Nominations for Upcoming Association Elections Are In Highland Park, NJ -April 28  - Please find listed below the nominations received as of April 14, 2000 for the positions up for election at the Wednesday, May 17th Quarterly Meeting of the New Jersey Association of USA Track & Field, Inc..  The meeting will be held in Tillett Hall, Room 209, on the Livingston Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ at 7:45pm.

PRESIDENT:              Madeline Bost, Morris County Striders

VICE PRESIDENT:    Andrew Boyajian, North Jersey Masters
                                    Wayne Levitt, Unattached

SECRETARY:             William Pollinger, New Jersey Striders

TREASURER:              Joe Croghan, Unattached

AT-LARGE:                  Maurice Bell, Long Branch TC
                                      John Lanza, North Jersey Masters
                                      Kathleen Metz, Runners Pace
                                      William Pollinger, New Jersey Striders

COLLEGE COACH:     Robert Anthes, Rutgers University

ATHLETE:                      Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Sneaker Factory

As per the Association By-Laws, Article 16-H, "Additional nominees may be made by petition of five (5) voting delegates."  Petition nominees must be received by Friday, May 5th.  Petition nominations must be typed and may be sent either by fax; 732-296-0040, or mailed to: P.O. Box 10120, New Brunswick, NJ 08906-0120.

Write-in candidacies may be made at the Quarterly Meeting.  Petition nominees will be reflected on the ballot, write-in's will be as such.

All member clubs, athletes and officials are strongly encouraged to come and participate in these important elections.  Clubs receive votes as per their year-end 1999 member totals.  New Clubs (joining in 2000) receive one (1) vote.  All unattached athletes in attendance receive three (3) votes collectively.  Additionally, the Officials Committee receives three (3) votes collectively.

The following clubs/organizations have 3 Votes: Central Jersey RR Club, Jaguar TC, Lakeland TC, Morris County Striders, New Jersey Striders, North Jersey Masters TC, Raritan Valley RR, Shore AC,  Sneaker Factory, Wall TC,

The following clubs/organizations have 2 Votes: Abbington TC, East Orange TC, Fleet Feet Reebok Racing Team, Garden State AC, Jersey Shore Running Club, Long Branch TC, Monroe Recreation TC, Runners Pace, Sport Newark Benefica, Supersonics TC, TNT TC, Transy East TC, Willis AC,


Schick Named New Managing Director of USATF-NJ Highland Park, NJ - April 26, 2000 - USATF-NJ has completed the search for a managing director to replace Andy Martin, who has accepted a position at the national office of USATF, it was announced today by President Madeline Bost.

Julia E. Schick has been selected to fill the position.  Ms. Schick received her Bachelor degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1998.  She will receive her Masters of Education, Sports and Recreation Administration, from Temple University in Philadelphia in May of this year.

 Ms. Schick is presently serving as an athletic marketing intern at the University of Delaware.  She is also the associate head cross country and track coach at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.  Ms. Schick was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams while attending Rutgers and was a Big East Scholar Athlete from 1996 to 1998.

 She will be starting in her new position on May 1, 2000.

USATF Welcomes Martin to Indy! Indianaoplis, IN - April 13, 2000 - In order to better serve its membership and local associations, USA Track & Field is pleased to announce the hiring of Andy Martin as the organization's new Associations and Member Services Manager. As the former Managing Director of USATF's New Jersey Association, Martin brings a wealth of experience in the membership area.

During his two-year term with the New Jersey Association, Martin was responsible for the daily staff and office operations of the 7,200-member non-profit organization. In addition, he also maintained the association's web site, secured and maintained corporate sponsorships and handled the promotion and marketing of membership. Along with serving as Editor/Publisher for the organization's 32 page quarterly magazine, Martin also worked with the association's budget and finance committee to develop the annual budget. He will begin his duties in USATF's Grass Roots Department on May 1.
Update on Membership Cards Highland Park - March 24, 2000 -    We have received many calls to the office inquiring about the poor quality of the new membership cards and in many cases the "where-abouts" of the new membership cards.   Here is an update as what has happened and what to expect in the coming weeks.
     By now, all members should have received a "temporary" membership card.  On that "temporary" card is your 2000 Membership Number.    That is your USATF Membership # for 2000 and the number that will appear on the laminated card you will be receiving in the next couple of weeks.  You should use that number to enter all upcoming USATF events.
     WHY the poor print quality or non-receipt of the cards?  The National Office, which is issuing the laminated cards, did run into some technical problems with the new membership cards.  The first batch of cards that went out had an oily film that affected the quality of the printing on the cards.  Because of this they had to find a new card vendor and order a whole new batch of membership cards.
     The National Office has stated that they will be sending new cards to all members in the next couple of weeks. This includes those who may have previously received cards.

2001-2 Junior Nationals Awarded to Richmond, VA INDIANAPOLIS, March 22, 2000 -- Richmond, Va., will be the site of the 2001 and 2002 USA Junior National Championships, USA Track & Field announced Wednesday. The Richmond Sports Backers, the Richmond Track and Field Club and Virginia Commonwealth University will join forces to host the events. The meet will be held on VCU's Richard A. Hollander Track at Sports Backers Stadium.

This is the second time that Richmond has been awarded the USATF Junior Championships. Richmond was the original site for the 1999 and 2000 events, but due to delays in the construction of Sports Backers Stadium, the events were moved to the University of North Texas in Denton.

Known nationally for his contributions to track and field, the late Richard A. Hollander, for whom the track at Sports Backers Stadium is named, served in the late 70's as one of the organizers of The Athletics Congress (now USA Track & Field). Hollander, who also served as general counsel for TAC/USATF, was a naval officer during World War II and was later named a co-captain of the University of North Carolina track squad. In addition, Hollander, who died in 1999, also founded the Richmond Track Club.

The annual USA Junior Championships are open to athletes 14-years-of-age or older who will not turn 20 during a respective calendar year. The event annually attracts more than 700 of the nation's finest athletes among the ranks of high schoolers and collegiate freshmen. In past years, the Junior Nationals have featured such all-time greats as Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Marion Jones.

In addition to the opportunity to win national honors at the USATF Championships in Richmond, athletes competing in 2001 will attempt to earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the Pan American Junior Championships later that summer at a site yet to be determined. Athletes competing at the 2002 Junior Nationals will try to make the U.S. team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

from Madeline Bost, President of USATF-NJ Highland Park - March 17, 2000 - Our current managing director, Andy Martin, who has been with the association since September of 1998, will be taking a new position with the national office of USATF in May.
    This is an important step for Andy, whose abilities were obviously recognized by the national staff.   He will head up a new department that will be the liaison with the associations nationwide and be responsible for marketing membership on a national level.
In that position Andy will be an asset to the New Jersey association as well as all associations in the country.  Having overseen the best and most balanced of all the associations, he will be able to provide guidance that will help raise the level of those associations.
    The national offices’ gain is our loss and we are now looking for a replacement for Andy.  The Board of Trustees has established a search committee to seek out candidates for the job. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in the position, they should read the Job Opening with USATF-NJ. The deadline for resumes is April 7th.

Madeline Bost
President, USATF-NJ

USATF-NJ 10,000m Championship to be held at Montclair State University Invitational Highland Park, NJ  (March 3, 2000) –  The USATF-NJ Open Track & Field Championships will be held on June 10-11th at Rutgers University – EXCEPT for the 10,000m which will take place at the March 25th Montclair State University Invitational in Montclair.    For more information contact Bennie Benson at 973-655-4468 or

Association Elections to be held May 17th Highland Park, NJ  (Feb. 24, 2000) - At the May 17th General Membership Quarterly Meeting of USATF New Jersey (Tillett Hall, Livingston Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway) there will be elections for three of the nine Board of Trustee positions and all Officers Positions.

The following Board of Trustee positions will up for election (incumbent is listed if they have indicated that they will seek re-election:.
At-Large – Un-nominated position formally held by Madeline Bost who has served the maximum of two consecutive terms.
Athlete– Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick
College Coach –Roberta Anthes
Trustees serve a three (3) year term with no more than two consecutive terms served.

The following Officers positions are up for election (incumbent is listed if they have indicated that they will seek re-election):
President – Madeline Bost
Vice President – Wayne Levitt
Secretary – William Pollinger
Treasurer – Kathleen Metz

Nominations for all of these positions must be received by Friday, April 14, 2000.  Nominations should be sent in writing to the USATF-NJ office at P.O. Box 10120, New Brunswick, NJ 08906.  Please include a) the name of the person being nominated, b) the position c) the club affiliation of the nominee, and d) the nominators name. For further information on the nomination process, please call the USATF-NJ office at (732) 296-0006.

 USATF names Jill M. Geer as Director of Communications Indianapolis, IN— (Feb. 22, 2000) — Craig A. Masback, CEO of USA Track & Field, today announced that USATF has hired Jill M. Geer to be its director of communications effective March 1. Geer, a former track and field athlete and an award-winning sports writer, boasts extensive experience in print journalism, television and media relations. “We are very pleased to have Jill come on board,” Masback said. “We will rely on her expertise to successfully develop a comprehensive communication program that includes conducting the outdoor Golden Spike Tour as well as the Olympic Trials later this year. We’ve worked with Jill in the past and are confident that she has the skills to position track and field in the forefront of America’s sports consciousness.”

Geer, 29, comes to USATF from Knight Ridder/Tribune’s national news wire in Washington, D.C., where she worked since 1998 as an editor and sports columnist. She was part of the NBC production team at the 1996 Olympic Trials and Atlanta Games as well as the 1999 World Championships in Seville. In 1997 she worked for USATF at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Athens, serving as a liaison between U.S. athletes and the media to increase the visibility of U.S. athletes with print, radio and television outlets.

“I am excited by the challenge of raising the profile of track and field in the United States,” Geer said. “The Olympics always provide an opportunity to showcase our sport, and with the 2001 World Championships being held in Canada next year, I look forward to helping raise U.S. awareness to very high levels. We will work to continue the trend toward increased major network television coverage that USATF has experienced in the recent past while greatly increasing USATF’s presence on the Internet and in local media.”

A Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas, Geer has a master’s degree in U.S. social and intellectual history. She is a former Wisconsin high school state cross country champion and a participant in the NCAA championships. Geer’s additional experience includes writing for a daily newspaper, a national magazine, and a national news wire and Web site. Her articles have appeared in Running Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Star, the Orlando Sentinel and on line at, among other outlets.

D'Elia Sets Indoor World Record in 800m and American Record in 1,500m Hackensack, NJ - February 21 - On Sunday, February 13th at the USATF-NJ Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, Toshiko D'Elia of Ridgewood set a new age 70 World & Amercan Record  in the 800m with a time of 3:28.75.  The old record was 3:36.58 by Sumiye Onodera of California in 1999.
    Earlier in the day she set a new American Record in the 1,500 with a time of 6:51.24.  The old record was 7:17.7 set by Louise Adams of Colorado in 1993.  The world record is 6:50.6 by Jose Waller from Great Britian in 1993.

Le Bourne Sets World Record Boston, MA - February 15 - Anselm Lebourne, of  Maplewood, ran 1:54.63 to set a world masters record for 800 meters at Boston University last Saturday. The previous WR was set by fellow TUTC member William Wuyke a year ago in 1:54.96. Lebourne was the world masters champion last summer at 800 and 1500 meters.

Vanasse and D'Ariano Qaulify for Indoor Nationals Boston, MA - January 29, 2000  -  Kelly Vanasse of Far Hills and Jodie D'Ariano (formally Bilotta) of Flemington, traveled to the Terrier Classic in Boston Massacusetts on January 29, 2000 to compete in the 3000 meters. Their goal was to beat the Indoor national qualification of 9:30 to be able to compete in the USATF Indoor Nationals in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on March 3-4th. Both athletes had great performances. Kelly and Jodie were in the second heat of the 3000 meters, with both runners in the front of the pack for most of the race. With only a few laps remaining Kelly Groteke Vanasse made a move to pass the leader and won the heat in 9:21.79, while Jodie finished strong in 9:26.11. The two Asics Club East runners placed 8th and 14th overall in a highlycompetitive field.
     The two runners, who are both coached by Asics Club East coach Jim Schlentz, have been improving steadily this season and look for good things at the Indoor Championships. Kelly and Jodie are both managing a full time career and a successful running comeback. Kelly runs her own PR firm, Kelly Communications, out of her Far Hills home and Jodie works for Peirce Equipment Company Inc. in Whitehouse.   Jodie, who was a local standout at North Hunterdon High School, and Kelly, who had a successful colligiate career at Yale University, have  both overcome injuries and illnesses to reach this new stepping stone. Kelly and Jodie hope to continue their improvement at the Indoor Nationals and on into the outdoor season culminating with a qualifying time for  the USATF Outdoor National Championships which this year is the Olympic Trials in July in Sacremento,California.

USATF-NJ will honor its Finest at the Eighth Annual Awards Banquet
Athlete(s) of the Year are Announced Highland Park - January 12, 2000 - The New Jersey Association of USA Track & Field will host its eighth annual awards on Friday, January 21st at the Marriott Hotel in Somerset.  The event which brings together athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials from throughout the state will be the stage for the Association to reflect on a banner year and honor its finest.

Tickets to the Awards Banquet are $45.00 and they must be pre-purchased on or before Wednesday, January 19th.  Registration Form

Each of the sport committees (Youth Athletics, Masters Track & Field, Open Track & Field, Long Distance Running and Race Walking) which make up the association voted for their Athlete(s) of the Year.  Below are the 1999 Athlete(s) of the Year for each of the sport committees:

Youth Athletes of the Year
14yrs & under
(Girls)     SHANNON GILLESPIE, Middletown
(Boys)    DORIEN BRYANT,  Paulsboro

(Girls)      SAMANTHA POLLINGER of Mahwah
(Boys)     GLENN DIGIORGIO of Bayonne

Masters/Submasters Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Male:        ANSELM LE BOURN, Maplewood
Female:     SHERRY BROSNAHAN, Bridgewater

Race Walking Athlete of the Year
Male:         John Soucheck of Little Silver
Female:     Sherry Brosnahan of Bridgewater

Abel Kiviat Award – (presented to the top national/international athlete in the discipline of Track & Field)

Dr. George Sheenan Award – (presented to the top national/international athlete in the discipline of Long Distance Running)

Awards, which are not pre-announced, are as follows:
- The Goodspeed Award - which is given to the administrator who has served the Association in an extraordinary fashion and given invaluable input to the success and growth of the Association and its programs.
- President's Awards - given to an Association member, official, administrator or volunteer who has aided the Association in its commitment to improve its services to or events staged for its members.


During the course of the year USATF-NJ conducts year long Grand Prix Series in the following disciplines: Long Distance Running, Open Track & Field and Masters Track & Field.   Winners from these grand prix will also be recognized at the awards banquet.  The winners are as follows:

Midland Run New Jersey LDR Grand Prix Champions
      Open Women                                                                             Open Men
1st Place -  LAURIE CORBIN, Morristown                               CARLOS MARTINS, Kearny
2nd Place  JANICE MORRA, Nyack, NY                                 BRIAN HARRIS, Annandale
3rd Place  KIM KEENAN-KIRKPATRICK, Pittstown             ELLIOTT FRIEDER, Bloomfield
4th Place  JENNIFER STACHULA, E. Brunswick                     GARY ROSENBERG, Boonton
5th Place   ILONA BELL, Edison                                               JOHN GOUVEIA, Kearny

            Masters Female                                             Masters Male
40-44     JANICE MORRA, Nyack, NY                     AMILCAR DUARTE, Newark
45-49     JANE PARKS, Morristown                           STEVE KOHORST, Mine Hill
50-54     BETTY SHONTS, Morristown                      ROGER PRICE, Piscataway
55-59     PATRCIA O'HANLON, Jersey City              PAT COSGROVE, Elizabeth
60-64     SHEILA HERMAN, Wayne                          HENRY PONTIOUS, Flanders
65-59     TOSHIKO  DELIA, Ridgewood                    MARK LANNIGAN, Clifton
70-74     JANINE MALTAS, Clifton                            ANGEL APONTE, Jersey City
75-79                                                                            LESTER RIDINGS, Cedar Grove
80-84                                                                            DUDLEY HEALY, Chatham

Open Track & Field -  Overall Grand Prix Champions
Men - SCOTT TETZLAFF, Toms River
Women - SHEMAYNE WILLIAMS, Ridgefield Park

Open Track & Field Grand Prix - Divisional Winners
(Male)  CAMERON GARNDER, Morris Plains
(Female) SHEMAYNE WILLIAMS, Ridgefield Park
(Male)  (Tie) JASON RHODES, Princeton;  & JOHN SOUCHECK, Little Silver
(Female) CAROL HOWE, Summit
(Male)  ANTHONY WILLIAMS, Plainfield
(Male)  SCOTT TETZLAFF, Toms River
(Female) COREY GUTOWSKI, Whitehouse Station

Masters/Submasters Track & Field Grand Prix - Divisional Winners
(30-39)  ROHAN ELLESTON, Piscataway
              SHEMAYNE WILLIAMS, Ridgefield Park
(40-49)  CHARLES LAMPERT, Tenafly
              PAULA DICKSON-TAYLOR, W. Orange
(50-59)  DAVID ROSENTHAL, Bayonne
              NORMA JONES, Newark
(60-69)  ALEX JOHNSON, Cranbury
              PHYILLIS BRADLEY, Newark
(70-79)  TOM DELANY, Maple Shade
(80-89)  AUSTIN NEWMAN, Chatham
(90-99)  MANFRED D’ELIA, Ridgewood

(30-39)  ROHAN ELLESTON, Piscataway
(40-49)  TONY PLASTER, S. Bound Brook
              SHERRY BROSHNAHAN, Bridgewater
(50-59)  DAVE GERRIDGE, Chatham
              DONNA CETRULO, Long Branch
(60-69)  FRANK HAVILAND, Wall
(70-79)  JOHN NERVETTI, Oak Ridge
(80-84)  DUDLEY HEALY, Chatham

(30-39)  DUNCAN LITTLEFIELD, Englishtown
(40-49)  MARK JOHNSON, Warren
(50-59)  DAVID ROSENTHAL, Bayonne
(60-69)  JONAS COWLES, Linden
(70-79)  TOM DELANY, Maple Shade

(30-39)  HERB RODRIQUEZ, Skillman
(40-49)  TONY CICCONE, New Milford
(50-59)  DENNIS CHANDLER, Denville
(60-69) JONAS COWLES, Linden
70-79)  CHARLES COVINO, Far Hills

January 13th Youth Athletics Committee Meeting has Rescheduled for January 27th Highland Park, NJ - January 11, 2000 - The January 13th meeting of the Youth Athletics Committee has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 27th.  The meeting will be held in Tillett Hall (Room TBA), Livingston Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway.  If you need directions please call the USATF-NJ office at 732-296-0006 and we will be glad to fax them to you.  Be sure to visit our USATF-NJ Meetings Page.

New Title Sponsor for New Jersey  LDR Grand Prix Highland Park, NJ - December 22, 1999  -New Balance - North Jersey, a running specialty store located in Hasbrouck Heights will be the title sponsor for the 2000 New Jersey LDR Grand Prix.  The official name of the Grand Prix will be the New Balance-New Jersey Grand Pix.

    The New Balance-New Jersey Grand Pix, which encompasses 120 road races throughout the state, is the largest participatory LDR grand prix in the country.
“New Balance - North Jersey is committed to providing grass-route opportunities to the runners of New Jersey” states Larry Gershberg of New Balance-North Jersey.  “USATF-NJ is doing a wonderful job in this area and we want to support this very popular program.   We feel that teaming up with USATF-NJ is a perfect fit for our company.”

    “USATF-NJ is very fortunate to have a company such as New Balance North Jersey involved with our LDR Grand Prix, states Andy Martin, Managing Director of USATF-NJ.  They are very creative in terms of their marketing and I am assured that this will benefit our members and their running endeavors.”

    The Midland Run which has been the title sponsor of the LDR Grand Prix for the past six years will stay on as a secondary sponsor.  The 15km race will continue to be a 800 point Grand Prix race.

    New for 2000 will be the addition of the year end USATF-NJ 10 Mile Championship being a wild card point race with athletes being able to declare that race as a 500, 700 or 800 point NBNJGP race.  Athletes will only be able to use one of the 800 point races towards their year-end grand prix score.

Ed Koch, Larry Ellis and USATF New Jersey Honored with National Awards Los Angeles, CA - December 5, 1999 - National honors were recently bestowed upon a current member and a late member of USATF New Jersey as well as upon the Association itself.  At various awards ceremonies, during the course of the recently completed USATF National Meeting in Los Angeles, Ed Koch, Larry Ellis and USATF New Jersey were presented with awards of recognition for their outstanding commitment to the sport of track & field

    Ed Koch was presented with the Robert Giegengack Award.  The award  named after the late Yale coach is awarded annually to one individual deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of track & field.  Koch has served the sport of track & field in a multitude of capacities.  At the association level he has served as both Secretary (1984-1986 and 1990-1996) and President (1986-1990) for New Jersey. He was played a pivitol role in opening the association office and hiring Jim Siedliski in 1990.  At the national level, Koch has been the Law & Legislation Chair for 10 years, served on the Board of Directors an been an at-large member of the Associations Committee.  He was the backbone of the recent organizational restructuring that USATF as undergone.
    In his acceptance speech Koch thanked his family, his Law & Legislation Committee members and friends in the New Jersey Association with special notice of the late  Joe & Mary Goodspeed.  Koch went onto say " During my competive career at the University or Penn and than later in my roles with USATF I have been fortunate to be exposed to three great coaches all of whom came from the IVY Leage: Bob Giegengack (at Yale) , Jim Tuppeny (my own coach at Penn and former Penn Relays Director), and Larry Ellis . The common thread among these three coaches was that they cared about all of the sport not just part of it. As one example,  that while Larry was busy as an Olympic coach, he still found time to serve as a trustee of the NJ Association. I urge everybody to follow their example and seek to build the whole sport: elite and grassroots, and all the disciplines because if any one discipline struggles, the whole sport suffers. If in some small way I could carry on the legacy of these three great men, I will be grateful."

    At the Jesse Owens Award Banquet, the late Larry Ellis was officially inducted into the USATF Hall of Fame.  Ellis' son Larry Ellis Jr., made the acceptance speech.  On Saturday afternoon, Ellis was also inducted into the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  Ellis' widow, Shirely, made the acceptance speech at this ceremony. In her acceptance speech she read a letter written by her grandson in which he thanked his grandfather for being a great role model, a great person and a great grandfather.

    The New Jersey Association was presented with the Association Award.  This annual award is presented to the Association which best shows its dedication to providing outstanding member services and programs.  Allan Roth, Chairperson of the Associations Committee, presented the award.  During his award presentation Roth complimented New Jersey for providing $2.00 discounts at over 120 road races for members of USATF, providing championship events and grand prix circuits for athletes of all ages and all sports,  for having a staffed office and an outstanding web site.  Madeline Bost, president of the association, accepted the award.  In her acceptance speech she thanked the past Presidents of the Association and Jim Siedliski (former Executive Director of the Association) for having the vision and direction to "make the association, the association it is today." She also thanked the Andy Martin, Glenn Legacki as well as past and present Sport Committee Chairs and the Official Committee for the success of the association.

2000 NJ Winter XC Meet Highland Park, NJ - December 5, 1999 USATF-NJ will again host the NJ Winter XC Meet on Sunday, January 30, 2000 at Deer Path Park.  There will be a Men's 8km race and a Women's 6km race.  The New Jersey Winter XC Meet serves three purposes 1) to give the elite athletes from around the country an opportunity to prepare for the Winter Nationals in North Carlonia on Feb. 12 & 13; 2) to give athletes of all abilities, who simply love cross country, another chance to run over hill and dale and 3) to give the cross country enthusiast the opportunity to watch some great competition.Last year winners were Lynn Jennings of New Hampshire and Terrance Mahon of Pennsylvania.  Event application and information.

1999 Athlete of the Year Nominations Highland Park, NJ - November 29, 1999 --The Youth Athletics and Masters Track & Field Committees are currently accepting nominations for their athlete of the Year Awards.  Here are the details:

The Masters Track & Field Committee selects a Male Athlete of the Year and a Female Athlete of the Year.   Requirements for the awards are 1) the athletes have to be 30 years or older and 2) competed in at least the Indoor or Outdoor USATF-NJ Masters/SubMasters Championship. Masters/Submasters Athlete of the Year Nomination Forms Available Here.

The Youth Athletics Committee honors four athletes – 1) 14yrs & Under Boys; 2) 14yrs & Under Girls; 3) 15-18 yrs Boy; 4) 15-18yrs Girls.  Competition in the USATF Jr. Olympic Program (either XC or T&F) is required for nomination. Youth Athlete of the Year Nomination Forms Available Here.

The deadline for nominations are Dec. 31 for the Youth Awards and Jan. 4 for the Masters Awards.

New Balance-NJ Running Clinic to include Paul Tergat and other World Class Athletes
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ -  Oct. 20, 1999 -- A running clinic will be held at the New Balance Store in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ on Saturday, October 30th.  The store address is 459 Route 17 South in the Shop Rite center.

The running clinic will feature appearances by elite runner Paul Tergat of Kenya.  Tergat is the former world record holder in the 10,000 meters with a time of 26:27.  He is also a five time winner of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and has a half-marathon best of 59:17.  He will be at the store to talk about his running accomplishments and answer questions.

Along with Tergat will be Peter Rono, the 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 1,500 meters and Khalid Khannouchi, a Brooklyn based runner with a marathon PR of 2:07, and winner of the 1997 Chicago Marathon and three time winner of the Atlanta Peachtree 10K Road Race.

Other running specialists, coaches and health and fitness experts will include: Pete Squires, three time winner of the Yonkers Marathon and current track coach of Fairleigh Dickinson University and sports and fitness writer Gail Kislevitz, author of First Marathons.

The New Balance Store  in Hasbrouck Heights offers a complete line of sports shoes, including hiking, walking, tennis and Birkenstocks.  There is an in-house podiatrist available in weekends and the store is staffed with trained shoe-fitters.  They also carry a full line of New Balance apparel and accessories.

For more information, call the New Balance Store at (201) 727-0745 or visit the website at A Perfect Dealer.


Indianapolis,IN  Oct. 12, 1999 -- Four track and field notables -- all associated with past U.S. Olympic teams -- have been elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

Selected in recent balloting were former world records holders Willie Banks of Carlsbad, Calif., Charles Moore of Washington, D.C., marathon great Bill Rodgers of Sherborn, Mass., and the late Larry Ellis, a former president of USA Track & Field who was also the 1984 Olympic men's head coach.

That brings to 180 the number of inductees into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, located in the RCA Dome in downtown Indianapolis.

The 21st annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies , presented by The Document Company - Xerox, will take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 2, during USA Track & Field's Annual Meeting at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Eligible voters included Track and Field Writers of America members, Hall of Fame members, USATF Association presidents, members of USATF standing sports committees and members of USATF's Athletes Advisory Committee.

Banks, 43, was one of the world's greatest triple jumpers during the 1980s and set the world record in 1985. He was a member of three Olympic teams and represented the U.S. internationally 18 times.

Ellis was head coach at Princeton University for 22 years and was regarded as one of the top inspirational coaches in the profession. Besides coaching in the Olympics, Ellis also was the 1998 USA World Cup coach.

Moore, 70, recently retired as athletic director at his alma mater, Cornell University. During his competitive days, Moore set a world record in the 400 meters hurdles and never lost a race at that distance. He was the 1952 Olympic champion and also won a silver medal in the 4 x 400 relay.

Rodgers, 51, was a member of the 1976 Olympic Team, but is best remembered as a former American record holder and a four-time winner of both the prestigious Boston and New York City Marathons.

"The Hall of Fame is truly enriched with the addition of the Class of 1999," said USATF President Patricia Rico. "The blend of an Olympic great such as Charlie Moore with the recent stars such as Willie Banks and Bill Rodgers along with the inspirational leadership of Larry Ellis further adds to the distinction of the Hall. Once again, I thank Xerox for their contributions to this ceremony."

"This induction ceremony will have special meaning for me," said USATF CEO Craig Masback. "Larry Ellis was an inspiration to me as my college coach and Willie Banks and Bill Rodgers were my contemporaries. Charlie Moore remains one of our legendary performers. As always, we are most appreciative to Xerox for their sponsorship of this prestigious ceremony."

"We are happy to take a leading role in recognizing the history of this great sport," said Xerox Manager of Olympic Marketing Terry W. Dillman. "Our congratulations go to Willie, Larry, Charlie and Bill for attaining this exceptional honor."

Biographies for each of the Hall of Famers follow:

WILLIE BANKS: Born March 11, 1956, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. One of the greatest triple jumpers ever produced by the United States, Willie Banks had his best moment on June 16, 1985 when he set a world record of 58-11.5 at the national championships in Indianapolis, Ind. That was merely the culmination of a career that started in Oceanside, Calif. After graduating from high school, Banks attended UCLA and was twice runnerup in the NCAA Championships. It was after college that he achieved his greatest success, setting his first American record in 1981 and increasing that record six more times before he was through. Banks represented the U.S. in 18 international competitions and was a member of the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams. He also was on the 1983 and 1987 U.S. World Championship teams. In 1985, Banks was the Track & Field News and U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year. Banks also served USA Track & Field as chair of the Athletes' Advisory Committee in addition to serving as an organization vice president.

LARRY ELLIS: Born Sept. 29, 1929, Englewood, N.J. Died Nov. 4, 1998, Skillman, N.J. An inspirational coach for 13 years at Jamaica (N.Y.) High School, Ellis moved to Princeton University in 1970 where he was head coach for 22 years. Among the star athletes he coached were Bob Beamon, former world record holder in the long jump, and USATF Chief Executive Officer Craig Masback. Under his tutelage, Princeton won 11 Heptagonal team titles in track plus another eight in cross country. Ellis was also men's head coach of the 1984 Olympic team and most recently the 1998 World Cup team. He served USATF in many capacities and was the organization's president from 1992 to 1996. An outstanding middle distance runner at New York University, he was third in the 1951 NCAA 880 yard run and in 1950 he won the Canadian indoor 1,000-yards title.

CHARLES MOORE: Born Aug. 12, 1929, Coatesville, Pa. One of the greatest 400 hurdlers of all-time, Charles Moore never lost a 400 hurdles race and was an innovator of the event. Formerly the athletic director at Cornell University, Moore was one of Cornell's greatest athletes. Unbeaten as a 400-meter hurdler and the 1952 Olympic champion, Moore broke the mold of 400-meter hurdlers forever. Before Moore came along, 15 strides between hurdles was the accepted practice. However, Moore applied a principle of engineering and decided 13 strides between hurdles would offer more fluidity and power. Applying that principle to his hurdling, Moore broke the intermediate hurdles world record three times and won two Olympic medals in 1952, also getting a silver on the 4 x 400 relay team. A versatile runner, Moore won four-straight national intermediate hurdles titles, the 1949 NCAA 440 flat race and the national 600-yard indoor title in 1952. In 1951, he was the NCAA 220-yard hurdles champion. Active in amateur athletics, Moore is currently a private sector member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors. Moore also was selected as a member of the 100 Golden Olympians, a program sponsored by The Document Company - Xerox and the U.S. Olympic Committee to honor 100 of America's greatest living gold-medal Olympians at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

BILL RODGERS: Born Dec. 23, 1947, Hartford, Conn. A winner of both the Boston (four times) and the New York City marathons (also four times), Bill Rodgers was one of the prime movers in the American distance running boom of the 1970s. He took up distance running on a serious note at Wesleyan University but stopped in 1970. After seeing Frank Shorter win the 1972 Olympic marathon, Rodgers came out of retirement and blossomed in 1975 when he finished third in the World Cross Country Championships. A month later, Rodgers won the Boston Marathon. A year later, he ran in the 1976 Olympic marathon but a cramp dropped him to 40th place. He dominated U.S. distance running for the rest of the decade and won four national distance titles besides setting a pair of American marathon records. His personal best of 2:09:28 while winning the 1979 Boston Marathon is still fifth on the U.S. all-time list. Rodgers continues to run as a masters athlete and entered the sporting goods business.

INDIANAPOLIS, October 7, 1999 – USA Track & Field today announced the schedule and qualifying standards for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Track & Field, July 14-23 in Sacramento, California. USATF will host the event in conjunction with the local organizing committee, Sacramento 2000. The trials will take place at Hornet Stadium on the California State University, Sacramento campus.

America’s finest athletes including Michael Johnson, Marion Jones, Maurice Greene, Inger Miller, Dan O’Brien, Bob Kennedy, John Godina, Gail Devers, C.J. Hunter, Regina Jacobs, Allen Johnson, Stacy Dragila, Charles Austin, Suzy Hamilton, Anthony Washington and many more will be on hand competing for spots on the U.S. roster for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, September 22-October 1. The top three finishers who have met the Olympic qualifying standards for the 20 men’s and 19 women’s events will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

The 2000 Olympic Trials schedule is spread over 10 days with Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18, serving as off days. NBC will provide eight hours of live network television coverage on the four weekend days.

“We’ve worked to create the best schedule both for a live event and a national television audience,” said USATF CEO Craig Masback. “It took a great deal of cooperation from many people and we’re very pleased with the result.”

The number of qualifying rounds have been reduced from previous Olympic Trials, minimizing the wear and tear on athletes preparing to compete in Sydney. In addition, weekday competition will be held during the twilight and early evenings in order to avoid the hottest times of the day. “We’ve sought input from athletes and coaches to put events in the most attractive time periods with regard to the weather,” Masback said. “We also don’t want the athletes running unnecessary rounds that could lead to injuries prior to the Olympic Games.”

USATF President Patricia Rico also expressed her satisfaction with the finalized schedule. “All of us at USA Track & Field are very pleased with the event schedule for the 2000 Olympic Trials in Sacramento. We feel this schedule will enable our great athletes to perform at their highest level as they compete for spots on the U.S. roster for Sydney.”

Athletes gain entry into the trials by meeting or exceeding performance standards that have been established for each event. The qualifying standards for the Olympic Trials are attached to this release. In addition, a more demanding set of standards exists that will qualify athletes for funding. All qualifying performances must be achieved during competitions organized or sanctioned by USA Track & Field, the International Amateur Athletic Federation, or any of its IAAF Member Federations.

Additional Olympic Trials events in 2000 include the U.S. Men’s Olympic 50 Kilometer Race Walk Trials in Sacramento on February 13, the U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Columbia, S.C., on February 26, and the U.S. Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Pittsburgh, Pa., on May 7.

For ticket information for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials -- Track & Field, call toll free (877) 873-9690, and in Sacramento call (916) 264-6700. In addition, the ticket form for the 2000 Olympic Trials appears on the local organizing committee’s website at

The schedule and qualifying standards for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials follow:

2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track and Field 
Hornet Stadium, California State University, Sacramento
Qualifying standards for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Track and Field 
Qualifying Period -- January 1, 1999 through July 9, 2000. 

Event                   Entry Standard          Funded
100m                    10.23                   10.07
200m                    20.52                   20.27
400m                    45.70                   44.95
800m                    1:47.60                 1:45.80
1500m                   3:40.50 (3:58.14 mile)  3:38.00
3000 steeple            8:42.00                 8:30.00
5000m                   13:47.00                13:32.00
10,000m                 28:50.0                 28:12.00
110 hurdles             13.65                   13.33
400 hurdles             50.20                   48.80
20km racewalk           1:33:00                 1:26:00
*50km racewalk          4:45:00                 4:15:00
High jump               2.25m/7-4.5             2.29/7-6
Pole vault              5.60m/18-4.5            5.75m/18-10.5
Long jump               7.86m/25-9.5            8.10m/26-7
Triple jump             16.28m/53-5             16.66m/54-8
Shot put                18.95m/62-2.25          20.00m/65-7.5
Discus throw            59.74m/196-0            63.70m/209-0
Hammer throw            65.54m/215-0            71.00m/232-11
Javelin throw           69.50m/228-0            75.80m/248-8
Decathlon               7900 points             8000 points

*The men's 50-kilometer walk will be held Feb. 13 at CSUS.

Event                   Qualifying Standard     Funded
100m                    11.40                   11.15
200m                    23.28                   22.80
400m                    52.45                   51.35
800m                    2:05.00                 2:00.90
1500m                   4:18.50 (4:38.50 mile)  4:10.25
5000m                   16:05.00                15:31.00
10,000m                 33:20.00                32:50.00
100 hurdles             13.25                   12.85
400 hurdles             57.80                   55.90
20km racewalk           1:48:00                 1:37:30
High jump               1.84m/6-0.5             1.90m/6-2.75
Pole vault              3.97m/13-0.25           4.10m/13-5.25
Long jump               6.38m/20-11.25          6.54m/21-5.5
Triple jump             13.11m/43-0.25          13.62m/44-8.25
Shot put                16.07m/52-8.75          17.50m/57-5
Discus throw            53.50m/175-6            60.50m/198-6
Javelin throw           50.00m/164-0            54.00m/177-2
Hammer throw            60.50m/198-6            63.50m/208-4
Heptathlon              5575 points             5800 points

Time Schedule 

 3:00   Hep     100 hurdles     sections
 3:45   Hep     high jump       groups
 4:45   M       shot put        qualifying
 5:30   W       100 dash        1st round
 6:00   M       100 dash        1st round
 6:15   Hep     shot put        groups
 6:30   W       1500 run        1st round
 7:00   M       1500 run        1st round
        W       hammer throw    qualifying
 7:30   W       400 dash        1st round
        W       long jump       qualifying
 7:45   M       pole vault      qualifying
 8:00   M       400 dash        1st round
 8:30   Hep     200 dash        sections

 8:45   M       10,000 run      final
 9:25   W       10,000 run      final
 2:30   W       hammer throw    final
 3:00   W       high jump       qualifying 
                Hep     long jump       groups
 3:45   W       100 dash        semi-finals
                M       shot put        final
 4:01   M       100 dash        semi-finals
 4:20   W       exh Wch 800     semi-finals
 4:30   Hep     javelin throw   groups
 4:36   M       exh Wch 1500    semi-finals
 5:05   W       400 run         semi-finals
 5:22   M       400 run         semi-finals
 5:45   M       long jump       qualifying
 5:39   W       100 dash        final
 5:48   M       100 dash        final
 6:05   W       400 hurdles     1st round
 6:45   W       exh #2          final
 6:55   M       exh #2          final
 7:05   Hep     800 run         sections

 8:00   W       20km racewalk   final
 9:30   W       javelin throw   qualifying
11:00   M       pole vault      final

12:00   W       long jump       final
12:15   W       high jump       final
12:30   W       discus throw    qualifying
 1:40   W       400 hurdles     semi-finals
 2:05   W       1500 run        final
 2:20   M       1500 run        final
 2:35   W       400 dash        final
 2:48   M       400 dash        final

 4:00   M       javelin throw   qualifying
 6:45   W       javelin throw   final
 7:00   W       3,000 steeple   final
 7:20   W       exh Wch 800     final
 7:30   M       exh Wch 1500    final
                M       long jump       final
 7:45   M       3000 steeple    1st round
 8:35   W       400 hurdles     final
 8:40   W       discus throw    final
 8:45   W       5000 run        1st round
 9:25   M       5000 run        1st round
 4:00   Dec     100 dash        sections
 4:20   M       hammer throw    qualifying
 4:45   Dec     long jump       groups
 6:00   Dec     shot put        groups
 7:15   Dec     high jump       groups
 7:30   W       exh #3          final
        W       shot put        qualifying
 7:45   M       exh #3          final
        W       triple jump     qualifying
 8:00   M       400 hurdles     1st round
 8:35   W       800 run         1st round
 8:45   M       javelin throw   final
 9:07   M       800 run         1st round
 9:45   M       3000 steeple    final
10:05   Dec     400 dash        sections
 2:00   W       pole vault      qualifying
                Dec     110 hurdles     sections
 2:45   Dec     discus throw    groups
 4:15   Dec     pole vault      groups
 6:05   M       hammer throw    final
 7:00   M       triple jump     qualifying
                Dec     javelin throw   groups
 7:15   W       exh #4          final
 7:30   M       exh #4          final
 7:50   M       400 hurdles     semi-finals
 8:15   W       800 run         semi-finals
                W       shot put        final
 8:35   M       800 run         semi-finals
 8:55   M       5000 run        final
 9:20   W       5000 run        final
 9:45   Dec     1500 run        final
 8:00a  M       20km racewalk   final
 9:45   M       discus throw    qualifying
        W       100 hurdles     1st round
10:00   M       high jump       qualifying
10:15   W       triple jump     final
10:18   M       110 hurdles     1st round
10:51   W       200 dash        1st round
11:19   M       200 dash        1st round
11:50   M       400 hurdles     final
 2:00   W       pole vault      final 
 3:00   W       100 hurdles     semi-finals
 3:20   M       110 hurdles     semi-finals
 3:30   M       high jump       final
 3:30   M       triple jump     final
 3:40   W       200 dash        semi-finals
 3:45   M       discus throw    final 
 4:00   M       200 dash        semi-finals
 4:48   W       800 run         final
 5:00   M       800 run         final   
 5:12   W       100 hurdles     final
 5:24   M       110 hurdles     final
 5:36   W       200 dash        final
 5:48   M       200 dash        final

New Jersey Athletes  Medal At World Veterans (Masters) Championships  GATESHEAD, ENGLAND, September 22 -- After wading through the many results we find that 9 USATF- New Jersey  masters members won medals at the 13th World Veterans Championships in Gateshead England in August.  The meet drew 5949 competitors from 74 nations. Below are the athletes who placed in the top eight at this prestigious event.  Complete Results

Gold (1st):    Anselm LeBourne (M40), 800m, 1:54.60 (94.5%)
           Anselm LeBourne (M40), 1,500m, 3:56.05 (92.8%)
                      Ken Brinker (M50), 100m High Hurdles, 15.05 (91.8%)
           Ken Brinker (M50), 4x400m Relay, 3:39.83;
                      Robert Mimm (M70), 5km Race Walk, 30:51.30 (86.7%);

Silver (2nd):   Leon Trout (M65), 100m High Hurdles, 18.57 (83.0%);
                       Lester Ridings (M75), Marathon, 3:54:25.00 (76.5%);

Bronze (3rd): Jeff Tindall (M55), Pole Vault, 3.50m (81.7%);
                       Dave Romansky (M60), 5km Race Walk, 25:58.35 (88.5%) & 20km Race Walk, 1:56:38.00 (83.1%);
           Dudley Healy (M85), 10,000m, 1:14:06 (62.3%);
           Sherry Brosnahan (W45) 5km Race Walk, 27:11.59 (84.0%);
                       Madeline Bost (W55) 2,000m Steeplechase, 10:19.91 (78.8%);

(4th):              Roger Price (M50), 10,000m, 34:00.28 (88.3%);
                       Dudley Healy (M85), 5,000m, 33:12.77 (67.2%);
                       Donna Cetrulo (W50), 10km Race Walk, 1:01:07.00 (78.7%);

(5th):              Dudley Healy (M85), 1,500m, 9:19.21 (65.4%);

(6th):              Roger Price (M50), 10km Cross Country, 34:49.00;

(7th):              Donna Cetrulo (W50), 5km Race Walk, 29:04.53 (81.2%)

(8th):             n/a
Lauck 16th at World Championships Seville, Spain, August 26, 1999 - Anne Marie Lauck, a resident of Hampton, finished 16th in the women's 10,000m final at the World Championships.  Her time of 32:57.07  was well off the 31:43.50 she had run in June at the National Championships and her PR of 31:37.26 run in 1993.  Deean Drossin of Alamosa, CO was the first American to finish running 32:11.14  for 11th place.  The top three finishers in the event were 1. Gete Wami (ETH)           30:24.56;  2. Paula Radcliffe (GBR) , 30:27.13;  3. Tegla Loroupe (KEN), 30:32.03.   Complete coverage
Dorien Bryant and Shannon Gillespie capture National Junior Olympic Titles Omaha, NE, August 9, 1999 - Dorien Bryant of Pennsville and Shannon Gillespie of Middletown lead a strong showing at this years National Junior Olympic Championships in Omaha, Nebraska which was held July 27 - August 1.
    Bryant who runs for the TNT Track Club captured the Midget Boy's 200m with a time of 22.09.  He also finished second in the 100m with a time of 11.16 and 11th in the Long Jump with a leap of 19' 02".
    Gillespie a member of the Shore AC, brought home the gold medal in the Youth Girls 3,000m Race Walk with a time of 15:33.43.  This broke her personal best of 15:56 which was set at the Region 2 meet on July 9th.  Last year Gillespie won the Midget Girls 1,500m Walk title at the National Championships in Seatlle, WA.

    Other top five (5) finishes by New Jersey Athletes were:

2nd Place Finishes:
Allison Snochwoski (Paramus, NJ) Bantam Girls 1,500m Race Walk - 8:50.80
Samantha Pollinger (Mahwah, NJ) Young Womens 3,000m Race Walk - 16:11.86
Craig Forys (Howell, NJ) Bantam Boys 1,500m -4:53.83
Patrick Blackie (Orange, NJ) Bantam Boys 400m - 1:01.55
Zachary Pollinger (Mahwah, NJ) Youth Boys 3,000m Race Walk - 17:12.77

4th Place Finishes:
Jennifer Ennis (Lake Hiawatha, NJ) Midget Girls 3,000m Run - 11:07.21
Thomas Rainey (Florehem Park, NJ) Bantam Boys 1,500m Race Walk - 10:02.10

5th Place Finishes:
Julie Ullmeyer (W. Long Branch, NJ ) Youth Girls 1,500m Run - 4:55.02

Lauck Qualifies for World Championship Team Eugene, OR,  June 28, 1999- Anne Marie Lauck of Hampton earned a spot on the 1999 World Championship Team by virtue of her second place finish in the 10,000m at the USATF National Men's & Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend.  Her time was 31:43.50.  Libbie Hickman's winning time was 31:41.33.  This is Lauck's forth World Championship berth in the 10,000m.  She previously represented the United States in 1991, 1993 and 1995.  In 1993 at the World Championship in Stugart, Germany she ran a personal best of 31:37.26  to finish 8th place in the finals.
    In recent years Lauck has been battling a serious of injuries which began with her recovery from a  near fatal rock slide accident which took place in December of 1996 in Hawaii.  In April she won the Penn Relays 10,000m in 32:48.82.
1999 USATF National Outdoor Track & Field Championship Results

Other New Jersey highlights in Eugene this weekend included:
Sean Albert of the New Jersey Striders finishing 6th overall in the 20km Race Walk with a time of 1:26:54.00.
Heather Bury of addidas Runners Pace finishing 9th in the 3,000m Steeplechase with a time of 10:38.96.
Mike Mykytok of Ramsey finishing 23rd in the 5,000m with a time of 14:25.44.

Performances turned in by New Jersey natives (now living elsewhere included):
Dennis Mitchell winning the 100m in 9.97.
Rich Kenah finishing third in the 800m in 1:46.13.
Joetta Clark finishing fourth in the 800m in 2:00.74.
Mikele Barber finishing 8th in the 400m in 53.05.
New Jersey Athletes Shine at USATF Junior Nationals Denton, TX, June 22, 1999 - Robert Jordan of Millville High School broke his state high school record in the high jump in winning the event at the 1999 USATF Junior National Track & Field Championships at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  Jordan cleared 7-4.25 to become the first New Jersey schoolboy to clear 7-4.  The previous record was 7-3.75 set by Jordan on June 12th at the Foot Locker National Championships.
    Aleah Williams of Montclair finished fourth in the 100 meter dash in 11.49 and second in the 200 meter dash in 23.42.  Her time in the 200m qualified her for the USATF Open Men's and Women's National Championships to be held in Eugene, OR June 24-27.
1999 USATF Junior National Track & Field Championship Results

New Jersey's Mike Mykytok takes National 10 Mile Championship
(results found at bottom of page)

Far Hills, NJ, May 17, 1999 –  Ramsey's Mike Mykytok captured the USA Men's 10 Mile National Championship at the Midland Run on Sunday May 16th.  Mykytok, 28, a personal trainer and assistant coach at Bound Brook High School, his alma mater, was clocked in 48:15, 23 seconds better than Rod DeHaven of Madison, WI.  Mykytok, who had finished 3rd at the previous two Midland Runs took home the first place check of $8,000.  A total of $22,000 in prize money was awarded to the top fourteen finishers.

     "Nobody knows this course better than I do. My plan was to take it out very easy, relax going up some of the big hills in the early miles and pour it on at the really big hill in the seventh mile."

    Another New Jersey native and current Danbury, Ct. resident, Joe LeMay led the field onto the roads, but surrendered the lead to Mykytok a little more than a mile into the race. Mykytok broke away from the small pack by the 2-mile point with a 4:40 mile on the rolling hills. By the halfway point (reached in 24:05), he had a 25-second lead which was never even in challenged.

    "I felt pretty fresh.  I've only been running shorter races and training on hills and roads," stated Mykytok.  "A lot of the other runners in the field just ran marathons or the 25km National Championships, and I felt they were not prepared to take the pace out hard."

    His gap on the rest of the field dwindled some at the eight mile mark as he fought off a side stitch which caused him to momentarily veer to the side of the road.  He quickly recovered and ran to what he described as the biggest road win of his career. It was certainly the most lucrative.

    "This feels pretty good to come back home and do this and have a lot of friends happy to see me do it."

Race Date:05-16-99
                                                                  Gender     Age Group         Age Graded
Place    Runner           City/Town,State   Age Sx    Time   Pace Place        Place       PLP   Place
   1.Mike Mykytok         Ramsey,NJ          28 M     48:15  4:50 1/20      M20-29:1/12    92.6% N/A    
   2.Rod De Haven         Madison,WI         32 M     48:38  4:52 2/20      M30-39:1/8     91.8% N/A    
   3.Scott Larson         Peoria,IL          27 M     48:41  4:52 3/20      M20-29:2/12    91.7% N/A    
   4.Paul Aufdemberge     Michigan           24 M     48:49  4:53 4/20      M20-29:3/12    91.5% N/A    
   5.Clint Wells          Boulder,CO         24 M     48:59  4:54 5/20      M20-29:4/12    91.2% N/A    
   6.Peter De Lacerta     Alamosa,CO         27 M     49:05  4:54 6/20      M20-29:5/12    91.0% N/A    
   7.Kelly Lambert        Lincoln City,OR    24 M     49:20  4:56 7/20      M20-29:6/12    90.5% N/A    
   8.Matt Wagenka         Springfield,MO     34 M     50:20  5:02 8/20      M30-39:2/8     88.7% N/A    
   9.Weldon Johnson       Washington,DC      25 M     50:27  5:03 9/20      M20-29:7/12    88.5% N/A    
  10.Mike Slinskey        Fishkill,NY        29 M     50:37  5:04 10/20     M20-29:8/12    88.2% N/A    
  11.Marco Ochoa          Alamosa,CO         34 M     50:55  5:06 11/20     M30-39:3/8     87.7% N/A    
  12.Kelly Mortenson      Colorado Spring,CO 27 M     51:11  5:07 12/20     M20-29:9/12    87.3% N/A    
  13.Theo Martin          Boulder,CO         25 M     51:27  5:09 13/20     M20-29:10/12   86.8% N/A    
  14.Abidi Bouazza        Kingston,NY        28 M     51:27  5:09 14/20     M20-29:11/12   86.8% N/A    
  15.Eddy Hellybuck       Albuquerque,NM     38 M     51:42  5:10 15/20     M30-39:4/8     87.6% N/A    
  16.Jamie Hibell         Coopersburg,PA     27 M     51:43  5:10 16/20     M20-29:12/12   86.4% N/A    
  17.Simon Guiterez       Albuquerque,NM     33 M     51:51  5:11 17/20     M30-39:5/8     86.1% N/A    
  18.Mark Plaatjes        Peoria,IL          37 M     51:54  5:11 18/20     M30-39:6/8     86.7% N/A    
  19.Joe Le May           Danbury,CT         32 M     52:34  5:15 19/20     M30-39:7/8     85.0% N/A    
  20.Darrell General      Mitchellville,MD   33 M     53:54  5:23 20/20     M30-39:8/8     82.9% N/A