Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pick Ten: NCAA Outdoor Championships

This is a big week in the world of collegiate track and field.  Division II and Division III schools will hold their NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, starting on Thursday.  On the Division I side, this week is the NCAA prelims—one meet for the "West" and one for the "East"—that will decide who is to compete at the NCAA Finals on June 5th through June 8th in Eugene, Oregon.

As always, there are many Minnesota athletes competing at these events.  We picked ten of them, and now you can predict their finish.

Pick Ten has a simple concept: predict the finish place for each of ten Minnesota athletes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. 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 Christopher Reed to place first in the shot put, and he places first, you get 10 points. If you pick Reed to place first and he finishes second, you get zero points. If you pick Reed to finish third in the event and he places first, second or third, you get 6 points by the scoring system above, since he placed at least as high as you predicted.

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 2:00 P.M. CST on Friday, May 24th 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.

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 2013.

Pick 10 ... NCAA Outdoor Championships:

Quentin Mege - University of Minnesota - Hammer Throw  (DI):
Micah Hegerle, University of Minnesota - Hammer Throw (DI):
Keyvan Rudd, Minnesota State, Mankato - High Jump (DII):
Christopher Reed, Minnesota State, Mankato - Shot Put (DII):
Grant Luer, Minnesota State, Mankato - Discus Throw (DII):
Jerrell Hancock, Minnesota State, Mankato -200 Meters (DII):
Shanai Guider, Winona State - Discus Throw (DII):
Alissa Rausch, Winona State - Discus Throw (DII):
Eyo Ekpo, St. Thomas - Triple Jump (DIII):
Taylor Berg, St. Thomas - 5000 Meters (DIII):

Here is some information to help you with your picks:

Your one-stop shop for all the National Meet information is at the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Championships Central.  Here you will find entries, start lists, schedules, live results, history and more.

Straight from the heat sheets, here are your rankings for the athletes in the Pick Ten:

Quentin Mege is ranked fifth and Micah Hegerle is seventh in the Hammer Throw in the Division I - West Preliminary Meet.

In Division II, Jerrell Hancock is the top-seeded 200 meter entrant.  His teammates are all ranked in the top five as well.  Kevyan Rudd is fifth in the High Jump, Christopher Reed is number two in the Shot Put and Grant Luer is ranked fifth in the Discus.  For the Winona State women, Shanai Guider is fourth and Alissa Rausch is seventh in the Discus.

St Thomas senior Eyo Ekpo is ranked 7th in the Triple Jump for Division III athletes.  Taylor Berg is first among 5000 meter athletes.  Berg will be busy -- she will run the 1500 meters prior to her 5000 race.

Good luck!

Last week's Yes/No question was: Will two or more team champions from 2012 win again in 2013? The answer was yes — three teams were repeat champions including Lakeville South girls, Esko girls and Totino-Grace boys.  Fourteen contestants answered correctly and Lori Anne Schwiesow leads with eleven points.  Tied for second place are Dimtri Drekonja, Dylan Dragswiek, Mike Henderson and Mary Varney with ten points each.

After three Pick Ten contests, the overall leaders is Mike Henderson (103 points) followed by Jake Marotz (100).  Bryan Tolcser and Patrick Eastman are next at 95 points.

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

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