Monday, September 23, 2013

Bumbalough Wins US 5k Title, Infeld Runner-Up

He might have been the top American distance runner without a US title to his name, but Andrew Bumbalough remedied that on Sunday in Providence by winning the CVS Downtown 5k. With that victory, he also took home the US 5k road championship, his first national title in a stellar pro career that has seen him collect runner-up finishes at the US Cross Country Championship (2011) and 5k Road Champs (2012), represent the US on the track at Worlds (2011), and rank among the Top 20 Americans all-time in three different events.

Meanwhile, Emily Infeld — entering only her second season as a professional — took runner-up honors among the women, beaten only by 5000m national record holder Molly Huddle. After a track PB at 3000 earlier this month, and a road win for six miles earlier this summer, Infeld was expected to contend for the win, and she and Huddle wasted little time grabbing the lead early. As most of the field deferred to that duo throughout the race, Huddle would take down the win by one second, with Infeld a decisive runner-up, nearly four seconds clear of third place.

The men’s race held more suspense, with a large pack bunched up entering the final mile. It was soon-to-be-marathoner Matt Tegenkamp making the first big move and displaying what he later called “feistiness,” as he stepped down in race distance during his build-up for Chicago. Last year, Bumbalough made a play for the lead around the final turn and got caught late by defending champion Ben True, and this time around “Bumbi” played the role of seasoned vet and timed his move perfectly. Saying he “had learned a lot” from last year’s runner-up finish, the Tennessee native blasted home to a four-second victory and clocked a 13:45, seven seconds faster than the winning time in 2012. He was followed across the line by teammate Tegenkamp, who rallied to a barely-beaten third place finish (13:49, just five-tenths out of second position), and Chris Solinsky, who ran 14:15 for sixth place in his first US road championship.

A post-race interview with Bumbalough can be watched here, and Infeld here.

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