Monday, May 5, 2014

Thweatt Leads Big KIMbia Runs at Stanford

The Payton Jordan Invitational is renowned as the place to go for fast 5- and 10-thousands on American soil and 2014 solidified that reputation even further. Among KIMbia athletes, the most head-turning performance came from Boulder Track Club’s Laura Thweatt who ran 15:04 for fourth place for an absolutely massive PB of 30-plus seconds. That time ranks her #5 in the world so far this year… heady stuff for an athlete whose highest conference finish in college was third. The Lee Troop-coached athlete will have a quick turn-around next run the pro mile event at the Twin Cities Marathon on Thursday.

Lopez Lomong was the top KIMbia finisher in a hot men’s 5000, setting a new lifetime best on the outdoor oval. His 13:07.95 was good for 3rd place and stands less than a second away from his PB set at the Armory last winter. Running under the newly re-branded “Bowerman Track Club” banner, Lomong and his teammates had promised a fast pace and were involved at the front throughout the race. Following Lomong across the line, Evan Jager ran 13:08 for 5th, the second fastest 5000 of his career by a wide margin. Britain’s Tom Farrell came home 11th in 13:22, demonstrating just how deep this race was.

Behind Farrell, Andrew Bumbalough ran 13:28 (15th) and Sean Quigley finished in 13:42 (19th).

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