Team USA Minnesota News

Meghan Peyton, Emily Gordon, Josh Dedering to Compete at U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in L.A. on Feb. 13; Jon Peterson to Run at Iowa State Classic on Feb. 12; Heather Kampf Nets Indoor Track 3000m Qualifier

Minneapolis/St. Paul - Feb. 9, 2016 - Team USA Minnesota's Meghan Peyton, Emily Gordon and Josh Dedering will be among the competitors at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, which will be held on the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 13.  The men's race starts at 10:06 a.m. and the women begin at 10:22 a.m. (Pacific).  The marathon starts and finishes at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be televised live on NBC.


Peyton qualified for the trials with a 2:38:57 marathon and Gordon posted 2:39:58 to qualify - both women will be looking to lower their personal bests at the race.  Dedering met the standard for the race by clocking a 1:03:31 half marathon and will be making his marathon debut at the Trials.

The first three men and first three women in the race will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5-21.

Iowa State Classic - Feb. 12

Jon Peterson will run the 3000 meters at the Iowa State Classic indoor track meet in Ames on Feb. 12.  The event will be held at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center on its 300 meter track.  Peterson has a best in the 3000m of 7:55.36.

Armory Track Invitational - Results

Heather Kampf finished third in the 3000 meters at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City on Feb. 6 in a debut time of 8:58.34.  The time qualifies her for the U.S. Indoor Championships in the 3000m distance and also meets the IAAF World Indoor qualifying standard of 9:00 or better.

Next up for Kampf will be the Milrose Games in New York City on Feb. 20 where she will compete in the Wanamaker Mile.  The USATF Indoor Championships will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 11-12.

USATF Cross Country Championships - Results

Biya Simbassa was 12th in the men's 10 km race at the USATF Cross Country Championships that were held at altitude in Bend, Oregon, on Feb. 6.  Katy Moen traveled to the race but was unable to compete due to illness.

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,