Sunday, February 12, 2017

KIMbia Runners Get in Their Weekend Miles

It was a busy weekend for KIMbia’s track athletes, with runners doing indoor miles at three different meets, highlighted by a huge Colleen Quigley PR and a resurgent Lopez Lomong.

Colleen got things off to an exciting start at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday. She ran 4:24.88 for second in the fast heat of the mile, just behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate and fellow 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan (4:24.16). The two times were, briefly, world-leading marks until Saturday’s Millrose Games. More important, Colleen notched a 4-second PR.

At Millrose, Nicole Sifuentes placed 7th in the Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.27, and Izaic Yorks ran 4:01.64 for 10th in the men’s Wanamaker mile.

Later on Saturday, Lopez Lomong and Evan Jager went 1-2 in the fast heat of the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Both were time in 3:56.55, with Lopez getting the nod on place. Lopez’s run was his best race of the past year and an encouraging sign for 2017.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Amy Cragg Sets Half Marathon PR in Japan

Amy Cragg took almost a minute and a half off her half marathon personal best on Sunday, running 1:08:27 to finish second at the Marugame International Half Marathon in Japan. Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain won in 1:08:07.

Amy did a great job of pacing, hitting 10K in 32:21 and 20K in 64:56 (second 10K of 32:35).

Shalane Flanagan was also scheduled to run, but opted not to start the race. She’s been having lower back pain, which was made worse by the long flight to Japan.

The excellent blog Japan Running News has a full report on the race.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

German Fernandez Now Coaching at Oklahoma State

German Fernandez is returning to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, to be an assistant coach for the cross country and track teams and to pursue a master’s degree in health care entrepreneurship.

OSU head coach Dave Smith, who guided German to the 2009 1500-meter NCAA title, made the announcement on Wednesday.

German ran 28:06 in his 10,000-meter debut last spring. He’ll continue moving up in distance at the Gate River Run, the national 15K championship, on March 11 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Lopez Lomong Worried by New U.S. Immigration Ban

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong tells Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated that he’s concerned and saddened by the executive order on immigration that U.S. President Donald Trump signed last Friday.

“When I saw the news, I cried,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “I was very emotional about it. What if that document had been signed in 2001? Where would I be? I would have no career. I would have no degree. I would probably be dead.”

Lopez is a native of Sudan, one of seven countries whose citizens have been temporarily barred from entering the United States. Lopez came to the United States in 2001, became a U.S. citizen in 2007, represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics.

Lopez told Sports Illustrated that, in the wake of Friday’s executive order, he’s worried about his brothers Peter and Alex, both of whom have student visas to attend U.S. universities. Lopez helped the two come to the U.S. in 2009.

“I don’t want to have to think about my brothers getting rounded up and deported,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “They have grown up here. They have friends here. They speak English, and they don’t even speak the language from our country. They are working on citizenship. If they have to go back, they will end up dying there.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough to Make Marathon Debut Next Month in Tokyo

Ganbatte, Andrew Bumbalough!

Andrew will make his marathon debut on February 26 at the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six races that constitute the World Marathon Majors.

“I’m not looking to knock it out of the park in my first at-bat in the marathon,” Andrew says. “I plan to run conservatively, to have a good experience my first time out.”

One reason Andrew chose Tokyo for his debut is that there are often several runners aiming for the 2:10-2:12 range that Andrew has targeted for his debut. The race’s Japanese contingent alone includes five men with PRs of 2:10 or 2:11.

Andrew returned to top form last fall, capped by a 28:09.35 10,000 at the Hachioji Long Distance meet in Tokyo, Japan, on November 26. The performance, less than 13 seconds off his personal best for the distance, showed that Andrew had overcome a year and a half of injuries and setbacks that kept him from competing in last summer’s Olympic Trials.

To date, Andrew’s longest race is a half marathon. He ran his personal best of 1:02:05 to finish fifth overall and top American at the NYC Half in March 2015. He’s now doing altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona, to tackle twice the distance.

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