Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Evan Jager Ranked #2 in the World for 2016

For the second time in the last three years, Track & Field News has ranked Evan Jager second in the world in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The ranking was pretty much a no-brainer, given Evan’s Olympic silver behind Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who got the gold in Rio and the 2016 #1 spot.

Also making T&FN‘s vaunted year-end list:

  • Shalane Flanagan, #1 on the U.S. marathon list.
  • Emily Infeld, #2, U.S. 10,000 meters (and #5, U.S. 5K).
  • Colleen Quigley, #2, U.S. steeple.
  • Amy Cragg, #3, U.S. marathon.
  • Courtney Frerichs, #3, U.S. steeple.
  • Izaic Yorks, #10, U.S. 1500.

Shalane topped the U.S. marathon list for the fourth time in the last five years. Emily’s #2 at 10K was her second consecutive year there. Izaic made his first of what we assume will be many appearances in the rankings.

Evan, of course, got the top U.S. ranking in the steeple. It was his fifth straight such ranking since 2012, the year he took up the event. The last American man to have a longer streak at #1 in the steeple was Henry Marsh, who was ranked the top U.S. steepler from 1978 through 1983. Evan also picked up a #7 ranking on the U.S. 5K list, and tied with 1500-meter Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz for 5th in the overall U.S. rankings.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Emily Infeld Sets PR in Olympic 10,000 Final

Running in what turned out to be the deepest women’s 10,000 in history, Emily Infeld placed 11th in 31:26.94 in Friday morning’s Olympic final in Rio.

Emily’s time is a new personal best, 12 seconds under her previous PR, set last year.

When Kenyan Alice Aprot set a sub-30:00 pace from the start, Emily let the lead pack go, and ran in a small chase pack, which she fronted for much of the race.

“I hope to keep getting better and better,” Emily told Runner’s World. “I was definitely in better shape than that showed today. It’s my first Games and I’m happy to be here…hopefully I can come back and be a bit smarter.”

Led by Ethiopian Almaz Ayana’s world record of 29:178.45, the race was extraordinarily deep. There were eight national records and 18 personal bests, the latter including the first 13 finishers.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Best Wishes to Our Seven 2016 Olympians!

Track and field at the 2016 Olympics starts on Friday, August 12. Seven KIMbia runners will be in action, including one in the first track final of the Games. Below is a rundown of who’s running what when. Best wishes for strong legs and minds to all!

Emily Infeld
10,000 meters, Friday, August 12, 10:10 a.m. Eastern/7:10 a.m. Pacific

Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley
Steeplechase, 1st round, Saturday, August 13, 9:05 a.m. Eastern/6:05 a.m. Pacific (Final on Monday, August 15, 10:15 a.m. Eastern/7:15 a.m. Pacific)

Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan
Marathon, Sunday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. Eastern/5:30 a.m. Pacific

Evan Jager
Steeplechase, 1st round, Monday, August 15, 9:25 a.m. Eastern/6:25 a.m. Pacific (Final on Wednesday, August 17, 10:50 a.m. Eastern/7:50 a.m. Pacific)

Tom Farrell
5,000 meters, 1st round, Wednesday, August 17, 9:05 a.m. Eastern/6:05 a.m. Pacific (Final on Saturday, August 20, 8:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Pacific)

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Monday, July 11, 2016

What a Great Olympic Trials

KIMbia runners nailed it at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Those who didn’t make the team for Rio put themselves in the best position to qualify for as long as possible. Here’s a summary of the goings-on.

Women’s 10,000, July 2: Emily Infeld stuck with eventual winner Molly Huddle for 24 of 25 laps and finished second to make her first Olympic team. And she did so in her outdoor season opener! Emily’s race in Rio, the first final of the Games, will be on August 12.

Women’s steeplechase, July 7: Courtney Frerichs had the fastest last lap and moved from fourth at the bell to finish second. Colleen Quigley was just behind her. With their times of 9:20.92 and 9:21.29, Courtney and Colleen are now third and fourth on the all-time U.S. list. Olympic steeple qualifying rounds will be run on August 13, with the final on August 15.

Men’s steeplechase, July 8: Evan Jager took control with four laps to go and was never challenged en route to his second straight Trials victory (and fifth consecutive national title). Evan’s qualifying round in Rio will be on August 15, with the final on August 17.

Men’s 5,000, July 9: Lopez Lomong hung with the lead pack through the bell lap and finished tenth.

Women’s 5,000, August 10: Emily Infeld again stuck to Molly Huddle as long as possible and finished fourth. With Huddle opting to run only the 10,000 in Rio, Emily was eligible for the third 5,000 spot, but she too decided to focus on the 10,000 at the Games; fifth finisher Abbey D’Agostino was therefore named to the team. (Jess Tonn was unable to start her qualifying round on July 7 because of a foot problem.)

Men’s 1500, August 10: In his first meet as a pro, Izaic Yorks showed he’ll be a force to deal with. Izaic assured his spot in the final by winning his semi-final. Izaic needed the Olympic standard of 3:36.20 and bravely went out to get it in the final before a long season caught up to him and he finished tenth.

In all, seven KIMbia runners will compete in Rio. In addition to the new additions to the U.S. team, Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan will run the marathon (August 14), and Tom Farrell will contest the 5,000 (first round on August 17, final on August 20).

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Emily Infeld Makes Olympic 10,000 Team

Emily Infeld made her first Olympic team on Saturday, placing second in the 10,000 behind Molly Huddle.

Emily ran with Huddle through 24 of the race’s 25 laps before the American 5,000-meter record holder pulled away to win in 31:41.62. Emily’s time was 31:46.09. Marielle Hall grabbed the final team spot in 31:54.77.

Today’s race was the first time Emily and Huddle had faced each other since last August’s world championships, where Emily nipped Huddle at at the line for the bronze medal. Today was also Emily’s first outdoor race of the year, because of a stress fracture in the spring.

Emily is joined on the U.S. team by her teammates Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan, who finished first and third at the marathon trials in February.

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