Monday, November 03, 2008

Mini-Ponies swarm the Busa Bushwhack Trail Race

Holy Coyotes Bat Man!

It was an all-out trail running assault at the Busa Bushwhack in Framingham on Sunday, as the NETT runners were out in force, showing up in various age groups, genders and distances in the results.

In the 9.3 mile race, on the men's side NETT had three in the top eight finishers (John Kinnee--no longer fighting for the dark side--as well as Dave Mingori and Chris Smith), and four in the top 13 with Dima Feinhaus thrown in there. We had the top two masters, (Dave Mingori and Chris Smith) and Bogie D proudly flying the NETT flag out there.

Chris gets the "how to make a hard race harder" award as he struggled with a deviant contact lens most of the race and wound up losing a good chunk of time and about 50% of his vision by the time he hit the tape.

On the women's side, defending champ Adrienne Cyrulik shaved more than a minute from her time last year, but the women's field was just outstanding this year. Adrienne finished a very strong 6th woman overall, 5th in her division. And Karen Ringheiser, with only a week's rest after the Baystate Marathon, churned out a very good run to finish second master.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!! In the 5.3 mile race NETT's Paul Young took the win in a very speedy 31:36. (Editor's Note: Mr. Young's been on a victory march of late, also winning the Diamond Hill trail run and the Stone Tower 15K). Dima's 14-year-old son Issac finished 18th overall in 40:29 and got an autograph from Richie B himself.13-year-old NETT newcomer Katherine De Zutter finished in 45:15, outclassing her dad, Big Jim De Zutter, who ran his second race of the weekend in 51:43. This guy has caught the racing bug!

Where was big Jim the day before, you may ask? Why he was ripping it up out on the trails Saturday with little bro Jerry out at the Wachusett Reservoir Deer Run, another NETT favorite. Jerry skidded around to a third-place finish in the 10K while big Jim took 14th in the 5K.

All in all, it was a great weekend for the NETT teams out there. And what better race to support than the one to honor the one and only Rich Busa, a living legend if ever there was one!

All photos courtesy of the Michael Laing & Glenn Meister and the Greater Framingham Running Club. For more photos, go here.

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