Well there certainly hasn’t been much positive T&F news lately, but don’t tell that to the Bowerman Track Club. In a closed meet in Portland, BTC members Shelby Houlihan (14:23.92) and Karissa Schweizer (14:26.34) both broke Houlihan’s existing AR of 14:34.45. In the Men’s heat, Moh Ahmed destroyed his PR and Canadian record of 12:58.16 by running an incredible 12:47.20 which is now the North American Area record and 10th on teh all-time 5000m list. 35 year old Lopez Lomong continued his career revival by breaking his 13:00.13 PR, set just last year, by becoming the 9th American to break 13:00 with a 12:58.78. A time that places him 8th on the all-time American 5000m list. Not bad for a 35-year old.
The 15 Fastest 5000 Women in History (Per Tilastpaja.eu)
1 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba ETH Oslo 6 Jun 2008
2 14:12.59 Almaz Ayana ETH Roma 2 Jun 2016
3 14:12.88 Meseret Defar ETH Stockholm/S 22 Jul 2008
4 14:15.41 Genzebe Dibaba ETH Saint-Denis 4 Jul 2015
5 14:18.37 Hellen Obiri KEN Roma 8 Jun 2017
6 14:20.68 Agnes Tirop KEN London 21 Jul 2019
7 14:20.87 Vivian Cheruiyot KEN Stockholm/S 29 Jul 2011
8 14:22.12 Sifan Hassan NED London 21 Jul 2019
9 14:23.14 Letesenbet Gidey ETH Rabat 13 Jul 2018
10 14:23.33 Senbere Teferi ETH Rabat 13 Jul 2018
11 14:23.75 Liliya Shobukhova RUS Kazan 19 Jul 2008
12 14:23.92 Shelby Houlihan USA Portland 10 July 2020
13 14:24.68 Elvan Abeylegesse TUR Bergen 11 Jun 2004
14 14:26.34 Karissa Schweizer USA Portland 10 July 2020
15 14:26.76 Konstanze Klosterhalfen GER Berlin 3 Aug 2019
The 10 Fastest 5000 Men In History (Per Tilastopaja.eu)
1 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele ETH Hengelo 31 May 2004
2 12:39.36 Haile Gebrselassie ETH Helsinki 13 Jun 1998
3 12:39.74 Daniel Komen KEN Bruxelles 22 Aug 1997
4 12:43.02 Selemon Barega ETH Bruxelles 31 Aug 2018
5 12:45.82 Hagos Gebrhiwet ETH Bruxelles 31 Aug 2018
6 12:46.53 Eliud Kipchoge KEN Roma 2 Jul 2004
7 12:46.79 Yomif Kejelcha ETH Bruxelles 31 Aug 2018
8 12:46.81 Dejen Gebremeskel ETH Saint-Denis 6 Jul 2012
9 12:47.04 Sileshi Sihine ETH Roma 2 Jul 2004
10 12:47.20 Moh Ahmed CAN Portland 10 July 2020
Arrangements will be forthcoming. Below is Jim’s bio as written for the First Annual USATF Pacific Awards Banquet, 2019.
Jim Hume has been active in the Pacific Association as an administrator, an official, a trainer, and a coach, for more than the last 50 years.
As an administrator, Jim was the Women’s Statistician in the days before computers. He was the Youth Chair from the mid-‘70s until the mid-‘80s, served as the President of the Board of Athletics from ’82-’85, and has served as the Pacific Association Official’s Certification Chair for most of this century. With the inspiration of Dick Connors and the help of Bruce Colman, Jim has used his computer skills to help produce Turns & Distances, a newsletter from the Pacific Association officials.
In 1979 Jerry Colman asked Jim to accompany him to the Olympic Committee’s Sports Festival as his gopher. Gophering led to becoming the Women’s T&F Travel Coordinator for 13 of the 14 festivals.
In 1983 Jim was selected as the Head Manager for the Women’s Junior Team in the USA vs. Canada, and Italy meets in Canada and New Britain, Connecticut. In 1995 he was the Head manager for the women’s team for the USA vs. Great Britain meet in Newcastle, GB.
As an official, Jim has been active since 1968. He is currently a Master Level official who, since computers became available to run the paperwork part of a meet in the mid/late-80s, has spent most of his time behind a computer as the Competition Secretary. He took his advanced Competition Secretary degree while buried in the basement of the Olympic Stadium during the 1996 Olympics. Jim is a strong supporter of FieldLynx computer software to record/display field event results. In 2004 he headed the FieldLynx crew at the Olympic Trials.
As a coach, Jim worked with the Millbrae Lions Track Club (one of the first women’s track and field clubs) from the late-60s to the late 80s and saw the transition from club only opportunities to school-sponsored opportunities for women to participate. He spent 15 years at Hillsdale High, and in 1997 he was recognized as a CIF-CCS T&F Honor Coach.
Early in Jim’s coaching, teaching, administrating career, he became interested in helping produce well run track meet. This interest and his role as CertChair, has led to Jim’s involvement in training others to run an an efficient track and field meet. He has helped organize and taught at numerous local training clinics. In 2012 he received from the National Officials Committee of the USATF the James Gray Award for Leadership.
As a high school cross country coach since 1986, Jim has been interested in CSM’s Crystal Springs Cross Country Course and since the early-‘90s, had an increasing role in administering the course with Bob Rush.
And all of this was paid for with his job as a school teacher. Jim taught in a reading program at Ben Franklin Middle School for 17 years serving as a classroom teacher, the head of the reading lab, and as the program director. In 1986 the opportunity arose for him to move to Hillsdale High in San Mateo where he taught English, computer use, computer programming and coached cross country and track for 15 years.