Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Kimbia athletes power to fast times in Portland

A horde of Kimbia athletes were in action on Tuesday night at an intra-squad meeting of the Nike Bowerman Track Club in Portland.

Sean McGorty impressed with 13:11.22 to win the 5000m, taking 10 seconds off his previous best. He edged teammate Grant Fisher, second in 13:11.68 to take 18 seconds off his personal best. Evan Jager came home third in an impressive 13:12.12.

In the women’s 5000m, Elise Cranny smashed her personal best with a time of 14:48.02, 36 seconds faster than she ever ran before and the seventh fastest time in US history. Just behind her came Courtney Frerichs, who broke 15 minutes for the first time with her 14:50.06.

In the men’s 1500m, Josh Thompson edged victory in a photo finish over fellow Kimbia athlete Lopez Lomong, both athletes credited with 3:39.66.

Karissa Schweizer had another storming run in the women’s 1500m, finishing a close second to Shelby Houlihan in 4:02.81 and taking four seconds off her previous best.


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Friday, February 28, 2020

Schweizer smashes American 3000m record

Karissa Schweizer produced the best run of her life on Thursday night in Boston, smashing the American 3000m record when clocking  8:25.70 at the Last Chance Invitational. The the top three finishers in the race – Schweizer, Shelby Houlihan, and Colleen Quigley all crushed the old American record of 8:33.25, which was held by Shalane Flanagan. Schweizer closed with a 31.59-second final lap to seal an unforgettable win.

Elsewhere in Boston Josh Thompson continued his fine indoor season, going to second on the all-time US indoor list when clocking 3:34.77 to dip under the automatic Olympic standard of 3:35.00. In the women’s 5000m Courtney Frerichs set a personal best of 15:02.91, with fellow Kimbia athlete Jess Tonn not far behind, running 15:12.33. The race was won by Konstanze Klosterhalfen in 14:30.79.

Lopez Lomong had another strong run in the men’s 3000, taking victory in 7:37.74, with fellow Kimbia athlete Evan Jager third in 7:38.25 and Grant Fisher fourth in 7:39.99. Sean McGorty finished seventh in 7:51.99.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Illness forces Cragg out of US Trials

Amy Cragg has been forced to withdraw from the US Olympic Marathon Trials after failing to recover from an illness. The Bowerman Track Club athlete made the decision earlier this week and spoke about it in an interview with Women’s Running.

“The Epstein-barr we could see through blood tests that I was getting over it,” Cragg said. “I cut out caffeine, I focused on rest and doing everything I can to get my body to go back to normal. But we were also trying to fit in the training so I’d be fit enough to run the Trials.

“In the end it wasn’t enough time. This last week, we pushed training a little bit and things were going pretty well, but I think it pushed me over the edge because I got the flu pretty bad. It was enough to knock me out. It was unfortunate timing and figuring things out a little too late.

“Now we know exactly what it was and we know that if I take it easier, things do come around pretty quick. My body was healing itself, so now that we have a firm answer, we can be a lot smarter in the training in order to move forward.”

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Thompson takes US 1500m title

Josh Thompson produced a stunning performance at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque on Saturday, kicking off the front to take victory in the men’s 1500m in 3:44.07 with a blazing 26.86 final lap. It was Thompson’s first US title.

It was also a great weekend for Karissa Schweizer, who finished second in the 3000 and third in the 1500m, with her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shelby Houlihan taking victory in both.

Courtney Frerichs was in action in the women’s 3000m, the steeplechase specialist finishing fifth in 8:57.15 while Izaic Yorks was 13th in the men’s 3000m. Meanwhile in Seattle, Lopez Lomong led home a high-quality field in the men’s 3000m, clocking 7:45.82 ahead of teammate Marc Scott (7:46.11), Evan Jager (7:46.24) and Sean McGorty (7:46.76).

In Boston, James Randon finished seventh in the men’s mile in 3:59.85, his first time below the four-minute barrier this season.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Jager makes winning return in Seattle

Evan Jager made his long-awaited return to racing at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Saturday, the 30-year-old’s first race in 18 months. It was a winning return for the 2016 Olympic silver medalist, who had been ruled out in 2019 through injury. Jager clocked 3:56.50 to win the men’s mile and he led home fellow Kimbia and Bowerman Track Club athlete Sean McGorty, who ran 3:57.19 in second.

Karissa Schweizer opened her 2020 campaign with an impressive performance in the women’s mile, finishing second to Shelby Houlihan in 4:24.32. Houlihan took the win in 4:23.68. Courtney Frerichs and Jessica Tonn were both in action over 3,000m, where Frerichs finished third in 8:47.31 behind Colleen Quigley (8:44.83). Tonn clocked a superb personal best to finish fourth in 8:54.19.

Marc Scott was an impressive winner of the men’s 3000m, the Briton taking victory in 7:49.65.

Elsewhere Josh Thompson was in action at Boston University, where the Bowerman Track Club athlete took an excellent win in the 1500m. He unleashed a big negative split to rocket  to the line in 3:37.21 in what was his first race of the year.

Image: Cortney White/Bowerman Track Club

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