Monday, June 29, 2009

Bairu Conquers Demons, Confirms KIMbia’s 5k Domination

Simon en route to victory in the 2007 Canadian road 10K championship.Last Wednesday night, @SimonBairu‘s twitter feed read: “8 National titles in Cross Country/Road Racing and 0 on the track-hopefully I end the curse tomorrow in the 5k!”  It took until about 4k into the race, but Bairu was able to capture that elusive track title at the Canadian Athletics Championships in Toronto on Thursday.

Simon initially wanted to go after the World Championships ‘A’ standard in the race to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin later this summer, but the humidity made that all but impossible.  Battling with Canadian Olympic team member, Eric Gillis, for the first half of the race, Simon pulled away over the last three laps and finished in 13:39, with a comforatble lead over the second place Gillis, who came home in 13:49.

With Matt Tegenkamp capturing the USATF 5k title last Friday, Simon’s 5k Championship makes KIMbia athletes 2 for 2 in the event in North American countries that are north of Mexico, a feat heretofore unheard of for a single agency. (This fact is unconfirmed. But probably true.)

Simon plans to forgo a trip to Europe in hopes of chasing the ‘A’ standard. Instead, he will stay in Portland to concentrate on making his marathon debut this fall.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Tegenkamp, Solinsky & Jager Lead KIMbia Sweep in 5000m

KIMbia — and Coach Jerry Schumacher — saw three more athletes join Tim Nelson (10,000m) on the American team for this summer’s World Championships, with Matt Tegenkamp claiming his first outdoor National Title in 13:20.  Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky (13:20) and Evan Jager (13:22) earned a decisive sweep in the Men’s 5000m, by running brilliant tactical races at Hayward Field, blitzing the final lap in 53 seconds.  Sean Quigley had his best showing at an outdoor national championship, hanging with the lead pack to the bell and ultimately finishing 7th, while Brent Vaughn took 9th. Watch the race in it’s entirety below, and check back for more the rest of this week! Read the full article

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Twitter Updates for 2009-06-25

  • In Eugene – dinner at McMenamins, where Sean Quigley made an appearance, too. KIMbia hits the track mañana in the 10k! #
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Solinsky Subject of Runner’s World Brief Chat

Chris Solinsky was interviewed by Peter Gambaccini of RunnersWorld.com for the magazine’s Brief Chat series. Therein, Chris discusses last summer’s disappointing 5th-place finish at the Trials, as well as his outstanding opener this year at Mt. Sac and the benefits of relocating to Portland: Read the full article

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Quigley Crosses the Border, Takes 4th

Quigley at Mt. SACSean Quigley journeyed north to compete in the 5000 at the Toronto for the Festival of Excellence, where he took 4th in 13:43 on a rainy night.  Filling the first three spots were top-shelf talents Saif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar), Dathan Ritzenhein (USA), and Haron Lagat (Kenya), in what was generally a rather slow affair. Click here for full results from the June 11th race.

Next up for Sean are the USATF National Championships where he is qualified for both the 5000m and 10,000m.

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