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2023 Junior of the Year – Boys Nominees - 

By Mav

The Minnesota Multisport Honors Committee did not officially convene in 2022, but “Matt” and “Damon” did highlight several nomination-worthy athletes at the end of the season. This year, the MMHs are back with two new committee members – “Mav” and “Goose” – who are excited to give well-deserved shoutouts and nominations to our state’s top multisport athletes. And yes, at the end of this season, the committee will officially vote for who they believe to be athletes of the year.

Last week, Goose name-dropped six junior boys who had awesome seasons. 2022 was the year of Noah Billings, then 16 and now 17, from Rochester. He faced little competition, but this year was different. In Mav’s opinion, there are two other guys challenging Noah to be named the boys’ Junior of the Year. In alphabetical order, here are the three young men that I am nominating.

Noah Billings: Noah would have won this honor last year if official nominees and winners were named. This is his third nomination. He won two races outright, had two seconds, and placed 5th at Apple Duathlon. Additionally, Noah got much faster in 2023....

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Grand & Masterful...

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2023 Minnesota Multisport Honors - Here are the men that are being considered for 2023 Grand Master of the Year nominatons: 

 

THOMAS BERGREN, 66, Blaine

2023 Highlights: 

- 1st AG @ Buffalo Sprint

- 1st AG @ Clearwater Sprint

- 1st AG / 13th overall @ Turtleman Sprint

- 1st AG @ Maple Grove Sprint

- 1st AG @ Square Lake Sprint

 

TIM BROWN, 65, Blaine (2020 GMOY, 3rd nomination)

2023 Highlights:

- 1st AG @ Apple Duathlon

- 1st  AG @ Buffalo Sprint - AG Record...

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The Grandest...

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By Goose

 

2023 Minnesota Multisport Honors - It's time for more name dropping. Today we are introducing the 55+ women who, according to our research, set the highest standards in their gender's Grand Master of the Year category. It will then be up to Mav to select the three official GMOY nominees.

 

MARY DEEG, 61, Annandale

2023 Highlights:

- 4th overall woman / 1st AG @ Buzz Ryan Sprint

- 6th overall woman / 1st AG @ Lakes Country 

- 12th overall woman / 1st AG @ Buffalo Olympic

 

JAN GUENTHER, 63, Long Lake

2023 Highlights:

- 6th overall woman / 1st AG @ Timberman Olympic

- 11th / 1st AG @ Maple Grove Olympic

- 12th overall / 1st AG @ Lake Minnetonka...

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2023 Junior Girls...

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By Goose

Our research suggests that two Junior Girls deserve JOY consideration. Every other teen only raced once, or their efforts weren't quite JOY-nomination quality. Additionally, we suggest that in this case - Junior Girls--only two outstanding performances, not three, are required for inclusion. This is because the Tri West results were very unofficial, and more top junior girls raced there than in any other MInnesota triathlon.

Here are the girls we recommend for JOY nominations:

MACY IYER, 19, Edina (2020 JOY, four-time nominee)

Highlights:

- 3rd overall / 1st Jr. @ Buffalo Sprint - 1:08:44 (2nd fastest Jr. time in course history.)

- 4th overall / 1st Jr. @ Graniteman CLearwater Sprint...

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Thinking About the Kids...

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By Goose

Mav and I have begun to scutinize the 2023 tri season to determine who set the highest performance standards. More than that, we are interested in patting as many triathletes on the back as possible, whether or not they are unoffical nominees for unofficial honors. Name-dropping is a big deal to us because it's about celebrating the depth of talent in our state and how good we have it here.

Some of the people we will highlight here haven't been prior nominees but sure kicked some tush this year, liked Alexandria residents COREY NYGAARD and KADIE HOKANSON, or first-time tri winner KATIE KADERA from Marine on St. Croix. KEITH TUFTE, 63, of Excelsior had an outstanding year and could land an unoffical Grand Master nomination alongside  previous winners JEFFREY WARSHAW (60, Minneapolis) and TIM BROWN (64, St. Paul).

STEPHANIE PETERSON, 46, had a breakout season, as did SEAN PICKLE (18, St. Cloud). Both are newcomers to MMH consideration....

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