|This is the winner’s medal, but the experience is the real prize.|
Competing in Comp 40-44, Hughes won the Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire on June 28, the Scarlet Knight Scramble in Mt. Morris on July 12, and the Reforestation Ramble. Hughes finished 5th in his age group on series points.
Competing in Sport 50-54, Hipps won the Scarlet Knight Scramble, the Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic in Waukesha on Aug. 16, and Treadfest in Lake Geneva on Sep. 6. Hipps finished 2nd in his age group on series points, just 23 points shy of a state championship! Michael Owens (Colectivo Coffee Team) took 1st, beating Hipps 1596-1573.
Hughes and Hipps each had four 2nd place finishes and never finished a cross country race lower than 5th (Hipps was 10th in a greatly expanded field that included all Cat 2 men, ages 45-54, in the short track race at the WORS Cup in Portage on July 26). Congratulations to both of them for being so consistently good over a season that began way back on May 3!