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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Friday, August 25, 2017

Flanagan to run New York City Marathon


Shalane Flanagan will return to the New York City Marathon in November for the first time since 2010, when she finished second in 2:28:40 behind Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat.

The 36-year-old Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete announced her participation today as part of a visit to the city serving as a Team for Kids Ambassador for New York Road Runners ahead of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K on Saturday.

After being forced to withdraw from Boston through injury, New York will be Flanagan’s first marathon of the year and she showed training has been progressing well when finishing fourth in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth in 31:15 earlier this month.

“I want that one last really special moment,” Flanagan told USA Today. “I’m just hoping I can achieve it soon because I really, I just want one more big performance, and I feel like I have it within me. I just need the right stage and the right day to get it done.”

To read more on her return to top-level racing, click here.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jager, Frerichs and Quigley back in action in Birmingham

In his first outing since the World Championships in London, Evan Jager finished seventh in the Emsley Carr mile in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon, coming home in 3:57.39.

The race was won by Jake Wightman of Britain in 3:54.92 ahead of compatriot Chris O’Hare (3:55.01). Jager, the 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist in London, took up the pace shortly after the 800m mark, reached in 1:57.36, with the American leading through 1200m in 2:59.32.

However, he didn’t have the pace to match the mile specialists over the final 200m and had to settle for seventh on this occasion.

Courtney Frerichs, the world silver medalist in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, finished 14th in the 3000m in 8:53.99, a lifetime best. The race was won by Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands in 8:28.90.

Her teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Colleen Quigley, was in action in the women’s 1500m in Birmingham. She put the heartache of disqualification at the World Championships behind her with a ninth-place finish in 4:06.07. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum in 4:01.36.

Full results are here.

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