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Matt Gabrielson to Compete in World Outdoor Marathon Aug. 22; Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle to Run USA Women's 10 Mile Championship

Date: 
08/19/2009 - 12:07

11_teamusamn_logo.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - Aug. 19, 2009 - Team USA Minnesota's Matt Gabrielson will run the marathon at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 22. Gabrielson was selected for the five man U.S. marathon team based on his second place finish at the USA Men's Marathon Championship last October. (NBC will televise the World Championships from 1-3 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday).

The World Cup will be Gabrielson's third marathon, having previously run the ING New York City Marathon in 2006 and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2008, site of the men's marathon championship. He has a best in the distance of 2:17:38. To follow his preparations for the World Championships marathon, visit www.mattychamps.blogspot.com.

Gabrielson has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001. During that time he has been a member of three U.S. World Cross Country teams (2005-07), on the U.S. team competing at the Chiba Ekiden, and finished eighth in the 5000 meters at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

USA Women's 10 Mile Championship
The USA Women's 10 Mile Championship will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Crim Festival of Races in Flint, Michigan, on Aug. 22. Among the competitors will be Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle who has a best in the 10 mile of 56:17, a time she posted when she won the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 2007.

The 10 mile championship race will start at 8 a.m. (Eastern) and features $7,000 for first place. The Crim Races, which began in 1977, have more than 15,000 participants - the 10 mile event is the third largest in the country.

So far in 2009, Nicolini Lehmkuhle has placed seventh at the USA Half Marathon Championships in January with a personal best of 1:12:41, and eighth at the USA 7 Mile Championships in July with a time of 38:54. She has been a member of Team USA Minnesota since 2001.

Race Results Recap
At the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Berlin on Aug. 15, Katie McGregor finished 17th in the women's 10,000 meters with a time of 32:18.49. This was McGregor's third appearance in the 10,000 at World Outdoor, having previously competed in 2005 and 2007.

In the fourth annual New York City Half Marathon on Aug. 16, Antonio Vega finished 12th with a time of 1:05:32 and Emily Brown was 15th in 1:17:56. The event was marked by temperatures in the 70s and humidity in the 80s at race time.

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 (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is the Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. (www.mtcmarathon.org). It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project. For more information, visit the web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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