On Sunday, October 29, 2017
FAST TIMES AT STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET AT DEER PATH PARK
Last Sunday proved that although it was too warm for an 8 kilometer cross country championship it wasn’t too warm to run the fastest time ever on the triple loop course at Deer Path Park in Readington, Hunterdon County.
Thanks to that triple loop course spectators were anticipating fast times as they had seen Joshua Izewski of Doylestown PA leading a string of fast young men going into their second of three loops. Izewski held a fairly comfortable lead going into the last loop. Maybe he could break 24 minutes if he stayed on pace, was the buzz from the on-lookers.
When Izewski came into sight again for the finish, he appeared to be coasting, thanks to his lead.
“Pick it up!” shouted a small posse of teammates who had sat out the race. “You can break 24!”
Pick it up he did. Digging down into another gear, Izewski finished in 24:52 to set a course record.
Brian Quilty of Glassboro, running for the Breakneck Track Club finished next in 25:14 for the second fastest time on the course. In fact, Justin Scheid of Succasunna posted a 25:19 for the third fastest time on the course. Rounding out the top five was Eric Dubois of Pittsgrove who finished next in 25:32 and Aaron Leskow of Morristown in 25:41.
Not to be outdone, Kristin Andrews of Manalapan lowered the women’s course record to 29:12, aided perhaps by the presence of her father and coach Bob Andrews. And perhaps by her famous brother Bobby Andrews, who graciously poised for photos with other runners after the race.
Masters runners were no slouches either with Brian Crowley, 53, of Hillsboro the top overall masters as well as the highest ranking in age grading with his 27:32 finishing time. A fine performance was put in by Terry Davidson, 46 of Randolph who finished in 28:26, and Reno Stirrat of Rockaway whose time of 31:27 put him second to Crowley in age grading. On the women’s masters side, Nora Cary, 62, of Morristown topped the age grade table with an 88.80% for her finishing time of 35:22.
Of course, teams are the thing in cross country and the Adidas Garden State Track Club ruled in the open men’s division with Izewski and Leskow their top two men. The unexpected appearance of the Breakneck Track Club upset the usual results line-up as the team from South Jersey finished in second place with Quilty and Dubois their top two men. The Garden State’s B team finished in third and the Garmin Runners in fourth.
The Garmin runners topped the M40 team division thanks to Crowley and Davidson, while the Garden State men took second with the Shore Athletic Club in third.
It was close in the M50 division with the Garmin runners only two points up on the Garden State team. The Raritan Valley Road Runners took third.
The Shore M60 team placed first in their division lead in by Stirrat, with the Fleet Feet Essex taking second with Charlie Slaughter of Parsippany bringing that team in. The Shore’s B team place third.
In the M70 division the top finishers were Clifton, North Jersey Masters, and the Shore AC in that order.
The Shore’s open women won their division with the Garden State team taking second andtheir B team in third.The Shore’s W40 team also won their division with the Garden State women taking secondand Clifton third.Mary Christian, 54, of Flanders brought the Garmin W50 team in to first place in their division.The Clifton Road Runners were second and the North Jersey Masters third.With Cary at their helm the North Jersey Masters won the W60 division, with the Clifton Road Runners in second and the Raritan Valley team in third. The Morris County Striders W70 team was the sole competitor in that division.Counting all divisions, 75 teams competed with most of the 258 runners on a team.The outstanding performances by the Adidas Garden State Track Club resulted with a strong lead for the club in the overall Garmin sponsored club grand prix., with the Clifton team well back in second and the Shore club in third. Rounding out the top five are the North Jersey Masters and the Garmin team.##A calendar of USATF sanctioned events can be found at www.usatfnj.orgor at www.raceforum.com for running and tri and biathlon events.Contact Madeline Bost at firstname.lastname@example.org