asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
It was a very good morning for ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE athletes as all four entrants ran under the respective qualifying times for the upcoming USA Olympic Marathon Trials in February. On a cool and rainy morning, the "Olympic Trails Marathon Project" as part of the Jacksonville Bank Half-Marathon, was a great success. Twenty seven men ran under the qualifying time of 1:05:00 and fourteen women under the 1:15:00 standard.
Mark Leininger led the ASICS GTC-ELITE contingent placing ninth in 1:04:27, while running a personal best of a whopping five minutes. He was followed by teammate Ricky Flynn, who already had his qualifier but used the race as a tune-up for the Marathon Trials in LA, placing 25th with a time of 1:04:50.
Dylan Hassett placed fifth among the women with a time of 1:14:09 and Nicole DiMercurio placed 12th in 1:14:37. It was both athlete's first half-marathon and their first race longer than 15K.
GTC-ELITE is sponsored by ASICS, the 43-year old Greenville Track Club, Performance Therapy, Greenville Health System's North Greenville Hospital, ScanSource, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, The TD Bank Foundation, The Kroc Center, Carolina Spine and Rehab, The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, the Bare Minimum Track Club and generous individual contributors.