On Tuesday evening the Bowerman Track Club is lining up once again for their third intra-squad meet of the summer in Portland. Aptly named the Intra-squad Meet III, the Bowerman men and women will take to one of the the fastest middle-distance tracks in the world and lay down some 1,500m efforts, followed by some 4 x 400m mixed-gender runs.
Runners won’t want to miss this race, as only 10 days ago at Intra-Squad Meet II, Mohammed Ahmed shattered his own Canadian 5,000m record and became the 10th-fastest 5,000m runner of all time. On top of Ahmed’s remarkable performance, Shelby Houlihan broke her own American 5,000m record and towed teammate Karissa Schweizer to a record-beating time as well. Not bad for a race among friends.
The Bowerman group has been alternating between middle-distance and long-distance runs at their meets, with the specialists in each event trading off pacing duties. During their first meet, Ahmed paced teammates to 1,500m and 5,000m personal bests, and a week later, his teammates returned the favour, pacing him to his new national and North American record of 12:47.20.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s @BowermanTC intrasquad meet.
There will be two heats of the women’s 1,500 meters with Shelby Houlihan on double pacing duties.
One section of the men’s 1,500m with Lopez Lomong pacing. pic.twitter.com/Om9Q5n5FAu
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Since Ahmed raced only 10 days ago, he’s likely using tonight’s 1,500m effort as a tune-up for the highly-anticipated Intra-Squad IV. Word on the street is that there may be a 10,000m planned. The Canadian 10,000m record is also held by Ahmed at 26:59.35, which he ran at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
How to watch
Runners with a RunnerSpace account can tune in via USATF.TV. The race will also be uploaded to YouTube following its conclusion.
Events get underway at 9:30 p.m. ET with the pre-event show, and the races will begin at 10:30 p.m. Don’t forget to stick around for the mixed-gender 4 x 400m – an event that will have every Bowerman runner performing outside of their comfort zone.