The nature of distance running-- particularly when your Coach is Jerry Schumacher-- is that long blocks of training lead into short periods of racing. Day after day, week after week, month after month, athletes train with their eyes pointed towards one peak event. When that event arrives, success or failure will inevitably color the memory of all that came before. A great and enjoyable block of training is marred by a disappointing result. A difficult period is remembered in the fond afterglow of an unexpected success. Every experienced athlete knows this intuitively. It is a process that can’t help but breed tension and nerves.
It’s doubly so when your running is your career and triply so when the peak event is an October World Championships. That is why, all places and times aside, we are so proud of how our athletes ran at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. Each of them confronted the pressure and delivered in the face of it.
The places and times though, they were pretty great!
In the final tally, across 10 athletes, we had 8 top 10 finishes, 5 personal bests, 2 national records, and one big ol’ Bronze Medal.
Below you’ll find all our Instagram recaps for each event, as well as race video where available.
13. Carrie Dimoff, 2:44.35
8. Marielle Hall, 31:05.71— #6 U.S. All-Time
3. Moh Ahmed, 13:01.11
15 (H1). Marc Scott, 13:47.38
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
6. Courtney Frerichs: 9:11.27
4. Shelby Houlihan, 3:54.99— American Record!
9. Karissa Schweizer, 14:45.18— #5 U.S. All-Time
8. Matthew Centrowitz, 3:32.18
5. Moh Ahmed, 27:59.35— Canadian Record!
6. Lopez Lomong, 27:04.72— #3 U.S. All-Time