Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 7, 2014 – Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Eric Finan, Jon Peterson, Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald – are in Europe to extend their outdoor track seasons. The meets will be held in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland.
The first meet on the schedule was the July 5 Leon Buyle Memorial in Oordegem, Belgium, where Finan won the men’s 3000 meter race and Peterson was third. Both ran personal bests with Finan finishing in 7:54.18 (previous best was 7:59.02) and Peterson posting 7:55.36 (previous 8:03.12).
Next up for both men will be the Letterkenny Challenge Event on July 13 in Letterkenny, Ireland, where they will compete in the mile. Finan has a best of 3:58.73 in the distance and Peterson has run 4:01.12 for the mile.
Kampf starts her European competitions in Ireland at the Cork City Sports International Meet on July 8. She will compete in the 800 meters and has a best of 2:00.04 in the distance. After Cork, she will travel to Scotland to compete in Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix - an IAAF Diamond League meet - on July 12 where she will again run the 800m.