Saturday, February 3, 2018

Day of glory for Infeld and Quigley

It was an unforgettable day for the Kimbia crew at various locations around the country, with Emily Infeld [above, pic via @visit_tally) and Colleen Quigley turning in star performances to take respective victories at the USATF Cross Country Championships and Millrose Games.

Infeld scored her first ever USATF title in memorable fashion, the Bowerman Track Club athlete among a group of seven that broke away 3K into the 10K race. Coming into the final kilometer it was just Infeld and Molly Seidel at the front, but Infeld found something extra entering the finishing straight and pulled away for an emotional victory.

“The competition is fabulous and each year it gets better and better,” she said. “I feel super-excited and lucky, I felt on the cusp of it a lot so it’s really nice to finally win one.” Her teammate Courtney Frerichs also had a strong run, coming home fourth and just shy of the medals.

Evan Jager, meanwhile, missed out on a medal by just one tenth of a second in the men’s 10K race, the Olympic steeplechase silver medalist coming home fourth in 29:31.5, just behind Stanley Kebenei (29:31.4). The race was won by Leonard Korir in 29:16.7 ahead of Galen Rupp in 29:17.9. MJ Erb finished an impressive ninth in 29:42.3.

Later in the day, Colleen Quigley (above, photo: @armoryNYC) scored a memorable win at the Millrose Games in New York, the Bowerman Track Club athlete holding off teammate Kate Grace to edge victory in the Wanamaker mile in 4:30.05. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean finished third. “I’m really proud of myself for being brave,” said Quigley. “This was my first time here and I didn’t let that distract me.”

At the Camel City Elite races in Winston-Salen, North Carolina, Izaic Yorks finished an impressive second in the men’s 3000m to Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo. Yorks clocked 7:53.54, not far behind Chelimo’s winning time of 7:52.88. In the men’s mile, Henry Wynne finished third in 3:58.80, a race won by Edward Cheserek in 3:53.85.

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