asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE will add Ryan Bugler to the post-collegiate, Olympic development program this month. Bugler is a 2017 graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he was a two-time NCAA Division III All American in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. He was the DIII national champion in 2016 and placed 4th in 2017.
Born in San Diego, CA, Bugler graduated from high school in Okinawa, Japan before matriculating at St. John's University where he majored in Sociology and Computer Science.
"Ryan first contacted us about a year ago," explained Director/Coach Mike Caldwell. "But he had employment in New Mexico at the time and decided to continue that while also pursuing his running goals. He managed to improve his steeple time to 8:57.7, but believes he has a lot more potential. We feel that with the opportunity to train with Austin Steagall, who was the Division II runner-up in 2016 and has run 8:50, Ryan will definitely be able to progress in that event. Victor Pataky, who was a DIII championship qualifier in the event, is also a very recent addition to our program. We believe the "power is in the group" and these athletes have the opportunity to develop and utilize that power in both training and competition."
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.