THE WEEKLY EMAIL
It's been a while...club HQ has been a little busy
aGSTC PLAYS HOST TO TWO BIG EVENTS1:Olympic MedalistLalonde GordanHighlightsadidas Garden State Twilight OpenAfter four years of being a track club, the adidas Garden State Track Club finally hosted a track meet. After the youth meet went from 12-5, the adults rolled into town for the "adidas Garden State Twilight Open." The meet went from 6pm to 10pm, as athletes from all over the eastern seaboard flooded Highland Park HS.The biggest name to compete was 2012 Olympian Lalonde Gordan, who won a bronze medal in the 400m for Trinidad and Tobago. He scorched the 200m in a time of 20.93, holding back World Championship competitors George Winstom (21.14), Joel Redhead (21.55), and Akheem Gauntlett (21.60).
Gordon, right, with his Olympic bronzeVarious other national caliber athletes won their events, including Monique Morgan in the high hurdles (12.97), Dennis Long in the 100m (10.76), Derek Holdsworth in the 800m (1:49.90), Cabell Willis in the 1500m (3:53.94), Ada Udaya in the 200m (23.76), and Breanna Norman in the 100m (11.78).For GSTC results, see below!2:Twelve Youth Teams ataGP NJ Youth QualifierFor the first time in New Jersey, the state held an "adidas Grand Prix NJ Youth Qualifier," and the adidas Garden State Track Club played host.On May 30th, twelve youth teams congregated to Highland Park High School with hopes to qualify in the 4x100, 4x400, one mile, or 100 meters. Athletes came from Florida, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to compete in the event.From the meet clerk, announcer, and meet management, aGSTC members staffed and organized the meet. Below, Ezra Chefitz and Ricky Garcia hold the finish line tape for the 10-11 year old mile winner. Combined with the adult meet, the club raised $700.Based on the success of this idea pushed by the club, next year Global Athletics and adidas plan to extend their youth qualifier series, having one in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.While the kids and coaches loved the day of racing, it wasn't easy on the club and its volunteers to spend the entire day at the track. Kyle Mahoney, who announced both track meets, checked-in to the local emergency room following the race, claiming "I'm gonna go crazy if Chuck gives me any more instructions today!" We later found out he actually just stubbed his toe and didn't have money for a hotel room that night.Kyle'sKorner Deliby Kyle PriceKyle'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 we spoke to the handsome Jack Lewis. Actually it was a few weeks ago but Chuck has been a little busy with College Ave and Grand Prix dealings. But so was Jack! Though he is a regular a Highland Park sprinting practices, he is no stranger to distance running. A real life Jack of All Trades!Kyle: Hello Jack! Thank you for joining us.Mr. Lewis: Thanks for having me Kyle!Kyle: So what brought you to the Black and Gold Army?Mr. Lewis: It was actually our excellent recruiting process haha, I was just browsing the involvement fare and Erin called me over. It ended up being the only club I stuck with.Kyle: It was the snazzy car magnets wasn't it?Mr. Lewis: Oh absolutely, caught my eye from across the room! Also the fact that I would've drown if I stuck with the triathlon club helped.Kyle: Yes I'm only a fan of 1/3 of that event. Did you run in highschool?Mr. Lewis: Yeah I ran all four years and even did cross country for two years. I missed most of my junior year because of an avulsion fracture in my hip though, it was awful.Kyle: That injury sounds just lovely. Cross though huh? Have you thought about stepping up to half mile Mike group and being a distance hybrid like Mark and Jaris?Mr. Lewis: It's definitely crossed my mind, that was freshman and sophomore year though so not too seriously. I respect the guys in the 8 just on the race itself let alone the workouts they get in so it's something I would be proud to be able to do. I think I enjoy sprinting too much right now but I am doing the college ave mile and relay this year so maybe it'll go well and I'll have a reason to move up.Kyle: It is a beast of a race. But college ave is a great event! Good place to try a longer event.Mr. Lewis: Yeah the distance guys will laugh but I'm trying the hit below 5:30. I have no idea what to expect but I'm excited to see what happens, I'll definitely have to get a trial run in after this twilight meet if anyone wants to pace me!Kyle: Hey it's all for fun anyway. But I'm sure you can find some help.Mr. Lewis: Yeah I like when we do the fun races, makes for a good time to experiment.Kyle: That's what college is all about!So speaking of college, what are you studying?Mr. Lewis: I'm majoring in exercise science and motoring in nutrition at Rutgers, I'm just getting into major courses now and I'm loving itKyle: That certainly goes hand in hand with your athletic hobby. You could become the club personal trainer.Mr. Lewis: That's exactly what the plan is. I'm studying this summer to get certified with ACSM, I should be done before school starts back up.Kyle: Sounds perfect!RANDOM QUESTION!Since all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, what other sports do you play and would you do them instead of track if you were better at them?Mr. Lewis: Haha good question! I row and rock climb when I can, Rutgers has a nice rock wall and my dad is big into rowing so I get a chance to go with him when I go home. I actually have some pretty awful blisters from it right now so hopefully there's no baton work in the plan.Kyle: Huge upper body workout hobbies there. Love me some rock climbing though.Mr. Lewis: Yeah it's fun, it actually made me want to pull vault when I was doing it more often but I decided to focus on the 400.Kyle: Hey you could always branch out! Well that's all the time we have this week. Thank you for speaking with us.Mr. Lewis: Of course! Thanks for having me.Kyle: Tune in next week to see who we interview!
110 Volunteers to aGP
Some club volunteers pose at the water jump at Icahn Stadium while cleaning up
For yet another year, the club brought over over one hundred volunteers to help the adidas Grand Prix be one of the finest track meets on Earth. Club members received free adidas shoes, a shirt, and hat to work various jobs the included ticket sales, drug testing, athlete herders, TV/radio support, transponder chip removal from athletes, jumps and throws support, field event data recorders, ice/water handlers, and VIP support. Providing these volunteers is a big part of the contract between the GSTC and adidas, the primary sponsor of the event.
Any member in good standing is allowed to sign up for a volunteering spot.
Mark Parisen,a screenshot from national TV, provides information to TV commentators before the women's 1,000m. He seems to be very happy with his current view.
Matt Eder, sitting high on top of the stadium, inputted all results into the meet website. He will never be this important again.
A line of GSTC'ers await professional athletes to take their transponders after their races.
The Mile Mark
by Matt Dahl
Matt Dahl, a former standout at Rider, has started a podcast series for runners, about runners, by a runner. He interviews a nice diverse group of folks, and it's interesting to here Check it out!SoundCloud- https://soundcloud.com/themilemark
This Week's Team EventLager RunSunday @ Glen Ridge High SchoolWeeks of Results4x400 Outleaned for Gold at aGPIn a sport of milliseconds, they were just .03 away from winning, and .02 from a club record. Regardless, what a show they put on at Icahn Stadium in the final event of the adidas Grand Prix.The relay of Will Taylor (47.7), Mark Williamson (46.9), George Erazo (48.7) and Javier Montalvo (48.4) lead wire-to-wire, until the final straightaway. Anchor Montalvo battled back and forth, stride for stride, bringing the entire crowd to a roar as they both finished seemingly in a dead-heat tie. Taylor ran a magnificent lead-off, pushing hard the final 50m to go from 3rd to 1st. Williamson, alone, opened up the lead, as did Erazo. But Montalvo was in a tough spot- alone in the front- and responded well to the move. It ranks as the #2 time in club history.The B Team recorded the club's fastest ever B Team time of 3:20.38. Derrhyl Duncan (49.6), Ish Robbins (50.1), Pierre Checo (50.3), and Mark Parisen (50.2) finished 6th overall, as the hard-charging Parisen passed one team and almost a second in his final 50m on the anchor.Women 4x400 Finish 4thThe ladies ran a very solid 4x400, as their 3:50.55 is the third fastest ever run in club history. Haisha Bisolu, Jordan Conversion, Sam Anderson, and Dynique Moore teamed up to finish 4th in the race.Lowry Breaks 1500m CRDylan Lowry, in one of his final races of the season, shattered the club's long-standing 1500m club record. Finishing 5th at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet, he ran 3:50.58. The old record was 3:50.90 from 2012.Two weeks prior, Lowry ran 4:15.39 at the Middletown Classic Road Mile, the second fastest ever run in club history.Ridgewood Run: M40s Go 3-5The masters men competed in the USATF-NJ 10k team championships on Memorial Day weekend, and the men's 40s teams had a great day, finishing 3rd and 5th in the always-competitive team standings.Chris Sallade, left, was the team's top finisher in 35:04, good for 3rd overall masters runner. Nick Van Langen continued his excellent season with a 37:22 performance as the #2 man. Justin Feil was 3rd in 37:23, Yuki Negoro 4th in 40:59, Kenny Huryk 5th in 41:05, and Karl Leitz was the safety man in 42:14. The group beat Do Run Runners for 3rd place by just five total seconds--one 1 second a man!In his first race as a masters athlete, Chris Weiss turned heads with an impressive 38:29 to be the first man on the B Team. Steve Warren also ran impressively, as he dipped under 39:00 with a 38:57.Parker Qualifies for NYCWeeks ago, masters runner Will Parker ran 87:46 to qualify for the NYC Marathon at the Brooklyn Half. He just barely did, as he needed an 88:00 to get in!Rochdi Wins Roxbury 5kYoussef Rochdi won the Roxbury 5k under wet, windy conditions, rolling to a 15:40 victory. Other finishers were Mark Minervini (6th, 17:49), Will Parker (13th, 18:50), Karen Auteri (19th, 19:35), and Ingrid Garofalo (54th, 22:04).adidas Garden State Twilight Meet
Britt Howell wins her 100HH heat.Numerous athletes had great days at the adidas GS Twilight Meet. On the women's side, Racquel Vassell won the 100m (12.06) and was second in the 100 hurdles (13.61). Celina Emerson won a hot 400m in 54.19, while Courtney Schofield (18:12.20) won the 5k. Alyssa Douma (2:20.78) was the top club finisher in the 800, as she grabbed third ahead of Nicole Salge and Erin LaCosta (2:20.78). Alica Ross added a fifth place finish in the 200m (25.83).
Emerson wins the 400mIn the jumps, Jessie Gaines and Christina Epps used the meet as a tune-up for USAs in a few weeks. Gaines won the long jump in 6.33m, and Epps, currently ranked #3 in the USA, dominated the triple jump with a 13.25m performance. Jalilissa Marcus added a 6th in the long jump (5.10m), and Shene Davis snagged the silver in the triple (12.04m).
Gaines wins the long jumpBrittney Howell had a busy day, as the Penn State alum finished 4th in the 100 hurdles (14.30) and third in the long jump (5.83m).On the men's side, winners included Kyle Price in the 5,000m (14:58), Carlton Lavong in the triple (15.54m) and long jump (7.32m), and Yakibu Ibrahim (14.82) in the high hurdles.Other top finishers were Cyrus Wesley in the 200m (3rd, 21.89), Javier Montalvo in the 400 (3rd, 49.33), Dylan Lowry in the 800 (3rd, 1:52.45), Kevin D'Emic in the 1500 (3rd, 4:00.11), Tim Seeley in the 3,000m (2nd, 9:05.63), and Joe Caraciolo in the triple jump (2nd, 7.11m).Rochdi Wins StompIn his final two weeks of the spring racing season, Youssef Rochdi racked up the wins and prize money. One day after College Ave Mile, he won the Stomp the Monster 5k in 15:14. Teammate Josh Neyhart was a few steps behind in 15:17.Chelsea Callan had a great race, finishing 13th overall in 18:32, while teammate Christina Chafos inched closer toward cracking 20:00, as she ran 20:15. Nicole Salge slipped into the race selfie, above, simply because she worked the event. Womp womp.Callan, Mennitt, Neyhart Win Cash Moneyat Our House 5 MilerChelsea Callan won the Our House 5 Miler, and $250 of prize money, as she cruised in with a 32:34. This ranks as the 8th all-time performance in club history.Steve Mennitt finished second at the Our House 5 Miler, bringing in $200 and the second fastest time for that distance in club history with his 25:51. Josh Neyhart was fourth in 27:02, pocketing him $100.Leitz Duo Compete at Fenton 5kAya Leitz won the Matt Fenton Memorial 5k in 20:06, as husband Karl was just behind her in 20:11, good for 4th in his age group.Auteris 2nd in Father/DaughterAfter six straight years of winning the father-daughter division of the George Sheehan Classic, the Auteri reign has come to a sad end. Although they were dethroned as defending champions, they did finish second overall as Karen was 4th female (19:55) and Peter was second in his age group in 22:28.Trachsel Wins Yai 5kLocky Trachsel, the #2 runner on the STC masters team that finished 3rd in America last December, won the Yai 5k in NYC in 19:44.18.A Message from the PresidentIf you participate in a race, fast or slow, email us the results and pictures. We wanna know!2015 adidas GSTCSpring Racing ScheduleJune 28 Lager Run Masters Women2015 adidas aGSTCSpring Track ScheduleDONE!
It's time to pay your 2015 Team Dues.The club has many operating expenses that depend on membership dues.
Check your enclave Facebook pages for enclave group runs.The team has two under-the-lights track practices at Highland Park HS: Monday and Wednesday (5:30pm). We also train Saturday mornings at 10:00am at the same location. All are welcome....come do your workout!
Peter's Puzzler***NEW FORMAT***From now on, there is no need to email your answers to me. Each week, a new Puzzler will be presented along with a link to the solution. No more puzzler winners, no more delayed gratification.Answer to last week's Ken's Conundrum:Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word.Answer: EMPTY. Winner: Nicola HallenborgHonorable Mentions: AISLE, APPLEEditor's Note: That was more of a riddle than a puzzler. Ken, you're fired!The New Puzzler: This one's a classic.
You are given two ropes and a lighter. Each of the two ropes has the following property: if you light one end of the rope, it will take exactly one hour to burn to the other end. It doesn't necessarily burn at a uniform rate. How can you measure a period of 45 minutes?
See the solution here.
"An apple a day keeps me away from myself." -Dr. Mike Anis, RN
The spring racing season is over, so most flks will be taking 1-2 weeks off from running. By July 1, check your regional enclave FB pages for summer runs starting up!
Pictures of the Week
Mark Parisen, left, does a stride with the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, in the blue at the adidas Grand Prix.
After the meet, some club members pose with Mary Cain at the adidas Grand Prix.
Do you run 9-12 minute mile pace on your runs?
Come join the aGSTC Steady Striders! They have their own Facebook Group Page, coach, and group runs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will introduce you to our two co-captains, Amy and Erika.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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