BROWNING ROSS, A TRUE UNSUNG HERO OF OUR SPORT.

The Browning Ross Legacy

BY JACK HEATH

Mt. EPHRAIM, NJ--No two ingredients were more important to the first Browning Ross Bob Kupcha race, held April 16, than these: to be fun and to be competitive. The 5K race succeeded on both accounts. The winners on the hilly cross-country style course, rare for South Jersey, were 28-year-old Dave Welsh in 16:29 and 23-year-old Emily Ward in 19:09.

Welsh is a top runner in the area who works out of the Haddonfield Running Company. The Haddonfield Running Company is an indispensable supporter of running throughout South Jersey and provided awards for this race. Emily Ward, an outstanding runner for Gloucester Catholic (where Olympian Browning Ross was a long-time coach) and the University of Richmond. Just like a Browning Ross race, this event also featured runners coming from a long way away: second place finisher Michael Donnelly hails from Australia. For a long period of time in the 1970s, Ken Kling won every race in South Jersey. Ken, a close friend of Browning, is still going strong and won the 50-59 age category in 20:41.

The fun was provided by a scenic course overlooking picturesque Haddon Lake. Postrace massages were provided by Sports Physical Therapy of Cherry Hill, and plenty of food and drinks were available. The course had a Browning-like surprise that brought runners up a steep trail straight uphill for the finish. The best feature of the race, however, was the familiar feeling of community that you experienced at a Browning race. Many of the same people who ran Browning’s races for so many years were in attendance and ran well. There were also plenty of new runners of all ages--something that would have pleased Browning. Additional features included something Browning thought there should be more of--a kids’ race with medals. There was also a family one-mile walk around the lake. The race was timed by Jane and Gene Hoopes of AKSTS timing. Jane and Gene were long-time friends of Browning who credited him with getting them started in race timing. Among other races, AKSTS now times the Marine Corps and Disney Marathons.

 

START OF THE INAUGURAL BROWNING ROSS BOB KUPCHA 5K.
SHARON MCGOWAN PHOTO
Browning gave many of us our start in running and offered plenty of encouragement along the way.

A fitting tribute is to gather back together in the sport he loved and vicariously taught many of us to love.

Overall

1. Dave Welsh 16:29
2. Michael Donnelly 17:20
3. Tommie Mulligan 18:09
4. Matt Taylor 18:31
5. Emily Ward 19:09
6. John Yanzuk 19:16
7. Paul Miller 20:22
8. Ken Kling 20:41
9. Tina Digiovanni 20:45
10. Chris Brier 20:49
11. Tom Campo 20:56
12. Dave McCollum 21:15
13. Terence McPeak 21:38
14. Shaun Rendell 21:46
15. Lou Sarfiego 21:49
16. Chuck Sellers 21:54
17. Lee Ooi 22:49
18. Carmen Tierno 22:51
19. Andrew Lox 23:05
20. Michael Green 23:10
 

RACE WINNER EMILY WARD (#1425) AND SHANNON MCGOWAN
(#1416) WITH THE CURRENT GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC XC TEAM.
SHARON MCGOWAN PHOTO
21. Shannon McGowan 24:37
22. David Jenkins 24:55
23. Dave Benson 25:11
24. Eric Smith 25:37
25. Erika Page 25:46
26. George Jackson 26:01
27. Norman Ostroff 26:07
28. Ann Warsing 29:07
29. Tom Ward 29:14
30. Renee Candelori 29:52
31. Catherine Kain 30:36
32. Colin Kelly 31:09
33. Christopher Genther 31:11
34. Paul Kupcha 31:35
35. Peter Townsend 31:36
36. Bill Aquinto 32:14
37. Jim Dougherty 34:44

MALE

Overall

1. Dave Welsh 16:29

14 and Under

1. Colin Kelly 31:09

 

A GATHERING OF GOOD FRIENDS: JACK HEATH,
BILL MCGUINNESS, AND BOB KUPCHA.
15-19

1. Matt Taylor 18:31
2. Terence McPeak 21:38
3. Christopher Genther 31:11

20-29

1. Shaun Rendell 21:46
2. Andrew Lox 23:05
3. Dave Benson 25:11

30-39

1. Tommie Mulligan 18:09
2. John Yanzuk 19:16
3. Paul Miller 20:22

40-49

1. Michael Donnelly 17:20
2. Dave McCollum 21:15
3. Lee Ooi 22:49

50-59

1. Ken Kling 20:41
2. Tom Campo 20:56
3. Chuck Sellers 21:54

60 and Over

1. Lou Sarfiego 21:49
2. George Jackson 26:01

FEMALE

Overall

1. Emily Ward 19:09

15-19

1. Shannon McGowan 24:37
2. Erika Page 25:46
3. Catherine Kain 30:36

20-29

1. Tina Digiovanni 20:45

40-49

1. Renee Candelori 29:52

60 and Over

1. Ann Warsing 29:07