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Grunewald takes 1,500m titles in Italy and Belgium

KORTRIJK, BELGIUM — Perham’s Gabe Grunewald won her second consecutive 1,500m run Saturday breaking the meet record at the Guldensporenmeeting - Flanders Cup Kortrijk.

Grunewald’s time of 4:07.70 was three second better than the former record held by American Lauren Hagans 4:10.97, set in 2009.

Grunewald won her first European race eeting Sport Solidierta in Lignano, Italy July 8.

Grunewald is scheduled to run the 800m at the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria on July 15, followed by the 1500m at Heusden on July 19.

She was scheduled to run the 800m in Belgium but switched to the 1,500m after winning in Italy.


Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 9, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf won the women’s 800 meter race at the Cork City Sports International Meet in Ireland, and Gabriele Grunewald was first across the line in the women’s 1500 meter event at the Meeting Sport Solidierta in Lignano, Italy.  Both meets occurred on July 8.

Kampf’s time was 2:01.25 in Cork.  She also won the 800 meter race in 2013 at this meet.  In Lignano, Grunewald ran a season best time of 4:05.22 to beat a field of 13 runners.

Next up for Kampf on the European track circuit will be Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix in Scotland, part of the IAAF Diamond League series, where she will run the 800 meters.  After that meet, she will travel to Belgium where she will pace a 5000 meter race at the International Athletics Meet in Liege on July 16.  She will close her European campaign with a 1500 meter race at the KBC Night of Athletics in Huesden on July 19.

Grunewald will now head to Belgium to compete in the 800 meters at the Flanders Cup Meet in Kortrijk on July 12.  She will run the 800m again at the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria on July 15, followed by the 1500m at Heusden on July 19.

Also in Europe are Eric Finan and Jon Peterson who will next compete at the Letterkenny Challenge Event on July 13 in Letterkenny, Ireland.  They will both run the mile.  Finan has a best of 3:58.73 in the distance and Peterson has run 4:01.12.

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