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“Should AJ MANNING be ranked ahead of HENRY JESSEN , or vice versa? Should Henry’s outstanding Nationals performances outweigh AJ’s regional wins and course records?”
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – In one of most talented freshman classes–Jessen, Karl Nygren, Cami Eckhoff, Kurt Youngdahl–in MMH history, it was Henry who came out on top thanks largely to his breakout performances at Age Group Nationals last August. There he not only raced head-to-head with the best in the country, he outraced all of his Minnesota peers in both the Olympic and Sprint races.
We’d be surprised if Jessen did not earn a AOY nomination in 2022.
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – 7th place overall at Sprint Nationals – A huge performance against a huge field, his brilliant 57:46 was only 1:17 behind the national champion. This effort was a near-unanimous POY selection.
HENRY JESSEN (photo L) – 7th overall male at USA Triathlon Sprint Nationals. Henry’s time was fast – 57:29–and he was only 1:15 behind the national champion.
COMMENT: Jessen, a tri rookie, was also the fastest Minnesotan at Olympic Nationals. Once again, his time was impressive – 1:58:25, and he outpaced all of his Minnesota peers. However, the national champion was almost eight minutes faster. It was agreed that Henry’s Olympic performance deserved at POY Honorable mention.
HENRY JESSEN – 1:58:25 at Olympic Nationals. The fastest time by a Minnesotan.
HENRY JESSEN, 25, St. Louis Park (photo R)
- 4th @ Lake Minnetonka
- 4th @ Timberman Olympic
- 7th @ USA Triathlon Sprint Nationals – 57:46 (3rd AG – fastest MN male))
- 20th @ Olympic Nationals – 1:58:25(Fastest MN male)