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The 1997 Club Ranking Events (CRE) were the eight meets (nine days) where the maps and other factors met B standards: Indian Valley, Calero, China Camp, Joe Grant, Nisene Marks, Monte Bello, Annadel (2), and Sunol.
Four events are required to score (three for Brown), but a credit day is allowed if needed for course-setting or in the event of voided course. Four of the best five, 5/6, 5/7, 6/8, and 6/9 are averaged for the annual score.
The scores are based on the USOF ranking system, with some minor modifications. The formula calls for points to be awarded by comparing the runner's time with the average of the fastest three on the course. Then a competition factor is applied, which consists of the average ranking points (normalized to a top score of 100) from last year of the top three ranked runners who usually run the course.
Lans Taylor, third last year and second in the mid-year quarterly standings, takes the top spot for 1997. James Scarborough, last year's leader, got in three runs to extend his ranking event winning streak to 15 but missed several meets due to travel and school requirements. Also missing are last year's number two, Per Magnusson, and four, Jorg Hofer, who have left the area. Neeme Loorits makes his first appearance on the list coming on strong at the end of the year to defeat Lans at Annadel. Kent Ohlund moved ahead of Thorsten as did newcomers to the list, Syd Reader and the fast improving Michihiro Kamijima. Both had good scores finishing second and third behind James at the final event at Sunol.
Kent Ohlund managed to repeat as the Red champion despite steady improvement by Tapio Karras over the year. Kent was winner in three of his four outings on Red, most impressively at Indian Valley where he racked up 104.9 points. Tapio came up with a breakthrough run of 105.8 points at Annadel, ahead of Kent, and lodging the highest of any Red score this year. Next on the list are Gary Carpenter and Werner Haag. Gary's best score was at Montebello where he was a close second to Tapio and Werner's came at Joe Grant. Doug Stein and Steve Jankowski, who made their debut on the mid-year list, continued to up their scores to earn spots in the top half of the list.
There is no change from the mid-year list in the top three. I had no really outstanding runs but did manage five scores in the 86-88 point range while George Minarik started the year with 93.7 at Indian Valley and 96.5 at China Camp before tapering into the 70 point range. Dennis Wildfogel had his best score day 2 at Annadel, 85.0, well ahead of all BAOCers except Eric Ohlund and Gary Carpenter. Eric scorched two Green runs at Annadel scoring 110.4 and 112.0 while Gary had 86.5 and 88.8, their only Green runs of the year. Missing from last year are Steve Smith, also with his only two Green runs at Annadel, and Evan Custer, who was kept off the list by his workhorse course setting and meet directing as well as injury. Among the women, Stephanie Maclean and Patty Clemo moved ahead of last year's top performer Janet Petersen. Stephanie's best score, 69.2, came at Montebello where she finished in 5th place. Patty made the list by running the last four scoring events topped by her 55.1 points at Sunol. Ailene Abernathy was the third woman on Green with a top score of 59.4 at Sunol.
Sarah Minarik, well on her way to becoming the top woman in the club, had three very good runs on the Brown course. She scored 104.1 and a stellar 126.7 her two days at Annadel. Gary Kraght, coming off injuries, made Brown his course for the year. His top score, 111.3 came at Calero. Ailene moved into third from eighth last year. Brown has by far the fewest repeat runners of any course. For that reason I have scored runners with only three events while all other courses required four scores during the year.
BLUE RED 1 Taylor, Lans 83.0 1 Ohlund, Kent 99.1 2 Loorits, Neeme 75.7 2 Karras, Tapio 96.7 3 Ohlund, Kent 69.1 3 Carpenter, Gary 89.4 4 Reader Syd 68.9 4 Haag, Werner 83.0 5 Kamijima, Michihiro 67.6 5 Greene, Dan 80.1 6 Graeve, Thorsten 67.1 6 Stein, Douglas 78.9 7 Gregg, Steve 66.4 7 Jankowski, Steve 77.8 8 Maclean, Derek 64.1 8 Bassett, Bruce 75.7 9 DeMoss, Penny 57.2 9 Boughner, Van 75.5 10 Smith, Steve 53.3 10 Glendinning, Alan 68.8 11 Wyatt-Mair, Gavin 51.7 11 Cooley, Bob 68.3 12 Blair, Mark 66.5 Three Scores 13 Josh Fredericks 66.3 Scarborough, James 94.5 14 Papendick, William 64.8 Laavainen, Mikko 76.8 15 Graube, Peter 64.4 Gary Carpenter 62.8 16 Aster, Scott 54.8 17 Wright, Hugh 51.3 GREEN 1 Scarborough, Joe 86.3 Three Scores 2 Minarik, George 82.2 Graeve, Thorsten 95.6 3 Wildfogel, Dennis 79.9 Gregg, Steve 86.8 4 Jankowski, Steve 79.7 Wyatt-Mair, Gavin 50.1 5 Kopish, Manfred 69.9 6 Poulsen, Michael 68.9 BROWN 7 Maclean, Stephanie 62.5 1 Minarik, Sarah 107.3 8 Lainema, Matti 62.4 2 Kraght, Gary 102.1 9 Fleishman, Mike 62.2 3 Abernathy, Aileen 68.3 10 Wells, Kelly 62.0 4 Lee, Jascha 56.2 11 DeMoss, Harold 58.1 5 Lanam, Jeff 51.0 12 Goss, Jerry 53.2 6 Minarik, Leslie 43.2 13 Schakhnovsky, Ole 51.4 7 Lindeman, Nancy 38.6 14 Clemo, Patty 50.5 8 Madsen, Cheryl 37.5 15 Abernathy, Aileen 49.6 16 Petersen, Janet 49.4 Two Scores 17 Lewis, Robert 49.0 Krasnova, Elena 90.5 18 Robinson, Stacy 43.1 Aster, Scott 80.5 19 Ravenko, Vic 41.9 Corsano, Nick 64.6 20 Beuerman, Steve 39.1 Barr, David 62.3 21 Hoare, Philip 38.0 Jacobs, Marsha 62.1 DeMarothy, Maroth 55.7 Three Scores Lennon, Kathleen 45.8 Haag, Werner 86.7 Robinson, Stacy 42.4 Pinkham, Tony 68.9 Lewis, Robert 35.7 Gross, Ron 65.1 Petersen, Mark 56.8 Moretto, Paulo 52.9 O'Keefe, Steeve 47.8 Wright, Hugh 46.3 Lindeman, Nancy 28.4