Saturday, February 08, 2014

Two Fourth Place Finishes Highlight the New Balance Indoor Games Results for Minnesotans; 3K Video

Two fourth place finishes were the highlights for the Minnesotans competing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.  Masters runner Lance Elliott was the first to race and was fourth in the Masters Mile in a time of 4:25.14.  The time was more impressive to his "training partner," Team USA Minnesota's  Heather Kampf, who tweeted after Elliott's race about how amazed she was he could run that fast with only three speed workouts thus far this indoor season. Masters mile results are HERE.

Matching Elliott's fourth place finish in the mile was Garrett Heath, who finished fourth in 7:37.40 in the men's 3K, the race with the highest density of Minnesotans. Will Leer finished eighth in 7:42.95, followed by Hassan Mead in ninth in 7:44.88, and Ben Blankenship in eleventh in 7:46.55.  All four ran indoor PRs, and,perhaps more importantly, each easily made the quafilying standard for the IAAF World Indoor Championships(7:52).3K results are HERE. Men's 3k video is HERE.

Kampf finished eighth in the 1000 in 2:40.90. Her Team USA Minnesota teammate Gabe Grunewald finished sixth in the two-mile in 9:55.21. Both ran PRs in their events, but neither event is being run in the IAAF  Indoor World Championships.  "Having an off day looks much worse in a race with incredible depth and talent," wrote Kampf on Twitter. "Grateful for perspective and still pumped about where I'm at!" 1K results are HERE, two mile HERE.

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