Monday, February 28, 2011

Dispatches from Down Under: Arrival

Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, Tim Nelson and Andrew Bumbalough have journeyed to Australia for a fast, uber-competitive early season 5000m in Melbourne, Thursday March 3rd.  During this week, we will share some reports from them…

Matt Tegenkamp wrote the following about their arrival:

Surprisingly very little jet lag for such a long trip… the only problem I have is I can’t figure out which day it is!  Today we got the food situation figured out; for breakfast we found great blueberry pancakes (important for race day fueling), then we found the grocery store to stock up for the week.  The order of that whole process was important because you should never go to the grocery store on an empty stomach! Read the full article

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Did You Know…? Mile World Leader Edition

Chris Solinsky is currently the World Leader in the Mile for 2011, with his 3:54.52 from the Husky Invitational eclipsing a mark set by Russell Brown, one week prior at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

However, did you know that Solinsky’s teammate Andrew Bumbalough was the World Leader for a week, earlier in 2011? Bumbalough’s winning time of 4:00.14 at the Washington Preview Meet, was the fastest in the world as of January 15th (and until January 22nd).

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Flanagan Closes In on Defar, Takes 2nd in Stockholm

She may have been closing down on the World Record holder, late in the XL-Galan 3000m, but Shalane Flanagan had to settle for second place on Tuesday, clocking an 8:39.18 to finish just over a two seconds behind Meseret Defar. The time is the second fastest of Flanagan’s career, indoors, and the third fastest performance in US history, just four one-hundredths out of second.

Shalane’s husband Steve Edwards weighed in with the following report:

Shalane was very pleased with today’s result. Stockholm’s reputation of being a world class meet went beyond her expectations. Her performance builds tremendous confidence leading up to cross country world champs in Spain. Simply put, the race reinforces Shalane’s goal of being Top 10 in Spain.

Indeed, contrary to Internet scuttlebutt that tabbed this an “American record attempt,” Flanagan’s focus remains on cross country through Worlds. Coach Jerry Schumacher admitted before the race that his charge was more strong than sharp for this, a race at the shorter end of her range, and Flanagan’s 8:39 performance even exceeded her coach’s expectations coming in.

Now, Shalane and the rest of Team USA will have a little over three weeks to finish their preparations for Punta Umbria.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shalane Flanagan Officially Teaming with KIMbia Athletics

Yes, that Shalane Flanagan.

With most management partnerships being struck when an athlete is coming out of college, it’s almost unheard of for an agency to add an athlete so accomplished at the international level, right in the prime of her career. Yet we are pleased to be able to welcome Shalane Flanagan — she of two current American records, an Olympic Bronze Medal, a New York City Marathon Runner-Up Finish, and countless US Championships — to the KIMbia Athletics family. Having had the opportunity to work closely with Flanagan since she joined KIMbia’s OTC athletes under the guidance of Jerry Schumacher — and well as through her co-starring contribution to last fall’s Rookies Vs the World — our respective teams developed a mutual respect and admiration for each other. Now, we will have the opportunity to directly contribute to a continued success that is mutual as well.

“I have big goals and dreams,” Flanagan explained, Read the full article

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KIMbia Adds NJ/NY Athletes DiCrescenzo, Donohue to the Fold

KIMbia Athletics is pleased to announce that standout Americans Erin Donohue and Delilah DiCrescenzo are joining our roster.  Both athletes are currently training with renowned coach Frank Gagliano — better known as “Gags” — in the New York metropolitan area as part of the NJ/NY Track Club.

Donohue is the rare high school star that continues to make good.  If her prep years were meteoric — two National Titles and a New Jersey State Record in the Mile, plus countless state championships and meet records in all manner of events — Donohue has put together a professional career that is incredibly consistent. In a style befitting her blue-collar, grind-it-out personality, Donohue has taken bits and chunks out of her personal bests year after year, clocking 4:03:49 for 1500m and 1:59.99 in the 800m, making one Olympic and two World Championship teams, along the way.

Donohue had been representing herself for the past several months and explained the decision to connect with KIMbia, saying, Read the full article

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