Jennifer Simpson

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Jennifer Simpson
Jennifer Barringercrop.jpg
Jennifer Simpson competing in the steeplechase at the 2008 US Olympic Trials.
Personal information
Birth name Jennifer Mae Barringer
Born (1986-08-23) August 23, 1986 (age 28)
Webster City, Iowa, U.S.
Residence Oviedo, Florida, U.S.
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.
Height 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
Weight 110 pounds (50 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Event(s) Steeplechase, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m
College team Colorado Buffaloes
Turned pro 2010
Coached by Mark Wetmore
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

800 m: 2:00.45
1500 m: 3:57.22
Indoor Mile: 4:25.91
Road Mile: 4:19.3
3000 m: 8:42.03 i
5000 m: 14:56.26

Steeplechase: 9:12.50

Jennifer Simpson (née Barringer) (born August 23, 1986) is an American middle distance runner and steeplechaser. She represented the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She won a gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and silver in the same event in 2013.

High school[edit]

As a student at Oviedo High School, Simpson was a 5-time state champion in track and 3-time state champion in cross country.[1] She also set Florida high school records in the mile, two-mile, 5000 m, and three-mile.

2006[edit]

Jennifer won NCAA Outdoor championship steeplechase in a time of 9:53.04.

2007[edit]

Jennifer won USATF Outdoor steeplechase championship in 9:34.64. She finished 7th in heats at IAAF World Outdoors in the steeplechase in a time of 9:51.04. She finished 7th at NCAA Outdoors in the steeplechase in a time of 9:59.81. She also ran at Drake Relays in the steeplechase in a time of 9:44.31. In April, She finished 4th in 5,000m at Stanford in a time of 15:48.24.

2008[edit]

At the time of her 2008 Olympic appearance, Simpson was enrolled at the University of Colorado. At the U.S. trials, Simpson qualified for the United States Olympic team by finishing third in the steeplechase.[2]

Simpson qualified for the first women's steeplechase final in Olympic history by finishing third in her heat. She set a new American record of 9:22.26 in the final and placed ninth.[3]

2009[edit]

In 2009, she set NCAA records in the mile, 3000 m, and 5000 m indoors, 1500 m, 3000 m steeplechase and 5000 m outdoors.[3] She also topped her own American record in the Steeplechase at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 9:12:50, finishing 5th overall.[4]

While primarily a steeplechaser, she ran 3:59.90 in the 1500 m at the 2009 Prefontaine Classic. At the time of the event, this performance made her the third-fastest female 1500 m runner in U.S. track and field history.[5]

Simpson came fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, running a North American record time of 9:12.50 minutes for the event. It is also the best mark by any athlete from the Americas. She was the 2009 US Champion in the steeplechase.

Despite the fact that she could have signed a professional contract, Simpson returned to school in the fall of 2009 to compete in Cross Country.[6] On October 31, 2009, Simpson captured the Big 12 individual title, running a 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 27.46 seconds.[7] She was favored to win the NCAA Cross Country Championship on November 23, 2009, but collapsed after leading for the first two miles. She wound up in 163rd place. Simpson commented that she felt light headed all of a sudden.[8]

Simpson won the Inaugural Bowerman Award in 2009. The Bowerman award is given to college track's Athlete of the Year.[9]

2010[edit]

In January 2010, Simpson signed a multi-year endorsement deal with New Balance.[10] Simpson later changed coaches from her University of Colorado at Boulder coach, Mark Wetmore, in favor of the Air Force Academy coach Juli Benson.[11]

Simpson missed most of the 2010 season due to a stress reaction in her right femur.[12] She married on October 8, 2010.[13]

2011[edit]

Simpson began the 2011 season strong, winning the Mile and 3000 meters championships at the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.[14] She qualified for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics by finishing second in the 1500 meters at the US Track and Field Championship.[15]

Simpson won a gold medal at the 1500 meters at the World Championships in a time of 4:05:40. She beat rivals Hannah England and Natalia Rodriguez. Simpson's gold medal was considered a surprise.[16][17] She became the first American woman to win the event since Mary Decker at the inaugural World Championships in 1983.

2012[edit]

On July 1, 2012, Simpson qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics with a third place finish in the women's 1500 m at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials.[18] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Simpson qualified for the 1500 meter semifinal in 4:13.89 but did not qualify for the final. Announced a return to coach Mark Wetmore in December 2012.[19]

2013[edit]

Simpson claimed the USATF Outdoor 5000 meter title in 15:33.77 in the 95+ degree heat of Des Moines, Iowa on June 23.[20][21]

Simpson won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow on August 15, 20013, in the 1500m with a time of 4:02.99.

Simpson won the September 22, 2013 Fifth Avenue Mile in 4:19.3.[22]

2014[edit]

Simpson was runner-up at the Boston New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 2 mile in 9:26.19 on February 8.[23] Simpson followed that performance with a 2nd place finish in 27:57 at US Cross Country Championship on February 15.[24] At the Prefontaine Classic on May 31, she improved her personal best in the 1500 to 3:58.28. Simpson won the 1500 meters at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 4:04.96.[25] On July 4, Simpson became the 2nd fastest American 1500 meter runner by running 3:57.22 at Diamond League race in Paris.[26]

On the September 13, 2014 Simpson repeated her 2013 win of Fifth Avenue Mile in 4:19.4.[27][28]

Competition record[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 3000 m s'chase 9:22.26
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 3000 m s'chase 9:12.50
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 1500 m 4:05.40
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 12th (sf) 1500 m 4:06.89
2013 Diamond League - Herculis Fontvieille, Monaco 1st 1500 m 4:00.48
World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1500 m 4:02.99
2014 Diamond League - Meeting Areva Saint Denis, France 2nd 1500 m 3:57.22[29]
2014 IAAF Diamond League - DN Galan Stockholm, Sweden 1st 1500 m 4:00.38[30][31]

Cross country[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2004 World Cross Country Championships Bruxelles, Belgium 35th Junior race 22:19
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 47th Junior race 23:03

USA National Championships[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Indianapolis, Indiana 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:36.64
2008 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 3000 m s'chase 9:33.11
2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:29.38
2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 3000m 9:02.20
USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 1500 m 4:34.96
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 2nd 1500 m 4:05.66
2012 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 3000m 9:19.15
USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 1st 1500 m 4:15.04
USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 1500 m 4:05.17
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 5000 m 15:33.77
2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st 1500 m 4:04.96[32]

Cross country[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2004 USA Cross Country Championships Indianapolis, Indiana 4th Junior race 21:21
2005 USA Cross Country Championships Vancouver, Washington 3rd Junior race 22:05.1
2014 USA Cross Country Championships Boulder, Colorado 2nd Senior race 27:57

NCAA championships[edit]

Track and field[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:53.04
2007 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Fayetteville, Arkansas 12th 3000 m 9:23.54
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 7th 3000 m s'chase 9:59.81
2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:29.20
2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Fayetteville, Arkansas 1st 3000 m s'chase 9:25.54

Cross country[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships Terre Haute, Indiana 43rd 20:36.00
2006 NCAA Cross Country Championships Terre Haute, Indiana 2nd 20:37.9
2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships Terre Haute, Indiana 2nd 19:47.8
2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships Terre Haute, Indiana 163rd 21:46.9

Personal Bests[edit]

Event Time Venue Date
Road
Mile run 4:19.3 Fifth Avenue Mile September 22, 2013
Outdoor
800 m 2:00.45 Los Angeles (OC), CA May 17, 2013
1500 m 3:57.22 Paris Saint-Denis July 5, 2014
Mile run 4:49.82 Raleigh (USA) June 19, 2004
3000 m 8:29.58 Brussels September 5, 2014[33]
5000 m 14:56.26 Zürich (Letzigrund) August 29, 2013
3000 m s'chase 9:12.50 Berlin, Germany August 17, 2009
Indoor
1500 m 4:07.27 New York (Armory), NY February 11, 2012
Mile run 4:25.91 College Station, TX February 28, 2009
3000 m 8:42.03 College Station, TX March 14, 2009
Two miles 9:26.19 Boston (Roxbury), MA February 8, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=228473
  2. ^ "Willard sets US record in 3,000m steeplechase". Associated Press. July 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ a b Metzler, Brian. "Jenny Barringer's Road to Greatness". Running Times. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  4. ^ Battaglia, Joe (August 17, 2009). "Q&A: Barringer talks about her AR". Universal Sports. 
  5. ^ Battaglia, Joe (June 7, 2009). "Barringer makes history with sub-4 1500m". Universal Sports. 
  6. ^ Metzler, Brian. "Catching Up with Jenny Barringer". Running Times. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  7. ^ Poncin, Linda (October 31, 2009). "Simpson Wins Big 12 Title". CUBuffs.com. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  8. ^ Patrick, Dick (November 24, 2009). "Liberty runner wins NCAA cross country championship". USA Today. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Anderson, Curtis (December 16, 2009). "sp.ruppwins.1217". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Globe Staff (22 January 2010). "New Balance signs endorsement deal with Barringer". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Petty, Daniel (4 February 2010). "Barringer leaves Wetmore for Air Force coach". Denver Post. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Monti, David. "Stress reaction forces Barringer to end season". Universal Sports. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  13. ^ Gambaccini, Peter. "Racing News". Runner's World. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "Jennifer (Barringer) Simpson". US Track and Field. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Outdoor Nationals". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Ruiz, Stephen (1 September 2011). "Former Oviedo runner Jenny Barringer Simpson wins world 1,500". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Banner day for USA: 3 golds at world championships". Associated Press (USA Today). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Oviedo's Jenny Barringer Simpson makes U.S. Olympic track team in 1,500". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/248216-2012-London-Olympic-Games/video/671763-Simpsons-Return-to-Wetmore
  20. ^ http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2013/USATFCS/Events/USA-Outdoor-Track---Field-Championships/Results---Full.aspx
  21. ^ http://www.usatf.org/events/2013/USAOutdoorTFChampionships/results/track.aspx?EN=12&RN=1
  22. ^ http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/250937-5th-Avenue-Mile-2013/article/22325-RESULTS-5th-Avenue-Mile-2013
  23. ^ http://www.nbindoorgrandprix.com/events-results/new-balance-womens-two-mile/
  24. ^ http://usarunningcircuit.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=30069&do=news&news_id=220994
  25. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/news/2014/06/jenny-simpson-mary-cain-talk-morgan-uceny-falling/
  26. ^ http://www.letsrun.com/news/2014/07/paris/
  27. ^ http://web2.nyrrc.org/cgi-bin/htmlos.cgi/55276.1.364427545410019593
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPY0CyeVMvQ
  29. ^ http://www.diamondleague-paris.com/en/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview/1500m-Women/
  30. ^ http://www.diamondleague-stockholm.com/en/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview/W-1500m/
  31. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/simpson-edris-stockholm-iaaf-diamond-league
  32. ^ http://www.usatf.tv/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=45365&do=videos&video_id=120718
  33. ^ http://www.diamondleague-brussels.com/en/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview/3000m-Women/

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
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The Bowerman (Women's Winner)
2009
Succeeded by
United States Queen Harrison