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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.

Heather Kampf, Biya Simbassa to Compete at U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene July 1-10; Team USA Minnesota Board Member Lance Elliott to Run in Masters 1500m Exhibition Race at Trials

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 28, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Abbabiya “Biya” Simbassa will be among the competitors at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field that will be held July 1-10 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.  The top three athletes in each event who have achieved the Olympic qualifying standard will make the U.S. team that will compete in the Olympic Games that will be held in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-21.

Also running in Eugene during the Trials will be Board member Lance Elliott who will race in the men’s masters 1500 meter exhibition event.

Kampf qualified to compete in the women’s 1500 meters with a time of 4:04.46, well under the qualifying time of 4:09.50 for the U.S. Trials.  The four-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion and U.S. team member in the 1500m at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships also has met the Olympic qualifying standard of 4:07.  In a recent tune-up race at the adidas Boost Boston Games on June 17, Kampf posted 2:00.55 in the 800 meters.

Heather Kampf to Compete at Boston Games June 17; Rob Molke to Run Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon June 18; Biya Simbassa Posts 5000m PR of 13:29 at Portland Meet

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – June 14, 2016 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf will compete in the 800 meters at the adidas Boost Boston Games on June 17, while Rob Molke will head to Duluth to run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 18.

Kampf has run 2:00.04 in the 800 meters and will use the Boston Games as her final race before competing in the 1500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials July 1-10.  The Friday evening Boston meet will be held at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, with races starting at 5:45 p.m. (Eastern).

Molke has a best in the half marathon of 1:03:27 and will be among the elite field in the race which starts at 6:15 a.m.  There are 7,500 runners entered in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.