New Canaanite wins in Beachfront Bushwhack 5-miler
Published 1:06 pm, Tuesday, November 22, 2011
GREENWICH -- Yee-Ning Cheng of Norwalk was the overall champion and New Canaan's Sarah Endres was the female champion at the Beachfront Bushwhack 5-mile cross country race Sunday morning at Greenwich Point.
Cheng, 22, ran away from the field of 290 total finishers to win with a time of 29 minutes and 16 seconds on the unique course in which the runners weaved through trails and hurdled hay bales and log jumps.
George Buchanan, 53, of Shelton placed second in 30:32 and Daniel Wilbanks, 16, of Old Greenwich placed third after crossing the finish in 31:35. Rich Pace, 35, of Old Greenwich was fourth with a 31:52 and Stamford's Daniel Conroy, 36, rounded out the top five in 32:00.
Endres, 13, was the female division winner and 17th overall after finishing in 33:54. Elena Makovskaya (34:38) was the second female to cross the finish line and placed 21st overall, just ahead of Kim Chalfin (34:40), who placed 22nd overall.
The Bushwhack was preceded by Max's Mile, a 1-mile kids race held in memory of Maxwell Scotti. Greenwich 10-year-old Trey Scotti, Max's brother, was first out of the 113 finishers after finishing in 5:29. New Canaan's Alex Orwicz, 11, finished in second place, just two seconds behind the leader. Max's cousin, Olivia Scotti, 11, of Bronxville, N.Y., placed third with a time of 5:45.
The Beachfront Bushwhack was the ninth event of the year in the Volvo of Stamford Greenwich Cup series of 10 events. The final event is the 3-mile Jingle Bell Jog on Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.
Complete results to the Bushwhack and Max's Mile races, as well as entry forms for the Jingle Bell Jog, may be obtained at www.threadsandtreads.com and at the Threads and Treads sporting goods store at 17 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich.