Monday, June 27, 2022

Big weekend for Kimbia crew at nationals


It was a brilliant weekend for Kimbia athletes at various national championships, with Grant Fisher, Karissa Schweizer
and Elise Cranny all striking gold at the US Championships in Eugene and Marc Scott powering to victory at the British Championships. 

Fisher claimed his first US title with a commanding performance over 5000m in Eugene on Sunday, clocking 13:03.86 to come home a clear winner by almost three seconds. Fellow Kimbia athletes and Bowerman Track Club teammates Sean McGorty and Thomas Ratcliffe weren’t far behind, with McGorty sixth in 13:14.97 and Ratcliffe seventh in a PB of 13:17.48.

In the women’s 5000m, Elise Cranny and Karissa Schweizer booked their spots on Team USA for the World Championships by going 1-2, Cranny bouncing back to form by taking victory in 15:49.15 with Schweizer second in 15:49.32. Fellow Kimbia athlete Fiona O’Keeffe finished a fine sixth in 15:58.86. On Saturday, Schweizer had finished a close fourth in the 1500m final in 4:05.40.

In the men’s 1500m final, Josh Thompson produced a magnificent close to take third place in 3:46.07, a race in which Henry Wynne finished 12th.

Evan Jager produced a brilliant performance to finish second in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist clocking 8:17.29, a World Championship qualifier. Courtney Frerichs produced a season’s best in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final, clocking 9:16.18 to finish third.

Michaela Meyer finished sixth in her heat of the 800m in 2:03.83 and finished eighth in her 1500m heat in 4:19.48.

At the British Championships in Birmingham, Marc Scott produced a swift 55-second last lap to scorch to victory over 5000m.

At the German Championships in Berlin, Amos Bartelsmeyer advanced to the final of the 1500m, where he finished 12th.

Image: Ryo Gokita

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