Friday, February 3, 2017

German Fernandez Now Coaching at Oklahoma State

German Fernandez is returning to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, to be an assistant coach for the cross country and track teams and to pursue a master’s degree in health care entrepreneurship.

OSU head coach Dave Smith, who guided German to the 2009 1500-meter NCAA title, made the announcement on Wednesday.

German ran 28:06 in his 10,000-meter debut last spring. He’ll continue moving up in distance at the Gate River Run, the national 15K championship, on March 11 in Jacksonville, Florida.

TwitterFacebookGoogle+DeliciousDiggPrintRead It LaterRedditPinterestWebnewsEmailEvernoteShare
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.

TwitterFacebookGoogle+DeliciousDiggPrintRead It LaterRedditPinterestWebnewsEmailEvernoteShare
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

KIMbia Out in Force at Oxy Meet, Including in the Broadcast Booth

Evan Jager’s first steeple of the year and Chris Solinsky’s debut as a USATF.tv broadcaster are among the highlights of the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic, which will be held Friday night at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

KIMbia athletes will run in many of the meet’s events. Here’s who’s doing what, in order of race schedule:

  • Evan Jager, 3000-meter steeplechase
  • Lopez Lomong, 800 meters
  • Natalja Piliusina, 1500 meters
  • German Fernandez, 1500 meters
  • Tom Farrell, 1500 meters
  • Jess Tonn, 5,000 meters
  • Sean Quigley, 5,000 meters

The meet will be broadcast live on USATF.tv here. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Pacific/9:15 p.m. Eastern.

Chris Solinsky and fellow former Bowerman Track Club member Alan Webb will be adding their expertise to the broadcast. Although this will be Chris’ first USATF.tv broadcast, he’s not a neophyte; he was part of the announcing team for several Nike Cross National webcasts and also helped with an NBC broadcast of the Boston Indoor Games.

“This is a perfect job for me because I am a track junkie and am always reading all I can about the sport,” Chris says. “I am pretty good at knowing what people have done in their career.  I was always the person to inform my teammates about what their competition has done.”

Chris Solinsky, seen here after setting the U.S. 10,000-meter record in 2010, will be on the other end of the mic at Friday’s Oxy Meet in Los Angeles.

TwitterFacebookGoogle+DeliciousDiggPrintRead It LaterRedditPinterestWebnewsEmailEvernoteShare
Monday, May 2, 2016

Evan Jager 3rd in Payton Jordan 1500

American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager got in a little speedwork at Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational, running 3:38.67 to take third in the top heat of the 1500 meters. The race was won by collegian Izaic Yorks in 3:37.74. Lopez Lomong placed 11th in 3:50.78.

In an earlier heat of the 1500, German Fernandez placed sixth in 3:44.88. Jess Tonn placed 10th in section 2 of the women’s 1500 in 4:20.89.

TwitterFacebookGoogle+DeliciousDiggPrintRead It LaterRedditPinterestWebnewsEmailEvernoteShare
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Laura Thweatt Wins Stanford Invite 10K, German Fernandez Gets Oly Trials Qualifier

Laura Thweatt, seen here en route to a 3,000-meter PR in February, lowered her 10,000-meter best on Friday with a win at the Stanford Invitational. Photo by Victah Sailer/PhotoRun.

It was a good night for KIMbia athletes running 25 laps at the Stanford Invitational on Friday.

Laura Thweatt won the fast heat of the 10,000 in 31:52.94. The time was well under the Olympic standard of 32:15, and took 23 seconds off of Laura’s previous personal best from three years ago. Laura dispatched her last challenger, eventual second finisher Alphine Bolton, in the last mile.

In February, Laura lowered her 3,000-meter PR to 8:57.11.

In his 10,000-meter debut, German Fernandez placed fifth in 28:06.64. The performance gives German a qualifying mark for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

German said after the race he was bothered by a side stitch, which may have contributed to his finishing outside of the Olympic standard of 28:00.

TwitterFacebookGoogle+DeliciousDiggPrintRead It LaterRedditPinterestWebnewsEmailEvernoteShare