Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gunksrunner Ultra Rankings: Fall Update

I've kept the ultra rankings posts to a minimum this year; now that they have a somewhat permanent residence at Ultrarunning magazine, it doesn't seem as crucial to have them on the blog, since you can view the updated rankings anytime you want.  But as a service to those who haven't found their way over there yet, or as a reminder for those who have, I figured now would be a good time to bring everyone up to speed on where we stand with about ten weeks of racing left in the 2016 season.  (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, head over to the Ultrarunning link above for a summary of how the rankings work, or just click the "ultra national rankings" label at the bottom of this post to see everything I've posted about it in the past.

photo: Myke Hermsmeyer
Since winning Bandera on January 6, Jim Walmsley has dominated this year's GUR.  He holds a commanding lead of nearly 50 points on second-ranked Ian Sharman, who is putting together another fantastic season.  (That doesn't even take into account Jim's recent demolition of Rob Krar's RTR FKT.)  Last year's #1, Brian Rusiecki, sits in third and should pick up some points at Hellgate in early December.  WS100 champ Andrew Miller is fourth.  A mere 3.5 points separate second through fourth on the men's side.  Walmsley and Miller are both slated to run at the North Face championships in early December, which will probably decide most of the final places in the top 10.

photo: Belinda Agamaite
WS champ Kaci Lickteig, ranked #5 in the 2015 GUR, is even more dominant on the womens' side than Walmsley is on the mens'.  She leads Lake Sonoma winner YiOu Wang by over 100 points; even if YiOu can outrun everyone at TNF, catching Kaci may be impossible.  Kaci has had an extraordinary season, with six wins from seven starts; her only loss was a second-place finish at Sonoma.  I'd be hard-pressed to imagine anyone other than Kaci and Jim taking home this year's UROY awards.

Anyway, below is the current top 50 men and women; totals are up-to-date through this past weekend.  As always, you can view the entire list here, which is updated each week usually around Thursday or Friday.  Use the CTRL-F function on the rankings sheets to find your own name; there are over 3500 men and almost 3200 women ranked so far.


Men
State
Points
Women
State
Points
1
Jim Walmsley
AZ
194.125
Kaci Lickteig
NE
223.9
2
Ian Sharman
CA
148.5
YiOu Wang
CA
119
3
Brian Rusiecki
MA
147
Kathleen Cusick
FL
101.4
4
Andrew Miller
OR
145
Amy Sproston
OR
100.5
5
Dylan Bowman
CA
129.875
Devon Yanko
CA
93.2
6
Paul Terranova
TX
104
Courtney Dauwalter
CO
81.5
7
Christopher Dennucci
CA
100.725
Bethany Patterson
VA
79.3
8
Jeff Browning
OR
94.4
Magdalena Boulet
CA
78.5
9
Mark Hammond
UT
80.3
Alissa St. Laurent
Canada
72
10
Cody Reed
AZ
78.5
Hillary Allen
CO
71.825
11
Jesse Haynes
CA
76.7
Julie Koepke
TX
70.375
12
David Roche
CA
76
Amanda Basham
OR
70
13
Alex Nichols
CO
75.375
Jodee Adams-Moore
WA
68.25
14
Tim Tollefson
CA
73.1
Cassie Scallon
CO
67.925
15
Mario Mendoza
OR
65.9
Kelly Wolf
AZ/CO
66.7
16
Jason Schlarb
CO
64.8
Camille Herron
OK/MI
62.7
17
Kyle Pietari
MA
64.5
Sarah Keys
NY
60.75
18
Matt Flaherty
IN
63.35
Corinne Malcolm
WA
60.25
19
Tim Freriks
AZ
62.125
Maggie Guterl
PA
60
20
Chris Mocko
CA
60.375
Megan Roche
CA
60
21
Jared Burdick
NY
58.5
Nicole Kalogeropoulos
TX
59.85
22
Dakota Jones
CO
55.5
Sarah Bard
WA
59.3
23
Tyler Sigl
WI
54.9
Neela D'Souza
Canada
59.2
24
Michael Daigeaun
PA
53
Darcy Piceu
CO
57.375
25
Dominick Layfield
UT
52.55
Sabrina Little
TX
54.5
26
Aaron Saft
NC
52.375
Anna Mae Flynn
CA
54.3
27
Jorge Pacheco
CA
52.2
Kaytlyn Gerbin
WA
51.875
28
Jason Lantz
PA
49.9
Caroline Boller
CA
51.5
29
Zach Miller
CO
49.4
Clare Gallagher
CO
50.8
30
Stephen Wassather
CA
49
Amy Rusiecki
MA
50.625
31
Sage Canaday
CO
47.25
Abby Rideout
UT
49.7
32
Brett Hornig
OR
45.4
Beverly Anderson-Abbs
CA
49
33
Ryan Bak
OR
44
Erika Lindland
CA
48.8
34
Morgan Elliot
NC
43.2
Darla Askew
OR
46.6
35
Olivier Leblond
VA
43
Lee Conner
OH
42.9
36
Masazumi Fujioka
WA
42
Emily Peterson
CA
42.85
37
Daniel Metzger
CA
41.25
Pam Smith
OR
42.5
38
Chikara Omine
CA
40.1
Denise Bourassa
OR
42.425
39
Chase Nowak
MN
40
Keely Henninger
OR
42.225
40
David Herr
VT
39.8
Laura Kline
NY
41
41
Cody Lind
ID
39
Jenny Hoffman
MA
40.5
42
Patrick Caron
MA
39
Ellie Greenwood
Canada
40
43
Paddy O'Leary
CA
38.75
Maggie Walsh
CO
40
44
Ed Ettinghausen
CA
38.4
Joelle Vaught
ID
39.5
45
Caleb Denton
TN
38
Katalin Nagy
FL
39
46
Chris Vargo
AZ
37.375
Megan Kimmel
CO
39
47
Michael Owen
OH
37.25
Traci Falbo
IN
38.6
48
Adrian Stanciu
CO
35.35
Alicia Shay
AZ
37.75
49
Hayden Hawkes
UT
35
Anne-Marie Maddon
Canada
37
50
Pete Kostelnick
NE
35
Krissy Moehl
WA
37




Liz Bauer
SC
37


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