Jennifer Simpson

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Jennifer Simpson
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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 27)
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)
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: 3:59.90
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. Simpson holds the American record in the Steeplechase with a time of 9:12.50. She won a gold medal in the 1500 meters at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.

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.


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


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.


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]


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]


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]


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.


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.


Simpson claimed the USATF Outdoor 5000 meter title in 15:33.77 in the 95+ degree heat of Des Moines, Iowa on June 23.[19][20]

Simpson won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow with a time of 4:02.99.

Simpson won the September 22, 2013 Fifth Avenue Mile in 4:19.3.[21]


Simpson was runner-up at the Boston New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 2 mile in 9:26.19 on February 8.[22] Simpson followed that performance with a 2nd place finish in 27:57 at US Cross Country Championship on February 15.[23]


  • Two-Time US National 3000 m Steeplechase Champion – 2007, 2009 (3rd in 2008)
  • US National 1500 m Championship – 2nd (2011), 3rd (2012)
  • Two-Time NCAA 3000 m Steeplechase Champion - 2006, 2008 (7th in 2007)
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 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1500 m 4:02.99


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  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". 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. 
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Preceded by
The Bowerman (Women's Winner)
Succeeded by
United States Queen Harrison