Strong Minnesotans Announced for Medtronic TC 1 Mile Professional Fields
USA Indoor Champ Leer and Breakthrough Steeplechaser Cheever Added
St. Paul, Minn. – May 2, 2013 – A strong contingent of professional runners with Minnesota ties has been added to the already potent field assembled for the Medtronic TC 1 Mile set for Thursday evening, May 9 in downtown Minneapolis.
Reigning USA Indoor mile and 3000-meter champion Will Leer, a Minnetonka native, and breakthrough steeplechaser Jamie Cheever, a Minneapolis native and University of Minnesota graduate who competes for Team USA Minnesota, will be part of the race that runs down Nicollet Mall.
The fleet pair joins defending Medtronic TC 1 Mile women’s champion Heather Kampf, Cheever’s Team USA Minnesota teammate and former Golden Gopher, and Winona native Garrett Heath, the newly crowned USA 1 Mile champion, Minnesotans who have already been announced in the race field.
Leer is fresh off running a 5000-meter personal best at the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. late last month. The 3:56.39 miler clocked 13:21.55 for the 3.1 mile event. Cheever recently redefined herself as a runner with a 9:29.13 clocking in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan, in Palo Alto, Calif., improving her personal best by a whopping 22 seconds, attaining a World Championships “A” qualifying mark, and becoming the 5th-fastest American women’s steeplechaser of all time.
Other Medtronic TC 1 Mile professionals with North Star State ties are Team USA Minnesota’s Jon Peterson, who represented the USA at the Edinburgh International cross country meet earlier this year, and Meghan Peyton, the sixth-place finisher in last year’s Medtronic TC 1 Mile. Former University of Minnesota star Elizabeth Yetzer, the fastest female high school miler in Minnesota history, rounds out the local favorites.
The Medtronic TC 1 Mile, organized by Twin Cities In Motion, features an evening of races for runners of all ages and abilities. Action kicks off at 6:53 p.m. and culminates with the professional races at 7:51 p.m. (women) and 8:03 p.m. (men). The Medtronic TC 1 Mile is the fifth stop on the inaugural Bring Back the Mile Tour that includes 14 events and one end-of-the-year gala held across the country and throughout the year.