Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shalane Flanagan Returns to Racing With a Win

In her first race in 10 months, Shalane Flanagan was the easy winner of the 10,000 at the Portland Track Festival on Saturday.

After passing halfway in 16:00, Shalane started cranking out 75-second laps to finish in 31:38.68, 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Cliff.

It was a solid-and-then-some return to action for Shalane in her first race since placing sixth in the Olympic Marathon last August. Shalane suffered a slight fracture in her back over the winter and had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon. Saturday’s race came after just three weeks of workouts.

In Sunday’s action at the Portland Track Festival, Lopez Lomong was third in the 1500 (3:38.52), Jess Tonn was second in the 5,000 (15:33.13) and Natalja Piliusina was seventh in the 1500 (4:11.04).

Shalane will return to the track in less than two weeks for the USATF championships in Sacramento, California. She’s also slated to run the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta on July 4.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

KIMbia Runners Get in Their Weekend Miles

It was a busy weekend for KIMbia’s track athletes, with runners doing indoor miles at three different meets, highlighted by a huge Colleen Quigley PR and a resurgent Lopez Lomong.

Colleen got things off to an exciting start at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday. She ran 4:24.88 for second in the fast heat of the mile, just behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate and fellow 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan (4:24.16). The two times were, briefly, world-leading marks until Saturday’s Millrose Games. More important, Colleen notched a 4-second PR.

At Millrose, Nicole Sifuentes placed 7th in the Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.27, and Izaic Yorks ran 4:01.64 for 10th in the men’s Wanamaker mile.

Later on Saturday, Lopez Lomong and Evan Jager went 1-2 in the fast heat of the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Both were time in 3:56.55, with Lopez getting the nod on place. Lopez’s run was his best race of the past year and an encouraging sign for 2017.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Lopez Lomong Worried by New U.S. Immigration Ban

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong tells Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated that he’s concerned and saddened by the executive order on immigration that U.S. President Donald Trump signed last Friday.

“When I saw the news, I cried,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “I was very emotional about it. What if that document had been signed in 2001? Where would I be? I would have no career. I would have no degree. I would probably be dead.”

Lopez is a native of Sudan, one of seven countries whose citizens have been temporarily barred from entering the United States. Lopez came to the United States in 2001, became a U.S. citizen in 2007, represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics.

Lopez told Sports Illustrated that, in the wake of Friday’s executive order, he’s worried about his brothers Peter and Alex, both of whom have student visas to attend U.S. universities. Lopez helped the two come to the U.S. in 2009.

“I don’t want to have to think about my brothers getting rounded up and deported,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “They have grown up here. They have friends here. They speak English, and they don’t even speak the language from our country. They are working on citizenship. If they have to go back, they will end up dying there.

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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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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.

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