Saturday, July 11, 2020

Schweizer, Lomong power to huge PRs in Portland


Karissa Schweizer and Lopez Lomong produced a pair of stunning performances at the Nike Bowerman Track Club intra-squad meeting in Portland on Friday night.

Schweizer finished a close runner-up to teammate Shelby Houlihan in the women’s 5000m, clocking 14:26.34 to take 19 seconds off her personal best, which moved her to 14th on the world all-time list. Houlihan took victory in an American record of 14:23.92.

“I’m training with my biggest competitor every day,” said Schweizer. “I would say we’re very good teammates, but we’re competitors.”

Courtney Frerichs and Elise Cranny cruised home in third and fourth after assisting with pace-making duties.

In the men’s race, Lopez Lomong broke 13 minutes for the first time, clocking 12:58.78 to come home 11 seconds behind teammate Mohammed Ahmed. Kimbia athletes Marc Scott, Grant Fisher, Evan Jager and Sean McGorty all assisted with pace-making.

“I give all the credit to my teammates,” Lomong said.”We’re all building from each other.”

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