Saturday, May 26, 2018

Jager, Yorks and Wynne impress at Pre Classic

Evan Jager
made an impressive 2018 steeplechase debut when finishing third at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene this afternoon, the Bowerman Track Club athlete in a photo finish with Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, both athletes credited with the same time of 8:11.71.

The race was won by Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen in 8:09.07.

“I felt pretty good. I felt like I was in a great rhythm. I was focusing on staying relaxed and Jerry [Schumacher] gave me the green light to do what I wanted. I didn’t want to make a move today and instead see what I could do over the last 200. I probably could have been a little more aggressive.”

Jager will now turn his attention to the US Championships before focusing on a tilt at the eight-minute barrier in Monaco in July.

In the international mile, Izaic Yorks and Henry Wynne both turned in outstanding performances, Wynne coming home third in 3:57.61 and Yorks fifth in 3:58.04. The race was won by Australia’s Luke Mathews in 3:57.02.

Colleen Quigley was a late withdrawal through injury, though the Bowerman Track Club athlete expects to be back on track soon.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Kimbia crew set to fire at Pre Classic

This weekend’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene will mark  a pivotal point for five Kimbia athletes as their 2018 campaigns begin to heat up.

Evan Jager will make his outdoor debut in the men’s 3000m steeplechase on Saturday afternoon, a race worthy of an Olympic final. Jager will line up against world and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya along with former Diamond League champion Jairus Birech and 7:54 man Paul Koech.

In tomorrow’s international mile, Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks will take on a formidable field and both appear capable of dipping below the four-minute barrier. Wynne is coming off personal bests over both 5000m and 800m in recent weeks, while Yorks is a 3:53 performer at his best.

In tonight’s men’s two-mile, Lopez Lomong will take to the track against a strong field which includes Paul Chelimo, Ed Cheserek and world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Erb, Wynne impress in Los Angeles

MJ Erb and Henry Wynne turned in promising performances  at the USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles last night.

Erb (above, photo: USATF) took victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 8:32.78 ahead of Travis Mahoney (8:33.09) and Brandon Doughty (8:33.43). It was the first outdoor track race of the year for Erb, a member of the Saucony Freedom Track Club, and bodes well for a promising summer for the 24-year-old.

In the men’s 800m, his fellow Kimbia athlete Henry Wynne broke new ground with a lifetime best of 1:48.36, a race won by Craig Engels of the Nike Oregon Project in 1:47.40. Wynne, the 2016 NCAA indoor mile champion, showed his speed is still in a good place ahead of the summer, and so too his endurance, having clocked a 5000m PR of 13:30.43 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford a fortnight earlier.

The next major meeting on the horizon for Kimbia’s athletes is the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene next week, with Wynne and Izaic Yorks likely to line up in the international mile, Colleen Quigley in the women’s 1500m and Evan Jager in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. For an in-depth chat with Jager ahead of his season opener, this podcast (embedded below), in which he talks to Lindsay Hein, is well worth a listen.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Rest in Peace, Bruce Tulloh

We at Kimbia express our deepest condolences to the family of Bruce Tulloh, a dear friend and one of the most respected and loved figures in the sport, who passed away last weekend at the age of 82.

Tulloh, pictured above (photo by Getty Images), was European 5000m champion in 1962 and a prolific coach and writer after his retirement, one whose work helped foster the next generation of distance runners.

Bruce stood out from his peers during his competitive career, not only for his talent but also his approach. He was the first non-African to compete without shoes at the top level, a decision which saw many mimic his style in the years that followed and eventually spurned the barefoot running craze that swept throughout the sport over the past two decades.

But he excelled far beyond the track. He broke the world record for the coast-to-coast run across America, covering 2876 miles in just 64.9 days to take more than four days off the previous best. And he did it without a big support crew, just his wife Sue and young son Clive for company.

As a writer, he published 23 titles and the wisdom within them prevails today. Like a true running addict, he remained competitive into his 70s, even clocking a mind-boggling 1:16 half marathon at the age of 60.

At Kimbia, we had the pleasure of interviewing Bruce during the production of Bannister a number of years ago, a documentary about Roger Bannister accomplishing ‘Everest on the Track’with his four-minute mile in 1954.

For all of his achievements, Tulloh will be remembered best by those who knew him for his manner – an incredible storyteller, a font of running wisdom and a generous man who gave the world so much. For more on him, Roger Robinson’s piece in Athletics Weekly is well worth a read.

May he rest in peace.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kimbia crew impress in California

World steeplechase medalist Evan Jager opened his season with a win at the Bryan Clay Invitational last week in California, an event where several of his Kimbia colleagues were also in action.

Jager took a narrow win over Isaac Kimeli of Belgium in the men’s 5000m, holding on down the home stretch to break the tape in 13:24.77, just in front of Kimeli in 13:24.92. Suguru Osako of the Nike Oregon Project was third in 13:29.11. This was Jager’s third race of the year, having finished fifth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and clocked a 3:58 mile indoors. Fellow Kimbia athlete Lopez Lomong was unable to finish in the same race.

Earlier this week, Jager announced his first steeplechase outing of the season will come at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, which takes place on May 26 in Hayward Field. The Olympic silver medalist will take on his conqueror in Rio, Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who will go to Eugene fresh from victory at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this month. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, 22, the silver medalist at last year’s World Outdoor Championships, is also in the field.

In the women’s 5000m, Amy Cragg failed to finish in her first outing since clocking 2:21:42 to finish third at the Tokyo Marathon in February.

Colleen Quigley started the outdoor season the way she raced indoors – impressively – as she took second place in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.01, not far behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan (4:06.07).

Courtney Frerichs finished ninth in the same race in 4:14.62, her first race since last year’s outdoor track season. Full results here.

At the USATF Road Mile Championships in Iowa, Henry Wynne finished 13th in 4:07.99, a race won by Riley Masters in 4:03.99.

Results: 5000m , Bryan Clay Invitational

1. Evan Jager – Nike/BowermanTC 13:24.77
2. Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 Belgium
3. Suguru Osako- Nike Oregon Project 13:29.11
4. Sydney Gidabuday JR – Adams State 13:29.31
5.Robin Hendrix- Unattached 13:29.57
6. Matthew Baxter SR – Northern Arizona 13:31.00
7. Colby Gilbert SR – Washington 13:41.88
8. Cooper Teare FR – Oregon 13:46.46
9.  Joe Hardy SR – Wisconsin 13:46.85
10. Futsum Zienasellassie – Hoka One One / NAZ Elite 13:47.09

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