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Morris Mauler Results
May 3, 2015


11th Morris Mauler 5K
Hibernation Edition

September 13, 2008


~~ Most Improved Results ~

  • Collins wins his 1st Title @ Mauler!
  • Jenna Kalwa wins 5th Title "in a row!" A "5-peat??" on sloppy, rocky, muddy course.
  • Detrolio and Pierret run their 10th Morris Mauler race!

Rick Detrolio and Kirk Pierret ran their 10th Morris Mauler race.   Rick Remains Undefeated in his age group for every race he has run here. Superman (on his shirt) remains one of the toughest 65 year old runners in NJ and dominates tough challenges like this course.

Liam Collins from Princeton won the 11th Morris Mauler by pulling away from 4 time winner Dominic Grillo. Liam took it out hard, fought for the lead over the first 2 hills and never looked back as he motored to a very impressive 19:02 on the extra slow conditions for New Jersey's toughest 5k race. Duncan Villareria, although arriving 90 seconds before the start, took 3rd place, running a very gutty race without the proper warmup needed for a strong race on this brutal course.

Jenna Kalwa from Princeton, although just starting her season as a freshman on the powerful Hopewell Valley Girl's Cross Country team (and she is only their 3rd girl), won her unprecedented 5th Morris Mauler title. She ran a very impressive race and finished in 23:22 on the slow, muddy, rocky, rooty, slippery course.  She won by a small margin over Alexandra Niles of Montclair. Alexandra stayed very close for first 2 1/2 miles until Jenna's experience and knowledge of our course prevailed. Nancy Siestsma of Mahwah rounded out the top 3 by gaining the bronze medal in her 1st Morris Mauler.

Kirk Pierret (10th race) of Whippany and Chris Ryan of Morristown were top men masters runners.  Siestma and Lisa Digiacinto of Succasuna were top women's masters runners, placing very high overall, showing that age and experience can win out over the younger novice runners.

James Button won yet another age group title as he dominated the race directors age group... maybe.... directing the race and racing the course in the spring for an attempt at the 50's course record???? Jim says he is up for the challenge.....

Bulmer from Whippany and Mattiace from Madison ran away with Most Improved awards.  They showed gutty, gritty, hard work in preparation, and determination in battle, to notch Most Improved top honors.  The Skydel family continues to excel and improve, as MIP award was expanded to top 10 runners setting up the "New 1st time ever" Handicapped Stakes race. (see story at left, top)

Dave Mattiace battled defending champ John Guth over the last 1/2 mile to win 1st title as top Clydesdale, in personal record setting time, using new patented racing shoes for Mauler races.... Kristina Spirito of Fords prevailed by only 12 seconds over defending champion Dana Zarlenga of Green Brook for the Athena title.

Hoch and Olivola remain "Undefeated" in the horseshoe tournament at the post race party. Brennan and Wisse were runners-up, winning "consolation match". Wisse Claims footfault was the key to their demise....

Thanks to Jeff Webb, Dana Gross, Ed Levy, Roger Price, John Guth (8 races), Chris Ricciardi (8 races), Greg Mullins, and of course Bob Koppenol of Starting Line Sports for invaluable help in putting on this race after all the setbacks during the prior week. John and Chris gave up their warm-up in assisting to lay out the course after the torrential rain storm of Friday night. We would not have had this event without them. We thank you so much and appreciate your kind and considerate help throughout the preparation for this event.

We hope you have enjoyed another RunnersMecca event.

More to come.

9th Morris Mauler 5K
Hibernation Edition

November 3, 2007


~~ Most Improved Results ~~

Sabatino and Kalwa win 9th Morris Mauler 5k

John Sabatino, 40, returned to win his 1st Title after 4 tries, having placed a 3rd, a 2nd, and a 5th in his previous attempts in 2004 and 05. John has been having a great year as a master runner and pulled away from newcomer "Iron man" Murray Resinski to win by 13 seconds in a great battle of front runner versus pursuer. Both Runners are from Local Morris Plains. Joseph Skydel from Mendham, a Newark academy H.S. runner, took 3rd place by slashing nearly 2 minutes from last years fall race time.

Jenna Kalwa won her 3rd consecutive Morris Mauler title and broke the 3 year old course record by 20 seconds. Jenna ran an incredibly strong race up the hills, erasing the "Cross Country Legend" Joy Jaworowski's time of 22:38. Danielle Stanton took 2nd place in her 1st Morris Mauler race. Natalie St. John of local Mendham rounded out the top women by running her 4th Morris Mauler race having always finished in the top 3 spots.

John Guth, Brian Karl, and Mike Lysak were the top Clydesdale runners (men 195 and over) battling the brutal hills as the strong runners they are. It is tough enough for a sleek/lithe distance runner to run up these extreme climbs let alone the stalwart performances of the bigger guys.

Hard work does pay off as returning runners vie for the coveted "Most Improved Runner" awards. Daniel Lim from Great Neck, NY won the top spot chopping off 14% off his previous best. Rounding out the top finishers, beating their previous bests by substantial time were  Ryan Alderson, Joseph Skydel, Ryuichi Saito, Brian Karl, Brian Knierem, Jodi Tofel and Stephanie Abrusia. Of course their times pale to their road times by 3-4 minutes, but pain and battle of will is the effort it takes to improve on New Jersey's toughest 5k race!

National Class Veteran Runners J.L. Seymore and Rick Detrolio smashed 60 and 65 year age group records respectively.

The weather was a chilly 48 degrees but wind and rain held off on the cloudy Saturday morning as all runners were treated to our special Vegan Chilli and great barbecue cookout and lots of other trail running foodstuffs.

Thanks to all participants for making this a great event and the race staff for treating the runners with such enthusiasm and kind attention.

View some photos of the course here

7th Morris Mauler
Hibernation Edition

November 4, 2006


~~ Most Improved Results ~~

Dominic Grillo wins his 4th Morris Mauler Title in 18:54. Jenna Kalwa and Natalie St. John Smash age group record as they take 1st and 2nd overall in Women's race.

Jenna Kalwa of Pennington, NJ ran an impressive 23:22 on the tough course layout, challenging every hill, as she pulled away from the field and picked up her first of what could be many Morris Mauler titles. Tori Martin of Milford finished a strong 3rd place in 24:34, breaking her age group record by nearly 2 minutes. Mike Anis of Edison, NJ took 2nd place after stalking Dominic Grillo of Somerset for the 1st half of the course, before Dominic pulled ahead on the uphills. Paul Julich of Morris Plains took 3rd place.  Checkout the updated Mauler Hall of Fame!

Thanks to Starting Line Sports for their generous gift certificates to award the winners and the Inov-8 trail shoe raffle drawing giveaway. The race crew received rave thanks from the runners, and everyone had plenty of Veggie Chilli and miscellaneous foods and snacks on this perfect running day. This was the biggest Morris Mauler race held so far with a record number crowd of over 200 entrants.

Enilda Indyk, Susan Olesky, Lisa Digiacinto, Dylan and Christian Kalwa also broke their respective age group records on this 7th running of this classic cross country / trail "hybrid" race.

Most Improved runners were John Dixon, Andrew Louie, Andrea Libretti, Gene Hammond, Joseph Kovacs, Kessiah Carlbon, and Greg Verhoff. Thanks to everyone for making this such a great event.

Summer Screecher 5K
September 9 , 2006
The only race with a folk music fest!


Mike Bertocchi, a High School Junior (former 52 quarter miler/sophomore moving up to distance running) from Morris Plains, NJ won the 1st Summer Screecher 5k Trail race with a 20:38 over the tough layout of this new event from Beautiful Sunrise Lake area of Lewis Morris Park. Carl Goldschmidt, a strong masters runner from Doylestown, PA was only 5 seconds back in 2nd place. Carrie Brox of Princeton was the overall woman's winner by a solid 2 minutes as she navigated the course and finished looking as fresh as she started.

The Course rates a 7.7 on the "Hillometer" Chart and a rugged 5.3 on the "Stability/Agility Scale" rating system for trail running. The tough climb up the Orange trail with exposed roots, rocks and tight turns between 1 1/4 and 2 miles makes this race a challenge for everyone's off road running skills.

The great Picnic/cookout/Music Festival/party at this serene picturesque location was an occasion to remember with ideal conditions and lots of food and socializing. Thanks to everyone for making this first event such a success and stay tuned for the next event at this location. The tremendous volunteers with such a friendly demeanor made this race a wonderful experience. Thanks to Starting Line Sports for the gift certificate awards for overall and age group winners.

Word has it that March / April will host the "Wobbly Wombat" 6 miler @ Sunrise lake picnic area again. Good luck to everyone at the Upcoming 7th "Morris Mauler" 5k at the upper Sugarloaf / Mendham overlook picnic location. Remember, to run well up the hills, one must train on hills specifically to overcome the challenge of severity of the 4 brutal hill climbs. "Top 7" most improved runners will get special awards at the Hibernation edition of the Morris Mauler. Happy trails and stay healthy!

Morris Mauler 5K
Hibernation Edition

November 5, 2005

Eamon Drew of Morristown wins 5th Morris Mauler 5k breaking course record in a time of 18:40 !!!
Mariah Seminara of Neigboring Mendham tops strong women's field in 3rd best all-time performance.


Eamon Drew fought off a tenacious Brian McAuley of Florham Park as both runners hammered up the tough hill climbs to win his 1st Morris Mauler title. Eamon's time of 18:40 broke Dan Feder's former record of 18:50 on the beautiful sunny 65 degree day. Eamon trains here often from the local Delbarton School. Mariah Seminara of nearby Mendham pulled away from Lisa D'Alessandro of Morristown over the last 1/2 of the course to win her first title on toughest 5k race in NJ. Angie Dello from Whippany ran a very strong 3rd place finish besting her previous top time on this brutal course of hills and trails. Mark Lorello of Budd Lake was the 1st Master runner. William Piwtoratsky was the Most Improved runner beating his best time by a huge margin in his 3rd consecutive running of this challenging course. All runners enjoyed home made Vegan Chili, cookout, liquid refreshments, in the perfect fall weather. Thanks to everyone for making this event a success. Next Year's spring Morris Mauler will be Sunday, June 4th, 2006 and the Fall Hibernation Edition will be Saturday, November 4th 2006.

Morris Mauler 5K
Hibernation Edition

November 21, 2004


12th Morris Mauler 5K:
Handicap Stakes Edition

November 1, 2008

~~ Results ~~

~~ Net Time Results ~~

A First-Ever in NJ Event !

This race was in Honor of Marvin Allen and Paul Krentar, Running Officiondos and friends!

The top 25 finishers were Awarded beautiful Plaques in this inaugural and Annual Event

(2009 race will be Oct 24th or 31st) .

The Race featured a New handicapping system using prior Morris Mauler bests, road bests and Age Grading!
The new "Handicapped Stakes" format race turned out to be as exciting a race as has ever happened on this classic Brutal layout @ Lewis Morris Park in Morris Township, just adjacent to Jockey Hollow National Park. The Weather was absolutely perfect with race temperatures in the Low to Mid 50's and reaching 60's for the picnic and barbecue following the exciting finishes of one of the best of the 12 Morris Mauler races. The Morris Mauler race is a Cross Country race with some Trail features to make this a unique XC/TRail Hybrid Race.

Our Winner of this inaugural race was Rick McNulty from Mount Tabor with a great 3 and a 1/2 minute improvement to his time from the 1st Morris Mauler race ever held on that Snowy Cold December Morning with the course dry-crusty-snow covered day with temps in the upper 20's and low 30's throughout the day. This was his 2nd Morris Mauler race. He overcame Ira Augenzucker, Cranford, a tenacious and driven competitor trying to hold off the last hill climb challenge of McNulty, who tried to pass him over and over, but both runners were spent. The course was modified to have "exactly" 1/4 mile to the finish after eclipsing the final climb of the B...s....d Hill and the 17 years of youth prevailed as Ira just could not hold off Rick's leg speed in an exciting finish to an exciting race.

Kevin Daly of Long Valley, cross country coach at Parsippany Hills, passed 3 runners in last 500 yards to finish 3rd. Carl Bull, West New York, also chopped off 3 minutes to finish 4th overall in this staggered start race. (All runners had their own starting time, based on their previous racing resume.) Karen Sullivan, Basking Ridge, rounded out the top 5 places by holding off the "Upstart" Cande Olsen, Chatham, who also chopped off nearly 3 minutes from her previous time. Cande has set 13 Personal Lifetime Best Times in this exciting 2008 season at the "young age" of 58. She is also assistant race director for the exciting Giralda Farms Races (5k and 10K) in Convent Station (Madison), New Jersey. They should have nearly 1,000 participants for the 1st time this year.

JL Seymore set a new 60's course record in an unbeatable 22:27! Most 40 and over runners would love to run this fast on the toughest 5k course in New Jersey. JL is 63 1/2 years young. All in al,l 2/3 of the runners set "Course Best" times and we had a heck of a party afterwards. Hoch and Schick went undefeated in Horseshoes against much younger and "eyesight worthy" competitors, but nevertheless held off late game rallys from the likes of the Tummey and Guth Express team. Maybe they will finally humble down and realize their demise.

Thanks so much for all the help of the gracious volunteers, and of course a special thanks to Dave Siconolfi and Compuscore for helping to initialize this brand new system of racing that will make it's road debut in 2009 with a mass finish not seen at usual road races.

Marvin and Paul would have been proud to have witnessed this great racing format and I thank them for their cameraderie, their friendship, their devotion to the sport, and their living life to the fullest and all ideas they shared with many race directors and their participation in living, the most important Sport in life.

Thank all of you for participating and hope you had a great day at this new and Exciting event!!!!!!!

10th Morris Mauler 5k
Spring Edition

May 11, 2008


~~ Most Improved Results ~~

Kalwa wins 4th in a row! Roman runs fastest Mauler of all-time in 2nd Victory! Juronics and Ehmann shatter Age group records!

Race Conditions were perfect w/temps in low 60's during race, low humidity, shade, and good footing on the 10th running of the Morris Mauler 5k Cross Country/ Trail race. Happy Mothers day for all moms, who all received roses, and hopefully had a wonderful day, except for brutal hill climbing of the race.

Scott Roman, age 19, of Monroe, NJ ran 18:25 to break a Brian Harris's course record of 18:34 Scott's race was an extremely strong performance and should put him well into mid 15's on the road this spring. Nick Birosik of Easton, PA became only the 5th person to break 19, which would have won most of the previous Mauler races,but he had to settle for a very good 2nd place. Peter Ehmann, age 13, of nearby Mendham finished 3rd and set a nearly unbeatable new age group record of 19:58, and recording the best Age Graded performance (PLP) of "every runner" of all 10 Mauler races ever run.

Jenna Kalwa recorded her 4th victory in a row, running a very strong race throughout, as she soon will be running for a very solid Hopewell Valley High School team. Alexandra Niles of Montclair finished just 3 yards in front of Shelly Cutlip of Chatham in a very exciting match race for 2nd and 3rd female.

Nationally ranked Sue Juronics set a phenomenal new age record for a 60 year old along with breaking her previous time from 5 years ago by 1 1/2 minutes.

Joe Aznar, Chris Core, and Jimmy Hart lead MiP runners with big improvements on the personal bests. After battling cancer over last few years, Jimmy "love" Hart smashes P.R. to coincide with his remission and reimbark on his running career. Rounding out Most Improved runners were Jack and Stephen Skydel, Maureen Noland, Scott Wisniewski, and Shelly Cutlip as they also set new P.R.'s on their previous performances @ Lewis Morris Park on this most difficult hilly and rugged course.

Leading the Clydesdales and Athena Category were John Guth, Alec Savitsky, Steven Silverman, Dana Zarlenga and Kerry Roberts.  They all ran tough competitive times on this brutal course.

We hope all runners enjoyed the fine "spread" of fruits, Veggies, Chocolates, PB&J, Cookies, Snacks, and cookout and beer after the tough race and we wish you good health the rest of the year. Thanks to the massage therapists for sharing their time providing invaluable therapy to the "beaten up" runners. September 20th is the date for the Hibernation Morris Mauler 2008 !

All the Morris Mauler Races, Participants & Times on one spreadsheet ~ click here!

Kalwa and Roman win 8th Morris Mauler !

June 3, 2007


Jenna Kalwa of Pennington won her second consecutive Morris Mauler by improving her time by 20 seconds and running the second fastest time ever on the course (only two-time winner Joy Jaworski has run faster). Scott Roman improved his best time by 12 seconds to record his first victory in two tries at the Brutal Lewis Morris Park course. Former winner Dan Feder was 2nd and Princeton Sophomore Henry Feder was 3rd overall, chopping off an amazing 5 1/2 minutes from his previous best time set three years ago. Nova Roman from Monroe took runnerup honors on her first try on the course. Natalie St. John of nearby Mendham finished 3rd place in her 3rd consecutive Morris Mauler, having placed runnerup twice previously - St. John is 12 years old!

Rick Detrolio won his age group again for the 7th time in seven tries, as he has only once missed this classic cross-country / trail hybrid race. Rick smashed the course record for his new age group by over 3 1/2 minutes. Stephan Armington, Jeremy O'Leary, and Brian Karl led the top Clydesdales with very strong performances to climb the steep uphills. Times were consistant with past Mauler races, as runners ran from 3 to over 5 minutes slower than their road 5k times.

The weather turned out perfect as temperatures were moderate and the picnic/post race party was plentiful with many berries of all sorts to start off the post race food festival. Most runners hung around for the cookout and snacks and refreshments of all imaginations on this beautiful day.

The top people from the Most Improved Runner category were led by Michael Ztanze, who chopped off 8 1/2 minutes after extensive hill training in preparation for challenging his best previous time. Henry Feder, Elizabeth Kenyon, Keith Smerak, David Mojica, Ginny Platania, and Steve Ambrosi rounded out the other top seven most improved award winners who have come back time and again to master and tackle this ultra tough 5k race course.

Thanks to all volunteers , participants and Starting Line Sports of Madison for making this such a challenging and enjoyable event.

Morris Mauler 5K
Spring Edition

June 4, 2006

Wendy Locke of Boonton and Brian Harris of Clinton win 6th running of the Morris Mauler 5k race.


All times on course by runner spreadsheet - NEW!
(Including June 4, 2006!)

Mauler All-Time Best Performance by Age Group List!

The Spring Edition of the Morris Mauler 5k Cross Country/Trail race featured a new course record of 18:34 as Brian Harris eclipsed Eamon Drew's year old record of 18:40 on the always tough - and this year's wet and mushy - course. Wendy Locke returned for her 2nd attempt and came away in victory over a tenacious run from Nicole Corre of Hoboken (2nd place), and Gazelle-like running from newcomer Natalie St. John of Nearby Mendham (3rd place). At the age of 11, St. John astounded everyone with some great uphill running ability. Three-time winner Dominic Grillo was runner-up, matching last fall's 19:12 time. (Grillo has run the race five times.) Greg Mullins of Wharton finished in 3rd place with a strong run, along with his assistance as a race volunteer.

Thanks to Inov-8 shoes for donating two pairs of trail running shoes and Starting Line Sports for their generous donation of gift certificates to overall and age group winners. Everyone enjoyed all the luscious strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, Hochade sports drink, snacks, chocolate, and the great bar-b-cue following the event. Fun was had by all, of course, after the challenge of the ferocious hill running involved for the day.

Most Improved runner awards went to John Kiraly, Elizabeth Macchiaverna, Bob Koppenol, Silvia Louie, Chris Jaworski, and Kessiah Carlbon.

Thanks to everyone for making this race so popular. We hope all had a great day!

Morris Mauler 5K
Spring Edition

May 8, 2005


Dominic Grillo won his 3rd Morris Mauler title on the New Modified Mauler course in 19:04. Even though the course is clearly tougher than the old course with the increased difficulty, Dominic was still able to run a similar winning time. Dominic typically runs low 16's for the road 5k to indicate the challenge of the Morris Mauler 5k course. Jodi Sancetta won her first title as Champion of the Morris Mauler 5k Spring x-country/Trail race. Jodi pulled away from her rivals after the 2nd big hill climb @ the midpoint of the race and looked strong finishing her 2nd Morris Mauler race. Robert Pasqual was the first Master runner as he finished his 4th Morris Mauler race. The next Morris Mauler will be Saturday, November 5th. (This is NY Marathon weekend) So come on out on Saturday for the race and sit @ home on Sunday and watch the NY Marathon on T.V

Morris Mauler 5K
Spring Edition

April 10, 2004

Diane Ross and Daniel Feder won the Morris "Spring" Mauler 5k race on April 10, 2004. They set new course records for the course. Top runners were up to 2 minutes slower than usual 5k times for the tough course. Most runners who usually run over 21 minutes for 5K were up to 3 and 4 minutes slower than their usual times on this incredibly hilly and challenging course. Thanks to all those that participated. It was a great day, with temperatures in mid 50's and the sun shining brightly! Results here.