Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Evan Jager Gets Olympic Silver in Steeplechase

With brave front running in the middle of the race, then a strong sprint in the final straightaway, Evan Jager won the silver medal in the Olympic steeplechase final on Wednesday morning. Both Evan (8:04.28) and gold medalist Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya (8:03.28) bettered the previous Olympic record of 8:05.51.

“I’m extremely happy,” Evan told Runner’s World. “It was indescribable. It was a lot of years of hard work and daydreaming and dreaming about the moment all coming true. I didn’t know I had a medal wrapped up until 100 meters to go. As soon as I got over the last barrier, I could fully enjoy it and that was very fun.”

Evan’s is the first Olympic medal by an American man in the steeple since Brian Diemer won bronze in 1984. His silver is the best U.S. showing in the Olympics since Horace Ashenfelter won in 1952.

In perhaps the ultimate compliment, two-time Olympic and four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi said after the race, “One day, one time, Evan Jager from the United States will be world champion or the Olympic champion.”

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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, August 1, 2016

Evan Jager Taking Pre-Olympics Fan Questions

Got a question for American steeplechase record holder Evan Jager? That’s good, because he has answers, assuming you send us your question by Thursday, August 4.

Before he travels to Rio for his second Olympics, Evan will answer fan questions sent to this address. Anything is fair game. (Well, almost anything—you know what we mean.)

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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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Friday, July 8, 2016

Evan Jager Repeats as Olympic Trials Steeple Champ

Make that Evan Jager, two-time Olympian. The U.S. record holder won his fifth straight national steeplechase title, and second consecutive Olympic Trials, Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Taking over in the second half of the race, Evan won in 8:22.48.

After a slow opening, Evan took the lead in the third full lap and stayed there to the end. A 64-second lap started to split the field, and subsequent 62-second circuits finished everyone off.

Back in February, Evan said he cares about only two races this year, the Olympic Trials final and the Olympic final. So far, so good!

Also on Friday,  Izaic Yorks won his heat of the 1500 semis to advance in the best possible way to Sunday’s final.

For those keeping track at home, Evan is the sixth KIMbia member of the Bowerman Track Club to make the U.S. team for Rio, along with Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan in the marathon, Emily Infeld in the 10,000, and Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley in the steeplechase.

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