Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(10/20-1026): 8k XC Preview; Seven Golds for aGSTC



THE WEEKLY EMAIL
aGSTC Announces 8k Team Lineup for Sunday

Have we left you out?  
Do you want to join a scoring team?  
Email us ASAP!  

And today, Tuesday, is last day to register for $15


aGSTC's Open Men Lineup
Jim's Jackals:  Youssef Rochdi, Jim Rivers, Joe Meehan, Joe Zeoli, Edsel Flores, Abel Bermudez
Adin's Creampuffs: Mike Fonder, Stephen Elwood, Adin Mickle, Joe Mummert, Ted Doyle, Darnell Armstrong
Behre's Brigade:  Chris Schneider, Tony Harris, Will Appman,  Chris Behre, Wismith Francois, Steve Olin
Matt's Manly Manpower:  Chris Warren, Kyle Price, Matt Eder, Ashwin Anantharaman, Tom Visicaro, Nick Waclawski
Dennie's Debauchery:  Ken Goglas, Josh Neyhart, Dennie Waite, Jaris Rousseau, Mark Parisen, Eddie Carvante
Atilla's Ammunition:  Will Griffin, Atilla Sabahoglu, Dr. Anis, Will Alston, James Surico, Bradley Livingston
Adam's Agglomeration:  Chris Croff, Tradell Ward, Jarrett Kunze, Adam Gruchasz, Peter Bolgert, Jish Gonzalez
Python's Phalanx:  John Montgomery, Andrew Tschesnok, Nick Murphy, Nick Van Langen, Python, Mike Mossad
Fayle's Faction:  David Fett, Owen Fayle, Mark Minerveni, Miggy Jones, Rob Klink, Don Meyer, Steve Herring, Francis
Casey's Crew:  Jay Wannuva, Dan Teichamnn, Ryan Degregario, Pat Casey, Conor O'Brien, Ezra Chefitz, Eric Davis


aGSTC's Open Women Lineup
Nicole's Nobility:  Cheyenne Ogletree, Alyssa Douma, Nicole Salge, Karen Auteri, Dani Franco, Amy Denholtz, Erin Varga
Lisa's Lightning:  Greta Sieve, Angela Dunn, Chelsea Callan, Lisa Jones, Kelly Thow, Sara Diaz-Mayo, 
Brittany's Band:  Lauren Rome, Michelle Brangan, Ally Black, Brittany Sandora, Kristen Prazenica, Bri Teichmann, Prudence Jones
Robyn's Rhododendrens:  Robyn Evangelist, Erika Meling, Nora Norvell, Kim Wernerspach, Erin LaCosta, Jessica Redden, Meghan Bruce


aGSTC's Masters Men Lineup
40s: Eric Davis, Don Meyer, Nick Van Langen, John Montgomery, Andy Tschesnok
50s:  Matt Baker, Don Weise, Duane Reed, Brian Harris, Lee Mooney
60s:  John Bergacs, Peter Auteri, Fran Beiderman, Julius Pontecorvo


aGSTC's Masters Women Lineup
Michelle Brangan, Jennifer dos Santos Briganto, Stephanie Edwards, Prudence Jones, Sandi Kaspszyk, Margarita Ravara, Erin Varga


The Final Huddle of 2014


Adidas Uniform Pick-Up Process
For those that ordered an adidas uniform, they will be here before the 10/26 race.  If you are in the North, Morristown, Jersey City, Summit, or Brooklyn Enclaves, you will pick them up at the Sneaker Factory in Florham Park.  

If you are in the Central, Princeton, Beach, South, or Delaware Enclaves, you will pick them up at Runner's High in Metuchen.

WE WILL ANNOUNCE WHEN THEY HAVE ARRIVED.  THEY AREN'T HERE YET.

Maybe you'll look as cool as Chelsea in your new adidas uniform

2014 USATF-NJ Grand Prix
Current Standings

1. adidas Garden State Track Club - 353 + 118 + 65 = 536
2. Clifton - 243 + 77 + 54 = 374
3. Do Run Runners - 180 + 67 + 46 = 293
4. Shore A.C. - 162 + 79 + 28 = 269
5. Raritan Valley - 150 + 69 + 42 = 261
6. North Jersey Masters - 188 + 8 + 58 = 254
7. Garmin Runners - 170 + 44 + 19 = 233
8. Central Jersey - 79 + 19 + 27 = 125
9. Rose City - 64 + 4 + 0 = 68
10. Sneaker Factory - 50 + 0 + 12 = 62
11. Essex/Fleet Feet - 41 + 0 + 10 = 51
12. Morris County Striders - 17 + 27 + 0 = 44
13. Pearl Izumi - 6 + 0 + 0 = 6


The aGSTC Fall Racing Schedule.
October 26: USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country Championships (all divisions)
November 9: Giralda 10k (masters men)
November 27: Ashenfelter 8k (masters, open men)
December 13: USATF Club XC National Championships (Lehigh University)

  
 
 
aGSTC Training Plan: 

Questions about the team fall training plan?

You can contact them at them at ken_goglas@hotmail.com or michael.fonder@gmail.com.

If you'd like to have access to the Google doc, please sign the team waiver/form here.



 

Cheyenne's Something of the Week
 
Eat a snickers.


Kyle's Korner

 

Kyle's Korner is a segment of the Club's weekly email that will focus on reacquainting you with a different current club member each week. We will catch you up on how they are doing with regards to their training, their lives, and other general nonsense. This segment intends to be informative and educational while attempting humor in a purely inoffensive way. Mostly.

 

 

Kyle: Good evening Kristin, thank you for joining us!

Ms. Cupido: Thanks for having me, Kyle!

Kyle: You're quite welcome! Now it's been a while since any of us have seen you in a yellow jersey gracing the paragraphs of our prestigious team e-mail, what have you been up to?

Ms. Cupido: That is very true!! Well, I finished work at my previous coaching job at Washington and Lee University in Virginia and have started up a new graduate assistant position at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN! I haven't been able to compete for GSTC because of the move. I recently ran the Chicago Marathon and thought 'what am I going to wear?!' Probably should've been more focused on the race, huh? Haha.

Kyle: What an update! Congratulations all around! Sorry to hear about your wardrobe issues but how did marathon go for you?

Ms. Cupido: Well the weather was perfect! My training on the other had was not.. I hadn't done many long runs and knew I was going to feel it a lot earlier in this marathon, which I was correct. It was probably the toughest mental and physical battle I had running but I was only 2 minutes off my PR from Marine Corps, so I am very happy! My legs, were not

Kyle: I just did a marathon relay as part of a 4 person team and had to make my legs stay in it with me so I can only imagine the mental fortitude needed doing it for the full! Clearly you have the mental strength to keep up with your impressive running strength. What's the next big race you're looking towards?

Ms. Cupido: Thanks! I was definitely fighting myself. Well, with my performance from Marine Corps last October, I qualified and got accepted into Boston this year, so that is next! It will be a quick turnaround so I need to make sure to actually do long runs, since they are pretty beneficial!

Oh! And of course a turkey trot on Thanksgiving 

Kyle: Ha. Gobble gobble. That's awesome! I love the orange jackets I keep seeing. But yes you don't want Heartbreak Hill to break you so get those long runs in. What is it like training in Tennessee as opposed to good old New Jersey?

Ms. Cupido: Well, training is training but we have a great park 15 minutes from school called Percy Warner Park and it is awesome! Miles of trails and all grass as well. Rolling hills, a little different from central jersey

Kyle: My my that sounds loverly. I'm a bit jealous of your access to trails.

You came with the women's team to compete at Nationals in Bend Oregon last December. Was that your last race in black and gold?

Ms. Cupido: Yes it was. It was a crazy course with some cool hay bales and awesome people! I really enjoyed it and look forward to racing with the team again some point in the near future!

Kyle: Don't forget the boulders, revine, and repeating 2K loops!

Any idea on when said "near future" might be?

Ms. Cupido: Oohh that 2k loop.. and it was even more times around for the men!! Hmm good question.. not sure on that. This is my first year as a grad assistant and that lasts two years but in the meantime, you never know! I will poke my head in to say hi whenever I am home and get the chance!

Kyle: Don't remind me.. Perhaps for the Turkey Day race?

Ms. Cupido: Possibly! I am racing in the Flemington one since it is so close to my house and we always have people over for Thanksgiving, so it makes it much easier!

Kyle: Aah nice! So besides all of the amazing fantastic super people in our club, what do you miss most about living in New Jersey?

Ms. Cupido: Oh man.. the language.. if you know what I mean.. haha.  Also, just Jersey itself cause it is the coolest state out there, duh!

Kyle: I may be stereotyping here, but aren't things a lot slower in general down there too?

Ms. Cupido: Umm YES. They don't know how to drive!! They drive very slow and it angers this Jersey driver.

Kyle: So the "pace" of life down there isn't conducive to this fast girl from Jersey?

PUN and a ONE LINER! DOUBLE ZING! Ok that covers my running joke quota till December.

Ms. Cupido: Haha! No it is not fast enough for me! That was pretty good. I applaud your efforts.

Kyle: Why thank you m'lady. All jokes aside though unfortunately that's all the time we have for this week. Thank you for speaking with us.

Ms. Cupido: Thank you, Kyle!

Kyle: Tune in next week to see who we interview! 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gold Star

by Ashwin Anantharaman


Allen "Flex" Jackson 
Flex has been running since the age of 8. He started out a sprinter then progressed into a long distance runner. As his running career progressed, he settle in as a mid distance runner. He ran for several AAU teams in middle school, high school and college. If he could give advice to any runner starting out it would be to stick with it no matter how hard it gets. Conditioning and base phase is the toughest part but once you get past that, you will be mentally ready for anything. Running is 90% mental and 10% physical. 
His go to song before races is based on where he is located. His go  to song is "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. If he could travel anywhere he would go to Paris, France. He finds the city attractive and has been wanting to go to the "city of love since he was a kid.
  

This Week in Club History

A Brief Look Back at the Team's History at the 

USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country Championship


 

2011

In its first ever USATF-NJ 8k XCChampionship, the club scraped together its first ever men's and women's win at the same race.  The men were led by Tony Harris, who finished 2nd overall, which helped the A Team score just 19 total points.  Mike Anis, Tim Morgan, Chuck Schneekloth, Ashwin Anantharaman, and Edsel Flores were on the A Team.  The B Team, filled with three Rutgers students, Bonica, and Z-Mart, finished fourth overall.  The women scored just 26 points and won their first ever team title, as Cheyenne Ogletree won with a 32:07.  Crazy enough, there were only four scoring open women's teams!  The club not only didn't have a scoring masters team....they did not have a single masters runner.

 

 

 2012

Ah, the difference one year makes.  The club had seven finishing teams: four open men, one masters men, and two open women teams.  Rob Nihen won the race leading a clean 1-6 sweep, as the men's teams finished 1-2-3-6.  Cheyenne Ogletree won the women's race, as the ladies finished 1st and 3rd overall.  A masters men's team finished 5th overall in there 40s division.


 

The ominous clouds are Hurricane Sandy, as the storm hit New Jersey the day after the championship race. 

 

2013

The next year, the Black and Gold had eleven complete teams.  On the men's side, Mike Fonder won the race, leading the club to a sweep of the top six team spots.  Ogletree, nursing a sore back, did not compete, allowing teammate Katie Chaput to win her first USATF-NJ title.  The three women's teams finished 1st, 2nd, and 7th overall.


 

On the master's side, the men's 60s were 3rd 60s, while the men's 50s were 4th.  There were no women's masters teams from the club.


 


 

2014

This chapter clearly is yet to be written.  However, the club will bring it's largest contingent- nineteen teams- promising to be the most fruitful 8k cross country championship in club history.

Who will win the individual titles?  How will the masters team fare?  This will all be seen in just a few days, as the club dons their adidas black for the first team race.  


 



FEATURED TEAM EVENT 
THIS WEEK
   
10:00am USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country
Team Championships


 at Natirar Park, Peapack and Gladstone

 


 

WEEKEND RESULTS

 

Masters Tschesnok Wins 5k
Masters runner Andrew Tschesnok, in a final tune-up for the 8k XC race this Sunday, cruised to victory in the Mountainside Cop Trot 5k this weekend, winning in a comfortable 18:09.  Keeping it a tempo effort, the Westfield resident not only brought home the gold medal--but a $250 purse.  In a later email, he stated, "I have to say, it is really nice sometimes when no other aGSTC teammates show up for a local race!"*

Chris Croff Mike Anis went 1-2 in it last year, thus making this the second straight victory for the club at the event.

*editor's note: any race with the word "cop" or "police" in it will certainly prevent the majority of our delinquent men's open team from entering.

Croff outleans Rochdi earlier in the spring before the two became teammates 


Rochdi Wins 10k, 5k
Mahwah- Youssef Rochdi won both the 5k (15:42) and 10k (33:15) this weekend at the Mahwah races.  His teammates Nick Murphy (17:21) and Brian Harris (42:50) also ran in the 5k and 10k, respectively.

Croff Wins Maplewood in Motion 5k
Maplewood- Chris Croff busted some rust for the first time this fall, easily winning the Maplewood in Motion 5k in 16:00, or 5:09 a mile.



Masters Brangan Wins Hero 5k
Gloucester- Michelle Brangan won a race, and $400, at the Heroes to Hero Memorial Scholarship 5k with an 18:32 effort.  For that type of a winner's purse, we hope they were still able to raise money for this scholarship!  Teammate Abel Bermudez ran 18:08, finishing 10th overall.



Milkman Delivers
Adin "Milkman" Mickle, best known for his milk-ordering tendencies at bars, won the Jonas Cattell 10 Miler in 54:58.  Before you go assuming this is just another South Jersey race around trailer park homes and pick-up trucks, we were impressed to see this race has been around since 1980.  




Price Wins Paramus 5k
Paramus- Kyle Price won the Paramus 5k Sunday morning with a 15:36 effort.  This is an event he runs yearly as they have a celebration of his former college and GSTC teammate and friend Andrew Capizzi, who passed last May in a biking accident.

Livingston Runs 3:05 in Chicago

Chicago- Brad Livingston ran 3:05:53 in his debut marathon last weekend.  He was on sub-3:00 pace until, sadly, he ended up running 8:00 the last several miles. 


 

We feel bad for forgetting him last weekend, but he doesn't have Facebook.  Is that an excuse?  Probably not.


 

Livingston will be running the NJ Marathon this spring.


 


 

 

Kaspszyk Wins AG at RW 10k 

Bethelehem, PA- Sandi Kaspszyk continued her strong fall season, winning her age group at the Runner's World 10k this weekend.  The Kunkletown resident ran 45:33, a whopping two minutes ahead of the runner-up in her age group.

 


 




Trio Compete at Princeton Invite
Princeton- Will Griffin and Archimedes Delacruz competed Saturday morning at the Princeton Invitational.  Racing the 8k course, Griffin was 33rd in 26:07, and his Brooklyn teammate was 50th in 26:22.  Joe Meehan was just a few strides behind, finishing 58th in 26:30.

Garcia Competes in 
Green Monster Challenge
Wellsboro, PA:  Francis Garcia competed in the Green Monster Trail Challenge two weekends ago, finishing the brutal 25k course in 4:58:07.  To be honest, we got tired just reading about the event and the course, itself.

The race featured five ascents of a total 4000 feet of total climbing, taking runners through a single-track trail with much technical running throughout.  Despite serious cramping in the final half of the race, the North Enclave member finished 111th out of 143 runners.




 

TMA: Totally Misunderstood Award


  

Schneider arriving 45 minutes late on Friday

Not only was Chris Schneider a mere 45 minutes late to Friday's team practice, he also plugged in 944 Hermann Road as the park site on his GPS....not really sure how that one happened.  It was also pretty entertaining to watch him believe that the 8k race on Sunday is at 6:00am!

 

Next, not sure who gets the TMA award here--the guy who ran the thing twice, or the NY Daily News for actually writing an article about it.  Either way, we are curious what die-hard Minnesota fans may think of this (ahem, Greta?).

 

Finally, if this isn't a TMA, we don't know what is.  Who does this at 5:00am?

 

 

 

 

 

Running vs Football?

After the very unsettling events at Sayreville HS, this one New Jersey reporter takes an interesting stance:  shut down football teams and invite kids to do sports like cross country.  Read it here.


Quotes of the Week

"Tim Morgan giving chronically late people advice on being timely is not a very good idea."  -Josh Neyhart, via FB, on the blind leading the blind during a Facebook thread about promptness

"Well, I guess this is happening.  Time to get faster."  -Meghan Bruce, Fb post, upo signing up for the GSTC.

"I really miss being part of a team. It kinda sucks having to run alone every day. GSTC seems like an awesome team to be apart of! I always enjoy reading the quotes of the day in the emails"  -Ariann Neutts, via email.  We feel bad the quotes of the week have been pretty skimpy recently, but this results section gets longer and bigger every week! (insert Michael Scott joke here)

"And I noticed there is no 25k trail in the GSTC record book....mayyyyybe it should stay that way."  -Francis Garcia, via FB message, reflecting on his painful debut on the trail scene.

"I have to say, it is really nice sometimes when no other aGSTC teammates show up for a local race!"  -Andrew Tschesnok, via email



This gem is from South Jersey resident and loyalist Robyn Evangelist.  Not sure how true it is, but then again, this is the Weekly Email, not the Library of Congress.




 

  

COME TO A TEAM RUN!  IT MAKES RUNNING MORE FUN AND...EASY!

Enclave Team Runs
 







Some of the ladies at Donaldson Park on Saturday (upper right), the group meeting up Friday at North Brunswick (upper left), and the group getting ready to roll Saturday morning (bottom).


North Enclave
Monday 5:45p @ 40 Corning Ave, Pompton Lakes (please email pauteri@verizon.net if interested in doing any Pompton Lakes group runs)
Wednesday 5:45p @ 40 Corning Ave
Thursday 6:00p @ Montclair Fleet Feet 
Saturday  8:00a @ 40 Corning


Central Enclave
Monday 5:30 @ Rutgers Student Center
Monday 5:30 @ Rutgers Intramural Fields/ Busch Campus (sprinters/half milers)
Tuesday 5:30 @ RSC 
Wednesday 5:30 @ RSC
Thursday 5:30 @ RSC
Friday 4:00 @ RSC
Saturday 10:00am @ Donaldson Park (Highland Park)
 
Morristown Enclave
Wednesday 6:15p @ Morristown Running Company
Saturday 9:00a @ Morristown Running Company
 
Jersey City Enclave
Thursday 7pm @ Hoboken Running Company
Saturday 8:30 @ Hoboken Running Company 
Sunday 9:00a @ Pier A, Hoboken
 
South Enclave
Monday 5:30pm @ Elk Township Trail
Wednesday 7:15 @ Gloucester County College
Wednesday 6:30 @ Haddonfield Running Company
Saturday 9:00am @ TDA w/ Beach Enclave
 
Beach Enclave
Wednesday 6:00pm @  Point Pleasant Borough High School
(808 Laura Herbert Dr, Pt Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742)

Princeton Enclave
Wednesday 5:30pm @ Turning Basin (on Alexander Road)

Summit Enclave
Saturday 8am @ Summit Running Company
 
Brooklyn Enclave
TBA

Delaware Enclave
TBA
 
Track and Field Practice Sessions
Mondays- 5:30p at Rutgers University (Busch Campus, Intramural Fields across from Sunny Werblin)
Saturdays- 10:00am at Donaldson Park (Highland Park)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(10/13-10/19): Big Weekend with Big Results



THE WEEKLY EMAIL
October 26
8k XC Championships


And here's the Top Ten Reasons....One More Time


10.  Raffle for free team gear after the race: hoodies, shirts, and bumper stickers!
9.  We will break (our own) USATF-NJ record for most points set in one year!!! 
8.  Since every team of five finishers scores two points, everyone can help us break it.
7.  It's a new course!  
6.  It's just $15.  That's it!  
5.  We will be selling team a limited amount of team hoodies, shirts, and bumper stickers!
4.  This is your first chance to wear your new adidas uniform!
3.  Free food!  See #1.
2.  It's cross country season.  So let's run a cross country race.
1.  Team potluck afterward!  The club will pitch in with a few six foot subs!



Adidas Uniform Pick-Up Process
For those that ordered an adidas uniform, they will be here before the 10/26 race.  If you are in the North, Morristown, Jersey City, Summit, or Brooklyn Enclaves, you will pick them up at the Sneaker Factory in Florham Park.  

If you are in the Central, Princeton, Beach, South, or Delaware Enclaves, you will pick them up at Runner's High in Metuchen.

More updates to come upon uniform arrival.



2014 USATF-NJ Grand Prix
Current Standings

1. adidas Garden State Track Club - 353 + 118 + 65 = 536
2. Clifton - 243 + 77 + 54 = 374
3. Do Run Runners - 180 + 67 + 46 = 293
4. Shore A.C. - 162 + 79 + 28 = 269
5. Raritan Valley - 150 + 69 + 42 = 261
6. North Jersey Masters - 188 + 8 + 58 = 254
7. Garmin Runners - 170 + 44 + 19 = 233
8. Central Jersey - 79 + 19 + 27 = 125
9. Rose City - 64 + 4 + 0 = 68
10. Sneaker Factory - 50 + 0 + 12 = 62
11. Essex/Fleet Feet - 41 + 0 + 10 = 51
12. Morris County Striders - 17 + 27 + 0 = 44
13. Pearl Izumi - 6 + 0 + 0 = 6


The aGSTC Fall Racing Schedule.
October 26: USATF-NJ 8k Cross Country Championships (all divisions)
November 9: Giralda 10k (masters men)
November 27: Ashenfelter 8k (masters, open men)
December 13: USATF Club XC National Championships (Lehigh University)

  
 
 
aGSTC Training Plan: 

Questions about the team fall training plan?

You can contact them at them at ken_goglas@hotmail.com or michael.fonder@gmail.com.

If you'd like to have access to the Google doc, please sign the team waiver/form here.



 

Kyle's Korner

by Kyle Price

 

Kyle's Korner is a segment of the Club's weekly email that will focus on reacquainting you with a different current club member each week. We will catch you up on how they are doing with regards to their training, their lives, and other general nonsense. This segment intends to be informative and educational while attempting humor in a purely inoffensive way. Mostly.


 

This week on Kyle's Korner we interview everyone's favorite hurdling sweetheart, Erin LaCosta. She has been with the club a couple years, has made some big strides in her particular events, and is already looking to branch out into some new territory so see what else she can excel at.

Erin wins the 400IH at the Ramapo Invitational in March, 2014. 

 


 

Kyle: Good evening Erin, thank you for joining us!

Ms. LaCosta: Thank you for having me!

Kyle: It's always nice to have a pretty lady in my korner. We often see posts from you in the Facebook group introducing new members. What is your official position in the club?

Ms. LaCosta: I am a co-captain of our sprint group!

Kyle: Aah and what does that entail?

Ms. LaCosta: Basically I make sure people know when and where practices are going to be, arrange rides, and answer new members' questions about the club. It's a lot of randomly Facebook messaging people!

Kyle: Sounds like a good way to speed date. So you're kind of the sprinting shepherd?

Ms. LaCosta: Sprinting shepherd more than a speed dater id say. Although we are sprinters! (Get it???)

Kyle: No :/

Ms. LaCosta: Oh man that's awkward don't put this in the final draft lol

SPEED daters....sprinters are speedy....it's..punny?

Kyle: I only do one take

Ms. LaCosta: Ugh. It's time to up the budget.

Kyle: I get a budget?! WHY WASNT I TOLD CHUCK!?
Speaking of things we were or weren't told, I seem to remember hearing you were going to attempt cross country but we haven't seen you much.

Ms. LaCosta: I ran a 5-k today!!

Kyle: How'd it go?

Ms. LaCosta: It was great! I PRed by 62 seconds and came in first for the women!

Kyle: That is great! Congratulations! You ever think of moving to a longer distance focus? Those hurdle skills of yours could do well in a steeplechase for example.

Ms. LaCosta: I think that'd be awesome! But this year I already decided to move to the 800. So, one step at a time.

Kyle: The long sprint. It's a beast of a race but you're used to the 4IM and it's a similar effort.

Ms. LaCosta: So I've heard!!!

Kyle: I think you could do very well at it. Looking to go Millrose this year?

Ms. LaCosta: Ah yes that'd be great!! I'm nervous to run the 800 indoor though.

Kyle: Personally I prefer it indoor. Why the nerves?

Ms. LaCosta: Honestly just because it's 4 laps instead of 2. I'm sure I'll get over it soon.

Kyle: Exactly the reason I like it more ha.

What has been your favorite GSTC experience so far?

Ms. LaCosta: Oh wow that's a tough one.

There are too many!!

Kyle: This better not be black and yellow nosing. How about a top three rundown?

Ms. LaCosta: Track nationals was really amazing because I PRed in two races and some how split a good 400 time in a medley that I got thrown into at the end, and it was just really awesome to see the guys win and every thing from my first year with the team come full circle. It was super inspiring honestly.

Ah yay I get two more ok so deer path last year was really amazing because I hadn't run a cross country race since middle school, andddd finally Olive Garden with some of the team in Boston was a hilarious experience.

Kyle: I'm going to have to ask for an elaboration on this Boston Olive Garden.

Ms. LaCosta: So I was with Mike Brito, Haleigh Simon, Alexis Mbakwe and Jean LeBlanc (random group right??) but we had driven up together and needed dinner so we hit up an Olive Garden. We decided to put our phones in the middle of the table so we have real conversations. That was a great decision because we actually did have great conversations and I just remember not being able to stop laughing for way too long about something I think that Brito said about hockey. And my eggplant was on point so, it was a good night.

Kyle: Good friends, good laughs, and good eggplant. Sounds lovely. 
Well I thank you for taking the time to speak with us Erin.

Ms. LaCosta: Thank you Kyle, always a pleasure to talk with you!

Kyle: My my, you know how to make a young host blush.

Tune in next week to see who we interview! 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gold Star

Welcoming New Members into the Family

 


Joe Meehan

by Ashwin Anantharaman

Joe joined GSTC because he was looking was looking for some fast people run and race with. He saw the depth that GSTC had and knew that he would fit in well. He brings a pre meet routine of eating a large pie of pizza the day before a meet(yes all 8 slices). It must be a great pre meet routine because he brings a lot of versatility and fast times to GSTC that make him a strong candidate to be on the GSTC National XC team. If he could train with one person it would be Chris Solinsky. Solinsky, the American 10k record holder, is amazing to watch. Joe saw Solinsky break the American 10k record live during his freshmen year of college while trying to write a paper. He obviously realizes that running is way more important than school so there is no doubt that he will fit in well with GSTC. If he was running with Solinsky, you could probably find him at his favorite course Desales University. Desales is a challenging course and the first mile is straight up a giant hill but once you get to the top you look everything and fly down! There is no doubt Joe is a great addition to GSTC.


Regina Wang
By Bri Teichmann

Regina is the newest lady to join the GSTC.  An addition to the Princeton Enclave, Regina recently picked up running again at the end of February after taking off pretty much all of her college career.  She ran the Rutgers Unite half-marathon with a time of 1:41.01 in April, completed a half-ironman in early September with her half-marathon time at 1:47.11, and is all signed up and ready to race the Princeton half on November 2!  She's definitely looking to have a faster half in Princeton and would like to complete a marathon at some point, perhaps the Philly one.

Regina ran varsity cross country and track from her sophomore year through senior year in high school.  At that point she had a mile time of 5:40, 2-mile time of 11:58 and a 5k XC time of 19:35

When she's not running, Regina's got a lot of awesome stuff going on!  Right now she's working for an environmental nonprofit as a research fellow and she's a huge fan of the outdoors, including backpacking, skiing, kayaking and of course running outdoors.  She once spent 7 weeks in Vermont backcountry without showering or any of real signs of civilization.  She loves to travel, as well!  She got her scuba certification on a semester abroad in Cape Town and snorkeled almost every day last summer when she was working for an environmental nonprofit on a Greek island. 

 

Two more fun facts about Regina -- She used to play the bassoon and she completed a Tough Mudder in July!  Welcome aboard, Regina!  

 



FEATURED TEAM EVENT 
THIS WEEK
   

Sunday Team Run, 9am: Princeton Running Company


 

108 Nassua Street, Princeton 08542


 

Our team run will be hosted jointly by TomTom GPS and Princeton Running Company. Representative Mike Anis, will have 10-12 TomTom GPS running watches for those in attendance to use on the run! There will be Chocolate Milk, Gatorade and granola bars for those in attendance!


 
Give yourself 5-10 minutes to park and walk over to the store.


 

WEEKEND RESULTS

 


 

Sallade 3rd Masters at 

Steamtown Marathon   

Sallade finishing 2nd masters at the College Ave Mile
   

Scranton, PA:  Forty-two year old Chris Sallade continued his strong 2014 year of racing, as the Princeton resident finished 3rd masters, and 17th overall, in 2:43:57 at the Steamtown Marathon.

  

Averaging 6:15 a mile, the former Princeton miler, who finished 2nd masters at the College Ave Mile months ago, was the first GSTC'er across the finish line on the streets of Scranton.


 

This effort tops his 2013 Boston Marathon performance, where Sallade ran the challenging course in 2:48:23.


 

Later that year, Sallade ran the JFK 50 Miler in 6:35:57, good for 12th overall.


 

                                                               
 

Lindenaur PRs at MHRM

Schehectdy, NY:  Jon Lindenaur had a huge breakthrough race this weekend, running 2:40:03 at the the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon.  Finishing 11th overall, his effort was a 6:00 all-time PR, landing him #6 on the all-time aGSTC marathon list.


 


 


 


 


 

Ward Debuts in 2:35


 

Chicago- Tradelle Ward, a former middle distance star at Duke, debuted in the marathon this weekend, running 2:35:13 at the Chicago Marathon.  Rolling through the 10k at 37:37, he went through the opening half at 78:25--meaning he had a fantastic negative split on the backend.


 

His performance puts him at aGSTC #5 all-time.  To the left, he is seen running with GSTC'er Josh Neyhart in the armory.  Hopefully we'll see them both in the same color uniform soon!


 


 




 
#SouthEnclave's Cooper PRs in Chicago

Adam Cooper also ran a PR this weekend, finishing the Chicago Marathon in 3:13:24.  

We need to get an adidas uniform on this guy!




The Big List
2:26:45          Mike Dixon                 Philadelphia Marathon       November 20, 2011

2:28:24          Mike Fonder              Boston Marathon                 April 15, 2013

2:29:40          Ken Goglas                 New York City Marathon    November 6, 2011

2:34:18          Mike Anis                   Boston Marathon                 April 21, 2014

2:35:13          Tradelle Ward           Chicago Marathon               October 12, 2014

2:40:03          Jon Lindenaur          Mohawk Hudson River        October 12, 2014

2:41:13          Stephen Comanto     New Jersey Marathon         May 5, 2013

2:41:14          Peter Bolgert             Milwaukee Lakefront          October 6, 2013

2:43:49          Shawn D'Andrea       Philadelphia Marathon       November 18, 2012

2:43:57          Chris Sallade              Steamtown Marathon         October 12, 2014

2:44:03          Bryan McDonnell      Philadelphia Marathon       November 17, 2013

2:47:15          Will Appman              Boston Marathon                 April 21, 2014

2:48:05           James Lothian            Philadelphia Marathon       November 18, 2012

2:48:13           Ken Walsh                 Philadelphia Marathon       November 18, 2012


 

Auteri PRs, Wins Age Group


 Scranton, PA-  North Enclave captain Karen Auteri won her age group this weekend at the Steamtown Marathon, running a 3:30 personal best upon crossing the finish line in 3:05:55.  


It was the second fastest marathon run by an aGSTC women.


Averaging 7:06 pace for the 26.2 miles, she finished 116th overall.  


 


 

Men's co-captain Mike Fonder, a co-author of the aGSTC Fall Training Plan along with Ken Goglas, coached Auteri through her breakthrough marathon--a plan she followed extremely closely.  After the race, Fonder confided to the Weekly Email, "Karen's performance reflects the hard work and resolve she puts in day in and day out training for the marathon.  It's great to be able to collaborate with such a tenacious runner!"


 

Erika Meling and Lindsey McKee also ran the race.  Meling finished in 3:13:01, good for third in her age group, while McKee finished in 4:23:01.


 

Results are here.


 


 

Angi PRs with 4:27


 

Chicago- Diana Angi ran a 3:11 personal best on the streets of Chicago this weekend, as she crossed the finish line in 4:26:27.


 

Sounds like she owned it, indeed!


 

Congrats, Diana!


 


 


 

Hersey Runs 3:28 in Chicago


 

Chicago- Masters runner Sarah Hersey ran an excellent race Sunday, finishing the Chicago Marathon in 3:28:55.  The 41-year-old went through the half marathon mark at 1:42:14, eventually leading her to an 84th place in her age group.


 

Way to go, Sarah!


 


 


 

The Big List

2:57:02          Katie Chaput             Philadelphia Marathon       November 17, 2013

3:05:55           Karen Auteri              Steamrtown Marathon       October 12, 2014

3:06:16           Erika Meling              Wineglass Marathon           October 6, 2013

3:16:20           Erin Higgins               Eugene Marathon               April 27, 2013

3:18:06          Leah Roberts              Vermont Marathon            May 25, 2014

3:20:33           Ingrid Garofalo          Boston Marathon               April 15, 2013

3:21:29          Kristin Cupido           Marine Corps Marathon     October 27, 2013

3:23:34          Jennifer Lucas           NJ Marathon                        April 27, 2014

3:24:17          Courtney Stanton      Chicago Marathon               October 13, 2013

3:24:38          Tiff Schwartz             Chicago Marathon               October 13, 2013

3:25:32          Jill Zablocki                 Philadelphia Marathon       November 18, 2012


 


Reilly Finishes First Half Marathon


 

New team member Andrea Reilly finished her first half marathon last weekend, competing in the Cincinatti Queen Bee Half Marathon this past weekend.  She ran 1:4612...check out the sweet medal!


 


 

aGSTC Trio Win at Shades of Death

Allamuchy- A trio of aGSTC'ers swept gold medals at the Shades of Death event, a USATF-NJ 500-point category 3 race.


 

Atilla The Run Sabahoglu won the half marathon, cruising to victory in a solid 73:53.  He averaged 5:38s, edging out masters superstar Rich Burke, who was second in 74:19.


 

Cheyenne Ogletree won the women's race in a comfortable 1:27:24, a 6:40 pace for the 13.1 miles.


 

Tom Visicaro won the 6.66 mile race with a big cushion, averaging 5:54 miles to win in 39:18.


 


 


 

Prudence Jones also ran the 6.66, finishing in 1:13:24, while Ana Caro also completed the half marathon--but her name isn't in the results.


 

Either way, there she is, to the left, showing off her finisher's medal!

 


 

 

Parisen PRs in Plainfield

Plainfield- Half miler Mark Parisen PRed Saturday in Plainfield, as he finished second in the Queen City 5k.  He actually was set to finish fourth, but the top two runners took a wrong turn--not something we recommend in Plainfield--and finished the race in world record time of twelve minutes.  For his efforts, Parisen won $50 of prize money for his 17:29 effort.


 

 

Sandora's 5k's: This Week, We Remembered

For whatever reason, we have forgotten Brittany Sandora's last two results.  But this time, how about this: we remembered!


 

Last weekend, she scampered a 5k in the glorious town of Pitman in 19:15.  This weekend, she finished the Mt. Ephraim 5k, sponsored by the Rotary Club, in 19:05. Both times qualify her to compete at club nationals for the aGSTC, as the standard is 19:45.


 

 

Rivers, second to left, and Salge, center.

 


 

Rivers, Salge Win at Home

Stockton- Nicole Salge won the Stockton Alumni Legacy Fund 5k race this weekend, lowering her season best to 19:25.  Teammate Lisa Jones was just behind her, running 19:46 for second.  


 

On the men's side, James Rivers ran quite well, edging out Rich Luettchau for the overall win, 16:20-16:24.  High jumper Joe Mineo ran yet another 5k, this time finishing third overall in 19:06.  


 


 


 


 Varga Wins 40-44 AG

Erin Varga won her age group at the Carlos Negron 5k last weekend.


 

The aGSTC masters women co-captain ran 25:01.


 

She is pictured here, on the right, on the final straightaway.


 

 


 


 

Eder Wins EB 5k


 Matt Eder rolled to a huge solo win at the East Brunswick 5k, winning by almost 3:00 in 16:13.


 

Masters Eric Davis finished third, as he continues to have an outstanding fall season for the black and gold.
 


 


 


Rutgers Running Club Finishes 7th 

The Rutgers Running Club, coached and supported by the aGSTC, opened up their season this weekend at the Princeton Running Club Invitational at the Princeton University cross-country course.  


 

As a group, they finished 7th overall with 210 points.


 

From left to right, the team comprised of David Fett (30:00), Robert Klink (30:09), James Surico (29:52), Ryan Degregorio (30:11), and Conor O'Brien (31:24).


 

They will all be gearing up wearing black and gold next weekend at the USATF-NJ 8k Championships.


 


 

Black Finishes Second


 

Princeton- Ally Black opened up her season with an impressive second place finish yesterday at the PRC Invitational.  In her first 6k, the Rutgers frosh ran 22:56--just fifteen seconds of the winner, Emily Schuldiner, from the PRC.


 

Black will be wearing black in two weeks at the USATF-NJ 8k Championships with the rest of the Rutgers athletes.
 


 


 

Rousseau Wins, Solos a Sub-16

Woodland Park- Halff miler Jaris Rousseau had a huge breakout performance this weekend, winning the Woodland Park 5k in 15:51.  Not only is this his first win of a major road race, it is also he first time going under the 5k mark.


 

                  LaCosta Wins Spooky 5k

Somerville-Erin Lacosta won her first major road race Saturday, running 21:28 to win the Spooky Sprint 5k in her hometown.  She PR'ed by sixty-two seconds, finishing 20th overall.  Her new nickname is now Spooky.



 


Trio Competes at Collura
Three club members competed at the Matt Collura 5k this weekend.  Ashwin Anantharaman was 2nd overall in 17:06, Dan Teichmann was fourth overall in 18:24, and Bri Teichmann was 2nd in her 22-29 age group, running 24:28 for the silver medal.


 


 

 

Steinman PRs in DC

Washington DC- Anna Steinman, in one of her final preparations before the NYC Marathon in November, ran a huge ten mile PR this weekend in the Army 10 Miler.  She ran 66:20, good for #5 on the all-time GSTC list.


 


 


 

aGSTC All-Time List, 10 Miles

1:01:33          Michelle Brangan      Broad Street                         May 4, 2014

1:03:21           Robyn Evangelist      Broad Street                         May 4, 2014

1:03:38           Brittany McCann       Broad Street                         May 4, 2014

1:04:07           Angela Dunn              Broad Street                         May 4, 2014

1:06:20           Anna Steinman          Army Ten Miler                   October 12, 2014


 

 


 


 


 

Pontecorvo Runs SI Half

Staten Island- Victoria Pontecorvo ran 1:29:54 this weekend in the Staten Island Half Marathon this weekend.  She was the 26th woman finish, but 3rd in her age group, as she averaged 6:52 a mile for the NYRR race.

 


 


 Licorish Finishes 2nd 

Lizzy Licorish finished second to teammate Brittamy Sandora this weekend in the Mt. Ephraim 5k.  She ran a good race, finishing at 22:31--thus averaging 7:13 a mile.  
 


 

 

 

Help Out Our New Sprint Coach!

South Jersey- Everyone, please meet Cardwell Wootten III, aGSTC's new South Enclave sprint coach.  Current working with several club members already, he is "looking forward to becoming part of the Garden State family" after months of discussions with the club, its leaders, and its athletes.


 
He is currently coaching athletes Tuesday and Thursday nights at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School from 5:00-6:30 and Sundays from 1-3 at the same location.


 

A former head coach of four different schools, he now trains high school, college, and post-collegiate athletes as a free agent in and around the greater Philly area.  His specialities are the jumps, hurdles, and sprints.


 
And, he is actively pursuing a grant to win for his athletes, so let's help him out!  


Vote for him here! 

 

 

 

  



Fall Enclave Team Runs
 
North Enclave
Monday 5:45p @ 40 Corning Ave, Pompton Lakes (please email pauteri@verizon.net if interested in doing any Pompton Lakes group runs)
Wednesday 5:45p @ 40 Corning Ave
Thursday 6:00p @ Montclair Fleet Feet 
Saturday  8:00a @ 40 Corning


Central Enclave
Monday 5:30 @ Rutgers Student Center
Monday 5:30 @ Donaldson Park (sprinters/half milers)
Tuesday 5:30 @ RSC 
Wednesday 5:30 @ RSC
Thursday 5:30 @ RSC
Friday 4:00 @ RSC
Saturday 10:00am @ Donaldson Park (sprinters/half milers)

 
Morristown Enclave
Wednesday 6:15p @ Morristown Running Company
Saturday 9:00a @ Morristown Running Company
 
Jersey City Enclave
Thursday 7pm @ Hoboken Running Company
Saturday 8:30 @ Hoboken Running Company 
Sunday 9:00a @ Pier A, Hoboken
 
South Enclave
Monday 5:30pm @ Elk Township Trail
Wednesday 7:15 @ Gloucester County College
Wednesday 6:30 @ Haddonfield Running Company
Saturday 9:00am @ TDA w/ Beach Enclave
 
Beach Enclave
Wednesday 6:00pm @  Point Pleasant Borough High School
(808 Laura Herbert Dr, Pt Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742)

Princeton Enclave
Wednesday 5:30pm @ Turning Basin (on Alexander Road)

Summit Enclave
Saturday 8am @ Summit Running Company
 
Brooklyn Enclave
TBA

Delaware Enclave
TBA
 
SUNDAY RUN: Princeton Running Company


TRACK PRACTICE HAS STARTED!
Mondays (5:30) at the Busch Intramural Fields at Rutgers University

Saturdays (10:00am) at Donaldson Park in Highland Park.


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