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2019 Most Improved Men....

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MINNESOTA MULTISPORT HONORS - There are several guys who have yet to earn a spot on Team Minnesota, but are vying for spots this year. We suspect that two or more of the guys we are profiling here will make the 2019 Team, but only one of the them will receive the "MOST IMPROVED" designation.

Four men from the following list will receive official MI nominations. Here, in alpha order, are those men and their 2019 racing highlights:

 

JACOB KEEHAN, 30, Maple Grove

2019 Highlights:

3rd @ Gear West Duathlon

4th @ Minneapolis Triathlon

5th @ Lake Minnetonka

11th amateur @ Ironman Wisconsin - 9:33:07

COMMENT: What impressed us most about Jacob was his race selection. He chose our region's most competitive races, and raced admirably against established elites.

 

 

ANDREW KERSHAW, 26, Plymouth

2019 HIghlights:

1st @ Maple Grove Sprint

5th @ Chisago Sprint

6th @ Graniteman Clearwater Olympic

8th @ Minneapolis Olympic

COMMENT: Like Jacob, Andrew acquitted himsellf nicely against our region's best guys.

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JOSH MORK, 36, Lino Lakes

2019 Highlights:

1st @ Chisago Half IM - 4:09:52

1st @ Square Lake 70.3 - 4:11:29 - CR!

1st @ Graniteman Clearwater Olympic - 2:10:05!

2nd @ Lake Minnetonka

3rd @ Minneapolis Olympic - 1:57:46

3rd @ Heart of the Lakes

COMMENT: Josh was a MI nominee in 2018, and just missed (11th) a spot on Team Minnesota. He will rank high on this year's team.

 

BRIAN STORHAUG, 28, Alexandria (photo below)

2019 Highlights:

1st @ Graniteman Clearwater Sprint

1st @ Graniteman Big Lake Sprint

2nd @  Buffalo Sprint

COMMENT: Despite his low racing volume, Brian impressed us in 2019. His times were significantly faster this year than in season's past.

 

SPENCER SYVERTSON, 22, Paynesville

2019 Highlights:

1st @ Tinman Sprint - CR

1st @ Hoot Lake

1st @ Green Lake Sprint

2nd @ Lake Minnewaska

COMMENT: Spencer demonstrated true "elite" potential at Green Lake.

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MICHAEL WEISSENBORN, 34, Minneapolis (photo above)

2019 Highlights:

1st @ Square Lake Sprint

2nd @ Minneapolis Sprint

2nd @ Green Lake Olympic

4th @ Hopkins Royal

6th @ Lake Minnetonka

COMMENT:  After his Rookie of the Year nomination in 2016, Michael seemed to disapear from the scene. He roared back in 2019 and raced well enough to receive serious consideration for both an MI nomination and a spot on Team MInnesota.

 

ANDY ZABEL, 39, Sartell (top photo)

2019 Highlights:

1st @ Moose Lake

1st @ Heart of the Lakes Sprint

1st @ Lake Minnewaska

1st @ Hopkins Royal - 1:03:29

3rd @ Graniteman Clearwater Olympic

4th @ Apple Duathlon

4th @ Lake Minnetonka

COMMENT:  Andy's been a regional elite for a long time, but 2019 was a true breakout season for him, in which he demonstrated that he could hold his our with the National Class guys in our region.

 

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