The Shore AC Hosts Successful 2020 Cross Country Series


The Shore Athletic Club continued to host their annual cross-country series this year despite some challenges with COVID-19.

Secretary Erin O'Neill said, "On behalf of the club, we were very happy to be able to host the XC series. We knew our smaller community oriented events would be much more manageable to pull off compared to our much larger signature events like the Sheehan Classic and Jersey Shore Half Marathon."

2020 RESULTS: Holmdel, Tatum, Thompson, Big Brook, Tatum, Holmdel

She noted concerns with safely hosting community races. "There were some challenges this year as we had to make sure the courses did not overlap and the start/finish areas were large enough to spread out. We also had to accommodate more runners this year so that too was also new to us." 

O'Neill noted the amount of participants this year. She said, "We've had 3 times the amount of participants that we have had in past years. Overall, it was a great experience and we are glad more could enjoy it during a trying time. We were especially grateful to our Monmouth University student-athletes who volunteered at every race!"

The first of the series was at Holmdel Park on September 26. Each Saturday, the races rotated to other courses in Monmouth County such as Thompson, Tatum, and Big Brook Parks. Finally, closing at Holmdel Park again on October 31. Overall, throughout the events the Shore Athletic Club averaged in first place as a team. In second place was the Old Bridge Road Runners and in third, the Freehold Area Running Club. 

Three weeks later on November 21, the club hosted their annual Alumni race at Holmdel Park again. Traditionally, this race would follow the NJSIAA Meet of Champions; however, the high school elite race was cancelled this year due to safety concerns. 

In the men's race, Damien Dilcher won with a blazing time of 15:57, followed by Evan Bush in 16:17. In third was Cooper Knorr who ran 16:21. On the women's side, Amanda Marino, who won all six races in the fall series, came in first with a time of 17:58. Following her was Ava Johnson in 19:34 with Kaylee Slade coming in close to her at 19:38. 

The fall cross-country series has a unique history. Life-long Shore AC member John Kuhi said, "I have a group photo of our first group race at Thompson Park. We started the XC series the year before with individual team races, but that did not work out. Larry Bova and I were team captains of the Twin Light Harriers, with our home course at Hartshorne Woods."

More information on Shore AC at shoreac.org.

Recap written by John Spinelli.

2020 RESULTS: Holmdel, Tatum, Thompson, Big Brook, Tatum, Holmdel


2020 AGE GROUP WINNERS

1st place open male: Justin Scheid
2nd place open male: Jon Smolenski

1st place open female: Amanda Marino
2nd place open female: Kaylee Slade

1st place 40's male: Matt Coleman
2nd place 40's male: Andrew Rumph

1st place 40's female: Amber Hart
2nd place 40's female: Ali Murzulla

1st place 50's male: Greg Calhoun
2nd place 50's male: Michael O'Connor

1st place 50's female: Suzanne LaBurt
2nd place 50's male: Christie Patla

1st place 60's male: Gene Gugliotta
2nd place 60's male: Reno Stirrat

1st place 60's female: Nora Carey
2nd place 60's female: Kim Hart

1st place 70's male: Harry Nolan
‚Äč2nd place 70's male: Robert O'Rouroke

OVERALL TEAM RESULTS


1st place: Shore Athletic Club 

2nd place: Old Bridge Road Runners 

3rd place: Freehold Area Running Club 

Series Schedule

9.26 - Holmdel Park

10.3 - Tatum Park

10.10 - Thompson Park

10.17 - Big Brook Park

10.24 - Tatum Park

10.31 - Holmdel Park