Tuesday, September 25, 2012

KIMbia Athletes Find Summer Road Success

With winter on the horizon, several of KIMbia’s track athletes took to the roads for their final races of the 2012 season.¬†Up in Providence, Andrew Bumbalough took home runner-up honors at the CVS Downtown 5k, which doubled as the USATF 5k Road Championship. Going blow-for-blow with Ben True in the final quarter-mile, Bumbalough got to the line just one-tenth of a second behind the New Hampshire runner. Though Bumbi entered the race with the fastest track PB for 5000m, True is no slouch himself, with a 13:20 lifetime best and the 2011 US Running Circuit grand prix title to his credit.

Running just behind the leaders in a large pack of about a dozen runners early on, the Tennessee native waited for the break to come after a pedestrian 9-minute split for the first three kilometers. When Leonard Korir finally dropped the pace to splinter the pack, Bumbalough stuck right on his heels, with True following closely and the field — including teammate Elliott Heath — in their wake. Bumbi moved to the lead on an uphill with 600m to go and dropped the hammer, but True — the defending champion here — utilized his prior experience on the course, waiting to make his final bid in the final 30 meters and slipping by at the line for the win. Heath finished strong to capture 8th place in 14:03, eleven seconds behind Bumbalough’s 13:52.

Just a day prior and a hundred-some miles to the southwest, Sean Quigley took second at the Cow Harbor 10k with a time of 29:25. Quigley — now based out of Boulder — was just six seconds behind race winner and 60-minute half-marathoner Mo Trafeh. Trafeh took the race out hard and opened a gap from early on, and though Quigley closed late, the Boston-native ran out of gears and room and had to be content with second. Quigley’s run defeated former All-American James Strang, former Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, and former Foot Locker national champion Chad Hall.

Heath would bounce back from Providence and head down the coast to New York City and the streets of Manhattan, for the famed Fifth Avenue Mile. Tracking the leaders early, Heath was split out wide, running three- and four-abreast behind early front-runner Haron Lagat — as well as his own brother, Garrett Heath. After world-level medalists Bernard Lagat, Leonel Manzano and Matthew Centrowitz took control of the race, Elliott came home in 3:54.3 — a full four-seconds better than his mile PB on the track and good for 8th place. The performance put the Minnesota-native ahead of milers Jordan McNamara, AJ Acosta, and Liam Boylan-Pett, among others, capping what has been a very successful rookie season as a pro.

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