Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yes/No: Minnesotan in Top-35 at World Cross?

It's gotten to be a habit: Team USA Minnesota shows their might every spring by qualifying multiple runners for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The big difference this year is that the team does not include Team USA Minnesota veterans Jason Lehmkuhle, Matt Gabrielson or Katie McGregor, who, combined, have participated in ten World Cross events. The relative newcomers traveling from Minnesota to Bydgoszcz, Poland this year are Emily Brown and Patrick Smyth.

Let us know how the locals will stack up against the best runners in the world this Sunday:

Y/N: Will a Team USA Minnesota runner finish in the top 35 at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland on Sunday?

Emily Brown will run her second World Cross meet this year. She placed 18th in 2008 and led the U.S. women to a fourth place finish in the team competition. Brown was a four-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and was the USA Cross Country Champion in 2009. She finished 7th at the USA Cross Country Championships last month.

Patrick Smyth finished 2nd to Dathan Ritzenhein at the 2010 USA Cross Country Championships and will lead the U.S. squad going to Poland. Smyth graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 as a decorated collegiate runner and has since transitioned to professional running and similar success. Upon joining Team USA Minnesota he has contended for National titles at various distances including a runner-up finish in the 1/2 marathon championships this year. Smyth will run in his first World Cross on Sunday.

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My answer: No

Ten contestants correctly answered yes to the question - Y/N: Will a University of Minnesota athlete win the Pole Vault at the Baldy Castillo Invitational over a field that includes Olympic Champion Nick Hysong.

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1 comment:

Gregg said...

One place away!!! Smyth placed 36th.