This weekend marks the penultimate cross country meet on the University of Minnesota squads' schedule. Running in the Midwest Regional race at Bradley University on Saturday, they look to send both squads or as many individuals as possible to the following week's National Meet.
It just so happens that it is also the penultimate Yes/No contest of the year. We will celebrate the end of the year next week with three questions and wrap up with a new grand champion.
Hassan Mead won the Midwest Regional in 2009 while Megan Duwell finished second and Amy Laskowske ninth on the women's side. These three athletes will not compete for the current edition of the Gophers. Who will take their place in the lead pack in 2010?
Y/N: Will more than two University of Minnesota Gopher individuals (men and/or women) finish in the top ten of their respective races at the Midwest Regional Meet at Bradley University on Saturday?
Stephanie Price will be ranked as one of the favorites to win the Midwest Regional. Price is coming off a runner-up performance at the Big Ten Championship and has run with the leaders in every race she has run. Price was nineteenth in the 2009 Midwest Regional.
Ben Blankenship also had a great finish at the Big Ten Championships. Blankenship was third in that meet, less than a second behind the winner. Blankenship finished in twenty-eighth place last year at Regions.
Other top runners for the Gophers include Mike Torchia (fourteenth at Big Tens), Pieter Gagnon (seventeenth at Big Tens, thirty-eighth at 2009 Regions), Nikki Swenson (thirteenth at Big Tens, twenty-first at 2009 Regions) and Missa Varpness (eleventh at Big Tens).
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 13th. 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: No
The fantasy contest last week included two Yes/No questions: Will Morgan Place win individually AND will the University of Minnesota-Duluth Women win the team race at the NSIC Championships? Also, will Katie McGregor run a personal best in the marathon (i.e., faster than 2:31:14)? The answer to the first question was no. Place was second and UMD finished third at the NSIC Championship. The correct answer to second question was yes. Katie McGregor finished as the second American and eleventh woman overall. She ran a personal best 2:31:01.
A grand total of zero contestants answered both questions correctly. Nineteen players answered one Yes/No question right. Going into the final two weeks of Yes/No, the top three players are Lori Anne Peterson with 27 points, Gregg Robertson with 26 and Toby Hatlevig at 25 points.