Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jager PB Leads the Way at Oxy 2013

Running from the second heat, Evan Jager logged a tidy two-second personal best at the Oxy High Performance Meet put on by USATF. Lopez Lomong¬†crossed the line fifth in the top-seeded heat, beating World bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz, but it was Jager who finished second overall in the standings, thanks to his 3:36.34 — a time second only to Nick Symmonds. Mile specialists Andrew Wheating and Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano also were bettered by Jager’s performance in Heat #2. Lomong ran 3:37.08, with Elliott Heath clocking a new PB of 3:39.85 in the third heat.

Chris Solinsky ran his second 5000m race since 2011 and produced a 13:27. Though he was disappointed to miss the World Championships “A”-standard for which he was gunning, the performance showed Solinsky’s previous sub-13:30 at Stanford was no fluke. That night he tweeted, “Wow that one stung. Legs felt dead from the gun. Not happy with how I executed. Fitness is there.”

Up ahead for the KIMbia crew is the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday June 1st.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chris Solinsky Takes Your Pre-Oxy Questions

Chris Solinsky suffered a horrific hamstring injury in late-2011, leading to an entire 2012 season away from competition… and one of the most remarkable comebacks in recently memory. An 8:05 3000m indoors showed he had solid fitness once again, as he cruised to the win, going away. Then he entered the Stanford Payton Jordan 5000 with questions swirling about how competitive he could really be. A very strong 13:23 answered them and put him within striking distance of the World Championships “A”-standard of 13:15, a mark at which he will take aim on Friday at the USATF Occidental High Performance Meet.

Before flying to LA for the meet, he took to Twitter to answer some questions. Read the full article

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Jager, Solinsky Headline Stanford Marks

Sunday evening,¬†Evan Jager and Chris Solinsky were the big stories for KIMbia out in Palo Alto at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Jager narrowly missed getting the win in a hot 5000, but still notched a major lifetime best. Ben True won to continue a torrid streak in which he was sixth at World Cross — but Jager took him to the wire, clocking a 13:14.60 to place second by just fourteen-hundredths of a second. The mark erased our resident steeplechase specialist’s previous PB of 13:22, set back in 2009 at the US Championships.

Meanwhile, Solinsky made his return to big-time competition after two and a half years of rehabbing his leg and rebuilding his fitness — and delivered a highly encouraging performance. Read the full article

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Lomong Runs New 5000i American Record

At 13:07.00, Lopez Lomong‘s 5000m run on Friday night became the new American Indoor Record. It makes him the #11 performer in world history, and is the fastest performance ever run indoors on US soil. Also, he jumps two spots among Americans, regardless of venue, as the 8th-fastest man, indoors or out.

For the Jerry Schumacher-coached crew, the race started off hot with perfect pacing from Travis Mahoney of the local NJ*NYTC, followed by Dan Huling who towed the line of teammates from 2000m out beyond 3 “K.” After the first ten laps started right on 13:15 pace — their intended target and the World Championships “A” standard — Huling began to gradually squeeze down on the throttle. The slight quickening made for a painful grind the last two kilometers… but also made Lomong’s record possible, as he hit the 4-kilometer mark at 10:32.64 — checkpoint for a 13:10. The final kilometer featured three laps of under 31-seconds, and Lomong had the record. Despite beginning Friday as the national leader in the 800 for 2013, this record was earned on the back of his strength, as he held on for a final lap of 30.58, according to LetsRun.com.

Behind him, teammates were all en route to PB’s. Andrew Bumbalough ran Read the full article

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top Ten KIMbia Moments of 2011 (plus Honorable Mentions)

There’s nothing better than surveying the previous fifty-two weeks of your life and realizing how fun and gratifying they were. Here’s a look back at just a handful of the memories we at KIMbia Athletics will take away from 2011. If you had your own memory from the year that included us or our athletes, please share it below!

10. Tim Nelson Steps Down and Beats Top-Flight 3000m Field in Seattle
Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? Nelly shocked American running fans when he dispatched middle-distance specialists German Fernandez, Alan Webb, and World Championship bronze-medalist-to-be Matt Centrowitz in a 3000m far below his comfort zone distances… and with a blistering kick, to boot. Read the full article

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