After realizing that both Garret Mountain Reservation and Warinanco Park were unavailable for the NJSIAA sectional cross country championships due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Don Danser was faced with a dilemma.
Danser, the NJSIAA’s associate
director and the state’s resident guru of cross country and track and
field, had to find a practical site to hold the state sectionals,
considering the massive tree damage at Garret Mountain in Woodland Park
and Warinanco in Elizabeth.
“I was hoping to use Holmdel Park,”
Danser said. “But the police in Holmdel told me that there was no chance
because Holmdel still didn’t have power.”
Danser said that he
was all set to take all four of the state sectionals to the course at
Delsea High School, the site of the Central and South Jersey
sectionals.A stone mosaic
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Danser was going to hold the Central and South sectionals on Saturday
and the North 1 and North 2 sectionals on Sunday.
“That was going to be my last ditch resort,Find detailed product information for howo spareparts and other products.” Danser said.
Danser said that he always held onto the hope of holding the sectionals,China plastic moulds manufacturers directory. even when some people in the state were thinking of ending the cross country season at this point.
was some talk of that,” Danser said about ending the season altogether.
“I couldn’t see the kids wanting to cancel. They’ve all trained so hard
and deserve the chance to run. I didn’t want to see that happen. I was
just holding my breath and hoping to get through the week, hoping
something else would happen.”
Enter Len Pietrewicz. The veteran Randolph girls coach reached out to Danser Monday afternoon.
I talked to Don Sunday, he was talking about some park in Ridgewood
that I never heard of,” Pietrewicz said. “I asked him about Greystone
Greystone Park in Morris Plains, the site of former
hospital and institution, has been turned into a park in the Morris
County Parks system. It has been the site of all of the Northwest Jersey
Athletic Conference meets, the Greystone InvitaOne of the most durable
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said, ‘If you can go get Greystone, then that would be fine,’”
Pietrewicz said. “That was this afternoon at 12:30. That’s when I
started making calls.”
Pietrewicz called Dave Helmer, the Morris
County Parks director, and asked if Greystone could be the site for the
“I explained the situation to Dave and told
him we needed a place,” Pietrewicz said. “He told me that he was going
to make it happen.”
So after a few phone calls, the NJSIAA North
1 and North 2 sectionals will be held Saturday at Greystone. The North 1
championships will commence at 9 a.m. with the North 2 runners taking
to the course at 12:30 p.m. Each race will be separated by 25 minutes to
accommodate all of the sections.
The same race pattern will take place at Delsea High School for the Central and South harriers.
Needless to say, this news made Danser a very happy and relieved man.
very grateful that the people with the Morris County Parks system were
able to make this happen,” Danser said.Interlocking security cable ties
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also had the understanding of the state’s coaches that this was the best
we could do considering the time and the circumstances. Thanks to
Lenny, we were able to get this done. It’s a huge sigh of relief.”
rest of the NJSIAA cross country schedule will remain at Holmdel Park,
with the Group championships being held Saturday, Nov. 17 and the NJSIAA
Meet of Champions to be run on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with a 2 p.m.
starting time for the boys and 2:30 gun for the girls.