Team USA Minnesota News

Heather Kampf to Compete at USA Indoor Championships in Portland March 11-12; Biya Simbassa to Run at USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville March 12

Minneapolis/St. Paul - March 8, 2016 - Team USA Minnesota's Heather Kampf will compete at the USATF Indoor Championships that will be held in Portland, Oregon, on March 11-12, while teammate Biya Simbassa will run in the USATF 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 12.

 

Kampf qualified for the Indoor Championships in both the 3000 meters and 1500 meters but has chosen to compete only in the 1500.  Her 3000m time of 8:58.34 was a personal best and she qualified for the 1500m event by running 4:27.26 for the indoor mile, also a personal best.  Her best mark in the 1500m is 4:04.50.  The women's 1500m will be held on Saturday at 5:42 p.m. (Pacific).

The USATF Indoor Championships are being held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland with live coverage on NBCSN on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. (Pacific).  The top two competitors who have the World standard in their event will qualify for the IAAF World Indoor Championships which will be held in Portland March 17-20.

On the East Coast, Simbassa will be among the competitors at the USATF 15k Championships which will be held as part of the 38th annual Gate River Run, billed as the largest 15k in the USA with over 20,000 participants.  The race starts at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern).

Simbassa has a best in the 10 mile of 49:11 and the half marathon of 1:03:28, which he set in January at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.  In February, he placed 12th at the USA Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, and won the Space City 10 Miler and Rodeo Run 10k, both in Houston.

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 (www.tcmevents.org).  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (www.houstonmarathonfoundation.com), and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon (www.pittsburghmarathon.com).  For more information visit the team's web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.

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Contact:  Pat Goodwin, 952-454-8876, pfgoodwin@teamusaminnesota.org.

 

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