Why Diane?



2017 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS – The next category needing explanation is female MASTER OF THE YEAR, which was won by DIANE HANKEE (40, Lino Lakes). Her challengers were Christel Kippenhan (52, Bemidji), Andrea Myers (41, Plymouth) and Julia Weisbecker (51, Mendota Heights).


Let's compare the resumes:

  • CHRISTEL KIPPENHAN – This was Christel's third MOY nomination. Her highlights included an overall women's win in Masters record time at Superior Man 41.5 and a overall 3rd at Brewhouse Sprint. Her loss to fellow nominee Julia at Liberty Olympic didn't help her chances here.

  • ANDREA MYERS – Another excellent year; another MOY nomination. Finishing 12th in the Team Minnesota voting made her the clear runner-up for the award this year. Her resume featured two outright wins (Liberty Olympic and Hopkins Royal), plus overall women's podiums at Timberman and Green Lake Olympic, and a Top 5 at Heart of the Lakes. She excelled in dus, as well as tris.

  • JULIA WEISBECKER – Like Myers, Julia also was an MOY nominee in 2016. Based on racing volume, the former Dartmouth tennis star appeared to be out of the running for a nomination. She announced after her Masters record effort at Superior Man Half that her tri season was over, but changed her mind and entered the Square Lake Triathlon two week later, where she finished 2nd overall. Check out her final resume: 2nd overall woman @ Liberty Olympic, 2nd overall woman @ Square Lake, 5th woman @ Superior Man - MR, 7th woman - 1st Master - @ Minneapolis. Very nomination-worthy stuff....


  • DIANE HANKEE – A slam dunk selection. Her resume had volume, quality and versatility. Check it out:

    - 1st overall woman @ Gear West Du (Beating Elaine Nelson - 4th on Team Minnesota, Suzie Fox - 8th on Team MN, Maggie Weiss - 9th on Team MN), as well as Jenn Scudiero, Erin Farrens and Andrea Myers.

    - 1st amateur woman / 2nd overall (behind Heather Lendway) @ Pigman Sprint.

    - 2nd overall woman @ Heart of the Lakes

    - 2nd overall @ Lake Waconia

    - 2nd amateur @ YWCA Women's Triathlon - MR

    - 3rd overall woman @ Apple Duathlon

    - 4th overall woman @ Maple Grove Olympic – 2:13:33 – MR

    - 4th overall woman @ Chisago Half – 4:47:30

    - 5th amateur woman @ Florida 70.3 - 1st Master

    Diane's excellent resume not only earned her the MOY, it landed her in 6th place on Team Minnesota. Not since 2011 has a female Minnesota Master (Heidi Keller Miler) placed that highly on the Team.

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