DOUG SCHMITT, DON SMITH 5K WINNER IN 16:52.

Don Smith Memorial Run
a True 'Success'

BY BILL SMALLWOOD

PORT REPUBLIC, NJ--Cooler temperatures made racing conditions very promising for the 14th Annual Don Smith Memorial Run, held Saturday, May 10, 2003. Race director Bill Smallwood recorded that three hundred and twenty-five people registered for the two events.

Doug Schmitt won the 5K in 16:52 and Millissa Young won the women's division of the 5K in 18:41. Each year, Marriott Seaview Golf Resort donates a two-day/one night stay to the male and female winners of the race. Doug graciously gave his complimentary prize away this year to the first fireman finisher. This was very gracious and greatly appreciated by Gary Morey, this year's first fireman. Don Smith, the race's namesake, was a beloved Atlantic City fireman.

Andrew Priggemeier won the one-mile race in a time of 5:02, while Amanda Weber took the female division in 6:19. This year's race started and finished at Harry Bowen Memorial Park rather than at Port Republic School. The move was a huge success because the park has so much more room to be utilized for parking, registration, and refreshments. With the new gazebo and pavilion at the park, everything was much more organized, making things run more smoothly for volunteers and participants.

Teal Connor, this year's recipient of the $1,000 Don Smith Memorial Scholarship, was recognized at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Her excellent composition is included following this article.

A special thanks goes out to the City of Port Republic for permitting us to put on the race at Harry Bowen Memorial Park. Also we would like to thank the Atlantic County Roads Department for sprucing up the course and the NJ State Police for controlling traffic during the race. Finally, sincere gratitude is given to the Port Republic Volunteer Fire Department for all their help before, during, and after the race.

True Success

BY TEAL CONNOR

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the past four years I have maintained a 4.0 GPA, been inducted into the National Honor Society, received ten varsity letters, participated in five Oakcrest High School plays, been elected vice-president of my class and captain of my cross-country team, while remaining an active member of many clubs ranging from Science Club, to Girls' Athletic Association, to Student Council. In a class of over 300, I am academically in the top ten. Some may define this as success, but is it the success Emerson is referring to? Not quite.

Sweat drips down my face. My feet pound the pavement and my arms desperately pump to gain momentum. One last breath and my legs sprint as fast as possible towards the row of orange cones designated the finish chute. Finished, I grasp onto something for support, gasping for air, happy I'm done. It may have taken twenty-some minutes, but the 5K race I set out to do is over. I accomplished my task. Is this Emerson's definition of success? Still not quite. If we delve further into the race, however, I think we may find it.

The race is no ordinary 5K like I have run numerous times during my four cross-country seasons. It takes place on a (hopefully) sunny day in May, beginning with the Gibersons' singing the National Anthem, ending with awards and the consumption of baked goods. And it is here, on the pavement outside Port Republic School, that you will find Emerson's definition of success.

The man the race commemorates was a firefighter, a memorable citizen of Port Republic, and a successful person. Don Smith fits Emerson's definition. Proven by the number of people that gather in his memory, it is obvious Don Smith touched the lives of many, helped them "breathe easier," and thus succeeded.

Why do I feel I should receive this award? Not because of my past "successes" in my high school or my community, but because of my desire to make my future the same kind of success that Don Smith achieved. Although I never knew him personally, it is obvious to me what an amazing person Don Smith was. Because of him and the obvious influence he had on our community, I am able to understand what Emerson meant and to desire to be successful in the same way. I want to have the same kind of influence and inspiration on my family, friends, and community that Don Smith's memory has had on our community and myself.

MALE

Overall

1. Doug Schmitt 16:52
2. Blake Connor 17:04
3. Carlos Kobles 17:39

Masters

1. John Gogol 18:39

Fireman

1. Gary Morey 20:38
2. Daniel Tamburilla 21:29
3. Lendal Clayton 24:24

14 and Under

1. Brandon Yochim 22:47
2. Brian Flynn 27:14
3. Kevin Wessler 29:30

15-19

1. Andrew Priggemeier 18:12
2. David Favorito 19:10
3. Ryan Marshall 20:05

20-29

1. Michael Berge 20:24
2. Johnny Kraus 22:34
3. Matt Moore 23:49

30-39

1. Sean Clancy 17:50
2. Mark Zaleskiewicz 18:26
3. John Smith 20:35

40-49

1. Jim Stein 19:43
2. Peter Monaghan 19:48
3. David Lyons 20:07

50-59

1. Miguel Lopez 19:22
2. Frank Webb 19:59
3. Bill Dornan 20:57

60-69

1. Rich Bleiler 40:35

70 and Over

1. Ronald Kline 31:30
2. Volkert Veeder 33:31
3. Jim Carter 39:40

Mile

Overall

1. Andrew Priggemeier 5:02
2. Ryan Marshall 5:23
3. David Favorito 5:26

6-7

1. Casey Schrading 7:46
2. Tommy Puhalski 8:18
3. Colton Theiss 8:41

7-9

1. Patrick Briggs 6:49
2. Christian Tamburilla 7:01
3. Colin Ganard 7:06

10-12

1. BJ Weiderhofer 6:50
2. Mike Crosson 7:28
3. Erik Nelson 7:30

13-15

1. Alex Nelson 6:09
2. Matt Danico 6:18
3. Jimmy Eckert 6:27

16-19

1. Ryan Tanghe 8:30
2. Marty Halldorson 11:37

20-29

1. Don McMahon 8:25

30-39

1. John Digamberdino 16:18
2. Mark Fisher 18:02

40-49

1. Jim Stein 5:45
2. Joe Weinert 6:37
3. Terry Mooney 7:11

50-59

1. Tim Kelly 7:33
2. Don Byrne 7:54
3. WE Fields 8:29

60-69

1. Corky Garrison 8:25
2. Stewart Cohen 16:42

70 and Over

1. Michall Bertolini 9:07
2. James Higbee 16:58

FEMALE

Overall

1. Millissa Young 18:41
2. Colleen O'Donnell 20:22
3. Carla Bleiler 20:27

Masters

1. Patricia Librizzi 21:37

14 and Under

1. Stephanie Street 23:54
2. Erin Hill 26:13
3. Shayna Weber 32:05

15-19

1. Amanda Weber 24:08
2. Teal Connor 24:54
3. Eileen Gentile 26:59

20-29

1. Lisa Harris 22:26
2. Kate Anderson 24:19
3. Katie Smith 24:50

30-39

1. Kimberly Carty 21:07
2. Wendy Clark 24:44
3. Christine Karovik 26:05

40-49

1. Michele Faul 24:16
2. Chathie Sterling 26:16
3. Lori Meintyre 27:20

50-59

1. Maggie Carterminton 29:40
2. Lois Clark 31:48

Mile

Overall

1. Amanda Weber 6:19
2. Kristine Smallwood 6:26
3. Melisa Crosson 6:34

6-7

1. Rachel Steelman 8:29
2. Rachael Goloff 9:35
3. Amber Theiss 10:37

7-9

1. Katie Weinert 7:29
2. Katrina Miller 7:29
3. Sarah Goodman 9:03

10-12

1. Danielle Manning 7:00
2. Sarah Street 7:01
3. Mariah Cox 7:07

13-15

1. Beth Mooney 6:59
2. Cory Colijn 7:17
3. Johawna Brady 7:24

16-19

1. Karen Leeds 7:34
2. Cortney Cohen 8:39
3. Becky Crema 8:51

20-29

1. Mayra Nelan 7:25
2. Michelle Street 8:13
3. Erin Savell 9:38

30-39

1. Patti With 10:14
2. Angelae Morton 10:29
3. Wendy Puhalsky 10:41

40-49

1. Cynthia Smallwood 7:23
2. Christine Tucker-Jones 8:11
3. Blanca Muniz 12:13

50-59

1. Babs Pollard 8:35
2. Maria Garrison 9:46
3. Kathleen Smith 13:16

70 and Over

1. Virginia Brannigan 14:34
2. Catherine Seifried 14:36
3. MaryJane Robinson 15:39