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Seven Team USA Minnesota Distance Runners to Compete during Twin Cities Marathon Weekend Oct. 3-4

Date: 
09/29/2009 - 11:37

17_teamusamn_logo.gifMinneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 29, 2009 - Seven Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete in events during the Twin Cities Marathon weekend including at the TC 5k on Oct. 3, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4. The 10 Mile race is also the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship, and the marathon is the designated USA Women's Marathon Championship.

TC 5k - Oct. 3
Meghan Armstrong will run in the TC 5k on Saturday with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. Armstrong, a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa, is now in her second year with Team USA Minnesota. Over the past year, she has raced distances from the mile up through the half marathon and qualified in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters for the 2009 USA Outdoor Track Championships held in June. She has a best in the 5000m of 15:41.

USA Men's 10 Mile Championship - Oct. 4
Three Team USA Minnesota men - Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Moen and Patrick Smyth - will be among the competitors in the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile that starts at 7:05 a.m. In 2007, the last time the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship was held here, Lehmkuhle finished in second place and Moen was 10th.

Lehmkuhle has a best in the 10 mile of 47:48. This past weekend he was second at the Cow Harbor 10k in a time of 29:18, he won the City of Lakes 25k on Sept. 13 in 1:17:54, and on Labor Day he was third at the USA 20k Championships, posting a personal best of 59:04 in the distance. He is preparing to run in the USA Men's Marathon Championship which will be held on Nov. 1 in conjunction with the ING New York City Marathon. Lehmkuhle has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001.

Moen is also preparing for the USA Men's Marathon Championship in New York. Most recently he won the Victory 10k in Minneapolis with a time of 29:30, and earlier this year ran a personal best of 28:26 in the 10,000 meters. He placed sixth at the USA 7 Mile Championships on July 25. Moen joined Team USA Minnesota in 2008.

New Team USA Minnesota athlete Smyth - who graduated from Notre Dame last spring - will run the 10 mile distance for the first time. On Labor Day, he was 11th in the USA 20k Championships with a time of 1:00:43. Prior to that he was fifth at the USA Men's 10k Championship on July 4th, and placed seventh in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships in June. He has a best in the 10,000 of 28:25.

USA Women's Marathon Championship - Oct. 4
Two Team USA Minnesota women - Michelle Lilienthal and Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle - will compete in the USA Women's Marathon Championship, hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. Lilienthal was fourth in the 2006 USA Women's Marathon Championship which was also hosted by Twin Cities and has a best in the distance of 2:35:51. Nicolini Lehmkuhle is making her debut in the marathon.

During 2009, Lilienthal has competed in the USA Half Marathon Championships, the USA 15k Championships, the USA 7 Mile Championships, and the USA 25k Championships where she finished fourth in 1:31:58. She has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2007.

This year Nicolini Lehmkuhle has finished seventh in the USA Half Marathon Championships with a time of 1:12:41, eighth at the USA 7 Mile Championships, fifth at the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship, and sixth at the USA 20k Championships. She has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001.

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon - Oct. 4
Antonio Vega, a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota who grew up in the Twin Cities and went to Tartan High School, will be among the open men's competitors in the 28th annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. This will be Vega's second marathon, having run his first at Twin Cities in 2008 in 2:23:41.

During 2009, Vega has placed seventh at the USA Half Marathon Championships in a personal best time of 1:02:55, sixth at the 25k Championships, and fifth at the USA 7 Mile Championships. He also was a member of the U.S. team at the NACAC Cross Country Championships. On Sept. 19, he won the Bolder Dash 10k in Minneapolis with a time of 29:35.

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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