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Nexts in Line...Part I...

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In a recent conversation, a triathlete asked us why there weren't any 45-49 women nominated in the Master of the Year category. Though we were able to give her a plausible explanation, in hindsight, we wished that we had added a 45-49 nominee.

We argued that Hankee and Myers, both 40-44ers, were slam dunk nominees, as were 50-54s Weisbecker and Kippenhan. We stand by these picks.

She then asked us who was the next in line for a nomination. Great question. Not only did we give her an answer--Jody Quesnell--we decided to create a post highlighting the "next-in-liners" for MMA nominations.

 

- Junior of the Year - MACY IYER, 13, Edina - Macy is going to be a star. We're convinced of this. Had she had one more great effort in 2017, she would have been nominated. Also, she is one several young female triathletes (under 16) who appear destined for greatness. That list includes Bella Buenting and Simone Lundquist

 

- Grand Master - MIKE FLYNN, 67, Elk River - Mike had an awesome season, featuring divisional wins at Maple Grove Sprint, Heart of the Lakes, Trinona Sprint and Oakdale Du, but two other men from his AG--perennial GMOY nominee Neil KIng, and Spike Millslagle, who set three AG records--were slam dunk selections. Because of this, if the Committee had chosen a fifth nominee, it would likely have been HELEN GUNTHER, 60, of Excelsior....

Long Distance AOY Nominees....

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD (LDAOY) was inaugurated in 2014. A coed category, nominees must have turned in a least TWO outstanding efforts during the season at races that are 70.3 or longer.

In '14, the winner was Matthew Payne, who won three long distance races: Liberty (4:02:46 - CR), Pigman (4:13) and Leadman Bend (OR) 125 (4:07:57 - CR).

In 2015, the LDAOY was won by Dani Vsetecka, who's long course resume featured wins @ Door Country Half IM and Pigman. 

Last year, Diane Hankee won the award, albeit narrowly, over Erin Farrens. Diane raced in FIVE halves, winning one (LIberty) and podiuming at Muncie (2nd - 4:38:51) and Steelhead (3rd - 4:41).

 

Who will be the recipient of the 2017 LDAOY? Here are the nominees and their long course highlights:

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis

2nd @ LIberty Half

5th @ Superior Man - 4:15:17 ...

2017 Triathlete of the Year: Men...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the four official male nominees for 2017 TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

 

- NATHAN ANSBAUGH, 30, Minneapolis (photo below)

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Lake Minnetonka Triathlon

1st @ Lake Waconia Triathlon

2nd @ Liberty Half IM

3rd @ Minneapolis Olympic

3rd @ Heart of the Lakes

5th @ Superior Man Half IM

 

- JOSH BLANKENHEIM, 37, Duluth (photo L)

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Brewhouse Olympic

2nd @ Liberty Olympic

2nd @ Lake Waconia....

2017 Triathlete of the Year: Women

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the women who are the offical nominees for 2017 TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR:

 

- GABY BUNTEN, 25, Forest Lake

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Life Time South Beach Olympic

1st amateur / 2nd overall @ Trinona Olympic

1st overall @ Minneapolis Triathlon - POY Nominee

5th overall @ USAT Olympic Nationals

 

- KORTNEY HAAG, 38, Maple Grove

Tri Highlights:

1st @ Liberty Half IM

1st @ Graniteman Clearwater Olympic - CR

1st @ Graniteman Big Lake Olympic - CR

2nd @ Chisago Half IM - 4:39:50

2nd @ Maple Grove Olympic ...

2017 Performance of the Year: Men...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Yesterday we revealed the nominations for female PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR. Today we do likewise for the men. Once again, reducing the number of performances to just four wasn't easy.

Here are the POY nominations:

 

- SEAN COOLEY's win at Chisago Lakes Half IM - Sean's 4:06:52 was the fastest 70.3 time by an amateur Minnesota male in 2017.

 

- SEAN COOLEY's 2nd at Minneapolis  (photo) - Cooley's 1:55:29 was the fastest Olympic distance performance by a Minnesota male last season. He finished 24-seconds behind Iowa's Evan Culbert, who placed 6th overall at Nationals and is a likely US AOY nominee.

 

- WADE CRUSER's victory at Apple - Wade beat a stellar men's field in Sartell, including two decorated pros.

 

- MATTHEW PAYNE's win at Buffalo Olympic. The Payne Train outraced one of the deepest men's field of the year at Buff.

Also considered:  ...

 

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