Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yes/No: Any local runner in the top ten at USA Cross Country?

The city of Saint Louis, Missouri, will play host to the USA Cross Country Championships this weekend.  Many of the top runners in the United States will compete, including Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp, Deena Kastor and Shalene Flanagan.  These runners, and many others, will attempt to finish in the top six for each gender to book a trip to Bydgoszcz, Poland for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Team USA-MN will be well-represented in this race, as will a few other Minnesotans and former Minnesotans.

As always, we will take the local view and try to predict how our favorite athletes will run this weekend...

Yes/No: Will there be any local athletes among the top ten finishers at the USA Cross Country Championships on Saturday? 

This question pertains only to the Open races (not the Junior or Masters events).  This is the list of local athletes participating:  Ladia Albertson-Junkans, Jamie Cheever, McKenzie Melander, Meghan Peyton, Stephanie Price, Elliott Heath, Hassan Mead and Jonathan Peterson.  (If you find that there are additional local athletes that are not on this list, please e-mail us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com.)

You can find more information on the races at these sites:  USATF, Big River Running, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Runnerspace.

Some of the top runners on the men's side include:  Dathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp, Bobby Mack and Chris Derrick.  The women are led by Deena Kastor, Shalene Flanagan, Sara Hall, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Kim Conley and Tara Erdmann

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 1:00 P.M. CDT, Saturday, February 2nd.  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 a bonus for participants making their 2013 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 questions was: Will Stephanie Price and Joe Moore both finish in the top ten in their respective races at the NACAC championship on Saturday?  The answer was yes.  Joe Moore finished seventh and Stephanie Price was tenth.  Eighteen players answered correctly and we are now down to three folks that have a perfect three points.  These are the perfect three:  Toby Hatlevig, Dimitri Drekonja and Pat Foley.

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