It is championship season for the competitive running world as well as for the Yes/No contest. For our part we will up the ante a bit and offer a Yes/No doubleheader. We are checking out two big contests this weekend: the Northern Sun Conference (NSIC) Cross Country Meet at Wayne State on Saturday and the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday.
The major players from Minnesota in these events are Katie McGregor in the marathon and the UMD Bulldogs, led by Morgan Place, in the NSIC Meet.
Y/N: Will Morgan Place win individually AND will the University of Minnesota-Duluth Women win the team race at the NSIC Championships?
Y/N: Will Katie McGregor run a personal best in the marathon (i.e., faster than 2:31:14)?
The UMD Women are the highest ranked team going into the NSIC. The Bulldogs are currently ranked #7 in the nation, followed closely by the University of Mary, ranked #10. The defending NSIC women team champs is Augustana and they are ranked #18 in Division II cross country. Morgan Place is the prohibitive favorite on the individual side. She is the two-time defending NSIC champ and is undefeated on the season.
Katie McGregor is running the third marathon of her storied career. She ran 2:32:36 at New York in 2006 and 2:31:14 in 2008 at the same race. McGregor has already won three USA championships in 2010 - 15k, 25k and 10 Mile.
To play our game, simply type "yes" or "no" into the subject line of an e-mail and send it to us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com before 11:00 A.M. CST, Saturday, November 6th. Please put your answers in the subject line of the e-mail and make sure your full name appears somewhere in the e-mail. We will continue to offer a bonus for participants making their debut in Yes/No - a correct answer will be worth two points for any first-time players.
My answer: Yes and Yes
The fantasy contest from last week was a Pick Ten - Big Ten and MIAC. The winner of this contest was Rich Cowles with 65 points. He has won two consecutive Pick Ten contests. This was the last Pick Ten of the season, therefore we will crown the overall winner as well. Mike Henderson and Jesse Schoen waged a year-long battle for first place, with Henderson ending up on top with 223 points. Schoen finished second with 218 and Mitch VanBruggen emerged from the pack to take third with 206.
There are also monthly Yes/No awards to announce. There were two contestants who were perfect in October; Chad Austin and Pat/Kathleen Foley both went four-for-four through that month.