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Julia(Photo L - R - Two of this year's MOY nominees, Sarah Mercer and Julia Weisbecker.)

FEMALE MASTER OF THE YEAR – In 14 years only three women have won this award, Jan Guenther doing so ten times, Heidi Keller Miler thrice and Jeanne Fleck once. Is this the year that someone new takes home the prize? We’ll see.

The MMA Selectors unanimously agreed that the female MOY was one of the hardest categories to figure out. Narrowing the field to four official nominees wasn’t easy....


Here are the nominees and their 2013 highlights:

JAN GUENTHER, 54, Mound (photo L)

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Heart of the Lakes

jan3rd overall / 2nd Master / 1st 50+ @ Liberty Half – 4:53:45

4th overall / 1st Master @ Lake Minnetonka

10th overall / 1st 50+ @ Gear West Duathlon

JULIE HULL, 41, Farmington (photo below)

1st overall @ Esprit De She Duathlon

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Liberty Half – 4:53:08

2nd / 1st Master @ Waseca 1/3 (Masters Record)

4th overall / 1st Master @ Gear West Du

4th overall / 2nd Master @ Apple Du Worlds Qualifier

8th overall / 3rd Master @ Heart of the Lakes

SARAH MERCER, 45, Golden Valley

2nd overall / 1st Master @ Lakefront Days (Masters Record)

3rd overall / 1st Master @ Rev3 Wisconsin Dells Olympic

5th overall / 2nd Master @ Maple Grove Olympic

6th overall / 2nd Master @ Lake Minnetonka

9th overall / 2nd Master @ Lake Waconia

JulesJULIA WEISBECKER, 47, Mendota Heights

3rd overall / 1st Master @ Maple Grove Olympic

4th overall / 1st Master @ Lake Waconia

5th overall / 3rd Master @ Liberty Half – 4:56:54

6th overall / 2nd Master @ Gear West Du

6th overall / 1st Master @ Life Time Tri-Minneapolis

6th overall/ 1st Master @ Chisago Sprint

6th AG @ USAT Nationals – 2:17:48

The long list of other age 40-55 women who were part of the discussion for this award, include, in alpha order: GILLAIN AUSLANDER (43, Minneapolis), VERONICA BOND (41, Rochester), JULI CURRIE (41, Chanhassen), SARAH FOLEY (43, Cologne), ANNE GRABOWSKI (45, Minneapolis), JAMIE HEYING (42, Buffalo), ANGIE HOP (42, Rosemount), CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN (48, Bemidji), JULIA LYNG (46, Burnsville), CAROL MARSTON (52, Mankato), SUZANN MOUW (49, White Bear Lake), JEN NEUMAN (42, Ramsey), JENA OGSTON (43, Duluth), GRETCHEN SADAKA (43, NORTH MANKATO), ANN SNUGGERUD (45, Chaska), TRACY SERREYN (49, Lakeville), LAURA SWARTZ (44, St. Louis Park), LISA WACEK (42, Minneapolis) and CHERYL ZITUR (49, Corcoran).

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