Eric Finan Runs 3:58 PR to Win Mile Race at Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord; Heather Kampf Three Peats in 800m at Festival of Miles in St. Louis

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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.

Team USA Minnesota Athletes to Compete at Festival of Miles, Adrian Martinez Classic and American Track League Meets June 5-6

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 3, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this week at three different track meets on June 5 and 6, including at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis, the Hoka One One Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., and at the American Track League meet in Houston.

At the Festival of Miles on June 5, Heather Kampf will compete in the women’s elite 800 meter race.  The meet’s two-time champion at this distance, Kampf has a best of 2:00.04 in the 800m.  Most recently she competed in the Prefontaine Classic 800m on May 30 and finished fourth with a time of 2:00.65.

Travis Burkstrand will also be in St. Louis and will line up in the men’s elite mile.  Burkstrand has a best of 4:00.15 in the distance, which he set on the indoor track in January.  The races will be held in the evening, with the 800m at 8:20 and the mile at 8:55 (Central time).

Heather Kampf, Gabriele Grunewald to Compete at Prefontaine Classic May 30; Ben Sathre to Run Dam to Dam Half Marathon May 31; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 28, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald will be among the competitors in the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meter race to be held on May 30 as part of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.  In Des Moines, Ben Sathre will run in the Dam to Dam Half Marathon on May 31.
The Friday evening Prefontaine Classic events will be shown online at beginning at 9:15 p.m. Central time.  The women’s 800m event is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (Central) at historic Hayward Field.  Kampf has a best in the distance of 2:00.04 and Grunewald has posted 2:01.38 in the 800m.
The Dam to Dam Half Marathon – formerly the Dam to Dam 20k – starts at 7 a.m. at the Saylorville Dam and finishes in downtown Des Moines.  Sathre finished fourth in 2013 when the race was a 20k.  He has a best in the half marathon distance of 1:04:51.

Heather Kampf on U.S. Team for IAAF World Relays May 24; Travis Burkstrand at American Track League Meet May 23; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Ponce Grand Prix 3000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 20, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf has been selected as a member of the U.S. team that will compete in the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas on May 24-25.  In addition, Travis Burkstrand will compete in Austin, Texas, at the American Track League meet on May 23 and Gabriele Grunewald won the 3000-meter race at the Ponce Grand Prix on May 17.

Kampf will be part of the women’s 4 x 1500 meter team that will race at the inaugural World Relays in Nassau.  More than 700 athletes are expected to compete during the two-day event with the women’s 4 x 1500 team scheduled to run on the afternoon of May 24.  Kampf has a best of 4:07.15 in the 1500m which she set at the 2014 Drake Relays.  Most recently, she posted 2:01.87 in the 800m at the USATF High Performance Meet at Occidental College in Los Angeles on May 15.

Burkstrand will travel to Austin to run the 1500 meters at the fourth stop on the American Track League’s inaugural circuit.  Burkstrand has a best of 3:43.82 in the 1500.  He most recently ran the 800m at the High Performance Meet with a time of 1:48.72.  The League has been developed by the Doyle Management Group.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Payton Jordan Meet May 4; Ben Sathre to Run Pittsburgh Half Marathon May 4; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 29, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson and Travis Burkstrand –  will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 4 and on the same date, Ben Sathre will run the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

At Payton Jordan on Sunday evening, May 4, on the Stanford University campus, Peyton will compete in the 10,000 meters, Peterson will run the 5000 meters, and Burkstrand will race the 1500 meters.

Peyton has a best in the 10,000m of 32:59.11.  Most recently she posted 16:03.99 in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18 and ran 4:47.80 at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships on April 22. 

Burkstrand has run 3:45.0 in the 1500m and has a best in the mile on the indoor track of 4:00.15.  Peterson has a best in the 5000m of 13:41.93 in the distance.