Saturday, December 10, 2011

NETT Shines in First Half of December "Double Header" at Mt Hood XC Race

In the first race of the NETT December Double Header, the Mini Ponies tested their mettle at the always demanding Assault on Mt. Hood XC Race, hosted by the Melrose Running Club.

The NETT men's team showed some numbers and finished as the 4th men's team behind CMS, CRC, and CSU and just in front of our pals on Team Glennon. This was NETT's first time scoring as a team in 2011. The top three scorers for NETT were Dave Hannon, Chris Smith and Andy Hall. The supporting crew was strong with Marshall Randolph (2nd in his age group), Jack Burke and Patrick McVeigh all battling a very tough course.

For the women, Kristin Hall led the charge, finishing 2nd in the master's division. Jenn and Doris also did a fabulous job of tackling the steep climbs and descents of the Mt. Hood Golf Course.

As usual, Brian Slater and the folks at the Melrose Running Club put on a great race. Every year the course changes and this year's was called the toughest version yet, by more than a few runners. The post-race buffet at the Melrose Fish and Game Club was very very nice. Pasta, meatballs, salad, desserts, and BEER!

Looking forward to the second half of the weeken's double-heard, Walter's Run tomorrow.


Patrick McVeigh said...

Thanks for my first NETT race. Sorry I couldn't stay for the beer as I had to rush to get my son to a Birthday party.

Coming down the final hill, a 14-year old came up on my shoulder. "I have to throw up," he let me know, maybe figuring I would get out of his way. "I feel the same way." "No, i really have to throw up as soon as I reach the finish line," he asserted. "In situations like this, I find it best to get to the finish line as fast as possible," I counselled. Damned if he didn't speed up and leave me in his wake. I may be getting slower, but naive kids make me feel wiser.

New England Track and Trail said...

Great to see you mentoring young runners like that Patrick!