Team USA Minnesota News
Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf was notified today that she has been named to the U.S. team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9. Kampf was the alternate in the 1500 meters and will join the team due to the withdrawal of U.S. Women’s 1500m Champion Mary Cain because of injury.
Kampf, who placed third in the 1500m at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque on February 23, leaves on a plane this evening for Poland. She had just finished her run this morning on a treadmill at the Life Time Fitness Highland Park Club when she got the call.
“My teammates Jon Grey and Ben Sathre were also at Life Time and they were the first ones I told,” said Kampf. “I am really excited to be named to the U.S. team. Things work out in mysterious ways. My ultimate goal is to make the final in the 1500 meters.”
Kampf joins Team USA Minnesota’s Gabriele Grunewald -who won the Women’s 3000 meters at USA Indoor - on the World team. Grunewald and Coach Dennis Barker left for Poland on Sunday.
“Mary Cain I wish you quick healing from your injury but I also want to thank you indirectly for providing me with such an incredible opportunity,” wrote Kampf on her Facebook page. Kampf previously competed on a U.S. team for the Pan American Games so this is her second World team since joining Team USA Minnesota in 2010. In addition, Kampf was the 2012 U.S. 1 Mile Road Champion.
The preliminary heats for the women’s 1500 meters and 3000 meters will be held at Sopot’s Ergo Arena on Friday, March 7. The final of the women’s 1500 will be on Saturday, March 8, and the final of the 3000 will be on Sunday, March 9.
Team USA Minnesota is based in the Twin Cities. Formed in 2001, the purpose of the training center is to improve the competitiveness of post-collegiate American distance running and to develop Olympians. Twin Cities In Motion is a silver sponsor of the program.
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