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.
|Team||Frosty Freestyle||Krazy Classic||Cote Dame Marie||Forbush Freestyle||Hanson Hills Classic||Gran Travers||Boyne Grinder||Black Mountain Classic||Black Mountain|
|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|
|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:
Congratulations, Vasa Ski Club!