2010 LetsRun.com NCAA Prediction Contest Recap
June 15, 2010
If you participated in the contest and want to check your scores click here.
The LetsRun.com prediction contests have a storied tradition and the winners show the interesting people who visit our site. We've had USATF champions, rocket scientists, Olympic Trials runners, and 8th grade soccer playing girls win or do very well in our contests.
The NCAA Track Champs contest was no different.
The winner was Korrey Henderson. Henderson ran the 800m at Georgetown in the 1990s under famed coach Frank Gagliano. Perhaps he had an unfair advantage, as he clearly knows a thing about middle-distance running. He picked the 800m both men's and women's perfectly correctly. His picks across the board were pretty amazing. He picked the winner correctly in all but 2 events (the men's team competition and the men's steeplechase). He was pretty close to picking the winner in all the events in our contests, as he picked Florida as winning and Texas A&M second for the men's team title and a mismark in the shotput may have cost Florida the team title. In the steeple, he had Donn Cabral winning and Matt Hughes second, and in actuality the order was reversed. You can view the results of the contest here and Korrey Henderson's winning picks here.
2nd place was Mike "Ginnie RF" Hardbarger (he lost out to Korrey on the first tie-breaker- number of 1st places picked correctly). Our contests our famous for Rocket Scientists winning them and Mike is following in that braniac tradition as he went to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he ran cross-country and track. Now 23, he's from West Virginia. He was super pumped to do so well in our contest.
Third place was Aaron Bolick. He follows in another tradition of ex Colorado Buffaloes doing well in our contests. Bolick ran one year at CU, and now works at a running store in Westminster, Colorado. He tried to stay loyal to the Big 12 and was rewarded.
Fourth place was a runner who runs for a Division 1 BCS school who wishes to remain anonymous as he's worried about his NCAA eligibility. We emailed the NCAA many years ago about this and they said the contest was fine (the contest is free to play in, and thus is not gambling), but we'll respect his wishes.
Fifth place was 17-year-old Charlie Stigler of Harvard Westlake high school in LA. Stigler was coached by American record holder Johnny Gray last year (now Gray is the coach at UCLA). Stigler said he loves the LRC previews but focused more on people's PRs than we did.
Congrats to all of our winners.
Korrey Henderson gets at $150 Gift Certificate from Road Runner Sports and the other top 5 get autographed copies of Kenny Moore's Best Efforts.