Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013

And then there was one.

Larry Beckerle, the former Albertus Magnus star and the longtime coach of the Nanuet girls' XC team, finally outlasted fellow Albertus alum Pat Chambers, the 1983 Alumni champ, becoming the only runner to have finished all 31 Alumni races.  I don't want to speculate on the nefarious methods Beckerle may have employed that resulted in Pat's father's hospitalization, thus ensuring triumph in this three-decades-old competition.  Congrats to Coach Beckerle and to Mr. Chambers as well on a rather amazing accomplishment.

Monroe-Woodbury repeated their dominance of the previous year, sweeping the mens', womens', and participation titles.  The mens' team needed a herculean effort from the Trautmann brothers to hold off a pesky, if undermanned, Clarkstown North side.  If all we need is a former Olympian to come back and help us reclaim the team title, I'm sure we have nothing to worry about.  The womens' race was again only a two-team affair, which the Lady Crusaders handled with ease.  Caile Kohlbrenner won her third straight womens' title, becoming the first woman to crack the top 30 overall.  Carlos Jamieson repeated for the men.

Check out Jamie's write-up and full results below.

Overall Top 30

  1. Carlos Jamieson (NR '05) 15:55
  2. Louis Tafuto (Warwick '06) 16:03
  3. John Trautmann (MW '86) 16:27
  4. Kyle Collins (Suff '12) 16:35
  5. Brian Crowley (AM '82) 17:00
  6. Shai Ben-Dar (Goshen '12) 17:30
  7. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 17:33
  8. Stephen McNiff (PR '12) 17:33
  9. Tom Dillon (CN '97) 17:34
  10. Anthony Calingo (CN '01) 17:46
  11. Nick Sullivan (Goshen '13) 17:54
  12. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, MN '02) 17:55
  13. Jim Trautmann (MW '90) 18:07
  14. Patrick Michen (James O'Neil '13) 18:10
  15. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 18:10
  16. Llaney Hernandez (MW '12) 18:16
  17. Michael Guglielmo (CS '13) 18:28
  18. Danny Kane (TZ '09) 18:32
  19. Brian Holahan (MW '08) 18:36
  20. Ed Ackerly (MW '86) 18:36
  21. Devon White (CN '96) 18:40
  22. Rob Conklin (NR '00) 18:43
  23. Matt McKenna (CN '03) 18:43
  24. Dan Pragdat (CS '11) 18:44
  25. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 18:46
  26. James Higgins (CS '08) 18:53
  27. Frank Visingardi (Nan '86) 19:06
  28. Stephen O'Shea (MW '13) 19:09
  29. Russell Maloney (Walter Panas '09) 19:13
  30. John MacKenzie (TZ '98) 19:20
Womens' Top 10
  1. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 18:46
  2. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 20:56
  3. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS '88) 21:06
  4. Dayna McLaughlin (NR '08) 21:22
  5. Erin Haugh Colleran (Nan '97) 21:24
  6. Mary-Beth Gray (Spartanburg, SC '10) 21:36
  7. Eileen Shiel Herman (CS '81) 21:29
  8. Kristie Horner Kapusta (MW '89) 22:44
  9. Jennifer Newsome Flannery (CS '90) 23:01
  10. Kelly Anne Bondulicj (TZ '11) 23:19
Total Number of Runners: 199

Team Participation: 1. Monroe-Woodbury 44, 2. Clarkstown North 21, 3. Pearl River 18, 4. (tie) Albertus Magnus and Suffern 14, 6. Clarkstown South 12, 7. Nanuet 11, 8. Tappan Zee 8, 9. Warwick 6, 10. North Rockland 5, 11. (tie) Burke Catholic, Goshen, and Ramapo 3, 14. (tie) Arlington, Mepham, Rockland Country Day, St. Barnabas, Spring Valley 2.

Mens' Team Scoring
  1. Monroe-Woodbury 71 (Jo. Trautmann, Ji. Trautmann, Hernandez, Holahan, Ackerly)
  2. Clarkstown North 78
  3. Clarkstown South 167
  4. Pearl River 170
  5. Suffern 219
  6. Nanuet 247
  7. Albertus Magnus 281
  8. Warwick 384
Womens' Team Scoring 
  1. Monroe-Woodbury 48 (LaBurt, Kapusta, Boyle, Smith-Whalen, Holahan)
  2. Clarkstown South 81

2013: Full Results


31st annual Bill Markiewicz Memorial Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run
Saturday, November 30
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), 71; 2. Clarkstown North (CN), 78; 3. Clarkstown South (CS), 167; 4. Pearl River (PR), 170; 5. Suffern (Suf), 219; 6. Nanuet (Nan), 247; 7. Albertus Magnus (AM), 281; 8. Warwick (War), 384; other teams incomplete.

Women’s team scores: 1. Monroe-Woodbury, 48; 2. Clarkstown South, 81; other teams incomplete.

Team participation (combined):  1. Monroe-Woodbury, 44; 2. Clarkstown North, 21; Pearl River, 18; 4. Tie, Albertus Magnus and Suffern, 14; 6. Clarkstown South, 12; 7. Nanuet, 11; 8. Tappan Zee, 8; 9. Warwick, 6; 10. North Rockland, 5; 11. Tie, Burke Catholic, Goshen and Ramapo, 3; 14. Tie, Arlington, Mepham, Rockland Country Day School, St. Barnabas, Spring Valley, 2; 19. Tie, Academy of the Holy Angels (N.J.), Bayside, Chaminade, Commack, Cornwall, Coronado (Ariz.), Croton-Harmon, Hendrick Hudson, Horace Mann, C.D. Hylton (Va.), Jesuit, John F. Kennedy, Kimball Union (N.H.), Minisink Valley, North Babylon, James I. O’Neill, Walter Panas, Port Chester, Potomac (Md.), Shasta (Calif.), St. Cloud Apollo (Minn.), St. Joseph Regional (N.J.), Spartanburg (S.C.), Syosset, Winchester (Mass.), Woodland Hills (Pa.), 1.

Women’s top 20 individuals

1. Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 18:46; 2. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 20:56; 3. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:06; 4. Dayna McLaughlin (NR ’08), 21:22; 5. Erin Haugh Colleran (Nan ’97), 21:24; 6. Mary-Beth Gray (Spartanburg, S.C. ’10), 21:36; 7. Eileen Shiel Herman (CS ’81), 21:29; 8. Kristie Horner Kapusta (MW ’89), 22:44; 9. Jennifer Newsome Flannery (CS ’90), 23:01; 10. Kellyanne Bondulich (TZ ’11), 23:19; 11. Jennifer Boyle (MW ’12), 23:42; 12. Joanne Smith-Whalen (MW ’05), 23:58; 13. Stephanie Betz (Holy Angels, N.J. ’10), 23:59; 14. Elsa Valente (N. Babylon ’81), 24:03; 15. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 24:16; 16. Leslie Ballantyne (Suf ’92), 24:42; 17. Kerry White (CN ’00), 24:46; 18. Megan Curran (TZ ’11), 25:40; 19. Kristen Lowenwirth (CS ’07), 25:52; 20. Meghan Settles (Nan ’00), 26:04.

Overall individual results

1. Carlos Jamieson (NR ’05), 15:55; 2. Louis Tafuto (War ‘06), 16:03; 3. John Trautmann (MW ’86), 16:27; 4. Kyle Collins (Suf ’12), 16:35; 5. Brian Crowley (AM ’82), 17:00; 6. Shai Ben-Dar (Goshen ’12), 17:30; 7. Ben Nilsestuen (War ’01), 17:33; 8. Stephen McNiff (PR ’12), 17:33; 9. Thomas Dillon (CN ’97), 17:34; 10. Anthony Calingo (CN ’01), 17:46; 11. Nick Sullivan (Goshen ’13), 17:54; 12. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, Minn. ’02), 17:55; 13. Jim Trautmann (MW ’90), 18:07; 14. Patrick Michen (James I. O’Neill ’13), 18:10; 15. Jason Friedman (CN ’93), 18:10; 16. Llaney Hernandez (MW ’12), 18:16; 17. Michael Guglielmo (CS ’13), 18:28; 18. Danny Kane (TZ ’09), 18:32; 19. Brian Holahan (MW ’08), 18:36; 20. Ed Ackerly (MW ’86), 18:36; 21. Devon White (CN ’96), 18:40; 22. Rob Conklin (NR ’00), 18:43; 23. Matthew McKenna (CN ’03), 18:43; 24. Dan Pragdat (CS ’11), 18:44; 25. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 18:46; 26. James Higgins (CS ’08), 18:53; 27. Frank Visingardi (Nan ’86), 19:06; 28. Stephen O’Shea (MW ’13), 19:09; 29. Russell Maloney (Walter Panas ’09), 19:13; 30. John MacKenzie (TZ ’98), 19:20; 31. Jamie Kempton (AM ’76), 19:24; 32. Jonathan Farrell (Rockland Country Day School ’01), 19:29; 33. Bill Eldred (MW ’13), 19:32; 34. Devin Geraghty (PR ’12), 19:43; 35. Jim Dinan (Nan ’87), 19:47; 36. Bill Swick (MW ’92), 19:49; 37. David Blumel (MW ’75), 19:54; 38. Alex Berbit (Suf ’99), 19:55; 39. Kevin Chanowsky (MW ’94), 19:56; 40. Tom List (PR ’80), 19:59; 41. Patrick Markiewicz (Burke Catholic ’06), 20:09; 42. Kevin Roth (PR ’11), 20:16; 43. Tim Waples (Suf ’00), 20:21; 44. Jeremy Shriber (MW ’12), 20:35; 45. Barry Braun (TZ ’76), 20:37; 46. Jim Dugandzic (PR ’81), 20:41; 47. Chris Guglielmo (CS ’12), 20:45; 48. David Herbstman (Ram ’79), 20:54; 49. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 20:56; 50. Michael Beckerle (Nan ’79), 21:02.

51. Kim Newsome Chalfin (CS ’88), 21:06; 52. Matthew Walker (CN ’12), 21:17; 53. David Wang (CS ’01), 21:17; 54. Dayna McLaughlin (NR ’08), 21:22; 55. Brian Bader (CN ’99), 21:22; 56. Steve Feinstein (Mepham ’78), 21:24; 57. Erin Haugh Colleran (Nan ’97), 21:24; 58. John Bondulich (TZ ’81), 21:26; 59. Mary-Beth Gray (Spartanburg, S.C. ’10), 21:26; 60. Eileen Shiel Herman (CS ’81), 21:29; 61. Zack Berbit (Suf ’96), 21:34; 62. Dave McGovern (CN ’83), 21:44; 63. Kevin Leonard (AM ’76), 21:46; 64. Dan Brabander (Nan ’83), 21:53; 65. Dan Markiewicz (Goshen ’96), 21:53; 66. Doug Carter (Kimball Union, N.H. ’71), 21:55; 67. Adam Borg (CN ’97), 21:56; 68. Steven Fox (CN ’91), 22:03; 69. Ray Sussmann (PR ’81), 22:05; 70. Douglas Hauser Jr. (MW ’02), 22:10; 71. Greg Mooney Jr. (Nan ’10), 22:16; 72. Ross Stephens (Arlington ’94), 22:18; 73. Matt Ammer (Suf ’94), 22:21; 74.Tim McGlinn (MW ’87), 22:25; 75. Mark Kelly (PR ’84), 22:31; 76. Kristie Horner Kapusta (MW ’89), 22:44; 77. Kevin Lowenwirth (CS ’12), 22:46; 78. Randall Duggan (Shasta, Calif. ’88), 22:53; 79. Ross Edelman (Suf ’06), 22:56; 80. Jennifer Newsome Flannery (CS ’90), 23:01; 81. Daniel Rosenberg (Horace Mann ’90), 23:02; 82. Greg Mooney (Nan ’79), 23:04; 83. Josh Levine (Suf ’96), 23:09; 84. Jason Lipman (CN ’91), 23:10; 85. Brian Markiewicz (War ’10), 23:14; 86. Kellyanne Bondulich (TZ ’11), 23:19; 87. Matt Mulligan (AM ’75), 23:20; 88. Bob Hermesch (Hendrick Hudson ’68), 23:22; 89. Jamie Boyle (MW ’09), 23:32; 90. Chris Goodwin (MW ’89), 23:35; 91. Michael Bernstein (Suf ’95), 23:40; 92. Michael Ward (PR ’81), 23:41; 93. Jennifer Boyle (MW ’12), 23:42; 94. Robert Mauro (CN ’86), 23:44; 95. Chris Craig (AM ’82), 23:44; 96. Mike Moran (AM ’83), 23:45; 97. Nick DiMaria (War ’01), 23:46; 98. Evan Ratnow (Suf ’96), 23:55; 99. Joanne Smith-Whalen (MW ’05), 23:58; 100. Pat Seerey (PR ’05), 23:59.

101. Stephanie Betz (Holy Angels, N.J. ’10), 24:00; 102. Jerry Quigley (Spring Valley ’75), 24:01; 103. Elsa Valente (N. Babylon ’81), 24:03; 104. Larry Beckerle (AM ’73), 24:04; 105. Ben McKenna (CN ’04), 24:06; 106. Michael Kelly (Nan ’79), 24:07; 107. Keith Reilly (PR ’90), 24:10; 108. Jim Freeman (AM ’82), 24:10; 109. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 24:16; 110. Dan Boyce (MW ’95), 24:20; 111. Ed Hushon (AM ’83), 24:22; 112. Matt Diglio (MW ’96), 24:25; 113. Ed Casey (PR ’82), 24:39; 114. Leslie Ballantyne (Suf ’92), 24:42; 115. Kerry White (CN ’00), 24:46; 116. Ed Winslow (MW ’87), 24:54; 117. Danny Mitlof (Coronado, Scottsdale, Ariz. ’83), 24:59; 118. John Murphy (MW ’85), 25:07; 119. Harry Owens (Chaminade ’76), 25:28; 120. Keith Sullivan (MW ’05), 25:31; 121. Megan Curran (TZ ’11), 25:40; 122. Tom Maloney (AM ’72), 25:46; 123. Kristen Lowenwirth (CS ’07), 25:52; 124. Jeremy Meisel (Syosset ’97), 25:53; 125. Kyle Lewis (Cornwall ’98), 26:02; 126. Chuck Sommerlad (MW ’85), 26:03; 127. Meghan Settles (Nan ’00), 26:04; 128. Kevin Monahan (MW ’85), 26:07; 129. Chris Hecht (CN ’01), 26:13; 130. Tom Gilbride (Ram ’78), 26:16; 131. Frank Silvestri (Burke Catholic ’06), 26:24; 132. Matt Beckerle (Nan ’83), 26:26; 133. Michael Collins (Mepham ’78), 26:26; 134. Kristin Edlund (PR ’04), 26:40; 135. Michael Bratsafolis, 26:42; 136. Jessica Kosowicz (MW ’04), 26:43; 137. Kaitlyn Keys (MW ’04), 26:59; 138. Lindsay Colasurdo (MW ’05), 27:07; 139. Mark Greco (NR ’07), 27:15; 140. Ryan Hicks (Rockland Country Day School ’01), 27:17; 141. Stephen Beckerle (AM ’74), 27:18; 142. Joe Horner (MW ’85), 27:18; 143. Joe Holahan (AM ’78), 27:21; 144. Ellen Wilson (MW ’85), 27:26; 145. Joseph Herr (MW ’87), 27:30; 146. George Glum (CN ’82), 27:32; 147. Robin Maloney (J.F. Kennedy ’72), 27:36; 148. Jeff Ratnow (Suf ’89), 28:04; 149. Kathryn Krajewski (Burke Catholic ’07), 28:16; 150. Larry Quinn (AM ’69), 28:21.

151. Chuck Maze (NR ’73), 28:27; 152. Lisa Ansorge Ratnow (Arlington ’96), 28:47; 153. Kathleen Smith Potter (MW ’99), 28:48; 154. Kathy List (PR ’91), 28:51; 155. Michael Orlado (PR ’95), 28:55; 156. Rob McNamara (Nan ’86), 28:55; 157. Meghan Markiewicz (War ’03), 29:21; 158. Jay Kaplan (Spring Valley ’67), 29:26; 159. Denise Esserman (MW ’95), 29:27; 160. Mary Ellen Harding (St. Barnabas ’77), 29:30; 161. Chris Acerbo (St. Joseph Regional, N.J. ’82), 29:36; 162. John Fahy (Woodland Hills, Pa. ’96), 29:41; 163. Christine Smith Amundson (MW ’96), 29:43; 164. Sue Gulla Lanoce (PR ’83), 29:46; 165. Jeffrey Greenberg (Croton-Harmon ’76), 29:46; 166. Dianne Pinto (CN ’87), 29:48; 167. Elisabeth Tischler-Alley (MW ’89), 29:57; 168. John Herr (MW ’83), 30:12; 169. Renate Fersch (CN ’81), 30:33; 170. Kristen Calle (TZ ’00), 30:41; 171. Ken Gerber (CS ’92), 30:46; 172. Rebecca Meyer (Suf ’94), 30:47; 173. Ed Meyer (Jesuit ’92), 30:58; 174. Terry McFadden (Suf ’82), 31:10; 175. Megan Julian (Winchester, Mass. ’04), 31:37; 176. Eve Mascoli (PR ’04), 31:52; 177. Bryan White (MW ’78), 31:53; 178. Bob Lang (MW ’80), 31:57; 179. Shirley Quinn (CS ’81), 32:13; 180. Alan Brandstaedter (CN ’92), 32:13; 181. Sheila Conlon (St. Barnabas ’90), 32:18; 182. Michael Coakley (CN ’87), 32:18; 183. Gerald Conlon (MW ’84), 32:22; 184. Diego Cabezas (Port Chester ’02), 32:35; 185. Brian Leventhal (MW ’95), 32:44; 186. Will Miederra (Minisink Valley ’02), 32:49; 187. Caryn Friedland (CN ’90), 33:13; 188. Laurie Markiewicz (Commack ’89), 33:24; 189. Jen Markiewicz Wagman (Potomac, Md. ’92), 33:25; 190. Mike Markiewicz (AM ’70), 33;46; 191. Chris Markiewicz (Hylton, Va. ’95), 34:41; 192. Jessica Merley (MW ’04), 34:42; 193. Orion Blake (War ’06), 35:00; 194. Lisa Wolgamuth (MW ’85), 35:02; 195. Dan Hogan (Suf ’99), 35:02; 196. Thomas Kelly (PR ’78), 35:48; 197. Mike Greco (PR ’78), 36:02; 198. Warren Berbit (Bayside ’60), 45:58; 199. Sherry Berbit (Ramapo ’69), 45:58.

2013: Jamie's recap


Harriers Rally for One of Their Own at Alumni Cross Country Run

By Jamie Kempton

As seasons go, late autumn is not a traditional time of renewal. But for participants in the Bill Markiewicz Memorial Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run, the last Saturday in November is a time to renew old friendships, retrace the footpaths of their youth, and remember what it was like to tackle the imposing ski-jump hill at Bear Mountain.

Some 200 runners and just as many spectators assembled on Nov. 30 at the historic state park for the 31st edition of the Markiewicz run, co-sponsored by the Rockland Road Runners and named for the former Clarkstown North cross country and track coach (1978-89) who touted the virtues of running with a nearly evangelical fervor. Markiewicz died of cancer in 1991, but his spirit lives on in the festive Alumni Run gathering and in the lives he touched as a coach and mentor.

One of his former athletes, Mike Rogan – A 1986 North alumnus and a Rockland Track & Field Hall of Famer –  went on to a record-setting career at Notre Dame and professional success as an emergency room physician and medical researcher. However, tragedy struck this past summer when Rogan fell down two flights of stairs at his home in Indiana and suffered a traumatic brain injury along with severe facial and skull fractures. He has made progress but faces a rigorous rehab program. After the accident he lost his job and it’s unclear whether he will ever be able to work again in his chosen medical field. He had gotten engaged just weeks before the accident and has a 12-year-old son from a previous marriage.

As part of an effort to assist with his mounting medical and other expenses, Rogan’s former teammates collected donations totaling more than $1,000 at the Alumni Run. The generosity of the local running community gratified the donation’s organizers, who plan a series of fund-raising events on behalf of Rogan.

“If the roles were reversed, and I was in Michael’s shoes, I have no doubt that he would be there for me in my time of need,” said Mike Coakley, a 1987 Clarkstown North graduate and coordinator of the donation effort. “If you were to ask anybody who has had the pleasure of knowing Mike over the years, I am certain they would all say that they could count on Mike for help. He and Coach Markiewicz had a very special relationship, and I am certain Coach ‘Mark’ would like to help Mike in any way possible.”

Rogan competed in the Alumni Run many times, placing as high as second in 1988. The Rams of Clarkstown North have been perennial contenders at the race, having won the men’s team championship eight times, tied for the most in meet history with Albertus Magnus. This year Clarkstown North posted a score of 78 points to finish a close second to Monroe-Woodbury, which repeated as men’s champion with 71 points. The Crusaders from Orange County swept the team honors, claiming their seventh women’s title in nine years and 10th overall with a low score of 48 points, and capturing their 12th team participation crown with 44 entrants.

Runners representing 45 high schools from 11 states – including California, Arizona, Minnesota and South Carolina – took part in the race, and participants’ ages ranged from 18 to 71.

Carlos Jamieson, a 2005 North Rockland alumnus, repeated as overall champion. On a sunny but chilly day with temperatures barely rising above freezing, Jamieson navigated the hilly three-mile course in 15 minutes, 55 seconds for a 40-yard victory over runner-up Louis Tafuto, Warwick class of 2006, who clocked 16:03. Jamieson was the 2003 Rockland scholastic County Meet champion and later starred at American University. He was one of seven runners chosen to the Rockland All-Decade Cross Country team for 2000-2009.

Cailé Kohlbrenner, a 2011 Tappan Zee alumna, sped to her third straight Alumni Run championship. Her winning of time of 18:46 was more than two minutes faster than second-place Suzanne LaBurt, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1981. Kohlbrenner is a junior at Providence College and member of the Friars’ women’s cross country team, which won the NCAA Div. I championship on Nov. 23.

The Alumni Run was renamed in memory of Markiewicz in 1991 and an annual award was established to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the sport. This year’s Bill Markiewicz Award honoree was George Hoy, Spring Valley class of 1969. Hoy ran track and cross country at Spring Valley and has frequently competed in the Alumni Run, including the inaugural year, 1983. He was a fixture on the Rockland track scene for more than 20 years, assisting in various capacities.

Eight members of the Markiewicz extended family participated in the run, and other family members were on hand to support them and the event, including Janet Markiewicz, Bill’s widow.

Past Alumni Run champions fared well again this year. John Trautmann, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1986, is a three-time meet winner and course record-holder at 14:08. He finished third in 16:27. Brian Crowley, Albertus Magnus class of 1982, who won the race in 1990, took fifth in 17:00.

Besides Jamieson, other former Rockland County meet champions who participated included a pair of Nanuet alumni – Jim Dinan, class of 1987, and Erin Haugh Colleran, class of 1997, who placed fifth in the women’s division. Rockland County Track & Field Hall of Fame inductees who competed included Eileen Shiel Herman, Clarkstown South class of 1981, and Dave McGovern, Clarkstown North class of 1983.

Larry Beckerle, Albertus Magnus class of 1973, kept alive his streak of never having missed an Alumni Run. Pat Chambers, Albertus Magnus class of 1976 and the inaugural Alumni Run champion, had his streak snapped at 30.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012

Thirty years seems like an awfully long time, and I doubt that anyone thirty years ago could have envisioned that this race would have grown into what it has become--not only a fixture on the Rockland racing scene, but an event that draws top-flight athletes from throughout the Hudson Valley, providing a high-level competitive experience without sacrificing its family feel.  This year's top 30 runners hailed from 13 different high schools--only five of which were in Rockland County--and provided the mix of youth and experience at the front that the race has become known for.  Yet, the race is still free, still on the same course.  Larry Beckerle and Pat Chambers still toe the starting line.  Janet Markiewicz still presents the race's highest award on the starting line, as she has for the past twenty years.  Never have I been more proud to be included among that illustrious group, still as the only one of Mr. Mark's former athletes to be so honored.

Monroe Woodbury swept the both races and the participation title as well, becoming only the third team to accomplish that feat.  The Lady Crusaders were especially impressive, their 55-point margin of victory good for fourth largest all-time; though with the low turnout on the women's side, this distinction loses a bit of its luster.  Caile Kohlbrenner won her second title in two tries, upsetting the great Julianne Littmann-Viscardo.  The men's race was competitive once again, though not quite as tight as recent years.  Monroe Woodbury's 72 points in securing their third title was the fourth highest winning score ever; the past four years having produced those four highest scores, highlighting the diverse draw of the race across several counties.  The days of dominant men's teams and scores in the 30s, 40s, and 50s may be over.

Full Results
Jamie's write-up

Men's Top 30
  1. Carlos Jamieson (NR '05) 15:59
  2. David McCarey (Middletown '08) 16:14
  3. Nick Roosa (TZ '03) 16:17
  4. Louis Tafuto (Warwick '06) 16:45
  5. Ryan Cross (Suff '12) 17:01
  6. Kyle Collins (Suff '12) 17:16
  7. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 17:09
  8. Thomas Zarnoch (MW '08) 17:37
  9. Armando Oliveria (New Rochelle '85) 17:25
  10. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 17:34
  11. Llanex Hernandez (MW '12) 17:40
  12. Tom Dillon (CN '97) 17:45
  13. Mike Morris (CN '96) 17:47
  14. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, MN '02) 17:57
  15. Bruce Hotaling (JJ-EF '09) 18:07
  16. Brian Holahan (MW '08) 18:11
  17. Marcus DeBergh (MW '01) 18:17
  18. Doug Sklar (CS '91) 18:26
  19. Matthew Walker (CS '12) 18:28
  20. Peter Viscardo (MW '95) 18:30
  21. Chris O'Brien (TZ '12) 18:33
  22. Rob Conklin (NR '00) 18:34
  23. Clint Earnheart (Edmond, OK '96) 18:35
  24. Tom McCarney (CN '93) 18:47
  25. Luke Driscoll (Baldwin '93) 18:48
  26. Michael Sklar (CS '93) 18:50
  27. Devon White (CN '96) 18:54
  28. Tony Modafferi (CS '04) 19:00
  29. Russell Maloney (Walter Panas '09) 19:05
  30. David Blumel (MW '75) 19:08
Women's Top 10
  1. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 19:11
  2. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW '95) 19:32
  3. Kristin Schiesswohl (MW '89) 19:44
  4. Chrissy Clarkin (MW) 20:01
  5. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 21:32
  6. Jacqueline Pollack (TZ '10) 22:17
  7. Trish (Maher) Greany (Ram '81) 22:28
  8. Megan Curran (TZ '11) 22:28
  9. Jeanine Conklin (MW '92) 23:02
  10. Tiffanee McCarney (Fargo North, ND '97) 23:40
Total Number of Runners: 235

Team Participation: 1. Monroe Woodbury 39, 2. Pearl River 23, 3. Clarkstown North 19, 4. Albertus Magnus 18, 5. Clarkstown South 13, 5. Suffern 12, 7. Tappan Zee 11, 8. Nanuet 9, 9. Warwick 8, 10. North Rockland 5, 11. Arlington 4, 12 (tie) John S. Burke, Millbrook, Ramapo, S.S. Seward, and Washingtonville 3, 17. (tie) Goshen, Marlboro, and Spring Valley 2.

Men's Team Scoring
  1. Monroe Woodbury 72 (Zarnock, Hernandez, Holahan, DeBergh, Viscardo)
  2. Clarkstown North 86
  3. Clarkstown South 143
  4. Tappan Zee 195
  5. Suffern 198
  6. Pearl River 229
  7. Albertus Magnus 380
  8. Nanuet 515
Women's Team Scoring
  1. Monroe Woodbury 23 (Littmann-Viscardo, Schiesswohl, Clarkin, LaBurt, Conklin)
  2. Tappan Zee 78

Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 Full Results


30th annual Bill Markiewicz Memorial Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run
Saturday, November 24
Bear Mountain State ParkBear MountainN.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), 72; 2. Clarkstown North (CN), 86; 3. Clarkstown South (CS), 143; 4. Tappan Zee (TZ), 195, 5. Suffern (Suf), 198; 6. Pearl River (PR), 229; 7. Albertus Magnus (AM), 380; 8. Nanuet (Nan), 515; other teams incomplete.
Women’s team scores: 1. Monroe-Woodbury, 23; 2. Tappan Zee, 78; other teams incomplete.
Team participation (combined):  1. Monroe-Woodbury, 39; 2. Pearl River, 23; 3. Clarkstown North, 19; 4. Albertus Magnus, 18; 5. Clarkstown South, 13; 6. Suffern, 12; 7. Tappan Zee, 11; 8. Nanuet, 9; 9. Warwick, 8; 10. North Rockland, 5; 11. Arlington, 4; 12. Tie, John S. Burke, Millbrook, Ramapo, S.S. Seward, Washingtonville, 3; 17. Tie, Goshen, Marlboro, Spring Valley, 2; 20. Tie, Baldwin, Bayside, Bergen Tech, Blind Brook, Bronx School of Science, Chaminade, Colonie, Commack, Dennis-Yarmouth (Mass.), Dumont (N.J.),  Edmond (Okla.), Fargo North (N.D.), Farmington (Conn.), Great Neck South, Haldane, Hendrick Hudson, Holy Angels, C.D. Hylton, James I. O’Neill, Jefferson-Youngsville, Jesuit, John Jay-East Fishkill, Keveny (Cohoes, N.Y.), Long Beach, Manchester (N.H.), Marquette (Chesterfield, Md.), Mendham (N.J.), Mepham, Middletown, Minisink Valley, Murry Bergtraum, New Rochelle, Notre Dame College (Welland, Ontario, Canada), Nyack,  Paramus Catholic, Potomac (Md.), Prescott (Wis.) Rhinebeck, Rosary Academy, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Gabriel, St. Joseph Regional, Shasta (Redding, Calif.), Smithtown, South Kent, Tuxedo, Walter Panas, Weston (Conn.), Woodland Hills (Pa.), Xenia (Ohio), Yorktown, 1.
Women’s top 20 individuals (62 women finishers)
1.Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 19:11; 2. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW ’95), 19:32; 3. Kristin Schiesswohl (MW ’89), 1944; 4. Chrissy Clarkin (MW), 20:01; 5. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 21:32; 6. Jacqueline Pollack (TZ ’10), 22:17; 7. Trish (Maher) Greany (Ramapo ’81), 22:28; 8. Megan Curran (TZ ’11), 22:48; 9. Jeanine Conklin (MW ’92), 23:02; 10. Tiffanee McCarney (Fargo North, N.D. ’97), 23:40; 11. Kelly Bromm (Wash’ville ’11), 23:46; 12. Aime Goldberg MacDonald (Nan ’94), 24:17; 13. Miranda Neri (Haldane ’06), 24:26; 14. Laura Koch (CN ’03), 24:35; 15. Joanne Smth-Whalen (MW ’05), 24:51; 16. Leslie Ballantyne (Suf ’92), 25:14; 17. Catherine Dillon (Prescott, Wis. ’96), 25:47; 18. Stephanie Betz (Holy Angels, N.J. ’10), 25:51; 19. Erin Frawley (Warwick ’00), 25:57; 20. Megan Ahearn  (Warwick ’00), 26:01.
Overall individual results  (235 finishers)
1. Carlos Jamieson (NR ’05),  15:59; 2. David McCarey (Middletown ’08), 16:14; 3. Nick Roosa (TZ ’03), 16:17; 4. Louis Tafuto (War ’06), 16:45; 5. Ryan Cross (Suf ’12), 17:01; 6. Kyle Collins (Suf ’12), 17:05; 7. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick ’10), 17:09; 8. Tom Zarnoch (MW ’08), 17:16; 9. Armando Oliveira (New Rochelle ’85), 17:25; 10. Jason Friedman (CN ’93), 17:34; 11. Llanex Hernandez (MW ’12), 17:40; 12. Tom Dillon (CN ’97), 17:45; 13. Mike Morris (CN ’96), 17:47; 14. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, Minn. ’02), 17:57; 15. Bruce Hotaling (JJ-EF ’09), 18:07; 16. Brian Holahan (MW ’08), 18:11; 17. Marcus DeBergh (MW ’01), 18:17; 18. Doug Sklar (CS ’91), 18:26; 19. Matthew Walker (CS ’12), 18:28; 20. Peter Viscardo (MW ’95), 18:30; 21. Chris O’Brien (TZ ’12), 18:33; 22. Rob Conklin (NR ’00), 18:34; 23. Clint Earnheart (Edmond, Okla. ’96), 18:35; 24. Tom McCarney (CN ’93), 18:47; 25. Luke Driscoll (Baldwin ’93), 18:48; 26. Michael Sklar (CS ’93), 18:50; 27. Devon White (CN ’96), 18:54; 28. Tony Modafferi (CS ’04), 19:00; 29. Russell Maloney (Walter Panas ’09), 19:05; 30. David Blumel (MW ’75), 19:08; 31. Matthew McKenna (CN ’03), 19:11; 32. Cailé Kohlbrenner (TZ ’11), 19:11; 33. Brandon Forzano (S.S. Seward ’10), 19:13; 34. John O’Rourke (J.I. O’Neill ’06), 19:21; 35. Devin Geraghty (PR ’12), 19:25; 36. Kevin Roth (PR ’11), 19:26; 37. Steve Thorp (Warwick ’01), 19:27; 38. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW ’95), 19:32; 39. Kristin Schiesswohl (MW ’89), 19:44; 40. Jamie Kempton (AM ’76), 19:49; 41. Alex Berbit (Suf ’99), 19:52; 42. Mike O’Donnell (MW), 19:57; 43. Chrissy Clarkin (MW), 20:01; 44. Stephen Mulvihill (Jefferson-Youngsville ’10), 20:04; 45. Patrick Markiewicz (Burke Catholic ’06), 20:07; 46. John MacKenzie (TZ ’98), 20:10; 47. Isaac Rodriguez (S.S. Seward ’12), 20:15; 48. Nick Galella (Marlboro ’12), 20:19; 49. Jim Dinan (Nan ’87), 20:24; 50. Tom List (PR ’80), 20:30.
51. Brian Kelly (AM ’75), 20:32; 52. Dan Pragdat (CS ’11), 20:37; 53. Jim Dugandzic (PR ’81), 20:42; 54. Chris Lofaro (Marlboro ’12), 20:55; 55. Stephen McNiff (PR ’12), 20:56; 56. Ray Alicea (CS ’86), 21:00; 57. Ross Stephens (Arl ’94), 21:03; 58. Michael Beckerle (Nan ’79), 21:03; 59. Pete Modafferi (CS ’95), 21:07; 60. Barry Braun (TZ ’76), 21:13; 61. Brian O’Sullivan (PR ’11), 21:19; 62. Ray Sussmann (PR ’81), 21:25; 63. Robert Rossen (Great Neck South ’83), 21:27; 64. David Herbstman (Ramapo ’79), 21:29; 65. John Bondulich (TZ ’81), 21:30; 66. Suzanne LaBurt (MW ’81), 21:32; 67. Steven Estremera (Millbrook ’08), 21:33; 68. Matt Ammer (Suf ’94), 21:33; 69. Steven Fox (CN ’91), 21:42; 70. Dan Markiewicz (Goshen ’96), 21:56; 71. James Whelan (South Kent, Conn. ’07), 22:02; 72. Kevin Heraghty (NR ’94), 22:06; 73. Federico Torres (Murry Bergtraum ’88), 22:13; 74. Jacqueline Pollack (TZ ’01), 22:17; 75. Keith Reilly (PR ’90), 22:18; 76. Thomas Kavanah (Wash’ville ’85), 22:19; 77. Trish (Maher) Greany (Ramapo ’81), 22:28; 78. Noah Chernin (Suf ’00), 22:41; 79. Megan Curran (TZ ’11), 22:48; 80. Adam Borg (CN ’97), 22:57; 81. Bob Enright (PR ’68), 22:57; 82. Patrick Callum (Dumont, N.J. ’78), 22:58; 83. Jeanine Conklin (MW ’92), 23:02; 84. Michael Colangelo (AM ’75), 23:02; 85. Kevin Chanowsky (MW ’94), 23:05; 86. Bob Hermesch (Hendrick Hudson ’68), 23:10; 87. Brian Markiewicz (Warwick ’10), 23:19; 88. Ivan Gilan (Arl ’95), 23:24; 89. Jerry Quigley (SV ’75), 23:30; 90. Tiffanee McCarney (Fargo North, N.D. ’97), 23:40; 91. Michael Kelly (Nan ’79), 23:41; 92. DQ; 93. Kelly Bromm (Wash’ville ’11), 23:43; 94. Brendan Ward (Smithtown ’08), 23:46; 95. Evan Ratnow (Suf ’96), 23:48; 96. Randall Duggan (Shasta, Redding Calif. ’88), 23:49; 97. Chris Kondracki (PR ’11), 23:50; 98. Mike Moran (AM ’83), 23:51; 99. Cody Quinn (Manchester, N.H. ’09), 23:55; 100. Scott Earl (MW ’89), 24:01.
101. Adam Kosowicz (MW ’08), 24:05; 102. John Murphy (MW ’85), 24:08; 103. Todd Machnik (Dennis-Yarmouth, Mass ’90), 24:11; 104. Joe Dolan (PR ’90), 24:16; 105. Aime Goldberg MacDonald (Nan ’94), 24:17; 106. Chuck Sommerlad (MW ’85), 24:19; 107. Ed Hushon (AM ’83), 24:20; 108.Ed Casey (PR ’82), 24:24; 109. Chris Post (Rhinebeck ’91), 24:24; 110. Michael Ward (PR ’81), 24:25; 111. Miranda Neri (Haldane ’06), 24:26; 112. Joe Horner (MW ’85), 24:28; 113. Larry Beckerle (AM ’73), 24:30; 114. Richard Scheinert (Mendham, N.J. ’85), 24:30; 115. Bill Rowland (PR ’75), 24:31; 116. Laura Koch (CN ’03), 24:35; 117. Tom Maloney (AM ’72), 24:39; 118. Matt Diglio (MW ’96), 24:40; 119. Joanne Smith-Whalen (MW ’05), 24:51; 120. Pat Butler (PR ’90), 24:57; 121. Stephen Beckerle (AM ’74), 24:58; 122. George Glum (CN ’82), 25:11; 123. Chris Roth (PR ’10), 25:13; 124. Leslie Ballantyne (Suf ’92), 25:14; 125. Mike Greco (PR ’78), 25:18; 126. Tim Waples (Suf ’00), 25:22; 127. Nick Danyluk (CS ’11), 25:28; 128. Ben Walker (Notre Dame College, Welland, Ontario ’85), 25:38; 129. Christopher Goodwin (MW ’89), 25:42; 130. Dan Winfield (Tuxedo ’62), 25:43; 131. Catherine Dillon (Prescott, Wis. ’96), 25:47; 132. Stephanie Betz (Holy Angels, N.J., ’10), 25:51; 133. Erin Frawley (Warwick ’00), 25:57; 134. Megan Ahearn (Warwick ’00), 26:01; 135. Harry Owens (Chaminade ’76), 26:01; 136. Brittany Mayer (MW ’12), 26:03; 137. Leslie Steinberg (Blind Brook ’04), 26:04; 138. Jered Haag (MW ’89), 26:06; 139. Matthew Beckerle (Nan ’83), 26:12; 140. Douglas Hauser Jr. (MW ’02), 26:14; 141. Kevin Farry (PR ’92), 26:36; 142. Antal Halasz (Nyack ’96), 26:41; 143. Caitlin Holahan (MW ’11), 26:47; 144. Jeff Ratnow (Suf ’89), 26:49; 145. Chris Hecht (CN ’01), 26:50; 146. Tom Mahady (Paramus Catholic ’77), 26:53; 147. Jill Crouther (Marquette, Chesterfield, Md., ’99), 26:55; 148. Jessica Kosowicz (MW ’04), 27:15; 149. Carolyn Chapman (PR ’89), 27:20; 150. Kayla Hart(Nan ’12), 27:21.
151. Vincent DeLuise (S.S. Seward ’12) 27:22; 152. Bridget Bromm (Wash’ville ’09), 27:25; 153. Shawn O’Connor (Minisink Valley ’79), 27:27; 154. Frank Silvestre (Burke Catholic ’06), 27:28; 155. Gibby Sweet (PR ’68), 27:32; 156. John Herr (MW ’83), 27:36; 157. Dianne Pinto (CN ’87), 27:38; 158. Ashley Conklin (MW ’05), 27:40; 159. Joe Holahan (AM ’78), 27:46; 160. Nick Parente (CN ’87), 27:49; 161. Emma Loniewski (TZ ’11), 27:53; 162. Amanda Connell (TZ ’10), 27:58; 163. DQ; 164; Lee Peters Nilsestuen (NR ’80), 27:59; 165. Lisa Viscardo (Colonie ’92), 28:05; 166. Lindsey Nicastro (MW ’05), 28:06; 167. Rebecca Ratnow Meyer (Suf ’94), 28:08; 168. Ed Meyer (Jesuit ’92),28:10; 169. Mike Coakley (CN ’87), 28:10; 170. Shannon Ahearn (Warwick ’98), 28:11; 171. Earl Roosa (Xenia. Ohio ’68), 28:20; 172. Sheila Barnes Lyons (CS ’85), 28:42; 173. Jay Kaplan (SV ’67), 28:42; 174. Renee Luchkiw (CN ’88), 28:52; 175. Michael Heraghty (NR ’90), 28:53; 176. Christine Amundson (MW ’96), 28:54; 177. Jonathan MacDonald (Farmington, Conn ’93), 28:57; 178. Kevin Hart (Nanuet) 29:00; 179. Melissa Estremera (Millbrook ’12), 29:02; 180. Megan Dignan (Millbrook ’12), 29:17; 181. John Fahy (Woodland Hills ’96), 29:17; 182. Larry Quinn (AM ’69), 29:19; 183. Ellen Wilson (MW ’85), 29:22; 184. Pete Chapman (Weston, Conn. ’87), 29:25; 185. Rob McNamara (Nan ’86), 39:31; 186. Douglas Hauser (MW ’78), 29:32; 187. Michael Collins (Mepham ’78), 29:33; 188. Chris Acerbo (St. Joseph Regional ’82), 29:36; 189. Lori Gessman Wheat (Burke Catholic ’82), 29:57; 190. Teresa Scott (CS ’80), 30:00; 191. Maureen Hart (Nan ’85), 20:38; 192. Meghan Markiewicz (Warwick ’03), 30:29; 193. Elisabeth Tischler (MW ’89), 30:30; 194. Gerald Conlon (MW ’84), 30:42; 195. Pat Chambers (AM ’76), 30:42; 196. Mark Markiewicz (C.D. Hylton, Va., ’95), 30:45; 197. Kevin Russo (AM ’74), 30:51; 198. John McNiff (AM ’75), 30:53; 199. Ryan Barden (MW ’04), 31:02; 200. Kathleen (Smith) Potter (MW ’99), 31:13.
201. Cory Mahady (Bergen Tech, N.J. ’07), 31:24; 202. Margaret Markiewicz (Rosary Academy ’76), 32:01; 203. Lisa Ansorge Ratnow (Arl ’96), 32:14; 204. Joachim Ansorge (Arl ’67), 32:23; 205. Susan (Gulla) Lanoce (PR ’83), 32:24; 206. Jessica Scheinert (Mendham, N.J. ’06), 32:32; 207. Renata Fersch (CN ’81), 32:36; 208. Nick Pantaleone (Goshen ’95), 32:40; 209. Jen Wagman (Potomac, Md. ’96), 32:54; 210. Dan Hlavac (PR ’79), 33:02; 211. Andy Kohlbrenner (PR ’81), 33:08; 212. Shirley Quinn (CS ’81), 33:09; 213. Brian Conlon (MW ’85), 33:35; 214. Ken Gerber (CS ’92), 33:46; 215. Eric Brandon (Bronx HS of Science ’86), 33:57; 216. Mike Markiewicz (AM ’70), 34:15; 217. Laurie Markiewicz (Commack ’89), 34:29; 218. Jason Lipman (CN ’91), 34:41; 219. Alan Brandstaedter (CN ’92), 34:48; 220. Dan Hogan (Suf ’99), 34:48; 221. Maureen Teetsel Hunter (AM ’78), 36:17; 222. Jesse Hackell (Long Beach ’68), 36:33; 223. Jeanne Teetsel-Galeota AM ’81), 36:35; 224. Peter Markiewicz (CS ’75), 36:41; 225. Sherry Berbit (Ramapo ’68), 37:03; 226. Sal Viscardo (MW ’91), 38:23; 227. Andy Power (MW ’85), 39:15; 228. Brian Marks (CN ’96), 39:41; 229. Vicki Bibbo (St. Gabriel ’71), 41:30; 230. Marcia Gates (Keveny, Cohoes, N.Y. ’71), 42:54; 231. Jeff Careaga (Yorktown ’79), 43:53; 232. Mike Teetsel (AM ’77), 45:54; 233. Warren Berbit (Bayside ’60), 46:34; 234. Ken Gong (AM ’82), 52:30; 235. Zack Berbit (Suf ’96).

Jamie's write-up for 2012


Jamieson wins first, Kohlbrenner repeats at Alumni Cross Country Run
Monroe-Woodbury sweeps team titles in 30th annual Markiewicz race
 
By Jamie Kempton
 
Who knew back in 1983 that a cross country race launched at Bear Mountain for former high school runners would endure for three decades? Probably not many, but the Bill Markiewicz Rockland Alumni Cross Country Run indeed celebrated its 30th renewal on Nov. 24. A cast of 235 runners braved extremely blustery 40-degree temperatures to re-enact a ritual as anticipated on their calendar as the Thanksgiving feast two days prior.
 
The Rockland Road Runners co-sponsored the popular event, which has a distinctive reunion-type feel with post-race celebrations at the Bear Mountain Inn, the Merry-Go-Round Carousel, and outdoors on the sprawling playfield between those two landmarks.
 
Carlos Jamieson, a 2005 North Rockland graduate, claimed his first Alumni Run victory by touring the hilly three-mile course in 15 minutes 59 seconds. Jamieson, who was runner-up in 2010, battled much of the race with David McCarey, a 2008 Middletown alumnus, and defending champion Nick Roosa, Tappan Zee class of 2003. Jamieson lost the lead to McCarey on the steep ski-slope hill midway through the race, then recaptured it in the last mile to post an 80-yard win over McCarey, who finished in 16:14. Roosa, who won the race in 2005 and 2011, ran 16:17, one second off his winning time last year.
 
Jamieson was the 2003 Rockland schoolboy champion, and later starred at American University. He was one of seven runners chosen to the Rockland County All-Decade Cross Country team for 2000-2009. Jamieson is pursuing a master’s degree in physical education at Columbia University.
 
Cailé Kohlbrenner, a 2011 Tappan Zee graduate, salted away her second consecutive women’s title with a wire-to-wire triumph in 19:12, one tick slower than her winning time last year. Seven-time champion Julianne Littmann-Viscardo, Monroe-Woodbury class of 1995, was runner-up in 19:32.
 
Kohlbrenner is a sophomore biology/pre-med major and runner at Providence College who hopes to become a pediatrician. Providence recently placed second at the NCAA Div. I cross country championships. Kohlbrenner’s father, Andy, Pearl River class of 1981, is a four-time Alumni runner-up and 2008 Rockland Track & Field Hall of Fame inductee. He jogged the race this year due to a longstanding knee injury.
 
Monroe-Woodbury made it a clean sweep of the team titles. After just missing the past two years, the Crusader men outdueled eight-time champ Clarkstown North, 72 to 86, to win their third team crown. The women’s team won for the sixth time in eight years and a record ninth overall, scoring 23 points for a convincing victory over runner-up Tappan Zee, which tallied 78. Monroe has held a monopoly on the team participation championship and this year was no exception. The Crusaders won for the 12th time with 39 participants, far ahead of runner-up Pearl River’s 23.
 
Runners representing 67 high schools from 14 states – including California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Oklahoma – took part in the race, and entrants’ ages ranged from 18 to 70.
 
The annual Bill Markiewicz Award was presented to Chuck Sommerlad, a 1985 Monroe-Woodbury graduate and St. Thomas Aquinas College alumnus. Sommerlad organizes the Monroe-Woodbury team at the Alumni Run each year and is chiefly responsible for the Crusaders’ team participation success.
 
Markiewicz was Clarkstown North’s successful cross country and assistant track coach for 11 years (1978-89) and perhaps Rockland cross country’s most enthusiastic supporter. When he died of cancer in 1991, the race was renamed in his memory and an annual award was established to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the sport.
 
Janet Markiewicz, Bill’s widow, made the award presentation as always. Members of the Markiewicz extended family gathered for the event, including nine participants: Bill’s brothers Mike (Albertus Magnus class of 1970) and Peter (Clarkstown South class of 1975), sister Margaret (Rosary Academy class of 1976), son Dan (Goshen, 1996), and five other family members.
 
Six previous Markiewicz Award winners competed in the race – Albertus Magnus alums Pat Chambers, Larry Beckerle and Jamie Kempton, former Clarkstown North runner Jason Friedman, ex-Pearl River harrier Ray Sussmann, and Mike Collins, formerly of Mepham on Long Island. Five other previous recipients helped coordinate the race – meet founder Tom Doherty, co-organizer Ralph Coleman, officials Kevin Stewart and Lou Hall, and Clarkstown South coach Ray Kondracki.
 
In addition to Jamieson, other former Rockland County meet champions who participated included Mike Colangelo, Albertus Magnus class of 1975; Jim Dinan, Nanuet class of 1987; and Pete Modafferi, Clarkstown South class of 1995.
 
Chambers, the inaugural Alumni Run champion, and Beckerle, Albertus Magnus class of 1973, maintained their streak of never having missed an Alumni Run.
 
 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011

Near-perfect weather helped a very strong turnout for the 2011 Alumni Run, and the quality performances were out in force. To me, the the 29th running was a continuation/confirmation of a number of trends that we've seen over the past several years:
  1. The new course is slow--at least 30-45 seconds slow.
  2. The men's individual racing is HOT, and new blood seems to come to the fore every year, which bodes well for the future.
  3. The men's team race is completely up for grabs.
  4. The Monroe Woodbury women are an unstoppable force of nature.
The Lady Crusaders took their fifth title in the past seven years, and their record eighth overall, in typically dominant fashion, placing four in the top 6 for a 28-point total (second-best all-time) and a 60-point margin of victory (also second-best all-time). What more can you say? At this point, the women in purple are as good as the mid-'80s Albertus teams were, and they don't seem to be slowing down any.

The mens' team race was the exact opposite. No mens' team placed more than two runners in the top 10, and for the third straight year, the winning score broke 80--the three highest winning scores in race history. We are clearly in an era without a dominant team, though the fact that Suffern's winning effort was led by five collegians (top scorer Evan Flach '08 is the oldest member of the team) could portend the beginnings of a juggernaut. The slow death of the Rams' former dynasty continues (emphasis on slow), but we were somehow able to hang on to third for our record 14th consecutive top-3 finish. Pretty soon we'll be shooting for the age group title.

The most important record set on the day? Monroe Woodbury overtook Pearl River for most all-time Alumni Run participants, 633-621. Congrats to the Crusaders! Albertus also passed Suffern for fourth on the all-time list, and Spring Valley crept up into a tie with Nyack for tenth.

Men's Top 30
  1. Nick Roosa (TZ '03) 16:16
  2. Louis Tafuto (Warwick '06) 16:33
  3. Brian Crowley (AM '82) 16:35
  4. Alex Andre (NR '11) 16:47
  5. Rob Gorski (SS Seward '11) 16:51
  6. Evan Flach (Suff '08) 17:03
  7. Aidan Galasso (Suff '09) 17:05
  8. Matthew Strasberg (CN '03) 17:06
  9. Brendan Fennell (PR '03) 17:13
  10. Thomas Lappas (PR '11) 17:26
  11. Terence Galasso (Suff '09) 17:29
  12. Thomas Zarnoch (MW '08) 17:37
  13. John Trautmann (MW '86) 17:41
  14. Ben Nilsestuen (Warwick '01) 17:42
  15. Brian Holahan (MW '08) 17:48
  16. Armando Oliveria (New Rochelle '85) 17:50
  17. Jamie Kempton (AM '76) 17:52
  18. Bryan Herbst (PR '07) 17:53
  19. Jason Friedman (CN '93) 18:06
  20. James Naglieri (NR '11) 18:08
  21. Joseph Grimm (NR '06) 18:08
  22. Keith Lasky (MW '10) 18:24
  23. Paul Mueller (St. Cloud Apollo, MN '02) 18:25
  24. Kevin McKenna (Suff '10) 18:39
  25. Mike Morris (CN '96) 18:47
  26. David Blumel (MW '75) 18:52
  27. Matt McKenna (CN '03) 18:54
  28. Sean Casey (Cornwall '11) 18:55
  29. Gilbert Hawkins (Leonia '98) 18:58
  30. John MacKenzie (TZ '98) 19:01

Women's Top 10

  1. Caile Kohlbrenner (TZ '11) 19:12
  2. Kristin White (MW '89) 19:28
  3. Suzanne LaBurt (MW '81) 20:06
  4. Julianne Littmann-Viscardo (MW '95) 20:19
  5. Lauren Tuchband Cullen (Nan '98) 20:46
  6. Amanda Wheat (MW '05) 20:58
  7. Kim (Newsome) Chalfin (CS '88) 21:17
  8. Rebecca Scheinert (AM '09) 21:23
  9. Dawn (Newsome) Marinaccio (CS '86) 21:49
  10. Erin (Haugh) Colleran (Nan '97) 22:19

Total Number of Runners: 267

Team Participation: 1. Monroe Woodbury 54, 2. Albertus Magnus 31, 3. Clarkstown North 25, 4. Pearl River 20, 5. Suffern 17, 6. Clarkstown South 16, 7. North Rockland 12, 8. (tie) Nanuet and Tappan Zee 11, 10. SS Seward 5, 11. (tie) Arlington, Burke Catholic, Goshen, New Rochelle, Ramapo, Spring Valley, and Warwick 3, 17. (tie) Bergen Catholic, Cornwall, James O'Neill, Rosary Academy, Washingtonville 2.

Men's Team Scoring

  1. Suffern 83 (Flach, A. Galasso, T. Galasso, McKenna, Pereira)
  2. Monroe Woodbury 88
  3. Clarkstown North 110
  4. Pearl River 124
  5. North Rockland 170
  6. Albertus Magnus 172
  7. Tappan Zee 228
  8. Nanuet 525
  9. Clarkstown South 542
  10. SS Seward 570

Women's Team Scoring

  1. Monroe Woodbury 28 (White, LaBurt, Littmann-Viscardo, Wheat, Smith)
  2. Clarkstown South 88
  3. Clarkstown North 124
  4. Albertus Magnus 182