Sara, Nicole, Kort, Catherine, Andrea & Elaine...


In that there were only 34 adult outdoor tris and dus this season, Matt and Damon favor the "2 competitive performance" format instead of the usual three performance deal. This was especially helpful when trying to determine their nominees for female Master of the Year. Basing their recommendations on this adjusted format made this category much more competitive.

Here, in alpha order, are the women that, according to Matt and Damon, deserve to be considered for 2022 Female MOY nominations:

SARA CARLSON, 43, Brainerd

Sara raced twice (so far) in '22 and won both times. The races--Young LIfe Olympic and Lakes Country--did not feature deep fields, but Sara's times were strong and her margins of victory were wide.

NICOLE CUENO, 42,  Minneapolis (photo L)

Like Sara, Nicole raced twice (Turtleman Olympic and YWCA Women's Tri), winning convincingly in the first one, and placing 2nd behind Christina Roberts in the other. Not bad for someone who was returning to the sport of Triathlon after a six-year absence....

KORTNEY HAAG, 42, Maple Grove

Kort also raced only twice. She placed 2nd at Maple Grove Olympic behind former pro who still races like one, Heather Lendway. She then finished 4th at Ironman 70.3 Madison, top Master by a wide margin, and less than four minutes behind the women's winner.

CATHERINE LEE, 48, Minneapolis

Catherine had three tri results in '22. She bettered her 2021 4th place finish at Door County Sprint by one spot, and was more than a minute faster this time. She was only 45-seconds behind the winner, whereas she was 2:06 back in '21. elainebuzz.jpg

Next, she placed 2nd behind Heather Lendway at Hopkins Royal. Catherine's time was more than two minutes faster than her winning time on that course the prior year.

Lee rounded out her season with a 12th-place finish at Ironman 70.3 Madison, winning her AG by a hippopotamusine 11:06.

ANDREA MYERS,46, Plymputh

A five-time MOY nominee, Andrea raced in four regional multis last season, and once again, her results were good. She kicked off the season with a win at Apple, which she followed with a 6th - 1st Master - at Lake Minnetonka, a 2nd at 4-Women and a 4th--2nd Master--at Hopkins.

ELAINE NELSON, 42, Duluth (photo R)

Matt and Damon agree that Elaine is a slam-dunk nominee in this category: Four starts, three wins and a 3rd, where she was 1st Master at Chisago 70.3.

NEXT: Matt and Damon discuss possible Male Master of the Year nominees.