Monday, February 24, 2014

Lomong Takes US 1500m Title

One state east of where he plied his trade in college, Lopez Lomong took home a 1500m national title at the US Championships in Albuequerque, holding off a late-charging Will Leer.

The Northern Arizona alum clocked 3:43.09 to beat a quality field — despite admitting that he and coach Jerry Schumacher have their focus on the 5000 for his 2014 campaign.

Adding to the handicap was contesting the championships at altitude… though that seemed not to trouble Lomong in the least. In fact, the Portland-based athlete bounced back the next day to take a credible fourth place in the 3000m, with a time of 7:56, completing a meet that demonstrated both his speed and evident strength.

 

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