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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:

 

EMILY GAGE, 32, Minneapolis (photo)

- 1st @ Graniteman Big Lake Sprint

- 1st @ St. Paul Sprint

- 2nd @ Minneapolis Sprint

- 2nd @ One Last Tri Sprint

- 4th @ Maple Grove Sprint ...

 

 

BETTINA KEPPERS, 35, Duluth

- 1st @ Brewhouse Sprint

- 1st @ One Last Tri Sprint

- 2nd @ Timberman Sprint

- 2nd @ Buzz Ryan Spprint

- 3rd @ Superiorman 41.5

 

SARA RONDORF, 40, Andover

- 1st @ New Bri Tri

- 2nd @ Graniteman Clearwater Olympic

- 3rd @ Maple Grove Sprint

- 4th @ Lake Waconia

- 5th @ LIberty Olympic

- 5th @ Hopkins Royal

 

KRISTINA SWENSON, 21, Rogers

- 2nd @ HITS Naples (FL) Sprint

- 2nd @ High Cliff (WI) Olympic

- 2nd @ Hoot Lake Triathlon

- 4th @ Pigman Sprint

- 4th @ Trinona Olympic

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KELLY TROM, 31, Minneapolis (Ranked 10th in 2017)

- 2nd @ YWCA Women's Triathlon

- 2nd @ Maple Grove Olympic

- 3rd @ Minneapolis Olympic

- 4th @ Chisago Half IM

 

LONG DISTANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Normally, to be eligible for considerations, an athlete must have turned in at least two outstanding performances at the half IM distance or longer. We are allowing performances at the weather-abbreviated Liberty Half (approximately 63 miles) to be included this year.

Here are the three official nominees:

 

SEAN COOLEY, 32, St. Paul

- 1st @ Liberty Long Course

- 1st @ Superiorman - 4:12:14

- 2nd @ Chisago - 4:09:25

 

HANNA GRINAKER, 30, St. Paul

- 1st @ Liberty Long Course

- 1st @ Chisago - 4:28:24

- 1st @ Superiorman - 4:32:05

- 2nd @ Ironman Wisconsin - 10:08:33

 

TED TREISE, 24, Minneapolis

- 1st amateur @ Augusta (GA) 70.3 - 4:08:29

- 2nd @ Superiorman - 4:13:03

- 6th amateur @ Eagleman (MD) 70.3 - 4:15:39

 

Also considered: JOE ADRIAENS (30, Elk River), DAN ARLANDSON (42, Burnsville), BECKY YOUNGBERG (43, Eden Prairie)

Photo (L-R) - Joe and Emma Adriaens, Hanna Grinaker, Sean Cooley.

 

 

 

 

 

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