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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Narrowing this category to four nominees wasn't easy. As with the masters women, there was a lot of talent to choose from.

Narrowly missing nominations this year were CHRIS TATTON and BRETT LOVAAS, both of whom received ardent support from various committee members.

Here are the four official nominees:

 

- BROOKS GROSSINGER, 40, Mayer - 1st MOY Nomination

Highlights: Two overall wins. Three masters records.

 

- DAVID HOLDEN, 47, Hudson, WI - 4th MOY Nomination

Highlights: One overall win. Masters titles at Minneapolis, Heart of the Lakes and Chisago Half IM.

 

- MATTHEW PAYNE, 40, Golden Valley - 1st MOY nomination

Highlights: Three overall victories in four starts....

The Women Masters of 2017...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - The process was painstaking and featured heated disagreement, but here are the official nominees for female MASTER OF THE YEAR:

 

Women: 

 DIANE HANKEE, 40, Lino Lakes - 1st MOY Nomination

- 1st overall @ Gear West Du

- 1st amateur / 2nd overal @ Pigman Sprint

- 2nd overall / 1st Master @ Lake Wacona (MR), Heart of the Lakes

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Apple Duathlon

- 4th overall / 1st Master @ Chisago Half - 4:47:30

- 5th overall / 3rd amateur / 1st Master @ YWCA Women's Tri - MR

 

CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN, 52, Bemidji - 3rd MOY nomination

- 1st overall @ Superior Man 41.5 - MR

- 3rd overall / 1st Master @ Brewhouse Sprint

- 5th overall / 1st AG @ Timberman

- 6th overall / 2nd AG @ Liberty Olympic ...

Minnesota's Best Run-Bike-Runners...

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Photo - Parents-to-be Brian Sames and Tori Nugent are both being considered for Duathlete of the Year nominations.

 

2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - In the DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR category, athletes must turn in at least TWO outstanding du performances. After scouring the results of the past season, here are the ten run-bike-runners that will be considered for the four DOY nominations:

 

WADE CRUSER, 30, Sauk Rapids

1st @ Cinco Du Mayo Long Course

1st @ Apple Duathlon 

3rd @ Duathlon Nationals

 

JORDAN ROBY, 27, St. Louis Park

2nd @ Falls Duathlon (Beat KO)

3rd @ Oakdale

6th @ Apple

 

 

BRIAN SAMES, 31, Shakopee

1st @ Oakdale Du

2nd @ Cinco Du Mayo LC   ....

2017 Grand Master of the Year Nominees...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Last week we narrowed the GMOY field from 23 to eight. Today, in alpha order, we reveal the five final, i.e. official, nominees for GRAND MASTER OF THE YEAR:

 

- JAN GUENTHER, 58, Mound - 2016 GMOY; 15x MMA winner

- 5th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Waconia - AGR

- 7th overall / 1st 50+ @ Lake Minnetonka - 1st 50+

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Heart of the Lakes - AGR

 

- NEIL KING, 67, Nevis - 2015 GMOY; perennial nominee (photo below)

1st AG @ Buffalo Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Timberman

8th overall / 1st 50+ @ Average Joe - AGR

11th overall @ Walker Tri - AGR

9th AG @ USAT Olympic Nationals (50 finishers in AG)

 

- DANIEL KIRK, 71, Blaine - 1st MMA nomination

1st AG @ Minneapolis Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Chisago Sprint - AGR

1st AG @ Maple Grove Sprint - AGR ...

Official Nominees...

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2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - This was a toughie! After much deliberation, here are the four official nominees for JUNIOR OF THE YEAR, and their 2017 highlights:

 

- ANDERS BROMAN, 17, Eagan 

1st @ Moose Lake Triathlon

!st Jr. @ Lake Minnetonka

1st Jr. @ Buffalo Olympic

6th overall / 1st Jr. @ Minneapolis Sprint

7th overall / 3rd Jr. @ One Last Tri Sprint

 

- CARTER DEICHMAN, 16, Mankato (photo below)

2nd overall / 1st Jr. @ Young Life Sprint

4th overall / 1st Jr. @ North Mankato

4th overall / 2nd Jr. @ One Last Tri Sprint

6th overall / 1st Jr. @ Maple Grove Sprint

7th overall / 1st Jr. @ Hopkins Royal - AGR

1st Jr. @ Falls Duathlon, Heart of the Lakes, Chisago Sprint ...

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