Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yes/No: How Many Team USA Women in Top- 8?

Team USA Minnesota will send six women to Eugene this week for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. There will be at least one participant in each distance race ranging from 800 meters to 10,000 meters. This meet serves as the outdoor track National Championship as well as the selection event for the World Championships in South Korea later this fall.

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The meet begins on Thursday and concludes Sunday. For all the Minnesota-centric results, follow along as Down the Backstretch covers it live. Other familiar names in the women's distance events include Burnsville High School grad Laura Januszewski in the 800, Duluth native Kara Goucher in the 5,000 and 10,000 and Dani Stack from Mankato in the 10,000.

But we will focus on the Team USA MN women with this question...

Yes/No: Will more than two Team USA MN women place in the top eight in the finals of the USA Outdoor Championships?

Heather Dorniden will run the 800 meters and has the eighth-fastest seed time at 2:01.08. Gabriele Anderson posted a personal record 4:12:02 this year and is seeded eleventh in the 1500. Meghan Peyton is ranked twentieth and has run 15:43.81. In the 3,000 meter Steeplechase, Jamie Cheever has the fifteenth best seed time at 10:02.00. The 10,000 meter race will feature two Team USA MN runners - Emily Brown and Megan Hogan. Hogan is ranked sixth at 32:34.95 and Brown is fourteenth at 33:16.44

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 5:30 P.M. CDT, Thursday, June 23rd. 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 offer our usual bonus for participants making their 2011 debut in Yes/No - a correct answer will be worth two points for anyone who has not played yet this year.

My answer: Yes.

Last week's question was: Will Matt Gabrielson and Jennifer Houck both finish in the top twelve in their respective races at Grandma's Marathon on Saturday? It was an easy yes this week as both runners not only finished in the top twelve but in the top six. Twenty nine players answer correctly this week.

Lori Anne Peterson continues to lead and now has sixteen points. Rachel Karel and Chris Rivers both ran well at Grandma's and answered correctly and share second place with fifteen points.

For all the results, please visit DtB Fantasy Corner, HERE.

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