The track in Rieti, Italy is renowned as one of the fastest in the world, and Emily Infeld and Andrew Bumbalough took full advantage on Sunday, running lifetime bests in the final big meet of the outdoor season.
Each was entered in the 3000, and Infeld turned heads in particular, laying down an 8:41.43 to grab fifth place and slice a whopping 19-seconds off of her previous personal best. The twenty-three-year-old looks poised to take a huge chunk out of her 5000 personal best — currently 15:28 — especially in light of her impressive road win over six miles at Wharf-to-Wharf. In Italy, not only did Infeld finish as top American in the field, six seconds ahead of Chelsea Reilly (a newly-minted 15:10 performer), but the Georgetown graduate now ranks #14 in the world and #2 among Americans this year, and just two seconds outside of the domestic Top 10 all-time list.
Infeld’s teammate Bumbalough also ran a PB, albeit a much smaller one. In a very competitive men’s field, the native Tennessean also took fifth, thanks to his 7:40.04 performance. That time is “only” about four-tenths faster than his previous best, but put him ahead of Olympians Ben St. Lawrence, Collis Birmingham, Henrik Ingebrigtsen (5th in London at 1500) and Thomas Longosiwa (Olympic bronze in London, 7:30 PB), and just two ticks back of former world junior champion Caleb Ndiku (7:30 PB).