Friday, July 8, 2016

Evan Jager Repeats as Olympic Trials Steeple Champ

Make that Evan Jager, two-time Olympian. The U.S. record holder won his fifth straight national steeplechase title, and second consecutive Olympic Trials, Friday in Eugene, Oregon. Taking over in the second half of the race, Evan won in 8:22.48.

After a slow opening, Evan took the lead in the third full lap and stayed there to the end. A 64-second lap started to split the field, and subsequent 62-second circuits finished everyone off.

Back in February, Evan said he cares about only two races this year, the Olympic Trials final and the Olympic final. So far, so good!

Also on Friday,  Izaic Yorks won his heat of the 1500 semis to advance in the best possible way to Sunday’s final.

For those keeping track at home, Evan is the sixth KIMbia member of the Bowerman Track Club to make the U.S. team for Rio, along with Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan in the marathon, Emily Infeld in the 10,000, and Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley in the steeplechase.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Courtney Frerichs, Colleen Quigley PR to Get Olympic Steeple Spots

New Bowerman Track Club teammates Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley will now also be Olympic teammates, after they finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday night’s steeplechase final at U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Both set a personal best, with Courtney running 9:20.92 to take three and a half seconds off the PR she ran while setting the NCAA record last month, and Colleen close behind in 9:21.29, more than three seconds faster than her previous best, set last year. The times make Courtney and Colleen the third and fourth fastest Americans in history.

U.S. record holder Emma Coburn defended her 2012 title with the win in 9:17.48.

Courtney had the fastest last lap of anyone in the race, which moved her from fourth to second.

“I crossed with 400 to go in fourth and I just told myself I was not going to be getting fourth,” she told Runner’s World. “I have confidence in my last 400.”

The Trials was Courtney’s first meet as a pro. Colleen ran her seasonal steeple opener in Monday’s qualifying round. Clearly, there are great times ahead for both.

Courtney and Colleen will be joined in Rio by Bowerman Track Club teammates Amy Cragg (marathon), Shalane Flanagan (marathon) and Emily Infeld (10,000 meters).

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Emily Infeld Makes Olympic 10,000 Team

Emily Infeld made her first Olympic team on Saturday, placing second in the 10,000 behind Molly Huddle.

Emily ran with Huddle through 24 of the race’s 25 laps before the American 5,000-meter record holder pulled away to win in 31:41.62. Emily’s time was 31:46.09. Marielle Hall grabbed the final team spot in 31:54.77.

Today’s race was the first time Emily and Huddle had faced each other since last August’s world championships, where Emily nipped Huddle at at the line for the bronze medal. Today was also Emily’s first outdoor race of the year, because of a stress fracture in the spring.

Emily is joined on the U.S. team by her teammates Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan, who finished first and third at the marathon trials in February.

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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, August 15, 2012

Jager Leads the Way For KIMbia in London

With five athletes competing, it was a busy ten days of Olympic athletics competition for Team KIMbia. After a total of eight performances (counting all prelims and finals), Evan Jager came away with the highest finish in his first-ever Olympic Games, finishing sixth in the Men’s Steeplechase, just four seconds out of medal position. The 23-year-old came home in 8:23 .87 having led several of the slow early laps and indicated he learned a lot from the experience of being in a tactical race that closes at sub-60 pace.

Shalane Flanagan took tenth in the marathon after reaching as high as fifth place with just four kilometers to go. Trying to stay within striking distance of a six-woman breakaway near the 25k mark, Shalane eventually paid a heavy for her medal-or-bust mentality, as major cramping caused her to struggle home the final few miles. Shalane and coach Jerry Schumacher were understandably disappointed, what with Flanagan entering the race as a Beijing bronze medalist, but neither expressed any regrets about running aggressively. Likewise, Lopez Lomong was also tenth in his event, the 5000m final. Lomong, a poster-boy for P&G and Visa during the Games, finished less than six seconds from the bronze. Read the full article

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