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Standout Runners Kevin Lewis of Iowa, Ryan Rutherford of Illinois State Join Team USA Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 5, 2017 – Team USA Minnesota has added two standout distance runners to its team – Kevin Lewis, a University of Iowa graduate, and Ryan Rutherford, whose collegiate career was at Illinois State University.  Both athletes competed in the 1500 meters up through the 10,000 meters and ran cross country as well.

“We are excited to have Kevin and Ryan join us,” said Chris Lundstrom, coach of Team USA Minnesota.  “Both have demonstrated remarkable potential as well as extraordinary commitment and work ethic.  They both were 5k/10k specialists in college, so they should complement each other well as training partners.  I look forward to working with them over the next few years and am excited to see where their talent and hard work will take them.”

Lewis is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, where he ran cross country and track at Ottumwa High.  During his senior year, he won the 2010 Iowa Class 4A state cross country meet and the 2011 Class 4A 1600m and 3200m titles.  He was also a seven time conference champion, was named the 2011 Iowa Gatorade Male Track Athlete of the Year, and at the Drake Relays in 2011, set an event meet record of 9:05.58 in the 3200m.

At the University of Iowa, the All-American set the Hawkeye school record in the 5000m of 13:43.70 and posted Big Ten Championship performances in the 5000m and in cross country.  He also competed in the 2015 NCAA Championships in the 5000m.  Since graduation in 2015, with a degree in electrical and computer engineering, Lewis has tested out the roads and won the 2016 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon.

Rutherford is a graduate of University High School in his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois.  As a prep, he was a conference, regional and sectional cross country champion, set the cross country school record and led his team to third place in the Class 2A Illinois State Meet his senior year.  In track, he set a school record time of 9:16 in the 3200m and of 4:21 in the 1600m.

At Illinois State University, he was a Missouri Valley Conference indoor champion in the 5000m and an outdoor champion in the 10,000m his senior year.  He went on to run in the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m and concluded his collegiate career with four Illinois State track and field and cross country records.  He has a best of 13:49 in the 5000m and 28:41 in the 10,000m.  Rutherford has a degree in English and cinema studies, graduating in 2016.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.