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Three MMHs for Hanna. Jan Collects #18...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Here, as promised, are the recipients of the 2018 Minnesota Multisport Honors. In future posts, we will explain how these selections were determined.

(The MMHs were introduced in 1999. In parenthesis are the career totals of honors won by each 2018 recipient.)

 

TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR - HANNA GRINAKER (6) & WADE CRUSER (4)

 

LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - HANNA GRINAKER (6)

 

DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Coed) - JESSON BAUMGARTNER (1)

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR - HEATHER TAYLOR (1)

 

JUNIOR OF THE YEAR - ARIANNA WERTS (1) ...

Hopkins Royal is 2018 "Race of the Year"...

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTIPSORT HONORS - MTN congratulates the Hopkins Royal Triathlon, this year's top vote-getter, based on percentage of participation, for "TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR."

A perennial nominee for the TCROY, Hopkins Royal also received this honor in 2015....

Most Improved Women & Long Distance AOY....

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Tomorrow we begin the process of revealing the MMH winners, starting with TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR. We have two more lists of nominees to announce before that process begins: MOST IMPROVED (Women) and LONG COURSE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR.

Here are the five Most Improved nominees, and their 2018 racing highlights:

 

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- 1st @ Graniteman Big Lake Sprint

- 1st @ St. Paul Sprint

- 2nd @ Minneapolis Sprint

- 2nd @ One Last Tri Sprint

- 4th @ Maple Grove Sprint ...

Gaby, Hanna, Becky...Jesson, Wade, Patrick & Ted...

 

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2018 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Many years ago the MMH Committee decided to limit the number of PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR nominations by a single athlete to two. This was done to involve more athletes in the POY process, as there have been years, and 2018 was one of them, where a single athlete turned in three or more POY-nomination-worthy efforts. Most recently, for instance, HEATHER LENDWAY could have  swept the nominations, and limiting her to just two nominations wasn't easy for the Selectors.

This year GABY BUNTEN turned in two very clear POY-nomination-worthy efforts, and one or two others that could be considered had HANNA GRINAKER and BECKY YOUNGBERG (and DANI V) not raced so well.

And speaking of Hanna, all six of her 2018 triathlon performances were POY-nomination worthy. This is unprecendented. Selecting only two of her performances wasn't easy.

So, after much debate, here are the official women's POY nominees: ....

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