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2020 Team Minnesota: Men...

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2020 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Today we reveal the men who comprise TEAM MINNESOTA 2020. Due to the COVID-abbreviated season and the fact that several regional elites opted not to race this year, the Teams consist of five athletes each, not ten as in prior seasons.

1. TED TREISE, 26, Minneapolis

2. JOSH MORK, 37, Lino Lakes

The battle for the top spot was tight. With a 2-0 record, Ted was the only athlete, male or female, who was undefeated in two-or-more Minnesota races this year. Josh raced three times, posting a win at Big Lake and two 2nds (Clearwater and Square Lake). The Committee loved the fact that Mork raced three times, and that his 2nds were behind stars Treise and David Thompson. Still, Ted, the AOY recipient, outraced Josh in their head-to-head confrontation, giving him the slight edge here.

Mork has been ranked #2 on Team Minnesota the last two years....

3. AJ MANNING, 32, Fargo, ND (photo R)

AJ, the Most Improved recipient, was the most prolific racer on the Minnesota scene in 2020. His resume included a ajheadshot.pngwin at Green Lake Sprint (plus a win or two in the Dakotas), 2nds at Big Lake  and Young Life, plus a 4th at Clearwater. That he was unable to beat Ted or Josh in their head-to-heads was what relegated him to 3rd on Team Minnesota.kyles.png

4. KYLE SWENSON, 18, Rogers / Ames, IA (photo L)

5. JOE ADRIAENS, 32, Elk River (photo below)

Fourth and 5th places were basically interchangeable. Both men raced twice, Kyle reaching the podium both times against strong competition, with Joe throwing down a 3rd and a 4th, though the latter performance saw Adriaens go off course, which added distance and placements.

It should be noted that Kyle is the first Junior male to earn a spot on Team Minnesota. 

 

Receiving serious consideration for spots on Team Minnesota were elite Masters KEVIN O'CONNOR, 49, Medina, and PATRICK ALLAIRE, 42, Marshfield, Wisconsin.

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NEXT UP: Women's Team MInnesota

 

 

 

 

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