Kibet with a 58:54 half PR is the class of the field that also has Micah Kogo, Will Geoghegan, Christo Landry, Riley Masters, Aaron Braun, Maksim Korolev and Chris Solinsky. The women are lead by defending champ Gemma Steel, Emily Sisson, 5-time world xc medalist Meselech Melakamu, Diane Nukuri Alexi Pappas and Laura Thweatt. *Full Fields
*Ben True Pulls Out Of B2B With Fatigue From Standard USAs/Standard Chasing In Europe Many top Kenyans (including Patrick Maka and Emily Chebet) also pulled out of the race due to the sudden death of their agent, Zane Branson.
Alberto and Galen were notably absent but the stars were out in full force at the Portland Track Festival with Shannon Rowbury, Steve Magness, the Gouchers, Alan Webb, Kevin Hanson, Desi Davila, Mark Wetmore, Shalane Flanagan, Evan Jager, Chris Solinsky, and many more in attendance. Employee 1.0 is back to recount the surreal scene in light of the Nike Oregon Project Doping investigation.
Stephen Sambu faces a field of top Americans, including Meb Keflezighi, Dathan Ritzenhein, Abdi Abdirahman, Matt Tegenkamp and, in their debuts, Chris Solinsky and Andrew Bumbalough.
This week we throw our British visitors a few bones by handing out Commonwealth Games awards and showing the Brits exactly where they are superior to Americans, before reversing course and saying how Ryan Vail > Mo Farah. Along the way, we wonder if Shalane Flanagan is too old to get the AR and talk a lot about Steve Hooker's wife / a Russian beauty getting busted.
Elites include Meb Keflezighi, Ben True, Patrick Makau, Sam Chelanga, Chris Solinsky, Shalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Desi Linden (Davila), Gemma Steel.
*Full Elite Fields And Bios
He says he didn't come to Europe for fast times, but for "jumping on the pain train" and learning how to hurt again in races. He's been talking about a fall marathon debut, but here says they may push that back to the spring.
A ton of solid US distance performances. Some highlights include Will Leer winning the main 1500 in 3:34.26, Emma Coburn 4:05.29 in the 1500, Kenya's Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Kitum won the 800 in 1:43.65 as Elijah Greer was 4th in 1:44.91, Nicole Bush set a 10-second PR to win the steeple in 9:24. In the 5000 Augustine Choge won in 13:06 as Lawi Lalang was 3rd (13:11) and Chris Derrick was 5th (13:14). Asafa Powell made his return to race with 10.15 for 2nd in the 100 behind US's Marvin Bracy (10.13).
Samson Gebreyohannes Gezaha won the overall race in 1:14:08 as US 10-Mile champ Landry ran 1:14:18 to tie Mo Trafeh's AR and take 2nd overall. Shadrack Biwott was 3rd overall (2nd American) in 1:14:31. Chris Solinsky was 3rd American and 5th overall (1:16:44). Northern Arizona Elite's Johnson won in 1:25:26 over Dot McMahan and Mattie Suver.
*Men's Video Highlights
*Women's Video Highlights