Team USA Minnesota News
Team USA Minnesota’s Eric Finan had a breakthrough race and a 6 second personal best to win the Adro Mile in 3:58.73 at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, Mass., last evening. In St. Louis at the Festival of Miles, Heather Kampf won the women’s 800 meter race for the third year in a row with a meet record time of 2:01.48.
Also on June 5 at the Concord event, Jon Peterson finished fifth in the Adro Mile with a best of 4:01.12, and in St. Louis, Travis Burkstrandran a best of 4:00.01 in the men’s mile to come agonizingly close to breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. He was fifth in the race.
Finan told Race Results Weekly that his recent training under Coach Dennis Barker with Team USA Minnesota – he joined the training group in September 2013 - gave him the confidence that he could break 4 minutes. That he did, improving more than 6 seconds from his previous personal best mile, which was a 4:04.94 indoors that he ran in 2010 when he was competing for the University of Cincinnati.
“This is my first time under four minutes and I am totally ecstatic,” said Finan. “Everyone dreams about breaking it and it’s nice to do it on the day of Jim Ryun’s 50th anniversary of breaking four minutes in the mile when he was in high school.”
The competitors in the Adro Mile went through 400 meters in about 61 seconds and 800 meters in around 2 minutes. “I saw the clock with three minutes on it and I knew I had at least a 59 in me,” said Finan. “At 250 meters to go I thought ‘I feel great’ so I went to lane three at 150 meters to come down the home stretch. I just thought about being a competitor. Everything came together tonight and I’m so excited. It was just a fantastic event.”
Both Finan and Peterson will run the 5000 meter race at the Portland Track Festival on June 14. “My focus is on the 5K more than the mile,” said Finan. “I really think of myself as a 5K runner and I’m hoping to run 13:30 next weekend so I can qualify for USA Outdoor.”
Note: Due to a lack of field, the women’s 1000 meters will not be held this evening at the American Track League meet in Houston. Gabriele Grunewaldwas scheduled to race in the event and will now focus on competing in the 1500 meters at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City on June 14.
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. Twin Cities In Motion is a major sponsor of the program.
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