July 2, 2013
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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).
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.'”
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!
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)|
Total Points 83