Team USA Minnesota News

Andrew Carlson, Meghan Peyton to Compete at USA 20k Championships in New Haven Sept. 3; Four Team USA Minnesota Athletes Ranked in Top 10 by Track & Field News

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Aug. 31, 2012 - Team USA Minnesota's Andrew Carlson and Meghan Peyton will be among the competitors at the USA 20k Championships on Labor Day.  The championships are hosted by the 34th Stratton-Faxon new Haven Road Race in New Haven, Conn.


Carlson will be making his fourth appearance and Peyton her second at the New Haven 20k, which has been the site of the American championship for men since 1993 and for women since 2006.  The race starts at 8:40 a.m. (Eastern) on a course that begins on New Haven Green and goes past Yale University.


In 2011, Carlson was sixth in the championships with a time of 1:02:03, and finished fourth in 2009 and third in 2006.  The two-time national champion (25k and 15k) was sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last January and is preparing to run the ING New York City Marathon in November.


Peyton placed seventh at the USA 20k Championships last year with a time of 1:10:28.


Track & Field News Rankings

In a ranking of U.S. running performances so far in 2012, Track & Field News ranks four Team USA Minnesota distance runners in the top 10 of their events.  Leading the team is Gabriele Anderson who is ranked second in the 3000 meters among U.S. women with a time of 8:43.52, second in the mile with a time of 4:27.94, and fourth in the 1500 meters at 4:04.84.


On the roads, Jon Grey has the fifth fastest time to date in the half marathon with his debut time in the distance of 1:02:25; Andrew Carlson is sixth in the marathon with a debut time of 2:11:24; and Emily Brown is ranked ninth in the half marathon with her personal best performance of 1:12:44.


The lists for U.S. men and women were posted on the Track & Field News web site in August.


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 Run ( and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  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




Pat Goodwin