Team USA Minnesota News

Antonio Vega to Compete in China Oct. 16 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships; Katie McGregor 3rd at USA Women's 10k Championship

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Oct. 11, 2010 - Team USA Minnesota's Antonio Vega has been named a member of the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Nanning, China, on Oct. 16.  He is one of three national champions on the five-man U.S. team that also includes a five-woman roster.

 

Vega is the 2010 USA Half Marathon champion and was the first to qualify for the U.S. squad with his title at January's championship in Houston.  He also continued to prove his fitness throughout the year by placing third at the USA 15k Championships in March, fourth at the USA 7 Mile Championships in July, and second at the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship in August.  He posted a personal best of 2:13:47 at the Boston Marathon last April.

 

In addition, based on his championship performances, Vega won the men's division of the 2010 USA Running Circuit.

 

The World Half Marathon Championships has a total prize purse of $245,000, with $30,000 going to the individual champions and $15,000 to the respective men's and women's team champions.  In 2009, the USA men's team's team finished fourth while the women's team was fifth.

 

USA Women's 10k Championship - Oct. 11

Katie McGregor was third in the USA Women's 10k Championship in Boston today with a time of 32:44.  The championship was held in conjunction with the Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women and featured a deep field of American women, including Meghan Armstrong who finished 14th in 34:44.

 

McGregor went to the front at the start of the race with a pack of seven runners going through the first mile in 5:08, the second mile in 10:21 and mile 3 at 15:40.  By the time the group got to mile 4, the lead pack was down to three runners with McGregor just off the back of two Americans and a Kenyan runner.  McGregor held on for fourth place overall and third in the USA Championship.

 

"They made a move but I didn't have that next little gear to go with them," said McGregor, who won the USA Women's 10 Mile Championship on Oct. 3.  "I fought to stay as close as I could to the lead pack and not let anyone get by me.  I can't complain about third place when I'm beat by a three-time Olympian (Jen Rhines in second) and an American recordholder (Molly Huddle in first).

 

"It was a great day.  I like coming to this event every year and each time you come with different expectations.  Now it's on to New York (the ING New York City Marathon, site of the USA Women's Marathon Championship on Nov. 7).  I like to race so this was good preparation.  I want to do well and be competitive at races but the ultimate goal this fall is the marathon."

 

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

952-924-1081

pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org

 

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