Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wynne opens season in style

Henry Wynne started his 2019 campaign with an impressive performance at the UW Indoor meeting last weekend, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking a PB of 7:52.23 to finish third in the men’s 3000m. The race was won by Craig Engels of the Oregon Project in 7:50.79.

Three places behind Wynne was training partner and fellow Kimbia athlete Izaic Yorks, who showed his endurance is in great order with a clocking of 7:55.81.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Exciting year ahead for rising star Schweizer

As 2018 draws to a close, it’s an ideal time to reflect on what proved a superb season for one of Kimbia’s most exciting recruits: Karissa Schweizer.

The 22-year-old joined with Kimbia to embark on a professional career early in the summer after a decorated NCAA career, in which the Iowa native racked up six NCAA titles, spanning indoor, outdoor and cross country. In June she claimed victory in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, adding to her third-place finish in the 10,000m just days before. It made her just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles.

Schweizer was an All-American 10 times during her collegiate career, won eight conference titles, set six school records and one collegiate record.

But far from resting on her laurels, she then made an immediate impact after turning professional. In late June she finished third against older athletes in the 5000m at the US Championships, then she traveled to Heusden, Belgium where she clocked a huge PB of 15:02.44 for 5000m.

That was the 16th fastest time in the world this year for 5000m and it made her the third fastest American, behind only Olympians Shelby Houlihan and Molly Huddle. Having moved to Portland to train full-time under coach Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club, 2019 should prove a hugely exciting year for the young star.

For more on her story, check out the below video from her alma mater, the University of Missouri.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Scott storms to top-10 finish at European Cross Country

Britain’s Marc Scott produced a strong performance at the European Cross Country on Sunday, capping a fine year by finishing ninth in the senior men’s race.

Scott clocked 29:21 for the 10,300m race, which featured a twisting, technical course and was run in testing underfoot conditions at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The race was won by Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen in 28:49.

The performance closes out a fine year for Scott, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club in Portland. He finished a fine fifth at the European Championships over 5000m in the summer, clocking 13:23.14, and he also claimed the British title over the same distance in June and went on to compete for Europe over 3000m at the Continental Cup in Ostrava.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Flanagan fights to podium place at New York Marathon

Shalane Flanagan
battled her way on to the podium for the third time at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, the 37-year-old backing up last year’s victory with a typically tough, courageous performance to finish third in 2:26:22.

Kenya’s Mary Keitany took victory in 2:22:48, the second-fastest time in event history, with Vivian Cheruiyot coming home second in 2:26:02.

On the final run to the line, Flanagan repeated “I love you” to an adoring New York crowd, who were treated to another inspired performance by the Bowerman Track Club athlete.

“I just was overcome with emotion in that stretch as everyone is. I think 50,000 runners feel overwhelmed,” she said. “I love this community and I love the running community. I love New Yorkers. I’ve had an unbelievable time performing here and really appreciate the fans that are here and everyone who supports us.”

Flanagan was asked afterward about whether this may be her final race, but she was putting off any decision on the day itself.

“I think I’m going to take a few hours to decompress and really evaluate. I don’t want to be too soon to make a decision,” she said. “I do feel like my heart is leaning toward serving others with the knowledge that I’ve gained.”

For more on Flanagan’s fine performance, check out Runner’s World.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Quigley, Scott and Frerichs impress in season climaxes

Colleen Quigley, Marc Scott and Courtney Frerichs impressed in their final races of the outdoor season last weekend.

Quigley was in action at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, where the Bowerman Track Club athlete finished a close second to Jenny Simpson in 4:20.

Quigley had struggled with injury earlier in the year but made a strong finish to the summer season, setting PRs in the 1500 (4:03.02) and steeplechase (9:10.27). She was proud, if a little frustrated, by her effort in New York.

“I kind of feel like I misjudged it a little bit,” she said. “I did that last year and told myself I wasn’t to do it this year, and it happened again. It’s a tough road mile. It’s hard to gauge how far you are from the finish. I was trying to follow Jenny and stick on her shoulder. By the time I realized how close we were to the finish it was too late.”

For more reaction watch her interview below with Letsrun.com.

At the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Courtney Frerichs and Marc Scott were both in action. Unfortunately Evan Jager was forced to withdraw from his race shortly before after struggling with a foot injury.

Frerichs claimed another top finish when placing second in the women’s 3000m steeplechase in 9:15.22, an elimination race won by Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech. With that Frerichs helped Team Americas to victory in the overall contest.

Scott, meanwhile, represented Europe in the men’s 3000m, also an elimination race. In what was a truly world-class field, Scott was the third athlete to be eliminated, forced off the track with two laps to run, and he placed sixth overall to cap a great season.

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