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April 06, 2018


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By Richard Furst

A lot has happened since camp ended last summer and both counselors and campers achieved personal goals and earned those rewards that will live in memories for a lifetime.  As we like to say, success and achievement are not measured so much by winning but more by doing things that you never thought possible and reaching personal goals, then setting and striving for new ones.

5Star counselors were well represented on the world and national stage as Kyle Merber and Matt Wisner both achieved greatness with spectacular performances.  Merber, a camper 12 years ago and a counselor and speaker ever since, notched another world record as his 3200m relay team ran an indoor world record of 7:11.30.  Merber lead the time with a personal best 1:47.11.

Merber also is a member of the world record DMR (9:15.50) as he lead off by running the 1200m leg in 2:53.56.  Merber has been world class since 2015 and has best 1500m 3:34.54 and best mile 3:53.5.  Merber trains with the NYNJTC and has several sponsors including Hoka one one.  If he’s not racing in Europe this summer, he will be at camp.

Matt Wisner is having a great career at Duke as he set an indoor PR of 1:50.11 for 800m and ran a PR of 2:26.51 for 1K indoor.  The Duke sophomore has been a camp favorite among campers and is most likely returning to 5Star again this year. 

Some Campers Have Posted Great Achievements

Remember “Limbo Louis”? Louis Greco has been making breakthrough after breakthrough this year.  In XC, Louis placed in the top 50 in NY FEDS with a time of 16:22 at Bowdoin Park, placed 8th in the NYS 2-mile in 9:22.14 and has run the 2K steeple in 6:25.10 so far this season and it’s still march.  Liam Higgins was Orange County and Section IX NY XC champion, placed sixth in Class B with a 179 speed rating placed 7th in the Federation meet with a 181 speed rating, 17th in the regional Nike Cross; and ran a great 2:30.11 to place 8th in NY indoors.  Carlos Santos, the Long Island flash, placed 13th in NXN regional with a 176 speed rating. Also, Grant Stokoe from Homer NY placed 27th in the Class B State championship, won the Section III 1K and ran 2:35.10 to place 18th overall in NYS.  Skyler Verrone achieved he goal of making it to NJ groups championship while Daniel Czop ran a 4:27 mile and 9:41 two mile for Commack NY. 

Girls also shared some great achievements and 5Star is very proud of 8th grader Kayla Schramm of Section IX and Goshen NY.  Schramm won Section IX Class B cross country championship and had a speed rating of 123. Schramm also placed in the USATF Junior track Indoor nationals in the 800 and 1500m with best times of 2:17.3, and 4:52.69.  Schramm also ran 10:39 for 3 K and ended the season ranked third nationally among eighth graders in the 600m with a time of 1:41.17.  Great times for anyone, especially if you are only 13.  Tamryn Thornton-Fillyaw has achieved a range of goals from her 5K of 21:23, 1500m of 5:11, 2:19 for 800 and a sparkling 56.9 400m.  All since camp.  Finally, Marissa Lombardi took up running just one year ago, went to camp and has shown exponential improvement and recently finished her first half marathon in 1:55 to win her age group.

These are just the achievements that I know about.  So many other goals reached and dreams set.  We at 5Star are looking forward to helping you make those dreams reality.

Come join us this August 5th-10th at Iroquois Springs in Rock Hill NY. 

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