GreenvilleTrack Club-ELITE athletes competed in the following locations during 2024:
- Davonte Jett-Reynolds and Ryan Drew both clocked 8:10.59 to place second and third, respectively, in the 3000-meter event at the Clemson Invitational on Saturday. It was their first competitions since joining the post-collegiate, Olympic-development program in August 2023. After a slow start in a bunched field of runners, 66.7 for first 400 meters, Jett-Reynolds made his way to the front and led at 1600 meters in 4:24.63. He continued to lead through 2000m (5:31.29) and 2400m (6:37.72). His teammate Drew then took over the lead and passed 2600m in 7:09.79 with only two 200m laps remaining. However, the University of Georgia's Ryan Olree passed both Drew and Jett-Reynolds by 2800m (7:40.46). Those three sprinted the final 200 with Jett-Reynolds taking the lead going into the final turn, followed closely by Drew. Both he and Drew were passed in the final 15 meters by the Univeristy of Georgia's Ryan Olree, who finished in 8:10.3. Drew's 29.81 was the fastest final 200, with Olree running 29.84 and Jett-Reynolds (29.9). Jett-Reynolds's kilometer splits were 2:46.25, 2:45.04 and 2:39.33, while Drew's were 2:46.0, 2:45.52 and 2:39.08.
- Eddie Garcia and Karl Thiessen ran huge personal bests of 1:03:57 and 1:04:00, respectively, in Sunday's Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Garcia placed 26th and Thiessen 28th overall in a field of 13,873. Garcia's time is also a new United States Virgin Islands national record, breaking his previous PB of 1:04:32 by 35 seconds. It was Thiessen's third half marathon since joining GTC-ELITE in July of 2023 and his time broke his previous PB by a whopping two minutes and five seconds (2:05). Both runners bested the GTC-ELITE program half marathon recored of 1:04:27 set in 2016 by Mark Leininger.
- Jason Weitzel ran to a new course & event record in the Greenville Track Club's Run Downtown 5K on a very cold January morning. With temperatures below 20 degrees Weitzel, who won this race in 2022 and was runner-up in 2023, pulled away from his teammate and training partner Jack Mastandrea to clock an impressive 14:12. His performance bested the 14:14 run by former GTC-ELITE athlete Austin Steagall back in 2017 (on a different course) and 2023 winner James Quattlebaum's 14:14 on the current course. The time is also the fastest road 5K in GTC-ELITE history, besting Steagall's 14:14 and Weitzel's 14:14 from the 2023 Michelin Memorial 5K. Mastandrea finished second in a quick 14:27, which is the fourth fastest in this historic event's history.
- Davonte Jett-Reynolds ran 8:03.76 to win the men's 3000-meter event in the Carolina Challenge at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Davonte took the lead from the starter's gun and alternated in the front with teammate and training partner Ryan Drew. Jett-Reynolds passed 1,000m in 2:40.5 with Drew at 2:40.77. Then Drew led at 1600m in 4:18.7 with Jett-Reynolds at 4:18.9. Davonte was leading at 2000m (5:24.26 to 5:24.56). Drew then took his turn at the front, passing 2400m in 6:30.41 with Jett-Reynolds close behind (6:30.65). DJR then closed well over the final 600 and put 3 seconds on his teammate over the last 200m lap. Drew finished second in a season's best of 8:07.87. Jett-Reynolds' performance is the fastest in GTC-ELITE history, besting Austin Steagall's 8:04.45 from 2017. Drew's time is number four in GTC-ELITE's all-time performance list for 3000-meters Indoors.
- Jack Mastandrea ran 2:18:46 on a bright and sunny Saturday morning in Orlando, FL to place 46th in the 2024 USA Olympic Team Trials Marathon. Seeded near the back of the 200 starters with a personal best time of 2:17:28, run in Ottawa, Ontario in 2022, Jack used a "start conservative" race plan in the warm weather conditions. He passed 10 miles in 52:10 and the halfway point (13.1 miles) in 1:08:28. Jack maintained that pace through 19 miles before slowing slightly.over the final seven miles.
- Jason Weitzel continues to be ranked first in the most recent South Carolina Road Race Rankings, published by USATF State Record Keeper Bill Marable. Jason is ranked ahead of Greenville's James Quattlebaum, who previously led the rankings for much of the past couple of years. It is the fourth consecutive month that Weitzel has ranked first among the state's road racers. His training partner and teammate, Eddie Garcia, remains third in the rankings.
- Davonte Jett-Reynolds ran a personal best of 8:00.03 in the 3000 meters at the Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday night. Running on what is considered the fastest indoor surface in the country at Boston Univeristy's Indoor facility, Davonte placed in a tie for 31st overall among the 160 competitors in the 3000m event. He improved his PB by 2.67 seconds and his Seasonal Best by 3.73 seconds. He placed fifth in his heat of twenty athletes.