Fall Season Is Here: #crushingit – Sept 2018

Fall Season Is Here: #crushingit


“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.”

-Kobe Bryant

Fall Season Has Begun


Unofficial USATF-NJ 
Grand Prix Team Scores

802 – Garden State Track Club- NB
533 – Clifton
435 – Garmin
354 – SAC
282 – Raritan Valley RR
209 – North Jersey Masters

Fall Team Races


8/19: Midland Mile  DONE

8/26: USATF-NJ 5k XC Champs  DONE

9/9: 12k  DONE

9/16: Newport Half Marathon  DONE

9/30: Little Silver 5k (masters men only)

10/21: USATF-NJ 8k XC Champs

11/3: Harrington Park 5k (masters women only)

11/22: Ashenfelter 8k

Club Race Results


Steve Lewandowski made his club debut at the Midland Mile, and…what a debut it was.
The Mountain Lakes, LaSalle graduate found himself in a heated battle with teammate and seasoned road racer Aaron Leskow (3:43 1500m PR) for the win, and after a full mile’s worth of battling back and forth, Lewandowski edged out the win, 4:18.50 – 4:18.94.  
Speaking of wins, the open men, open women, and M40s pulled out team dubyas at the road mile championship which is controversially held just weeks before the association’s half marathon championship.
The open men completely dominated the event, finishing their six teams 1-2-3-4-6-8, averaging 4:38, 4:46, 4:48, 4:55, 5:03, and 5:12 for the top five runners on each team.  Of the 33 runners that cracked 5:00, 21 of them wore black and gold, and 7 of these 21 were on the club’s masters team.
Lewandowski and Leskow battle with 200m to go
The M40s pulled out a razor close win, as they averaged 4:52.16, edging out the second place team’s 4:52.79.  Spread over five scoring finishers, that equals out to .7 seconds a runner.
The women’s teams finished 1-2-5, with Emily Rosario defending her title from last year with a dominating 5:06 win.  Suzanne Forlenza’s 5:18 was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, good for 4th overall, while 35 year old mother-of-four Caryn Gerke, making her club debut, finished 5th with a 5:23.
The W40s finished an impressive third, as Gabrielle Panepinto (6:10), Kim Aspholm (6:14), and Anne Balfour (6:39) teamed up to average 6:21. 


Although August is way too early and hot for cross country season, the GSTC continued its tradition of the team circle and the post-race potluck at Natirar Park weeks ago.
Kyle Price was the top finisher for the club with teammates Evan Ward, Brendan Conway, and Garrett Derringer all cracking the top ten.  Derringer, having the fall season of his life, finished 8th in 16:53.
The women’s team had a fantastic showing, as Erika Meling (18:38) and Emily Rosario (18:54) finished 1-2 in the race.  Danielle Shannon, Kate Ashley, and Gabrielle Panepinto teamed up with them as the winning team.
Because this race is only a week after the road mile, many athletes were understandably hesitant to do both.  Thus, the M40s and M50s were both 2nd, while the W40s were 5th.
Mike Anis, who starved himself for two days leading up to the club potluck, preps for round three after Sunday’s 5k xc race.

Overall, the race wasn’t well attended due to both its time of the year and time in the race schedule.  Not only did those racing the mile not want to double back, but many were on vacation.  
Regardless, the men put four teams in the top seven, and the women went 1 and 4.



This was a race a firsts.  It was the first 12k ever in USATF-NJ history.  It was also the first time a championship race was officially announced just weeks before race day.  It was the first race where there were “limited race day entries” and the first race where you couldn’t pay with cash at the race site.  Finally, it was the first time a championship race was delayed by almost thirty minutes at the starting line.
It was a historic day indeed, and the club had one of its finest days of the year.  Winning teams included the open men, open women, M40s, M50s, and W40s.  The M60s were 2nd overall, their highest finish in years, while the men swept the top four team spots, and the women teams went 1-2.
2016 Olympic Trials marathon qualifier Matt Gillette won the inaugural event in a (default) club record of 39:50 with Kyle Price steps behind, in 2nd, in 40:10.  Derringer, Brad Kilheeny, and Walter Ingram were then 4-5-6.  Overall, GSTC had 8 in the top 10, 17 in the top 20, and 25 in the 30.  
On the ladies side, Erika Meling continued her fabulous season, winning in 46:45, or 6:16 pace.  The surprise #2 finisher for the club was 2:10 half miler Kelly Gorman, making her GSTC debut.  Seconds behind her was another half miler, Emily Rosario, to round out the team’s top three.  Cara Guth, from Haddonfield, also made her club debut, helping the A Team secure their first ever 12k team title.
Overall, only 184 runners participated in the event.

The Newport Half Marathon had yet another year of painful humidity and excessive turns, yet dozens of GSTC’ers were able to escape alive and with respectable performances despite such challenges.
One big surprise on the women’s side was half miler Emily Rosario.  Running only her second career half, her first one- Liberty Waterfront last year- ended in an extremely rare DNF.  Last weekend, however, the more experienced and savvy trackster put together a fantastic race, finishing in 1:28:46- good for 4th woman overall.  Jessica Redden also cracked the top 10 (1:33:19), and these two teamed up with Amy Williams, Angela Colarusso, Shannon McKenna, Melissa Farley, Danielle Shannon, Kim Chriscaden, Katharine Brundage, and Atsuko Maryuma for the overall win.  They are all pictured above, looking fabulous and organized.
Speaking of looking fabulous and organized, we need to talk about the men next, but they are far from both qualities.  Thankfully they can run, though, and had teams finish 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th.  
 Kyle Price had a fantastic race, grabbing the overall win in 72:53.  Teammates who also cracked the top ten included Evan Ward (4th/ 75:13), Jamie Hartrop (5th/ 75:51), Garrett Derringer (6th/ 77:06), Walter Ingram (7th/77:10), Will Appman (9th/ 77:43), and Elliott Frieder (10th/ 77:48).
Elliott Frieder, in the homestretch, celebrating another M40s team win.
Speaking of Elliott Frieder, he and his twin, Jonathan, originally planned to tempo the race to help the M40s take one closer step to winning the NJ team title.  However, noticing that their masters teammates were struggling, they negative split the second half of the race, moving from a 79-80 minute result to a 77:xx time.  This decision made all the difference, as Jason Gers (81:01) ran tough as the #3 man, but #4 Jason Timochko, #5 Gary Leaman, and #6 Shawn Williams struggled in the humidity.  Thankfully, their collective efforts were enough to win by over 4:00 minutes.
The M50s also pulled out a big win, as Leaman, John Hendy, Nick VanLangen, Russ Forsythe, and Peter Auteri rallied together to average 1:35:01.   The 60s squad of Forsythe, Auteri, and Fran Beideman were 2nd overall.  

Is Gary Leaman Deep State?

  Who brings a bath towel to a race?  When it’s 90 degrees and 100% humidity?


Come back to New Jersey, Woody.  NJ > Bay Area.  Trust us on this one.

Aya & Karl: 
Always Running.  Always Having Fun.

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Nochta Forgets To Put On His Shirt Ten Times,
Counts Them All on His Fingers 

“We are 47 years old, and we ran longer,  faster, and harder on our training run this morning than you did.  Young lad, you need to step your game up.  We’re old enough to be your father for godsake.”
Based on prior races, the M40s team seemed a lock to win the USATF National Road Mile Championships in mid-August out in Flint, MI.  After dominating earlier events, winning the USATF-NJ M40s team title the week before, and bringing five sub-5 guys to the event…what could go wrong, right?

Little did anyone know the Genesee Valley Harriers also had an incredibly strong team, and after an hour’s worth of drama, the dust finally settled, and the GSTC edged out GVH by two total seconds, 14:43-14:45.  See the full story on the USATF website here.

Chuck Schneekloth and Sam Teigen finished the hilly, turny course 3rd and 4th overall, respectively, with a time of 4:49- marking the best 1-2 finish in club history at a national event.  GVH, however, then had two come in just behind them, followed by David Ferruggia (5:05), Jason Timochko (5:07), and a half-injured Thom Knowles (5:14).  After perusing results and doing the math, the crew warmed down knowing they had won be a mere two seconds.

However, race organizers declared GVH the winners at the awards ceremony, resulting in an hour’s long dialogue about how and why.  When the USATF official finally arrived an hour later, the club presented their argument: for whatever reason, team results left our Ferruggia, so Timochko was listed as the third and final scoring runner.  Indeed, the two second difference between the two was the difference between winning and losing.

The protest was accepted, and the group had to track down GVH down the road, celebrating their win at a local watering hole.  The teams exchanged team plaques and medals without incident, and with that, this win clinched the overall 2018 team title for the club.  The Grand Prix takes the top five results, and the GSTC now has four golds and one bronze, eliminating the Atlanta Track Club from contention.

5th Ave Mile Results
Several GSTC’ers raced the 5th Ave Mile in early September.  On the ladies side, Caryn Gerke finished 4th in the 35-39 race, hitting the tape in 5:21.  Kate Ashley, above, ran 5:23, a road mile PR.  Chelsea Stachura also PR’ed with an impressive 6:27.

Half miler Nate Wojick, above, was the GSTC’s top dog in 4:28, good for 4th in the 15-24 age group.  In addition, Steve Rathbun ran an all-time PR with a solid 4:33.
Three GSTC masters men hauled in some nice hardware at the Shepherd Lake 5k in early May.  Brian Harris was 11th overall in 20:40, winning the 50s age group.  Peter Auteri also won his 60s age group with a 23:05, while Fran Beideman ran 24:04 for 2nd in his age group.  


GSTC president Chuck Schneekloth competed in the 2018 WMA World Championships last week in Malaga, Spain.  After finishing 12th of 61 in the M40-44 first round with a 2:02.39, he came back the next day to run 2:00.63 in the semi-finals, pictured above.  This was the 10th fastest time of the 24, thus qualifying him for the 12-man final the next day by .20.  Despite going out with the lead pack in 58 in the final, he faded worse than his hair line in the final lap, finishing 11th in 2:02.64, beating only Isaac Kiberenge of Kenya.  His semi-final time, however, was the fastest 800m of any American at the meet.
GSTC Crushes the 
Philly Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon
Mateescu Runs GSTC #2 All Time

In this picture we most certainly didn’t pay for, several GSTC’ers ran well despite some humid, rough weather down at the Philly Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon.  Sam Teigen (1:14:22), Niky Mateescu (15th overall, 1:17:22, #2 GSTC all-time), Joe Hegge (1:19:20), Carl Blickle (1:24:21), Mike Kennedy (1:25:16), Chris Del Fattore (1:28:05),Tomas Nochta (1:30:52), and Kim Aspholm (1:43:19).  
Mateescu’s time was just shy of the club record of 1:16:55, set in 2015 by Crystal Burnick.  And Teigen was second in his 40-44 age group, just eighteen seconds behind four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman.  
Also, we are really hoping that this is not a joke, and that finisher #291’s name is really Yellow Milkshake.   We need to recruit him.


Garrett Derringer is having one heck of a fall season, but somehow he bamboozled the system and won the NYCC Virtual 5th Ave Mile race, evidently taken from a Strava segment?  We don’t know, we don’t understand, but it sure seems shady.  On a positive note, Mark Parisen saw it on TV and posted it, marking his lone contribution to the club this fall.

Early Fall Marathon Action

Anthony Bocchine (left) and some other dude we don’t know (right) celebrate after the Chasing the Unicorn Marathon, whereas Anthony PR’ed with a 3:30:02.  Newly minted master runner Dov Gertulin also ran 3:09:30, qualifying for Boston next spring.
Shannon, Gorman Win 5ks

It isn’t everyday you get to win a race, but both Kelly Gorman and Danielle Shannon, pictured above, did so last month.  Danielle PR’ed at the Heroes Run with a 19:18, while Kelly won the Belmar SOL with a 19:09.  To Danielle’s credit, she’s run almost every team race this fall while training for a fall marathon.

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Orthopaedic Specialists to the Runners
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From running to field events; recreational to professional, we have years of experience treating and preventing runners’ injuries as well as enhancing performance. We are now proud to care for the Garden State Track Club runners as the official orthopaedic practice.

Around the Clubhouse

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Join Strava.  Follow Your Teammates. 

Two big reasons why you should join Strava.
Exhibit A- on the left.  You can engage in provocative, thoughtful dialogue with your teammates about training.
Exhibit B- on right.  You can see what your teammates are doing every day and every week.   Trust us on this one.

Coach’s Corner
GSTC’s Team Coach 
Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier Josh Izewski

Josh Izewski has several GSTC club records and PRs of 14:02 (5k), 29:21 (10k), 47:26 (10M), and 63:42 (HM), and….the guy writes our team’s training plan.
He designs a plan that works for anyone running the team Grand Prix races, providing flexibility and differentiation for all types, abilities, and experiences of runners.  
The club’s complete fall plan is available inside the team website.  Once you’ve paid your yearly dues, you can access this plan and other similar documents.
There is also a Facebook chat whereas each week is sent out the weekend prior.
Feel Good Story #1: 
Marianne Miller

So, Marianne Miler ran the Midland Mile.  5 months pregnant.  And won her heat!  It doesn’t get much more inspiring than that.  

Feel Good Story #2: 
Diana Stavrou

It isn’t easy parenting and running, but sometimes the family will come watch mom do her thing.  Diana Stavrou, finishing the final stretch of the USATF-NJ 5k cross country race, is shown here waving to her husband, Jon, and lil one in tow.  

Feel Good Story #3:  
David Ferruggia

It’s been a frustrating stretch for masters David Ferruggia.  Ready for a 5k PR at the Lager Run, a work project kept him from the starting line.  Two months later, ready for a road mile PR at the Midland Mile, one of his four kids began throwing up in the car, and he had to turn the ship around.  

A week later was the Michigan Mile, the national masters road mile championship.  Far in advance, he arranged a work trip around this event, but sadly, the week between the two road miles was a tough one.  Little sleep, a botched workout, and a few missed days…his first race in months was looking disastrous.  He contemplated not even racing, knowing that his fitness just wasn’t what it was weeks and months ago.  

Well, it’s a good thing he did.  He was originally left out of the team scores, and the remaining top three scorers lost to GVH by a tie-breaker.  But once the team scores were updated two hours later, the GSTC had won the race…by a mere two seconds, or .67 a man.

Or, as he describes the night after arriving, “the  
rest was just your average ‘close in 69 (last 400m), get left off the team score, wait two hours in a closed down restaurant to correct it, walk into a bar to interrupt the GVH victory party to tell them they’d actually lost, and collect a Team National Championship’ kind of night. Perfectly fitting.”

Yarrr Mate! All Hands on Deck!
Walk the Plank with North Enclave Captain Timochko

I tanked in the Newport Liberty Half Marathon this past weekend.  There, I said it. I did everything wrong; I misjudged the weather, I went out too fast, and I ended up walking in the second half of the race.  After a summer full of tough runs in heat and record-setting humidity I was hoping for a good result but my body couldn’t deliver another PR that day.  Judging by what I saw on Strava after the race I know I’m not alone so I thought it would appropriate for me to address the topic.

Sometimes, even when we do everything right, things go wrong and it can be very frustrating.  I’ve learned that you have to have a short memory if you want to continue in this sport. Spending time dwelling on our failures will not help us get better. Poor performances, whether in a race or workout, can fill us with doubts.  If we allow these doubts to linger they will undoubtedly affect our running. Chuck has told me that “you get 24 hours to celebrate or grieve a race, then you move on.”  I hate to admit it but he’s right. I’m putting Sunday’s race in the rearview mirror and getting back to training as if it never happened.

Quoting Desi Linden, “Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better.”

So I’m going to choose to show up and try to be better.  I’ll lace up my shoes and join my teammates in Little Silver on 9/30 to help them win another championship race.  

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Don’t Be Bored 
This Week.

We have team runs every day somewhere in New Jersey.  Or, post your run on a team FB page.  Always easier with a friend!

Team Track Sessions

Once the winter and spring track seasons are underway, we meet Monday night (5:30), Wednesday Night (5:30), and Saturday Morning (9:45) at Highland Park HS.  Come out, enjoy the energy, and get your workout in!

Get Your

Okay, so the new club shoes are still in the prototype phase.  But the New Balance gear fits great!
Contact Joe Jacobs, owner of Sneaker Factory-Florham Park, to order all team gear or to get discounts on any running apparel.  Team gear can also be purchased on the club website.

Join Our GSTC 
Youth Team!
  Practices start this weekend!

Pay Your 2018 Dues!
Look at what your season will look like 
if you do!

Need Some Physical Therapy?
Let’s Get Ready for the Fall Season!

A friend of the GSTC, Dr. James O’Rourke is one of the area’s leading sports physical therapists. As a competitive runner, Jim has acquired valuable firsthand knowledge about the demands of the sport. This experience has given him a comprehensive understanding of running related orthopedic injuries and pathologies. He specializes in running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, ITB issues, and shin splints.  With his hands-on approach, video gait analysis, and extensive experience with ART (active release techniques), he will have you back in action in no time! 

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