Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kimbia crew impress in California


World steeplechase medalist Evan Jager opened his season with a win at the Bryan Clay Invitational last week in California, an event where several of his Kimbia colleagues were also in action.

Jager took a narrow win over Isaac Kimeli of Belgium in the men’s 5000m, holding on down the home stretch to break the tape in 13:24.77, just in front of Kimeli in 13:24.92. Suguru Osako of the Nike Oregon Project was third in 13:29.11. This was Jager’s third race of the year, having finished fifth at the USATF Cross Country Championships and clocked a 3:58 mile indoors. Fellow Kimbia athlete Lopez Lomong was unable to finish in the same race.

Earlier this week, Jager announced his first steeplechase outing of the season will come at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, which takes place on May 26 in Hayward Field. The Olympic silver medalist will take on his conqueror in Rio, Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who will go to Eugene fresh from victory at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this month. Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali, 22, the silver medalist at last year’s World Outdoor Championships, is also in the field.

In the women’s 5000m, Amy Cragg failed to finish in her first outing since clocking 2:21:42 to finish third at the Tokyo Marathon in February.

Colleen Quigley started the outdoor season the way she raced indoors – impressively – as she took second place in the women’s 1500m in 4:07.01, not far behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan (4:06.07).

Courtney Frerichs finished ninth in the same race in 4:14.62, her first race since last year’s outdoor track season. Full results here.

At the USATF Road Mile Championships in Iowa, Henry Wynne finished 13th in 4:07.99, a race won by Riley Masters in 4:03.99.

Results: 5000m , Bryan Clay Invitational

1. Evan Jager – Nike/BowermanTC 13:24.77
2. Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 Belgium
3. Suguru Osako- Nike Oregon Project 13:29.11
4. Sydney Gidabuday JR – Adams State 13:29.31
5.Robin Hendrix- Unattached 13:29.57
6. Matthew Baxter SR – Northern Arizona 13:31.00
7. Colby Gilbert SR – Washington 13:41.88
8. Cooper Teare FR – Oregon 13:46.46
9.  Joe Hardy SR – Wisconsin 13:46.85
10. Futsum Zienasellassie – Hoka One One / NAZ Elite 13:47.09

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Quigley brilliant in Berlin


It was a memorable afternoon for Kimbia’s Colleen Quigley at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin on Sunday, the 24-year-old carving five seconds off her lifetime best to finish third in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:15.97.

The race was won by Kenya’s Norah Jeruto Tanui, who clocked a meeting record of 9:03.70. Local favourite Gesa Felicitas Krause came home second in a German record of 9:11.85.

The early pace was taken out by Caroline Chepkirui, who towed the field through 1000m in 3:02, then Quigley’s teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, Courtney Frerichs, took over pacing duties.

Frerichs, the silver medalist at the World Championships in London, had turned down the chance to race for herself in a bid to help her teammate Quigley to a fast time, and when she stepped aside just after 2000m, it was clear it was on. Quigley’s previous best was 9:20.00, set in Paris last year, but in Berlin today she blitzed that, powering to the line to clock 9:15.97 and putting the disappointment of disqualification at the World Championships firmly behind her.

 

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