Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tegenkamp Defends US 20k Title in New Haven

photo by John Nepolitan Even with his mileage still at marathon training levels until two days before the race, Matt Tegenkamp went to New Haven and successfully defended his US 20k Road Title on Monday. The Portland-based athlete won on a muggy day with a clocking of 1:00:10, defeating Shadrack Biwott and Olympian Abdi Abdirahmin, among others. Fellow KIMbia athlete Sean Quigley rounded out the Top 10 with a time of 1:02:25.

Though Tegenkamp’s final time was well off his 2012 performance, it’s worth nothing that the 58:30 from last year is the US Championship record — and that Tegenkamp is currently deep into high volume training for the Chicago Marathon on October 13th. Calling New Haven a good “gut check” to see his present level of fitness, the Missouri native rode out moves from his fellow competitors, before breaking away with just over a mile left.

Previous to Monday, the Jerry Schumacher-coached athlete had won the US 10k road title in July, making Tegenkamp the leader in the US Road Running Circuit by a seventeen point margin, with just three races remaining.

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