Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jager PB Leads the Way at Oxy 2013

Running from the second heat, Evan Jager logged a tidy two-second personal best at the Oxy High Performance Meet put on by USATF. Lopez Lomong crossed the line fifth in the top-seeded heat, beating World bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz, but it was Jager who finished second overall in the standings, thanks to his 3:36.34 — a time second only to Nick Symmonds. Mile specialists Andrew Wheating and Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano also were bettered by Jager’s performance in Heat #2. Lomong ran 3:37.08, with Elliott Heath clocking a new PB of 3:39.85 in the third heat.

Chris Solinsky ran his second 5000m race since 2011 and produced a 13:27. Though he was disappointed to miss the World Championships “A”-standard for which he was gunning, the performance showed Solinsky’s previous sub-13:30 at Stanford was no fluke. That night he tweeted, “Wow that one stung. Legs felt dead from the gun. Not happy with how I executed. Fitness is there.”

Up ahead for the KIMbia crew is the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday June 1st.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chris Solinsky Takes Your Pre-Oxy Questions

Chris Solinsky suffered a horrific hamstring injury in late-2011, leading to an entire 2012 season away from competition… and one of the most remarkable comebacks in recently memory. An 8:05 3000m indoors showed he had solid fitness once again, as he cruised to the win, going away. Then he entered the Stanford Payton Jordan 5000 with questions swirling about how competitive he could really be. A very strong 13:23 answered them and put him within striking distance of the World Championships “A”-standard of 13:15, a mark at which he will take aim on Friday at the USATF Occidental High Performance Meet.

Before flying to LA for the meet, he took to Twitter to answer some questions. Read the full article

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Infeld Featured in Runner’s World

Here’s a nice (older) Q&A you may have missed with Ms. Emily Infeld, the newest member of Team KIMbia. In it she talks with Runner’s World about her race at the US Cross Championships and adjusting to being in a professional group — including her first stint at altitude:

I’m not the best pacer. The first time, when we were doing mile repeats, I was supposed to be doing 74-second quarters, and I went out in 31 seconds [for 200 meters], which is what the boys did. A hard lesson learned; the rest of that workout was really painful and the rest of that repeat was really painful. I think it’s just knowing your body and not getting too antsy, and also thinking to take a little more rest between repeats. During tempo runs, I’d start out thinking, “I’m felling great, I feel like I’m going really slow,” but toward the end, I wasn’t picking it up too much. [The effect of altitude] was definitely building in my legs. I definitely did the hardest workouts I’ve ever done there.

Anyone who has run at altitude, recognizes this awareness as key, sage advice. Infeld, of course, would go on to place 21st as the 2nd American on a team that missed a bronze medal by just 17 points. Now she looks to make another world team, this time on the track. The US Championships kick off June 19th in Des Moines.

Lots more in the full interview, here.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Lomong Third in San Diego

In the inaugural Re:RUN track meeting in San Diego, Lopez Lomong finished a strong third in a talented 800m field. Running 1:47.07, the Portland-based athlete placed behind 1:42-man and Olympic 4th-placer Duane Solomon, and the American record holder for 1000m, Eric Sowinski. In doing so, Lomong defeated former global championship competitors at the distance, Boaz Lalang and Charles Jock.

In the women’s 1500m, Emily Infeld placed ninth in 4:40.40.

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