Parker Stinson, Biya Simbassa, Katy Moen and Megan Goethals Join Team USA Minnesota

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 11, 2015 – Four up-and-coming and highly decorated collegiate distance runners have joined Team USA Minnesota, bringing the number of athletes to 11 in the long-time training group that is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The recent graduates include Parker Stinson from the University of Oregon, Biya Simbassa of the University of Oklahoma, Katy Moen from Iowa State University, and Megan Goethals out of the University of Washington.

“This is a real exciting group of young runners to bring in,” said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker.  “They have all shown the ability to compete successfully at a high level and they all competed for great collegiate programs under outstanding coaches.  They know what it’s like to win and be a part of winning programs and that’s the kind of talent and attitude we were looking for.”

Leading marathon runners included on Kenyan team for Beijing

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Edna Kiplagat, Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang have been named on the 46-strong Kenyan team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing between 22-30 August

A 46-strong team will be representing Kenya at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China which will take place between 22-30 August.

The squad includes four of the five champions from the last edition of the World Championships in Moscow: Eunice Sum (800m), Asbel Kiprop (1500m), Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m steeplechase) and Edna Kiplagat (marathon).

Kiplagat will be out to make history in Beijing by becoming the first athlete - male or female - to win three world marathon titles. The sub-2:20 performer led a Kenyan clean sweep in Daegu four years ago in 2:28:43 before repeating in Moscow in 2:25:44.

Kampf, McNamara Win GNC Live Well Liberty Mile Titles

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An event record 1,500-plus participants at fourth edition; third stop on the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour 2015 - PITTSBURGH – (July 31, 2015) – At the 4th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on a warm, humid Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, two Milers, who are common faces in the Steel City and to this event, Heather Kampf and Jordan McNamara won their American Development Pro races in 4:33 and 3:59, respectively. Kampf, 28, won her third Liberty Mile crown (also 2012-13), while McNamara, 28, defended his title and also tied the event record set by Craig Miller in 2012.

The women’s race opened with a 68 second first quarter mile, but then the large pack slowed to 2:20 at the halfway mark. At the turn onto Liberty Avenue, Emily Lipari led the field with the two favorites Kampf and defending champion and Team USA Minnesota teammate Gabriele Grunewald following closely behind. In the final 600 meters, Kampf moved past rising Mile star Rachel Schneider and powered her way to the tape in 4:33, tying the #2 fastest event time. Grunewald followed in 4:35 as runner-up and Schneider was third, clocking 4:36.

“I came into the race with a plan that I visualized and executed, but I never felt safe until the end,” said the Queen of the Road Mile Kampf. “Pittsburgh is my second home, and I love racing here.”

Stephen Kosgei Kibet, Wude Ayalew Break Through to Win at 18th TD Beach to Beacon 10K

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Eric Jenkins and Alexi Pappas win new American category; Erica Jesseman and 19-year-old Ben Decker grab Maine Resident titles - CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (August 1, 2015) Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya and Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia, two familiar faces who’ve been knocking on the door, finally broke through as champions on Saturday in the 18th TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Kibet (28:28), one of the world’s all-time half marathoners, stretched away from a three-man pack inside Fort Williams in a tactical race to claim his first title in four tries, including runner up finishes in two of the past three years. Moses Kipsiro (28:40) of Uganda outkicked Kenyan Daniel Salel (28:41) for second.

Ayalew (31:56), who ran the second fastest time ever on the TD Beach to Beacon course in 2010 only to place second, this time outdueled Diane Nukuri (32:00) for her first win, also in four tries. Sentayehu Ejigu (32:16) took third while defending champion Gemma Steel of Great Britain finished a distant fourth (32:57).

Track and Field Stars set to compete in Atlanta at the American Track League meet to be held at Emory University on August 1st.

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The 3rd annual American Track League meet is set to be the best edition yet with multiple global stars making their final tune-ups prior to heading to Beijing China for the IAAF World Championships later in August.

League Director Paul Doyle stated, “I couldn’t be happier with the class of athletes choosing to make Atlanta a part of their schedule this year. This is the greatest group of international athletes assembled in Georgia since the 1996 Olympics. At last count we had more than 20 World or Olympic medalists planning to compete in Atlanta.” Two of the top international stars include Jamaican Olympic Medalists, Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Asafa Powell is the former “World’s fastest Man” and held the World Record in the 100m for the 3-years prior to Usain Bolt’s 2008 breakout season. Campbell- Brown, is a 4-Time Olympian for Jamaica and even more impressively, a 7-time Olympic medalist. Her medal collection includes two individual Gold Medals in the 200m, the event she will contest in Atlanta. In total; VCB, as she is known, has earned 18 Global medals at the World Championships and the Olympic Games, making her one of the most decorated athletes of alltime.

European Track Competitions Continue for Team USA Minnesota Runners; Heather Kampf Wins Races in Cork and Kortrijk; Jon Peterson Wins Letterkenny Mile

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 13, 2015 – Three Team USA Minnesota runners – Gabriele Grunewald, Heather Kampf and Jon Peterson – will continue their European track tour with competitions this week in Switzerland and Belgium.  Last week was marked by wins for Kampf at Cork and Kortrijk and for Peterson at the Letterkenny Mile Challenge.

Grunewald will compete in the 800 meters in Luzern, Switzerland, on July 14.  Last week she placed ninth in the 1500 meters at the Lausanne Diamond League meet on July 9.  Her time was 4:07.03.

On July 15, Kampf will travel to Liege, Belgium, where she will run the 1500 meters.  She won the 800 meters with a time of 2:03.13 at the Cork City Meet on July 7, and was first place in the 1500 meters at Kortrijk on July 11 with a time of 4:08.73.