Friday, October 9, 2009


(YndeCam Photo: Devon Palmer is nominated for three of his performances this season.

The Minnesota Multisport Awards Selection Committee announces its nominees for 2009Minnesota Male Performance of the Year.

* DAN ARLANDSON, 33, Burnsville - PERFORMANCE: His 2nd consecutive win atFull Vineman (9:13) in northern California. Dan won the 2008 POY award for for his dominating win on this storied race course.

* KEVIN O'CONNOR, 38, Medina - PERFORMANCE: His course-record effort against a stellar field--Brian Bich, Devon Palmer, Nathan White, Curt Wood et al--at Pigman Sprint.

*DEVON PALMER, 22, St. Paul - PERFORMANCE: His course-record-setting victory atManitou Sprint. This effort illustrated that he had, as they say, "gone to the next level."

* DEVON PALMER, 22, St. Paul - PERFORMANCE: His victory at Life Time Fitness Elite, which had arguably the deepest "non-championship" amateur men's field of of the year in the U.S.

* DEVON PALMER, 22, St. Paul --Performance: Devon's brilliant 1:27:45 at Heart of the Lakes was the event's fastest amateur time since 1999.

Other performances receiving serious consideration:

* Kevin O'Connor's CR at Minneman
* Sam Hauck's course record, set under extremely windy conditions at RochesterFest Olympic.
* Jeremy Sartain's stunning course-record at St. Paul Olympic.
* Jonathan Balabuck's amazing 9-laps at Burrito Union 10-Hour. The previous course best was 7 laps.
* Devon Palmer's 3rd-place finish at USAT AG Nationals.

The MMA Selection Committee reserves the right to add nominations as they see fit.

The Minnesota Multisport Awards will be presented Academy Awards-style at Tri-Night '09 at St. Paul College on November 7. Will you be there? We hope so.