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The Grandest...

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By Goose

 

2023 Minnesota Multisport Honors - It's time for more name dropping. Today we are introducing the 55+ women who, according to our research, set the highest standards in their gender's Grand Master of the Year category. It will then be up to Mav to select the three official GMOY nominees.

 

MARY DEEG, 61, Annandale

2023 Highlights:

- 4th overall woman / 1st AG @ Buzz Ryan Sprint

- 6th overall woman / 1st AG @ Lakes Country 

- 12th overall woman / 1st AG @ Buffalo Olympic

 

JAN GUENTHER, 63, Long Lake

2023 Highlights:

- 6th overall woman / 1st AG @ Timberman Olympic

- 11th / 1st AG @ Maple Grove Olympic

- 12th overall / 1st AG @ Lake Minnetonka...

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2023 Junior Girls...

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By Goose

Our research suggests that two Junior Girls deserve JOY consideration. Every other teen only raced once, or their efforts weren't quite JOY-nomination quality. Additionally, we suggest that in this case - Junior Girls--only two outstanding performances, not three, are required for inclusion. This is because the Tri West results were very unofficial, and more top junior girls raced there than in any other MInnesota triathlon.

Here are the girls we recommend for JOY nominations:

MACY IYER, 19, Edina (2020 JOY, four-time nominee)

Highlights:

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Buffalo Sprint - 1:08:44 (2nd fastest Jr. time in course history.)

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Graniteman CLearwater Sprint...

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Dreamy Bike Course & Forgetful Legs...

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By Dani Treise

 

Incredible day at 70.3 Michigan!

8th place with an overall and bike PR!

The chilly morning and water temps added a challenge to the swim, but I made it through and I could still feel my fingers by the end!

The bike course was a dream, with pretty roads and the much welcomed company of @astrehlow16 (Annamarie Strehlow). We worked together on the way back to town to keep the gap down to the chase pack and I was thrilled to push my best power and have fun working hard.

My run legs didn’t know quite what to do after that bike unfortunately, but I gave it my best shot and held on and was happy a tight hamstring leading into the race stayed at bay...

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Fog & Bittersweetness...

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ONE LAST TRI COVERAGE - Bittersweet. The final tri of the season. This year's OLT Olympic and Sprint participants, 256 of whom crossed the finish line, were greeted with fog and coolish temps. We know that much. We weren't there, but it's fun to analyze results. Here's what we think happened, starting with the Olympic race. Two of our state's fastest guys, actually our state's hands-down fastest guy, PRESTON YOUNGDAHL and perennial podium finisher SAMUEL HAUCK separated themselves from the rest of the field shortly after the start. They swam fast, them Dr. Sam started cranking out 25+ mphs on his bike. Youngdahl started to crank his signature 27+ mphs, but somewhere along the line something went terribly wrong for Preston. He was passed by gaggles of triathletes and would have to run his way into the Top 5.

Meanwhile Hauck, who won this race convincingly --by 9:12--in 2018 in a brisk 1:58:09, was even faster and his margin convincinger than last time. He finished in 1:56:13, and had 18:09 to recover and rehydrate before the runner-up officialized his performance...

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Thinking About the Kids...

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By Goose

Mav and I have begun to scutinize the 2023 tri season to determine who set the highest performance standards. More than that, we are interested in patting as many triathletes on the back as possible, whether or not they are unoffical nominees for unofficial honors. Name-dropping is a big deal to us because it's about celebrating the depth of talent in our state and how good we have it here.

Some of the people we will highlight here haven't been prior nominees but sure kicked some tush this year, liked Alexandria residents COREY NYGAARD and KADIE HOKANSON, or first-time tri winner KATIE KADERA from Marine on St. Croix. KEITH TUFTE, 63, of Excelsior had an outstanding year and could land an unoffical Grand Master nomination alongside  previous winners JEFFREY WARSHAW (60, Minneapolis) and TIM BROWN (64, St. Paul).

STEPHANIE PETERSON, 46, had a breakout season, as did SEAN PICKLE (18, St. Cloud). Both are newcomers to MMH consideration....

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