Heather Kampf to Compete at Boston Games June 17; Rob Molke to Run Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon June 18; Biya Simbassa Posts 5000m PR of 13:29 at Portland Meet

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 14, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will compete in the 800 meters at the adidas Boost Boston Games on June 17, while Rob Molke will head to Duluth to run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 18.

Kampf has run 2:00.04 in the 800 meters and will use the Boston Games as her final race before competing in the 1500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials July 1-10.  The Friday evening Boston meet will be held at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, with races starting at 5:45 p.m. (Eastern).

Molke has a best in the half marathon of 1:03:27 and will be among the elite field in the race which starts at 6:15 a.m.  There are 7,500 runners entered in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Kenya's Jemima Sumgong Wins 45th NYRR New York Mini 10K

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Sumgong, the reigning Virgin Money London Marathon champion, was neck-and-neck with American Aliphine Tuliamuk for the first half of the course before breaking from the pack after the 5K mark to win in her event debut. Tuliamuk finished second in 32:14, and Burundi’s Diane Nukuri was third in 32:18.
“It was very difficult because the field was so strong,” Sumgong said. “But I was happy because it was my first time at the NYRR New York Mini 10K, and to finish in first place was the best thing I could ask for.”
Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya and just became a U.S. citizen on April 29, showed promise with her second-place finish with less than a month to go before she competes in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Recapping Day Two of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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I watched a couple of hours of the ESPN coverage of day two of the NCAA Champs. My buddies were texting me during the broadcast, telling me how much they loved the new format and how, one day one, Zeke Zarnowski, the dean of announcers for multi events, was amazing. One keen observer, said that " Zeke was the best announcer I have heard in my 40 years of going to Eugene." Well said.

The Case for Collegiate Championships: Our Sport at its best

Written by David Hunter.

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David Hunter has covered the NCAA Championships for us for several years now. This is his arguement for the NCAA Championships and how important they are in our sport. We look forward to David's daily columns (along with Lindsay Rossmiller's) on the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Championships, held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 8-11.

Eugene, Oregon

June 7th, 2016

by David Hunter - Most diehard track & field fans enjoy all forms of championship gatherings. To ask them which one is the best is a little like asking those same fans which IPA beer is the best at Eugene's iconic Wild Duck Cafe. Hey, they're all great!

But more recently, a growing legion of track & field aficionados is singing the praises of the collegiate championships, citing any number of facets to their conclusion that the college-level brand of championship athletics is their favorite. Here are some of the reasons they offer:

Ayana clocks second fastest 5000m ever – IAAF Diamond League

Written by IAAF.

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Almaz Ayana missed out on the women’s world 5000m record by just over five seconds at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat two weeks ago and came, agonisingly, even closer in Rome as she stopped the clock at 14:12.59 on Thursday (2), just 1.44 off the mark set by her Ethiopian compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba eight years ago.

It was an IAAF Diamond League record. It was a meeting record at the Italian one-day showpiece. It was the fastest time run this year. It was the second fastest time ever run.

But, despite her dazed smile in the aftermath of achieving all those accolades, it wasn’t what Ayana wanted.

As the last pacemaker dropped away with seven laps remaining, Ayana was in a race of her own, more than half-a-lap clear. She was running easily, no strain showing on her face, and passed 3000m in 8:30.43.

The laps clicked down, and it seemed the world champion was on the brink of reaching the prize she has sought all season.

With three laps left, she clocked 10:48.8. With two left, the time was 11.58.00.

Meghan Peyton, Katy Moen at Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k June 4; Heather Kampf to Compete at Furman Elite 1500m June 4; Coach Dennis Barker Publishes “The River Road” Novel

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 2, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton and Katy Moen will be among the all-American field at the 38th edition of Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k on June 4 in Albany, New York.  On the same date, Heather Kampf will compete in the Furman Elite 1500 meter women’s race in Greenville, South Carolina.

On the track, Peyton has a best of 15:41 and Moen has posted 15:52 in the 5000m.  Most recently, at the Brian Kraft Memorial 5k road race in Minneapolis on May 30, Peyton finished second in 16:17 and Moen was third in 16:42.

The Freihofer’s 5k starts at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern) in New York’s capital city.