Dennis Barker Becomes Full-Time Coach of Team USA Minnesota; Resigns as Augsburg College Cross Country/Track Coach

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 7, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota announced today that Dennis Barker, who has been coaching the team part-time since it was founded in 2001, has become the full-time coach of the long distance running training center.  Barker, who had been head cross country and track coach for men and women at Augsburg College in Minneapolis for 20 years, resigned his position there effective Jan. 1.

During Barker’s part-time tenure as coach at Team USA Minnesota he developed an Olympian in the 1500 meters and 20 national champions, including in the 1500 meters, 3000 meters and 10,000 meters on the track;  1 mile, 10k, 15k, 20k, 10 mile, 25k, half marathon and marathon on the roads; and 4k, 6k, 10k and an 8k team in cross country.  He also placed athletes on 28 U.S. World teams on the track, the roads and cross country and achieved 68 top three finishes in national championships.

ADP Athletes Garner Year-End Awards & Rankings

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(Colorado Springs, CO) - The American Distance Project closed out 2013 with a myriad of annual awards and rankings.

Newcomer Joe Gray (Scott Sports) earned both USA Track & Field's Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Mountain Runner of the Year Award and Competitor Magazine's Trail Runner of the Year. He was also named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week for December 18th after winning the U.S. National Club Cross Country Championships.

Matt Elliott (Brooks) was ranked by Track & Field News magazine as the 7th best U.S. 1500-meter runner for 2013, while Mattie Suver (adidas/BRC) was ranked as the 7th best American in the 10,000-meters.  Suver was also rated as the10th-best female Runner of the Year by Running Times magazine.

American Distance Project News

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Kanuho, Hutton, Saina, Dey, Korir & Mallory to Compete in Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5k

(Colorado Springs, CO) - Coming off of her Colorado state cross country title, Rochelle Kanuho (adidas/BRC) leads a contingent of American Distance Project athletes at Thursday's Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5k to be held in San Jose, CA.  Both Kanuho and Brittni Hutton (adidas/BRC), who was fourth in the Colorado state championship, will be making their professional road race debut.  Betsy Saina (Nike), a 2013 college graduate as well, and a three-time NCAA champion, will join the two in the women's race which offers $25,000 in prize money with $2,500 going to the champion and $10,000 on offer to an American record performance.

Leonard Korir (Nike) leads ADP athletes as he returns to San Jose after finishing second last year.  Dey Dey (adidas/BRC) makes his 5k road race debut while Anthony Mallory returns after setting a personal best of 14:35 on the criterion loop course in 2012.

Meghan Peyton, Ben Sathre to Compete at .US National Road Racing 12k Championships in Virginia Nov. 17

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Nov. 12, 2013 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Ben Sathre will be among the competitors who will run in the first-ever .US National Road Racing Championships.  The event, which is the final stop on the 2013 USA Running Circuit, will be held in Alexandria, Virginia, on Nov. 17.

The women’s elite field will start at 7:15 a.m. (Eastern time) and the men’s elite field and the community participants will begin at 7:25 a.m.  The course starts and finishes on the banks of the Potomac River.

Jon Grey, Jon Peterson, Andrew Carlson to Run Inaugural Pittsburgh Ten Miler on Nov. 3

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Oct. 29, 2013 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Jon Grey, Jon Peterson and Andrew Carlson – will be among the competitors at the inaugural EQT Pittsburgh Ten Miler on Nov. 3

The race, part of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc. series of events, starts at 9 a.m.  The course highlights some of the city’s unique neighborhoods and finishes on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

Grey grew up in Pennsylvania in Lancaster and was a prep runner at Kennard Dale High School in Fawn Grove.  After his collegiate career, he joined Team USA Minnesota in 2011 and since that time won the 2011 USATF Club Cross Country 10k Championship and has posted a 10 mile time of 47:59.