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DKT, Payne & Parish Are "Athlete of the Decade" Finalists...

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ATHLETES OF THE DECADE - Last week we introduced the four finalists for Female Athlete of the Decade (2011-2020). Today we reveal the three finalists for Male AOD:

 

MATTHEW PAYNE 44 Golden Valley (family photo L)

 

Career Wins – 53

2011-2018 Wins – 40+

 

National Highlights: 

2x BOUS National Champion

2x Duathlon National Champion 

2014 US Duathlete of the Year...

 

MMAs – 11 (most by any MN male)

 

4 x Triathlete of the Year

3x Duathlete of the Year

2017 Master of the Year

2014 Long Distance Athlete of the Year

2016 & 2015 Performance of the Year

 

Ddavidrunninghard.gifAVID THOMPSON 42 St Paul (photo L)

 

Career – 2000 – 2016, 2020

2011-2020 wins – 40+

Career Wins – 109!

Active Seasons for AOD consideration: 6

COMMENT: DKT won the 2001-2010 AOD award.

 

 

PATRICK PARISH 35 Minneapolisppnats.png

 

Career Wins – 40

2011 – 2019 Wins – 20+

 

Patrick is a 7x National Champion (Duathlon & Sprint Triathlon)

 

 

 

MMAs (2011 - ) - 3

 

2019 Triathlete of the Year (2010 TOY)

2019 Duathlete of the Year (2010 Most Improved)

2019 Performance of the Year (Mpls) (2010 POY)

 

COMMENT: Like DKT, Patrick raced professionally during the majority of the decade, thus he wasn't eligible for MMA consideration. 

 

DAN HEDGECOCK (4 seasons - 27 wins) and SEAN COOLEY (9 years - 21 wins) were next in line for nominations and, as such, are slam dunk Honorable Mentions. Also considered in the HM category were WADE CRUSER (5 seasons - 14 wins / 4 MMAs), KEVIN O'CONNOR (10 seasons - 25+ wins / 6 MMAs), BRIAN BICH (6 seasons - 10+ wins) and DEVIN PALMER (4 seasons - 11 wins). 

 

 

 

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