The adidas Grand Prix, held for the 10th year at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, is the sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit. The women’s 1500m race will be contested at 5:01 p.m. Eastern time. Grunewald has a best of 4:01.48 in the distance. In Portland, Peyton, Finan and Peterson will run the 5000 meters and Burkstrand will be among the competitors in the 800 meters. The 800m will be held at 7:20 p.m., followed by the women’s 5000m at 8:55 and the men’s 5000m at 9:15 (all times Pacific). The Portland Track Festival was first held in 2008 and is conducted at Lewis & Clark College.
Peyton has a best in the 5000 of 15:41.1, Finan has run 13:44.91 and Peterson has posted 13:41.93 in the distance. Burkstrand has a mark of 1:47.56 in the 800m. Peyton is running the 5000m as a tune-up for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held June 26-29 in Sacramento. She will compete in the 10,000m at USA Outdoor. Finan and Peterson are seeking the qualifying mark of 13:32 or better in the 5000m in order to compete in Sacramento at the national track championships. Burkstrand is looking to run 1:47.50 or better for his qualifying mark in the 800m. 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 Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org
). Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (www.houstonmarathonfoundation.com
) and the New York Road Runners (www.nyrr.org
). For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org