Monday, February 11, 2013

Bumbalough Lifetime Best Beats Deep Seattle Field

Andrew Bumbalough and Evan Jager posted the #2 and #3 Mile times in the world this year, as they finished 1-2 at the Husky Classic in Seattle on Saturday. Facing a loaded field with sixteen sub-four minute milers, Bumbalough clocked a 3:56.12 to narrowly edge his training partner, who crossed the line two-hundredths later. The under-distance race yielded a massive 2.3-second mile PB for the 5,000m specialist, while Jager — a 4:05 miler in high school — turned in his best mile performance since 2011 and a four-second improvement on his previous indoor lifetime best. Teammate Chris Solinsky paced the field early on, in his first appearance on the track since a serious leg injury in 2011.

Going even “further” under-distance,  Lopez Lomong took on a strong 800m field that featured two Olympic Trials finalists. Nevertheless, Lomong came out ahead with a 1:46.53 performance that won the race, notched a 1-second-and-change indoor PB, and came within a second of his outdoor PB.

The career-best performances for the trio of Jerry Schumacher’s athletes bode well for their upcoming races at the Millrose Games. On February 16th, Lomong will line up for the mile, with Bumbalough and Jager slated for the two-mile.

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