DeMonico, Drapkin win at Marlboro Autumn Amble
By tim morris Staff Writer JEFF HUNTLEY Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin crosses the line as the women’s winner of the first Autumn Amble on the grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday. The inaugural Marlboro Autumn Amble had a familiar winner, South River’s Dave DeMonico. DeMonico picked up where he left off two weeks ago at the Bayshore 5K Classic in Holmdel when he captured the Marlboro Autumn Amble on Saturday. It added to the already impressive list of area road race victories for the busy South River runner. The Marlboro Autumn Amble was a 5K run through the picturesque grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, off Route 520. DeMonico was not seriously challenged in this cross-country type race, taking the lead early, as is his m.o., and cruising to the win in 16:12. Former Marlboro High School runner Josh Lunde was DeMonico’s nearest pursuer, taking second place after a 17:07. Third place went to Mike Simonetti of Old Bridge (17:58). Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin was the women’s champion, turning in a 21:22. Like her male counterpart, DeMonico, Drapkin’s win was decisive. Nina Gutkowski of Princeton was second (22:04), just ahead of former Manalapan High School runner Maya Levy (22:05). Age group winners among the men were: 12 and under, Ben Forrest, Jackson (21:51); 13-17, James Coomber, Marlboro (18:53); 23-27, Michael Krot, Union Beach (21:47); 28-32, Bob Reilly, Morganville (20:37); 33-37, David Johnson, Madison (18:46); 38-42, Swidam, East Brunswick (18:19); 43-47, Samuel Lawrence, Newark (18:59); 48-52, John Scherf, Scarsdale, N.Y. (21:14); 53-59, Rich Marino, East Brunswick (20:31); and 60+, Mike McDonnell, Middletown (22:25). Age group winners among the women were: 12-and-under, Lisa Picascia, Holmdel (22:21); 13-17, Staci Myfield, Forked River section of Ocean (24:07); 18-22, Kelly Kuntz, Edison (27:50); 23-27, Denise Wepprecht, Holmdel (24:17); 28-32, Leslie Grider (23:44); 33-37, Kim Machkin (26:14); 38-42, Susan Arendt, Ocean (22:43); 43-47, Bonnie Kabajra, Lake Hopatcong (27:07); 53-59, Bunny McDonnell, Middletown (24:12); and 60+, Gloria Baggley, Basking Ridge (32:17). Local finishers included Marlboro’s Nick Reed (21:38), third in the 13-17 division; Fair Haven’s Jim MacPhee (22:46) and Aberdeen’s Maurice Wehller (26:04), second and third in the 28-32 division; Colts Neck’s Paul Pierre (19:40) and Matawan’s Patrick Applegate (20:34), second and third in the 33-37 division; Englishtown’s Jim Jensen (23:17), third in the 48-52 division; Colts Neck’s Jon Kopko (23:00), third in the 53-59 division; and Morganville’s Jim Sullivan (24:18), third in the 60+ among the men. The other local women were: Marlboro’s McKenzie Reed (26:54) and Matawan’s Karen Zahray (41:40), second and third in the 12-and-under division; Sayreville’s Gina Gilandrillo (27:39), third in the 13-17 division; Monroe’s Kelly Perkins (27:30), third in the 23-27 division; Port Monmouth’s Mary Fisher (26:33) and Howell’s Pam Cavcino (27:04), second and third in the 33-37 division; Holmdel’s Antonetta Picascia (27:23), second in the 43-47 division; and Hazlet’s Panse Geer (25:27), second in the 53-59 division. In the racewalking section the winner was Betsy Moore (35:41). The Jersey Shore Running Club and the New Hope Foundation coordinated the Roadrunners Club of America-certified event. Proceeds from the race benefit the New Hope Foundation programs for fighting drug and alcohol abuse.