Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Team USA Minn. Sends Two to Falmouth

Two Team USA Minnesota athletes will travel to Falmouth, Massachusetts this weekend to compete in one of the country's best known road racing events.

Former Golden Gopher star Gabriele Anderson will run the CIGNA Falmouth Mile on Saturday, while fellow ex-Gopher Antonio Vega will compete in the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race on Sunday.

The Falmouth Mile is an invitation-only race held on the Falmouth High School track on Saturday evening. The women's elite mile starts at 6:15 p.m. Anderson, in her first summer as a professional athlete after completing her eligibility at the University of Minnesota, placed seventh in the 1500 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships and posted a personal best of 4:12.06 in the 1500 at a meet in Belgium this summer.

Vega will take his place at the starting line of the 38th Falmouth Road Race, a 7-mile race which starts at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and is held on a scenic course along the Atlantic Coast. The race attracts a deep field of international and American competitors along with some 10,000 citizen runners. The prize purse for the event is $90,300 with an additional $29,600 going to top U.S. runners.

Most recently, Vega finished fourth at the USA 7 Mile Championship in July with a personal best time of 33:08. In addition, this year he won the USA Half Marathon Championship in a personal best of 1:01:54, was third at the USA 15K Championship in a best of 43:55, and ran a personal best 2:13:47 at the Boston Marathon.

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