Meghan Armstrong Wins Strands 5k in Oregon; Patrick Smyth to Run 10,000m in Indianapolis Oct. 31

10/26/2009 - 15:19

teamusamn_logo_20.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Armstrong won the Strands 5k in Corvallis, Oregon, on Oct. 24. Her time was 16:23 (second place was 16:32). Armstrong returned to a familiar area for the race having gone to high school in Tualatin, Oregon, just outside of Portland, before running collegiately for the University of Iowa.

"Being back in Oregon for the inaugural Strands 5k was a blast because I had a lot of supporters come and watch the race," said Armstrong, who joined Team USA Minnesota in 2008. "It was great to go out and help Strands kick off their first race. I hope to go back again for many years to come and be there to support Strands' efforts as they continue to grow."

Next up for Armstrong will be the International Chiba Ekiden on Nov. 23. She will be a member of the U.S. six-person coed relay team (three men, three women plus one alternate each) that will compete in Chiba, Japan.

American Milers Club Meet - Oct. 31
Patrick Smyth will compete in a men's 10,000 meter run at Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI (Indiana University/Purdue University) campus on Oct. 31. The run, part of the American Milers Club Series, will start at 6:45 p.m. in Indianapolis.

Smyth has a best in the 10,000 of 28:25.85, which he set last spring when he was finishing his collegiate career at Notre Dame (his time is the school record). In June, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Smyth finished fourth and at the USA Outdoor Championships he was seventh in the 10,000. Most recently, he was third at the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship on Oct. 4 with a time of 47:09.

He joined Team USA Minnesota in July.

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

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