Sunday, February 18, 2007

Annual Banquet

This is an incomplete post at this time, but it is some pictures from the banquet.
Onithea "Neni" Lewis received the Female Athlete of the Year Award for 2006. Lewis' specialties are shot put and weight throw and has many US and world championships to her credit.

The Bob Roggy Memorial Award as 2006 Female Field Athlete of the Year went to javelin thrower Sigita Juodvalykte.

Tim Brennan, coach of our National Team spoke about the team and the upcoming USATF Nationals. He also updated us on the exploits of this year's Johnny Hayes Memorial Award winner as Male Athlete of the Year, high jumper Tora Harris, and of the Bob Roggy Memorial Award as 2006's Male Field Athlete of the Year, Tuan Wreh.

Coach Jim Schlentz spoke about this year's High School Athletes of the Year, Craig Forys, who Jim coaches, and Danielle Tauro of Southern Regional.

Craig Forys said a few words as he accepted his award.

High jumper Andre Davis was recognized with a Rodney Craig Memorial Award as Male Youth Athlete of the Year (2006).

Our Female Youth Athlete of the Year (2006), miler Ajee Wilson, also received a Rodney Craig Memorial Award.

Mike Chirico and Christine Clifton of Shore Runner in Long Branch were recognized with a Friend of the Club Award for their support of Shore AC events during 2006. Christine Clifton also received the Mary Conroy Memorial Award as Female Distance Runner of the Year.

Liela Bernstein presents the Irwin Bernstein Masters Athlete of the Year Award to hurdler Phil Bujalski.

Dave DeMonico presented RRCA Volunteer Awards to Isabel Keeley and Donna Cetrulo.

Jeremy Pilkington received the Dr. George Sheehan Memorial Award as the 2006 Men's Distance Runner of the Year.

Shot putter and discus thrower Nicholas Price won the Rookie of the Year for 2006.

Lauren Rhatigan, pictured here with Shore AC president Walter MacGowan, was recognized for several reasons, among them her participation of the team of the Year, the Women's Masters Team, who won the National Masters Cross-Country title at Saratoga Springs, NY. The team consisted of Jill Evarts, Lauren Rhatigan, Christine Gaeta, Liz Ludwigson, and Chris Murphy. Rhatigan also won the Chris Malone Memorial Award as Master Female Distance Runner of the Year (2006). Lauren didn't wear her trademark red shorts to the banquet, but was quick to point out her dress contained red.

The Don Johnson Memorial Award as Masters Male Racewalker of the Year (2006) was given to Tom Quattrocchi.

Maria Paul captured the Don & Marie Henry Award as Female Racewalker of the Year (2006).

Rich Luettchau received the Matthew Stuper Memorial Award for Open Racewalker of the Year (2006).

John Soucheck, who did not attend, received the William H. Funkhouser Sr. Award as 2006 Male Racewalker of the Year

Phil Hinck jsrc/race director

Jim Segal was recognized as Most Improved Athlete.

Keith Davis

Elliott Denman Service Award For Distinguished Service to the Club (2006) went to Isabel O’Donovan-Keeley.

Dave Hoch (it's pronounced like hoke) received the Team Spirit Award.

Bob Bazley received a President’s Award (2006) for his many years of race directing, especially of the cross-country series.


Brian Hill

Phyllis Fyfe was recognized for her many years of service as Membership Secretary of the club.

Colin Beer was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his great running in the 1970's and 1980's, including several great performances in the New York and Jersey Shore Marathons.

Javelin great John Tullo was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Sandy Kalb was made an honorary lifetime trustee of Shore AC. He was a standout at Lakewood High School, ran for "Mr. Wisner" back in the 1950's, and has served NJ's track and field scene as an official for decades.

Dick Hill couldn't figure out why either half of his tickets weren't winning the silent auction.


Wisner Brothers Memorial Award
For Distinguished Service to the Sport of Track & Field
James Robbins

Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees
Irwin Bernstein
Frank Haviland
John Tullo
Gerard Langlois
Colin Beer

Chris Malone Memorial Award
Master Male Distance Runner of the Year (2006)
Mike Mooney

Irwin Bernstein Memorial Award
2006 Master Athlete of the Year (2006)
Phil Buljalski

Male College Athlete of the Year (2006)
Bobby Smith

Female College Athlete of the Year (2006)
Amanda Trotter

Female College Athlete of the Year (2006)
Katy Trotter

Male High School Athlete of the Year (2006)
Craig Forys

Female High School Athlete of the Year (2006)
Danielle Tauro

Tom & Phyllis Fyfe Award for Family of the Year (2006)
The O’Dowd Family

Team of the Year (2006)
Men’s Master Relay Team
Keith Davis, Bob Andrews, Rick Lapp,
Pat Dolan, Chris Harkins, Gerard Pearlberg

Humanitarian of the Year (2006)
Bob Both

Most Improved Athlete (2006)
Jim Segal

Team Spirit Award (2006)
Dave Hoch

Get Up & Go Award (2006)
Brian Hill

Coach of the Year (2006)
Walter MacGowan

Track & Field Athlete of the Year (2006)
Ray Davis

Friday, February 16, 2007

Millrose Masters Mens 4x400

100th Millrose Games, Friday February 2,2007. SAC was in a very competitve race and missed 4th place by a mere .02 seconds.
SAC Masters 3:44.45. The following as told by the Rick Lapp, the Senior on the team.
Leadoff was fun. Lots of bumbing hips and elbows, particularly with the 2nd Wind team member who I train with every Sunday. But that is all part of running the boards. Pat did his job well, getting us into the mix. It's amazing how his long legs can navigate the turns. Pat has amazing potential and gets faster every race. Keith continued to close. His stride lengthened and his strength was apparent. When his competitors began to fade, Keith appeared to get stronger. Bob showed poise and experience. He timed his race perfectly. He knew what he had to do and wasn't tempted to bust out too early. Bob ate up the yards and made his final move at just the right moment. Everyone thought he had nabbed 4th but the camera has the last word. It was close! Fun stuff. Lots of SAC support from Wendi, GP, JK, Friedman,and Elliott.
Rick Lapp 58.14
Pat Dolan 56.42
Keith Davis 53.61
Bob Andrews 56.28

(post written by John Kuhi)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

US 50km Racewalk Championships

On a near perfect Southern California day (January 28), Shore AC's John Soucheck walked to an 8th place US finish, 11th overall at the US 50km Racewalk. Held adjacent to Chula Vista's J Street Marina, site of the 2004 50km Racewalk Olympic Trials, the race selected US teams for the World Track and Field Championships, Pan Am Games, and the Pan Am Racewalk Cup. Soucheck began the race walking in a pack of 4 aiming for the 4:45:00 2008 US Olympic Trials qualifier. By the halfway mark, the pack was gone, one of the four already on the sidelines with the other two to join the first long before the finish. Soucheck was on pace through 34km before slowing to finish in 4:49:49. Norwegian Erik Tysse won in an Olympic and World Championship 'A' standard time of 3:57:35 followed closely by Ecuador's Javier Moreno. In his 50km debut, Kevin Eastler was third to take the US title in a 'B' standard 4:05:44.