Team USA Minnesota News
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.
On July 8, Grunewald will run the 1500 meters at the Meeting Sport Solidierta in Lignano, Italy. She has posted 4:01.48 in the event.
USA 10K Championships at Peachtree
Meghan Peyton was 10th in the women’s field at the USA 10K Championships, which was held in conjunction with the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4th. Her time was 33:17 which was a 40 second personal best in the 10k on the roads.
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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