Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pick 10: Big Ten, NSIC, and MIAC

Minnesota running fans should have enough to keep them busy this week. We know all about the big USA 1 Mile Road Championships on Thursday. But track and field aficionados will be sure to keep an eye on the the collegiate conference meets occurring this weekend. The Gophers will head to Iowa City for the Big Ten Championship. The NSIC will gather the area's Division II squads in Aberdeen, South Dakota. And finally the MIAC holds its annual outdoor conference meet at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Pick Ten has a simple concept: predict the finish place for each of 10 Minnesota athletes at the Outdoor Conference meets. You will score points for each athlete who scores at or above the finish place you predict for them, following the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.

For example: If you pick Alena Brooks to place first in the 400, and she places first, you get 10 points. If you pick Brooks to place first and she finishes second, you get zero points. If you pick Brooks to finish third in the race and she places first, second or third, you get 6 points, since that's the place you picked him for.

To play Pick Ten, cut and paste the list of names/events below into an e-mail and add your place predictions -- 1st or 2nd or 3rd...8th. Send your predictions by 1:30 P.M. CST on Friday, May 13th to DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Make sure your full name is in the e-mail. As with our Yes/No contests, we don't offer any prizes, so no one needs to fear running afoul of NCAA or other anti-gambling regulations. (The glory you could earn by winning, however, is immeasurable!)

We'll announce the winner of this week's contest and compile results of all of the year's Pick Ten contests to name a grand champion for 2011.

Pick 10 ... Outdoor Conference Track and Field Championships:

Alena Brooks - Big Ten - 400 Meters:
Todea-Kay Willis - Big Ten - Long Jump:
Harun Abda - Big Ten - 800:
Quentin Mege - Big Ten - Hammer Throw:
Brittney Moffatt - NSIC - Steeplechase:
John Knebel - NSIC - 110 Hurdles:
Nick Trisko - NSIC - 200 Meters:
Robyn Wernberg - MIAC - Discus Throw:
Katherine Brott - MIAC - Javelin:
Steve Groskreutz - MIAC - 400 Hurdles:

To Help You Make Your Picks ...

Here are the heat sheets/rankings for the meets:

MIAC - Men, Women

The Big Ten and NSIC have not released heat sheets yet so the link is simply a performance list for the conference. The athletes listed may not necessarily compete in that event (or someone not listed could compete in it).

Here are the current rankings for these athletes according to the heat sheets/performance lists:
Alena Brooks - Gophers - #1 time in the 400 this year. Todea-Kay Willis - Gophers - #1 jump in the long jump. Harun Abda - Gophers - #4 in the 800. Quentin Mege - Gophers - #3 in the Hammer Throw.

Brittney Moffatt - SCSU - #2 in the 3k SC. John Knebel - UMD - #4 in the 110 hurdles. Nick Trisko - SCSU - #3 in the 200 Meters. Robyn Wernberg - Hamline - #2 in the Discus. Katherine Brott - Concordia Moorhead - #2 in the Javelin. Steve Groskreutz - Gustavus Adolphus - #2 in the 400 Hurdles.

Good luck!

Last week's Yes/No question was: Will the winner of the men's 1500 meters at the Meet of Saints run faster than the winner of the men's 1500 meters at the Meet of the UnSaintly? The correct answer was no. Hamline's Ian Campbell ran 3:54.82 for the fastest 1500 of the day. Sixteen contestants answered correctly this week. Rachel Karel continues to lead and now has eleven points.

For full standings of both contests, please visit DtB Fantasy Corner.

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