Friday, February 28, 2020

Schweizer smashes American 3000m record

Karissa Schweizer produced the best run of her life on Thursday night in Boston, smashing the American 3000m record when clocking  8:25.70 at the Last Chance Invitational. The the top three finishers in the race РSchweizer, Shelby Houlihan, and Colleen Quigley all crushed the old American record of 8:33.25, which was held by Shalane Flanagan. Schweizer closed with a 31.59-second final lap to seal an unforgettable win.

Elsewhere in Boston Josh Thompson continued his fine indoor season, going to second on the all-time US indoor list when clocking 3:34.77 to dip under the automatic Olympic standard of 3:35.00. In the women’s 5000m Courtney Frerichs set a personal best of 15:02.91, with fellow Kimbia athlete Jess Tonn not far behind, running 15:12.33. The race was won by Konstanze Klosterhalfen in 14:30.79.

Lopez Lomong had another strong run in the men’s 3000, taking victory in 7:37.74, with fellow Kimbia athlete Evan Jager third in 7:38.25 and Grant Fisher fourth in 7:39.99. Sean McGorty finished seventh in 7:51.99.

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