Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Fisher and Schweizer make it a double for Tokyo

On the final day of the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Grant Fisher assured himself a place in the 5000m in Tokyo with a second-place finish behind Paul Chelimo. Fisher had already secured qualification in the 10,000 but the Bowerman Track Club athlete opened up the chance to double with his runner-up finish in 13:27.01.

Henry Wynne and Josh Thompson just missed out in the men’s 1500, the pair finishing 5th and 6th respectively in 3:37.70 and 3:37.73.

On the penultimate day on Saturday, Karissa Schweizer also ensured she can double up in Tokyo, finishing second in the 10,000m in oppressive heat in 31:16.52. Teammate Elise Cranny just missed out on making the team by finishing fourth in 31:35.22, but she will be in Tokyo in the 5000m. Fiona O’Keeffe finished 20th in 33:03.09.

On Friday Sean McGorty finished seventh in the 3000m steeplechase final, coming up five seconds shy of a top-three finish and a place on the plane to Tokyo.

Well done to all the athletes who gave it their very best shot.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Frerichs flies to second-place finish at US Trials

Courtney Frerichs secured her spot at the Tokyo Olympics with a runner-up finish at the US Olympic Trials on Friday night, clocking 9:11.79 to come home close behind Emma Coburn.

Henry Wynne advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 1500m after finishing a comfortable third in is heat in 3:39.10.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Cranny and Schweizer book Tokyo tickets

With an outstanding 1-2 performance at the US Olympic Trials on Monday night, Kimbia duo Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer booked their place at the Tokyo Games over 5,000m. Pushing the pace in turn over the final mile, the Bowerman Track Club teammates came home well clear with Cranny winning in 15:27.81 with Schweizer second in 15:28.11. Taylor Werner led for much of the race and finished 11th in 15:56.83.

“To have someone that you train with every day and being able to [make the Olympics] together … feed off each other, even Rachel too; having her make her first team,” Cranny told LetsRun. “All of us having competed in college together… It’s just a great group.”

Earlier in the night Sean McGorty survived a scare in the 3000m steeplechase heats, losing several seconds after a pitstop to put his shoe back on. However, he ran with brilliant composure thereafter to reel in many of his rivals and finish ninth in 8:25.95 to advance to the final on time.

Image: Cortney White

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Fisher books Tokyo ticket with superb second place

Grant Fisher produced an outstanding run at the US Olympic Trials last night to book his place at his first Olympics, the 24-year-old finishing second in the 10,000m in 27:54.29. The race was won by Fisher’s Bowerman Track Club teammate Woody Kincaid. Lopez Lomong unfortunately called a halt to his race shortly before the halfway mark.

In the women’s 5000m heats, Kimbia’s Karissa Schweizer, Elise Cranny and Taylor Werner all advanced to the final, with Schweizer second in her heat in 15:32.63, Cranny just behind in third with 15:32.71, and Werner advancing on time after finishing sixth in the other heat in 15:39.98. The final takes place on Monday and we wish them the very best of luck.

Image: Cortney White

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Jager withdraws from US Trials

Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager has announced he will not contest the upcoming US Olympic Trials after failing to recover his health and fitness after a string of injury problems, the most recent of which were multiple tears in his calf.

“I wanted to make a video laying out how the last few months has gone for me,” he said in an Instagram post. “Unfortunately my reality is I’m not going to be running the trials this year, which sucks. I’ve had quite a few issues this year, stemming back to the middle of February, rolling my ankle really bad. Getting back into training quickly then developing an achilles issue which lasted all of March until the middle of April, essentially being unable to run for that entire period.”

“I started working out with the guys on the team again and got two weeks of running and workouts in before rabbiting Sean (McGorty) in the steeple at Mount Sac and that went well enough that I was extremely optimistic. I had six weeks to get in better shape.”

Jager explained he then developed a calf issue following track workouts that plagued him for several weeks.

“It got to the point where it was tight all the time and I was not in a place where I could even work out at a high level. I didn’t have the ability to run fast without doing major damage. I got an ultrasound and the doctor found a pool of blood in the soleus/achilles area and he told me he thought I had torn the lateral soleus. I had to make the decision that running the Trials wasn’t an option. We got an MRI and not only did I tear the lateral soleus, we tore the lateral gastroc(nemius), I had in total about 16cm of tearing. It showed me we made the right decision in shutting things down and doing everything I can to get healthy.

“It’s obviously very disappointing, especially after not being able to run USA’s in 2019 and knowing this winter that I had the fitness to make the team – training was going well until March – but with trials looming I felt I was constantly in this place of rushing to get back. It really sucks.”

We wish him the very best on his journey back to health.

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