Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 17, 2014 – Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf and Travis Burkstrand – will compete at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque Feb. 22-23. They will be among the American competitors vying for a spot on the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.
Grunewald is qualified to run both the 3000 meters and 1500 meters. Her qualifying time in the 3000m is 8:53.87 and in the 1500m it is 4:12.76. The 3000 meter race is scheduled for Saturday at 5:31 p.m. and the 1500 will be held on Sunday at 3:54 p.m. (all times at this meet are Mountain time).
Although Kampf is qualified to run in the 800 and 1500 meters, she has chosen to run the 1500 meters due to scheduling conflicts with the rounds of the 800 and 1500. The 1500 meter race is on Sunday at 3:54 p.m. Kampf qualified for this race with a 4:30.14 mile on the indoor track, which is under the IAAF 4:31 mile standard.
Burkstrand will compete in the men’s 1500 meters which will be held on Sunday at 4:18 p.m. He qualified for the event with a 4:00.15 mile on the indoor track.
The USATF Indoor Championships will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center track , which is at altitude. Two athletes from each event will be selected for Worlds based on finishing place and whether they have the IAAF standard for the distance.
Indoor Track Meet Results
Gabriele Grunewald placed fifth in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:53.95 at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York City on Feb. 15. The time was well under the IAAF World Indoor qualifying standard of 9:02.
At the Husky Classic in Seattle on Feb. 15, Travis Burkstrand was second in his heat of the Invitational Mile with a time of 4:02.30. In Ames at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 14,Ben Sathre posted 14:11.18 in the 5000 meters.
About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker. Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsors are Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com) and the New York Road Runners (www.nyrr.org). Its silver sponsors are Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org) and the Houston Marathon Foundation (www.houstonmarathonfoundation.com). For more information visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.