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Team USA Minnesota Receives Special RRCA Olympic Development Grant; Parker Stinson Wins Cow Harbor 10k; Gabriele Grunewald 4th at USA 5k

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 23, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has received one of five special grants awarded to U.S. Distance Training Centers by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) to support its efforts to develop athletes for the 2016 Olympic Trials.  The grants are in the amount of $5,000 each.

“The RRCA adds to its proud 50-plus year tradition of athlete support by awarding these special grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers as well as to athletes that we believe will help support a broad range of Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director.  “We look forward to the 2016 Trials as our athletes chase their Olympic dreams.”

Parker Stinson, Biya Simbassa, Katy Moen and Megan Goethals Join Team USA Minnesota

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 11, 2015 – Four up-and-coming and highly decorated collegiate distance runners have joined Team USA Minnesota, bringing the number of athletes to 11 in the long-time training group that is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The recent graduates include Parker Stinson from the University of Oregon, Biya Simbassa of the University of Oklahoma, Katy Moen from Iowa State University, and Megan Goethals out of the University of Washington.

“This is a real exciting group of young runners to bring in,” said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker.  “They have all shown the ability to compete successfully at a high level and they all competed for great collegiate programs under outstanding coaches.  They know what it’s like to win and be a part of winning programs and that’s the kind of talent and attitude we were looking for.”

European Track Competitions Continue for Team USA Minnesota Runners; Heather Kampf Wins Races in Cork and Kortrijk; Jon Peterson Wins Letterkenny Mile

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 13, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf and Jon Peterson – will continue their European track tour with competitions this week in Switzerland and Belgium.  Last week was marked by wins for Kampf at Cork and Kortrijk and for Peterson at the Letterkenny Mile Challenge.

Grunewald will compete in the 800 meters in Luzern, Switzerland, on July 14.  Last week she placed ninth in the 1500 meters at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on July 9.  Her time was 4:07.03.

On July 15, Kampf will travel to Liege, Belgium, where she will run the 1500 meters.  She won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.13 at the Cork City Meet on July 7, and was first place in the 1500 meters at Kortrijk on July 11 with a time of 4:08.73.

Gabriele Grunewald to Race at Prefontaine Classic May 30; Heather Kampf Wins 3rd USA 1 Mile Road Championship

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 20, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald will be among the top international competitors at the Prefontaine Classic on May 30.  Grunewald will run the 5000 meters at the IAAF Diamond League meet that will be held at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Grunewald has posted a World ‘A’ Standard of 15:19.01 in the 5000, which she set at the Stanford Invitational on April 3.  Most recently, she competed in the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic on May 14 where she was second in the top women’s heat of the 1500 meters with a time of 4:07.67.
The 41st Pre Classic will start its Saturday events on the track at 12:15 p.m. (Pacific time).

Heather Kampf, Meghan Peyton to Compete at Drake Relays April 23-24; Kampf Defends Title at Grand Blue Mile; B.A.A. Mile and Mt. SAC Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 22, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Meghan Peyton will compete on the track at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, with Kampf running the 800 meters on April 24 and Peyton in the 5000 meters on April 23.  As part of the Drake Relays week of festivities, Kampf defended her title at the Grand Blue Mile on April 21.

At the Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays on Friday, Kampf will be among the top invited athletes who will compete in the women’s 800 meters which will be held at 8:00 p.m.  She has a best in the distance of 2:00.04. 

Peyton will run the 5000m at the Drake Relays Distance Carnival on Thursday with the open women’s race at 8:40 p.m. on the Blue Oval track.  She has run 15:41.1 in the 5000.