Monday, July 11, 2011

Shalane and Delilah Shine in Diamond League Meets

It was oh-so-close for Shalane Flanagan in Paris, and got-it-by-just-a-smidge for Delilah DiCrescenzo in Birmingham.

Flanagan ran a sizzling 14:45.20 to take fourth in a tough field in Paris, coming within 0.40 of equaling her PB, and just 0.44 of reclaiming the American Record at 5000m. Two days later, across the English Channel, Delilah posted a 9:40.63 to shave 0.43 off of her previous personal best in the steeplechase, en route to a fifth-place finish — her highest in a Diamond League event (or its predecessors, the Golden League and Super Grand Prix). Nudging herself into 13th all-time among Americans — a scant 1.5 seconds out of 7th — the Illinois-native was very much in the hunt for third-position, finishing less than three seconds behind Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton.

Erin Donohue also was in action, running 2:03.92 to shake things out in Kortrijk, Belgium in her first race off the plane. Delilah’s fellow member of the NJNYTC kicked-off her European campaign with a runner-up finish there.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Erin Donohue: I [ Heart ] NJ

The new Frank Gagliano-helmed NJNYTC has been putting each of its members under the spotlight with a series of athlete blogs, and last week it was Erin Donohue who came up to bat. The New Jersey native and Olympian took the opportunity to put on for her state, extolling its wealth of facilities, its accessibility for travel to anywhere on the professional circuit and, well, its ability to toughen one up:

[…] Most major championships and big IAAF circuit races are held in large cities, which are hot, humid and have poor air-quality.  Living down-wind of Philadelphia prepares me perfectly for these conditions – there’s no amount of heat, humidity or oil refinery by-product that my lungs can’t handle.

It’s good to see someone who is so proud of New Jersey be able to make light of it a little bit, too. And, it’s even better to see an avowed skeptic of social media — such as Ms. Donohue — willing to still play along and give us a peak at her personality!

Read Erin’s full blog about how great it is to live, work, and play in the Garden State here.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Stanford: Kim McDonald 10,000 Provides Fireworks Once More

Tim Nelson once again ran a PB and continued his ascension on the All-Time Top 10 list, Matt Tegenkamp made a strong debut, and Shalane Flanagan battled in an exciting women’s race as part of the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000m races at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. KIMbia highlight performances also included Evan Jager running a 3:40.52 1500m — a mere two seconds off of his PB — in his very first race back from a fractured navicular bone in his foot last summer, and Erin Donohue hanging tough in an over-distance 5000m appearance. Donohue was also competing for the first time after an injury and clocked a 15:41.78 in her professional debut at the distance.  Joining Jager with a quality 1500m was Andrew Bumbalough, who defeated Jager to place fourth and clock 3:39.70 — just shy of his own personal best.

While the performances may not have been as explosive as last year’s American Record run-for-the-ages by Chris Solinsky, KIMbia athletes honored our namesake, Kim McDonald, in the 10,000m races that also memorialize him. Read the full article

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

KIMbia Adds NJ/NY Athletes DiCrescenzo, Donohue to the Fold

KIMbia Athletics is pleased to announce that standout Americans Erin Donohue and Delilah DiCrescenzo are joining our roster.  Both athletes are currently training with renowned coach Frank Gagliano — better known as “Gags” — in the New York metropolitan area as part of the NJ/NY Track Club.

Donohue is the rare high school star that continues to make good.  If her prep years were meteoric — two National Titles and a New Jersey State Record in the Mile, plus countless state championships and meet records in all manner of events — Donohue has put together a professional career that is incredibly consistent. In a style befitting her blue-collar, grind-it-out personality, Donohue has taken bits and chunks out of her personal bests year after year, clocking 4:03:49 for 1500m and 1:59.99 in the 800m, making one Olympic and two World Championship teams, along the way.

Donohue had been representing herself for the past several months and explained the decision to connect with KIMbia, saying, Read the full article

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