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Minneapolis Native, Steeplechase Competitor Jamie Cheever Rejoins Team USA Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 22, 2016 – Minneapolis native and nationally-ranked steeplechase competitor Jamie Cheever, a graduate of Southwest High School and three-time All American at the University of Minnesota, has moved back to the state and rejoined Team USA Minnesota.  Cheever was with the team from 2011-13 following a successful collegiate career in cross country and track at the U.

Since becoming a professional runner in 2011, Cheever has been a member of three U.S. World teams in cross country, competed in the steeplechase at both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Track Trials, was ranked second in the U.S. in the steeplechase in 2013 with a time of 9:29.13, and finished fourth in the steeple at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships.

During the past year, while living and training in Seattle, Cheever set personal bests of 4:11.32 in the 1500 meters and 9:11.04 in the 3000 meters.  She also has bests of 4:35 in the mile and 15:48 in the 5000.  So far in September, Cheever won the Victory 10k in Minneapolis on Labor Day, was eighth at the Minnesota Mile in Duluth on Sept. 11, and this past weekend won the Malted Mile in Columbia, Missouri.

“We’re excited to welcome Jamie back to the team,” said Chris Lundstrom, Team USA Minnesota coach. “She has great speed, strength and versatility as a runner.  She will do well on the track, in cross country and on the roads.  Her experience and excitement for the sport make her a great teammate, training partner and team member.  I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to coach Jamie.”

Cheever’s accomplishments include two-time member (2012 and 2013) of the U.S. team at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Team Challenge in Scotland, sixth place at the 2012 USA Cross Country Championships, and fourth at the 2012 NACAC Cross Country Championships.


About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at