Friday, February 28, 2020

Schweizer smashes American 3000m record

Karissa Schweizer produced the best run of her life on Thursday night in Boston, smashing the American 3000m record when clocking  8:25.70 at the Last Chance Invitational. The the top three finishers in the race – Schweizer, Shelby Houlihan, and Colleen Quigley all crushed the old American record of 8:33.25, which was held by Shalane Flanagan. Schweizer closed with a 31.59-second final lap to seal an unforgettable win.

Elsewhere in Boston Josh Thompson continued his fine indoor season, going to second on the all-time US indoor list when clocking 3:34.77 to dip under the automatic Olympic standard of 3:35.00. In the women’s 5000m Courtney Frerichs set a personal best of 15:02.91, with fellow Kimbia athlete Jess Tonn not far behind, running 15:12.33. The race was won by Konstanze Klosterhalfen in 14:30.79.

Lopez Lomong had another strong run in the men’s 3000, taking victory in 7:37.74, with fellow Kimbia athlete Evan Jager third in 7:38.25 and Grant Fisher fourth in 7:39.99. Sean McGorty finished seventh in 7:51.99.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Illness forces Cragg out of US Trials

Amy Cragg has been forced to withdraw from the US Olympic Marathon Trials after failing to recover from an illness. The Bowerman Track Club athlete made the decision earlier this week and spoke about it in an interview with Women’s Running.

“The Epstein-barr we could see through blood tests that I was getting over it,” Cragg said. “I cut out caffeine, I focused on rest and doing everything I can to get my body to go back to normal. But we were also trying to fit in the training so I’d be fit enough to run the Trials.

“In the end it wasn’t enough time. This last week, we pushed training a little bit and things were going pretty well, but I think it pushed me over the edge because I got the flu pretty bad. It was enough to knock me out. It was unfortunate timing and figuring things out a little too late.

“Now we know exactly what it was and we know that if I take it easier, things do come around pretty quick. My body was healing itself, so now that we have a firm answer, we can be a lot smarter in the training in order to move forward.”

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Thompson takes US 1500m title

Josh Thompson produced a stunning performance at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on Saturday, kicking off the front to take victory in the men’s 1500m in 3:44.07 with a blazing 26.86 final lap. It was Thompson’s first US title.

It was also a great weekend for Karissa Schweizer, who finished second in the 3000 and third in the 1500m, with her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan taking victory in both.

Courtney Frerichs was in action in the women’s 3000m, the steeplechase specialist finishing fifth in 8:57.15 while Izaic Yorks was 13th in the men’s 3000m. Meanwhile in Seattle, Lopez Lomong led home a high-quality field in the men’s 3000m, clocking 7:45.82 ahead of teammate Marc Scott (7:46.11), Evan Jager (7:46.24) and Sean McGorty (7:46.76).

In Boston, James Randon finished seventh in the men’s mile in 3:59.85, his first time below the four-minute barrier this season.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Jager makes winning return in Seattle

Evan Jager made his long-awaited return to racing at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Saturday, the 30-year-old’s first race in 18 months. It was a winning return for the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, who had been ruled out in 2019 through injury. Jager clocked 3:56.50 to win the men’s mile and he led home fellow Kimbia and Bowerman Track Club athlete Sean McGorty, who ran 3:57.19 in second.

Karissa Schweizer opened her 2020 campaign with an impressive performance in the women’s mile, finishing second to Shelby Houlihan in 4:24.32. Houlihan took the win in 4:23.68. Courtney Frerichs and Jessica Tonn were both in action over 3,000m, where Frerichs finished third in 8:47.31 behind Colleen Quigley (8:44.83). Tonn clocked a superb personal best to finish fourth in 8:54.19.

Marc Scott was an impressive winner of the men’s 3000m, the Briton taking victory in 7:49.65.

Elsewhere Josh Thompson was in action at Boston University, where the Bowerman Track Club athlete took an excellent win in the 1500m. He unleashed a big negative split to rocket  to the line in 3:37.21 in what was his first race of the year.

Image: Cortney White/Bowerman Track Club

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Cragg all set for Trials challenge

Amy Cragg
is back to full health as she prepares to challenge for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team at next month’s marathon trials in Atlanta. The  35-year-old world championship medalist spoke to Runner’s World this week and revealed she has overcome the issues with fatigue that ruled her out of the Chicago Marathon last October.

“It was just overall fatigue,” Cragg said. “I think we just went too hard for too long. I ‘cooked myself. Took some time off when we realized it wasn’t coming around for Chicago. Now I’m feeling a lot better and ready to go.

“You talk to any distance runner, you go through those ups and downs regularly. It’s like you just can’t seem to get out of the slump. You don’t know whether to push harder or let go. I’ve been used to it over the years. But there was definitely still that fear that I might have overdone it; [I’d] hope it’s not undoable.”

Cragg has put in as much as 130 miles a week on the build-up to the Trials and while she is cautious not to overdo things, she’s hopeful it will put her in contention to make another Olympic team next month.

“Things are going well, but I am listening to my body a lot, just making sure that I don’t go into that zone. I’m in a good place right now. I’m very cautious about going over the edge. February 29, top 3, that’s what I’m going for. It’s just getting on that team. For me, that’s everything.”

Image: Photorun

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