Thursday, April 21, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa--Jenny Barringer Simpson, a Webster City, Iowa native and 2008 U.S. Olympian, returns to her home state next week for the 102nd Drake Relays. She will compete against a world-class field in the women's 1,500-meter race beginning at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Drake Stadium.
Barringer, ranked No. 4 in the U.S. at 1,500 meters, will face stiff competition from two-time defending Drake Relays champion Lauren Hagans, former Tennessee All-American Sarah Bowman, Heidi Dahl and former Kansas State All-American Amy Mortimer. Mortimer will also defend her 2010 crown in the second annual Grand Blue Mile on April 26.
A two-time USA outdoor champion and three-time NCAA champion, Barringer is the American record-holder in the steeplechase with a time of 9:12.50, set in a fifth-place finish at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. She won the 2009 NCAA Championship at Drake Stadium in a collegiate-record time of 9:29.12 for her second NCAA title.
In Barringer’s legendary career at the University of Colorado she broke NCAA records indoors in the mile (4:25.91), 3,000 (8:42.03) and 5,000 (15:01.70), and outdoors in the 1,500 (3:59.90), 3,000 steeplechase (9:12.50) and 5,000 (15:05.25).
Hagans won the 2009 Drake Relays 1,500 meters in 4:18.24, and lowered her mark to 4:14.28 in defending her crown last year. She also finished second in the inaugural Grand Blue Mile, but will not run in that event this year.
Bowman, who made the finals of the 2008 Olympic Trials, has an outdoor personal best of 4:05.67 in the 1,500, set in 2009. She raced previously at Drake in the 2008 NCAA Championships, placing third in 4:07.5.
Mortimer will tune up for the Relays invitational 1,500-in which she finished 3rd a year ago-by seeking to defend her title in the Grand Blue Mile on Tuesday. A 12-time All-American at Kansas State, Mortimer won last year's mile in 4:34.91.
Joining Mortimer in running both the 1,500 and Grand Blue Mile will be Molly Beckwith, Gabrielle Anderson, Heather Dorniden and Treniere Moser Clement. Running only in the Mile will be Sara Hall, Carmen Douma-Hussar, Korene Hinds and Jamie Cheever. Cheever was third in the 2009 Drake Relays 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Tickets for the 2011 Drake Relays April 28-30 are on sale now, and may be purchased online through the official Drake Athletics website (www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com) or by calling (515) 271-DOGS (3647). Registration is still open for the Grand Blue Mile at www.GrandBlueMile.com.
Jenny Barringer Simpson At A Glance:
- 2008 U.S. Olympian (3,000-meter steeplechase).
- American record-holder in steeplechase (9:12.50).
- Set American record at 2009 World Championships in Berlin (5th place).
- 2008 NCAA Champion in collegiate-record time of 9:29.12 at Drake Stadium
- Two-time U.S. Outdoor champion (2007, '09) in 3,000-meter steeplechase.
- Ranked 4th in the U.S. in 1,500-meter run in 2009 & '10.
- Three-time NCAA champion.