Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vega, Nicolini Lehmkuhle Top Grant Winners

Team USA Minnesota athletes Antonio Vega and Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle were granted $1750 and $1500, respectively, by the Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program, to help them in "in reaching their fullest potential" as runners.

MEADP, a partnership between Grandma’s Marathon- Duluth, Inc., Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., the Minnesota Distance Running Association and Austin-Jarrow Sports of Duluth, awarded grants to seven Minnesota distance runners for 2009.

Also earning monies to assist in their development were: Eric Hartmark ($1000), Jeremy Polson ($750), Melissa Gacek ($1000), Kim Magee ($750), and Jennifer Hess ($250.)

The runners were selected to receive funding to help cover training, travel and competition expenses through an application process. The awards were presented on Jan. 17 at the MDRA Annual Meeting.

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