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Records were broken in bunches at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on 2/7, with two world and one national mark falling on an exciting evening.

The Team New Balance USA quartet of Sarah Brown, Mahogany Jones, Megan Krumpoch, and Brenda Martinez combined to time 10:42.57 for the distance medley relay, shattering the previous world indoor best of 10:50.98. Second New York All Stars 10:42.79 and third New Balance Ireland 11:03.07 what is European indoor all-time best. The team’s performance kicked off what would be a night of fast performances on the newly resurfaced Reggie Lewis Center track, as American Jenny Simpson broke the national record for two miles and Bernard Lagat set a world masters best for 3000m. Sub 7:50 also for Hassan Mead 7:48.72 and Will Leer 7:48.80.

Returning here one year after mistakenly miscounting laps (and costing herself a shot at the two-mile national record), Simpson toed the line tonight with motivation. She knew Regina Jacobs’s 9:23.38 time from 2002 was well within reach as she clocked 9:18.35. Ethiopians clearly behind her, Sentayehu Ejigu 9:27.05, Buze Diriba 9:29.03 PB and Gotytom Gebreslase 9:31.41 PB. Taking to the track for the first time since he turned 40, Bernard Lagat wanted to set a record of his own: the masters indoor world record for 3000m. Winner Dejen Gebremeskel clocked 7:48.19. Second Bernard Lagat was still pleased with his 7:48.33 performance, obliterating the previous world master‘s record of 8:01.44. 

In the men’s mile, New Zealand’s Nick Willis was a man on a mission. Having just completed a stint training at altitude in Flagstaff, Ariz., the 2008 Olympic silver medalist over 1500m felt sharp entering and achieved 3:51.61 for the new Oceanian Indoor record and World lead. Second Ben Blankenship 3:53.13 PB and third Moroccan World medalist Abdelaati Iguider 3:54.41 indoor PB. The women‘s 2000m was won by Ethiopia‘s Dawit Seyaum in 5:35.46.

While the discipline is rarely contested, Seyaum’s time is the third fastest ever run indoors. Sally Kipyego, fresh off of a training camp in Kenya, finished second in 5:40.35, while steeplechaser Emma Coburn took third in 5:41.11.

Executing a finely timed kick, Nike Oregon Project‘s Treniere Moser swung wide to pass teammate Mary Cain with a straightaway remaining in the women‘s 1000m, going on to win in 2:37.86 WL. Cain got 2:38.25 over Molly Beckwith-Ludlow 2:39.16.

Another Nike Oregon Project victory came in the men’s 1000m, as Matthew Centrowitz timed a meet record of 2:17.00 WL. He was followed by Patrick Casey 2:18.30 PB and Erik Sowinski 2:19.12. Trell Kimmons with 6.51 beat legendary Asafa Powell 6.52 and Mike Rodgers 6.53 (6.52 in heats) in close 60 m battle. Another World lead in shot put by Ryan Whiting 21.43 beating Christian Cantwell 20.83. Women’s 60m went to Trinidad’s sub-11 sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye 7.15 over relay World record holder Tianna Bartoletta 7.19.

Top 3 clocked personal bests in the 300m: Tiffany Townsend 36.74, Natasha Hastings 36.80 and Jessica Beard 37.32. Chaunte Lowe won the high jump (188) and Mary Saxer with 450 the pole vault on count back over Melissa Gergel and Olympic winner Jenn Suhr, both also 450.

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Jenny Simpson is an athlete with poise and grace. She answers questions in a relaxed manner and in complete thoughts and sentences. A professional athlete since 2010, her brand, New Balance made a big gamble with her and it has paid off! 
 
World gold in 2011, World silver in 2013 and numero UNO ranking in 2014, as she took on all, from Abeba Aregawi to Sifan Hassan and all in between and kicked butt. Her battles with Shannon Rowbury at the end of last season were tremendous and exciting. 
Saturday, 07 February 2015 18:22

Matt Centrowitz: A Miler with Great Form & Strong Elbows

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Going back to early 2013, when Matthew Centrowitz won the mile at the Reggie Lewis center, his 3:56.26 did not impress-it was, as always, his racing style. With fine form and well honed elbows, gifts of many years of racing the boards, Matthew Centrowitz does not ask for respect in the world of elite middle distance running, he earns it.
 
We look forward to his race on the new Reggie Lewis Mondo 200 meter oval tonight, Sat., Feb. 7, 2015.
Monday, 02 February 2015 01:57

Kim Collins' Posts Amazing 6.48, Licwinko 201 NR

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MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 1): There were three world leads out of 13 events at 24th edition of Russian Winter (IAAF Permit) meeting at Moscow CSKA arena. Ever young Kim Collins clocked 6.48 WL and national record (and World best for 35+ category) to win men 60 m final ahead American Mike Rodgers 6.56 and Cuban Yunier Pérez 6.61 (both with season bests). In men’s 1500m Kenyan battle on the last lap identified the winner. Vincent Kibet sprinted past Bethwel Birgen to clock WL and PB 3:37.79. Birgen lost only by 0.02. 

Sunday, 01 February 2015 17:54

USA Posts Indoor World Distance Medley Best

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As impressive as Cam Levins's two individual victories were at Armory Track Invitational (NYC, 1/31) with two world leads, it was the indoor world best at Distance medley relay delivered by Team USA that stole the show. The quartet of Matthew Centrowitz, Mike Berry, Erik Sowinski, and Patrick Casey combined to run 9:19.93, obliterating the previous mark of 9:25.97 set by the University of Texas in 2008.

After Matthew Centrowitz led off with a 2:49.47, 1200 meter leg, Team USA had a 3.7-second lead on Team Ireland.

Organisers of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix have announced ten more major championship medallists for the meet which will be held on February 7. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr and Diamond League champion Jenny Simpson have all been added to the second stop of the 2015 Indoor USATF Championship Series. Other distance stars added

Organisers of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix have announced ten more major championship medallists for the meet which will be held on February 7. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell, Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr and Diamond League champion Jenny Simpson have all been added to the second stop of the 2015 Indoor USATF Championship Series. Other distance stars added

Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp will be returning to The Armory for the first time since his high school days when he races at the Armory Track Invitational on Saturday. The Nike Oregon Project athlete’s last outing at the Armory was at the New Balance Indoor Games, where he was beaten by Josh McDougal in the 2 mile, running a time of 8:54.45. Rupp will also be competing at the Millrose Games at the same venue on February 14. Although Rupp now has to balance being a father with being an athlete, he says that “things haven’t changed too much.”

Monday, 26 January 2015 18:03

Lavillenie Clears 600 cm

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Renaud Lavillenie, the 2014 World Athlete of the Year, posted a world-leading pole vault mark of six metres in Rouen, France on Jan. 24 at the special pole vault meet. He tried at 610 afterwards. In front of a packed audience in the Stade Sottevillais 76, he opened at 570 and, with the competition already won, then went over 5.86m, clearing both heights with his first attempt before asking for the bar to be raised to 6.00m.

 

RENO (USA, Jan 16): Olympic winner Renaud Lavillenie is in top shape early in the season. In his second meet, Pole Vault Summit in Nevada, he cleared in first attempt 592, a new meet record and World lead. He also tried at six meters. Last year at the same meet, he won with 575. "His goal was to break the meet record 591," said his coach Philippe D´Encausse