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Female Grand Master Performance of the Year...

 

robint.pngThus far we have revealed our unofficial picks for Juniors, Male Masters and Male Grand Master Performances of the Year (2019). In each case, the official MMH honoree also took the unofficial POY title.

Until now.

Our selection for Female Grand Master POY was not even nominated for GMOY, though we gave serious thought to nominee Pam Stevens' record-setting performances at Timberman and Heart of the Lakes.

After scrutinizing all of the women's 55-and-above performances in our state in 2019, we came away impressed with the efforts that "pushed the needle," which is another way of saying that they came very close to "raising the bar."  Megan Webster (Square Lake Sprint), Tracy Serreyn (Maple Grove), Lisa Hines (Graniteman races), Rhiannon O'Connor (New Bri), Helen Gunther (Timberman) were some of the needle pushers.

Pam Stevens, of course, was a bar raiser....

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Male Grand Master Performance of the Year...

 

Ttonynationals.pngONY SCHILLER, 61, is one of the most talented Grand Masters in the World, not just the USA or the Midwest region. It was obvious to us, therefore, that one of his 2019 results would be the unofficial GM Performance of the Year.

Let's look at his 2019 resume:

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ at Lake Minnetonka - A truly remarkable peformance, his 1:08:52 lowered the 10-year-old 60-64 record by 5:35, a mark that was set by national classer Ben Ewers.

- 8th overall / 1st 50+ at Heart of the Lakes - At age 60 in 2018, Tony nuked the old 60-64M record by 9:06. In '19 at age 61, he improved on that 1:40:24, taking it down to 1:39:02.

- 1st AG @ USA Triathlon AG Nationals (Olympic Distance) - Against a 106-member 60-64 field, he beat the next fastest guy by 3:51.

- 1st AG @ USA Triathlon AG Nationals (Sprint) - His margin of victory over the second place man in the 63-finisher field was exactly 1-minute.

The 2019 Male GMOY Performance of the Year? ...

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Unofficial Male Junior Performance of the Year...

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In our Sunday/Monday post we discussed our unofficial selections for Female Junior 2019 Performance of the Year and Male Master 2019 Performance of the Year. Today we explain our unofficial Male Junior Performance of the Year pick.

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Dan and Bella...

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On Facebook a few months ago, Mike Buenting suggested that the MMH Committee add specific Performance of the Year honors for Juniors, Masters and Grand Masters.
He was especially interested in the Junior Performance of the Year because his daughter had been nominated, and subsequently won, the JOY.
We told Mike that we liked his idea.
We did not reassemble the MMH Committee to consider “Category POYs,” but here are ywo of the Performances that we, the MTN Guys, would recommen

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – Male Master
This was an easy one. One performance rose above all the rest, thanks in part to the fact that the field was narrowed by the absence of Matt Payne, and the low racing volume of Kevin O'Connor. Those guys can always be counted on to deliver national-level results.

Still, Matt and Kevin would have had to turn in super efforts to be competitive with DAN ARLANDSON's Ironman Wisconsin performance. There the 43-year-old Burnsvillian placed 3rd overall among amateur men in a time of 9:20:31, which might be a state men's masters record....

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