Heather Kampf to Compete at Michigan Track Classic on Aug. 10; Gabriele Grunewald, Kampf Go 1-2 at the Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 6, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will compete in the 800 meters at the 2014 Michigan Track Classic on Aug. 10.  The event will be held at the Saline High School track, which is located in Saline, Michigan, near Ann Arbor.  The 800 meter race starts at 7:30 p.m.

Kampf has a best in the distance of 2:00.04.

At the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile in Pittsburgh on Aug. 1, Gabriele Grunewald was first and teammate Kampf was second in times of 4:31.68 and 4:32.12 respectively.  Kampf has been a two-time winner of the Liberty Mile while Grunewald had finished second in the first year of the race in 2012.

Team USA Minnesota Runners to Participate in Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5k in Mpls July 23; Eric Finan, Jon Peterson at USA 7 Mile Champs July 26; Heather Kampf at Ryan Shay Mile July 26; Europe Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 21, 2014 – Seven of the Team USA Minnesota runners will participate in the Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5k in Minneapolis on July 23.  Then on July 26, Heather Kampf will defend her title at the Ryan Shay Mile in Michigan, while Eric Finan and Jon Peterson will compete in the USA 7 Mile Championships at Bix in Iowa.

Running in the Torchlight 5k in downtown Minneapolis will be Heather Kampf, Eric Finan, Jon Peterson, Meghan Peyton, Gabriele Grunewald, Jon Grey and Travis Burkstrand.  Over 5,000 will run in the 7:30 p.m. event which is part of the City of Minneapolis’ annual Aquatennial Festival.

The run starts on Hennepin Avenue and 16th Street and finishes at St. Anthony Main along the Mississippi River.  The evening running event – which will be followed by a post-race party – is held just prior to the Aquatennial’s Torchlight Parade along the same route.

Four Team USA Minnesota Runners In Final Week of European Track Competitions; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Kortrijk 1500m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 14, 2014 – Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf, Eric Finan and Jon Peterson - are now in their final week of European track competitions for the month of July with the last of the track meets for the athletes occurring on July 19.

Grunewald will pace the women’s 5000 meter race at the Spitzen Leichtathletik in Luzern, Switzerland, on the evening of July 15.  She will then compete on July 19 in either the women’s 1500m at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium, or in the women’s 3000m at the Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid, Spain.  Grunewald has a best in the 1500 of 4:01.48 and 8:42.64 in the 3000.

Also at the Heusden meet will be Kampf in the women’s 1500m, along with Finan and Peterson who will run in the men’s 5000 meter race.  Kampf has posted a best of 4:07.15 in the 1500m.  In the 5000m, Finan has a best of 13:41.33 and Peterson a best of 13:39.51 which they set at the USA Outdoor Championships in late June.

Four Team USA Minnesota Runners in Europe to Compete in July Track Meets; Eric Finan Wins 3000m at Leon Buyle Meet in Belgium with Jon Peterson 3rd; Meghan Peyton 10th at USA 10k Road Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 7, 2014 – Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Eric Finan, Jon Peterson, Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald – are in Europe to extend their outdoor track seasons.  The meets will be held in Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland.

The first meet on the schedule was the July 5 Leon Buyle Memorial in Oordegem, Belgium, where Finan won the men’s 3000 meter race and Peterson was third.  Both ran personal bests with Finan finishing in 7:54.18 (previous best was 7:59.02) and Peterson posting 7:55.36 (previous 8:03.12). 

Next up for both men will be the Letterkenny Challenge Event on July 13 in Letterkenny, Ireland, where they will compete in the mile.  Finan has a best of 3:58.73 in the distance and Peterson has run 4:01.12 for the mile.

Kampf starts her European competitions in Ireland at the Cork City Sports International Meet on July 8.  She will compete in the 800 meters and has a best of 2:00.04 in the distance.  After Cork, she will travel to Scotland to compete in Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix - an IAAF Diamond League meet - on July 12 where she will again run the 800m.

Meghan Peyton, Jon Grey to Compete in USA 10k Championships at Peachtree in Atlanta on July 4th; Results from USA Outdoor Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 30, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Jon Grey will be among the competitors at the USA 10k Championships which will be hosted by the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th.  The 45th edition of the event, which is organized by the Atlanta Track Club, has some 60,000 participants.

Peyton ran Peachtree last year and placed ninth in the USA 10k Championships.  Most recently she competed at the 2014 USA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m and was 11th.  She has a best in the 10,000m of 32:47.  Peyton is the 2013 USA 20k Champion.

This will be Grey’s first appearance at Peachtree.  He has a best in the 10,000m of 28:26.  In March, Grey finished seventh at the USA 15k Championships with a time of 44:37.