Katy and Tyler Jermann, husband and wife athletes with Team USA Minnesota in Minneapolis, have signed agency contracts with Elite Runner Management, the Michigan based sports agency headed by Chris Mengel.
"Through hard work, disciplined training and perseverance, Katy and Tyler are quickly rising to the top of the American running scene. Under the guidance of their outstanding coach, Chris Lundstrom, they have helped make Team USA Minnesota one of the premier training programs in the United States once again. I am privileged to be their manager as their pro careers continue toward the Olympic Trials in 2020 and beyond," said Mengel.
A three-time All-American and Midwest Regional Track Athlete of the Year out of Iowa State University, Katy (Moen) Jermann's professional progression in 2018 and 2019 has been stunning. In 2018 alone she achieved top-10 finishes over several distances including the USA 10 Mile Championship (8th), USA 25K Championship (6th), the USA Club XC Championship (10th), and at the Garry Bjorkland (Grandma's) Half Marathon where she finished 6th. In January of this year, Katy ran negative splits in her marathon debut at the Chevron Houston Marathon, finishing in 2:33:41. She then placed 8th at the USA 15K Championships in Jacksonville in March. In April, she ran 54:03 to finish 12th at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, DC, then finished second at the Road Runners Club of America National 10K Championships in Minneapolis in a personal best time of 32:44. Earlier this month Katy set yet another personal best when she finished 5th at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh in a time of 1:12:11.
Tyler Jermann, also a 2015 graduate of Iowa State, is a true long distance specialist. Only 26, he already has raced in 12 marathons. He has finishes of 10th at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota twice (2016, 2017) and finishes of 3rd and 4th at the Pittsburgh Marathon (2016, 2017). In 2017, he won the USA 50K Championship on Long Island, NY, setting a course record in his first ultra race. He has also finished 7th and 9th in the Houston Marathon (2018, 2019). Tyler's breakthrough race in the marathon was at this year's Houston where he ran 2:13:29, a personal best by over 3 minutes.
Both Jermanns believe that Mengel and ERM is the perfect fit as their careers progress. "Chris is an agent who not only has the ability to help bring our careers to the next level but he's also a person we trust. We know that he will always be looking out for our best interests. It can be hard to know your own value in the running scene and it certainly helps to have somebody like Chris in your corner who knows the landscape and who will make sure you are getting the most out of your opportunities," said Katy and Tyler. "We are honored Chris chose to represent us!"
Lundstrom, the Jermanns' coach, has high praise for both athletes. "Tyler has incredible passion for the sport. His enthusiasm and work ethic are huge assets to our team. His effort has translated into some great results, such as his 2:13 in Houston in January," said Lundstrom. "Although Katy had a difficult transition to pro running due to injuries and obstacles, she has persevered and is now beginning to reap the rewards of her consistent, high level training. Both Tyler and Katy are highly motivated, driven athletes who have a great deal of potential. It will be fun to see what they can do in the years to come."
Both athletes have interests beyond running. In addition to racing for Team USA Minnesota, Katy is a part-time reading teacher, part-time sales associate at a local running store, and an assistant high school coach. Tyler is a graduate student and full-time data scientist for a Montreal firm.
Next up for Katy is the NYRR New York Mini 10K in Central Park on June 8th which will serve as this year's USATF 10K Championships for women. Both Katy and Tyler will then race the Garry Bjorkland Half Marathon as part of Grandma's Marathon weekend on June 22nd.
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