Friday, November 18, 2011

Yes/No: NCAA Cross Country ... Times Three!

The final week of collegiate cross country in 2012 is also the final week of Yes/No for the year. We will celebrate these conclusions with three different Yes/No questions -- all worth one point apiece. The NCAA Division II and Division III National meets will be held on Saturday, while the Division I race will be held on Monday.

The Yes/No standings going into the final week remain tight. Eight contestants are still in the running for at least a piece of the overall title. Here are the current front runners:

Mike Henderson - 26
Rachel Karel - 26
Pat Foley - 24
Patrick Eastman - 24
Jesse Schoen - 24
Dan Vogel - 24
Jim Glazer - 24
Daniel Gerber - 23

On to the contest...

Yes/No: Will Hassan Mead finish in the top fifteen at the D1 National Meet on Monday?

Yes/No: Will Morgan Place finish in the top ten at the D2 National Meet on Saturday?

Yes/No: Will Ben Sathre finish in the top two at the D3 National Meet on Saturday?

Hassan Mead is shooting for his fourth All-American award in cross country. Mead did not run cross country last fall but has returned with a vengeance in 2011. He recently won the Midwest Regional meet besting the top individuals from defending National Champ Oklahoma State. Mead finished in sixteenth place in his last National Cross Country meet in 2009.

Logic would dictate a fourth place finish for Morgan Place in the 2011 National Meet. She finished seventh as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and fifth last year as a junior. In 2011, Place has won three of her seven meets and has finished in the top thirteen in every race. However, Place had a sub-par (for her) regional meet where she placed thirteenth leading up the National Meet.

Ben Sathre finished second at the 2010 National Meet and is the highest returnee in 2011. Sathre has had a dominating, undefeated 2011 season thus far and enters the National Meet as a two-time Central Regional champ.

To play our game, simply type "yes" or "no" into the subject lines of an e-mail and send it to us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com before 11:00 A.M. CDT, Saturday, November 19th. Please put your answers in the subject line of the e-mail and make sure your full name appears somewhere in the e-mail.

My answers: No, No, and No.

Last week's contest was Pick Ten for the Regional Cross Country Meets. This weekly winner was Mike Henderson with forty-one points.

This was the final Pick Ten contest of the year and therefore a new champion is to be crowned. This year's winner is Bryan Tolcser with a ten point cushion over the runner-up Henderson. Henderson has now finished in the top two of each final Pick Ten results over three years.

We try to include all events and event groups in our Pick Ten and Yes/No contests. However, they tend to skew towards distance running, especially during cross country season. So it is fairly impressive that the 2011 Pick Ten champion does not count running as his main area of expertise. Bryan Tolcser is a thrower and collegiate throws coach of some renown. But in 2011, he was able to show up his scrawny peers and ace the running portion of the test as well.

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

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