asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
The ASICS GTC-ELITE will be adding Chass Armstrong to their post-collegiate training and competition program. The Trinity University graduate, who has been working and training in Austin, TX will be relocating to Greenville in the coming months to pursue his developing running career.
"We really enjoyed meeting Chass during his visit during our interview process," stated GTC-ELITE director/coach Mike Caldwell. "He fit in very well with our current team members and will definitely be a positive influence on our training group and coaches."
Armstrong was a DIII All American Indoors while competing for San Antonio's Trinity University and has continued to improve on his performances, especially on the roads. He owns a personal best of 1:06:46 at the half-marathon and recently placed second in the Austin Half-Marathon with a time of 1:06:54. That performance qualified him for the upcoming 2013 USA Half-Marathon championships in Duluth, MN.
Former Clemson University standout Kimberly Ruck has joined the Greenville Track Club-ELITE post-collegiate program, sponsored by ASICS. A two-time ACC champion (indoor 5,000 and outdoor 10,000) Kimberly is the initial female to be selected for the GTC-ELITE.
"We've watched Kim's outstanding running performances over the past years and believe that she has the potential to develop even more in her quest to qualify for the 2016 US Olympic Trials," commented Coach Laura Caldwell. "She has excellent past performances at both 5,000 (16:01) and 10,000 (33:16) and we think she can improve at not only those distances, but at others as well."
A former soccer player during her high school days, the Greer, SC native, began her running career at Clemson and soon became one of the Tiger's top distance stars. She was a multiple NCAA qualifier and earned numerous All-ACC honors.
GTC-ELITE's Adam Freudenthal (in black).
The GTC-ELITE went three for three in earning prize money in Greenville's 36th annual TD Bank Reedy River Run. Adam Freudenthal placed fourth overall ($300) and was the first South Carolina finisher ($250) to take home a total of $550 with a time of 31:04 over the hilly 10-kilometer course.
Kimberly Ruck, a former 2-time Atlantic Coast Conference champion at Clemson and a brand new member of the GTC-ELITE finished 5th overall among the women competitors ($200) and was the first female South Carolinian finisher ($250) for a total of $450 with a time of 36:54.
Also new to the GTC-ELITE, local favorite Josh Cashman won the 5K event with a time of 15:31 to earn a check for $250.
The event attracted over 4,100 participants on a very cold morning with the start and finish on Greenville's Main Street and the course winding through the city's Cleveland Park. Although light snow fell just before the start of the 10K, the clouds lightened and the racers didn't experience the predicted freezing rain or moderate snow during the race.