Carrie Tollefson, Meghan Armstrong to Run at USA 1 Mile Championships in Minneapolis May 7; Five Team USA Minnesota Runners Will Compete at USA 25k Championships in Michigan May 9
Minneapolis/St. Paul - May 6, 2009 - Two Team USA Minnesota runners -
Carrie Tollefson and Meghan Armstrong - will be among the elite
women's field at the inaugural USA 1 Mile Road Championships in
downtown Minneapolis on May 7. The championship races for men and
women are being hosted by the Medtronic TC 1 Mile event which is now
in its fifth year and features waves of runners beginning at 6:50 p.m.
The women's professional field will race at 7:53 p.m. followed by the
men's championship mile race.
Tollefson is a 2004 Olympian in the 1500 meters and has a best in the
mile of 4:27.95. She is a native of Dawson, Minn., and won 13
Minnesota high school championships in cross country and track. At
Villanova, she was a five-time NCAA national champion. Since joining
Team USA Minnesota in 2001, she has been a three-time national
champion (1500 meters, 3000 meters and 4k cross).
Armstrong is a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa where she was a
four-time All American and the 2008 Big Ten Champion in both the
indoor 3000 meters and outdoor 10,000 meters. She also holds the Iowa
school record in the 1500 meters of 4:17.41 and has a best in the mile
of 4:40.59. So far in 2009 she has run personal bests of 15:41.09 in
the 5000m and 33:26.75 in the 10,000m.
The prize purse for the USA 1 Mile Road Championships is $22,500 with
an additional $10,000 for the first male to break 4 minutes and the
first female who breaks 4:28 on the relatively flat course down
Nicollet Mall. (Note: Emily Brown has withdrawn from the race).
USA 25k Championships - May 9
The Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Mich., will be the
site of the USA 25K Championships on May 9. Billed as the largest 25k
road race in the United States, the race began in 1978 and has hosted
the 25k Open Championships since 1995. Some 16,000 participants are
expected in the 25k, 10k and 5k events at the River Bank Run.
Among the elite field will be five Team USA Minnesota distance runners
including Michelle Lilienthal, Jason Lehmkuhle, Matt Gabrielson,
Antonio Vega and Chris Lundstrom. Lilienthal previously finished
third at the 25k Championships in 2007 with a time of 1:29:53. So far
in 2009 she has raced at the USA Half Marathon and 15k Championships,
along with the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and the Parkway Classic 10 Mile.
Lehmkuhle, Gabrielson and Vega will race the 25k distance for the
first time; Lundstrom has posted 1:19:36 in the 25k at City of Lakes
in Minneapolis. Lehmkuhle has a best in the half marathon of 1:02:32,
Vega has posted 1:02:55 in the half, and Gabrielson has run 1:04:06 in
the half marathon.
In 2008, Lehmkuhle finished eighth at the ING New York City Marathon
and prior to that was fifth in the U.S. Olympic Men's Marathon Trials
with a personal best of 2:12:54. In March of this year he was eighth
at the USA 15k Championships. Vega's 2009 season has included a
seventh place finish at the USA Half Marathon Championships, 15th at
the USA Cross Country Championships and a spot on the NACAC U.S. Cross
Country team, followed by a second place finish at the ING Georgia
Gabrielson was the second place finisher at the 2008 USA Men's
Marathon Championship, earning a spot on the U.S. team that will
compete in the marathon at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in
August. Most recently he ran a qualifying time of 28:44.05 in the
10,000m for USA Outdoor. Lundstrom competed in the USA 15k
Championships in March and is preparing to run Grandma's Marathon in
The USA 25k Championships features a prize purse of $21,200 with
$4,000 going to the first place male and first place female. The 25k
begins at 8:20 a.m.
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 post-collegiate American distance running and to develop
Oympians. 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 Fitness
(www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities
Marathon, Inc. (www.mtcmarathon.org). It is also supported by the New
York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project. For more information,
visit the web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.