Sunday, February 12, 2017

KIMbia Runners Get in Their Weekend Miles

It was a busy weekend for KIMbia’s track athletes, with runners doing indoor miles at three different meets, highlighted by a huge Colleen Quigley PR and a resurgent Lopez Lomong.

Colleen got things off to an exciting start at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday. She ran 4:24.88 for second in the fast heat of the mile, just behind her Bowerman Track Club teammate and fellow 2016 Olympian Shelby Houlihan (4:24.16). The two times were, briefly, world-leading marks until Saturday’s Millrose Games. More important, Colleen notched a 4-second PR.

At Millrose, Nicole Sifuentes placed 7th in the Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.27, and Izaic Yorks ran 4:01.64 for 10th in the men’s Wanamaker mile.

Later on Saturday, Lopez Lomong and Evan Jager went 1-2 in the fast heat of the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Both were time in 3:56.55, with Lopez getting the nod on place. Lopez’s run was his best race of the past year and an encouraging sign for 2017.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Evan Jager Ends Season With Yearly Best

Evan Jager finished out the best season of his career in great style on Friday, placing second in the steeplechase in Brussels in 8:04.01, his fastest time of the year. Evan was just behind Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto, who capped his undefeated season with the victory in 8:03.74.

Evan and Kipruto broke free of the rest of the pack in the second kilometer. Evan ran just off Kipruto’s shoulder into the last lap. He started to come even over the last water jump, but then stumbled a bit coming out of the pit. Evan regrouped and again almost pulled even approaching the final barrier, but was unable to close the gap over the last 50 meters.

Back in March Evan said he had only two goals for the year: make the Olympic team, then medal in Rio. He accomplished both, and then some, repeating as Trials champion, followed by earning the Olympic silver medal, the best Olympic showing by an American steepler since 1952.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Colleen Quigley Sets PR in Paris

Colleen Quigley continued her excellent summer with a personal best of 9:20.00 to place ninth at the Paris Diamond League steeplechase on Saturday.

The race was the third since July in which Colleen set a PR. First, she ran 9:21.29 while finishing third at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 7. Then she ran 9:2.10 to place eighth in the Olympic final on August 15. And now, 12 days later, 9:20.00.

The race was won by Olympic champion Ruth Jebet in a world record 8:52.78. With American Stephanie Garcia finishing eighth in 9:19.48, Colleen remains the fifth-fastest steepler in U.S. history.

Colleen has one more shot this year to join the sub-9:20 when she runs the Zurich Diamond League on September 1.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Colleen Quigley, Evan Jager in Post-Olympic Diamond League Meets

After excellent performances in Rio, Colleen Quigley and Evan Jager will continue their seasons at the Paris (Saturday, August 27), Zurich (Thursday, September 1), and Brussels (Friday, September 9) Diamond League Meets.

Colleen will run the steeplechase in Paris and Zurich. In her 8th-place finish in the Olympic final, Colleen lowered her personal best to 9:21.10. It was her second steeple PR of the year. Colleen is currently the fifth fastest American in history, and could well move up that list by September 1.

After his Olympic silver, Evan will take a short break from steepling to run the 5,000 in Zurich. Evan’s PR of 13:02.40 dates to 2013. A strong run in Paris could make Evan the seventh member of the U.S. sub-13:00 club, which includes his former teammates Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp.

Evan will return to the steeple in Brussels. We can think of at least one excellent way to finish off a great season.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

What a Great Olympic Trials

KIMbia runners nailed it at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Those who didn’t make the team for Rio put themselves in the best position to qualify for as long as possible. Here’s a summary of the goings-on.

Women’s 10,000, July 2: Emily Infeld stuck with eventual winner Molly Huddle for 24 of 25 laps and finished second to make her first Olympic team. And she did so in her outdoor season opener! Emily’s race in Rio, the first final of the Games, will be on August 12.

Women’s steeplechase, July 7: Courtney Frerichs had the fastest last lap and moved from fourth at the bell to finish second. Colleen Quigley was just behind her. With their times of 9:20.92 and 9:21.29, Courtney and Colleen are now third and fourth on the all-time U.S. list. Olympic steeple qualifying rounds will be run on August 13, with the final on August 15.

Men’s steeplechase, July 8: Evan Jager took control with four laps to go and was never challenged en route to his second straight Trials victory (and fifth consecutive national title). Evan’s qualifying round in Rio will be on August 15, with the final on August 17.

Men’s 5,000, July 9: Lopez Lomong hung with the lead pack through the bell lap and finished tenth.

Women’s 5,000, August 10: Emily Infeld again stuck to Molly Huddle as long as possible and finished fourth. With Huddle opting to run only the 10,000 in Rio, Emily was eligible for the third 5,000 spot, but she too decided to focus on the 10,000 at the Games; fifth finisher Abbey D’Agostino was therefore named to the team. (Jess Tonn was unable to start her qualifying round on July 7 because of a foot problem.)

Men’s 1500, August 10: In his first meet as a pro, Izaic Yorks showed he’ll be a force to deal with. Izaic assured his spot in the final by winning his semi-final. Izaic needed the Olympic standard of 3:36.20 and bravely went out to get it in the final before a long season caught up to him and he finished tenth.

In all, seven KIMbia runners will compete in Rio. In addition to the new additions to the U.S. team, Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan will run the marathon (August 14), and Tom Farrell will contest the 5,000 (first round on August 17, final on August 20).

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