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Melissa Criqui and Marsha Jacobs show off their "O in the Oaks" T-shirts for the Morgan Territory A-meet, October 2001 (Photo: Judy Koehler)

2000 BAOC Advanced Rankings

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Annual rankings summarize the year's competition. Accordingly, below are the rankings and commentary for the 2000 Brown, Green, Red, and Blue courses. Every club member with at least four runs on their advanced color course at a club ranking event during the year should appear on a ranking list. Scores of runners with only three runs or who stepped down are listed below the official list. Brown is an exception in that it is not restricted to age groups.

The methodology, which has been in use for several years, is also included. The significance and some of the shortcomings of the rankings was discussed in the 1999 rankings, as were the criteria for ranking events.

Chris Taylor explains his route choices on the Red course to A-meet director Scott Aster; Morgan Territory, October 2001 (Photo: Judy Koehler)

While no system can be perfect, the results can be fairly reliable by using the best data and reasonable subjective judgment. I hope you find them interesting and accurate and perhaps a basis for evaluating your own 2000 performance and goal setting for 2001. Hopefully, these lists will give a good sense of how competitors would stack up at a fair competition where everyone ran their typical 2000 race. Please send me any comments, questions, or suggestions.

See also the unofficial 2000 Advanced Long List, which compares performances on different courses based on scores from the four ranking lists. (Club membership is not a criterion to be on the Advanced Long List.)

The ranking lists are also posted on the technical pages at my Website, along with results from previous years.

Brown

The Brown course is essentially an all-comers course in that very few of the participants are in the corresponding USOF age groups. It is not unusual for the leaders to be well-qualified Green runners recovering from injury or otherwise finding reason to get in a minimum number of runs on the course during the year. 1998 and 1999 saw Dennis Wildfogel finish on top. This year it is George Minarik, who, incidentally, came back at the end of the year with a good showing on Green. He won two of his five Brown races to finish over 20 points ahead of second-place Scott Aster. Harold DeMoss, the lone "legitimate" Brown runner (M65) repeats his fourth rank of last year.

Small piece of the master map at Annadel, 2003
                                Runs Score
                                
 1 Minarik         George        5   105.8
 2 Aster           Scott         3    82.9
 3 VanHoff         Deron         6    81.4
 4 DeMoss          Harold        5    80.4
 5 Kirschenbaun    Lief          7    74.9
 6 Maclean         Stephanie     7    72.5
 7 Freund          Dwight        4    68.8
 8 Ilmarinen       Heini         4    63.8
 9 Lee             Vivian        7    60.1
10 Young           Michael       5    59.0
11 Roos            Joan          7    56.9
12 Meredith        David         4    52.9
13 Shakhnovsky     Oleg          4    50.9
14 Minarik         Leslie        4    50.8
15 Seaman          Jill          4    50.4
16 Johnson         Rosemary      6    48.5
17 Gerstner        Meg           4    48.4
18 Shirley         Christine     6    38.4
19 Lindeman        Nancy        12    32.7
20 French          Dean          4    32.6
                                       
   Glendinning     Alan          3    89.8
   Jacobs          Marsha        3    66.4
   Wolfe           Abby          2    53.8
   Tresan          Colombe       3    52.5
   Madrid          Louise        3    41.6
   White           Susan         3    38.7

Green

The Green rankings have been missing something the last four years or so: the name of Gary Carpenter who, but for devoting his attention to Red and Blue courses, would most likely have been the man to beat on Green. This summer he put together a string of high scoring runs on Green, leaving him 5 points clear of Hannu Haarma, not an easy job with Hannu winning six of his ten races. But Gary won three of his five and was second in his other two. Significantly, Gary topped Hannu in two of their three head-to-head meetings at Tahoe.

Anneliese Steuben moved up from her second-place Brown ranking last year to fifth on Green with 93.4 points. That makes her the top Green woman, 10 points ahead of Sarah Minarik.

George and Leslie Minarik at the 1996 Big Basin A-meet (Photo: Abby Wolfe)
                                Runs Score
                                 
 1 Carpenter       Gary          5   115.6
 2 Haarma          Hanu         10   105.5
 3 Wildfogel       Dennis        9   100.2
 4 Custer          Evan          6    94.9
 5 Steuben         Anneliese     9    93.4
 6 Scarborough     Joe          11    92.8
 7 Spalding        Chuck         9    87.9
 8 Cooley          Bob           6    85.4
 9 Minarik         Sarah         4    83.1
10 Minarik         George        5    79.1
11 Glendinning     Alan          4    77.3
12 Fleishman       Michael       8    75.3
13 DeMoss          Harold        7    69.0
14 Wojtowicz       Debbie        9    66.5
15 Goss            Gerry         7    65.8
16 Verhoevan       Theo          5    64.6
17 Clemo           Patty         7    64.5
18 Hintz           Stew         10    63.6
19 Wolfe           Abby         10    62.8
20 Lewis           Robert        9    61.6
21 Williams        Rob           4    60.8
22 Goss            Stacy         9    60.4
23 Hoare           Phillip       9    58.0
24 Minarik         Leslie        5    55.2
25 Shakhnovsky     Oleg          5    54.4
26 Madrid          Louise        6    53.3
27 Lanam           Jeff         11    51.2
28 Revenko         Victor        7    47.5
29 Petersen        Janet         4    46.5
30 Johnson         Rosemary      5    44.4
31 Beuerman        Steve        10    44.3
32 DuPertuis       Lucy          4    44.2
						  
   Fjellbirkeland  Lars          3   105.1
   Jankowski       Steve         6    94.5
   Weber           Nik           7    88.8
   Taylor          Chris         6    87.7
   Tresan          Blake         5    87.2
   Wilson          James         5    83.3
   Papendick       Bill          3    76.6
   Martin,         Adrian        3    76.1
   Jorgensen       David         3    75.1
   MacLean         Stephanie     3    64.8
   Jacobs          Marsha        3    61.3
   Strak           Bill          3    60.0
   Jacobi          Chris         3    56.1
   Marshall        John          3    54.8

Red

The continuing battle for first between Kent Ohlund and Tapio Karras was well into its fifth year when Neal Barlow decided to jump into the action. At the end of the year, it was Kent Ohlund on top again, the fourth time in the last five years, and Neal in second off four solid runs at Burton Creek, China Camp, and Montebello. Tapio had his usual prolific season, with 13 runs at ranking events and six wins, and again was only a couple of points out of first. His most notable victory was day two at Burton Creek, when he came in three minutes ahead of Neal. But the head-to-head record repeated the story: Kent in first, 2-0 against Neal and 3-2 against Tapio. Neal beat Tapio 2-1.

Penny DeMoss, after leading last year's Green list, takes 10th on Red to replace Angelica Riley as the top BAOC woman.

Rubin heads to the finish at the 2001 Morgan Territory A-meet, shadowed by proud papa Van Boughner (Photo: Tony Pinkham)
                                Runs Score

 1 Ohlund          Kent          7   102.3
 2 Barlow          Neal          4   100.2
 3 Karras          Tapio        13    99.8
 4 Gregg           Steve         4    98.8
 5 Kohler          Matthias     11    94.6
 6 Wyatt-Mair      Gavin         4    87.9
 7 Carpenter       Gary          6    86.1
 8 Willecke        Ralf          9    85.9
 9 DeMoss          Penny         5    85.4
10 Tidswell        Ian           5    84.0
11 Greene          Dan           7    83.5
12 Wells           Kelly         7    80.3
13 Sherwood        Chris         4    77.3
14 Weber           Nik           7    76.8
14 Petersen        Mark          5    76.8
16 Papendick       Bill          6    76.1
17 Rosenzweig      Eric          7    74.3
18 Pinkham         Tony          8    74.1
19 Cooley          Bob           4    69.2
20 Larsen          Shawn         7    68.6
21 Jaehn           Rod           5    64.3
22 Blair           Mark         15    63.4
23 Green           Russell       7    62.5
24 Graube          Peter         6    62.3
25 Schoenfeld      Kevin        11    61.5
26 Aster           Scott         3    58.9
27 Rice            Mark          7    50.7
						  
   Maclean         Derek        12    99.4
   Bassett         Bruce         3    71.7
   Masalkovas      Andrejus      3    50.0

Blue

The top seven on this year's Blue list are in pretty much the same order as last year. James Scarborough repeats as BAOC's top male, with wins in seven of his nine ranking runs. James' best runs, most likely were as the top BAOC runner over the two days at Burton Creek, finishing 10 minutes clear each day against all of the club's best. Dan Stoll-Hadayia handed James one of his rare club losses, nipping him by eight seconds at Sunol. Dan moves from third to second as Panu Haaramo's DQs caught up with him. Panu dropped from second last year down to ninth, as three of his six runs were scored as DQ.

The man to watch on Blue is fast-improving Syd Reader. He moved ahead of Wyatt Riley by nearly four points into third place and within only a half point of Dan. Dan and Syd traded victories in their head-to-head races during the first half of the year but Syd's impovement was evident finishing ahead of Dan the last four of the year.

Mass start at the 2002 Golden Goat at Las Trampas
                                Runs Score

 1 Scarborough     James         9    99.7
 2 Stoll-Hadayia   Dan          11    90.6
 3 Reader          Syd          12    90.1
 4 Riley           Wyatt         7    86.2
 5 Stein           Doug         12    84.3
 6 Graeve          Thorsten     11    83.1
 7 Gregg           Steve         9    81.9
 8 DeMoss          Penny         8    67.1
 9 Haaramo         Panu          6    65.4
10 Wyatt-Maier     Gavin         9    62.0
11 Winterbottom    Rex          10    61.5
12 Springer        Mike          7    59.3
13 Boughner        Van           6    57.2
14 Graube          Peter         5    54.3
15 Dreyfuss        David         4    50.5
						  
   Lewis           Jeff          3    76.4
   Ramsey          Ian           3    75.5
   Masalkovas      Vadimas       3    56.6

Methodology

Ranking events are those BAOC meets with:

2000 ranking events

Joe Grant (2), Briones, Sunol, Annadel, Indian Valley, Spooner Lake, Saw Mill Flat, Burton Creek (2), China Camp, Big Basin, Montebello, Tamarancho, Calero.

Scenic shot of Lake Louise taken on an off day between APOC events in Alberta, Canada (Photo: Tony Pinkham)

Event score

Scores are assigned based on the competitor's time in relation to the average of the times of the top three ranked runners in the race. Event scores are weighted based on the average prior year points of the top three ranked runners in the race. Scores and times of runners stepping down do not enter into the computations. DQs (OT, DNF, MSP) are assigned a running time of 3:20. Only BAOC club members are ranked.

Stepping down

Runners in on a course below that of their USOF category will be considered stepping down if they had an annual ranking of 80 points or more during the current or previous ranking year.

Annual score

The average of the best four event scores constitute a person's annual ranking. If a runner has more than four scores, the best 4/5, 5/6, 5/7, 6/8, 6/9, 7/10, 7/11, etc., are averaged. A meet director or course setter of a ranking event(s) may receive one credit day for a fourth day if needed.