Heather Kampf to Compete at USA Indoor Championships in Portland March 11-12; Biya Simbassa to Run at USA 15k Championships in Jacksonville March 12

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 8, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will compete at the USATF Indoor Championships that will be held in Portland, Oregon, on March 11-12, while teammate Biya Simbassa will run in the USATF 15k Championships in Jacksonville on March 12.

Kampf qualified for the Indoor Championships in both the 3000 meters and 1500 meters but has chosen to compete only in the 1500.  Her 3000m time of 8:58.34 was a personal best and she qualified for the 1500m event by running 4:27.26 for the indoor mile, also a personal best.  Her best mark in the 1500m is 4:04.50.  The women’s 1500m will be held on Saturday at 5:42 p.m. (Pacific).

Katy Moen, Biya Simbassa to Compete at USATF Cross Country Championships in Oregon Feb. 6; Heather Kampf at Armory Track Invitational Feb. 6; Five Team USA Minnesota Runners to Assist with TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run on Feb. 6

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Feb. 2, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Katy Moen and Biya Simbassa will be among the competitors at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon, this weekend, while Heather Kampf will travel to the other side of the country and run at the Armory Track Invitational in New York City.  In addition, five Team USA Minnesota runners will volunteer at the TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run that will be held at the University of Minnesota.  All three events will be held on Feb. 6.

At the USATF Cross Country Championships, Moen will compete in the senior women’s 10 km scheduled at 1:20 p.m. (Pacific time) and Simbassa will race in the senior men’s 10 km at 2:10 p.m.  This will be the first time that the 10 km distance will be contested for this championship – previously the women ran 8 km and the men covered the 12 km distance. 

Moen is an accomplished cross country runner having finished eighth individually at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships while her Iowa State University women’s team placed second.  Simbassa competed for the University of Oklahoma and in 2014 was second at the Big 12 Cross Country Championships.  Both athletes joined Team USA Minnesota last summer.

Meghan Peyton to Compete at .US National 12k Championships in Alexandria on Nov. 15

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Nov. 12, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton will be among the elite competitors who have qualified to run in the .US National 12k Championships in Alexandria, Virginia, on Nov. 15.  During the 2015 year, Peyton finished eighth at the USA Marathon Championships and seventh at the USA 1 Mile Championships to achieve her qualifier.

Peyton ran in the inaugural .US National 12k Championships three years ago and finished ninth in 40:31.  The 12k is the final race of the year-long USATF Running Circuit.

The elite women begin at 7:45 a.m. with the elite men, masters and open field starting at 7:55 a.m. (both times Eastern).  The race will be broadcast live via

Team USA Minnesota Receives Special RRCA Olympic Development Grant; Parker Stinson Wins Cow Harbor 10k; Gabriele Grunewald 4th at USA 5k

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Sept. 23, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has received one of five special grants awarded to U.S. Distance Training Centers by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) to support its efforts to develop athletes for the 2016 Olympic Trials.  The grants are in the amount of $5,000 each.

“The RRCA adds to its proud 50-plus year tradition of athlete support by awarding these special grants to U.S. Distance Training Centers as well as to athletes that we believe will help support a broad range of Olympic hopefuls as they prepare for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials – Marathon,” said Jean Knaack, RRCA executive director.  “We look forward to the 2016 Trials as our athletes chase their Olympic dreams.”

Parker Stinson, Biya Simbassa, Katy Moen and Megan Goethals Join Team USA Minnesota

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Aug. 11, 2015 – Four up-and-coming and highly decorated collegiate distance runners have joined Team USA Minnesota, bringing the number of athletes to 11 in the long-time training group that is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  The recent graduates include Parker Stinson from the University of Oregon, Biya Simbassa of the University of Oklahoma, Katy Moen from Iowa State University, and Megan Goethals out of the University of Washington.

“This is a real exciting group of young runners to bring in,” said Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker.  “They have all shown the ability to compete successfully at a high level and they all competed for great collegiate programs under outstanding coaches.  They know what it’s like to win and be a part of winning programs and that’s the kind of talent and attitude we were looking for.”