Howe and M. Byrne Victorious at Midland 15K;
Nann and Ondieki Capture 5K

 

THE LUSH, VERDANT SETTING IS APPARENT AS RUNNERS BREAK FROM THE START OF THE VOLVO MIDLAND 15K.
WAYNE BAKER PHOTO

BY WAYNE BAKER

FAR HILLS, NJ--Doris Correa, Cathy Grote, and Catherine Stone-Borkowski all win races. On days when they don't win, they usually don't lose by much. Sunday, May 18, which featured almost perfect running weather--temperatures in the 50s, overcast with a hint of drizzle--was one of those unusual days. Carol Howe, a Canadian living in Summit, NJ, crushed the women's division with her 53:09 clocking. Howe dominated the race from the gun. By mile 4, Howe led by about 90 seconds; by 6 her lead had grown to about 2½ minutes; and over 3½ minutes by the finish. Correa took second; Grote, a local favorite, third; and Stone-Borkowski, fourth.

Howe, the mother of two, is working hard to make the 2004 Canadian Olympic team. She clocked a 2:34:29 at Grandma's Marathon on June 20, 2003.

The men's race featured an early pack of five, but by the five-mile mark, only Matthew Byrne and Rafael Veras remained. As the race wore on, Byrne proved too strong and moved comfortably into the lead.

The undercard for runners is the 5K race which was won by Laura Nann and Stephen Ondieki. There are also shorter races for children, mountain-bike races, and a health walk.

The Midland Runs are part of an all-day, family-oriented sports festival to raise money for the Midland School in North Branch, NJ. The school is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian rehabilitation center for children ages 5-21 with cognitive, behavioral, and communication disorders. The festival-like atmosphere and the lush, park-like setting invites racers to picnic.

The 15K course begins and ends on a grassy field at Moorland Farms. The course then proceeds onto gravel roads before moving to pavement near the midpoint of the race. Scenery along the course includes both lakes and streams. The start of the race, with the Volvo balloon alongside, is one of the most picturesque around.

 

MATTHEW BYRNE CELEBRATES AS
HE WINS THE MIDLAND 15K IN 48:25.
WAYNE BAKER PHOTO
MALE

15K

1. Matthew Byrne 48:25
2. Rafael Veras 49:19
3. Doug Cross 49:26
4. Stephen Getman 49:48
5. Brian Harshman 49:50
6. Michael Walker 50:23
7. Carlos Nunes 50:34
8. Brian Harris 50:53
9. Anthony Cioce 50:57
10. Ken Rolek 51:23

5K

1. Stephen Ondieki 15:27
2. Mike Melfi 15:33
3. Mohammed Saidi 15:43
4. Nick Albanito 15:54
5. Jarek Lazarowicz 16:16
6. Matthew Byrne 16:23
7. Christian Bowen 17:38
8. Neil Ardeshna 17:52
9. Jp Botti 17:53
10. Thomas Peppard 18:09

FEMALE

15K

1. Carol Howe 53:09
2. Doris Correa 56:48
3. Catherine Grote 56:54
4. Catherine Stone-Bork 57:35
5. Kimberly Keenan-Kirk 57:50
6. Uli Bromme 57:55
7. Jennifer Malavolta 58:17
8. Megan O'Brien-Duerri 58:59
9. Linda Flanagan 59:51
10. Laurie Gordon 1:00:10

5K

1. Laura Nann 20:03
2. Katie Worthington 21:09
3. Lisa McGhee 21:19
4. Holly Bronco 21:38
5. Janet Patterson 22:03
6. Cindy Viola 22:19
7. Alicia Gregorio 22:24
8. Elizabeth Donnelly 22:28
9. Samantha George 22:38
10. Lisa Digiacinto 22:39