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Six marathoners named to Team USATF for 2019 IAAF World Championships


INDIANAPOLIS -- The first six members of Team USATF have been named for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar this September 28 - October 6, USATF announced Friday.

On the men’s side, Team USATF will be represented in the marathon by Shadrack Biwott (Folsom, California), Andrew Epperson (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Elkanah Kibet (Benton, Illinois). For the women, Kelsey Bruce (Brackettville, Texas), Carrie Dimoff (Beaverton, Oregon) and Roberta Groner (Ledgewood, New Jersey) will don the red, white and blue.

Kibet and Biwott will lead the team of marathoners as Kibet was a member of the 2017 World Championship team and Biwott was a 2014 Team USATF national team member at the World Half Marathon Championships. 41-year-old Groner makes her first national team after setting her personal best of 2:29:09 this April in Rotterdam, becoming only the third American woman over the age of 40 to break 2:30.

The women’s marathon is set for the first day of competition at 11:59 p.m. GMT (4:59 p.m. ET) on September 27, with the men’s marathon starting at 11:59 p.m. GMT (4:59 p.m. ET) on October 5. The full competition schedule can be found here.

The three male and three female athletes were selected from the three highest-placing performances during the qualifying window, based on marks set on an IAAF approved course from March 7, 2018 to May 5, 2019. Full details of Team USATF’s marathon athlete selection procedures can be found here.

Fans can follow #TeamUSATF in Doha on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Athlete Bios

Name: Shadrack Biwott

Born: February 15, 1985

Current Residence: Folsom, CA

Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya

High School: La Cueva High School

College: University of Oregon

Twitter: skiptoob

Instagram: skiptoob

IAAF Profile

Shadrack Biwott - PR - 2:12:01 (NYC ‘16)... 2014 Team USATF member at the World Half Marathon, where he was 39th… 7th at the 2016 Olympic Trials in 2:15:23… has three times finished in the top 10 at the New York City Marathon, with a best placing of fifth in ‘16… third in the ‘18 Boston Marathon after a fourth-place finish in ‘17… 15th this year at Boston in 2:13:11… All-America in cross country and track at the University of Oregon.

Name: Andrew Epperson

Born: November 24, 1990

Current Residence: Fort Collins, Colorado

Hometown: Houston, Texas

High School: Cypress Springs

College: Colorado School of Mines

Twitter: AEpperson24

Instagram: eppersonandrew

IAAF Profile

Andrew Epperson - PR 2:13:11 (Oita ‘19)... 27th at 2016 Olympic Trials in 2:22:21… Twice ran at Chicago, with a best place of 12th in ‘16… NCAA II All-America in cross country for Colorado School of Mines… also an NCAA II indoor and outdoor track qualifier in the 5,000m and 10,000m… Set half marathon best of 63:17 at Houston in January...Currently serves as an assistant cross-country and track coach at Colorado State University

Name: Elkanah Kibet

Born: February 6, 1986

Current Residence: Benton, Illinois

Hometown: Iten, Kenya

High School: Kipsoen Secondary High School

College: Auburn University

Twitter: elkip2005

Instagram: airbornrunner

IAAF Profile

Elkanah Kibet - PR 2:11:31 (Chicago ‘15)... 16th at 2017 World Championships in London for Team USATF… Placed 8th at Boston in ‘18… three-time Chicago competitor, with a best placing of 7th when he set his PR in ‘15… half marathon best of 62:29 set at Houston in ‘18… NCAA All-America in cross country and indoor 5,000m for Auburn, also qualified for nationals in the 10,000m with a 28:26.96… started college at Rend Lake CC, winning indoor and outdoor NJCAA titles...son of Thomas Kibet and Josphine Chemase...Is a financial management technician in the United States Army.

Name: Kelsey Bruce

Born: October, 27, 1992

Current Residence: Brackettville, Texas

Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas

High School: Brackettville High School

College: Dallas Baptist University

Twitter: 2KelseyMae

Instagram: kelseymae_2

IAAF Profile

Kelsey Bruce - PR 2:31:53 (Houston ‘19)... sixth at the 2019 Houston Marathon, matching her placing from the ‘17 USATF Championships at Sacramento, where she ran 2:34:03… 8th at the USATF Half Marathon this year in 75:02, set her PR of 74:15 at Columbus in ‘16… 4th in the NCAA II cross country championships in 2015 for Dallas Baptist after winning the NCCAA title… NCAA II 3,000m steeplechase 4th-placer in ‘15.

Name: Carrie Dimoff

Born: May 31, 1983

Current Residence: Beaverton, Oregon

Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut

High School: Wilton High School

College: Princeton University

Instagram: fastcarrie

IAAF Profile

Carrie Dimoff - PR 2:30:53 (Sacramento ‘17)... 39th at the 2016 Olympic Trials in 2:44:58… followed up with a 17th at Boston in April ‘18 before her PR at the USATF Championships in Sacramento… half marathon PR of 71:51 came in taking 5th at the ‘18 USATF Championships in Pittsburgh… set her 10,000m track PR May 2 at the Jordan Invitational at Stanford with a 31:42.88 to place 5th… also notched her 5,000m PR at Stanford this year with a 15:36.82 in March… set 3,000m steeplechase PR of 9:45.01 to take 6th at ‘12 Olympic Trials… Ran for Princeton as Carrie Strickland.

Name: Roberta Groner

Born: January 4, 1978

Current Residence: Ledgewood, New Jersey

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

High School: Seneca Valley High School

College: St. Francis University

Twitter: Marathongirl245

Instagram: bad_boys104

IAAF Profile

Roberta Groner - PR 2:29:09 (Rotterdam ‘19)... late bloomer who set her marathon PR at age 41 this April in Rotterdam, becoming only the third American woman over the age of 40 to break 2:30… 12th at ‘18 NYC Marathon in 2:31:01… runner-up at ‘17 USATF Championships in Sacramento in 2:30:37… also 16th at Boston that year… half marathon PR of 72:20 set at Philadelphia in ‘18… 7th at ‘18 USATF Half Marathon Championships… ran collegiately at St. Francis University.

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