U.S. distance running star Jenny Simpson, the 2011 world champion at 1,500 meters, says she'll open her outdoor season at the Drake Relays.

Drake organizers announced Tuesday that Simpson and two-time U.S. outdoor 200-meter champion Wallace Spearmon, Jr., will compete in the meet, which is set for April 26-28.

Simpson grew up in Webster City and later had a record-breaking career at the University of Colorado. She won the 1,500 at Drake last year in 4:09.56, then captured the world title four months later in Daegu, South Korea.

Spearmon won the men's 200 at Drake in 2010, the last time the event was held.

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