Thursday, August 23, 2007

NETT has banner showing at Lynn Woods XC Relay

NETT called in a few favors and fielded three full teams for the always popular Lynn Woods Relay with great results.

In the Mens Open category, the NETT-Banana team of Dave Hannon, Dmitry Shirokov, Peter Gallimore and Dmitry Drozdov finished fourth in the category, fifth overall in an NETT course record time of 56:52. Dave put the team out in fifth place with a sub-14 clocking, Dima S ran a very competitive second leg to keep us in the mix and setting it up well for the always strong Peter who clocked an impressive 14:21 on zero speed training and Dima D took it home in a mind-boggling 12:55.

The NETT-Masters team turned more than a few heads, finishing second in the masters category to powerhouse GBTC by a mere 19 seconds! Due to some traffic snarls, one of our runners on loan, Chris Smith, took the leadoff spot and took us all out hard in the first stretch, finishing up in 14:47. The City of Cambridge's Next Poet Lauretate, Jean Dany, took the next leg running a very solid 14:54 (and basically caught the NETT open team at the end of leg 2!). JD passed off to Janos Mako, who threw down a 15:45 and left it in the capable hands of Paul Young, who ran a gutsy 15:04 to wrap up second place in the masters field (Note: For those of haven’t done this relay, it’s nearly impossible to tell who the other teams you’re racing against are. So even though our guyers were just off the Masters lead, it was hard to tell that during the event, even for spectators.) Hats off to these four guys for a VERY strong race, putting the NETT Masters name on the map with a 60:27.

On the ladies' side, the NETT Ponyettes finished fifth in a very competitive women’s open category (the women's field might have the most depth at this race). Adrienne Cyrulik put the team out very well in the first leg, clocking a speedy 17:30 on the rugged 2.5 mile course. Tina Wang took over from there and despite her insistence that she’s not a trail runner, cruised over the rocks for an 18:25. Distance queen Karen Ringheiser sped off from there, clocking an impressive 18:18 and Adventure Queen Jennifer Shultis wrapped things up with an 18:50 to close out at 1:13:03.

(The team talks strategy)
After the race, Mr. Young took us all on a long cooldown up past a lookout tower with a great view while the GBTC team fattened up by eating BBQ (that NETT sent over to them for that reason--we’ve got them right where we want them)! All in all it was a very fun event.


For a great series of photos from the race, check THIS SITE.

A quick NETT history lesson, the Lynn Woods Relay was really one of the first races NETT did as a team (Banana!) back in 2002, and it always has a special place in our hearts. We’ve fielded teams there every year since and while the cast of NETT characters changes from year to year (but the times get faster!), it’s always going to be a team favorite. Special thanks to the folks who came out last-minute like Chris Smith, Jean Dany and especially Peter, who literally got the call a day in advance and ran phenomenally for men’s open team.

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