Lehmkuhles Win Midnight Madness 10k July 11; Three Team USA Minnesota Runners Post Top Times at USA Men's 10k Championship July

07/16/2009 - 16:48

07_teamusamn_logo.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - July 14, 2009 - Team USA Minnesota's Jason Lehmkuhle and Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle won their respective divisions at the 38th annual Midnight Madness 10k in Ames, Iowa, on July 11. At the Saturday evening race, Jason's winning time was 29:35 and Kristen crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 34:31.

This is by far not the first time the husband-and-wife team have been at the same competitions. Earlier this year they both ran in the USA 15k Championships, and last fall they were on the USA team for the World Road Running Half Marathon Championships held in Rio de Janeiro. The couple also often frequently competes together at the Cow Harbor 10k in September where in 2007 both were winners of their divisions.

Also of note is their appearance at the Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile in 2007 where Jason placed second in the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship held in conjunction with the race, and Kristen won the women's 10 mile. Both athletes - who have been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001 - are training for fall marathons. Jason has a best of 2:12:54 in the marathon which he posted at the U.S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trials to finish fifth; Kristen will be making her debut in the distance.

USA Men's 10k Road Championship - July 4
The three Team USA Minnesota men competing at the USA Men's 10k Championship all finished in the top 13 of the American competitors. The championship was part of the 40th running of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 4th. More than 55,000 participants were in the country's largest 10k road race.

Finishing fifth in the 10k Championship was Patrick Smyth, who joined Team USA Minnesota after completing his standout collegiate career at Notre Dame this spring. Smyth's time in his debut road race was 28:49. In June he competed in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m and finished fourth, followed by a seventh place finish in the 10,000 at the USA Outdoor Championships.

Tenth place at the USA Men's 10k Championship went to Antonio Vega with a time of 29:05. Also competing was Josh Moen who finished the road race in 29:30 to capture 13th place.

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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