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Title:2010 Furrow Euro
Date:Saturday November 20th, 2010
Author:Michael Melick
(11.20.10) EPGXC’s annual fall fundraiser was an overwhelming success as 153 runners registered for the 5th annual Furrow Euro English Style Cross Country Race. The weather was beautiful, low 50s and sunny with a slight breeze from the Southeast as runners from all over Illinois and four different states came to Furrow Farm in El Paso for the short but tough three-mile race. The race started at high noon and Zac Justus of Pontiac sped to an early lead. At about the 3/4-mile mark, Michael Kouri made a move into first before the big hill into the vineyard and proceeded to separate himself from the pack, opening up a ten to fifteen second gap on the field. But moving into second and putting on a solid chase effort was El Paso’s own Mike Heffron. Heffron consistently pushed the pace in an attempt to close the gap between himself and Kouri, but the leader would not give up the fight. As they rounded the Horseshoe and crossed the creek for the fourth and final time, Kouri’s lead proved insurmountable as he held on for the victory. Heffron settled for second and Justus ascended the finish hill right behind for third.
In the women’s race, EPGXC’s Julie James ran like a beast as she tore up the women’s field (and most of the men’s field) in an impressive 19:06 (which would have won our high school invitational in September by over 30 seconds). The next closest female was her Black Ninja Panda teammate Emily Breslfoard, who crossed the three-mile mark at 20:06. James and Breslfoard are training for the Kinney Foot Locker Cross Country Regional on November 27th, and we wish them best of luck. In the team competition, the Black Ninja Pandas (Heffron, James, Breslfoard, Rachel Kaeb, and Tom Smith) secured the team title with a low 45 points (scoring top four members). Kouri led his team, the Medaling Kids (with Grant Klobuchar, Luke Riffle, and Quentin Young) to the runner-up team place with 73 points. After the race, we all enjoyed a delicious soup buffet consisting of vegetable beef barley, ham and potato, vegetarian barley stew, and the famous Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup. We look forward to seeing more people, and setting a new attendance record on November 19, 2011– mark your calendars!
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