Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2010 Pre-Season New England Snowshoe Rankings


Chris Dunn and the folks at acidotic have released their pre-season rankings for the 2010 New England Snowshoe season.  Now, because Chris and acidotic originally came up with this idea and release a nice, neat weekly update during the season, I take this as the 'official' ranking.  Also, with Chris' API (Average Performance Index) calculation, it makes sense that this be pretty accurate. As many do each time this list is released, I will add my thoughts to the below list. First, here it is (CMS in blue):

Men
Women
1
Kevin Tilton
1
Abby Woods
2
Justin Fyffe
2
Kim Webster
3
Josh Ferenc
3
Leslie Dillon
4
Jim Johnson
4
Amber Cullen
5
Ben Nephew
5
Amy Lane
6
Dave Dunham
6
Liz Hall
7
Matthew Cartier
7
Chelynn Tetreault
8
Tim Van Orden
8
Jessica Hageman
9
Tim Mahoney
9
Laurel Valley
10
Steve Wolfe
10
Holly Atkinson

Now, it is interesting to put Josh Ferenc on this list, as he only ran (to my knowledge), 2 snowshoe races all of last season, but if he runs at least the minimum amount of races, this will be a good pick. Don't get me wrong, he's legit and won both races he ran, including the first race of the season, up in Woodford, VT (against yours truly, whom he spanked...my worst snowshoe loss ever actually).  But he ran 2 races last year.  Hopefully we will see more of him this year, seeing Nationals is in the East this year...but for the most part, he's been quiet this year as a whole.  He ran pretty decent at the US National Mountain Championships this year, once again besting me by one place at Cranmore Mountain.  If he races more than once or twice, he's worthy of a top spot on this list for sure.  I think the only 2 guys capable of beating him are ahead of him on that list.


Continuing on this topic, Kevin Tilton, who is having a great year on the roads and in the mountains, only ran 1 snowshoe race all of last season.  He won Sidehiller up in Sandwich, NH and took me by 50 yards or so.  He too, is pretty much unbeatable if he shows his mug at the races... he told me he'd be doing a handful of them this coming year, so we'll see.  If Chris is making some predictions based on performances on the roads recently, Kevin is a solid pick.

Matt Cartier is a solid pick and is usually in the top 5 or so in each race, and last year he raced A LOT.  But this year he was hurt and he hadn't updated his training blog in ages. I hope he too will be back this season.  Chris should know, as Matt had joined acidotic late last season.

Fyffe, Nephew, Dunham, VanOrden, and Mahoney are all top 10 picks for sure and don't really require much explanation.  Justin is having an absolutely phenomenal year with numerous PRs at virtually every distance.  He will essentially be untouchable and is my pick for National Champ (there, I said it) if he runs Nationals in 2010 (no pressure man).  Ben could be a shoe-in for WMAC champion (again) just because he races a lot and wins a lot.  Top 1 or 2 for him in every race.  Dave Dunham will probably win in points for WMAC and will be on this list ever week.  Typical stuff from the funniest looking guy on the list.  Tivo needs to stay healthy and get some sleep this winter to be effective. He's always top 5 so should be on this list each week IF he can stay healthy.  Hot Chocolate Tivo...HOT chocolate...that's the key.  Tim Mahoney has been running VERY well and got stronger in the mountains this year...he is my pick to make a lot of noise this year and steal a couple of wins or top 3 spots. He should be on the list regularly.  He is another that can finish in the top 3 in points/finishes in the WMAC series.


Hopefully Steve Wolfe will be back to top form this coming season. If he is at least where he was last year, he's a top 10 guy too.  Again, he had problems this year and didn't make a lot of the races he originally planned on making due to injury.  Hopefully by December, he'll be back to top form.


Which brings me to other potential guys that should / could show up... Leigh Schmitt and Brian Rusiecki for sure.  Both of these guys are phenomenal trail/ultra runners and both won a snowshoe race last year.  If Greg Hammett (CMS) runs a couple more races this year, he's easily a top 10 guy.  He only ran 1 race (to my knowledge) last year, but if he expands his season out a few more, he'll be in contention. Corey Watts ran only 1 race last season and it was a convincing win at Turner Trail in Pittsfield.  If he isn't a 1 and done guy this year, he could make the list.  Lastly, Rhode Island (TNT) guy Bob Jackman could make the standings as the season progresses, if he stays on the course (Pooh Hill wrong turn) and doesn't get mauled by a dog (Kingman Farm dog encounter).

Of course all of this is just guys who strapped on the snowshoes last season at least once...  Who knows what new guys will give it a try this year and have a breakthrough...

Sorry about only commenting on the guys.... Abby Mahoney (CMS) is the only woman on the list above that I am familiar with and she rules, so thats about all I can say about that :).


1 comment:

  1. Good snowshoe talk, I love it. I think I can hold my position until Christmas.

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