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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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg Place 6th and 9th in Olympic Marathon

Training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg gave it their all Sunday morning in Rio, and placed sixth and ninth in a warm, humid and sunny Olympic marathon.

Shalane stayed with the leaders through 35K en route to running 2:25:26 and placing sixth, four positions higher than she finished at the London Games in 2012.

Amy and Shalane ran together throughout the first part of the race, until Amy lost contact between 25K and 30K. After slipping to 11th place at 40K, Amy fought back over the final mile-plus to move up to ninth, in 2:28:25.

With Amy’s college teammate Desiree Linden finishing eighth, the U.S. squad had the best showing ever by an American team in the women’s Olympic marathon.

“I told Desi at the finish, ‘I’m so proud of us.,’ ” Shalane told Runner’s World. “We came here ready to run hard and I felt like we did.”

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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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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, June 26, 2016

Shalane Flanagan Betters Her U.S. 10K Road Record

On Sunday, for the second time this month, training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg set road PRs while deep in their build-up for August’s Olympic Marathon. On June 5, the distance was the half marathon. Today, it was 10K, and because Shalane started the race as the American record holder for the distance, a new PR meant a new American record.

Shalane won this morning’s B.A.A. 10K in Boston in 30:52, 11 seconds faster than the record she established in The Netherlands last September. She broke free from two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat in the final two kilometers.

“You have to really seize these kind of moments,” Shalane, who was born in nearby Marblehead, said after the race. “Here I am at home, my dad’s out here, I have family around, and it just seemed like a really special way to do my last race right before Rio. It kind of gives me chills just thinking about it. From here, it’s just really meaningful.”

Amy finished third in 31:31, more than a minute under her old road PR. Among those she beat were defending champion and world half marathon medalist Mary Wacera and world marathon medalist Aselefech Mergia.

“I am absolutely thrilled. For a shorter road race, that was the most competitive I’ve felt in an international field,” Amy saidadded Cragg. “I felt incredibly strong, and I train with the best girl that just broke the American record. That’s a big boost of confidence as well. I couldn’t be happier.”

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