Friday, July 28, 2017

Four new signings for Kimbia

We are delighted to welcome four new arrivals to Kimbia, a quartet of the finest middle distance men to come through the NCAA system in recent years.

Marc Scott, a highly-talented 22-year-old English athlete, will be best known to fans for his victory at the NCAA Championships over 10,000m last month, the Tulsa athlete powering to victory in 29:01.54 at Hayward Field. Since then he has moved on to an even bigger stage, securing his world qualifying standard over 5000m last weekend in Heusden, Belgium, clocking 13:22.37 to dip under the required standard and see his name added to the British team for the event, which begins next Friday in the London Stadium. He will move from Taylor Gulley, his coach at Tulsa, to the Bowerman Track Club, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher.

MJ Erb, who finished fourth in the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase and seventh at the US Championships a fortnight later, is another exciting new recruit, the 23-year-old American departing after a successful NCAA career at Ole Miss, where he was coached by Ryan Vanhoy, to train under Saucony’s Elite Athlete Development Team with coach Tim Broe. He lowered his best to 8:26.75 in the 3000m steeplechase this year and looks poised to take his place on international teams in the years to come.

Josh Thompson, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, is another promising addition to the Kimbia team. The 24-year-old native of Logandale, NV, had made tremendous progress this season, lowering his 1500m best to 3:38.21 and his mile best to 3:56.89. After being guided to a fourth-place finish in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships and an eighth-place finish at the US Championships by college coach Dave Smith, he will now move north to Portland, OR, where he will come under the tutelage of Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club.

Henry Wynne, at just 22, is the youngest of the four new signings, and looks set to have a promising career in his new base in Seattle, where he will be coached by Danny Mackey and run for Brooks Beasts. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was coached by Pete Watson, and it was a decorated collegiate career he left behind, one that included victory in the NCAA Indoor Championships over a mile last year. This year he has twice clocked 3:39 for 1500m, just shy of his lifetime best of 3:3835, which he ran in Florida last year at the age of just 20.



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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brilliant night in Belgium for Kimbia athletes

It was a fantastic night for Kimbia athletes at the KBC Nacht meeting in Heusden, Belgium on Saturday night, a meet synonymous with running fast times.

That was exactly what Colleen Quigley did, the London-bound steeplechase specialist carving a whopping eight seconds off her lifetime best to run 4:03.93, coming home ahead of Germany’s Hanna Klein (4:04.15) and Amanda Eccleston (4:04.34).

Later in the evening, Emily Infeld and Shalane Flanagan took to the track in the 5000m, and both managed to dip below the 15-minute barrier. In a race won by Susan Kremins of the Netherlands in 14:53.35, Infeld came home close behind in 14:56.33, with training partner Flanagan just two seconds behind in 14:58.99. Next up for Infeld and Quigley is the IAAF World Championships in London in a fortnight, while Flanagan will soon turn her attention to the roads.

Later in the night, Britain’s Marc Scott set a PB in the men’s 5000m, taking 14 seconds off his personal best to secure the qualifying standard for the World Championships in London. Scott, 23, finished fourth in a race won by Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir in 13:16.38.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Jager magnificent in Monaco











Evan Jager turned in an outstanding performance to win the Monaco Diamond League on Friday night in 8:01.29, the fastest time in the world this year and his quickest in more than two years. Coming less than two weeks before the beginning of the IAAF World Championships in London, it served as the perfect confidence boost for the 28-year-old Olympic silver medalist.

Jager seized command of the race shortly after the 2000m mark, which was reached in a sensible 5:25.40, which means he ran his last kilometer in a blazing 2:35.89. He wound up the pace over the final three laps with relentless power, finally breaking the trio chasing behind with 500m to run. From there, he accelerated all the way to the finish, sprinting to the line to just miss out on the eight-minute barrier, not that he will have been bothered.

“It was our plan to run only the steeple on the Diamond League circuit now,” said Jager, who was running his first race in Europe this year. “The previous ones did not fit into our plans with training camp and altitude.”

However, despite beating the best Kenya had to offer on the night, the Bowerman Track Club athlete will not be resting on his laurels over the upcoming fortnight. After all, a late withdrawal from the race was the man who beat him to gold in Rio last year, Conseslus Kipruto, who erred on the side of caution while nursing a foot injury. The pair met afterwards in the mixed zone, with Jager reportedly telling Kipruto that he was sorry not to have him out there and that they’d see each other in London.

“We are keeping our options open for the best possible tactical plan for the worlds,” said Jager. “But one thing is clear: I’m going for gold.”




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Final tune-ups ahead of London

A host of Kimbia athletes will run their final races this weekend before the London World Championships, with Evan Jager, Emily Infeld and Coleen Quigley all set to compete, among others.

Jager, the reigning Olympic silver medalist, will compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Monaco Diamond League on Friday evening. The 28-year-old has been in impressive form so far this year, winning the US Championships with ease on June 25 in 8:16.88. However, Monaco will represent his first race of the season outside the US, and it’s a hot one, featuring Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, among others.

Colleen Quigley will also be in her first race in Europe this year, though the Nike Bowerman Track Club  athlete will compete in Heusden, Belgium, a meeting synonymous with fast times in the distance races. Quigley will sharpen her speed ahead of London with a 1500m, and with a 4:24.88 mile to her name indoors this year, it will be no surprise if her personal best of 4:11.61 falls.

Emily Infeld, meanwhile, will also tune up for her 10,000m outing in London with a 5000m race in Heusden, where she will be joined by fellow Kimbia athlete and Nike Bowerman Track Club teammate Shalane Flanagan, who she has been training with in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in recent weeks. Infeld’s last race was when she finished fifth in Lucerne over 3000m in 8:55.41, while Flanagan’s last race came at the US Championships in Sacramento, where she finished fourth in the 10,000m in 31:31.12.

Fellow Kimbia athlete Marc Scott will race over 5000m in Heusden. The 23-year-old clocked a PB of 7:43.37 over 3000m at the London Diamond League last week and looks capable of lowering his best of 13:36.81. Farther afield, Izaic Yorks has been in impressive form in recent weeks, the 23-year-old running a season’s best of 3:37.91 last week in Sainte-Therese, Montreal. He backed that up on Wednesday night with a 3:39.75 run to finish second over 1500m in Seattle, just behind race winner Brannon Kidder (3:39.39).

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hall of Fame award for Amy Cragg

Amy Cragg has been announced among a group of eight sportspeople to be inducted into the Arizona State Athletics Hall of Fame. The 33-year-old Kimbia athlete, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club, will be formally inducted during a luncheon on October 13 and introduced to the crowd at a home football game the following day.

Athletes become eligible for the Hall of  Fame 10 years after their senior class has graduated, and Cragg (nee Hastings) has certainly put together a career worthy of the honor. She was a 10-time All-American in track and cross country and an NCAA indoor champion over 5000m in 2006.

Since turning pro, Cragg has become one of America’s finest distance runners. She finished 11th in the Olympic 10,000m in 2012 and last year, in Rio, she finished ninth in the Olympic marathon, having won the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles earlier in the year in 2:28:20. So far this year she has raced sparingly, but has made it count when she toes the line. She clocked a personal best for the half marathon in Marugame, Japan in February, running 68:27, and finished second at the Payton Jordan Invitational over 10,000m in Stanford in May, running 31:17.20.


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