Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Elise Cranny launches professional career

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Elise Cranny, a standout distance runner at Stanford who is now ready to embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Cranny, 22, was a 12-time All American at Stanford, most recently crowning her career there with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last November.

But it was on the track where she made the greatest impact, breaking the school 1500m record when clocking 4:09.49 to finish third in the NCAA Championships last year, an event in which she was runner-up by just four thousandths of a second in 2016.

For many years, the native of Niwot, Colorado, has been on the radar of distance-running aficionados, given she ran 4:10.95 while still in high school, and placed fourth in the World Junior Championships 1500m final in 2014, the first non-African to finish.

Since completing her eligibility at Stanford, Cranny has continued to impress, clocking 15:24.32 for 5000m indoors in Boston last December. In recent weeks she signed a professional contract with Nike and will soon move to Portland to train under Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club.

“I am really looking forward to this next chapter,” says Cranny.  “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join a group of women that are running at the highest level and I cannot wait to train with them, learn from them, and be challenged by them.  I’m excited for the opportunity to fully focus on my running and to work with an extremely knowledgeable coaching staff that will allow me to compete at the next level. Being a part of Kimbia Athletics and the BTC allows me to be surrounded by coaches, agents, and teammates that will help me reach my full potential in the sport of running.”

“I’m looking forward to putting in lots of hard work with the group in preparation for fast racing this outdoor season and beyond.  In the coming years, I have hopes of competing at the highest level and making World Championship and Olympic teams.  Most importantly, I am excited about going all in and seeing just how good I can be.”

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Friday, February 8, 2019

McCorty and Scott are brilliant in Boston

Sean McGorty
and Marc Scott produced a pair of brilliant performances at the David Hemery Invitational in Boston on Friday evening, clocking personal bests of 13:21.35 and 13:21.97 respectively to lead the field home in the men’s 5000m.

Both of their times were inside the qualifying standard for the World Championships in Doha later this year (13:22.50), while they were also the two fastest times in the world for 5000m in 2019, indoors or out.

McGorty passed 1000m in 2:41.92 behind pacemaker Lopez Lomong, their teammate at the Nike Bowerman Track Club, with Scott shortly behind in 2:42.15. The pair hit 2000m in 5:22, 3000m in 8:03, 4000m in 10:44 before closing with a swift final kilometer of 2:37 to clock a brace of personal bests for the distance.

“It’s been amazing,” said McGorty of his time with the Bowerman Track Club, which he joined last year after turning professional. “I’m really pleased my debut for the team went so well. Ever since I came into college I’ve always looked up to Bowerman, how their athletes competed at the highest level. It’s been very easy from day one to buy in. They’ve accomplished amazing things and those are all things I want to accomplish.”

Mcgorty revealed afterwards that he plans to target the US Indoor Championships next, with future plans as yet undecided. For more check out his interview with Letsrun.com.


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Saturday, February 2, 2019

World Cross Awaits for Kimbia trio

Three Kimbia athletes booked their places at next month’s World Cross Country Championships at the US Cross Country Championships today. In a race won in fine style by Shelby Houlihan in 32:46, Amy Cragg of the Bowerman Track Club led them home in fifth place, clocking 33:17.

Shortly behind was her BTC teammate Courtney Frerichs in 33:24, with Karissa Schweizer following her home in seventh in 33:28. Jess Tonn also turned in a noteworthy performance, finishing 16th in 34:23.

With runner-up Molly Huddle opting out of the team for World Cross, it meant Frerichs, Schweizer and Cragg have all secured their place, with all three indicating that they intend to compete at the event, which takes place in Aarhus, Denmark, on March 31.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Wynne and Yorks help Brooks Beasts to world best

Image: John Nepolitan

Kimbia athletes Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks teamed up with fellow Brooks Beasts members David Ribich and Brannon Kidder to smash the 4 x mile indoor world best at the Armory on Saturday.

The quartet clocked 16:03.68 to obliterate the previous best of 16:12.81. Wynne ran his second leg in 4:03.5 to put the Beasts in front of their HOKA New Jersey New York rivals, and a stunning final leg from Izaic Yorks of 3:58.6 brought them to the line in record time.

“We’re building something at Brooks,” said Wynne. “This is a starting block for what we want to accomplish this year. We want to show people what we can do. We’ve been training amazingly…. We’re trying to make teams and win medals.”

For more reaction, check out their interview with Letsrun.com:

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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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