It was a long winter that started with cancelled race in December (not enough snow) to the late posting of the final results (the Points Keeper hiking the Continental Divide Trail for charity). After some email snafus, we pulled together the final results for the illustrious 2014-2015 Michigan Cup Race Series Season.
Individual standings can be found in 2014-2015 Michigan Cup Race Series Individual Standings (PDF). And now, an overview of the win teams and individuals...
The Michigan Cup is awarded to the team amassing the most total Michigan Cup points counting all skiers and all races. Cross Country Ski Headquarters repeated as the 2015 Michigan Cup Winner by a massive margin. The race for second place was very tight with Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop narrowly edging out the Vasa Ski Club by 601 points despite a team victory by the Vasa Ski Club at the Michigan Cup Relays. A new team skied onto the Michigan Cup horizon this year, the University of Michigan, promising to increase young skier participation.
Final Michigan Cup Points
|1.||Cross Country Ski Headquarters||31,714|
|2.||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||23,623|
|3.||Vasa Ski Club||23,022|
|4.||Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team||19,038|
|5.||Team Nordic Ski Racer||16,592|
|7.||University of Michigan||3,565|
The Brumbaugh Cup is scored like a cross country running race counting a team’s top 5 Senior Men and top 3 Senior Women at those races where there is only one race distance scoring for Michigan Cup points. First place receives one point and the lowest point total wins. For the second year in a row the Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop team bested the rest of the Michigan Cup field by a wide margin, testifying to the quality and tenacity of the team’s skiers. Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team made a significant push to take a strong hold on second place.
Final Brumbaugh Cup Points
|1.||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||686|
|2.||Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team||1,066|
|3.||Cross Country Ski Headquarters||1,253|
|4.||Vasa Ski Club||1,328|
|5.||Team Nordic Ski Racer||1,349|
The Baic Cup is scored like the Michigan Cup for Junior racers. All skiers and all races are scored for each team. Again this year the Vasa Ski Club was the run away winner, a testament to their strong support of High School racing in the Traverse City area.
Final Baic Cup Points
|1.||Vasa Ski Club||9,470|
|2.||Cross Country Ski Headquarters||1,496|
Erin Lipp and Heidi Schwab ended a long season tied at 944 points each even after the two tie breakers were used (Head to head results and then total Michigan Cup Points). Niki Roxbury was third with 824 points. It was a clean sweep for the Vasa Ski Club.
Clay Darling put together a dominate season skiing to the win with 934 points. Jacob Dean best Clay once during the season and finished second with 866 points. Keefer Edwards used a GLD/Michigan High School Championships to take third with 734 points. It was another sweep for the Vasa Ski Club.
Kaitlyn Patterson and Rebecca Davis, both skiing for Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop, ended the season tied for first with a perfect 1000 points. Kaitlyn took the gold based on head to head victories. Kaitlyn had four wins compared to two wins for Davis. Cross Country Ski Headquarters' Mariah Frye took third with 972 points.
Dan Yankus, Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop, and the venerable Milan Baic, Vasa Ski Club, ended the season tied with 997 points each. Both had two wins in head to head competition. The win went to Dan based on the second tie breaker – most Michigan Cup total points. Dan had 1790 to Milan’s 1566. Last year’s winner Alex Vanais, Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop, finished in third two point back with 995.
|Rebecca Davis||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||2,139|
|Brenda Carlson||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||1,457|
|Kaitlyn Patterson||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||1,388|
|Stephen Smigiel||Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team||2,112|
|Michael Davis||Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop||2,043|
|Rick Neier||Cross Country Ski Headquarters||1,916|
A total of 592 skiers scored points in 2015 Michigan Cup races. 63 Junior Men, 60 Junior Women, 96 Senior Women and 373 Senior Men.