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Tangeman earns a first-place age group finish at Wall’s Firecracker 5

July 10, 2011

On the Fourth of July, Mike Tangeman earned his first career top age group finish at the Firecracker 5 in Wall Township.

Tangeman, a 26 year old resident of Lacey Township earned first place in the male, 25-29 age group, by running the five mile race in a time of 34:17 [6:52 mile pace].  Tangeman’s time was also good enough for 21st overall at the 22nd annual running of the event.

“The best part of the whole experience was beating the time I was aiming for personally,” Tangeman said.  “You cannot control what other people run, so you just have to focus on yourself.”

It was the first time Tangeman, a former Lacey Lions cross-country runner, raced in the Firecracker 5.

“The course was pleasant but hilly at times,” he said.  “It was challenging since I usually train in very flat areas.”

Tangeman, who logs an average of about 30 miles per week, is currently training for the River to Sea Relay from Milford to Manasquan, a 92 mile relay race which will take place on Saturday, July 30th.

A personal congrats to Tangeman, a good friend of mine who I have known for a very long time.

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Hundreds of runners competed in Wall’s 22nd Annual Firecracker 5 Run on Monday.
The following is a list of all the Firecracker 5 age group winners, along with the top local finishers in each group:
• Female 1-14: 1. Emily Yannotta, Newton, 41:38, 2. Sarah Harmer, Wall, 41.42, 3. Meghan Adams, Spring Lake, 45:01.
• Male 1-14: 1. Berto Rivera, Point Pleasant, 35:16, 2. Thomas Cole, Manasquan, 38:09.
• Female 15-19: 1. Katie Buchbinder, Wall, 35:41, 4. Casey Zalewski, Wall, 41:43.
• Male 15-19: 1. Billy Buchbinder, Wall, 34:31, 2. Daniel Galvin, Spring Lake, 37:49.
• Female 20-24: 1. Jane Condon, Old Bridge, 35:38.
• Male 20-24: 1. Patrick Casterline, Bradley Beach, 28:21, 2. Alex Karu, Wall, 34:33.
• Female 25-29: 1. Toni Beninato, New York, 40:31, 2. Kristyn Suekow, Wall, 43:55.
• Male 25-29: 1. Mike Tangeman, Lanoka Harbor, 34:17, 3. Thomas Fay, Wall, 38:09.
• Female 30-34: 1. Bethany Rivera, Hazlet, 38:27.
• Male 30-34: 1. Jeff Propert, Wall, 29:29.
• Female 35-39: 1. Ellen Dowling, Hoboken, 37:33, 2. Bridget Dudas, Wall, 39:21.
• Male 35-39: 1. Brian Norling, Point Pleasant, 30:33, 5. Charlie Muller, Wall, 35:52.
• Female 40-44: 1. Liz Wenslauskas, Toms River, 37:12, 3. Patte Morrison, Wall, 41:26.
• Male 40-44: 1. Walt Czarnecki, Bloomfield, 31:28, 3. Matthew Shafer, Wall, 33:39.
• Female 45-49: 1. Mary Whitehead, Spring Lake, 39:14, 2. Megan Becht, Wall, 39:17, 3. Mary Lyons, Sea Girt, 41:16.
• Male 45-49: 1. Gerard Pearlberg, Brielle, 28:31, 3. Jim Redeker, Lake Como, 33:33.
• Female 50-54: 1. Maria Lehamn, Elberon, 39:23, 6. Kathleen Molyneaux, Sea Girt, 45:50.
• Male 50-54: 1. Pat Ford, Neptune City, 29:11, 3. Steve Ludeking, Spring Lake, 34:39.
• Female 55-59: 1. Linda Puzzo, Williamsburg, 39:27, 3. Rhona Stien, Sea Girt, 47:07.
• Male 55-59: 1. Bob Flannery, Manasquan, 33:29.
• Female 60-64: 1. Phyllis Wenslauskas, Toms River, 1:00.13.
• Male 60-64: 1. Rudy Rinderer, Pine Beach, 36:23, 6. Jeff Cryan, Wall, 47:11.
• Female 65-69: 1. Joan Murvihill, Charleston, S.C., 47:47.
• Male 65-69: 1. Ted Freeman, Spring Lake, 44:53.
• Female 70-74: 1. Marilyn Ryder, Long Branch, 47:51.
• Male 70-74: James Dykstra, Brick, 56:45.
• Male 75-79: 1. Oile Nelson, Farmingdale, 50:12, 3. Patrick Molloy, Spring Lake, 1:10.16.

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