USATF Long Distance Running Notes

01-04-2006

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Jim Estes
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Big Sur Distance Project adds Brad Lowery to roster

USA Distance Center, The Big Sur Distance Project announced that former South Dakota State distance runner Brad Lowery has joined the post-collegiate distance training center based in Monterey Bay, Calif.

Lowery is a six-time NCAA Division II All-American and last spring won both the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races at the Drake Relays, running 3:47.48 and 14:00.24 respectively.

A native of Pierre, S.D., Lowery has been coached by former South Dakota State stand-out and 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials champion Rod DeHaven. It was DeHaven who encouraged him last fall to apply to The Big Sur Distance Project where he will now work with renowned coach Bob Sevene.

"Brad is a perfect fit for our program," said Sevene. "When he gets here he'll be surrounded by athletes who have basically the same commitment toward excellence. Maybe they're putting their lives on hold, but they're also finding out how good they can be. You just never know where that can take you."

Lowery's Big Sur Distance Project team-mates will include former Penn State University All-American James Carney and 2005 USA Women's 20 km Champion Blake Russell.

The Big Sur Distance Project is a USA Distance Center and under the USA Distance Project, is designed to provide post-collegiate runners the opportunity to develop into national and international caliber athletes.

The USA Distance Project is a partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events such as Silver Level Partner the Twin Cities Marathon.

For more information on the Big Sur Distance Project visit www.bigsurdistanceproject.com.

Eight-time All-American and Wake Forest School Record Holder Annie Bersagel Joins Team USA Minnesota

From Pat Goodwin

USA Distance Center, Team USA Minnesota has announced that Annie Bersagel has joined the post-collegiate distance training center based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Bersagel graduated from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in December 2005 where she was an eight time All-American - three times in cross country, two in indoor track, and three times in outdoor track. She is also the school record holder in the 3000 (9:20), 5000 (15:56) and 10,000 (33:02) meters.

At the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, Bersagel finished 17th individually; in 2002, she led her team to the University's best ever finish of 9th place at the NCAA Championships. In 2002, she led the cross country team to its first ever Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and Southwest Regional Championship.

In track and field, Bersagel earned her All-American status in the 10,000m in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and for indoor in the 5000m in 2003 and 2005. She was the conference champion in the indoor 5000m in 2005 and for the outdoor 10,000m in 2004 and 2005. The five-time Academic All-American, who majored in economics and political science, set her personal best of 33:02 in the 10,000 in the spring of 2005.

"Annie is a strong addition to Team USA Minnesota," said coach Dennis Barker. "She developed into one of the top collegian distance runners in the nation at Wake Forest and shows great promise for a post-collegiate career in distance running. She has begun training with our team here in the Twin Cities and will run at the USA Cross Country Championships in February in the 8k."

Team USA Minnesota is a USA Distance Center and under the USA Distance Project, is designed to provide post-collegiate runners the opportunity to develop into national and international caliber athletes.

The USA Distance Project is a partnership of the Long Distance Running Division of USA Track & Field and major U.S. events such as Silver Level Partner the Twin Cities Marathon.

For more information on Team USA Minnesota visit www.teamusaminnesota.org.

Long Distance Running Resources

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