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Team USA Minnesota Members to Compete at USA 15k Championships, World Indoors Finals

Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 11, 2014 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton, Jon Grey and Ben Sathre will compete this weekend at the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville.  The championships for men and women are being held on March 15 as part of the 37th annual Gate River Run, which has hosted the USATF 15k Championships for 21 consecutive years.

The race, which is billed as the largest 15k in the U.S. with some 25,000 participants, starts and finishes at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.  For the elite field, the 15k features an equalizer bonus of $5,000 in addition to the prize purse.  For the equalizer, the women will start at 8:23 a.m. and the men will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the rest of the participants.  The first person to cross the finish line, female or male, receives the bonus.

Peyton is the 2013 USA 20k Champion and has a best in the 15k distance of 51:18.  Most recently she competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships in January and at the USA Cross Country Championships in February.  This will be her sixth appearance at Gate River.

Grey is the 2011 USATF Club Cross Country Champion and has a best in the 10 mile of 47:38 which he set in November at the Pittsburgh 10 Mile.  Most recently he competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships and at the USA Cross Country Championships.  This will be the first time he has competed at Gate River.

Sathre ran the 2013 USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville with a time of 45:12.  Most recently, he set a personal best of 1:04:51 at the USA Half Marathon Championships in January.

IAAF World Indoor Championships – March 7-9
Both Gabriele Grunewald and Heather Kampf qualified for the finals of their respective events at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, over the weekend.  Grunewald ran in the semi-finals of the 3000 meters on March 7 and qualified for the final in the event on Sunday with a time of 8:58.10.  Kampf’s semi-final heat was also on March 7 and she received an automatic qualifier for the 1500-meter final by finishing second with a personal indoor best of 4:11.27.

In the final of the World Indoor 3000m on Sunday, Grunewald, who is the 2014 USA Indoor 3000-meter Champion, finished 10th with a time of 9:11.76.  “I wasn’t really expecting it to be so tactical,” said Grunewald.  “I was feeling positive through the first 1500m but I was also feeling a little flat.  Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten in as much mileage as I wanted to with a little injury in January and I’m not sure if that’s what caught up with me.  But it was a good World Championships experience.  I’m so glad to have been here.  I wish I would have finished top six but, for me, each new experience at the international level is hopefully helping me get better.”

Kampf’s final of the World Indoor 1500m was on Saturday.  Unfortunately she fell with about five laps to go.  Kampf completed the race but was later disqualified for a lane violation.  “I just got clipped and went down,” said Kampf.  “I couldn’t tell you what happened.  I just got tangled up.  Somehow I was the only one who got mixed up in that but I got up and finished.  I had to.  There was no question.  Overall, It feels like a robbed opportunity.”

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