Monday, March 13, 2017

Emily Infeld 2nd at U.S. 15K Championship


Emily Infeld made a rare off-track foray a successful on Saturday, taking second at the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, Florida. The race served as the U.S. 15K championships for women and men.

In the longest road race of her life, Emily set a personal best of 49:42. Jordan Hasay won in 49:28, and Neely Spence Gracey was third in 49:47. Those two are deep in preparation for next month’s Boston Marathon, making Emily’s season opener that much more impressive.

“Starting to like these longer distances but excited to be back on the track for some 5k/10k action,” Emily wrote on Instagram after her race.

In the men’s race, won by Olympian Leonard Korir in 43:22, German Fernandez was 14th in 44:57 and Sean Quigley was 20th in 45:33.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough Runs 2:13 Debut Marathon

In his debut at the distance, Andrew Bumbalough ran 2:13:58 to place 25th at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. The race was won in an event record of 2:03:58 by former world record-holder Wilson Kipsang.

Andrew met his goal of having his first marathon be a controlled learning experience. Before the race, he had said he’d be happy with a time between 2:11 and 2:14. He passed halfway in 1:06:15, then slowed over the second half, but never disastrously so. Mission accomplished!

Andrew’s road to a marathon start line was longer than originally planned. His 1:02:04 half marathon PR in March 2015 was to be the first step in a build-up to the Olympic Marathon Trials in February 2016. Soon after that race, however, Andrew began to be plagued by what was ultimately diagnosed as a sports hernia, which required surgery in the summer of 2015. In 2016 he missed more time owing to a sacral stress fracture. He resumed running last July, and in November showed he was the Andrew Bumbalough with a 28:06 track 10,000.

Andrew now plans to recover from Tokyo before building for a summer track season.

 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Amy Cragg Sets Half Marathon PR in Japan

Amy Cragg took almost a minute and a half off her half marathon personal best on Sunday, running 1:08:27 to finish second at the Marugame International Half Marathon in Japan. Olympic marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain won in 1:08:07.

Amy did a great job of pacing, hitting 10K in 32:21 and 20K in 64:56 (second 10K of 32:35).

Shalane Flanagan was also scheduled to run, but opted not to start the race. She’s been having lower back pain, which was made worse by the long flight to Japan.

The excellent blog Japan Running News has a full report on the race.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg Place 6th and 9th in Olympic Marathon

Training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg gave it their all Sunday morning in Rio, and placed sixth and ninth in a warm, humid and sunny Olympic marathon.

Shalane stayed with the leaders through 35K en route to running 2:25:26 and placing sixth, four positions higher than she finished at the London Games in 2012.

Amy and Shalane ran together throughout the first part of the race, until Amy lost contact between 25K and 30K. After slipping to 11th place at 40K, Amy fought back over the final mile-plus to move up to ninth, in 2:28:25.

With Amy’s college teammate Desiree Linden finishing eighth, the U.S. squad had the best showing ever by an American team in the women’s Olympic marathon.

“I told Desi at the finish, ‘I’m so proud of us.,’ ” Shalane told Runner’s World. “We came here ready to run hard and I felt like we did.”

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shalane Flanagan Betters Her U.S. 10K Road Record

On Sunday, for the second time this month, training partners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg set road PRs while deep in their build-up for August’s Olympic Marathon. On June 5, the distance was the half marathon. Today, it was 10K, and because Shalane started the race as the American record holder for the distance, a new PR meant a new American record.

Shalane won this morning’s B.A.A. 10K in Boston in 30:52, 11 seconds faster than the record she established in The Netherlands last September. She broke free from two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat in the final two kilometers.

“You have to really seize these kind of moments,” Shalane, who was born in nearby Marblehead, said after the race. “Here I am at home, my dad’s out here, I have family around, and it just seemed like a really special way to do my last race right before Rio. It kind of gives me chills just thinking about it. From here, it’s just really meaningful.”

Amy finished third in 31:31, more than a minute under her old road PR. Among those she beat were defending champion and world half marathon medalist Mary Wacera and world marathon medalist Aselefech Mergia.

“I am absolutely thrilled. For a shorter road race, that was the most competitive I’ve felt in an international field,” Amy saidadded Cragg. “I felt incredibly strong, and I train with the best girl that just broke the American record. That’s a big boost of confidence as well. I couldn’t be happier.”

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