Monday, January 3, 2011

The Year in KIMbia: A Look Back at 2010

Chris Solinsky showed best among KIMbia athletes ranked by Track and Field News at the end of 2010, ending the year ranked 8th overall among all American men, and 3rd in the world for 10000m. While Solinsky’s American Record 26:59 at Stanford was the world’s second-fastest time of the year for 10000m, Wilson Kiprop got the top slot in the world rankings by virtue of his wins at the Kenyan National Championships and African Champs. Additionally, Kiprop won the World Championship in the Half Marathon this Fall: clearly a phenomenal athlete having a phenomenal season, and we are certainly very, very proud of Chris and this, his first Top-10 appearance in the T&FN World Rankings. Solinsky actually ranked 1st in the world in the event — and 5th in the 5000m — according to the IAAF’s point-system, which rates marks and head-to-head competition, with an eye toward repeated good performances. And, moreover, the Stevens Point-native ended 2010 ranked #76 in the world across all disciplines, according to the IAAF system. Not too shabby in a sport where over 6,000 male competitors earned points in professional competition. Read the full article

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Hartmann Top American in Chicago, KIMbia 1-2 in BAA Half

With the Chicago Marathon featuring a dramatic finish up front, Jason Hartmann had his own finish worth talking about, as he took 8th place in 2:11:06, the top American in the race.  Hartmann, a Michigan-native, was coming off a 2:12:09 winning effort at last year’s Twin Cities Marathon, and decided to forgo that race — the US Championship for the distance this year — in order to run with a world-class field and chase a fast time.  He successfully did both.

Hartmann settled into the chase pack early, coming through the 5k in 15:27. From there, the 29-year-old kept chipping away as other athletes fell off pace, finally climbing into the top-20 by the 20k and the top-10 at 30k.  Crossing the line 8th, Hartmann capped a massive improvement over his last finish in Chicago: 2006, his marathon debut, a race in which he managed a 2:15:50 for 20th place.  His 2010 performance was a massive betterment of his personal best both on this course and at this distance, shaving a solid 1:03 off his Twin Cities time and existing PB, and launching himself into the Top 40 American performers of all-time.   With his 2:11:06, he climbed more than 30 spots on the all-time list of US performers — just twelve seconds outside of the Top 30.

Meanwhile, Boston played host to KIMbia’s Kenyan contingent as they contended for a win in the BAA Half Marathon. Read the full article

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