Friday, July 28, 2017

Four new signings for Kimbia

We are delighted to welcome four new arrivals to Kimbia, a quartet of the finest middle distance men to come through the NCAA system in recent years.

Marc Scott, a highly-talented 22-year-old English athlete, will be best known to fans for his victory at the NCAA Championships over 10,000m last month, the Tulsa athlete powering to victory in 29:01.54 at Hayward Field. Since then he has moved on to an even bigger stage, securing his world qualifying standard over 5000m last weekend in Heusden, Belgium, clocking 13:22.37 to dip under the required standard and see his name added to the British team for the event, which begins next Friday in the London Stadium. He will move from Taylor Gulley, his coach at Tulsa, to the Bowerman Track Club, where he will be coached by Jerry Schumacher.

MJ Erb, who finished fourth in the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase and seventh at the US Championships a fortnight later, is another exciting new recruit, the 23-year-old American departing after a successful NCAA career at Ole Miss, where he was coached by Ryan Vanhoy, to train under Saucony’s Elite Athlete Development Team with coach Tim Broe. He lowered his best to 8:26.75 in the 3000m steeplechase this year and looks poised to take his place on international teams in the years to come.

Josh Thompson, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, is another promising addition to the Kimbia team. The 24-year-old native of Logandale, NV, had made tremendous progress this season, lowering his 1500m best to 3:38.21 and his mile best to 3:56.89. After being guided to a fourth-place finish in the 1500m at the NCAA Championships and an eighth-place finish at the US Championships by college coach Dave Smith, he will now move north to Portland, OR, where he will come under the tutelage of Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club.

Henry Wynne, at just 22, is the youngest of the four new signings, and looks set to have a promising career in his new base in Seattle, where he will be coached by Danny Mackey and run for Brooks Beasts. He is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was coached by Pete Watson, and it was a decorated collegiate career he left behind, one that included victory in the NCAA Indoor Championships over a mile last year. This year he has twice clocked 3:39 for 1500m, just shy of his lifetime best of 3:3835, which he ran in Florida last year at the age of just 20.



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