Team USA Minnesota News

Heather Kampf Is 4-time Winner of Bermuda Mile, Competes Next at Camel City Mile Jan. 30; Biya Simbassa, Katy Moen Run Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers at Aramco Houston Half Marathon

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Jan. 19, 2016 - Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf won the Bermuda Invitational Front Street Mile on Jan. 15 for the fourth consecutive year with a time of 4:42.68.  The Friday evening race was part of the Bermuda International weekend of events which also included a 10k and half marathon.  Since 2011, Kampf has won 18 road mile races, earning her the moniker "Queen of the Road Mile."


Kampf came from behind in the tactical race in order to defend the title she first won in 2013.  "We had a lot of new athletes who had never been here before, and so I felt like I was the tour guide and the local which was really fun," said Kampf, who opened her 2016 season at the race.  "It was not a personal best but maintaining at this time of year is good and then you want to see the improvements as your season goes on."

Next up for Kampf will be the Camel City Mile which will be held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Jan. 30.  The indoor Camel City Elite meet will be contested at the JDL Fast Track facility and begins at 2 p.m. (Eastern).  Kampf was third in the Camel City Mile last year with a time of 4:31.24.

Aramco Houston Half Marathon results

Biya Simbassa and Katy Moen ran Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Jan. 17 in their professional debuts at the distance.  Simbassa posted 1:03:28 (needed 1:05) and Moen ran 1:14:30 (needed 1:15).

Although neither athlete plans to run the Trials marathon in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, their names have been added to the list of men and women qualified for the race.  Simbassa and Moen both joined Team USA Minnesota last summer after completing their Big 12 collegiate careers, with Simbassa graduating from the University of Oklahoma and Moen from Iowa State University.

Also running at Houston in the half marathon were Meghan Peyton, Emily Gordon and Josh Dedering.  All three athletes had previously obtained their qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials and were using the Aramco Houston Half Marathon as a final tune-up prior to the Trials race.  Their times were 1:15:03, 1:19:17 and 1:08:26 respectively.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded 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.  Team USA Minnesota's major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (, and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (  For more information, visit the team's web site at


Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876,