Suver Takes USA Running Circuit Lead With US 20k Runner-Up Finish

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(New Haven, CT) -  Mattie Suver (adidas/BRC) notched her second US national championships runner-up spot at the US 20k Championships hosted by the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race in New Haven, CT, today propelling her into the lead of the USA Running Circuit standings. Suver moves ahead of 2012 circuit champion Janet Bawcom by two points.

Suver and Wendy Thomas (adidas/BRC) stuck to the front of the women's pack as the 100% humidity began to take its toll on the field early on, before eventual winner Meghan Payton surged to open a gap that Suver was not able to close. Thomas started to drop back in the second half but rebounded to take 5th. Teammate Alisha Williams  finished 11th as Suver picked up $5,000 for her efforts and Thomas took home $1,000.

Andrew Carlson, Meghan Peyton to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 2; Heather Kampf Wins Michigan Mile Aug. 23

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 28, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Andrew Carlson and Meghan Peyton will make return appearances at the USA 20k Championships when the race is held on Labor Day in New Haven, Connecticut.  Carlson will be making his fifth appearance and Peyton her third at the championships hosted by the 35th Stratton-Faxon New Haven Road Race.

Carlson has finished third, fourth, sixth and 12th at New Haven with a personal best of 59:26 in the 20k.  Peyton has placed seventh and 16th with a best of 1:10:28 in the distance.  The race starts at 8:40 a.m. (Eastern) on a course that begins on New Haven Green and goes past Yale University.

Team USA Minnesota Adds Three Distance Runners to Its Training Group

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 26, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota has added three up-and-coming distance runners – Eric Finan, Travis Burkstrand and Dani Stack – to its training group that is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The athletes, who are recent college graduates, will officially be on board Sept. 1.

Finan is from Ohio and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.  Burkstrand and Stack are native Minnesotans with Burkstrand running collegiately at the University of Minnesota and Stack at Iowa State University.  Among them they hold eight All-America distinctions in either cross country or track.

Gabriele Anderson Returns to Europe for Outdoor Track with Stockholm Diamond League Meet Aug. 22; Heather Kampf, Meghan Peyton at Crim Races Aug. 23-24

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 20, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Anderson returns to Europe this week to race in the season’s final Diamond League events, while Heather Kampf and Meghan Peyton head to Michigan to participate in the Crim Festival of Races on Aug. 23-24.

Anderson is set to run the 3000 meters at the DN Galan Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Aug. 22.  She has a best in the distance of 8:43.52 which she set earlier this summer.  She’ll then travel to Zurich to pace the women’s 5000 meter Diamond League race on Aug. 29.  Her final race on the European outdoor schedule will be on Sept. 6 at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League event in Brussels where she will race the 1500 meters.  She has a best in the event of 4:01.48 which she posted in July.

American Distance Project News

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Tapia Finishes 27th In Moscow's World Championships Marathon - (Colorado Springs, CO) - Despite a late selection to Team USA leaving him only 25-days to prepare, Daniel Tapia (Mizuno) took on the challenge and finished 27th in the marathon at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.

Under a bright mid-afternoon sun on a criterion course with no shade, Tapia, along with USA teammates Jeff Eggelston and Carlos Trujillo, started conservatively with an opening 5k of 16:00 in 52nd-place in the 70-man field. Tapia and Eggleston, who would impressively finish 13th, slowly moved through the field over the course of the race, neither losing position throughout the competition. Tapia finished with a time of 2:18:32, well off his best mark of 2:14.30. The warm afternoon conditions contributed to 25% of the field dropping out and prevented any of the finishers from posting personal best marks.