Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Flanagan feeling good ahead of New York


With a little over three weeks to go until the TCS New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan says she is feeling “better than I have in a long time” as she prepares for her first marathon of 2017.

The 36-year-old, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, spoke with reporters on a conference call alongside Meb Keflezighi today and said that the injury problems which derailed her bid for the Boston Marathon earlier this year are now thankfully behind her.

For the past several weeks she has been training at Mammoth Lakes in California, and though the marathon always brings a sense of uncertainty about racing shape, Flanagan impressed on her most recent outing, clocking 31:15 for the Beach to Beacon 10K in early August. In New York she will seek her first victory in a Marathon Major, and she will have to defeat Kenyans Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat to do so.

“I think I’ve always had a sense of urgency when it comes to the marathon because if you can arrive at the start line healthy and fit, I really put pressure on myself to deliver because it’s rare to have both of those on the same day,” said Flanagan, who has logged up to 130 miles a week in training. “New York is a really difficult course and so I’m hoping that those really big miles that I put in will pay off for me on November 5.”

For more, check out this story by Jonathan Gault of Letsrun.com and this story by Erin Strout of Runner’s World.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

13th for Bumbalough in Chicago

In warm, sunny conditions, Andrew Bumbalough finished a creditable 13th in the Chicago Marathon this morning, clocking 2:14:04. The race was won by Galen Rupp in 2:09:20.

Bumbalough demonstrated his ambitions from the outset, the Bowerman Track Club athlete joining the leading group the moment the 40,000 runners set off at 7:30am this morning. He ran with them through 10K in 31:27 and the half marathon in 66:11.

Bumbalough began to fall off the leaders’ pace shortly before the 20-mile mark, and he struggled over the closing miles, but in just his second marathon he will have reason to hold his head high after finishing in 2:14:04. It was just six seconds outside the personal best of 2:13:58 he set in his debut in Tokyo earlier this year.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quigley, Infeld and Frerichs close seasons in New York

Colleen Quigley of the Nike Bowerman Track Club was the leading Kimbia finisher at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York this afternoon, the steeplechase specialist impressing with an eighth-place finish in 4:20.6. The race was won by Jenny Simpson in 4:16.6.

“It wasn’t hard, but at the end of the year I think everyone is exhausted,” said Quigley. “I think the body is definitely beat up and tired at this point. It was a good to get a PR on the season and I feel like there is more in me. I have lots of goals ahead for 2017. This year was good, but not enough.”

Emily Infeld brought the curtain down on her 2017 season by finishing 17th in 4:30.3. “Oh gosh, my arms went lactic right away!” said Infeld. “It was tough. It was such a stacked field, but it was great to be a part of. Overall I’m happy and looking forward to a nice break. I’m excited to get back in it for next year.”

Courtney Frerichs capped a memorable season by finishing 20th, the world steeplechase silver medalist coming home in 4:31.3. “It was tough out there, and I expected that going up against some of the world’s best 1500m runners,” she said. “Coming down in distance is never easy but it’s super-fun, a perfect way to end the season.

Frerichs admitted life has been a whirlwind ever since the world championships in London last month, where she caused a huge upset to take silver behind Emma Coburn.

“It’s been crazy, it’s so different going to meets being recognized,” said Frerichs. “It’s super fun and I’m excited to move back up in distance and go for that nine-minute barrier in the steeple.”

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Jager takes third in Brussels finale


Evan Jager
closed his season with a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday night, the 28-year-old recovering from a late-race fall to reach the finish in 8:11.71.

On a cool, damp night in the Belgian capital, the early pace was strong, with pacemaker Haron Lagat towing the field through 1000m in 2:40.27. Soon after, as the pace began to slow, Jager moved to the front in search of his first sub-eight-minute clocking, and he led the field through 2000m in 5:24.45. Dogging his heels all along, though, was Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, and Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, who had both beaten Jager into third at the World Championships in London last month.

Approaching the bell, El Bakkali surged past Jager, then Kipruto moved around, leaving the Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete to fight it out for third. Kipruto closed in late to pass El Bakkali right by the line to win in 8:04.73, El Bakkali second in 8:04.83. Jager’s race very nearly ended at the final water jump, the American losing his footing on landing and crashing to the track, but he quickly picked himself up and summoned all his spirit and strength to outkick compatriot Stanley Kebenei to take third in 8:11.71.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Quigley brilliant in Berlin


It was a memorable afternoon for Kimbia’s Colleen Quigley at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin on Sunday, the 24-year-old carving five seconds off her lifetime best to finish third in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:15.97.

The race was won by Kenya’s Norah Jeruto Tanui, who clocked a meeting record of 9:03.70. Local favourite Gesa Felicitas Krause came home second in a German record of 9:11.85.

The early pace was taken out by Caroline Chepkirui, who towed the field through 1000m in 3:02, then Quigley’s teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Courtney Frerichs, took over pacing duties.

Frerichs, the silver medalist at the World Championships in London, had turned down the chance to race for herself in a bid to help her teammate Quigley to a fast time, and when she stepped aside just after 2000m, it was clear it was on. Quigley’s previous best was 9:20.00, set in Paris last year, but in Berlin today she blitzed that, powering to the line to clock 9:15.97 and putting the disappointment of disqualification at the World Championships firmly behind her.

 

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