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National Honorees - 2012 - 2018...

 

Hihlheadshot.pngstorically, Minnesotans have been prominent among the USA Triathlon's post-season honorees. In 2015, for instance, eleven of our state's best multisporters earned 12 honors. Granted, that was a special year, owing no doubt to the fact that Duathlon Nationals were staged in St. Paul. USAT leans heavily on it's own championship races, as well as larger events that are sanctioned by the Federation, when determining their "Athlete of the Year" selections. 

We respect their criteria, though it differs from MMH rationale, which favors head-to-head results, and gives full weight to performances in non-sanctiond races. 

Today we are listing Minnesota's honorees during the period between 2012 and 2018, though not before we drop some names of Minnesota athletes that were honored prior to that period: Cathy Yndestad, David Thompson, Brian Bich, Devon Palmer, Tony Schiller, Jan Guenther, Kevin O'Connor...

Noting that Minnesotans were not well-repped in 2017 and 2018, we are optimistic that when the 2019 AOYs are announced, four of our state's athletes will be featured. We contend that that foursome fulfilled USAT's criteria, and we would be shocked if any of them were overlooked. We will feature those athletes in our next post....

Minnesota's USAT Honorees - 2011 - 2018:

2018:

- GABY BUNTEN - Women's Open HM  (The MMH Selectors were surprised that Gaby wasn't named Women's Open AOY. The award was given to uber-decorated Tennessee athlete Kirsten Sass, who Gaby beat twice in '18.)

 

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2016:

- PATRICK PARISH - Elite Duathlete of the Year

- MANUELA KNISPEL - Female Master DOY

- MATTHEW PAYNE - Age Group DOY HM

- JENNIFER SCUDIERO - AG DOY HM

- DEREK HAGER - Master DOY HM

2015:

- PATRICK PARISH - Elite DOY

- MATTHEW PAYNE - AG DOY

- TONY SCHILLER - Master of the Year

- MATTHW PAYNE - AOY HM

- KEVIN O'CONNOR - MOY HM

- CHERYL ZITUR - MOY HM

- NATE HOFFMAN - DOY HM

- BENNETT ISABELLA - DOY HM

- SUZIE FOX - DOY HM

- JENN SCUDIERO - DOY HM

- JAMES HANNON - MOY HM

- MANUELA KNISPEL - MOY HM

 

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- DAN HEDGECOCK - Elite DOY (photo R)

- RUTH BRENNAN MORREY - Elite DOY

- HEATHER LENDWAY - Female AOY (top photo)

- MATTHEW PAYNE - AG DOY (photo L)

- MATTHEW PAYNE - AOY HM

- TONY SCHILLER - MOY HM

- KEVIN O'CONNOR - MOY HM

- PATRICK PARISH - Elite DOY HM

- DIANE HANKEE - DOY HM

2013:

- DAN HEDGECOCK - Elite DOY

- RUTH BRENNAN MORREY - Elite DOY

- JENN SCUDIERO - AG DOY

- HEATHER LENDWAY - AG AOY HM

- KEVIN O'CONNOR - MOY HM

2012 :

- DAN HEDGECOCK - Elite DOY

- PATRICK PARISH - AG DOY

- RUTH BRENNAN MORREY - AG AOY HM

- DAN HEDGECOCK - AG AOY

 

 

 

 

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