Friday, June 29, 2012

Jager Books Olympics in Steeple, Lomong in 5k

In only their fourth and second races in their respective events, Evan Jager and Lopez Lomong qualified to London on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to Jager and Lomong, Andrew Bumbalough, Elliott Heath and Brent Vaughn also represented KIMbia Thursday. Evan Jager was the lone runner from that group to run the steeplechase and provided one of the best races of the day, if not the Trials as a whole. Running tactically for most of the race, Jager took over with a little more than a lap to go and passed Dan Huling to pull away for the win. Jager won in a time of 8:17.4, in front of Donn Cabral (2nd, 8:19.8) and Kyle Alcorn (3rd, 8:22.1) rounding out the trio which earned spots to London. With only three previous steeples under his belt, Jager’s 8:17.4 puts him 15th all time in the United States in the steeplechase and was a three second PR.

In the 5k, four KIMbia athletes raced,with one making the Olympic team. Read the full article

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tegenkamp Places 2nd in 10k at Olympic Trials

Matt Tegenkamp qualifies to his second Olympic team, by placing 2nd in the 10,000m at the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Photo by Randy Miyazaki, TrackandFieldPhoto.com

Matt Tegenkamp overcame the elements on Friday and qualified to London in the 10,000m with a second place finish at the US Olympic Trials. Posting a time of 27:33.94 in a race that began under a steady downpour, Tegenkamp ensured his spot on the Olympic team by working from behind and moving up into the needed Top-3 place throughout the race. As winner Galen Rupp separated himself, Tegenkamp moved ahead of Dathan Ritzenhein at the bell and never looked back.

Teg’s teammates Brent Vaughn and Tim Nelson also competed, placing 7th and 14th, respectively, with Vaughn hanging in the hunt for a qualifying spot until late.

Hailing from the state of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin, Tegenkamp spoke after the race about preferring running in hot and humid Midwest weather rather than the rain and cold of Oregon.┬áTegenkamp ran the Olympic “A” Standard previously at the 2011 Payton Jordan Invitational in a PR of 27:28.22. This will be Tegenkamp’s second Olympic Games after placing 13th in the 5k at the 2008 Olympic’s in Beijing.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

NCAA Champions Fernandez, Heath Join KIMbia Athletics

Former NCAA Champions German Fernandez and Elliott Heath are joining KIMbia Athletics.

Fernandez has been one of the most talked-about young American talents since a spectacular prep career that culminated in knocking almost two seconds off one of the oldest high school records on the books: Jeff Nelson’s 29-year-old mark of 8:36.3 for 2-miles. However, Fernandez’s 8:34.40 — which came in a high-school-only competition — might only be his second most impressive high school performance when compared to the eye-popping double at the 2008 California State meet. There, the Riverbank-native ran 4:00.29 for 1600m, breaking Ryan Hall’s state record, followed by 8:34.23 for 3200m, just three hours later. The following year at Oklahoma State yielded even more impressive results. Read the full article

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