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ADP News - Rainsberger Breaks US HS 3k Outdoor Record At World Champs

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Rainsberger Breaks US HS 3k Outdoor Record At World Champs - (Bydgoszcz, Poland) Katie Rainsberger finished a solid 7th in the 3,000-meters at the IAAF World U20 (formerly World Junior) Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Wednesday to post the fastest outdoor mark ever by an American high school girl.

Rainsberger's time of 9:00.62 bettered the previous outdoor all-time mark of 9:08.6 set by Lynn Bjorklund in 1975.  Only Alexa Efraimson has a better absolute high school mark of 9:00.16 set on an indoor track in 2014, with Rainsberger pushing early professional Mary Cain to #3 with her 2013 indoor time of 9:02.10.

Heather Kampf to Compete at Sir Walter Miler Aug. 5; Rob Molke, Jon Peterson to Run MDRA 15k Aug. 7; Biya Simbassa Wins Torchlight 5k on July 20

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 27, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will be among the elite competitors at the Sir Walter Miler that will be held on Aug. 5 at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  That same weekend, Rob Molke and Jon Peterson will run in the MDRA (Minnesota Distance Running Association) 15k that will be held Aug. 7 at Crosby Farm Park in St. Paul.

Kampf has returned from Europe where she most recently finished second in the mile at the Morton Games in Dublin on July 22.  Her time was 4:27.33.  The elite women’s race at the third annual Sir Walter Miler on Friday will start on the track at 9:05 p.m. (Eastern time).

Team USA Minnesota Starts Search for New Head Coach; Dennis Barker Steps Down after 15 Years with the Team

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 19, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota, a training group for professional distance runners based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, has begun a search for a new head coach.  The position is available given the resignation this month of its long-time coach, Dennis Barker.

Since 2001, the group has developed an Olympian and 24 national champions in distances that include the 1500m, 3000m, and 10,000m on the track; mile, 10k, 15k, half marathon, 25k and marathon on the roads; and 4k, 8k and 10k cross country.  It has also achieved 74 top three finishes in U.S. Championship events and placed athletes on 28 world teams.

Four Team USA Minnesota Runners to Participate in Torchlight 5k on July 20; Heather Kampf Is 2nd at Padova 1500m in Italy on July 17

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 18, 2016 – Four Team USA Minnesota runners – Meghan Peyton, Jon Peterson, Biya Simbassa and Rob Molke – will participate in the Twin Cities Orthopedics Torchlight 5k that will be held in downtown Minneapolis on July 20.

The annual Torchlight 5k precedes the city’s Aquatennial Parade and follows the same route.  The run starts at 7:30 p.m. near Loring Park, goes over the Stone Arch Bridge at the Mississippi River, and finishes in the St. Anthony Main park.

Peyton is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials (2012 and 2016) and was the 2013 USA 20k Champion.  Peterson is a multi-distance specialist who runs the mile up through the half marathon and will make his marathon debut this fall. 

Heather Kampf Continues Outdoor Track Season with Meets in Italy and Ireland; Results from U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – July 13, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf has bounced back from the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials to continue her outdoor track season in Europe, with meets in Italy and Ireland.  At the Meeting Sport Soliderta in Lignano, Italy, on July 13, she placed third in the 800 meters in 2:01.26.

Next up for Kampf will be a meet in Padova, Italy, on July 17, followed by the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland, on July 22.  She will compete in the 1500 meters in Padova and in the women’s mile at the Morton Games.  She has a best in the 1500 of 4:04.46 and a road mile personal best of 4:21.39.