this Saturday in Madison Square Garden, where the two teams will do battle with CPTC in the Sprint Medley Relay. Leadoff Ricardo Garcia blasted to the front with a 50.2 split, followed by B Team leadoff Duval Sewer's 50.4. Zenith moved from third to second with a huge leg, but Tony Harris (50.1) held off the the country's top 4x400 team this indoor season. Alan Brussard (50.8) blew the race open in the third leg, surging hard with 150m remaining, giving anchor Mike Brito a comfortable one second cushion. While ZVTC's anchor made this up in the opening 200m, Brito was the superior runner, locking up the win with an all-time indoor PR (50.2) and a dominating final 100m.
In the open 800 at the Armory's Thursday Night at the Races, the Gold won 7 of 9 heats. Heat winners included Duval Sewer, Ky Ross, Arvid Pansanjan, Jaris Rousseau, Norbert Kuter, Mark Parisen, and Luis Romero.
West Point, NY- In his 800m debut of 2012, Tony Harris did what he does best- sit patiently- behind Army's Joseph Hannigan and Essex's Elhadji Mbow for 650 meters. With 150m to go, he pulled out wide, hit the accelerator, and crushed the field with a thunderous kick to win in 2:00.80.
While Harris was the lone event winner for the Gold and Black, eight other races were won by his teammates.
Imo Ilogienboh opened up his 2012 season with heat wins in the 60m (9th, 7.18) and 200m (6th, 22.98). Quarter milers Daniel Brathwaite (54.73), Arvid Pansanjan (52.95) , and Mike Brito (51.52) won three of the meet's men eight 400m heats. The Lady Gold repped well, as Ataysia Ingram won her 400m heat, and Quanisha Booker won her race in the 200m. The 4x400 "C" team of Jaris Rousseau (54.7), Ky Ross (54.9), Jason Staggers (53.8), and Reggie James (52.6) also won the first heat of the mile relay. The C team ran 3:36, and the B team went 3:37 in the fourth heat (see below).
Along with nine wins, there were two near wins in the long jump and 4x400. After the prelims, Matt Sunga (22-1) and Staggers (21-6) were 1-2 overall, but they were bumped to 2nd and 4th after the finals. The GSTC "A" 4x400 also saw a gold medal slip through their fingers, after the first two legs (Ricky Garcia/50.3 and Harris/49.7) had the Gold off to a sizzling start. However, a 52.5 third leg put anchor Brito (51.4) in no-man's land, yet their final time (3:24.32) ranks them second of all clubs on the East Coast this indoor season.
Watchung, NJ- Mike Dixon won the Watchung Winter Ultra 50k trail race on Saturday. His time of 4:01:22 not only broke the course record, but it won by nearly 16 minutes.
There were 73 finishers, and Dixon's win was #12 for the GSTC thus far in 2012. Last year, the Gold won 52 races.
In 2011, the GSTC won 52 races; by day one of 2012, we got two in the bag....
Props to Ashwin Anantharaman for opening the team's year in style, as he won the Hamilton Hangover 8k today in 27:07. He won a gift basket and bottle of champagne for beating....Luke Skywalker (check the results!). Forty miles north, in Westfield, Mike Dixon took care of business at the CJRR Hangover Run, where he won in 15:31. Claire Tafelski, the co-captain of the women's team, won her age group in 21:13(see attached picture), while master Kenny Huryk was 3rd in his age group, clocking in at 19:19.
Twenty more miles north, up in Fair Lawn, seven GSTC'ers jumped in the 1st Day 5k. Marathon guru Rob DeCarlo averaged sub-6 for the first time in a long time, finishing in 18:24. Mike Obsuth, wearing his boy scout uniform and carrying a HUGE flag that served as both an extra twenty pounds AND parachute, somehow ran 21:01. Amalie Park (28:58), Veronique Allen-Hazell(27:29), Jessica Pruzinsky (30:00), Danielle Irish (21:37), and Gabriela Hugman (24:29), all from the GSTC Marathon Group, all ran very well!! Chuck Schneekloth (17:15) finished 5th overall, realizing that eating ice cream for dinner the past month needs to change real soon.
Flemington- Earlier this morning, the Garden State Track Club men's open team won the NJ-USATF 5k Cross Country Championship in dominating fashion, as their five scoring teams placed 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 8th in the annual fall championship race. This was the most dominant team showing in the meet's long-standing history, as the GSTC placed 11 in the top 13, and 20 in the top 37.
This sets the stage for the GSTC showdown dual meet against the Central Park Track Club on 11/13 in New Brunswick for East Coast cross country bragging rights. Both teams will be competing at the USATF Club Nationals in Seattle on December 10th, and both have great chances to finish in the top five.
Superstars Chris Heibell and Jeff Perrella dueled for three miles, with Heibell (15:31) leading until the final stretch, until Perrella (15:28) pulled away for his first NJ-USATF XC Championship on a slow, wet, muddy Deer Path Park in Flemington. Heibell, a 4:11 miler, and Perrella, an Olympic Trials marathon qualifier hopeful, are two of the East Coast's strongest distance runners. A few strides behind them was Adin Mickle, making his gold and black debut in 15:53 for third. Long distance ace Mike Dixon, switching gears from 50 mile races to 3 mile ones, came in at fourth (16:02), with James Grimes (7th) and Steve Geiger (12th) rounding out the "A" team's win.
The A Team squeaked by the B Team 24-32, thanks to a surprise finish from Tony Harris (6th, 16:25) and supporting cast of Mickle, Ashwin Anantharan (16:33), Mike Anis (16:37), and Tim Morgan (16:38). The "Scarlet Team", comprised on all Rutgers students, ran exceptionally well, placing fourth overall. Sophomore Dan Teichmann, who later won the Eat the Cookie from Your Forehead Contest (see attached), led the way (17:27), with Zach Spiegel, Mike Obsuth, Kyle Flyer, Rob Klink, and Tyler Foss shortly behind him.
The Gorilla Green team, led by GSTC board member Alex Fowlie (17:48) was fifth overall, just in front of rival Sneaker Factory's A team. Zak Martin, Edsel Flores, Wismith Francois, David Grau, and Norbert Kuter rounded out the group.
Finally, the White Team placed 8th of 10 teams, as Nick Waclowski ran a huge PR of 20:16 to be the team's first runner. Corey Smith, Neil Verano, Thomas Segear, Stefan Symbleme, and William Herring comprised the GSTC's final scoring squad.
The Lady GSTC'ers kicked off their fall racing schedule well, finishing fourth overall in the NJ-USATF 5k Championships. Leading the group was Claire Tafelski, who finished 5th overall in 21:41. Cahy Stutzman came in 15th overall in 23:49, with Liz Licorish (24:07/17th) running very well in her gold and black debut. Sprinters Quanisha Booker (24:41) and Shay Warren (27:56) finished fourth and fifth for GSTC, respectively, with Prudence Jones (29:17) running a season best for sixth overall.
Results here: http://www.compuscore.com/cs2011/october/xc5k.htm
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Race videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/cschneek (click "uploads" to see all 15 videos)
The Garden State Track Club has three opportunities for women to train with only women. If you're a beginner with little experience, email Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org; she is captain of the "GSTC Couch to 5k" training program. If you're a Rutgers student and have experience running, drop our GSTC Rutgers ladies captain, Mel, a line at email@example.com. If you're a non-student who would like to ask about our open women's team, contact our captains Claire (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Meghan (email@example.com).
This Millrose Games have been held since 1907- for 104 years- in Madison Square Garden in New York City. This event has long been a tradition embraced by the international running community for generations. That said, it came as a tremendous honor when, Friday evening, the GSTC received an email inviting them to partake in three relay events at the Millrose Games: the 4x200, Distance Medley, and Sprint Medley Relays.
First, props to Rutgers sophomore Mike Obsuth for finishing second on Friday's Mud Run at the Eco-Preserve on Livingston Campus. Obsuth, the GSTC club record holder of 3,000m, is also one heck of an engineering student and an avid boy
We've been waiting for Adin Minkle to open up his season, and finally....he did. On Friday, he competed in the always competitive Paul Short Invite. Despite sloppy, muddy conditions, he placed 47th of 452, covering the 8k course in 26:38 after going out in 5:04. A solid opener for Mr. Minkle!
After breaking the 50 mile course record weeks ago, Mike Dixon laced 'em up for yet another distance race- the Steeplechase 25k in Hillsborough (that's 15.5 miles). Despite leading the race from wire to wire, the police officer leading Mike the way lead him....the WRONG WAY. Whle we feel extremely bad for him, as he's quite the hard working blue collar runner, one man's misfortune is another man's luck. Alex Fowlie, instead of placing third, moved up and finished second overall in the race, running an impressive 1:33:02 for the course, averaging 5:59 per mile, finishing second to a Brian Crowley.
Props to he many who raced at the Race for Mom 5k in Cranford this Saturday. First, Claire Tafelski ran a good race, finishing in 22:00 for 17th overall and fourth woman finisher.
Anthony Harris won his second 5k of the season, hitting the tape in a career-best 16:37. However, it wasn't without some controversy, as he and GSTC president Chuck Schneekloth entered Nomahegan Park together, clicking off 5:20 miles. With 800 meters to go, they ran by a walker and his leashed dog, and said dog jumped on him. Anthony, recognizing his moment to make a move, did so, leaving Chuck to finish in second at 16:45.
Coming in at third and fourth place, respectively, were Edsel Flores (17:05) and Zak Martins (17:33), both huge PRs for them. Mark Parisen finished in 6th at 19:40, Alex Pires came in at 9th place in 20:22, and Nick Waclowski finished 11th in 20:34, almost a full-minute personal best!
Metuchen- Tony Harris (1:23.51) and Shay Warren (1:52.25) won the men's and women's 600m time trial today at Metuchen HS. Despite windy conditions, nearly all athletes raced faster than the last time trial- an indicator that fitness is improving, the training is working, and that December 10's race at Manhattan College will be a fun way to start the season. Duval Sewer placed second (1:23.94), while Andre Sylvester (17.21) and Quanisha Booker (20.66) won the 150m shortly thereafter.
New Brunswick- GSTC President Chuck Schneekloth announced that the Central Park Track Club, the 2011 USATF National Club Track and Field Champions, have accepted the challenge to race a dual meet on 11/13 at historic Buccleuch Park.
This elite dual meet is he first of its kind on the East Coast. Such rivalries are common on the West Coast, whereas Oregon and Washington have "The Border Bash", and Cal and Stanford have "The Big Meet." The elite men will race an 8k, and the elite women will race a 5k.
This dual meel is done in conjunction with the Get the Gorilla 5k, a costume-friendly event done between the NYC and Philly marathons.
New Haven, CT- Mark Del Monaco on Monday. He placed 27th overall in the USATF 20k Championships in 68:04. His quest to qualify for the trials is just a month away, at the Chicago Marathon, and things are clearly going quite well. His opening 10k was 33:36, and he closed in 34:28.
New Brunswick- In his first 5k race ever, Tony Harris placed third (out of 862) in 17:02 at the Jimmy D 5k. (5:29 pace), just ten seconds behind the winner. Harris, the anchor of the GSTC club record holding 4x400 relay, trained hard all summer in preparation for his first fall distance season in preparation for his transition to the 800 meters this winter and spring.
After Harris, Edsel Flores was 6th (17:23), Zach Spiegel 8th (17:33), Zak Martins 16th (18:08), and Alec Moran 18th (18:15). Rutgers junior Marcus Gigliotti joined his Rutgers classmates by placing 43rd (19:47), while Nick Waclawski (21:26) and Renae Powell (32:24) also ran for the black and gold.
Finally, in its much anticipated season opener, the GSTC Gorilla ran 20:06- good for 53rd place. It hoped to break 20:00, but got distracted by the boxes of bananas before the race, resulting in a subpar warm-up. While disappointed, it was a state-leading mark for gorillas, so it was happy.
Icahn Stadium- It was a meet of extremes: Friday night was pouring rain, and Saturday was pouring heat. The one constant, throughout, was the season-best performances from the GSTC. Thanks to several big peformances, the gold and black finished 7th place out of 52 teams with 34 total points, edging out four USATF Elite Teams: Greater Boston Track Club, Syracuse Chargers, Club Northwest, and Westchester Track Club. Due to a controversial decision to cancel the 10k Friday night and move it just before the 5k on Saturday morning, the team may have scored as high as 5th overall.
Scoring the first GSTC points at a club national championship was Mike Anis, who finished 6th in a PR of 10:07.63. Moments later, mid-distance star Chris Heibell moved from 6th to 2nd in the final 200m of the 1500, bringing the Icahn Stadium crowd to its feet as he closed hard on NYAC's Aiden Walsh. He was ultimately outleaned, settling for third, in 3:52.79.
The next day, Perrella started off the meet with a 10k gold, nearing lapping the entire field en route to his triumph. In the next race, the distance trio of James Grimes (4th), Tim Morgan (8th), and Taylor Burmeister (10th) scored big points in the 5k. Alan Brussard followed this up with a huge 400IH PR of 53.33, placing 8th. He came back an hour later in the high hurdles and snagged 7th, good for two points.
The relays were the most competitive they've been in meet history. The 4x800 of Kyle Flyer, Ashwin Anantharaman, Morgan, and Burmeister were 5th, and the distance medley of Perrella, Stefan Symbleme, Chris Schneider, and Heibell (4:14.8 anchor) were fourth in 10:30.10. The 4x400 of Brussard, Tony Harris, Hakeem Miller, and Duval Sewer ended the day in style, clocking 3:22.63. This was 9th overall and broke the GSTC record of 3:24.20.
Fairfield. CT- Board member Amy Porpora raced the Fairfield 5k this weekend in Connecticut. She finished 362 out of 1047 finishers with a 27:41 final time. While frustrated that she ran slower than last year's 24:54, props (we think) for battling walking pnemonia and lacing up the racing shoes.
Icahn Stadium, NYC- It was a great day Tuesday night for select GSTC tracksters prepping for next weekend's Club National Championships. Leading the way was Chris Heibell, who broke a club record and set an all-time PR of 1:54.15. Patiently rolling through the opening lap in 56, he showed great strength in his final circuit, blowing past two Central Park Track Club Elite athletes on the final stretch to place third overall.
In the unseeded heat, half-milers Duval Sewer and Wismith Francois placed 1-2, respectively, running 2:03 and 2:04. They navigated a large section of 19 runners very well, moving up slowly and eventually taking over with 150m to go. Kyle Flyer (2:06), Mike Anis (2:10), and Edsel Flores (2:15) also raced well in this heat.
Finally, the quartet of Hakeem Miller (49.2), Kaseem Jackson (51.6), Alan Brussard (51.8), and Tony Harris (50.3) ran a sizzling 3:24.26 to win the final event of the evening, the 4x400 relay. Not only was this a club record, this was done all alone- an indicator that a much faster time is on the near horizon next weekend at Club Nationals.
The B and C teams ran exceptionally well, fighting off a late-charging Central Park Track Club and Zenith Velocity to keep a 1-2-3 sweep. Stefan Symbleme (53.4), Wismith Francois (52.8), Duval Sewer (52.3), and Kyle Flyer (52.6) locked down second in 3:31.85, while Earle James (52.6), Ky Ross (54.3), Christian Sylvester (52.9), and Andre Sylvester (51.5) finishing just a step behind the B team in 3:32.12. The co-ed team of Edsel Flores (57.4), Mike Anis (61.3 on a triple), Yanique Folkes (64.9), and Ataysia Ingram (64.7) placed 4th of 11 teams in the unseeded heat- nice job!
Randall's Island, NYC- Upon walking into Icahn Stadium this past Tuesday night, a coach from the Central Park Track Club, one of few east coast teams with Elite Club Status, said to the group, "Huh- Garden State Track Club? Never heard of you guys."
Two hours later, with "A-Team" anchor Tony Harris holding a 40m lead, and after "B-Team" anchor Alan Brussard came rumbling down the track to pass CPTC's "A Team" 4x400 in the final stretch, one can only imagine that...they sure know now.
Just 45 minutes after all running the open 400m, the A-Team of Harris, Kotey Ashie, Kaseem Jackson, and Duval Sewer grabbed gold in the meet's final event, the 4x400 relay. Fighting through traffic of the twelve team field, and slowly working their way back up until one final big push by Brussard to move into second for good, was Brussard, Gil Rozensher, Hakeem Miller, and Wismith Francois.
Three GSTC athletes qualified for the club national championships as well. In the 400m, Miller (50.47) and Harris (50.81) hit the quarter mile standard, as distance ace James Grimes- making his GSTC debut- coasted to 9:38.55 for both a national qualifying mark and a GSTC team record. Kyle Flyer and Gil Rozensher won their respective heats in the open 400m.
Millburn- In perhaps its finest hour of club history, the Garden State Track Club dominated last night's President's Cup, long known as the World Series of NJ distance running. Not only did they capture the team title, they won the individual crown while packing in eleven runners in the top forty (of 1342 finishers) in a display of both depth and high-end talent.
Leading the way was superstar Jeff Perrella, pictured both finishing the race and drinking from the coveted President's Cup, who took the gold medal in 14:50.76. Hammering the first mile in 4:45, Chris Heibell, Mike Rolek, and Justin Scheid made it a four man battle through two miles. Perrella surged with one mile to go, however, dropping the pack and bringing the downtown Millburn crowd to a loud ovation as he high-fived bystanders in his final victorious 400m.
Taylor Burmeister (15:37.59) and Tim Morgan (15:40.48) ran brilliantly and patiently, finishing 7-8 respectively. Going out conservatively in the first half of the race, they both moved up and picked off several runners who ran overly ambitious at the start.
Rounding out the team's scoring top five was Mike Anis (16:09.83) and Ashwin Anantharaman (16:19.52). Anis, Anantharaman, and Hedolis Jaquez (16:32.06) packed it up for two miles, until Anis made a move to push past Raritan Valley's Mark Zamek and Sneaker Factory's Rich Burke in the final half mile.
Overall, the GSTC "A Team" had an overall time of 1:18:38, defeating perennial power Fleet Feet (1:20:27) and defending champion Raritan Valley (1:20:32) by nearly two full minutes.
The GSTC "B Team" finished fifth overall, beating twenty-one other scoring teams. Chris Schneider lead the way in 16:38, followed by teammates Dan Teichmann (17:04), Edsel Flores (17:16), Kyle Flyer (17:23), and Adam Navlen (17:56).
Also racing were board members Steve Bonica (18:32) and Alex Fowlie (17:23), along with Wismith Francois (17:57), Walter Binder (18:19), Marcus Gigliotti (19:09), newcomer Kevin Blanchard (20:31), Claire Tafelski (21:22), and Kevin Paiva (21:35).
Glassboro- The GSTC men finished 2nd today at the USATF East Region Championships, defeating 2010 champ Zenith Velocity and Connecticut powerhouse Connquest.
Jeff Perrella was a double winner for the Black and Gold, capturing both the 10k (31:01) and 1500m (3:55.2). Teammates Tim Morgan and Mike Anis led a clean 1-2-3 sweep in the 10k, staking us an early ten point lead on the field. Anis later doubled back for a silver in the 3000m steeplechase, and Morgan later anchored the DMR in 4:36.1 for the bronze. Dan Teichmann and John Jaquez bulked up the GSTC point total in the steeple, helping go 2-3-4 in the event.
Chris Schneider had an excellent GSTC debt, running a tough 1500 (2nd) and splitting 2:05.3 in the DMR. In the 5k, Ashwin Anantharaman, Pat Lestrange, and Mike Obsuth fought off an incredibly powerful, albeit short, rain storm to finish 2-3-4 in the 5k. Yikes, and don't forget about the racewalk: Hedolis Jaquez and Marcus Gigliotti finished 3rd and 4th, respectively.
The GSTC relays did fare well: the 4x800 was 2nd (Kyle Flyer, Hedolis Jaquez, Duval Sewer, Kapil Sathyakumar), 4x100 was second (Anthony Harris, Duval Sewer, Gil Rozensher, Hakeem Miller), distance medley was third (H. Jaquez, Scheider, J. Jaquez, Morgan), sprint medley was third (Rozensher, Miller, Sewer, Sathyakumar), and 4x400 was third (Jalen Long, Alan Broussard, Haris, Wismith Francois).
GSTC Elites Jeff Perrella and Chris Behre posted fast marks this month, in New Haven, VT and Ridgewood, NJ respectively.
At the Yale Invitational, Perrella coasted to a 14:53 win on his alma mater's track. Two weeks later, in the Ridgewood Elite Mile, Behre ran 4:18.09, placing seveth in the race's fastest field ever assembled.
Point Pleasant Beach- At today's Al Kanor Invitational, several tracksters got in solid marks in preparation for next week's East Region Championships. Despite the cold, dreary weather down at Point Pleasant, and despite many elite members electing to train through this weekend, Hedolis Jaquez (4:38.2) and Ashwin Anantharaman (4:38.5) went 2-3 in the full mile race. Edsel Flores (4:51.4), Mike Obsuth (4:54.1), Dan Teichmann (4:54.5), John Jaquez (5:01.7), Zach Spiegel (5:03.3), and Marcus Gigliotti (5:28.) also competed.
In the 400m, Duval Sewer (52.95), Stefan Symbleme (53.11), and Wismith Francois (53.50) swept the top three spots. Also rocking the GSTC gold and black were Jalen Long (53.9), Kapil Sathyakumar (54.92), Kyle Flyer (55.31), and Ataysia Ingram (66.80) .
In the 200m, Gil Rozensher (23.10) was third overall, as teammates Alan Broussard (23.15), Ahmand Barnes (23.81), Tony Harris (23.90), Daniel Brathwaite (25.15), and Adam Kamel (25.95).
GSTC went 1-2 in the 4x400, finishing the meet off with eight medals.
Ewing-The GSTC traveled to The College of New Jersey today, and leading the way was Alan Brussard, who placed 4th in the 110 High Hurdles in 14.96; he also won his heat of the 400IH in a season-best 57.26. Mike Obsuth placed 8th in a competitive 5k field, running 15:55.60- a PR by forty seconds and his first time under 16:00- quite a day! Dan Teichmann dipped under 17:00, running 16:57.99.
Three GSTC tracksters PRed in the 1500, including Hedolis Jaquez (4:16.41), Edsel Flores (4:36.26), and Duval Sewer (4:40.48). Tony Harris and Wismith Francois went 1-2 in the 800m (see video below), as Francois later teamed up with Jalen Long, Gil Rozensher, and Eddie Jackson to win the 2nd heat of the 4x400 in 3:33.10, placing them 5th overall.
Quanisha Booker ran her first races of the season, while three cleared 5-8 in the HJ: Broussard, Ahmand Barnes, and Stefan Stembleme.
New Brunswick- Asia Washington, a Piscataway native who holds three Middlesex County records, has joined the GSTC after a successful career down at Virginia Tech. She is one of many successful post-collegiates to become a member of the GSTC-Elite training group.
As a Hokie, she set three schools records in the 500, 600, and 800. In addition, she was a two-time ACC champion (400, 4x400), two-time All-American (DMR, 400IH), and three-time All-ACC selection (400, 400IH, 4x400). Her PRs of 53.66 and 56.90 are very close to USATF qualifying marks.
Philadelphia- In his GSTC debut, Jeff Perrella cruised to victory in the Penn Relay's opening event, the Penn Relays Distance Classic 5k. Untested throughout, he had plenty of energy to give the camera a thumbs-up upon entering historic Franklin Field. Perrella ran 15:40 for the win, averaging 5:03 a mile despite a hilly course and windy conditions.
The GSTC's triumphant team comprised of Hedolis Jaquez (4th/ 16:29), Iuri Pinto (7th/ 16:38), Mike Anis (8th/ 16:43), and Chris Tafelski (11th/16:58).
The GSTC B-Team edged out Hopkins for third place overall with a total team time of 1:29.55. Leading the way was Dan Teichmann (12th/17:13), Edsel Flores (15th/17:46), Wes Brockway (16th/17:49), John Jaquez (18th/ 18:01), and Zach Spiegel (19th/18:03).
Rounding out the C-Team with several solid performances was Kyle Flyer (20th/ 18:07), Tony Morales (21st/ 18:12), Duval Sewer (30th/ 19:43), Marcus Gigliotti (41st/ 20:51), Sarah Fairbrook (46th/ 21:16), and Erin Headley (65th/ 22:52).
See Perella enter Franklin Field here
Erin Headley placed 30th overall, and third in her age group, in the Celtic Tribune Run down at Long Branch. She ran 22:33, a season-best, despite the windy, rainy condtions.
In Washington DC, Brian Kopnicki ran the National Half Marathon. Placing 39th overall with a 1:18:36 time, this qualifies him for the "A Corral" at the Chicago Marathon next year. This was his first debut race with the gold and black.
Princeton- Thanks to the dreary weather and long wait, the 4x400 A-Team of Tyrone Ross, Akin Shoyoye, Eddie Jackson, and Wismith Francois ran a flat 3:27.19, while the B-Team of Gil Rozensher, Stefan Symbleme, Anthony Harris, and Ahmand Barnes ran 3:39.88. Youngster Alan Broussard, just a year out of JP Stevens HS, ran two tough hurdle races (15.52, 57.97) against some stiff D-1 competition.
Princeton- The GSTC 4x400 relay was at it again this weekend, this time winning their heat at the Sam Howell Invitational hosted by Princeton University.
The group of Akin Shoyoye, Danny Johnson, Eddie Jackson, and Tyrone Ross ran a season best of 3:25.12. They won their heat and placed 5th overall out of fifteen teams.
Millburn- The distance crew has a break-through day at the long-standing Millburn Spring Run 10k today, placing eight runners in the top ten.
Leading the way were Hedolsi Jaquez and Mike Obsuth. In a three-man dual for the gold medal, they both opened in 17:00 for their first 5k. Despite a faster second 5k for both Jaquez (16:40) and Obsuth (16:52), they finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Dan Teichmann ran a great race for fourth and a PR (36:05), and was followed closely by teammates Tony Morales (36:42) and Edsel Flores (36:54) for 5th and 6th places, overall. Rounding out places 7th through 10th were Zach Spiegel (37:52), Wismith Francois (38:05), and John Jaquez (38:21). These were all 10k PRs, an indicator of their hard work during the cold winter months.
Sarah Fairbrook was the fourth women overall, running 44:15 and getting second in her age group.
New York City- In the GSTC debut in NYC, club co-president Chris Tafelski won the Colon Cancer Challenge 4M. He edged Brooklyn's James Chu by eleven seconds, 21:50-22:01. Tafelski lead wire-to-wire in a race he and friends ran in honor of a close friend.
Long Branch- In his GSTC debut, Jalen Long won his heat of the open 400m. With a patient opening 200m and an aggressive closing 100m, he cruised to victory in 53.89, a season best.
Hours later, the team's 4x400 won their race in dramatic form in 3:26.21, finishing 4th out of 23 overall teams.
Akin Shoyoye lead off in fourth place, but Danny Johnson ran 49.9 for the second leg, pushing the baton to first. Eddie Jackson, the third leg, battled Seton Hall for the entire 400m, eventually falling behind by several strides on the homestretch. Anchor Tyrone Ross, however, split 48.8 and charged the GSTC into first in the final 50m of the race.
Stockton- The GSTC sprint group opened up their outdoor season at the Stockton Invitational today, and what a season-opener it was. In their first race of the year, Akin Shoyoye and Eddie Jackson ran the opening two 100m legs, handing off to Danny Johnson in sixth place. Johnson ran a monster 200m leg, splitting 21.4, which put the gold and black to the front. From there, anchor Tyrone Ross breezed home for the gold, hitting the tape in 1:36.58.
This quartet came back to place second in the mile relay, running 3:27.90. Ross anchored in 47.4, falling just short of Kingsborough College's 3:26.80.
Lincroft- As a final tune-up for the Boston Marathon, Alex Fowlie placed fourth overall in the E. Murray Todd Half Marathon. While 1:18:45 is well off his all-time PR, he ran a steady, 6:00 paced run that both started and finished at Brookdale Community College. The race, which had over six hundred participants, winds through neighboring Colts Neck and and Holmdel Townships.
New Brunswick- The Garden State Track Club won six divisions in the first annual Road Relays. These gold medals were in the Men's Open (Mike Obsuth, Hedolis Jaquez), Women's Open (Sarah Fairbrook, Cathy Stutzman), Co-Ed Open (Iuri Pinto, Erin Headley), Rutgers Male Student (Dan Teichmann, Kyle Flyer), Rutgers Co-Ed Student (John Jaquez, Lilly Jaquez), and Father-Son (Chuck Schneekloth, Charley Schneekloth). Tony Morales and Edsel Flores were second in the high school division behind a very strong duo from South Brunswick.
Also competing well for the GSTC were Amy Porpora and Drew Seaver (open co-ed), Zach Spiegel and Jocelyn Rico (open co-ed), and Mike Anis and Ashleigh Kast (open co-ed).
Toms River, NJ- Mike Obsuth captured the GSTC's first NJ-USATF Championship today, leading a strong team contingent in the NJ-USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships. He ran 9:18.59 to take the 3000m title today at the Toms River Bubble, earning a well-deserved win over a strong field that included teammates Hedolis Jaquez (9:26.06/3rd), Iuri Pinto (9:26.19/4th), Mike Anis (9:30.13/ 5th), and Dan Teichmann (9:58.69/8th). A few hours later, Jaquez was outleaned for gold in the 1500m final, running 4:25.50 for silver. He was followed by teammates Obsuth (4:39/5th), Anis (4:34/7th), John Jaquez (4:39/9th), and Edsel Flores (4:40/10th). Sarah Fairbrook added a silver medal in the women's 3000k run.
See the men's open 1500m here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sLLvCJSt2E
The sprinters, while not at full force, also made this their season-opening rust buster. Akin Shoyoye (200m/4th), Ashleigh Kast (800m/5th), and Eddie Jackson (200m/6th) all placed in the top six in their respective events. In the meet's final event, Shoyoye, Jackson, Jaquez, and Jaquez teamed up for a silver in the 4x400 relay, while Anis, Teichmann, Obsuth, and Flores took fourth.
See the 4x400 relay here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBNqhzufOHk
Boston, MA- Tyrone Ross has won yet another race in yet another invitational up in Boston. This time, he handidly defeated a Valentine Invite field of fifty-seven athletes, including Michael Brown (Zenith Velocity AC), Jonathan Hall (Northeastern), and Timothy Metivier (Colgate) in the seeded heat. Ross won the race in 1:03.57.
Wayne, NJ- In the fourth and final race of the series, Hedolis Jaquez won in 16:29.5, setting a new PCRC Course Record. Rob Albano (Felician College) had the old record at 16:37.6. With his victory, Jaquez also captured the overall PCRC Winter Series Title. In fact, GSTC swept the top three men's spots in the overall series, with teammates Chuck Schneekloth (2nd) and Edsel Flores (3rd) rounding out the podium places. Jocelyn Rico, Tony Morales, and John Jaquez also won their respective overall series age-group titles.
See final series standings here: http://www.rmmrconsulting.com/PCRCNJ/PCRC_SERIES_FINAL_RESULTS.htm
Other GSTC members had strong performances today, including Mike Obsuth (16:47), Iuri Pinto (17:15), and Kyle Flyer (17:57) on the hilly, challenging course.
Boston, MA- In his season opener, GSTC sprinter Tyrone Ross grabbed the 500 meter checkered flag at the Terrier Classic on Saturday, a meet hosted by Boston University. Running a patient, controlled race over the first 400m, going through at 50.0, he bounced off the final turn and easily outkicked Venith Velocity AC's Anthony Cambell for the win in 1:02.89.
"This was the easiest 62-second 500 meter race I've ever run," Ross stated afterward. "This is a good sign in February."
Ross and his fellow teammates will spike up next on February 20th at the NJ-USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships, held this year at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River, NJ.
Wayne, NJ- The Garden State Track Club had another strong showing at the third PCRC Winter Series, sweeping places 2nd through 7th.
Hedolis Jaquez one again led the way, finishing second in 16:45. Teammates Mike Obsuth (17:01), Chuck Schneekloth (17:42), Tony Morales (18:05), John Jaquez (18:05), and Iuri Pinto (18:14) followed him. Edsel Flores (18:46) also cracked the top ten, placing 9th overall.
In the overall standings after three races, Jaquez has a one second lead over Rob Albano, last year's Grand Prix Champion. Schneekloth is third overall, as both J. Jaquez and Flores are winning their respective age groups.
Erin Headley (23:07) and Jocelyn Rico (25:47) both finished first in their age groups, as Michelle Palma (27:46) ran in her first race of the year.
The fourth and final race of the series, February 13th, will double as both the Series Finale and a USATF NJ New Balance Grand Prix 500pt event.
New Brunswick, NJ- GSTC Co-Presidents Chris Tafelski and Chuck Schneekloth announced the addition of some very talented runners, deepening the pool of club talent as the 2011 spring racing season inches closer. "While our club is open to all levels and abilities, it's always exciting to have high-caliber runners on our team," Schneekloth said.
Four Rutgers freshmen, led by engineering student Mike Obsuth, are now on the roster. As a senior at Fair Lawn HS, Obsuth ran 9:42 and 4:25, shattering school record in both. Daniell Teichmann (Hightstown-16:45/4:38), Kyle Flyer (Madison-1:59/4:27), and Chris Marrone (South Plainfield-2:04/4:45) will all contribute greatly to the GSTC's efforts on the roads and track this spring.
In addition, several established post-collegiates have joined, including Mike Anis, a 2012 Olympic Trials hopeful in the marathon. Anis has a long, successful record on the roads, including a 131st finish at the Boston Marathon and several top-ten finishes at the Liberty Waterfront Half Marathon. Iuri Pinto (4:09/14:33), a South River native and former All-American at East Stroudsburg, will also play a key role in GSTC success in 2011.
Mike Dixon, the 2008 and 2010 NJ-USATF 5k cross country champion, has also joined the group. Dixon has had great range over the past seven years, from the 800 (1:59) to the marathon (2:27), whereas he finished a close second in the Atlantic City Marathon. Rounding out the recent additions is Tim Morgan, one of NJ's most consistent road racers the past three years. Along with winning the 2010 NJ-USATF Cross Country 8k title, he has been a top-ten finisher in both the 8k and 5k championship races since 2008.
New Brunswick- The Garden State Track Club is hosting its first race of 2011, The 10k Road Relays, on February 27, 2011.
It is a 10K relay race around the paved loop of Buccleuch Park. Each team consists of two runners that run 5k each, but each runners goes 2.5k at a time before handing off the baton to his/her teammate.
All proceeds will go toward supporting low-income New Brunswick youth distance runners, many of whom are members of the GSTC.
"We want to open the spring racing season with a fun, unique, team-oriented event," says GSTC Co-President Chris Tafelski. "Meanwhile, we support many New Brunswick youth, and this is a great opportunity to build more available resources for them."
For more information on the event, please click here.
Wayne- Despite 20 degree weather, six GSTC distance runners cracked the top ten in the PCRC Winter Series #2, setting themselves up to finish the series as age-group award winners or medalists.
Hedolis Jaquez was outkicked for the gold medal by Felician College's Rob Aubano, 17:25-17:27. Since Jaquez won the first race in 17:17, he is still winning the overall series gold by eight seconds.
Teammates Edsel Flores (4th), Chuck Schneekloth (5th), Tony Morales (6th), Daniel O'Toole (9th), and John Jaquez (10th) rounded out the team's top finishers. Jocelyn Rico ran 26:18, dropping 1:16 from her performance two weeks ago.
The GSTC will skip race number three, opting for Westfield's Hangover Run 5k. They will return for the fourth and final race on February 13th, whereas series winners and medalists will be decided by taking one's top three times from the four races.
Boston, MA- GSTC's Tyrone Ross, a two-time All-American at 400 meters, is set to open up his winter season at Boston University's Terrier Classic on Sunday, January 30th.
With a PR of 61.47, this will be his first step toward qualifying for the USATF Indoor National Championships in the 400m. In 2006, Ross raced stride for stride with Olympians LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Bershawn Jackson (400IH) in the Millrose Games 500m Invitational, ultimately losing 63.81-64.91 on the Garden's sharp, slow turns.
Ross was the Metropolitan Champ in the 500m while at Seton Hall University.
Despite frigid conditions and a frozen, inaccessible track, the GSTC has begun training for the 2011 spring racing season. While diverse in ability, the group is lead by a pair of All-Americans in Tyrone Ross and Danny Johnson.
Ross is a four-time USATF national championship qualifier in the 400m with a PR of 45.93. Along with winning numerous BIG-EAST and IC4A titles, , he qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials and was in the American 4x400 relay pool for the 2005 World Championships.
Johnson is the second fastest high schooler in New Jersey history, as his 10.30 100m time is second to Olympic Dennis Mitchell's 10.20. With a 200m PR of 20.59, he was a two-time All-American in the 4x100 and 200m at Barton County CC with teammate Tyson Gay.
"It's challenging to train outside in such conditions," says coach Chuck Schneekloth. "However, we have a hard working group who loves the sport. We're making progress."
The group works out Thursday nights (6:30pm) and Sunday afternoons (3:30pm) at Metuchen High School. Select sprinters will open up their season on January 29 in Boston's Reggie Lewis Arena.
GSTC Sweeps Top 5 Places at PCRC 5k
Jaquez Dominates Field in 17:17 for Gold Medal
Wayne, NJ- The Garden State Track Club opened up the 2011 racing season in North Jersey this Sunday, as nine members participated in the 2nd Annual PCRC Winter Series 5k run. The hilly course is the first in a series of four races, whereas one's top three times determine the series age-group winners. The other three races are scheduled for 1/16, 1/30, and 2/13.
Hedolis Jaquez won the race in 17:17, and his GSTC teammates swept the next four places. Chris Schneider (2nd-17:34), Edsel Flores (3rd-17:54 PR), Chuck Schneekloth (4th-18:25), and Danny O'Toole (5th-18:53) rounded out the race's top five. John Jaquez (7th) and Tony Morales (8th) ran PRs of 19:09 and 19:15, respectively. Christian Mendez (26:28) and Jocelyn Rico (27:34) also raced for the gold and black.
After today's results, H. Jaquez, Schneekloth, Flores, and J. Jaquez are winning their age groups for the series, with O'Toole, Morales, and Rico in their respective age group's top three, thus contending for a series award. The GSTC will race next on 1/16, and then again on 2/13.
December 10- The GSTC members continue to prepare for their first team race, the Westfield CJRRC Hangover Run on New Year’s Day. The group has put in a string of 40 to 55 mile weeks, braving the wind, snow, and ice. Club superstar Hedolis Jaquez, with a PR of 16:27, should challenge for the gold medal. The group has trained in a variety of locations, including Round Valley, Six Mile Reservoir, Washington Valley, and the Canal Towpath in preparation for the holiday race. Nearly a dozen other members look to set PRs despite the winter elements.
Cathy Stutzman ran a PR today at the New York City Marathon, covering the 26.2 miles in 3:47.46. Running from the first wave, she averaged 8:42 a mile, placing 385th in her age group. The 2010 ING NYC Marathon was the 40th anniversary of the race and drew more than 90,000 entries. Around 40,000 runners were accepted and finished.
Chris Tafelski and Chuck Schneekloth, the co-presidents of the GSTC, were both voted "Coach of the Year" by their respective county papers in the 2010 cross country season.
Tafelski, the co-head coach at Westfield High School, guided the Blue Devils to their second Group IV Championship this fall. In addition, they broke the school record for team average at Holmdel Park- a huge deal at a school with a deep running tradition. The Courier News article:
Schneekloth led New Brunswick to its best cross country season since 1964. The Zebras were 5-1 and placed three on the All-Division Team, and one on the All-Conference team. Hedolis Jaquez broke the school's 5k record and qualified for the State Group III meet, also a NBHS first. The Home News and Tribune article:
Alex Fowlie, 31, qualified for the Boston Marathon today, running 2:55.31 in the Philadelphia Marathon. His time, 6:41 pace per mile, was 138th overall. In the 56th running of the event, there were 7,482 finishers this year.