Team USA Minnesota News
Minneapolis/St. Paul - March 17, 2014 - Team USA Minnesota's Jon Grey was seventh in the men's field and Meghan Peyton finished eighth in the women's field at the USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 15. The championships were hosted by the Gate River Run and featured a deep American field of men and women along with over 20,000 participants.
Grey was making his debut in the 15k distance and posted 44:37. Peyton, who made her sixth appearance at the 15k in Jacksonville, ran a personal best of 50:44 (previous best was 51:18).
Grey got out with the lead pack which went through the first mile in 4:45 and settled in. "Most of us expected some people to go faster given the quality of the field but everyone was together for awhile," he said. "Once the pack did start to break up I stayed where I wanted to be and aimed for top ten in the race. I have had double labral tear surgery so this has been a rebuilding year for me. I'm doing lower mileage, no more than 70 miles a week, and I am definitely on a safe path back."
Next up for Grey will be outdoor track where he plans to compete in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters with the goal of racing at the USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento in late June.
Peyton, who previously had placed as high as sixth at the 15k Championships at Gate River, was pleased with her personal best in the distance and with the race. "I ran 34 seconds faster than I ever have in the 15k and placed eighth which says something about the depth of the field this year," she said. "This is always a fantastic event. There's not enough that can be said about how well organized and hospitable they are here. It is always a great race."
Peyton will turn her attention to outdoor track this spring, running the 5000 and 10,000 meters, and will compete in the USA 1 Mile Road Championships. Longer term, her tentative plans include a fall 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 sponsor is Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com). 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.
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