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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Thursday, June 30, 2016

8 KIMbia Athletes Seek Olympic Spots at U.S. Trials

Evan Jager celebrates after making the 2012 Olympic team in the steeplechase. The defending champion is one of eight KIMbia runners competing at the U.S. trials in Eugene.

KIMbia will be out in force when the U.S. Olympic Trials get underway Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Eight runners will try to earn a spot on the team for Rio. If they do, they’ll join the three KIMbia runners already booked for the Games: Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan on the U.S. marathon team and Tom Farrell on the British 5,000-meter squad.

Below are the eight KIMbia runners who will compete in Eugene, listed by when their first race of the meet is. The complete meet schedule is here.

German Fernandez, 10,000 meters final, July 1
German debuted at the distance earlier this year and has a lot of upside in the event.

Emily Infeld, 10,000 meters final, July 2
Last year’s world bronze medalist seeks another global berth. Emily has also declared in the 5,000.

Evan Jager, 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifying round, July 4
The defending Trials champion is a heavy favorite to repeat.

Courtney Frerichs, 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifying round, July 4
This year’s NCAA champion will make her pro debut on Independence Day.

Colleen Quigely, 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifying round, July 4
Colleen finished 12th at Worlds last year and won last week’s Stumptown Twilight 1500.

Lopez Lomong, 5,000-meter qualifying round, July 4
Lopez is seeking his third Olympic spot. He ran the 1500 at the 2008 Olympics and the 5,000 in 2012.

Jess Tonn, 5,000-meter qualifying round, July 7
Jess is the 10th fastest qualifier in the event and has the Olympic standard.

Izaic Yorks, 1500-meter qualifying round, July 7
The NCAA runner-up will face a wide-open field.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Led by Emily Infeld, Lots of PRs at Millrose Games

Placing third in the deepest indoor 5,000-meter race in U.S. history, Emily Infeld set a personal best of 15:00.91 at Saturday’s Millrose Games in New York City.

Also at the meet, Evan Jager placed fourth in the 3,000 in 7:40.10, just off his indoor PR, and Lopez Lomong ran an indoor personal best of 7:43.01 to place ninth in the race. Six days after setting a 3,000-meter PR in Boston, Laura Thweatt ran an indoor PR of 15:35.24 for seventh place in the 5,000.

Emily’s time bettered the outdoor 5,000 PR of 15:07.18 she set last June, and puts her third on the all-time U.S. indoor list.

The time was all the more impressive as it came in her first race of the season. Also of note: It gives Emily the Olympic standard in the event.

 

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