Thursday, December 27, 2018

Exciting year ahead for rising star Schweizer


As 2018 draws to a close, it’s an ideal time to reflect on what proved a superb season for one of Kimbia’s most exciting recruits: Karissa Schweizer.

The 22-year-old joined with Kimbia to embark on a professional career early in the summer after a decorated NCAA career, in which the Iowa native racked up six NCAA titles, spanning indoor, outdoor and cross country. In June she claimed victory in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, adding to her third-place finish in the 10,000m just days before. It made her just the sixth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back outdoor 5000m titles.

Schweizer was an All-American 10 times during her collegiate career, won eight conference titles, set six school records and one collegiate record.

But far from resting on her laurels, she then made an immediate impact after turning professional. In late June she finished third against older athletes in the 5000m at the US Championships, then she traveled to Heusden, Belgium where she clocked a huge PB of 15:02.44 for 5000m.

That was the 16th fastest time in the world this year for 5000m and it made her the third fastest American, behind only Olympians Shelby Houlihan and Molly Huddle. Having moved to Portland to train full-time under coach Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club, 2019 should prove a hugely exciting year for the young star.

For more on her story, check out the below video from her alma mater, the University of Missouri.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Scott storms to top-10 finish at European Cross Country


Britain’s Marc Scott produced a strong performance at the European Cross Country on Sunday, capping a fine year by finishing ninth in the senior men’s race.

Scott clocked 29:21 for the 10,300m race, which featured a twisting, technical course and was run in testing underfoot conditions at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

The race was won by Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen in 28:49.

The performance closes out a fine year for Scott, a member of the Nike Bowerman Track Club in Portland. He finished a fine fifth at the European Championships over 5000m in the summer, clocking 13:23.14, and he also claimed the British title over the same distance in June and went on to compete for Europe over 3000m at the Continental Cup in Ostrava.

 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Flanagan fights to podium place at New York Marathon


Shalane Flanagan
battled her way on to the podium for the third time at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, the 37-year-old backing up last year’s victory with a typically tough, courageous performance to finish third in 2:26:22.

Kenya’s Mary Keitany took victory in 2:22:48, the second-fastest time in event history, with Vivian Cheruiyot coming home second in 2:26:02.

On the final run to the line, Flanagan repeated “I love you” to an adoring New York crowd, who were treated to another inspired performance by the Bowerman Track Club athlete.

“I just was overcome with emotion in that stretch as everyone is. I think 50,000 runners feel overwhelmed,” she said. “I love this community and I love the running community. I love New Yorkers. I’ve had an unbelievable time performing here and really appreciate the fans that are here and everyone who supports us.”

Flanagan was asked afterward about whether this may be her final race, but she was putting off any decision on the day itself.

“I think I’m going to take a few hours to decompress and really evaluate. I don’t want to be too soon to make a decision,” she said. “I do feel like my heart is leaning toward serving others with the knowledge that I’ve gained.”

For more on Flanagan’s fine performance, check out Runner’s World.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Cragg impresses on comeback in New York

Amy Cragg finished a terrific third in her comeback race from injury at the US 5K Championships, the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line, in New York City on Saturday morning.

In a race won by Emily Sisson in 15:34, Erika Kemp finished second in 15:50 with Cragg coming home third in 15:54.

“It felt really hard and really fast,” Cragg said. “A shock to the system, but I’m very happy with it.”

The 34-year-old Bowerman Track Club athlete last raced when finishing third in the Tokyo Marathon in February, then bypassed a fall marathon after injury troubles, telling Runner’s World this week: “I hurt my hamstring, and it was pretty bad, but as it healed and I started running again, we figured out that I had some biomechanical issues and other injuries I was probably just running through.

“The main goal right now is to just get back to where I was before all this happened. Once we solidify that I’m completely healthy and ready to move forward, that’s when we’ll start making those decisions.”

Fellow Kimbia athlete Jessica Tonn finished 11th in the same race, the Brooks athlete clocking 16:14.

Watch Cragg’s interview below with Letsrun.com:

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Flanagan all set to fly in New York


Shalane Flanagan will return to the scene of her greatest triumph this weekend when taking to the start line in Staten Island to defend her title at the New York City Marathon.

The Bowerman Track Club athlete has had a low-key year so far, coming home sixth in dire conditions at the Boston Marathon in April, the last race she completed. But the 37-year-old is confident of a stout title defence this weekend.

“My fitness is good, I couldn’t ask for better,” said Flanagan, who admits she has made no career plan beyond this Sunday. “Over the past two years I’ve acted as if each marathon is my last, not knowing where it’s going to take me. Until I cross the finish line, I honestly don’t know.”

In an interview with Runner’s World, Flanagan revealed she expects to be in contention with the leading elites, who include Vivian Cheruiyot, Mary Keitany and fellow American Des Linden.

“I feel like I can take big risks this year. That’s the beauty of being the defending champion. I’ve already accomplished what I really wanted, so now I have the ability to really do whatever I want,” Flanagan said. “I don’t feel the panicky desperation to win—I am calm and calculated, but also willing to do big things.

“If I have a presence and I’m a factor in the race, that to me is a winning scenario. I really just want to be an ultimate competitor up front.”

 

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