Team USA Minnesota Athletes to Compete at Festival of Miles, Adrian Martinez Classic and American Track League Meets June 5-6

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 3, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this week at three different track meets on June 5 and 6, including at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis, the Hoka One One Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., and at the American Track League meet in Houston.

At the Festival of Miles on June 5, Heather Kampf will compete in the women’s elite 800 meter race.  The meet’s two-time champion at this distance, Kampf has a best of 2:00.04 in the 800m.  Most recently she competed in the Prefontaine Classic 800m on May 30 and finished fourth with a time of 2:00.65.

Travis Burkstrand will also be in St. Louis and will line up in the men’s elite mile.  Burkstrand has a best of 4:00.15 in the distance, which he set on the indoor track in January.  The races will be held in the evening, with the 800m at 8:20 and the mile at 8:55 (Central time).

Heather Kampf, Gabriele Grunewald to Compete at Prefontaine Classic May 30; Ben Sathre to Run Dam to Dam Half Marathon May 31; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 28, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Gabriele Grunewald will be among the competitors in the USATF High Performance women’s 800 meter race to be held on May 30 as part of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.  In Des Moines, Ben Sathre will run in the Dam to Dam Half Marathon on May 31.
The Friday evening Prefontaine Classic events will be shown online at beginning at 9:15 p.m. Central time.  The women’s 800m event is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (Central) at historic Hayward Field.  Kampf has a best in the distance of 2:00.04 and Grunewald has posted 2:01.38 in the 800m.
The Dam to Dam Half Marathon – formerly the Dam to Dam 20k – starts at 7 a.m. at the Saylorville Dam and finishes in downtown Des Moines.  Sathre finished fourth in 2013 when the race was a 20k.  He has a best in the half marathon distance of 1:04:51.

Heather Kampf on U.S. Team for IAAF World Relays May 24; Travis Burkstrand at American Track League Meet May 23; Gabriele Grunewald Wins Ponce Grand Prix 3000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – May 20, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf has been selected as a member of the U.S. team that will compete in the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas on May 24-25.  In addition, Travis Burkstrand will compete in Austin, Texas, at the American Track League meet on May 23 and Gabriele Grunewald won the 3000-meter race at the Ponce Grand Prix on May 17.

Kampf will be part of the women’s 4 x 1500 meter team that will race at the inaugural World Relays in Nassau.  More than 700 athletes are expected to compete during the two-day event with the women’s 4 x 1500 team scheduled to run on the afternoon of May 24.  Kampf has a best of 4:07.15 in the 1500m which she set at the 2014 Drake Relays.  Most recently, she posted 2:01.87 in the 800m at the USATF High Performance Meet at Occidental College in Los Angeles on May 15.

Burkstrand will travel to Austin to run the 1500 meters at the fourth stop on the American Track League’s inaugural circuit.  Burkstrand has a best of 3:43.82 in the 1500.  He most recently ran the 800m at the High Performance Meet with a time of 1:48.72.  The League has been developed by the Doyle Management Group.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Payton Jordan Meet May 4; Ben Sathre to Run Pittsburgh Half Marathon May 4; Weekend Results

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 29, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson and Travis Burkstrand –  will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 4 and on the same date, Ben Sathre will run the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

At Payton Jordan on Sunday evening, May 4, on the Stanford University campus, Peyton will compete in the 10,000 meters, Peterson will run the 5000 meters, and Burkstrand will race the 1500 meters.

Peyton has a best in the 10,000m of 32:59.11.  Most recently she posted 16:03.99 in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18 and ran 4:47.80 at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships on April 22. 

Burkstrand has run 3:45.0 in the 1500m and has a best in the mile on the indoor track of 4:00.15.  Peterson has a best in the 5000m of 13:41.93 in the distance.

Heather Kampf Wins USA 1 Mile Road Championship in Des Moines; Heather Kampf, Gabriele Grunewald at Drake Relays 1500m April 25; Jon Peterson to Run Get in Gear 10k in Minneapolis April 26

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 23, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf won the women’s race at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Des Moines on April 22 to reclaim a title she also won in 2012.  Her time was 4:34.6 and was a course record for the downtown race, which was held in conjunction with the Grand Blue Mile, part of the week long events for the annual Drake Relays.

“It was definitely a tight battle coming down the stretch and I didn’t know who else was coming,” said Kampf.  “I was worried about those late closers.  I just had to give it my all and see what I could do all the way to the finish.  I won this championship in 2012 when it was held at the Medtronic TC 1 Mile in Minneapolis and it was my goal to get back to the top ever since.”

Also running in the women’s race were Gabriele Grunewald who was 12th in 4:45.91, and Meghan Peyton who crossed the line in 13th place in 4:47.80.