asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Austin Steagall returned to Columbia, SC for the second running of the Governor's Cup Main Street Mile on Friday evening. He had placed second by only a second in the 2017 event that is conducted over an out-and-back route along the South Carolina capital city's Main Street.
After the 180-degree turnaround halfway through the race, Steagall took the lead over a group of mostly Kenyan-born athletes and the defending champion James Dwyer of the Atlanta Track Club. Despite the unusual windy conditions, he maintained his lead and won with a time of 4:15. He was closely followed by Cyrus Korir in 4:16. Kimutai Cheruiyot was third and Peter Koskey placed fourth. Dwyer finished in fifth position. Steagall was awarded the first place prize of $500. He also won the Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship.
GTC-ELITE was established in 2012 and produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles. The post-collegiate, Olympic development program is sponsored by ASICS, the 45-year-old Greenville Track Club, Greenville Health System, ScanSource, Joy Real Estate, the Bare Minimum Track Club, generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery products, FinalSurge (on-line training log), The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, NormaTec Recovery Boots, Cocoa Elite recovery products and Synergy Performance (mental performance).