Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kimbia crew impress in California


World steeplechase medalist Evan Jager opened his season with a win at the Bryan Clay Invitational last week in California, an event where several of his Kimbia colleagues were also in action.

Jager took a narrow win over Isaac Kimeli of Belgium in the men’s 5000m, holding on down the home stretch to break the tape in 13:24.77, just in front of Kimeli in 13:24.92. Suguru Osako of the Nike Oregon Project was third in 13:29.11. This was Jager’s third race of the year, having finished fifth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and clocked a 3:58 mile indoors. Fellow Kimbia athlete Lopez Lomong was unable to finish in the same race.

Earlier this week, Jager announced his first steeplechase outing of the season will come at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, which takes place on May 26 in Hayward Field. The Olympic silver medalist will take on his conqueror in Rio, Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who will go to Eugene fresh from victory at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this month. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, 22, the silver medalist at last year’s World Outdoor Championships, is also in the field.

In the women’s 5000m, Amy Cragg failed to finish in her first outing since clocking 2:21:42 to finish third at the Tokyo Marathon in February.

Colleen Quigley started the outdoor season the way she raced indoors – impressively – as she took second place in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.01, not far behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan (4:06.07).

Courtney Frerichs finished ninth in the same race in 4:14.62, her first race since last year’s outdoor track season. Full results here.

At the USATF Road Mile Championships in Iowa, Henry Wynne finished 13th in 4:07.99, a race won by Riley Masters in 4:03.99.

Results: 5000m , Bryan Clay Invitational

1. Evan Jager – Nike/BowermanTC 13:24.77
2. Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 Belgium
3. Suguru Osako- Nike Oregon Project 13:29.11
4. Sydney Gidabuday JR – Adams State 13:29.31
5.Robin Hendrix- Unattached 13:29.57
6. Matthew Baxter SR – Northern Arizona 13:31.00
7. Colby Gilbert SR – Washington 13:41.88
8. Cooper Teare FR – Oregon 13:46.46
9.  Joe Hardy SR – Wisconsin 13:46.85
10. Futsum Zienasellassie – Hoka One One / NAZ Elite 13:47.09

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Third in Tokyo for Classy Cragg in 2:21:42


Amy Cragg turned in a stunning performance at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday morning, finishing third in a huge lifetime best of 2:21:42, taking more than five minutes off her previous best of 2:27:03.

That moved her to number five on the all-time US list, and left her just 23 seconds behind runner-up Ruti Aga. The race was won by Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba in 2:19:51. Cragg had run with the leading women up until 30K, at which point she was still on 2:20 pace, and though she couldn’t match Dibaba in the closing miles, she showed immense resolve to fight to the finish in third, rewarded with a place among the greats of American marathoning.

US women’s all-time list (via Letsrun.com)
2:19:36 Deena Kastor 2006 London
2:20:57 Jordan Hasay 2017 Chicago
2:21:14 Shalane Flanagan 2014 Berlin
2:21:21 Joan Benoit Samuelson 1985 Chicago
2:21:42 Amy Cragg 2018 Tokyo

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cragg trains sights on Tokyo

Amy Cragg is set to kick off her 2018 campaign at the Tokyo Marathon next month, the 34-year-old looking to carve a chunk off her personal best of 2:27:03.

Cragg, who memorably claimed the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London, spoke to Erin Strout at Runner’s World earlier today and explained that she will hope to be competitive in her first Marathon Major of the year.

“You can’t ever go into a [World Marathon Major] and say you’re just going to run for time. It’s just impossible. Even if that’s the plan going into it, when you get in the race you’re going to be competitive. There are these amazing women in there. As much as I’d like to say that it’s just about the PR and running fast, there’s also going to be competition as well. When it comes down to it at the end, I’d pick a higher place finish over a faster time. But as of right now, going into it, it’s going to be about running fast.”

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Historic bronze for Amy Cragg

Amy Cragg claimed a historic bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London today, becoming the first American woman in 34 years to do so.

The 33-year-old KIMbia athlete unleashed a storming finish to get among the medals, very nearly taking second as she crossed the line in 2:27:18, the same time as silver medallist Edna Kiplagat. Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo took victory in 2:27:11.

“It feels amazing,” said Cragg after. “I can’t even believe it.”

The early pace had been slow, but Cragg began to whittle the leading pack with a move just before the 20-mile mark. She had vocal encouragement along the route from coach Jerry Schumacher and husband Alistair, among others.

“It was really painful, but it was worth every little bit of pain,” she said. “It was just a grind to the finish.”

For a full feature story on her outstanding performance, and video reaction from her, check out this story by Runner’s World.

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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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