Thweat and Mickowski Win Fast & Flurry-ous Plus A New Rivalry is Born

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On Saturday the 28th January, Boulder Track Club (BTC) athletes will converged at Harlow Platts Park for the annual Fast and Flurry-ous 4 mile XC race staged by the Boulder Running Company.

The Fast and Flurry-ous was originally put together a few years back to give local runners the opportunity to race hard in order to tune their efforts before going off to the USATF Cross Country Nationals in February each year. But this year’s event was highly anticipated and talked about due to a newborn rivalry concept between the Boulder Track Club and the Boulder Running Company/ Adidas teams.

BTC and BRC/ Adidas will compete head-to-head in a 5 race series throughout 2012 with Race 1 being the Fast and Flurry-ous. The way the concept will work is the top 4 runners from each team will have their race times combined and the team with the lowest combined total time wins. Typically team scoring is based on place in the field, but what made it particularly interesting for this first race was that they combined both the Women’s and the Men’s team times.

First up was the women’s race with BTC’s Laura Thweatt dominating from the start. Laura was able to comfortably win the race in 22.24 from Ft. Collins athlete Adriana Nelson in 23:04 and Boulder’s Melody Fairchild 3rd running 23:22. Shannon Payne led the BRC/ Adidas women’s team home in 4th (23.43) and they easily beat the BTC women by 3mins and 6secs to take the points in Race 1 for the “Elva Dryer” perpetual trophy. Allison Sawyer was the BTC’s second best performance on the day in 8th (24.21), Mary Miller 23rd (26.43) and Jax Mariash 24th (26.48).

The men’s race was a much closer race early on with BTC’s Matt Tebo running controlled in the front pack with Colorado Springs John Mickowski and Boulder’s Christian Thompson. Tebo tried to break up the leading group just after half way but found the task to difficult with Mickowski taking the victory in 19.49, Thompson 2nd in 19.50 and Tebo fading to 3rd in 19.57.

The BTC men certainly atoned for the women, taking the team’s race for the “Mark Plaatjes” perpetual trophy at season’s end over BRC/ Adidas by 1min 48secs. The ever-reliable Clint Wells was BTC’s second best performer finishing 4th (20.10), then Josh Glaab 6th (20.27) and Curtis Begley 7th (20.28) rounding out the club’s top performers. Loren Ahonen for team BRC/ Adidas was their best performer on the day finishing 5th (20.16).

By comparison, last year’s race was won by BTC’s Jason Hartman who ran 21:05. That was bested by the top 12 of the field today and Joanna Zieger ran 24:21 last year which would have been good for 8th today.

“Today has been as a major success,” claimed coach of the Boulder Track Club, Lee Troop. “It was exciting to hear from all my athletes the enjoyment they got from the race today. The crowds overwhelming support and encouragement for the BTC athletes made them realize that they were not out there racing for themselves. The new race series component has added an extra element to their performance and today was about representing the club, sponsors, supporters but more importantly the community”.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cody Hill from BRC/ Adidas for embracing the concept and congratulate his team on the women’s victory as well as the overall victory. I would also like to thank Fast and Flurry-ous race director Henry Guzman for allowing us to conduct this rivalry concept within his event.” added Troop.

BRC/Addidas’ Adam Rich remarked: “The competition was great and everybody came to the event ready to give it their all. Hats off to the Boulder Track Club as they had the better team today and ran very well. The race series with them should be interesting and offer a good challenge for both teams as the races progress.”

The rivalry will be staged over 5 races (Race 2 – Bolder Boulder 10km/ Race 3 – Classic 10km Colorado Springs/ Race 4 – RMAC XC race Colorado Springs / Race 5 – The Fort Collins Thanksgiving Day Run), the team with the most wins at the end of the year, will receive the Mark Plaatjes Perpetual Trophy (Men) and the Elva Dryer Perpetual Trophy (Women).

Photos by BoulderRunner

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View other photos from Jim Heuck.

Results

Women

1. 119 Laura Thweatt Boulder CO 23 22:24 5:28 20 to 24 1st
2. 214 Adriana Nelson Fort Collins CO 31 23:04 5:38 30 to 34 1st
3. 170 Melody Fairchild Boulder CO 38 23:22 5:42 35 to 39 1st
4. 222 Shannon Payne Colorado Springs CO 26 23:43 5:47 25 to 29 1st
5. 245 Melissa Todd Timnath CO 37 23:47 5:48 35 to 39 2nd
6. 177 Rachel Gioscia-Ryan Colorado Springs CO 25 23:58 5:51 25 to 29 2nd
7. 147 Kathy Butler Nederland CO 38 23:59 5:51 35 to 39 3rd
8. 100 Allison Sawyer Boulder CO 22 24:21 5:57 20 to 24 2nd
9. 162 Elise Cranny Longmont CO 15 24:26 5:58 15 to 19 1st
10. 215 Kristen Nichols Colorado Springs CO 24 24:40 6:01 20 to 24 3rd
11. 254 Lori Walker Colorado Springs CO 28 24:49 6:04 25 to 29 3rd
12. 144 Ashley Birger-Luna 27 25:14 6:10 25 to 29 4th
13. 145 Tressa Breindel Boulder CO 33 25:16 6:10 30 to 34 2nd
14. 261 Joanna Zeiger Boulder CO 44 25:21 6:11 40 to 44 1st
15. 269 Janeth C Alder Boulder CO 37 25:27 6:13 35 to 39 4th

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Men

1. 76 John Mickowski Colorado Springs CO 25 19:49 4:50 25 to 29 1st
2. 118 Christian Thompson Boulder CO 23 19:50 4:51 20 to 24 1st
3. 298 Matt Tebo Boulder CO 22 19:57 4:52 20 to 24 2nd
4. 130 Clint Wells Louisville CO 36 20:10 4:56 35 to 39 1st
5. 139 Loren Ahonen Colorado Springs CO 24 20:16 4:57 20 to 24 3rd
6. 52 Joshua Glaab Superior CO 29 20:27 5:00 25 to 29 2nd
7. 9 Curtis Begley Boulder CO 24 20:28 5:00 20 to 24 4th
8. 85 Chris Mulvany Boulder CO 24 20:41 5:03 20 to 24 5th
9. 228 Adam Rich Colorado Springs CO 30 20:48 5:05 30 to 34 1st
10. 256 Robby Young Colorado Springs CO 26 20:49 5:05 25 to 29 3rd
11. 167 Jason Delaney Colorado Springs CO 31 20:57 5:07 30 to 34 2nd
12. 226 Bobby Reyes Boulder CO 27 20:59 5:08 25 to 29 4th
13. 205 Jay Luna Colorado Springs CO 28 21:11 5:10 25 to 29 5th
14. 216 Ewen North Louisville CO 33 21:28 5:15 30 to 34 3rd
15. 133 Jordan Wilson Fort Collins CO 24 21:44 5:18 20 to 24 6th

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