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2019 POY Finalists...

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - Determining the four male and four female PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR finalists wasn't easy. In fact, it was contentious at times. For those of us who enjoy arguing, it was a lot of fun. And like the contemporary British philosopher Mick Jagger reminds us, "You can't always get what you want." 

In other words, none of the five Committee Members correctly picked all of the nominated performances.

Starting with the women, here are the POY nominations:

POY FINALISTS - Women:

- HANNA GRINAKER's course-record-shattering (2:06:57!) victory at Buffalo Olympic. Her margin of victory was 5:59.

- HANNA GRINAKER's 13th amateur / 2nd US @ the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships. Her 9:55:58 is the 2nd fastest IM time ever by a Minnesota amateur woman.

- DANI VSETECKA's victorious 4:23:56 at Ironman Texas 70.3 (photo L), the fasest half IM time by a Minnesota woman in 2019 by more than eight minutes....

 

hicliffsean.png- CATHY YNDESTAD's course record 2:05:33 at Minneapolis Olympic. It was the 8th (!) Minneapolis victory for CY, whose career victory total is approaching the 80 mark.

Also receiving vociferous support was Becky Youngberg's victory at Maple Grove (2:06:06), Paige Schulz' 3rd place amateur finish at Ironman Mont-Tremblant (10:09:16), Hanna Grinaker's victory at Ironman Canada 70.3 (4:38) and Gaby Bunten's 5th @ USAT Age Group Nationals.

 

POY FINALISTS - Men

DAN ARLANDSON's 3rd place amateur finish at Ironman Wisconsin. His 9:20:31 was the fastest IM time by a Minnesotan in 2019.

SEAN COOLEY's runaway victory at High Cliff Half Ironman (photo R). His 4:07:34 was the fastest 70.3 clocking by a Minnesotan in 2019, and his margin of victory was 10:30!.

PATRICK PARISH's victory at Standa Distance Duathlon Nationals, Patrick's 8th career (!) national title.

PATRICK PARISH's speedy victory at Minneapolis Olympic, where he outraced likely US AOY nominee Vant Lammers. Patrick's 1:55:05 was the fastest Olympic time by a Minnesota male in 2019.

Also receiving fist-pounding support were Josh Mork's course record victory at Square Lake, and Josh Blankenheim's course-record win at Brewhouse Olympic..

 

 

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0 #1 Richard Stevens 2019-11-09 00:49
I’m guessing this was written before Shyanne McGregor's 9:47:52 iM Florida which was her first full IM and she was first in her AG and 4th by gender and 100th overall. I do believe she should get some recognition even if she isn’t from the cities. She still is from Minnesota.

ED. Richard - The 2019 nominees were determined prior to Nov. 1, and it has always been the MMH policy to have Nov./Dec. performances included in the next season's resume. In other words, Shyanne's performance will enhance her 2020 scorecard. (FYI, the MTN Facebook page highlighted her brilliant Florida performance on November 4.) As for the insinuation that an athlete needs to be from The Cities to get recognition from MTN, it is simply not true.
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