A trio of Bowerman Track Club athletes on Tuesday collaborated on one of the greatest 5,000m races in American history, as Woody Kincaid (12:58.10), Lopez Lomong (13:00.13) and Matthew Centrowitz (13:00.39) each joined the top 10 all-time U.S. list.
The low-key race, dubbed the Portland 5000, went down at Nike Headquarters on the Michael Johnson Track. The effort was paced by the trio's Bowerman teammate Moh Ahmed.
The 26-year-old Kincaid became just the eighth American ever to crack the 13:00 barrier, and his time slots him fifth in the U.S. ranks behind Paul Chelimo and ahead of Bob Kennedy. His outstanding run marks a huge breakthrough for the former University of Portland All-American. Kincaid’s previous best was his 13:12.22 run indoors in 2017.
The only downside for Kincaid is that he won’t be taking this fitness to this year’s World Championships. While he was third at USAs in July, he did not have the 2019 standard at the time. He won’t have to worry about that next year.
For Lomong and Centrowitz, their similarly stunning performances put them ninth and 10th in the U.S. record books. The 34-year-old Lomong has had a stellar year, including a sweep of the 10,000m and 5,000m at USAs, and this dumps fuel on the fire for him as a legitimate medal threat in the World Championships 10,000m in a few weeks. He lowered his outdoor 5,000m personal best, which had stood since 2014, by over seven seconds.
Even though he was third, Centrowitz’s run might be the most impressive. Yes, he is the reigning 1500m Olympic champion, but he hasn’t run many 5,000m races throughout his career, and the ones he has run have been mostly glorified workouts. Tonight was not that. Centro lowered his PB by nearly 20 seconds on Tuesday to bump Bowerman teammate Evan Jager out of the top 10 U.S list.
Centrowitz has said that his strength work with Jerry Schumacher has really paid off this season, and you can’t argue with the results.