Team USA Minnesota News

Meghan Peyton to Run at Payton Jordan Invite May 5; Rob Molke, Jon Peterson at Pittsburgh Half May 7; Jamie Cheever to Compete at Bloomsday 12k May 7

Minneapolis/St. Paul - May 3, 2017 - Four Team USA Minnesota distance runners will compete this weekend, with Meghan Peyton at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5; Rob Molke and Jon Peterson running the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon on May 7; and Jamie Cheever at the Lilac Bloomsday 12k on May 7.


At the Payton Jordan meet, held at Stanford in Palo Alto, California, Peyton will run in the women's 10,000 meter race on Friday evening.  She has a best of 32:47.37 in the distance and will be looking to run a qualifying mark in the event for the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held in late June in Sacramento.

In Pittsburgh, the half marathon will start at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Molke, who has a best in the half of 1:03:27 is the returning top American in the field of competitors.  Peterson has a time of 1:04:26 in the distance.  This is the ninth year for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, which features American Development Program bonuses and will be the site of the USATF Half Marathon Championships in both 2018 and 2019.

Cheever will travel to Spokane for the 41st running of the Bloomsday 12k, which attracts some 50,000 participants.  The race starts at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.  Cheever's specialty is the steeplechase - she has posted an early season mark of 9:53 in the event and has a 9:29 best in the steeple - and she will run that event again later in May.

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 and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,