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Heather Kampf Is 4th in 1500m at USA Indoor Championships; Biya Simbassa Finishes 5th at USA 15k Championships

Minneapolis/St.Paul – March 15, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf was fourth in the 1500 meters at the USATF Indoor Championships in Portland while teammate Biya Simbassa placed fifth at the USATF 15k Championships in Jacksonville.  Both events were held on March 12. Kampf, who was fighting the lingering effects of a bout of bronchitis from earlier in the week, led the 1500 meter race for the first few laps before being passed and finishing in fourth with a time of 4:11.56.  “When you run courageously and finish with nothing left, you can’t be sorry...just more committed (and) stronger next time,” she said in her Twitter post after the race.

In Jacksonville, Simbassa stayed in the lead pack and ran with confidence throughout the race, including as the field narrowed down to five men in the last mile on the Hart Bridge.  His time at the 39th annual Gate River Run – which hosts the USATF 15k Championships - was 45:00.  It was his highest finish in a national championship since he became a professional runner and joined Team USA Minnesota after graduating from the University of Oklahoma last summer.

Simbassa will now turn his attention to the outdoor track while Kampf will compete this spring on the track and in road miles as both prepare for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials that will be held July 1-10 in Eugene.

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