Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, B.A.A. Invitational Mile on April 18, and Grand Blue Mile on April 21; Results from Cherry Blossom Ten Mile

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 14, 2015 – The Team USA Minnesota runners will be traveling April 17-21 to the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston, and to the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines.  Jon Peterson will compete at Mt. SAC on April 17, Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald will run in the B.A.A. Mile on April 18, and Kampf will defend her title at the Grand Blue Mile on April 21.

At Mt. SAC (San Antonio College) which will be held on the track at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Peterson will compete in the 1500 meters on Friday.  He has a best in the 1500 of 3:42.78 and in the mile of 4:00.54.  Peterson most recently posted a personal best in the 5000m of 13:36.29 at the Stanford Invitational on April 3.

In Boston, Kampf and Grunewald will be among the competitors at the B.A.A. Invitational Women’s Mile which will be held at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday – two days before the Boston Marathon.  The three loop course ends on the Boston Marathon finish line.  Kampf was second in the B.A.A. Mile in 2014 and Grunewald was second in 2013.  Both have personal bests of 4:21.3 in the road mile.

osh Dedering to Run Cherry Blossom Ten Mile April 12; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Stanford 5000m Race April 3; Jon Peterson, Jon Grey Set PRs in 5000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 6, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Josh Dedering will be among the competitors at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, D.C. on April 12.  The men’s elite field starts at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern) along with the first wave of participants in a field of over 14,000 runners.  The run starts and finishes on the Washington Monument Grounds.

Dedering, who joined Team USA Minnesota in March, has a best of 49:40 in the 10 Mile and 1:03:31 in the half marathon.  A collegiate runner at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Dedering took to the roads shortly after graduation last spring.  He posted his 10 mile best at the Medtronic TC 10 last October and his half marathon PR at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston in January.

As a tune-up race for Cherry Blossom, Dedering won the MDRA 7 Mile in Minneapolis on March 28 with a time of 35:38.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete in the 5000m at the Stanford Invite April 3

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 31, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Peterson and Jon Grey – will compete in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Track & Field Invitational in California on April 3.  All three athletes will be opening their outdoor track season at this meet. 

Grunewald has a best in the 5000m of 15:33.64, a mark she set at a meet in Europe last July.  She is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter champion and has a best in the 3000m of 8:42.64.

Competing in the men’s field of the 5000m will be Peterson, who has posted 13:39.51 in the distance, and Grey who has a mark of 13:46.12.

The meet will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus with the 5000 meter races scheduled for Friday evening.

DIII Standout Josh Dedering of UW-LaCrosse Joins Team USA Minnesota; Meghan Peyton Finishes 8th at USA Marathon Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 17, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has added Josh Dedering – a DIII standout runner who graduated from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse in 2014 – to its roster.  He will focus on distances from the 10k up through the marathon.

At LaCrosse, Dedering was a cross country All-American, the WIAC Conference champion in the indoor 5k, and qualified for the DIII NCAA Nationals in the indoor 5k and outdoor 10k.  During his collegiate career, he was the 2013 WIAC Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, and a six-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American.  He has degrees in Sport Management and Business Administration.

After graduation, Dedering took to the roads and finished fifth at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile last October, won the Madison Half Marathon in November and the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in December.  In January 2015, he ran a personal best of 1:03:31 at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston and obtained his 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

Emily Gordon to Run USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 14; Meghan Peyton to Compete at USA Marathon Championships in Los Angeles on March 15

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 10, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Emily Gordon will run in the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 14, while Meghan Peyton will compete in the USA Marathon Championships in Los Angeles on March 15.

The 15k Championships for men and women are being held as part of the 37th annual Gate River Run, which has hosted the USATF 15k Championships for 22 consecutive years.  The race, which is billed as the largest 15k in the U.S. with over 20,000 participants, starts and finishes at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  The elite women will start at 8:24 a.m. (Eastern time) and the men will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the first wave of participants.

Gordon has previously posted 59:04 in the 10 mile and has run 1:14 in the half marathon.  She is making her debut at the 15k distance.  Gordon is preparing to run the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon on May 3.