Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Minnesota's Multisport Awards Selection Committee announces its nominees for 2009 Minnesota Female Master of the Year. *

All four of these women performed at a World Class level this season.

* JEANNE FLECK, 44, Proctor - The 2008 Master of the Year was even more amazing in 2009. Her resume includes two overall wins and three podiums in Midwest Multsiport Series races.

* JAN GUENTHER, 50, Mound - Her course record at Lake Minnetonka and amateur victory at Ironman Wisconsin anchor a resume deserving of a USAT Master of the Year nomination. Jan has won the MOY award an unprecedented seven times.

* HEIDI KELLER-MILER, 44, Chaska - Heidi' s five podiums, including two outright wins, in seven starts this summer was reminiscent of her 2007 season, when she was crowned Minnesota Master of the Year.

* MARNIE WALTH, 40, Bismarck, ND - Her Performance of the Year-worthy half IM debut at Chisago--1st amateur/ 2nd woman overall in an astounding 4:23:46--and her masters record effort (2nd overall) at the ultra-competitive Apple Duathlon highlighted her season.

Other masters receiving consideration were Mary Beth Tuttle (46, Pine Springs), Sue Rubens (42, Plymouth), Wendy Bengston (42, Chippewa Falls, WI), Christel Kippenhan (44, Bemidji), Ann Snuggerud (42, Chaska), Laura Swartz (42, St. Louis Park) and Merilee Sander (49, Northfield).

2009 Junior of the Year nominees will be announced on Friday, September 25.

All MMA winners will be announced Academy Award-style at Tri-Night '09 at St. Paul College on November 7. Will you be there? We hope so.

* The Masters category consists of men age 40-59 and women 40-55.

(Photos: Clockwise- Heidi, Jan, Marnie and Jeanne.)