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Karissa Schweizer smashes 3,000m American record at Boston University

Three Bowerman Track Club athletes ran faster than the previous American record yesterday in Boston

Bowerman Track Club’s Karissa Schweizer ran a 3,000m American indoor record of 8:25.70 yesterday in Boston, demolishing the previous record of 8:33.25 set by Shalane Flanagan in 2007. Flanagan is a former teammate of Schweizer’s and now coaches the 23-year-old record-holder.

3,000m American record

Schweizer’s Bowerman teammates Shelby Houlihan and Colleen Quigley also posted massive PBs, running 8:26.66 and 8:28.71 respectively, both eclipsing their coach’s years-old record as well.

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With these times, the trio has ascended onto the top-10 all-time fastest list for 3,000m. Schweizer’s time—which was the fastest 3,000m run, indoor or outdoor, ever by an American—places her at fifth-fastest all-time. Houlihan’s performance was a nine-second PB and Quigley and Schweizer both posted 16-second improvements.

The three women were paced by another Bowerman athlete, Kate Grace. Going into the race, Houlihan—the U.S. 3,000m champion and American record-holder in the 5,000m—was the favourite.

Schweizer and Houlihan traded the lead a couple of times throughout the race, and with one lap to go, Houlihan jumped to the front. Schweizer managed to stay with her teammate, however, and with 100 metres to go, she made the decisive move, sprinting past Houlihan for the win and record.

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Women’s 5,000m

The women’s 5,000m event also saw some impressive results yesterday, with more PBs and another national record. Konstanze Klosterhalfen won the race in a German record of 14:30.79. The other four athletes in the top-five all race for the Bowerman Track Club, and each recorded PBs.

Vanessa Fraser came in second in 14:48.51, just missing breaking the U.S. record of 14:47.62 (which also belongs to Flanagan). Third went to Emily Infeld (14:51.91), fourth to Courtney Frerichs (15:02.91), and Gwen Jorgensen (15:10.98) came in fifth.

Full results can be found here.