asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Ryan Bugler placed second in the 3,000-meter event in the Clemson Indoor Opener on Saturday afternoon. The former NCAA DIII champion in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase while a student at St. John's University in Minnesota, was running in only his second competition since joining the post-collegiate, Olympic development program in September. Bugler ran just behind eventual winner James Dwyer of the Atlanta Track Club Elite team for most of the race before being gapped over the final 250 meters. Dwyer, a former Clemson standout, ran 8:24.87 as he returned to familiar surroundings. Bugler finished at 8:30.44.
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 46-year-old Greenville Track Club, ScanSource, Joy Real Estate, 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). The club is a proud member of both the Road Runners Club of America and the USATF.
As the saying goes, "winning isn't everything." ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Austin Steagall dropped from first to second in the newly released South Carolina Road Race Rankings (as of December 1, 2018) despite not having lost to another South Carolina runner in over two years on the roads. Charleston's Michael Banks is now ranked first.
Runners from Greenville dominated the top ten with eight of those ten positions. Cole Atkins is ranked third, while James Quattlebaum is fourth. Frank Devar is 5th and 2017 SC Runner of the Year Ricky Flynn 6th. ASICS GTC-ELITE's Eddie Garcia and Zach Mains are 7th and 8th. Two-time SC Runner of the Year Brett Morley is 9th.
Steagall recently lowered his Personal Best by a whopping 35 seconds as he placed second with a time of 22:59 in the VCU Health 8K in Richmond, VA. That race obviously does not play into the SC Road Race Rankings due to being out of state. Due to race commitments at the national level, Steagall will probably not compete in South Carolina again in 2018.