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Four Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Stanford Invitational Track Meet on March 29

Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 28, 2013 - Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners – Meghan Peyton (2011 Roads Scholar), McKenzie Melander, Jamie Cheever and Jon Peterson - will open their 2013 outdoor track season at the Stanford Invitational in California on March 29.

Peyton, Melander and Peterson will compete in the 10,000 meters with Cheever running in the 5000 meters at the meet that will be held on the Stanford University campus at Cobb Track & Angell Field.

Peyton has a best in the distance of 32:59.11 and Melander has posted 34:29.83 – a mark she set when she was second at the Big Ten Championships in 2012 when she ran for the University of Iowa.  Peterson has run 28:50.45 in the 10,000, which made him the school record holder in the event at the University of California Davis where he graduated in 2012.

Cheever, whose primary focus is the steeplechase, has run 15:56.77 in the 5000 meters.

About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Formed 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, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.  Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org).  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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