Monday, September 28, 2009

Tegenkamp and Solinsky Finish Season Down Fifth Avenue

Solinsky trails Tegenkamp at the US Outdoor Champs (Victah Sailer)Perhaps appropriately, KIMbia’s Matt Tegenkamp and Chris Solinsky finished just three-tenths of a second apart under the shadow of the New York City skyline Saturday afternoon, in the last race of the 2009 season.  Back in June, the two training partners stormed to a one-two finish at the US Championship 5k in Eugene and, just like Saturday, the two finished just three-tenths of a second apart.  The 5k in Eugene launched two of the most successful summers of racing the KIMbia group and American distance running have ever seen. The 5th Avenue mile on Saturday was the perfect bookend for those great seasons.

 Matt and Chris finished 7th and 8th respectively in 3:54.20 and 3:54.51.  The race started on E. 80th St. in Manhattan and ran straight down Fifth Ave. to the finish on E. 60th St.  Matt had a brief glimpse of the lead 1200 meters into the race, but the 5000m specialist was not able to match the kick in a field of almost exclusively milers. 

Both runners have a brief vacation from racing to look forward to.  Chris will be using that time to plan for his wedding coming up in the next few months.  Full results of the 5th Ave. Mile after the jump.

1 Andy Baddeley, GBR, 3:51.87
2 Boaz Lalang, KEN, 3:52.07
3 Leonel Manzano, USA, 3:52.24
4 Bernard Lagat, USA, 3:52.74
5 Haron Lagat, USA, 3:53.86
6 Collis Birmingham, GBR, 3:53.98
7 Matt Tegenkamp, USA, 3:54.20
8 Chris Solinsky, USA, 3:54.51
9 Daniel Huling, USA, 3:55.06
10 David Torrence, USA, 3:56.14

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