Also competing at the Olympic Trials, which were held June 22 through July 1 in Eugene, Oregon, were Jamie Cheever who was 12th in the steeplechase final, and Katie McGregor who finished 18th in the 10,000 meters. In addition, Kampf ran in the prelims and semi-finals of the 1500 meters.
Anderson started her quest for an Olympic berth with a second place finish in her preliminary heat of the 1500 meters on June 28 with a time of 4:14.23, followed by another second place in her semi-final heat on June 29 with a time of 4:10.08. Her time in the 1500 meter final, where she finished fourth after three of the best 1500 meter runners in the world, was 4:07.38.
“I wish I would have had that special day today but this was huge for me,” said Anderson in an interview with Flotrack right after the 1500 meter final. “We have a great team going to London. I just wish that I was on it but they had to beat me to make the team. It is a pleasure to be part of U.S. distance running and I will be back.
“It has been a really good year for me so far. I will now go to Europe and get that big PR that I know is in me. I plan to keep at this for four more years as long as I stay healthy.”
Kampf also went through three rounds of competition in her 800 meter event starting with the prelims on June 22 where she finished fourth with a time of 2:01.54, the semi-final on June 23 where she again finished fourth in her heat with a time of 2:02.59, and then the final on June 25 where she placed seventh in 2:02.86. In the 1500 meter rounds, she ran 4:14.03 in the semi-final and did not advance.
In the 3000 meter steeplechase, the prelims were held on June 25 with Cheever finishing sixth in her heat with a personal best time of 9:51.42 (previous best was 9:52.15). The steeplechase final was conducted on June 29 with Cheever placing 12th in a time of 9:56.51.
Anderson, Kampf and Cheever plan to continue their outdoor track seasons in Europe at competitions scheduled yet this summer.
The women’s 10,000 meter race was held on the first night of competition on June 22 with McGregor running 33:11.92.
About Team USA Minnesota
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Formed 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, head cross country and track coach at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Life Time Run (www.lifetimerun.com) and its silver sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org). It is also supported by the New York Road Runners and the USA Distance Project. For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.