Kampf competed at the Track Trials in the 1500 meters through two rounds of the event and did not advance to the finals of the 1500. Two weeks out from the Trials she incurred a calf injury. “No great story comes without hiccups,” she wrote on her Facebook page, “and mine just unfortunately came in the final preparation for the Trials.
“It took nine days of treatment, pool workouts and prayers to get to running pain free the Saturday of Trials week. However, my legs weren’t quite back to pre-injury ‘pop’ to finish the semi-final 1500 meter race like I needed to.”
Still feeling fit, Kampf decided to head to Europe and further test herself on the track. When she returns stateside, the four-time U.S. Road Mile Champion plans to compete in a number of mile races through mid-September.
Olympic Trials Results
In addition to Kampf, teammate Biya Simbassa qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field with a 13:29.51 best in the 5000 meters. He competed in the semi-finals of the 5000 but did not advance to the final.
“What a great experience I had at my first Olympic Trials and racing the best runners in the country,” said the 23-year-old Simbassa. “I learned a lot during the week of the Trials just watching other runners. I’ll be back stronger and faster in 2020.”
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. Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion (www.tcmevents.org). Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation (www.