Inspiring Running Performances of the Week

Jenny Simpson placed second at the Paris Diamond Leage meet on Saturday with a huge PR of 3:57.22, just .10 shy of Mary Slaney's 31 year-old American record of 3:57.12. Simpson has been running consistently great all season and has a great chance at improving her time this summer. Shannon Rowbury also ran a milestone PR, breaking 4:00 for the first time.

Also in Paris, Emma Coburn ran 9:14.12 for another PR in the Steeplechase, inching closer to Jenny Simpson's American record of 9:12.50. Coburn has now run four of the top five all-time American steeplechase times.

Alexa Efraimson won the USA Junior Championships 1500 in 4:16.87 with Elise Cranny close behind in 4:17.40. Both of the high school girls will now move on to the World Junior Championships which will be held July 22-27 in Eugene, OR. Along with Mary Cain who won the 3000 in 9:15, they all have potential to be very young representatives on the U.S. Olympic team in 2016.

Jeffrey Eggleston ran a big PR at the 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon in Australia, running 2:10:52 for 2nd place, an improvement over his previous 2:11:57 best at Boston.

Tony has been a runner for over three decades, competing in cross country and track in high school and college, and road races for various clubs. He's served as team captain for several Corporate Challenge teams at YMCA of the USA, and has informally coached many friends over the years.

Tags: This Week in Runners, Y, YMCA, Running, performances, Track, Diamond League, USA Junior Championships

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