2022 Western States 100 Prediction Contest Results

Results from iRunFar’s 2022 Western States 100 prediction contest.

By on July 6, 2022 | Comments

Hoka Tecton X men's - 300x250Here are the results of our 2022 Western States 100 Prediction Contest. Thanks to the more than 800 of you who participated in this year’s prediction contest.

The Winners

Thank you again to HOKA, Buff, Squirrel’s Nut ButterDrymax, and Maggie Tides Design for providing the great prizes for the contest. Without them, the only thing to come out of the contest would be bragging rights. On to the winners!

First Place: Sheila Boyle (9 points) wins this year’s Western States prediction contest based on the first tiebreaker. She and Brady Burgess both tallied 9 points, but Sheila’s picks for the masters winners — Reid Coolsaet and Anne-Marie Madden — left her with 5 points for the masters category to Brady’s 9.

Sheila’s low open category total was fueled by her first place in the women’s category, in which she tied for the win, based on exact picks for Ruth Croft to win and Taylor Nowlin to take seventh. She got one point each for picking Emily Hawgood to take fourth, Leah Yingling to take fifth, and Katie Asmuth to take eighth. On the men’s side, Sheila totaled six points, with exact picks for Tyler Green to finish fourth and Alex Nichols to place eighth, with one point for picking Hayden Hawks in third, two points for Drew Holmen to place seventh, and three points for Cody Lind to place sixth.

Sheila Boyle - 2022 Western States 100 Prediction Contest picks

Sheila’s picks.

BUFF logoSecond Place: Brady Burgess (9 points) tied for the lead in overall points based on his winning performance on the men’s side by correctly picking the men’s top four — Adam Peterman, Hayden Hawks, Arlen Glick, and Tyler Green — in order! His lone men’s point came from picking Alex Nichols to take seventh. On the women’s side, he correctly picked Ruth Croft to win and was one place off for each of Emily Hawgood, Leah Yingling, and Katie Asmuth. He finished second by way of his nine points in picking the masters winners of Scott Traer and Meghan Canfield.

Brady Burgess - 2022 Western States 100 Prediction Contest picks

Brady’s picks.

Squirrel's Nut ButterThird Place: Mark Klink (10 points) tied David Neujahr and Steve Jackson in overall points, but won on the first tiebreaker. He and David both chose Ludovic Pommeret as the correct men’s masters winner, but Mark was one place better than David in picking Luzia Buehler to be the top masters woman to David’s pick of Camille Herron.

In the open category, Mark fared better on the mens’s side, correctly picking Tyler Green, Drew Holmen, and Ludovic Pommeret to finish fourth, fifth, and sixth. On the women’s side, he correctly picked Ruth Croft to win and for Leah Yingling to take sixth.

Mark Klink - 2022 Western States 100 Prediction Contest picks

Mark’s picks.

Jean Sabater is our random grand-prize winner for which they’ll get the same loaded prize pack as Sheila minus the art.

Maggie Tides Design - full triptych canvas - Western States 100 course

Maggie Tides Design Western States 100 Triptych.

Men’s Predictions

Drymax LogoThis year, there was a two-way tie for the top performance in the men’s open category with Brady Burgess and Colin Jenks tying with a single point. While Brady had each of the top four men correctly picked, Colin was dead on with his picks for Adam Peterman, Hayden Hawks, Drew Holmen, and Alex Nichols. Colin’s lone point could have come from either his pick for Tyler Green to finish third and Arlen Glick to finish fourth. Had he reversed those two picks, he’d have gotten the top five men all in the correct order!

Women’s Predictions

Sheila Boyle’s 3-point performance was matched by Ivo Piazza. Ivo correctly picked Ruth Croft’s and Luzia Buehler’s placings, while tallying one point each for picking Emily Hawgood to place sixth, Leah Yingling to place seventh, and Katie Asmuth to place eighth.

Final Words
Thanks to the more than 800 individuals who fully took part in the contest! We had a lot of fun bringing it to you and hope you had a lot of fun participating.

The Overall Contest Field
Here’s a breakdown of the number of folks tallying 50 or fewer points other the past 13 runnings of Western States: 2009 – 46, 2010 – 107, 2011 – 274, 2012 – 446, 2013 – 694, 2014 – 683, 2015 – 807, 2016 – 509, 2017 – 208, 2018 – 1,476, 2019 – 999, 2021 – 646, 2022 – 717.

Below are the full results:

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Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.