Friday, July 28, 2017

Four new signings for Kimbia

We are delighted to welcome four new arrivals to Kimbia, a quartet of the finest middle distance men to come through the NCAA system in recent years.

Marc Scott, a highly-talented 22-year-old English athlete, will be best known to fans for his victory at the NCAA Championships over 10,000m last month, the Tulsa athlete powering to victory in 29:01.54 at Hayward Field. Since then he has moved on to an even bigger stage, securing his world qualifying standard over 5000m last weekend in Heusden, Belgium, clocking 13:22.37 to dip under the required standard and see his name added to the British team for the event, which begins next Friday in the London Stadium. He will move from Taylor Gulley, his coach at Tulsa, to the Bowerman Track Club, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher.

MJ Erb, who finished fourth in the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase and seventh at the US Championships a fortnight later, is another exciting new recruit, the 23-year-old American departing after a successful NCAA career at Ole Miss, where he was coached by Ryan Vanhoy, to train under Saucony’s Elite Athlete Development Team with coach Tim Broe. He lowered his best to 8:26.75 in the 3000m steeplechase this year and looks poised to take his place on international teams in the years to come.

Josh Thompson, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, is another promising addition to the Kimbia team. The 24-year-old native of Logandale, NV, had made tremendous progress this season, lowering his 1500m best to 3:38.21 and his mile best to 3:56.89. After being guided to a fourth-place finish in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships and an eighth-place finish at the US Championships by college coach Dave Smith, he will now move north to Portland, OR, where he will come under the tutelage of Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club.

Henry Wynne, at just 22, is the youngest of the four new signings, and looks set to have a promising career in his new base in Seattle, where he will be coached by Danny Mackey and run for Brooks Beasts. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was coached by Pete Watson, and it was a decorated collegiate career he left behind, one that included victory in the NCAA Indoor Championships over a mile last year. This year he has twice clocked 3:39 for 1500m, just shy of his lifetime best of 3:3835, which he ran in Florida last year at the age of just 20.



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Friday, February 3, 2017

German Fernandez Now Coaching at Oklahoma State

German Fernandez is returning to his alma mater, Oklahoma State University, to be an assistant coach for the cross country and track teams and to pursue a master’s degree in health care entrepreneurship.

OSU head coach Dave Smith, who guided German to the 2009 1500-meter NCAA title, made the announcement on Wednesday.

German ran 28:06 in his 10,000-meter debut last spring. He’ll continue moving up in distance at the Gate River Run, the national 15K championship, on March 11 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Welcome Nicole Sifuentes!

We’re proud and excited to announce that Nicole Sifuentes has joined the KIMbia family of athletes.

Nicole is a two-time Olympian at 1500 meters, representing her native Canada. She won the bronze medal at the distance in the 2014 World Championships. Her PRs include 2:01.30 for 800 meters and 4:03.97 for 1500 meters. Her indoor 1500 PR of 4:07.61 is the Canadian record.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Nicole is based in Ann Arbor, where she works with UMich coach Mike McGuire.

On January 14, Nicole opened her 2017 season with a 4:35.69 mile to win the event (and set the facility record) at the Simmons-Harvey Invite in Ann Arbor. Next up: the 3,000 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, in Boston on Saturday, January 28, followed by the mile at the Millrose Games in NYC on Saturday, February 11.

Learn more about Nicole at her personal site and follow her on Twitter: @ndsifuentes.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Izaic Yorks Signs With Brooks

Izaic Yorks wins the 1500 in a personal best at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 1. The former University of Washington star has signed a pro contract with Brooks.

NCAA runner-up Izaic Yorks has signed a contract with Brooks Running and will make his professional debut representing Brooks at the U.S. Olympic Trials this month.

Earlier this month, Izaic closed out his career at the University of Washington by running 3:38.06 to place second in the 1500 at the NCAA championships. In February, he ran an indoor 3:53.89 mile, the fastest ever by a U.S. collegian. In May, Izaic beat a field of pros at the Payton Jordan Invitational to win the 1500 in a personal best of 3:37.74.

Izaic’s first race at the Trials is the qualifying round of the 1500, which will be run on July 7.

Izaic will be based in Seattle, Washington, and train with the Brooks Beasts. KIMbia runners Jess Tonn and Natalja Piliusina are also members of the Brooks Beasts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Courtney Frerichs Joins Bowerman Track Club

Courtney Frerichs, winner of the steeplechase earlier this month at the NCAA championships, has signed a contract with Nike and will be a member of the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, Oregon. BTC coach Jerry Schumacher and 2000 steeplechase Olympian Pascal Dobert will guide her transition from collegiate to professional runner.

“I am very excited about continuing my running career with Nike and the Bowerman Track Club,” Courtney said. “I believe the opportunity to work with Jerry and Pascal will help me reach my goals as a runner. Working with the amazing women of the BTC will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more. I can’t wait for the Olympic Trials and to start this new chapter in my career.”

Among Courtney’s training partners will be Colleen Quigley, last year’s NCAA steeple champion and the 12th finisher at last year’s World Championships.

Courtney won the NCAA steeple title in 9:24.41, a new NCAA record and a time that makes her the sixth fastest steepler in U.S. history.

Courtney will make her professional debut on July 4 in the qualifying rounds of the steeplechase at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The final will be held on July 7.

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