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Treise & McGregor Are "Athletes of the Year"...

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2020shyannebeach.png MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The battles for male and female ATHLETE OF THE YEAR came down to mano a mano, which is not actually gender specific, duels between TED TREISE and JOSH MORK, and DIANE HANKEE and SHYANNE MCGREGOR.

Let's break it down:

Ted won both of the local races he entered. At Green Lake Olympic he outraced runner-up / 6-time Minnesota Master of the Year (including 2020) KEVIN O'CONNOR by 2:23, after which he won at Graniteman Clearwater, the deepest men's race of the season, relegating Mork to 2nd place, 1:10 in arrears....

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Thompson & McGregor Throw Down POYs....

 

cherylzsquare.pngPhoto - Though DKT and Shyanne McGregor were overall Performance of the Year recipients, we thought it would be cool to post a pic of phenomenal 55-year-old CHERYL ZITUR, whose overall victory at Square Lake Sprint was the POY for a Minnesota Grand Master and is arguably the Overall AG POY.

 

MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Most would agree that SHYANNE MCGREGOR's 9:47:52 at Ironman Florida was the clear women's 2020 PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR. The second best performance by a woman last year? Once again, that belonged to the mother of three from Duluth. Shyanne's dominant win at Graniteman Clearwater was a special effort. 

If there was a bronze medal for POY, that would go to DIANE HANKEE for her victory at Green Lake Olympic.

 

Male POY came down to a battle between a former pro--DAVID THOMPSON--and a current one--TED TREISE. Teddy's (He probably hates to be called Teddy?) win at Graniteman Clearwater was impressive. JOSH MORK needed to set an amateur course record in order to place 2nd, 1:10 behind Treise. It should be noted that Clearwater was the most competitive men's race of the season.

Was Ted's effort the POY, though? Not quite...

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Shyanne & AJ!

 

2020 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - The MOST IMPROVED honors are bestowed on the male and female athlete who overtake established elite athletes on TEAM MINNESOTA. If, for instance, an athlete was ranked 9th in 2018, then jumped to, say, 5th in 2019, they would likely garner a MI nomination, and perhaps even the honor.

Sometimes, though, it is the heretofore unranked athlete who earns a spot on Team Minnesota for the first time that wins. That will be the case this year, as all four nominees were unranked in 2019. And it is usually the athlete that ranks the highest that wins when this happens.

That is how it shook out this year.

Let's start with the women. With her 9:47:52 at Ironman Florida and her decisive victory at Graniteman Clearwater, both  POY nominated, it was obvious that SHYANNE MCGREGOR would rank at, or near, the top of Team Minnesota this year, thus she was the clear MI choice for the Selectors. It should be noted that she didn't, as they say, come out of nowhere. Had her IM Florida result been allowed in 2019--Honorees were determined before that November race, thus her effort was added to this year's resume--there would have been a spot for her on Team MInnesota, though most likely in the 5th - 10th range.

Shyanne's competition for the MI was ANNA RAINER, who did indeed come out of nowhere, thus her placement on Team Minnesota actually represents greater personal improvement. There were many seasons where Anna's resume would have earned her the MI, but since she will place behind Shyanne on the 2020 Team, McGregor takes the honor. And let's not forget her 9:47. The Selectors give etra weight to outstanding IM performances.

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