Paulsen wins for GBTC in debut

Laura Paulsen on the last turn for victory. Photo by Cynthia Hastings for GreaterSnap

Laura Paulsen on the last turn for victory. Photo by Cynthia Hastings for GreaterSnap

Laura Paulsen just arrived in Boston from the Twin Cities, MN to go to grad school at MIT and immediately joined GBTC. In her initial race for the club she finished in the best place possible, first. She won the USATF-NE 15km Grand Prix in 55:48 by a mere 11 seconds. The race in South Burlington, VT on Labor Day weekend proved difficult for the rest of the GBTC women’s team with only three able to make the journey on the long road to the deep north. Meghan Sommerkamp and Kate Spielman (also on her debut for the club) composed our minimal scoring team. They placed 5th securing their overall position of 4th in the year’s Grand Prix standings.

The men had a much larger showing, but nearly a team disaster when Caleb Evanter’s car broke down on the way requiring a long wait for AAA then securing a rental car more all of which more than doubedg the time for the trek. They missed the fine team dinner settling to sleep at 1:30 am for the 9 am start.  Good thing they are endurance athletes. Their racing on the next day showed no signs of transportation troubles. Jeff Raggazini, Dave Metzger, Eric Mendoza and Evanter followed each other in quick succession with Joe Lust securing the all-important 5th place for the team to take 5th over all. GBTC is now tied in 2nd and 3rd with the BAA in the Grand Prix season standings. In all 13 GBTC men finished the race. full results: http://802timing.com

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