Saturday, June 16, 2018

Kimbia signs Karissa Schweizer

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Karissa Schweizer, the most promising and successful female collegiate distance runner in the US in recent years.

Schweizer, 22, turns professional after a highly decorated career at the University of Missouri, where the Iowa native racked up six NCAA titles, spanning indoor, outdoor and cross country.

Most recently, Schweizer claimed success over 5000m at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, adding to her third-place finish in the 10,000m just days before. She became just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles.

Schweizer was an All-American 10 times during her collegiate career, won eight conference titles, set six school records and one collegiate record.

In 2016 Schweizer became the first athlete in history from the University of Missouri to win the women’s NCAA Cross Country, where she passed four runners in the final quarter-mile to win in 19:41.60.

We look forward to working with her as she embarks on a professional career.

Image: Jeff Curry/University of Missouri

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Kimbia signs Sean McGorty

Following on from his hugely successful collegiate career, eight-time All-American Sean McGorty of Stanford has turned professional and will be represented by Kimbia.

It marks an exciting recruit for the Kimbia team, as McGorty last weekend became NCAA champion over 5,000m in Eugene, Oregon. A graduate student in management science and engineering, McGorty was runner-up in the same race in 2016 and is one of the most exciting prospects in American distance running.

“I couldn’t be any happier right now,” McGorty told Palo Alto Online after the race. “I don’t think I could end it any better than this.”

In high school, McGorty won the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Championships with a state record 8:45.61 for two miles in Greensboro, N.C. and from his early days at Stanford, he stood out as a massive talent, clocking a sub-4 mile in his first collegiate track race.

After struggling with injury in 2017, McGorty returned better than ever this year, clocking a 1500m PB of 3:40.57 in March en route to his NCAA 5000m title last weekend in Eugene. We look forward to assisting him in his transition to the professional ranks.

Image via Spencer Allen/ courtesy of Stanford Athletics 

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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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