Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teg Tackles Twenty Six (.2): New Haven

Matt Tegenkamp has run 12:58, been an oh-so-close 4th at Worlds, and won a grip of US national titles… so naturally it’s time to take on the new challenge presented by the marathon. Between now and his debut at the distance — Chicago, October 13th — he’ll be sharing insight into that journey. This entry looks at his first major tune-up race: a defense of his US 20k title in New Haven, Connecticut.

Perfect Chicago Prep: It has a been almost 2 weeks since the New Haven USARC 20k, but I can’t stop thinking about the race because of all the positive motivators I was able to pull from the competition. The field was super competitive — no surprise — and I knew I was going to have to bring my A+ game to defend my title. What was a surprise was the weather: humidity… 100%. Dew point… 75! Sooooo happy the sun was hiding behind the clouds! So, here are my takeaways from the 20k… Read the full article

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tegenkamp Defends US 20k Title in New Haven

photo by John Nepolitan Even with his mileage still at marathon training levels until two days before the race, Matt Tegenkamp went to New Haven and successfully defended his US 20k Road Title on Monday. The Portland-based athlete won on a muggy day with a clocking of 1:00:10, defeating Shadrack Biwott and Olympian Abdi Abdirahmin, among others. Fellow KIMbia athlete Sean Quigley rounded out the Top 10 with a time of 1:02:25.

Though Tegenkamp’s final time was well off his 2012 performance, it’s worth nothing that the 58:30 from last year is the US Championship record — and that Tegenkamp is currently deep into high volume training for the Chicago Marathon on October 13th. Calling New Haven a good “gut check” to see his present level of fitness, the Missouri native rode out moves from his fellow competitors, before breaking away with just over a mile left.

Previous to Monday, the Jerry Schumacher-coached athlete had won the US 10k road title in July, making Tegenkamp the leader in the US Road Running Circuit by a seventeen point margin, with just three races remaining.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Flanagan, Jager Win US Titles

If the mark of a true master in any craft is making something hard look easy, then Evan Jager and Shalane Flanagan can lay a claim to that title. Each won a national championship in style in Des Moines this weekend; Jager smoothly kicked away from the steeple field, while Shalane hammered the 10,000m from the opening steps and was running entirely alone for the final miles. Both athletes will go to the Moscow World Championships as the clear-cut top American hope in their respective events.

Lopez Lomong also laid claim to a spot on the US team by finishing third in the 1500m, one of the deepest events at the championships — only an Olympic silver medalist and world championships bronze medalist finished ahead of him. Lomong will still need to better the “A” standard of 3:35-flat in order to guarantee inclusion on the team for Moscow, but with a crackerjack 2013 campaign that includes a US record in the indoor 5000 and a pair of 3:51 runs in the mile (Millrose, Pre Classic), that mark looks to be attainable in the right race.

Other KIMbia athletes who took to the track in Des Moines included Matt Tegenkamp (7th) in the 10,000m, and a trio in the 5000m that included Andrew Bumbalough (5th), Elliott Heath (7th), and Chris Solinsky (8th).

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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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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Schumacher Men Take Aim at 13:15 in NYC

Trying to run the Worlds “A” standard of 13:15? Indoors? Sounds so crazy it just might work… especially when you have six world-class teammates committed to that goal and willing to work together. (Doesn’t hurt to have an 8:13 steepler pacing, either.) Tonight, Matt Tegenkamp, Lopez Lomong, Evan Jager, Andrew Bumbalough and Elliott Heath (plus teammate Chris Derrick) will hit the track at the Armory in New York City for the Columbia Last Chance meet. A meet designed for college runners to achieve NCAA standards, Jerry’s Jets have their sights set on the World-level standard, instead. The opportunity was made possible with help from the New York Road Runners, and some of the KIMbia athletes racing shared their thoughts on what to expect… Read the full article

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