ASICS GTC-ELITE began 2019 with competitions in Clemson, Greenville and Columbia, SC, Charrlotte, NC and Houston, TX.
- Ryan Bugler placed third in the 3,000 meters event in the Orange & Purple Elite meet at the Clemson Indoor Track facility on Friday afternoon. The 2016 NCAA DIII champion in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, while a student at St. John's University in Minnesota, cut almost six seconds from his previous personal best. After covering the first kilometer in fifth place at 2:47.70, Bugler ran very consistent laps on the 200-meter banked oval and passed two-kilometers at 5:33.5 before finishing with a time of 8:19.21.
- Joe Niemiec ran 14:53 to win the 41st edition of the Greenville News Run Downtown 5K. It was Niemiec's first competition as a member of the post-collegiate, Olympic development program as he relocated to Greenville from Michigan to join the program in October. He took the lead after a first mile of 4:55 and ran alone for the remainder of the course though downtown Greenville.
- Eddie Garcia ran 2:18:50 to best the 2:19:00 qualifying standard to be eligible for the 2020 Olympic Games athletes the Chevron Houston Marathon. Running almost perfectly even half-marathon splits of 1:09:26 and 1:09:24, he placed 22nd overall in a very elite field of international athletes. He was the seventh USA citizen to finish.
- Ryan Bugler returned to the Clemson University Indoor Track Complex two weeks after setting a personal best in the 3,000 meters. Once again he ran to a third place finish and once again ran to a personal best. After running 8:19.21 on January 11, Bugler cut over four seconds from that time as he crossed the finish line with a time of 8:15.03.
- Ryan Bugler placed third in the 3,000-meter event at the inaugural Carolina Challenge conducted on the University of South Carolina's new 200-meter Indoor track. Bugler ran 8:16.76, which was slightly slower than his personal best of 8:15.03 set the week before.
- The program announced that Avery Martin would be joining the program. Martin is a 2016 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he majored in History. Following his graduation he married Caroline Parris and the couple moved to Winston-Salem, NC, where he has been training. While a student at VMI, He set the school record for the 1000-meter run and specialized in middle distance races. He was an 11 time IC4A championship qualifier in six events, and won the outdoor Southern Conference 800 meter championship in 2016. Avery also twice earned All SoCon second team honors in Cross Country. Martin's personal bests include 1:50.75 (800m), 2:25.45 (1,000m), 3:45.40 (1,500) 4:02.93 (Road Mile), 4:05.54 (Indoor Mile), and 24:21 (Road 8k).
- Zach Mains ran a personal best of 1:08:24 to place sixth in the Prisma Health Half Marathon (from Travelers Rest to downtown Greenville, SC). His time was 21 seconds faster than his previous PB.
- The program announced that Cristina McKnight will be joining the program. McKnight was born in Madrid, Spain and holds dual citizenship for her birth country and the United States. She was raised in Michigan and graduated with a degree in Statistics from Michigan State University in 2018. Cristina recently ran 1:18:21 in the Houston Aramco Half Marathon in Texas and currently lists that distance as her favorite for competition. She will focus on distances from the 10K up to a future marathon.
- Eddie Garcia returned to completion following his 2:18:50 performance at the Chevron Houston Marathon in January and placed second in the 5,000 meters at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, NC. On a cooling Friday evening, with slight winds, Garcia circled the Charlotte University (UNCC) track 12.5 times before crossing the finish in second place with a time of 14:31.98. Victor Pataky ran with the lead pack for much of the race before finishing 5th with a time of 14:49.68. It was Pataky's first race on the track since joining the program in August of 2018.