Monday, September 28, 2009

Tegenkamp and Solinsky Finish Season Down Fifth Avenue

Solinsky trails Tegenkamp at the US Outdoor Champs (Victah Sailer)Perhaps appropriately, KIMbia’s Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky finished just three-tenths of a second apart under the shadow of the New York City skyline Saturday afternoon, in the last race of the 2009 season.  Back in June, the two training partners stormed to a one-two finish at the US Championship 5k in Eugene and, just like Saturday, the two finished just three-tenths of a second apart.  The 5k in Eugene launched two of the most successful summers of racing the KIMbia group and American distance running have ever seen. The 5th Avenue mile on Saturday was the perfect bookend for those great seasons.

 Matt and Chris finished 7th and 8th respectively in 3:54.20 and 3:54.51.  The race started on E. 80th St. in Manhattan and ran straight down Fifth Ave. to the finish on E. 60th St.  Matt had a brief glimpse of the lead 1200 meters into the race, but the 5000m specialist was not able to match the kick in a field of almost exclusively milers. 

Both runners have a brief vacation from racing to look forward to.  Chris will be using that time to plan for his wedding coming up in the next few months.  Full results of the 5th Ave. Mile after the jump. Read the full article

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Carney, Dryer Picked for World Half Marathon Championships

Colorado residents Elva Dryer - StrandsJames Carney and Elva Dryer will represent America at the 11th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, to be contested in Birmingham, UK on October 11th, 2009.  Carney was the national champion at the half-marathon distance in 2008, with Dryer winning her own title in 2007.  In fact, Dryer has shown a real aptitude for the distance, bringing a three-race winning streak — including a win in Austin this year — into the Championships.  Her PB is 1:11:40 and, in winning the national title in 2008, Carney set his lifetime best of 1:02:21.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Tegenkamp Wins Title and Donaghue Rolls at 5k Road Champs

Teg at Stanford 2009The newest member of the American sub-13:00 club took home the 2009 Men’s US 5k Road Championship, held as part of the CVS Downtown 5k this weekend, in Providenc, RI. Using his patented kick, Matt Tegenkamp won in 13:57, defeating two of America’s fastest in Bolota Asmeron and Anthony Famiglietti.  After trying to blister the field last year — only to lose a homestretch battle with Famiglietti –this time around, Tegenkamp sat on the controlled early pace that kept much of the field in contention through the initial miles.  On the course’s most significant hill in the final-third of the race, Tegenkamp positioned himself to kick, then blasted home to claim a 5k road title to pair with his 5000m national title from the track, won back in June in Eugene, OR. Read the full article

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Send In Your Questions for End of the Season Q & A

Bairu Quigley and Nelson in 2009 Stanford 10kThe conclusion of the World Athletics Final means that the 2009 track and field season has come to a close for us.  We saw many terrific performances, as our thirteen athletes who hit the track turned in a total of fourteen personal best performances, and with KIMbia talents collecting six top-five finishes in the 5000m and 10,000m races at the US National Championships — including four spots on the American World Championship team.  In particular, we were proud to dominate the Men’s 5000m in Eugene, with five runners in the top nine, and to see OTC member Matt Tegenkamp join one of the most exclusive clubs in US distance running, by going under 13-minutes in the 5000m with his 12:58.56 clocking on a chilly night in Brussels.

If you have questions for any of the members of Team KIMbia about this 2009 season,  please send them to questions[AT]kimbia[DOT]net or post them in the comments below!  If you need a quick refresher on some of the performances from the season, check the athlete bio pages or our race recaps, below.  Make sure you get your questions in by the end of the day Tuesday, September 22! Read the full article

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Solinsky 6th in World Athletics Final 3000m

Solinsky in 2009 WAF 3000mSaturday was Day One of the IAAF World Athletics Final in Greece, and in a tactical 3000m, Chris Solinsky once again showed himself to be one of the most competitive 3000m runners in the world, taking 6th place in a loaded field.  After a very slow opening mile, Leonard Patrick Komon of Kenya led the field at the completion of the second kilometer, as the pace became much more world-class.  Because athletes can only qualify to the WAF by accumulating points earned with placings at Grand Prix meets throughout the season, the field in Greece was top-notch and all of the competitors in the 3000 remained bunched in a giant pack, eight-wide, at the bell. Read the full article

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