Team USA Minnesota News

Katie McGregor, Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Moen to Compete at USA Half Marathon Championships Jan. 29; Results from Jack Johnson Classic

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Jan. 23, 2011 - Three Team USA Minnesota distance runners - Katie McGregor, Jason Lehmkuhle and Josh Moen - will be among the competitors at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston on Saturday, Jan. 29.  The championships are hosted by the Aramco Houston Half Marathon and begin at 8:00 a.m.

 

The new half marathon course will provide a preview of the men's and women's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, which will be held on the same venue in January 2012.

 

McGregor, a seven-time national champion and 2010 USATF Women's Long Distance Runner of the Year, has a best of 1:12:01 in the half marathon.  Most recently she finished second at the USA Women's Marathon Championships in New York on Nov. 7 with a personal best time of 2:31:01.  McGregor was also a member of the 2007 U.S. World Half Marathon team.

 

Lehmkuhle has a best in the half marathon of 1:02:32.  At the USA Half Marathon Championships, he has finished second in 2008, third in 2005 and fifth in 2007.  He has also been a two-time member (2205 and 2008) of the U.S. World Half Marathon team.

 

Moen competed in the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships and finished sixth with a personal best of 1:02:52.  Among other accomplishments, he was second at the 2009 USA 10 Mile Championships with a time of 46:38, which is the fourth best U.S. time in the 10 mile.

 

Jack Johnson Classic Results

Jason Lehmkuhle won the men's 3000 meter race and Jamie Cheever was the winner in the women's 3000 meter race at the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic at the University of Minnesota on Jan. 22.

 

Lehmkuhle finished just ahead of his Team USA Minnesota tetammate Matt Gabrielson with a time of 8:12.69 to Gabrielson's finish of 8:12.95.  The duo has been competing against each other dating back to 1997 when they were both collegiate standouts at Drake University.  Lehmkuhle is preparing for the USA Half Marathon Championships and Gabrielson will run the USA Cross Country Championships on Feb. 5.

 

In the women's race, Cheever was first in 9:28.35 and her teammate Meghan Armstrong was second in 9:30.94.  Both runners will next compete at the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

 

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 the competitiveness of 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 Twin Cities In Motion (www.mtcmarathon.org).  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project.  For more information, visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

 

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