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Solinsky, Tegenkamp To Race In Australia

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Feb. 1, 2011

Teammates Matt Tegenkamp (left) and Chris Solinsky (right) will race 5,000 meters in Australia on March 3. Photo: Reuters

Oregon Track Club teammates will go after world championships standard in the 5,000 meters.

Sub-13 minute 5,000-meter men Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp, who train together under coach Jerry Schumacher in Portland, Oregon, will be part of a loaded race at the IAAF Melbourne Track Classic in Australia on March 3.

The field also includes Australian national record holder Craig Mottram, who has run 12:55.76 for the distance. The race doubles at the Australian national championship and will be aimed at getting the world championships A-standard qualifying time of 13:20.

Solinsky, who ran 26:59 last  May in the 10,000 meters to shatter Meb Keflezighi’s nine-year-old American record, has the second fastest 5,000-meter time in U.S. history behind Bernard Lagat. Tegenkamp is a World Championship and Olympic finalist in the event, and was the third American in history to break 13 minutes for the 12-1/2 lap race.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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