Our
Athletes

The Minnesota Distance Elite training group - formerly Team USA Minnesota - has developed an Olympian in the 1500m, a NACAC women’s cross country champion, and 24 U.S. Champions including in the 1500, 3000 and 10,000m on the track; mile, 10k, 15k, 10 mile, half marathon, 20k, 25k and marathon on the road; and 4k, 6k, 8k and 10k cross country.

The team has placed 30 athletes on U.S. teams competing in World Championship events including cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and roads; and achieved 75 top three finishes in U.S. Championship events from 2001 through 2019.


Athletes use the facilities at a number of area tracks and have health club memberships through a sponsorship arrangement with Life Time Fitness.  The Twin Cities has an abundance of running trails in the metropolitan area, including a chain of lakes, river routes and numerous parks. Minneapolis/St. Paul is consistently ranked by Runner’s World and other fitness publications as one of the top 10 running locations in the country.

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Our Top
Performance List

Men

800 Meters​

Toby Henkels - 1:47.09 Victoria, Canada 6/11/2003

Ryan Kleimenhagen - 1:48.68 Naperville, IL 5/13/2005

Travis Burkstrand - 1:48.72 Eagle Rock, CA 5/18/2004

1500 Meters​

Matt Gabrielson - 3:41.80 Brasschaat, Belgium 7/23/2008

Travis Burkstrand - 3:42.01 San Marcos, TX 5/23/2014

Luke Watson - 3:42.43 Eugene, OR 6/19/2004

Ryan Kleimenhagen - 3:42.84 Hillsdale, MI 6/7/2008

Toby Henkels - 3:43.41 Palo Alto, CA 6/20/2004

Mile​

Eric Finan - 3:58.73 Concord, MA 6/5/2014

Ryan Kleimenhagen - 3:59.00 Boston, MA 1/28/2006

Colin Abert - 3:59.70 Boston, MA 1/25/2020

Travis Burkstrand - 4:00.01 St. Louis, MO 6/5/2014

Jon Peterson - 4:00.41 Letterkenny, Ireland 7/10/2015

3,000 Meters​

Luke Watson - 7:49.56 Boston, MA 1/31/2004

Eric Finan - 7:54.18 Oordegem, Belgium 7/5/2014

Matt Gabrielson - 7:54.22 Gresham, OR 6/5/2004

Jon Peterson - 7:55.36 Oordegem, Belgium 7/5/2014

Lyle Weese - 7:56.78 Palo Alto, CA 6/11/2006

3,000 Meter Steeplechase​

Lyle Weese - 8:35.75 Eugene, OR 6/8/2008

Luke Watson - 8:36.12 Indianapolis, IN 6/25/2006

5,000 Meters​

Biya Simbassa - 13:29.51 Portland, OR 6/12/2016

Matt Gabrielson - 13:30.68 Brasschaat, Belgium 7/21/2007

Andrew Carlson - 13:32.71 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 7/22/2006

Jon Peterson - 13:33.17 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium 7/18/2005

Josh Moen - 13:35.73 Walnut, CA 4/17/2009

8k

Andrew Carlson - 22:42 New York, NY 3/15/2008

Matt Gabrielson - 23:08 New York, NY 3/26/2005

Jason Lehmkuhle - 23:16 New York, NY 3/27/2004

Josh Moen - 23:21 Carmel, IN 6/11/2011

Luke Watson - 23:24 New York, NY 3/27/2004

10,000 Meters

Patrick Smyth - 28:25.85 Palo Alto, CA 3/28/2009

Josh Moen - 28:26.26 Berkeley, CA 4/24/2009

Jon Grey - 28:26.44 Palo Alto, CA 4/29/2012

Jason Lehmkuhle - 28:26.95 Palo Alto, CA 4/30/2004

Kevin Lewis – 28:32.06 Portland, OR 6/9/2018

15k 

Antonio Vega - 43:56 Jacksonville, FL 3/13/2010

Jason Lehmkuhle - 44:00 Jacksonville, FL 3/13/2010

Andrew Carlson - 44:12 Jacksonville, FL 3/8/2008

Josh Moen - 44:16 Jacksonville, FL 3/12/2011

Matt Gabrielson - 44:36 Jacksonville, FL 3/14/2009

10 Mile 

Josh Moen - 46:38 St. Paul, MN 10/4/2009

Patrick Smyth - 47:09 St. Paul, MN 10/4/2009

Jason Lehmkuhle - 47:16 St. Paul, MN 10/4/2009

Jon Grey - 47:38 Pittsburgh, PA 11/3/2013

Antonio Vega - 47:43 Flint, MI 8/28/2010

20k 

Jason Lehmkuhle - 59:04 New Haven, CT 9/7/2009

Andrew Carlson - 59:47 New Haven, CT 9/7/2009

Patrick Smyth - 59:54 New Haven, CT 9/6/2010

Chris Lundstrom – 1:01:43 New Haven, CT 9/4/2006

Matt Gabrielson – 1:01:46 Des Moines, IA 6/2/2012

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1/2 Marathon

Antonio Vega - 1:01:54 Houston, TX 1/17/2010

Patrick Smyth - 1:02:01 Houston, TX 1/17/2010

Andrew Carlson - 1:02:21 Houston, TX 1/18/2009

Jon Grey - 1:02:25 Houston, TX 1/15/2012

Jason Lehmkuhle - 1:02:32 Houston, TX 1/13/2008

25k

Josh Moen - 1:16:09 Grand Rapids, MI 5/14/2011

Andrew Carlson - 1:16:21 Grand Rapids, MI 5/11/2013

Antonio Vega - 1:16:29 Grand Rapids, MI 5/9/2009

Matt Gabrielson - 1:16:42 Grand Rapids, MI 5/9/2009

Jason Lehmkuhle - 1:16:48 Grand Rapids, MI 5/9/2009

Marathon

Andrew Carlson - 2:11:24 Houston, TX 1/14/2012

Jason Lehmkuhle - 2:12:24 Boston, MA 4/19/2010

Matt Gabrielson - 2:13:28 Duluth, MN 6/18/2011

Tyler Jermann – 2:13:29 Houston, TX 1/20/2019

Antonio Vega - 2:13:47 Boston, MA 4/19/2010

Women

800 Meters​

Heather Kampf - 2:00.04 Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 7/16/2013

Gabriele Grunewald - 2:01.23 Bellinzona, Switzerland 7/21/2015

Jenelle Deatherage - 2:02.96 Nuoro, Italy 7/13/2005

1500 Meters​

Gabriele Grunewald - 4:01.48 Monaco, Monaco 7/19/2013

Heather Kampf - 4:04.46 Greenville, SC 6/4/2016

Carrie Tollefson - 4:06.13 Zurich, Switzerland 8/6/2004

Jenelle Deatherage - 4:07.87 Carson, CA 5/22/2004

Mile​ (Track)

Heather Kampf - 4:27.23 Raleigh, NC 8/5/2016

Gabriele Grunewald - 4:27.94 Falmouth, MA 8/11/2012

Carrie Tollefson - 4:27.96 Falmouth, MA 8/12/2006

Jenelle Deatherage - 4:31.58 Falmouth, MA 8/10/2002

3,000 Meters​

Gabriele Grunewald - 8:42.64 London, Great Britain 7/26/2013

Carrie Tollefson - 8:44.63 London, Great Britain 7/28/2006

Heather Kampf - 8:51.27 New York, NY 2/4/2017

Jenelle Deatherage - 8:57.36 Sheffield, Great Britain 7/15/2007

Katie McGregor - 8:59.64 Boston, MA 3/2/2003

3,000 Meter Steeplechase​

Jamie Cheever - 9:29.13 Palo Alto, CA 4/28/2013

Emily Brown - 9:45.38 Des Moines, IA 4/26/2008

Breanna Sieracki – 9:59.33 Des Moines, IA 4/25/2019

5,000 Meters​

Carrie Tollefson - 15:04.07 Palo Alto, CA 4/30/2004

Gabriele Grunewald - 15:19.01 Palo Alto, CA 4/3/2013

Emily Brown - 15:19.57 Palo Alto, CA 5/4/2008

Katie McGregor - 15:22.60 Naimette-Xhovémont, Belgium 7/19/2006

Megan Hogan - 15:29.12 Walnut, CA 4/15/2011

8k

Katie McGregor - 25:56 Akron, OH 9/27/2008

Katy Jermann - 26:28 New York, NY 6/8/2019

Carrie Tollefson - 26:31 New York, NY 3/26/2005

Meghan Peyton – 26:42 Chicago, IL 4/2/2017

Sara Wells – 26:57 St. Paul, MN 3/21/2004

10,000 Meters

Katie McGregor - 31:21.20 Helsinki, Finland 8/6/2005

Megan Hogan - 32:34.95 Palo Alto, CA 3/26/2010

Katy Jermann - 32:43 Minneapolis, MN 4/27/2019

Meghan Peyton - 32:47.37 Palo Alto, CA 5/4/2014

Carrie Tollefson - 32:58 Mobile, AL 11/8/2003

15k 

Katie McGregor - 49:51 Jacksonville, FL 3/13/2010

Megan Hogan - 49:57 Jacksonville, FL 3/12/2011

Emily Brown - 50:06 Jacksonville, FL 3/14/2009

Sara Wells - 50:07 Jacksonville, FL 3/15/2003

Meghan Peyton - 50:42 Jacksonville, FL 3/15/2014

10 Mile 

Katy Jermann - 53:44 St. Paul, MN 10/6/2019

Katie McGregor - 53:51 St. Paul, MN 10/1/2006

Annie Frisbie - 54:00 St. Paul, MN 10/6/2019

Meghan Peyton - 54:42 Washington, DC 4/6/2014

Ladia Albertson-Junkans - 55:32 Washington, DC 4/7/2013

20k 

Katie McGregor - 1:07:53 New Haven, CT 9/1/2003

Katy Jermann - 1:08:39 New Haven, CT 9/2/2019

Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle - 1:09:06 New Haven, CT 9/7/2009

Dana Coons - 1:09:13 New Haven, CT 9/6/2004 

Sara Wells - 1:09:34 New Haven, CT 9/1/2003

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1/2 Marathon

Katy Jermann - 1:09:35 Houston, TX 1/19/2020

Katie McGregor - 1:11:45 Las Vegas, NV 12/4/2011

Dakotah Lindwurm - 1:12:37 Houston, TX 1/19/2020

Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle - 1:12:41 Houston, TX 1/18/2009

Emily Brown - 1:12:44 Duluth, MN 6/16/2012

25k

Katie McGregor - 1:25:53 Grand Rapids, MI 5/12/2007

Dakotah Lindwurm - 1:28:01 Grand Rapids, MI 5/11/2019

Katy Jermann - 1:29:59 Grand Rapids, MI 2018

Emily Brown - 1:31:55 Grand Rapids, MI 5/14/2011

 

Marathon

​Katie McGregor - 2:31:01 New York, NY 11/7/2010

Katy Jermann - 2:31:55 New York, NY 11/3/2019

Sara Wells - 2:33:15 St. Louis, MO 4/3/2004

Dakotah Lindwurm - 2:32:49 St. Paul, MN 10/6/2019

Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle - 2:35:06 St. Paul, MN 10/4/2009

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