asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic-development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE is happy to announce that Austin Steagall will be joining the Greenville, SC based post-collegiate, Olympic development program in July. Steagall, a recent graduate of the University of Mt. Olive in North Carolina is a South Carolina native and graduated from Gaffney High School before attending Spartanburg Methodist College.
Austin recently earned NCAA DII All American honors by placing 2nd in the 3000-meter Steeplechase at the national championships conducted in Bradenton, FL. At that meet, he qualified for the finals with a time of 9:04 in the prelims and ran a personal best of 8:55.46 in the finals on the following day. He came back the next day to place 11th in the 5,000 meter championship race with a time of 14:29.
"We are excited that Austin has decided to pursue his running dreams and goals by joining our program," announced program director and coach Mike Caldwell. "We've observed Austin at various events over the past few years and believe he has the capability to continue to develop his talents. He was very inexperienced at the steeplechase, but placed second nationally at the DII level, so that may be an event we consider going forward. However, we also see some potential at both the 5,000 and 10,000 on the track and will hit a few of the road events, too."
Austin's personal bests include an 8:18 for 3,000 meters indoors, a 14:08 clocking over 5,000 meters and a 30:17 for 10,000. He was a three-time qualifier for the NCAA DII national championships in the 5,000, with a best finish of 11th (this year).
GTC-ELITE produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles and is sponsored by ASICS, the Greenville Track Club, Performance Therapy, Greenville Health System's North Greenville Hospital, ScanSource, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, FinalSurge, 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.