Aug. 21, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - All-American distance runner and two-time Colby E. "Babe" Slater award winner Jonathan Peterson has signed with professional running club Team USA Minnesota, it was announced by the club earlier this month.
Peterson joins 11 other professional runners whose competitive focus ranges from the 800 and 1,500-meter to the marathon. The group trains at the United States Distance Training Center, which is located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and is selected on the basis of a completed application, performance standards, previous accomplishments and competitive potential.
"Coming off of a successful collegiate career, I knew I wanted to pursue the next step and run professionally, but wanted to be sure I found a program that provided the right fit," said Peterson. "I was looking for a larger support system as well as more competition within my daily training routine, but wanted to venture outside of California to try something new. That's where Minnesota seemed to provide the proper support and edge."
The group is coached by Dennis Barker who has been with Team USA MN since its 2001 founding and has trained an Olympian as well as 18 U.S. national champions.
Peterson became UC Davis' first repeat solo winner of the Slater Award, presented to the university's most outstanding male athlete, after earning All-America accolades in cross country as a junior to aid his selection. He was the first NCAA Div. I All-American in program history.
On the track, Peterson set school records in the 5,000 and 10,000 while also winning a Big West title in the 1,500 and 5,000 for the Aggies during his senior season. He ranked among the top 15 NCAA West Region runners in all three events.
Peterson's first race with Team USA MN will be the USA 10 Mile Championships on Oct. 7 in Minneapolis.