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Saturn Midwest Distance Solution This Saturday--Olympic Trials last chance meet not lacking 'A' talent
Press Release

Rochester Hills, MI, June 4, 2008
--Elite track athletes from around the country will meet at the oval in Hillsdale Michigan this Saturday for the Saturn Midwest Distance Solutionóin what will be their last chance at running a qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will be contested at the legendary Hayward Field in Eugene later this month.

The Saturn Midwest Distance Solution will include both a menís and womenís 800, 1500, steeple, 5000, and 10000 meters. The 1500, 5000 and 10000 will include pacers to help athletes achieve their respective qualifying marks, and up to $17,500 will be paid out to athletes meeting performance standards in each of the events.  Highlighting the eveningís events will be the menís 1500 meters and the women's 10000 meters.

The menís 1500 will include Rob Myers, who was the 2008 AT&T USA Indoor champion in the 1500 in February. Myers, who sits comfortably in sixth on the U.S. time list with a 3:36.49, is a bona fide contender for the Olympic team and will be racing Saturday as part of his preparation for a 1500 meters field in Eugene that will include two Olympic medal contenders. 

The womenís 10000 meters--featuring 14 women with sub-34:00 credential--is the race most likely to shake-up the current Olympic trials qualifying list.  With the field size capped at 24 for the Olympic trials, and 11 women already qualified with the sub-32:45 ĎAí standard, the women racing on Saturday will likely need a sub-33:30 performance to provisionally qualify for the trials race.

For a list of entries in all the events, click here.

For a current list of U.S. athletes who have met the Olympic Trials standards, click here.

Meet Schedule

6:45 PM - W 800
7:00 PM - M 800
7:15 PM - W Steeple
7:35 PM - M Steeple
7:55 PM - W 1500
8:10 PM - M 1500
8:25 PM - W 5000
8:50 PM - M 5000
9:15 PM - W 10000
10:00 PM - M 10000


Directions to Hillsdale
Take I-94 West to U.S. 127 South (Exit 142). Proceed about 20 miles to the second stoplight and turn right on U.S. 12 West. Take U.S. 12 West about 16 miles to Jonesville. In Jonesville, turn left onto M-99 South. Proceed about four miles to the third stoplight and turn left onto Fayette Street. Go to the flashing stoplight on Hillsdale Street and turn left. Follow the blue signs to campus.

Take I-80/90 West to Ohio State Route 15 (Exit 13) and proceed north. The road number will change to M-99 at the Michigan border, and farther north will appear to end at a flashing red light. Turn left, and continue on M-99 to Hillsdale. Proceed straight through all downtown traffic lights (3) and follow the blue signs to campus.

Take I-80/90 East to Angola, Indiana (Exit 144). Follow I-69 North about ten miles to Coldwater (Exit 13) and turn left onto U.S. 12 East. You will proceed straight through Quincy and Allen. In Jonesville, turn right onto M-99 South. Proceed about four miles to the third stoplight and turn left onto Fayette Street. Go to the flashing stoplight on Hillsdale Street and turn left. Follow the blue signs to campus.

For additional information, photo requests, or to contact those quoted or mentioned in this release, please contact Mike Reneau at [email protected] or (612) 245-8764. You can also visit the teams website at www.hansons-running.com. The team web page includes individual athlete biographies and resumes.

ABOUT <Hansons-Brooks Distance Project> - The Hansons-Brooks Distance Project is a post-collegiate training program for runners with Olympic aspirations. Athletes in the program live and train together in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Team sponsors include Brooks Sports, Inc., Saturn Corporation, Aruba Sport Eyewear, and Hansons Running Shops.



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