University Standout Rob Molke Joins
Team USA Minnesota
Minneapolis/St. Paul –
Jan. 5, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota has added Rob
Molke – a Syracuse University standout in
track and cross country who graduated in 2014 – to
its roster. Post collegiately he has run 1:03:27
in the half marathon which is a qualifying time for
the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials.
During his collegiate
career at Syracuse, he led the cross country team to
three conference titles, first place at the 2013 ACC
Cross Country Championships (while finishing eighth
individually) and a 10th place team finish at the 2013
NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On the track, he was
second in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 Big East
Championships and qualified for the 10,000 meter NCAA
Div. I East Preliminary Round. He ran a best of
28:57 in the 10,000m at the 2014 Stanford Invitational
and 14:00 in the 5000m indoors at the 2014 Iowa State
Classic. His other bests include 4:06 in the
mile, 8:05 in the 3000m, 23:58 for 5 miles, and 34:15
for 7 miles.
During his prep career in
New Jersey, he led his cross country team to two
consecutive NXN appearances with the team finishing
10th (2007) and sixth (2008). In track, at Don
Bosco Prep, he posted times of 4:12 in the 1600m and
9:10 in the 3200m. In 2010, he placed third in
the 10,000m at the USATF Junior Championships.
“Rob has the ability to
compete well in cross country and on the track and has
shown good potential in the longer road distances,”
said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker.
“I’m looking forward to working with him as he
furthers his career as a professional distance runner.
He’s a great fit for our team.”
Molke is from Westwood,
New Jersey, and has a B.S. in public relations and
marketing management from Syracuse. Since
graduation in 2014, in addition to his running, he was
a full-time media and public relations coordinator for
the New York Road Runners.
About Team USA
Team USA Minnesota is
based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Founded 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. Team
USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Twin Cities In
Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon
and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (www.pittsburghmarathon.com).
For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.