Team USA Minnesota News
Gabriele Grunewald Wins 3000m at USA Indoor Championships and Is Named to U.S. Team for World Indoor in Poland; Heather Kampf Is 3rd in 1500m at USA Indoor
Minneapolis/St. Paul - Feb. 25, 2014 - Team USA Minnesota's Gabriele Grunewald won the women's 3000-meter race and Heather Kampf placed third in the women's 1500 meters at the USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque Feb. 22-23. As a result of her first place finish, Grunewald has been named to the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships that will be held in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.
Two athletes from each event were selected for Worlds based on finishing place and whether they had the IAAF standard for the distance, which Grunewald had before competing at USA Indoor, an event that was held at altitude. Grunewald's time was 9:23.15 in the 3000m. Although Grunewald was initially disqualified for an unintended minor contact with another athlete during the race, USA Track & Field reversed its decision two days after the event and reinstated her as the winner.
"Let me say how humbled I am by the support I received from administrators in the sport, the media and especially my fellow athletes," said Grunewald regarding the DQ and reinstatement. "I am relieved that I can now turn my focus to the task that lies ahead in Sopot. For the first time I get to represent the United States at a major championships and I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity."
Kampf's time in the 1500 meters was 4:13.04. She led the race through 1100m, clicking off sub-35-second laps, and said her objective was to ensure a fast pace. Although she was passed by the eventual winner and the second place finisher and found herself in fifth place, she regrouped at the bell lap to take third. Her finishing place was just one spot out of being named to the U.S. team for Worlds.
Also competing at the USA Indoor Championships was Travis Burkstrand, who was running in his first national championship since graduating and becoming a professional distance runner with Team USA Minnesota last fall. Burkstrand competed in the men's 1500 meter race and finished in 11th place with a time of 3:50.20.
All three athletes are graduates of the University of Minnesota where they competed collegiately. With Grunewald's win, Team USA Minnesota runners have now achieved 21 National Championships - on the track, roads and in cross country at distances ranging from the 1500 meters up through the marathon.
About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Founded 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. Team USA Minnesota's major sponsors are Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com) and the New York Road Runners (www.nyrr.org). Its silver sponsors are Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org) and the Houston Marathon Foundation (www.houstonmarathonfoundation.com). For more information, visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.
Contact: Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876, firstname.lastname@example.org