2021 Stumptown Twilight Results: Josh Kerr (3:31) CRUSHES 1500, Craig Engels & Sinclaire Johnson Win 800s

by LetsRun.com
June 4, 2021

The 2021 Stumptown Twilight was held tonight in Portland. It was one of the last big chances for people to get their Olympic Trials qualifiers as the window closes on June 13th.

Results be found here. Now for a brief summary.

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Josh Kerr easily had the performance of the night as he was sensational in the men’s 1500, blowing away the field by 4 + seconds in winning in 3:31.55. That’s the fastest outdoor 1500 time ever run in the US, breaking Rashid Ramzi‘s 3:32.34 from 2006 (Yomif Kejelcha split 3:31.25 in his indoor mile WR in 2019).

In the second heat, two guys who didn’t even make it to NCAAs, picked up Olympic Trials qualifiers by dropping their PBs from 3:41 to 3:37.  New Mexico sophomore Abdirizak Ibrahim, who was only 16th in the 5000 at NCAA regionals last week, won in 3:37.19 as Oregon redshirt senior Jack Yearian, who was 16th in the 1500 at regionals and ran the 10,000 at Pac 12s (where he was 7th in 29:00 in his only Pac 12 track appearance during his Oregon career) ran 3:37.24.

In the men’s 800, Craig Engels followed up his 1500 pb from last week with a win the 800 in 1:46.14. In the third heat, high schooler John Lester, blasted a 1:47.65 to get the win and move to #6 all-time on the US HS list.  Matthew Centrowitz ran 3 straight 800 heats, running 1:50.33 in the first one, 1:49.72 in the second before fading to a 1:53.92 (59.57 last lap) in the third one. In the 5000, Eric Jenkins 13:20.18, beat Pat Tiernan 13:20.46.

In women’s action, Sinclaire Johnson won the women’s 800 (2:00.16) and will now need to decide if she should focus on that event or the 1500 at the Trials. In the 1500, Canadian Natalia Hawthorn showed her 4:04.47 from last week wasn’t a fluke in the women’s 1500 as she ran 4:04.20. In the women’s 5000m, the Emily Infeld won in 15:14.97 over Vanessa Fraser 15:17.26 as Marielle Hall ran just 15:53.46.

We almost forgot the steeples. Craig Hoff (8:30.33) and Amy Cashin (9:28.60) won those races.

Again,  full results are here.

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