asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE's Ryan Root and Frank DeVar had good performances in Columbia, SC on a cold and windy early February morning. Root, a North Central College (Illinois) graduate, ran 47:32 to take second place in the featured 15-Kilometer (9.3-mile) event. He placed behind winner Michael Banks of Charleston (46:26) and just ahead of Spartanburg's Adam Freudenthal (3rd/47:42). He also bested two-time South Carolina Road Runner of the Year (2015 & '16) Brett Morely (4th/48:29) by almost a minute. Ryan earned $315 for his runner-up performance.
DeVar ran the accompanying 5K race and won with a time of 15:14. Columbia's Colby Coulter was second in 15:35 and Greenville's Matt Shock third in 15:38. Frank's 4:55 per mile pace earned him $75.
GTC-ELITE produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles and is sponsored by ASICS, the 44-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, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, FinalSurge, The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, and NormaTec Recovery Boots.