Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 6, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Eric Finan had a breakthrough race and a 6 second personal best to win the Adro Mile in 3:58.73 at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., last evening. In St. Louis at the Festival of Miles, Heather Kampf won the women’s 800 meter race for the third year in a row with a meet record time of 2:01.48.
Also on June 5 at the Concord event, Jon Peterson finished fifth in the Adro Mile with a best of 4:01.12, and in St. Louis, Travis Burkstrand ran a best of 4:00.01 in the men’s mile to come agonizingly close to breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. He was fifth in the race.
Finan told Race Results Weekly that his recent training under Coach Dennis Barker with Team USA Minnesota – he joined the training group in September 2013 - gave him the confidence that he could break 4 minutes. That he did, improving more than 6 seconds from his previous personal best mile, which was a 4:04.94 indoors that he ran in 2010 when he was competing for the University of Cincinnati.