Recent Golden Gopher grads will continue their post-collegiate careers close to home.
Two recent University of Minnesota standouts – Gabriele Anderson and Chris Rombough – are joining Team USA Minnesota this summer now that their collegiate careers in track and cross country have concluded. Anderson received her degree in English and political science in 2009 and is currently working on her master’s degree in public policy at the University. Rombough graduated this spring with a degree in coaching and communication studies.
Anderson finished her Golden Gopher running career in a flourish this spring with second-place finishes in the 800 and 1,500 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, second place in the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and seventh in the 1500 at the USA Outdoor Championships last weekend. She also set a personal best of 4:13.45 during the season. In addition, she was a member of the University’s 4 x 800 and 4 x 1,600-meter championship relay teams at the 2010 Drake Relays. In cross country, she competed in two NCAA Cross Country Championships.
While he was at Minnesota, Rombough was a six-time All-American, including three times in cross country and three times in track. He was the 2006 Big Ten Cross Country champion, the 2008 Big Ten Outdoor 10,000-meter champion, and placed second in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the 2010 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. He also competed at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000. Rombough has bests of 3:44.49 in the 1,500, 7:54.57 in the 3,000, 13:48.80 in the 5,000 and 29:10.67 in the 10,000.
“It’s great to be able to support Gabriele and Chris in continuing their running careers,” said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker. “They both have progressed well at the University of Minnesota and have what it takes to make it to the next level. We have such a fantastic running community here and it’s fun for us to watch area runners develop through high school and college and continue on into the professional ranks. It says a lot about the quality of our high school distance coaches, the quality of the University of Minnesota programs and the support of our running community to have these two athletes join our team.”
Anderson is from Perham, Minn., and a graduate of Perham High School where she was a four-time all-state performer in cross country and the 2004 state champion in the 800 meters. Rombough grew up in Fremont, Wis., and graduated from New London High School. As a prep, he was a two-time state track champion — winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 as a senior — and was a two-time Wisconsin Division I state cross country champion, placing fifth in the 2004 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals.
About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Formed 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, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Life Time Fitness (www.lifetimefitness.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.mtcmarathon.org). It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project along with a grant from Running USA. For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.
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