Team USA Minnesota News

Matt Gabrielson, Kristen Nicolini, Chris Rombough, Heather Dorniden to Participate in Team USA Minnesota Panel at Twin Cities Expo Oct. 1; Weekend Results

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Sept. 30, 2010 - Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A on Friday, Oct. 1, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. at the Health & Fitness Expo in the Saint Paul RiverCentre.  The Expo is part of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend of events and is the site of runner packet pick-up.


The athletes - Matt Gabrielson, Kristen Nicolini, Chris Rombough and Heather Dorniden - will discuss and answer questions on a wide range of topics including training, race strategy, goal setting, mental focus, injuries and post-race recovery.  Their profiles are as follows:


* Matt Gabrielson.  Gabrielson has been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001.  During that time, he has been a three-time member of the U.S. World Cross Country team, a member of the 2009 U.S. World Outdoor team in the marathon, finished second at the 2008 USA Men's Marathon Championship at Twin Cities, and placed eighth in the 5000 meters at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.  He is also a two-time winner of the TC 5k and won the TC 10 Mile in 2006.


* Kristen Nicolini.  Nicolini has also been with Team USA Minnesota since 2001.  Last year she finished third in the USA Women's Marathon Championship at Twin Cities with a debut time of 2:35:06.  In addition, she was a member of the 2008 U.S. World Half Marathon team, and in 2009 finished in the top 10 at the USA 20k, 10 Mile and Half Marathon Championships.  Nicolini is a three-time winner of the TC 5k and won the TC 10 Mile in 2007.


* Chris Rombough.  Rombough joined Team USA Minnesota this summer after graduating from the University of Minnesota, where he was a six-time All American in cross country and track.  He ran the TC 10 Mile in 2009 while still in college in a time of 48:41 to place 10th.  He plans to run the TC 10 Mile again on Oct. 3.


* Heather Dorniden.  Dorniden joined Team USA Minnesota last December from the University of Minnesota where she was a nine-time All American.  As a professional runner, she finished third in the 800 meters at the USA Indoor Championships last February, was sixth in the USA Road Mile Championships in Minneapolis in May, placed third at Grandma's Minnesota Mile on Sept. 12, and most recently set a personal best in the mile of 4:30.95 at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City on Sept. 26.


Weekend Results - Sept. 25-26

Antonio Vega finished ninth at the Cow Harbor 10k in Long Island with a time of 30:53.7 on Sept. 25.  At the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City on Sept. 26, Heather Dorniden was 12th in a personal best time of 4:30.95 (previous best was 4:38.8) and Gabriele Anderson was 13th with a personal best of 4:31.05 (previous was 4:40.7).


The results initially had Anderson in 12th and Dorniden in 13th and have since been corrected.  An article about Anderson's participation in the 30th anniversary of the Fifth Avenue Mile was posted by Universal Sports at


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 Fitness ( and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA.  For more information, visit the team's web site at




Pat Goodwin