The 1500 meters will be contested over three days, starting with the first round on July 7, the semi-finals on July 8, and the final race on July 10. A field of 30 women will be entered in the event and will advance by place and time.
Simbassa will compete in the men’s 5000 meters, with the first round held on July 4 and the final on July 9. Although Simbassa’s 5000m time of 13:29.51 is just outside of the automatic 13:28 U.S. qualifying time, it is fast enough for him to be selected to fill the field of 24 competitors. During his first year as a professional runner, Simbassa took his 5000m time from a collegiate best of 14:01 to 13:29.51.
The 45-year-old Elliott, who is a Team USA Minnesota Board member and one of Kampf’s training partners, will run in the masters 1500m exhibition race on July 3. The exhibition features the top 12 over-40 men in the nation. He qualified for the event with a time of 4:06.60. Last year at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Elliott competed in the men’s masters 3000m at Hayward Field.
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.