At 13:07.00, Lopez Lomong‘s 5000m run on Friday night became the new American Indoor Record. It makes him the #11 performer in world history, and is the fastest performance ever run indoors on US soil. Also, he jumps two spots among Americans, regardless of venue, as the 8th-fastest man, indoors or out.
For the Jerry Schumacher-coached crew, the race started off hot with perfect pacing from Travis Mahoney of the local NJ*NYTC, followed by Dan Huling who towed the line of teammates from 2000m out beyond 3 “K.” After the first ten laps started right on 13:15 pace — their intended target and the World Championships “A” standard — Huling began to gradually squeeze down on the throttle. The slight quickening made for a painful grind the last two kilometers… but also made Lomong’s record possible, as he hit the 4-kilometer mark at 10:32.64 — checkpoint for a 13:10. The final kilometer featured three laps of under 31-seconds, and Lomong had the record. Despite beginning Friday as the national leader in the 800 for 2013, this record was earned on the back of his strength, as he held on for a final lap of 30.58, according to LetsRun.com.
Behind him, teammates were all en route to PB’s. Andrew Bumbalough ran 13:23 to move into seventh on the all-time US list. Elliott Heath cracked the top-10 with a 13:33.22, pipping teammate Evan Jager who now sits at twelfth at 13:33.37. Matt Tegenkamp, committed to longer distances for the last few years, still managed a commendable 13:35 which is both an indoor PB, as well as #15 on the American performer list.
Fellow teammate Chris Solinsky actually has run 13:30.74 indoors — a mark that would be #10 all-time, had it not come on an oversized track that isn’t record-eligible. And, in fact, Solinsky was in action on that same track in Seattle, after his training partners had wrapped in New York. Running at a University of Washington last chance meet, the Wisconsin native ran 8:05 to win the 3000m by seven seconds. While the mark isn’t necessarily world-class, it is a positive sign of progress after a major surgery that reattached Solinsky’s hamstring to his femur in 2011. The first American to crack 27:00 for 10,000m said of his first race in two years “[It's] fun to be back out there.”
Race video from Lomong’s record-setting run is below.