Friday, May 18, 2018

Erb, Wynne impress in Los Angeles

MJ Erb and Henry Wynne turned in promising performances  at the USATF Distance Classic in Los Angeles last night.

Erb (above, photo: USATF) took victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase in 8:32.78 ahead of Travis Mahoney (8:33.09) and Brandon Doughty (8:33.43). It was the first outdoor track race of the year for Erb, a member of the Saucony Freedom Track Club, and bodes well for a promising summer for the 24-year-old.

In the men’s 800m, his fellow Kimbia athlete Henry Wynne broke new ground with a lifetime best of 1:48.36, a race won by Craig Engels of the Nike Oregon Project in 1:47.40. Wynne, the 2016 NCAA indoor mile champion, showed his speed is still in a good place ahead of the summer, and so too his endurance, having clocked a 5000m PR of 13:30.43 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford a fortnight earlier.

The next major meeting on the horizon for Kimbia’s athletes is the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene next week, with Wynne and Izaic Yorks likely to line up in the international mile, Colleen Quigley in the women’s 1500m and Evan Jager in the men’s 3000m steeplechase. For an in-depth chat with Jager ahead of his season opener, this podcast¬†(embedded below), in which he talks to Lindsay Hein, is well worth a listen.

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