Thursday, June 20, 2019

Grant Fisher joins Kimbia Athletics

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Grant Fisher, a 22-year-old graduate of Stanford University, who will embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Fisher has been one of the standout distance runners in the NCAA in recent years, a 12-time All American who became NCAA 5,000m champion in 2017 while still a sophomore.

A native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, he has been touted as a future star ever since his high school days, when he combined soccer with running – achieving great success in both. In 2015 he became the seventh U.S. high school athlete in history to break four minutes for the mile, and since enrolling at Stanford his star has only ascended.

In his freshman year, having just turned 19, he finished sixth in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 13:30.13. He claimed victory the following year  with a devastating kick, then in 2018 he was runner-up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Verona, Wisconsin.

In 2019 he got even better, lowering his 1500m best to 3:39.60 at the Payton Jordan Invitational and his 5,000m best to 13:29.52. During the indoor season Fisher broke the collegiate record for 3,000m, clocking 7:42.62 to eclipse Galen Rupp’s previous mark. Later in the year, in what was his final race as a collegiate athlete, Fisher came up just short of reclaiming his 5,000m title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Texas, finishing a close runner-up to Morgan McDonald in 14:06.63.

He will now embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club, based in Portland, Oregon, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher and train with many of the world’s best middle and long-distance runners.

We at Kimbia Athletics are delighted to welcome Fisher to the team and we look forward to representing him in what we’re confident will be a highly successful professional career.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wynne leads the way with lifetime best

Henry Wynne produced another fine performance when finishing second in the 1500m at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Saturday, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking 3:35.14 to come home behind teammate Josh Kerr (3:33.60). That surpassed his previous best of 3:36.09 which he ran en route to a mile PR in Boston back in March.

Amos Bartelsmeyer finished sixth in a PR of 3:36.29 while Izaic Yorks came home seventh in 3:36.52. That carved a few fractions off Yorks’ previous best of 3:36.81 which he ran in London last summer.

The full race video is available at Runnerspace here.


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Yorks off to a strong start with 3:37 in Portland

Izaic Yorks turned in a promising performance at the Portland Track Festival over the weekend, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking 3:37.13 to finish second in the men’s 1500m, his first of the season – the race was won by Craig Engels in 3:35.32.

Henry Wynne was in action in the men’s 800m, the Brooks Beast athlete sharpening his speed with a 1:47 .64 clocking. That brought him home in sixth, closely followed by fellow Kimbia athlete Amos Bartelsmeyer (1:47.87). The race was won by Josh Kerr in 1:46.06.

Josh Thompson was in action in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, but the Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete was well off his best with a clocking of 9:02.84.

Meanwhile at the US 10K Championships in New York, Jess Tonn impressed with an eighth-place finish, clocking 32:56. The race was won by Sara Hall in 32:27.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Schweizer and Wynne stand out at Oxy

Karissa Schweizer and Henry Wynne impressed at the USATF Distance Classic at Occidental College, California on Thursday night. Schweizer, a Bowerman Track Club athlete, clocked a season’s best of 4:08.51 to finish second in section two of the women’s 1500m. Her fellow Kimbia athlete Elise Cranny finished 10th in 4:13.21. Steeplechase specialist Courtney Frerichs was an impressive winner of section 1 of the women’s 1500m in 4:15.96.

In the men’s 5000m, Henry Wynne stepped up and continued his great season to date, clocking 13:32.33 to finish third, just off his PB of 13:30.43.

There were three Kimbia athletes competing in the men’s 1500m. They were led home by Sean McGorty who clocked 3:38.75 to finish fifth in section 3. In the same race Lopez Lomong was seventh in 3:39.72. Fellow Bowerman Track Club athlete Josh Thompson was fourth in section two in 3:43.57.

Izaic Yorks was the sole Kimbia entrant in the men’s 800m, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking 1:48.22 to finish fifth.


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Friday, May 3, 2019

Scott smashes 10,000m PB in Stanford

At the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford last night, Marc Scott smashed his personal best for 10,000m, clocking 27:56.19 to finish second to Ben True (27:52.39). His previous best was the 28:07.97 he ran in Stanford in 2017.

Other Kimbia athletes to impress included Karissa Schweizer, who finished second in the fastest heat of the women’s 1500m in 4:12.10. Her Bowerman Track Club teammate Elise Cranny finished fourth in the same race in 4:13.20.

Lopez Lomong finished 15th in the men’s 5000m in 13:28.74, while Jess Tonn impressed in the women’s 10,000m, coming home 13th in 32:06.19.

Stanford graduate Sean McGorty ran well in the men’s 1500m to finish fourth in 3:39.00, a race won by Olympic 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy in 3:37.59.



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