Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
8 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers
8 USA Olympic Trials Qualifiers
The year 2022 was supposed to include our celebration of reaching our 10th anniversary as a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program. However, due to the untimely passing of Coach LAURA CALDWELL, we never had the opportunity to celebrate that milestone occasion. Coach Laura was one of the three founders of our program with Bill Keesling and Mike Caldwell. She was the bright spirit within our organization and enhanced us with her wisdom, caring, experience and pragmatic leadership. Unfortunately, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on June 7th and after extended periods of hospitalization, passed away at her home on September 20. We celebrated her wonderful life on her 70th birthday, October 6, where her family and friends gathered. Former GTC-ELITE athletes Chris Caldwell, Kimberly (Ruck) Mahoney, Alison Parris, Carolyn Watson, Kate (Dodds) DeVar, Chelsi (Woodruff) Townley, Nicole DiMercurio, Adam Freudenthal, Ricky Flynn, Frank DeVar and Avery Martin (in addition to our current athletes) attended/participated as did our Board of Directors and Greenville Track Club leadership.
Despite our great loss, our post-collegiate/Olympic-development program continued to produce high performance results throughout the year.
GTC-ELITE athletes competed in the following cities during 2022:
Greenville, SC; Columbia, SC; Clemson, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Charleston, SC; Cleveland, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Rochester, NY;
Lake Oswego, OR (Portland): Atlanta, GA; Northport, NY; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Birmingham, AL
As we complete 2022 and head into 2023, our current and former ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE athletes have set and currently hold South Carolina State Road Race Records at the following distances:
* 5K (road) 16:09, Annie Rodenfels, Low Country Elite 5K, Hardeeville, SC, Sept. 12, 2020
* 15K (road) 52:47, Cristina McKnight, MCG Long Run, Columbia, SC, February 1, 2020
* Half Marathon, 1:04:32, Eduardo Garcia, Mortgage Network Half Marathon, Hardeeville, SC, December 6, 2020
* 15K (road), 45:34, Jason Weitzel, Mortgage Network Half Marathon, Hardeeville, SC, December 5, 2021
* 10-Miles (road), 48:56, Jason Weitzel, Mortgage Network Half Marathon, Hardeeville, SC, December 5, 2021
* 20K (road), 1:01:21, Jason Weitzel, Mortgage Network Half Marathon, Hardeeville, SC, December 5, 2021
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE was established in 2012 and is entering its second decade. 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 and one qualifier and participant in the 2021 USATF Olympic Track & Field Trials in the 3000m Steeplechase. 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. ASICS GTC-ELITE also produced the South Carolina Men's 2020 Long Distance Runner of the Year.
The post-collegiate, Olympic development program is sponsored by ASICS, the 50-year-old Greenville Track Club, 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, Coach Bob Williams Pace Calculator, the DorsiFlex (stretching device), 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.