Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Infeld Wins in First-Ever Road Race

New discipline? No problem.

In her first time racing on the roads as a pro, Emily Infeld won the Wharf to Wharf Six-Miler in Capitola, California. The Georgetown graduate clocked a winning time of 30:51 to beat an international field, just two weeks after getting back to a full training load. The mark is the sixth-fastest in the event’s 41-year history, and led Infeld over a trio of road specialists: Almaze Fekade of Ethiopia, defending champion Risper Gesabwa of Kenya, and Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce, currently the #3 ranked American road racer of 2013.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel has a full report.

Meanwhile, teammate Chris Solinsky had a tough day at the office, losing contact with the lead pack early and coming home in tenth place. The Wisconsinite is scheduled to compete in Falmouth on August 11th.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Jager Runner-Up in Lucerne 3000

A 7:43 performance from Evan Jager in the flat 3000m paced all Americans in Lucerne last week , a mark good for second place in the international field. Left in Jager’s wake were teammates Chris Derrick and Dan Huling — both headed to the World Championships in August — plus Olympian and 13:15 man Diego Estrada, as well as two-time Kenyan national champion Gideon Gathimba. The race was won by up-and-comer Cornelius Kangogo of Kenya, who has now won three races in Europe this summer, after finishing 2nd in the 3000m at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava in 2012.

Pacing in the race was uneven early, but Jager still managed to clock the 4th fastest 3000m of his career, as he continues to work on perfecting the finish he’ll need to challenge for a medal in Moscow next month.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Bumbalough 13:12 is Top-20 US Mark

In Heusden Belgium, Andrew Bumbalough shaved four seconds off his personal best by running 13:12.01 for 5000m. The mark not only is a PB, but now ranks him 18th all-time among Americans. And on that list, ample motivation lies just ahead of “Bumbi” who sits at seventh in the comparable ranking of American indoor performers: with a logjam of Americans at 13:11, Bumbi’s lifetime best is now a mere 2.01 seconds away from 9th position.

The Tennessean took 5th in a very competitive race — twelve runners finished between 13:10  and 13:15 — after leading the chase pack in second position, with less than a kilometer to go. Teammate Elliott Heath ran 13:27.60 in the second heat later in the evening, good for a runner-up finish. The mark narrowly missed the Stanford grad’s personal best by just one-and-a-half seconds.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Lomong Earns an “A” in Paris

A third-place finish at the US Championships put Lopez Lomong in the driver’s seat for a 1500m berth at Worlds — but only running the “A” standard of 3:35.00 would guarantee him a ticket.

The Sudanese-born speedster took care of business at the Paris Diamond League meeting, clocking 3:34.55 and officially punching his ticket to Moscow. The performance was the 4th-fastest of his career, and just two seconds off his PB of 3:32.20, set in 2010.

Next up will be Monaco on July 19th, the site where Lomong recorded both of his previous sub-3:33 performances. Then, the bid for World Championship hardware will get underway on Wednesday August 14th, with heats in the 1500m.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Flanagan, Jager Win US Titles

If the mark of a true master in any craft is making something hard look easy, then Evan Jager and Shalane Flanagan can lay a claim to that title. Each won a national championship in style in Des Moines this weekend; Jager smoothly kicked away from the steeple field, while Shalane hammered the 10,000m from the opening steps and was running entirely alone for the final miles. Both athletes will go to the Moscow World Championships as the clear-cut top American hope in their respective events.

Lopez Lomong also laid claim to a spot on the US team by finishing third in the 1500m, one of the deepest events at the championships — only an Olympic silver medalist and world championships bronze medalist finished ahead of him. Lomong will still need to better the “A” standard of 3:35-flat in order to guarantee inclusion on the team for Moscow, but with a crackerjack 2013 campaign that includes a US record in the indoor 5000 and a pair of 3:51 runs in the mile (Millrose, Pre Classic), that mark looks to be attainable in the right race.

Other KIMbia athletes who took to the track in Des Moines included Matt Tegenkamp (7th) in the 10,000m, and a trio in the 5000m that included Andrew Bumbalough (5th), Elliott Heath (7th), and Chris Solinsky (8th).

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