Sunday was nearly a redux of Shelby’s breakout Pre Classic win from last year. Her and Kate hung back early and had to work hard to move up when the pack began to split with 600 to go. Shelby was in 6th at the bell and began to chase hard in the last 200m. She raised the hopes of the announcers and the BTC crowd at home, but Faith Kipyegon and Laura Muir were able to hold her off. Still, 3:59 isn’t a bad outdoor opener. Behind her, Kate battled really well through the field and came through with a new PR of 4:02! It’s been a long time coming for Kate to lower that mark and we have a feeling this may open the floodgates for the rest of her season..
Next up, Kate will run an 800, race at Azusa Pacific on July 9th. Then it’s on to USAs in the 1500m. Shelby will be back up in Park City until the Championships.
The Bowerman Mile was Centro’s first track race in 11 months and his long awaited debut in the Bowerman kit (it looks pretty good on him, eh?). He sat at the back the first two laps and live the savvy vet he is, moved up when the pace slowed on the third lap. At the bell, he showed he’s still got that great kick, as he closed in 55 seconds and moved up to finish in 6th.
3:52 and a tidy World Championship standard isn’t bad for a “rust buster”..
Now that the standard is taken care of, the plan is to run an 800m at Azusa Pacific to get ready for USAs.
Things got rowdy early in the women’s steeple. Beatrice Jepkoech set off on world record pace and left the pack splintered behind her. Courtney and Colleen had to stay calm, find their own pace, and get to work. With Courtney leading the way they methodically moved up through the field. Courtney came home in 9:09 to take 5th, and Colleen ran 9:11 for 7th. Those are great times for their first steeples of the year nad they are set up really really to make a deep run into championship season!
Racing schedule between now and USAs is still up in the air, but in the meantime they will return to the thin air of Park City.
Racing at the World level can be vicious. Karissa stepped into the deep end on Sunday, making her Diamond League debut in what would end up as one of the greatest 3000m races of all time. After going out hard in around 4:32 for 1600m, she hard to hold things together by herself.
She managed beautifully.
8:42 is her new lifetime best and a great sign for her upcoming 5000m race at USAs in three weeks! We’re looking forward to seeing Karissa get more and more comfortable in these high level meets and finish higher and higher!
Men’s Two Mile:
The Men’s two mile was yet another race that saw an early split in the pack. Moh got caught on the wrong side of the break and had to step into the breach to keep the group going. After the elation of breaking 13 minutes 10 days ago, he might have sat back on his laurels and decided it just wasn’t his day. Instead he drove the rain home and held off all challenges to take 4th in 8:15. It won’t be the highlight of his year, but it’s great to see him scrapping for every place. You never know when that’ll be the line between good and great.
Moh will now get set to try and win his 4th consecutive Canadian title at 5000m.