Tuesday, September 25, 2012

KIMbia Athletes Find Summer Road Success

With winter on the horizon, several of KIMbia’s track athletes took to the roads for their final races of the 2012 season. Up in Providence, Andrew Bumbalough took home runner-up honors at the CVS Downtown 5k, which doubled as the USATF 5k Road Championship. Going blow-for-blow with Ben True in the final quarter-mile, Bumbalough got to the line just one-tenth of a second behind the New Hampshire runner. Though Bumbi entered the race with the fastest track PB for 5000m, True is no slouch himself, with a 13:20 lifetime best and the 2011 US Running Circuit grand prix title to his credit.

Running just behind the leaders in a large pack of about a dozen runners early on, the Tennessee native waited for the break to come after a pedestrian 9-minute split for the first three kilometers. When Leonard Korir finally dropped the pace to splinter the pack, Bumbalough stuck right on his heels, with True following closely and the field — including teammate Elliott Heath — in their wake. Bumbi moved to the lead on an uphill with 600m to go and dropped the hammer, but True — the defending champion here — utilized his prior experience on the course, waiting to make his final bid in the final 30 meters and slipping by at the line for the win. Read the full article

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Heath Sixth in Rieti 3000

Elliott Heath ran 7:45.08 to shave a few tenths off his 3000m PB in Rieti Italy, placing sixth and defeating Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Longosiwa. German Fernandez, fresh off a massive 1500m breakthrough in Berlin, was a bit off the main pack, but still picked up a personal best by clocking 7:53.61 in ninth place.

Heath was less than one-and-a-half seconds out of second place, and continues to show impressive consistency in his transition from collegiate running to the professional ranks. The three best performances of his life, according to the All-Athletics.com points table have all come during 2012 — and those do not even include his new PB’s at 1500m and the Mile, two of four personal bests he has run this summer. Among Americans, he now ranks fifth on the season, with teammates Evan Jager and Andrew Bumbalough sitting in first and fourth, respectively.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tegenkamp Wins Second US Road Title in New Haven

It has been three years since Matt Tegenkamp went to the East Coast and brought home a national championship at the CVS Downtown 5k. But on Monday, the two-time Olympian looked as good on the roads as ever, winning a second US road title at the New Haven 20k — in a championship-record time, no less.

After moving from 5k to 10k on the track, Tegenkamp got his first taste of longer road running in impressive fashion, clocking 58:30 to take down the old USATF record. In his wake was runner-up Luke Puskedra, who ran a sterling 61-minute half-marathon earlier this year, suggesting that Tegenkamp’s future in the half will be one to watch.

Three other KIMbia men took to the streets on Labor Day, as well: Sean Quigley, now based in Colorado, placed 6th in 1:00:02, with Brent Vaughn in 9th and Tim Nelson — fresh off his wedding — placing 11th.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fernandez Smashes PB With 3:34 in Berlin

In his first race as a pro, German Fernandez came home the victor. Round two, at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin, showed once again that he is one of America’s most exciting talents.

Running against a class field full of Olympians, Fernandez came in with the second-slowest PB but proved that he belongs at this level of competition, slicing two-plus seconds off of his PB to place seventh. Crossing 800m around 1:55, German was still second-to-last yet on pace to break 3:35 — something only six Americans had done on the year. With 350m to go, the California native began passing runners falling off the pace and keeping contact with the entire lead pack of eleven as they accelerated down the backstretch. Swinging wide off the final turn, Fernandez came home in lane three, just one and a half seconds behind Nixon Chepseba — third fastest man in 2012 — who broke the proverbial tape.

Fernandez’s final time of 3:34.60 far eclipsed his old lifetime best of 3:37.00 and made him the fourth-fastest American in 2012 — a year in which Americans finished 2nd and 4th in the Olympic Final. His new PB is nearly a second better than the Olympic “A” standard for 2012, proving that his talent is Olympic-level.

Watch the race in full, below. Read the full article

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