Thursday, September 5, 2013

Q&A: Jager Ready for Brussels 5000

Sixth in London, fifth in Moscow, Evan Jager is a medal contender whenever he contests a championship steeplechase — but Friday in Brussels he’ll take the line in his third 5000 of the 2013 season at the conclusion of this year’s Diamond League. Previously, he ran a new personal best of 13:14 back in April at Stanford, and will face a slew of sub-13 and “13-oh” runners Friday. It’s an uber-competitive field but Jager sounds excited to face the challenge, as he gave us an update from the lobby of his hotel in Brussels…

1. Your performance at Worlds seemed to be a step forward from London but in post-race interviews you were obviously still disappointed not to medal. How did you feel about the race, when you left Moscow?

I would say that initially, after the Final in Moscow I was pretty disappointed that I didn’t get a medal because I had built the idea up in my head that I had the chance to. When I came away empty handed again, I was pretty bummed. But after having some time to step away and think about the race I am very happy with how much I have improved since last summer.

2. Do you feel like the steeple (hurdling) or the 5000 (longer distance) is a tougher event? Read the full article

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tegenkamp Defends US 20k Title in New Haven

photo by John Nepolitan Even with his mileage still at marathon training levels until two days before the race, Matt Tegenkamp went to New Haven and successfully defended his US 20k Road Title on Monday. The Portland-based athlete won on a muggy day with a clocking of 1:00:10, defeating Shadrack Biwott and Olympian Abdi Abdirahmin, among others. Fellow KIMbia athlete Sean Quigley rounded out the Top 10 with a time of 1:02:25.

Though Tegenkamp’s final time was well off his 2012 performance, it’s worth nothing that the 58:30 from last year is the US Championship record — and that Tegenkamp is currently deep into high volume training for the Chicago Marathon on October 13th. Calling New Haven a good “gut check” to see his present level of fitness, the Missouri native rode out moves from his fellow competitors, before breaking away with just over a mile left.

Previous to Monday, the Jerry Schumacher-coached athlete had won the US 10k road title in July, making Tegenkamp the leader in the US Road Running Circuit by a seventeen point margin, with just three races remaining.

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