Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shalane Flanagan Returns to Racing With a Win

In her first race in 10 months, Shalane Flanagan was the easy winner of the 10,000 at the Portland Track Festival on Saturday.

After passing halfway in 16:00, Shalane started cranking out 75-second laps to finish in 31:38.68, 29 seconds ahead of runner-up Rachel Cliff.

It was a solid-and-then-some return to action for Shalane in her first race since placing sixth in the Olympic Marathon last August. Shalane suffered a slight fracture in her back over the winter and had to withdraw from the Boston Marathon. Saturday’s race came after just three weeks of workouts.

In Sunday’s action at the Portland Track Festival, Lopez Lomong was third in the 1500 (3:38.52), Jess Tonn was second in the 5,000 (15:33.13) and Natalja Piliusina was seventh in the 1500 (4:11.04).

Shalane will return to the track in less than two weeks for the USATF championships in Sacramento, California. She’s also slated to run the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta on July 4.

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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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