Saturday, February 22, 2014

Gabe Grunewald Wins Women's 3K; Ben Blankenship Fifth in Men's 3K. Protest filed in women's 3K.

Team USA Minnesota's Gabe Grunewald streaked past runner-up Shannon Rowbury to win the 3K at the US Indoor Championships in a time of 9:23.15.  The win qualified Grunewald for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March in Sopot, Poland.  Jamie Cheever finished twelveth in 9:53.04.  Fellow Gopher grad Ben Blankenship finished fifth in the men's 3K in 8:04.70.The win was Grunewald's first national championship.

A protest has been filed in the women's 3K.  Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker tweets that Grunewald has been disqualified.  USATF has been contacted, no response as yet or official word on that decision. Only response as yet, comes from fourth place finisher Jordan Hasay's coach Alberto Salazar, who responded: "Would be best for you to talk to USATF or whomever.  I was not in at the decision meeting."

Post race interview with Gabe Grunewald HERE. Women's race video is HERE. Men's HERE.

Gopher grad Harun Abda failed to qualify for the 800 final running 1:50.25 to finish fifth in his heat and 14th overall.

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