$20,013 LetsRun.com USA Prediction Contest Recap

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by: LetsRun.com
July 2, 2013
*If you played and haven’t checked your scores, do so here.

A rocket scientist, USATF Champion, 8th grade girls soccer player… those are winners of past LetsRun.com prediction contest. Add petroleum geologist to the list.

Jerry Yunker, a petroleum geologist, is the winner of our $20,013 LetsRun.com USAs Prediction Contest. Jerry actually tied with Patrick MacKinnon in first place, but won on the first tie breaker (# of 1st place picks perfectly correctly).

Lifelong Runner
Jerry like many of our winners, represents the best of LetsRun.com. A lifelong runner, he’s been running since 1969. He ran track at Bryan Station HS in Lexington, Kentucky then ran at Brevard College for legendary coach Norm Witek (Brevard was a 2 yr school back then), and Jerry then ran at Furman University under Bill Keesling, who currently directs the Furman Elite team.

Jerry’s been running ever since. He ran a 2:29 marathon and 30:58 road 10K after college.  Most impressively he’s been running with the “same group of guys every Sunday for the last 28 years here in Lafayette – ‘The Congregation.'”

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Jerry’s a track and field junkie whose attended 3 Olympic Trials (New Orleans 1992, Atlanta 1996 & Eugene 2008). He was a Track & Field News correspondent for a few years in the late 1980’s. Jerry’s strategy included picking veterans of past teams and those who have been improving quickly this year. He did really well picking the event winner in every track event but five.

Another Canadian On the Podium
What’s up with Canadians dominating our contests? Virtually every recent contest has had a Canadian near the top. This one was no different as Patrick MacKinnon, who recently graduated from the University of Waterloo tied with Jerry in first place.

If Patrick’s name is familiar, it’s because he was also a winner in the 12 Days of LetsRun.com as part of the Puma FAAS Promotion. Patrick won a free pair of Puma Faas shoes after randomly being selected from the pool of people who came to LetsRun.com 12 days in a row. Now he’s a Canadian winning our USAs prediction contest. Good things come to those who come to LetsRun.com regularly.

Patrick ran XC and track at Waterloo and says a marathon is in his future.

NCAA Contest: LRC’s JK Finishing 2nd

We didn’t formally write-up our NCAA prediction contest. The winner was gldncane0012. If you are him or her, shoot us an email and we’ll get you your cash prize. We’ve been trying to contact you.

In a tie for 2nd place was Chris Diaz, a former Dyestat guy from New York, NY, and our very own LRC coaching guru John Kellogg (JK).

JK is a genius and this isn’t the first time he’s finished in the top 3. And read, our rules, we specifically say we can win our own contest.

Congrats to everyone who played. Up next, Moscow!

If you played and haven’t checked your scores, do so here.

Jerry’s Winning picks below.

Event Picked Perfectly (8 points) Pick in Top 3= Bold (1 Point)
1st Place Picked Correctly (4 Points) Pick Not in Top 3 (O Points)
Women’s 100m
English Gardner 
Octavious Freeman 
Kimberlyn Duncan 
Women’s 200m
Kimberlyn Duncan 
Allyson Felix 
English Gardner 
Women’s 400m
Francena Mccorory 
Natasha Hastings 
Ashley Spencer 
Women’s 800m
Alysia Montano 
Brenda Martinez 
Phoebe Wright 
Women’s 1500
Treniere Moser 
Mary Cain 
Morgan Uceny 
Women’s 5000m
Jenny Barringer 
Molly Huddle 
Alisha Williams 
Women’s 10,000m
Shalane Flanagan 
Kara Goucher 
Amy Hastings 
Women’s 110 m Hurdles
Brianna Rollins 
Dawn Harper-Nelson 
Queen Harrison 
Women’s 400 m Hurdles
Kori Carter 
Dalilah Muhammad 
Georganne Moline 
Women’s Steeplechase
Bridget Franek 
Jamie Cheever 
Nicole Bush 
Men’s 100m
Tyson Gay 
Justin Gatlin 
Michael Rodgers 
Men’s 200m
Tyson Gay 
Ameer Webb 
Walter Dix 
Men’s 400m
Lashawn Merritt 
Bryshon Nellum 
Josh Mance 
Men’s 800m
Duane Solomon 
Tyler Mulder 
Nick Symmonds 
Men’s 1500
Matthew Centrowitz 
Lopez Lomong 
Leonel Manzano 
Men’s 5000m
Galen Rupp 
Bernard Lagat 
Lopez Lomong 
Men’s 10,000m
Galen Rupp 
Chris Derrick 
Ben True 
Men’s 110 m Hurdles
Jason Richardson 
David Oliver 
Aries Merritt 
Men’s 400 m Hurdles
Michael Tinsley 
Johnny Dutch 
Kerron Clement 
Men’s Steeplechase
Evan Jager 
Cory Leslie 
Daniel Huling 

Total Points 83


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