The Weekend of the 3Ks
JAMAINE COLEMAN - 7:44
“Who Dey?! The race at BU happened to be scheduled during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championships between my Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. Thanks to schedule delays at BU, I was able to watch the Bengals clinch a spot in the Super Bowl just before the gun went off. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t channeling my inner Joe Brrrrrrrr out there, and it led me to a BIG PR and an Indoor World Standard.
Before this, the last 3K I ran was last February, and I ran 8:36. Running almost a minute faster at BU was obviously much more in line with what I’m capable of. It just feels good to not suck anymore.”
SAM PARSONS - 7:44
“I tore my soleus at the German National Championships on June 5, 2021. After almost six months of PRP injections and PT exercises, I was able to run my first workout back on November 28, 2021.
With only two months until the event, I knew being ready to really compete at the Millrose Games was a long shot. Coach Hunter worked to create a plan for my training, including hard workouts on the track and in the pool. I was able to progress into fitness well, and toed on the starting line on January 28 in NYC. I raced conservatively but intelligently, and I’m proud of the effort I gave that day. I know there will be a lot more to give this season as I build confidence and fitness.”
BRIAN BARRAZA - 7:45
“In the past month, I’ve been hit with COVID, food poisoning, and some chronic knee pain. Due to all of that, I really wasn’t able to train at the level I wanted to. Workouts have been few and far between at times, and even when I’ve been able to get them in they haven’t been anything flashy.
With the buildup to this race being so turbulent, I went in with no expectations. Working with Goose and Jamaine throughout the race helped me gain confidence and trust in my ability to execute. Rolling through the line in a pack with the World Standard was huge and definitely helps the confidence going forward.”
TORI GERLACH - 8:59
“I was really happy with my 3K! I executed my race plan, ran with a clear mind, and had fun doing it. This indoor season for me is about gaining that momentum, mentally and physically, and to keep building that for outdoor.
After being on my own this last spring, having a support system and being a part of this team is really energizing. Everyone works hard and has fun along the way. I run my best when I’m happy and relaxed and this team has helped tremendously with that.”
JORDAN GUSMAN - 7:44
“Two years ago, I qualified for World Indoors with the assumption that it would lead to my breakthrough year. Instead, I spent most of 2020 injured, and couldn’t even get back to full health for the 2021 season. At times, I even wondered if I had what it took to run at this level anymore. This result was a step in the right direction, and I’m hoping I can pick up where I left off in 2020 and finally show everyone what I’m capable of. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface, and I’m ready to prove that to myself. We’ve got a big 5K coming up and I’m ready to compete hard with the rest of the guys.”
DREW HUNTER - 7:42
My entire goal this year is to stay healthy and consistently show up to races ready to put forth my best effort. I lined up against some of the world’s best at Millrose and was able to come away with a indoor 3K PR to start the season. I went into the race hoping to move up the field each K, and was able to do that. Racing alongside Sam was icing on the cake of the whole trip. We’re back baby.
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