Wednesday, May 18, 2016

KIMbia Out in Force at Oxy Meet, Including in the Broadcast Booth

Evan Jager’s first steeple of the year and Chris Solinsky’s debut as a USATF.tv broadcaster are among the highlights of the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic, which will be held Friday night at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

KIMbia athletes will run in many of the meet’s events. Here’s who’s doing what, in order of race schedule:

  • Evan Jager, 3000-meter steeplechase
  • Lopez Lomong, 800 meters
  • Natalja Piliusina, 1500 meters
  • German Fernandez, 1500 meters
  • Tom Farrell, 1500 meters
  • Jess Tonn, 5,000 meters
  • Sean Quigley, 5,000 meters

The meet will be broadcast live on USATF.tv here. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Pacific/9:15 p.m. Eastern.

Chris Solinsky and fellow former Bowerman Track Club member Alan Webb will be adding their expertise to the broadcast. Although this will be Chris’ first USATF.tv broadcast, he’s not a neophyte; he was part of the announcing team for several Nike Cross National webcasts and also helped with an NBC broadcast of the Boston Indoor Games.

“This is a perfect job for me because I am a track junkie and am always reading all I can about the sport,” Chris says. “I am pretty good at knowing what people have done in their career.  I was always the person to inform my teammates about what their competition has done.”

Chris Solinsky, seen here after setting the U.S. 10,000-meter record in 2010, will be on the other end of the mic at Friday’s Oxy Meet in Los Angeles.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Celebrate Bannister Anniversary by Watching “Fire on the Track”

May 6, 1954 will always be a landmark date in athletic history. That’s when Roger Bannister did what was said to be impossible and became the first person to break 4:00 for the mile.

But as our documentary “Bannister: Everest on the Track” details, that first sub-4:00 was much more than just sporting news. Like the conquest of Mt. Everest, it spoke to humanity’s need to challenge supposedly insurmountable barriers. And like the summiting of Everest, Bannister’s epic run inspired a world still reeling from World War II that the future could be better than the past.

Indiewire named “Bannister: Everest on the Track” one of the best sports documentaries ever made, putting it in such company as “Hoop Dreams,” “When We Were Kings” and “The Endless Summer.”

Learn more about the film here, and order it here or here.

Meanwhile, to Sir Roger (who, incidentally, ordered 15 copies of “Fire on the Track” for his grandchildren), cheers, and happy anniversary.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Evan Jager 3rd in Payton Jordan 1500

American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager got in a little speedwork at Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational, running 3:38.67 to take third in the top heat of the 1500 meters. The race was won by collegian Izaic Yorks in 3:37.74. Lopez Lomong placed 11th in 3:50.78.

In an earlier heat of the 1500, German Fernandez placed sixth in 3:44.88. Jess Tonn placed 10th in section 2 of the women’s 1500 in 4:20.89.

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