USA Minnesota Runners Head to Eugene for
2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials
Minneapolis/St. Paul –
June 21, 2012 – Team USA Minnesota runners Katie
McGregor, Heather Kampf, Jamie Cheever and Gabriele
Anderson will compete at the 2012 U.S.
Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon, in
events that include the 10,000 meters, the 800 meters,
the steeplechase and the 1500 meters.
The top three finishers in
each event at the Trials will be selected for the U.S.
Olympic team that will compete in London provided each
finisher has an Olympic “A” qualifying mark in the
event. Athletes can secure this mark either
prior to the Trials or during the competition in
Eugene. All four Team USA Minnesota athletes
need to secure the Olympic “A” mark as well as
place in the top three of their races.
The running events at the
Trials begin Friday, June 22, at the University of
Oregon’s Hayward Field and conclude on Sunday, July
1. There is a two-day break in the schedule on
June 26 and 27. NBC and the NBC Sports Network
will feature 12 hours of live coverage over the eight
days of competition (viewing information can be found
Results will be available on the USA Track & Field
web site at www.usatf.org.
McGregor qualified for the
Trials in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:37.83.
The final of this event will be held June 22 at 7:20
p.m. (Pacific time). In both 2004 and 2008 at
the U.S. Olympic Track Trials, she finished in fourth
place in the women’s 10,000. Earlier this
year, McGregor competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon
Trials in Houston and finished 11th.
Kampf will compete in the
800 meters beginning with the preliminary round on
June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific), followed by the 800m
semifinals on June 23 at 4:30p.m. The final of
the women’s 800 meters is set for June 25 at 6:50
p.m. Kampf qualified for the event with a time
In the women’s
steeplechase, Cheever will compete in the qualifying
event on June 25 at 4:50 p.m. (Pacific). The
steeplechase final will be held on June 29 at 4:45
p.m. Cheever posted 9:52.15 in the steeple in
May to achieve a spot in the competition.
In the second half of the
Trials, Anderson will begin her quest in the 1500
meters at the semifinal race, which is scheduled for
June 29 at 3:45 p.m. (Pacific). The final of the
women’s 1500 meters will be held on the last day of
the Trials, July 1, at 4:23 p.m. Anderson’s
best in the 1500 is 4:06.46.
About Team USA
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 Run (www.lifetimerun.com)
and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org).
It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and
the USA Distance Project. For more information, visit
the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.