Team USA Minnesota News

St. Thomas Standout and 2011 NCAA DIII Cross Country Champion Ben Sathre Joins Team USA Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul - April 22, 2013 - Team USA Minnesota has added Ben Sathre - a six-time All American in track and cross country from the University of St. Thomas - to its roster of distance runners.  Sathre won the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship in 2011 and was the runner-up in the event in 2010.


Sathre grew up in the Twin Cities and is a 2008 graduate of Chaska High School where he started competing in cross country and track in his junior year along with being on the school's Nordic ski team.  During his collegiate career, in addition to his accomplishments at the DIII Cross Country Championships, in his senior year he won the MIAC Cross Country Championship and the NCAA DIII Regional Cross Country Championship.

He was also named a scholar athlete at St. Thomas and was a mention on the 2012 Bowerman Watch List of outstanding distance runners.  Sathre completed his collegiate career last spring and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Entrepreneurship. 

"Ben has the ability and drive necessary to be a successful professional distance runner," said Dennis Barker, Team USA Minnesota coach.  "He is a good addition to the team and I look forward to working with him."

Sathre won the City of Lakes 25k in Minneapolis last September and then competed in the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville in March.  He was second at the Irish Run 8k in St. Paul with a time of 23:35 on March 24 and followed that up with a personal best in the distance of 23:19 on April 7 at the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago, where he finished fifth.

His upcoming races include the Bloomsday 7.46 Mile race in Spokane on May 5, the USA 25k Championships in Grand Rapids on May 11, and the USA Half Marathon Championships in Duluth on June 22.

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


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,