Kampf Is 4th in 1500m at USA Indoor Championships;
Biya Simbassa Finishes 5th at USA 15k Championships
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.
In Jacksonville, Simbassa
stayed in the lead pack and ran with confidence
throughout the race, including as the field narrowed
down to five men in the last mile on the Hart Bridge.
His time at the 39th annual Gate River Run – which
hosts the USATF 15k Championships - was 45:00.
It was his highest finish in a national championship
since he became a professional runner and joined Team
USA Minnesota after graduating from the University of
Oklahoma last summer.
Simbassa will now turn his
attention to the outdoor track while Kampf will
compete this spring on the track and in road miles as
both prepare for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials that
will be held July 1-10 in Eugene.
About Team USA
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.
The athletes are coached by Dennis Barker.