Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quigley, Infeld and Frerichs close seasons in New York

Colleen Quigley of the Nike Bowerman Track Club was the leading Kimbia finisher at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York this afternoon, the steeplechase specialist impressing with an eighth-place finish in 4:20.6. The race was won by Jenny Simpson in 4:16.6.

“It wasn’t hard, but at the end of the year I think everyone is exhausted,” said Quigley. “I think the body is definitely beat up and tired at this point. It was a good to get a PR on the season and I feel like there is more in me. I have lots of goals ahead for 2017. This year was good, but not enough.”

Emily Infeld brought the curtain down on her 2017 season by finishing 17th in 4:30.3. “Oh gosh, my arms went lactic right away!” said Infeld. “It was tough. It was such a stacked field, but it was great to be a part of. Overall I’m happy and looking forward to a nice break. I’m excited to get back in it for next year.”

Courtney Frerichs capped a memorable season by finishing 20th, the world steeplechase silver medalist coming home inĀ 4:31.3. “It was tough out there, and I expected that going up against some of the world’s best 1500m runners,” she said. “Coming down in distance is never easy but it’s super-fun, a perfect way to end the season.

Frerichs admitted life has been a whirlwind ever since the world championships in London last month, where she caused a huge upset to take silver behind Emma Coburn.

“It’s been crazy, it’s so different going to meets being recognized,” said Frerichs. “It’s super fun and I’m excited to move back up in distance and go for that nine-minute barrier in the steeple.”

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Jager takes third in Brussels finale


Evan Jager
closed his season with a third-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels on Friday night, the 28-year-old recovering from a late-race fall to reach the finish in 8:11.71.

On a cool, damp night in the Belgian capital, the early pace was strong, with pacemaker Haron Lagat towing the field through 1000m in 2:40.27. Soon after, as the pace began to slow, Jager moved to the front in search of his first sub-eight-minute clocking, and he led the field through 2000m in 5:24.45. Dogging his heels all along, though, was Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, and Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, who had both beaten Jager into third at the World Championships in London last month.

Approaching the bell, El Bakkali surged past Jager, then Kipruto moved around, leaving the Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete to fight it out for third. Kipruto closed in late to pass El Bakkali right by the line to win in 8:04.73, El Bakkali second in 8:04.83. Jager’s race very nearly ended at the final water jump, the American losing his footing on landing and crashing to the track, but he quickly picked himself up and summoned all his spirit and strength to outkick compatriot Stanley Kebenei to take third in 8:11.71.

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