Sunday, September 23, 2012
That time of Year: Mini Ponies Stampeded at GBTC XC Race
They were just everywhere! The NETT Mini Ponies had a great showing at the Greater Boston Track Club XC Invitational today at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley. There were some stellar individual performances and great team results for both men and women.
In the men's open 8K race, NETT rock star Zack Schwartz ran like a veteran, stalking the leaders well throughout the race. By the time he got to the finish, he had broken his 8K PR by more than 40 seconds with a furious kick to the finish good for second place overall. Honestly--if this race was another quarter mile he would have won this thing at the rate he was moving. So great to see a great guy produce great results. Beet juice all around! Congrats to the youngest Mini Pony.
In the women's race, NETT fielded one of its strongest squads in recent memory. Amanda Mahoney, Kristin Hall, Adrienne Cyrulik, Julie McVeigh, Tina Wang and Cindy Winther combined for second place overall in the women's open race. (While the scoring and results were a bit hard to follow in all of the races, it would have been nice for the organizers to recognize our ladis as second place at the awards as second place team, but we salute you, oh strong Ponyettes!) Kristin and Tina were among the top masters as well. It was so great to NETT Ponyettes out there mixing it up on the XC course. It's been a while.
In the men's masters race, NETT fielded its largest men's team ever with no less than 11 finishers! Dmitry Drozdov took the overall win in a smart and strategic race. Paul Miller ran his first race in three years and finished as our second scorer. The gang of Frank, Jerry, Youngstah, Andy and Big Ben all worked well together over the course. Patrick, Marshall and Bob were steady in the back. (Marshall fell for a GBTC booby trap, but it can happen to the best of us).
With top five scoring the Ponies got beat by GBTC by a mere one point....arrggghh.
Official results haven't been posted, but all in all it was a great day for us all.
Here's a video that captures the highlights for those of you with WAAAY too much time on your hands: