Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jager Claims Third Straight US Steeple Title

Evan Jager continued his clear, convincing run as America’s best steepler — not that anyone was doubting his status there.  The American record holder confidently claimed his third consecutive national title in the event, clocking an 8:18.83 and a solid one-second victory.

In another display of remarkable consistency, Lopez Lomong came home in third place in the 1500m with his time of 3:39.10, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that he has taken a medal home from the US Championships. Meanwhile, their teammate Andrew Bumbalough produced a quality showing in the 5000m, going up against four runners with PB’s of 13:16 or better… and beating all but one. Bumbalough made a late bid for the win with two laps to go, and hung on for a runner-up finish to perennial champion Bernard Lagat. The Tennessee-native posted a 13:32.01 in his bid for his first track national title, marking one of the quicker efforts in recent USATF 5000m races.

Sean Quigley also showed nicely with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000m. Quigley was one of the last men standing in a deep field, as he hung in with the small breakaway pack that winnowed the pretenders from the contenders. His final time was 28:29 and his fourth-place finish represents his best showing at a US Championship on the track.

 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Jager Lowers Mile PB at Pre

Stepping down in distance at the Prefontaine Classic — also known as Diamond League Eugene — Evan Jager lowered his lifetime best in the mile to 3:53.33 as he took third in the International Mile.

Though merely an appetizer to the entree that is the meet-closing Bowerman Mile, the International Mile showcased tremendous depth headlined by Olympic Silver Medalist Leo Manzano, as well as mile specialists who represented their countries at the IAAF World Relay Championships in the 4 x 1500m, such as Ryan Gregson (AUS), Charlie Grice (UK), Pat Casey (USA), and David Torrence (USA). Jager defeated all but Manzano and Jordan McNamara, and looks primed to run well in the event in which he holds the American record: the 3000m steeplechase. The Chicago-native is slated to contest his specialty at the Bislett Games in Oslo on Wednesday June 11th.

Also in the Pre International Mile, Jager’s teammate Lopez Lomong finished further back in 9th place, with a 3:54.28 to his name.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Flanagan, Quigley Top Americans at Bolder Boulder

Shalane Flanagan placed second in the women’s race at the 36th Annual Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day… despite being fresh — or, more accurately, particularly “un-fresh” — off her personal best marathon run in Boston just weeks prior. With a 10k performance of 33:05, Flanagan was 34-seconds clear of 3rd place — captured by top road runner Risper Gesabwa of Kenya — and 53-second ahead of Deena Kastor, who took fourth.

Over on the men’s side, local resident Sean Quigley claimed the top finish among all Americans in his own backyard. Against a solid international field, Quigley placed 7th overall — ahead of top compatriots Ryan Hall, Bobby Curtis and Ben Bruce — clocking 30:04 over the challenging 10k course.

Brent Vaughn also placed in the top 25, as a member of Team USA – Blue. Despite Quigley’s strong run, his “White” squad only took 7th place in the team result. However, Shalane led Team USA – Red to tie Team Kenya in second place with 22 points.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Thweatt Leads Big KIMbia Runs at Stanford

The Payton Jordan Invitational is renowned as the place to go for fast 5- and 10-thousands on American soil and 2014 solidified that reputation even further. Among KIMbia athletes, the most head-turning performance came from Boulder Track Club’s Laura Thweatt who ran 15:04 for fourth place for an absolutely massive PB of 30-plus seconds. That time ranks her #5 in the world so far this year… heady stuff for an athlete whose highest conference finish in college was third. The Lee Troop-coached athlete will have a quick turn-around next run the pro mile event at the Twin Cities Marathon on Thursday.

Lopez Lomong was the top KIMbia finisher in a hot men’s 5000, setting a new lifetime best on the outdoor oval. His 13:07.95 was good for 3rd place and stands less than a second away Read the full article

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Shalane 7th in Best American Time in Boston

Carrying the hopes of a city on her back, Shalane Flanagan went straight to the front of the 118th Boston Marathon and began pushing the pace, early. Seeing such an experienced racer in the lead, viewers could conclude two things: Shalane felt her best bet was off of an honest pace… and she knew she was in the shape of her life.

Two-hours later, Read the full article

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