Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
10 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers
10 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers
Running in his first competition since joining Greenville Track Club-ELITE in August, Jack Mastandrea won the 35th edition of the CPI Security Charlotte Turkey Trot 8K on Thanksgiving morning in the Queen City of North Carolina. The former University of Charleston (West Virginia) standout covered the rolling route in 24:25, while besting the runner-up by 22 seconds. He joins former GTC-ELITE alumni Adam Freudenthal (2012) and Trent Binford-Walsh (2015) as winners of this traditional race. The event, which has an accompanying 5K, sold out its combined limit of 10,000 runners and is billed as North Carolina's largest running event.
All Time Sub-25:00 Performances at Charlotte Turkey Trot 8K
Greenville Track Club-ELITE was established in 2012 and is in its second decade as a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program and training center. The program produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles, one qualifier/participant for the 2019 Pam American Games Marathon in. Lima, Peru, three qualifiers/two participants for the 2020 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Atlanta, GA, one qualifier and participant in the 2021 USATF Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 3000m Steeplechase and three qualifiers for the 2024 USA Olympic Trials Marathon. The program's runners set four South Carolina State road race records in 2020 (5K, 15K and Half Marathon--twice) and three (15K, 10-Mile and 20K) in 2021. GTC-ELITE also produced the South Carolina Men's 2020 Long Distance Runner of the Year.
The program is sponsored and supported by the 51-year-old Greenville Track Club, ASICS, Joy Real Estate (Adopt an Athlete partner), generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Roll Recovery products, FinalSurge (on-line training log), ElliptiGO, NormaTec Recovery Boots, Cocoa Elite recovery products, UCAN energy products, Coach Bob Williams Pace Calculator, the DorsiFlex (foot mobility), the MOBO board (balance & mobility), On Pace Wellness (nutrition coaching) and LEVER Movement (treadmill body weight support). The club is a proud and active member of both the Road Runners Club of America and USATF.
Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Jason Weitzel is now ranked first in the most recent South Carolina Road Race Rankings, published by USATF State Record Keeper Bill Marable. Jason surpasses Greenville's James Quattlebaum, who has lead the rankings for the past couple of years. Weitzel's training partner and teammate, Eddie Garcia, remains third in the rankings.
Each of the top three ranked runners have not recently raced within the state of South Carolina, as they have competed in top competitions elsewhere, including the USATF 20K Championships (New Haven, CT), USATF 10K Championships (Northport, NY), the Bakline McKirdy Marathon (Valley Cottage, NY) and the USATF 5K Championships (New York, NY). Both Jason an Eddie ran under the USA Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying standard of 2:18:00 at the Bakline McKirdy Marathon with Personal Bests of 2:15:55 and 2:17:09, respectively.
Weitzel and Garcia's most recent SC performances were Jason's victory at the Michelin Memorial 5K in August and Garcia's runner-up finish. Both Jason and Eddie crushed the previous course record of 14:42 (GTC-ELITE's Austin Steagall in 2016), with times of 14:15 and 14:20, respectively. Eddie previously had victories this summer at the Sunrise 8K and the Red, White and Blue Shoes 5K and was ranked second in the August rankings.
Quattlebaum was the 2022 South Carolina Long Distance Runner of the Year and previously won the SCLDROY honors in 2019 and 2021. Garcia, was the 2020 SCLD Runner of the Year in 2020. GTC-ELITE alums Ricky Flynn (Greenville) and Roland Hakes (now residing in Columbia) continue to be ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.
South Carolina Road Race Rankings
1. Jason Weitzel - 14:15 (2023), 1st
2. Eduardo Garcia - 14:20 (2023). 2nd
3. Austin Steagall - 14:42 (2016), 1st
4. Adam Freudenthal - 14:43 (2014, 1st
5. Jason Weitzel - 14:44 (2022), 1st
5. Austin Steagall - 14:44 (2018), 1st
7. Eduardo Garcia - 14:48 (2018), 2nd
8. Mark Leininger - 14:54 (2015), 1st
9. Ryan Bugler - 14:57 (2019), 1st
10. Joe Niemiec - 14:59 (2019), 2nd
11. Adam Freudenthal - 15:01 (2013), T-1st
11. Chass Armstrong - 15:01 (2013), T-1st
13. Victor Pataky - 15:06 (2018), 2nd
14. Victor Pataky - 15:07 (2019), 3rd
15. Tyler Morse - 15:22 (2017), 2nd
16. Avery Martin - 15:25 (2019), 4th