Athlete Spotlight | Team USA Minnesota
July 18th, 2017
We are excited to announce that six Team USA Minnesota runners—Katy Moen, Kevin Lewis, Ryan Rutherford, Rob Molke, Jon Peterson, and Danny Docherty—will participate in the 2017 Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k presented by NOOMA this Wednesday, July 19th.
Team USA Minnesota is a Distance Training Center based in the Twin Cities whose goal is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. Founded in 2001, the team has now developed an Olympian and 24 national champions in distances ranging from the 1500 meters all the way up through the marathon. It has also achieved 75 top three finishes in U.S. Championships and placed 28 athletes on U.S. World teams. Additionally, the team has forged a strong presence in the Twin Cities community, and we are extremely excited to have them race with us at the 2017 Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k presented by NOOMA.
Katy Moen is a 2015 graduate of Iowa State University, where she was a two time All-American, a two time Big 12 Conference Champion, as well as the 2014 USATFCCCA Midwest Women’s Regional Athlete of the Year. In the fall of her senior year, she also helped lead the Cyclones to a runner-up team finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships as she finished 8th individually. More recently, Katy finished 9th at the 2016 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships in a time of 4:48. Katy joined Team USA Minnesota in July 2015 and has a current 5k personal best of 15:52.
Kevin Lewis also reigns from the great state of Iowa and was a 2015 graduate of the University of Iowa where he is the Hawkeye school record holder in the 5k and earned multiple All-Big Ten honors, in addition to qualifying for the NCAA Championships in 2015 in the 5000m. Since graduating with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kevin won the 2016 IMT Des Moines Half Marathon and recently finished 20th in the 10,000m at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California. Kevin joined Team USA Minnesota in January 2017 and has a 5k personal best of 13:43.
Ryan Rutherford graduated from Illinois State University in 2016 with a degree in English and Cinema Studies, in addition to bringing in multiple Missouri Valley Conference titles and All-Conference honors. Ryan also qualified for the 2016 NCAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 10,000m in Eugene, Oregon where he finished 22nd. Ryan joined Team USA Minnesota in January 2017 and has a 5k personal best of 13:49.
Rob Molke comes to Team USA Minnesota from Syracuse University where he led his cross country team to three conference titles, while finishing 8th individually in 2013. Rob was also 2nd in the 10,000m at the 2012 Big East Championships and qualified for the 10,000m at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, which is the qualifying meet for the NCAA DI Track & Field Championships. Post collegiately, Rob took to the roads and finished 9th at the famous Falmouth Road Race in 2014, as well as 18th at the 2015 USA Half Marathon Championships in 1:03:27 where he qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials. Rob joined Team USA Minnesota in December 2015 and has a 5k personal best of 14:00.
Jon Peterson is from Clovis, California, and is a 2012 graduate of the University of California at Davis where he was an All-American in cross country, qualifying for the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships twice and finishing as high as 14th in 2010. Post-collegiately, Jon has racked up numerous impressive races, placing 7th at the U.S. 1 Mile Road Championships in 2015, 5th at the U.S. 7 Mile Championships in 2014, 8th in the 5000m at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2014, and 5th at the 2012 USATF Club Cross Country Championships- which earned him a chance to represent the United States in International competition at the 2013 Edinburgh International Cross Country race in Scotland. Jon joined Team USA Minnesota in the summer of 2012 and has a 5k personal best of 13:33.
Danny Docherty is the lone Minnesota-native out of the Team USA Minnesota runners racing with us this year, as he graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in 2008 and later went on to become a 2013 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. Docherty is #2 all-time at Loyola in the 10,000m and also qualified for the 2012 NCAA DI West Track & Field Prelims. Danny joined Team USA Minnesota in March of 2015 and currently owns a 5k personal best of 14:15.
Good luck to Katy, Kevin, Ryan, Rob, Jon, Danny- and all the other athletes competing in this year’s race- and remember to #RunWithFire!
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