Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016

We celebrated some amazing weather for the second straight year, clear and cool but not to cold, minimal wind.  Times were in line with what we've come to expect over the past several years; race winner Evan Ward's 15:51 was nearly identical to Luke Gavin's 15:52 the year before.  As I've mentioned several times, the longer course is likely 30-45 seconds slower than the course that was used until about 2005; times in the top-10 are in line with those from previous years if about 30 seconds are subtracted.  Which makes Megan Patrignelli's performance all the more impressive; on the previous course she may have challenged the record of 17:04 set way back in 1995 by the legendary Debbie Grant Marshall.  As it is, her 17:53 places her in the top 10 all-time, and her 14th-place overall finish is the highest ever achieved by a woman.

The Monroe Woodbury women won their seventh straight title, sweeping five of the top eight spots for a record-low 22 points.  We've come to expect their dominance in recent years; less expected was that of the Suffern men, who nabbed four of the top six places on their way to 34 points, the second-lowest score in men's history (and a shocking reversal of the recent trend, which has seen the highest winning team scores over the past several years).  Due to the course changes, again, comparison of times across eras is difficult, and current teams will probably be undervalued historically.  But no men's team has ever had four runners in the top six, and that alone means this team becomes the first new addition to the Top Ten Teams list in sixteen years.

In other news, the Rams' streak of 18 consecutive top-3 team finishes came to an end, as we are finally, blessedly, too old for this shit.

Jamie's recap 
Full Results 

Overall Top 30
  1. Evan Ward (Suff '12) 15:51
  2. Nick Roosa (TZ '03) 16:19
  3. Jack Jibb (MW '15) 16:22
  4. Kyle Collins (Suff '12) 16:23
  5. Tim Boston (Suff '14) 16:41
  6. Patrick Hennelly (Suff '16) 16:48
  7. Corey Calajoe (PR '04) 17:00
  8. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 17:15
  9. Armando Oliveira (New Roch '85) 17:17
  10. Adam Alshoubeki (MW '16) 17:23
  11. Alexander Sanso (MW '13) 17:25
  12. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 17:41
  13. Brian Crowley (AM '82) 17:47
  14. Megan Patrignelli (MW '10) 17:53
  15. Brian Holahan (MW '08) 18:01
  16. Michael Guglielmo (CS '13) 18:20
  17. Anthony Calingo (CN '01) 18:20
  18. Tom McCarney (CN '93) 18:20
  19. Connor Gulick (Suff '13) 18:22
  20. Paul Bisconti (MW '15) 18:28
  21. Kyle Kondracki (PR '16) 18:29
  22. James Kessler (PR '03) 18:33
  23. Kyle Egan (MW '16) 18:41
  24. Stephen O'Shea (MW '13) 18:43
  25. Jeremy Shriber (MW '12) 18:43
  26. Brendan Fennell (PR '03) 19:06
  27. Bishoy Bishara (MW '14) 19:11
  28. Austin Labbe (CS '16) 19:15
  29. ? (CS) 19:19
  30. Matt McKenna (CN '03) 19:20
Womens' Top 10
  1. Megan Patrignelli (MW '10) 17:53
  2. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 20:34
  3. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 21:08
  4. Megan Ventarola (MW '12) 21:14
  5. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS '88) 21:52
  6. Leslie Berbitt (Blind Brook '04) 22:34
  7. Christina Clarkin (MW '11) 22:59
  8. Caitlin Holahan (MW '11) 22:59
  9. Mary O'Keke (MW '16) 23:46
  10. Alyson Bowman (CS '15) 23:48
Total Number of Runners: 170

Team Participation: 1. Monroe-Woodbury 36, 2. Clarkstown South 32, 2. Pearl River 19, 4. (tie) Suffern, Albertus Magnus 14, 6. Clarkstown North 10, 7. Nanuet 5, 8. (tie) North Rockland, Arlington 4, 10. (tie) Cornwall, Tappan Zee, Spring Valley 3, 13. Washingtonville 2.

Mens' Team Scoring
  1. Suffern 34 (Ward, Collins, Boston, Hennelly, Gulick)
  2. Monroe Woodbury 57
  3. Pearl River 103
  4. Clarkstown North 116
  5. Clarkstown South 166
  6. Albertus Magnus 272
  7. Nanuet 344
Women's Team Scoring
  1. Monroe-Woodbury 22 (Patrignelli, LaBurt, Ventarola, Clarkin, Holahan)
  2. Clarkstown South 48

2016: full results

Men’s team scores: 1. Suffern (Suf), 34; 2. Monroe-Woodbury (MW), 57; 3. Pearl River (PR), 103; 4. Clarkstown North (CN), 116; 5. Clarkstown South (CS), 166; 6. Albertus Magnus (AM), 272; 7. Nanuet (N), 344; other teams incomplete.

Women’s team scores: 1. Monroe-Woodbury (MW), 22; 2. Clarkstown South (CS), 48; other teams incomplete.

Team participation (combined men/women):  1. Monroe-Woodbury, 36; 2. Clarkstown South, 32; 3. Pearl River, 19; 4. Tie, Albertus Magnus and Suffern, 14; 6. Clarkstown North, 10; 7. Nanuet, 5; 8. Tie, Arlington (Arl) and North Rockland (NR), 4; 10. Tie, Cornwall (Corn), Spring Valley (SV), and Tappan Zee (TZ), 3; 13. Washingtonville (Wash), 2; 14. Tie, Academy of Mount St. Ursula, Bayside, Blind Brook, Burke Catholic, Goshen, Great Neck South, Greenhills (Mich.), Highland, John Jay-East Fishkill, Kimball Union Academy (N.H.), Morristown (N.J.), New Providence (N.J.), New Rochelle, Pine Crest (Fla.), Shasta (Redding, Calif.), Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (Rochester, UK), Sullivan West, Ward Melville, Warwick, Xaverian, 1.

Women’s top 10

1. Megan Patrignelli (MW ’10), 17:53; 2. Suzanne La Burt (MW ’81), 20:34; 3.
Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 21:08; 4. Meaghan Ventarola (MW ’12), 21:14 ; 5. Kim (Newsome) Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:52 ; 6. Leslie Berbit (Blind Brook ’04), 22:34; 7. Christina Clarkin (MW ’11), 22:59; 8. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 22:59; 9. Mary O’Keke (MW ’16), 23:46; 10. Alyson Bowman (CS ’15), 23:48.

Overall Finishers

1. Evan Ward (Suf ’12), 15:51.5; 2. Nick Roosa (TZ ’03), 16:19; 3. Jack Jibb (MW ’15), 16:22; 4. Kyle Collins (Suf ’12), 16:23; 5. Tim Boston (Suf ’14), 16:41; 6. Patrick Hennelly (Suf ’16), 16:48; 7. Corey Calajoe (PR ’04), 17:00, 8. Ben Niselstuen (Warwick ’01), 17:15; 9. Armando Oliveira (New Rochelle ’85), 17:17; 10. Adam Alshoubeki (MW ’16), 17:23; 11. Alexander Sanso (MW ’13), 17:25; 12. Jason Friedman (CN ’93), 17:41; 13. Brian Crowley (AM ’82), 17:47; 14. Megan Patrignelli (MW ’10), 17:53; 15. Brian Holahan (MW ’08), 18:01; 16. Michael Guglielmo (CS ’13), 18:20; 17. Anthony Calingo (CN ’01), 18:20; 18. Tom McCarney (CN ’93), 18:21; 19. Connor Gulick (Suf ’13), 18:22; 20. Paul Bisconti (MW ’15), 18:28; 21. Kyle Kondracki (PR ’16), 18:29; 22. James Kessler (PR ’03), 18:33; 23. Kyle Egan (MW ’16), 18:41; 24. Stephen O’Shea (MW ’13), 18:43; 25. Jeremy Shriber (MW ’12), 18:43; 26. Brendan Fennell (PR ’03), 19:06; 27. Bishoy Bishara (MW ’14), 19:11; 28. Austin Labbe (CS ’16), 19:15; 29. Clarkstown South, 19:19; 30. Matt McKenna (CN ’03), 19:21; 31. Matthew Borawski (PR ’04), 19:23; 32. John MacKenzie (TZ ’98), 19:24; 33. Alex Berbit (Suf ’99), 19:25; 34. Frank Visingardi (Nan ’86), 19:27; 35. Stephen Mulvihill (Sullivan West ’01), 19:31; 36. Jim Dinan (Nan ’87), 19:40; 37. Jamie Kempton (AM ’76), 19:44; 38. Dylan Eldred (MW ’13), 20:02; 39. Matt Lenihan (PR ’03), 20:03; 40. George Newsome (CS ’92), 20:05; 41. Jason Flach (Suf ’12), 20:09; 42. Douglas Hauser Jr. (MW ’02), 20:12; 43. Mike Morris (CN ’96), 20:18; 44. Logan Scott (Highland ’79), 20:23; 45. Suzanne La Burt (MW ’81), 20:34; 46. Tim Poole-DiSalvo (Arlington ’96), 20:37; 47. Matthew Moran (Cornwall ’15), 20:42; 48. Austin Frandino (MW ’16), 20:45; 49. James Dinan (John Jay-East Fishkill ’16), 20:46; 50. Mario Cortés-Mendoza (MW ’16), 20:52.

51. Patrick Markiewicz (Burke Catholic ’06), 20:58; 52. Tom List (PR ’80), 21:03; 53. Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 21:08; 54. Mike Beckerle (Nan ’79), 21:13; 55. Chris Craig (AM ’82), 21:13; 56. Meaghan Ventarola (MW ’12), 21:14; 57. Richard Jibb (Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, UK ’92), 21:20; 58. Adam Borg (CN ’97), 21:20; 59. Zack Berbit (Suf ’96), 21:22; 60. Kevin Chanowsky (MW ’94), 21:31; 61. Jared Chin (CS ’16), 21:37; 62. Clarkstown South, 21:45; 63. Nicholas Linehan (CS ’16), 21:47; 64. Kim (Newsome) Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:52; 65 Stephen Sussmann (MW ’13), 22:04; 66. Mike Bernstein (Suf ’95), 22:10; 67. Alex Tyler-Modeste (MW ’16), 22:13; 68. Chris Urio (MW ’16), 22:14; 69. Doug Carter (Kimball Union Academy, N.H. ’71), 22:15; 70. Chris Guglielmo (CS ’13), 22:19; 71. Llaney Hernandez (MW ’12), 22:22; 72. Robert Rossen (Great Neck South ’83), 22:24; 73. Leslie Berbit (Blind Brook ’04), 22:34; 74. Matt Ammer (Suf ’94), 22:34; 75. Mike Colangelo (AM ’75), 22:35; 76. Jim Dugandzic (PR ’81), 22:37; 77. Braden Frandino (MW ’16), 22:38; 78. James McGovern (PR ’90), 22:41; 79. Daniel Markiewicz (Goshen ’96), 22:42; 80. Jim Sussmann (PR ’83), 22:48; 81. Matthew Walker (CS ’12), 22:51; 82. Monroe-Woodbury, 22:57; 83. Christina Clarkin (MW ’11), 22:59; 84. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 22:59; 85. Alan Araujo (CN ’14), 23:36; 86. Gary Scarano (Morristown, N.J. ’73), 23:39; 87. Ken Lindell (CS ’80), 23:45; 88. Mary Okeke (CS ’16), 23:46; 89. Mike Coakley (CN ’87), 23:47; 90. Alyson Bowman (CS ’15), 23:48; 91. Christina Higgins (CS ’15), 23:51; 92. Dave Peterson (PR ’04), 23:53; 93. Arjin Sharma (CS ’16), 24:08; 94. Ray Sussmann (PR ’81), 24:08; 95. Randall Duggan (Shasta, Redding, Calif. ’88), 24:10; 96. Thomas Kavanah (Wash ’85), 24:13; 97. Ross Edelman (Suf ’06), 24:15; 98. Tim Waples (Suf ’00), 24:16; 99. Aidan Connolly (Greenhills, Ann Arbor, Mich. ’15), 24:17; 100. Bill Rowland (PR ’75), 24:24.

101. Kyle Sommerlad (MW ’16), 24:37; 102. Edwin Lopez (MW ’16), 24:41; 103. Keith Reilly (PR ’90), 24:42; 104. Jason Lipman (CN ’91), 24:46; 105. Michael O’Meara (Xaverian ’87), 24:53; 106. Alana O’Neill (Wash ’14), 24:57; 107. Jennifer (Newsome) Flannery (CS ’90), 25:01; 108. Adam Klein (CS ’14), 25:02; 109. Jerry Quigley (SV ’75), 25:04; 110. Angela Roppolo (NR ’14), 25:05; 111. Joe Dolan (PR ’90), 25:36; 112. Chris Goodwin (MW ’89), 25:47; 113. John Murphy (MW ’85), 25:53; 114. Michael Danyluk (CS ’16), 26:01; 115. Terry Roy (CS ’16), 26:01; 116. Jo-Ann Houston (PR ’85), 26:09; 117. Leslie Ballantyne (Suf ’92), 26:19; 118. Charles Hester -(CS ’16), 26:34; 119. Bethany Robokoff (CS), 26:39; 120. Ed Hushon (AM ’83), 26:42; 121. Patrick Brown (MW ’71), 26:46; 122. Ravi Dholakia (MW ’16), 26:48; 123. Mark Mitchell (Nan ’79), 26:51; 124. Joe Holahan (AM ’78), 26:51; 125. Courtney Connolly (New Providence, N.J. ’12), 26:55; 126. Peter Connolly (NR ’76), 26:59; 127. Francis Connolly (NR ’79), 27:00; 128. Cynthia Sheng (Ward Melville ’87), 27:37; 129. Liz Pratusevich (CS ’16), 28:08; 130. Clarkstown South, 28:08; 131. Sean Moran (Cornwall ’10), 28:10; 132. Mike Moran (AM ’83), 28:26; 133. Nick Parente (CN ’87), 28:26; 134. Alison Stern (CS ’15), 28:48; 135. John Halpin (Cornwall ’89), 29:00; 136. Kyle DeSilva (MW ’16), 29:06; 137. Joseph Ruotolo (CS ’16), 29:07; 138. Ken Gerber (CS ’92), 29:28; 139. Arthur DeAraujo (CS ’16), 29:41; 140. Chuck Sommerlad (MW ’85), 29:49; 141. Jim Freeman (AM ’82), 29:59; 142. Dawn Newsome-Marinaccio (CS ’86), 20:01; 143. Jenn Maggin (CS ’08), 30:04; 144. Ross Stephens (Arlington ’94), 30:12; 145. Rob McNamara (Nan ’86), 30:18; 146. Jean Lipman (Pine Crest, Fla. ’91), 30:24; 147. Kevin Garrison (Nyack ’91), 30:32; 148. George Glum (CN ’82), 30:53; 149. Sue (Gulla) Lanoce (PR ’83), 30:59; 150. Gerald Conlon (MW ’84), 31:04.


151. Larry Quinn (AM ’69), 31:07; 152. Kathy (List) Orlando (PR ’91), 32:09; 153. Michael Holt (MW ’79), 32:21; 154. Doug Hauser (MW ’78), 32:22; 155. Shirley Quinn (CS ’81), 33:28; 156. Arlington, 34:06; 157. Betsy Pool-DiSalvo (Arlington ’96), 34:06; 158. Theresa Sullivan (CS ’81), 34:18; 159. Daniel Hlavac (PR ’79), 34:27; 160. Chuck Maze (NR ’73), 35:01; 161. Tom Colucci (AM ’74), 35:01; 162. Mike Markiewicz (AM ’70), 35:13; 163. Ken Gong (AM ’82), 38:09; 164. Larry Beckerle (AM ’73), 38:47; 165. Mike Teetsel (AM ’77), 43:55; 166. Sherry Berbit (SV ’69), 45:46; 167. Susan O’Neill (Academy of Mount St. Ursula, NYC ’78), 46:15; 168. Dan Hogan (Suf ’99), 49:29; 169. Warren Berbit (Bayside ’60), 51:39; 170. George Hoy (SV ’69), 53:06.

2016: Jamie's recap

 A Fixture at Bear Mountain, Alumni Run Celebrates 34th Renewal

In a world that sometimes feels as if it’s spinning at warp speed, barely catching a breath to trumpet the latest tragedy or the next must-have gadget, it’s reassuring to know there’s a place like Bear Mountain where time seemingly slows down, where the mere act of roaming the grounds alights the senses with an invigorating purity and comforting constancy.

Local runners have known this for a long time. It’s a major reason why they return year after year, on Thanksgiving Saturday, to reunite, refresh and remember. Some 170 nature-loving harriers re-enacted their annual sporting rite Nov. 26 at the 34th Bill Markiewicz Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run, co-sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners.

A charge across the grassy plain bracketed by the historic inn and carousel, a bracing jaunt around Hessian Lake, a challenging ascent of the ski-slope hill, and a culminating sweep of the greensward serve to transport the runners toward a literal finish line and a figurative anchor for their reservoir of memories along the footpaths of their youth.

Back in 1983, a Pearl River coach/athletic director named Tom Doherty conceived of a Thanksgiving weekend race where running alumni could flock to Bear Mountain, site of the three-mile course used by high school cross-country teams, and reconnect with their hills-and-trails brethren via a competitive tour of the same course, followed by a celebration at the inn’s upstairs lodge with the welcoming fireplace.

Thirty-three years later, the Alumni Run is going strong. The race is no-frills, echoing the spirit of the sport. “There’s no medals, no T-shirts, no entry fee, and some years you don’t even get your time or place,” said Doherty, the race co-director along with Ralph Coleman. “But it’s all good and we have a lot of fun. It’s pretty special, after having it for so many years. I look around and see all of these legends at the finish line.”

Perhaps inspired by some of those legendary former champions, up-and-coming stars vied for the mantle of supremacy on the plains of Bear Mountain. Evan Ward, from  Suffern High School class of 2012, answered the call best, negotiating the three-mile route in 15 minutes, 51.5 seconds to score a convincing 175-yard victory over Nick Roosa, Tappan Zee class of 2003, who clocked 16:19. Ward competed for Lehigh University for the past four years, and is the son of former Pearl River harrier Mike Ward. Roosa is a two-time Alumni Run champion, having won the title in 2005 and 2011.

Ward’s heroics paced Suffern to its first team crown since 2011 and sixth overall. The Mounties alumni placed four runners in the top six to score an easy victory over second-place and defending champ Monroe-Woodbury, 34 to 57.

The women’s race was no contest as Megan Patrignelli, Monroe-Woodbury class of 2010, romped to victory in 17:53, the seventh-fastest time ever recorded by a female in the race. Patrignelli starred for the University of Oregon and was runner-up at the 2014 Pac-12 championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The runner-up, nearly a half-mile behind, was teammate Suzanne La Burt, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1981, who ran 20:34, a fine time by any standard but especially so for a runner in the 50-plus category. Finishing third was the five-time defending champion, Cailé Kohlbrenner, Tappan Zee class of 2011.

Not surprisingly, the Monroe-Woodbury women scored an emphatic team triumph, tallying a minuscule total of 22 points to outdistance second-place Clarkstown South’s 48. The Crusaders of Orange County have captured the women’s title a record 13 times, including the last seven editions.

The race attracted participants from 33 schools spanning six states – New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Florida, Michigan and California – as well as an international competitor from Great Britain. Entrants’ ages ranged from 18 to 74.

The Alumni Run was renamed in memory of Bill Markiewicz in 1991 and an annual award was established to honor those who have given distinguished service to the sport. This year’s recipient was Bill Szachewicz, Suffern class of 1982, who served as a coach for the Pearl River school district in cross country, indoor track and spring track from 1990 through the spring of 2016. He served variously as an assistant or head coach for the boys’ and girls’ programs on all levels from modified to varsity. The award was presented to Szachewicz by Janet Markiewicz, Bill Markiewicz’s widow, who also cheered for three of her family members participating in the run.

Among the many notable entrants in the race were past Alumni Run champions Kyle Collins, Suffern class of 2012, who finished fourth; Brian Crowley, Albertus Magnus class of 1982, who placed 13th; as well as Roosa and Kohlbrenner. Former Rockland County scholastic meet titleholders who took part included Jim Dinan, Nanuet class of 1987; Mike Colangelo, Albertus Magnus class of 1975, who also captured a state individual crown and is a member of the Rockland County All-Century Cross Country Team; and Brendan Fennell, Pearl River class of 2003, who won three County championships and two state titles and was voted the Male Runner of the Decade for Rockland from 2000-2009.

Larry Beckerle, Albertus Magnus class of 1973, kept his unique streak alive of never having missed an Alumni Run.

Friday, December 4, 2015

2015

The weather was a bit unusual for the 33rd Alumni Run--drizzly but warm, with temps in the low 50s--but the results were not.  Caile Kohlbrenner continued her push to be considered among the best runners in Alumni history, winning her fifth straight women's race in five tries, and becoming the only woman with multiple top-30 finishes overall to her credit.  Monroe Woodbury completed yet another sweep of the participation, men's team, and women's team titles, with the men handling our undermanned squad rather easily and the women fending off a suprising challenge from Pearl River, in one of the more competitive women's team races in recent memory. 

Jamie's recap 
Full Results 

Overall Top 30
  1. Luke Gavigan (TZ '15) 15:52
  2. Jack Jibb (MW '15) 16:01
  3. Kyle Collins (Suff '12) 16:04
  4. Greg Laraia (NFA '08) 16:19
  5. Evan Ward (Suff '12) 16:47
  6. Nick Roosa (TZ '03) 16:49
  7. Shawn Vettom (Suff '12) 16:56
  8. Dom Fortino (PR '15) 17:10
  9. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 17:17
  10. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 17:20
  11. Corey Calajoe (PR '04) 17:22
  12. Brian Crowley (AM '82) 17:24
  13. Chris Burrill (CS '14) 17:31
  14. Peter Viscardo (MW '95) 17:33
  15. Jim Trautmann (MW '90) 17:38
  16. Michael Guglielmo (CS '13) 17:52
  17. Matt McKenna (CN '03) 18:06
  18. Tom McCarney (CN '93) 18:09
  19. Jeremy Schriber (MW '12) 18:14
  20. Ed Ackerly (MW '86) 18:15
  21. Pat Driscoll (CN '98) 18:28
  22. JT McEntyre (MW '13) 18:37
  23. Frank Visingardi (Nan '86) 18:40
  24. Bryan Lasky (MW '05) 18:44
  25. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 18:49
  26. Brian Herbst (PR '07) 18:50
  27. Douglas Hauser Jr. (MW '02) 18:54
  28. Adam Klein (CS '14) 19:02
  29. James Kessler (PR '03) 19:03
  30. Devon White (CN '96) 19:12
Womens' Top 10
  1. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 18:49
  2. Meaghan Ventarola (MW '12) 19:38
  3. Erika Duthiers (PR '90) 19:47
  4. Kristin Schiesswohl White (MW '89) 20:26
  5. Linda Giardina Ludwikowski (PR '89) 20:57
  6. Katie Healy (AM '95) 21:03
  7. Eileen McDonagh Valerio (PR '91) 21:06
  8. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS '88) 21:19
  9. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 21:43
  10. Chrissy Clarkin (MW '11) 21:49
Total Number of Runners: 206

Team Participation: 1. Monroe-Woodbury 31, 2. Pearl River 29, 3. Clarkstown South 23, 4. Suffern 19, 5. Clarkstown North 17, 6. Albertus Magnus 15, 7. Nanuet 14, 8. Tappan Zee 6, 9. (tie) Warwick, Washingtonville, Arlington, Millbrook 3, 13. (tie) Newburgh Free Academy, Spring Valley, North Rockland 2.

Mens' Team Scoring
  1. Monroe Woodbury 70 (Jibb, Viscardo, Trautmann, Shriber, Ackerly)
  2. Clarkstown North 94
  3. Suffern 100
  4. Pearl River 107
  5. Clarkstown South 129
  6. Tappan Zee 207
  7. Albertus Magnus 219
  8. Nanuet 239
Women's Team Scoring
  1. Monroe-Woodbury 36 (Ventarola, White, LaBurt, Clarkin, Littmann-Viscardo)
  2. Pearl River 50
  3. Clarkstown South 88
  4. Nanuet 136
  5. Suffern 183

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015: Jamie's recap and top 100 results

Below is Jamie's writeup of the race and the results of the top 100.  I will link to full results when available.

Gavigan, Kohlbrenner Pace Tappan Zee Sweep
Ex-Dutchmen Take Men’s, Women’s Crowns; Monroe-Woodbury Team Champ
 
By Jamie Kempton

The homecoming known as the Bill Markiewicz Memorial Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run re-enacted its 33rd annual encore at Bear Mountain on Nov. 28, uniting local harriers spanning more than six decades in an autumn ritual as timeless as the changing of the foliage and shortening of daylight hours.

After last year’s snow-induced course change disrupted the natural rhythms of the tradition-laden event, this year’s drizzly, relatively balmy mid-50s temperatures proved no hindrance whatsoever to the 206 runners who completed the 3-mile trek, which includes a bracing jaunt around Hessian Lake and a steep, mid-race ascent of the famed ski-jump hill.

The race, co-sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners, is named for the former Clarkstown North cross country and track coach (1978-89) who epitomized the sport’s all-for-one/one-for-all spirit. Markiewicz enthusiastically supported everyone who accepted the challenge of running over hill and dale in pursuit of a personal best and the contribution to a team effort.   

A pair of Tappan Zee High School alumni conquered that challenge best on a day to revel in retracing the footpaths of their scholastic harrier days. Luke Gavigan, Tappan Zee class of 2015, took control of the race on the ski-slope hill and forged ahead to victory in 15 minutes 52 seconds. The triumph completed a difficult victory double for the ex-Dutchmen ace, after he captured the Turkey Trot 5-Mile at Rockland Lake on Thanksgiving Day. Only Carlos Jamieson, North Rockland class of 2005, had previously accomplished the feat.

Gavigan was a three-time New York State mile champion for the Flying Dutchmen, won Millrose Games and Penn Relays mile crowns, and ranks No. 2 on the all-time Rockland milers’ list at 4:07.82. Currently attending Rockland Community College, he is set to enroll at Penn State in the spring 2016 semester. Runner-up Jake Jibb, Monroe-Woodbury class of 2015, finished 50 yards back in 16:01 after going out hard and leading the first half of the race. Jibb was the 2015 state 3,000-meter steeplechase champion in 8:57.34, third-fastest ever by a New York schoolboy.

Cailé Kohlbrenner, a 2011 Tappan Zee alumna, rolled to her fifth consecutive women’s championship and placed 25th overall, clocking 18:49 to win by 250 yards. Kohlbrenner started clicking off Alumni Run titles the first year she was eligible and has not lost since. She graduated in 2015 from Providence College, a traditional cross country power, and now serves as Assistant Coach/Recruiting at Dominican College in Orangeburg. That coaching position was formerly held by her dad, Andy Kohlbrenner, Pearl River class of 1981, a four-time Alumni runner-up and 2008 Rockland Track & Field Hall of Fame inductee. Finishing second in the Alumni Run women’s division was Meaghan Ventarola, Monroe-Woodbury class of 2012, in 19:38. Ventarola was the one of the top two runners for the St. Thomas Aquinas College women’s team that qualified for, and competed in, the 2015 NCAA Division II national championships, a first in program history.

Monroe-Woodbury of Orange County swept the team titles. The Crusader men won their fifth crown, outdistancing runner-up and nine-time team champ Clarkstown North, 70 to 94. The Crusader women captured their record 12th team title with 36 points, followed by Pearl River with 50. Monroe-Woodbury also claimed team participation honors with 32 runners, ahead of runner-up Clarkstown South (22) and third-place Suffern (21).

Entrants’ ages ranged from 18 to 85. The oldest participant was Pete Beckerle, age 85, Spring Valley class of 1948, who finished the race in 57:22 for 204th place. He was one of seven Beckerle family members to complete the course, including eldest son Larry, Albertus Magnus class of 1973, who holds the distinction of being the only individual to have participated in all 33 editions of the race. Runner-up in the family participation category was the Newsome clan representing Clarkstown South – Dawn, Kim, Jennifer and George.

The Alumni Run was renamed in memory of Markiewicz in 1991 and an annual award was established to recognize those who have rendered distinguished service to the sport. This year’s Bill Markiewicz Award recipient was Jim Glover, Suffern class of 1977, the longtime boys’ cross country and track coach at Monroe-Woodbury, logistics co-coordinator at the Alumni Run, and meet director of the recent New York State scholastic cross country championships at his host school. The award was presented to Glover by Janet Markiewicz, Bill’s widow, who was joined at the event by several Markiewicz family members, including three who participated in the run.

Past Alumni Run champions who participated this year include Nick Roosa, Tappan Zee class of 2003, a two-time winner who placed sixth in 16:49; Brian Crowley, Albertus Magnus class of 1982, 12th in 17:24 (at age 51); Kristin Schiesswohl White, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1989, fourth in the women’s division in 20:26; and eight-time champion Julianne Littmann Viscardo, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1995, 11th in 22:16.

Besides Gavigan, other former Rockland County scholastic meet titleholders who took part were Jim Dinan, Nanuet class of 1987, and Brendan Fennell, Pearl River class of 2003, a three-time County meet champ and two-time state titlist who was voted Male Runner of the Decade for Rockland from 2000-2009.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, N.Y.
Course: 3.0 miles
Meet records: 14:08, John Trautmann (Monroe-Woodbury ’86), 1994
                         17:04, Debbie Grant (Ramapo ’83), 1995

Men’s team scores: 1. Monroe-Woodbury (MW), 70; 2. Clarkstown North (CN), 94; 3. Suffern, 100; 4. Pearl River (PR), 107; 5. Clarkstown South (CS), 129; 6. Monroe-Woodbury ‘B’, 155; 7. Tappan Zee (TZ), 207; 8. Albertus Magnus (AM), 219; 9. Nanuet (Nan), 239; other teams incomplete.

Women’s team scores: 1. Monroe-Woodbury (MW), 36; 2. Pearl River (PR), 50; 3. Clarkstown South (CS), 88; 4. Nanuet (Nan), 136; 5. Suffern (Suf), 183; other teams incomplete.

Team participation (combined):  1. Monroe-Woodbury, 32; 2. Clarkstown South, 22; 3. Suffern, 21; 4. Pearl River, 18; 5. Albertus Magnus, 17; 6. Clarkstown North, 16; 7. Nanuet, 13.

Women’s top 10

1. Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 18:49; 2. Meaghan Ventarola (MW ’12), 19:38 ; 3. Erika Duthiers (PR ’90), 19:47 ; 4. Kristin Schiesswohl White (MW ’89), 20:26 ; 5. Linda Giardina Ludwikowski (PR ’89), 20:57; 6. Katie Healy (AM ’95), 21:03; 7. Eileen McDonagh Valerio (PR ’91), 21:06; 8. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:19; 9. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 21:43; 10. Chrissy Clarkin (MW ’11), 21:49.      

Top 100 Overall

1. Luke Gavigan (TZ ’15), 15:52; 2. Jack Jibb (MW ’15), 16:01; 3. Kyle Collins (Suf ’12), 16:04; 4. Greg Laraia (Newburgh FA ’08), 16:19; 5. Evan Ward (Suf ’12), 16:47; 6. Nick Roosa (TZ ’03), 16:49; 7. Shawn Vettom (Suf ’12), 16:56; 8. Dom Fortino (PR ’15), 17:10; 9. Jason Friedman (CN ’93), 17:17; 10. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick ’01), 17:20; 11. Corey Calajoe (PR ’04), 17:22; 12. Brian Crowley (AM ’82), 17:24; 13. Chris Burrill (CS ’14), 17:31; 14. Peter Viscardo (MW ’95), 17:33; 15. Jim Trautmann (MW ’90), 17:38; 16. Michael Guglielmo (CS ’13), 17:52; 17. Matt McKenna (CN ’03), 18:06; 18. Tom McCarney (CN ’93), 18:09; 19. Jeremy Shriber (MW ’12), 18:14; 20. Ed Ackerly (MW ’86), 18:15; 21. Pat Driscoll (CN ’98), 18:28; 22. J.T. McEntyre (MW ’13), 18:37; 23. Frank Visingardi (Nan ’86), 18:40; 24. Bryan Lasky (MW ’05), 18:44; 25. Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 18:49; 26. Bryan Herbst (PR ’07), 18:50; 27. Douglas Hauser Jr. (MW ’02), 18:54; 28. Adam Klein (CS ’14), 19:02; 29. James Kessler (PR ’03), 19:03; 30. Devon White (CN ’86), 19:12; 31. Jim Sommer (MW ’97), 19:17; 32. Alexander Sanso (MW ’13), 19:24; 33. David Blumel (MW ’75), 19:27; 34. Jim Dinan (Nan ’87), 19:32; 35. Dan Pragdat (CS ’11), 19:37; 36. Meaghan Ventarola (MW ’12), 19:38; 37. Brendan Fennell (PR ’03), 19:42; 38. James O’Donnell (MW ’90), 19:43; 39. John MacKenzie (TZ ’98), 19:44; 40. Erika Duthiers (PR ’90), 19:47; 41. Michael Sklar (CS ’93), 19:49; 42. Logan Scott (Highland ’79), 19:51; 43. Zack Berbit (Suf ’96), 19:57; 44. Chris Craig (AM ’82), 20:02; 45. Mike Kessler (PR ’07), 20:04; 46. Jason Flach (Suf ’12), 20:06; 47. Doug Sklar (CS ’91), 20:15; 48. John Fenton (St. Enda’s School, Limerick, Ireland), 20:19; 49. Kristin Schiesswohl White (MW ’89), 20:26; 50. Keith Lasky (MW ’10), 20:34.

51. Patrick Reimer (Xavier, CT ’84), 20:42; 52. Nicholas Aleles (TZ ’11), 20:44; 53. Connor Gulick (Suf ’13), 20:45; 54. Matt Lenihan (PR ’03), 20:53; 55. George Newsome (CS ’92), 20:54; 56. Tom List (PR ’80), 20:55; 57. Mike Bernstein (Suf ’95), 20:56; 58. Linda Giardina Ludwikowski (PR ’89), 20:57; 59. John Leonick (MW ’11), 21:00; 60. Jim Dugandzic (PR ’81), 21:01; 61. Katie Healy (AM ’95), 21:03; 62. Eileen McDonagh Valerio (PR ’91), 21:06; 63. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:19; 64. Adam Borg (CN ’97), 21:23; 65. Patrick Markiewicz (Burke Catholic ’06), 21:36; 66. Mike Kiernan (PR ’97), 21:37; 67. Mike Beckerle (Nan ’79), 21:38; 68. Steven Estremera (Millbrook ’08), 21:41; 69. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 21:43; 70. Chrissy Clarkin (MW ’11), 21:49; 71. Dan Brabander (Nan ’83), 21:59; 72. Matt Walker (CS ’12), 22:00; 73. Gregory Mooney (Nan ’10), 22:06; 74. Jordan Levine (Suf ’11), 22:07; 75. Chris Guglielmo (CS ’13), 22:09; 76. Harry Carle (Bergen Catholic ’85), 22:13; 77. Julianne Littmann Viscardo (MW ’95), 22:16; 78. Dan Markiewicz (Goshen ’96), 22:18; 79. Doug Carter (Kimball Union Academy, NH), 22:24; 80. Robert Rossen (Great Neck South ’83), 22:27; 81. Dawn Newsome-Marinaccio (CS ’86), 22:30; 82. Cathy Mulligan Clinton (PR ’91), 22:34; 83. Kevin Leonard (AM ’76), 22:35; 84. James Alexander (PR ’07), 22:42; 85. Ross Edelman (Suf ’06), 22:43; 86. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 22:44; 87. Matt Ammer (Suf ’94), 22:51; 88. Kevin Chanowsky (MW ’94), 22:56; 89. Tim Waples (Suf ’00), 23:08; 90. Robert Pasqual (Archbishop Molloy ’77), 23:09; 91. Evan Ratnow (Suf ’96), 23:10; 92. Melissa Brady (AM ’95), 23:17; 93. Dave Baker (Nan ’79), 23:18; 94. Kyle Bakowski (MW ’12), 23:19; 95. John Garvey (Deerfield, IL ’03), 23:35; 96. Kim Benard (Nan ’95), 23:49; 97. Woo Young Choi (CS ’12), 23:50; 98. Mark Kelly (PR ’84), 23:53; 99. Greg Mooney (Nan ’79), 23:53; 100. Jason Lipman (CN ’91), 23:56.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2014

I've mentioned course changes in the past, but the Alumni Race has never seen course changes like those necessitated in 2014 by a snowstorm that hit the Hudson Valley just a few days before the race.  With the descent from both the ski jump and the first hill on the lake rendered impassable by ice (and closed by the NYS Parks Department), the race was officially in jeopardy, and only with some quick thinking and rerouting by Ralph Coleman was the race able to come off for the 32nd straight year.  What resulted was a flat, fast, mostly paved course of about 2.25 miles and some absolutely flat-out racing without the hills there to lend the runners  any sort of conscience.  (I will not be adjusting any course records on this site.  Whether this is the "official" stance of the race remains to be seen.)

For all the changes to the course, though, the results look pretty much the same as we've come to expect the last few years.  The Rams weren't quite back to full strength, with Anthony Calingo stuck out west, but the return of Tom McCarney and Mike Morris following their highly unusual absences in 2013, coupled with a stellar performance by Tom Dillon, was enough to (barely) secure us the elusive ninth win we've been falling just short of for the past eight years.  The Monroe-Woodbury women took the women's crown unopposed, their fifth straight and seventh in the past eight years, as well as their record 15th participation title.  (Not sure what happened to the individual women's results; I assume some of the MW women checked off their schools but forgot to put their names on their cards.)  Caile Kohlbrenner won her fourth consecutive title, one short of runner-up Julianne Littmann-Viscardo's record.  Her 19th-place overall finish is the highest ever for a woman; for the first time, two women cracked the top 30.  The women's top five, incidentally, contains five of my top 10 women all-time.

Overall Top 30


  1. Kyle Collins (Suff '12) 11:49
  2. John Trautmann (MW '86) 12:00
  3. Nick Roosa (TZ '03) 12:04
  4. Tom Dillon (CN '97) 12:08
  5. David McCarey (Middletown '08) 12:09
  6. Shai Ben-Dor (Goshen '12) 12:12
  7. Brian Crowley (AM '82) 12:16
  8. Bret Habura (Wash '12) 12:24
  9. Corey Calajoe (PR '04) 12:27
  10. Armando Oliveira (New Roch '85) 12:32
  11. Peter Viscardo (MW '95) 12:34
  12. Liam Harrison (JJ-Hopewell Junction '97) 12:35
  13. Brendan Fennell (PR '03) 12:36
  14. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, MN '02) 12:38
  15. Matt Borawski (PR '04) 12:41
  16. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 12:43 
  17. Matt McKenna (CN '03) 12:55
  18. Robert Roach (Jefferson-Youngsville '97) 12:57
  19. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 12:58
  20. Nick Sullivan (Gosh '13) 13:00
  21. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 13:02
  22. Devon White (CN '96) 13:06
  23. Tom McCarney (CN '93) 13:11
  24. Stephen Mulvihill (JYCS '01) 13:15
  25. Mike Hickey (PR '09) 13:16
  26. Jeremy Schriber (MW '12) 13:17
  27. Brian Herbst (PR '07) 13:18
  28. Patrick Michon (McNeill '13) 13:26
  29. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW '95) 13:28
  30. Frank Visingardi (Nan '86) 13:29
Womens' Top 10
  1. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 12:58
  2. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW '95) 13:28
  3. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 14:44
  4. Dawn Newsome Marinaccio (CS '86) 15:21
  5. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS '88) 15:36
  6. ?? (MW) 15:46
  7. ?? (MW) 15:47
  8. ?? (MW) 15:47
  9. Olivia Haverson (Greenwich) 15:48
  10. Monica Prager (Wash '11) 16:12

Total Number of Runners: 172

Team Participation: 1. Monroe-Woodbury 23, 2. Pearl River 20,  3. Clarkstown North 15, 4. Albertus Magnus 14, 5. (tie) Suffern and Clarkstown South 13, 7. (tie) Nanuet and Tappan Zee 6, 9. Washingtonville 5, 10. Goshen 4, 11. Ramapo 3, 12. (tie) Arlington, Warwick, Cornwall St. Barnabas, Hylton (VA), Jefferson-Youngsville Central School, Millbrook, Pine Bush, Roosevelt/Yonkers 2.

Mens' Team Scoring
  1. Clarkstown North 84 (Dillon, McKenna, Friedman, White, McCarney)
  2. Pearl River 87
  3. Monroe Woodbury 117
  4. Suffern 174
  5. Clarkstown South 226
  6. Albertus Magnus 253
  7. Nanuet 309
Women's Team Scoring
  1. Monroe-Woodbury 26

2014: Jamie's recap

Never in the 31-year history of the Bill Markiewicz Memorial Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run had the classic Bear Mountain course needed to be changed to accommodate weather conditions. But when a midweek blanket of snow and residual ice rendered most of the Hessian Lake path and the steep ski-jump hill unusable for the Nov. 29 event, meet official Ralph Coleman was forced to improvise. He fashioned a makeshift layout that hewed to the cleared paved walkways spanning from the Carousel, across the snow-laden playfield to the Inn and down the path leading to the site of the annual Oktoberfest.
Thanks to Coleman’s impromptu route reshuffling, the 172 running revelers who took part in this 32nd annual edition were able to celebrate their own “November-fest” over an estimated 2.25-mile course that preserved at least some of the flavor of the traditional 3-mile sojourn, a late-autumn staple for alumni harriers for three decades.
The race, co-sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners, is named for the former Clarkstown North cross country and track coach (1978-89) who would have embraced the snowy conditions with his trademark can-do spirit and deemed it a worthy challenge to be tackled and overcome. On an overcast, chilly 35-degree day, the challenge was accepted and conquered by Kyle Collins and Cailé Kohlbrenner, a pair of college students with family running pedigrees who swept to victory on the flat provisional course.
Collins, a 2012 Suffern High School graduate and junior at SUNY Fredonia, took the lead immediately and held off course-record-holder John Trautmann to win by 50 yards in 11 minutes 49 seconds, a “course record” that may stand forever as a one-time anomaly from the standard configuration. Collins’ dad, Michael, was an accomplished runner for Mepham High School on Long Island and Fredonia State who participates in the Alumni Run every year and has a third-place finish to his credit, in the 1987 race.
Trautmann, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1986, wound up finishing second in 12:00. A 1992 Olympian at 5,000 meters, Trautmann is a three-time Alumni Run champion who set the existing three-mile course record of a blistering 14:08 in 1994. Trautmann recently ran a 4:17 mile at age 46 and is one of the top masters (40 or older) runners in the country. Nick Roosa, Tappan Zee class of 2003, a two-time Alumni Run titlist, returned from an 18-month leg injury to claim third place in 12:04.
Kohlbrenner, a 2011 Tappan Zee alumna and senior at Providence College, captured her fourth successive women’s title in convincing style and placed 19th overall. She clocked 12:59 for a 150-yard victory margin over runner-up Julianne Littmann-Viscardo, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1995, who ran 13:28. Littmann-Viscardo, a former Clemson standout, has won the Alumni Run women’s division a record eight times. Kohlbrenner was a top-10 member of Providence’s cross country team, which finished 13th at the recent NCAA Division I national championships. She is the daughter of Andy Kohlbrenner, Pearl River class of 1981, a four-time Alumni runner-up and 2008 Rockland Track & Field Hall of Fame inductee.
The Clarkstown North men’s alumni edged Pearl River, 84 to 87, to notch their ninth team championship and break a tie with Albertus Magnus for most men’s titles in meet history. Monroe-Woodbury of Orange County extended its records in the women’s division and team participation categories, posting its 11th women’s crown with a score of 26 points and securing team participation honors for the 14th time, with 23 participants. Runners representing 50 high schools from 13 states – including California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota – took part in the race, and entrants’ ages ranged from 18 to 72.
The Alumni Run was renamed in memory of Markiewicz in 1991 and a yearly award was founded to recognize those who have rendered distinguished service to the sport. This year’s Bill Markiewicz Award recipient was Howard Arciniegas, the head athletic trainer at Spring Valley High School, who has served as the on-site athletic trainer and health professional at the Alumni Run for more than 10 years. The award was presented to Arciniegas by Janet Markiewicz, Bill’s widow, who was joined at the event by several Markiewicz family members, including five who participated in the run.
Aside from Trautmann, Littmann-Viscardo and Roosa, another past Alumni Run champion, Brian Crowley, fared admirably. Crowley, Albertus Magnus class of 1982, who won the race back in 1990, placed seventh in 12:16. Not bad for a 50-year-old!
Former Rockland County scholastic meet champions who participated included a pair of three-time winners from Pearl River, Brendan Fennell ’03 and Mike Hickey ’09; Mike Colangelo, Albertus Magnus class of 1975; Jim Dinan, Nanuet class of 1987; and Pete Modafferi, Clarkstown South class of 1995. Fennell was a two-time New York state champion and was voted Male Runner of the Decade for Rockland from 2000-2009. Colangelo, who also was a state individual titleholder, was joined at the race by several fellow members of the Albertus Magnus 1974 squad, which was celebrating the 40th anniversary of its undefeated, New York state and Eastern States championship club.
Larry Beckerle, Albertus Magnus class of 1973, completed the course for the 32nd consecutive time, the only individual never to have missed an Alumni Run.