According to a news release, University of Washington middle distance runner Izaic Yorks (left/photo by Paul Merca) signed with KIMbia Athletics Monday, just days after competing in the NCAA track & field championships.
Yorks joins an agency that includes 2016 US Olympians Shalane Flanagan & Amy Cragg, along with several other members of the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club.
He joins steeplechase collegiate record holder Courtney Frerichs of New Mexico as the newest clients of KIMbia, which was founded by Tom Ratcliffe and Dieter Hogen.
The agency also represents a a pair of athletes who currently compete for the Brooks Beasts in Jessica Tonn and Natalja Piliusina.
Yorks will make his professional debut Saturday at the Brooks PR meet in the 1500, where he’ll face a field that includes Olympians Leo Manzano and Andrew Wheating, as well as Clayton Murphy from Akron, who defeated Yorks last Friday in the NCAA 1500 final (he announced that he was turning pro), and the Brooks Beasts duo of Riley Masters and Garrett Heath.
Brooks announced that they will contest three other pro races between the high school all star races—a women’s 800, a men’s 600, and a women’s 1500, with fields to be announced throughout the week.
ANDRADE SETS CAPE VERDE NATIONAL RECORD SATURDAY IN 400 HURDLES
Boise State alum Jordin Andrade, who currently competes for the Seattle Speed TC, set a Cape Verde national record and a 2016 season best in the 400 hurdles Saturday June 11th in Kingston, Jamaica.
Andrade ran 49.26 to finish fourth at the Racers Grand Prix meet at the National Stadium in Kingston, as Johnny Dutch won in 48.10.
The mark is 2/100ths off of his personal best set at last year’s NCAA championships, but isn't considered a national record, as Andrade was an American citizen when he ran that mark.
Andrade is currently coached by Seattle Speed founder Mike Cunliffe, and is represented by Mark Pryor’s World Express management firm, which has Olympic long jump champ Brittney Reese as its most notable client.