Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 25, 2012 – Seven Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational on April 29 in an effort to achieve or improve their qualifying times for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials that will be held this summer. The Payton Jordan meet will be held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
Chris Rombough will run in the men’s 5000 meters and has a best in the distance of 13:42.05 - the U.S. ‘A’ qualifying time is 13:33. Jamie Cheever will compete in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase and has posted 10:02.18 in the event. Cheever currently has a ‘B’ qualifier and will seek to obtain an ‘A’ of 9:55 or better.
Five of the Team USA Minnesota runners will compete in the 10,000 meters including Andrew Carlson, Jon Grey, Matt Llano, Katie McGregor and Meghan Peyton. Carlson has a best of 28:25.8 in the distance but did not compete on the track in 2011, Grey posted 28:40.33 while still a collegian, and Llano has run 28:43.3 (Llano posted this time within last year’s qualifying window and so has a ‘B’ qualifier for the Trials). The ‘A’ qualifying time for men is 28:15 and ‘B’ is 29:00.
In the women’s 10,000, McGregor has a best of 31:21.2 and Peyton has run 32:59.11. The ‘A’ qualifying time is 32:45 and ‘B’ is 34:00. Peyton already has the ‘B’ qualifier, having posted her 32:59.11 within the window last year for the 2012 Trials. McGregor did not compete on the track in 2011.
The distance events at the Payton Jordan Invitational will be held Sunday evening.
Grand Blue Mile – April 24
Heather Kampf was edged at the line and finished second in the Grand Blue Mile held on the streets of downtown Des Moines Tuesday evening. Her time was 4:45.92 (winning time was 4:45.66).
According to race reports, the first 800 meters of the road race was a tactical 2 minutes and 32 seconds, with the second 800 meters clocking in at 2:13. Kampf narrowly lost in a photo finish. (Note: Gabriele Anderson was scheduled to compete at the Grand Blue Mile but was unable to do so due to a bout with food poisoning the night before the race).
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.