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Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 7; Josh Moen at Victory 10k in Minneapolis on Labor Day

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 2, 2009 - Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners - Patrick Smyth, Jason Lehmkuhle and Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle - will be among the competitors at the USA 20k Championships on Sept. 7 in New Haven, Conn.  The championship race is held in conjunction with the 32nd annual Stratton Faxon New Haven 20k Road Race and begins at 8:40 a.m. (Eastern) on Labor Day.


Smyth, who joined Team USA Minnesota this summer after graduating from Notre Dame, will be making his debut at the 20k distance.  The seven-time All American and school recordholder in the 10,000m (28:25) ran his first road race at the July 4th Peachtree, site of the USA Men's 10k Championship, and finished fifth in 28:49.  Prior to that race, he was seventh in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships in June.


Jason Lehmkuhle will be making his third appearance at the USA 20k Championships, having placed third in 2007 with a time of 59:42, and fifth in 2006 with a time of 59:55.  Since 2007, Lehmkuhle has placed fifth in the U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon Trials, finished second in the 2008 USA Half Marathon Championships, been a member of the 2008 U.S. World Half Marathon team, and placed eighth at the 2008 ING New York City Marathon.


Nicolini Lehmkuhle will be running in her first 20k championship at New Haven.  Most recently, she was fifth at the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship on Aug. 22, running a personal best in the distance of 55:50.  Earlier this year she was seventh at the USA Half Marathon Championships with a time of 1:12:41, and was a member of the 2008 U.S. World Half Marathon team.


Victory 10k - Sept. 7

Team USA Minnesota's Josh Moen will begin his fall road racing season by running in the 27th annual MDRA (Minnesota Distance Running Association) Victory 10k.  The Labor Day race begins and ends at Webber Park in north Minneapolis and follows an out-and-back course on Victory Memorial Drive.  The 10k race starts at 8:00 a.m.


In July, Moen competed in the USA Men's 10k Championship at Peachtree where he finished 13th, and in the USA 7 Mile Championships at Bix where he crossed the line in sixth place.  Other competitions in 2009 included first place at the Edison Festival of Light 5k, 14th at the USA 15k Championships, personal bests in the 5000m of 13:35.73 and in the 10,000m of 28:26.26, and 10th place at the ING Bay to Breakers 12k.


Race Results - World Championships Men's Marathon

Matt Gabrielson finished 36th in the IAAF World Championships Men's Marathon in Berlin on Aug. 22, the second highest finisher on the U.S. men's team.  He went through the half-way mark of the race in 1:07:03 and finished in 2:18:41.  Gabrielson had qualified for the U.S. men's marathon team at the 2009 World Championships by finishing second at the USA Men's Marathon Championship at the 2008 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.


"I was good through half-way," said Gabrielson about his World Marathon race.  "I hit a spot around 30k but never really hit the wall.  I thought I would be able to run 2:14 but I ran out of something - I don't know what it was.  It's bittersweet.  It was amazing to finish under the Brandenburg Gate with all these people lining the street."


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 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 Fitness ( and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. (  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project.  For more information, visit the web site at




Pat Goodwin


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