Andrew Carlson to Run Wharf to Wharf 6 Mile in Santa Cruz July 22; Results from European Track Meets; Katie McGregor Wins Torchlight 5k
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Andrew Carlson to Run Wharf to Wharf 6 Mile in Santa Cruz July 22; Results from European Track Meets; Katie McGregor Wins Torchlight 5k

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 21, 2012 – Team USA Minnesota’s Andrew Carlson will run the Wharf to Wharf 6 mile in Santa Cruz, Calif., on July 22.  The 40th annual race, which starts at 8:30 a.m., is a scenic, seaside run with a sold-out field of 15,000.

The winning men’s time last year was 26:56 for the run that starts at the Santa Cruz Wharf and finishes at the Capitola Wharf.

Carlson is a two-time national champion (15k and 25k) who has posted 28:25 in the 10,000 meter distance.  In January, he finished sixth in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a debut marathon time of 2:11:24.
European Track Meet Results

Gabriele Anderson and Jamie Cheever continued their European track meet tour this past week with both placing well and setting personal bests.  Anderson has now run three personal bests in Europe.  Her first was in Kortrijk, Belgium, on July 14 when she ran an 800-meter time of 2:02.83 to finish third (previous was 2:03.03) followed by a 1500-meter best of 4:04.84 (previous was 4:06.46) to win in Lignano, Italy, on July 17.

At the Diamond League meet in Monaco on July 20, Anderson posted 8:43.52 in the 3000 meters to finish eighth (previous best was 9:31.62 set in 2009).  This performance made her the second-fastest women’s 3000-meter runner in Minnesota history and has only been surpassed by Kara Goucher (a native of Duluth) who has run 8:34.99.

Cheever set a personal best in the 1500 meters at a meet in Ninove, Belgium, on July 21.  Her time was 4:17.73 (previous was 4:19.39).  In Gent, Belgium, on July 18, she finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 9:57.51, marking the fourth time in a row she has posted sub-10 minutes in the steeple.

Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5k

Katie McGregor was the first woman in the Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5k with a time of 16:14.  The run was held on July 18 and started at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Minneapolis.

Other Team USA Minnesota runners who participated in the event, but did not race it, were Meghan Peyton, Emily Brown, Heather Kampf, Chris Rombough, Antonio Vega, Andrew Carlson and Matt Gabrielson.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Life Time Run ( and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at


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