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Armstrong Peyton went to high school in Tualatin, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, where she was a six-time State champion in the 1500m and 3000m. She also competed in track and cross country at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Armstrong was a four-time All American and was the 2008 Big Ten Champion in both the indoor 3000 meters and the outdoor 10,000 meters. She also holds the Iowa school record in the 1500 meters (4:17.41) and was a two-time All American in the mile with a best of 4:40.59. Additional collegiate achievements include a best of 33:28.00 in the 10,000 meters and a sixth place finish in the 10,000 at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
After graduating in the spring of 2008, Meghan was selected to be a member of the NACAC Track & Field Under-23 Team, which competed in Mexico. At NACAC, she finished first in the 10,000. She joined Team USA Minnesota in September 2008. In 2009, Meghan competed at the USA Half Marathon Championships, the USA Cross Country Championships, and the USA 15K Championships. Her outdoor track season included personal bests of 15:41.09 in the 5,000m and 33:26.75 in the 10,000.
At the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships, Meghan finished 11th with a personal best of 1:13:56. She also won the ING Miami Half Marathon. She also placed 4th in the USA 5K and 10 Mile Championships and was a member of the Chiba Ekiden team. In 2011, Armstrong Peyton, 25, was 5th in the USA 15K Championships.
“I want to extend a most heart-felt thank you to the RRCA,” Armstrong Peyton said. “To know that there are people and groups like the RRCA out there to support me and other athletes like myself is truly amazing. This grant will help me to continue to strive to reach my dream of being one of our nation’s best athletes. This support will also allow me to give back to the running community by being my best every time I toe the line, which will in turn, I hope, allow our entire sport to advance…helping us all become stronger and faster.”