Monday, February 19, 2018

Silver lining for Quigley as Birmingham beckons

Colleen Quigley made her fourth US team over the weekend by finishing second in the women’s 1500m at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

The 25-year-old led into the home stretch but was caught late by Shelby Houlihan, her Bowerman Track Club teammate.

“I really thought I could win out there today, and that would be obviously a big deal for me,” Quigley told Letsrun. I haven’t won a national championship yet, indoor or outdoor. So I thought this might be a really good opportunity for me. A few major players in the 1500 weren’t here tonight. And so I was like, this could be a little opening for a steeplechaser to come in and show some wheels. But Shelby’s just — she’s so fast.”

Elsehere Henry Wynne finished a fine fifth in the men’s 1500m final, the Brooks athlete coming home in 3:43.71, less than a second away from making the US team for world indoors.

In the men’s 3000m final on Saturday, Izaic Yorks came home eighth in 8:04.68, a race won by Paul Chelimo in 7:57.88.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Day of glory for Infeld and Quigley

It was an unforgettable day for the Kimbia crew at various locations around the country, with Emily Infeld [above, pic via @visit_tally) and Colleen Quigley turning in star performances to take respective victories at the USATF Cross Country Championships and Millrose Games.

Infeld scored her first ever USATF title in memorable fashion, the Bowerman Track Club athlete among a group of seven that broke away 3K into the 10K race. Coming into the final kilometer it was just Infeld and Molly Seidel at the front, but Infeld found something extra entering the finishing straight and pulled away for an emotional victory.

“The competition is fabulous and each year it gets better and better,” she said. “I feel super-excited and lucky, I felt on the cusp of it a lot so it’s really nice to finally win one.” Her teammate Courtney Frerichs also had a strong run, coming home fourth and just shy of the medals.

Evan Jager, meanwhile, missed out on a medal by just one tenth of a second in the men’s 10K race, the Olympic steeplechase silver medalist coming home fourth in 29:31.5, just behind Stanley Kebenei (29:31.4). The race was won by Leonard Korir in 29:16.7 ahead of Galen Rupp in 29:17.9. MJ Erb finished an impressive ninth in 29:42.3.

Later in the day, Colleen Quigley (above, photo: @armoryNYC) scored a memorable win at the Millrose Games in New York, the Bowerman Track Club athlete holding off teammate Kate Grace to edge victory in the Wanamaker mile in 4:30.05. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean finished third. “I’m really proud of myself for being brave,” said Quigley. “This was my first time here and I didn’t let that distract me.”

At the Camel City Elite races in Winston-Salen, North Carolina, Izaic Yorks finished an impressive second in the men’s 3000m to Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo. Yorks clocked 7:53.54, not far behind Chelimo’s winning time of 7:52.88. In the men’s mile, Henry Wynne finished third in 3:58.80, a race won by Edward Cheserek in 3:53.85.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Busy weekend ahead for the Kimbia crew

It’s set to be an action-packed weekend for Kimbia athletes on various surfaces, with Evan Jager, Courtney Frerichs, Emily Infeld, MJ Erb, Colleen Quigley, Nicole Sifuentes, Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks all in action.

Evan Jager will return to racing over natural terrain for the first time in many years, the Olympic steeplechase silver medalist competing in the men’s 10,000m race at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida. He has not raced since September last year, when he closed his season at the Brussels Diamond League. Also in action in the men’s 10,000m is MJ Erb, the 23-year-old Ole Miss graduate who will contest his first race of 2018.

Training partners Courtney Frerichs and Emily Infeld will both contest the women’s 10,000m race. Neither has raced since the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York last September.

Several hundred miles north, Colleen Quigley and Nicole Sifuentes will be racing in a very different setting, the pair set to line up in the ultra-competitive Wanamaker Mile on Saturday evening at the Armory in New York City.

Meanwhile Henry Wynne and Izaic Yorks will contest the mile at the Camel City Elite races in North Carolina on Saturday.

We wish them all the very best of luck.


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Flanagan flies to fast 3000m in Seattle

Shalane Flanagan had another impressive showing at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Washington on Saturday afternoon, the 36-year clocking a season’s best of 8:43.28 to finish second in the women’s 3000m behind Dutch middle distance star Sifan Hassan, the reigning world indoor 1500m champion.

Flanagan has recently begun preparations for the Boston Marathon in April, where she will seek to win her first title at the race to add to her historic victory in New York last November. A fortnight ago she opened her 2018 campaign with an 8:55.11 clocking for 3000m to win in Seattle, and today she carved 12 seconds off that time, something that will leave the Bowerman Track Club athlete high on confidence as she returns to heavy mileage ahead of Boston. Both Hassan’s time of 8:34.45 and Flanagan’s were under the previous meeting record.

Also in action in Seattle was Lopez Lomong, who finished fifth in the men’s mile in 3:59.75. That carved more than four seconds off his previous season’s best, which he ran in Seattle in his opener a fortnight ago.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cragg trains sights on Tokyo

Amy Cragg is set to kick off her 2018 campaign at the Tokyo Marathon next month, the 34-year-old looking to carve a chunk off her personal best of 2:27:03.

Cragg, who memorably claimed the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in London, spoke to Erin Strout at Runner’s World earlier today and explained that she will hope to be competitive in her first Marathon Major of the year.

“You can’t ever go into a [World Marathon Major] and say you’re just going to run for time. It’s just impossible. Even if that’s the plan going into it, when you get in the race you’re going to be competitive. There are these amazing women in there. As much as I’d like to say that it’s just about the PR and running fast, there’s also going to be competition as well. When it comes down to it at the end, I’d pick a higher place finish over a faster time. But as of right now, going into it, it’s going to be about running fast.”

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