Monday, July 1, 2019

Schweizer, Frerichs impress at Pre Classic

Kimbia athletes Karissa Schweizer and Courtney Frerichs were in flying form at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford, California on Sunday, the Bowerman Track Club teammates posting a pair of performances that bode very well for the year ahead.

Schweizer was in action in a loaded women’s 3000m, which gathered one of the best fields ever assembled. However, the 23-year-old turned in a fine performance to finish 14th in 8:42.15, an outdoor personal best. The race was won by Sifan Hassan in 8:18.49.

Frerichs was in action in the 3000m steeplechase, the first race over barriers this year for the reigning world silver medalist. The 26-year-old battled all the way to the line to post the fastest season opener of her career, 9:09.75, which was also the fourth quickest time in her career. The race was won by world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech in 8:55.58.

“We haven’t done much steeple work and our eyes are really on Doha,” Frerichs said. “The execution of the last K, 600 is going to be really important come Worlds. I’ve always felt good about my close and I did a better job at keeping with them, maintaining contact. Obviously for Worlds I need to be in that pack. I’m pretty excited to open up in the 9-0s. Jerry and I are really excited about what’s to come.”

Elsewhere Lopez Lomong was in action at Lane Community College in Eugene, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking a swift 3:37.52 to win the men’s 1500m, his fastest time for the distance since 2013. Amos Bartelsmeyer was also in action, the German winning the men’s 800m in 1:48.33.

Watch Courtney Frerichs’ interview with below. Image credit: PhotoRun

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Grant Fisher on the road ahead

Kimbia Athletics was delighted to announce the signing last week of Grant Fisher, a 22-year-old graduate of Stanford University. As he prepares to embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club, he offers his thoughts on the past year and what lies ahead.

How do you reflect on your final year at Stanford?
My final year at Stanford was memorable and exciting.  We made huge strides as a program and it was fun to see how much the team had changed throughout the 4 years I was there.  It is strange to think of myself as an alum now but I know the team is in good hands.

It was an incredible collegiate career. Is there a little sadness now that it’s come to an end?
I had some great experiences and met some of my best friends while at Stanford, so I am certainly a little sad that it is over.  College was an incredible period of my life so I’m sad to see it pass, but am excited for what lies ahead.

Why did you decide to sign with Kimbia? 
I decided to sign with Kimbia because I felt that their goals and mine lined up well.  Tom and Alistair do a great job of creating personal relationships with each of their athletes and support them through good and bad times. They approach the sport with integrity and I trust them to help guide my career.

Why did you choose to join the Nike Bowerman Track Club?
I chose BTC because I felt that Jerry Schumacher’s coaching style and the team were both great fits for what I was looking for as a professional.  I liked that the team and Jerry think big and are always looking to perform at the highest level. I have known of Jerry for a long time but did not meet him until recently.  I like his vision and how he is constantly trying to fine tune his system so that his athletes perform at their best.  His passion, strong belief in his athletes, and honesty are all things that drew me to him. I will move out and train with the group full-time this fall.

What are your plans for the summer?
This summer I will join the BTC guys in Park City, but will continue to be coached by my college coach, Chris Miltenberg, until the end of the track season.  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the guys and establishing relationships with everyone.  My racing schedule is still up in the air, but we are looking at potentially running a fast 1500 and 5K before the season is over.

What distance do you see yourself specializing in?
I have always thought of myself as a miler, but if I had to guess I would think that my future will lie in the 5K.  Of course, time will tell, and I am open to whichever event or events end up being my best.

Looking towards the future, what are your long-term goals in the sport? 
When I finish my professional career, I hope to be able to look back and say that I found the limit of how good I could become.


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Grant Fisher joins Kimbia Athletics

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Grant Fisher, a 22-year-old graduate of Stanford University, who will embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Fisher has been one of the standout distance runners in the NCAA in recent years, a 12-time All American who became NCAA 5,000m champion in 2017 while still a sophomore.

A native of Grand Blanc, Michigan, he has been touted as a future star ever since his high school days, when he combined soccer with running – achieving great success in both. In 2015 he became the seventh U.S. high school athlete in history to break four minutes for the mile, and since enrolling at Stanford his star has only ascended.

In his freshman year, having just turned 19, he finished sixth in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 13:30.13. He claimed victory the following year  with a devastating kick, then in 2018 he was runner-up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Verona, Wisconsin.

In 2019 he got even better, lowering his 1500m best to 3:39.60 at the Payton Jordan Invitational and his 5,000m best to 13:29.52. During the indoor season Fisher broke the collegiate record for 3,000m, clocking 7:42.62 to eclipse Galen Rupp’s previous mark. Later in the year, in what was his final race as a collegiate athlete, Fisher came up just short of reclaiming his 5,000m title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Texas, finishing a close runner-up to Morgan McDonald in 14:06.63.

He will now embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club, based in Portland, Oregon, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher and train with many of the world’s best middle and long-distance runners.

We at Kimbia Athletics are delighted to welcome Fisher to the team and we look forward to representing him in what we’re confident will be a highly successful professional career.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wynne leads the way with lifetime best

Henry Wynne produced another fine performance when finishing second in the 1500m at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Saturday, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking 3:35.14 to come home behind teammate Josh Kerr (3:33.60). That surpassed his previous best of 3:36.09 which he ran en route to a mile PR in Boston back in March.

Amos Bartelsmeyer finished sixth in a PR of 3:36.29 while Izaic Yorks came home seventh in 3:36.52. That carved a few fractions off Yorks’ previous best of 3:36.81 which he ran in London last summer.

The full race video is available at Runnerspace here.


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Monday, June 10, 2019

Yorks off to a strong start with 3:37 in Portland

Izaic Yorks turned in a promising performance at the Portland Track Festival over the weekend, the Brooks Beast athlete clocking 3:37.13 to finish second in the men’s 1500m, his first of the season – the race was won by Craig Engels in 3:35.32.

Henry Wynne was in action in the men’s 800m, the Brooks Beast athlete sharpening his speed with a 1:47 .64 clocking. That brought him home in sixth, closely followed by fellow Kimbia athlete Amos Bartelsmeyer (1:47.87). The race was won by Josh Kerr in 1:46.06.

Josh Thompson was in action in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, but the Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete was well off his best with a clocking of 9:02.84.

Meanwhile at the US 10K Championships in New York, Jess Tonn impressed with an eighth-place finish, clocking 32:56. The race was won by Sara Hall in 32:27.

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