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USATF Minnesota Selects Heather Kampf as Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year; Results from Aramco Houston Half Marathon

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 17, 2017 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf has been named the 2016 Women’s Open Track & Field Athlete of the Year by USATF Minnesota.  This is the second year in a row that Kampf – who is a four-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion – has received this honor.

Last year, Kampf won five road miles – Bermuda, Grand Blue, Liberty, Navy and the USA 1 Mile Championships – and set a personal best of 4:19.8 in the road mile at the New York City Fifth Avenue Mile, where she finished third.  She also competed in the 1500 meters at the USATF Indoor Championships and at the USATF Olympic Track & Field Trials.

During 2016, Kampf set PR’s of 4:04.46 in the 1500m, 4:27.23 in the track mile, and made a strong debut of 8:58.31 in the 3000m.

She will be recognized at the annual USATF Minnesota Awards Celebration on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.  Also receiving Athlete of the Year Awards at the event will be Team USA Minnesota Board members Lance Elliott and Susan Loyd for men’s and women’s masters track & field respectively.

Aramco Houston Half Marathon – Jan. 15

Five Team USA Minnesota distance runners competed at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 15, where temperatures were in the upper 60’s, with 94 percent humidity and a fog that settled over the downtown skyline.   

In his debut at the distance, Ryan Rutherford posted 1:06:25 and was followed closely by Kevin Lewis, who ran a personal best of 1:06:53 (previous best was 1:08:31).  Rob Molke crossed the finish line in 1:07:47 and Jon Peterson had a time of 1:07:55.

Also debuting at the distance was Jamie Cheever who set a mark of 1:17:41.

About Team USA Minnesota

Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Founded in 2001, the purpose of the training group is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians.  The athletes are coached by Chris Lundstrom.  Team USA Minnesota’s major sponsor is Twin Cities In Motion.  Its silver sponsors are the Houston Marathon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.  For more information, visit the team’s web site at www.teamusaminnesota.org.