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Grunewald, Six Team USA Minnesota Athletes in Competitions Feb. 14-15

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 12, 2014 – Six Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this weekend, Feb. 14-15, including at the USA Cross Country Championships, the Millrose Games, Husky Classic and the Iowa State Classic.

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Meghan Peyton and Jon Grey will travel to Boulder, Colorado, for the USA Cross Country Championships which will be conducted on Feb. 15. Peyton will run in the women’s open 8k race at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain time) and Grey will be among the competitors in the men’s open 12k at 12:15 p.m.

In 2013, Peyton competed in the 2013 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Scotland and the USA Cross Country Championships in St. Louis. In December 2012, she was fourth at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships. She is the 2013 USA 20k Champion.

Grey’s last cross country race was the 2012 Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge where he finished fourth. He qualified for the U.S. team by winning the 2011 USATF Club Cross Country Championships that were held in Seattle. More recently he posted 1:02:51 at the 2014 USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston.

At the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Millrose Games in New York City on Feb. 15, Perham's Gabriele Grunewald will compete in the 3000 meters. She has a best in the distance of 8:42.64. So far this year she was a member of the U.S. team at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in Scotland, where she finished second in the 1500 meters, and also competed at the New Balance Boston Indoor Meet in the 2 mile, finishing in sixth place.

NOTE: Grunewald was originally going to run the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday, but has now decided to run the 3000 meters instead (this event has been added to the schedule). She hopes to obtain her IAAF qualifier in the 3000 at Millrose. Next up for her will be the USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque Feb. 21-23.

Heather Kampf will be the pacer for the women’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games. Already in 2014, Kampf has won the Bermuda Mile and the Camel City 800 meters, and placed eighth in the 1000 meters at the New Balance Boston Indoor Meet.

On the West Coast, Travis Burkstrand will run in the Men’s Invitational Mile at the Husky Classic on Feb. 15. The meet will be held on the campus of the University of Washington at the Dempsey Indoor facility in Seattle. Burkstrand posted a personal best in the mile of 4:00.15 at the Terrier Invite in Boston on Jan. 25 where he finished second.

Closer to home, Ben Sathre will be in Ames for the Iowa State Classic where he will compete in the 5000 meters on Feb. 14. The indoor meet will be held at the Lied Recreation-Athletic Facility on the Iowa State University campus. Sathre has posted 14:10 in the distance. Most recently he ran a personal best of 1:04:51 at the USA Half Marathon Championships on Jan. 19.

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 atwww.teamusaminnesota.org.

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