Six Team USA Minnesota Runners in Competitions June 16 at USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, American Milers Series in Indianapolis
Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:24

Six Team USA Minnesota Runners in Competitions June 16 at USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, American Milers Series in Indianapolis

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 12, 2012 – Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners will be in competitions on June 16, with four running at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth, and two heading for Indianapolis to participate in the last meet of the American Milers Series in Indianapolis.

Those in Duluth to run the half marathon will be Matt Gabrielson, Matt Llano, Josh Moen and Emily Brown.  The championships will start at 6:15 a.m. for men and 6:25 for women.  The races will be held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, which starts at 6:45 a.m., and the 36th Grandma’s Marathon at 7:45.  The USA Half Marathon Championships will also be held in Duluth in 2013.

Gabrielson, who made his mark in Duluth last June when he posted 2:13:28 in the marathon, returns to the city with a half marathon best of 1:03:43.  Most recently Gabrielson posted 1:01:46 in the Dam to Dam 20k on June 2, and won both the Get in Gear 10k and Brian Kraft 5k in Minneapolis this spring.

Llano, who joined Team USA Minnesota last September, has a best in the half marathon of 1:03:26, which he posted in his debut in the distance at the Aramco Half Marathon in Houston in January.  Moen has a best in the half marathon of 1:02:52, a time he set at the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships.

Brown, who was the 2009 USA Cross Country women’s 8k champion and a three-time qualifier for the U.S. World Cross Country team, has a best in the half marathon of 1:17:56 which she posted in 2009 at the only other half she has run.  This spring Brown was 10th at the Lilac Bloomsday race, won the Victory 10k in Minneapolis and was second in the Brian Kraft 5k.

American Milers Series – June 16

Meghan Peyton and Chris Rombough will be in Indianapolis to participate in the final meet of the American Milers Series on June 16.  Peyton will race the 5000 meters and Rombough will run the 1500 meters.

Peyton has a best in the 5000 of 15:41.1 and will be seeking an “A” qualifier in the event of 15:35 for the U.S. Olympic Trials.  Rombough has run 3:44.49 in the 1500 meters and needs a time of 3:39 to qualify for the Trials.

Results from June 8-9 Competitions

Jamie Cheever ran a personal best of 4:19.39 in the 1500 meters at the American Milers Series in Indianapolis on June 9, improving on a best of 4:21.8 that she posted earlier this spring.  Cheever is preparing to compete in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Also at the American Milers Series on June 9, Chris Rombough ran 3:51.93 in the 1500 meters.  In addition to competing in the distance on June 16, he will run the 1500 on June 13 in Indianapolis as well.

At the Portland Track Festival held June 8 and 9, Jon Grey finished second in the 10,000 meter race with a time of 28:35, Meghan Peyton posted 33:27 in the 10,000 meters and 15:54 in the 5000 meters, and Katie McGregor had a time of 16:01 in the 5000.

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 (www.lifetimerun.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org).  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 www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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