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Vasa Ski Club: Most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Series!

Mon, Mar  7, 2016 - By Mike Muha

It's a Vasa Ski Club year: The club officially wins the 2016 Brumbaugh Cup for the most powerful senior team in the Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Racing Series. In a fairly close competition all season with four other teams, the Vasa Ski Club pulled away with 865 points, beat second place finisher Cross Country Ski Headquarters (969 points) and third place Hanson Hills / Cross Country Ski Shop (1,109) points.

TeamFrosty FreestyleKrazy ClassicCote Dame MarieForbush FreestyleHanson Hills ClassicGran TraversBoyne GrinderBlack Mountain ClassicBlack Mountain
Freestyle
2016 Total
Vasa Ski Club 133 95 66 69 102 77 60 91 172 865
Cross Country Ski Headquarters 126 143 121 83 94 89 95 111 107 969
Hanson Hills/Cross Country Ski Shop 119 128 98 100 73 69 97 186 149 1,109
Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team 159 125 115 113 134 147 133 79 97 1,102
Team NordicSkiRacer 73 72 158 183 132 151 139 194 128 1,240
Straits Striders 349 259 352 295 309 378 141 199 199 2,451
University of Michigan Nordic Ski Club 336 227 524 235 403 334 70 238 238 2,653

The Brumbaugh Cup is a team scored competition with each designated race counting each team’s top 5 senior male skiers and top 3 senior female skiers.  It is scored like a cross-country running event with first place receiving 1 point; down through the max of 35 male skiers (7 teams x 5 skiers) and 21 female skiers (7 teams x 3 skiers).  The lowest point total wins each race and the lowest point total of all designated races wins the Brumbaugh Cup.  The designated Brumbaugh races include those races where there is a single Michigan Cup points paying event.  This year the Brumbaugh Cup included the following races:  Frosty Freestyle, Krazy Classic, Cote Dame Marie, Forbush Freestyle, Hanson Hills Classic, Gran Travers, Boyne Grinder, Black Mountain Classic, Black Mountain Freestyle).

Chris Jones is the official scorekeeper for the Brumbaugh Cup and has been very busy getting the results out as fast as practical all season.

In the graph below, you can see that the competition was close the entire season between the top five teams (remember, the lower the score, the better), with the bottom two teams duking it out for last place:

Cumulative Brumbaugh Cup Points, 2016 Michigan Cup Season

Graph of season-long Brumbaugh Cup Points

Congratulations, Vasa Ski Club!