10 down, 2 to go.
The points race is starting to take shape as there are only 2 races left this season. This post will only go into the men's points race (for obvious reasons I'm paying closer attention to that one), but after the Turkey Trot on 11-27, I'll post the final standings for both men & women. After missing 2 races due to injury, I was a ways back in the points, but due to a missed race or surprise winner here & there, I'm only 2 points off the overall lead! My destiny is not in my own hands, however. If the leader earns the max points at each of the last two races, I can't catch him...and, there's no garauntees I'll be able to do the same.
As participants know, points are based solely on age-group finish, not your overall place in the race, and are scored as follows: 1st place-10pts., 2nd place-7 pts., 3rd place-5 pts., 4th place-4 pts., 5th place-3 pts., everything else- 1 pt. The number of races ran is in (), followed by total points, & age-group placings. The names in bold are leading their respective age groups in points. Thank you Gary for doing this monumental task!!
Here's the men's overall top-10:
1. Mike Buzbee (10) 82 pts. 6 wins, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 5th
t2. Jeff Boutte (8) 80 pts. 8 wins
t2. Ron Gross (8) 80 pts. 8 wins
t2. Chris Badolato (8) 80 pts. 8 wins
t5. Austin Violette (8) 77 pts. 7 wins, 2nd
t5. Darryl Beardall (8) 77 pts. 7 wins, 2nd
7. Kael Newton (9) 75 pts. 4 wins, 2nd x 5
t8. Larry Defeyter (8) 74 pts. 6 wins, 2nd, 2nd
t8. Cody Carlton (9) 74 pts. 5 wins, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd
t10. Steve Bond (9) 73 pts. 4 wins, 2nd x 4, 3rd
t10. Zach Stoll (9) 73 pts. 5 wins, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
As you can see, it's a little crowded, as there is only a 9 point spread seperating 11 runners. Meaning, theoretically, one could drop up to 10 places by skipping one of the last two races! Congrats to everyone for all the great race finishes, and especially to Mike, who is the only runner on this list to complete all 10 races so far...the last one being a week after running the Bizz Johnson Marathon. What an animal!