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John Busque Takes First Grand Prix Race

The former Manchester High School standout led every step of the way at the Wickham Park race.

John Busque led every step of the way to win the first of five JI Cross Country Grand Prix Series races at Manchester's  on Monday night.

Busque finished with an impressive time of 12:52.

“I planned to go out hard because I don’t have a great kick,” said the former runner after the race.  

The strategy paid off as Busque widened the gap to over 150 meters by the finish line, defeating runner-up Eric Blake, who recently finished third in the Mt. Washington Road Race.   

What is more impressive is Busque has only been running for three years. He is entering his junior year at the University of Hartford with a bright future.  

Speaking of bright futures, how about Chloe Ezzo, the winner of the women’s division. She is only an eighth grader at McGee Middle School in Berlin. She finished in 28th place overall with a time of 16:32.

In the kids 13 and under race, Thomas Arbeiter won the 1-mile race with a time of 7:03 and Izzy Erickson won the girls division with a time of 7:30.

A total of 141 runners crossed the finish line on a relatively balmy evening. The next race will be on Monday, July 23. The kids 13 and under 1-mile race starts at 6 p.m.and the 14 and older 2.6 mile race starts at 6:30 p.m.

Results

Kids Mile Race

1. Thomas Arbeiter 7:03

2. Chris Lemay 7:06

3. Joshua Cadwallader 7:14

4. Izzy Erikson 7:30

5. Marissa Paolangeli 7:35

6. Matthew Tuttle 7:36

7. Sean Barkasy 7:43

8. Meredith Hartnett 7:54

9. Joe Chatterton 7:56

10. Kaitlyn Bedard 8:10

11. Tajiah Seals 8:25

12. Ryan Kittredge 9:30

13. Nicole Orlowski 9:09

14. Caitlin Chatterton 9:14

15. Nora Hartnett 9:18

16. Ashley Agnew 9:25

17. Jacob Levin 9:30

18. Gavin McConnell 9:32

19. Jonathan Kittredge 10:36

20. Louisa Harman 10:57

21. Sam Yencho 11:04

22. Ethan Bellefleur 11:20

23. Marin Witkowski 15:37

Adult 2.6 Mile Race

1. John Busque 12:52

2. Eric Blake 13:22

3. Matthew Mensher 13:32

4. Brendan Callahan 13:36

5. Neal Hulstein 13:39

6. Aaron Flamino 13:46

7. Kyle Reiss 13:47

8. Alex Norstrom 14:01

9. Alex Smith 14:13

10. Walter Schmidt 14:17

11. Luke Thresher 14:26

12. Chris Parla 14:35

13. Spencer LeBel 14:37

14. Dan Dryburgh 14:40

15. Tom Geer 14:49

16. Marques Johnson 14:52

17. Dave Merkt 15:02

18. Ahmed Sugulleh 15:03

19. Kevin Glenn 15:28

20. Josh Bedard 15:29

21. Mario Longo 15:36

22. Bruce Christensen 15:40

23. Taylor Vann 15:48

24. Jorge Kuljis 15:55

25. Tony Bonanno 16:06

26. Jonathan Vandenburgh 16:20

27. Mark Kelley 16:27

28. Chloe Ezzo 16:32

29. Scott Hollister 16:41

30. Kayla Boucher 16:54

31. Jordan Dixon 16:55

32. Charles Vandenburgh 16:56

33. Jackie Ofria 16:57

34. Brian Smith 16:58

35. Justis Lopez 16:59

36. Mitch Bielenda 17:00

37. Rob Vivari 17:01

38. Holden Goolsby 17:14

39. Clay Harman 17:19

40. Kevin Tranberg 17:21

41. John Ezzo 17:24

42. Tim Blinn 17:27

43. Ken Erikson 17:27

44. Rachel Blinn 17:34

45. Brian Seney 17:34

46. Peter Briggeman 17:40

47. Steven Orlowski 17:43

48. Bob Dacey 17:43

49. Anna Tuttle 17:48

50. Tony Hollister 17:48

51. Chrissy Bendzinski 17:58

52. Lindsay Cadwallader 18:02

53. Christopher Erikson 18:02

54. Dave Mensher 18:07

55. Hayley Collins 18:10

56. John Collins 18:10

57. Ian Roberts 18:14

58. Bekkie Wright 18:23

59. Joe Poliquin 18:23

60. Ray Carta 18:30

61. Tris Carta 18:31

62. Joseph Cichocki 18:33

63. Kevin Kearns 18:43

64. Melody Smith 18:49

65. Josie Hunt 19:05

66. Michael Fromerth 19:08

67. Diane Snow 19:15

68. Laura Summers 19:19

69. Liz Maclauchlan 19:20

70. Brian Woods 19:26

71. Leanne Moore 19:35

72. Michael Lee 19:39

73. Donald Rey 19:42

74. Stephen Tolman 19:43

75. Lisa Sander 19:51

76. Eric Parent 20:03

77. Stephanie Baj 20:06

78. Greg Bocynesky 20:12

79. Kathy Thornton 20:32

80. Kim Colburn 20:54

81. George Baker 20:57

82. Yvonne Lee 21:11

83. Beth Cannon 21:14

84. Daijia Seals 21:17

85. MaryKate Cannon 21:20

86. Deb McFall 21:31

87. Ray Prest 21:36

88. Claudio Milite 22:00

89. Cathy King 22:00

90. Lee Paquette 22:12

91. Zofia Turosz 22:17

92. Paige Kenausis 22:41

93. Barbara Dell 23:04

94. Jonathan Nyberg 23:10

95. James Lee 23:26

96. Matthew Wallace 23:26

97. Anna Bolling 23:33

98. Noelle Karnolt 23:47

99. Audrey Courtney 23:54

100. Susan Leslie 23:58

101. Jackie Meyer 24:12

102. Amy Violette 24:13

103. Christopher Vandenburgh 24:18

104. Dorothy Paquette 24:40

105. Courtney Woods 24:44

106. Clinton Driscoll 24:52

107. Laurie von Schmidt 25:16

108. Vicki Quagliaroli 25:24

109. Nicole Huscher 25:28

110. Bill Schaal 25:30

111. Jill Ramos 26:10

112. Kasia Augustyn 26:19

113. Eric Santos 27:07

114. Barbara Maloney 27:19

115. Christine Erikson 28:36

116. Randall Potterton 30:26

117. Jane Jarrow 31:06

118. Janit Romayko 31:07

119. Sherri Craver 33:07

This article was submitted by Mike Bendzinski.

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