Monday, July 11, 2016

What a Great Olympic Trials

KIMbia runners nailed it at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Those who didn’t make the team for Rio put themselves in the best position to qualify for as long as possible. Here’s a summary of the goings-on.

Women’s 10,000, July 2: Emily Infeld stuck with eventual winner Molly Huddle for 24 of 25 laps and finished second to make her first Olympic team. And she did so in her outdoor season opener! Emily’s race in Rio, the first final of the Games, will be on August 12.

Women’s steeplechase, July 7: Courtney Frerichs had the fastest last lap and moved from fourth at the bell to finish second. Colleen Quigley was just behind her. With their times of 9:20.92 and 9:21.29, Courtney and Colleen are now third and fourth on the all-time U.S. list. Olympic steeple qualifying rounds will be run on August 13, with the final on August 15.

Men’s steeplechase, July 8: Evan Jager took control with four laps to go and was never challenged en route to his second straight Trials victory (and fifth consecutive national title). Evan’s qualifying round in Rio will be on August 15, with the final on August 17.

Men’s 5,000, July 9: Lopez Lomong hung with the lead pack through the bell lap and finished tenth.

Women’s 5,000, August 10: Emily Infeld again stuck to Molly Huddle as long as possible and finished fourth. With Huddle opting to run only the 10,000 in Rio, Emily was eligible for the third 5,000 spot, but she too decided to focus on the 10,000 at the Games; fifth finisher Abbey D’Agostino was therefore named to the team. (Jess Tonn was unable to start her qualifying round on July 7 because of a foot problem.)

Men’s 1500, August 10: In his first meet as a pro, Izaic Yorks showed he’ll be a force to deal with. Izaic assured his spot in the final by winning his semi-final. Izaic needed the Olympic standard of 3:36.20 and bravely went out to get it in the final before a long season caught up to him and he finished tenth.

In all, seven KIMbia runners will compete in Rio. In addition to the new additions to the U.S. team, Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan will run the marathon (August 14), and Tom Farrell will contest the 5,000 (first round on August 17, final on August 20).

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