Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Team USA Minnesota Sends Six to USA Cross

Defending champion Emily Brown and six-time IAAF World Cross Country Championships participant Katie McGregor lead a six-runner Team USA Minnesota contingent to Saturday's USA Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Washington.

The event serves as the selection race for the United States team competing at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in late March.

Joining Brown, who finished 3rd at 2008 USA Cross, and McGregor, who was the runner-up at the 2003 meet, will be Meghan Armstrong, who placed 12th in the meet last year. The women will compete on a five-lap 8K course.

Competing in the men's 12K event for the Minnesota-based training group are Matt Gabrielson, three-time World Cross qualifier, Antonio Vega, the surprise winner 2010 USA Half Marathon title last month in Houston, and Patrick Smyth, the 2010 USA Half Marathon runner-up.

Last year, in his USA Cross debut, Vega finished 15th in the race. Saturday's race will be Smyth's debut in the event.

orniden at Tyson ...
Team USA Minnesota's Heather Dorniden will compete on the track this weekend in the 800 meters at Friday night Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The former University of Minnesota star is preparing for the USA Indoor Championships later this month.

Lehmkuhle to Birmingham ...
After opening his 2010 season on the track, Team USA Minnesota's Jason Lehmkuhle will return to the roads to compete in the Mercedes Half Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday.

Lehmkuhle has had success on the Birmingham pavement before, his breakthrough 9th-place 2:16:27 finish at the 2004 USA Olympic Marathon Trails happened there.

New Web-Site ... If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out Team USA Minnesota's new Jason Lehmkuhle-designed web-site, HERE.

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