Katie McGregor in London Grand Prix 5000m; Six Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at USA 7 Mile Championships

07/21/2009 - 13:07

09_teamusamn_logo.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - July 22, 2009 - Nine Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this weekend including at the Aviva London Grand Prix track meet; at the USA 7 Mile Championships in Davenport, Iowa, held in conjunction with the Quad City Times Bix 7; and at the Boston Scientific Heart of Summer 10k in Minneapolis.

Katie McGregor will be among the international competitors in the 5000 meters at the London Grand Prix. The two-day meet starts Friday and ends Saturday at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. McGregor is making her final preparations to run the 10,000 meters as a member of the U.S. team competing at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin on Aug. 15.

Six Team USA Minnesota runners will be at the USA 7 Mile Championships in Iowa competing against a top American male and female field. The race is part of the Quad City Times Bix 7, which last held the 7 mile national championships in 2002. Some 18,000 participants will be in the 35th annual Bix.

In the men's field will be Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Moen and Antonio Vega; the women's field will include Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle, Michelle Lilienthal and Meghan Armstrong. Four of the runners have strong Iowa ties with Moen a native of Readlyn and standout runner at Wartburg College, Lilienthal a prep running star in Iowa City, Armstrong a top performer on the University of Iowa track and cross country teams, and Jason Lehmkuhle a collegiate recordholder and standout runner at Drake University in Des Moines.

In Minneapolis, Emily Brown and Matt Gabrielson will run the Boston Scientific Heart of Summer 10k held at Lake Nokomis. The sixth annual race supports women's heart health initiatives. The elite women's 10k field starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the open and men's field at 7:35. Team USA Minnesota's McGregor holds the female course record of 32:17.

About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Life Time Fitness ( and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. ( It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project. For more information, visit the web site at

Pat Goodwin

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