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Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf to Compete at New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston Feb. 8; Kampf Wins Camel City 800m Race

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 5, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald and Heather Kampf will be among the competitors at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Feb. 8.  Grunewald will run in the New Balance Women’s Two Mile race and Kampf will be in the Women’s 1000 meters.

The indoor meet will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center on the campus of Roxbury Community College starting at 3 p.m. (Eastern time).  The 1000m race will be held at 5:07 p.m. and the Two Mile at 5:48 p.m.  The event will be shown live on the NBC Sports Network from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and coverage will also be available from 3:45-4:30 p.m. at usatf.tv.

Grunewald most recently competed on Jan. 25 at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in Scotland as a member of the U.S. team and finished second in the 1500m.  She has a best of 4:01.48 in the 1500m and has posted 8:43.52 in the 3000m.

American Distance Project News

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(Colorado Springs, CO) - Betsy Saina (Nike) and Alisha Williams (adidas/BRC) not only ran away from the field to go 1-2 in the University of Washington's Invitational 5,000-meters on Friday, but the duo also claimed the top two times in the world with their marks of 15:28.84 and 15:34.28, respectively.  

Rochelle Kanuho (adidas/BRC) finished 5th with a personal best of 15:59.13 ranking her 12th in the world and 7th in the U.S., while teammate Brittni Hutton (adidas/BRC) finished 8th in 16:36.58. Kanuho, who along with Williams qualified for the US Indoor championships in the 3,000-meters with their marks, doubled back to finish 8th in the Mile Run with another personal best of 4:48.27.

Gabriele Grunewald on U.S. Team for Glasgow Int’l Match; Heather Kampf at New Balance Games/New York; Travis Burkstrand at Terrier Invite in Boston

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 22, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald has been named to the U.S. Team that will compete at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in Scotland on Jan. 25.  On the same day, Heather Kampf will run in the New Balance Games in New York City and Travis Burkstrand will be at the Terrier Invitational in Boston.

Grunewald (formerly Anderson) will run the 1500 meters and is the only U.S. representative who will compete in the women’s race which will be held on the indoor track at the state-of-the-art Emirates Arena.  She has a best in the distance of 4:01.48.  The Glasgow International Match is the first event of the 2014 British Athletics Series.

Kampf will head to New York City on Jan. 25 for the New Balance Games at the Armory where she will run the mile.  Kampf won the Bermuda Mile on the roads on Jan. 17 and has a personal best in the road mile of 4:27.1.  On Feb. 2, Kampf will compete in the 800 meters when she runs at the Camel City Indoor Meet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Kampf has posted 2:00.04 in the 800.

American Distance Project News

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Top Performances at US Half Marathon Championships Lead to Five U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers

(Colorado Springs, CO) - With a myriad of rewards and opportunities on the line, five ADP runners came up smiling at the Sunday's U.S. Half Marathon championships in Houston, TX.

Wendy Thomas (adidas/BRC) posted her highest U.S. championship finish ever with a 4th-place and a personal best of 72:29, while teammate Mattie Suver finished 6th with a respectable 73:06. Thomas picked up $5,000 in prize money and a $1000 time bonus, while Suver earned $2000 plus $750 in bonuses.  With top-10 finishes, both are in the pool of candidates for selection to Team USA which will compete in the IAAF World Half Marathon Champions in Copenhagen, Denmark in March. While both women had earned 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying marks in the fall, Thomas with her marathon "A" standard of 2:36:01 and Suver's with a "B" standard of 2:41:18, both again exceeded the other qualifying standard based upon the half-marathon distance.

In the men's race, Joe Gray (Scott Sports) posted a nearly two-minute personal best of 63:42 and picked up $1,000 in bonuses, while Brandon Birdsong (adidas/BRC) debuted at 64:21earning $750 in bonuses along with Daniel Tapia (Mizuno) who was just off his personal best at 64:32.  All three qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with their performances.

Heather Kampf Wins Bermuda Mile; Travis Burkstrand Wins NW Open Mile; USA Half Marathon Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 20, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf won the KPMG Bermuda Women’s Invitational Mile on Jan. 17, Travis Burkstrand won the mile at the Northwest Open on Jan. 18, and four athletes competed in the USA Half Marathon Championships on Jan. 19 with Meghan Peyton and Jon Grey each finishing in 12th place.

Kampf was the defending champion at the Bermuda Mile and posted 4:44.89 for the win this year, which was 5 seconds better than her time in 2013.  “It was really fun to be out here again and I felt a little more familiar and excited about coming back to try to defend my title,” Kampf told The Royal Gazette. 

“The last quarter I did feel fast.  I chose to stay with the race for the first half until we turned the corner, and then I just started feeling really good and thought rather than wait and see how this race comes out, I’m going to make it the way I want it to look and just went for it.  Usually what I tell athletes that I coach is you need to trust that feeling, when you feel a little antsy and you know you have more, to give it your all to the very end.”