Monday, January 30, 2017

Lopez Lomong Worried by New U.S. Immigration Ban

Two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong tells Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated that he’s concerned and saddened by the executive order on immigration that U.S. President Donald Trump signed last Friday.

“When I saw the news, I cried,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “I was very emotional about it. What if that document had been signed in 2001? Where would I be? I would have no career. I would have no degree. I would probably be dead.”

Lopez is a native of Sudan, one of seven countries whose citizens have been temporarily barred from entering the United States. Lopez came to the United States in 2001, became a U.S. citizen in 2007, represented the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and was the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics.

Lopez told Sports Illustrated that, in the wake of Friday’s executive order, he’s worried about his brothers Peter and Alex, both of whom have student visas to attend U.S. universities. Lopez helped the two come to the U.S. in 2009.

“I don’t want to have to think about my brothers getting rounded up and deported,” Lopez told Sports Illustrated. “They have grown up here. They have friends here. They speak English, and they don’t even speak the language from our country. They are working on citizenship. If they have to go back, they will end up dying there.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Andrew Bumbalough to Make Marathon Debut Next Month in Tokyo

Ganbatte, Andrew Bumbalough!

Andrew will make his marathon debut on February 26 at the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six races that constitute the World Marathon Majors.

“I’m not looking to knock it out of the park in my first at-bat in the marathon,” Andrew says. “I plan to run conservatively, to have a good experience my first time out.”

One reason Andrew chose Tokyo for his debut is that there are often several runners aiming for the 2:10-2:12 range that Andrew has targeted for his debut. The race’s Japanese contingent alone includes five men with PRs of 2:10 or 2:11.

Andrew returned to top form last fall, capped by a 28:09.35 10,000 at the Hachioji Long Distance meet in Tokyo, Japan, on November 26. The performance, less than 13 seconds off his personal best for the distance, showed that Andrew had overcome a year and a half of injuries and setbacks that kept him from competing in last summer’s Olympic Trials.

To date, Andrew’s longest race is a half marathon. He ran his personal best of 1:02:05 to finish fifth overall and top American at the NYC Half in March 2015. He’s now doing altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona, to tackle twice the distance.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Welcome Nicole Sifuentes!

We’re proud and excited to announce that Nicole Sifuentes has joined the KIMbia family of athletes.

Nicole is a two-time Olympian at 1500 meters, representing her native Canada. She won the bronze medal at the distance in the 2014 World Championships. Her PRs include 2:01.30 for 800 meters and 4:03.97 for 1500 meters. Her indoor 1500 PR of 4:07.61 is the Canadian record.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Nicole is based in Ann Arbor, where she works with UMich coach Mike McGuire.

On January 14, Nicole opened her 2017 season with a 4:35.69 mile to win the event (and set the facility record) at the Simmons-Harvey Invite in Ann Arbor. Next up: the 3,000 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, in Boston on Saturday, January 28, followed by the mile at the Millrose Games in NYC on Saturday, February 11.

Learn more about Nicole at her personal site and follow her on Twitter: @ndsifuentes.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Evan Jager Ranked #2 in the World for 2016

For the second time in the last three years, Track & Field News has ranked Evan Jager second in the world in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The ranking was pretty much a no-brainer, given Evan’s Olympic silver behind Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, who got the gold in Rio and the 2016 #1 spot.

Also making T&FN‘s vaunted year-end list:

  • Shalane Flanagan, #1 on the U.S. marathon list.
  • Emily Infeld, #2, U.S. 10,000 meters (and #5, U.S. 5K).
  • Colleen Quigley, #2, U.S. steeple.
  • Amy Cragg, #3, U.S. marathon.
  • Courtney Frerichs, #3, U.S. steeple.
  • Izaic Yorks, #10, U.S. 1500.

Shalane topped the U.S. marathon list for the fourth time in the last five years. Emily’s #2 at 10K was her second consecutive year there. Izaic made his first of what we assume will be many appearances in the rankings.

Evan, of course, got the top U.S. ranking in the steeple. It was his fifth straight such ranking since 2012, the year he took up the event. The last American man to have a longer streak at #1 in the steeple was Henry Marsh, who was ranked the top U.S. steepler from 1978 through 1983. Evan also picked up a #7 ranking on the U.S. 5K list, and tied with 1500-meter Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz for 5th in the overall U.S. rankings.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Courtney Frerichs: 5 Things That Are Different Now That I’m a Pro

What a difference a year makes! At this time last year I was a student-athlete at the University of New Mexico, thinking about grades and winter break as much as training and racing. Now I’m a full-time professional runner in Portland, Oregon. Here are five ways my life is different these days.—Courtney Frerichs

1. I’ll start with the most obvious one: no more school! After having been in school since age 5 and being a student-athlete in the NCAA for the last five years, I can finally say I am done with classes! (Well, at least for a few years.) I have so much more free time now, which has definitely been a change. I’m still looking for a good hobby to fill my time when I’m not running.

2. New city! Making the move to Portland was a big one for me. My first four years of college at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, I was a short drive away from home. I moved a little farther away for my fifth year, but the University of New Mexico was still a one-day drive home if needed. While I miss my family a lot, I have enjoyed exploring my new city, and really enjoy what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. It definitely doesn’t hurt that Portland is known for coffee shops. I have enjoyed seeing new parts of the city while trying new coffee shops.

3. The professional schedule is quite a bit different. In college, my big competition seasons were the fall and the spring. Now, the main racing season is during the summer, with the long base training phase in the fall. This last fall I found myself very antsy because I was so used to racing during this time. I’m definitely looking forward to 2017 coming because that means indoor and cross country racing will finally be here!

4. Altitude trips! In college, I spent my first four years training full-time at sea level, and then my fifth year entirely at altitude. While I found the year at altitude to be very beneficial, I am excited to have specifically timed altitude trips, because always being at altitude did get difficult mentally sometimes, because you can’t run some of your workouts as fast. Team altitude trips are also a blast and the benefits from training are great.

5. New team and coach! One of the biggest changes so far has been changing coaches and teams. It has been one of the most exciting changes! As soon as I visited with Jerry Schumacher, Pascal Dobert and the BTC Babes, I knew it was where I wanted to continue my career. Change can be difficult and training has been hard, but I am loving every second of it. I feel so lucky to be working with the best group I could ask for!

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