Team USA Minnesota News

Katie McGregor, Meghan Armstrong to Compete at USA Women's 10k Championship in Boston Oct. 11; Antonio Vega Wins 2010 USA Running Circuit

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 6, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor and Meghan Armstrong will compete at the USA Women's 10k Championship in Boston on Oct. 11.  The championship is being held in conjunction with the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women, which is the largest women-only 10k in the nation.  The Columbus Day race starts at noon (Eastern time) and features over 6,000 participants.

 

Both McGregor and Armstrong were at the 10k Championship in 2009, with McGregor a frequent competitor at the event as well as a two-time champion at Tufts.  She has a best in the 10,000 meters of 31:21 and on the roads she has run 32:17.  Most recently she won the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship at Twin Cities on Oct. 3, adding to her 2010 accomplishments of winning the USA 15k and 25k Championships as well.  McGregor is a seven-time national champion.

 

Armstrong will be making her third appearance at the USA Women's 10k Championship.  So far this fall she has placed fourth at the USA 5k Championships held on Sept. 19 and fourth at the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship on Oct. 3.  Armstrong has a personal best in the 10,000 meters of 33:21.

 

2010 USA Running Circuit

Antonio Vega has won the men's division of the 2010 USA Running Circuit, with the final men's circuit race held Oct. 3 at Twin Cities which was the site of the USA Men's Marathon Championship.  He received his award and a $6,000 prize check at the finish line of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday.

 

Although Vega did not run in the marathon championship, he did compete in four of this year's circuit races.  He won the USA Half Marathon Championship last January, was second at the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship in August, placed third at the USA 15k Championship in March, and finished fourth at the USA 7 Mile Championship held in July.

 

"Winning the USARC championship is an honor and an accomplishment that I am very proud of," said Vega in a release.  "It really has given me the confidence to continue to keep developing as a runner and going after some more championships."

 

Next up for the Team USA Minnesota runner will be the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, on Oct. 16.  He will then compete at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 7.

 

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 (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.mtcmarathon.org).  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 www.teamusaminnesota.org.

 

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Pat Goodwin

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pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org

 

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