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2014 Texas Trail Championship Series: End of Summer Update

Nearly 400 trail runners from Texas and around the country, are participating in the inaugural year of the Texas Trail Championship series that contains 29 races from throughout the state. 19 races in the books, and 10 races queued up for the remainder of the year. And like a good novel, we won’t know the final results until the last race (page) has played out. Someone could join the series today and take home some bling, cash, the mother load of race discounts for an age-group win (half price entries in 2015), or even enjoy a cold beer…from a dreamy Yeti cooler!

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Before we take a glance at the current standings, how about a little understanding on how points are accumulated (assuming you have a USATF membership or get one before your series race) for the Ultra and Trail (sub-ultra) series divisions.

  • Finish a series race and you earn points with the following formula ((Winning Time) / (Your Time)) * Distance = Your Points (Example: winning time – 1 hour, your time – 2 hours, distance – 10 miles. (1/2) * 10 = 5 points)
  • Your top 7 points finishes will be used in the series standings for that particular division.
  • For the Trail (non-ultra) series you must finish four races to be included in the final standings.

Now the series standings may make a bit more sense, let’s check it out.

Ultra Series – Women

Julie Koepke is currently sitting at the number one position with 274.7944 points (7 results)! Clipping the back of her heels is Jean Perez with 269.1114 points (7 finishes).

Current Top 10 Women – Ultra Series (as of 8/29)

(note – points total are listed based on their current whole number)

  1. Julie Koepke – 274 (7 results)
  2. Jean Perez – 269 (7 results)
  3. Lisa Plantier – 252 (5 results)
  4. Cara Bass – 228 (5 results)
  5. Anabel Pearson – 227 (5 results)
  6. Nicole Studer – 207 (3 results)
  7. Jessica Utsman – 175 (6 results)
  8. Shaheen Sattar – 159 (3 results)
  9. Kimberly Pilcher – 144 (4 results)
  10. Melinda Coen – 138 (3 results)

Current Top Age Group Women – Ultra Series

  • 29-and-under: Cara Bass – 228 (5 results)
  • 30-39: Julie Koepke – 274 (7 results)
  • 40-49: Anabel Pearson – 227 (5 results)
  • 50-59: Jean Perez – 269 (7 results)
  • 60-69: Ruth Kohstall – 56 (1 results)
  • 70+: open

Ultra Series – Men

Thomas Orf holds a slight half-stride points lead on Matt Smith in the men’s overall standings in the ultra division. Similar to women, the separation from first to second is just five points. Thomas currently sits in the pole position with 298.2699 points!

Cool to see two sub-18 year olds in the series, the speedy Ford Smith (age 17) who is leading the 29-and-under, along with Tyler Anderson who has finished three 60k races at age 15.

Be sure to notice Richard Mihalik in the overall listing…he is 60 years old and sitting in the top 10.

Also, gotta love Peter Fish holding the flag high for the inspiring 70+ year old category.

Current Top 10 Men – Ultra Series (as of 8/29)

(note – points total are listed based on their current whole number)

  1. Thomas Orf – 298 (7 results)
  2. Matt Smith – 293 (6 results)
  3. Lorenzo Sanchez – 247 (5 results)
  4. Larry Pearson – 203 (5 results)
  5. Steven Moore – 196 (4 results)
  6. Daniel McIntyre – 193 (5 results)
  7. Richard Mihalik – 191 (7 results)
  8. Paul Terranova – 180 (4 results)
  9. David Brown – 176 (4 results)
  10. Paul Lopez – 172 (4 results)

Current Top Age Group Men – Ultra Series

  • 29-and-under: Ford Smith – 135 (2 results)
  • 30-39: Matt Smith – 293 (6 results)
  • 40-49: Thomas Orf – 298 (7 results)
  • 50-59: Larry Pearson – 203 (5 results)
  • 60-69: Richard Mihalik – 191 (7 results)
  • 70+: Peter Fish – 22 (1 race)

Trail (sub-ultra) Series – Women

Jessica Scott has earned 106.5532 points in six races and leads all women! Christine McCown is leading the chase with 53 other women.

Our 29-and-under women include 11 year old Heather Welsch and her 13 year old sister Kaytlynn. And Heather sits at the top of the age group standings!

Current Top 10 Women – Trail Series (as of 8/29)

(note – points total are listed based on their current whole number)

  1. Jessica Scott – 106 (6 results)
  2. Christine McCown – 84 (5 results)
  3. Nikki Davis – 77 (6 results)
  4. Tracie Akerhielm – 72 (3 results)
  5. Lisa Danielson – 65 (7 results)
  6. Jody Koehler – 54 (3 results)
  7. JoAnna Brand – 51 (4 results)
  8. Kat Sparks – 51 (4 results)
  9. Amy French – 47 (3 results)
  10. Laura Hildebrand – 46 (4 results)

Current Top Age Group Women – Trail Series

  • 29-and-under: Heather Welsch – 40 (4 results)
  • 30-39: Jessica Scott – 106 (6 results)
  • 40-49: Nikki Davis – 77 (6 results)
  • 50-59: Kat Sparks – 51 (4 results)
  • 60-69: open
  • 70+: open

Trail (sub-ultra) Series – Men

Seven races and 76.1751 points puts Nate Smith at the top of the mens leaderboard! Stefan Grater currently holds second. Just over 30 points separates first through tenth position.

Always great to see our youth playing – Blake Bordelon (age 16), Ford Smith (age 17), Noah Crownover (age 12), Tyler Anderson (age 15), Carter Reed (age 12), and Michael Collins (age 7).

Current Top 10 Men- Trail Series (as of 8/29)

(note – points total are listed based on their current whole number)

  1. Nate Smith – 76 (7 results)
  2. Stefan Grater – 64 (4 results)
  3. Rick Smith – 60 (6 results)
  4. Thor Kooda – 56 (4 results)
  5. Michael Nosalik – 54 (5 results)
  6. Cory Torkelson – 48 (4 results)
  7. Sam Mahserjian – 47 (4 results)
  8. Christian Sutton – 47 (3 results)
  9. Paul Smith IV – 45 (3 results)
  10. Philip Williams – 43 (3 results)

Current Top Age Group Men – Trail Series

  • 29-and-under: Thor Kooda – 56 (4 results)
  • 30-39: Nate Smith – 76 (7 results)
  • 40-49: Stefan Grater – 64 (4 results)
  • 50-59: Rick Smith – 60 (6 results)
  • 60-69: Sam Voltaggio – 14 (1 result)
  • 70+: open

Club Rankings

In the Ultra club standings, the Rockhoppers of San Antonio has created a slight gap on the hard charging Tejas Trails crew in Austin. The Houston Area Trail Runners round out the top 3.

Current Top 3 Clubs – Ultra Series

  1. Rockhoppers – 2288
  2. Tejas Trails – 1658
  3. Houston Area Trail Runners – 869

In the Trail (sub-ultra) club standings, Tejas Trails have tightened up their laces to pull in front of the Rockhoppers to lead all clubs. The Hoston Area Trail Runners continue to hold onto the third position with the North Texas Trail Runners digging in their tread to break into the top 3.

Current Top 3 Clubs – Trail Series

  1. Tejas Trails – 420
  2. Rockhoppers – 417
  3. Houston Area Trail Runners – 311

You can check out the complete rankings listing for the Ultra, Trail, and Club divisions here.

10 races left to go with race distances from 5 km up to 100 miles.

This should be fun!

More info about the series can be checked out at the Texas Trail Championship site.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

 

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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