Saturday, February 12, 2022

Cranny smashes American record

Elise Cranny produced an astonishing performance at the BU Valentine meeting in Boston on Friday night, smashing the US indoor women’s 5000m record by 14 seconds, clocking 14:33.17 to finish second behind Bowerman Track Club teammate Gabriela Debues-Stafford.

Cranny’s fellow Kimbia athlete Courtney Frerichs also had a huge run, finishing third in 14:48.75, an outright personal best by two seconds.

Recent signing Michaela Meyer was in action over a mile, the 800m specialist showing strong fitness by clocking an indoor PR of 4:29.64, which was just a fraction outside her outdoor best of 4:29.16.

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Michaela Meyer joins Kimbia

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Michaela Meyer, who will run professionally with Nike. 

The 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Virginia, a native of Southbury, Connecticut, is one of the America’s most promising distance runners, having smashed her PR last season at 800m and clocked 1:58.55 at the US Olympic Trials, where she narrowly missed the team for Tokyo, finishing fourth.

Just before that Meyer won the NCAA title over 800m, turning in a brilliant performance in Eugene to take victory in 2:00.28. Last summer she also lowered her 1500m best to 4:04.02. Coached by Vin Lananna, she made her professional debut in recent days at the Millrose Games in New York, finishing third behind Ajee Wilson and Natoya Goule.

We look forward to working with her as she embarks on a promising professional career.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Tanner and Vaughn sign with Kimbia

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signings of Sam Tanner and Sara Vaughn, who will both run for Puma.

Tanner, 21, is one of the most exciting young middle-distance talents to emerge in recent years. A native of New Zealand, he set a national indoor record of 3:34.74 in February 2020 to secure the automatic Olympic qualification mark for Tokyo, beating two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis in the process.

Vaughn, 35, was best known until last year as a 1500m specialist, a distance where she has a best of 4:04.56 and at which she competed at the 2017 World Championships in London. However in 2021 her career took an unexpected turn as she moved considerably up in distance, Vaughn winning the California International Marathon in 2:26:53 in what was her first try at the distance.

We look forward to working with them through 2022 and beyond.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

O’Keeffe clocks 67:42 in superb half debut


Fiona O’Keeffe produced an outstanding performance at the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, the Puma Elite distance runner clocking the fastest ever debut by an American woman at the distance on a record-eligible course, 67:42, to finish fourth. That puts the 23-year-old fifth on the US all-time list.

Her teammate John Dressel also impressed, the 24-year-old, who trains alongside O’Keeffe in North Carolina under the direction of coach Alistair Cragg, running 62:23.

Image: Stephen Dunn

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Kimbia welcomes five new signings

Kimbia Athletics is delighted to welcome four new members to the team as we look ahead to a big year in 2022. Patrick Dever, Blaise Ferro, Poppy Tank,John Dressel and Thomas Ratcliffe have all turned professional. Dever, Ferro, Tank and Dressel will now run for the Puma-sponsored training group based near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while Ratcliffe has joined the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Dever was the NCAA champion over 10,000m this year, the 25-year-old Tulsa graduate showing his class over a variety of distances by taking victory at the British Championships over 5000m and lowering his 10,000m best to 27:41.87.

Ferro, 24, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, finished a fine sixth at the NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships in March and clocked lifetime bests for both 5000m and 10,000m this year: 13:31.54 and 27:56.30.

Tank, 24, is a graduate of the University of Utah, and she finished ninth at the NCAA Championships over 10,000m in the summer and 27th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in March. She has personal bests of 15:45.07 for 5000m and 32:50.57 for 10,000m.

Dressel, 24, is a graduate of the University of Colorado who holds personal bests of 13:36.29 for 5000m and 28:03.87 for 10,000m. He showed he’s been settling in well with his new setup by finishing a fine fourth at the recent Manchester Road Race, clocking 21:43 for the 7.64K distance.

Ratcliffe, 24, is the son of Kimbia Athletics founder Tom, and was a standout performer for Stanford University and the University of North Carolina in recent years, finishing third in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in 2019 and seventh in 2021. In the latter race he lowered his best to 13:20.88.

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