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Breanna Sieracki, Tyler Jermann, Danny Docherty Join the Team USA Minnesota Training Group

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Aug. 22, 2017 - Team USA Minnesota has added three distance runners to its training group, including Breanna Sieracki, a University of Minnesota-Duluth graduate, Tyler Jermann, of Iowa State University, and Danny Docherty, whose collegiate running career was at Loyola University in Chicago.  Sieracki, formerly Colbenson, is a mid-distance runner focusing on the steeplechase; Jermann competes in the 10 mile up through the marathon; and Docherty runs the mile up through the half marathon.

 

"Each of these athletes brings something special and unique to Team USA Minnesota," said coach Chris Lundstrom.  "Breanna has improved dramatically over the last year and has untapped potential not only in the steeplechase, but in a wide range of distances.

"Tyler has shown huge improvements since graduating from college and we are excited to see what he can accomplish in the 10 mile to marathon distances over the next few years.  Danny is a guy who has shown really good range and has a lot of potential both on the track and in the longer distances on the roads."

Sieracki, nee Colbenson, is a native of Spring Valley, Wisconsin, where as a prep at Spring Valley High School she won state championships in the 1600m and 3200m and made 14 WIAA State appearances in cross country and track & field.  At UMD, she was an eight-time All American, a three-time NCAA DII National Champion Runner-Up, and was named UMD's Outstanding Female Senior Athlete and Top Female Scholar Athlete for 2016-17.  

With a major in physical education and currently student teaching, Sieracki graduated last spring with bests of 9:34 in the 3000m, 9:56 in the steeplechase which qualified her for the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships, and 16:10 in the 5000m.

Long distance runner Jermann grew up in the Chicago suburb of Naperville where he ran cross country and track at Naperville Central High School.  He competed collegiately at Iowa State and graduated in 2015 with degrees in mathematics and finance.  Since graduation, in addition to this work as a mathematics consultant and programmer, he trained two years at altitude in Flagstaff and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

To date he has run seven marathons, including finishing third and then fourth at the 2016 and 2017 Pittsburgh Marathons respectively, with a best in the distance of 2:16.  Last spring, he won the USATF 50k Championships with a time of 2:48.

Docherty is from St. Paul and was a prep at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, where he was a six-time Minnesota State Meet qualifier in the 3200m, 1600m and cross country and had the distinction of being a dual-sport fall conference champion in cross country and soccer in 2007.  At Loyola, he qualified for the 10,000m in the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round, and has top five finishes in the Horizon League in the 1500m, mile and 5000m.

He has undergraduate degrees in English and psychology, has been coaching youth and high school runners, and is now pursuing a master's of education degree in sports and exercise science at the University of Minnesota.  On the roads this past spring, he set personal bests in the 15k, 10 mile and half 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 group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota's gold sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation, the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, and Twin Cities Orthopedics.  For more information, visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876, pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org

 

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