Heather Kampf, Katy Moen to Compete in the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines on April 26; Kampf to Run the 1500m at Drake Relays April 29

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 26, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Katy Moen will be among the competitors in the women’s professional mile race at the Grand Blue Mile in Des Moines this evening, April 26.  Then Kampf will race in the women’s 1500 meters at the Drake Relays on April 29.

Kampf is the defending champion of the Grand Blue Mile and will be making her sixth appearance at the event.  She also holds the course record of 4:32.62 which she set in 2014.  Most recently Kampf placed second at the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston on April 16.  She is a three-time USA Road Mile Champion.

Moen will be making her first appearance at the Grand Blue Mile.  The Iowa native and 2015 graduate of Iowa State University has a best in the 1500 meters of 4:22.66.  This will be her debut in the road mile.

Heather Kampf Is 2nd at B.A.A. Invitational Mile; Biya Simbassa Is 4th at Mt. SAC Invitational 5000m

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 19, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf placed second in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston on April 16, while Biya Simbassa finished fourth in the men’s invitational 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 15.

Kampf’s time in the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) Invitational Mile was 4:49.8, just a step behind the winner.  This was the third time in a row that Kampf has been the runner-up at the road mile race that is held two days before the Boston Marathon.  The tactical race unfolded on three 522-meter laps before reaching the finish line on Boylston Street.

Three Team USA Minnesota Runners to Compete at Mt. SAC Relays April 15; Heather Kampf to Run B.A.A. Invitational Mile in Boston April 16

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 12, 2016 – Three Team USA Minnesota runners – Biya Simbassa, Meghan Peyton and Katy Moen – will compete in the 5000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in California on April 15, while Heather Kampf will run in the B.A.A. Professional Invitational Mile in Boston on April 16.

The 5000 meter races will be held as part of the Mt. SAC (San Antonio College) Relays Distance Carnival and Invitational on Friday evening.  The women’s invitational 5000m will start at 7:45 p.m. and the men’s 5000m sections will begin at 8:20 p.m. (both times Pacific).

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Hilary Bor Wins Stanford Invitational Steeple With World Leading Time

(Palo Alto, CA)  Hillary Bor (All Army) ran away from the field at the Stanford Invitational Friday night to win with a personal best in his 2016 steeplechase opener.  Bor posted a U.S. and World leading mark for the 2016 at 8:30.70, less than a second off of the Rio Olympic standard.

Bor, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado, easily qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and hopes the mark qualifies him for the Army’s World Class Athlete Program.

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

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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.