Meet the USATF Minnesota Board

 JoeAnn Jackson Matthews
USATF Minnesota Women's Track & Field Chair

Hello, my name is JoeAnn Jackson Matthews. I am from Waterloo Iowa.  
After High School I attended the University of Northern Iowa where I ran track.
I moved to Minneapolis in 1986.  
I also started my track and field coaching career in 1986 at Hospitality House which is a Boys & Girls Club and I continue to coach young athletes from the ages of 6 to 18 to this day.
Track and field is my passion which is why I am still competing at the YOUNG age of 50+. I'm looking forward to competing in the Senior Games held in Birmingham Alabama this June. 
I am a 2009 and 2015 Womens Master Track and Field Athlete of the Year recipient.
I am also ranked in the top 20 of women athletes in my age group.
Lastly, I am a Certified USATF Official and have worked numerous high school and collegiate meets.

 Patrick Parish
Vice President of USATF Minnesota, 2015-present
VicePresident@minnesota.usatf.org  
 
I love to race. I hate politics. When numerous reports of corrupt governing bodies and cheating athletes started to adversely affect my enjoyment of the sport, I decided it was time to get involved. My intent is to do whatever I can to promote fair, fun competition and limit the damage caused by unscrupulous parties. So far, I've found USATF Minnesota to be refreshingly focused on the always-important, sometimes-tedious work of supporting local events and providing opportunities for athletes, coaches, and officials. It reminds me why I love this sport and this community.
 
Athletic background:
7-time USA National Champion (triathlon 2x, duathlon 5x) 2010-2016
2010 USATF Minnesota Cross Country Runner of the Year
Ran NCAA track and cross country for Duke University

 Katie McGregor
USATF Minnesota Role: Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair
Hometown: Willoughby, OH
College: University of Michigan (3-time NCAA Champion)
Professional Career: 7-time US National Champion, 11-time US World Championships team member, 2010 USATF Women's Long Distance Runner of the Year
 
I moved to Minnesota in 2001 to join Team USA Minnesota. Sixteen years later, I am still here. I spent most of my life chasing my dreams in running and now I enjoy giving back to our incredible sport in any way possible. Now, more than ever, we need more people to volunteer and be a part of a shared experience. If you have the time to volunteer at a local running event, please consider reaching out to the organizers. I hope to see you on the roads soon!

 Jeremy Kieser
Hometown:  Verona, WI
University Attended:  UW-Eau Claire
Graduation Year:  2013
Highlights:  
-2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country 8 km National Championships (24:49.60) 15th Place – All-American 
-2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track 3 km Steeplechase National Championships (9:02.01) 5th Place – All-American
-2014 Lifetime Fitness Torchlight 5k (14:46) 1st Place
Favorite Workout:  8 x 1K repeats on a grass loop 
Current Outlook:  Slight injury with a chance of future glory
USATF Minnesota Role(s):  Secretary, Cross Country Chair
 
   Meghan Peyton
Hi USATF Minnesota Association member! I would like to introduce myself and let you know a little more about what I do as part of the USATF Minnesota board. I represent the board in two capacities: as Men's Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair and also as Athlete Liaison. The purpose of this position is to ensure a working relationship between you, the member, and the Board of Directors.  If at any time you have any questions, concerns or other comments please feel free to reach out to me. You may reach me by email at mensldr@minnesota.usatf.org. 
 
I bring to the board a lot of experience and expertise in the running world. I began running in 7th grade, but it wasn't until I entered high school at Tualatin High School in Oregon that I really fell in love with running. I ended my high school career as a 6 time State Champion in the 1500m and 3000m distances as well as earning Gatorade Athlete of the Year my Senior year. After graduating I accepted a scholarship to compete at the University of Iowa and the Big 10 Conference. During my years at the University of Iowa I developed more than I could imagine as a runner while also earning my Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Physiology. At Iowa I earned 4 NCAA Div. 1 All-American certificates as well as the Big Ten Medal of Honor which is awarded to one student athlete from each of the Big 10 Member institutions for excellence in Athletics and Academics. These successes and hard work lead me to join Team USA Minnesota in 2008 where I have continued to pursue a career in running with the goal of representing the United States at World and Olympic competitions. One of the highlights so far of my career with Team USA Minnesota was winning the 2013 USA National 20K Championships in New Haven, CT. I have also had the pleasure of representing Team USA on 4 international teams and hope to continue to compete at this high level in the future. 
 
In addition to running I also enjoy coaching. I am the Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Assistant Track Coach at Augsburg College. Coaching is my way of giving back to our great running community and I hope to help the athletes that I coach develop into outstanding people as well as help them fulfill their athletic dreams. That is what makes coaching so special to me, the great people that I meet along the way. 
 
That's a little about me. Again, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions that have and happy holidays!