asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE Adam Freudenthal ran 24:38 to place fifth in the Blue Ridge Open, hosted by Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The former Winthrop University athlete improved his time by six seconds from the 2012 event over the 8-kilometer cross country route situated at 3,000 feet elevation.
The annual event attracted over 20 collegiate teams and post-collegiate athletes to State Farm Fields on a beautiful Friday afternoon in the high country. Former NC State standout Sandy Roberts was the overall winner with a time of 24:19.
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE athlete Kimberly Ruck ran 34:50 to place 32nd in one of the deepest women's fields in the country at the 37th Annual Tufts Health Plan Women's 10K. On a beautiful Columbus Day in the Hub city of Boston, MA, 57 women averaged under 6:00 minutes per mile among the almost 6,000 finishers. Ruck averaged 5:37 per mile and was the 23rd American.
It was the former Clemson All American's best performance since joining the GTC-ELITE post-collegiate program in March. The group is sponsored by ASICS, the 42-year old Greenville Track Club, Soleus watches, Performance Therapy, ScanSource, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, ElliptiGO and the Bare Minimum Track Club.
GTC-ELITE athletes Chass Armstrong, Chris Caldwell and Josh Cashman placed second through fourth at the 7th annual Benson Twilight 5K road race in Greer, SC.
After a cautious first 2 kilometer pace on a hot (85 degree) Saturday afternoon Kenyan Gilbert Kemboi surged and pulled away from the three GTC-ELITE teammates to earn the first place prize money with a somewhat slow time of 15:09 (4:53 per mile pace). Armstrong finished at 15:28 to earn the second place cash award, while Caldwell outkicked his teammate Cashman for the final monetary award.
The GTC-ELITE men's next scheduled competition will be an 8-kilometer cross country race at the Blue Ridge Open, in the high country of Boone, NC.