Monday, February 11, 2013

Bumbalough Lifetime Best Beats Deep Seattle Field

Andrew Bumbalough and Evan Jager posted the #2 and #3 Mile times in the world this year, as they finished 1-2 at the Husky Classic in Seattle on Saturday. Facing a loaded field with sixteen sub-four minute milers, Bumbalough clocked a 3:56.12 to narrowly edge his training partner, who crossed the line two-hundredths later. The under-distance race yielded a massive 2.3-second mile PB for the 5,000m specialist, while Jager — a 4:05 miler in high school — turned in his best mile performance since 2011 and a four-second improvement on his previous indoor lifetime best. Teammate Chris Solinsky paced the field early on, in his first appearance on the track since a serious leg injury in 2011.

Going even “further” under-distance,  Lopez Lomong took on a strong 800m field that featured two Olympic Trials finalists. Nevertheless, Read the full article

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Four in Top Four at US Cross Country

As a running fan posted to Twitter on Saturday, the only inevitabilities in life seem to be death, taxes, and Shalane Flanagan winning the US Cross Country Championships. In the St. Louis-hosted 2013 edition of the race, Flanagan felt some pressure from Kim Conley, but the Jerry Schumacher-coached athlete still managed to open a sizeable margin of victory to capture her sixth US Cross Country title. Meanwhile, with the top six finishers in the men’s and women’s races earning berths to represent America at the World Championships, every entrant from the Schumacher training group placed in the top four of their respective races.

Lining up alongside Shalane, Emily Infeld took fourth in her first-ever competition as a pro athlete, defeating such accomplished athletes as Sara Hall, Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, Neely Spence, and Alissa McKaig. Just six seconds ahead of the fast-finishing Georgetown graduate was all-time great Deena Kastor. Mirroring Infeld on the men’s side was Elliott Heath — also in fourth, also in his debut. In what was arguably the fastest collection of track 10,000m runners ever assembled for this race, Read the full article

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